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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What happened to the Permanency spell?

As the title asks, I'm curious about why the permanency spell isn't in 5e. It's not in the PHB, DMG, or any forum page on the interwebs. It's been incorporated into various spells like True Polymorph ...
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Do creatures that are hit with poison attacks (or take poison damage) become Poisoned?

Appendix: POISONED: A poisoned creature has disadvantage on attack rolls and ability checks. Would this condition ever be applied to a creature that's stung by giant scorpion's tail-sting ...
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How to calculate Attack Bonus as a 5th Level Monk

Starting out at 5th level, and I am not sure how to calculate attack bonus. The reason I have this question is because with the Martial Arts feat(?) it says that I would use DEX instead of STR for ...
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How do plate armor and swim speeds interact?

If a PC has plate armor, Str 19, and dons a Cloak of the Manta Ray, can they swim 60 ft. as the DMG says (p. 159), or do they suffer penalties for swimming in heavy armor even with a magically-granted ...
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What happens to armor when you transform into a werebear?

I have a medium sized PC who is wearing plate armor. If he turns into a werebear, what happens to the armor? The MM states that any equipment it is carrying isn't transformed. Since the medium sized ...
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Does using a climbing speed prevent casting spells with somatic components?

I've been using Spiderclimb occasionally in my escapades to climb onto walls and ceilings and cast spells from a safe position. It never really occurred to me until just now of how that looks or ...
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Does climbing during combat consume your Action?

During combat a player of mine wanted to climb an easily scaled 10' rock wall. Normally climbing requires extra Movement costs, and I called for a DC 10 Strength (Athletics) check to make the climb ...
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Is a Pike a Long Spear?

I am currently making a Tempest Cleric of Talos in 5th Edition D&D. While researching Talos on the Forgotten Realms Wikia, I read that his favored weapon is a lightning bolt and in a parenthetical ...
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What happens if you Twin Spell a spell that requires concentration?

Can your character maintain concentration on two spells? If concentration is broken, do both spells fall, or are separate checks made on each?
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Can you use the D&D 5e player's handbook in a 3.5e game?

I'm new to D&D so I got the 5e player's handbook, my friend and his pals only play 3.5 e. Can I use my book and player sheet to play in their game?
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How can I stop a PC from getting teleported by BBEG? [on hold]

An evil god wants to teleport the party to his realm to get killed. Fortunately, the PCs go to the Imperial Religious Sect just before the BBEG decides to act. I was just wondering what spell the high ...
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Can I use a bonus action before my action?

In D&D 5e can I use my bonus action before my action? For example if I wanted to cast Ensnaring Strike before my action to benefit from the bonus immediately. Is this OK, or is a bonus action ...
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When casting a spell with War Caster feat reaction does it use up a spell slot?

War Caster When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature rather than making an opportunity attack. ...
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How do I calculate DPR for spellcasters?

The title says it all: it's fairly simple to get a melee/ranged attacker's DPR with the formula but what about Spellcasters? I'm trying to gauge an NPC antagonist spellcaster's Offensive Challenge ...
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What is Armor Class used for?

I have never understood or found any answer to how to use your AC. Is it something the GM have to keep in mind all the time to reduce or add damage to specific players based on how high their AC is, ...
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Do I empower a spell after or before I cast it?

I wanted to know if I (as a sorcerer with empower spell metamagic) have to say that I'm empowering a spell before I cast it, or can I see the damage roll and then say I'm empowering it?
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What Paladin fighting styles are usable while wild shaped?

What fighting style, if any, can I choose from Paladin 2 that will help in beast form? I have a plan for a half orc Paladin/Druid build, but I want to make sure this aspect of the build works before I ...
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Does the half orc's Reckless Attack work when wild shaped?

Does the half orc Reckless Attack work in beast form? I have a plan for a half orc Paladin/Druid build, but I want to make sure this aspect of the build works before I play the character.
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Does Smite work while wild-shaped?

Does Smite work in beast form? I have a plan for a half orc Paladin/Druid build, but I want to make sure this aspect of the build works before I play the character.
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My novice players slaughtered some NPCs out of hand. Do I write this off as a learning mistake or show them the consequences of actions?

I have two roleplaying newbies in a 5th edition D&D campaign. I started them at level 1 to prepare them for joining some more experienced players for a level-4 campaign in the near future. The ...
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How do you choose Spells Known when creating a new character above 1st level?

It's not clear to me how to choose Spells Known when creating a new character at a higher level. Let's take the Bard as a working example first: Bard level 2: Spells Known: 5 Slots per Spell ...
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When turning undead in close confines, what do trapped undead do?

Turn Undead says the creatures turned must run away from you. But it also says they can't willingly move to a space within 30 feet of you. If I am in a small zombie-infested room, and there's a door ...
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Can an undead character use a paladin's turn undead ability?

I'm planning a NPC for a campaign I'm getting ready to run. The NPC is a paladin who was killed and returned as a revenant. Within the revenant description they mention that some revenants can keep ...
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Does Wind Soul (Storm Sorcerer) stack with the Mobile feat?

The Storm Sorcerous Origin (from Unearthed Arcana) includes the following feature: Wind Soul At 18th level, you gain a flying speed of 60 feet... The Mobile feat (PHB, pg 168) includes the ...
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How to scale down Princes of the Apocalypse for a 3-adventurer party?

I recently just finished DMing Lost Mines of Phandelver with a 3 player party and it went great. Just removed a couple of enemies here and there and it was smooth. I ordered PotA and have started ...
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Consequences of a Tumble and Overrun

Page 272 of the DMG states: Overrun When a creature tries to move through a hostile creature's space, the mover can try to force its way through by overrunning the hostile creature ...
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Do Armour of Agathys and Mirror Image stack?

I'm making a passive warlock tank. The idea being that I cast Armour of Agathys for the temporary hit points and the Mirror Image to keep me alive longer. It will be a solo NPC opponent for a 5/6 PC ...
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How should I go about stabbing my friend in the back? [closed]

I'll let that title sit there for a second while I explain my situation. So, first off - recently the DM let slip that his current campaign is loosely based on the Star Wars trilogy (which one ...
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How to determine initiative for a summoned creature entering an ongoing combat?

Lets consider that a creature is summoned during an ongoing fight: Does it roll initiative normally? Does it have to wait a whole round to act? Can it act before other creatures (assuming it's got ...
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Rogue with Mirror Image up and Sentinel feat

If I'm playing a Rogue with the Mirror Image spell and possess the Sentinel feat, do I get an opportunity attack if an enemy attacks me in melee but hits a mirror image instead? Would this trigger a ...
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Flaming Sphere AOE

In the PHB description of the Flaming Sphere reads, "...any creature that ends its turn within 5 feet of the sphere must..." Does this mean flaming sphere effects a sphere with the diameter of 15 feet ...
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How much time should travelling through a country take? [closed]

Im creating my world right now, and i have the basic layout What i've been thinking about, is how large it should be, and im not sure how to do it to maximize the fun in the game. At the moment i ...
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Paladin + Multi-Attack + Smite = Overpowered? [closed]

In the AL game that I run a player's paladin rocks the polearm master paladin. He has been able to triple smite every big boss that I've thrown at him so far leaving me feeling a sense similar to an ...
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Does an Action Surge grant a second bonus action?

We were trying to understand how the "Action Surge" rule works, and after some discussion we came to a standstill. Starting at 2nd level, you can push yourself beyond your normal limits for a ...
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How to assign exp for indirect kills

During the last session, my players sneaked into a camp at night. A lot of enemies (several tens) were resting in their tents. My players managed to set fire to the tents without being caught and so ...
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Dodging during mounted combat

I have a question about mounted combat. The PHB says (p. 198): The initiative of a controlled mount changes to match yours when you mount it. It moves as you direct it, and it has only three ...
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How to optimize a bard/paladin in 5e?

I have a 9th level tiefling Valor bard, who I think would be interesting as a bard/paladin. Her current spell list is action/advantage denial heavy with a few utility spells; I'd like to enhance her ...
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Can a Half-Elf reach Charisma 22 naturally?

This question isn't just about Half Elves specifically, but playing as a Half Elf Bard this came to mind. I know that when you reach levels, such as level 4, that you cannot raise an ability score ...
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Where can I find the rules on acuiring or training beast companions in D&D 5e? [duplicate]

Tonight during our game session a player asked if he could buy a mastiff companion, but I could not find any rules that governed the acquiring of companions. I'm not sure if he wants to use the animal ...
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How do D&D 5e Barbarian resistances work?

I have a player who recently joined my current game who thinks he only takes 1/4 damage from bludgeoning, slashing and piercing damage. He claims that the resistance granted by barbarian rage stacks ...
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Have I missed how to calculate the DC for knowing Monster characteristics?

My players often want to see if they know something about a monster or not, specially stuff like weaknesses and resistances. I have this idea that there should be somewhere in the MM or DMG explaining ...
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DnD starter kits and buying equipment [duplicate]

The rules of 5e say that I can use my gp to buy gear instead of the class starter kit. In that case, does that mean that I can use both weapons from the starter kit and weapons that I buy? Or do I ...
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How do skills work?

I am a new player creating a rogue character and I'm struggling to understand how the skill system works. I've spent about an hour searching through the Basic Rules and can't find anything. I'm ...
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How can I tell how powerful an NPC is without being explicitly told?

Recently in a session, I almost caused our party to fight a lich at level 5. For dnd 5e, a lich has a CR of 21. There were a few clues to his strength that I missed, such as being locked in a room ...
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My campaign calls for characters of a certain level for the final boss fight. How do I best get them there?

In a custom 5e campaign I've designed, the big boss is a very powerful entity. It is not stylistically reasonable for the players to fight it below level 17. They are currently level 6. My planned ...
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How does mounted combat work?

I couldn't find a direct explanation for these questions in the PHB: Is it possible to wield two-handed weapons, a shield or dual wield whilst mounted? Is it possible for a rogue to dash in, attack, ...
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I keep forgetting about lighting in the heat of a session. How do I remember my notes?

One thing I’ve been struggling with as a newbie GM is keeping track of how light or dark a certain room is. My players and I have been playing a D&D 5e starter campaign with me as the GM. I might ...
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Does magic armor stack with a magic shield?

Does the magical bonus of armor and a shield stack? For example, would a PC with a +2 armor and a +2 shield be able to stack both bonuses?
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Who can charge a ring of storing?

Ring of spell storing specifies that it requires attunement. That's fine, that makes sense for using the ring. But the text on charging it states that 'Any creature can cast a spell...' Does the ...
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Hit dice vs Hit Points [closed]

Old 1E player now getting back into 5E. What are HIT DICE? I understand hit points and a 3rd level player has rolled 3 times for HP ( I do like the MAX at first level and then roll option) but what ...