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Questions tagged [balance]

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

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How can I balance encounters with a party consisting of a sorcerer, monk, rogue, and fighter?

Made a rookie mistake of letting my players (who have never played DnD) choose what class to play without discussing with me or each other, and we ended up with no healer. We've already played quite a ...
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Are there non-attunement magic items with restrictions on who can use them?

As the question says, are there any such items? Specifically permanent ones, not temporary consumables, although items with charges that can run out are acceptable. I'm designing a magic item for a ...
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Range vs Melee Balance in Starfinder

I hope this question isn't too broad. I'm looking into Starfinder and I'm curious about the balance between Range and Melee combat. Most Fantasy games are balanced toward close-combat with melee ...
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How to balance the Zealot in a setting without resurrection?

So in our homebrew universe, we don't have resurrection (as we feel it cheapens character dead, etc, etc... don't really want to get into that debate). Spells like revivify, raise dead and ...
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What tier are the Pathfinder classes?

I know what tiers are, but what tier are the various Pathfinder classes? This is about Pathfinder only, no 3.5 material is relevant. An ideal answer would cover all available (non-prestige) classes, ...
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Is this homebrew sword of wind control based on “Grasscutter” overpowered?

I'm not the best when it comes to homebrewing magical weapons but I really want this to be in 5e. There is a sword from japanese mythology called Ame-no-urakumo-no-Tsurugi (天叢雲剣, "Sword of Gathering ...
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Is a dual element weapon unbalanced?

I was thinking of a homebrew magic weapon to give one of my players, and wanted to see if anyone that it would be unbalanced or broken. It is a longsword that is black and white, split down the ...
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How can I use a polearm with Reach as a Monk/Kensei weapon?

I want to make a dexterity based support character that uses weapons mainly for self-defence and not for offence. She will be multi-classed as a Monk/Cleric and themed as a Japanese shrine maiden. ...
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What keeps players from creating all legendary items imaginable using True Polymorph? [duplicate]

So, True Polymorph can be used to turn creatures into objects, like lumps of adamantine. Creature into Object: If you turn a creature into an object, it transforms along with whatever it is wearing ...
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Is a Bastard sword better than a Greatsword?

Fighter level 2 gets Fighting style where you can choose the Duelist fighting style, which gives you +2 damage for weapons with one hand. Bastard sword's average damage is 5.5 because its damage is ...
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Paladin PC sounds too OP

I just constructed a Level 5 Human Paladin character for one of my players and this is what I got. His base stats are... STR 15 DEX 14 CON 18 INT 14 WIS 17 CHR 12 This was done by using the 4d6 ...
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How does the Blind-Fight feat interact with the Murky Eyed flaw?

I am creating a character for a game where Feats and Flaws are permitted and when I finished my character background I came to the conclusion that both the Blind-Fight feat and the Murky Eyed flaw are ...
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Is this variant rest rules alteration balanced? [closed]

I have been running a campaign for a while now, close to 2 years, and I have a bit of a problem with the healing systems. I plan on using variant rules for the upcoming campaign. (I think it would be ...
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My DM has removed heavy armour from the game. How can I make a Paladin work or convince him not to do this?

I am starting a new game with a good friend as DM. In my play group, I am almost always the DM, but this time one of my players has decided to run his own game with me and two new players. In order to ...
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Is this homebrew Monk archetype with sneak attack too overpowered?

So I came across a homebrew archetype for Monk called Way Of The Lynx. The abilities at the higher levels are completely okay, but the one in question is the third level, Sneak Attack: Starting at ...
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What are the mechanical implications of a Grave Cleric using a slain ally's essence?

On page 20 of Xanathar's Guide to Everything, the Grave Cleric's Keeper of Souls ability is detailed. Starting at 17th level, you can seize a trace of vitality from a parting soul and use it to ...
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Is it OP to let Guardian of Faith attack every turn?

The description of guardian of faith (a 4th-level cleric spell) states: A Large spectral guardian appears and hovers for the duration in an unoccupied space of your choice that you can see within ...
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Will allowing Monks more use out of Step of the Wind unbalance my game?

I'm considering a house rule that says that the level 2 monk's Step of the Wind can be used at will as long as the monk has at least 1 ki point remaining. Will this unbalance the game? I'm ...
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Drawing and sheathing weapons as one item interaction

In PHB, page 190, it explains about the free item interaction: You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment for free, during either your move or your action. For example, you ...
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Does a Ranger with dual daggers and Two-Weapon Fighting make four attacks at full strength plus Hunter's Mark at level 5? [duplicate]

We have a Ranger who has taken Two-Weapon Fighting and wields dual daggers. He is saying that this allows him to attack with both weapons as part of his Attack action. He says that each of those ...
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Necromancer Life Tap [closed]

One of my players wants to play a necromancer, using the following homebrew class: https://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Necromancer_(5e_Class) I have some concerns about the feature "Life Tap". From my ...
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What would be the balance implications for switching 5E ranger spellcasting and Ranger's Companion

I'm hosting a Dungeons and Dragons session for some of my colleagues in a few weeks. None of them have ever played before, so I'm also making their characters based on the tropes they vaguely ...
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Is this weapon based Monastic Tradition balanced as compared to current monk archtypes? [closed]

So I got to thinking about monks and how there were many "warrior monks" who often dealt with using weapons such as pikes and bows in real life. I set to work building another Monastic Tradition (The ...
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Is a homebrew item which gives disadvantage to all targets of spell once per day balanced?

Long story short, I was the DM running my adventure when one of the players asked if he could DM for a few session. In the last session, the level 6 party acquired a few magic items, one of them ...
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How are low CR undead with nasty abilities and impossible resistances level-appropriate? [closed]

I've been playing in a campaign involving an Undead theme. I've come up against a few CR4 and CR5 monsters which have abilities that are absolutely hard uncounterable by a party of this level. ...
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Does a wizard really have the same chance to hit as a fighter?

In D&D versions Original to 3.5, the ability to hit your opponent varies from class to class (i.e. Cleric, Fighter, Rogue, and Wizard). The classes in 5th edition all seem to have the same basic ...
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Would allowing a Ranger to take the Arcane Archer archetype be OP/UP?

There are some cool new additions to 5e coming with Xanathar's Guide To Everything, especially the Arcane Archer. In the game I'm running, the Wood-Elf Ranger just hit level 3 and found the playtest ...
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Can I let a single PC use the Spell Points variant rule without unbalance?

One of my players (level 5 Druid) has been looking at the Spell Points variant rule in the 5th edition DMG (page 288) and wants to use it for his character. I've talked to the other players with ...
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Is this homebrewed Magical Mandolin unbalanced?

I have created this D&D 5e item for a player's Bard character in my new campaign, but I'm not sure if this could be abused or is simply over- or underpowered. This is a brand new campaign with a ...
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Is this proposed weapon balanced against the Holy Avenger

In a game I'm involved in, we've been offered the opportunity to request certain magic items that we'd like to encounter, including custom items. Taking the offer, I'm interested in something along ...
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Is it unbalancing to permit OA on forced movement?

I am considering proposing a houserule that would remove the exemption to opportunity attacks (OA) when a creature is moved against it's volition. The intent being to permit players (and monsters) to ...
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Assassin using Arcane Trickster's Mage Hand: Is it Unbalanced?

So a friend of mine for an upcoming campaign was going to be a rogue, specifically arcane trickster. However, he has changed his mind and now is going to be assassin and cross class to wizard. That's ...
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How does the lack of money change the game balance?

I am planning a new campaign setting to our new campaign and because most of it will take place in a Feywildesque other plane (with almost exclusively chaotic settlements) the use of money will be ...
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What tier is the Kineticist?

What tier is Pathfinder's Kineticist? Why ought it to be classified in that tier? Some background: This lists the Kineticist as T5 alongside the monk, with another poster arguing it should be T4 ...
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Is this Eldritch Crystal Familiar overpowered?

My friend is DMing a campaign, and I've been helping him balance out the homebrew content the players request. The most recent request is a custom familiar that the PC is getting through the Magic ...
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How would making undead vulnerable to radiant damage affect balance?

I really like the flavor of undead being vulnerable to radiant damage, but that seems to not be the case for many monsters in 5e. What would the practical effect be of changing that? Obviously "they ...
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What are CR-appropriate spell effects?

In Volo's Guide to Monsters on p. 56 in the Hag's Weird Magic chapter a mechanic is described in which a Hag can use weird objects to produce CR-appropriate spell effects. If you want a hag to use ...
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What is the challenge rating of an NPC?

The one-shot I am working on has the party primarily rolling against basic NPC's, however I have difficulty figuring out how tough a 3d4 amount of lvl 1 warriors would be for four lvl 3 PC's. Can ...
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Balancing a campaign for newbie and veteran players alike [closed]

So I'm running my first custom world campaign. This will be the first full campaign I've run, and I'm a little nervous. The party consists of 4 complete newbies, and my partner who's a veteran ...
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Advantage on damage rolls - is it still balanced?

Something that bothers me about the advantage/disadvantage system is that it doesn't actually affect how much damage you do in a single attack, only the likelihood that the attack will hit. For ...
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Would making these Warlock spell invocations require no spell slot be unbalancing?

I'm currently trying to rebalance certain aspects of the D&D 5e rule set. The overall goal is to open up options for my players so they have a more diverse pool of features to choose from. I don't ...
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How do I deal with my character's role in our party being overtaken by other PCs?

For some context, I am playing level 20 Barbarian, with 24 STR and CON, and have mostly adopted the totem of the bear. When we began our campaign many levels ago, my role was to force enemies to ...
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Does an Outsider (Native) player character also get all the Bestiary Outsider features?

This might be a dumb question, but I can't seem to find a solid answer for it anywhere on Google, and I can't help but feel like it makes the Aasimar I'm making stronger than I thought... When a PC is ...
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Changing Skirmisher Warlord into an Arcane Int Leader

TL;DR: Want to turn Skirmishing Warlord into INT buff based "Wizard" to fit character theme. No changes besides main ability scores used. Is this a balanced thing to do or will it be OP? So my ...
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Can a spellcaster (learn to) cast while polymorphed into non-humanoid form capable of spellcasting?

Some non-humanoid creatures, for example the naga guardian, are capable of spellcasting (either innately or via class levels) despite not apparently being to provide the normal somatic component of ...
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How would 15 points point buy affect my game?

In my campaign I have 8 players. I'm thinking of lowering the point buy from 27 to 15 points (I assume it is the equal of rolling 3d6 like in older editions) to both have a session about an average ...
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How to balance a dragonborn breath for a mountain dwarf?

One of my players would like his mountain dwarf to get a fire breath attack, like the one of the dragonborn. Which dwarf trait(s) should I remove to add the fire breath trait from the dragonborn and ...
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What effects would allowing same-class multiclassing have on interclass balance?

In Pathfinder, taking multiple copies of a class is controversial from a rules-based perspective. Most of the groups I have played with allow same-class multiclassing in 3.5 but not Pathfinder. I ...
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Is an item increasing spell save DC balanced?

One of my players' characters likes to use illusion spells in combat. To improve their effectiveness, he is asking me for an item that increases his spell save DC. The Rod of the Pact Keeper provides ...
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Can a dual-wielder have something like the “protection” fighting style?

I'm new to D&D and am playing a 5e campaign as a Paladin with a focus on Dex rather than Str; I am considering multi-classing into Fighter to get the two-weapon fighting style, per some of the ...