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Is this proposed change to the Transmutation Wizard's Master Transmuter class feature balanced for a setting without resurrection? [Version 2]

In my previous iteration of this question, I proposed a replacement for the Master Transmuter option Restore Life. the feedback I received identified that it was too powerful, so I have a new, much ...
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Is gaining 1 AC in exchange for disadvantage on Perception checks a balanced trade?

Inspired by this answer, and to avoid lengthy back and forth comments, I decided to make this a question in itself. You can put on your helmet for +1 AC and disadvantage on Perception checks. In ...
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Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes?

Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes in 5e? Note that all the spells I've put on the Rider spell list require concentration. The class: Dragon Rider ...
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What RAW weirdness would arise from a PC being permanently Tiny? [closed]

Background Every official playable race in D&D, to the best of my knowledge, is either Medium or Small. Even for creatures that should be Large (meaning where the "monster" versions of such ...
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Are these change to Penetrating and Impervious overpowered?

I'll be the DM for a new campaign and I don't particularly like how Impervious was handled in this edition. But, I also think that the 2nd edition one was OP (overpowered). The idea behind the ...
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Is it balanced to give a Simic Hybrid extra Animal Enhancements?

It's my turn to DM, and the previous DM wants to play a Simic Hybrid, but they want to use three of the animal enhancements available, instead of two. Specifically, they want Underwater Adaptation, ...
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Is this homebrew Oath of the Golden Knight paladin subclass balanced compared to the official subclasses?

Oath Spells You gain Oath Spells at the Paladin levels listed. 3 Hail of Thorns, Ensnaring Strike 5 Locate Animals or Plants, Healing Spirit 9 Conjure Animals, Spirit Guardians 13 Grasping ...
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Is this proposed change to the Transmutation Wizard's Master Transmuter class feature balanced for a setting without resurrection?

The School of Transmutation wizard archetype has a feature at level 14 called Master Transmuter. It can allow such a wizard to, once per long rest, destroy their transmuter's stone and do one of a ...
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The problems I see with the child curse and how to address them [closed]

So there’s the third party oracle curse called child which reads as follows. I’ve always liked the idea of this curse but I see some major problems with it. My policy has always been to make something ...
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Is this homebrew “Vulkaan” race balanced?

I have never made a race before, so this is my first crack at it. I imagined this race of Volcano People called Vulkaans. I guess what pops in my brain is the Vex build from Destiny, but more organic. ...
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Are these new Instruments of the Bards balanced?

I've decided to homebrew some more Instruments of the Bards, representing a few instruments that are not currently included. The only main thing that's different between each one are the unique spells,...
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Would it be unbalanced to allow a non-warforged artificer to use a wand sheath if they make it themselves using one of their infusions?

One of my players is thinking about going artillerist but they don't have enough hands to hold a shield, an arcane firearm, and a sword. In going down the rabbit hole of animated shields and dropping ...
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Is this Way of The Iron Fist homebrew monk subclass too overpowered?

This homebrew subclass is something I came up with to compensate for the fact that my group has only three members, and I as a monk am the only one remotely capable of tanking. I call it the Way of ...
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Creating a balanced spell [closed]

I'm currently playing a level 6 warlock (pact of the seeker) in a campaign right now. I want to develop a new spell in game. This is the spell that I'm trying to create: Name: Xanlin's Secret ...
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Is my Reactive Step homebrew spell balanced?

I've homebrewed a spell that is effectively a combination of shield (in terms of timing) and misty step (in terms of its effect) that I've called reactive step. It's intended for sorcerers, warlocks ...
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Is this homebrew Lich PC race balanced?

This is a Lich PC race I home-brewed; is it balanced? Lich Ability Score Increase Your Intelligence modifier increases by 3. Alignment Most liches are of an evil alignment, ...
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Are these Called Shot rules balanced? [closed]

I am DM a campaign in DnD 5e, where the players have expressed a desire to be able to do Called Shots. I am not resistant to this idea, but what I do not want is for the Called Shots to be so useful ...
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Is this homebrew Oath of the Jedi paladin subclass balanced compared to the official subclasses?

Is the following homebrew Oath of the Jedi paladin subclass balanced compared to the official subclasses? Oath Spells You gain oath spells at the following levels: 3rd - Jump, Catapult ...
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Can an alternate Effect have the Reaction extra?

I've been playing around with making a Kung-Fu master for some time in Mutants and Masterminds, and I'm nearly done. However, I'm not sure if I constructed their attacks correctly. The image that I ...
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Spell Feedback: Death Themed Spells for a Bladesinger

I'm working on a death themed Bladesinger. She died early on to a crit and since being brought back she's been touched by death. I've been working on a few death/melee spells to work with her and I'd ...
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Is this homebrew race, Agias, balanced?

I made the below D&D 5e race, just wondering if it's balanced compared to the other race options. Agias “It was stunning, I was just seconds away from a death by the goblin’s spear, when ...
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Is the Way of the Four Elements monk subclass variant posted in this D&D Beyond article balanced?

In addition to a character builder and online rules source, D&D Beyond also has a blog, and that blog just posted Monk 101: Way of the Four Elements. This article notes Regrettably, the Way of ...
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Is a magic item that treats spells of one school of magic as if upcast one level higher overpowered?

I'm toying with the idea of giving a player a magic rod. This rod would allow him to treat all Necromancy spells as if upcast one level higher than the spell slot expended while the rod is held, if ...
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Is the Summon Woodland Beings spell (to summon pixies) broken?

As a DM I want to be fair and not just never allow a druid the chance of summoning pixies, but it seems so broken. At one point I had four PCs and two NPCs all running about as dinosaurs. I'm hoping ...
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Is this Way of Unwavering Discipline monk subclass balanced against the others?

I've been waiting a long time for Wizards to release a Monk subclass for 5e that relies on psionics rather than sneak, weapons, and/or energy attacks. So, I decided to take things into my own hands, ...
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What's a reasonable temperature of a dungeon in the Underdark, maintaining balance with a character built to keep the environment cold?

I have a player who will be changing the temperature in a large radius and most of the campaign will be in a large underground dungeon. The player's build is built around him using magic & keeping ...
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Is this system for calculating the PC levels at which it is balanced to receive lycanthropy accurate or balanced?

It tells in the Monster Manual how a PC can become a Lycanthrope and what mechanical differences it makes, but as far as I can see it doesn't say anything about what level the character should be at ...
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Would multiclassing in the same class (different non-stacking archetypes) break the game too much?

I know that as per RAW you can stack multiple archetype as long they dont conflict when changing the same class feature. But would it be too game breaking to treat 2 non-stacking archetypes as ...
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Should I depower a PC Lycanthrope at level 1 during Curse of Strahd?

One of my players wants to play a humanoid rat character. I'm considering cursing them with wererat lycanthropy; however, looking at these abilities, they just seem way too strong for a level 1 ...
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Why is the Deck of Many Things considered unbalanced?

The general consensus of the internet is that the Deck of Many Things is overpowered and unbalanced. I can't see why. Sure it can make your character a king, but it can also just make your character a ...
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What should I do about a character's magic items when their player leaves? [duplicate]

I have a group of three adventurers and one member of the party is leaving the group permanently. No worries, it's all on good terms and we're getting someone else to replace them. My concern is that ...
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Is this change to how XP works in D&D 3.5 unbalanced?

I have been concerned for a while about how to treat experience totals in D&D 3.5 when a character gains or loses Level Adjustments (LA). Gaining/losing LA in play is too punitive and is ...
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Is homebrew Martial Spear as balanced as the Chultan spear (yklwa)?

During a discussion at GiTP it appeared to me that there is a gap in the weapons table for spears: there is no martial spear, one handed/versatile, but there is a pike, which is both heavy and two ...
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How unbalancing is changing the target of Detect Thoughts to only the dead and dying?

One of my players is playing a lashunta envoy with the death-touched theme. As such, they have access to "Detect Thoughts" once per day. To give a little flavor with their theme, I decided to let ...
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Are level 20 Druids essentially unkillable? [duplicate]

So maybe I'm reading this wrong, but my moon druid just hit level 20 and the ability seems completely over the top compared to other classes level 20 feature. Unlimited beast shapes? Am I interpreting ...
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Animal companion: roll additional HDs or not?

When a druid reaches level 3, his animal companion earns two hit dice. Do I have to roll them to give him more hp or is it only a number to use, for example, for spell effects? The manual also says ...
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Can Alter Self be used to enter an enemy's body and destroy it from the inside?

I’m a new DM, so I’m using a starter pack with a storyline, although I have adapted it a fair amount. Earlier today one of my players decided that he can use Alter Self to create a tentacle which he ...
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What tier are the D&D 4E classes?

I have a group of players asking me to run a 4e campaign. I've GM'd 4E once and played a couple characters up to level 17. My limited understanding is that the tiers still exist in 4e, but are ...
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Is there enough disparity between the classes to put them into tiers?

I'm interested in the balance of this new edition's classes. Are casters still noticeably more effective in almost all situations than non casters?
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Is this homebrew “Shielding Ward” spell balanced?

This is a follow up from my previous question "Is this Homebrew "Protective Aura" spell balanced?" Inspired loosely by The Witcher's Quen Sign, I've created this abjuration spell that's designed to ...
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Is this homebrew “Protective Aura” spell balanced?

Inspired loosely by The Witcher's Quen Sign, I've created this abjuration spell that's designed to completely negate the damage from a single attack (or similar instantaneous instance of damage like a ...
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Is the UA feat Human Determination balanced?

I've seen a few "Is my homebrew" balanced questions on this stack, so I hope this is on topic. Is the UA Feats for Races "Human Determination" feat balanced with the core D&D 5E feats? ...
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Can a bone knight summon a skeleton version of a steed other than a warhorse or war pony?

Paladins becoming a Bone Knight lose the services of their paladin mount and gain a skeletal mount instead. The wording seems to restrict the type of mount, allowing only a skeletal warhorse or pony (...
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Is 20d6 sonic damage every turn overpowered compared to other 5th- to 7th-level character abilities?

The question is born from: Does taking the form of a Muse using Fey Form gain you the Sound Strike attack?. Is 20d6 sonic damage every turn overpowered compared to other 5th- to 7th character-level ...
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What are the implications of allowing a shove attack with the Spiritual Weapon spell?

I saw this on a stream and it got me wondering. Instead of attacking with the spiritual weapon spell, they were allowed to try a shove using their spellcasting modifier rather than Athletics, ...
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Can a Forge Cleric use Artisan's Blessing multiple times to create parts of an item? [closed]

I am a DM running Curse of Strahd, 5e. The dwarf forge cleric in our party really wants a set of Dwarven plate armor. He's asked if he can use his channel divinity skill to craft the armor piecemeal ...
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How could the passive Perception bonus of the Obsevant feat be replaced with a bonus to active Perception checks in a balanced way?

My DM doesn't tend to use passive Perception of the characters; he'll just get us to roll active Perception checks in most cases. We tend to use Perception far more than any other skill in the game. ...
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How to balance combat for a duet campaign with non-frontliner classes?

I'm in the process of creating a campaign and in the time leading up to it I've been running a few duets, or one-on-one, campaigns via a play-by-post format. I've been struggling though to create ...
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To what extent would using the initiative system from Edge of the Empire in 5e break the game?

I've been checking out Star Wars - Edge of the Empire and I really like the initiative system used in it. ... Once all Initiative checks have been made, the CM notes down the results of each ...
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Is the 2nd-level ability of a transmutation wizard under-powered when compared to other wizard subclasses' 2nd-level abilities?

The text for the transmutation wizard's Minor Alchemy feature (PHB, p. 119) is as follows: Starting at 2nd level when you select this school, you can temporarily alter the physical properties of ...