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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Spell/Ability Summary Printouts for D&D 5th Ed

In 4th ed, WotC's character manager printed out character sheets with these awesome spell summary cards. They also had similar summary cards for monsters for the DM. I checked around the site, but ...
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Optimal Wizard build giving a strongest Monk flavor ( touch or cone attack centered ) in D&D 5E

I am starting playing in a new campaign of 5E, and what I currently have is a first level Wizard. STR 10 DEX 14 CON 12 INT 16 WIS 14 CHA 12 Human ( Chaotic Neutral ) with a Sage background ...
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Can a PC use a mirror or other sight enhancer to use sacred flame at a target around a corner?

We have a PC that is getting very sneaky with his Sacred Flame application. Its fun outside-the-box play but if he carries a hand mirror or uses scrying spells its going to become far easier. Can a ...
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What are some standard monsters or NPCs that can dispel magic?

I am considering DMing a 5e game and would like standard monsters/NPCs that can dispel magic, common ones if possible. What should I look at?
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Can you use thieves' tools to construct locks and traps in D&D 5th Edition, or do you need heavier tools?

So in D&D 5th edition, one can make a character with a background, e.g. a guild artisan who does locksmithing. Obviously a locksmith is very good at picking locks, even if he has no levels in the ...
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German spell descriptions for DnD 5e? [on hold]

does anyone have a good site where I can find german translations for all the spells? We are struggling with different translation variants... Thanks in advance ;)
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How long would it take to suffocate in a demiplane created by the spell of the same name?

How long would it take for a medium-sized human caster remaining inside a demiplane after the spell expires to suffocate. Assume no other mass displacing volume in the space. Per the rules of the ...
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Can you cast a spell and use the attack action in the turn?

Like with a fighter at level 20, you have 3 extra attacks. Can you cast a spell, such as firebolt, and also attack in the same turn?
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Sculpting Spells

As a level 2 Evocation Wizard, the School allows you to sculpt spells around allies, up to 1 + the spell's level, allowing them to avoid the effects of the spell. Certain spells, such as Thunderwave, ...
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Would using minor illusion warrant more than advantage for a rogue trying to hide?

I am basically a noob when it comes to d&d, but I have taken up the reins for DMing the 5e starter set. The group I am playing with is a mis-mash of some very new to d&d and some who lightly ...
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How does the Chain Lightning spell target?

Does the caster choose all targets or only the initial one? Must the secondary targets be in the caster's line-of-sight? I'm probably way over thinking this, but the 6th-level chain lightning spell ...
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War Caster, a whip and a dagger, and provoking Opportunity Attacks [duplicate]

This related question gives an answer about provoking opportunity attacks when wielding a dagger and a whip. I am interested how this interacts with the feat War Caster (5e PHB p170): When a ...
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How do opportunity attacks work when wielding weapons with different reach? [duplicate]

Assume a player with two weapons: a whip and a dagger. A hostile creature stands right next to the player. On the creature's turn, it moves away 5ft. So the creature left the reach of the dagger, but ...
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How do I keep spellcasters from casting while in jail?

Interesting situation came up in my session. The players captured a wizard NPC and put him in jail. Then came a long discussion about what measures needed to be taken in order to prevent said wizard ...
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When to allow long or short rests?

I am a new DM and I ask myself, are there restrictions to resting? Can the PCs decide to take a long rest in a goblin cave after the first group of goblins beat them to a mostly bloody pulp, because ...
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Casting healing spells is automatically successful?

As far as I understood from the Rules of D&D 5e attack spells require an attack roll against the enemy's armour class, like a normal melee or ranged attack. Question: Against which difficulty ...
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Wizard minor conjuration ability interpretation

I would like to use Minor Conjuration to summon a flask of oil or alchemist's fire. Assuming I keep the object within the spells range (10ft), am I allowed to light this conjured substance on fire ...
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Monk's Martial Arts and Polearm Master

I have a problem with an interpretation of outcome of monk with Polearm Master feat and with quarterstaff. You can take the Attack action and attack with quarterstaff using Dex instead of Str and ...
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How do you show that a spell is prepared in Fantasy Grounds?

Fantasy grounds has the column header 'Preparation', but how can you display whether a spell is prepared or not? Do you use the 'use column'?
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How do I add the Guidance spell to Fantasy Grounds?

We've got our first 5e game coming up. I'm setting up my character sheet in Fantasy Grounds, and I'm trying to work out how to add the spells. In particular, I'm having trouble adding Guidance. ...
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Running LotFP Weird Fantasy Role-Playing one-shot in 5e

I've decided to run the "Tower of the Stargazer" module, created for Lamentations of the Flame Princess RPG. It is a highly lethal adventure, though it has almost no combat encounters and being ...
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How does Armor of Agathys interact with getting temporary hit points?

The spell Armor of Agathys states: You gain 5 temporary hit points for the duration. If a creature hits you with a melee attack while you have these hit points, the creature takes 5 cold damage. ...
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Does Darkness cast a shadow?

If you were outside during the day and you cast darkness above you somehow, would the darkness cast a shadow? If you cast darkness in a tunnel, and the only source of light was from one end of the ...
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Is there a way to simulate the 3.5e Factotum in 5e? [on hold]

I would like a homebrew class that has the same magical skill-monkey feel that 3.5e's Factotum had. I ideally would like the class to be made using the DMG custom class creation guidelines, and I ...
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Armor and weapon enhancments [on hold]

I'm a new DM and I'm starting a new 5th edition campaign which will be a modification of the starter set i.e. set in Faerun on the Sword Coast. I wanted to start my group out with the choice of a +1 ...
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What Information Can I Use If I Want To Publish My Own D&D 5e Module?

I intend to write a D&D module and publish it under the OGL (I know 5e itself isn't OGL, see note below) for use with both D&D 5e and AD&D. I know there are areas where I can't draw ...
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Why don't Wizards have access to Enhance Ability?

I have been searching the last couple of weeks for a reason why Sorcerers and Bards have access to Enhance Ability while the Wizard does not. Is there a clear cut reason behind this or is it a ...
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When restrained or unconscious do you lose your dex bonus to ac

If a character is restrained or unconscious/sleeping do they lose any bonus from dexterity for armor class and dexterity saves?
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Is this Wolfwere PC race balanced and playable with standard races and classes? [on hold]

This is my first attempt at creating a race using the DMG. Someone posing a Wolfwere question earlier and a member of my group loving wolves prompted my attempt. It's use would be in a standard 5E ...
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Is there any tool to calculate the Encounter XP in D&D 5e?

I've seen online tools that make random encounters for you as the donjon's one. What I need is a tool where I can select the party level and the monsters and it will tell me if it's an easy or hard ...
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Can I use sorcery points to regain a spell slot to cast Counterspell?

If my Sorcerer has used up all of her level 3 spell slots, but wants to use a reaction to cast Counterspell, can she use 5 sorcery points during a reaction to regain a level 3 spell slot to cast the ...
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Is a concentration check required when temporary hitpoints absorb all the damage?

A spell caster with 6 temporary hit points is hit for 3 damage. Do they have to make a concentration check?
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Leomund's Tiny Hut — only the caster can't exit and enter at will?

The text for Leomund's tiny hut says in part: Creatures and objects within the dome when you cast this spell can move through it freely. but also The spell ends if you leave its area. I ...
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Simulate/Emulate 4th Edition Avenger in 5th Edition [closed]

This is being specially challenging for me. If there is one thing that I love doing with classes and races in D&D5e is tweaking the classes and races into something that feels new using the ...
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How many attacks can a Dual Wielder make at 5th level?

I have a 5th level dual Wielder fighter. What is the number of attacks I can make? I say 4 attacks, others say 3, maintaining that the rule on page 72 states (only) 1 extra attack. I know it's ...
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With two-weapon fighting, does the second weapon get the attack roll bonus?

When fighting with two weapons, one in each hand, I'm aware that your second weapon's damage roll does not get the ability score modifier (unless negative). But what about the attack roll of the ...
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How do spell/magic immunity and spell/magic resistance work in 5th edition?

How do spell/magic resistance and spell/magic immunity work? Per the PHB (p. 197) rules on damage resistance: If a creature or an object has resistance to a damage type, damage of that type is ...
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Shillelagh and Polearm Master Interaction

Shillelagh imbues a quarterstaff with magic for a minute. This allows a caster to attack with the quarterstaff using his casting ability. Polearm Master allows a player who attacks with a ...
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Interaction between Bane and critical hits

The first level spell Bane allows you to curse a creature so that each saving throw or attack roll is reduced by 1d4 for the duration: Whenever a target [..] makes an attack roll or saving throw ...
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New DM running Hoard of the Dragon Queen (5e) in roll20, how do I approach using the maps? [closed]

Some friends and I decided to give D&D 5e a try. Two of us have played 4e and pathfinder before, and it's my first time DMing a game so this is all new to me. We've got our character sheets made ...
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What parts of D&D 5e's design heritage come from D&D 4e?

What are the significant elements that D&D 5e's design has kept from the design of D&D 4e (and which were unique to the 4th edition of D&D)? What parts of D&D 5e's heritage are from ...
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Why can't Cure Wounds heal necrotic damage done by powerful undead, but sleeping can?

Reading the PHB, DM, and MM, I am having a hard time understanding how healing works for necrotic damage done by the attacks of various undead, such as the Vampire's Bite attack on page 297 of the ...
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Does Great Weapon Fighting apply to Superiority Die rolls?

Great Weapon Fighting states: When you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack you make with a melee weapon that you are wielding with two hands, you can reroll the die and must use the new ...
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Is there any sort of mechanical reason to use a trident over a spear?

First, let's take a look at the Spear (D&D 5e Player’s Handbook p. 149): Spear (Simple Melee Weapon) Cost: 1 gp Weight: 3lbs Damage: 1d6 piercing Properties: Thrown (range 20/60), ...
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Can clerics create holy water?

I'm running a 5th edition campaign that's going well. I'm not very versed in the system just yet, and my group has run into a little bit of a bind - it's not game-breaking, but it tends to come up ...
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How long can a readied spell be held before it's lost?

From RAW, it's clear that a character can ready a spell that has a casting time of 1 action and release the spell when the trigger occurs or directly after the trigger finishes:1 Provided, that the ...
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How can I get around the drow's light sensitivity?

My friends and I are trying to come up with ways to get around the drow's sunlight limitations. We thought of using spells, but Darkness makes it impossible to see, which would defeat the purpose. ...
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Tiefling Sorcerer with Dragonic bloodline?

So my son has decided to play a Tiefling Sorcerer with the Draconic bloodline class feature. Although our Encounters DM shrugged her shoulders when asked and he's already played two sessions with him. ...
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How have the rules of D&D 5e been modified for the Adventure Zone podcast?

I listen to the popular podcast The Adventure Zone, which consists of a D&D (5th Edition) campaign played by the McElroy brothers from My Brother, My Brother, and Me, and their father, but I have ...
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Should I choose targets before or after I roll for the Beholder's rays?

Reading the Beholder's stat block I noticed that the Eye Rays it can fire are randomly determined. Do I roll for them before I choose a target so I still have a say as to which PC is affected by what ...