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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 it clear to define a class’s Spellcasting Ability when they are not spellcasters?

For a homebrew project, I have a feature that is magical, but not spellcasting per se (it does not involve spell slots, its effects cannot be targeted by counterspell or dispel magic, etc.). I want to ...
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What level should this Burning Words spell be?

I've created this spell with the help of one of my players, and would like some input on how balanced it is and what level to put it at. Thanks in advance! Burning Words (and/or Epic Burn) nth level ...
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Is this homebrew "Sign Letter" spell balanced?

This spell has two specific purposes, the first is to sign letters and make them secure and trustworthy (even with communication magic you still need documents) and the second is to exclude non spell ...
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What level would you say this homebrewed spell, Shifting Shadows, should be?

What spell level would you say this spell should be? I initially thought 3rd by comparing it to blur, which only affects the caster, whereas this gives disadvantage to multiple creatures no matter who ...
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Is this homebrew Friend Catapult spell balanced?

It seems that I just like throwing my friends around. Is this spell balanced against the current roster: Friend Catapult 4th-level transmutation Casting time: 1 action Range: 30 ft. Components: V,S,M ...
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A mechanic to resolve multi-stage, multi-participant tasks

Sometimes the party wants to complete a multi-part task where the performance of one of them on one part can help or hinder the performance of another one on a different part. They have a common goal,...
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Warden—homebrew warpriest archetype (v2)

An iteration on my previous warden archetype. See that question for motivation and goals. Changes: Instead of 2 hp/level, just used a d12 HD for warden. Changing HD is very rare, or possibly entirely ...
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Is this homebrew Oni race balanced?

Lesser Oni are a race of creatures very closely related to true Oni. They appear to be shorter and possess less magical power. Lesser Oni are considered to be younger Oni whose power is still growing. ...
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Is my 'Vigilante' Homebrew monk subclass balanced?

I built this subclass because I felt monks had no truly S tier subclass combat options or many options that did not require burning all the already limited ki resources available. Is this subclass, ...
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Warden—homebrew warpriest archetype

A friend was interested in playing something akin to the D&D 4e warden in Pathfinder 1e, which has long been an interest of mine but nothing I found really worked for me, so I couldn’t really ...
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Is this homebrew Friend Blade spell balanced?

I want to implement a spell that would give casters a bit more options (God knows they need them) and enable some potentially funny shenanigans. Is this spell balanced against the current roster: ...
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Is this homebrew Eldritch Invocation, Blade Works, balanced?

Problem I've recently been playing a Pact of the Blade Warlock, deliberately abstaining from Eldritch Blast to focus on melee attacks. As we've gotten into later levels, the missing flexibility and ...
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Is this homebrew Bloodstones of Power magic item balanced?

Bloodstones of Power (Small pouch containing 5 stones) 25000 gp Very rare Magic item When a PC takes damage of 7.5 per level or higher due to slashing, or piercing damage the character can use the ...
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Is this unarmored defense option balanced

One of the conceits of a campaign I am running is that in some areas classes like the fighter or paladin would not rely on heavy armor. Is the following option balanced? Unarmored Warrior ...
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Non-Combat Encounter Rewards - A Homebrew Review

Awarding non-combat encounters with XP consistently for the party level - A homebrew review A frustration I have had for a long time is how D&D claims that there are three pillars to the game, ...
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Is this altered version of the spell "Crown of Madness" balanced?

I'm preparing for my first campaign as Dungeon Master. While I was assisting my players with character creation, one of them (playing an Archfey Warlock) expressed enthusiasm for the spell "Crown ...
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Is this homebrew Sorcerer of Whispers sub-class balanced?

The Sorcerer subclass below is a home-brew sub-class for a campaign setting that's not related to traditional settings such as Forgotten Realms. The subclass is intentionally supposed to be good at ...
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Is this homebrew orc race close to balanced?

I am a brand new DM and I was asked if I allowed orc races, but my 2 players both wanted to play dumb brutish orcs, and so I homebrewed a race for them, but I am unsure whether it is balanced in any ...
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Would giving Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer Resistance at Level 1 and temporary immunity at level 6 be unbalanced?

So I am a "new DM", aka I have been Dming for my group for about a year now. I am a very calculated person and tend to mostly stick to RAW, although I correct what I feel is out of place. ...
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Is this "dirispit" homebrew race balanced? [closed]

Me and my friend made a race called Dirispits. Their backstory is that they're intellect spirits given physical form from high intellect/magic areas. These are the bonuses we gave them: They are ...
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Help balancing a spell, dealing with blindsight, concentration and a unique character build

Drizzledusk's Smoke Shroud 1st level Casting Time: 1 bonus action Range/Area: 20ft./10ft sphere. Components: S Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute Magical smoke spreads from a point you choose ...
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Iron Maiden prestige class—Tome of Battle homebrew (v2)

Iron maiden v1 Not a lot to say, per se, up front, since the goal is for the class to read like you just came across it in Chapter 5 of Tome of Battle. See the preamble to v1 if you are unfamiliar ...
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Is this homebrew Bard College of Comedy v3.0 balanced, compared to officially published subclasses?

Based on the comments/answers from version 1.0, 2.0, and 2.5, I have updated features, dropped some, and moved others around. I'm including the (slightly edited) original intro, and have adjusted the ...
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How unbalanced is this 3 Kobolds in a Trenchcoat Player Race?

A player wants to try to play the 3 Kobolds in a Trenchcoat meme. I'm inclined to allow it to add some lighthearted content to our next campaign (Curse of Strahd). I came up with this, based largely ...
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Iron Maiden prestige class—Tome of Battle homebrew

See here for v2 of this class I would like a review of this Tome of Battle-based prestige class I wrote. I decided to go ham on the write-up and do the full entry as Wizards themselves did (I even ...
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Is this homebrew Dex-based barbarian subclass (Path of the Striker) viable and/or balanced?

Is this homebrew Dex-based barbarian subclass (Path of the Striker) viable and/or balanced? It is based off the Berserker, with a focus on incorporating Dexterity into its features rather than ...
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Is this weapon suitable for a 2nd tier Barbarian?

I created a new weapon for the barbarian of the party I am DMing. They are in the 2nd tier of playing, they are all at level 7, in a couple of session they will level up. I would like to give the ...
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Is this Cervitaur race unbalanced?

Cervitaurs are a race of fey beings born from the breath of Succelos, The Oak Father. They resemble centaurs, but have the lower bodies of deer instead of horses. Possessing an innate druidic gift, ...
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Is this Bo'tirnan homebrew race balanced?

The Bo'tirnan are a race born from the fallen branches and fruit of the tree of life. At the beginning of their lives, the Bo'tirnan resemble humans with tough, bark-like skin and wild leafy hair. As ...
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Is my revised Cynocephali race balanced?

The race of dog men returns for a version two that aims to have more interesting abilities that don't skew to paladins or rogues that much! Ability Scores: Your Dexterity score increases by 2 and ...
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How overpowered is this Dhampir / Changeling?

I am going to be running a game for a new player, and they want to play a Dhampir Changeling. I don’t want to use the Dhampir as written, because removing the Changeling's shapechanger feature feels ...
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Which of these versions of Witch Bolt is more balanced against other 1st level spells?

I'm of the opinion that Witch Bolt kinda sucks. A hot take, to be sure. So I have two possible alternate versions. Which one is better at Actually being a spell someone would want to take and use ...
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Rewriting Control Water's whirlpool option

One of my players recently got access to the control water spell, and in the last session, had the opportunity to use the Whirlpool option for the first time. It went badly! This spell is so poorly ...
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Is this homebrew monkey race overpowered?

The hozu are a race of humanoid monkeys who live in dense forests and jungles of high elevation. They're a resourceful and cunning folk who lack a concept of fair play and have developed ways and ...
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Is this Ursine player race balanced?

I'm mostly concerned about the balance of Frenzy and Shaman's Sense. Using detect balance though, the race seems balanced. Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Wisdom ...
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Is this draenei homebrew race balanced?

I've been a big fan of World of Warcraft for some time and even though I no longer play or interact much with the community, I do have a soft spot for some of the races and lore. So I made a draenei ...
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Is this Grovekeeper homebrew race balanced?

Grovekeepers are a race of treefolk in my own homebrew setting. They were created by the god of nature to shepherd animals and plants. I'm somewhat worried that the race might be a touch too strong. ...
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Is this cynocephali race balanced?

Cynocephali are a race of dog men that appear in many real world sources. They're intelligent, have their own language and trade, but eat their prisoners of war. I tried capturing the canine feel ...
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Vryloka Race for 5e v2 [duplicate]

So after getting responses and suggestions about the previous version of my vryloka homebrew race, I decided to rework it. So here's version two! Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases ...
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Is this homebrew Bard College of Comedy v2.5 balanced, compared to officially published subclasses?

Based on the comments/answers from the first version and second version, I have updated some of the features, dropped some, and moved others around. I'm including the original intro, but have adjusted ...
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Is this Vryloka homebrew race balanced?

They're based on the 4e race of the same name though with my own spin on it. Wondering if it's balanced or not. Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2 and either your Strength or ...
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What is the appropriate spell level for this homebrew spell (Devolve Person), intended as a mental counterpart to Hold Person?

Overview I recently became interested in exploring physical vs. mental spells in D&D 5e and I noticed that there is no true counterpart to Hold Person. Specifically, to my knowledge, there's no ...
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Homebrew Weapon skill in Savage Worlds?

I’m planning to run an adventure with Savage Worlds coming from DND 5e. My players and I feel 5e is a bit too simple on certain areas and we believe the exploding dice and the overall system of Savage ...
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Is this homebrew Bard College of Comedy v2 balanced, compared to officially published subclasses?

Based on the comments/answers from the first version I have updated some of the features, dropped some, and moved others around. I'm including the original intro, but have adjusted the text explaining ...
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Is this homebrew gnoll race balanced?

I've been tinkering with a gnoll race and I've been wondering whether it's balanced or not. I want to hear your thoughts on so I can possible revise it in the future. The traits are mainly based on ...
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How does this homebrew cantrip compare to other cantrips, and certain levelled spells?

There aren't many cantrips that I know of which inflict a status effect, so I wanted to create one. The aim is to make it strong enough that it's viable, but not so strong that it's a must pick. Here ...
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I want to know how my 5e homebrew compares to RAW, but don't really know where to begin [closed]

Alright, strap in because I've got an overly complex homebrew that I want to see how it compares to RAW. The problem is that I don't really know where to start this comparison or how to make it easier ...
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Is this homebrew Bard College of Comedy v1 balanced, compared to officially published subclasses?

I wanted to play a bard, but personally lack any musical talent. While it's not vital to actually sing in real life, it got me thinking that there should be a College that focuses more on the spoken ...
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Is this change to Stunning Strike balanced?

Does this change to stunning strike make monks too powerful, or is it reasonable? Stunning Strike Starting at 5th Level, you can interfere with the flow of ki in an opponent's body. When you hit ...
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Are these homebrew injury healing spells of the appropriate level and cost?

I've introduced a homebrew Lingering Injury system to my D&D 5e campaign. The system is relatively simple but does require the addition of some spells to heal from the injuries. This question is ...
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