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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 this a balanced homebrew race? [closed]

Me and my friend made a race with these traits: They do not regain hitpoints through resting. As an action, they can deal necrotic damage to a target within 10 meters and heal as much damage as they ...
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How gamebreaking is this magic item that can reduce casting times?

I've been considering the following homebrew magic item to give to my campaign's BBEG. The flavour/intent is that the villain is manipulating the way time works across the multiverse, and I designed ...
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Is this Half-Ogre race balanced?

None of the race options published so far is Large, not even the Centaur, Goliath, or Firbolg. I'd like a Large option, to see how that plays. Half-Ogre When an ogre mates with a human, hobgoblin, ...
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Is this Huu-kikra bird race balanced?

I have figured out that making homebrew races is rather fun and lets my creativity flow free. Any suggestions for fixes or suggestions, for this homebrew race of bird-like people, to make it balanced ...
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Is this homebrew Leafling race unbalanced?

Leaflings are a small race of fey creatures, resembling human children with pointed ears and green tinged skin, that inhabit idyllic places of natural beauty in proximity to humanoid settlements. ...
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Is this True Orc variant a good option to use?

I have made 2 orc races (Feral-orc and True-orc) and I recently got the Feral variant looked at and now I am wondering about the other variant, I updated it together with the feral variant after ...
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Is the homebrew Feral Orc race balanced?

I asked a while back about a homebrew orc race for my campaign. And after my 2 players playing it for a few sessions, and getting feedback on the post as well, I have tweaked it so I feel it still ...
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(Class) gets to repeat a check or save against being moved or knocked prone—how to word?

I’m working on a homebrew class that receives benefits for holding one position. These benefits end if they move 5 feet or more, or if they’re knocked prone. Since so much of the class revolves around ...
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What level should this Projected Barrier spell be (area barrier, like Mass Effect's biotic barriers)?

I've initially slotted this as a 3rd-level spell (with absorption calibrated to a fireball), but want a second+ opinion. Other balancing suggestions welcome. The intended fiction is that of the ...
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Is this homebrew gunsmith class balanced? [Version 2]

Three days ago I asked Is this homebrew gunslinger class balanced? and got a some good answers. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read my post and especially thank you to the person who ...
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Is this buff to the Clairvoyance spell still the power of a 3rd-level spell?

I want to give Clairvoyance a buff, as it is a 3rd-level spell that is a little bit underpowered in my opinion. Here is the current text of the Clairvoyance spell (from D&D Beyond): You create an ...
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Damage of an High Explosive/Incendiary Armor Piercing Anti-Materiel Rifle (HEIAP AMR)

Let's face it, mankind is evil. We invented means to destroy one another under the guidance of mages since the dawn of time. We shed off the yoke of the werebeasts during the Impergium and made them ...
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Would a limited Gunner Feat be a balanced addition to list of Fighter's Fighting Style options?

Inspired by this answer to Is this homebrew gunslinger class balanced? I wanted to ask. Let's say a player wants to play a gunslinger. Let's also say it is a world where firearms are reasonably common....
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Is this homebrew gunslinger class balanced?

I have been homebrewing a gunslinger class for a player who wanted to play one, but the problem is I couldn't find any that gave exactly what we wanted. I based it off one I found somewhere and made ...
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Need balancing advice and contructive criticism for Ranger Subclass 5e

Ranger: Pact Keeper Some rangers stand as a gateway between humanity and the chaotic presence of the feywild, and some fey stand with them. You’ve made a pact with an organization upholding safety for ...
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Sangromancy (Blood Magic) warlock patron feature

Considering this ability for a homebrew warlock patron, and want to know if the wording works, on a technical level as well as a readability level, and if the overall effect is balanced. Obviously, ...
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Would a feature similar to Divination Wizard's Portent with values from 0-23 be overpowered?

The Major arcana of my Tarot deck has 24 cards with values from 0-23. I would like to use these cards to simulate the Portent feature of the School of Divination Wizard for a homebrew Bard subclass, ...
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Is this Combat Perception feat balanced?

This feat is intended to help with action economy when players are trying to keep an eye on a tunnel or hallway for additional enemies, while maintaining active participation in the fight. My general ...
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What level would a weaponised version of Vortex Warp be?

In a campaign I recently misread the wording in the Vortex Warp spell, and was fighting a mounted knight. I used the spell to whip the horse out from under him and have it appear 90ft in the air above ...
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Is this homebrew legendary item's power consistent with other legendary items?

In the continuing journey of my DMing I've finally had a campaign reach the point where my players have gotten the position to obtain a legendary item. Having focused on artifacts to create world ...
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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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