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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Channel Divinity 5th Edition How does it work?

Can a 4th level cleric give a character 20 HP? Example One: Character Max Hp is 50 takes 30 damage can he get 20 from Divinity? Example Two: Character max HP 24 takes 22 damage (Max HP given can ...
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Where can I find easy spell list printouts? [on hold]

I'm wondering if anyone knows somewhere a spell list can be easily selected and printed out that includes full spell effects. I'm already using some printed spell cards but they can be a pain to ...
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Can Chain warlocks have any familiar regardless of alignment?

Can a warlock with the Pact of the Chain Boon have any familiar regardless of the warlock's and familiar's alignments? Is it permissible, as an example, for a Lawful Good Warlock to have a Chaotic ...
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How many times may a character attempt a skill roll for the same test?

We have a rogue locked in a cell and he is trying to escape. How many attempts does he get to try and unlock the same door with the same hairpin if no outside influences ever change? I have a vague ...
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How many unarmed strikes can a Monk make between Flurry of Blows and Martial Arts?

The Flurry of Blows class feature allows the character to spend 1 ki point to make two unarmed strikes as a bonus action. Is this in addition to the bonus unarmed strike that monks get from their ...
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Can a Barbarian use Defense Fighting Style while raging?

I have not found any rule that prevents it, but to me the spirit of the Rage ability is attacking with no time to think about self-defense, just focus on doing the most damage possible. So: Does a ...
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In Curse of Strahd, who's feeding everyone?

I've read through the CoS module, and aside from the Wizard of Wines, no one seems to be farming. There are mentions of two hunters in Vallaki, and a single fisherman there as well, but nothing else ...
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Where do I find the “official” rules for D&D 5e?

I play D&D 5e and sometimes come here with questions. But sometimes I see things referenced here as sources that I don't have or aren't aware of.... Which are the "official rules" for D&D 5e, ...
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D&D 5e Level 1 Bard Cantrips and Spells [on hold]

As a bard, how many cantrips and spells do I begin with? I'm quite confused with how many I start with and just need some clarification. Thank you ^^
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How much health will a Life Cleric gain from Mass Healing Word

This question could loosely be considered a follow up to "Can Goodberries heal a Life cleric when consumed by another." How much life would a level 6 Life Cleric with four party members gain from the ...
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How do spell slots and preparation work when multi-classing between cleric and bard

I'm planning to play a multi-class bard/cleric character, and I wanted to verify how spell preparation and slots work across the two classes, particularly since they use different approaches for ...
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When should I have an NPC actively investigate an illusion created by phantasmal force?

The phantasmal force spell can be broken if the victim examines the illusion and makes a successful investigation check against the spell's DC. What general guidelines should I use to decide when the ...
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Can Goodberries heal a Life cleric when consumed by another?

Are Goodberries affected by the Life domain class features? asked whether or not the Life domain cleric's Disciple of Life feature improved the healing of each berry. My question is: does the Life ...
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Is There A Non-Homebrew Way To Add Proficiency to Initiative?

I know in some homebrew classes, such as Matt Mercer's Gunslinger Archetype, you can add your proficiency bonus to your initiative modifer. Are there any ways of doing this in the official rulebooks?
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Are Goodberries affected by the Life domain class features?

How are Goodberries affected by the cleric class features from the Life domain, if at all? I read somewhere that the Life domain's healing bonuses apply to each berry created by the spell — do they? ...
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How can I deal with the inability to speak caused by the pink bubbles Wild Magic surge effect?

One of the effects on the Wild Magic Surge chart is: You can't speak for the next minute. Whenever you try, pink bubbles float out of your mouth. This effect put me out of practically an entire ...
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Ranger/Wizard multi class in D&D 5e [on hold]

I am realtively new to D&D 5e and would like to have a Ranger class who can also cast some Wizard spells. It seems this is only possible if I multi class. What is the best way to implement such a ...
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D&D 5e PC Problem (Closed) [on hold]

One of my PCs created a character that is a farmer, has the soldier background, and is a fighter. His back story is that his parents died and his been looking for their killer every since. The ...
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How can I give sufficient XP per session for 7 high-level PCs without encounters being a slog?

In the DMG it suggests that the DM levels players at a rate of about 3 sessions per level past about level 5 or 6. My players' characters are currently level 8 and there are 7 of them. That would ...
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What is the difference between bludgeoning and piercing damage? [duplicate]

Based off of this question, "What is the role of different damage types in D&D 5e?" That question dealt with the difference between types of damage such as fire, cold, and lightning, and what ...
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Sightseeing in the Astral Plane

Over the next few sessions, my group are likely to find themselves in the Astral Plane in pursuit of the current BB. They will be level 4 when this happens. However, I'd like being in the Astral Sea/...
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What is the cost of returning to Barovia? (Adventure League Season 4, (04-14) Curse of Strahd)

After getting out of Barovia in Dark Lord, what is the cost of going back to Barovia, in terms of GP or downtime, if there is one? This is for D&D Adventurer's League 4-14. After I finish the ...
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How could you build a party to minimize the need for long rests? [on hold]

This is an extension of a previous question that comes in two parts, and is based on the following problem. I've personally been in multiple encounters where the module as written assumed that the ...
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Does piercing damage ignore Armor Class?

How exactly does piercing damage work against an enemy? Does it ignore AC? Or am I way off with my idea behind how the damage type works?
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Is a GM hiding rolls standard? [on hold]

I haven't been playing D&D for too long, maybe a year, but the DM of the main campaign I'm in always hides his dice rolls. I don't have an issue with it, but when I play with another group the DM ...
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Character abandoning the party

I have recently started my first D&D game using 5th edition (I'm the DM). For our first few sessions everything worked fine. The players all had fun and their characters were all developing. ...
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Support character for a primarily melee centric party to reduce resting time?

We have a party made up of a vengeance paladin, a moon druid, and an eldritch knight. What options are available for support characters specifically to help reduce the party's time spent resting? I'...
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What determines monster proficiency for skills not listed in the Monster Manual?

For each creature in the Monster Manual, a few special cases are listed for skill checks if applicable. For every other skill check, how do you determine whether the monster has proficiency? (...
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Can the DM choose to always attack me instead of my mount?

I've been trying to work out the whole "Combat while mounted" thing in 5e. My biggest question is this, if I am up against a monster (or a few), does the DM roll to see if the monster will attack me ...
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How would magic effect mass warfare? [closed]

In the campaign world of Forgotten Realms, how could mass warfare be conducted between city states? What magical options exist in 5th edition assuming the number of medium and high level NPCs is ...
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Drow Charisma over Intelligence

The Player's Handbook says that Drow can use magic, which allows them to cast the cantrip Dancing Lights, as well as cast Faerie Fire at level three and Darkness at level five. It says that Charisma ...
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Why does Intelligence seem so useless in 5e? [on hold]

Of the base stats, it seems that some are more generally useful than others. It's a common observation that Dexterity is more useful than Strength, as an example. However, the thing that's bugging me ...
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Is the game unbalanced without inspiration?

In the 5e game I am playing in, we tend to ignore inspiration (we simply don't use it, it is never awarded). While inspiration is not an optional rule, the phb states the following (emphasis mine): ...
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What grade is required of gems used as spell material components?

Quite a few higher-level spells require x GP of gemstone or gemstone dust in order to cast -- I will not bother listing them here, as it'd just take up space in the question. However, the value of a ...
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How might a dex Fighter multiclass to maximize AC and damage per round?

I have a level 6 TWF monster hunter in a Curse of Strahd campaign. Quick summary of monster hunter: it's a new fighter archetype (hence TWF), it gets superiority dice to use on attack/damage and a ...
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Is “Bowgentle's Fleeting Jorney” overpowered as a 5th-level spell?

Bowgentle's Book from “Pages From the Mages” makes a cameo in Lost Mine of Phandelver in the D&D 5th Edition Starter Set. If the characters ever find this book, it will contain a couple of unique ...
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Which Paladin's Sacred Oath does the most damage?

This is my first time playing a Paladin. He just reached Level 3 and I am torn between all the Sacred Oaths. They all seem to have their advantages and disadvantages. I use the Great Weapon fighting ...
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What are the movement restrictions caused by natural webs?

In relation to the monster ability web walker, in this case from a giant spider: Web Walker. The spider ignores movement restrictions caused by webbing. The only other mentions I can find of ...
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How big is a 50 gp diamond?

The material requirement for the spell chromatic orb is a diamond worth at least 50 gp, but in the Dungeon Master's Guide a diamond is listed under the 500 gp gem list. How small would a diamond be ...
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Is there a reason that there are no magic items that set charisma, wisdom or dexterity to 19?

The DMG provides the following stat-increase items: Gauntlet of Ogre Power (Strength) Headband of Intellect (Intelligence) Amulet of Health (Constitution) Each of those set a stat to "19" unless ...
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Can you move or speak while paralyzed?

I've seen in the rules for the Paralyzed condition that you can't move or speak while affected. Since it doesn't say "nor," I assume that you are either unable to speak or unable to move. So I wanted ...
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What makes a weapon magical, for the purpose of immunity to non-magical weapons?

I am planning on having an encounter with a monster that has immunity to basically any attack from a non-magical weapon. Now, my players mostly have weapons with magical qualities, but they are not ...
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What is the spellcasting modifier of a spell cast from a magic item?

I'm making some fun magical items and one of the effects is that it can cast a 2nd level spell, scorching ray, and the spell description says, "Make a ranged spell attack for each ray." But what if a ...
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How do I add an animal companion in Hero Lab for 5th Edition D&D?

My group is playing D&D 5E, and as DM I use Hero Lab to manage the character sheets because I find it easy to use (normally), and it can be used via tablets, which saves on ink and paper cost. ...
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Are Erinyes' Hellish Weapons poisonous in a PC's hands?

So the entry for Erinyes has the following: Hellish Weapons. The erinyes's weapon attacks are magical and deal an extra 13 (3d8) poison damage on a hit (included in the attacks). Then we ...
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Without home brew, are there ways of carrying illusions?

I'm playing an illusionist wizard that is going to be level 11 soon. As the ability of a level 6 illusionist wizard states: Malleable Illusions: Starting at 6th level, when you cast an illusion ...
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Is a spell's area set before damage is applied?

Triggered by the question about a fireball in a box, I was curious as to what the specific order of operations is with respect to spell resolution. I have been unable to find any information which ...
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What do I do with a player who's always trying to go out on their own to farm XP?

This is my first time being a DM, and one of my players (the reason I became a DM), is constantly going out on their own, hunting or stealthing ahead of the group, to kill things before any one else ...
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Do Fireballs generate explosive force?

My reading of the rules concerning Fireball and Delayed Fireball in 5e work it out to be something along the lines of "the caster picks a point in space, and when the spell goes off (or after some ...
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Can a mute warlock make normal use of the Voice of the Chain Master class feature?

I just made a warlock that has The Great old one as his patron, and Pact of the chain, However I wanted to make the warlock a mute Through losing his tongue(only communicating through his Awakened ...