View Full Version : D&D 5e/Next Need help balancing numbers for Dragonborn breath weapon homebrew

2019-05-30, 03:05 PM
I want an option for a dragonborn to use its breath weapon as a means to charge their weapon and deal elemental damage based on their ancestry element.

Math/balance experts. What dice should be thrown on top of the weapon attacks to balance this? There's a lot to consider like average fight length, how many targets the breath would be assumed to hit on average, etc. What do you think?

As a reference/reminder the breath weapon does the following damage at the respective levels
1-5; 2d6
6-10; 3d6
11-15; 4d6
16-20; 5d6


2019-05-30, 04:59 PM
Is this meant to last multiple rounds, one round, one attack...?

2019-05-30, 05:33 PM
Is this meant to last multiple rounds, one round, one attack...?

Sorry, yes multiple rounds. Whatever a person thinks is appropriate to keep it in line power wise. 1min, 10min, or 1hr.

2019-05-30, 05:50 PM
Dragon-charged Weapon
As a bonus action on your turn, if you have your breath weapon available you may charge your weapon with its energy. You cannot use your breath weapon or this ability again until you take a short or long rest. For the next six rounds, the next six times you hit with the charged weapon, it deals additional energy damage of the type associated with your breath weapon equal to the damage your breath weapon deals.