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Rod of Wonder: Useful or Useless? [closed]

My players recently acquired a rod of wonder. One or two are interested in using it, while others think the risk of a bad random effect is too high. Since the game encourages the DM to change the ...
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Is there any monster with statblock changes during an encounter?

So I've been DMing D&D 5e for quite some time. My table enjoys long, challenging encounters. However many monsters end up repeating the same actions after a few rounds. I usually circumvent this ...
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Unarmed strike with brass knuckles, gauntlets, or bare fists

One of my players wants to buy a set of brass knuckles to keep on him as a low-profile weapon in case he can't bring his giant axe with him into a situation and feels the need to engage in fisticuffs. ...
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Can the Decoy Ring be used multiple times per day?

A while ago we crafted a Decoy ring for someone in our party. The description for it is as follows: Whenever the wearer of this ring takes the withdraw action or becomes helpless (including falling ...
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Is this Cambion race balanced?

A Cambion is a half-fiend - an offspring of the lilu or lilith demons (known commonly as incubi and succubi respectively) and a mortal. Beings with hollow souls and endless desire for pleasure, ...
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Is this homebrew Rhynkos race balanced?

While playing The Quiet Year as set up, a race of platypus-like people were encountered by the seaside settlers. This homebrew race is intended for the players in the following 5e game as a new race ...
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How can I allow my player to be a Doppelganger without excessive HD/LA?

A player character who is a Doppelganger has four levels of Monstrous Humanoid and LA +4: Racial Hit Dice: A doppelganger begins with four levels of monstrous humanoid, which provide 4d8 Hit Dice, a ...
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Can a Doppelganger buy Changeling racial feats?

The Changeling race in D&D 3.5 has a history defined as They evolved through the union of doppelgangers and humans, eventually becoming a separate race distinct from either ancestral tree. In D&...
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Is it balanced with other races to give Dragonborn short-range blindsight as an additional racial trait?

I use this homebrew rule for darkvision and add a new racial trait called low-light vision in my games: Darkvision: The following player races have darkvision to a range of 60ft; Drow, Half-Drow, ...
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How to balance a one page RPG that has three scores? [closed]

I recently saw a great little one page RPG called Potatoes shared by Death by Badgers on twitter: Potato, a one page RPG about being a halfling and trying to quietly enjoy your potatoes in a world ...
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How to fairly add a homebrew skill?

tl;dr I want to add some extra skills to D&D 5e but can't figure out how to do it fairly in terms of awarding proficiency. How do I add additional homebrew skills to D&D 5e? Why I want to add ...
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The GOD SLAP - Balancing for 5th edition

Question about balancing for 5th edition combat. I have this idea for a new attack. I call it the God Slap. A technique unique to monks that must be learned from studying at the feet of a master. The ...
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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 "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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Child of the Warren, slightly tweaked version of Child of the Shadow

I want to use Child of the Shadow (Savage Tide Player's Guide, p.12), but the flavor doesn't work. Altering it to be based on a crowded hobgoblin warren instead, I came up with this: Child of the ...
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How intercompatible are B/X and AD&D 1e spells?

What balance issues would/could arise if AD&D spells are transferred into a B/X game? I'm only considering those spells which don't already exist in B/X and I'm not considering adding in the ...
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Would adding the standard cantrip damage scaling to Shillelagh only for single-class druids be unbalanced?

Shillelagh is a solid Tier 1 cantrip option for druids. It provides magical bludgeoning damage and allows the druid to apply their wisdom modifier to melee attacks. However, shillelagh lacks the ...
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Is this a balanced homebrew race? [closed]

Me and my friend made a race with these traits: They do not regain hitpoints through resting. As an action, they can deal necrotic damage to a target within 10 meters and heal as much damage as they ...
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How to justify Expertise? [closed]

Apologies - I am still stuck up with Bounded Accuracy and Expertise. As far as I understand from the answers about what it means to break bounded accuracy, from the related Q&As about how bonuses ...
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Is this Half-Ogre race balanced?

None of the race options published so far is Large, not even the Centaur, Goliath, or Firbolg. I'd like a Large option, to see how that plays. Half-Ogre When an ogre mates with a human, hobgoblin, ...
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Is this Huu-kikra bird race balanced?

I have figured out that making homebrew races is rather fun and lets my creativity flow free. Any suggestions for fixes or suggestions, for this Homebrew race of bird like people. To make it balanced ...
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Secret door and trap DCs in Tomb of Horrors vs Expertise [closed]

Normal skill checks The standard DCs for skill checks, for example for discovering secret doors with Wisdom (Perception) or Intelligence (Investigation) is given on page 238 DMG under Typical DCs: ...
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Is this homebrew Leafling race unbalanced?

Leaflings are a small race of fey creatures, resembling human children with pointed ears and green tinged skin, that inhabit idyllic places of natural beauty in proximity to humanoid settlements. ...
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Is the homebrew Feral Orc race balanced?

I asked a while back about a homebrew orc race for my campaign. And after my 2 players playing it for a few sessions, and getting feedback on the post as well, I have tweaked it so I feel it still ...
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Is this homebrew gunslinger class balanced?

I have been homebrewing a gunslinger class for a player who wanted to play one, but the problem is I couldn't find any that gave exactly what we wanted. I based it off one I found somewhere and made ...
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How prepared is "too prepared" for an endgame-like NPC?

I'm currently running a guild heavy campaign with the two major guilds being the Bandit's Guild and the Adventurer's Guild. The bandits guild runs in territories where noble rank and lord rank bandits ...
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Would a feature similar to Divination Wizard's Portent with values from 0-23 be overpowered?

The Major arcana of my Tarot deck has 24 cards with values from 0-23. I would like to use these cards to simulate the Portent feature of the School of Divination Wizard for a homebrew Bard subclass, ...
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What level would a weaponised version of Vortex Warp be?

In a campaign I recently misread the wording in the Vortex Warp spell, and was fighting a mounted knight. I used the spell to whip the horse out from under him and have it appear 90ft in the air above ...
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What implications would a monstrosity as a player character entail?

Travelers of the Multiverse Unearthed Arcana lists the Thri-kreen race, and its type is monstrosity. I am wondering what playing as a monstrosity would entail. All things that come to my mind are ...
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Is making all Opportunity Attacks have disadvantage game breaking in any way?

To try and promote more movement in my game I'm considering a ruling where all Opportunity Attacks have disadvantage. Are there any ways this would significantly change the game? Party consists of two ...
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Why can't flying races fly while wearing armor?

No flying race has the ability to fly while wearing any armor other than light armor. Is there a balance issue that this causes? If there is, then what is the difference between a flying race in plate ...
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Would it be balanced to use the Starfinder system for races with more than 2 arms in Pathfinder 1e?

In Starfinder creatures with more than 2 arms have a feature where they can hold more items but not take extra actions with those arms. Would it be balanced if a race in Pathfinder 1e had this feature?...
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As a GM, how can I balance weapon proficiencies that I grant to players for good roleplay?

I like a bit of roleplay in my games and I'm quite supportive of any players that play in dumb but in-character ways. I often give some advantages here and there but I am a bit worried about balance. ...
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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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