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Mini-dash as a general bonus action: what value would be balanced?

I'm considering adding the following homebrew bonus action. It's a general action, so it would be available for free to all players (not enemies): Stride. You gain extra movement for the current turn....
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Why would knights be useful in a world with wizards? [closed]

If wizards exist in the world then what is the point of knights? The wizards can take all of them out with a few fireballs and they would have died for nothing. There is no need for the brute force of ...
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Overpowered pyromancer (Kaladesh) nuking the battlefield for the lulz: fixing our Icewind Dale campaign [closed]

Story We're starting an Icewind Dale campaign with level 15'ish characters we've built up through 4 previous campaigns. The team is concerned that one player (pyromancer, Roy "Trogdor" ...
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Would allowing Draconic Sorcerors to be descended from the new dragon types be balanced?

The book Fizban's Treasury of Dragons has been released. While it does contain some player-oriented material (2 new subclasses), something it doesn't do is update the Draconic Sorcerer to have ...
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Are these 5e homebrew Metamagics balanced? [closed]

This is a follow-up to How do I determine appropriate Sorcery Point costs for homebrew Metamagics?, which I asked in preparation for this question. I'm working on a homebrew version of the Sorcerer ...
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What are good principles for determining whether and at what level a homebrew class feature is balanced?

I'm working on a homebrew revision (and slight buff) of the Sorcerer class in D&D 5e that includes some additional class features. I've read the Unearthed Arcana article about modifying classes, ...
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Item Balance: Does this magical watch fit within the Rare category?

I am adding a unique magic item to my game, but I want it to fall within the Rare category, and I'm not sure how to judge that in this case. Silver Chronometer This silver pocket-watch is inscribed ...
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How should I handle giving a certain player a special ability in order to encourage roleplay?

I have a tiefling bard in one of my campaigns. In the campaign's universe, there is a lot of prejudice against tieflings. I wanted to encourage some roleplay by adding a homebrew rule that, when she ...
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What is the purpose of the wizard's spellbook, from a mechanical standpoint?

I'm still fairly new to DMing, and the wizard's spellbook is constantly breaking my mind. While I think I finally understand how it is working, I wonder why it is in the game to begin with. And I don'...
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How to balance FATE when some players just can't fail?

I'm GMing a long-running game in FATE core, and I've been running into a bit of a balance problem. A couple of my players have gotten (what feels to me like) too powerful. They don't really seem to ...
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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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What spell level should this homebrew spell have? (gain resistance to one damage type, but vulnerability to another)

Name: Morph Exterior Level: 3 School: Transmutation Casting Time: 1 action Duration: Concentration, 1 minute Range: Self Components: V S M (a piece of obsidian, a sycamore tree branch, or a sample of ...
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Should I be worried about a Tier-one party looting plate armour? [duplicate]

I've got a party of 5 level three players. In an upcoming session, they might be facing a monster with plate armour. The (humanoid) monster's CR is one, but RAW his plate armor is worth 1,500 gp. I'm ...
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What is the cost of making a custom armor Celestial?

I'm trying to reverse engineer the Celestial part of the Celestial Armor in the Dungeon Master's Guide (page 220). Celestial Armor: This bright silver or gold +3 chainmail is so fine and light that ...
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How do I handle the wizard's familiar invalidating exploration, outshining the rogue, at low to no cost?

I am having some issues trying to find a balance in what seems to me to be an overpowered spell (Find Familiar) considering its low level. I will state first that I have always considered the familiar ...
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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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Is it unbalanced to allow the protection fighting style to modify an attack roll after it's rolled?

I've just learned that the Protection fighting style is supposed to be used before any attack rolls are made, via this question: Can Protection Fighting Style Be Used After The Roll? In my group, we'...
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Is this homebrew "Death's Incarnate" class balanced?

long time lurker, first time poster, yada yada to the point. Some time ago I written a homebrew class for D&D 5e called Death's Incarnate. I would like to ask for any opinions and critique about ...
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Is Fog Cloud objectively better than Darkness despite being one spell-level lower?

The spells Darkness and Fog Cloud basically have the same purpose: Denying vision within an area. One does it by darkness, the other by obscuring it with fog, but the result is the same: The creation ...
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Is allowing to Polymorph Any Object into a specific person balanced?

I'm pretty sure that, by RAW, the Polymorph Any Object spell would function like the Alter Self spell when talking about specific physical aspect. But would it be balanced to allow Human A to ...
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Is animate objects overpowered?

I am a new DM, just having run a game around 10 to 15 times. I have an experienced player, and he plays as wizard. He is casting animated object so that he can attack my mage or weakling. He moves 20 ...
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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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Are there any serious balance issues with allowing all players to have access to elemental magic in my homebrew?

The Background I'm constructing a homebrew setting for a campaign in which elemental magic is much more common than in most D&D official settings. There will be portals to the elemental planes ...
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How can I reasonably prevent Manual of Bodily Health abuse? [closed]

I'm running D&D 5e. My players have recently come into possession of a Manual of Bodily Health. The very first thing they thought of was how to abuse it. They are planning on reading it and then ...
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Is this second version of my “Fehl-her” homebrew race balanced?

This is a follow up to my previous homebrew question, in which the answers explained that, overall, my race was underpowered, prone to overspecialization and fairly contradictory in certain aspects (...
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Is this "Fehl-her" homebrew race balanced?

I'm still relatively new to dnd, and was trying to build a homebrew race for the first time. I tried basing myself mostly on orcs and lizardfolk at first, but the race I was making took quite a turn ...
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Is the magic system in the XD20 roleplaying system unbalanced? [closed]

I'm currently reading XDM: X-Treme Dungeon Mastery by Tracy and Curtis Hickman, published in 2009. The "deconstructed" magic system in their XD20 roleplaying rules caught my eye - magic-user ...
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Is it balanced to offer these ranger features as a feat?

What is the aim of my suggestion? I do not like the ranger from the PHB and find it problematic that the UA revised ranger does not work with subclasses other than the ones from the UA. This has led ...
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Is it unbalanced to allow a player to move the tiefling's +1 Int bonus to a different ability score?

I'm in the planning phases of a campaign for D&D 5e, but using the Planescape setting. Since this setting is the one which introduced tieflings, I sent the table of potential tiefling traits to my ...
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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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Would allowing a character to gain bonuses for two shields be unbalanced?

Would allowing a character to gain bonuses for two shields be unbalanced? I have a character I've been working on who worships a god of protection. The idea is that he will use two shields, but the ...
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Is this homebrew Circle of the Companion subclass for Druid balanced?

Preamble I've always felt that having an animal companion was a vital element of the class identity of Druids, which the Druid in 5th Edition lacks entirely. It was for this very reason that until ...
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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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How balanced is the Nathair's Mischief spell from UA: Draconic Options?

Nathair's Mischief is a spell from the relatively new UA 2021: Draconic Options, p. 6. How balanced is it in its current iteration when compared to similar options published in non-playtest material? ...
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If spiritual weapon allowed you to use spells with it would it be broken? Yes, but if I put this limit on it would it still be?

I am toiling with a spiritual weapon-based subclass homebrew idea. In the base game, the way you would use spiritual weapon would be alongside a cantrip or weapon attack. This is because you can't use ...
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Would DnD 5e style heightening unbalance the game?

Non-damaging spells like Fear, Slow and Haste increase the target count when heightened. However, not linearly as Hold Person or Blindness does in DnD 5e (+1 target / level) but quite randomly: Fear ...
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Is this Variant Ranger Feature "Favored Enemy Swap" balanced?

I don't like the ranger and I have been experimenting with new variants for the weaker features. One feature I don't like is Primeval Awareness, allowing you to expend a spell slot to know if certain ...
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What are the balance implications of letting a wizard subclass have more prepared spells?

I'm working with a player who has a homebrew wizard subclass and we were discussing the possibility of giving it a list of spells that was automatically learned and prepared for this class. We ...
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Is the Healer feat overpowered?

A healer's kit has 10 uses, weighs 3 lb. and costs 5 gp; therefore, each use weighs 0.3 lb. and costs 5 sp. Normally, it allows a player to do the following: As an action, you can expend one use of ...
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Would allowing Shillelagh to transform your staff into another weapon be unbalanced?

I am planning a (not explicitly optimised) Ranger/Monk character, that uses Druidic Warrior to cast Shillelagh: Druidic Warrior You learn two cantrips of your choice from the druid spell list. They ...
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Is this "Wandering Dwarf" subrace balanced?

In a campaign setting I designed, the Dwarves are wandering nomads who rarely stay in one place. I created the following subrace for these nomads, and I was wondering if it was balanced. Wandering ...
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Is this Artificer / Armorer variant balanced enough? [closed]

I am playing a casual campaign with some friends. The DM is a friend of mine who is new to DMing but is well versed in the game, whereas I am just starting out. After a session or two into the ...
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Evaluation of homebrew powerattack feat for one-handed attacks

All questions of flavor aside, how balanced do you think this feat is compared to Great Weapon Master and Sharpshooter? Adept Weapon User (AWU) Before you make a melee attack using the Attack action ...
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Is this Medusa homebrew race balanced?

I've been wondering if this homebrew Medusa race me and my friends thought up was balanced compared to official races. Here are the stats: +2 Dex, +1 Cha Darkvision: Not all the medusa’s curse offers ...
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Does a magic item that grants a +3 bonus to spell save DC break bounded accuracy?

In Tasha's Cauldron of Everything p. 134, there is a magic item: Rhythm Maker's Drum (paywalled link). It gives a bonus to spell saving throw DCs (and spell attack rolls) of the user depending on ...
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How to upscale the death house and still keep it fun? [closed]

Due to Reasons™, my intro level to my current run of Curse of Strahd for a new group didn't involve the Death House, I wrote my own intro-level this time. I always had a lot of fun running it for ...
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Are purchasable animals overpowered?

I have recently discovered that you can buy a large variety of rather strong creatures for very cheap amounts. A character that is moderately specialized in handle animal can easily get a +15 by level ...
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Is this Tracker ranger subclass balanced (version 2)?

I have recently created a ranger subclass called the tracker, which is made for a group of rangers focused on purging threats (natural and unnatural) from their home. I updated the tracker from the ...
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Balancing Encounters around a very proficient Necromancer

In a game I am a part of there is a player who considers themself a necromancer. They are fully specced and invested around the spell "Animate Dead". They are very effective and efficient at ...

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