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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How can I make weapons of differing quality?

I'm building a fantasy world for D&D 5th edition, in which different races have different crafting abilities - the human kingdom has a monopoly on the creation of magic items, but they're trading ...
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How much damage do torches used as improvised weapons do?

I'm trying to get to the bottom of using a torch as an improvised weapon in 5e D&D. Moving from the more to the less certain: If you make a melee attack with a burning torch and hit, it deals ...
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Do creatures summoned by Conjure Animals/Woodland Beings act on the round they are summoned?

When a druid summons creatures using the Conjure Animals/Woodland Beings spells, do the creatures act that round or not till the following round? The spell text doesn't seem to specify: Roll ...
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Does a wyvern have disadvantage when making a bite attack against a prone target 10' away?

In the rules for the prone condition, it states: An attack roll against the [prone] creature has advantage if the attacker is within 5 feet of the creature. Otherwise, the attack roll has ...
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Can you make a grapple attack as an Attack of Opportunity

This came up in a game I was in the other day, so I'm curious as to know what people think. A gnome was attempting to flee past us up the stairs and I declared that I'd like to try and stop him, by ...
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Can a patron revoke warlock's powers?

I would like to know whether a warlock can directly confront his patron without risking to lose his powers. And generally in which case the patron is allowed can take his "gift" back. I've tries ...
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Does the Eldritch Knight need the Warcaster feat to cast spells when using 2h or sword/shield?

Many of the spells that an Eldritch Knight can cast have a somatic component. If I am playing as an Eldritch Knight with a two-handed sword or weapon/shield combo, would I require the Warcaster feat? ...
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Do you get disadvantage attacking a creature two sizes smaller than you?

Background I'm fairly new to D&D and I've only got the free Player and DM Basic rules from the website. Do you get disadvantage attacking a creature two sizes smaller than you? And conversely, ...
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Do druids start with animals they can transform into, prior to seeing them in the campaign?

I'm playing a Moon Druid for our campaign but we haven't encountered any beasts that i can use for my wild shape ability (only because we have been fighting imps, demons, and displacer beasts in a ...
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How far does a rogue move when dashing twice using Cunning Action?

A rogue receives a bonus Cunning Action, and one option is to Dash. My understanding is a Dash allows a player to move up to twice his speed for his turn. If a rogue is using a regular action to Dash ...
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Arcane trickster and proficiency bonus

A quick question regarding the rogue's arcane trickster archetype. In his spell table (PHB p.98), there is no column with the proficiency bonus, like for the other spellcaster classes. Does this mean ...
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Why are the 5e releases spaced so far apart?

I'm just a little curious if anyone has any insight as to why the 5e releases (modules/books) seem to be coming at such a slow pace? I think there's maybe two releases this year, and at that rate it ...
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Combining various AC-providing clothing and armor

Are there any rules for combining different clothing/armor for providing AC? For example, can an adventurer wear full plate and bracers and get the AC bonus from both? Can an adventurer wear a Cloak ...
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What's up with the Manual of the Golems cost in 5e?

So I just gave my party a Manual of the Golems (Flesh). They were really excited to be able to create a slave until... One of them pointed out that they don't have a caster with two 5th level spells ...
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Combining Jump and Step of the Wind

Inspired by this question Step of the Wind ... Your jump distance is doubled for the turn p. 78 Jump ... the creature's jump distance is tripled ... p. 254 Combining Magical ...
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Can you use Magical Secrets to choose high level spells when multiclassing as a Bard?

Say you have a Wizard 7/Bard 9. You gain your 17th level and choose to gain the level in Bard (which grants you Magical Secrets). According to the Multiclass Spellcaster: Spell Slots per Spell Level ...
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Do you take falling damage after a high jump

I have a multiclass Monk / Druid (2 levels of monk). He cast jump on himself, wild shaped into a brown bear, activated step of the wind, then took a high jump with a height of 42': High Jump ...
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What you think about this alternative approach to complex skill checks? [on hold]

I´d like to share an alternative way of solving complex skill checks in a different way as other ways I've seen posted over the web. So far they are working fine with my group and I would like to ...
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How can I create a playable monster in DnD 5e?

In the 3.5e we had the level adjustment, but I didn't find it or any rule talking about it, on the 5e. How can I create a Vampire or a Lycanthrope or a Half-Dragon? There is a mention about "as ...
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How to introduce additional options from extra source books [on hold]

Yes, I know I've tagged "system-agnostic" and "dnd-5e". Bear with me. This is a hypothetical - sadly, I don't have a roleplaying group at the moment. My interest has been rather taken with the new ...
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What happens when ability scores reach 0?

D&D 5E does not seem to have rules for ability score damage (that I could find), although it does mention that if CON is decreased, your maximum HP is reduced. In addition, the Shadow monster in ...
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What are the mechanics of using a dart as a ranged weapon?

As a monk in 5e D&D, you get 10 darts when starting out. How does one actually use these darts: I imagine that they are thrown overhand in a vertical movement as if they were throwing knives. This ...
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Can a Creature with Multiattack use it on an Opportunity Attack?

I am familiar with both concepts in D&D 5E — an opportunity attack allows the creature to take one reaction to make an attack; a multiattack allows monsters with the ability to take a number of ...
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How to make combat more tactical?

How can I help combat be more diverse? I'm a player, but I'm open to suggesting things to my DM. We are a party of 5th-level PCs. What we run into is the classic tactical situation every time: the ...
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Re-roll a failed exploration roll?

Can you re-roll a failed check in exploration? Beginner DM here btw :) For example:- A character tries to squeeze through a gap, either rolling a strength or Dex skill check. If they fail, can they ...
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Warlock Eldritch master good for nothing?

I find the Warlock level 20 feature Eldritch Master totally useless as it states: Eldritch Master: At 20th level, you can draw on your inner reserve of mystical power while entreating your ...
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What happens when you run out of movement while jumping?

According to the PHB after a 10 foot movement the player is able to make a long jump whose length is equal to their strength score. Each foot jumped costs 1 foot of movement. I have a character with ...
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How does spell slot works in 5e [closed]

I am having trouble finding out where it has info on casting a lower level spell in a higher level slot and the bonus damage that goes with it. Also wizard and cleric have to prepare the spell after ...
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How does DnD 5e handle group skill checks?

I have looked at the Lost Mine of Phandelver and see many times where a skill check for wisdom is vital, I want to get my group to work together, like everyone contributing and cooperating, instead of ...
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How is the number of spells limited in a spellbook?

Previous versions had rules about the total number of spell that a spellbook could include calculated using the level of the spell and number of pages in the book. 5e mentions that a spellbook has ...
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Attack Rolls Before Damage

As a newcomer to DnD, I am a bit confused about the attack rolls. Say I am playing a rogue with Sneak Attack, and an offhanded shortsword (shortsword mainhand) So I first roll an attack roll to ...
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What skill or skills should apply to an appraisal check in 5e?

This may be more than one answer, depending on what is being appraised. Is the following at least reasonable,or am I missing anything? Arcana - magic items, spell scrolls, potions (as long as they ...
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warlock blade fiend [closed]

Hello guys I am thinking of making a warlock/paladin character for the upcoming Elemental Evil adventure league. So far I have read up on the fighter 1/warlock 19 build Optimal Dragonborn Warlock for ...
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Does true polymorph form a creature with equipment?

When a spellcaster transforms an object or creature into a creature using the True Polymorph spell, does that creature form with equipment? E.g., if a spellcaster used True Polymorph to transform a ...
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Adding Magi-Tech to 5E

I am going to be running a 5th Edition campaign set in a future of a previous campaign. I want to add "magi-tech", but very sparingly. My question is: Are there any official sources for this type of ...
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Does the Flyby trait apply when starting on the ground next to an enemy?

The Flyby special trait states, for example: The peryton doesn't provoke an opportunity attack when it flies out of an enemy's reach (MM 251). The name of the trait implies that an creature ...
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Level required to increase spell damage [duplicate]

An interesting question came up last night. Player X is 4th lvl cleric and 1st lvl monk. Produce flame can be thrown for d8 of damage. Its damage increases to 2d8 at 5th lvl. Does this mean at ...
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5E Divine Smite Wording/Ruling

This is a mechanics question pertaining to the maximum allowed damage for the Paladin's Divine Smite ability. Divine Smite: "...you can expend one [Spell Slot] to deal Radiant damage in addition ...
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Does the monks dex bonus to attacks/damage stack with finesse weapons?

I'm playing as a monk, the DM agreed to allow me to use a whip as a monks weapon (think Shaolin monks using chain whips), but we aren't sure how to treat the hit/damage rolls, would they stack or ...
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When using a breath weapon do I roll against armor class?

In the 5e D&D player's handbook, the Dragonborn's Breath Weapon says: The DC for this saving throw equals 8 + your Constitution modifier + your proficiency bonus. A creature takes 2d6 damage ...
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Does an unarmed strike get double damage on a critical hit?

A critical hit allows you to roll all damage dice twice. Critical Hits When you score a critical hit, you get to roll extra dice for the attack's damage against the target. Roll all of the ...
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How much damage can a druid Wild Shaped into a spider take without dying instantly?

A human druid Wild Shapes into a spider and now has 1 maximum hit point. As a spider she gets bitten by a hungry lizard that deals 2 damage. Does the druid die from Instant Death (PHB p. 197), or ...
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Is there a lower limit to the size of creature a druid can wild shape into?

In the last few sessions, our druid has been using the tactic of transforming into a spider or other bugs and scouting out entire floors of dungeons by slipping under doors and remaining unseen. Is ...
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The verbal component of 'Suggestion'

In a recent game the verbal component of 'Suggestion' came up. I had assumed that the verbal component was just me saying the words and was added to mechanically stop me from casting it in magical ...
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What happens if one casts Blink while under Rary's Telepathic Bond?

In D&D 5th Edition, the description of Rary's Telepathic Bond states that the link breaks if a character in it leaves the plane in which the other linked characters are. Since Blink actually pulls ...
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How can I slightly raise the CR of an NPC?

In Hoard of the Dragon Queen: Episode 1, one of the encounters is a dual between one PC and a named NPC. This encounter is supposed to be quite deadly, a level 1 or 2 PC versus a CR 4 NPC. My ...
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Can 5e monks Level 5 & up use Flurry of Blows on both attacks?

My level 5 monk attacks with 1-hand spear 1d6+DEX/Prof 2x/round. Flurry of Blows (FoB) description states: "Immediately after you take the Attack action..." If there are 2 Attacks, are there 2 FoB ...
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Casting sleep on an opponent in water, bad day for them?

From the description of the Sleep spell: falls unconscious until the spell ends, the sleeper takes damage, or someone uses an action to shake or slap the sleeper awake. From the rules on ...
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How do Deathward and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance racial feature interact?

What happens when you cast Death Ward on a half-orc? Do the effects of the spell and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance racial feature stack? If so and you get reduced to 0 HP more than once, can ...
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Spell Area of Effect Range

I was wondering what exactly does X-foot cube mean in a spells range description. Let's look Thunderwave for example. It says: A wave of thunderous force sweeps out from you. Each creature in a ...