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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Character abandoning the party

I have recently started my first D&D game using 5th edition (I'm the DM). For our first few sessions everything worked fine. The players all had fun and their characters were all developing. ...
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Support character for a primarily melee centric party to reduce downtime?

We have a party made up of a vengeance paladin, a moon druid, and an eldritch knight. What options are available for support characters specifically to help reduce downtime for the party? I'm ...
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What determines monster proficiency for skills not listed in the Monster Manual?

For each creature in the Monster Manual, a few special cases are listed for skill checks if applicable. For every other skill check, how do you determine whether the monster has proficiency? (...
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Can the DM choose to always attack me instead of my mount?

I've been trying to work out the whole "Combat while mounted" thing in 5e. My biggest question is this, if I am up against a monster (or a few), does the DM roll to see if the monster will attack me ...
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How would magic effect mass warfare? [on hold]

In the campaign world of Forgotten Realms, how could mass warfare be conducted between city states? What magical options exist in 5th edition assuming the number of medium and high level NPCs is ...
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Drow Charisma over Intelligence

The Player's Handbook says that Drow can use magic, which allows them to cast the cantrip Dancing Lights, as well as cast Faerie Fire at level three and Darkness at level five. It says that Charisma ...
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Why does Intelligence seem so useless in 5e? [on hold]

Of the base stats, it seems that some are more generally useful than others. It's a common observation that Dexterity is more useful than Strength, as an example. However, the thing that's bugging me ...
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Is the game unbalanced without inspiration?

In the 5e game I am playing in, we tend to ignore inspiration (we simply don't use it, it is never awarded). While inspiration is not an optional rule, the phb states the following (emphasis mine): ...
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What grade is required of gems used as spell material components?

Quite a few higher-level spells require x GP of gemstone or gemstone dust in order to cast -- I will not bother listing them here, as it'd just take up space in the question. However, the value of a ...
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How might a dex Fighter multiclass to maximize AC and damage per round?

I have a level 6 TWF monster hunter in a Curse of Strahd campaign. Quick summary of monster hunter: it's a new fighter archetype (hence TWF), it gets superiority dice to use on attack/damage and a ...
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Is “Bowgentle's Fleeting Jorney” overpowered as a 5th-level spell?

Bowgentle's Book from “Pages From the Mages” makes a cameo in Lost Mine of Phandelver in the D&D 5th Edition Starter Set. If the characters ever find this book, it will contain a couple of unique ...
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Which Paladin's Sacred Oath does the most damage?

This is my first time playing a Paladin. He just reached Level 3 and I am torn between all the Sacred Oaths. They all seem to have their advantages and disadvantages. I use the Great Weapon fighting ...
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What are the movement restrictions caused by natural webs?

In relation to the monster ability web walker, in this case from a giant spider: Web Walker. The spider ignores movement restrictions caused by webbing. The only other mentions I can find of ...
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How big is a 50 gp diamond?

The material requirement for the spell chromatic orb is a diamond worth at least 50 gp, but in the Dungeon Master's Guide a diamond is listed under the 500 gp gem list. How small would a diamond be ...
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Is there a reason that there are no magic items that set charisma, wisdom or dexterity to 19?

The DMG provides the following stat-increase items: Gauntlet of Ogre Power (Strength) Headband of Intellect (Intelligence) Amulet of Health (Constitution) Each of those set a stat to "19" unless ...
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Can you move or speak while paralyzed?

I've seen in the rules for the Paralyzed condition that you can't move or speak while affected. Since it doesn't say "nor," I assume that you are either unable to speak or unable to move. So I wanted ...
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What makes a weapon magical, for the purpose of immunity to non-magical weapons?

I am planning on having an encounter with a monster that has immunity to basically any attack from a non-magical weapon. Now, my players mostly have weapons with magical qualities, but they are not ...
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What is the spellcasting modifier of a spell cast from a magic item?

I'm making some fun magical items and one of the effects is that it can cast a 2nd level spell, scorching ray, and the spell description says, "Make a ranged spell attack for each ray." But what if a ...
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How do I add an animal companion in Hero Lab for 5th Edition D&D?

My group is playing D&D 5E, and as DM I use Hero Lab to manage the character sheets because I find it easy to use (normally), and it can be used via tablets, which saves on ink and paper cost. ...
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Are Erinyes' Hellish Weapons poisonous in a PC's hands?

So the entry for Erinyes has the following: Hellish Weapons. The erinyes's weapon attacks are magical and deal an extra 13 (3d8) poison damage on a hit (included in the attacks). Then we ...
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Without home brew, are there ways of carrying illusions?

I'm playing an illusionist wizard that is going to be level 11 soon. As the ability of a level 6 illusionist wizard states: Malleable Illusions: Starting at 6th level, when you cast an illusion ...
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Is a spell's area set before damage is applied?

Triggered by the question about a fireball in a box, I was curious as to what the specific order of operations is with respect to spell resolution. I have been unable to find any information which ...
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What do I do with a player who's always trying to go out on their own to farm XP?

This is my first time being a DM, and one of my players (the reason I became a DM), is constantly going out on their own, hunting or stealthing ahead of the group, to kill things before any one else ...
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Do Fireballs generate explosive force?

My reading of the rules concerning Fireball and Delayed Fireball in 5e work it out to be something along the lines of "the caster picks a point in space, and when the spell goes off (or after some ...
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Can a mute warlock make normal use of the Voice of the Chain Master class feature?

I just made a warlock that has The Great old one as his patron, and Pact of the chain, However I wanted to make the warlock a mute Through losing his tongue(only communicating through his Awakened ...
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Is there light inside a Bag of Holding?

My question is fairly simple: is there light inside a bag of holding? I'm asking this because I'm trying to do a passive run and I plan on storing unconscious enemies in the bag. I know that living ...
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Is a map/grid required for all actions?

I'm playing 5th edition D&D as the Dungeon Master for my son and his friends, and I have never played the game before. Is a map/grid required for all actions? If, say, one of the players is ...
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How much can a pteranodon lift?

I've looked through the Monster Manual for clues but I can't seem to find anything concrete about how much a pteranodon (or any other flying creature for that matter) can lift while flying. They have ...
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Given enough time, can a wizard transmute a living creature?

As a DM, I was involved in running a couple of one offs with a large group of people who were new to D&D. The group consisted of a couple of DMs who each ran there own little session with a couple ...
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How does Spirit Guardians impact available movement for affected creatures?

For the spell Spirit Guardians, which has a 15' radius, An affected creature’s speed is halved in the area. If a creature with normal speed 30 entered the area after moving 15 feet, what is its ...
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Sneak attacks per round [duplicate]

I attacked someone that is prone. So I attack with advantage plus sneak attack. Then in his turn he leaves my space which grants me an opportunity attack. Here's my question: does that opportunity ...
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Does Curse of the Evil Eye affect all saving throws and ability checks?

We have the below snippet from the description of the Curse of the Evil Eye ability from Fomorian's statblock. (MM. Page 136) ...On a failed save, the creature is also cursed with magical ...
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How can I convert the combat stats of an XD20 module to D&D 5E?

I picked up XDM: Quest for the Tavern the other day, because I like the idea of a dungeon co-written by a webcomic artist and the guy who runs the Killer Breakfast. The problem is that I'd like to run ...
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Varying Success When Casting Difficult Spells

I am trying to adapt D&D 5e to a Harry Potter setting,* basically creating an adventuring group of wizards.† For the most part, I've matched up Harry Potter magic with D&D schools and ...
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Can you move and act with the Ready action?

I am trying to understand the Find Familiar spell and its interaction with the Ready action. The PHB reads about Ready: First, you decide what perceivable circumstance will trigger your reaction. ...
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What are the benefits of having a mount?

Regarding mounts, especially gained through Find Steed: They have only a few simple actions, without even Help let alone Attack. The spells you can share with them are almost only buffs to keep them ...
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Can an unconscious person drink a potion?

PHB 153 reads: Potion of Healing. A character who drinks the magical red fluid in this vial regains 2d4 + 2 hit points. Drinking or administering a potion takes an action. By my ...
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Tempest Cleric: when does Wrath of the Storm trigger? [duplicate]

I had a question regarding this ability and what causes it to trigger. It says a 'hit' but does a hit necessarily include a damage roll or does this include when an attack is above the character's ...
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Can you use the 5e spell Telekinesis to attack with a weapon?

I'm looking over the rules for telekinesis, and it leaves me wondering based on the RAW. It says this: … You can try to move an object that weighs up to 1,000 pounds. If the object isn't ...
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Is the draconic sorcerer's elemental affinity damage halved when a spell's damage is halved?

As the title says, is the damage from a draconic sorcerer's elemental affinity halved when a spell's damage is halved? For example, if a target of the fireball spell makes their save.
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As a 5e Vengeance Paladin, how do I get a bonus action? [duplicate]

super nooby question. I just started playing and have noticed that the paladin class has spells with a cast time of '1 bonus action'. So...how do I gain the ability to take a Bonus Action?
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Can a ring be an arcane focus?

I want to make a D&D criminal sorcerer, whose story would be that he scammed a ring off a novice mage, and that ring then gave him his magical powers. Would it be valid to use this ring as an ...
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Can I transfer Hex to another target after it died even if it had Animate Dead cast on it after?

Say I cast hex on a target, and curse the creature with disadvantage to ability checks with dexterity. After the creature is killed by dropping to 0 hit points, a member of my party casts animate ...
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What happens when I dismount my steed after sharing an AoE spell with it?

The spell Spirit Guardians is a 15' AoE spell with a range of Self, and it is a Concentration spell that lasts for 10 minutes. (PHB, 278) Find Steed includes the following: (PHB, 240) While ...
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Is there a name for putting OP enemies against OP characters?

Suppose that a DM realizes that the PCs became OP due to several reasons (optimization, lucky rolls, too many magic items) and battles that are supposed to be deadly became easy. Then, he decides to ...
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How do you determine hit points in 5e for custom monsters?

Before anyone says it, I did look in the DMG. The table listed there is, as far as I'm concerned, completely useless if one's starting from a certain CR. The hit points column puts down a range of hit ...
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How can I convert enemies from D&D 3.5e to 5e?

I'm trying to convert The Forgotten Forge from the back of the Eberron book into 5th Edition to run it, and right now I'm trying to get the enemies inside it converted over, using the UA article as a ...
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Is it possible to stuff a Bag of Holding inside another Bag of Holding?

And then stuff that Bag of Holding into another Bag of Holding, and so on ad infinitum? Earlier editions of D&D prohibit this. I haven't found similar rules for 5th edition, but perhaps I'm ...
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Extremely Heavy Weight [duplicate]

RAW, is there anything that explicitly states what happens to a creature (either PC or monster) when a weight that exceeds their carry capacity is suddenly dropped on them? EDIT: The intent is to ...
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How does the warcaster feat interact with arcane spells, and Eldritch Knight's use of war magic?

I know war caster negates the need of a free hand for somatic components, but it's not negating the need of an extra limb for manipulating materials! (I know you can use the same hand for both ...