Dungeons and Dragons Wiki:Article Balance

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Campaign balance is a fine art that is difficult to classify. What is balanced in one campaign might not be balanced in another, by virtue of what classes, feats, and other such options are available to characters. To that end, we want to help any potential users of information on this wiki have an easier time deciding what is balanced for their own campaign world.

What this page attempts to do is list a number of different levels of balance. Each level is represented by a class or prestige class, published by Wizards of the Coast. If an article is listed at the given level, we believe it is appropriate for inclusion in a campaign that already includes the class or prestige class that represents the level.

Monk Level

The Monk Level is the lowest possible level of balance. The Monk is widely considered to be the weakest of all the core classes, and this fact is agreed upon by this wiki's Rating Committee. We do not allow any level of balance lower than Monk-level on the wiki.

Other classes, prestige classes, and Wizards of the Coast published things that can be considered around the Fighter level of balance include:

Fighter Level

A step up from Monk Level is the balance level corresponding to the core Fighter. This balance point stretches roughly from the chain tripper, to a Fighter whose primary goal in life is to wield a lance and use Spirited Charge and have very careful magic item selection (a build that is fairly competitive, if boring, against monsters at all levels of the game).

Other classes, prestige classes, and Wizards of the Coast published things that can be considered around the Fighter level of balance include:

Rogue Level

Most of the articles on this wiki fall under the Rogue level of balance, and it is assumed to be the default level for any article that is not specified. This level of balance can also be called Same Game Test level, as the Rogue corresponds to an almost perfect 50/50 matchup on that balance guideline.

Other classes, prestige classes, and Wizards of the Coast published things that can be considered around the Rogue level of balance include:

Wizard Level

The highest level of balance on the wiki is the Wizard level. This level is rarely reached outside of spellcasters and Tome melee classes. This level does not include people who play their wizards casting spells like Magic Missile and Lightning Bolt -- if your players use that, you should consider the wizard to be a Fighter Level class instead and allow or disallow material appropriately. This category assumes that players will be using spells like Color Spray and Stinking Cloud and make otherwise optimal spell and tactical decisions.

Other classes, prestige classes, and Wizards of the Coast published things that can be considered around the Rogue level of balance include: