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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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Is my College of Poems bard subclass balanced?

College of Poems V.1 You have been trained in the art of poetry, you have gained heightened sight and knowledge. Your poems can invigorate your allies, or torture your enemies. The power of poems is ...
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Do you get the benefits of Oversized Weapons with Path of Giant?

The description of the Path of the Giant barbarian's Elemental Cleaver feature (from Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants) says, in part: Giant Stature: Your reach increases by 5 feet, and if you are ...
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D&D Fighter (Brute) damage increase [closed]

I couldn't find anyone mentioning anything to do with this at all. I am assuming it is definitely not how I'm reading it, however: Why does it sound like the fighter brute stacks damage on every hit? ...
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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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Is this "Survivalist Fighter" archetype balanced?

This adventure I found on DMsGuild seems like it would be fun to play, and it comes with several character options. One in particular, the Survivalist Martial Archetype, seems like something I'd like ...
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Is this "School of the Wyrm" wizard subclass I found balanced?

I found this wizard subclass in [this document] on DMsGuild, and I'd like to know if it is balanced compared to the existing classes. School of the Wyrm Knowledge of the Wyrm Beginning at 2nd level, ...
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(V2) Do these revisions to this "Survivalist" homebrew fighter martial archetype bring it in line with the existing subclasses?

This adventure I found on DMsGuild seems like it would be fun to play, and it comes with several character options. One in particular, the Survivalist Martial Archetype, seems like something I'd like ...
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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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Do Shadow Monks count as spell casters? [duplicate]

Shadow Arts gives you some spells you can cast with Ki, but not the spellcaster class feature or spell slots. However it does give you Minor Illusion as a cantrip, and I believe that races who get ...
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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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Is this subclass I found on Dungeon Master's Guild balanced?

I found this "The Dropout" wizard subclass on Dungeon Master's Guild, and at first glance, it seems overpowered, as it gives abilities no other subclasses do. Note: this is a pay-what-you-...
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Updated Bagweaver Subclass

I posted here not too long ago asking to get a subclass reviewed (Bagweaver Artificer Subclass). I have since made edits based on you guys' suggestions as well as some from other people. Here is the ...
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Bagweaver Artificer Subclass

This is my first ever Subclass that I've made. I am looking for any constructive feedback. Any advice an things to remove, things that are too strong or too weak or too much. Any feedback is welcome. ...
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Is there a Pathfinder first edition Druid archetype that enhances Wild shape generically?

I would like to know about wild shape in Pathfinder first edition. The Shifter class in that system seems restrictive and not nearly as flexible at run-time as Dungeons & Dragons third edition's ...
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How exactly does underhanded maneuvers function?

Rogue archetype Skulking slayer specific for orcs and half-orcs has the following ability: Underhanded Maneuvers (Ex) At 1st level, when she could normally make a sneak attack, a slayer may instead ...
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Will being able to "mix-and-match" subclass features break the game?

I'm wondering what the impact of a house rule that would allow players to choose which subclass to get features from whenever they would get a subclass feature. For example, a wizard could get ...
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How would you go about building a paladin of arshea?

Now I know how controversial arshea can be as a deity so this is more of a theory crafting exercise then anything that would be used in an actual campaign. But I found this interesting because arshea ...
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Balancing help for homebrew warlock subclass

I have created a 5e warlock subclass heavily inspired by the leshen (specifically, an ancient leshen described in the Book of beautiful horrors). While overall I am very happy with the outcome, I ...
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What is the most optimal Cleric Subclass for a party consisting of mostly melee martials?

I'm a cleric considering asking my DM for a subclass change. My character worships Hestia, so most domains might work, emphasis on Life and Light. My party consists of two melee fighters, a paladin, a ...
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Is a familiar with the figment archetype still cursed, diseased, or poisoned after it dies then returns?

Do Figment Archetype Familiar with Lycanthropy retain Lycanthropy after returning from death? Recurring Dream (Su): Pathfinder Ultimate Wilderness A figment has a total number of hit points equal to ...
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Can I take the Bastion Dedication if I have the Hardwood Armor impulse?

Bastion Dedication has a prerequisite: Prerequisites Shield Block Hardwood Armor gives you the ability to use Shield Block, but not the feat itself: When you use this impulse, you can also create a ...
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Which Esoterica actions can I use if I choose the Thaumaturge Dedication?

The description for Thaumaturgy Dedication states the following (emphasis mine) Choose an implement; you can use it to Glimpse Vulnerability, but don't gain its benefits. You also gain a few ...
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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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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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Pathfinder Chronicler and All These Bardic Performance-Alike Archetypes and Prestige Classes: How do they stack, in practice?

So. Pathfinder Chronicler is basically "meant" to stack with your bard level for the purpose of determining your bardic performance rounds per day. The relevant rules text of Pathfinder ...
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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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Acquiring Formulas to Enable Scrounger Archetype

The second paragraph of the Scrounger Dedication states: You can Craft temporary items out of anything, anywhere, with whatever materials happen to be on hand, spending only 10 minutes to perform the ...
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How can the Witch Archetype gain access to Hex Cantrips?

I have a martial character who, while reasonably intelligent, is not nearly as brilliant as they think they are. It seems appropriate for their free archetype to be Witch with the Rune Patron, as ...
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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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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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How does this homebrew Warlock "Patron of the Old Blood" compare with official patrons?

As I've developed further into DMing and the path of creation that follows, I've started to understand a need for more subclasses. And I've continuously toyed with the idea of a more occult style of ...
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Is this barbarian Path of the Firebird subclass balanced compared to other barbarian subclasses?

I have a player interested in playing a fire genasi character as either a warlock or barbarian, and they want to have a unique subclass. We've come up with a subclass concept and have hopefully done a ...
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Can a Pact of the Chain familiar use the help action with counterspell?

I've been trying to find an answer to whether or not a Pact of the Chain familiar can give you advantage on counterspell. I can't find anything directly answering this. I have found that a chainlock ...
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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 my bard college of dance homebrew balanced?

College of Dance V.1 People of this college have learned to dance in such a way that it can control life and death. Dance has existed since before written literature. You have found a way to harness ...
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Why can't you pick the elementalist archetype with the Elemental Sorcerer?

I'm using Pathbuilder 2 to create a character and came across something that I don't understand how it is working. Sorcerer's Bloodline feature reads: Choose a bloodline that gives you your ...
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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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Does picking feats from a multiclass archetype work the same way as if they were from the "Other" section?

In the rules, archetypes are divided in two groups. Multiclass Archetypes and Other Archetypes. If I'm not mistake, in the first group, in order to pick up the archetype (dedication feat) you have to ...
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Is this "Gun Mage" Fighter subclass balanced (redux)

I've created this Gun Mage homebrew Fighter subclass. The intent is to make a fighter that can cast spells by engraving them into bullets that they fire. This is inspired by Gun Mages from Iron ...
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Is this Pragmatic Runesmith homebrew archetype balanced?

There are several dedications and classes that allow you to pick up free consumables, alleviating the need for trips to town for refills. Adventuring gear can often be found in dungeons and treasure ...
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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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If a player selects the Ghost archetype, how does its body react to enviromental effects? [closed]

Assuming a human character with the Ghost archetype and no feats: The ghost archetype specifies that the character is inmune to any effects that require a body to work. Does this include things like ...
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Is this "Dream Conduit" homebrew Sorcerer subclass balanced?

Sorcerous Origin: Dream Conduit Sorcerers whose power arises from dreams are rare and as varied as the dreamscapes that empower them. Such sorcerers are often known as "Dream Conduits" due ...
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Can a mind smith's materialized weapon be of large size?

Would materializing a large-sized axe - for a giant instinct barbarian to use - be legal? For reference the mind smith dedication says that: The overall shape and design of your mind weapon can be of ...
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Is this "Gun Mage" Fighter subclass balanced?

I've created this Gun Mage homebrew Fighter subclass. The intent is to make a fighter that can cast spells by engraving them into bullets that they fire. This is inspired by Gun Mages from Iron ...
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If my BBEG is a warlock of an archfey vampire, would their subclass be that of the Archfey patron or the Undead patron? [closed]

The BBEG in my campaign is going to be the descendant/follower of the Archfey Vampire Kannoth. If a follower of Kannoth made a pact with Kannoth as their warlock patron, would they level through the ...
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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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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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At what level does each class get its subclass?

At what level does each class get its subclass?
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Need balancing advice and contructive criticism for Ranger Subclass 5e

Ranger: Pact Keeper Some rangers stand as a gateway between humanity and the chaotic presence of the feywild, and some fey stand with them. You’ve made a pact with an organization upholding safety for ...

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