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How powerful is this homebrew Barbarian Path of the Colossus compared to other martial subclasses?

As DnD 5e has aged it's become more clear that Martial classes lack a fair amount compared to their spellcasting companions. They offer less utility, fewer defensive options, and in some cases fail to ...
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Is this verstatile fighting style and feat combination well balanced?

(original title: "How to artfully min-max the hell out of this verstatile fighting style and feat?") So, given all the answers to my previous question, we have come up with what we think ...
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What effects would allowing to flank with reach have on game balance?

One of my players asked me recently if I would allow their character, who has 10ft. reach, gain advantage from flanking while still using their reach. I am aware that RAW this would not work since you ...
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Is this Legendary longsword "Sealed Power/Seven Wishes" too broken?

I'm playing in a very high level campaign with a load of powerful characters, and I'm trying to get an edge. I homebrewed this magic item and I want you guys to see how powerful it is. For comparison, ...
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What magic items would a commoner need to go head to head with a party of 4 (Lvl 15) adventurers?

I run a mostly open-world-ish campaign set in the spelljammer setting. My adventurer's overarching goal is to further a religion based around some camel they found (awesome, right?), so what better to ...
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Will anything break if prone crossbow-wielders get advantage instead of disadvantage?

Being prone imposes disadvantage on attacks, which makes sense for melee weapons and traditional bows. However, for things like crossbows and firearms, laying prone seems like it should have the ...
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Is is balanced to swap "Built for Success" for "Fey Ancestry"?

I am looking to create a homebrew race for a Quadrone, and the best place to start is with an existing race. With that in mind I have found the Autognome (Astral Adventurer's Guide) and it has several ...
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Homebrew retractable shield

An idea that I had for a deployable shield as I didn't find anything satisfactory online. It's simple, but I would like to know if it's balanced or if you see any weird interaction with it. ...
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Is this sporeborn homebrew race balanced compared to other races?

It's basically a spore-infested nature-related horrific kind of being, a regular individual of pretty much any race that got infested and biologically changed, linking themselves with nature in the ...
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Balancing a social media-themed warlock subclass in D&D5e?

For an upcoming Strixhaven campaign, I have attempted to homebrew a Warlock subclass which is centered around a social media/influencer theme. The idea is to use the social medium itself a magical ...
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Is this Changeling homebrew race balanced?

The objective of this presentation is to provide a buffed yet balanced and more setting-encompassing alternative to the already introduced Changeling race. Ability Score Increase. When determining ...
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What are the balance implications of removing spell lists?

How would the game change if I removed spell lists? Essentially, every spell would be on every spell list. I know this would lead to balance issues with wizard's Spell Mastery and spells such as ...
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Is this Homebrew Fault Feature Balanced?

Long story short, I've fiddled with character creation in DnD for a good while before I actually started playing, and I really love the idea of starting with a handicap. I made a character who has the ...
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Is this homebrew Gloves of the Fire Fist magic item balanced as an uncommon item?

Just now I homebrewed the following item and gave it to a player: Gloves of the Fire Fist Wondrous item, uncommon (requires attunement) While wearing the gloves, once per day the wearer can cast ...
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Gestalt caster balance: what price should allow multiple casting classes to share a spellbook?

I'm planning on running a P6 (tl,dr: stop leveling at 6, keep getting feats every 5k XP) campaign wherein the PCs are all gestalt characters, one "side" of which needs to be a full caster. ...
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Is this homebrew "Shimmering Barrier" spell balanced?

I'm trying to make a spell based on a scene from the Dungeon and Dragons movie where a spellcaster protects a group of people around him with some sort of magical barrier: Shimmering Barrier 2nd ...
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Are these homebrew 'Enhanced Arrows' balanced against each other?

Between adventures my campaign has Down Time, a more structured form of play where the players can build relationships with other NPCs, create things, earn money, etc (taking inspiration from the ...
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Would it be unbalanced to let a 5e Cleric cast Enlarge/Reduce?

Playing D&D 5e. The Cleric (Tempest domain) in my players' 4th-level party (Cleric, Ranger, Rogue, Warlock) spotted Enlarge/Reduce and has taken a liking to it for hijinks of the Enormous Half-Orc ...
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Find Familiar magical item [closed]

I want help to create a magic item. I am a Bard 1/Sorcerer 2 with a (Faerie Dragon) pet. I would like to make an item in-game. I'm not quite sure how to proceed. I want an item (or a set? Like when ...
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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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In Exalted 3e, are Solar and Lunars well balanced?

We are relatively new to Exalted and have only used Solar PCs thus far. We are looking at restarting and incorporating Lunars along with Solars. Before we do that, we would like to know if they are ...
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Polymorph magical item

I have a Warlock and I wanted it to be able to cast self-cast Polymorph. I wanted guidance to be able to show my DM a base item that would be able to do that so we can work on it. My question really ...
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Is there a balancing reason why you can not switch unarmored defense when multiclassing?

I have a monk player that multiclasses into a barbarian. Since his constitution is higher than his wisdom he wants to use the barbarians unarmored defense feature. According the the PHB page 164 If ...
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Magical Boots creation help

I have a D&D 5e character that was an acrobat, and I thought to create an item that helped me to act better on that. The item I presented to my DM was a magical boot. It's a mixture of two ...
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Is allowing a player to choose the result on a d20 once per long rest more powerful than features like luck points or portents?

Obviously, allowing a character to critically hit or miss on demand is hugely impactful, but if it's only once a day is it appreciably overpowered compared to other similar features? Aside from the ...
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Would absorb elements once per short rest be balanced vs psychic damage vulnerability for a monk?

I plan to make my character an astral self monk and plan to later on take rogue and possibly fighter for the psionic subclasses. For roleplay/backstory purposes I asked the DM if I could have ...
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Is this homebrew creature well balanced?

I have created an homebrew creature. I would like to know if it could be a resonable fight for a level 8 team (an elf druid, a human barbarian, a human warrior, a ranger goblin). Have I used too many ...
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Is this homebrew Flower/Plant race balanced?

As it is my first time making a homebrew race, I'd like to know if this race is somewhat balanced. I've used Detect Balance to try and achieve this purpose, but I would like to see what others think ...
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Balance Considerations for Treating a Breath Weapon as 'Magic'

I just read this question here about increasing the range of a Dragonborn breath weapon, which says Dragonborn's Breath Weapon isn't a magical effect, so does not benefit from any feats that affect ...
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Is This Homebrew "Protective Ward" Spell/Ability Balanced?

I am in the process of creating a homebrew class. or potentially a subclass... I haven't decided yet if I wanted to make this class a type of caster or martial character, but either way, I want it to ...
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(How) should I rebalance classes when playing a campaign with infinite long rests? [duplicate]

I'm preparing a D&D 5e campaign with the ability to reset time as a core mechanic. As the players will start each time loop fully rested and can choose to reset time when desired, they will start ...
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Would a magic item that lets you cast a spell (that normally requires concentration) without needing to concentrate on it be unbalanced?

I am designing some magic items and would like to add some abilities like the following to some of the items: While holding this item you may cast one of the following spells from it, using your ...
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How powerful is the Ioun Stone of Mastery?

The Ioun Stone of Mastery is a legendary item and so far as I know the only feature outside normal level progression that offers an increase in proficiency. I would like to use one in my game but I am ...
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Would it be unbalanced to allow Extra Attack on a ready action?

The rules for D&D 5e clearly state that Extra Attack can only be used on the character's turn: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action ...
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Monk Way of the Iron Body, Homebrewed Subclass Reworked version, please give me some feedback!

This is the follow up from the Homebrew I posted last month, after reading the feedback I received not only here, but also on D&D Beyond, I made some changes to the subclass. Once Again I hope to ...
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Special ability level of semiautomatic feature

Looking for a reasonable estimate of level for a magic item I am looking to make a gun for one of my players in pathfinder 2e that is essentially the Colt 1911. The "semi-automatic" special ...
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Is my alteration to "Fleet of Foot" balanced?

I'm the GM of a Numenera game. The Glaive move Fleet of Foot (Numenera Character Options, pg. 7) says: Fleet of Foot: If you succeed at a difficulty 2 Speed-based running task, you can move a short ...
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Monk Way of The Iron Body, feedback on the balance of this subclass I made

Preamble: Monks have a contradictory design (in my opinion). Their features and flavor make you want to jump into the frontline of combat and masterfully face off against foes like in Kung Fu movies ...
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Is this homebrew Arcane School of Phantasm (Variant School of Illusion) balanced?

Context: I have a player who is attracted to the "flavor" of being an illusionist, but finds the School of Illusion in the PHB to be rather lackluster, especially before 14th level. Here is ...
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At what level for a 4/5-player party would a CR 2-3 monster be considered a "miniboss"?

I'm working on a dungeon and I want to have a solo encounter with a single basilisk in the hallway. It isn't the last monster in the dungeon; that I'm going with a surprise, however it shouldn't be a ...
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Is an uncommon magic item that grants +2 to all dexterity checks broken?

I'm really trying to help my friend learn how to balance homebrew magic items and he seems to think that there's absolutely nothing wrong with this. I am doing this to our party's own detriment since ...
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Is this homebrew Bard College of Comedy v4.0 balanced, compared to officially published subclasses?

I haven't updated this in a while so I thought I would post my latest revision. Based on the comments/answers from version 1.0, 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0, I have updated features, dropped some, and moved ...
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Is Heightened(4th) Silence spell balanced?

The second level spell Silence can be heightened to 4th level, when its description is as follows: Heightened (4th) The spell effect emanates from the touched creature, silencing all sound in or ...
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Is this Oath of Bees Paladin subclass balanced?

Mostly I am looking to see if the damage output Channel Divinity, and Aura are on par with other paladin oaths, and dont break the game. Oath of Bees Tenets of the Bees The tenets of the Oath of Bees ...
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How will this static Initiative houserule affect game balance?

In my current D&D group all the PCs have a static Initiative (8 + Proficiency + Dex + any other bonuses) while enemies and NPCs keep rolling the original way (d20 dice roll + Dex). This enables us ...
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Is this homebrew weapon balanced? [closed]

Im trying to homebrew some new magic items for D&D 5e to add to my groups' sessions. But I'm not sure if this sword is overpowered or underpowered. The idea is that the item is a "greedy ...
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Can I switch the monk's astral projection spell in the Empty Body feature with something more convenient, like plane shift?

The Monk's 18th level feature Empty Body allows the monk to cast Astral Projection on themselves only: Additionally, you can spend 8 ki points to cast the astral projection spell, without needing ...
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Would Advantage on Strength Checks and/or Strength Saving Throws as part of Powerful Build be in line with base races point-wise?

I'm trying to homebrew the goliath and orc because Powerful Build is really lackluster in its current iteration. I would like to make these large und muscly races feel more powerful than a gnome of ...
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Is this Control Magic homebrew spell balanced? (Spell-stealing counterspell)

I based this off of Counterspell, with higher level requirement as it seems to me that it is generally a more useful spell. Control Magic Fifth level abjuration Casting Time: 1 reaction, when you see ...
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What would be the impact if I allowed Barbarian's Unarmored Defense to stack with Lizardfolk's Natural Armor?

I am going to preface this question with the fact that yes, I am well aware they are separate AC calculations that you choose between. I am simply posing a theoretical question that warrants deeper ...
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