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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Are there specific skills required to tame mounts?

I was recently playing a D&D 5e campaign, and we came across what appeared to be a newly born dragon. Being a Dragonborn character, I thought "Hey, it'd be cool if I had a dragon mount, right?". ...
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Can a single dose of poison applied to an edged weapon be used multiple times?

If a fighter applies a single dose of regular poison to his sword, but he can make two attacks per round, does that mean that he can make twenty attacks (2 attacks * 10 actions/minute) with poison ...
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What is the meaning of 'permanent' in description of True Polymorph?

Following on from this question: Can I True Polymorph a goblin into adamantine (and then forge him into a sword?) Casting True Polymorph on an unwilling creature (relevant parts included only): ...
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What is the highest DPR melee build from levels 5-10 [on hold]

Build needs to be Adventurers League legal. I am looking for a build that contains one or more of the following classes: fighter, paladin, barbarian, rogue. Assume one uncommon magic item of your ...
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How does the 5th edition handle enhanced magic focuses

I am currently using a Wizard and I just got my hands on a +4 dagger. More specifically the Rabbit Slayer from Dragonlance. Question 1: According to official rules can it be used as a spellcasting ...
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How can I get new players to explore more?

I'm DMing using the 5E Starter Kit and, after DMing the first few encounters, the players aren't exploring the environment sufficiently to learn all the actions they can take. Before our next session ...
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How long does a hex last?

At our table we had a discussion about the spell hex and it's duration. The way it's written it appears to us that if there is no creatures for it to bounce to the spell should end, regardless of its ...
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Is there any way to repair an item damaged by a Rust Monster?

The Rust Monster (MM p.262) can inflict a "permanent and cumulative -1 penalty" to the damage of weapons, or to the AC of armor or shields. Is there any way to repair this damage?
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How should I distribute the Strength increments on a weapon I'm designing? [on hold]

I designed a new weapon for one of my players (a warrior). The weapon provides several effects that level up with the character, but the main one is to take his Strength to 30 at level 20. There is an ...
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With the training from the DMG can I receive any feat in any level?

DMG p.231 A character who agrees to training as a reward must spend downtime with the trainer. In exchange, the character is guaranteed to receive a special benefit.Possible training benefits ...
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Is it too late to bring up starting equipment? [on hold]

Our game has already begun, and we are in fact already several levels in. However, I have noticed that a few things have been skipped/misinterpreted in terms of starting equipment. I understand that ...
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What effects does Ancestry have on a Dragonborn?

In the character creation, Dragonborn characters can choose an "Ancestry". This mainly determines the colour of their scales, and the breath weapon they get. Is there anything else that Ancestry ...
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Do Dragonborn get tails/wings?

I have heard along the grapevine that at some point, Dragonborn can get wings and/or a tail. But I haven't been able to find anything on it. I have looked through the Player's Handbook, and I couldn't ...
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After level 20 I can still take new feats? [duplicate]

For the Rogue, the description of the Ability Score Improvement (PHB, p.96) says: When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 10th, 12th, 16th, and 19th level, you can increase one ability score ...
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Does multiclassing have an effect on exp/levelling up?

My understanding of the multiclassing system is a little vague, so I wanted to clarify. If I was to use multiclassing to level up, and increase my overall level, how does the exp get dispersed between ...
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Can the creature created by a Simulacrum spell be affected by healing magic?

Relevant rules for Simulacrum: The duplicate is a creature, partially real and formed from ice or snow, and it can take actions and otherwise be affected as a normal creature. And: If the ...
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How many attacks does a dual-wielding Ranger get with Horde Breaker and Extra Attack? [on hold]

One of my players has a Ranger with Horde Breaker and Extra Attack (gained at level 5). How many attacks can he do if he is equipped with two swords, in the presence of two enemies? What if he uses a ...
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Can you switch to the other Unarmored Defense by multiclassing?

PHB p164 states: If you already have the Unarmored Defense feature, you can't gain it again from another class. So if I start as a Monk and gain the UD(Wis) feature, and then at next level up, ...
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Does a slung Magic Stone have the same normal and long range as a mundane bullet?

The Magic Stone cantrip (PotA p.238/EEPC p.20) says: You touch one to three pebbles and imbue them with magic. You or someone else can make a ranged spell attack with one of the pebbles by ...
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I don't know how to get started with D&D. How do I? [duplicate]

I want to get started with D&D 5th edition, should I buy the starter kit or do it another way? Also, could I start with 3 people, like a DM and 2 players?
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How does Magic Jar possession actually interact with your stats?

Magic Jar lets you possess a creature, potentially permanently. Spell text is: Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the creature though you retain your alignment and your ...
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What are the mechanics of using a dart as a melee weapon?

Liz the Wizard is toe-to-toe with her foe, Joe. If Liz stabs Joe with a dart rather than throwing it, does she still get her proficiency bonus and avoid incurring disadvantage?
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DnD 5e Optimal DPR/AC blade pact variant human [duplicate]

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 Variant Human Blade Pact Warlock ...
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Does going to 0 hp due to the Immolation spell mean instant death? And is that reasonable?

The new Elemental Evil spell immolation specifies: If damage from this spell reduces a target to 0 hit points, the target is turned to ash Does this mean the victim gets no death saves and ...
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Can I cast darkness on an object, then turn it off and on during a round of combat?

I'm playing as a shadow monk in my 5e game. I have the same question about darkness that I have seen. What is the usefulness? However, as I was reading it, I noticed that it can be cast on an object ...
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Can Wall of Stone merge with gravel, riprap, ballast rock, aggregate, or other non-solid/non-compacted forms of stone?

This stems from Mike Mearls' interpretation in the answers to this question: Mike Mearls :@Daganev @wax_eagle Correct, you'd need rocks of some sort (ruins, boulders) to support it. The RAW ...
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Can spells be cast through a Wall of Force

The spell description of Wall of Force is silent on the question of whether spell effects can pass through the wall. The semi-relevant part of the description states: Nothing can physically pass ...
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How to handle Mass creature numbers

A week ago for my Friday night session, my adventurers came across a pack of 18 Gnolls. 16 of them were your basic Gnoll fighter, one was a Gnoll Pack Leader, and the last was a Gnoll Fang of ...
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Costs of magic arrows

Ammunition +3 and Arrow of Slaying are both classified as Very Rare in the DMG, which according to the Magic Item Rarity table means their value is approximately 5,001-50,000gp. This means that the ...
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Shield Master - Does the reaction to block a Fireball happen before or after the Dexterity saving throw?

The Shield Master feat (PH p.170) grants the following ability: If you are subjected to an effect that allows you to make a Dexterity saving throw to take only half damage, you can use your ...
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D&D 5e personality traits, ideals, bonds and flaws for a Noble Dragonborn Paladin [on hold]

I am new with D&D and now I am playing D&D 5e, playing the campaign of Lost Mines of Phandelver. I am now creating a Dragonborn Paladin with a Noble background. Since this character is level ...
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What types of side effect gives thaumatugy and prestiditigation? [on hold]

It says that casting thaumaturgy and prestiditigation multiple times will give you it's effects, but what are those effects and how many times can I cast them? And if I could know which page I can ...
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For the ability 'Expertise', can you use it more than once on a skill?

Expertise: At 1st level, choose two of your skill proficiencies, or one of your skill proficiencies and your proficiency with thieves’ tools. Your proficiency bonus is doubled for any ability check ...
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What are the choices for proficiency in a musical instrument?

The rules say the following regarding musical instruments (PH p.154): Each type of musical instrument requires a separate proficiency. Since this text is an annotation for the equipment list on ...
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In DnD 5e's lower magic approach, how would the mages of Thay's magic item business work out?

DnD 5e makes magic items much less common than previous editions. Also, the Forgotten Realms are the assumed background even in the Core Rules. One of the most interesting groups in Faerun are the ...
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How does the Wish spell work with spells that interact with material components like Clone, Leomund's Secret Chest, or Magic Jar

I guess it's mostly in the title, but I was curious how Wish works with a spell like Leomund's Secret Chest. Do an exquisite chest and small chest just appear with the wish? Or do you need them? The ...
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Party communication across languages

I'm running the 5e starter set for the first time - remotely - with a bunch of friends. The party speaks a range of languages, and we'll be using Google Chat so each of us will have our computers ...
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Does food change with your Druid form? [closed]

Does food in the Druid form change size with you? Let's say you transform into an Allosaurus, and eat an entire deer, when you transform back would your stomach explode from having a deer in it, or ...
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Can a support combat style be effective without magic?

Is it possible to make a useful combatant who doesn't deal damage (at least not primarily) without relying on magic? Glancing through the spell list, I can see a number of spells capable of indirect ...
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Neverwinter & Sword Coast adventures

We're a new group of D&D 5e players and I've been DMing the Lost Mines of Phandelver with a great deal of success. What I am looking for for my group are a few good resources that will help flesh ...
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Multiclassing and characteristics upgrade [duplicate]

One of my players is currently a rogue level 3, and plans to multi-class to ranger with his next level. The question is: am I right to think he won't get the characteristics upgrade since this only ...
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How does spell slot progression work with multiclassing?

I don't understand how spell slot progression works with a multi-class character. For example, if I had a level 3 melee class, then decided to go multi-class caster, how does the spell slot ...
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Can you cast a spell while holding a shield? [duplicate]

I am a Wizard with 1 multiclass level of Cleric. Can I cast a spell if I have my other hand free? I thought I could but the text of the War Caster feat leads me to believe I might not be able to.
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My 5e character isn't very fun. How do I kill them off?

I'm playing an 8th level Valor bard, and she's basically The Load (warning: TVTropes link) at this point- high-combat campaign, so not a lot of charisma stuff to do, and really doesn't have any ...
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Can a wizard copy prepared spells into a spellbook?

My spellbook got destroyed by water, and the DM decided that was enough for my spellbook to stop working. This means that my Wizard will need a new spellbook, but I still have several spells prepared. ...
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How does shield bashing work in DnD 5E?

I've looked in the DMG and the PHB, but have only found ancillary uses of the shield. The Shield Master feat (PHB, p.170) gives you neat perks, but doesn't act as a weapon (beyond the bonus shove ...
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Which of the Martial Archetypes or multiclassing as a Druid will increase my versatility the most?

In our DnD 5e game, my character is (currently) a level 3 Dragonborn Fighter. Currently, his stats are not something to shake your head at (for his level). 30+ health 17 STR Greatsword (2D6 damage ...
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Are Half-Elves immune to the paralyzing property of a Ghoul's Claw action?

The Ghoul's Claw attack in the Monster Manual (p.148) has the rider of forcing a save or paralyzing a creature if the target: ... is a creature other than an elf or undead ... My question is ...
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Does reapplying Hex cost a spell slot?

The PHB for the spell "Hex" indicates that (5e) If the target drops to 0 hit points before this spell ends, you can use a bonus action on a subsequent turn of yours to curse a new creature. Does ...
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Advice for low-level enemy NPCs [closed]

I'm GMing a game for friends in 5e (first time GMing anything really). Currently, we're running the Mines of Phandelver campaign with pretty good results. However, my players like to test the limits ...