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Dualwielding non-proficient Pact Weapon: are you proficient with the off-hand?

Pact of the Blade states: You are proficient with [your pact weapon] while you wield it. If your PW is a shortsword (or any other non-simple weapon), and you are wielding a regular shortsword in ...
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How should I implement False Appearance?

In the MM, several creatures have the ability False Appearance, which is described with the general structure (emphasis mine) While [the creature] remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from ...
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Which skills can be used passively?

I understand how Insight and Perception can be used passively: for the DM to determine if an enemy Deception or Stealth attempt is successful without alerting the players that someone is deceiving or ...
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Using a familiar to deliver a touch attack?

The last paragraph of the Find Familiar spell contains the following: ...when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. Your ...
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Incorporating expanded crit-range into anydice?

Not sure if this is a valid "tools" question, but here goes: I want to compare a build that can attack 5 times, with a 5% critical chance; to a build that can attack 3 times, but with a 15% critical ...
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What is the maximum HP of a Ranger's animal companion?

Creating a ranger in 5e the feature says "Its hit point maximum equals its normal maximum..." If I have a panther, for example, does that mean it would have 13 hp (the health in the stat block) or 24 ...
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Questions Concerning Hazirawn (Hoard of the Dragon Queen - *Spoilers*)

NOTE: This question contains spoilers regarding HotDQ! I'm about to finish up running a playthrough of Hoard of the Dragon Queen. I have a few questions regarding Hazirawn, the magical greatsword ...
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Can you use Wish to duplicate a spell at a higher level?

In 5E, Wish allows you to duplicate the effects of any spell L8 or lower--does that include a lower-level spell, cast at L8? Say, as a Wizard, casting Heal at L8. I'm leaning towards yes, but it ...
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What are the limits of Glibness concerning Deception?

I was reading the description of the the 8th-level spell Glibness the other day and its wording seemed to be pretty broad in scope. The specific passage I'm interested in is this: Additionally, no ...
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Is there a disadvantage I'm missing to starting outside my “main” class?

I am planning a character as a level 1 Rogue / 19 Wizard. If I take the Rogue level first, I get a bunch of skill, weapon, tool, and armour proficiencies I wouldn't get if I started Wizard and ...
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Who wears the purple robes?

Hoard of the Dragon Queen features a cult whose leaders wear purple robes, but even though the adventure presents that as an important character detail, I can’t figure out from the text which ...
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When a Book of Shadows is replaced due to loss, are rituals that were inscribed in it lost?

While reading through Player's Handbook 5-th edition Warlock class, I found this paragraph: If you lose your Book of Shadows, you can perform a 1-hour ceremony to receive a replacement from your ...
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D&D 5th edition questions [on hold]

A group of friends and myself are starting up D&D for the first time. So we are starting with the 5th edition since it's the latest edition. Now I am currently building my character and I am ...
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Can you maintain concentration on a spell from another plane?

Here are two scenarios: A powerful enemy caster is concentrating on some high-level offensive spell (Incendiary Cloud, Earthquake, etc.)--one PC casts Banishment and the caster fails the save. Can ...
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Is the Alert Feat always better than an Ability Score Improvement?

I'm close to getting a 4th level of Assassin Rogue with a character I'm playing and I'm torn between picking up the Alert feat or improving an Ability Score (i.e. +2 Dexterity) so: Which is best, an ...
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Can Wizards wear cloaks and capes instead of robes?

Can wizards wear cloaks or capes instead of robes? I know armor is not allowed because it prevents the movement needed to perform spells but a cloak or a cape is not specified in the PHB, at least not ...
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Acquiring a spellbook without being a Wizard

Is there any way for an arcane spell-casting class other than wizard to obtain and use a spellbook without multi-classing into wizard? I'm interested in this because a campaign my group is currently ...
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How do characters retreat from an encounter?

5e Starter Set spoilers below How do I handle a retreat and/or pursuit in this case? I guess I could keep "shifting" the grid over so they never get to the end of the world so to speak, but how ...
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Can a spellbook contain cantrips?

Is it possible for cantrips to be written in a spellbook? Their description suggests not, as well as the fact that the Wizard's cantrips are 'known' rather than being in their spellbook. For example, ...
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Can a player controlled Dire Wolf carry another character?

A druid in my game can wild shape into a Dire Wolf, which is really handy when you want to run the hell out of somewhere. The question is, can a large beast pick up a willing human in its mouth? Can ...
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How to ease down the munchkin factor?

I've been playing RPGs since the early eighties and have come to terms with the fact that not everyone enjoys this hobby for the same reasons as myself. I'm into it for the sake of the adventure, the ...
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Does casting a spell from an item count as casting a spell?

In the released DM basic rules, Lost Mine of Phandelver, Hoard of the Dragon Queen, and the DMG teaser there are wands, staves, and rings that you can use to cast spells. Do abilities that trigger ...
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What is a “Melee Spell Attack” and how does it differ from a regular spell?

In 5e a lot of the spells in both the Monster Manual and PHB talk about a spell being a "melee spell attack". Is this simply to do with the range of the spell or are there additional rules to rolling? ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...