Questions tagged [homebrew-review]

For questions about evaluating the viability of new rules content homebrewed for an existing system. This tag should be used when locally-created, non-published content is at the heart of the question. (Note that soliciting ideas for creating homebrew is off-topic for the site.) Not to be confused with the [house-rules] tag. For creating entirely new games, use [game-design]. For questions about homebrew in general, use the [homebrew] tag.

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Is this homebrew "Sir Knight" class balanced?

I'm here today to ask whom it may concern to read through this class' description. I would ask your answers to address this class in terms of balancing, its features fitting with image of a medieval ...
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How balanced is this homebrew Enforcer class?

One of my players in my new campaign wanted to play a Wizard with a gun / Magic Law Enforcement type character. However we found that none of the existing class options quite hit what we were looking ...
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Balance review for a homebrew magic item - Illithid Tadpole

My (currently level 9) Divination Wizard has been implanted with an Illithid Tadpole. Through various events the Ceremorphosis was ended, and I was left with the live tadpole within me. I could have ...
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How do these Champion Subclass Changes Look?

After thinking over the feedback I got from Champion Subclass Alteration, I went over and rejiggered a few thing of the alterations I was planning with the Champion subclass to streamline and address ...
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Is this druid subclass balanced compared to the normal druid subclasses?

I feel like as a whole, casters can be rather rigid in their designs. That's not to say they're terrible, just that my personal preference is up close and personal, which leaves out a lot of fun ...
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Is this Homebrew AC increasing magic item for monk balanced?

I have made a Rare item based off advice from a previous post and the Defensive Duelist feat. Is this item balanced as a Rare, and if not how can it be balanced? Cloak of Swirling water This cloak is ...
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Potential effects of non-standard creature size in combat (purple worm)

My players are about to finish G3 (Hall of the Fire Giant King) and start D1 (Descent into the Depths of the Earth) - note that I am converting these 1e modules to 5e. I am rolling the wandering ...
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Is this homebrew magic item that lets you add your Wisdom modifier to your AC (while attuned) balanced as a rare magic item?

I recently had an idea for a new item in 5e. This item is a cloak that lets you add your Wisdom modifier to your AC (requires attunement). I was thinking of making it a rare magic item, and I was ...
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Viability or balance issues with a non-Newtonian Ooze as a monster? [closed]

I recently came across this post on Reddit, and got to thinking about the viability of a newish mechanic, where the strength of the dice used determined the AC before rolling. For example, a lower end ...
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Is this homebrew Mage Bane poison's rarity correct at uncommon?

We encountered a homebrew poison, which can coat weapons or piercing ammunition, that is called Mage Bane. Its properties1 are as follows: Mage Bane Potion, uncommon A concentrated, dark green liquid ...
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Homebrew Hammer of Wild Magic

I am picturing a special magic item for one of my PCs, something to build up until they find it a few sessions from now. The item's relevance is mostly its lore, but because I would like it to be used,...
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Champion Subclass Alteration

I'm here today because I was wanting to get feedback on a few adjustments I've done to the Fighter subclass: Champion. Intent The motivation behind these alterations is to streamline some clunky text ...
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Homebrew Feat for Close-Quarters Casting

On again/off again with limited experience (never really ran anything past level 4), but getting back to DMing again after a long break. I never tried to homebrew really, but I wanted to figure out a ...
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Would it break the game to have a Constitution-based spellcaster?

I have an idea for a vampire-based Sorcerer that uses Constitution instead of Charisma for spellcasting. I know this would be very powerful, as Constitution is also used for Hit Points. However, since ...
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Does this wording work for a hyper-focused spellcaster that just knows their entire list?

For a homebrew project, I am creating a class that has an extremely small and focused spell list, and members of this class just know all their spells (assuming they have enough levels in the class). ...
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Is this replacement for the Shadowdancer PrC sound? (Take 2)

This is a followup question to this. Familiarity with the previous question is not required. The feedback I received from my last question was considered as I refined the writeup of a new major ...
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Is this magic item that requires you to permanently sacrifice a hit die to use balanced?

I had an idea about a magic instrument which you can play as an action and permanently sacrifice one hit die (reducing maximum hit points) for a big effect. As of now, my idea is that you can choose a ...
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Is a non magical darkness creating spell balanced? [closed]

I'm thinking of making the spell a level 1 copy of either fog cloud, but with darkness rather than fog. Or darkness, but with non magical darkness. The purpose of this spell would be to use with gloom ...
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Is this cantrip "shoot confetti" balanced with the PHB cantrips?

In the process of promoting silly party feats and a cantrip to support one of those feats, I designed: Shoot Confetti cantrip, conjuration Range: 30 ft Casting time: 1 action Duration: Instantaneous ...
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Using dragonborn breath to imbue a weapon with elemental energy

A player of mine has a cool idea of a dragonborn using his breath weapon on his sword to get an elementally-charged sword that would deal extra damage. I like the concept, discussed the general lines ...
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Is this homebrew Shadowdancer variant balanced compared to other PrC?

(This question is edited to incorporate corrections and clarifications based on feedback from answers) The vanilla Shadowdancer prestige class has great flavor. I love the concept and would love to ...
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Would giving the Arcane Archer the Spellcasting feature (from the Eldritch Knight) be overpowered?

The Arcane Archer is generally acknowledged to be underpowered or unfun (Would these changes to the Arcane Archer be imbalanced?). Suggested improvements usually focus on increasing the number of uses ...
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Is this homebrew Necromancer class balanced?

Is this necromancer class balanced, compared to a warlock or cleric? One of my players would like to use it. The goal is for it to be roughly balanced compared to a cleric, since that’s what I believe ...
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I am looking for some feedback on my first homebrewed magic item "Aurel‘s Adaptive Crossbow"

I am running my first campaign since a little over half a year now and the ranger in the group still has a basic heavy crossbow at this point (almost level 5). Which is why I want to present them with ...
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Cooperative Magic Question

I've been thinking on Cooperative Magic in order to get that cinematic feeling of the frontliners defending the casters in clutch situations and big scale magic retinues on a battlefield. It could ...
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Are these homebrew alterations to the Echo Knight's third level abilities balanced?

Intent It's no secret that the Echo Knight's description has been... problematic. The sheer number of questions on this site make that evident. As such, I've set out to re-write the Echo Knight's ...
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Is this "Ronin" Fighter Subclass balanced

I'm here again to look for opinions on a subclass that I have made and one of my players wants to use it. It's a fun and versatile subclass, but I want to check if it's not too overpowered, in order ...
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The Watcher's Mantle: is very rare the correct rarity for this item?

This item is being designed for a campaign where The Watcher is the patron of Hexblade warlocks. He is roughly a demigod and fulfills the role of The Grim Reaper. I want to make it portable to anyone'...
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What spell level should this homebrew spell have? (gain resistance to one damage type, but vulnerability to another)

Name: Morph Exterior Level: 3 School: Transmutation Casting Time: 1 action Duration: Concentration, 1 minute Range: Self Components: V S M (a piece of obsidian, a sycamore tree branch, or a sample of ...
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Is this homebrew feat, Wandslinger, balanced?

I'm playing a wandslinger-themed artificer (with an eye toward the Artillerist subclass) in an urban Eberron campaign. Given the predominantly close-quarters combat environments, it would be useful ...
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What rarity would a 15ft reach glaive magic item be?

I'm thinking of making a homebrew magic glaive with a 15ft reach rather than 10ft. What rarity should this be? Also, would making this attunement or non attunement change its rarity? For example, you ...
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Is this homebrew Jar of Bees spell balanced for a 3rd-level spell?

This spell is intended to be used by a mad mage my players are going to encounter, who's "spells" are all practical items that mimic the effects of magic. This will ironically be the only ...
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Analyzing a homebrew casting mechanism

Background I'm a DM and setting builder working on creating a new homebrew set of classes/subclasses for my world. The basic in-universe mechanic is that the caster is channeling their energy through ...
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Is this Generalist wizard balanced compared to the official subclasses?

Is this Generalist Wizard balanced compared to the official wizard subclasses? The intent is to make a wizard that, instead of focusing on any particular school or application, just gains more ...
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Are these Bracers of Blinding Strike balanced?

I am attempting to build a magic item for a player request, and I thought I would check with the community for balance issues. I decided to use the flavor of the original books, rather than copy ...
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Is this homebrew "Death's Incarnate" class balanced?

long time lurker, first time poster, yada yada to the point. Some time ago I written a homebrew class for D&D 5e called Death's Incarnate. I would like to ask for any opinions and critique about ...
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Is my modified version of the Primeval Awareness feature more useful for the ranger than the original feature?

The description of the ranger's Primeval Awareness feature says: Beginning at 3rd level, you can use your action and expend one ranger spell slot to focus your awareness on the region around you. For ...
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How balanced is this artifact weapon?

This weapon is, without a doubt, extremely powerful, especially when compared with most items. However, it is a unique item in a campaign where I intend for all players to have at least one such ...
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Is this homebrewed "Curse Domain" cleric subclass balanced?

I've made this subclass for fun, and I wanted to make sure it was balanced without being too weak or too strong. I'm not too experienced with homebrewing subclasses, I took inspiration of some ...
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What rarity would this Taser-Pistol be?

Ignore the standard rarity in the block, that is a placeholder. TASER-PISTOL ranged weapon (simple, firearm) Category: Items Damage: 1d4 Damage Type: Lightning Item Rarity: Standard Properties: ...
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Are there any serious balance issues with allowing all players to have access to elemental magic in my homebrew?

The Background I'm constructing a homebrew setting for a campaign in which elemental magic is much more common than in most D&D official settings. There will be portals to the elemental planes ...
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How rare is this artificer magic item I created? [closed]

One of my backup characters is a level 10 gnome artificer and has some self made magic items, but I roleplay it as if it's a technological swiss army knife with different functions with 3 buttons. (...
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Is this 'Vila Solus' homebrew balanced compared to officially published DND5e races?

These beautiful, slim women ride on large deer, their hair the color of spring grass, skin like polished wood, and eyes as gray as a coming storm. Every once in a while a vila is born different than ...
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Homebrew: Divorcing Skills from Attributes in 5e [duplicate]

I was reading this article/post, and wondered about changing the standard 5e attributes to something that makes more sense. Some hours later, I dug my way out of that rabbit hole with the realization ...
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Is this second version of my “Fehl-her” homebrew race balanced?

This is a follow up to my previous homebrew question, in which the answers explained that, overall, my race was underpowered, prone to overspecialization and fairly contradictory in certain aspects (...
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I've created a monk subclass based on the brewmaster monk from WoW. Though it needs some playtesting I would like to know you guys' thoughts [closed]

Monk: Way of the Brewmaster Though on the surface a monk following the way of the brewmaster might look like a simple alcoholic, they hide a mastery in combat behind their drunk facade. They use their ...
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Is this sword-catching feat for monks balanced against other feats?

I'm a big fan of the Monk class, as a lover of martial arts, martial arts films, and the spectacular stunts the class seems to enable. Still, however, I see too often the class be played like a quick-...
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Is this "Fehl-her" homebrew race balanced?

I'm still relatively new to dnd, and was trying to build a homebrew race for the first time. I tried basing myself mostly on orcs and lizardfolk at first, but the race I was making took quite a turn ...
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Is it balanced to offer these ranger features as a feat?

What is the aim of my suggestion? I do not like the ranger from the PHB and find it problematic that the UA revised ranger does not work with subclasses other than the ones from the UA. This has led ...
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Homebrew review: Elementalist spellcaster class and ray specialist

Elementalist The Elementalist is a master of elemental magic, often lashing out across the battlefield with rays of destructive elemental energy. Hit Die: d8 Starting Wealth: 2d6 × 10 gp (average 70 ...

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