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How to calibrate combat encounters for high level play?

The DMG contains recommendations for the XP values of encounters that are supposed to help you create engaging but survivable combat encounters (page 82). They work pretty well for low- and mid-level ...
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How well is the Unearthed Arcana Raven Queen warlock subclass balanced as compared to the officially published subclasses?

Unearthed Arcana: Warlock & Wizard introduced a new warlock patron: The Raven Queen. However, it never ended up being published. How balanced is the UA Raven Queen warlock subclass as compared to ...
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How does the balance of the UA Twilight Domain compare to the official Twilight Domain from Tasha's Cauldron?

I have been playing a Cleric whose sub-class is the Twilight Domain from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything. I have been using the official Tasha's version of the domain, but there is an Unearthed Arcana ...
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Will making changes to verbal component rules break game balance?

The goal of verbal components is to prevent casters from rashly casting spells like Charm Person (as the NPCs would immediately notice it) and let prison guards debilitate a caster by gagging them. ...
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Is this altered version of the spell "Crown of Madness" balanced?

I'm preparing for my first campaign as Dungeon Master. While I was assisting my players with character creation, one of them (playing an Archfey Warlock) expressed enthusiasm for the spell "Crown ...
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Is this "dirispit" homebrew race balanced? [closed]

Me and my friend made a race called Dirispits. Their backstory is that they're intellect spirits given physical form from high intellect/magic areas. These are the bonuses we gave them: They are ...
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Help balancing a spell, dealing with blindsight, concentration and a unique character build

Drizzledusk's Smoke Shroud 1st level Casting Time: 1 bonus action Range/Area: 20ft./10ft sphere. Components: S Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute Magical smoke spreads from a point you choose ...
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Is this homebrew Bard College of Comedy v3.0 balanced, compared to officially published subclasses?

Based on the comments/answers from version 1.0, 2.0, and 2.5, I have updated features, dropped some, and moved others around. I'm including the (slightly edited) original intro, and have adjusted the ...
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Is this homebrew Dex-based barbarian subclass (Path of the Striker) viable and/or balanced?

Is this homebrew Dex-based barbarian subclass (Path of the Striker) viable and/or balanced? It is based off the Berserker, with a focus on incorporating Dexterity into its features rather than ...
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Would items that work like "Belt of X giant strength" for other stats be utterly unbalanced?

To my understanding, strength is the only stat that can be increased beyond 20 just wearing (and attuning to) an item. I am playing an Arcane Trickster, with wood elf magic feat. For my backstory and ...
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Ways to balance a Tarrasque Fight [closed]

Running a campaign right now where the planned BBEG is going to unleash a Tarrasque at some point. I think its a really cool monster, but balancing the encounter seems impossible. It's a CR 30 monster,...
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Would allowing barbarians to maintain rage as an action be unbalanced or permit shenanigans?

A barbarian's Rage ends early if your turn ends and you haven't attacked a hostile creature since your last turn or taken damage since then. Players of barbarians, including those in my own play ...
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Is a rod of Cherry Blossom Spell metamagic a bad idea?

I am GMing the Hollow's Last Hope Adventure Path and I plan on going into Crown of the Kobold King after it. The book already has an aspect of poisons and diseases but I've leaned into them a little ...
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How does class balance change when I remove spellcasting?

Let's say I want to DM a hypothetical, low-magic, homebrew D&D 5e game, that pits weapon-wielding heroes against supernatural foes and evil sorcerers. Think Conan the Barbarian or Game of Thrones ...
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Would an item that provided an extra attunement slot be unbalanced?

I am PC in a extremely high magic campaign. I am a level five character, and I have already used up all three of my attunement slots. My DM is fine with homebrew. My question is would a magic item ...
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How much is darkvision worth compared to a skill pick?

In evaluating homebrew races for how balanced they are, you often have to compare features against each other. One recommended approach that has been used several times for this is the Detect Balance ...
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Is this homebrew Bard College of Comedy v2.5 balanced, compared to officially published subclasses?

Based on the comments/answers from the first version and second version, I have updated some of the features, dropped some, and moved others around. I'm including the original intro, but have adjusted ...
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Is my Ranger doing more damage than they should?

My character is a level 5 ranger and can do on average 50 or so damage per round. I have the Venomous Bow and and some basic bane toxin. The bow has the following relevant traits: Poison Generation. ...
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What if the rules for corporeal creatures and incorporeal were symmetrical?

I previously asked this question in regards to the asymmetry between corporeals attacking incorporeals (having a miss chance of 50%) and incorporeals attacking corporeals (no miss chance) as per the ...
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Does this nerf to the Sharpshooter Feat make it too weak or unbalanced?

I'm getting pretty close to wrapping up a campaign where the highest damage dealing character in the party was a Sharpshooting Fighter, who in combination with the Crossbow Expert feat, was regularly ...
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Is this homebrew Bard College of Comedy v2 balanced, compared to officially published subclasses?

Based on the comments/answers from the first version I have updated some of the features, dropped some, and moved others around. I'm including the original intro, but have adjusted the text explaining ...
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How can I avoid accidentally deadly encounters from monsters that are more deadly than their challenge rating suggests?

Monster Deadliness: In the DMG (p.82) there is guidance about the calculating encounter deadliness. This is entirely based on the XP of the monsters encountered, and each challenge rating (CR) has a ...
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Is the necklace of fireballs underpriced in the Sane Magic Items pdf?

I gave my third-level party 900gp and told them they could buy start equipment from the Sane Magic Items pdf. One of my characters bought a two-bead Necklace of Fireballs and personally demolished two ...
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Should all classes get the same number of magic items?

Should all PCs should get the same number of magic items regardless of class? I’ve been hearing a lot lately about imbalance between martial classes and caster classes. I’ve heard that magic items are ...
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Is this homebrew Bard College of Comedy v1 balanced, compared to officially published subclasses?

I wanted to play a bard, but personally lack any musical talent. While it's not vital to actually sing in real life, it got me thinking that there should be a College that focuses more on the spoken ...
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When is something overpowered? [duplicate]

There are over a 500 questions on this site that ask if this or that is overpowered. By what criteria would you determine if something is overpowered? Can this only be resolved in specific narrow ...
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Is Gloom Stalker overpowered?

Sharpshooter is considerered to be among the most overpowered feats in D&D 5e. Its gross damage boost is even more disgusting when one has a consistent source for Advantage. Gloom Stalker has the ...
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How to calculate D&D 5e challenge ratings when party has improvised weapons and no armor

I'm running a game where the players are planning to attend a grand ball. At this ball, the players will not be able to wear their armor with their finery or smuggle in their weapons. The players are ...
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How to balance magic item that utilizes gems? [closed]

I have a really cool idea for a magic item but I am trying to figure out how to balance it. The premise of it is that it is a hilt that changes form when a gem is inserted in the pommel. The type of ...
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How large are various gems? [duplicate]

I have a homebrew hilt of a weapon that changes what form it is depending on what kind of gem is placed inside of it. I am trying to figure out what size the gems should be in order to be used with ...
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Balance review for a homebrew magic item - Illithid Tadpole

My (currently level 9) Divination Wizard has been implanted with an Illithid Tadpole. Through various events the Ceremorphosis was ended, and I was left with the live tadpole within me. I could have ...
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How to deal with incredibly rich PCs messing with combat balance

One of my PCs are ludicrously rich: on the order of 100000 platinum pieces. I don't want to say "You're poor now, too bad", so what is a fast way to deprive them of their wealth so it doesn'...
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How do the official firearms affect balance?

At least two other GMs and I will be running a shared game that uses the optional firearms from the DMG (pg 269). Renaissance arms will be available, and we will be deciding whether we will also make ...
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In terms of damage, how do guns and gunslingers compare to other ranged classes?

I've been looking over the recent Pathfinder 2E expansion Guns and Gears and it seems that firearms are generally weak compared to most other weapons. The Gunslinger class supposedly specializes at ...
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Does adding "+1 Str" to the "Medium Armor Master" feat break the balance?

There are 5 "armor" feats in PHB: Lightly/Moderately/Heavily Armored, Medium Armor Master, and Heavy Armor Master. Four of them add +1 Str, of those some allow +1 Dex instead; Medium Armor ...
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Is this Homebrew AC increasing magic item for monk balanced?

I have made a Rare item based off advice from a previous post and the Defensive Duelist feat. Is this item balanced as a Rare, and if not how can it be balanced? Cloak of Swirling water This cloak is ...
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Is this homebrew magic item that lets you add your Wisdom modifier to your AC (while attuned) balanced as a rare magic item?

I recently had an idea for a new item in 5e. This item is a cloak that lets you add your Wisdom modifier to your AC (requires attunement). I was thinking of making it a rare magic item, and I was ...
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How powerful are mass mind control spells?

I'm DMing a game where I want the BBEG to feel almost dreamlike: it can physically do little to nothing, but uses mind control and illusions. Until now, it mind-controlled the mayor of a small town, ...
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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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