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 (3)

0
votes
0answers
21 views

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 =)
1
vote
2answers
113 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
196 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
125 views

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: ...
6
votes
1answer
333 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
97 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
607 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
282 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
171 views

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 ...
5
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
313 views

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?
2
votes
0answers
121 views

Porting 4e Assassin to 5e [on hold]

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
82 views

What goes into making a good megadungeon setting [on hold]

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
181 views

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 ...
-3
votes
0answers
142 views

Protecting my character's secret Identity [on hold]

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
167 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
128 views

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?
34
votes
17answers
3k views

How can I have a campaign where not everyone shows up to each session? [on hold]

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 ...
24
votes
2answers
669 views

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?
2
votes
2answers
279 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
87 views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
877 views

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 ...
19
votes
1answer
283 views

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 ...
25
votes
10answers
7k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
169 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
646 views

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, ...
4
votes
1answer
357 views

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 ...
19
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
152 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
207 views

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 ...
14
votes
4answers
3k views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
186 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
150 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
171 views

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 ...
12
votes
3answers
275 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
136 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
134 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
336 views

Can an Arcane Trickster Rogue learn all of the wizard spells from the low levels it has slots for?

My take on this is as follows: Arcane Trickster level 17 class ability allows for stealing spells somebody is casting (this isn't restricted to wizard spells). Skill is located on PHB pg. 98, ...
5
votes
2answers
209 views

What are the (non-encumbrance) effects that discriminate between rods and wands?

For context, I'm puzzling over the larger question of "what, really, is the difference between a rod and a wand?" Obviously one is larger and heavier, so encumbrance might be one consideration. I ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

The Hiding Rules Contradict Themselves. What Can I Make Of This?

Page 177 "Hiding" says: You can't hide from a creature that can see you. Page 192 "Hide" says: When you take the Hide action, you make a Dexterity (Stealth) check in an attempt to hide, ...
2
votes
3answers
251 views

Do I still get the AC bonus from a shield if I use a 2 handed weapon?

Do I get the +2AC from a shield if it stays on my back all the time? Another way to look at it: If I use my Versatile weapon as two-handed, does my AC go down? I'm still proficient in all my gear, ...
-4
votes
2answers
179 views

Is there a Wizard/ Thief class [closed]

Is there an example of a wizard/ thief character class?
5
votes
1answer
141 views

Magic Staff counts as a magic weapon?

many creatures have resistance to weapons that aren't "magic weapons". A Magic Staff can be used as a quarterstaff, but (usually) doesn't have a bonus to hit (a "plus"). Is it considered a Magic ...
3
votes
3answers
216 views

Can two wizards read the same spell from one scroll at the same time?

I was asked this question from one of my group and I am wondering if two wizards can read the same spell say fireball from the same scroll at the same time and in effect have two fireballs created?
-6
votes
1answer
128 views

Can I use Extra attack to cast two spells

I'm a 5th level monk and a level 1 sorcerer and I'm just wondering if I can use the Extra attack from my monk class feature to cast a spell instead of a melee attack.
6
votes
2answers
597 views

Are skills only improved via proficiency and ability scores?

In D&D 5e, is the only way to get higher skill ranks determined by prof bonus and ability score? Is my only choice to wait til 4th level, raise an ability score, and improve my proficiency bonus ...
7
votes
1answer
908 views

When can I draw my weapon?

I know I'm about to face a bunch of enemies, I have to draw them out first. If I know I'm about to be in a huge battle, can my weapon be drawn before I go in there or do I have to wait until the ...
1
vote
1answer
148 views

Is there a difference between “Background Feature” and a general “Feat”?

I'm attempting to make a custom D&D character, with a custom background. In 5e, backgrounds often feature a "Background Feature" that does not really give them any kind of mechanical advantage; it ...
11
votes
1answer
306 views

Can a Monk's martial arts attack be used on a second opponent?

I killed my 1st goblin outright with my 2Handed quarterstaff roll. Can I use my bonus action to attack the remaining goblin? it seems this would be a little too much power for one person in a RP ...
18
votes
2answers
3k views

Must I use all available damage, if I want to leave my target alive?

If I roll a successful attack roll, then a damage roll that is greater than the remaining HP of a monster, do I have to apply all of it or can I leave him at 1 or even 0 HP? It doesn't Instant Kill ...