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]. This tag is not for reviewing already created content; for that use [homebrew-review].

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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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Is gaining 1 AC in exchange for disadvantage on Perception checks a balanced trade?

Inspired by this answer, and to avoid lengthy back and forth comments, I decided to make this a question in itself. You can put on your helmet for +1 AC and disadvantage on Perception checks. In ...
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How do you work with spells in homebrew subclasses on D&D Beyond?

I'm trying to create a homebrew subclass on D&D Beyond, but I can't seem to figure out how to make spells work. There are different places for an added list of spells and actually adding spells, ...
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What is homebrew? Should I use it in normal games? [closed]

I keep on hearing about homebrew in D&D and I was just wondering what it meant.
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What RAW weirdness would arise from a PC being permanently Tiny? [closed]

Background Every official playable race in D&D, to the best of my knowledge, is either Medium or Small. Even for creatures that should be Large (meaning where the "monster" versions of such ...
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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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Can I make a tiny race? [closed]

I re-read the Monster Manual, and came across intellect Devoure, that inspired me to make something similar to this. However, Small seems to big for a living brain. Can this be done? If so, how?
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Are there fundamental problems with this guideline for estimating the rarity of home-brewed Magic Items?

There are a lot of questions about estimating the appropriate rarity level of a homebrewed Magic Item. In one of those, I came across this answer by Lino Frank Ciaralli suggesting a fairly general ...
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Are there any issues with creating creatures that can make multi-target melee attacks?

The Issue Looking through plus-sized creatures in the 5e Monster Manual, I am unable to find any monsters that can target more than one creature with a single melee attack. I would think that a ...
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How to balance a monster modification (zombie)?

I am DM'ing a campaign called "Army of the Damned" based on Magic the Gathering: Innistrad in which a horde of zombies is attacking a town. In the 5e Monster Manual, zombies have poison immunity but ...
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Adding an explosive dice mechanic to the One Roll Engine

A friend of mine is interested in adding an explosive mechanic to the One Roll Engine for his home-brew system. This mechanic is to provide for virtually impossible feats and remarkable failures. ...
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How can I check to make sure my homebrew class is balanced compared to pre-existing classes?

A friend and I are embarking on a little project for fun: creating a new class for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. We have already referred to the DMG section about modifying classes and races etc. ...
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Creating a balanced spell [closed]

I'm currently playing a level 6 warlock (pact of the seeker) in a campaign right now. I want to develop a new spell in game. This is the spell that I'm trying to create: Name: Xanlin's Secret ...
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What benefit would races with extra hands have?

So what, exactly, are the mechanical benefits of a PC race having extra hands in 5e without houseruling anything? Would a house rule be necessary to even make the extra hands make sense in combat, or ...
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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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Is there a way to make a 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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What is the best way to modify existing creatures to make new ones?

I've been looking everywhere and just cannot find a way to create new animals. Yes I know the DM guide has a section on giving monsters powers and CR and stats but there is no statistic guideline for ...
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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 ...
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Quiver of Ammunition

I am working on a custom magic item whose purpose is to provide an archer with unlimited arrows. Yes, I am aware that such a property already exists for weapons called endless Ammunition +2. I however ...
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How can I make a homemade setting with WFRP 3e?

I created a setting with my friends and players and we are all familiar with it. We created legends and previous characters are now gods of the current age in the game. I decided that my next game ...
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Resource/Methods for “leveling” spells from the Harry Potter Universe?

I'm playing a homebrew version of "Broomstix" with my nephews and am looking for a resource that doesn't just list all the Harry Potter universe spells and their functions but also lists the ...
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Is it still a binomial distribution when rolling dice with different probabilities that must be met to count a success?

How do you calculate the probability of success when success is two different criteria/probabilities? I'm theorizing a resolution system for a homebrewed mechanic that involves rolling a pool of ...
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How to make an ability to sense vibrations in the ground? [closed]

Am pretty far along on baby's first homebrew race, but I've run into a hiccup: These are grub-people with an uncanny knack for feeling vibrations of the earth, even if they are above ground. (a la ...
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Should I classify the homebrew race I'm working on as a large race?

These are bug-people, who can wield normally-sized weapons (they have 2 sets of small hands). They are typically about 9 feet in height. Should I, and would it be a wise choice to, classify them as a ...
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How do I get started creating this homebrew race?

I'm a pretty new player. I have played one campaign to completion and am in the middle of two other ones with two different groups. I've never made any homebrew content, and I only have a pretty basic ...
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How can I implement Yondu's Yaka Arrow? [closed]

I'm a neophyte DM and currently running a homebrew. One player in the group wants to incorporate the Yaka Arrow from Guardians of the Galaxy (as seen here). How I should implement it and is there any ...
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Is this homebrew CR 12 monster too difficult an encounter for two level 4 characters?

I'm about to lead a raid into an orc camp for a party of two characters. Both are level 4, one is a bard and the other is a barbarian/warlock multiclass. I found a CR12 homebrew monster, the Orc ...
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Homebrew change to 1/3 and 1/2 casters, does this change too much to be balanced? [closed]

I thought about changing the rule on casters, changing 1/3 casters into half casters and half casters getting cantrips for the sake of multiclassing. Is that too imbalanced? Is there something I'm not ...
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How to handle a player wanting to use the (UA) Remote Access spell on an android player character?

This is in my sci-fi D&D 5e campaign. I have a warlock who's using a spell from the Modern Magic unearthed arcana called remote access. I also have another player who is playing a homebrew android ...
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Does anyone have a good way to allow a Necromancer to summon more powerful undead at the cost of summoning less of them? [closed]

I have a Necromancer that is starting to get a decent size army of undead going. It works great, he mainly uses his other spells to fill the support/buff/debuff role and uses the undead as his main ...
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Is there a balanced or allowable trade that would grant Shield proficiency as a starting proficiency for a class which normally would not have it?

Normally a character has to choose between wielding 2 of a shield, an arcane focus (or component pouch), and a weapon OR just a two-handed weapon. As a Warlock, I could choose to wield an arcane ...
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Calculating CR of monsters that do not deal calculable damage

How do I calculate the challenge rating of monsters that feature abilities that do not directly do damage? For example, my homebrew monster has the two following abilities: The target takes a ...
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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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What is a reasonable stat block for a level 8 party destroying a book of darkness [closed]

I want my party to avert a powerful wizard from becoming a lich. I know this can be done with a tome of darkness, and I'd like the party to destroy the tome of darkness in about three turns if two ...
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What homebrew dice mechanic can I use for PvP in Amazing Tales?

I've recently started playing Amazing Tales with my children. As a summary of basically all the mechanics of the game (it's pretty simple since it's targeting children), each character has four skills,...
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What are the dangers of renaming spells and changing their flavour, without changing mechanics at all?

I'm about to help get a bunch of interested new players into D&D, running a one-shot for them to give them a feel for the game and hopefully a fun first-taste of tabletop roleplaying. Before ...
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How unbalanced would a feat that allowed access to other spell lists be?

Background There are times where I feel like a certain spell would very much suit a certain character or concept, but because it's not on that classes' spell list, they can't have it. The classic ...
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What are the impacts of allowing Rangers to cast Arcane spells?

Background Rangers have the spellcasting class feature. It allows the Ranger to cast a small number of spells from the Ranger spell list, which has a lot in common with the Druid spell list (much ...
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What are the impacts of changing a Ranger's spellcasting ability?

Background As a follow up to this question: What are the impacts of allowing Rangers to cast Arcane spells? If we assume that my DM is fine with letting the Ranger use the Wizard spell list instead ...
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Is increasing the Primal Savagery spell's damage die to 1d12 unbalanced/unnecessary?

The primal savagery spell (XGtE, p. 163) states: [...] Make a melee spell attack against one creature within 5 feet of you. On a hit, the target takes 1d10 acid damage... The spell's damage ...
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Polearm, reach homebrew weapon for Kensei Monk balance [closed]

I will be running a campaign and one of my players wants to play specifically a Kensei Monk with a polearm weapon that has reach and is not heavy or special, so he can use it as kensei weapon. He ...
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How can I add an alternate racial trait to a race in PCGen?

I'm trying to include some custom races into PCGen for simplicity (custom setting). I've got the races down, easy enough. The problem I can't figure out is how to add the alternate traits for a few of ...
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What is the statistical difference between “choose either total” or “choose new total” when rerolling damage die?

I am reworking a homebrew class I made a while ago where one class feature stated: when making a melee attack you can choose to reroll the damage die. The new total must be used. I wanted to make ...
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How would I design a magic item which allows the wielder to use the Message cantrip?

I'm playing as a currently 4th level wizard with the cantrip message. In pretty much any situation where any of the other party members go ahead alone, to scout or the like, or in situations where ...
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Is it a bad idea to supplement Itras By's freeform style of gameplay with dice?

I'm a pretty experienced TTRPG player planning on running an Itras By campaign with a slightly modified setting. Several of my players are new to RPGs, and a couple are slightly experienced. While I ...
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Would this Point Buy method be unbalanced? [closed]

I’m wanting to create a very unique character based around stat creation. The resulting character would be physically and mentally inept at all stats except one. Which stat is not the question but ...
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Homebrew special ability for invincibility

Concept (spoilers in first and third links) I'm interested in creating something along the lines of the Dahaka from the Prince of Persia: Warrior Within game. In summary, it's invincible throughout ...
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Is an item that increases spell save DC balanced?

One of my players' characters likes to use illusion spells in combat. To improve their effectiveness, he is asking me for an item that increases his spell save DC. The Rod of the Pact Keeper provides ...
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How can I decide if my homebrew item should require attunement? [duplicate]

Attunement slots are an important tool for maintaining game balance - especially in high magic settings where magic items are common. If I've homebrewed a new magic item for my players, how can I ...
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Which of these two magic daggers is better for my rogue?

My rogue with 34hp just found a new dagger for the first time. Being new to D&D, I was filled with excitement for my first new weapon. Then I really read the card and now I'm thinking my old store-...