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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Poisons? How do they work? (Crafting)

So I have been playing D&D for some while now, since 3.5 (skipped 4e) and crafting in D&D has always been something I detest as its REALLY poorly handled in my opinion as a game designer ...
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How to introduce new group [on hold]

I have a new group of players and I would like to have them meet. I really want to try something new over "you are old aquaintences. Now begin". Any stories or reference material's?
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How do I get my PC's interested in the Hoard of the Dragon Queen? [on hold]

I have Hoard of the Dragon Queen and I'm concerned my new PC's are going to be bored. What do you do as a GM to keep players interested? Real players Player charcters (Unfortunately we just rolled ...
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May I end my turn in mid-air? [duplicate]

Inspired by Can you jump in combat?, along with answers and comments, where the assertion made by many seems to be "yes, you drop to the ground at the end of your turn." However, I'm not so sure it's ...
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Does Hex stack with (each) Scorching Ray?

If I use Hex (PHB p251) on a target and then hit it with all three rays making up Scorching Ray (PHB p273), do I add the extra 1d6 necrotic damage to EACH ray that hits, or do I only add a single 1d6 ...
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How many spells does a level 3 Tiefling Warlock have?

Tried reading through the PHB, and every post here, but no luck! I'm a level 3 Tiefling Warlock and so: Infernal Legacy says I know the Thaumaturgy cantrip. My Otherworldly Patron is Fiend and "the ...
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Are there crafting rules for incorporating or embedding magic items into other objects?

Are there any rules regarding the possibility of a character who wants to embed, for instance, an immovable rod into the handle of a spear? What about other magic items—something like the Rod of the ...
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What happens if I Minor Conjuration an object I have seen - but didn't know it was magical?

Say I see an object. I try to replicate it with Minor Conjuration. But I was unaware it was a magic object. What will happen? The limitations define a non-magical object I have seen. Does this then ...
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Can I employ Relentless Endurance while in Wild Shape?

As a Half-Orc I have Relentless Endurance: Relentless Endurance When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. You can't use this feature again ...
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Does “Speak with Dead” work with (well preserved) skeletons?

The spell Speak with Dead says that we can talk with a dead corpse. Does that mean it only works with bodies of people who were recently killed? A body that was not yet completely rotten? I was ...
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What happens when multiple Eldritch Knights bond to the same weapon?

One of my players is an Eldritch Knight. She is bound to her magical weapon. The rule clearly says that one knight can be bonded to a maximum of two weapons. However, it does not look like there is a ...
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If a skeleton learns a language, can it speak it?

The skeleton description says that while it cannot speak it, it can understand the languages it knew in life. Can it not speak because of its undeath or could it learn to speak a language?
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How do you get a published adventure started? [on hold]

I have a bit of experience playing 3.x with some friends. But I wanted to make the plunge into 5e for a couple reasons. A couple of the players I didn't want to include (due to always having to have ...
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Is there any benefits of TWF with hand crossbow and sword? [on hold]

I want to be like spacemarine with gun in one hand and sword in other hand =)
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My DM asked me to betray the party; How do I beat them? [on hold]

After we chose classes but before we really solidified our character sheets, my DM privately messaged me and asked if I wouldn't mind playing the part of the double agent sent to infiltrate and, at ...
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If a spell is cast using a higher level spell slot, can it be overchanneled?

If my level 14 evocation wizard were to cast a fireball using a seventh level spell slot, would he be able to maximise the damage with overchannel despite the overchannel feature indicating that the ...
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What is psionics?

Psionics is a source of power that originates from within a creature’s mind, allowing it to augment its physical abilities and affect the minds of other creatures. ~from Unearthed Arcana: ...
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In D&D 5th edition, does one have to confirm a critical hit?

In D&D 3.5, one scored a critical threat, and then had to confirm the crit by hitting the monster's armor class again. In D&D 5th edition, it does not explicitly state that crits have to be ...
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How to house rule a 5E flying mount that turns hostile? [on hold]

My party is on borrowed mounts for a flying hunt. Unbeknownst to them, the "hosts" are aware of them as antagonists. I intend to have the hosts tell the flying mounts to dismount the party when they ...
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Does a Draconic Ancestry Sorcerer's Elemental Affinity apply to a Dragonborn's Breath Weapon?

I'm asking this after looking at the pregen characters on the Wizard's website. http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/character_sheets The first one, the Dragonborn Sorcerer, gains Elemental ...
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Does Arcane Lock Make An Object More Resistant to Damage?

Arcane Lock says that it increases the DC of checks to break the object or pick any of its locks by 10. However, there is no listed increase in the object's AC or HP. Does this mean that a character ...
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Does a Barbarian's Feral Instinct prevent him from being surprised?

At 7th level, a Barbarian gains Feral Instinct: Feral Instinct ... If you are surprised at the beginning of combat and aren't incapacitated, you can act normally on your first turn, but ...
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Does Hellish Rebuke set nearby creatures on fire?

If someone casts Hellish Rebuke on someone, does anyone in contact with the target catch on fire too? You point your finger, and the creature that damaged you is momentarily surrounded by hellish ...
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Can more than one Battle Master maneuver be used in the same attack?

Some of the battle master maneuvers can be used whenever you make a weapon attack. My question is, could I use multiple superiority dice and do multiple maneuvers with a single strike?
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Porting 4e Assassin to 5e [closed]

My DM and I are trying to port a Drow Night Stalker Assassin, as released on Dragon magazine 379, from 4e to 5e, but we're having some troubles. As we see it, using the Pact of Blade Warlock as bases ...
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What goes into making a good megadungeon setting [closed]

From reading some other posts, I've seen people talking about megadungeons. Due to people not always being able to attend, one of our GMs moving away for work, and the other strictly doing intensive ...
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As a level 4 Barbarian/Level 16 Fighter how many total ability point increases does my character receive?

I calculate it as seven 1 from Barbarian level 4 and then 6 from 16 levels in Fighter "When you reach 4th level, and again at 6th, 8th, 12th, 14th, 16th, and 19th level" Someone keeps telling me it's ...
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Protecting my character's secret Identity [closed]

I am going to be playing a Bard in a new 5e Campaign (my first 5e game). I am going to be running a custom bard Archetype (that I'm about halfway through making atm), that focuses solely on creating ...
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How can I make a CR 4 monster based on a player class (e.g. Sorcerer)?

I'd like to create a villain that can take on a party of level 4 characters all by herself. In other words, if she were a standard monster, she would have a Challenge Rating of 4. What's the right ...
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Do any fighting styles affect an unarmed strike?

If I multiclass from a monk into a fighter, do any of the Fighting styles apply to my unarmed strike?
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How can I have a campaign where not everyone shows up to each session? [closed]

I'm starting a D&D (5e) club at my school. As most high schoolers don't show up to every club meeting, how can I account for this in creating parties? The club will likely have 20+ members, so ...
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For the purpose of magic immunity, does Counterspell target the caster or the spell?

In the MM it states that the rakshasa is immune to magic of 6th level or lower. Does this include the counterspell spell or does counterspell target the spell and not the creature?
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Extra Attack + Horde Breaker = 3 attacks, total?

In considering the Ranger class, a fundamental question comes to mind that I wanted to run past the forum. Let's say a 5th level ranger has an Extra Attack and the Horde Breaker skill. Is he able to ...
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Resource with Monsters Listed by Type?

I just bought the Monster Manual and the Dungeon Masters Guide. I noticed that Monsters are organized by CR and locations but not by type. Is there any resource that lists Monsters by type so I can ...
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During D&D 5e's different design iterations, were Assassins ever different?

I am running Hoard of the Dragon Queen for my players. I am currently preparing the next session and am reading "Episode 4: On the Road". The event No Room at the Inn (page 36) mentions an encounter ...
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What overpowered combinations would be available if I allow a bonus action to be used in place of a standard action?

It has come up in game a couple of times that a player might want to cast a spell that has a casting time of 1 bonus action using their "main" action (if they have another bonus action they also want ...
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Can I be a follower of an evil god and not be evil?

I'm playing a warlock, a follower of the old god Cthulhu (chaotic evil). My character is chaotic neutral, and has been doing some not-so-neutral things (in my opinion). My patron god is a big part of ...
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Is this battlemaster houserule balanced?

I don't like the fact that a battlemaster can burn through his superiority dice in the first two rounds, and is forced to wait until the next short rest to use them again. So I'm considering the ...
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Can Nystul's Magic Aura Make You Immune To Dominate Person?

Nystul's Magic Aura can make it so that magic and spells treat a creature as though it were another creature type. However the extent of this effect is ambiguous. At first, it says the following, ...
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Does the Sharpshooter feat work on ranged spells that require an attack roll?

I had a player ask me whether Sharpshooter works on spells and I wasn't entirely sure. It says “ranged weapon attacks”, but I'm not sure if an Eldritch Blast counts as a ranged weapon attack. I'm ...
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I Roll To Seduce The Dragon! (or, Do Dragon Ancestry and Expertise Stack?)

Lets say there exist some enterprising young bard 3/ sorcerer 1 named Kirk. Deciding to uphold (long past) family tradition, he has chosen to go out and have a little half-dragon of his own. He ...
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DM experience points? [closed]

Since I'm starting to DM for a group of friends but still would like to join them in some other adventures DMd by someone else I was wondering if there was a way I could get XP for my character ...
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Can an Unseen Servant administer a potion during combat?

If I have a Unseen Servant, could I leave a bucket of potions of healing in the back and direct him to administer them to people? For example, could an unseen servant execute the command "Pour this ...
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What happens if you make an impossible wish

What would happen if someone were to use a wish spell to request something that is literally impossible? For example, the resurrection of someone who is not dead. Would the spell simply be wasted, or ...
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What happens when Wild Shape/Polymorph runs out in a space that's too small?

So in a 5e campaign I'm running, the party Druid has recently been doing some scouting of the local monster caves in spider form to avoid notice. I've also described how the goblins and kobolds who ...
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Does Dueling Fighting Style apply to thrown weapons?

PHB p. 72 (and others) Dueling When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon. PHB p.147 Thrown. If a weapon ...
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How do I know which Attack a creature would use for an Opportunity Attack?

Take for example a Ruffian CR 1/2 creature, he has a Multiattack Action of 2 Shortswords both with a reach of 5 ft so when something provokes an Opportunity Attack against it, it is obvious that the ...
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Is there a playtested house rule for prone that makes its usefulness less dependent on initiative order?

As discussed somewhat in Is knocking someone prone worth it? the advantages of knocking prone are rather situational, and in particular, depend a lot on where you and the enemy you want to knock prone ...
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Does the Staff of Defense count as an arcane focus?

I thought the Staff of Defense from the start set should count as an arcane focus, but a few people have disagreed with me. I'm wondering if there's any explicit information out there, because most ...
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How fragile are Minor Conjurations?

The School of Conjuration grants a Wizard the Minor Conjuration feature: [...] you can use your action to conjure up an inanimate object in your hand or on the ground in an unoccupied space that ...