This page and related pages summarize rule changes from the implementation of Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition (D&D 5e) rules to Baldur's Gate 3 (BG3).
The rule changes described on this page and related pages are written with the assumption the reader understands the relevant D&D 5e rule. These pages will not explain what the D&D 5e rule is, only what the changed or altered BG3 rule is. These pages also include many BG3 features and abilities that are unchanged from D&D 5e to help a D&D 5e player quickly see which options have changed and which have not, and make decisions without having to do additional research. If the BG3 rule aligns with a OneD&D rule or other playtest material from D&D 5e, that is considered a rule change from D&D 5e.
- Rage bonus damage also applies to Dexterity damage rolls and those using thrown weapons/objects.
- Reckless Attack is either a normal melee attack or as an after-attack reroll with all melee attacks, rather than before your first attack each turn.
- Advantage is applied to all attack rolls once used, not just melee.
- It is not limited by the attack's ability modifier.
- Feral Instinct gives a fixed +3 bonus to Initiative, instead of advantage.
- Relentless Rage does not require a saving throw, but can only be used once per short rest.
- The physical totem object required for the 5e Path of the Totem Warrior subclass is not used.
- The Beast Sense spell is not in the game.
- The level 1 feature Speak with Animals is able to be cast once per long rest, rather than as a ritual. Though, it now lasts until long rest.
- The level 3 feature Bestial Heart gives the character full benefits even if they rage while in heavy armour.
- Each Bestial Heart option provides a new unique action as well.
- The Tiger option increases the Barbarian's jump distance by 4.5 m / 15 ft (instead of a 10 ft increase to long jumps and 3 ft to high jumps).
- The Wolf option affects enemies within 2 m / 7 ft (instead of 5 ft).
- The level 6 feature Aspect of the Beast, or Animal Aspect, has 5 additional choices (Chimpanzee, Crocodile, Honey Badger, Stallion, and Wolverine) and there are changes to all of the existing ones:
- The Bear option grants advantage on all Strength checks, not just those for pushing and pulling things.
- The Eagle option grants full Darkvision, instead of just removing the disadvantage on Perception checks for being in dim light.
- The Elk option increases the party's movement speed by 1.5 m / 5 ft, instead of improving long-distance travel pace (which is not relevant in this game).
- The Tiger option improves attacks against Bleeding or Poisoned targets, and grants proficiency in Survival only (instead of a choice among Athletics, Acrobatics, Stealth, and Survival).
- The Wolf option grants the entire party a bonus to Stealth checks equal to the Barbarian's Dexterity modifier, instead of improving long-distance tracking and stealth movement.
- The level 8 feature Land's Stride, traditionally a Ranger class feature, is granted to Wildheart Barbarians. This eliminates the movement penalty for moving through difficult terrain.
- The level 10 feature Spirit Walker is replaced with the ability to select a second Animal Aspect option (which is granted at level 14 in 5e).
- Frenzied Strike applies a cumulative -1 attack roll debuff until the rage ends instead of causing the character to gain a level of exhaustion.
- While in Frenzy, a character may use Enraged Throw as a bonus action to throw a creature or object at a target.
- The level 6 feature Mindless Rage prevents Rage from being ended by Calm Emotions being cast on the Barbarian, in addition to its other effects.
- If a creature resists Intimidating Presence, they are immune to its effects until their next long rest, instead of 24 hours.
- Magic Awareness lets anyone within 3m add their Proficiency Bonus to Saving Throws against spells.
- As opposed to letting the Barbarian identify the location and school of an upcoming spell within 60 feet that isn't behind complete cover.
- The Rage: Wild Magic table has some minor changes:
- The Teleport option has a range of 18 m / 60 ft instead of 30 ft.
- The Intangible Spirit option always summons a flumph (never a pixie) and can be summoned anywhere within 30 ft rather than needing to be next to a creature.
- The Weapon Infusion option causes the weapon to deal an extra 1d6 Force damage, instead of just changing the weapon's existing damage to Force.
- Difficult terrain created by Vine Growth option affects everyone other than the Barbarian instead of just enemies.
- Bolstering Magic works somewhat differently; instead of being able to use it a number of times equal to the Barbarian's Wisdom modifier and choosing the effect each time, each effect is a separate option that can be used once per long rest.
- The option that improves attack rolls and ability checks grants a bonus of +1d4 instead of +1d3.
- There are separate options for recovering spell slots of levels 1, 2, and 3 (instead of rolling 1d3 to determine the slot level recovered). The option to recover a level 3 option is granted at class level 9.
- Bards automatically gain proficiency in all musical instruments, which include hand drums, flute, lute, lyre, and violins.
- Bardic Inspiration has a number of charges that scales with class level, rather than being tied to the Bard's Charisma modifier.
- This feature has three charges initially at class level 1, with a fourth granted at level 5 and a fifth at level 8.
- Song of Rest is a once per long rest ability that allows the party to take an additional short rest, and it does not get any upgrades.
- Countercharm lasts 3 turns, rather than 1. It expends a use of Bardic Inspiration rather than being free.
- Jack of All Trades does not apply half the Bard's proficiency bonus to initiative rolls. (In 5E, Initiative is a Dexterity Ability Check that the Bard is not proficient in, so Jack of All Trades has been ruled to apply.)
- Magical Secrets is restricted to a limited list of additional spells, instead of allowing the Bard to pick any spell.
- The Duelling fighting style does not affect Versatile weapons used one-handed as it does in 5e.
- Blade Flourish underwent a number of changes:
- Taking the Attack action no longer grants a movement bonus.
- Blade Flourish is not limited to once per turn.
- Defensive Flourish now provides a fixed +4 AC, instead of rolling the Bardic Inspiration die to determine the bonus.
- Mobile Flourish now pushes the target back 6 m / 20 ft, rather than 1.5 m / 5 ft.
- Slashing Flourish now performs a single attack on two targets with separate Attack Rolls.
- Destroy Undead does non-scaling radiant damage to all undead affected, rather than instantly killing weaker undead.
- Clerics may select the Produce Flame Cantrip (exclusive to Druids in 5e).
- Clerics normally have a single damaging Cantrip, Sacred Flame, nullified on a successful save by the target.
- Each Cleric character can only use Divine Intervention once ever instead of once a week. Instead of being a fairly open-ended plea for assistance, it is limited to four specific options, none of which uses an action:
- Arm Thy Servant summons a very powerful magical weapon, Devotee's Mace, and immediately equips it.
- Golden Generosity summons a chest containing a large amount of camp supplies, elixirs, and healing potions.
- Opulent Revival resurrects all dead allies within 60 ft and grants all allies in the same radius all the benefits of a long rest.
- Sunder the Heretical deals a large amount of radiant damage to all enemies within 50 ft.
- The level 2 domain feature Channel Divinity: Preserve Life restores (3 x Cleric level) hit points to each ally in range, rather than providing (5 x Cleric level) hit points to divide amongst them. It can heal creatures up to their maximum hit points (as opposed to half).
- The level 3 domain spell Spiritual Weapon is replaced with Aid.
- The level 9 domain spell Raise Dead is replaced with Greater Restoration.
- The level 1 domain feature Warding flare has unlimited charges rather than having a limit of the Wisdom modifier.
- It also triggers when an enemy has already rolled and is going to hit, unlike 5e where you have to use it before the enemy rolls their attack.
- The level 9 domain spell Scrying is placed with Destructive Wave.
- The level 1 domain spell Identify is replaced with Sleep.
- The level 2 domain feature Channel Divinity: Knowledge of the Ages gives proficiency to all skills associated with a chosen Ability Score, and lasts until the next Long Rest.
- This is opposed to a granting proficiency in a single skill or tool, and lasting 10 minutes.
- The level 3 domain spells Augury and Suggestion are replaced with Calm Emotions and Hold Person.
- The level 5 domain spell Nondetection is replaced with Slow.
- The level 6 domain feature Channel Divinity: Read Thoughts does not allow a Wisdom save, requires concentration to maintain, and does not provide the option to cast Suggestion on the target (as that spell does not exist in this game).
- The level 7 domain spell Arcane Eye is replaced with Otiluke's Resilient Sphere.
- The level 9 domain spells Legend Lore and Scrying are replaced with Dominate Person and Telekinesis.
- The level 5 domain spell Wind Wall is replaced with Sleet Storm.
- The level 9 domain spell Tree Stride is replaced with Wall of Stone.
- The level 1 domain feature Wrath of the Storm has unlimited charges rather than having a limit of the Wisdom modifier.
- Thunderbolt Strike is triggered by dealing either thunder or lightning damage, as opposed to just lightning damage.
- The level 7 domain spell Control Water is replaced with Freedom of Movement.
- The level 1 domain feature Blessing of the Trickster requires concentration, but can last until the next long rest rather than only 1 hour.
- The level 2 domain feature Invoke Duplicity underwent a few changes:
- It does not allow a character to cast spells through the illusory duplicate or move it on subsequent turns.
- The duplicate provides advantage to attack rolls of all allies if both the ally and the target are within 10 ft of the duplicate, as opposed to only the Cleric getting this benefit.
- The level 3 Domain Spells Blink and Dispel Magic are replaced with Bestow Curse and Fear.
- The level 6 domain feature Cloak of Shadows requires the Cleric to be obscured in order to use it.
- The level 8 domain spell Modify Memory is replaced with Seeming.
- The level 1 domain feature War Priest has a number of charges that scales with class level, rather than being tied to the Cleric's Wisdom modifier.
- This feature has three charges initially at class level 1, with a fourth granted at level 5, a fifth at level 8, and a sixth at level 11.
- The level 8 domain feature Divine Strike always does the damage type of the weapon in the main hand, even when doing offhand strikes.
- As opposed to always doing the damage type of the weapon associated with the attack roll.
- This is a possible bug, rather than an intended feature.
- There is no restriction preventing a druid from wearing metal armour.
- The Druidic language (and languages in general) is not available.
- Wild Strike is a new level 5 feature that grants an extra attack when taking the Attack action while in Wild Shape. Improved Wild Strike adds an additional attack at level 10.
- Wild Shape has several changes:
- There is no time limit on how long the transformation can last, though it will end automatically if the character enters an important dialogue scene (e.g. meeting a companion).
- There is no option to have the Druid's equipment fall to the ground or be worn by the animal form; it is always merged into the new form.
- Wild Shape forms have modified stats from their Monster Manual counterparts.
- Instead of being able to Wild Shape into any beast they've seen within restrictions imposed by druid level, druids are limited to these specific forms:
Wild Shape Forms
||Additional Moon Druid Forms
||Badger, Cat, Spider, Wolf
||Air, Earth, Fire and Water Myrmidons
No changes besides the aforementioned Wild Shape changes
- Natural Recovery can be used any time out of combat (rather than only during a short rest) and does not need to be done all at once; it has a number of charges equal to the number of spell slot levels it can restore (half the class level rounded up) and can be used multiple times throughout the day until they are all expended.
- Land's Stride does not provide advantage against magical plant spells such as Entangle.
- A character is able to select a different terrain at 5th level than the terrain selected at 3rd level.
- For example, the character can select arctic spells at 3rd level and forest spells at 5th level.
- Circle (always prepared) spells were changed:
Land Druid Circle Spells
||Hold Person, Spike Growth
||Mirror Image, Misty Step
||Barkskin, Spider Climb
||Invisibility, Pass Without Trace
||Spider Climb, Spike Growth
||Darkness, Melf's Acid Arrow
||Spider Climb, Web
||Hold Person, Spike Growth
||Mirror Image, Misty Step
||Barkskin, Hold Person
||Invisibility, Pass Without Trace
||Mirror Image, Spike Growth
||Darkness, Melf's Acid Arrow
||Misty Step, Web
||Sleet Storm, Slow
||Water Breathing, Water Walk
||Create Food, Create Water
||Call Lightning, Plant Growth
||Lightning Bolt, Meld into Stone
||Water Walk, Stinking Cloud
||Gaseous Form, Stinking Cloud
||Sleet Storm, Haste
||Sleet Storm, Call Lightning
||Hypnotic Pattern, Protection from Energy
||Call Lightning, Plant Growth
||Call Lightning, Fly
||Vampiric Touch, Stinking Cloud
||Gaseous Form, Stinking Cloud
||Freedom of Movement, Ice Storm
||Freedom of Movement, Control Water
||Blight, Hallucinatory Terrian
||Divination, Freedom of Movement
||Freedom of Movement, Divination
||Stoneskin, Stone Shape
||Freedom of Movement, Locate Creature
||Greater Invisibility, Stone Shape
||Conjure Minor Elemental, Ice Storm
||Freedom of Movement, Confusion
||Blight, Wall of Fire
||Conjure Minor Elemental, Grasping Vine
||Freedom of Movement, Polymorph
||Stoneskin, Dominate Beast
||Blight, Grasping Vine
||Greater Invisibility, Dominate Beast
||Cone of Cold, Commune with Nature
||Conjure Elemental, Scrying
||Wall of Stone, Insect Plague
||Commune with Nature, Tree Stride
||Dream, Insect Plague
||Wall of Stone, Passwall
||Insect Plague, Scrying
||Insect Plague, Cloudkill
||Cone of Cold, Contagion
||Conjure Elemental, Greater Restoration
||Wall of Stone, Insect Plague
||Mass Cure Wounds, Contagion
||Greater Restoration, Insect Plague
||Wall of Stone, Conjure Elemental
||Insect Plague, Cloudkill
- Halo of Spores must be activated manually, and can affect a creature within 6 m / 20 ft (rather than 10 ft).
- The level 2 action Symbiotic Entity lasts until the Druid's long rest instead of 10 minutes.
- The level 3 circle spell Gentle Repose is replaced with Detect Thoughts.
- The level 6 reaction Fungal Infestation underwent multiple poorly documented changes:
- The raised zombies have more than 1 HP.
- Zombies can infect creatures they attack with the Crawling Gnaw condition, which causes them to become zombies if they die before it wears off.
- The number of Fungal Infestation Charges is 4 instead of the Wisdom Ability Score Modifier.
- Fungal Infestation Charges are Recharge: Once per Long Rest.
- The level 10 feature Spreading Spores always deals 2d8 necrotic damage to affected creatures, instead of using the level-scaled Halo of Spores damage roll.
- Some changes to Fighting Style options:
- The Duelling fighting style does not affect Versatile weapons used one-handed as it does in 5e.
- The Great Weapon Fighting fighting style allows rerolling add-on damage dice (such as Superiority Dice or Divine Smite) instead of just the weapon's own dice.
- Changes to Manoeuvres:
- Attack manoeuvres are chosen at the time the attack is attempted, rather than after seeing that the attack hits. The superiority die is still not expended on a miss.
- Commander's Strike does not add the superiority die to the ally's attack roll.
- Evasive Footwork imposes disadvantage on melee attacks against the Fighter, rather than rolling the superiority die and adding that to the Fighter's AC. It also does not require the Fighter to actually move.
- Feinting Attack requires the use of an entire action (rather than just one attack out of an Attack action) in addition to a bonus action.
- Parry and Lunging Attack are not in the game, nor are any of the additional options added in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything.
- Rally gives a flat +8 Temporary HP, instead of rolling the superiority die and adding the Fighter's Charisma modifier.
- Sweeping Attack is now an action that does a whirlwind with superiority die as damage.
- As opposed to a free situational action triggered by a melee hit that applies the attack roll to a selectable second target with superiority die as damage.
- The level 7 feature Know Your Enemy is not present.
- All of the information this feature would grant can be freely obtained by selecting "Examine" on an enemy.
- The Improved Critical Hit feature reduces the critical threshold by 1, rather than fixing it at 19 as in 5e. This allows it to stack with other effects that expand the critical range.
- The Remarkable Athlete: Jump feature increases the character's jump distance by a flat 3m / 10 ft, rather than scaling with the Strength modifier.
- Changes to Weapon Bond:
- Bonding a weapon takes only an action rather than 1 hour.
- Only one weapon can be bound at a time.
- Only melee weapons can be bound.
- When thrown, a bound weapon returns to the Fighter's hand automatically, rather than requiring the use of a bonus action to summon it back.
- Two new spells are granted at level 7 instead of just one.
- Monks get access to Ki at first level, as opposed to second level.
- Monks begin with 2 Ki points and gain one Ki point each level, rather than having a number of Ki points equal to their current level.
- Monk weapons are now any weapon with which the Monk has Proficiency, and do not have the Two-Handed or Heavy properties.
- 5e Monks are usually restricted to shortswords or any simple weapon that does not have the Two-Handed or Heavy properties. (The class still only grants proficiency with Shortswords and Simple weapons, but now proficiencies from race, other classes and other sources can be used as well.
- Flurry of Blows does not require taking the Attack action first.
- Both Step of the Wind options allow jumping without using a bonus action.
- Return attacks made using Deflect Missiles count as unarmed strikes.
- Slow Fall grants resistance to falling damage, rather than reducing fall damage by 5 times the class level.
- Stillness of Mind is used automatically to end the Charmed or Frightened conditions; it does not require the use of an action.
- Advanced Unarmoured Movement eliminates the movement penalty from difficult terrain and provides a jump distance bonus, rather than allowing walking on vertical surfaces and liquids.
- Monks start with 3 disciplines at level 3 as opposed to 2.
- Elemental Disciplines can no longer be upcasted using additional ki points.
- Changes to specific Elemental Disciplines:
- The Flurry of Blows: Push option pushes an affected creature 5 m / 17 ft rather than just 15 ft.
- A new set of passive features is acquired at level 6: Manifestation of Body, Manifestation of Mind, and Manifestation of Soul. These cause unarmed strikes to deal extra necrotic, psychic, or radiant damage respectively; only one can be active at a time.
- Wholeness of Body now causes half of the Monk's ki points to be restored, and puts a condition on them for 3 turns that restores 1 ki point each turn and grants an additional bonus action each turn (allowing, for instance, two uses of Flurry of Blows per turn).
- Ki Resonation is a new level 9 feature that imposes the Resonating condition on a creature, allowing the Monk to later detonate it to cause an explosion.
- This is similar to the level 17 feature Quivering Palm from 5e, though it deals less damage and does not immediately kill the resonating target if it fails a Constitution save.
- Changes to Shadow Arts:
- Cloak of Shadows is acquired at level 5 instead of level 11.
- Shadow Strike is a new level 11 feature that allows a hidden Monk to teleport to an enemy's position and immediately make melee attack that deals psychic damage and prevents the target from making opportunity attacks that turn.
- Characters select their Oath at first level rather than third.
- Channel Oath abilities are granted at level 1. Oath Spells are still not available until level 3.
- Characters can break their Oath by not following the tenets at which point they will become the Oathbreaker subclass.
- Channel Divinity changed to Channel Oath, and each subclass gets a new Channel Oath feature at first level.
- This has implications on multiclassing with Cleric as the resources are new separate.
- Divine Sense is now a bonus action with one use per short rest for an advantage on attack rolls against celestials, fiends, and undead for two rounds.
- As opposed to sensing the type of nearby creatures or consecrated objects, Charisma modifier times per Long Rest.
- Lay on Hands, normally a once per Long Rest 5 x Paladin level heal or disease and poison cure, is changed to:
- A character has 3 charges per Long Rest (this increases to 4 charges at level 4).
- They can spend 1 charge to heal a target for 2 x Paladin level Hit Points.
- They can spend 2 charges to heal a target for 4 x Paladin level Hit Points.
- They can spend 2 charges to cure any diseases or poisons affecting a target.
- Characters can prepare a number of Paladin spells equal to their Paladin level plus their Charisma modifier.
- This is a very significant increase compared to 5e rules, in which this scales with half the Paladin level (rounded down).
- The level 1 Channel Oath ability Healing Radiance is new.
- The Channel Oath ability Nature's Wrath can only be resisted by a Strength saving throw (as opposed to the target's choice of Strength or Dexterity).
- The level 1 Channel Oath ability Holy Rebuke is new.
- The Channel Oath ability Turn the Unholy actually does work the same as in 5e (targeting fiends and undead) though it is labeled incorrectly in the interface as targeting fiends and fey.
- The Oath spell Zone of Truth, granted at level 5, is replaced with Silence.
- The Oath spell Dispel Magic, granted at level 9, is replaced with Remove Curse.
- The level 1 Channel Oath ability Spiteful Suffering is new.
- Control Undead range is reduced to 6 m / 20 ft, and the effect is limited by the target's level rather than challenge rating. This effect lasts until the next long rest rather than for 24 hours.
- Favoured Enemy is a set of unique passive features rather than Wisdom Saving Throw Advantage against and language learning of the enemy:
- Natural Explorer is a set of unique passive features rather than uninhibited terrain movement and Intelligence/Wisdom proficiency check doubling:
- The Primeval Awareness feature is not in the game.
- Hunters get both Volley and Whirlwind Attack at level 11, rather than having choose one or the other.
- Both options are implemented as an AoE attack rather than picking specific targets, and will damage friendly NPCs (though not companions).
- The Summon Companion options are limited to Bear, Boar, Dire Raven, Wolf, or Wolf Spider, and have unique stats rather than monster stats.
- The companion acts on its own initiative rather than the Ranger's, and does not require the Ranger to take an action to command it.
- The companion can be swapped out or resummoned once per short rest.
- The companion adds the proficiency bonus to their attack rolls, damage rolls, Saving Throws and Armour Class at 5th level and not at 3rd level.
- At 5th level, 8th level, and 11th level the animal companion gains additional hit points.
- At 5th level and 11th level the animal companion gain additional abilities and increase their abiliity scores.
- The Dread Ambusher initiative bonus is +3 rather than the Wisdom Ability Score Modifier. To get the extra damage for a first-round attack one must use the Dread Ambusher (Melee) or Dread Ambusher (Ranged) actions.
- For Umbral Sight, rather than getting normal Darkvision, Superior Darkvision if the race already had Darkvision, Gloom Stalkers get Superior Darkvision in all cases.
- Gloom Stalkers get the always prepared ritual spell Disguise Self at level 3.
- Gloom Stalkers get the always prepared spell Misty Step at level 5, instead of Rope Trick.
- The level 7 feature Iron Mind gives Proficiency in Wisdom and Intelligence Saving Throws.
- As opposed to just Wisdom with a choice of Intelligence or Charisma if the Gloom Stalker already had Wisdom saving throw proficiency.
- Thieves' tools proficiency is not in the game, instead Sleight of Hand is used for relevant checks.
- Sneak Attack only applies the additional damage if using one of the two Sneak Attack actions.
- Thieves' Cant (and languages in general) are not available.
- Arcane Tricksters get two additional 1st-level spell slots at level 10, for a total of 6, instead of capping out at 4 as in 5e.
- This is the only way to get more than 4 spell slots at a given level without using elixirs or items, which never occurs in 5e.
- Mage Hand Legerdemain causes the Mage Hand to always be invisible (as opposed to the Rogue having the choice of making it visible or not in 5e).
- Fast Hands changed to grant an additional bonus action each round, instead of allowing Sleight of Hand checks, Thieves' Tools checks, or Use an Object actions as bonus actions.
- Second-Story Work grants resistance to falling damage instead of a climb speed and a jump distance bonus.
- Supreme Sneak allows the Rogue to use an action to become invisible once per short rest, instead of granting advantage on Stealth checks when moving slowly.
- Assassin's Alacrity, which immediately restores a Rogue's action and bonus action on the first turn of combat, replaces the tool proficiencies granted at level 3 in 5e.
- Infiltration Expertise disguises the Rogue in a single action without a week of preparation or gold requirement; the Rogue chooses which race and body type to become when activating it, from among the same options available in the character creator.
- Changes to Metamagic options:
- Metamagic: Careful Spell affects all nearby allies, rather than being limited by the caster's Charisma modifier.
- Metamagic: Heightened Spell is not available until level 3, but it affects all targets of the spell rather than just one.
- Metamagic: Quickened Spell is not available until level 3, and costs 3 sorcery points instead of 2.
- Metamagic: Subtle Spell is not available until level 3; it allows the spell to be cast while the caster is Silenced.
- The Empowered Spell option from 5e is not available at all, nor are the additional options added in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything.
- Each subclass's last feature is granted at level 11 rather than level 14 (which is not attainable in this game) though there are significant changes to some of them, as detailed below.
- Characters do not double their proficiency bonus on Charisma checks when interacting with dragons.
- However, the subclass gives characters additional dragon-themed dialogue options.
- Characters learn an additional spell at level 1 based on their chosen ancestry:
- The 14th-level "Dragon Wings" feature is granted at level 11 instead, and is simply the addition of the Fly bonus action.
- Wild Magic surges have a 5% chance to trigger after any spell of first level or higher the character casts.
- Tides of Chaos increases the chance of surges triggering from 5% to 50%.
- Tides of Chaos recharges on a Short Rest, but does not refresh when a wild magic surge triggers.
- Controlled Chaos is granted at level 11 instead of level 14, and is a reaction that triggers a Wild Magic surge on an enemy casting a spell.
- This is completely different from the 5e feature, which grants some control over one's own Wild Magic surge by allowing the Sorcerer to roll twice on the table and choose which one to trigger.
- The Wild Magic Surge table has changed to the following:
Wild Magic Effects
| Turn Magic
||At the start of each turn, trigger a random magical effect.
||Each creature and item within 6 m / 20 ft starts burning and takes 1d6Fire per turn.
||Until the end of your next turn, you can use a bonus action to teleport up to 9 m / 30 ft
| Enchant Weapons
||Enchant the weapon of each creature within 6 m / 20 ft. Their next attack is a Critical Hit and deals an additional 1d4Force.
| Sorcery Points
||Until the end of your next turn, each spell you cast restores Sorcery Points equal to its Spell Slot level.
||Create a cloud of fog around yourself. Creatures within are Heavily Obscured and Blinded.
||Each creature within 9 m / 30 ft becomes Blurred.
| Explosive Healing
||When you hit a target with a spell, heal all creatures within 3 m / 10 ft for 1d4hit points per Spell Slot level used.
| Summon Mephit
||Summon a hostile mephit.
||Swap positions with a target each time you cast a spell or cantrip.
| Action Surge
||You gain an additional action this turn.
||You can Fly until the end of the turn.
|| Armour Class is increased by 5 and you are immune to the effects of Magic Missile
||Able to lift and throw objects and creatures with your mind until the end of your turn.
| Resilient Sphere
||Enclose yourself in an arcane sphere. You cannot be damaged by attacks or effects from outside the sphere, nor can you damage anything outside the sphere. Movement Speed is halved.
||Each creature within 9 m / 30 ft is randomly Enlarged or Reduced.
||You are transformed into a beast.
||Summon a cambion from the fiery nexus of the Nine Hells. It is hostile to everyone.
||You are Slowed.
| Spike Growth
||Shape a piece of ground around yourself into hard spikes. A creature walking on the spikes takes 2d4Piercing for every 1.5 m / 5 ft it moves.
||Create a vine surface around yourself, slowing down creatures, possibly Entangling them.
| Speak with Animals
||Gain the ability to comprehend and communicate with beasts.
| Cats and Dogs
||Each creature within 9 m / 30 ft is randomly transformed into either a cat or a dog.
- Tempestuous Magic fly speed is 30 feet instead of 10.
- Storm Spells is a new feature granting automatic access to several themed spells. This replaces Storm Guide from 5e, which granted some weather control ability.
- This is similar to the origin spells granted by newer 5e Sorcerer subclasses such as Aberrant Mind or Clockwork Soul, but all granted at level 6.
- The area affected by Heart of the Storm's extra damage is expanded to a 20 foot radius (from 10 feet in 5e).
- Storm's Fury is granted at 11th level instead of 14th.
- Changes to Pact Boon:
- Changes to Eldritch Invocations:
- Agonising Blast does not add the caster's Charisma modifier to the damage roll if the modifier is negative.
- Book of Ancient Secrets is not available until level 7, and grants three specific spells ( Ray of Sickness, Chromatic Orb, and Silence, of which only Silence is normally a ritual spell).
- The range of Devil's Sight is reduced to 80 feet instead of 120, in line with the Superior Darkvision range reduction.
- Dreadful Word, Mire the Mind, Sculptor of Flesh and Sign of Ill Omen do not limit a character to one use per long rest.
- Lifedrinker does not require having taken Pact of the Blade.
- Repelling Blast pushes the target back 15 ft instead of 10 ft.that can be cast once per long rest without using a spell slot. This invocation does not require having taken Pact of the Tome as it does in 5e.
- Various 5e invocation options are not available, including all of the level 15 options, those specific to Pact of the Chain, those that involve casting a spell that doesn't exist in this game, and any added in Xanathar's Guide to Everything and Tasha's Cauldron of Everything.
- Deepened Pact is a new level 5 feature that improves the benefits of the chosen Pact Boon option without using an invocation. The Blade and Chain options grant an extra attack with the Attack action for the warlock or their familiar respectively. The Tome option allows casting Animate Dead, Haste, and Call Lightning once each per long rest.
- This is likely meant to take the place of the missing Pact Boon-specific invocations.
- Misty Escape lets the Warlock cast Misty Step on its next turn rather than immediately, and the invisibility lasts one turn.
- Beguiling Defenses just makes the Warlock immune to the Charmed condition; it does not also allow the Warlock to turn the charm back on the attacker.
- Awakened Mind, which allowed telepathic communication with creatures, is replaced by Mortal Reminder.
- Mortal Reminder causes the target of a critical hit and nearby enemies to be frightened until the end of their next turn.
- The expanded spell list has Bestow Curse and Slow as 3rd level spells, replacing Clairvoyance and Sending.
- The level 10 feature Thought Shield does not provide immunity to having one's thoughts read, which would really throw some wrenches into the plot of this game.
- The wizard has the spellbook feature, but does not have a physical spellbook which can be stolen or damaged. The animations for certain actions, such as Arcane Recovery, do show an illusory spellbook in the character's hands.
- Copying spells from scrolls into the spellbook is instantaneous rather than taking 2 hours per spell level. The gold cost remains (and is halved for spells from the chosen subclass school).
- Arcane Recovery can be used any time out of combat (rather than only during a short rest) and does not need to be done all at once; it has a number of charges equal to the number of spell slot levels it can restore (half the class level rounded up) and can be used multiple times throughout the day until they are all expended.
- Arcane Ward works somewhat differently. It starts with a number of charges equal to the Wizard's level. When the Wizard casts an Abjuration spell, the Ward gains a number of charges equal to the spell's level. When the Wizard takes damage, the Ward reduces it by an amount equal to the number of charges, then loses one charge.
- Improved Abjuration grants additional charges to Arcane Ward equal to the Wizard's class level on each short rest, instead of improving ability checks related to abjuration spells.
- Minor Conjuration grants the ability to cast Create Water without using a spell slot once per short rest, instead of creating inanimate objects out of nothing.
- Using a Portent die requires a reaction, and can only be used on attack rolls and saving throws, not on ability checks.
- Expert Divination grants an extra portent die, rather than regaining an expended spell slot when casting a divination spell of 2nd level or higher.
- Changes to Third Eye:
- Third Eye: Darkvision grants Darkvision with a range of 24 m / 80 ft instead of 60 ft.
- Third Eye: See Invisibility has a range of 9 m / 30 ft instead of 10 ft.
- Both effects last until the next long rest, rather than the next short or long rest.
- Ethereal Sight and Greater Comprehension are not available.
- Sculpt Spells applies to all allies affected by an evocation spell, and is not limited by the spell's level.
- Empowered Evocation applies to all damage rolls for evocation spells, not just one per spell.
- Improved Minor Illusion allows Minor Illusion to be cast as a bonus action. It can be cast while Silenced and does not reveal the caster's position.
- The level 6 feature Malleable Illusions, which let you change illusion forms after a cast, is replaced with the ability to cast See Invisibility without using a spell slot once per short rest.
- The level 2 feature Minor Alchemy, which allowed the Wizard to alter the physical properties of one nonmagical object, is replaced by Experimental Alchemy. This feature allows the Wizard to roll a Medicine check to craft two potions, elixirs, etc. instead of one when using the Alchemy interface.
- The Transmuter's Stone: Speed option is not limited by a character being encumbered.
- Shapechanger lets the Wizard change into one specific animal form (a Blue Jay) at will, rather than being able to cast Polymorph once per short rest.
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