Design Evolution: Bolstering Magic


I love looking at the design evolution from Unearthed Arcana to finished product to see what kind of tips we can learn from the pros. This week, we have that opportunity with the Path of Wild Magic Barbarian, whose Magic Reserves class feature (Unearthed Arcana playtest) became Bolstering Magic (D&D Celebration preview).

I love the flavor of this feature, so I’m glad it stuck. What changed?

  1. Use limiter: proficiency/LR.
  2. Benefit limiter: 1/LR (spell slots only).
  3. Decremented die from a d4/d6 to a d3.
  4. Regeneration for spell slots of roll level “or less.”
  5. Removed HP recharge for attack/skill buff.

Let’s take a deeper look at the effects these have, and what changed from our last visit with the Magic Reserves feature.

Use/Benefit Limiter

Both the use and benefit restrictions effectively erase the Unearthed Arcana’s “infinite mana battery” conundrum.

This new mechanic gives you 3…

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