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Questions tagged [balance]

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

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Does replacing Metamagic with a delayed Arcane Tradition have glaring balance issues?

In an answer to a related question, linksassin suggests an untested variant rule to apply some wizard flavor to the sorcerer class. I've attempted to formalize this approach and want to verify that I ...
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Is this homebrew Path of the Totem Warrior for grapplers balanced?

After spending lots of time reading up on Grappling in 5e, the Grapple Manual 2.0, and all kinds of posts and what not... I felt kind of let down. It's neat and all, but I simply felt like something ...
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How to tell good homebrew from bad homebrew [closed]

I find there's a lot of homebrew out there that has good presentation and seemingly good effort. But that doesn't make a homebrew good or bad. Balancing abilities thinking carefully about how it will ...
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Can brass knuckles be combined with Brawler/Martial Artist edge? Would it be unbalanced to allow it anyway?

I was wondering whether brass knuckle can be combined with the brawler and martial artist edges from the Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition. Both edges imply in their description, that they are meant to be ...
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Is allowing PCs to take a “zeroth level” in a class seriously unbalanced or not?

Would it very materially destroy balance to say a player character can have a “zeroth level” in a class? The two proposed cases I’ve come across are a swashbuckler who has the acolyte background and ...
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How to balance a campaign without a magical restoration

I'm currently GMing a Starfinder game for a group consisting of an Envoy, a Mechanic, two Soldiers, and an Operative. With the Operative acting as a jack-of-all-skills, I'm less worried about mystical ...
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How might this undead player character type unbalance combat?

In a recent session, a player character in my game died. Due to events involved in the player's backstory and their attachment to the character, I offered to have the character rise from death as ...
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Is this runecaster feat balanced? (Third Iteration)

Quite simply (and similarly to my other questions about previous versions of this feat 1 and 2) I want to know if this feat is balanced and if not then what should be done to improve it? Since the ...
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In a “supernatural” world, how can I lead players to choose to NOT be supernatural?

I'm working on a small system to use for a Halloween supernatural thriller campaign. I wanted to add character options for some players to have supernatural abilities. My worry is no one will want to ...
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Is this runecaster feat balanced? (Second Iteration)

This is the second iteration of this question about the first iteration of this feat (I have now made a third iteration) I have now added in some of the suggestions given by linksassin such as ...
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Is this homebrew Bard College of Midnight balanced, compared to officially published subclasses?

I wanted to play a necromancer, but I wasn't all that thrilled by my options. Wizards obviously make great necromancer, but I was drawn in another direction. A charismatic puppet master, that was my ...
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Is this runecaster feat balanced?

This feat is intended to allow characters to store a spell in a rune (like you see in many dungeons) with activation conditions. It is intended to scale with the party as the party gets better spells. ...
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How to increase a monster's CR without adjusting its flavour too much?

Background I have a player who has a level 8 Half Orc Paladin (STR 16, CON 18, CHA 14, Vengeance oath, Sentinel and Orcish Fury feats, no magic items) whose backstory involves running away from his ...
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How can I shape long-term plot challenges around character power/capabilities? [closed]

When planning a session or adventure, obviously one should take into account the approximate power level and capabilities of the players. For creatures and similar formal challenges, CR helps scale ...
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Consequences of having half damage on attacks that tie AC as house rule?

Typically if an attack roll equals the AC of a target then the attack does normal damage. I quite like the idea of making it a glancing blow, dealing half damage instead, this would help clue the PCs ...
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Is this homebrew Dryad Sapling race (including its subraces) balanced compared to the official published races? (version 2)

I've done my best to address the concerns from the answers to my original question about my homebrew dryad sapling race. How does this look? What I'm looking for is whether this is balanced vs the ...
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Is this homebrew Dryad Sapling race (including its subraces) balanced compared to the official published races?

This race is part of a conversion of a race I built for a 3.5e campaign years ago, and I want to start a new campaign in the same setting, so I need to have the same races available for the new ...
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How to balance combat with a couple of min/maxed characters in the party?

I have a party of 4 freshly minted level 7s for an upcoming game. 3 of the players have been playing for a while and one person is a relative newcomer to the group. The problem I'm having is that 2 ...
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Would treating critical hits as “called shots” have unintended consequences?

While running a session, I found that some of the players would like to "call shots". Now while I don't want to allow "crit on desire" by always aiming for the head/eyes/etc., I was thinking about ...
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Is there a mechanism for reducing and controlling the damage of a spell?

We're in between campaigns right now and I asked a player (my wife) what she was up to after the arduous adventuring of the last few months. We were in the kitchen together and she was making an ...
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I gave my players far too much wealth and they have far too much power. What do I do to get things back on track?

Very recently I made a huge miscalculation during my D&D campaign. The players in my D&D campaign were chasing after several pieces of a broken magical item. They had been spending their ...
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What imbalance might arise from this alteration to the two-weapon fighting style?

It's generally accepted that the two-weapon fighting style is considered a subpar option. It's disappointing when going by the numbers, the mechanics (just add a small bonus to your one extra attack), ...
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Why is allowing players to stack their skill proficiency bonus overpowered?

I am the DM for a campaign and play with the following house rules: When gaining proficiency in any skill (during character creation, taking the Skilled feat, etc.), you may choose a skill more ...
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Is this homebrew Dartmaster class balanced compared to the other PHB classes? [closed]

Is this homebrew Dartmaster class balanced compared to the other classes in the PHB? Hit Dice Hit die: 1d10 per dartmaster level Hit points at 1st level: 1d10 + your Constitution modifier ...
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How should this homebrew class be rebalanced? [closed]

A friend of mine will be hosting a game soon. Another friend of ours wishes to play a homebrew class he made up, as he was unsatisfied with the way 5e had no suitable (in his opinion) ways to do ...
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Does this change to Casting a Spell have balance complications? [closed]

The Rule Casting a Spell Bonus Action A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus action on your turn to cast the spell, provided that you haven't already taken a ...
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Is this homebrew feat allowing casters to convert hp to spell slots balanced?

Is this feat balanced? Prerequisite: The ability to cast at least one spell. You can sacrifice hit points to regain spell slots. When you cast a spell slot created by this, roll 1d20. ...
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Is this homebrew Olympian race (including its subraces) balanced compared to the official published races?

Is this homebrew 5e race (including its subraces) balanced compared to the official published races? Olympian Size: Medium Speed: 30 feet You gain proficiency in death saving throws. ...
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Is this homebrew abjuration artifact balanced? [closed]

My players are currently level 9 as part of a campaign that I anticipate extending to somewhere between 18-20. The overall world is between low to medium magic. For context, the most powerful magic ...
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How balanced are these feats that grant a specific 3rd-level spell to spellcasters?

I want to create some new feats that grant a single cantrip and a 3rd-level spell. The feats will have the prerequisite that the PC must be a spellcaster with access to 3rd-level spells already, and ...
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Are these homebrew feats balanced with the official feats? [closed]

Are the following homebrew feats balanced with the official feats? Dart Master You gain proficiency in darts, if you do not already have proficiency. You have a +1 bonus on any attack ...
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Is this Onyx Spear homebrew magic weapon overpowered for a low-level (3-5) character?

I'm building a unique weapon that can be looted off a boss creature in a very early portion of my campaign (expected for characters level 3-5), and I want to ensure that I can fairly hand it out to ...
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Is this homebrew Liscem race balanced compared to the official races? [closed]

Are this homebrew Liscem race and its subraces balanced compared to the official races? Liscem Alignment: Liscem tend towards Chaotic. Type: Humanoid. Size: Small. Ability score improvement: Your ...
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How can I prevent casters from stealing the spotlight from non-casters?

I have been running a game of D&D and the group is split with two non magic users (Fighter, Barbarian), one quarter-caster (Paladin), one half-caster (Bard), and two full casters (Cleric, Wizard). ...
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Variant Spellcasting for Warlocks [closed]

I was looking at the Warlock in 5e and wondered: what would it be like if they were a 'full caster'? The idea I had would be that their cantrips and spells known would remain the same, as well as the ...
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Would limiting Paladins to 1 Divine Smite per turn make them weaker than other classes?

It's no secret that paladins have a very high burst damage thanks to Divine Smite (and the ability to use it on every melee weapon attack as long as you have spell slots to burn), but this has proven ...
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Is this house-rule limiting Disengage broken?

I'm a new DM and I recently ruled in a game that a PC that disengages takes no opportunity attacks from enemies they are currently in melee range of, but will take opportunity attacks if they try to ...
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Are there any major balance issues with Sorcerers having access to these non-sorcerer spells?

So, as a follow-up to this question about giving extra spells to sorcerers, inspired by the second half of András' answer to that question, some of the spells I have chosen are from other spell lists. ...
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Would giving Sorcerer archetypes extra “spells known” unbalance them?

Sorcerers don't have many spells. If I compare them to other full casters (I'm not including Warlocks in this because they work entirely differently), namely Bards, Clerics, Druids and Wizards, then ...
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Would giving PHB Ranger archetypes extra “spells known” unbalance them?

There are two ranger archetypes in the PHB; the Hunter and the Beastmaster. There are three ranger archetypes in Xanathar's Guide to Everything; the Gloom Stalker, Horizon Walker and Monster Slayer. ...
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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 ...