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What magic items would a commoner need to go head to head with a party of 4 (Lvl 15) adventurers?

Toe-to-Toe I think the easiest way to evaluate whether a character can go Toe-to-toe with a party is to evaluate what their CR would be, and then compare it to what difficulty an encounter with them ...
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Will chaos (or other problems) result from letting my players use Open5e.com instead of the WOTC collection of books?

Yes, it's likely to create problems and highly likely to create chaos Open5e.com content mainly comes from various third party publishers, the only official content on there is the basic set of core ...
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How do I manage the Deck of Many Things?

Don’t If you aren’t ready to embrace chaos, don’t invite it inside for a nightcap. The Deck of Many Things is perfect for a DM and a group who are perfectly happy to upend their entire campaign on the ...
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What are the balance implications of removing spell lists?

For this answer, I'm going to try to focus on broad-strokes balance issues, rather than particular broken combos. The classes will feel much more similar. Druids and clerics are both prepared casters ...
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How to make the battle against Tiamat last longer?

Deny the characters a melee If your characters are typical, the two barbarians and the paladin are built for melee. Facing them, Tiamat (Intelligence and Wisdom both 26) should absolutely avoid melee....
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Is this lesser version of Life Transference balanced?

The fact that life transference drains a dangerous amount of HP from the caster is a feature, not a bug. It's intentional that one of the only ways a wizard has to perform healing magic requires a ...
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What magic items would a commoner need to go head to head with a party of 4 (Lvl 15) adventurers?

Frame challenge. You've got a millionaire BBEG, and you want to make him able to take on powerful foes. Your plan for this is to balance his stats so that he can become essentially a fake leveled ...
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Will anything break if prone crossbow-wielders get advantage instead of disadvantage?

Historical crossbows are not firearms Modern crossbows have shoulder stocks like rifles or other long guns, but that is not true of historical crossbows. Because there is no recoil, there is no need ...
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What magic items would a commoner need to go head to head with a party of 4 (Lvl 15) adventurers?

This concept does not fit well to the way D&D 5e mechanics work There are no published magic items that will allow a commoner with the commoner stat block to fight a party of level 15 characters ...
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What are the balance implications of removing spell lists?

Many and Varied Implications This is a far bigger change that it may appear on the surface. The balance of many class features is built around the spell available to that class. It also removes most ...
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Will anything break if prone crossbow-wielders get advantage instead of disadvantage?

This is an unbalanced option and will likely result in a crossbow wielder dropping prone every or nearly every round. Per the being prone rules (PHB 190): You can drop prone without using any of your ...
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How to make the battle against Tiamat last longer?

Consider Phases or Secondary Objectives over Buffs DnD is ultimately a very difficult game to draw out, because certain spells and abilities are so impactful. You could add minions, but one well ...
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Is this verstatile fighting style and feat combination well balanced?

There is at least one Exploitable Edge Case There are several minor, but important differences in the wording of your fighting style and the accompanying feat compared to official options that seem ...
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Is this Legendary longsword "Sealed Power/Seven Wishes" too broken?

If another player can summon a CR24 creature to do their bidding, balance probably isn’t really something your table is interested in. The sword you describe has no meaningful comparison to any ...
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How do I manage the Deck of Many Things?

Don't give the party control over the Deck, offer them an opportunity to draw a card from it instead This is how I did it when I wanted to let my players have some fun with the Deck but not have it ...
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How do I manage the Deck of Many Things?

Is there a way to stop it from upending my entire campaign? No. Cards run the gamut from "here's a free castle" to "you are dead, your soul is gone, you cannot come back." It's an ...
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Will chaos (or other problems) result from letting my players use Open5e.com instead of the WOTC collection of books?

How much do you trust your players? You can make fundamentally broken characters using WotC rules with no 3rd party content. Doing so with 3rd party content is also possible. If you trust your ...
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Is there a balancing reason why you cannot switch unarmored defense when multiclassing?

The impact on game balance would be minor Both features set your AC, and any gains from switching would be minor — mostly the benefit from switching to barbarian is that you can use a shield. And ...
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Is this Changeling homebrew race balanced?

This is not balanced and has a few minor issues First, if you take the book races to be the standard of balance, then almost by definition, if you buff an existing book race to be more powerful, it ...
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Is this Homebrew Fault Feature Balanced?

This is pretty bad for your character Falling unconscious is pretty bad. It means that you miss your first action in combat, and probably one of your allies has to miss their first action in combat ...
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What magic items would a commoner need to go head to head with a party of 4 (Lvl 15) adventurers?

The underlying premise is that this commoner (nobleman?) has unlimited financial resources and can acquire any magical item they want. In that case, he wouldn't go toe-to-toe with the party - he ...
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Is this sporeborn homebrew race balanced compared to other races?

The biggest problem is that this is near unplayable in a group Player races are meant to be played as player characters, and in D&D 5e, the assumption is that you adventure in a group of such ...
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In Exalted 3e, are Solar and Lunars well balanced?

They work pretty well together, in my experience Granted, this is experiential because trying to crunch their entire pile of capabilities is just not a thing. But my short answer is "Yes. You can ...
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How powerful is this homebrew Barbarian Path of the Colossus compared to other martial subclasses?

This is too strong for an already strong combat class This large surveys shows several barbarian Paths as a Tier A or B+ option, so I think your premise that the Bararian subclasses are all Tier C or ...
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How unbalanced would it be to change the duration of the Expeditious Retreat spell to "Concentration, until the end of a long rest"?

Most likely this won't be an issue for full casters, primarily because concentration is a very valuable resource that most casters won't want to tie up semi-permanently just to maintain a strong but ...
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How do I manage the Deck of Many Things?

Stacking the deck The Book of Many things gives in-depth guidance and ideas in how to use the deck. It also explains that it is a tool for the DM, and is up to the DM to pre-determine the order in ...
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Would it be unbalanced to let a 5e Cleric cast Enlarge/Reduce?

You can do this in a balanced way A single level 2 spell is not going to break your game. But there is a reason why the spell lists for different classes differ, and it is not balance: it gives them ...
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Is this homebrew "Firemind Dragonborn" race overpowered?

Most of it is alright, but some abilities can be big This race seems mostly balanced. Most of its abilities are common and unimpactful and it doesn't have too many abilities either. However a few of ...
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Homebrew magical boots creation help

It should require attunement, and at least be rare The game's main instruments for balancing magic items are attunement and item rarity. The DMG provides guidance on creating new magic items on pages ...
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Is the WBN homebrew Witch class a new coffeelock?

Of course, the only way to know for sure what the creator meant is to ask them, and you may have some luck getting an answer from them on Instagram or Twitter. That said, it seems that it could have ...
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