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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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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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What are the official, WotC-published classes and subclasses in 5e?

There aren't too many published materials that contain official classes (classes here meaning sub-classes and archetypes included) but they are scattered resources. What are the official, 1st-party, ...
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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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How to explain Bard getting College education suddenly?

I'm a new player who decided to play as a Bard, but I noticed that once you reach level 3, you get to choose a college. How should I explain my character suddenly getting a college education in the ...
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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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Is the Glamour College Bard's Mantle of Inspiration Overpowered?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything a new subclass for Bards is introduced: the College of Glamour. This subclass has a new ability called "Mantle of Inspiration", description follows: At 3rd ...
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What is the source of the powers of an oathbreaker?

As I understand, in the Forgotten Realms, when a paladin breaks their oath (assuming the optional class option from the DMG is used) they can change their subclass to an oathbreaker. It functions just ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Zero Cost High-Level Snares

I am currently building a kobold alchemist with the Snarecrafter archetype. I’ll be taking the Snare Setter ancestry feat at level 1 which in turn grants the Snare Crafting feat. Snare Crafting reads ...
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Is this Void Themed Sorcerer Subclass Reasonably Balanced?

Introduction: I'm trying to make a Sorcerer subclass that has a Lovecraftian/Far Realm theme. I tried to balance it around Shadow, Divine Soul, Storm and the Abberant/Psionic Mind UA. (I realize 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 a 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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Does the Fighter Dedication require Strength AND Dexterity, or Strength OR Dexterity?

In general, Fighters are free to choose between these stats when building for the class. They must invest in one, but rarely need both. However, as written, the Fighter dedication appears to require ...
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Have the developers given a reason why the ranger has fewer spells than caster archetypes for non-casting classes? [closed]

I was just curious why the Designers have the ranger class (a half spell-caster) had less spells known than spell archetypes ie. Arcane Trickster and Eldritch Knight. Both Arcane Trickster and ...
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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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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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How does taking 2 archetypes in from the same core class work?

In the APG it states; A paladin could, however, be both an undead scourge and a warrior of the holy light, since none of their new class features replace the same core class feature. So does that ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Is this homebrew "Pact with the Factory" a balanced warlock subclass?

This is a homebrew warlock subclass I’ve made: Pact with the Factory. Lore: The factory is an organization that has spread to multiple planes, conquering, consuming, and producing. Its only goals are ...
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Do you need a magical bow or arrow for Arcane Shot?

The Fighter archetype Arcane Archer gains the Arcane Shot feature at level 3. It also seems to be the most prominent feature of the archetype. But its description includes this: when you fire a ...
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If a weapon attack moves the creature within 5ft of a second creature, such as with Crusher, can Horde Breaker be used to attack the second creature?

Horde Breaker states: "Once on each of your turns when you make a weapon attack, you can make another attack with the same weapon against a different creature that is within 5 feet of the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can spontaneous spellcasting archetypes swap spells?

Assume a martial character with no spellcasting takes an archetype dedication feat at level 2 that gives them access to spontaneous spellcasting (bard, sorcerer, oracle). Then the character takes the ...
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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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Is the Vicious Weapon enchant compatible with the Champion archetype's Improved Critical feature?

The Champion's (a Fighter Archetype) "Improved Critical" feature says that he can score a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20. However, the vicious Weapon enchantment specifically says that you need to ...
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How to build a blaster/damage wizard or sorcerer in Pathfinder?

I've already asked this question for 3.5e, but it seems to be very different in Pathfinder, as many of the feats, prestige classes, and even the base class abilities of wizard and sorcerer have ...
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Is this Sorcerer of Mirrors subclass balanced?

The subclass described below is a homebrew sorcerer that focuses on divination through mirrors. It's part of a set of classes I'm designing that attempt to make divination magic more interesting for ...
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What class archetypes can replace a Witch's spellcasting ability?

One of our players does not enjoy the metagame of spell memorization / resource management that comes with spellcasting. Our GM has allowed us to retcon her archetype to replace or scale back the ...
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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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Homebrew Monk "Way of the Dog" Review request

Way of the Dog (Monk Sublcass) Certain monastaries in the forgotten parts of the world train in an obscure form of martial arts. Each monk is gifted a puppy of a highly specialized dog breed and the ...
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Best base class for a homebrew subclass inspired by Doric from the movie?

A lot of D&D fans have noted that, unlike how Doric’s Wild Shape is presented in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, D&D druids have almost never had the ability to transform into ...
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