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    Default Circle of Breath 1.1- A shape focused Druid subclass

    Hi, everyone,

    I posted this a while back, but I've tweaked it after getting some feedback from some friends. Might be a bit better balanced now, but I'd like to hear what people here think before trying to make it more official or something.

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    Gentle Exhalation
    At 2nd level, you can coax Gaia into creating minor changes in you, your allies, and your enemies. By expending a use of your wildshape, you can shift the form of a number of creatures equal to 2+your Wisdom modifier within 30 ft. Your abilities allow you to apply any one of the following options:

    Give the creature a 30 ft Swim Speed
    Give the creature a Climb Speed of 20 ft
    Give the creature a bonus or penalty of 10 ft to their move speed
    Give the creature a claw attack with a d6 damage die
    Add or remove Scent

    You choose an effect for each individual creature. These changes last for a number of hours equal to half your druid level (rounded down). Unwilling creatures are allowed a Constitution save with a DC equal to your spell save DC to resist the effects.

    Stable Form
    At 6th level, Gaia’s Breath provides shelter against effects that would shift you from your natural physical state.
    You have advantage on saves against spells that would alter your physical form such as polymorph, as well as effects that would result in being blinded, deafened, or petrified.

    Steady Expiration
    At 6th level, your experience with Gaia’s breath allows you to further change a creature’s capabilities.
    You gain the following options when you use your Gentle Exhalation feature:
    Add or Remove Darkvision
    Give the creature Water Breathing
    Inflict the blinded condition
    Inflict the deafened condition


    Accelerated Evolution
    At 10th level, using Gaia’s Breath to change a creature’s form has become routine.
    Polymorph is always considered prepared without counting against your number of spells you can prepare each day. You can choose to target either Constitution or Wisdom with this spell. Furthermore, you can cast Polymorph once per short rest without using a spell slot.

    Warping Gale
    At 14th level, you have formed a close bond with Gaia, and become a conduit for her to exert her will. When you use your Gentle Exhalation feature, you can choose two effects for each creature. Any movement speed additions or adjustments from Gentle Exhalation are doubled.
    Furthermore, the following effects are now available to choose from when you use Gentle Exhalation:

    A flight speed of 30 ft.
    Burrow Speed of 30 ft.
    Tremorsense of 60 ft.
    Blindsight of 30 ft.
    Add or remove a damage resistance
    Give advantage or disadvantage on ability checks for any single attribute.

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    Gentle Exhalation
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    At 2nd level, you can coax Gaia into creating minor changes in you, your allies, and your enemies. By expending a use of your wildshape, you can shift the form of a number of creatures equal to 2+your Wisdom modifier within 30 ft. Your abilities allow you to apply any one of the following options:

    Give the creature a 30 ft Swim Speed
    Give the creature a Climb Speed of 20 ft
    Give the creature a bonus or penalty of 10 ft to their move speed
    Give the creature a claw attack with a d6 damage die
    Add or remove Scent

    You choose an effect for each individual creature. These changes last for a number of hours equal to half your druid level (rounded down). Unwilling creatures are allowed a Constitution save with a DC equal to your spell save DC to resist the effects.

    While this is a useful feature it is very limited. The most useful thing is the 30ft of swim speed. Land Druids can cast spider climb, wizards can cast haste, and 1d6+str isn't very strong. Still a neat feature just rather insufficient compared to the use of moon/land druids.

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    At 6th level, Gaia’s Breath provides shelter against effects that would shift you from your natural physical state.
    You have advantage on saves against spells that would alter your physical form such as polymorph, as well as effects that would result in being blinded, deafened, or petrified.

    Situational but useful.

    Steady Expiration
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    At 6th level, your experience with Gaia’s breath allows you to further change a creature’s capabilities.
    You gain the following options when you use your Gentle Exhalation feature:
    Add or Remove Darkvision
    Give the creature Water Breathing
    Inflict the blinded condition
    Inflict the deafened condition


    Alrighty better. Why would you want to remove someones darkvision if you could just blind them? Water breathing is good but it also is just a 3rd level spell. Deafness is good but not as good as blinded.

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    At 10th level, using Gaia’s Breath to change a creature’s form has become routine.
    Polymorph is always considered prepared without counting against your number of spells you can prepare each day. You can choose to target either Constitution or Wisdom with this spell. Furthermore, you can cast Polymorph once per short rest without using a spell slot.


    Might get annoying being able to turn into a t-rex every short rest for the GM. Other wise this is decent. What are you going to do to them after you polymorph them?

    Warping Gale
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    At 14th level, you have formed a close bond with Gaia, and become a conduit for her to exert her will. When you use your Gentle Exhalation feature, you can choose two effects for each creature. Any movement speed additions or adjustments from Gentle Exhalation are doubled.
    Furthermore, the following effects are now available to choose from when you use Gentle Exhalation:

    A flight speed of 30 ft.
    Burrow Speed of 30 ft.
    Tremorsense of 60 ft.
    Blindsight of 30 ft.
    Add or remove a damage resistance
    Give advantage or disadvantage on ability checks for any single attribute.


    Might be the first overpowered ability. Other 14th level capstones (land and moon) allow for minor transformations (like your 2nd and 6th levels) or some sort of protection. This allows your entire party to fly, dig, and see invisible things, have resistance to any damage, and have advantage on checks (all at separate times of course). So yeah that;s pretty strong.

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    Pretty cool concept, focusing on buff/debuff your whoevers. But weaker then most subclasses early on and stronger then others at later levels
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    What's the duration on these? As written, they last forever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JNAProductions View Post
    What's the duration on these? As written, they last forever.
    These changes last for a number of hours equal to half your druid level (rounded down).
    second sentence of the 3rd paragraph it says.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thisdude901 View Post
    second sentence of the 3rd paragraph it says.
    I did indeed miss that.

    Considering you can Blind creatures at level 6... That's really too powerful. It's basically one save or you're neutered-how badly depends on what you are, but outside of a rare few creatures, Blinded is a HUGE condition. (And some of them, such as Grimlocks, you can achieve the same thing via Deafening them.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JNAProductions View Post
    Considering you can Blind creatures at level 6... That's really too powerful. It's basically one save or you're neutered-how badly depends on what you are, but outside of a rare few creatures, Blinded is a HUGE condition. (And some of them, such as Grimlocks, you can achieve the same thing via Deafening them.)
    Felt like I should mention that blindness/deafness is a 2nd level spell. But I guess they still get a save at the end of each turn with the spell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JNAProductions View Post
    I did indeed miss that.

    Considering you can Blind creatures at level 6... That's really too powerful. It's basically one save or you're neutered-how badly depends on what you are, but outside of a rare few creatures, Blinded is a HUGE condition. (And some of them, such as Grimlocks, you can achieve the same thing via Deafening them.)
    Anything with blindsight or truesight or tremmor sense is immune (they don't need their eyes to see) so i think its ok. Your dm can balance
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagneticKitty View Post
    Anything with blindsight or truesight or tremmor sense is immune (they don't need their eyes to see) so i think its ok. Your dm can balance
    If a DM has to balance around one specific ability over others, it’s not a balanced ability.
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