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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I picked the wrong spells as a wizard, how do I recover?

Being a newcomer to DnD (5e), I got invited to a campaign with some friends. It is my first time playing tabletop DnD. Video games like Neverwinter Nights was my only experience with DnD. I now ...
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Can you use mind control spells to learn a demon's true name?

The wizard in my campaign has the Eye of Vecna and is a yuan-ti, and this means he has suggestion and dominate monster at least once a day. Could he simply suggest to a demon that it reveal its true ...
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How would someone go about training magical animals (such as hydras)?

We were playing in a good friend of mine's campaign, and while he's smart he's pretty new, so sometimes the players get one over on him. We ended up in a tournament against a hydra, and my druid came ...
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What happens with the Drow's poisoned weapons when picked up by a PC?

The Drow Elite Warrior does 3d6 extra poison damage (no save!), it's not a magical sword but an ability of the creature. So that same sword in the hands of another character is just a sword, it's the ...
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What type of damage accounts for bleeding damage?

I am writing a feat for D&D 5E that causes a creature hit by your critical Slashing weapon attack to receive ongoing bleeding damage until some time has passed or they receive healing. This damage ...
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Does Mirror Image enable Sneak Attack?

This question is related to this other question and builds on that. From some of the answer provided in the linked question, it would seem that the RAI for proccing sneak attack is that the enemy ...
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Can I use Silent Image as an adjacent enemy for Sneak Attack

Sneak attack says: You don't need advantage on the attack roll if another enemy of the target is within 5ft of it, that enemy isn't incapacitated, and you don't have disadvantage on the attack ...
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When a spell has no defined shape, what shape does it take?

When a spell has no defined shape (i.e. Cone, Line, Sphere, etc.) is it up to the DM/group to decide its shape or is there a commonly held RAI interpretation? e.g. Spirit Guardians [Spirits] flit ...
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Does skulker remove the attack penalty for targeting creatures in low-light? Also, does that stack with Darkvision?

I'm developing an NPC whose area of expertise is night assault. Variant Human Rogue (Assassin) with Goggles of Night and the Skulker feat. My reasoning is thus: Goggles of Night: Total darkness = ...
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What happens if a large vehicle collides with an arcane gate?

If Arcane Gate is cast at a point where a vehicle that is too large to pass through would collide with it should there be damage to the vehicle? Would the gate collapse? What if part of the ...
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Is it possible to use “Unarmed Strikes” in “two weapon fighting”? [duplicate]

Since holding no other items means you have both of your hands free, can you attack with your dominant hand with an Unarmed strike, does that mean you can use your bonus action to attack with your ...
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Does Sleep affect the caster as well? [duplicate]

The bard in our group decided to cast the Sleep spell and rolled a total of 24 for the amount of hit points that can be affected. I have 24 hit points because I am the 2nd with less hit points, and ...
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How to design a GMPC that is not supposed to push the story ahead?

I'm finally after a long time of thinking about it, going to play a campaign of DnD. For that I have bought the starter set and I'm actually still in preparation for it. I'm going to be the DM and it ...
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Input on Mechanic Redesign That Gives Certain Ranged Weapons the “Light” Property? [on hold]

I am curious as to the logic behind not giving certain ranged weapons, like darts, the "light" property. It's been bothering me for some time now, as it seems to make darts in particular rather ...
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One-shot sessions as part of a larger campaign

My DnD group only plays perhaps once a month and occasionally one of them won't be able to make it. I (DM) home-brewed our last campaign and, whilst fun, the big story arcs and multiple NPCs did not ...
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In what ways can a spellcaster's concentration be disrupted?

The only ways to disrupt someone's concentration are basically dealing damage or incapacitating/killing them. With the War Caster feat, dealing damage is unlikely to stop them, unless it's a STRONG ...
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Does Phantasmal Killer affect creatures immune to being frightened?

Phantasmal Killer (PhB p. 265, emphases mine): You tap into the nightmares of a creature you can see within range and create an illusory manifestation of its deepest fears, visible only to ...
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Can you use your reaction while ethereal from the blink spell?

If you have blink active and roll over 11 at the end of your turn, you're no longer on material plane. Are you then able to use your reaction? E.g. During turn, X melee attacks Y then ends turn in ...
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Is it possible to execute a Multi-Attack with two or more different weapons? [duplicate]

For example: if you are using a Maul, can you make an attack with it, sheath it, and then make an attack with a Greatsword, potentially doing this with four different weapons when unlocking the ...
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I don't fully understand two-handed weapons and using potions (or other items) [duplicate]

I don't understand exactly what the procedure is if a character wielding a two-handed weapon decides to use a potion or similar item that requires a free hand. The fact you need an action to drink the ...
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Alignment change spell/item in 5e

My fiance is running a campaign and the players have the opportunity to obtain a wyrmling black dragon. Now black dragons are chaotic evil, but the monk of the group believes that it shouldn't be ...
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Do I HAVE to choose a subrace? And how do I add ability scores if I do?

Let's say I made a dwarf character. In the dwarf traits I should add +2 constitution. If I pick Hill Dwarf as my subrace do I get both +2 constitution AND +1 Wisdom from hill dwarf trait?
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How far away is the Gnome's “Clockwork Toy” or “Music Box” audible?

Rock Gnomes possess the capability to produce small devices such as the "Clockwork Toy", "Fire Starter" and "Music Box". The book specifically states that they produce sound. My expectation on how I ...
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How much is 500 pounds of gems worth?

I am a player in a D&D 5e game with 4 other players and a Novice DM. We were 4th level characters at the time, hadn't been getting a lot of monetary reward for our dungeon crawling, and we've been ...
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How can I explain the lack of characters' in-game knowledge?

I am currently DMing two D&D 5e campaigns. I was wondering of some good ways to start off a campaign and explain to the players that their characters have, essentially, no knowledge of the ...
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What check is required to break open a chest?

It might be to force the lock off or smash the chest entirely. I wasn't sure if you can use a Saving throw to open it (In this case a Strength check) or if you have to use skill modifiers in checks ...
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How much loot (In GP) Should I be giving my players?

I'm very new to DMing. So I wan't to get to a good start with the loot I give my players. We usually play in 2 hour sessions at college. This usually ends up being 1 days worth of in-game time. In ...
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Magic Items with Wishes in them

One of my characters recently received the Luck Blade magic item with 2 wishes in it. The item states Wish. The sword has 1d4-1 charges. While holding it, you can use an action to expend 1 charge ...
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What is the opposed check for an NPC's attempted Intimidation? [duplicate]

My group's adventurers just went and got themselves captured and enslaved by a city-state that runs Roman-style gladiatorial deathmatches. They're in the dungeons under the arena, across the hall from ...
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How do I navigate lighting a Web spell with an oil flask?

Character A is standing on a Web spell, and character B lights a flask of oil and throws it at her feet. Does this count as "entering" the fire, thus causing her damage this turn? Or do I wait until ...
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What Process do Mimics go though when they Shapeshift?

While a Mimic is in its true form, how does it polymorph into new objects? Does it naturally morph into them? Dissemble an existing one an build it around itself? or magically flash into the chosen ...
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What is a mimic's “true form”?

The D&D 5E Monster Manual's entry for mimics it mentions that it "reverts to its true form when it dies." I'm assuming a chest isn't its true form. What actually is its true form?
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Could a mimic imitate a door?

Mimics are obviously most renowned for taking the forms of chests. However, after hearing that they can polymorph into other furniture, I wonder do doors become a possibility? If yes, what are the ...
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Can players perform checks using Ability modifiers? [duplicate]

To be broad here: Can Players use Ability Score Modifiers to add to their checks? For example: can someone make a "Strength" check. (Not an Athletics Check) to, perhaps, break open a chest with ...
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Can a character with two warring personalities have two alignments?

I have a half-orc character that was brought up by orcs to be evil. While he was growing up his human conscience used to give him doubts about what he was doing but he ignored it. Then something ...
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What is a good build for a mage slayer in 5e? [closed]

I want to create a PC mage slayer, a character who actually hates mages and in combat will focus on them. He was at war (He is a soldier) and one day his squad was burnt alive by a mage. Since then, ...
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What determines a creature's native plane for the Banishment spell?

I can't find in the books the definition of “native”, only that a creature type can define its native plane: Elementals are creatures native to the elemental planes (MM, p. 6) Celestials ands ...
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Sword Coast weather and climate

To the point: What is the climate of the Sword Coast like? What real world climate region would it fit into best? The more relevant the answer to the 5e FR, the better. If there's no 5e ...
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List of canon material for 5e Baldur's Gate

Obviously, there's been an incredible amount of information published about the city of Baldur's Gate (in the Forgotten Realms setting) across the editions and various media like books, sourcebooks, ...
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Can my Warcaster Cleric use a mace to deliver Inflict Wounds?

My Cleric has the Warcaster feat, a mace in his right hand, and a shield in his left. He casts inflict wounds, which requires a touch attack to be executed against an opposing enemy, a goblin for ...
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Losing concentration on Conjure Elemental if you summon an Invisible Stalker?

So basically, say I use conjure elemental as a 6th level spell and summon an invisible stalker. I give it an order to kill the BBEG our party is fighting. I then take a hit and lose concentration. ...
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NPC in a homebrew solo adventure [closed]

So I'm creating a solo adventure to test out my DMing skills (which are probably terrible), and the player is playing a Tiefling Druid. I wanted to create a long-standing NPC who will join her for a ...
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What type of Flame Blade does a Rod of Lordly Might make?

Got a Rod of Lordly Might in a loot drop from a Red Dragon last night. When the first button is pressed (DMG p196) the rod becomes a flame tongue as a fiery blade sprouts from the end opposite the ...
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Can living constructs benefit from healing spells and the Medicine skill?

It's unclear whether they could be affected by healing magic, nor whether medical techniques could apply to a creature like a Warforged or Shardmind. If they can, what would it look like?
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Does a dead pixie count as nonmagical food for the purpose of Purify Food and Drink?

There is a dead pixie that the PCs have been carrying around for a couple of days, and based on an unsubstantiated story they were told* they want to feed it to a PC's giant goat companion. Because ...
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Do Storm Giants have a Natural Armour value?

A Storm Giant's AC is 16 due it its scale mail, and it has a Dex modifier of +2, so without the scale armour the giant's AC would be 12. However, a Cloud Giant has a Natural Armour of 14 and a Dex ...
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How precise is Detect Magic's location information?

The Detect Magic spell states that you can sense magic within 30 feet of you. Does this let you know the location of the magic your are detecting? Are you just supposed to get a yes/no that there is ...
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Which spells trigger the second benefit of Shield Master?

The Shield Master feat includes the following benefit: lf you aren't incapacitated, you can add your shield's AC bonus to any Dexterity saving throw you make against a spell or other harmful ...
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Could you combine the effects of Shield Master (feat) and Protection (Fighting Style)?

Could you combine these and forego your own possibility of hiding behind your shield for an AoE and instead shield a companion within 5ft? This would be the relevant part of Shield Master If you ...
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Can you Horde Breaker to gain attack (against an ally) and give up attack for commander's strike so ally gains attack?

To be more specific, the character in question is a Ranger using the 'ranger without spells' from the UA article on variant class designs, but the same thing can be done by a fighter-3 ...