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For questions about balance or perceived inequities between characters, classes, subclasses, spells, etc. that should be of roughly equivalent capability with one another.

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How do I design balanced encounters when one PC vastly out-performs the rest of the party?

I'm having some serious balancing issues with my current campaign. Mostly due to the Barbarian. My entire party consists of the Barbarian, a Bard, and a Druid, all recently turned lvl 6. So one ...
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What benefits does the Power Word Kill spell have?

A caster usually gets the ability to cast a Power Word Kill spell only at level 17. The HP of players and monsters at level 17 are significantly higher than 100. The player can’t find out the exact ...
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Polearm, reach homebrew weapon for Kensei Monk balance [closed]

I will be running a campaign and one of my players wants to play specifically a Kensei Monk with a polearm weapon that has reach and is not heavy or special, so he can use it as kensei weapon. He ...
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How to balance encounters after the loss of the frontline fighters?

I've been running a pathfinder game for some time. Up until now I think I have done a fairly good job of balancing encounters, the party is about to reach level 7 and there have only been 2 deaths but ...
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What are the possible balance implications for houseruling INT as Paladin's spellcasting ability and class features?

Related (yet different): What is the source of a Paladin's spell-casting ability? Related (strongly): What are the impacts of changing a Ranger's spellcasting ability? (I don't know if everything ...
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Is increasing the Primal Savagery spell's damage die to 1d12 unbalanced/unnecessary?

The primal savagery spell (XGtE, p. 163) states: [...] Make a melee spell attack against one creature within 5 feet of you. On a hit, the target takes 1d10 acid damage... The spell's damage ...
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Would it be balanced to allow Enlarge/Reduce to double its effect when upcast?

The enlarge reduce spell currently has no listed advantage to being upcast. It also seems relatively rare to find 5e mechanics that are able to stack with this spell, allowing you to grow/shrink even ...
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Would it be unbalanced to add Geas to the warlock spell list?

On page 287 of the Dungeon Master's Guide, it says, under "Changing Spell Lists": Be cautious when changing the warlock spell list. Since warlocks regain their spell slots after a short rest, they ...
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Is this homebrew “Elemental Air patron” warlock subclass balanced?

I have created a new subclass for warlocks that is designed to be an option for those who would like to make a pact with a djinn or other mighty creature of Elemental Air. Is this balanced as ...
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Is this homebrew Fae Ancestry sorcerer subclass (v2.0) balanced?

I have redone my Fae Ancestry subclass due to it being wildly unbalanced. I have tried to rectify this by reducing the power of the capstone feature and boosting everything else. I'm slightly worried ...
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Is allowing Barbarian features to work with Dex-based attacks unbalanced?

The barbarian requires that you make attacks using Strength in order to get a number of benefits. This, to me, sounds very much like someone trying to enforce their personal notion of what a barbarian ...
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What would be the balance implications of a house rule allowing a readied spell to be held indefinitely?

As established by this question, readied spells can only be held until the beginning of your next turn. What would the balance implications be if there were no upper limit on how long the spell's ...
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Is my Murderous Celestial homebrew warlock patron (Version 2) balanced?

I posted this homebrew subclass earlier via this post. After feedback I've made some sweeping changes to reduce its' powerlevel. With these below changes, would this be considered a balanced and ...
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Is this “Fae Ancestry” homebrew sorcerer subclass balanced? [duplicate]

Continuing my current planar obsession I have made this Fae Ancestry sorcerer subclass. To me (I may be biased), it looks mostly fine except for Fae Charm, but I can't tell which is the reason I am ...
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Is this “Voidtouched” homebrew race balanced?

I have created another race to go along with the Faetouched and Shadetouched. This race is designed to be a (former) human, elf, dwarf, etcetera that was melded with some of the spirit of insanity ...
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Is this change to the Magic Initiate feat unbalancing?

The Magic Initiate feat states: Choose a class: bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, warlock, or wizard. You learn two cantrips of your choice from that class's list. In addition, choose one 1st level ...
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Is this Murderous Celestial homebrew warlock patron balanced?

I'm hoping to get some feedback in order to keep this warlock subclass in balance - The Murderous Celestial. Context I'm the DM of a 5e D&D game. One of my players' characters is a Neutral-Good ...
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What are the ramifications of this change to upcasting spells?

I was looking at the Evocation Wizard's Overchannel feature which states: When you cast a wizard spell of 1st through 5th-level that deals damage, you can deal maximum damage with that spell. This ...
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Is this homebrew Slimefolk PC race balanced?

I have created a draft No. 4 of a Slimefolk race that I have created. I will say this is my first homebrew. (The full homebrew also includes a number of racial feats, which I may ask about separately.)...
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Corroded Metal vs Magical Armor, should it melt it?

The DM in our game homebrewed something called a Dire Otter Swarm and had the Corroded Metal attribute that can destroy nonmagical items, but he gave it a buff that allowed them to destroy Magical ...
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How can I decide if my homebrew item should require attunement?

Attunement slots are an important tool for maintaining game balance - especially in high magic settings where magic items are common. If I've homebrewed a new magic item for my players, how can I ...
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Is this “Slowed Spell” metamagic balanced?

I was thinking about the uses of the Sorcerer's Quickened Spell Metamagic option and came up with my own metamagic: Slowed Spell: When you cast a spell that has a casting time of 1 bonus action, ...
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Would there be any significant balance implications for letting a player forfeit their action to take a second bonus action? [duplicate]

As the title suggests, I'm wondering if there would be any significant balance implications for letting a player forfeit their action to take an additional bonus action (but not the other way around). ...
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Are the following anti-magical items balanced?

All the following items are part of one big ritual that disrupts magic for an entire world. I want each of the items by themselves to be a item of less power, but fitting to the theme of anti-magical, ...
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Are these magic items too strong for level 3-4 characters?

I'm running my first ever campaign. The party of 4 are trying to unite a valley community (a kobold tribe, a human village, and a dwarven expedition) together against the incoming orc invasion. If ...
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Does the ki cost of Way of the Four Elements monk spells scale for higher level spells?

Background As I mentioned in this question, I have recently started watching the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series and am inspired to improve the otherwise underwhelming Way of the Four ...
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What balance pitfalls result from this house rule modifying the optional Flanking rule?

As much as I enjoy 5e, one design issue sticks in my craw: combat is too static. Once initiative is rolled, everyone tends to move to a single position and stand there whacking enemies until someone ...
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If I mandated that full casters take 1 non-spellcasting class level for every 2 spellcaster levels, would they be balanced with 2/3 casters?

I've been asking about how to balance player characters, and others have suggested using tier 3 classes only, or using only spellcasters who cast 6th-level spells. This is not the place to contest ...
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Would the Four Elements monk be balanced with more disciplines and cantrips?

So I've just started watching the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series (it's quite a few years old now, but I've never watched it before), and immediately I am reminded of the Way of the Four ...
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What is the consensus on which books should be banned due to either exploitability, lack of balance, or poor editing? [closed]

At first this may seem to be a largely opinion-based question, but the more that I read the more that there appears to be a consensus. For example, in something resembling decreasing order of the ...
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Can this party play the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure without too much trouble?

I recently started DMing the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure for a party of friends, and I'm planning to start running it for a party which will be my three sisters. We started creating ...
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What do I do with a party that is much stronger than their level?

We're playing D&D 5E. The party consists of 5 players, all currently level 11 (however, I've noticed this problem since they were level 8). I've been using the Goblinist random encounter ...
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Is this homebrew magic item, the Necklace of Peer Pressure, balanced?

The intent of this item is to provide a version of the spell Suggestion that is stronger than the base spell but not as powerful as Mass Suggestion. The party members who would receive this item will ...
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Are my homebrew alcohol rules and Way of the Drunken Gods homebrew monk subclass balanced?

I am DMing for an in-person group. One of my players wants to play a drunk monk, with inspiration from the famous Jackie Chan movie Drunken Master. I've been reading about a few homebrew classes but ...
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Improving bad spells: Mordenkainen's sword

In my answer to "Is the Mordenkainen's Sword spell underpowered?", I concluded (and the community agreed) that the spell is terrible. In this question, I will look at what makes the spell unique, how ...
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Why can Complex Forms be threaded at such high levels?

There are a great many equivalencies between Resonance and Magic; many of their abilities are very similar both in fluff and mechanics. One difference that stands out is the limit at which their ...
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Are there any balance drawbacks in ignoring Physical, Social or Mental Limits?

I've been gamemastering Shadowrun 5e since it was published. I have every single book published for the system, a throve of supplements, maps, miniatures, cards, and a bunch of other acessories. I ...
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Before high levels, can Salient Divine Abilities be balanced for players? [closed]

I've become interested in Salient Divine Abilities. This answer details some of the ways in which they can become absurdly imbalanced (even in comparison to an Epic level party). However, when I look ...
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Are there any balance-breaking consequences of house-ruling that the Spider Climb spell can be upcast to affect additional creatures?

I have a broader question that is the root of this question. I thought I'd ask what I would think is a relatively simple question and see if the answers can help me answer the broader question. As ...
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What balance issues would arise from a Chaotic Good Paladin?

I have long been annoyed by the inability of Chaotic Good warriors to become empowered by their unwavering faith in freedom and human decency, and so am considering a custom archetype that would allow ...
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Is a house-rule to increase crit range via the Bless spell balanced?

Here's the situation. In the campaign that I am DMing, I have ruled that if a blessed creature (via the Bless spell) gets a total of 20 (or more) on the sum of the d20 and the d4 on an attack roll, ...
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Balance Implications of Divine Smite Doing Necrotic Damage?

I have a True Neutral Paladin that is also a Fallen Aasimar. He has fully embraced darkness, letting it into his heart and spurned his celestial heritage. He hasn't gone fully evil purely because he ...
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Adjusting power of Animate Dead in custom Dark Sun campaign with slower recovery mechanics (24-hour short rest, 1-week long rest)

tl;dr Because of slower recovery mechanics, my Wizard cannot raise or sustain as many undead as a RAW 5E Wizard. What would be a fair alteration to the spell to bring it back inline with the intended ...
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Will letting my players take enemy weapons cause balance issues?

My players are very much of the "kill a monster and take their stuff" mentality. They have acquired a veritable collection of daggers, javelins, short swords, and so on, from all the monsters they've ...
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Does this house rule, for determining hit point maximum, make characters weaker than RAW?

Recently my friend had mentioned that he was using a house rule for his players to calculate their hit point maximum, which I am both curious & hesitant to try with my players. His way of ...
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Is the 3.0 Druid a lower tier than the 3.5e Druid?

When looking at comparisons between 3.0 edition and 3.5, I've noticed something interesting. In some cases, for example here and here, I've seen it commented that the Druid was not playable in 3.0 and ...
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How does the 'five minute adventuring day' affect class balance?

In the basic rules the The Adventuring Day is described as follows: Assuming typical adventuring conditions and average luck, most adventuring parties can handle about six to eight medium or hard ...
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Is this house-rule removing the increased effect of cantrips at higher character levels balanced?

As a D&D 5e GM and ex-D&D 3.5e GM, I have found that cantrips are too strong: After a certain level, they deal more damage than some level 1 spells. You can use them indefinitely. It makes a ...
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Is this homebrew Half-Phoenix race balanced?

Some weeks ago, my DM told us that we she was working on a new campaign. She also told us homebrew races and classes were allowed. I was thinking of making a new race and something that seemed ...
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What would be the balance effects of adding extra Divination spells?

I am playing a Divination wizard at the moment and quite disappointed that there are only 17 Divination spells, so I thought I would look at some homebrew ones to talk to the DM about. The question ...