Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, written 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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How best to optimize a 'arcane archer'-ish half-elf sorcerer in 5e?

I'm not normally an optimizer, but my group is switching from Pathfinder to 5e, at least temporarily. My plan for the character in Pathfinder was to become an Arcane Archer (prestige class) at ...
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Does twinned spell work with magic missle?

If a sorcerer targets magic missile on one creature, can they use the twinned spell meta-magic ability to also hit another creature with the same damage?
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Making a character without a soul?

Tbh I'm kinda new to D&D, but I'm really interested in it, and I've been building a character, but I've hit a spot that I'm not sure how to handle: making a character without a soul. I was ...
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When do you add the proficiency bonus?

I am very new to DND, but I cannot seem to find when to add the proficiency bonus. From what I can tell from the character sheet, there is a proficiency bonus for a specific task, and another (on top ...
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Can disguise self give advantage in attacks

I have a character who is using disguise self to make himself look smaller and make his battleaxe appear as a simple dagger. The spell states that in this case an observer could feel that you are ...
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How to heal undead

Fifth edition seems to have removed any means of healing undead. The positive/negative energy duality of 3rd edition seems to be gone. Negative energy spells now do necrotic damage; some undead are ...
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Does death cure all ills?

In a previous answer, I mentioned the possibility of killing a character and restoring them to life as a possible method of removing conditions from them. On reflection, I have no idea whether this ...
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Do characters start with the tools their background says they are proficient in?

I find it odd that some backgrounds give the character proficiency with tools but then do not list those tools under equipment. For example, the Urchin: Tool Proficiencies: Disguise kit, thieves' ...
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Did spirit guardians just wipe out the Orc army?

I have a cleric who wants to ride a war horse (movement speed 60', dash speed 120') with a spell cast on himself. Controlling a mount does not appear to cost an action, you simply decide if you are ...
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Ways to remove exhaustion

We have a player in the game I am in playing a frenzying barbarian. Whenever they frenzy, it ends with them gaining a level of exhaustion. The penalties from exhaustion stack up quickly. Quickly ...
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Are there alterantive ways to gain xp?

I'm new to the site and DMing. Is there such a thing as non-combat experience? For example can my PC's gain xp from finding and disabling traps or secret doors, or solving a puzzle? What would be ...
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When does Armor of Agathys take affect?

Given that Damage Reduction happens first. If a character with Heavy Armor Master Prerequisite: Proficiency with heavy armor You can use your armor to deflect strikes that would kill ...
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Can someone explain how HP's stack with various spells?

OK we have a number of things that can augment hit points, from damage reduction (Master of Heavy Armor), Wards like (Arcane ward for an abjurer), Temporary hit points (False Life) and other spells as ...
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Does natural armor stack with unarmored defense?

In D&D 5E does natural armor stack with unarmored defense? We have a level 2 player who wildshaped into an animal and used its natural armor to stack with unarmored defense getting effectively ...
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Can a Wizard cast Shield in reaction to a stealth attack?

Scenario: Rogue is hidden and sneaks up to Wizard. Rogue attacks and hits the wizard with 1 above his AC. Can the wizard take his reaction to Shield from it? Shield's Casting time is 1 reaction, ...
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what can druids wild shape into? [duplicate]

Under wild shape it says "assume the shape of a beast" you have seen before, does this mean they can only transform into creatures that have the beast tag Such as bear, wolf, crocodile, ect... or can ...
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Can I benefit from magical armour while using Mage Armour?

A suit of Studded Leather sets AC to 12 + Dex. A suit of magical +1 Studded Leather gives a +1 bonus to AC while you wear it, for a total of 12 + Dex +1. Mage Armour gives an AC of 13 + Dex. This is ...
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Mage Slayer vs Hold Person

Interesting scenario was posed to me by one of my players. A fighter with the mage slayer feat is within 5 feet of a mage who casts Hold Person on the fighter. The fighter fails his save (despite ...
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Does Enhance Ability apply to attack based on that ability score?

Is a melee attack a Strength ability check, or a missile attack a Dexterity one? Say a cleric enhances the Fighter's Strength — the spell effect says the Fighter now gets advantage on Strength ...
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How does basic healing work?

Reading through the D&D 5e Player's Handbook I see that there are two types of healing: Resting (long and short rests) Magical (potions and spells) Are there any other types of healing ...
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Can I cast sanctuary as a bonus action as part of the same turn I hit someone

With sanctuary as a bonus action. Can a character simply whack someone and cast sanctuary to try and prevent retaliation, and then repeat the same combination of attack and casting sanctuary as a ...
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What can someone do while forced to doff armor from the heat metal spell

If an opponent fails a save on heated armor or weapons, do they have to start doffing their armor and dropping their weapons? The rules say you have to drop a heated weapon if you fail the save, but ...
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Do damage resistance and temp hit points from False Life and the Heavy Armor Master feat stack?

I have a multiclassed cleric/warlock with both the Heavy Armor Master feat and the Eldritch Invocation; Fiendish Vigor (which allows me to cast False Life at-will). The Heavy Armor Master feat (PHB ...
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Can non-dwarves wear Dwarf Plate?

Can non-dwarves wear Dwarf Plate... or would it have to be custom-fitted first? It was suggested to me that another option is to wear the armor with penalties.
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Twin hand crossbow Fighter: is this build valid?

The Sharpshooter feat includes an interesting feature: you can choose to take -5 penalty to hit with a ranged weapon attack to increase its damage by 10. Normally, I'd dismiss the trade-off as too ...
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Does good alignment on characters mean they are not supposed to do unlawful things (for example stealing)?

We have a group of three characters: The lawful good paladin (acolyte), the lawful good fighter (soldier) and the chaotic good druid (criminal). All try to help NPCs in need, won't fight between ...
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When is a Lightfoot Halfling obscured by another creature?

Naturally Stealthy: You can attempt to hide even when you are obscured only by a creature that is at least one size larger than you (PHB 28). I haven’t been able to find a game definition for ...
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Can magic items have permanent enchantments added to them?

If you find a magic item (+1, low power spells, etc) can you then use that item as your basis for crafting a magic item and add new enchantments to it? Like say if I find a +1 sword can I use the same ...
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How to defend against a rogue's Sneak Attack?

In our last session a melee style rogue using Sneak Attack did more damage than the warrior. That seems pretty powerful especially at low levels. Is there no way creatures can defend against a Sneak ...
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Can you attack with spells while concentrating on another?

On page 203 of the Player's Handbook it says that you can attack while concentrating on a spell. Does that include spell attacks like Magic Missile, or is it just physical melee attacks?
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Can disengage be used for offence?

So a halfling thief uses disengage to dance past two lines of guards and attack an opponent in the back row then a bonus action to run(disengage) back through the line of guards to stand behind his ...
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Can someone immediately pick up their weapon after being Disarmed?

So disarm can make someone drop a weapon at their feet. Only advantage is if others want to dash away or you need to remove a reaction parry from the opponent before they get their own turn. When the ...
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Is heat metal too powerful? [closed]

Heat metal is a 2nd level spell that lasts 1 minute (concentration), deals 2d8 damage per round, and has no save. If a Druid casts Heat metal from hiding at 60' on a knight and dashes away, then the ...
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Does your spell modifier add to your spell damage?

So I know how to calculate spell DC (8 + proficiency + modifier) and spell attack rolls (1d20 + proficiency + modifier), but I am not clear on spell damage. Namely: Do you add your spell modifier ...
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What happens to a familiar if the wizard is unconcious?

Reading over the PHB spell entry for familiars, I don't see anything about what happens to the familiar if its "owner" dies or is unconscious. I'm going to assume if the owner dies, the familiar ...
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How can a player in a PbP D&D 5e game ensure the health and fun of that game?

I recently found this question which has a lot of good advice for things that a game-master can do to ensure that the game is successful and fun for everyone involved. However, it doesn't say anything ...
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How do I finish filling out this character sheet? [closed]

I am trying to pick up D&D for the very time and need some help for my very first character creation. Here are the choices I made; Race: Half-Orc Class: Barbarian Ability Scores (rolled, ...
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How to build an evil campaign

I'm going to start DM'ing for the first time next week. When I got together with my group to figure out what type of game to play, when we got to alignment, I told them they either all needed to be ...
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Why are staves class-dependent?

Why can any player use a wand, but magical staves have class limitations? Is there a mechanical reason for it (like balance), or is it purely for flavor / game design?
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Are Paladin Tenets Subjective?

In the 5e rules as framed (not based on your own personal philosophy or opinion), are Paladin tenets, like the Oath of Vengeance's Fight the Greater Evil, meant to be subjective or objective (or is ...
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Can a Druid/Monk make unarmed strikes while Wild Shaped?

Can a Druid who is Wild Shaped preform Unarmed Strikes?
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How much do I tell new players about new monsters?

Background I am a brand-new DM, about to lead a game for brand-new players. I have a lot of knowledge of rules from playing Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights over and over, leafing through a ...
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How to Build an Optimized Battle Cleric? [closed]

I am a 3.5/Pathfinder player that will be playing in my first 5e campaign soon. I was wondering how one would go about building an optimized battle cleric. I don't need to know every spell that ...
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How can PCs create potions? [duplicate]

Related: How does one craft Potions of Healing? The DMG has been released but I can't find details for making potions. The PHB specifically states that herbalism kit proficiency is required to make ...
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How to convert a Pathfinder NPC to D&D 5th edition?

In trying to convert Rise of the Runelords for an upcoming 5th edition game. Monsters I'm simply going to swap out with the equivalents in the Monster Manual, but are there any guides for converting ...
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Handy Haversack vs. Bag of Holding

The Bag of Holding (DMG pg.153) is an uncommon magic item and has a significantly greater volume than any of the pouches (or even all combined) of Heward's Handy Haversack (DMG pg.174), which is rare. ...
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Can players “Ready” outside of combat?

Can players in 5e ready an action before combat begins? If so, does this impose any penalties? (I saw this, but it is written for 4e and IMO the answer left something to be desired)
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Attack of opportunity when moving in and out of range of a creature in the same move?

Let's say I'm 10ft away from an enemy. In my turn, I choose to move 5ft to get close enough to attack, attack, then use my remaining movement to move out of range of the enemy. Does this still allow ...
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Is Moonbeam amazing, or are we doing it wrong?

PHB pg. 261, Moonbeam: When a creature enters the spell's area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it is engulfed in ghostly flames that cause searing pain... On each of ...
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Does a spell critical do double damage?

Specifically, do you double the damage dice if a spell attack is a natural 20? This came up in a game with Guiding Bolt, which seemed really powerful with twice the damage dice. (I saw this, but ...