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Questions tagged [balance]

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

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Does this “Memory Orb” cause any game-breaking problems?

I have created this item as a way to discover lore and history in a unique way for my campaign. Memory Orb Wondrous Item, Rare When a spell is cast into this 10-inch diameter, semi-...
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How do I convert my PC who’s dependent on Necrografts from Pathfinder to D&D 5e?

Recently, a Pathfinder game I was partaking in was ending for various reasons. Someone else in the group decided to take on the mantle of DM, but decided to run 5e instead again for unimportant ...
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Implementing a “perk system” of minor boons? [closed]

Background I have recently become the DM of a group comprised mostly of newbies and one or two older players who aren’t accustomed to 5e’s rules yet. I decided that, for my first campaign, I wanted ...
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Stampede: How does this custom spell compare to Cloudkill, another 5th level spell?

Is this stampede spell (a proposed custom spell for Druids and Rangers in my upcoming campaign) as strong as, or weaker than, the 5th level spell cloudkill? I used a similar base damage, the duration ...
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Would being able to apply Great Weapon Master twice be a problem?

Great Weapon Master grants the option to take a -5 to your attack roll in order to get a +10 bonus to damage. Due to bounded accuracy, that's a pretty big hit on your chances that's not easy to ...
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Is this “Powertouched” Homebrew Race Balanced?

This is my first time homebrewing a race, and I'd like some feedback on balance. The question here is whether this race is overpowered, underpowered, or roughly balanced when compared the playable ...
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Is my homebrew elf subrace feature balanced?

For my 5e homebrew setting, I'm making an elf subrace that's supposed to be able to turn into a tiny animal (like a squirrel, raccoon, wildcat etc) once per long rest, for a number of hours equal to ...
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DM changing homebrew race; does this retroactively change how you play the character and buy gear? [closed]

This is just a question I have been wondering about. Having strong debates with my group's DM over this ruling. CONTEXT: DM created a couatl race to play for his first campaign ever. the abilities ...
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House rules for a new player's Ranger character; are they balanced?

I've managed to convince my GF to try out a simple campaign. She is new to tabletop gaming. Knowing her, I decided to have her play a ranger with a pet (she loves her dog, a lot). I designed some ...
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Is this homebrew feat for a combat medic balanced?

This is my first try at home-brewing feats and I wanted to get some advice from the community. The idea is to make a feat that is flavored for a combat medic. Something that can improve potential ...
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What distinguishes spells of level 1-5 from those of 6-9?

The fifth edition of D&D is very particular about not spamming spells of level 6-9. This is most obvious when it comes to warlocks, who have enormous freedom in what spells of level 1-5 they can ...
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Rebalancing Ice Claw as a 7th level spell [closed]

The Ice Claw spell from the Spell compendium is very weak for a 7th level spell. It does a grapple but the damage is very weak for its level how would you go about balancing the spell to be more in ...
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Is allowing Shot On The Run with a net to bag and drag a target in one turn overpowered?

So I am running a 9th-level 3.5e campaign for a mix of new and old players. Since not everyone has a handbook, I've been keeping generally to the SRD rule base, since all my players can look them up. ...
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Is the Glamour College Bard's Mantle of Inspiration Overpowered?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything a new subclass for Bards is introduced: the College of Glamour. This subclass has a new ability called "Mantle of Inspiration", description follows: At 3rd level, ...
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What are the balance effects of counting instances granting Advantage and Disadvantage to determine Advantage?

This is based on the text in Page 5 of Xanathar's Guide to Everything: Even if more than one factor gives you advantage or disadvantage on a roll, you have it only once, and if you have ...
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Could a wish spell make someone who is not able to cast the wish spell, able again? [duplicate]

This is a weird question, I know, it's simply food for thought. It states in the PHB that casting a wish spell for any other effect than duplicating another spell causes a stress that can, among other ...
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Is this homebrew race balanced?

This is my first attempt at a homebrew, and I've never DMed before so my knowledge of the Player's Handbook is what I've managed to find online. My question is this: at a glance is this race ...
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How detailed can the description of the course of action for a dominated creature be?

All three domination spells' descriptions (Dominate Monster, Dominate Person, Dominate Beast) contain the following paragraph: You can use this telepathic link to issue commands to the creature ...
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Sentinel Raven uses too much awesome magic

The Raven Queen Warlock in my group got a Sentinel Raven, as per the Lvl1 Class Feature. This raven is now attuned to a magic ring and wields a magic wand. The wand is not that big of a problem, but ...
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Is this “Elven Thrower” magic dagger balanced?

Based on the Dwarven Thrower, this homebrew magic weapon is essentially an elven dagger with the similar returning feature. The exact specifics: Elven Thrower Weapon (dagger), rare (requires ...
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Is Hunger of Hadar seriously overpowered or am I reading it wrong?

I'm not even going to go into the debate about whether darkvision can see through hunger of hadar, the thing that I think makes it overpowered is the this line. creatures fully within the area are ...
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Is this homebrewed Malconvoker port to 5e balanced? [closed]

I'm playing a homebrew variant on the D&D 3.5 Malconvoker (Complete Scoundrel). I'd like to upgrade it to 5.0 at some point. This Wizard specialization is what I came up with. Do you see any ...
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Partial spellcasting progression: quality vs quantity

There are plenty of half-casters whose progression is hindered quality-wise, i.e. a paladin at level 5 has 4/2 spells while a cleric has 4/3/2 spells. I wonder how unbalanced (i.e. would it then ...
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How to build a level appropriate adaptation of existing items

I run a low magic level campaign, where magic items are legacies of the gods or heroes from past ages, very rare items, all unique (except for consumables). There are not random “+1 longswords” ...
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How can I help my players not to feel useless in situations their characters are not optimally designed for?

For the sake of being answerable, I will state a specific scenario that happened to me some months ago while I was DMing. I would like to note that broader answers, that give general advice that ...
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What is the rationale behind the comparatively low number of spells known for Sorcerers?

Druids, clerics and wizards are full casters as well and can "prepare a number of spells equal to your spell casting ability modifier plus your class level", which is considerably more than what the ...
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Barbarian Battlerager Spiked Armor Damage Bonus balance issues

So the Dwarven Barbarian Battlerager (from SCAG) gets a few class features that specifically tie in to his armor. These allow him to: Make a bonus attack that deals 1d4+Strength piercing damage ...
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Barbarian Battlerager Spiked Armor Damage Bonus via RAW? [closed]

So the Dwarven Barbarian Battlerager (SCAG p121) gets a few class features that specifically tie in to his armor. These allow him to: Make a bonus attack that deals 1d4+Strength piercing damage ...
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Armor of Agathys and Damage Prevention [closed]

A character in my group has multiple ways to reduce/prevent incoming damage, among others the Heavy Armor Master feat and such things. This wasn't a big problem so far. I could just throw more bad ...
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How to design a boss fight for a large group without tons of minions?

My players next session will fight against a dragon opponent. The thing I am concerned is having the players gang up on the boss. I don't desire to flood in tons of minions, the ideal fight would be ...
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Is a bonus action cantrip providing Dash overpowered?

Would this cantrip be overpowered? Any class could get it. Conjuration cantrip Casting Time: 1 bonus action Range: Touch Components: V, S Duration: 1 bonus action You can take the ...
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Would creating a custom legerdemain feat have any serious balance issues?

From the dictionary: Legerdemain: skillful use of one's hands when performing conjuring tricks. In 5th Edition the Arcane Trickster Rogue subclass is provided with Mage Hand Legerdemain. This ...
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How to balance quest rewards for unbalanced characters?

I plan to run a Roll20 one-shot Naheulbeuk game with players who may have very unbalanced characters, some of them way more powerful than others. Of course, it may leads to some problems, but my main ...
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Is it gamebreaking to allow social responses to consume reaction?

This is a house rule I thought of a while ago, but I'm not sure how game breaking it is. Basically, anyone (including an enemy) can use an Action to make a social interaction to consume a creature's ...
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How to extend Pathfinder point buy to scores below 7?

In Pathfinder point buy, ability scores of lower than 7 (before adjustments from race) may not be bought with point buy. What would be a balanced price for such low ability scores? I am looking for ...
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Is the Saint, from Book of Exalted Deeds, broken?

An answer to this question: Protecting NPC's from Emissary of Barachiel claims that the Saint, from Book of Exalted Deeds, is pretty broken. Curious, I went and websearched for it. It looks like ...
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Dresden Files - balancing for pre-modern periods

I'm trying to build a Dresden Files campaign set during the French Revolution (using the Dresden Files 2010 RPG rules). First issue I had to solve was that wizards-technology incompatibility doesn't ...
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What, if any, balance problems do the Ultramodern5 & Apex rulesets have?

There is a disclaimer in each of the Ultramodern5 and Apex rulesets' preambles stating that they do not aim for balance. Has anyone played them extensively enough to know if there are any major ...
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Is this Library-encounter balanced?

I'm about to run a Wizard tower. I really wanted to run a Living Spellbook from Redditor /u/StoneStrix but had to scale it down. Since low level spellcasters are kind of hard to find, I thought an ...
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Warlock(Fiend)/Warlock(Hexblade) 'multi'class build balancing question [closed]

I currently play a level 4 Blade-pact-Warlock with the Fiend-patron in my friend's campaign. Even though Blade-pact was considered less than ideal, from what I've read, it seemed like the only viable ...
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How can giving skill checks critical fails and successes affect game balance?

At my table there is the house rule that skills can crit on a natural 1 and 20. At least I think a natural 20 would be treated special over a 19. But I do know that 1's give harsh consequences. In ...
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How does removing crit damage for divine smite and sneak attack affect balance?

At my table, there is a house rule that divine smite and sneak attack do not recieve critical hit bonuses. I'm worried this would heavily affect the balance of the game and am trying to petition for ...
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What are the consequences of removing the potential for critical hit extra damage on spell attacks?

Current table has a house rule that spells attacks can not deal extra damage through critical hits. They have the rule that you can critically succeed or fail on a natural 20 or 1 on saving throws. ...
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Does not having flight nerf a warlock's familiar?

Core Question: Is restricting a warlock's familiar to not be able to fly (or turn into any animal capable of flight) too much of a nerf to its functionality? Background: I'm about to DM a new ...
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Balancing my boss encounter [closed]

I am planning my first GM story for a group of 7 friends and I am preparing a possible boss encounter as the climax of the story. I could use your help balancing the encounter so that it is deadly, ...
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What are the biggest changes between UA Ranger and PHB Ranger?

As a new player to D&D, I don't really know what significant changes have been made to the Ranger through Unearthed Arcana. What makes the class different from the PHB version and how does this ...
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Would allowing multiple spells per turn be OP?

I've played about 3 sessions and I DM'd my own session a few weeks ago, so I’m pretty new to all this. I've been reading the rules in the Player’s Handbook and on RPG.SE and I came across the ...
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Will it pose problems if I allow my Dragonborn ranger to have a pseudodragon beast companion?

It's my first time DMing and my naive friend was asking to get a dragon as his beast companion. I immediately shut him down and redirected him to the proper place in the PHB to find CR 1/4 beasts. ...
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Is the artificer gamebreaking?

I was thinking of having my next PC take levels in the third-party standard class artificer. My friend said that the class is gamebreaking: it's too good at what it does because it gets too many ...
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How powerful would a pair of pact weapons be?

In my game one of the players is a hex blade warlock that wants to dual wield. If I was to create a paired magic weapon and let them make it their pact weapon what risks are there? Specifically, I'...