Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, written by Wizards of the Coast. D&D 5e is a heroic fantasy RPG inspired by the mechanics and settings of all previous D&D editions. Previously code-named D&D Next.

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Can I use Minor Illusion to create a wall, hide behind it, and attack with advantage?

Minor Illusion allows the creation of a 5-foot illusory object: can I hide behind this object (wall/crate/anything) and gain advantage vs. creatures who can't see past the illusion? If so, given that ...
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Where do adventurers keep all their stuff?

This is a bit of an equipment logistics question so might not be all that interesting to everyone but... Reading the 5e PHB, the backpack weight listing says: Backpack: 1 cubic foot/30 pounds of ...
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Are there rules and guidelines anywhere for loot in D&D 5e?

My players are used to playing RPG's on PC and love getting new weapons and loot. I can't really find much in the PHB or basic DM guide. I have been using ...
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Is Resilient (Constitution) the go-to choice for a level 1 variant human diviner wizard? [on hold]

I know eventually the wizard will want that feat, but I'm wondering if War Caster or even Lucky (or something else) might be a competitive choice?
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Is blasting a suboptimal strategy for 5e Wizards?

In D&D 3.5e, blasting was known to be a comparatively weak strategy for a Wizard to adopt. On the other hand, in D&D 5e, there have been a number of changes that potentially render it more ...
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I'm DMing for a party of two. How can I make sure my players have classes that can play well together?

I am going to be a DM of D&D 5e for my two friends, and they asked me which classes work well paired together. I have only played games with parties of four player characters before, though, so I ...
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Is encounter balancing/creation in 5e different to previous editions?

I have been GMing for a group for a few sessions now and I have had a lot of trouble balancing encounters. I go by the rules that it should be the xp the party needs to level as a "balance" and you ...
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Does Concealment exist in D&D 5th Edition?

After looking over a few of the rules in the PDFs for the next edition of D&D I didn't see anything about concealment ( as in miss chance percentage ) similar to D&D 3.5e or D&D 4e. Has ...
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How should I adjust my campaign for additional players, unforeseen high stats?

I'm new to DMing, and I'm running the 5th edition starter set Mines of Phandelver. The starter set calls for 4 people, but my crew is 6. I ran our first night tonight, to try and get a handle on ...
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When do Lair Actions occur?

The Monster Manual describes Lair Actions as occurring "On initiative count 20 (losing all ties)..." (p 11). What does "initiative count 20" mean? I can't find that phrase anywhere in the PHB or in ...
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Does the Warlock Hex damage apply to spell attacks?

The Hex spell increases the damage when you hit with an attack and Eldritch Blast is a spell which causes you to make a spell attack roll. Does any attack roll trigger the extra damage of Hex, or ...
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What can a character do during a rest?

I have an elf in my group who only needs 4 hours of rest instead of 8 like all the others. The problem is he keeps asking what he can do in that time and I have no idea what to tell him. I've read in ...
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Does Elemental Wild Shape work like regular Wild Shape?

A Druid of the Circle of the Moon gets a feature called Elemental Wild Shape which allows them to transform into elementals. I couldn't find anywhere that said one way or the other, do the usual ...
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Prop Coins: what denominations should I buy to get started?

Since restarting my D&D passion this fall with a group of awesome friends learning 5e, I've been hankering to buy a set of Campaign Coins. My group is casual - twice a month for 3-5 hours. We've ...
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Optimal Dragonborn Warlock for DPR/AC with Blade pact and Fiend patron

How can I get the highest Damage-Per-Round (both melee and ranged using pact weapon and Eldritch Blast) and AC possible (with DPR being more important than AC) with a Dragonborn Warlock taking the ...
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Arcane Ward and Resistance

Does the abjuration wizards arcane ward take damage before or after resistance applies? The arcane ward ability states that 'Whenever you take damage, the ward takes it instead.' Damage Resistance ...
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Can you jump in combat?

On page 182 of the PHB there are rules describing how far and high characters can jump. However, there is no mention of what type of action jumping is or how much movement it takes to initiate a jump. ...
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Throwing more than once per turn

How do thrown weapons interact with the Extra Attack feature? Can you throw more than one weapon per turn? How about two-weapon fighting? Do you need the Dual-Wielder feat to throw two weapons ...
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What does Use an Object cover?

I saw this come up in another question in regards to drinking a healing potion not being a Use an Object action as the text in the equipment chapter under healing potion specifically says that using a ...
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Is your character's ability to avoid attacks based solely on AC?

I'm new to D&D. I was wondering about a character's ability to dodge attacks that target them. Is AC the only way for a character to avoid being hit, or is there something else that I've ...
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Can a character grab a potion from a pack and drink it without using their action?

In the Player's Basic Rules, it says Interacting with objects around you: Here are a few examples of the sorts of thing you can do in tandem with your movement and action: ... withdraw a ...
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Confused about fighter's Two Weapon Fighting Style

A fighter in a campaign I am running has the Two Weapon Fighting Style and I am having some trouble with finding details on how it works. Does he have to wield two light weapons? Or can he use (for ...
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How does finding herbs work?

A druid in my game wants to pick herbs as they spend the day walking. How do I DM this? Should I pick a DC based on the environment (high in the desert, lower in a meadow), and have him roll for it? ...
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Does drinking a potion permit an opportunity attack?

I've seen a question on here before that mentioned drinking a potion opens up a character to an opportunity attack, but the question was referring to Pathfinder. Is this the case for DnD 5e?
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Can a 5e D&D character acquire multiple archetypes from the same class?

I have a player that wants to build a Dragonborn Outlander Ranger/Sorcerer, with Slaad as the first Favored Enemy. The archetypes for the Sorcerer are Draconic Bloodline and Wild Magic. Being ...
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What is the CR/XP-Character Level relationship for opponents?

I can't seem to find information in the Monster Manual for how to design an opponent with class levels of an appropriate challenge for my 7th-level party. Perhaps this appears in the DMG? I want to ...
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Does an unconscious character accumulate damage?

Regarding damage to an unconscious character the PHB says: Damage at 0 Hit Points. If you take any damage while you have 0 hit points, you suffer a death saving throw failure. If the damage is ...
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Can you retrain the Magic Initiate spell?

This question got me thinking about the mechanics of the Magic Initiate feat when you have class levels in the class into which you were inducted. Among the classes you can pick with this feat are ...
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Do Multiclass Spellcasters Have To Spend Additional Spell Slots?

The Magic Initiate Feat has a restriction of "Once you cast [this spell], you must finish a long rest before you can cast it again". Some have argued that this prevents you from casting the spell more ...
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What happens when a familiar 'dies'?

The 5e PHB is pretty unambiguous on familiar 'death': When the familiar drops to 0 hit points, it disappears, leaving behind no physical form. It reappears after you cast this spell again. (From ...
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Can Detect Magic detect prepared spells?

Inspired by a recent question about discerning divine and arcane spellcasters, of like to hear the case for and against detecting spellcasters of either style with Detect Magic. I think you can ...
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Two-Weapon Fighting & Bonus Action in 5e

During the latest gaming session our level 3 Rogue was Two-Weapon fighting with a Rapier in the main-hand and a scimitar in the off-hand. At the completion of our gaming session I contested the ...
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Can one attack for damage after having grappled an opponent?

The grappling rules sure are... light. Supposing one has an Extra Attack: Assuming one has successfully grappled an opponent with one's first attack, can one then perform a normal attack action with ...
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Can a druid's 2 uses of wild shape be used consecutively?

A druid in my game recently obtained the Wild Shape skill, and chose the Circle of the Moon to follow. This effectively turned him into a Dire Wolf tank, since the CR of the animal he can turn into is ...
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Properly describing enemies: how much detail to provide?

Faced with a group of enemies, players in our group tend to ask for enemy descriptions in some detail--the kind of armour/clothing they're wearing (to get an idea of who are the casters, the nimble ...
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A Ranger's Feral Senses and positional awareness of invisibile creatures?

In D&D 5e, the description of hiding (PHB p177) says an invisible creature needs to stay quiet and otherwise avoid leaving signs of its passing, while the "invisible" condition (p291) says the ...
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Are there any sources more concretely describing the Shield spell? [closed]

This question stems from an exercise in rule interpretation that happened in a friendly brawl after our game ended. A Dragonborn blasted an acid breath at a mage player who blurted out "I use the ...
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How to distinguish between arcane and divine spellcasters?

I'm making a setting where there's a large cultural importance placed on whether you're a divine or arcane caster. I was wondering if detect magic (or any other plausible and simple method) could ...
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Does the lack of automatic AC scaling mean you get easier to hit as you level up?

If I'm reading this right AC = Armor + Shield + Dex (with cap from armor) Attacks = Proficiency (increases by level) + (DEX, STR, etc) If attack bonuses increase by level and AC doesn't then ...
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Mounts in armour

Mounts can be given barding to duplicate the effect of armour at 4x the cost. However, barding makes no statement about armour proficiency, nor does the stat block for some of the more obvious mounts ...
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Casting multiple spells in a single round

In the PHB page 202 under the 'bonus action' heading it states: "You can't cast another spell during the same turn, except for a cantrip with a casting time of 1 action." This seems to state that if ...
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Can an Orc use their Aggressive trait, plus Dash, plus running?

I don't yet have a copy of the monster manual so I apologize if this is explicitly stated in there. The Orc has an "aggressive" trait that allows it to "move up to its speed toward a hostile creature ...
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Does Magic Missile really always hit a creature of choice?

The rules state: Each dart hits a creature of your choice that you can see within range Does this mean that it is a guaranteed hit? Or is it meaning that it attempts to hit and attempt is merely ...
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How does the GM determine if Thunderwave attracts unwanted attention?

A few PCs in my group have used Thunderwave quite liberally. I recently realised that it emits a boom audible up to 300 feet. When one of these booms happens, does the GM: Do nothing? Roll to ...
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Does the Sorcerer feature Draconic Resilience work with shields?

Sorcerers of the Draconic Bloodline have the following class feature (located in the Player's Handbook p. 102): Draconic Resilience [...] Additionally, parts of your skin are covered by a thin ...
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How to reward players that come prepared for non-combat, non-RP situations? I.e., real life

For example, players who either spend their starting gold on combat gear, but not items like bedrolls and rations; or who, at char creation, simply ignored the equipment packs and just loaded up on ...
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Do cantrips gained through Pact of the Tome use Charisma or their default stat?

Pact of the Tome gives Warlocks access to any 3 cantrips. The feature doesn't specify whether the cantrips use the default stat (my guess), or whether they use Cha (to make the feature more ...
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How can the Starter Set wizard have five skills?

I ran out of time making my own Elven character, so I grabbed the pre-made one from the starter set. Then I realized that the skill selection is impossible. The included High Elf Wizard comes with ...
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Are characters limited to 20th level in 5e?

Context: the last version I played was AD&D (ie. 1e) where characters could (technically) progress to unlimited levels. Looking at the 5e PHB I get a sense that 20th level is now a concrete ...
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How can I make a deal with a devil?

The tradition of summoning an extraplanar entity to bargain with is well established in the D&D lore. But they don't necessarily like being summoned for this purpose, which is why wizards usually ...