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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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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 OP?

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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Is this homebrew Whirlwind Sentinel feat balanced compared to other feats?

I would like the community's opinion on whether or not this homebrew feat is balanced compared to other feats. Its inspiration is taken from the Sentinel (PHB 169) and Slasher (TCE 81) feats. This is ...
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What happens if I let my conjuration wizard be able to target unwilling creatures with Benign Transposition?

The 6th level conjuration wizard feature Benign Transportation says: Starting at 6th level, you can use your action to teleport up to 30 feet to an unoccupied space that you can see. Alternatively, ...
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Ephemeral Tread's balance implications

The feat Ephemeral Tread, paired with the spell dream travel, seems to let you travel to the Dimension of Dreams and perform impossible actions. This seems to let you (at a low level) cast wish upon ...
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What level should a shorter-duration “Mass Protection from Energy” be?

The group I DM for (7 characters - Bard, Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Ranger, Rogue, Wizard - all level 7) will soon go up against an Adult White Dragon. (They don't know yet. Heh.) I would like to gently ...
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Is this hagspawn homebrew race balanced?

I recently got the idea of hagspawn race. Hags generally reproduce by eating children and getting pregnant with a child. If that child is a girl, then when she reaches 13 years of age, she becomes a ...
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Is this reflavouring of the Dao Genie warlock patron balanced?

I am intending on reflavouring the Genie, so that each type of Genie patron is instead a Fey Court themed around the seasons. All but one of the Genies work without changing. Here is how I'm ...
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Would it be unbalanced to allow non-spellcasters to take the Eldritch Adept feat?

In Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (and the preceding Unearthed Arcana), the Eldritch Adept feat (p. 79) lets the character learn one Eldritch Invocation. However, it has a prerequisite: the ...
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Is my Homebrew Born-Lycanthrope Race balanced with other playable races?

*I've built a homebrew race for born lycanthropes of different varieties. I've referenced the Order of the Lycan Blood Hunter class and NPC Werewolves while I was building it and used my imagination ...
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Command Undead (spell) vs Control Undead

So, I have started playing a necromancer for the first time and have come across the following two spells. Command undead and Control Undead. Now, command undead is a second level spell, has day/level ...
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What is it about damage spells in pathfinder 2e that's considered 'weak'?

I've read repeatedly that casters in PF2e are mostly relegated to support roles, i.e. buffing allies, rather than dealing damage. I know that this was an effort on Paizo's part to deal with the linear ...
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What are the consequences if wizards can cast unprepared spells from their spellbooks? [duplicate]

It's a staple of the fantasy genre: faced with an obstacle the barbarian can't punch his way through, the wizard flips through his spellbook until he finds the perfect spell. He reaches into his ...
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How to balance enemies in BESM 4e?

I'm only somewhat experienced in DMing, and decided to run a game of Big Eyes Small Mouth 4th edition. I've started world building around the other characters, and during creation I found that one of ...
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Is adjusting damage type an appropriate power level for bestow curse?

A rather creative cleric in my game's party has presented with a new curse they want to use. The new curse is: All damage the target creature takes is treated as the damage type to which the creature ...
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Would a race with bludgeoning, piercing or slashing resistance be overpowered?

The various subtypes of dragonborn in D&D 5e have different elemental resistances (acid, cold, fire, lightning, poison). Tieflings similarly have fire resistance, and I would estimate that a ...
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What bonus would be balanced against restricting a changeling's Shapechanger trait to only work once per day during a long rest?

I am playing as a changeling in a new campaign where every officially published races are accepted. We told the DM the races and classes we wanted to play in advance and he was OK with it. However, ...
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Is there a mechanical benefit to using a light crossbow over a long bow or short bow?

A longbow (1d8, 150/600 range), and a shortbow (1d6, 80/320 range) benefit from "Extra Attack". A light crossbow (1d8, 80/320 range), or a hand crossbow (1d6, 30/120 range), do not benefit ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...

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