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In several editions of D&D, archetypes are specialization paths within a base class intended to evoke a specific flavor and/or playstyle.

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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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Is this hombrew barbarian subclass balanced and fitting for a “thug” barbarian [closed]

At level 3 you can roll with the punches. As a reaction when damaged you can generate temporary hit points = prof + con, which will disappear at the end of the round. At level 3 you may be the ...
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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? [duplicate]

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 you take different archetype options at different levels?

Once you've picked a subclass option at level 3, could you later take a different subclass option, or do you lock into a specialty at level 3 and then run with it for the rest of that class' ...
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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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Retraining Archetype

I'm playing a Lv5 Bladebound Magus, and I was thinking of retraining using the Ultimate Campaign Rules and adding the Kensai Archetype. I've figured out the rest of the class except for the diminished ...
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Does the Eldritch Knight need the Warcaster feat to cast spells when using 2h or sword/shield?

Many of the spells that an Eldritch Knight can cast have a somatic component. If I am playing as an Eldritch Knight with a two-handed sword or weapon/shield combo, would I require the Warcaster feat? ...
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Can a 5e D&D character acquire multiple archetypes from the same class?

I have a player that wants to build a Dragonborn Outlander Ranger/Sorcerer, with Slaad as the first Favored Enemy. The archetypes for the Sorcerer are Draconic Bloodline and Wild Magic. Being ...
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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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Would it be unbalanced to allow a ranger to take multiple archetypes as if multiclassing?

I'm DM-ing a game in which one of the players wants to take two ranger archetypes as if multiclassing as a ranger/ranger. The two archetypes would be treated as if they were separate classes and ...
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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), I ...
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Is this Druid homebrew Circle of Chaos (3.0) balanced?

This is the 3rd 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 ...
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What is unbalanced about this homebrew College of the Storm bard subclass?

What, if anything, is unbalanced about this homebrew College of the Storm bard subclass? I think the subclass I made is unbalanced because of the number of abilities gained at third level, and the ...
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How does a Swashbuckler rogue “fight with two weapons while safely darting away”?

The description for the Swashbuckler rogue (SCAG, p. 135; XGtE, p. 47) says: A Swashbuckler excels in single combat, and can fight with two weapons while safely darting away from an opponent. How? ...
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Are Moon Druids overpowered at levels 2-6? If so, by how much?

I've been looking at the Moon Druid, and I'm seeing a lot of repeat issues concerning their resources, their health, and their sustainability. Are they too strong in comparison to other classes? If ...
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Can you multiclass the same class twice for different class features?

The way that 5e works, each class has a sub class that dictates a heap of class features. The question here is generally, can a character of a specific class take levels in that same class in order to ...
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Is it possible for a monk to practice/become proficient in more than one monastic tradition? [duplicate]

Reading p. 79 of the PHB, under the heading “Monastic Traditions”, it is somewhat unclear to me as to if it is possible for a monk to choose more than one tradition. Part of my confusion comes from ...
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Circle of the Flame Druid (V 1.6): Is this one more balanced?

As a follow up to the original balance question, and after some input from GiTP homebrew forum members and the goodly folks here at RPG.SE, the Circle of the Flame Druid as currently envisioned is, I ...
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How can I raise a Warlock Vigilante mystic bolt's damage?

As a Vigilante with the Warlock archetype, is there any possible way to raise the damage of the Mystic Bolt other than a raise in level? I'm open to any Paizo feats, items, traits or basically ...
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Is the Fencer subclass for fighters from the Giger's website homebrew content?

So, I was looking up Fighter subclasses in D&D 5e, and I came across a website called Giger's 5e D&D. In it there is a subclass called Fencer, and I was wondering if it's Unearthed Arcana or ...
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How does the Weapon Champion's Favored Weapons feature interact with the Daisho Expertise feat?

The Daisho Expertise feat says: Prerequisites: Proficiency with the katana or wakizashi. Benefit: Increase the damage die of katanas and wakizashi you wield by one die step. In addition, you ...
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Is this homebrew Circle of Flame druid subclass balanced with Circle of the Land druids?

Inspired by a question by Stephanos and tempered by the PEACH process at GiTP, I am asking for a comparison to Circle of the Land druid sub classes for this Druid proposed sub class, homebrew, since ...
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Is this Silencer homebrew ranger archetype balanced against the other ranger archetypes?

I'm planning a new campaign setting which treats most magic use as a significant cultural taboo, unless used by trained and certified practitioners. Use of magic by untrained individuals is seen as ...
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Can I be a Conjurer Specialist and get Evoker Variant (UA)?

Or I need to be evocation specialist to get the evoker variant. I want to be conjurer Specialist but take the Energy Affinity and Energy Substitution. Is it possible?
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Is this homebrew Sky Barbarian subclass balanced against other barbarian paths?

This Sky Barbarian path is loosely based on the Path of the Storm Herald barbarian and the Way of the Four Elements monk. It is designed to give barbarians a way to deal damage on range without ...
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Is my homebrew “Charger” fighter archetype balanced?

I was looking at the mounted fighter subclass and realized that none of them have anything to do with mounted combat. So I decided to make my own subclass and was wondering if I could get some good ...
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Is this homebrew pacifistic Life cleric variant balanced compared to official Life clerics?

I have a player who is playing a complete pacifist cleric (please, no comments about how that's a terrible awful horrible idea that ruins D&D; I know it's unpopular, but I find it to be a fun ...
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How to enter Naga Aspirant class as Samsaran?

I'm interested in the Samsaran race for Mystic Past Life and want to enter Naga Aspirant for the Aspirant’s Bond. The problem is obviously that you need to be a nagaji for that class. I can't take ...
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Is this homebrew alternate Way of the Four Elements monk subclass balanced? [closed]

I've created a new version of the Way of the Four Elements monk. I don't have too many friends in the RPG community that could give me some good balance/playability feedback on such a thing, and was ...
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Is this homebrew Circle of Flames/Chaos subclass for druids balanced?

Here is my homebrew Circle of Flames/Chaos subclass for druids: Circle of Flame/Chaos Lore/Calling: Fire burns the forest and out of the ash rises new growth, just like the fire that burns the ...
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Is there anything like an Arcane Archer in the Player's Handbook?

In the D&D Next playtest, there was a feat that allowed character to imbue arrows with certain types of spells. The one in the playtest let an arcane caster attach a spell to an arrow and the ...
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Do archetypes count as the base class?

Only point I am asking this is for the feat weapon specialization. It has a requirement of fighter level 4. So does that mean only fighters are allowed to take the feat, or are archers, armor masters, ...
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Possible issues of a player switching Bard archetypes randomly with long rests?

One of my players want to play a Bard with multiple-personalities. At every long-rest, the idea is that he randomly wakes up with one of his personalities. Each personality is very different from the ...
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Can a low-level caster attempt to use a Spell Scroll of a spell that isn't on his class's spell list but is on his subclass's list?

A caster can attempt to use a spell scroll of a spell he can't normally cast (DC of 10 + Spell level) if said spell is on his spell list. Some subclasses give access, at certain levels, to spells ...
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Is the Monster Tactician archetype fit for groups?

I am going to be joining a Pathfinder game with four people and i have decided to go with the Inquisitor that has Monster Tactician archetype however the focus of the archetype appears to be for ...
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Is this homebrew Bard College of Midnight balanced, compared to officially published subclasses?

I wanted to play a necromancer, but I wasn't all that thrilled by my options. Wizards obviously make great necromancer, but I was drawn in another direction. A charismatic puppet master, that was my ...
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Is the Purple Dragon Knight archetype as underpowered as it looks?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide includes a new martial archetype for fighters, the Purple Knight of Cormyr. Comparing its traits to the fighter archetypes in the PHB, it seems really underpowered. ...
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Can a Druid change Druid circles?

I have a level eight moon druid and would like to maybe change to another type of druid. Can a swap Druid circles ?
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What are the restrictions on the use of Slayer's Prey?

In the recent book Xanathar's Guide to Everything, there are some subclasses/archetypes added for Rangers, among them the Monster Slayer (p. 43), which gives some specific helpful features. Hunter's ...
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Is this homebrew archetype for Artificer balanced? [closed]

Here's the homebrew Artificer archetype I have created. It is a subclass for the artificer class from Unearthed Arcana: Artificer. Note: The link contains the most recent iteration. The archetype ...
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Is a cartomancer restricted to the hexes listed as complementing the archetype?

Hexes: The following witch hexes complement the cartomancer archetype: evil eye, fortune, misfortune, soothsayer. Major Hexes: The following major hexes complement the cartomancer archetype: ...