Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, 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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What is the opposed check for an NPC's attempted Intimidation?

My group's adventurers just went and got themselves captured and enslaved by a city-state that runs Roman-style gladiatorial deathmatches. They're in the dungeons under the arena, across the hall from ...
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How do I navigate lighting a Web spell with an oil flask?

Character A is standing on a Web spell, and character B lights a flask of oil and throws it at her feet. Does this count as "entering" the fire, thus causing her damage this turn? Or do I wait until ...
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What Process do Mimics go though when they Shapeshift?

While a Mimic is in its true form, how does it polymorph into new objects? Does it naturally morph into them? Dissemble an existing one an build it around itself? or magically flash into the chosen ...
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What is a mimic's “true form”?

The D&D 5E Monster Manual's entry for mimics it mentions that it "reverts to its true form when it dies." I'm assuming a chest isn't its true form. What actually is its true form?
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Could a mimic imitate a door?

Mimics are obviously most renowned for taking the forms of chests. However, after hearing that they can polymorph into other furniture, I wonder do doors become a possibility? If yes, what are the ...
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Can players perform checks using Ability modifiers?

To be broad here: Can Players use Ability Score Modifiers to add to their checks? For example: can someone make a "Strength" check. (Not an Athletics Check) to, perhaps, break open a chest with ...
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Can a character with two warring personalities have two alignments?

I have a half-orc character that was brought up by orcs to be evil. While he was growing up his human conscience used to give him doubts about what he was doing but he ignored it. Then something ...
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What is a good build for a mage slayer in 5e? [on hold]

So i wanted to create a pc mage slayer, who actually hates mages and in combat focus on them. He was at war (He is a soldier) and one day his squad was burnt alive by a mage and since them he hates ...
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What determines a creature's native plane for the Banishment spell?

I can't find in the books the definition of “native”, only that a creature type can define its native plane: Elementals are creatures native to the elemental planes (MM, p. 6) Celestials ands ...
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Sword Coast weather and climate

To the point: What is the climate of the Sword Coast like? What real world climate region would it fit into best? The more relevant the answer to the 5e FR, the better. If there's no 5e ...
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List of canon material for 5e Baldur's Gate

Obviously, there's been an incredible amount of information published about the city of Baldur's Gate (in the Forgotten Realms setting) across the editions and various media like books, sourcebooks, ...
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Can my Warcaster Cleric use a mace to deliver Inflict Wounds?

My Cleric has the Warcaster feat, a mace in his right hand, and a shield in his left. He casts inflict wounds, which requires a touch attack to be executed against an opposing enemy, a goblin for ...
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Losing concentration on Conjure Elemental if you summon an Invisible Stalker?

So basically, say I use conjure elemental as a 6th level spell and summon an invisible stalker. I give it an order to kill the BBEG our party is fighting. I then take a hit and lose concentration. ...
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NPC in a homebrew solo adventure [on hold]

So I'm creating a solo adventure to test out my DMing skills (which are probably terrible), and the player is playing a Tiefling Druid. I wanted to create a long-standing NPC who will join her for a ...
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What type of Flame Blade does a Rod of Lordly Might make?

Got a Rod of Lordly Might in a loot drop from a Red Dragon last night. When the first button is pressed (DMG p196) the rod becomes a flame tongue as a fiery blade sprouts from the end opposite the ...
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Can living constructs benefit from healing spells and the Medicine skill?

It's unclear whether they could be affected by healing magic, nor whether medical techniques could apply to a creature like a Warforged or Shardmind. If they can, what would it look like?
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Does a dead pixie count as nonmagical food for the purpose of Purify Food and Drink?

There is a dead pixie that the PCs have been carrying around for a couple of days, and based on an unsubstantiated story they were told* they want to feed it to a PC's giant goat companion. Because ...
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Do Storm Giants have a Natural Armour value?

A Storm Giant's AC is 16 due it its scale mail, and it has a Dex modifier of +2, so without the scale armour the giant's AC would be 12. However, a Cloud Giant has a Natural Armour of 14 and a Dex ...
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How precise is Detect Magic's location information?

The Detect Magic spell states that you can sense magic within 30 feet of you. Does this let you know the location of the magic your are detecting? Are you just supposed to get a yes/no that there is ...
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Which spells trigger the second benefit of Shield Master?

The Shield Master feat includes the following benefit: lf you aren't incapacitated, you can add your shield's AC bonus to any Dexterity saving throw you make against a spell or other harmful ...
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Could you combine the effects of Shield Master (feat) and Protection (Fighting Style)?

Could you combine these and forego your own possibility of hiding behind your shield for an AoE and instead shield a companion within 5ft? This would be the relevant part of Shield Master If you ...
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Can you Horde Breaker to gain attack (against an ally) and give up attack for commander's strike so ally gains attack?

To be more specific, the character in question is a Ranger using the 'ranger without spells' from the UA article on variant class designs, but the same thing can be done by a fighter-3 ...
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Actions after a Grapple [on hold]

I'm playing a Goliath Barbarian, focusing on the inherent grappling advantages. I'm trying to pull as much benefit from Powerful Build as possible. My specific questions are: Considering my Goliath ...
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Custom Druid Circle of Fire

I'm looking to create a custom druid circle - one of fire, as I'm making a solo campaign and they wanted to be able to be a fire druid essentially. These are the spells I've chosen; Druid Circle - ...
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Adventurer's salary [duplicate]

I'm trying to calculate how much gold adventurer's are supossed to earn each day. Unfortunately I can't find an answer on the books. The closer thing I found is the treasure hoards rewards for a full ...
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Moving from AD&D 2nd Edition to D&D 5th Edition [on hold]

I am getting back into gaming after almost 20 years being away, my knowledge base is from a player prospective and is quite rusty since I have not rolled dice in the D&D worlds for close to 20 ...
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Does Divine Sense negate Mirror Image?

My players went up against a homebrew creature I made, it was a fallen angel that could cast Mirror Image. Our paladin had the idea to use his Divine Sense ability to be able to tell which Image was ...
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Is the Purple Dragon Knight archetype as underpowered as it looks?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide includes a new martial archetype for fighters, the Purple Knight of Cormyr. Comparing its traits to the fighter archetypes in the PHB, it seems really underpowered. ...
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Two-Handed Weapon Fighting [duplicate]

Quick simple question. Do you add your "attack (hit) bonus" to the off handed attack? I know you don't add the dmg (per PHB p195), but didn't see anything about the attack (hit) bonus. Thanks.
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Can I Ready an action to run away?

This is a follow-up to Can I Ready an action to Disengage? It looks to me that the 5E RAW does not have a simple way to declare a behaviour like this: If anything nasty comes towards me, I run in ...
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If a character has the Chaos Phage disease cured before transformation, do they regain their HP?

Page 276 of MM States: While infected, the target can't regain hit points, and its hit point maximum is reduced by 10 (3d6) every 24 hours. If the disease reduces the target's hit point ...
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When a Yuan-Ti or Slaad shapechanges, do they retain their class abilities?

The MM on page 277 states: It's statistics, other than its size, are the same in each form. Does that mean that their abilities (spellcasting, resistances, etc.) retain as well or just the ...
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Can I Ready an action to Disengage?

I want to ready the disengage action as a trigger if a creature appears near me. Is that possible? My DM told me I could ready any other action like dodge, etc. as a trigger except for disengage. ...
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When do you receive a bonus action and reaction?

When you start combat, after determining surprise and establishing positions; you roll for initiative. At this point, do all combatants have a reaction or bonus action even if they are not first? For ...
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How do legendary and/or lair actions affect the CR of a creature I am creating?

I want to create a "boss and minions" encounter for my low-to-mid-level party, and I love the idea of legendary and lair actions as a way to give the encounter an appropriately "epic" feel. Problem ...
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Animate Dead on a Zombie, can it work?

So a bit of backstory to the question. One of the players in my game is a death cleric and enjoys having a small army of zombies accompany him. We had come to a situation where it is not plausible ...
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How family-friendly is the Ravenloft setting and the Curse of Strahd storyline?

The newest storyline in D&D Adventurers League looks like it is returning to the Ravenloft setting. I've just started introducing my 10 year old to D&D by playing in Adventurers League events ...
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Is my homebrew lower-powered Lich's CR calculated correctly?

I created a "Lesser Lich" so my party would be able to fight something interesting in the story I have. In my game, a lich undergoes development changes the first time it "ascends(descends) to ...
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Do you regain your hitpoints when you stop being a wild magic potted plant?

The DND 5th Edition Wild Magic table will cause you to become a potted plant if you roll a 41 or a 42: You turn into a potted plant until the start of your next turn. While a plant, you are ...
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Can a spell be cast while using a bonus action to control another spell?

Spells such as the cleric's Spiritual Weapon and the Wizard's Bigby's Hand enable the caster to continue to manipulate the spell's effect as a bonus action after the spell has initially been cast. ...
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Is a feat allowing Large weapon use balanced? [on hold]

I'm making a Barbarian Goliath for a game coming up for D&D 5e. These questions have probably come up a lot, but without any real consensus. Basically, my goal is to have my Goliath wield a Large ...
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Where can I read more about religions in Forgotten Realms?

I started playing the DnD 5e starter campaign recently, and the character I've chosen is a Dwarf Cleric aligned with Marthammor Duin. I've decided to play him as a bit of a zealot, and so I don't feel ...
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How does maneuvering and counter-attacking work for mixed Aerial/Ground combat?

I'm running a 5e campaign with a group of three PCs. One PC rides a Griffon and I typically struggle to effectively run combat when she is in the air and the other PCs are on the ground. She spent ...
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Does the Tempest domain's Destructive Wrath maximize ongoing damage from a twinned Witch Bolt?

I have a multiclass tempest cleric/sorcerer. If I twin Witch Bolt and then use Channel Divinity: Destructive Wrath, which allows me to deal max thunder or lightning damage, are both bolts impacted? ...
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Does an invisible ally adjacent to a rogue's target enable Sneak Attack?

Let's say a teammate is invisible and within 5' of a creature, but not attacking it (and therefore maintaining invisibility). Would a Rogue be able to deal sneak attack damage to that creature every ...
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mundane magical items [closed]

I am GMing a homebrew campaign using D&D 5e. This is a world where magic is rather accessible and most cities will have a number of people making magical items. The problem is that I dont want ...
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Reverse engineering the Hydra CR

There is no info on the hydra traits "multiple heads", so i'm trying to reverse engineer it, here are my thoughs. Effective attack CR 8: Five attacks (1 per head), 10 damage each for an average of ...
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How can I make setting up the encounter during play faster? [closed]

While I was DMing, some of the players were getting frustrated with the time it took to get the stats for the enemy NPCs. Having to look at the Monster Manual for the stats of different creatures ...
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Which spells can a multiclass bard cast with an instrument focus?

If I were to multiclass Sorcerer 9 Bard 1, could I use an instrument (per Bard Level 1 feature) as my focus for spells that appear on both class spell lists? For example, Polymorph, Confusion, and ...
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What kind of creature is a pre-Medusa?

In the 5e Monster Manual Medusa entry, it notes that before turning into a Medusa creatures live "like a demigod among mortals," and they possess "physical beauty, restored youth, immortality, and the ...