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D&D 5th Edition
Updated to use DM Basic Rules v0. First, fill in the number of characters in your party and their level. If characters in your party are at different levels, add r&d rows and include each group of characters with the same level in their own row.
For example, if you have four first-level characters, type 4 in number, and 1 in level. If you have three seventh-level characters and one eighth-level, type 3 in number, 7 in level, add a second row, and add 1 in number and 8 in level.
Second, fill in the number of monsters and the amount of XP that each one gives in a similar manner. First, congratulations on running a game! You’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly.
The easiest way to build an encounter is to pick an enemy from the Monster Manual with a CR around the same as the level of PCs in your party, maybe one higher if you want them to have a tough fight.
This won’t always be perfect, but it’s a good place to start.
You’ll find that this method mostly generates Medium or Hard difficulty encounters, which is about what you are aiming for. To spice things up, increase the number of enemies. Either go for a group of lower-level mooks, or a second bad guy of around the same CR, or mix and match. Don’t go too wild with this, though – the PCs can only take on so many enemies at once. In 5th Edition, outnumbering your opponent can be quite an advantage. Be very careful before putting your PCs up against a Deadly encounter, especially against lots of enemies.
If you’re using this calculator a lot, you may have found it can seem to overstate the difficulty of encounters. First I’ll explain why this happens, and then how you can fix this.
The biggest culprit for easy encounters is the party resting too much. If you’re like me, your parties tend to have maybe two or three encounters per d&dd rest, often with short rests in between – this makes more sense for some play styles, but causes balance problems.
The way 5th Edition balances resources assumes that parties will have at least a couple of medium-difficulty encounters between each short rest, and maybe two or three short rests between each long rest.
This forces characters to be conservative with their limited resources spell slots, class features, hit dice, and so forthmaking each individual encounter tougher. A party x&d can approach an encounter fresh, with no worries about saving resources, will often find that encounter relatively easy.
You may only want to increase the CR of encounters by 1 or 2. I’m new to DMing! How do I x&d
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Why are my players finding encounters so easy? How do you fix this? You have two choices. Don’t let your party rest as often.
There are a couple of ways of doing this – you could have encounters happen closer together without any chance for a break between each maybe putting the characters on a timer, or make it dangerous to restor use the “Gritty Realism” rest model as described in the DMG page which makes rests take longer.
I have started using Gritty Realism in my games and I’ve found that it makes designing adventures substantially easier, and stops the party attempting to rest at 5e opportunity. Make the encounters harder. There are some downsides to this approach, however.
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Fights become much more dangerous as an encounter can quickly snowball from challenging to deadly if one or two of the PCs are dropped. This is especially pronounced at lower levels where a single hit can be enough to put someone on the floor.
If you use this method, you may need to increase the difficulty slowly until you get to the level of challenge you want. Party Number of characters. Add row Remove row.