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For questions about archetypes in tabletop role-playing games. In several editions of D&D and similar RPGs, archetypes are specialization paths within a base class that are intended to evoke a specific flavor and/or playstyle.

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Warden—homebrew warpriest archetype (v2)

An iteration on my previous warden archetype. See that question for motivation and goals. Changes: Instead of 2 hp/level, just used a d12 HD for warden. Changing HD is very rare, or possibly entirely ...
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Warden—homebrew warpriest archetype

A friend was interested in playing something akin to the D&D 4e warden in Pathfinder 1e, which has long been an interest of mine but nothing I found really worked for me, so I couldn’t really ...
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Does the Drakewarden's Drake have to increase in size at lv7 and lv15?

So, I'm playing a Drakewarden Ranger and at lv7, the drake grows in size. The rules state the following: In addition, while your drake is summoned, you and the drake gain the following benefits: ...
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How does the balance of the UA Twilight Domain compare to the official Twilight Domain from Tasha's Cauldron?

I have been playing a Cleric whose sub-class is the Twilight Domain from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything. I have been using the official Tasha's version of the domain, but there is an Unearthed Arcana ...
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Is this homebrew Sorcerer of Whispers sub-class balanced?

The Sorcerer subclass below is a home-brew sub-class for a campaign setting that's not related to traditional settings such as Forgotten Realms. The subclass is intentionally supposed to be good at ...
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Is there a way to add extra uses of Tactician?

I'm wanting to build a Fighter with the Tactician archetype, but the tactician ability is SO LIMITED, only a maximum of 4 times per day (or 5 if you go Cavalier) at level 20. Is there a feat or other ...
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At what level does each class get its subclass?

At what level does each class get its subclass? Backstory When building a multi-classed character for a one-shot I wanted to know when each class receives its subclass, since subclasses provide a lot ...
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Is this homebrew Dex-based barbarian subclass (Path of the Striker) viable and/or balanced?

Is this homebrew Dex-based barbarian subclass (Path of the Striker) viable and/or balanced? It is based off the Berserker, with a focus on incorporating Dexterity into its features rather than ...
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Is there any subclass of monk related to fire?

My DM has started a new campaign based around a volcano, and I want to play a monk that believes fire is God. Is there any sort of subclass or archetype of monk (not way of four elements) related to ...
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Can I have a subclass for each class when multiclassing?

In D&D 5e, if for example, I chose a Wild Magic Sorcerer, and later on wanted to become a Wizard, would I get to choose another subclass for Wizard?
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Level 3 Fighter archer subclass suggestions? Homebrew allowed [closed]

About to start a very combat and min/max heavy campaign that goes up to level 10. I'm planning to go 7 levels of Revised Ranger Homebrew Archer subclass and 3 levels fighter. I'm looking for a ...
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Does the Busker archetype negate the Exemplar archetype?

The Busker archetype for Bard alters bardic performance and says “Buskers do not gain the bardic performance ability or any of its performance types.” How, if at all does this interact with the ...
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How does Undead warlock 'Grave Touched' interact with aoe [duplicate]

I am confused about how the undead warlock's Grave Touched ability interacts with spells like Fireball. The text for Grave Touched reads as follows In addition, once during each of your turns, when ...
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Increasing number of any-school spells for an Arcane Trickster by a strict RAW reading?

A single-class Arcane trickster typically gains spells in the schools of Illusion and Enchantment. They are permitted a single "any-school" spell at 3rd level (upon choosing the Arcane ...
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Is this "Ronin" Fighter Subclass balanced

I'm here again to look for opinions on a subclass that I have made and one of my players wants to use it. It's a fun and versatile subclass, but I want to check if it's not too overpowered, in order ...
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Is it possible for a character to "multi-subclass"? [duplicate]

I've been playing D&D 5E for a few sessions now, and I was wondering if a character can select two (or more) different sub-classes by multi-classing in it's own class. If so, do I have to "re-...
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Is this Generalist wizard balanced compared to the official subclasses?

Is this Generalist Wizard balanced compared to the official wizard subclasses? The intent is to make a wizard that, instead of focusing on any particular school or application, just gains more ...
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If you change your Wizard subclass from Chronurgy Magic to something else, do you retain the subclass-specific dunamancy spells you've learned?

For reference, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 8) adds official (optional) mechanics for changing your subclass. It states, in part: [...] With your DM’s approval, you can change your subclass ...
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Is this homebrewed "Curse Domain" cleric subclass balanced?

I've made this subclass for fun, and I wanted to make sure it was balanced without being too weak or too strong. I'm not too experienced with homebrewing subclasses, I took inspiration of some ...
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I've created a monk subclass based on the brewmaster monk from WoW. Though it needs some playtesting I would like to know you guys' thoughts [closed]

Monk: Way of the Brewmaster Though on the surface a monk following the way of the brewmaster might look like a simple alcoholic, they hide a mastery in combat behind their drunk facade. They use their ...
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What should I change for my homebrew Ent subclass? (Updated) [duplicate]

This is a follow up question to my earlier post: What changes should I make to improve my homebrew Circle of the Ent druid subclass? The changes made in this post are designed to make it more clear ...
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What changes should I make to improve my homebrew Circle of the Ent druid subclass? [closed]

I am currently trying to create a custom druid subclass called the Circle of the Ent, inspired by Ents from The Lord of the Rings. I really love the concepts, but I do not have any experience with ...
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Can the Order of Scribes Wizard get free spells if he makes an occupied spellbook his awakened spellbook?

I play an Order of Scribes wizard in The Dungeon Of The Mad Mage. Using the gold from Dragon Heist, I obtained a Fulminating Treatise (as found in Tashas). I have also found an Arcane Grimoire +3. ...
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How many ki points does a Way of the Astral Self monk have to spend to use both the Arms of the Astral Self and Visage of the Astral Self features?

The wording of the Way of the Astral Self monk's features (TCoE, p. 50-51) seems vague. The description of the Arms of the Astral Self feature says, in part: Your mastery of your ki allows you to ...
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D&D 5e - Ready as Bonus Action [Custom Feat] [closed]

I'm looking to make a custom feat in D&D. I'm building a hyper-mobility focused Rogue subclass that can teleport to an attuned object. I obviously don't want them to be able to teleport to it ...
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Is this "Oath of Health" Paladin subclass balanced?

I have created a homebrew Paladin subclass, the Oath of Health, based off of the ideas of a Paladin completely devoted to healing and not combat. This was somewhat inspired by the brave doctors and ...
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Can you stack the martial discipline "weretouched" in the living weapon monk subclass?

The living weapon monk subclass has the "Martial discipline" class feature, where you can choose a martial style. And one of them say as follow: Weretouched. Once per turn, when you hit a ...
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Do a Witchguard Ranger's patron spells count as divine or arcane?

From Witchguard: Patron (Su) A witchguard learns something of arcane magic from the witches he defends. At 4th level, when a witchguard gains the ability to cast spells, he must also select a patron, ...
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Can a Constructed Pugilist's Vicious Blades modification be affected by the Keen enchantment?

From Constructed Pugilist: Vicious Blades: Razor-sharp blades on the surface of the limb cause it to deal bludgeoning and slashing damage and increase its critical threat range to 19–20. A ...
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Can I have two archetypes at level 6?

I am playing level 6 fighter, and I was thinking if I could retrain my 3 class feats to archetype feats. The trick is that we have Free Archetype variant rule and I already have one archetype. Will I ...
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Do Pact of the Tome Warlocks need to pay a cost to scribe their ritual spells?

The Pact of the Tome warlock is able to learn ritual spells of any kind and record them in their book of spells. Wizards also can learn new spells and record them in their spell book-- but the PHB ...
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Homebrew: Path of the Titan Barbarian

I feel there is design space in 5e for player characters that use "great" weapons in more interesting ways, and one such way would be to allow exceptionally strong characters to dual-wield ...
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Is this homebrew Enforcer rogue subclass balanced?

This is my first attempt at a homebrew subclass, and I am doing my best to follow all best practices. Concept Origin I first started to think of designing a rogue subclass when I was looking for ...
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Can one class' feature help another class qualify for a feature?

It's best to just give an example for this: Let's say I have levels in a rogue archetype that gives up Evasion, but I take a two level dip into monk to get Evasion. Would I qualify for the Improved ...
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Is there a way to increase the Battlefield Presence "aura" size of the paladin archetype Holy Tactician?

I was wondering if there was a core pathfinder method to increase the size of the "aura" that the Holy Tactician 3rd level ability grants. I am not looking for a combat application, but a ...
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Where can you find Swords Secret online?

I was reading the Lore Warden (PRG:AG) archetype (careful, there is another Lore Warden archetype for fighter) and one of its features is the swords secret, but I cant find any of them online. Swords ...
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Is my homebrew paladin subclass based on Noelle from Genshin Impact balanced?

I've created a homebrew subclass based on Noelle from Genshin Impact. I don't know if this is where I should ask but can i get a honest review/feedback with some balancing tips? The goal of this ...
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Is there any psion variant/ACF/etc that gets Grip of Iron?

I have a character who would really like to have grip of iron, the 1st-level psychic warrior power. However, said character is a psion, specifically an egoist, not a psychic warrior, and doesn’t have ...
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How do favored enemies work as a Hooded Champion ranger?

The Hooded Champion ranger archetype replaces the first instance of favored enemy at level 1. What happens at level 5? Does the ranger get its first favored enemy at +2 or +4? Does the ranger get one ...
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Can a Way of Astral Self Monk use wisdom related scores for jumping?

I have several questions on the interactions between the Arms of Astral Self and the Jumping mechanics. According to the 3rd level feature, Arms of the Astral Self: While the spectral arms are ...
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Applying templates to lion shaman Wildshape

I have a level 11 Lion Shaman druid. I like to wildshape into lion forms for obvious reasons... he’s into lions. So for lion shamans, my level 11 guy can shape into lions like a level 13 druid. I ...
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At what distance can an Artificer Battle Smith command his Steel Defender?

The Tasha's Cauldron of Everything brings the most recent version of the Artificer and the Battle Smith subclass, who gains a companion called Steel Defender at level 3. In the description of the ...
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Are the ranger subclasses from Xanathar's Guide to Everything compatible with the UA revised ranger?

My games use the UA revised ranger (from Unearthed Arcana: The Ranger, Revised) instead of the PHB version of the class. The question did not previously come to mind, because until now my players ...
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Is there any lore that explains why the feral child is human only

So I was thinking of making a druid a skimmed through the archetypes to see if there was anything good, under racial archetypes saw the Feral Child it was listed as only human for some reason. I ...
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Does only the "Thug" variant combine with the "Sneak Attack Fighter" Variant?

Unearthed Arcana lists the two Fighter variants "Thug" and what is commonly referred to as "Sneak Attack Fighter". I have been reading in forums here and there that you can combine ...
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Does the "Rapier Training" Swashbuckler class feature count as having the Improved Critical feat? [duplicate]

I'm DMing for a group of five people. One player, Swashbuckler with the Inspired Blade archetype, wanted to select critical feats which have Improved Critical as a prerequisite. The following Inspired ...
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Does the Psi Warrior Telekinetic movement let you move an item you're standing on?

as title, the telekinetic movement option says "One loose object that is Large or smaller or one willing creature other than yourself", does that mean that if say, i placed my shield on the ...
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Overlapping Proficiencies From Leveling?

In my game I'm a Rogue with the Entertainer background. Leveled up enough to pick a subclass and decided on Mastermind for the teamwork possibilities. The subclass gives Disguise Kit proficiency, ...
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How exactly do the rules on changing your subclass from "Tasha's Cauldron of Everything" work?

I bought Tasha's Cauldron of Everything last month and have enjoyed it thoroughly. My question has to deal with the "Changing Your Subclass" rules found on page 8. The first paragraph under ...
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I need a set of simple steps to make a new subclass [closed]

So I'm a totally inexperienced DM and I want to make my own subclass. I checked the DMG and the instructions were okay but I really don't know what to do still. I need a fairly basic set of steps to ...
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