Questions tagged [balance]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
12
votes
3answers
1k views

With a Blinkback Belt, a Quickdraw Shield with the Throwing Shield property can be donned and thrown as a free action. How many throws is reasonable?

A player in my group is interested in making a offensive shield build. They found that if you get a quickdraw shield and modify it with the throwing shield property, that you can don it, and throw it ...
1
vote
0answers
159 views

Are Gloom Stalker Rangers better than the normal ranger subtypes that appear in the players handbook? [closed]

I am joining a campaign with some friends and they suggested that I should play a Gloom Stalker Ranger. I rarely get a chance to use things from anything other than the players handbook so I want to ...
5
votes
1answer
504 views

What tier are Path of War classes?

I know what class tiers are, and I know what tier most Pathfinder classes are. However, I have recently discovered Path of War, an alternative rule system published by Dreamscarred Press. It ...
19
votes
2answers
703 views

Would it be balanced to introduce an “Aim Action” that uses the same mechanics as True Strike?

There are few things in D&D 5E on which the consensus is as overwhelming as on the fact that True Strike is an extremely poor cantrip. As discussed in many places, the main problem is the action ...
8
votes
8answers
4k views

Would it be balanced to change True Strike from a cantrip to a 1st level spell in order to make accessing it less of an investment?

True Strike is often considered as a poor or at least very situational cantrip, as is also discussed in the question Why would I ever cast True Strike?. The consensus seems to be that its biggest ...
7
votes
1answer
124 views

What is the point of knacks like animal-lore or dodge at level 1?

In the Warrior Adventure Game, animal lore (at level 1) gives +1 per intelligence chip on intelligence or ponder for animal-related checks. First, ponder is an intelligence skill, so why is it ...
0
votes
1answer
120 views

Drop an Item Action [closed]

Interacting with one item is free. Interacting with two items is not. This leads to the odd case that if I have an apple in one hand and a flagon in the other I can drop either but not both. ...
21
votes
1answer
2k views

Is my homebrew Burning Ears spell the right spell level?

I have designed this spell: Burning Ears 8th-level divination Casting Time: 1 minute Range: Self Components: S, M (an earwig or a hollowed out animal horn) Duration: Concentration, up to 1 hour ...
0
votes
1answer
129 views

Give disadvantage always, when attacking a non-visible target [duplicate]

RAW, advantages and disadvantages cancel each others out, always. Here I am interested in the case, where these two (found at PHB - Combat - Unseen Attackers and Targets) cancel each others out: When ...
4
votes
1answer
183 views

How to determine which works by DMsGuild adepts are legal for Adventurers League?

I was just wondering if there was a list on the wizards site or something that showed which DMsGuild adepts works are AL legal? Or are they all AL legal? I could only find this list, but it's old and ...
11
votes
1answer
467 views

With these buffs, would the Storm Sorcery subclass still be balanced with other official sorcerer subclasses?

The Storm Sorcery subclass (SCAG, p. 137; XGtE, p. 51-52) is widely regarded as the weakest of the sorcerer subclasses; for instance, see RPGBOT's assessment of the subclass. We - as in my D&D ...
14
votes
1answer
756 views

Is this Waking Dream spell balanced?

This homebrew spell for dnd 5e is based largely on the Scry spell and the Dream spell. Conceptually, I wanted something that functions similarly to the "force-bond" that Rey and Kylo Ren ...
14
votes
6answers
3k views

Mechanically speaking, what makes an item more useful, a raw bonus or advantage?

I'm looking at D&D 5e to homebrew a specific item and I'm debating what would be better: advantage or raw bonus? The item is a coin that you toss before an ability check or an attack roll. If the ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

Are these Yuan-Ti's osssra rules balanced?

I am DMing a homebrew campaign and I created an exotic island ruled by Yuan-ti. I read the Serpent Kingdoms 3rd edition manual and I tried to adapt the osssra table (page 150). In 5th edition the ...
11
votes
6answers
2k views

Is this Bracers of Stored Health homebrew magic item balanced?

I was thinking about the similarities between a character I was making and one from the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, when the idea to make a magic item that replicated the effects of one of ...
2
votes
2answers
167 views

Does adding multiple skills when combining creatures cause balance issues?

I'm creating a Svirfneblin Evil Mage by combining the stat blocks for each Evil Mage and Svirfneblin. A Svirfneblin has the skills Investigation +3, Perception +2, Stealth +4. An Evil Mage has the ...
11
votes
3answers
772 views

Would swapping Sacred Flame to Toll the Dead for Evil NPCs affect balance?

The PHB makes it clear that radiant damage comes from the Positive Plane and is often associated with the Celestials of the Upper Planes, while necrotic damage comes from the Negative Plane and is ...
3
votes
1answer
198 views

Would Boon of Spell Mastery be overpowered for non-arcane casters?

Are there game balance reasons why casting a 1st level spell at will should be restricted to Sorcerer, Warlock, and Wizard? I used to think the reason might be to prevent unlimited healing or smiting, ...
11
votes
1answer
324 views

Why is prepared casting considered to always be superior to spontaneous? [closed]

Many times, I've seen the case made for a specific prepared caster class being superior to its spontaneous equivalent (e.g. Wizard vs Sorcerer, Cleric vs Favored Soul, anything vs its Uneathered ...
9
votes
3answers
370 views

How can my DM deal with my very high attack mod?

I recently joined an ongoing campaign with a level 8 fighter character and due to the amount of feats, weapon training, equipment, and especially buffs coming from the party bard... my character tends ...
11
votes
2answers
447 views

Is letting a player use a Large or larger race a bad idea from the game balance point of view?

Pathfinder ruleset assumes PCs to be Medium or Small humanoids. Not so many rules exist for non-standard characters. The only "official" way to play as a bigger dude that I know of is using ...
5
votes
4answers
1k views

Balance implications of +3 racial bonuses

Many races have a +2 bonus to one ability and a +1 bonus to another ability. They do not usually have +3 to a single ability. I am wondering about the implications of having races with such bonuses in ...
7
votes
3answers
601 views

Making Race Traits independent of race

I'm preparing my new campaign for my group of players and I was wondering if the following ruling would unbalance the table. What will be the effects, balancing-wise, if I let players choose a race ...
10
votes
2answers
1k views

Is the “Bone of Animation” magic item in Mordenkainen's Tome of Marvelous Magic unbalanced?

I'm running the Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus adventure. In a session 0 for one my PCs, they acquired a Bone of Animation, which is an item in Mordenkainen's Tome of Marvelous Magic (a pretty ...
3
votes
0answers
146 views

Are these homebrew reactions balanced with each other? [closed]

I have been working on a homebrew reaction system so that each person can do more throughout the initiative than the very rare opportunity attack or counterspell. I feel as though reactions should be ...
6
votes
1answer
138 views

Would it be balanced to remove the level requirement on my homebrew Water Jet elemental discipline for the Wot4E monk?

I have homebrewed various additional elemental disciplines for the Way of the Four Elements monk subclass. Although many of those are just adding more spells (erupting earth, tidal wave, etc), and ...
10
votes
3answers
1k views

Is this homebrew variant of the Two Weapon Fighting feat balanced?

I (the DM) am considering the following feat, after a player asked about an alternative way to use Two Weapon Fighting. Knife Fighter You are especially skilled at the use of the Dagger, gaining the ...
6
votes
2answers
170 views

Is this change to the Protection fighting style balanced?

I feel the Protection fighting style has some problems that make it mechanically marginal at best, and not very much fun to play with. In brief, while it's a decent defense bonus, your chance of ...
3
votes
1answer
148 views

How dangerous is this modified exhaustion compared to other harmful conditions?

In this question, I asked about the ramifications of monsters causing exhaustion: How dangerous is exhaustion? The answers concluded, that this would generally be very risky and dangerous. I therefore ...
2
votes
1answer
101 views

How many two-skill +2/+4 bonus feats are there and is it balanced to homebrew more?

Each skill except for Appraise, Linguistics, Craft, Perform, and Profession corresponds to a core feat that has no prerequisites and grants +2 to two skills or +4 if you have 10 or more ranks. Those ...
16
votes
0answers
322 views

Does Pathfinder 2e fix the “linear fighters, quadratic wizards” problem?

This question about the playtest got the answer "we just do not know it yet". 50 weeks after the publication, what it the final answer? (if making a comparison to DnD 5e helps, use it, but ...
10
votes
3answers
2k views

How dangerous is exhaustion?

I'm interested in adding exhaustion effects to monsters. I might homebrew changes to the exhaustion mechanic, but for now, I'm interested in assessing how dangerous it is if monsters can cause RAW ...
2
votes
1answer
110 views

How do you balance an NPC ally with regards to the DMG combat balancing?

My players want an NPC to fight alongside them. They don't like it when he is "cut out" of the fight and they don't want it to feel like he isn't being helpful at all since he's proven to be ...
15
votes
7answers
4k views

Are light hammers broken/underpowered, and would adding the finesse property fix this?

When playing RAW, the only simple melee weapon with the finesse property is the dagger (PHB page 149). Most other thrown weapons of this type (hand axe, javelin, and spear) all do 1d6 damage with a ...
2
votes
1answer
99 views

Are these proposed effects of consecrated ground suitable for Curse of Strahd?

I believe that existing rules imply the existence of consecrated ground not created by the hallow spell (see Are there published effects of Consecrated (not Hallowed) Ground?) I am currently running ...
2
votes
1answer
153 views

What would be the balance implications of allowing multiclassing with the same class (e.g. for access to multiple subclasses)? [closed]

The rules for Multiclassing on page 163 of the PHB state: With this rule, you have the option of gaining a level in a new class whenever you advance in level, instead of gaining a level in your ...
59
votes
3answers
5k views

Do 10 second turns/60 second rounds make spellcasters horrible?

My DM insists on the combat being 10 seconds per turn and the round time to be the sum of all turn times (so a minute for 6 participants, for example). I am aware that this is not how turn/round time ...
0
votes
1answer
158 views

Is my homebrew Eldritch Invocation that emulates the sleep spell balanced?

I've been inspired to make an Eldritch Invocation for warlocks that allows you to use the damage from eldritch blast, and make use of it like the dice rolled for sleep: Eldritch Slumber Prerequisites:...
5
votes
1answer
192 views

Are these dual-wielding swords balanced?

I made the following magic weapons specifically for dual-wielding. They are intended to be given out at 5th level. Placeholder name Magic weapon (pair of shortswords), uncommon (requires attunement) ...
19
votes
2answers
3k views

Is the earth elemental's Earth Glide trait as potentially game-breaking as I think it is?

I'm DMing a campaign themed around monsters based on the elements, so making use of the Elementals naturally came to mind. Taking a look at the Earth Elemental, it strikes me that there is some very ...
2
votes
2answers
193 views

Is this homebrewed shield weapon balanced?

Relatively new player here who likes to theorycraft. Currently playing a homebrew campaign, and I'm thinking of making a backup character for if my current one (a Ranger, who AFAIK are known to be ...
4
votes
2answers
964 views

Tarokka effect for a given die roll and critical success/miss. Is this balanced?

I'm now setting up my first session as DM. I don't have the whole story yet, but I have a very simple first session that will introduce 3 players to the game (they are 4 in total). I'm thinking of a ...
17
votes
3answers
2k views

Is the Magic Resistance trait, which grants advantage on saves against spells/magical effects, broken in Player Characters?

A number of monsters have the Magic Resistance trait, and there are a few ways for player characters to gain a similar benefit. For reference, the trait's description says: Magic Resistance. You have ...
11
votes
2answers
410 views

Are crafted items counted in the magic item progression from XGtE?

The term healing potions in this context refers to the ensemble of {Potion of Healing; Potion of Greater Healing; Potion of Superior Healing; Potion of Supreme Healing}, not to the item Potion of ...
10
votes
1answer
240 views

Would these adjustments to the ranger archetype Beast Master to help the animal companion be more useful make it too powerful?

I recently playtested a Beast Master ranger from level 1 to level 20 (I was playtesting a new homebrew archetype, which was my primary reason for doing so; the Beast Master ranger was just one of the ...
3
votes
2answers
340 views

Is Booming Blade that unbalanced? How could it be rebalanced? [closed]

Up until now, we had quite the terrible party lineup (a Rogue, two Paladins and a Barbarian; we soon discovered the game is simply not enjoyable without casters), and we all decided to fix this by ...
15
votes
2answers
2k views

Is this homebrew feat, Overheal, balanced with regard to other feats?

Is this homebrew feat, Overheal, balanced with regard to other feats? You have learned to use the healing arts for more than simple recovery post-injury. Now, whenever you use magic to restore one or ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Is this house rule to balance the college of whispers bard balanced?

As a player and a dungeon master, I feel like the Psychic Blade of the college of whispers bard is really unbalanced regarding the Sneak Attack feature of the rogue. First of all, they mostly does the ...
0
votes
4answers
179 views

Is this adaptation of the Lycanthrope rules balanced

I am planning to put my group into a scenario where they might get turned into Werewolfs. As I am not entirely happy with how Werebeasts are portrait in the rules, MM pg. 207., I.e. Hybrid forms and ...
11
votes
5answers
2k views

Do any serious balance issues result from this houserule: Floating Ability Score at Character Creation?

I've recently been considering the phenomenon that "unusual" race-class combinations are often 1 modifier behind on their primary ability score - i.e. that they would start, using point buy ...

1
2 3 4 5
17