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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Does a Barbarian get an extra 1d6 or 2d6 if they are using a Greatsword?

At 9th level, the Barbarian has a class feature that reads: you can roll one additional weapon damage die when determining the extra damage for a critical hit with a melee attack. (PHB 49) The ...
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How does Mage Armor interact with Unarmored Defense?

If a character with the Unarmoured Defence class feature casts Mage Armour, what is their AC? Do they choose which 'base' AC they take, or do they stack somehow? Is there rules text that explains ...
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What methods exist to get your AC higher than 20 without magic items?

I was poking around answering for this question and noticed something odd. It doesn't seem to be possible except in the case of the Barbarian to naturally get your AC over 20 without the use of magic ...
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Highest AC possible for Sorcerer?

What is the highest Armor Class achievable for a Sorcerer with the Sorcerous Origin of Dragon Bloodline? Player's Handbook Chapter 6 variant rules included. (Multiclassing, Feats, etc.)
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Ranger Whirlwind Attack vs Extra Attack and Horde Breaker

Whirlwind Attack says: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target. Am I right that ...
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Casting spells in armor

I've just read the D&D 5e basic rules, and I'm not sure I'm up to speed regarding casting spells while clad in armor. The only mention I can find about this (page 79): Because of the mental ...
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How do I upgrade older D&D adventures to 5th edition?

Before I get into the details I just want to mention that I'm working in a remote area right now and don't have access to the 5e Starter Set, just the downloadable PDFs. I'm looking for advice on how ...
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New to Tabletops, Starting with 5E. Advice? [on hold]

I've found some helpful discussions on differences between the versions and introducing players to 5E, but nothing specifically directed at players new to tabletop gaming who are starting in 5E. A ...
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How do I map a 15' cone to a 1" grid?

I've been playing 5e for a while now, and mercifully this hasn't come up yet, but it's definitely on it's way. When a caster casts burning hands, how is that properly mapped onto a standard 1" battle ...
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Does 5e better explain what they mean by “duration, or until you lose your concentration?”

From many spells: After 1 hour, or until you lose your concentration This can be read either as "Whichever comes first" or "Whichever comes last". Presumably it means whichever comes first, but ...
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Can a sorc 19 / cleric 1 cast cleric spells at higher sorcerer levels?

Inspired by this answer http://rpg.stackexchange.com/a/46442/3799 Sorc 19/Cleric 1 has a bit more issues. You only have the few L1 cleric spells, and lots of Sorcerer spells, make sure you took ...
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Pros & Cons: Sorcerer & Cleric cross-class

I'm toying with the idea of cross-classing a Sorcerer with one level in Cleric (Life domain for the bonuses to heals and heavy armor). At 2nd level, 1st level Cleric & 1st level Sorcerer, what ...
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What is advantage? [on hold]

Numerous powers read that you "gain advantage" - does that mean the character succeeds on the roll, check, or saving throw? For instance the Sorcerer's Tides of Chaos reads: Starting at 1st ...
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Is there a limit on the volume of material that can be affected by the Minor Alchemy class feature?

PHB Page 119, Wizard, School of Transmutation, Minor Alchemy: For each 10 minutes you spend performing the procedure, you can transform up to 1 cubic foot of material. After 1 hour, or until you ...
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What guidelines exist for players creating characters for organized play?

With Hoard of the Dragon Queen releasing as the first part of the Tyranny of the Dragons storyline I was wondering what guidelines and rules exist for players looking to create and run characters for ...
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Are balanced groups important in D&D 5e?

In my 4e campaign the group (4 players) often ran into trouble in combat if they didn't have one person was in each role of Striker, Defender, Controller & Leader (especially for published ...
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Is there a Parry option in D&D 5e?

In the basic set there is an NPC, a fighter, who has a Parry reaction that lets him roll 1d6 and reduce damage. I also remember seeing the parry power/action in some beta rules. I don't (yet) have ...
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Does the DM have to give me magical weapons?

In the Legend and Lore articles where Mike Mearls explains the design goals of D&D 5e, he mentions in one of them that there will be no assumption that character acquire magical weapons and armor. ...
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The relationship between a cleric and their deity

3 closely related questions that didn't seem worth asking in separate questions: Is there any requirement that the alignment of a cleric be the same or close to that of their deity? (Obviously, for ...
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Are there Race/Alignment restrictions for classes in the PHB?

I'm looking through the PHB and I notice that none of the Classes explicitly state an Alignment or Race limitation. There is flavor text, but there is nothing that looks like a rule. I see some stuff ...
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Does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares 10 feet away or not?

In D&D 5e, does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares up to 10 feet away for the purpose of Opportunity Attacks or does it just allow you to attack squares up to 10 feet away? There is ...
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How to determine surprise when only part of a side is stealthy?

Here’s the basic rule for Surprise (Player’s Basic Rules, p. 69): If neither side tries to be stealthy, they automatically notice each other. Otherwise, the DM compares the Dexterity (Stealth) ...
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What rules in the Player's Handbook are new/different from the Basic Rules?

The D&D 5 Basic Rules are free and have been out for a month, so I've pored over those. The Player's Handbook came out today. Aside from the obvious content increase (the PHB has more spells, ...
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How can you gain proficiency in a skill after level 1?

I have been reading the Basic Rules a couple times, but could not find any way to gain proficiency in skills past level 1. For example, if I create a Rogue, I may chose 4 skills among 11: ...
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Is there a general rule of take the average or roll the dice?

There was a comment on one of my answers that stated that all instances of average or dice rolling are treated the same by the rules. Specifically mentioned are players gaining HP, Monster Damage and ...
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What is the correct progression for Warlock slot levels?

Instead of a “Spell Slots for Spell Level” table, the warlock just has two columns, one for number of slots and one for slot level, because all of their slots are the same level. However, the table ...
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If I roll a low Hit Die, can I use the fixed value instead?

In D&D5, players have the choice of rolling their Hit Dice or using a fixed average value instead: Each time you gain a level, you gain 1 additional Hit Die. Roll that Hit Die, add your ...
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What is the weight of a laden adventurer?

There are a number of weight-based traps in the Starter Set's adventure, so when running the game I'll need to know the weights of the player characters. I was planning on getting them to do a quick ...
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How do Wild Magic Surge and Tides of Chaos interact

The rules for Wild Magic Surge are: Immediately after you cast a sorcerer spell of 1st level or higher, the DM can have you roll a d20. If you roll a 1, roll on the Wild Magic Surge table to ...
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Does the Player's Handbook give guidelines for how often to roll for a Wild Magic Surge?

The rules for Wild Magic Surge are: Immediately after you cast a sorcerer spell of 1st level or higher, the DM can have you roll a d20. If you roll a 1, roll on the Wild Magic Surge table to ...
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How do foci and somatic+material components interact when it comes to occupying a hand?

In 5e, the rules state the following regarding spells with somatic and material components: Somatic (S) Spellcasting gestures might include a forceful gesticulation or an intricate set of ...
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Making the most of Adventure Bonds

D&D 5e has a new D&D concept called Bonds. Bonds are pieces of your background that tie you to the campaign world. These can either be connections to NPCs, or a homeland, or even a particular ...
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What happens to the Warlock Spell Slots when he obtains new Spell Levels?

This isn't explained on the spellcasting section of the warlock. On the table, it's shown the warlock acquires new spell slots as it levels up, for example, starts at level 1 with 1 1st level slot, ...
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Does the Ranger's Companion synergize with the Ranger?

The Ranger Beast Master subclass gets an animal companion under the ranger companion ability, which for free can move about the battle field, or using the Ranger's action can make an attack. Being a ...
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What happens when I think like a dragon?

In the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, there is a unique magic item (which will go unnamed to avoid spoilers) which among other things, says that the character who wears the magic item is able to ...
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How does one craft Potions of Healing?

The Basic Rules/PHB say that an Herbalism Kit is required to create potions of healing. However, the crafting rules only allow you to make nonmagical items, and the description under Potion of Healing ...
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Where can I find the “Trap the Soul” 8th Level Wizard Spell?

In the Wizard spell list, under level 8 there is a spell listed as "Trap the Soul". However the spell can not be found in the spell descriptions. Some people online are saying that the spell was ...
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Where can I find the “Destructive Smite” Paladin Spell?

In the Players handbook list of spells, one of the level 5 Paladin spells is "Destructive Smite", however I can't find the spell description? Where can I find the description of the spell?
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How many Ability Dependencies is too many? (What is MAD?)

I'm thinking of making a finesse melee Wizard leader, which means I'll need good INT, DEX, CON, and CHA, however from my previous understandings of D&D character builds, this would make my ...
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Has 5e fixed the balance problems of the monk at all?

Many people believe that the monk has balance issues (and is underpowered) in 3.5e and Pathfinder. The goal of this question is not to debate that point but to see what changes the Monk has undergone ...
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Can the Monk Feature “Stunning Strike” be used with Martial Arts?

Stunning Strike reads like the following paragraph: "Starting at 5th level, you can interfere with the flow of ki in an opponent’s body. When you hit another creature with a melee weapon attack, you ...
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Multiclassing: How do Ability Score Improvements work?

Given that every class gets a minimum of 5 ability score improvements each at levels 4, 8, 12, 16, and 19 (Rogue and Fighter get more at other levels), do these ability score improvements occur by ...
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Does the offhand attack from Crossbow Expert get a Dex bonus?

The Crossbow Expert feat lets you use a Hand Crossbow in your offhand and take a shot when you attack with your main hand. Most people I've seen, seem to think this will allow Dual Wielding Hand ...
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How many times does Sneak Attack damage apply?

In 3.5e, I used to add Sneak Attack damages to all the attacks of my character as long as the target was flat-footed or flanked or... However, when discussing the feature with wax eagle he mentioned ...
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Should I replace the swarm with the individual creature after enough damage?

So one thing I found odd in the DM's Basic Rules v0.1pdf was a large list of animals that seemed so insignificant as to wonder why it was included in the PDF. For example, the "Rat" monster, has 1 ...
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Can a Druid Wild Shape into a Swarm or “Giant”?

The Players handbook has a list of creatures in the back which are designed for use by the players. Various tweets and materials have said that the players handbook has creatures that players need to ...
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Is necromancy necessarily evil in 5e or Forgotten Realms?

With Forgotten Realms being the default setting for 5e, I am curious if there is the possibility for a necromancer, specifically a wizard, to be considered not evil: In terms of alignment In terms ...
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How to choose between dual wielding and two hand weapon fighting

At first glance dual wielding two weapons and two handing a single large weapon seem to be competing to fill the same role of martial damage per round. However, I have the feeling that like in past ...
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Does 5e address the murderhobos problem?

In DnD 3.5, the system by default only gives significant XP for killing things (monsters, vermin, shopkeepers, etc), which often leads to player characters becoming "murderhobos" in an effort to ...
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Does the Challenge Rating of a monster assume a party or a single PC?

I'm reading through the new DM D&D Basic Rules, but I'm confused about the challenge rating of a monster. Does the challenge rating assume a single PC or a group of PC's? As a CR3 a challenge for ...