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Questions tagged [balance]

For questions about balance or perceived inequities between characters, classes, subclasses, spells, etc. that should be of roughly equivalent capability with one another.

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How, as a Pathfinder DM, can I help my players create characters at the correct optimization level for a given adventure?

My D&D 4e party is a few levels away from the end of their epic campaign, and they want to keep playing D&D with me. I have recently discovered that I really like some of the Adventure Paths ...
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Is this homebrew magical Cape of Defense balanced?

This is basically a dialed down version of the Bracers of Defense: Cape of Defense Wondrous Item, uncommon (requires attunement) While wearing these cape, you gain a +1 bonus to AC if you ...
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How powerful is the February 2019 UA Artificer?

Specifically, the 1st version of the UA playtest version of the full class, released start of this year: https://media.wizards.com/2019/dnd/downloads/UA-Artificer-2019.pdf One of my new players has ...
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Is this homebrew “Cactus Grenade” cantrip balanced?

I am currently homebrewing a set of "brawler" races, modeled after the nonhuman, humanoid characters in Brawl Stars. For one race, I've made a homebrew cantrip, Cactus Grenade. Is it balanced? ...
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Is the GiffyGlyph's Darker Dungeons set of rules balanced? [closed]

I came across the the GiffyGlyph's Darker Dungeons extension set of rules for D&D 5e and I find them fascinating. I like some of the concepts a lot and the fact you can pick and choose what to ...
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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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Are these low-level passive abilities balanced against each other?

Context I am working on a homebrew corruption system for my upcoming Diablo themed campaign. You can read more about the system in this chat thread. The complete system is too large and complex for ...
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Is my homebrew Awakened Bear race balanced?

I wanted to play an awakened bear, and decided to create my own race. I used JamesMusicus' Basic Race Feature Analysis sheet to create it, but I'd like to know how it would stack up in game. Is the ...
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How do I balance a campaign consisting of four kobold PCs?

I am currently planning a campaign consisting of four kobold PCs, using Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. 119) as my starting point for the race. However, I am worried about Pack Tactics and Sunlight ...
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Would it be fair to use 1d30 (instead of rolling 2d20 and taking the higher die) for advantage rolls?

Would it be fair to use 1d30 - in place of 2d20 and taking the higher die - for advantage rolls? Recently I have acquired several d30 dice in a bag of factory seconds. I want to offer my players the ...
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How does the Variant: Spell Points system from the DMG affect game balance?

On page 288-289 of the DMG, there is a "Variant: Spell Points" rule. Below are the best summary paragraphs of the system: In this variant, each spell has a point cost based on its level. The Spell ...
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How do I adjust encounters to challenge my lycanthrope players without negating their cool new abilities?

Background: In my campaign, my players (each are level 5, having just finished LMOP, and have magic weapons) took up a quest for a group of lycanthropes, and as a reward, were bitten and granted ...
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What is the limit on how high you can fly up? [closed]

I was playing an Aarakocra in a non-Adventurers-League-game. I noticed that there is no height limitation on flight in 5e, so I could hypothetically fly out of the range of virtually everything and ...
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Is this homebrew Energy Shield spell balanced? [closed]

Is this homebrew spell extension to the shield spell balanced? The spell is supposed to be a more powerful version of the shield spell that produces a shockwave back to the attacker when the enemy ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Viper Strike' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Vampiric Assault' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Caustic Cleave' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Blizzard Blow' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Blade of Hate' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Battery' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Astral Smash' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Arcane Strike' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Are these homebrew weapon attack cantrips balanced? [closed]

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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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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How can I limit firearms and futuristic technology in a multiverse setting?

I'm going to start a series of Infinite Worlds campaigns and I want to prevent things like using firearms/laser/etc... on worlds where the technology is low. Because, you know, what is preventing PCs ...
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After playtesting: Is this homebrew Planescape-inspired Lady of Pain warlock patron (v3) balanced?

A couple of weeks ago I made an attempt at a Planescape inspired subclass for the Warlock. Since then I have been able to incorporate feedback offered by the community as well as play test with the ...
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What are the mechanical balance issues with a playable race with more than two hands?

Somewhat inspired by this question: Can I use multiple hands for one attack, using this 6-Handed-Ones homebrew race? As I started to explore with my question about playable Kuo-Toa, I'm interested in ...
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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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2nd attempt: Is this homebrew race based on the Draco volans species balanced?

In my original question, the consensus was that my proposed racial splat based on these awesome little critters: It was weighing in a little on the underpowered side, being a weaker version of a race ...
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Is this homebrew variant Hexblade warlock feature, Master of the Elements, balanced as a replacement for the Hexblade's Curse feature?

One of my players wanted to play a Hexblade warlock with a different flavor, I made this feature to replace the Hexblade's Curse feature (XGtE, p. 55). The feature: Master of the Elements ...
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Is this Magnificent Summoning homebrew conjuration spell balanced?

I have been looking at playing a conjuration wizard, but annoyingly the only spells that I am interested in are Unseen Servant and Tenser's Floating Disk neither of which have any real use beyond RP (...
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Is this 2nd version of a “life-stealing” melee weapon attack cantrip balanced?

I posted this question, Is this homebrew life-stealing melee cantrip unbalanced? I got kinda inspired by some of the answers, so here comes take two: Necromancy cantrip Casting Time: 1 action ...
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Is this homebrew life-stealing melee cantrip unbalanced?

I started thinking about a variant of a melee attack cantrip like booming blade that would allow you to regain some lost health. The cantrip I came up with is this: Evocation cantrip Casting time:...
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Would increasing a Dragonborn's breath weapon damage help to balance them?

Dragonborn are arguably considered one of the weakest playable races, as supported by the answers to my other recent question: How would adding a darkvision racial trait to Dragonborn affect balance? ...
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How would adding a darkvision racial trait to Dragonborn affect balance?

Dragonborn, as I understand it, are considered to be one of the weakest, if not the weakest, playable race. Their flavour is cool, especially for people who like dragons, but their being sub-par in ...
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Is this homebrew race based on the Draco Volans lizard species balanced?

One of my favourite critters is the Draco volans, and I'm working on a racial splat for a Humanoid-sized player race based on this little reptile for a D&D 5e campaign. Using the Aarakocra stat ...
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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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Do I have to worry about players making “bad” choices on level up?

When I came back to RPGs (after 20 years) I discarded pathfinder after reading about the complexities of the systems and the fact that there was a real chance of getting “bad characters” if you made ...
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Is this homebrew Wind Wave spell balanced?

Is this homebrew spell balanced? Wind Wave 1st-level evocation Casting Time: 1 action Range: Self (15-foot cone) Components: V, S Duration: Instantaneous A wave of powerful air ...
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Are these homebrew shields balanced? [closed]

Ever since I first looked at the equipment tables in the PHB, I've been dissatisfied with the lack of different shield options. I suppose it makes sense in the 5e philosophy of making everything as ...
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Is this homebrew racial feat, Stonehide, balanced?

Is this homebrew racial feat, Stonehide, balanced? This feat uses the Dragonborn racial feat Dragonhide and the UA Stone Sorcerer Stone's Durability feature as a basis. Stonehide Prerequisite:...
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Is the Mordenkainen's Sword spell underpowered?

The Mordenkainen's Sword spell seems to be under-powered for a 7th-level spell. It only does 3d10 damage; while admittedly it can do this damage every round for 1 minute, it still just seems to not be ...
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Is this Half-dragon Quaggoth boss monster balanced?

This is going to be an early boss for my upcoming campaign. I have 7 5th-level player characters, and this fight is meant to challenge them quite a bit. There will also be a few minions. The story is ...
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Is this Kuo-toa homebrew race balanced?

On D&DBeyond, I've found this homebrew Kuo-toa race. There are others, even on D&DByeond, but this is the one that seems to most closely adhere to how the Kuo-toa appear in the Monster Manual (...
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Warlock homebrew Supernatural patron version 3! Is it balanced?

This is what I hope to be the last revision of my homebrew otherworldly patron, the Supernatural. (My previous two revisions can be found here: version 1, and version 2.) The Supernatural You ...
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Is multiple magic items in one inherently imbalanced?

I have an idea for a weapon that can permanently absorb items that require attunement to gain its properties (including its attunement requirement), up to 3. For example, the item alone does not ...
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Is this homebrew Supernatural warlock patron (v2) balanced?

A bit ago I asked if this Warlock patron was balanced. I was told to explain this patron a bit more, so here we go: The idea of this patron is that you have made a pact with some Lord of the Undead. ...
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Would the Life Transference spell be unbalanced if it ignored resistance and immunity?

I want to create a Abjuration wizard (PHB, p. 115-116) that uses the Life Transference spell (XGtE, p. 160) and the Arcane Ward feature to heal people, but I've heard people saying Life Transference ...
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What are the advantages of casting Flame Strike over Fireball?

Outside of the classes the spells are available to, what is the advantage to using Flame Strike over Fireball in AD&D 1st Edition? Many of the advantages I'm used to seeing later editions (mixed ...