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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Are spent spell slots maintained when True Polymorphing between two spellcasting forms?

True polymorph is a spell that allows you to take any form you want and it states that the targets game statistics are replaced by the new form statistics including also its mental ability scores. By ...
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How do you calculate your character's Maximum Hit Points in D&D 5th Edition?

I am very new to table top games. I have recently started playing D&D 5th Edition with a good group of people and we have a great DM. I have also purchased the 5th edition players handbook. Half ...
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Are there errors in the save bonus values within the stat blocks of some 5e monster Manual stat blocks (e.g. Dracoliches)?

Are the save bonuses of some monsters in the Monster Manual (5E) miscalculated? Looking at the dracolich (pg 84) for example, I see that it's save bonuses seem to be calculated as ability bonus +5. ...
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Does multiattack count as one “action” that does individual attacks, or is one attack that does several damages at once?

When a monster multiattacks, do you roll to hit for each piece of the multiattack, or just one roll to hit with all of the pieces? If a rogue uses Uncanny Dodge, would they take half damage of the ...
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Can a monk using Open Hand Technique knock any size category of creature prone?

The D&D 5e Player's Handbook states: Open Hand Technique Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you can manipulate your enemy’s ki when you harness your own. Whenever you ...
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Are there any documented rules about owning vanity pets in D&D?

I'd like to start by saying that I'm playing 5E, and with that, my question is whether there's has ever been in D&D in general (1E-5E) a ruleset for dealing with the idea of having Vanity Pets. ...
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What must I prepare for attending my first Encounters session?

I'm going to attend my first Encounters session next week at Dark Sphere in London. What can I expect? I understand it's episodic and it will be midway through a story. Are things wrapped up in each ...
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Why are curative spells referred to as necromancy?

Isn't magic that heals wounds, cures disease and brings someone back to life the opposite of D&D's typical definition of Necromancy?
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Can you witch bolt the bad guy you're grappling?

If you have a Warlock that has the Warcaster feat, could you grapple the enemy, then Witch Bolt it the next round? You only need one free hand to cast with Warcaster, and only one free hand to ...
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Can my familiar use the bonus attack from two-weapon fighting to make its own attack?

Two weapon fighting: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light melee weapon ...
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Will Team Martial have trouble with encounters?

I am starting a campaign and I need some help. Will a party of a Paladin and two Archer/Rangers work well, or will they have trouble with encounters of appropriate challenge rating? Major Concerns: ...
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Why does the experience-to-next-level not change between some levels?

At every level from 1st to 11th, the experience needed to reach the next level (from the current level) increases every level. However, this pattern gets broken for most of the later levels: Going ...
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Paladin Smite Spells and the Steed: Can either or both trigger the damage?

Short question How does the family of Smite spells work when a Paladin is mounted on a Paladin's Steed that was summoned by Find Steed spell? Steed and Paladin share the effects of some spells. ...
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Does a character have a penalty attacking an attached Stirge?

A Stirge attacks and on hit it attaches to the body of the adventurer and start draining blood. This "attached" or "have attached" status is not a regular condition, but in the monster description is ...
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How to kill PC without hard feelings

Reading this Question, the accepted advice for killing a player is to talk to them first. My campaign is run in a Game of Thrones style setting, the good and honorable die doing what is right, ...
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How flexible is Pact of the Blade? [duplicate]

Warlock, 3rd level boon: You can use your action to create a pact weapon in your empty hand. You can choose the form that this melee weapon takes each time you create it. Same section, a bit ...
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Counterspelling a counterspell

My party went up against two wizards. Wizard NPC 1 cast a spell, and Wizard PC used their reaction to Counterspell to try to block it. Wizard NPC 2 counterspelled Wizard PC. I have two questions about ...
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Can a pan flute be played one-handed?

I've been through the PHB and DMG and not been able to find any specific rules for this. Clearly the string instruments must be played two-handed, but I don't see why my bard couldn't be playing the ...
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Scaling a game for a large group

I have read this Question and while it gave helpful advice it is not the problem I am having. I have 6 players and an observer. They understand they need to have their turns sorted in combat and ...
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Does Elemental Adept pierce immunity?

The Elemental Adept feat causes a single damage type pierce any resistance to that type. Does this effect spread to immunity as well? For instance, if I cast Fireball on a Fire Elemental, would it ...
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Shadows and Critical Hits

I had a situation come up in the last session I ran (four times, no less). When a Shadow lands a critical hit, is the strength damage dice also multiplied? At the time I ruled no, but that had more ...
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Does a druid have to prepare new spells all at once or can he prepare some spells later?

When a druid prepares his spells he spends 1 minute per spell level, and to change the list he needs a long rest. If the druid can prepare at least 6 spells, but he only prepares 4 of them after a ...
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Best DPR Monk build at 5th level

Please help me build the best DPR monk at 5th level. Point buy stats, human and half elf are the only racial options. Mono-class monk, no dips into other classes.
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What type of damage is Sneak Attack in D&D 5e?

I have a Barbarian in my party who will be fighting versus Sneak Attack damage. The Spy from page 349 of the MM to be precise. When he rages he takes half damage from piercing, slashing and ...
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Is Bahamut the same as Paladine?

So, the DMG confirms that Takhisis and Tiamat are the same. Under the Dragon Orb description in the DMG: The dragon essence within the orb might want many things: the annihilation of a ...
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How do you decide when a paladin has fallen from grace in DnD 5e?

There does not seem to be a clear-cut way to determine when a paladin's actions have become egregious enough to justify them breaking their oath. Do a lot of minor slights eventually add up and cause ...
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How to use, and not to overuse, Insight skill checks?

I've recently begun DMing a 5th edition D&D campaign after a long time of quiescence as Dungeon Master. I really like this new take on D&D, but still, soon a problem has resurfaced, that is: ...
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What good is Friends?

I've been looking at the Friends cantrip, and the more I think about it the less useful it appears. It appears to be self-defeating: you can gain advantage in a conversation, but they'll know you ...
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How to deal with moderately armoured and shielded casters?

Background I am DMing Princes of the Apocalypse for 5e. My past campaigns (mostly 3.5 and 4e) were always quite challenging and tough, my players got quite paranoid, and understandably so. At level ...
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Can a Paladin and Cleric get married?

I roleplay a Paladin of Bahamut and there's a Cleric of Selune in my party as well who over time my Paladin has become attracted to. The idea of marriage certainly exists as I've met husbands and ...
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Is there such a thing as a Magically Animated Coin Monster?

In today's session of the D&D 5e campaign I'm participating in, our party had to fight what was essentially a anthromorphic, magically animated, pile of gold coins with a weakness to fire (it was ...
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How to accurately calculate party level for combat once they have magical items?

I'm a fan of giving my characters magical items. In the past though, I've found that magical items start making combat trivial until I started adding extra enemies just to make it more difficult. I'm ...
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Can a 3rd Edition Game use 5th Edition Characters?

I have recently purchased the 5e players book and I really like the character system in 5e but my usual DM likes to play 3e and I was wondering, are these compatible? Can I use a 5e character in their ...
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Ongoing effects and Wildshape [closed]

So a player and I had a discussion earlier today about wildshape affecting ongoing damage. The player's character had a spear broken off in his body, dealing damage whenever he took strenuous ...
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Does a caster under the effect of a True Polymorph spell retain their class levels?

The true Polymorph spell specifies that: The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of its new form ... The creature is limited in the actions it ...
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Can a Goliath bear-totem Barbarian lift 1200 lbs?

Does the Goliath's carrying capacity increase from its Powerful Build feature stack with the Barbarian's carrying capacity doubling from its Bear Totem feature? For example, would those two together ...
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Does an aarakocra's talons attack use Strength or Dexterity?

Do Aarakocra talons use STR or DEX for attack and damage? I’ve checked Monster Manual p.12 to have some clues and the higher stat for Aarakocra monster is Dex and damage is based on dex (+2) the ...
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What happens when a Paladin falls from grace?

It is stated that when a Paladin falls from grace and does not repent, they must either become an Oathbreaker or choose a new class, but what exactly happens when they fall from grace? Does the ...
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What options does my player have for seeing in the dark?

I am about to begin a campaign with a party of characters who can see in the dark - a half-elf ranger, a half-orc barbarian, and a drow elf warlock. ... and a human monk. Especially considering the ...
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Mechanical side effects of randomised Initiative in 5e

Initiative I am starting a new 5e campaign and I am planning to use randomised initiative. I feel recording initiative take too long, for both my players and me. I tried grouping monsters and ...
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Can I use one of my attacks to cast a cantrip?

In the D&D campaign I am currently participating in, I am playing as a level 5 high elf champion (I actually just reached level 5 at the end of the last session) As a High Elf, I got a free ...
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Can Twinned Spell affect Chain Lightning?

The Twinned Spell effect works on spells that target a single person, so would it work with Chain Lightning, which only hits a single target in the start, but slowly spreads?
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Darkness vs Daylight Interactions

If I cast Darkness at 4th level and someone else cast Daylight at 4th level how do the 2 spells interact? I found this twitter post by Jeremy Crawford back in October where the spell does not get ...
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Can I use my familiar as a safety deposit box?

The Find Familiar spell states, in part: As an action, you can temporarily dismiss your familiar. It disappears into a pocket dimension where it awaits your summons. The question arising from ...
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How can I check to make sure my homebrew class is balanced compared to pre-existing classes?

A friend and I are embarking on a little project for fun: creating a new class for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. We have already referred to the DMG section about modifying classes and races etc. ...
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What are the limitations on the “Dueling” fighting style for Fighters? [duplicate]

So I was looking over the wording for the fighting styles for Fighters, and I notices the wording for the Dueling Fighting Style (p. 72 PHB) seemed to allow for more options than you would ...
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Are Weretigers Large when in Hybrid or animal form in 5E?

A person from my group found out an inconsistency regarding the Weretiger template in the 5E Monster Manual page 207. It describes the animal and the hybrid form to grow to enormous size (the same is ...
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What does “… when it enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there” mean

From When do you roll the damage for Cloud of Daggers?, it was suggested that some comments be made into a Q&A. So: From the Cloud of Daggers spell (others have similar wording) You fill the ...
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When do you roll the damage for Cloud of Daggers?

The cloud lasts up to 1 minute, and specifies 4d4 damage. Is the damage rolled when you cast it, or is it rolled each time an enemy is afflicted by the cloud?
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How many attacks does a bare-fisted level 1 monk make? [duplicate]

If a monk chooses at level 1 to use his fists does he get to make 3 attacks, assuming he uses his bonus action? Right Fist: 1d4 (unarmed strike) + dex Left Fist: 1d4 + no mod for second weapon Bonus ...