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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Can a warlock cast warlock spells of 6th level or higher? [duplicate]

The warlock spell list includes spells from levels 1 through 9 (PHB page 210). However, the warlock levels table (PHB page 106) only indicates a warlock may ever cast spells up to level 5. Can a ...
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Wild Magic Surge - What does “You cast …” mean for your spell slots?

In response to this question, I started to think about what it means when a Wild Magic Surge results in a "You cast spell-X". So, "specific beats general" gives: You can cast a second spell when ...
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How does concentration interact with spells cast via the Wild Magic Surge table?

I can't find any official ruling about this. I'll use the example of Fog Cloud on the Wild Magic Surge Table (PHB pg. 104) as an example. The Wild Magic entry reads: You cast fog cloud centered ...
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As a fighter human is it possible to have a pixie as a companion?

I am new to Dungeons and Dragons and was wondering if only certain races or classes are allowed to have certain companions. Looking through some options, I rather enjoyed the idea of having a pixie ...
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Would a caster's AoE spell hit the caster?

Our warlock was being assaulted by a few stirges, surrounding her. She cast Shatter around herself to defeat all of them. Does she get hit by her own spell?
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Can a wizard have more than one Alarm spell active at once?

Can a character have more than one Alarm spell active at a given time? There doesn't appear to be anything in the spell description to prevent it, and it's not a concentration spell. Is there some ...
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Does the elemental monk's Water Whip require a source of water?

The Way of the Four Elements monastic tradition includes the Water Whip discipline, which allows the monk to create a whip of water that shoves and pulls a creature to unbalance it. Does the monk ...
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Do magic items really cost at least as much to create as they do to purchase?

The table on page 129 of the DMG lists the costs to craft an item. Taking as an example a Common magic items, such as a level 1 spell scroll, the cost is listed as 100 gp. The crafter can only make ...
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Is it really this easy for a rogue to flank?

I've recently started DM-ing 5e for the first time. Rogue's sneak attack says that the sneak attack bonus damage is applied once per turn to a selected attack the Rogue has an advantage on. DMG, ...
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What is the spell attack bonus and spell save DC of a Thief using the Use Magic Device feature?

A 13th level Rogue with the Thief archetype has the following feature: Use Magic Device By 13th level, you have learned enough about the workings of magic that you can improvise the use of ...
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New Players Starting with a Remote DM

I've read quite a few questions and answers on here about having one or two remote members as well as a few about having the entire game remote. I have a related, but slightly different question. We ...
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Can a multiclass Wizard copy (and then use) a spell of a higher level than their Wizard level alone would permit? [duplicate]

The 5e rules for multiclassing (PHB p. 164) state that your spells known and prepared are based on your class level for each class, but your spell slots are based on your combined levels, which may ...
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Can a monk combine Martial Arts with Dual Wielding?

I want to get a clearer ruling of unarmed strike. The way I've read/imagined it is using any part of a humanoid creature's body to hit something else. Fists, kicks, elbows, knees, headbutts, whatever. ...
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Should the DM allow characters an equal opportunity to flee or avoid an encounter?

Last session I DMed, I killed a player's character. The party wanted to assassinate the main political figure in a town. To inspire general dislike, I made the political figure a racist thug. I run a ...
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What to do with the man of few words who can't seem to shut up? (quiet character, talkative player)

My character was conceived as a druid who is unusually calm, even in stressful situations (in fact he has the trait). He's supposed to have his own grand plans about protecting the balance between ...
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How can I convert poisons in the DMG to level appropriate class abilities?

I've just about finished up a Pharmacist class, which uses "recipes" instead of spells. (The recipes create short term use items) However, I'm stuck on one last step regarding the poisons. For the ...
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Can I bring my level 5 character [duplicate]

After my character finishes his level 5 experience in the D&D Starter set, can I bring him along on "regular" adventures or must he be abandoned and a new one created?
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What sort of cheat sheets should a new DM have for a better flowing 5e game of Dungeons and Dragons?

The question is, what should a DM screen essentially have? I'm new at playing and DMing, altough a lot of experience watching games, just got a group to play with now. Started with the starter set ...
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Does all adamantine gear deteriorate in sunlight?

Adamantine armour/weapons made by the drow are said to degrade if exposed to sunlight, but does this apply to gear crafted from adamantine by other races as well?
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Does a weapon with concentration spell enchantment require concentration from the user?

Does a weapon that is enchanted with the ability to cast a spell that is a concentration spell, require concentration from the user to maintain?
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Precedent for a custom bardic weapon/instrument

I am starting a campaign with a player who really wants to play a bard with a guitar-sword. That sounds awesome, so I totally want to let him do this. Are there other weapons that are also ...
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Is my monsters CR correct?

So I made a monster for D&D 5e. It's a multi-elemental elephant called the Elementalphant and its CR comes out to be about 8-9, but that kinda seems low. If I were to throw it against my party of ...
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Can Wizards, Tome Warlocks, and those with the Ritual Caster feat use spells from each other's books?

How compatible are the spellbook used a Wizard, the ritual book of a character with the Ritual Caster feat, and the Book of Shadows used by a Pact of the Tome Warlock with the Book of Ancient Secrets ...
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Are the “fine inks” a wizard needs to copy a spell the same as the “rare inks” a warlock needs to copy a ritual?

The Book of Ancient Secrets Eldritch Invocation says that a Warlock can add ritual spells to his book of Shadows, and that this requires 50 gp worth of rare inks per spell level. A wizard can copy ...
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Optimal 5e warlock for DPR/AC with blade pact no multiclass [duplicate]

I'm looking for ideas on the best way to build a 5e blade warlock for melee dps/ac without multiclassing. Feats and variant human are options, point buy for stats up to 15 initial cap. I'm not so ...
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Divine Health Disease Immunity

In the PHB pg 85 there is a 3rd level Paladin Ability Divine Health: The divine magic flowing through you makes you immune to disease. My question is simply: Does this protect against both ...
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What would be grounds for an Alignment change? [closed]

Whenever my friends and I play, one of us occasionally makes an alignment faux pax and end up doing something that can be defined as not within their alignment. I usually allow these because it is ...
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What is the point of the barbarian wolf aspect to track while moving fast?

On PHB 50 the totem warrior barbarian's 6th level wolf ability is You gain the hunting sensibilties of a wolf. You can track other creatures while traveling at a fast pace, and you can move ...
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Why are there no skill descriptions in the 5E players handbook?

I can't find a description of hte clerics medicine skill anywhere. Am I just not looking in the right place? Thanks.
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How would one create a balanced dragon PC?

I'm running a DnD 5e campaign and had a dragon-born sorcerer with Draconic Bloodline as a sorcerous origin that used the level 9 Wish spell to wish to become a "true dragon." Are there any rules ...
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Does a barbarian's unarmored defense count when flat footed?

A flat footed character loses their dexterity bonus to their AC. Is a Barbarian's Unarmored Defense still considered if caught flat footed? Perhaps just the Con bonus? Help?
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In D&D 5E, What spells can a spell caster prepare? [closed]

Can he prepare any spell for his class from the spell list that is at his level? Does he have to learn them first?
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Can Mage Hand be used on the turn it is cast?

The description for Mage Hand lists a casting time of 1 action. The spell's description elaborates on its function as: You can use your action to control the hand. I would personally interpret ...
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Which player character do I attack first?

When I played 1st and 2nd edition AD&D, I was always a player. The party was written down in order and numbered. When monsters would attack us, the DM would roll the die and check which character ...
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Is a Previous Edition's Beginner Set Useful?

I am a complete beginner and have the 199x D&D "New Easy To Master" beginner game and I'm trying to learn 5e. Would it still be beneficial to play through this learning card adventure game for ...
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Does a polymorphed creature remember who his friends are?

The polymorph spell states, in part: The target’s game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It retains its alignment and ...
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Are the Starter Set rules compatible with the regular D&D 5e rules?

Are the rules in the Player's Handbook different from the Starter Set rules or just more expanded? Can you carry your level 5 character created from the Starter Set forward into "regular" play?
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How do I Convert Basic D&D modules to 5E?

I am a new DM back from the ancient days of D&D Basic (the original Red Box). I have a collection of old basic modules that I would like to use in 5E, for example, B5 Horror on the Hill. So far I ...
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Does Hex disadvantage apply to the next concentration spell?

I am trying to build a Warlock and see how I can optimize the hex spell and this question came up: will the disadvantage from the hex spell apply to the next concentration spell when I cast it? Or ...
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Does a Ranger's Companion get proficiency bonuses twice on its skills?

A Ranger's Companion (PH p.93) enjoys the following bonuses relative to a typical member of its species: Add your proficiency bonus to the beast's AC, attack rolls, and damage rolls, as well as to ...
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Is a spell that rolls attack an “attack” for familiars

In the subsection about attacking (as opposed to the subsection about spellcasting) it says: A few spells also involve making a melee attack. ... When you make a ranged attack, you fire ...
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Do you have advantage when multiple sources give advantage and only one gives disadvantage?

As I understand it: if you have Advantage from two different sources, you simply have Advantage (no stacking) if you have advantage from one source, and disadvantage from one source, they cancel ...
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Does a willing creature know the outcome of a spell that is being used on him?

Perhaps put another way, can you lie with a spell? For instance, I could cast Dimension Door on myself and one willing creature. I may tell him we're going across that gorge, but in reality, we're ...
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How do you change the alignment of Hazirawn, the magic sword from Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Well, Gellak the Half-Orc Bard kind of inherited the sword after his friend, Durrash, killed the previous owner and then inconvenient-like got himself killed defending us from a dragon. The thing is ...
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How much damage does generic, non-magical fire do per round?

Say a character was in a burning house, the fire not caused by magical means, and had to pass through a hex of fire. What is the fire damage for this in 5e? What about per round?
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How does movement with multiple grapplers work?

When a PC has someone grappled they are forced to move where the PC moves, I don't have the exact rules wording handy, I apologize. How does this interact with multiple PCs grappling the same target ...
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Stealthing and hiding

So I've been DMing a 5e game lvl 1-3 so far. And I have a question about stealth for my rogue. My player has been hiding behind/stealthing behind another PC. So this is what usually happens. PCs ...
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How does Knocked Out work in 5e?

I was under the impression that if you reached 0 hp you were knocked out, but I recently found this: Which says that you can be knocked to zero and still be conscious. How does this work?
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Can you take the same feat multiple times?

Can the same character take a given feat multiple times to gain the benefits all over again? It seems obviously stupid that you can't, but I can't find anywhere in the RAW that actually states that. ...
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Can I get creatures stuck in the ground with Mirage Arcana + Illusory Reality?

Say I were to make a pit which within the bounds of Mirage Arcana. Suppose a creature would fall into the pit which I have now made real with illusory Reality. Then Illusory Reality's duration would ...