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Is it unbalanced to allow the protection fighting style to modify an attack roll after it's rolled?

I've just learned that the Protection fighting style is supposed to be used before any attack rolls are made, via this question: Can Protection Fighting Style Be Used After The Roll? In my group, we'...
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Is this homebrew “Death's Incarnate” class balanced?

long time lurker, first time poster, yada yada to the point. Some time ago I written a homebrew class for D&D 5e called Death's Incarnate. I would like to ask for any opinions and critique about ...
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Is Fog Cloud objectively better than Darkness despite being one spell-level lower?

The spells Darkness and Fog Cloud basically have the same purpose: Denying vision within an area. One does it by darkness, the other by obscuring it with fog, but the result is the same: The creation ...
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Is allowing to Polymorph Any Object into a specific person balanced?

I'm pretty sure that, by RAW, the Polymorph Any Object spell would function like the Alter Self spell when talking about specific physical aspect. But would it be balanced to allow Human A to ...
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Is animate objects overpowered?

I am a new DM, just having run a game around 10 to 15 times. I have an experienced player, and he plays as wizard. He is casting animated object so that he can attack my mage or weakling. He moves 20 ...
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Is this homebrewed “Curse Domain” cleric subclass balanced?

I've made this subclass for fun, and I wanted to make sure it was balanced without being too weak or too strong. I'm not too experienced with homebrewing subclasses, I took inspiration of some ...
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Are there any serious balance issues with allowing all players to have access to elemental magic in my homebrew?

The Background I'm constructing a homebrew setting for a campaign in which elemental magic is much more common than in most D&D official settings. There will be portals to the elemental planes ...
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How can I reasonably prevent Manual of Bodily Health abuse? [closed]

I'm running D&D 5e. My players have recently come into possession of a Manual of Bodily Health. The very first thing they thought of was how to abuse it. They are planning on reading it and then ...
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Is this second version of my “Fehl-her” homebrew race balanced?

This is a follow up to my previous homebrew question, in which the answers explained that, overall, my race was underpowered, prone to overspecialization and fairly contradictory in certain aspects (...
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Is this “Fehl-her” homebrew race balanced?

I'm still relatively new to dnd, and was trying to build a homebrew race for the first time. I tried basing myself mostly on orcs and lizardfolk at first, but the race I was making took quite a turn ...
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Is the magic system in the XD20 roleplaying system unbalanced? [closed]

I'm currently reading XDM: X-Treme Dungeon Mastery by Tracy and Curtis Hickman, published in 2009. The "deconstructed" magic system in their XD20 roleplaying rules caught my eye - magic-user ...
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Is it balanced to offer these ranger features as a feat?

What is the aim of my suggestion? I do not like the ranger from the PHB and find it problematic that the UA revised ranger does not work with subclasses other than the ones from the UA. This has led ...
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Is it unbalanced to allow a player to move the tiefling's +1 Int bonus to a different ability score?

I'm in the planning phases of a campaign for D&D 5e, but using the Planescape setting. Since this setting is the one which introduced tieflings, I sent the table of potential tiefling traits to my ...
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What should I change for my homebrew Ent subclass? (Updated) [duplicate]

This is a follow up question to my earlier post: What changes should I make to improve my homebrew Circle of the Ent druid subclass? The changes made in this post are designed to make it more clear ...
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What changes should I make to improve my homebrew Circle of the Ent druid subclass? [closed]

I am currently trying to create a custom druid subclass called the Circle of the Ent, inspired by Ents from The Lord of the Rings. I really love the concepts, but I do not have any experience with ...
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Would allowing a character to gain bonuses for two shields be unbalanced?

Would allowing a character to gain bonuses for two shields be unbalanced? I have a character I've been working on who worships a god of protection. The idea is that he will use two shields, but the ...
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Is this homebrew Circle of the Companion subclass for Druid balanced?

Preamble I've always felt that having an animal companion was a vital element of the class identity of Druids, which the Druid in 5th Edition lacks entirely. It was for this very reason that until ...
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Is this “Oath of Health” Paladin subclass balanced?

I have created a homebrew Paladin subclass, the Oath of Health, based off of the ideas of a Paladin completely devoted to healing and not combat. This was somewhat inspired by the brave doctors and ...
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How balanced is the UA Draconic Options Nathair's Mischief?

Nathair's Mischief is a spell from the relatively new UA Draconic Options, p 6. How balanced is it in its current iteration when compared to similar options published in non-playtest material and does ...
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If spiritual weapon allowed you to use spells with it would it be broken? Yes, but if I put this limit on it would it still be?

I am toiling with a spiritual weapon-based subclass homebrew idea. In the base game, the way you would use spiritual weapon would be alongside a cantrip or weapon attack. This is because you can't use ...
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Would DnD 5e style heightening unbalance the game?

Non-damaging spells like Fear, Slow and Haste increase the target count when heightened. However, not linearly as Hold Person or Blindness does in DnD 5e (+1 target / level) but quite randomly: Fear ...
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Is this Variant Ranger Feature “Favored Enemy Swap” balanced?

I don't like the ranger and I have been experimenting with new variants for the weaker features. One feature I don't like is Primeval Awareness, allowing you to expend a spell slot to know if certain ...
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What are the balance implications of letting a wizard subclass have more prepared spells?

I'm working with a player who has a homebrew wizard subclass and we were discussing the possibility of giving it a list of spells that was automatically learned and prepared for this class. We ...
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Is the Healer feat overpowered?

A healer's kit has 10 uses, weighs 3 lb. and costs 5 gp; therefore, each use weighs 0.3 lb. and costs 5 sp. Normally, it allows a player to do the following: As an action, you can expend one use of ...
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Would allowing Shillelagh to transform your staff into another weapon be unbalanced?

I am planning a (not explicitly optimised) Ranger/Monk character, that uses Druidic Warrior to cast Shillelagh: Druidic Warrior You learn two cantrips of your choice from the druid spell list. They ...
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Is this “Wandering Dwarf” subrace balanced?

In a campaign setting I designed, the Dwarves are wandering nomads who rarely stay in one place. I created the following subrace for these nomads, and I was wondering if it was balanced. Wandering ...
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Is this Artificer / Armorer variant balanced enough? [closed]

I am playing a casual campaign with some friends. The DM is a friend of mine who is new to DMing but is well versed in the game, whereas I am just starting out. After a session or two into the ...
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Evaluation of homebrew powerattack feat for one-handed attacks

All questions of flavor aside, how balanced do you think this feat is compared to Great Weapon Master and Sharpshooter? Adept Weapon User (AWU) Before you make a melee attack using the Attack action ...
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Is this Medusa homebrew race balanced?

I've been wondering if this homebrew Medusa race me and my friends thought up was balanced compared to official races. Here are the stats: +2 Dex, +1 Cha Darkvision: Not all the medusa’s curse offers ...
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Does a magic item that grants a +3 bonus to spell save DC break bounded accuracy?

In Tasha's Cauldron of Everything p. 134, there is a magic item: Rhythm Maker's Drum (paywalled link). It gives a bonus to spell saving throw DCs (and spell attack rolls) of the user depending on ...
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How to upscale the death house and still keep it fun? [closed]

Due to Reasons™, my intro level to my current run of Curse of Strahd for a new group didn't involve the Death House, I wrote my own intro-level this time. I always had a lot of fun running it for ...
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Are purchasable animals overpowered?

I have recently discovered that you can buy a large variety of rather strong creatures for very cheap amounts. A character that is moderately specialized in handle animal can easily get a +15 by level ...
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Is this Tracker ranger subclass balanced (version 2)?

I have recently created a ranger subclass called the tracker, which is made for a group of rangers focused on purging threats (natural and unnatural) from their home. I updated the tracker from the ...
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Balancing Encounters around a very proficient Necromancer

In a game I am a part of there is a player who considers themself a necromancer. They are fully specced and invested around the spell "Animate Dead". They are very effective and efficient at ...
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Why are zephyr hawks and river drakes both level 3?

Both zephyr hawks and river drakes are level 3 creatures. This seems insane. Zephyr hawks are worse than river drakes in just about every way. Their AC being 2 points higher than that of a river drake ...
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Is this homebrew Enforcer rogue subclass balanced?

This is my first attempt at a homebrew subclass, and I am doing my best to follow all best practices. Concept Origin I first started to think of designing a rogue subclass when I was looking for ...
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Is my Chaos Genasi subrace balanced?

I recently created a Chaos Genasi subrace that has origins in the elemental chaos. They are meant to have a small amount of power from each of the elemental planes. I made them to be flexible and able ...
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What is the point of Bestial Mutagen?

The Bestial Mutagen gives you a penalty to AC and Ref, but also unarmed attacks, and an item bonus to these. The bonus to attack is 1 higher than what you could get on a level-apropirate weapon, which ...
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Need help with balancing a homebrew monk subclass

I'm new here. So I will be running a campaign and one of my players gave me a homebrew monk subclass they would like to play. I don't have a lot of experience with balancing, so I'd like to hear some ...
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What would be the ramifications of allowing a Wild Magic Sorcerer's Bend Luck ability to scale with level?

I was wondering why a Wild Magic Sorcerer's Bend Luck ability is always 2 sorcery points and a reaction to increase or reduce another creature's attack roll, ability check or saving throw by 1d4. I ...
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Impact of Proposed Healing House Rule?

What is the probable impact of the following house rule? A Wisdom (Medicine) check can be used to restore hit points. This is a DC 0 check; the patient regains 1 HP for each point the result exceeds ...
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Will it break the game if healing in combat heals the max instead of rolling?

In the next week I will start a new campaign where I will be the DM. The players will be totally new to the DnD World. I want to let them to freely choose the class and race which they want to play, ...
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Are oozes overpowered for their levels due to the Engulf ability?

Background Early in my campaign, there was a combat encounter where three level 2 PCs fought a single gelatinous cube. The cube was the standard level 3, and there were no special outside ...
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Is the dice system too generous for my rpg? [closed]

I'm writing my paper RPG that sets up in a modern day world, with elite soldiers facing several horrific situations. I wanted to create a game system not too complicated, but not too simple and ...
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Is this homebrew Chaos domain balanced compared to the official subclasses? [closed]

I am making a compendium of homebrew Cleric subclasses, spells and feats, but I want to make sure it is actually balanced and there are no glaring loopholes or broken combos with existing feats, ...
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Are my weapon damage house rules balanced?

TLDR: In my game, finesse and ranged weapons don't get a stat damage bonus and Dueling gives the damage bonus to 1- and 2- handed weapons. Is this balanced? Starting running a game for the first time ...
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Is Custom Lineage Unbalanced at low levels?

Background Our group prefers to adopt AL rules for our home games because we feel it starts us off with the right mix of fun and balance (multiclass allowed, feats allowed, rolling for stats ...
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Is this homebrewed The Chosen One race balanced?

This is my first time homebrewing a race. I want to know that if it is balance or not. Also, if not, what should I change to balance it. Race: The Chosen One The Chosen One Traits Ability Score ...
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Would it be gamebreaking to allow a player to use wish to change the functioning green flame blade?

Is it in any way gamebreaking, if I let a player use his wish to change a function of the green flame blade cantrip? As a group of long year friends, we ruled that we always speak about the things the ...
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is the requirement of being in a lightly obscured area to gain the benefit of the Nature's Mantle works in a heavily obscured area?

I want to make sure I'm not creating a problem by allowing heavily obscured areas to meet the requirement of being in a lightly obscured area for the Nature's Mantle benefit of hiding as a bonus ...

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