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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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Is it possible to add more variety to the Create A Spell table without breaking game balance? [closed]

I have a homebrew spell in mind, probably sorcerer only, called Elemental Manipulation, it's something that requires creating spells on the go depending on the caster's description. Sometimes those ...
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What balance problems arise by allowing grappling as an option for an Opportunity Attack?

In our last session (with me as the DM), a creature was surrounded by the party and was trying to flee. She cast Levitate on herself to try to float up and get away. As she was going up and thereby ...
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Does this Zombie Swarm Homebrew require a grapple check?

This homebrew Zombie Swarm found on dndbeyond.com has the following action: Grab. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 14 (4d6) bludgeoning damage, and the target is ...
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Finding Play Testers [duplicate]

Any advice on communities or forums where I can find play testers for a new tabletop role play game? It's designed for casual players to game together virtually. So imagine pen & pen style RPG ...
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Can a rogue use Two Weapon Fighting to wield a shortsword and a pistol?

My game has renaissance firearms (Chapter 9: DMG, Firearms) and the rogue is proficient with a Pistol (1d10 piercing, 3lb, Ammunition (range 30/90), loading. He has a custom feat that works similar ...
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Value/balancing/pricing of elemental arrows

I am just starting a campaign with some friends that has a heavy focus on horror style monsters. I have a shop in their home base town already that specializes in tools to hunt these creatures. Due to ...
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Paladin, balancing consequences of successful prayers?

Introduction My table consists of only new players, including myself as DM. I have various books at home, but we often learn as we go and check rules later (on how they are intended). This way, ...
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How are features that automatically deal damage to be balanced?

There are a few spells and other features that can automatically deal damage, but it's very rare. The most common example I can think of is magic missile, which strikes unerringly and deals its damage ...
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Does this “Memory Orb” cause any game-breaking problems?

I have created this item as a way to discover lore and history in a unique way for my campaign. Memory Orb Wondrous Item, Rare When a spell is cast into this 10-inch diameter, semi-...
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Is this homebrew whip blade balanced?

One of my players has asked if he can have his character use a whip blade (i.e., a sword that transforms into a whiplike chain to deal damage at a distance). See here for a picture. Based on my ...
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Implementing a “perk system” of minor boons? [closed]

Background I have recently become the DM of a group comprised mostly of newbies and one or two older players who aren’t accustomed to 5e’s rules yet. I decided that, for my first campaign, I wanted ...
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Stampede: How does this custom spell compare to Cloudkill, another 5th level spell?

Is this stampede spell (a proposed custom spell for Druids and Rangers in my upcoming campaign) as strong as, or weaker than, the 5th level spell cloudkill? I used a similar base damage, the duration ...
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Are these variant Sun Elf traits appropriately balanced?

My campaign setting currently requires a High Elf variant with three major caveats: It cannot have darkvision (all permitted races must have human-level vision). It lacks the flexibility to choose ...
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Is this “Powertouched” Homebrew Race Balanced?

This is my first time homebrewing a race, and I'd like some feedback on balance. The question here is whether this race is overpowered, underpowered, or roughly balanced when compared the playable ...
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Is my homebrew elf subrace feature balanced?

For my 5e homebrew setting, I'm making an elf subrace that's supposed to be able to turn into a tiny animal (like a squirrel, raccoon, wildcat etc) once per long rest, for a number of hours equal to ...
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Are there any online guides, official or unofficial, to help create new classes? [closed]

I'm looking at creating a homebrew class for dnd-5e, but have had trouble finding resources to assist with this. The DMG includes guidelines for modifying existing classes, but there don't appear to ...
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DM changing homebrew race; does this retroactively change how you play the character and buy gear? [closed]

This is just a question I have been wondering about. Having strong debates with my group's DM over this ruling. CONTEXT: DM created a couatl race to play for his first campaign ever. the abilities ...
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Is this homebrew feat for a combat medic balanced?

This is my first try at home-brewing feats and I wanted to get some advice from the community. The idea is to make a feat that is flavored for a combat medic. Something that can improve potential ...
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“Delay Action” instead of “Ready Action”

I really don't like the Ready Action. Smart (and/or tactical) players might be able to use readied actions to great effect and without problems, but my players and I find this game mechanic to be ...
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Is Phantom Steed considered a Familiar?

If I already have Find Familiar from Pact of Chain cast, does it become the phantom steed when I cast that spell? Since I can't have two familiars, I want to see if phantom steed was defined as a one. ...
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Is there a class for being a shard of a deity in 5e?

I have an NPC I built that, well, I hadn’t intended to get quite this tied up in the story. But, hey, that’s how it goes sometimes. I want to make a full character for them, but I’m not sure if there ...
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Is this homebrew race balanced?

This is my first attempt at a homebrew, and I've never DMed before so my knowledge of the Player's Handbook is what I've managed to find online. My question is this: at a glance is this race ...
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Guidelines on giving magical equipment to Animal Companions

As levels progress, the two UA Beast Conclave Rangers in my party feel their pets and their non-magical attacks are getting less and less efficient. They suggested some side-quests to fetch magical ...
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Is the rarity of this homebrew item appropriate?

For an upcoming home game, I came up with the following item and am wondering if the rarity is right. Time-Forgotten Sands Wondrous item, very rare A pinch of these dull-grey sands ...
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How long would it take for me to train my animal companion to use a shortsword?

I am using the UA Revised Ranger in one of our D&D games. I am currently 2nd level and have had my Ranger animal companion from the start instead of summoning him at 3rd level (the wolf doesn't ...
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Is this “Timberwolf” Balanced?

Based on the dire wolf an a twig blight, this creature is a essentially a large wolf-like construct made of wood, held together by arcane magic. Timberwolf Large Construct, unaligned ...
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Is this “Elven Thrower” magic dagger balanced?

Based on the Dwarven Thrower, this homebrew magic weapon is essentially an elven dagger with the similar returning feature. The exact specifics: Elven Thrower Weapon (dagger), rare (requires ...
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Is this homebrewed Malconvoker port to 5e balanced? [closed]

I'm playing a homebrew variant on the D&D 3.5 Malconvoker (Complete Scoundrel). I'd like to upgrade it to 5.0 at some point. This Wizard specialization is what I came up with. Do you see any ...
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True Vancian Wizard

Perhaps this has been answered already: searching returns only the opposite question, how to bypass a vancian system. I quite like the idea of preparing spells. As in, you have 2 fireballs and 3 ...
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Partial spellcasting progression: quality vs quantity

There are plenty of half-casters whose progression is hindered quality-wise, i.e. a paladin at level 5 has 4/2 spells while a cleric has 4/3/2 spells. I wonder how unbalanced (i.e. would it then ...
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How to build a level appropriate adaptation of existing items

I run a low magic level campaign, where magic items are legacies of the gods or heroes from past ages, very rare items, all unique (except for consumables). There are not random “+1 longswords” ...
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Blindsight and Tremorsense for a Blind PC?

I'm a pretty novice DM, and I'm trying to help a new player create a blind character, specifically a monk. A bit cliché perhaps, but I want her to enjoy playing and not have to worry about too many ...
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Does a (homebrewed) Tortle's Natural AC stack with worn armor?

The tortle race on dandwiki has a feature called Shell which states that it has 14 + your constitution modifier natural AC. It doesn't stack with unarmored defense but if I were, for example, wearing ...
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How would changing the damage type/saving throw from spells affect game balance?

So, let's say we want a mage character based on ice, sure, there are quite a few spells with Cold damage/thematic, but they're not quite what you want... You want him to have a Fireball that deals ...
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“Episode Boss” encounter balance assessment

I am creating a boss battle for the end of an episode in my campaign using the following homebrew monsters: Knight Zombie AC 16 (chainmail) HP 28 STR 13 DEX 15 CON 10 INT 7 WIS 10 CHA 6 Immunities: ...
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Is a bonus action cantrip providing Dash overpowered?

Would this cantrip be overpowered? Any class could get it. Conjuration cantrip Casting Time: 1 bonus action Range: Touch Components: V, S Duration: 1 bonus action You can take the ...
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Would creating a custom legerdemain feat have any serious balance issues?

From the dictionary: Legerdemain: skillful use of one's hands when performing conjuring tricks. In 5th Edition the Arcane Trickster Rogue subclass is provided with Mage Hand Legerdemain. This ...
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What would be the consequences of using a rapier made of gold? [closed]

If my rogue were to use as a weapon a rapier made of gold, how would the weapon perform? Would a gold rapier be as sharp and as deadly as a normal rapier? Would a gold rapier need special ...
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Is it okay to add a shrinking ability to a pixie PC?

I am currently working out a Pixie PC character with one of my players, but we've run into a problem. Pixies being tiny creatures can't carry much of anything (especially with 2(-4) Strength). This ...
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Is there a way I can accurately calculate the CR of my homebrewed monster?

In my current 3.5 Epic level campaign, I am trying to make 11 monsters around the CR of a hecatoncheire, however, my googling skills have failed me and I can’t find any reliable way to calculate their ...
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Is this Library-encounter balanced?

I'm about to run a Wizard tower. I really wanted to run a Living Spellbook from Redditor /u/StoneStrix but had to scale it down. Since low level spellcasters are kind of hard to find, I thought an ...
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How to add only attack bonus to a homebrew magic weapon in D&D Beyond?

What Modifier and Modifier subtype can I use to give a weapon a +1 just to the attack/to-hit value in D&D Beyond? I don't want it to be +1 to-hit and +1 to damage, I just want the +1 to-hit. I ...
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Homebrew monk class and subclass with magic armor

I'm making my own Monk class and subclasses for fun with the following mechanical modifications: Unarmored Defense (10 + Dex + Wis) will be replaced with Armored Defense with a magically bonded light ...
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Giving a mechanical penalty to traumatized character [closed]

I'm currently DMing a campaign with a time loop, and to keep players from charging around willy nilly I'm going to implement penalties for getting themselves killed in awful ways. In our last session ...
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Can a character command a PC-possessed animal [closed]

One of the PCs was given a chance to possess his wardog, rather than creating a new character after dying. Can another character command the wardog, like an animal, such as with a Handle Animal check?...
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How overpowered would a custom Rune/Glyph of Silence be as a trap?

I was thinking of using a trap against magic users. The idea that I came up with was basically as follows: The victim walks into the trap area (a hallway with a width of Silence's area of effect (...
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A Revenant's action Fade Pull references The Fade. What is this? [closed]

In 5e, the Revenant has the Fade Pull action, emphasis in the middle added: Fade Pull. The revenant targets one creature it can see within 60 feet. The target must make DC 15 Strength saving throw ...
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Will 10 PCs find this homebrew creature a speedbump or a slaughterhouse? [closed]

An upcoming boss fight sees the PC fight a darkfathom (see below), a homebrew creature based on this miniature. The encounter will take place in the darkfathom's underwater lair, a large chamber ...
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How to rule attacking and damage with a bear trap mounted on a pole?

One of my players is a 5th level minotaur barbarian in our 5e game, and has decided to mount a bear trap at the end of a 10 foot pole. He has also bent a few of the teeth backwards, so the foes can't ...
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Is there a way to duplicate the range & power of rolling stats with a homebrew point buy?

One of the benefits of traditional rolling stats (4d6 drop lowest) over point buy is that you have access to a wider array of stats. You can roll as high as an 18, and on rare occasions as low as a 3. ...