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Would it be balanced to increase the Spell Level of Hypnotic Pattern?

To me, Hypnotic Pattern seems quite strong for a 3rd Level Spell. The main reason I think so is that it can affect a huge number of targets, and a creature that fails the saving throw will not get ...
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Are these homebrew attempts at recreating some blast shape invocations from 3.5e balanced for 5e?

In D&D 3.5e, there were various "blast shape" invocations available to warlocks, five of which were included in the video game Neverwinter Nights 2 (which is based on 3.5e and is all I really know ...
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How powerful is the Blood Hunter class? [closed]

Someone sent me their character sheet for a session today and asked if they could make a Bloodhunter. I looked over some of their abilities and it seems pretty strong, but maybe that's because I'm ...
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What would be the effects of allowing dual Pact Weapons?

I have been considering a Hexblade Warlock with a houserule to allow two Pact Weapons, so that they could dual-wield. What would the effects of such a houserule be? It is an extra option for Pact of ...
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Is moving between separate attacks of the same spell unbalanced?

As stated in this question, you can't move between attacks when casting spells like Eldritch Blast as per RAW. My question is, if a GM would allow this to happen (cast a beam to a creature, move, and ...
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A dwarven Path of the Ancestral Guardian, good builds/tips? [closed]

Recently I finished playing a character of mine in a long-running D&D campaign. My DM and I both decided it'd be best to leave my character behind because his story was finished and there was no ...
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Is this Monk’s Robe magic item conversion balanced in 5e?

In Pathfinder, there is a magic item called the Monk’s Robe. I like the idea, and have tried to convert it to D&D 5e, but I don’t know if my conversion is balanced. My conversion of the item is ...
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How does lodestone lure work if the attacker's moved away from the target?

The level 3 battlemind discipline lodestone lure, an at-will attack power, has the following entry: Hit: Constitution modifier damage, and you must pull the target 1 square. Until the end of your ...
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For a Portent feat based on the Lucky feat, how many Portent dice would be balanced against the 3 points (dice) from the Lucky feat?

I am looking to make a homebrew feat based on the Lucky feat but using the Portent mechanic, and am trying to find the balance point on the amount of dice. Disclaimer: I don't think Lucky is ...
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Is this “Cuetzpali” homebrew race balanced relative to the PHB races?

To give a little background on this race, I wanted to create something akin to the Lizardmen from Warhammer Age of Sigmar. They're different from the Lizardfolk race in Volo's Guide to Monsters in ...
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Cost/Value of Scale

Scale (as described on page 67 of the System Toolkit and page 52 of Condensed) is a rather useful tool for modelling certain kinds of discrepancies of power between entities in a campaign. It seems ...
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Would allowing Wizards to use Wisdom for AC be unbalanced?

I find myself frustrated that Wizards have high incentive to invest in Dexterity and Constitution so that the aren't quite so squishy whereas they have little incentive to increase Wisdom except to ...
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Can my players coat a +1 Plate Armor with Adamantine?

My Dwarf smith wants to merge both his Plate Armor +1 and his Adamantine Plate Armor. The idea is to melt Adamantine, obtain the raw material, and coat his +1 Plate with it, thus obtaining a +1 ...
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Are these two homebrew shields balanced?

I remember being impressed with this question, although it was closed as too broad for asking about too many things in one go. I left a comment at the time about asking less, and coming back to this ...
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Is the Graviturgy Magic wizard's Adjust Density feature overpowered?

In the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, there are two new arcane traditions for wizards: Graviturgy Magic and Chronurgy Magic. The Graviturgy Magic wizard gets the Adjust Density feature at 2nd level ...
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Is this “Fortune Domain” Cleric subclass balanced?

This subclass was initially conceived of as a complement to the Order domain. It evolved from being focused around chaos and disorder to emphasizing luck and randomness, instead. The end result is a ...
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Would allowing Primeval Awareness to specify numbers and directions make the feature unbalanced?

The 3rd level class feature of the ranger, Primeval Awareness, says: Beginning at 3rd level, you can use your action and expend one ranger spell slot to focus your awareness on the region around ...
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Would any issues arise from letting Sorcerers select different Metamagic options after a long rest?

I am running a Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition campaign for my family, and they will shortly be reaching 3rd level. My (8-year-old) son is playing a Sorcerer, and so will gain access to Metamagic ...
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Does wall of force allow the caster to essentially end encounters with one spell?

I've been looking at wall of force and it looks really overpowered to me. It just seems like a get-out-of-almost-any-fight free card. If I'm reading it right, you could escape almost any fight by ...
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Allowing more spell slots at the expense of fatigue: Will this house rule break the game?

I'm playing D&D 5e. PHB (Chapter 10: Spellcasting) states that (emphasis mine): Regardless of how many spells a caster knows or prepares, he or she can cast only a limited number of spells ...
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What should I do when every PC has really low charisma (and it bothers me)?

I am currently working on a PnP which is a mixture of Traveller, DnD and some of my own game mechanics. The attributes of PCs are pretty much the same as in DnD, and I also decided to have players ...
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Is this homebrew Bardic College of Revolution balanced?

I decided to try to homebrew a 5e bard subclass. I was looking for a good mix of combat and charisma based roleplay abilities. I’m still in the early stages of the campaign, but I anticipate a pretty ...
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Relative Value of Different Consequences

A discussion of handling of mechanics for characters who quickly regenerate their wounds resulted in an idea of implementing regeneration by changing the type and/or number of Consequences a ...
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What are the balance implications of the Ixalan Vampire using bloodthirst on downed opponents?

For reference, from the Plane Shift: Ixalan PDF: Bloodthirst You can drain blood and life energy from a willing creature, or one that is grappled by you, incapacitated, or restrained. Make a ...
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How to balance combat to promote the Fighter's role?

Our family game consists of Fighter-Rogue-Cleric, playing through Dragon of Icespire Peak. The characters have reached L4 now. In combat the Fighter typically does 1d6+3 bow damage per turn and the ...
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Are there any balance issues with familiar from the Find Familiar spell to be of the elemental creature type (instead of celestial, fey, or fiend)?

The spell find familiar allows a character to summon a familiar, which is a spirit of creature type celestial, fey or fiend. From the spell's description (PHB, p. 240): You gain the service of a ...
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Is this replacement for Animate Dead balanced?

I am building a Circle of Spores druid and do not feel like animate dead would fit well in the party that I am joining, so I am looking to re-flavour it to be more plant based. I will probably add a ...
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How can a character make clones of himself without a spell? Is it possible?

I’m making a character and I want him to be able to make clones that aren’t as strong as him, but can use some of his abilities and be useful in recon and battle. My character is a level 4 barbarian ...
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Balance implications of these output to input luck change house rules? [closed]

What classes and approaches are helped and/or hindered by this set of house rules? For an upcoming DnD 5e campaign I am considering two house rules, both of which substantially effect one another. ...
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Is this homebrew Farmer class balanced so far?

My players helped an old farmer out, and he wants his son to travel with them as an NPC/PC. The boy has lots of potential, and yearns to see the world. I control the character out of combat, and a ...
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Is this Way of the Unmastered Monk Subclass overpowered? If so, by how much?

My DM is usually very opposed to homebrew, and I can understand why, seeing as a lot of homebrews are ridiculous, but from a flavor and mechanics standpoint, this is exactly what I'm looking for. I've ...
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Would it be balanced to give a Sorcerer access to the Illusory Dragon spell?

Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 157) features the spell Illusory Dragon. Maybe it's me, but doesn't the spell description scream Sorcerer (especially Draconic Bloodline)? Imagine my surprise when I ...
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What are the balance implications of letting the Order of the Dragon cavalier's Aid Allies feature's +3 bonus stack with Aid Another's +2 bonus?

The Order of the Dragon cavalier order gives an Aid Allies ability, which states: At 2nd level, whenever an order of the dragon cavalier uses the aid another action to assist one of his allies, the ...
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As a DM, how do you adjust the difficulty to create challenging encounters when your party is well constructed (aka Power Players)

I am a newbie DM and started DMing because our current DM was not bringing a nice and engaging story. I am doing really good on the role playing and storytelling, but my encounters had been nothing ...
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Is my Quicken Shadows spell the right level?

I have designed this spell: Quicken Shadows 5th level necromancy Casting Time: 1 action Range: 90 ft Components: V S Duration: Instantaneous Classes: Wizard, Sorcerer, ...
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Is this “Circle of Shadows” Druid Circle balanced compared to Circle of the Moon

I came up with my own subclass. I modeled it slightly after the Circle of the Moon, which is why I'm specifically asking for comparison to it. Well, here it is. Druid Circle: Circle of Shadows ...
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Why is the PHB Ranger considered underpowered?

It seems that both the community and Wizards of the Coast are largely in agreement that the PHB Ranger class is underpowered compared to the other classes. What exactly makes it underpowered compared ...
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Would this Owlbear Cub be balanced as a Beast Master Ranger's Companion?

The players in my campaign just hit third level and the Ranger is planning on taking the Beast Master path. She wanted a baby Owlbear as her companion, but of course there are 2 hurdles. There aren't ...
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Is the overwhelming soul archetype balanced with regard to a normal kineticist and other kineticist archetypes?

I was looking at archetypes for the kineticists and found Overwhelming Soul it doesn't seem like it gives much of a benefit. You gain a couple of good skills, get the ability to lower burn by one ...
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Placing Critters in the appropriate place in the Natural Order Hierarchy in Mouse Guard

I am currently developing a campaign setting using the rules and lore for Mouse Guard. The setting will be similar but not in the same geographical location (Northern Michigan) that the original was ...
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Balancing new critters in Mouse Guard

I am currently developing a campaign setting using the rules and lore for Mouse Guard. The setting will be similar but not in the same geographical location (Northern Michigan) that the original was ...
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Would swapping the Assassin's Imposter feature for the Scout's Ambush Master feature be unbalanced?

Inspired by this question: Would allowing the Rogue sub-class (Assassin) to benefit from Supreme Sneak be unbalanced? The Assassin roguish archetype is considered by some to have very weak class ...
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Would letting the Assassin rogue replace its 9th-level Infiltration Expertise feature with the Thief's Supreme Sneak feature be unbalanced?

I wanted to ask about allowing the Rogue sub-class (Assassin) to benefit from Supreme Sneak. I have a player in my campaign who plays as an Assassin Rogue and would like to have access to the Supreme ...
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Is my Red Wizard prestige class for 5e balanced?

In the Unearthed Arcana article "Prestige Classes and Rune Magic" (pdf link), they introduce the idea of prestige classes, a class with only a few levels and more multiclassing prerequisites, borrowed ...
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How is the balance on my homebrew Sorcerer Origin (Wild Magic, alternate)?

I've made a homebrew on the "Wild Magic" sorcerer, with less focus on "unpredictable" effects and more focus on "sudden floods of raw magic power". I would appreciate any constructive feedback. Much ...
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What problems may arise from my house rules on grappling and restraining?

Introduction I am dissatisfied with the rules for grappling in 5e. Well, it's more that I'm dissatisfied with the fact that there's no way to restrain someone in 5e via grappling. The rules, as they ...
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Is this homebrew Druid's Staff of Thorns appropriate for a level 3 Druid?

I'm new to D&D and have been running the Dragon of Icespire Peak adventure for my wife. She is playing a Druid and I'm playing a DMPC Barbarian. I wanted to make a staff for her so she can keep a ...
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Would this hit/miss houserule be balanced with bounded accuracy?

Would this houserule be balanced with the bounded accuracy system? If an attack roll is made and "misses" by one, the defender takes a glancing blow. This glancing blow does not count as a ...
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Is this houserule about hit points balanced?

As a D&D5e DM, I always feel that HP in D&D are somehow unrealistic. Either it's "there is no difference between 1 HP and 100% of my HP" or "I took too much damage in one hit, so I'm dead". ...
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Is the Blood Transfer cantrip that my player came to me with overpowered

Now, I know that healing cantrips are completely broken. So then, my player comes to me with this: Blood Transfer Evocation cantrip Casting Time: 1 action Range: Touch ...

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