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For questions primarily about classes in RPGs. A design paradigm common among RPGs, a class is an archetype summing up the abilities and role the character will play as well as binding unique mechanics together in one package.

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Is this Revised Dragon Rider homebrew class balanced compared to the official classes?

Is this revision of the homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes in 5e? Note that all the spells I've put on the Rider spell list require concentration. The class: ...
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Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes?

Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes in 5e? Note that all the spells I've put on the Rider spell list require concentration. The class: Dragon Rider ...
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What classes have greater-than-full-caster progression?

For example, Ur-Priest gains the next level of spell at every class level (instead of every other class level, like cleric). Are there any other classes (of any type) that get higher-level spells more ...
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Why take four levels in Swashbuckler?

As far as I'm aware, it is common knowledge that the Swashbuckler is only useful because of the Daring Outlaw feat and Insightful Strike. Between them, they only require three levels in Swashbuckler. ...
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What are the literary influences of the D&D Bard?

Can anyone tell me what sources, in literature, film, etc. inspired the Bard class for Dungeons & Dragons? I'm familiar with the Celtic Bards of history and legend, but the modern D&D Bard ...
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How can I check to make sure my homebrew class is balanced compared to pre-existing classes?

A friend and I are embarking on a little project for fun: creating a new class for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. We have already referred to the DMG section about modifying classes and races etc. ...
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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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Homebrewed Character Evaluation: Blind Monk [closed]

I have a player that wants to play a blind elven monk. I have constructed the character below. Anything not specifically mentioned is identical to the normal class/race. Does this character seem ...
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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 do I handle a paladin who falls, but wants to choose a different class instead of taking the Oathbreaker subclass?

tl;dr: How do I handle a fallen paladin? I have a level 6 player who wanted to play a lawful good aasimar paladin (Oath of Devotion). There have been several events which I believe have led to their ...
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Can a dual-classed character use level drain to change careers?

Say a character (Grunter) has abilities high enough to dual class from and to any class. If Grunter is a F5/T6, for instance, and gets 7 level drains, then he is now a F4. Could he now level beyond ...
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How do you encourage players to leave classes behind?

I have veteran players of class-based RPG systems joining my GURPS 4e campaign. I am having trouble consistently during character creation in getting these folks started. They are all hung up on the ...
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Is there a way to ask in game (i.e. in a non-meta way) what a character's class is?

Is there a way to ask in game (i.e. in a non-meta way) what a character's class is? There have been a few times when my character is meeting an NPC (allied combatant) or another PC and it's bugging me ...
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Is the 3.0 Druid a lower tier than the 3.5e Druid?

When looking at comparisons between 3.0 edition and 3.5, I've noticed something interesting. In some cases, for example here and here, I've seen it commented that the Druid was not playable in 3.0 and ...
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Is my homebrew spellcaster class overpowered or unusable?

I am a DM, and recently I have begun to homebrew my own content for D&D 5e because my players and I are getting bored with what is available for character options. I realize that it may be a ...
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Help me evaluate this homebrew Pokémaster class

So one of my players dropped this bomb on me during the discussion stages for a campaign we're going to start soon - he wants his character to be a Pokemaster. Reading through the class though, it ...
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Is this a solid application of customizing classes as outlined in Unearthed Arcana for a new class named Necromancer?

This class uses the information provided in Unearthed Arcana on modifying classes. The Premise I wanted to make a necromancer class that focuses pretty heavily on death magic, but wizard, sorcerer ...
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Is it possible to take levels in monster types?

Today I found this post by /u/pk_powered in the /r/Touhou subreddit about what alignment Touhou characters might be, and the linked spreadsheet also includes a column suggesting classes for the ...
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Which AD&D book contains the Cavalier, Acrobat, Barbarian, and other classes popularized by the cartoon?

What's the name of the AD&D book (1st Edition) that has the other character classes that were popularized in the Saturday morning cartoon? I'm talking about the Cavalier, Acrobat, Barbarian, ...
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Monsters that advance by level and HD?

I am attempting to create an encounter-table generator to end all encounter-table generators. I am doing this because it seems like an interesting project. In order to do this, I need to create a ...
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Is class retraining an option in D&D 5e?

I skimmed the PHB but I wasn't able to find any information on "retraining" or any ways to "undo" character advancement. Is retraining (especially of classes and class features) available in any of ...
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What tier are the D&D 4E classes?

I have a group of players asking me to run a 4e campaign. I've GM'd 4E once and played a couple characters up to level 17. My limited understanding is that the tiers still exist in 4e, but are ...
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Why is the skald nearly tier 2?

In the Pathfinder tier list, the Skald is a blue tier 3 — in other words, nearly tier 2. The Bard isn't. What made it deserve this notation? Is there an extremly powerful particular build or option ...
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Should I discourage a group of players from all playing the same class with very similar builds?

Concerns I have Traditionally the D&D party has been a Cleric, Fighter, Magic User and a Thief. Adventures have been balanced around the traditional party composition listed above. Players ...
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What are “tiers”, and what tier is each class?

I tend to play Wizards, almost exclusively, though I have branched out and played Clerics, Druids, Sorcerers, and, at some point each other core class. I would like to play something different for my ...
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Is this homebrew Elementalist Fighter class balanced?

I have been using this site for awhile as it has been a great reference in my own campaign that I'm DMing myself and I figured that this would be a great time to ask my first question. I'm ...
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Is there enough disparity between the classes to put them into tiers?

I'm interested in the balance of this new edition's classes. Are casters still noticeably more effective in almost all situations than non casters?
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Are spells learned from feats considered to be associated with your class?

The multiclassing spellcasting rules (PHB p. 164, or here in the basic rules) state: Each spell you know and prepare is associated with one of your classes, and you use the spellcasting ability ...
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What level and class should have access to this homebrew ability-swap spell?

A friend of mine sent me this spell for Dungeons & Dragons 5e from somewhere: Swap 3rd level transmutation Casting Time: 1 action Range: 30 feet Components: V, S, M* Duration: ...
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How can I emulate a World of Warcraft's Death Knight?

I'm DM'ing a game based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft. Most of that game's classes are fairly easy to translate in one manner or another to Pathfinder - Druids are Druids, Mages are Wizards and ...
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Why, from a lore perspective, are druids the only class who can cast the Flame Blade spell?

I am only really familiar with D&D 5e, and whatever of D&D 3.5e I was exposed to whilst playing NWN2 some number of years back, but as far as I am aware, only druids have the spell flame blade ...
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How do racial class mechanics actually work?

For example, I want to play a half-giant. It's a racial class from the D&D 3.5 Complete Psionic handbook. I pick it as a race, right? But I get my racial abilities by taking level. So, when I take ...
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Can the Separatist and Scroll Scholar cleric archetypes be combined?

Each of these archetypes changes something about how the cleric's domains work, and I'm not sure if they can be combined. The Separatist chooses one domain from those that their deity normally offers ...
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Do ability scores have any effect on casting the Wish spell?

Is a sorcerer able to cast wish in the same way and as effectively as a wizard can? Recently, I had a friendly argument. I wrote my hypothetical wish somewhere around draconic sorcerer level 3. Being ...
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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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What is a good class if we remove subclasses?

Our DM decided to run a game for just 2 of us. We each get a second character in combat, with the caveat that the second character can't have a subclass (no Ranger Archetype/Convocations or Wizard ...
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Why do bards and druids get Heat metal? [closed]

As per Player's handbook, only bards and druids get access to Heat metal. Later books added forge clerics to that super-exclusive list, and UA artificers are in it too. But why? Artificers and forge ...
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How do class tiers in Pathfinder shift through levels?

I have read some explanations of abilities that make T1 classes so strong, and what makes T6 classes so useless. However, most of such explanationes mention very high-leveled abilitites, or even ...
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What are the advantages a Champion fighter has over a Berserker barbarian?

Both the fighter and barbarian in this comparison are using a two-handed weapon build. I'm asking for the pros a fighter may have in combat over the barbarian because it feels like in combat the ...
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Creating a character, is Noble a class or a background?

I am getting back into D&D after about 15 years. Reading through the Players Handbook it refers to Noble as a class but it is found in the Background section. Super novice question and I ...
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What is the evidence, if any, that the Ranger Beast Master archetype is comparatively underpowered?

I have seen various claims that the Ranger's Beast Master Archetype is underpowered, compared to other ranger archetypes and/or classes. I have searched for some factual analysis that would support ...
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Would letting a multiclass character rebuild their character to be single-classed be game-breaking?

One of my players is a Warlock 3/Fighter 2 multiclass Half-Elf. We haven't played for a while as we have all been either busy or away on vacation and so she decided to take the opportunity to ...
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If I take the Magic Initiate feat and choose a different class, but pick a spell that's also on my class's list, can I cast it using spell slots?

If I take the Magic Initiate feat and choose a different class's spell list, but pick a spell that's also on my class's spell list, can I cast it using my class's spell slots? I have read this ...
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What class besides rogue makes a good criminal? [closed]

I'd like to have my next PC be a pirate who fences stolen goods and who is effective at her job because she can defeat her rivals in direct combat (as opposed to hiding and stabbing them or ruining ...
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How does the 'five minute adventuring day' affect class balance?

In the basic rules the The Adventuring Day is described as follows: Assuming typical adventuring conditions and average luck, most adventuring parties can handle about six to eight medium or hard ...
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What's the impact of extra domains on a shugenja/cleric?

Extra Domains, in part, says Several of the prestige classes described in this chapter allow a member of that class to select an additional domain, which gives an additional granted power and ...
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What should happen when a player does not follow his class at all? (i.e. plays his role badly)

I have a player who created a Druid and is mostly playing like a barbarian in combat and like a rogue the rest of the time. This means he kills animals, does not care for plants, does not use his ...
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What class is best to play when a level behind the rest of the party?

I am playing in a campaign where it seems I will likely always be a level behind the party. For some story, we play every Sunday for 5 hours, but I have work through it so I only get around 3 hours in....
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In what source books do hybrid and base classes appear?

Today I stumbled upon this Hybrid Classes page (d20pfsrd) and since I once bought a few pathfinder source books in PDF I went to see if I already own the relevant book (I usually play liberally-...
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Am I required to clear the use of class, race, or sub-race found in sources outside of the PHB with my DM? [duplicate]

Am I required to clear the use of class, race, or sub-race found in sources outside of the PHB with my DM?