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Questions tagged [homebrew]

For questions about homebrewing new rules content 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].

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Creating a “Sacrifice Blood” Ability / A Cultist Character 5E [closed]

In a campaign, which is gonna start at the end of the month, I got the idea that I wanted to play a cleric, but I didn't want to play a simple "God Worshipping Healer". I had the idea: what if 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 my “Tree Person” homebrew race balanced?

I have created a homebrew race, of a 'tree person' (pretty much a tree-humanoid) (a better name will come later). Is this race balanced in proportion to other official 5e races? Tree Person ...
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How rare would a set of bags of holding/portable holes that share the same interior space be?

What would the rarity for a set of bags of holding and similar items like portable hole, that share the same extra dimensional space? It would be similar to how ender chests work in Minecraft, or ...
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How do I determine the rarity/level of a unique magic item or spell?

I am planning on making several new magic items and spells, as well as allowing my players to make some. As far as I know, the rules in the DMG only describe the relevant spell levels for spells ...
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How do I prevent a homebrew Grappling Hook feature from trivializing Tomb of Annihilation?

I am currently running Tomb of Annihilation and letting one of my players play a Revised Artificer homebrew. One of the features under the Gadgetsmith subclass is a Grappling Hook, with this ...
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Is this homebrew ice axe weapon balanced? [closed]

I need some feedback on two weapons: the ice axe in this question, and the warhammer in this other question. Just to quickly explain as the DM, I am expecting from my players to put up a hard-fight ...
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Matching TWF to GWF DPR output with magic item

I'm new to D&D. I currently have one character built: a human fighter. I've given him the Two-Weapon Fighting (TWF) fighting style, as it sits nicely with his character. I'm currently at Level 3, ...
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What problems might be caused by a PC having the Ooze type?

I am trying to make a homebrew slime race, and I'd like to know what complications might arise from a PC having the Ooze type, including ones caused by having Ooze AND Humanoid.
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Is my adaptation of the Battle Master as a Wizard subclass balanced relative to other Wizard subclasses and to the original Battle Master?

Background Motivation I wanted to create a subclass for Wizard that uses an expendable die resource to augment its magic and benefit its allies, similar to how the Battle Master Fighter expends ...
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How do I tell my Dungeon Master that her custom feat breaks my character?

I found out today that my DM (in a D&D 5e game) made some tweaks to my character's backstory, specifically some of the formative parts of his 'creation'. These changes are on the border of myth ...
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Is there a way to stun a creature without using a Save DC?

A (homebrew) greatsword has this feature: Heavy Blow. [...] If you hit with this very powerful attack, the target must make a contested Athletics check. If the target loses, it is stunned until the ...
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What would the 5e phrasing be for combining multiple attacks into a single attack?

A (homebrew) magic greatsword has this feature: Heavy Blow. When you take the Attack action on your turn, you may choose to forfeit your attacks for one very powerful attack. The powerful attack ...
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Is this homebrew Sky Barbarian subclass balanced against other barbarian paths?

This Sky Barbarian path is loosely based on the Path of the Storm Herald barbarian and the Way of the Four Elements monk. It is designed to give barbarians a way to deal damage on range without ...
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How much does adding the Pack Tactics trait to this homebrew monster affect its CR?

I am using this Beowolf homebrew monster as a basis to create a Large Mountain Wolf. It currently has a CR of 3, if I add the Pack Tactics trait (as listed below) to this monster, how does that ...
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Considerations for homebrew races/classes? [duplicate]

I have seen many people ask if their homebrew race is overpowered (myself included). What items should be considered when making a homebrew race or class?
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Is my homebrew “Created Human” race balanced?

I have been thinking about this race as being like Frankenstein's monster (or at least the popular interpretation of it including it being unintelligent), and modeled the racial traits after the Orc ...
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Is this homebrew 'Outsider' race balanced?

I am currently editing a homebrew race that I have created, and after a good few versions, I believe I am coming to some semblance of a decent homebrew race. However, I fear that it may be unbalanced ...
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Is this homebrew Awakened Monkey race balanced?

I have a homebrew race I would like evaluated, for overall balance. Awakened Monkey You were once an ordinary monkey, just wandering with your monkey friends, and one day you were awakened. ...
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Can a prestige class have attribute prerequisites?

I homebrew a lot of a prestige classes and occasionally have felt like it made sense to have them require certain attributes. For example, a certain class might have Dex 15 as a prerequisite. However, ...
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4e D&D XP penalty on point of death [closed]

I recently introduced me son to D&D 4e. There is only the two of us, so I'm expecting death to occur more frequently. I want to implement a house rule that upon death (especially if we get a TPK ...
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Is my homebrew “Charger” fighter archetype balanced?

I was looking at the mounted fighter subclass and realized that none of them have anything to do with mounted combat. So I decided to make my own subclass and was wondering if I could get some good ...
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How does the ability to cast healing spells affect a monster's CR?

I've been making a few homebrew monsters for my current D&D 5e campaign, and I ran into a problem when I wanted to create a creature that used healing magic. There were general rules for offensive ...
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How do I implement a challenge where time runs backward?

I'm DMing a D&D 5e campaign that has pockets of "weird time" (areas where time runs faster or slower than normal). It seems like I shouldn't pass up the opportunity to have an area where time is ...
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Rolling for Movement in Theatre of the Mind

From D&D 5e and "Theatre of the Mind" in combat, mxyzplk had the second highest answer about running combat in theatre of the mind. He mentioned: Same thing with movement. I have all ...
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How can I communicate to my players, that I like them to roleplay their skills more?

I am playing in a campaign I made myself using homebrewed rules based on a German pen-and-paper RPG called Das Schwarze Auge (DSA; The Dark Eye in English). I heavily influenced the character ...
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Is this Variant Monstrosity Druid balanced?

In my current campaign, I introduced a crazy scientist that uses mutagens in order to transform into different monsters. It’s really cool and really creepy. One of the characters in the party recently ...
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Encouraging piety in classes besides Paladin/Cleric [closed]

As a DM who has almost always played with inexperienced or casual players, I find many or most of those players trend towards homogeneity. They choose a patron deity and alignment when they roll up, ...
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Is it balanced to create a homebrew sentient magic item that can attune to other magic items and grant the user their benefits?

I'm imagining something like this: A sentient, magical armor piece (I. E., the Mcguffin) that can store multiple weapons or shields to be summoned when needed. You are attuned to the Mcguffin, and ...
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In the homebrew Gunslinger fighter subclass, what is the maximum grit you can have?

I'm reading over Matt Mercer's Gunslinger Fighter Archetype, and after buying it I realized it doesn't have any maximum value for grit points. Did Matt Mercer ever make a clarification on what it ...
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Is this homebrew pacifistic Life cleric variant balanced compared to official Life clerics?

I have a player who is playing a complete pacifist cleric (please, no comments about how that's a terrible awful horrible idea that ruins D&D; I know it's unpopular, but I find it to be a fun ...
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Is my nerfed version of the Healing Spirit spell in line with the relative power level of other sources of healing?

I have concerns about the immense healing potential that the Healing Spirit spell can put out. As it appears in Xanathar's Guide to Everything (page 157), the Healing Spirit spell is able to heal any ...
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Is this homebrew Circle of Flame druid subclass balanced with Circle of the Land druids?

Inspired by a question by Stephanos and tempered by the PEACH process at GiTP, I am asking for a comparison to Circle of the Land druid sub classes for this Druid proposed sub class, homebrew, since ...
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Is this homebrew alternate Way of the Four Elements monk subclass balanced? [closed]

I've created a new version of the Way of the Four Elements monk. I don't have too many friends in the RPG community that could give me some good balance/playability feedback on such a thing, and was ...
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Good Resources for Making Custom Artwork for a Non-Artist? [closed]

I like to employ PowerPoint in my adventures with my party (Eberron right now!). I feel, as the DM, like it provides a "taste" of the world to my players and helps springboard their imaginations along ...
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Should this homebrew “Artillery Spell” advanced metamagic option be reworded or clarified?

I'm working on homebrewing a number of variant options for the Metamagic options available to Sorcerers, and I need some assistance proofreading the wording on one such option that I'm working on. I ...
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Is this homebrew Circle of Flames/Chaos subclass for druids balanced?

Here is my homebrew Circle of Flames/Chaos subclass for druids: Circle of Flame/Chaos Lore/Calling: Fire burns the forest and out of the ash rises new growth, just like the fire that burns the ...
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Can a Reaction Cantrip be used as an action and bonus action? [closed]

I have a character in my most recent campaign. He is a homebrew race that weakens all checks and rolls in sunlight (unless properly covered), but gives +1AC and the Fire Bolt Cantrip. His scenario: ...
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Is this “Gelatinous Noob” ranger's animal companion balanced?

A while back I was struck with the idea of making a Beast Master ranger who has for their "animal" companion a miniature Gelatinous Cube. I set out to create the stats for said cube. Ignoring anything ...
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Is this “Superior Darkvision” spell balanced?

The spell would read as follows: Superior Darkvision 2nd-level transmutation Casting Time: 1 action Range: Touch Components: V, S Duration: 1 hour You touch a willing creature to ...
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Is this version of the dragonborn race unbalanced?

When comparing the dragonborns with the other races of the Player's Handbook, it is pretty clear they are a bit underpowered. A quick search in google shows many people also think so. Besides their ...
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Is this alternate version of the Observant feat balanced?

I'm a DM and have a player who likes the Observant feat (PHB, p. 168): Increase your Intelligence or Wisdom score by 1, to a maximum of 20. If you can see a creature's mouth while it is ...
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How can I compensate for replacing darkvision with low-light vision for playable races?

I am homebrewing a post-apocalypse style world for D&D 5E, intended to be a mashup of Mutant Year Zero and D&D 5E. Thematically, one major point is that the world has been thrown into a ...
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How do you deal with sneak attack if you multi-class in classes with sneak attack? [closed]

How do you deal with sneak attack if you multi-class in classes with sneak attack? I understand that for now the rogue is the only class with sneak attack, but i we're using 3rd party and home brew ...
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How does my homebrew spell replacement for the Shadow Magic sorcerer's Hound of Ill Omen feature compare to the original?

We are starting a new campaign soon with 7 players. To avoid a lot of extra rolling and stuff, the DM banned summons (companions/mounts). I still wanted to play a Shadow Magic sorcerer (XGtE, p. 50-...
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Any good free programs for written an adventure/setting book.m [closed]

I've been working on an adventure and my own campaign setting. I want to be able to share them online in a professional looking pdf or eBook format. I was wondering if anyone here knows a good program ...
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How powerful would an always-on Truesight ability be for a PC?

How powerful would an always-on passive ability or magic item or whatever else that could grant truesight to a PC be? Let's say 60 ft. to match the range of races with Darkvision. For reference, here'...
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Is this homebrew “Throwing Weapons Master” feat balanced?

I'm trying to create a Fighter/Warlock character based on Kratos in the newest God of War game, who wields a two-handed axe which he can throw and summon back to his hands. Pact of the Blade Warlock ...
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How balanced is a feat that lets players round up instead of down, and win contest ties?

Saw someone on FB with this idea, and wanted to get some input. Feat: Mathematician Whenever an ability tells you to round up or tells you to round down a value, you can choose whether to ...
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How can I improve this homebrew magic item so that it remains balanced across a wide range of levels?

I am considering the following homebrew magic item for my campaign: Ring, rare (requires attunement) While attuned to this ring, when you cast a cantrip that targets a single creature (but ...