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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (4)

3
votes
1answer
202 views

Two Weapon fighting, Heavy weapons

First off I'm pretty new to D&D, starting off in 5e, so if all my ideas are completely wrong please forgive me. I love the idea of Two-weapon fighting, and tinkering around with it. My character ...
0
votes
0answers
48 views

Ideas for Challenges to face in a One Shot [on hold]

I'm a first time DM writing a one shot campaign for four players. I'm using a simplified version of 5e, same mechanics but simpler and no magic anywhere in the world. It's essentially medieval fiction,...
3
votes
1answer
128 views

Where is the cost for adamantine and cold forged iron weapons? [duplicate]

I've been up and down the indexes but I can't seem to find this. There are monsters that are vulnerable to adamantine, silver, and I think cold forged iron, but I can only find rules for the creation ...
0
votes
2answers
152 views

Are there rules regarding a found Warlock grimoire? [on hold]

I'm currently playing a 'pact of the tome' Warlock in a 5e campaign. In our last session, we were exploring an ancient library and my character managed to find an item that the DM described as a ...
8
votes
1answer
200 views

Where are the giant lizards in this chapter of Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Hoard of the Dragon Queen indicates that there are giant lizards The table in question contains: but no giant lizards. I skimmed the chapter a few times and couldn't find anything more on it. ...
7
votes
1answer
197 views

Thunderbolt Strike + Find Familiar + Shocking Grasp

I'm planning to roll an Eldritch Knight Fighter 6/Tempest Domain Cleric 14. I can get shocking grasp and find familiar from EK fighter at lvl 3. I also know that my Familiar can use Shocking Grasp on ...
19
votes
3answers
2k views

What skill gives knowledge of undead?

In a recent D&D 5e session, the issue came up where the party wanted to identify an undead creature, along with its strengths and weaknesses. The party Wizard wanted to use the skill he was ...
4
votes
0answers
76 views

Is there an official rule for minimum damage on a landing hit? [duplicate]

As discussed here, a negative modifier should always be applied to a damage roll. However, it is suggested in the answer that the minimum damage should be 1. I'd like to know if there's an official ...
0
votes
0answers
88 views

Is there a game mechanism to transition from DnD 4e to DnD 5e? [on hold]

I realize WotC has moved on, but my group started late (Dec. '14) with 4e. I was amazed there wasn't a full campaign setting available for what I now know as 'Points of Light'. Is there any good ...
4
votes
2answers
492 views

Is there any D&D 5e art for the Acolyte background/monster?

I run a lot of adventures on roll20, and I do my best to use official D&D art for my monsters to match the feel of the world I am trying to represent. Currently, I'm doing stats for an Acolyte, ...
17
votes
1answer
2k views

Stats of a Sheep

Effect 77-78 of the wild magic surge table in the Player's Handbook states: You cast polymorph on yourself. If you fail the saving throw, you turn into a sheep for the spell's duration. ...
2
votes
1answer
149 views

As the only player with prior knowlege in an otherwise new group, should I be the DM or a player? [on hold]

I'm going to be participating in a game with a group of people looking to play 5th ed online. (probably using Tabletop Simulator or Roll20) I'm the only person in this group who has played D&D ...
3
votes
1answer
123 views

What's the point of the disarm action? [duplicate]

The Disarm action is designed to knock an object out of the holder's hand and presumably into the holder's space. Because enemies aren't allowed to enter that space, nobody will be able to pick up the ...
16
votes
5answers
400 views

Does Green-Flame Blade damage the caster if no other targets are available?

Green-Flame Blade reads: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell’s range, otherwise the spell fails. On a ...
2
votes
2answers
213 views

How do you distinguish between magic effects that bypass immunity and those that don't?

This question was triggered by a question with respect to punching with Ogre Gauntlets and counting the unarmed attack as a magical attack for purposes of bypassing immunity. Basically, it goes like ...
0
votes
1answer
102 views

Feat planning breakdown for Half - Orc fighter. balance of damage and AC tank for Sword and Board Champion Fighter

Im new to D&D (just started 2 weeks ago) playing Curse of Strahd tier 1 I'm going to be hitting level 4 soon on Half-Orc Champion with Soldier background. my stats currently are: (orc racial ...
5
votes
1answer
172 views

Can I sneak attack with Green-Flame Blade or Booming Blade?

Most spells can't be combined with sneak attack because 5e sneak attack specifies a finesse or ranged weapon attack. However, booming blade and green-flame blade require you to "…make a melee attack ...
3
votes
2answers
369 views

When I use my short sword to Inflict Wounds, do I use my Dex or Wis mod?

When making a melee attack with inflict wounds, do you use your Strength (or Dexterity, if you're using a finesse weapon), on the attack roll or do you use your Wisdom mod? I'm playing a rogue/cleric ...
6
votes
1answer
298 views

What is a “readiness” level?

Page 22 of Hoard of the Dragon Queen contains the following text (emphasis mine): Determine surprise normally; the dragonclaws' readiness is high. I checked the PHB and SRD for information on "...
4
votes
3answers
179 views

Bonus Action Timing - When is it specified?

The PHB States: You choose when to take a bonus action during your turn, unless the bonus action’s timing is specified, and anything that deprives you of your ability to take actions also prevents ...
4
votes
2answers
613 views

Are punches with Gauntlets of Ogre Strength magical, improvised weapon attacks?

My Gnoll Paladin just got the Gauntlets of Ogre Strength from Phandelver the other day, and it got me wondering: Would it be possible/make sense for punches using them to count as an improvised ...
3
votes
1answer
98 views

What resources are available for DMs running high-level encounters, in particular tips for running high-level combats? [on hold]

My ongoing campaign has hit the third tier of play, with characters from 13th to 15th level. The published materials that I've seen top out at 15th level. I started out using materials from published ...
10
votes
3answers
379 views
+50

Rules for Stranglers

Does anyone have any play-tested house rules for dealing with attempts to strangle a (not helpless) creature to death? Suffocating, per the rules As far as I see, the only guidance in the rules ...
0
votes
1answer
151 views

D&D 5e Feats - Blade Mastery [closed]

Hello. last week,(week of june 12 2016) the Feat - Blade Mastery was removed from the wikia section on feats. but a week before that it was there. my question is, is it removed? and cant be used in an ...
3
votes
3answers
332 views

Could a campaign become demotivating, if there are too many options? [on hold]

For our last session I decided to put in a sidequest for my group expecting them to just finish it as they get it. But they were in different interests, while some of the characters (or actually the ...
7
votes
1answer
406 views

Where can I find an exhaustive (and constantly updating) list of 5e reference and adventure books?

When I started D&D, I bought the PHB, MM, and DMG, of course. And not too long after that I picked up Tyranny of Dragons and Out of the Abyss. I haven't checked in for a while and I'm suddenly ...
6
votes
1answer
438 views

Have the designers said why they did not include XP loss?

There seem to be no spells that cost XP, creating magic items doesn't cost XP, and monsters don't drain levels. The first two, at least, were significant considerations in 3.5. I can speculate, but do ...
-3
votes
2answers
240 views

Is there a way to leave melee combat without causing OA?

As the title says. Is there a way for a character to leave melee combat without causing opportunity attacks? Do they have to make an athletics or acrobatics check to do so?
17
votes
2answers
2k views

Is there a lore-based reason for verbal components in arcane spellcasting?

Somatic components are addressed more or less in the PHB with: The caster plucks directly at the strands ofthe Weave to create the desired effect and Whenever a magic effect is created, ...
11
votes
8answers
517 views

How can I effectively track changes in alignment?

In my game, I have decided that alignment will play a larger role than it does in most others. Players declare their 'intended alignment' at character creation by writing it in their alignment box. ...
25
votes
8answers
5k views

How to suggest to my DM that the climbing challenge may have been a bit extreme

Last session we had a particularly convoluted climbing challenge. There was a 50' tall cliff and we wanted to scale it to get to cut out a considerable section of the road. The DM had each party ...
7
votes
1answer
678 views

Which feat to pick at 4th level to maximize damage for a sword-and-board duelist Vengeance paladin?

I'm going to be hitting level 4 soon on my Tiefling Oath of Vengeance Paladin with Soldier background. His stats currently are: STR: 15 / DEX: 13/ CON: 13 / INT: 10 / WIS: 10 / CHA: 15 (we did the ...
0
votes
1answer
197 views

War Magic and Extra Attack? Can it work? [duplicate]

I'm asking if when I use extra attack, can I attack then cast a spell then bonus attack?
5
votes
1answer
245 views

Do Shadow Monks need to carry around a piece of fleece in order to use their Minor Illusion?

The 3rd-level Way of Shadow Monk ability, Shadow Arts, gives the monk access to certain spells. It reads as follows: Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you can use your ki to ...
2
votes
3answers
214 views

Imp familiars Invisibility affecting a PC

This is a follow up question to my original question Could a Halfling Warlock Ride a Pseudodragon? The answer was No, riding a familiar cannot be done because of the size rule about mounts. But it ...
5
votes
1answer
261 views

How does Mending interact with corroded weapons?

The Black Pudding's Corrosive Form contains the following text: Any nonmagical weapon made of metal or wood that hits the pudding corrodes. After dealing damage, the weapon takes a permanent and ...
18
votes
5answers
4k views

Rule of Cool with a Flail… what limitation should be there?

So we've recently had our first D&D session, a small something I wrote a few years back. No major issues (besides half-orcs with an evil alliance helping people, but it was more of a "this is what ...
5
votes
1answer
173 views

Portable Hole and Symbol interaction

If symbol is cast upon an object it cannot be moved more than 10ft from where it was cast without being dispelled. Is there anything that would prevent a cleric from jumping into a portable hole and ...
5
votes
5answers
276 views

When does a Tempest cleric have to choose to use Destructive Wrath?

The Tempest Domain gives the ability Channel Divinity: Destructive Wrath, which says: When you roll lightning or thunder damage, you can use your Channel Divinity to deal maximum damage, instead ...
28
votes
11answers
13k views

One of my players is trying to cast a spell that isn't in the handbook, and he hasn't told me how his character knows it

One of my players is playing a sorcerer, and during an encounter with some medusa, he decided to channel his magical energies into a bolt of energy. He hasn't done anything like this before, and he ...
10
votes
1answer
748 views

Can Planar Binding an earth elemental then using Meld With Stone be used to create mecha?

Would the following sequence of steps result in my druid being able to make humongous mecha without homebrew? Summon Elemental(Earth) Use Planar Binding on said elemental Order elemental to conform ...
16
votes
4answers
3k views

Can you cast a stealth spell on a vehicle?

Our party is traveling through the desert in a boat-like vehicle and we want to hide its tracks. We're not sure how to do that. Right now we're looking at spells that might help such as pass without ...
4
votes
1answer
208 views

Does a Saber-Toothed Tiger's Pounce grant it an immediate Bite attack?

The Saber-Toothed Tiger's Pounce feature is as follows: Pounce. If the tiger moves at least 20 feet straight toward a creature and then hits it with a claw attack on the same turn, that target ...
4
votes
2answers
369 views

Magic User moves, then touches (spell attack), then moves again

If a magic user wants to move 10 feet toward a monster, touch it for a spell attack, and then move back 10 feet, does the monster get an opportunity attack when the magic user moves back? Or can the ...
2
votes
1answer
164 views

Do monks add their ability modifier to their additional attacks?

Starting at first level monks can use their Martial Arts ability to make an unarmed strike as a bonus action (and later they get more than one attack with Flurry of Blows). When you use the Attack ...
3
votes
1answer
266 views

How to use Gestalt in 5th edition? [closed]

The Gestalt is a pretty nice feature from 3.5 edition, allowing to pick 2 classes for every character level. I couldn't find any information about it in Player's Handbook and neither in Game Master's ...
11
votes
3answers
403 views

Given this specific land and business, what can the PCs expect to earn from it?

In The Lost Mine of Phandelver, So given this land and property plus the specific feature connected with it, what can the net outcome of it expected to be? I have no clue and the official material ...
9
votes
4answers
1k views

What does Menzoberranzan look like?

Running a 5e campaign, I know a lot has changed about Menzo. For instance Lolth is no longer the sole power with her children coming back. My campaign is taking us to Menzoberranzan, but I don't ...
9
votes
2answers
457 views

Can chromatic dragons potentially learn Change Shape? [duplicate]

As far as I remember, only the Ancient metallic dragons have it listed in the Monster Manual, but could all dragons potentially learn to Change Shape? As a note, this is a homebrew world so I'm aware ...
4
votes
1answer
383 views

Could a Halfling Warlock Ride a Pseudodragon?

What I would like to know is, can I ride a pseudodragon or get carried ( by its feetclaws) by an Imp. Without taking any attack penalties. Not really looking for cover bonuses. I have a Halfling ...