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 do I know which printing of the PHB I have?

There are differences among printings of the Player's Handbook which are not captured in the errata, as came up when recently discussing Druidic Foci. How do I know which printing I have? How many ...
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Can Repelling Blast (or any other spell/spell-like) do non-lethal damage?

I'm working on a Paladin/Warlock combination, based off of Pureferret and Miniman's work, and as part of this, I noticed Miniman's remark that Repelling Blast won't be that useful, because as a ...
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What is D&D Adventurers League ? And How Does It Work?

I've seen a few things in the Wizard site and understand is a way for everybody to play has a massive multiplayer around the world, but there's a bunch of different things that can confuse new ...
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What is the effect on a creature's CR if it can choose to hit on a miss?

Background: We're playing a high-powered god-centric game where players are direct agents of gods of a pantheon I created. For the next session, I want to surprise them and throw in a couple of ...
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Is a creature that stands in a bonfire from Create Bonfire affected twice in one turn?

If a caster casts the Create Bonfire cantrip and creates a bonfire in the square a creature is occupying, and the creature either chooses to stay in a square occupied by the bonfire or is forced to ...
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Can one PC grab another PC and drag them?

While DMing my session today, I encountered a situation I wasn't sure how to answer. The PCs were attacked by a werewolf and decided to flee onto their nearby horses. Two of them were already mounted ...
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Does Spare the Dying work on a creature with less than 0HP?

Spare the Dying states: You touch a living creature that has 0 hit points. The creature becomes stable. This spell has no effect on undead or constructs. Given the Strict interpretation of RAW ...
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How do you cast a spell in Dungeons and Dragons 5E?

I understand to attack you need to make attack rolls, but does casting spells require any kind of test before they can be successfully cast or does the player just declare that the spell has been cast ...
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Can a player misty step with another player or NPC or creature?

I am an Eladrin elf and have the ability to misty step with my clothing and items, but I am wondering if I could grapple a willing party member and misty step them with me. Likewise, a creature or ...
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Can a player misty step into a bag of holding?

I am an Eladrin elf who would like to be able to misty step into the bag of holding and back out of it. I was wondering if it's at all possible to do and if the bag would need to be open for me to do ...
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Simplified character creation rules for D&D 5e

A few friends of mine are interested in RPGs after hearing me talk about them, so I've offered to run a single-session game for them. These people are entirely new to TTRPGs (although one has done ...
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Is there any advantage to protecting your true name?

In some stories, you can be targeted by a curse provided the caster knows some things about you, one of which might be your real name. Death Note is a good, recent example of this. You can protect ...
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Wish spell used by non-caster

When using a magic item that can cast wish in other ways with a non-caster, like ring of three wishes used by fighter: if he/she failed his roll on the first wish would he be unable to use the other ...
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Dark One's Blessing/Temp HP confusion?

As a warlock with the Fiend pact you gain Dark One's Blessing: Starting at 1st level, when you reduce a hostile creature to 0 hit points, you gain temporary hit points equal to your Charisma ...
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Dark One's Blessing and Armor of Agathys Synergy?

Recently, I played a warlock in a 5e one-shot. We were playing at level 7 and I was a blade/fiend warlock. I have as a Fiend Warlock a skill called "Dark One's Blessing" which is described thus: ...
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Does a druidic focus count as a material component while in beast shape?

Druidic Focus: A druidic focus might be... a totem object incorporating feathers, fur, bones, and teeth from sacred animals. A druid can use such an object as a spellcasting focus. (PHB5e p.151) ...
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Is the DM Always Right?

I recently got into a disagreement with my DM for a DND 5E game regarding a use of Prestidigitation. The argument was that since it could create a Non-Magical Trinket, and Music Boxes are ...
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What are the creative limits of Prestidigitation?

In our current campaign we've come across a village where the locals and I do not share a language. Some people in the party have garnered some trust through this by playing music, or showing off ...
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How to polymorph one object into another, specifically a pumpkin into a carriage?

So, I wish to polymorph one object into another. But neither polymorph nor true polymorph say anything about casting it on an object and transforming it into another object, so how could it be ...
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Wish on a scroll: Who suffers the consequences?

If I create a scroll with the Wish spell and an other person uses it to do anything that would trigger the penalty (anything that is not replicating an 8th or lower level spell causes necrotic damage ...
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Is this a solid application of customizing classes as outlined in Unearthed Arcana for a new class named Necromancer?

This class uses the information provided in Unearthed Arcana on modifying classes. The Premise I wanted to make a necromancer class that focuses pretty heavily on death magic, but wizard, sorcerer ...
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What is the definition of hostile?

Many effects deal with hostile or nonhostile creatures. For example, the ability Radiance of Dawn (Cleric of Light channel divinity) affects hostile creatures within range, and Aura of Life affects ...
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D&D Starter Set, Not All Cantrips Available?

In the Starter Set rule book, it shows that the cleric has 5 cantrips (Guidance, Light, Resistance, Sacred Flame, Thaumaturgy), and the wizard has 6 (Dancing lights, Light, Mage hand, ...
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Can find familiar summon the familiar behind a barrier?

The PHB (p. 240) states as part of the Find Familiar spell that: As an action while it is temporarily dismissed, you can cause it to reappear in any unoccupied space within 30 feet of you. My ...
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Do Weapon Proficiency and Fighting Style stack?

One of the pregen fighters in the Starter Set has proficiency (as a fighter) in simple & martial weapons (+2) but also has a Fighting style in Archery (+2). These are not added together. Why ...
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Can I use my familiar to cast Warding Bond on myself?

Find Familiar lets you cast touch spells through your familiar. Warding Bond is a Touch spell, that creates a connection between "you and the target". I can't find anything against it, but would it be ...
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How does surprise work in D&D 5e? [on hold]

Having come from earlier editions of D&D I found that my preconceptions on "surprise" and particularly the "surprise round" weren't working in 5e. The Player's Handbook deals with surprise on p. ...
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Does the bonus attack from “Polearm Master” have reach as well?

PHB p. 168: Polearm Master You gain the following benefits: When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, or quarterstaff, you can use a bonus action to make a ...
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How do I correctly convert enemy saving throws so that players roll all the dice? [duplicate]

Much in the same vein as this question, I am trying to convert 5e so players roll all the dice. I'm using this variant as a starting framework that seems to work well with 5e so far, without changing ...
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Do saving throw based spells that do damage count as attacks?

During our last session, two of my players got involved in a little PvP, and the Rogue was fireballed by the Wizard as a last act of defiance, hoping to take the Rogue with him as she died. The ...
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Running a D&D game in the afterlife

No, I'm not referring to suggestions about playing D&D after I die. I'm referring to playing a D&D campaign with a plot centered on the afterlife. Particularly, the concept of a petitioner in ...
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In D&D 5e, does the Rogue's Cunning Action allow for Two-Weapon Fighting? [duplicate]

For example, does the Cunning Action allow a 5th level Rogue to have a bonus action, thus letting him fight with two shortswords? I don't think he would have any other bonus action unless wielding two ...
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Is there a difference between “spell scrolls” and “spells on a scroll” for copying purposes?

Wizards can copy spells to her spellbook as per the PHB and basic rules: "You could discover a spell recorded on a scroll in an evil wizard’s chest, for example, or in a dusty tome in an ancient ...
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Playing with a Doppelganger disguised as a hero? [closed]

I'm putting together an adventure where during one encounter, the entire party is blinded for a few seconds and a doppelganger disguised as one of them(randomly chosen) appears. However, the original ...
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Can the wizard in our group prepare a spell from the spellbook of an NPC wizard?

Whether the players killed a mage and got his spellbook(s) or they met with a nice wizard who let him or her learn a spell from his spellbook, can a player prepare a spell from a spellbook that isn't ...
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Can I load a hand crossbow while holding a shield?

Can I load a hand crossbow if I am using a shield and the crossbow? Would I be able to get multiple attacks with Crossbow Expert if I am using a shield and a hand crossbow?
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Can you attack with more than one weapon when using Extra Attack?

When one uses the Extra Attack class feature, must it be done with only one weapon? If I had, for example, one throwing axe and sword, couldn't I throw the axe and attack with the sword as part of ...
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designing encounters for a tournament with set rules

I am running an in-game tournament. The qualifiers are pit fights with the last two standing going through. Hopefully all of the party will qualify so it seems like I'm not doing endless pit fights ...
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Customizing D&D 5e to simulate Dark Souls universe [closed]

I want to simulate Dark Souls universe, where even a char lvl 1 is still dangerous to a char lvl 20, using D&D 5e as my starting point. I though of several ways of doing this: Never level up ...
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Can I throw a bonded weapon, summon it to my hand, and throw it again?

Consider an Eldritch Knight that has a bonded thrown weapon. Once he gets extra attack can he or she throw the weapon, use his bonus action to retrieve and then throw it again? Or does that mess too ...
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Will petrification prevent lich from being reborn near phylactery (possibly forever)?

If I am not mistaken, liches now aren't immune to being petrified. Granted, they have Legendary resistance and high CON save, but spamming petrification by Prismatic Spray/Wall: Indigo, Flesh to ...
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How much does the Starter Set cleric's Cure Wounds spell heal?

Cure Wounds spells says it heals 1d8 + spell ability modifier. For a lvl 1 cleric, that's +3 wisdom. However, the pregenerated cleric character sheet from the Starter Set says he has the Disciple of ...
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What to do when someone's attacking you, but succeeding the save is worse than failing it? [duplicate]

I was reading through the Monk rules in D&D 5e when I came across this section in the rules for Quivering Palm: When you use this action, the creature must make a Constitution saving throw. If ...
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Do your spells end when you die?

I linked to this answer in a 5e question, attempting to bring support for the idea that, if you cast an open-ended spell, like Magic Mouth, it could remain after you die. Someone pointed out that, as ...
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What's the mechanism for magically understood speech?

The rules for the monk ability Tongue of the Sun and Moon state: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any ...
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Can I exclude characters from understanding my magically understandable speech?

The rules for the monk ability Tongue of the Sun and Moon state: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any ...
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What is the use of a little bag of sand?

In the Scholar's pack on page 151 of the PHB it notes that you get a 'little bag of sand'. Is there any mention of what the intended use of that is in-game? I haven't found anything in the equipment ...
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How many belt pouches can I have?

How many belt pouches can a character have on their belt in 5e? I am trying to distribute my starting equipment evenly, but my backpack is already full, and I need at least three pouches to hold ...
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Does the DM choose the target for monster attacks?

Pretty much what the title says. Say 4 goblins attack the party of adventurers, who do the goblins attack? Can each goblin attack a different target? I guess in case of characters that fall ...
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How often during combat can you be Surprised?

Looking at the rules for Surprise on page 189 of the 5e PHB. It says that a creature is surprised if the enemy's stealth check beats their passive perception. It then goes on to say: Any creature ...