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Questions tagged [balance]

For questions about perceived inequities between characters derived from differences in capability.

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

It is generally accepted that a reasonably optimized DnD 3.5e wizard will wipe the floor with even a well optimized DnD 3.5e fighter by high levels, often known as "linear fighters, quadratic wizards"....
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Is the combat system in Fireborn unbalanced in favor of defenders?

I was hoping someone could help me with understanding the Fireborn combat mechanics, or optionally has a better way to explain and implement it in a less confusing way. The way the system is ...
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Is it reasonable for multiple party wizards to share their spellbooks with each other?

It occurred to me that since wizards in 5e are allowed, upon encountering another wizard's spellbook, to copy spells of a level that they can cast into their own spellbook (at the cost of only time ...
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Is allowing an Eldritch Knight with Dual Wielder feat to summon both weapons at once unbalanced?

RAW it is not possible to summon both of your bonded weapons as part of the same Bonus Action. The Eldritch Knight fighter's Weapon Bond feature (PHB, p. 75) states: Once you have bonded a weapon ...
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Is it balanced to allow a Divine Soul Sorcerer to swap out Empowered Healing for Extra Attack?

The Divine Soul sorcerer (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 50) gets the Empowered Healing feature at 6th level: Starting at 6th level, the divine energy coursing through you can empower healing ...
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Balance implications of removing unseen-attacker advantage when mutually unseen

The rules for unseen attackers (PHB p. 194-195) specify that attacking a creature that cannot see you = advantage, and attacking a creature you cannot see = disadvantage: When you attack a target ...
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How can I convince a fellow player to stop playing super-powerful PCs?

One player in one of my groups always builds PCs that puts the rest of the party to shame. Even when the player tones down their PCs, their PCs are still considerably better than the rest of us. Their ...
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Is the Pathfinder Core Rulebook a good standard to use for what is balanced within its system?

I'm asking about the practice of using the book as a measuring rod to decide if other official content in the system is balanced in comparison.
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What unbalancing system effects would a DPR by character level damage cap have?

My players have asked me to come up with a Damage Per Round cap for each level. They want me to help them set up a DPR by level limit so they can do optimal damage, but not be overpowered. In this ...
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Can the warlock's One with Shadows eldritch invocation be used at will in a Ravenloft game?

Can the warlock's One with Shadows eldritch invocation be used at will in a Ravenloft game? One with Shadows Prerequisite: 5th level When you are in an area of dim light or darkness, you ...
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Could adding Nystul's Magic Aura to a Hexblade warlock's spell list cause a balance issue?

The Hexblade warlock in my group wants to add Nystul's magic aura (the SRD equivalent is called arcanist's magic aura) to the list of spells that he can choose from. Could this cause a balance issue? ...
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Is this Hexblade homebrew weapon balanced? [closed]

I came up with the idea for a weapon for my Hexblade Warlock and I was wondering if it is balanced. as I look at it now it seems a bit under-powered and I would use it mostly for flavor. My reasoning ...
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Is this modification of the Vicious Mockery cantrip overpowered?

New DM here. One of my players wants to be able to cast vicious mockery without doing damage (because his character became a pacifist after death and resurrection). I'm considering allowing him to ...
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How unbalanced would a feat that allowed access to other spell lists be?

Background There are times where I feel like a certain spell would very much suit a certain character or concept, but because it's not on that classes' spell list, they can't have it. The classic ...
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Would allowing Path of the Storm Herald to change aura type after a rest unbalance the class?

I'm currently playing a Path of the Storm Herald barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 10-11). Would allowing my character to change aura type after a rest make the class unbalanced? I ...
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Is this Homebrew “Boggart” balanced? [closed]

I wanted to put a Boggart into my 5e game, similar to a Boggart from the Harry Potter franchise. For those who don't know, it's a magical shape-shifting creature that can transform into the worst fear ...
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What are the impacts of changing a Ranger's spellcasting ability?

Background As a follow up to this question: What are the impacts of allowing Rangers to cast Arcane spells? If we assume that my DM is fine with letting the Ranger use the Wizard spell list instead ...
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What are the impacts of allowing Rangers to cast Arcane spells?

Background Rangers have the spellcasting class feature. It allows the Ranger to cast a small number of spells from the Ranger spell list, which has a lot in common with the Druid spell list (much ...
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Is it too broken to house rule that the spell Healing Elixir heals an additional d4 per slot level used? [closed]

Is it too broken to house rule that the spell Healing Elixir (from Unearthed Arcana: Starter Spells) heals an additional d4 per slot level used? It's practically half the Cure Wounds Spell in a ...
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Was the old version of the maiming weapon enchantment unbalanced?

This question asks about the maiming weapon enchantment, which was updated in Magic Item Compendium: Miniatures Handbook: If the weapon normally has a ×2 critical multiplier, roll 1d4 each time ...
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Balancing Different Level PCs in PVP Pathfinder Combat

I have just spent altogether too much time trying to answer a simple question in my arena combat game: Would a level 1 group like to take on a level 4 character, PVP? How many players do you think ...
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Damage Weapon Crystals for 5e (custom magic item) [closed]

I am running a West Marches-style campaign and due to a lack of clerics and wizards enchanting weapons is beginning to be a hindrance on the party. As such I would like to create single use stored ...
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Would this homebrew Eldritch Strike eldritch invocation be balanced?

I'd like to make an Eldritch Invocation for warlocks that allows you to make a weapon attack and cast eldritch blast at that same target: Eldritch Strike Prerequisites: 5th level, eldritch ...
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Rules Question on Prestige Classes and Level Scaling Caster Abilities (from the base caster class)

My GM and I are having a bit of a debate about what those prestige classes that add "+1 level of existing class" actually do when in it comes to base class abilities that have a level scaling ...
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How to check if a dice set is correctly weighted? [duplicate]

So let me give you a bit of backstory, I went to a friend's place to play DnD and I decided to put my solar powered dice to charge on top of my friend's standing lamp with the plastic box practically ...
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How do I evaluate whether my homebrew race is balanced?

I've just created a couple of homebrew races for my players to potentially choose from for an upcoming campaign. The problem is, I have no idea how well they stack up against the official races when ...
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Is this homebrew “marble” race balanced?

Is the following homebrew race balanced? Marble Physical appearance: milky orb with 4 smooth tentacles. Absorbs food and water through its skin. Ability score increase: +1 to Dexterity and +2 to ...
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Is this homebrew terran race balanced?

Is the following homebrew race balanced? Terran Ability score increase: +4 to Constitution but -2 to Dexterity Age: Terrans live 300 years. Size: Large. You are 14 feet tall and weight 700 ...
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Is this homebrew mechanoid race balanced?

Is the following homebrew race balanced? Mechanoid Ability score increase: +2 to Intelligence and +2 to Wisdom Age: Mechanoids live an average of 40 years, but can live much longer. Size: Medium ...
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Why are Warlocks the only mage class who can never cast more than one sixth/seventh-level spell? [closed]

Every other caster class once they reach levels 19 & 20 gets a second sixth and seventh-level spell slot. I understand warlocks have so few pact magic slots (2 for the vast majority of their ...
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Is this homebrew sentient armour race balanced? [closed]

I am writing up a custom race for one of my players and just want to check its not too over powered. Ability Score Increase: Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Constitution score increases ...
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Is there any official guidance on customizing class options?

This is not a suggestions question. I'm not looking for someone to suggest how I should balance ability X. I want to know the "rules" or customs for balancing. I am also not looking for rules on ...
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Is the identify pearl material component consumed after each casting, or is it reusable? [duplicate]

Identify spell reads: Components: V, S, M (a pearl worth at least 100 gp and an owl feather) Is that pearl consumed? Or is it reusable? This article is written on the assumption that the pearl is ...
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Is a weapon that grants additional attacks overpowered or exploitable?

I'm bringing a metal into my campaign that's light and strong (think aluminium/titanium) so attacks with weapons made from it end up being faster. Would allowing a second attack on a miss once per ...
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What would be the impact of ignoring material components with a price?

Problem Whenever I play a spellcaster, and I level up and it's time to pick/prepare new spells, I almost always avoid those with material components that have a price, since you can't just substitute ...
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Would changing the Artificer spell list affect balance?

The Artificer class released as Unearthed Arcana has the same spellcasting progression (meaning number of spell slots at certain levels) as Eldritch Knights (PHB pg. 75) and Arcane Tricksters (PHB pg. ...
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Is my Florith Homebrew Race Balanced?

Second time asking about a homebrew race, so hopefully it is a bit more balanced than my previous one originally was. Florith Florith are nocturnal plant people who dwell in swamps, hunting ...
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Is my D&D 5e Homebrew Necrolyte Race Balanced?

I want to know this. If not, what can be changed? Necrolyte A race of Humans transformed into semi-undead beings long ago by their own profane rituals. They combine Spells with Armor to great ...
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Would allowing familiars outside the ones described in Find Familiar cause problems? [closed]

I plan on running a 5e campaign sometime soon, and I'm not very familiar (pun intended) with the rules and implications of the Find Familiar spell. In the past, I've run 3.5e campaigns and had ...
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Would changing the damage type on a tiefling’s abilities affect the game too drastically?

The tiefling has Fire Resistance and Hellish rebuke, which both have to do with fire damage. If I were to replace that with Cold damage, Slashing damage, Necrotic damage, Radiant damage, Psychic ...
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Is it unbalanced to start players off with Inspiration every session?

I'd like to push my players to try and do more heroic things and take fun risks in every session. I'm considering having each player start with Inspiration to encourage this - but they can still get ...
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How to balance a Communist pregen PC for a Paranoia one-shot?

I am designing a Paranoia one-shot with pre-generated characters. I'd like to make at least one of the characters belong to the Communist secret society. However, that group is so universally hated ...
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What is the expected DPR of an animate object spell cast on daggers?

A 9th level bard (CHA 16) casts "Animate Object" on a set of daggers, animating as much as he can. Assuming 11+ on the d20 is required to hit, what is the expected DPR of the spell? How does it fare ...
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Would a feat for expertise be balanced?

Essentially, I want to gain expertise in 2 skills but without having to take a level in Rogue (Or several in Bard) There are already feats to gain proficiency in various skills/weapons, but I can't ...
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Why is the cleric class declared to be unpopular in a published game document? [closed]

In the Player's Handbook 2 it says: The divine spellcaster is the element most commonly missing from a party. Many players prefer to go for the spotlight with a fighter or wizard... This seems ...
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Would it be unbalancing to have this kind of spiked warhammer in Pathfinder?

The weapons I, as a GM, would like to include are warhammers (both a one and a two handed weapon) in the spike and flat, or often crenelated, style that real 14th century medieval hammers used, ...
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Houseruling Intelligence and Wisdom checks as reactions?

My high level players often face problems in combat. Enemy resists damage, something causes an effect, enemy's abilities are unknown. They often desire information about what has happened, i.e., "Why ...
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Value/balancing/pricing of elemental arrows

I am just starting a campaign with some friends that has a heavy focus on horror style monsters. I have a shop in their home base town already that specializes in tools to hunt these creatures. Due to ...
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Paladin, balancing consequences of successful prayers?

Introduction My table consists of only new players, including myself as DM. I have various books at home, but we often learn as we go and check rules later (on how they are intended). This way, ...
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How are features that automatically deal damage to be balanced?

There are a few spells and other features that can automatically deal damage, but it's very rare. The most common example I can think of is magic missile, which strikes unerringly and deals its damage ...