Questions tagged [archetype]

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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Is the unofficial Arcane Puppeteer subclass balanced in relation to official subclasses?

One of my players asked me to play this subclass. It is an artificer subclass which allow the character to control puppets and willing creatures. It seems that the puppets have reasonable stats (at ...
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Would it be balanced to remove the level requirement on my homebrew Water Jet elemental discipline for the Wot4E monk?

I have homebrewed various additional elemental disciplines for the Way of the Four Elements monk subclass. Although many of those are just adding more spells (erupting earth, tidal wave, etc), and ...
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Is using stunting and pranks to gain advantage instead of stealth mechanically sound?

I would like to break the stereotype that rogues are always super stealthy sneaky types that appear from the shadows and strike and then disappear, for me that makes the flavor of the game not as fun ...
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Is there a Monk or Fighter subclass similar to the Black Butler character? [closed]

The Black Butler anime series centers around a bodyguard / butler with, shall we say, a demonic flair. I would love to play a similar class in our upcoming Avernus campaign (say a subclass of fighter ...
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Why do all subclasses only use spells from the Player's Handbook? [closed]

Some of the subclasses from classes like the sorcerer, cleric, warlock, paladin and druid gain addditional spells based on the subclass that they choose. These sometimes involve spells that aren't ...
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Artificer Armorer Guardian attack and cantrips like Booming blade

So the UA specialist for the Artificer, the Armorer, has an interesting ability for one of the models you can take. Thunder Gauntlets. Your armored fists each count as a simple melee weapon, and ...
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Does a vivisectionist benefit from a healer's kit bonus?

The vivisectionist's cruel anatomist ability allows him to "use his Knowledge (nature) skill bonus in place of his Heal skill bonus". Does this mean that using this ability while making a check ...
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Does the Order of the Scribes ability Awakened Spellbook change the damage type of cantrips

On the newest UA Subclass Revisited, the Wizard gains the ability to change the damage type of spells they cast for the damage type of other spells they have in their book. Is this applicable to ...
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Is this homebrew roguish archetype Shadowdancer balanced compared to the other archetypes? [Version 2]

This is a follow up to my previous question: Is this homebrew roguish archetype Shadowdancer balanced compared to the other archetypes? In short, I want to convert the 3.5e prestige class Shadowdancer ...
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Is this homebrew roguish archetype Shadowdancer balanced compared to the other archetypes?

Introduction The Shadowdancer is a prestige class from 3.5e. Since, in 5e, prestige classes were replaced by class archetypes (for example, the Assassin prestige class from 3.5e is now represented by ...
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Is this “Fortune Domain” Cleric subclass balanced?

This subclass was initially conceived of as a complement to the Order domain. It evolved from being focused around chaos and disorder to emphasizing luck and randomness, instead. The end result is a ...
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Could you combine an herb witch and a veneficus witch archetype through the use of the “Extra Hex; Cauldron” feat?

The rules about archetypes state that archetypes must not replace the same core class features. I am not sure how this applies to the herb witch archetype and the veneficus witch archetype. Herb ...
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Is this homebrew Bardic College of Revolution balanced?

I decided to try to homebrew a 5e bard subclass. I was looking for a good mix of combat and charisma based roleplay abilities. I’m still in the early stages of the campaign, but I anticipate a pretty ...
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Do spells count as “Class Abilities” for the purposes of the “Sanctified Slayer” archetype?

The Sanctified Slayer Archetype says, "At 1st level, a sanctified slayer gains the slayer’s studied target class feature. She uses her inquisitor level as her effective slayer level to ...
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Is this Way of the Unmastered Monk Subclass overpowered? If so, by how much?

My DM is usually very opposed to homebrew, and I can understand why, seeing as a lot of homebrews are ridiculous, but from a flavor and mechanics standpoint, this is exactly what I'm looking for. I've ...
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Is this Monk Archetype, Way of the Defender, balanced?

This archetype is kind of the counterpart to the Kensei. While the Kensei focuses on offense through weapons, the Defender focuses on defense through shields. I'll try to explain the reasoning behind ...
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If an artillerist-artificer has 2 protectors, does the temporary hp given by the protectors stack?

This is a somewhat loaded question that I could have stated more neutrally, but I didn't. Premise: the artillerist has a choice of 'cannons' to use. One of those choices is the protector which does ...
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In Pathfinder 2e, what is the key ability for an archetype's Class DC?

Taking certain archetype dedication feats, you become trained in the archetype class's class DC, as for example in Monk Dedication: You become trained in monk class DC. (https://2e.aonprd.com/...
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Is this “Circle of Shadows” Druid Circle balanced compared to Circle of the Moon

I came up with my own subclass. I modeled it slightly after the Circle of the Moon, which is why I'm specifically asking for comparison to it. Well, here it is. Druid Circle: Circle of Shadows ...
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Is the overwhelming soul archetype balanced with regard to a normal kineticist and other kineticist archetypes?

I was looking at archetypes for the kineticists and found Overwhelming Soul it doesn't seem like it gives much of a benefit. You gain a couple of good skills, get the ability to lower burn by one ...
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Dervish of Dawn (Fighter) reducing higher charge AC penalties

Burst of Speed (Ex) At 3rd level, a dervish takes only a –1 penalty to her AC after charging. At 7th level, the dervish can charge with no penalty. This ability replaces Armor Training 1. - ...
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How does the Battle Dancer Rolling Flurry work underwater?

The Brawler archetype Battle Dancer has the Rolling Flurry feature which states : When a battle dancer uses her brawler’s flurry, she must move 5 feet before each melee attack or combat maneuver. ...
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Is this homebrew Weaver Wizard subclass balanced?

I've made a subclass for Wizard, hoping to make a sort of spellmancer (manipulating and changing spells). I wanted to capture some of the feelings of Sorcerer and their Metamagic, but repurposed for ...
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Is it necessary to have archetypes for a homebrew class?

I'm trying my hand at homebrew. Specifically, I'm making an Alchemist class, but can't think of any archetypes - which prompted this question. If I need to be a little more specific, a class that ...
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Is this homebrew Dragon Rider ranger archetype balanced?

Firstly, this was inspired by these recent questions: Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes? Is this Revised Dragon Rider homebrew class balanced ...
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Can someone please explain what is meant by “5 level lower” with Kineticist Archetype Elemental Purist's Limited Buffer feature?

Can some one please explain what is meant by "5 levels lower" with Kineticist Archetype Elemental Purist's Limited Buffer feature? So far I get that you just get it and it benefits later at level 11. ...
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Blasting Wilder with Chaotic Surge

I started playing a Blasting Wilder with the added nutso idea of using the chaotic wild surge from the base class. I realize there is a huge risk/reward that comes with that combination. Onto my ...
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Does the Deflect Attack reaction of a Battle Smith artificer's Steel Defender impose disadvantage on all attacks from the chosen creature?

In Eberron: Rising from the Last War, the artificer's Battle Smith subclass grants you a Steel Defender that can use its reaction to give disadvantage on a creature's attack roll. The Steel Defender ...
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Is this Way of The Iron Fist homebrew monk subclass too overpowered?

This homebrew subclass is something I came up with to compensate for the fact that my group has only three members, and I as a monk am the only one remotely capable of tanking. I call it the Way of ...
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Does the Sky Stalker Ranger lose Favored Terrain for Level 2 or not?

In the Ranger Archetype Tableon the d20 site, it shows that a Sky Stalker ranger loses Level 2 Favored Terrain. On the Sky Stalker class page it does not state that it does, however it does state that ...
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Is this homebrew Armorer Artificer subclass balanced compared to the 2019 UA Artificer subclasses?

Here is my homebrew subclass for the 2019 UA Artificer class: Armorer Tools of the Trade By the time you adopt this specialty at 3rd level, you’re deeply familiar with employing its tools. ...
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Is this Way of Unwavering Discipline monk subclass balanced against the others?

I've been waiting a long time for Wizards to release a Monk subclass for 5e that relies on psionics rather than sneak, weapons, and/or energy attacks. So, I decided to take things into my own hands, ...
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Would multiclassing in the same class (different non-stacking archetypes) break the game too much?

I know that as per RAW you can stack multiple archetype as long they dont conflict when changing the same class feature. But would it be too game breaking to treat 2 non-stacking archetypes as ...
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Does Overhand Chop override the damage bonus from wielding a two handed weapon?

I was showing a GM friend of mine a build I was making that uses the Two-Handed Fighter Archetype and we are both unsure of how it interacts with the damage bonus you get from two-handed weapons (...
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Is this Implacable Warrior homebrew fighter subclass balanced compare to other fighter subclasses?

This was inspired by a previous question where the poster had mistaken what hit dice were for, thinking you could use them for a damage bonus. Which made me think...what if there was a class where you ...
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Would this Cleric domain be balanced?

One of my players in a new campaign decided they want to play a cleric with a gambling addiction to a god of chance. I personally loved this idea, and we worked together to create a Luck Domain for ...
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Haunted Heroes Pact Wizard may cause a favored spell combo to be even more broken?

I've been looking at the Pact Wizard archetype from Haunted Heroes Handbook and noticed a feature they pick up at 10th level that states that when metamagic feats are applied to spells learned via ...
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Has there been a Kraken patron for the Warlock class in Unearthed Arcana?

Recently, this Unearthed Arcana article was released, which includes a new archetype for the Warlock class: the Lurker in the Deep patron. It's pretty obviously geared towards having a Kraken as a ...
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Does a multiclassing with the Master of Many Styles and Free Style Fighter allow more active stances at once?

Both Master of Many Style and Free Style Fighter allow the character to use several stances in the same time. If a character has, for example, 3 levels as Free Style Fighter and 1 as Master of Many ...
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Can the Separatist and Scroll Scholar cleric archetypes be combined?

Each of these archetypes changes something about how the cleric's domains work, and I'm not sure if they can be combined. The Separatist chooses one domain from those that their deity normally offers ...
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Is this “Fae Ancestry” homebrew sorcerer subclass balanced?

Continuing my current planar obsession I have made this Fae Ancestry sorcerer subclass. To me (I may be biased), it looks mostly fine except for Fae Charm, but I can't tell which is the reason I am ...
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Would the Four Elements monk be balanced with more disciplines and cantrips?

So I've just started watching the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series (it's quite a few years old now, but I've never watched it before), and immediately I am reminded of the Way of the Four ...
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Can an Oathbreaker Paladin reform and choose a different Paladin subclass?

If I am currently an Oathbreaker, is it possible for my character to repent for his sins in some way and choose a new a subclass(like redemption) or not?
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PCGen not allowing improved trip at level 1 monk

I am trying to create a monk pc using PCGen version 6.08 however it is telling me I do not meet the requirements for Improved Trip. It says "MonkBonusFeatLVL at least 6". I am taking the Maneuver ...
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Do the infusions granted by the Kinetic Knight archetype replace the ones you normally choose at this level?

The title say it all, I had to look on d20pfsrd for the Kinetic Knight archetype since I couldn't find it in my own language and I am not sure about the wording : are the infusions you gain with the ...
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Is this homebrew Way of the Lynx monk subclass underpowered?

Hey people of the D&D community. I need your opinion about this subclass and whether if it's underpowered or not. It may not look like much against the 5-finger-heart-exploding-punch of the open ...
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Is this Magister homebrew warlock patron balanced?

In D&D 5e's Warlock flavor, it would make sense that incredibly powerful (i.e. > level 20) spellcasters could become the patrons. So, in preparation for a new campaign (with my DM's permission),...
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Is this Druid homebrew Circle of Chaos (3.0) balanced?

This is the third iteration of my original homebrew. The last version was said to be a bit underpowered and the flavor was off, so I revamped a couple abilities. Here is the new version: Circle of ...
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Is this homebrew druid Circle of Chaos (2.0) balanced?

This is the second iteration of my homebrew Circle of Chaos druid. I debuffed and buffed in (hopefully) all the right places, and added an expanded spell list as per popular demand. The original ...
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Is this homebrew druid Circle of Chaos Balanced?

As I wrote the title Circle of Chaos, I noticed another bearing the same description, but it has little to do with my subclass other than flavor. This druid class focuses less on the Wild Shape druid ...