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D&D 5E Improving Weapon Damage (+)

Sacrosanct

Legend
I guess you can say I agree with you. When I did Bugbears&Borderlands, I give them that exact thing:

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Minigiant

Legend
Supporter
Before 5e, back when I was theorizing a homebrew game for my group at the time, I had pondered copying a 4e idea for strikers and letting warriors add the ability bonuses of 2 ability scores to attacks.

They would be be called Weapon Masteries and they'd let you add a Second Ability score modifier to damage rolls. For example Sword Masteries would let you add both your Strength and Dexterity modifier to damage rolls with all swords.

Each weapon using class would get 1--7 Weapon Masteries. Then some classes would get a feature to switch their Secondary score or raise their base minimum Secondary modifier bonus to all Weapon Masteries.

But we ran another's players homebrew instead.
 

Quickleaf

Legend
Mostly, "because".

As I have been pondering this, I'm wondering if it would make a good "light weapon" fighting style; at level 1 it increases the damage you deal with light weapons to the next higher die, maybe at 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th it goes up a die each time.

It would make a knife-fighter build viable at the least, I would think.
What if... you borrowed from the Weapon Mastery rules in BD&D... something like this...

LONGSWORD
1d8 slashing damage, Versatile (1d10)
  • In the hands of a 5th level Fighter, a longsword deals 1d10 slashing damage, Versatile (1d12). The fighter may forgo this damage – using it as a standard 1d8 (1d10) weapon – to instead gain a +1 bonus to AC against melee attacks while holding the longsword and not incapacitated.
  • In the hands of an 11th level Fighter, a longsword deals 2d8 slashing damage, Versatile (2d10). The fighter may forgo this damage – using it as a standard 1d8 (1d10) weapon – to instead gain a +2 bonus to AC against melee attacks while holding the longsword and not incapacitated, and +2 on attempts to Disarm.
  • In the hands of a 17th level Fighter, a longsword deals 2d10 slashing damage, Versatile (2d12). The fighter may forgo this damage – using it as a standard 1d8 (1d10) weapon – to instead gain a +4 bonus to AC against melee attacks while holding the longsword and not incapacitated, and +4 on attempts to Disarm.
It's a big power-up, but I think you're looking for a big power-up?
 

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aco175

Legend
I like the idea of giving fighters a follower. Somewhere around 6-8th level works since you get the 2nd attacks at 5th level and they could use something there. I would just need to keep it simple like a NPC/monster statblock. I would not want to force another PC on the player, maybe even a sidekick seems a bit much. Although those are the rules set forth from the man.
 

Stormonu

Legend
Something along those lines might work, but I don't think I want to get to a weapon-by-weapon breakdown. Just something quick, easy to remember and a nice ribbon ability for the fighter-types.
 

payn

He'll flip ya...Flip ya for real...
I like the idea of giving fighters a follower. Somewhere around 6-8th level works since you get the 2nd attacks at 5th level and they could use something there. I would just need to keep it simple like a NPC/monster statblock. I would not want to force another PC on the player, maybe even a sidekick seems a bit much. Although those are the rules set forth from the man.
Maybe only if it was a subclass. I wouldn't want this foisted on all fighters.
 

DND_Reborn

The High Aldwin
Mostly, "because".

As I have been pondering this, I'm wondering if it would make a good "light weapon" fighting style; at level 1 it increases the damage you deal with light weapons to the next higher die, maybe at 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th it goes up a die each time.

It would make a knife-fighter build viable at the least, I would think.
Ok, then I would max it out at 1d8 personally, but 1d10 if you want to mirror Monk, at 5th, 11th, 17th, making it d4 - d6 - d8 - d10.

For me it would be about keeping it balanced with other Fighter builds:

With the Thrown Weapon Fighting Style, you get +2 to damage, just like Dueling. With 4 attacks (level 20), a sword/board would do 4 x (1d8+7), so I wouldn't want a TWFer doing 5 x (1d10+7). That is why I would cap it at d8 to match one-handed weapon maximums.

Especially when you consider the TWFer can deal that damage at range (albeit shortish range). Depending on how prevalent magic weapons are in your game, the sword/board fighter would add that magic weapon damage to each attack, as where it is unlikely the TWFer would have 5+ magical thrown weapons available, so bumping the damage to d10 would be understandably in such cases.
 

Clint_L

Hero
Seems intriguing - try it out and tell us if it works!

I've been kind of thinking about going the other direction, and getting rid of the sliding damage scale for Monk attacks.
 

Lojaan

Hero
As a DM I'm becoming more and more uncomfortable with boosting player power by increasing class abilities. The reason is this - it makes it harder to give my players cool stuff.

If all martials have increased damage built in to the class then what's the point or purpose of a flametongue?

On one side we have players saying they want to standardise character progression so they don't have to rely on DMs giving them cool stuff, on the other hand we have DMs struggling to find ways to reward players that don't break the game.

It's a pickle.
 

pnewman

Adventurer
One of the things I have been considering is giving fighters an ability, feat, weapon style or maneuver that allows them to increase their damage dice with weapon attacks. It's something similar to the martial arts increase the monk gets for unarmed attacks. With the fighter getting extra attacks, I'm not sure when or where though, this should be implemented. Nor whether it should be limited to Fighters, or something also given out to Paladins, Rangers and Barbarians (though I'd sure like to!).

Note: For Great Weapon Master and Sharpshooter, I've already changed it to losing your proficiency bonus to hit (instead of -5) to deal x2 PB damage (instead of a flat +10), if that has an effect on your opinion.

Also, which progression do you think would be better to use?

d4 --> d6 --> d8 --> d10 --> d12/2d6 --> d6+d8 --> 2d8 --> d8 +d10 --> 2d10 --> d10 + d12 --> 2d12.
(This ensures the average increases by 1 point per increase, I don't think handling two different dice will be much of an issue)
or

d4 --> d6 --> d8 --> 1d10 --> 1d12/2d6 --> 2d8 --> 2d10 --> 2d12
(At 2d8 and above, the increase is 2 points, instead of 1)

What if all Fighters just got some Battlemaster Maneuvers? Then they could use these to do extra damage or other cool fighting things. The easiest way to to this would be by giving out Martial Adept Feat. BattleMasters would still be better at this because their Superiorty dice increase in size and they get the extra Feat too.

You could probably give a few to other Martial characters too. Maybe Fighters get one Feat every tier, while Paladins and Rangers and Monks and Rogues get one every other Tier? You could probably give one to all the casters too, but not until Tier four. Thus:
Fighters get it at L1 & L5 and L 11 & L 17.
Other Martials at L5 & L17
Casters only at L17 (If you can cast Wish it's not unbalancing for you to be a bit better with your dagger too, for the one time in a hundred that the weapon is a better choice.)
 

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