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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 entire new games, use [game-design]. For questions about homebrew in general, use the [homebrew] tag.

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Is the Alchemist class presesented balanced?

I'm looking at using this Alchemist homebrew class for my D&D 5e game. (Version as of 16 Oct 2019.) Will this break my game? Are there ways to optimize this class to break my game? How does this ...
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Is this alternative to Telekinetic Throw balanced?

I'm in a game of D&D 4th Edition. While I am not the GM, an interesting situation came up. A player tried to use Telekinetic Grasp (Dark Sun Campaign power, pretty similar to Mage Hand) to attack ...
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Is this homebrew spell “Harry's Horrendous Headache” balanced?

This spell is intended for a sort of a anti-caster. I want to know whether this spell is inline with the others spells in the PHB. I'm not attached to the level of the spell. I'm ok with tweaking the ...
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Are those changes enough to save the Kineticist?

I've been toying with the idea of making a kineticist for a bit, now. The class is quite flavorful, with some interesting options and a nice set of utility. ...That said, its core sucks. Like, ...
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Is this homebrew Druid-themed Warlock patron balanced?

I would like to play a "green witch"- or "hedge witch"-type character in an upcoming D&D 5e campaign, so my DM is letting me homebrew a Druid-themed Warlock patron (similar to how the official ...
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Is this Trait balanced?

I've decided to homebrew a trait like Unearthed Arcana talks about but I'd like another opinion on whether it's balanced. The idea is someone who works themselves to the point of harm in order to gain ...
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Does my improved version of the Witch Bolt spell make it less of a “trap” choice, while keeping it unique?

Witch bolt is situational, mediocre, or borderline useless, depending on who you ask. In play, I have seen it consistently chosen by new players (or players inexperienced with casters), who are ...
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Is this homebrew Kerbal race balanced compared to the official races?

Is this homebrew Kerbal race balanced compared to the official races? Kerbal Traits Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1. Age. Kerbals mature after just one month, ...
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Is this homebrew Way of the Force monk subclass balanced compared to the official monk subclasses?

This is a monk to effectively be a force user, as from the Star Wars universe. I wanted to make this to try and emulate some of the powers and features from the Star Wars of universe. There is a ...
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Is this homebrew Weaver Wizard subclass balanced?

I've made a subclass for Wizard, hoping to make a sort of spellmancer (manipulating and changing spells). I wanted to capture some of the feelings of Sorcerer and their Metamagic, but repurposed for ...
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Are these changes to the Thunder Step spell balanced as a homebrew spell?

My DM is letting a few of us create custom spells for our campaign, and I thought I would run my current idea by some people. The main thing I'm curious about is if the level is balanced with the ...
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Is this added versatility to the Sorcerer's Flexible Casting imbalancing?

After playing Sorcerer quite a bit (both spell-slot and spell-point versions) I feel that the spell-slot variety lacks much of the versatility granted under the spell-point option. The current ...
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Is this homebrew Warlock Invocation, Splinter Casting, balanced?

Introduction It seems the internet is littered with posts about players complaining that their Warlock just doesn't have enough spell slots, or that if they don't get that many short rests in a day ...
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Is this homebrew Dragon Rider ranger archetype balanced?

Firstly, this was inspired by these recent questions: Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes? Is this Revised Dragon Rider homebrew class balanced ...
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Would modifying the “Polearm Master” feat to work with a longsword be overpowered?

On of my players (an Eldritch Knight) wants to make a modification to the "Polearm Master" feat by replacing the weapons given with a longsword. So it would be written as such Longsword Master ...
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Is this barbarian Rage Mage subclass balanced compared to the official barbarian subclasses and the eldritch knight?

Rage Magic: At level 3, your rage allows you to tap into magical dark energy. Choose 2 cantrips and 3 1st level spells from the warlock spell list. Two of the 1st level spells you choose must be ...
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Are these homebrew metallic/chromatic pseudodragons the same CR as RAW pseudodragons?

Pseudodragons are Tiny CR 1/4 dragons, but they're not quite dragon-like enough for my purposes. I want to homebrew some alternative stat blocks to the pseudodragon so that they more so resemble the ...
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Is this Monkey Grip port balanced as a 5e feat?

There is a feat in D&D 3.5e called Monkey Grip. I am considering this 5e feat inspired by that: Monkey Grip Wielding a weapon made for a creature one size larger than you doesn’t impose ...
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Are there any broken applications of this homebrew “Overcast” system?

I'm considering adding the following homebrew rule variant into an upcoming campaign: Overcasting If in dire need, any spellcaster is capable of expending their own life force to enhance their ...
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Are these homebrew attempts at recreating the Isaac's Missile Storm spells from NWN2 balanced for 5e? [Version 2]

This is a follow up to my previous question: Are these homebrew attempts at recreating the Isaac's Missile Storm spells from NWN2 balanced for 5e? In the Neverwinter Nights video game series (I'm ...
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Is this homebrew Circle of the Bloodlust Druid subclass, which replaces Wild Shape with a Berserker barbarian's Frenzied Rage, balanced?

Would it be balanced to replace the Wild Shape feature of a druid with Rage? This homebrew is intended for a pacifist supporting spellcaster, cursed with a violent blood lust curse. This homebrew is ...
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Turning the Mystic's Baleful Transposition into a spell; what level should this be?

The UA Mystic can get the Baleful Transposition feature, which states: As an action, choose one creature you can see within 120 feet of you. That creature must make a Wisdom saving throw. On a ...
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Are these homebrew attempts at recreating the Isaac's Missile Storm spells from NWN2 balanced for 5e?

In the Neverwinter Nights video game series (I'm more familiar with NWN2 specifically, which was based on D&D 3.5e), there were two spells, "Isaac's Lesser Missile Storm" and "Isaac's Greater ...
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Is my homebrew “Overcast” system balanced?

I'm interested in devising a homebrew system for spellcasting beyond one's regular capabilities. Will this description be unambiguous and keep relative power balance between non-casters, third-casters,...
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Is this whip master feat balanced?

One of my players wants the ability to grapple other creatures at range when using a whip (think Indiana Jones wrapping his whip around things). I think this is a reasonable ability to have, but ...
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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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What level should this homebrew spell be? (Conjure Insect Swarm)

I'm attempting to design a spell. I think I have the base mechanics mostly covered, I just need to determine what level this spell might be to be balanced. Primary Question: What level should this ...
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Arcane Adept: is this proposed Warlock feat balanced as compared to PHB feats?

While discussing Warlocks and the new Uneartherd Arcana at GiTP forums, we were kicking around the idea of a class only feat (versus the Xanather's race based feats) and I arrived at the following ...
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Is this proposed change to the Transmutation Wizard's Master Transmuter class feature balanced for a setting without resurrection? [Version 2]

In my previous iteration of this question, I proposed a replacement for the Master Transmuter option Restore Life. the feedback I received identified that it was too powerful, so I have a new, much ...
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Is this homebrew approach for helmets that grant an AC bonus a viable option?

My players like to look cool wearing the helmets but wanted some function to them as well. Basically I was thinking about giving helmets a +1 AC to players. It will only cost 10-20 gp, so there will ...
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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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Feedback on homebrew Sandstorm Blade spell similar to Shadow Blade

I'm trying to create a homebrew spell that fills a similar niche to the Shadow Blade spell. Goals: Add meaningful decisions with significant tradeoffs, rather than raw strength. Using blade ...
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Which rarity level is appropriate for this nerfed Scimitar of Speed with no bonus to attack and damage rolls?

The original Scimitar of Speed is among the Magic Weapons listed in the DMG: Scimitar of Speed requires attunement, very rare You gain a +2 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with ...
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Is this homebrew Oath of the Golden Knight paladin subclass balanced compared to the official subclasses?

Oath Spells You gain Oath Spells at the Paladin levels listed. 3 Hail of Thorns, Ensnaring Strike 5 Locate Animals or Plants, Healing Spirit 9 Conjure Animals, Spirit Guardians 13 Grasping ...
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Is this proposed change to the Transmutation Wizard's Master Transmuter class feature balanced for a setting without resurrection?

The School of Transmutation wizard archetype has a feature at level 14 called Master Transmuter. It can allow such a wizard to, once per long rest, destroy their transmuter's stone and do one of a ...
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Is this homebrew race, Oskin. balanced? [closed]

ABI: Intelligence +2, Strength +1 Size. Small. Speed. Walking speed 20ft Innate Spellcasting. You can cast blindness/deafness and enlarge/reduce. Intelligence is you spellcasting ...
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Is this homebrew “Vulkaan” race balanced?

I have never made a race before, so this is my first crack at it. I imagined this race of Volcano People called Vulkaans. I guess what pops in my brain is the Vex build from Destiny, but more organic. ...
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Are these new Instruments of the Bards balanced?

I've decided to homebrew some more Instruments of the Bards, representing a few instruments that are not currently included. The only main thing that's different between each one are the unique spells,...
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Is my Homebrew race Lugvian balanced? [closed]

Ability Score Increase. Constitution 2+ Size. Standing 4'4 your size is medium Speed. You have a walking speed of 10 feet. Natural Armor. You have an AC of 15 regardless of your DEX modifer. True ...
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Damage removal “healing” cantrip

The DMG outright states that a cantrip shouldn't offer healing. The obvious problem with a healing cantrip is that the party could heal up after every encounter. But what if the cantrip was only ...
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I made yet another Homebrew, Quaxels, are they balanced?

Okay, I'll keep this one short by leaving out the fluff of history and such. Soo.. here it is. Quaxel Traits Ability Score Increase. Constitution +2, Strength + 2, Charisma - 1 Alignment. ...
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Is this Way of The Iron Fist homebrew monk subclass too overpowered?

This homebrew subclass is something I came up with to compensate for the fact that my group has only three members, and I as a monk am the only one remotely capable of tanking. I call it the Way of ...
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How to balance “Zone of Peace” [closed]

I am playing a pacifist paladin in a fantasy campaign. I am trying to create a "Zone of Peace" spell that prevents everything in the zone from attacking. Currently, my idea is that the user rolls ...
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Is my “Vexus” homebrew race balanced?

We're having a competition, the least over powered homebrew race that last the longest against the Gnoll Lord. I made this, also, if it is unbalanced, please tell me what I can do to fix it. Vexus ...
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Is my Reactive Step homebrew spell balanced?

I've homebrewed a spell that is effectively a combination of shield (in terms of timing) and misty step (in terms of its effect) that I've called reactive step. It's intended for sorcerers, warlocks ...
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Is this homebrew Lich PC race balanced?

This is a Lich PC race I home-brewed; is it balanced? Lich Ability Score Increase Your Intelligence modifier increases by 3. Alignment Most liches are of an evil alignment, ...
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Is this homebrew Armorer Artificer subclass balanced compared to the 2019 UA Artificer subclasses?

Here is my homebrew subclass for the 2019 UA Artificer class: Armorer Tools of the Trade By the time you adopt this specialty at 3rd level, you’re deeply familiar with employing its ...
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Is this homebrew Oath of the Jedi paladin subclass balanced compared to the official subclasses?

Is the following homebrew Oath of the Jedi paladin subclass balanced compared to the official subclasses? Oath Spells You gain oath spells at the following levels: 3rd - Jump, Catapult ...
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How does Spell-Eating compare to Energy Drain?

I'd like to replace the standard Energy Drain effect on a few CR3 Wights with the following Spell-Eater effect: Spell-Eater On a successful Melee attack, the target must make a Will save against ...
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Spell Feedback: Death Themed Spells for a Bladesinger

I'm working on a death themed Bladesinger. She died early on to a crit and since being brought back she's been touched by death. I've been working on a few death/melee spells to work with her and I'd ...