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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Passive wisdom (perception): does one add WIS mod + percep skill?

I'm new to D&D. There seems to be a discrepancy between the 5e Starter Set Rulebook and the associated character sheets. The Rulebook says that a passive wisdom (percep) score is "10 + the ...
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Foxes for druids and rangers

I’m starting a new D&D5 campaign. One of my players loves foxes, so I would like to provide them as an option for wild shape and animal companions, along with a giant variant. Unfortunately, the ...
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Is there a specific gauntlet to test home-brewed character classes?

Recently I've been trying to play test my custom character class by running it through a dungeon I developed and ran for a party last year. The class focuses around the idea of collecting monster ...
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Do spells such as Hex and enhance ability affect attacks rolls?

Do spells such as Hex or enhance ability affect attack rolls made using the affected ability score? These spells reference advantage/disadvantage on ability checks, but I am unsure whether an attack ...
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Shatter spell versus mundane weapons and armor

I have a player who likes to use the shatter spell. The description says it will do the same damage to the targets' armor and weapons that it does to the targets. Right now, I don't have an easy ...
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How does switching weapons work?

How does switching, or dropping, weapons work in D+D 5e? Does it take an action? For instance, if I have a polearm equipped, can I switch to two handaxes, throw the handaxes, and then switch back to ...
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Building Doctor Strange as a SorcLock for Adventurers League

I'm building a character for organized play. The design goal is to create a versatile support caster that's more of a Swiss Army knife than a straight blaster. The build concept is a variant human ...
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Do you get max hit dice value + CON towards HP when you first dip into another class?

When first starting a character your given full value on the class hit die + your constitution modifier, e.g. a first level monk's HP die is 1d8+con, lets say 2 for this example, which gives him 10 ...
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Is your ability to hit someone in D&D 5e independent of whether they are holding a weapon?

As I have looked over the D&D 5e combat it seems that whether or not one can hit someone with an attack has no relation to whether or not that person or monster is holding a weapon, because ...
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Why is spellcasting not improvisational, like martial combat is?

From my reading of the D&D 5e PHB, as well as other answers on this site (see Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying "I attack"?), it appears that martial combat is ...
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Are ranged attack within melee reach disadvantaged if non-adjacent?

In D&D 5e, moving within reach of an opponent does not provoke any attacks of opportunity unless you leave the opponents reach. Ranged attacks have disadvantage if you're next to an opponent. ...
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How exactly does the Attack Bonus on Weapons work in DnD 5e?

Completely new to DND and jumped in with the 5th Edition with a group of similarly inexperienced players. Searched around but can't find an answer for this. What exactly is the Attack Bonus listed on ...
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What is the role of different damage types in D&D 5e

I'm not sure I understand the purpose of the different types of damage, i.e. if I take 3 cold damage as opposed to 3 fire damage, I lose 3 hit points, but what else? Is the only purpose that maybe I ...
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Purpose of spell attack modifier

In the 5e Player Handbook, the Wizard Class on page 114 defines a Spell Attack modifier, but the spells I have looked at all specify attack damage without using this modifier or mentioning it. I can't ...
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Is knocking someone prone worth it?

In 4e, proning was a Defender's best friend. Easy to get with Flail Expertise or Polearm Momentum, and it provided a great reward: no shift+charge for the enemy. It improved your stickiness greatly. ...
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Animated Armor Trap

In the Dungeon Master's Basic Rules, one of the monsters that was featured is Animated Armor. I was disappointed that they did not address the possibility of intelligent animated armor attempting to ...
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Is it better to take the array and be Joe Average, or to roll for the odds of getting on average better scores?

I am new to D&D. I was looking at character creation for D&D 5th edition. There were a few ways one could generate ability scores. I assumed the optional method of taking the numbers ...
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Does passive perception supersede active perception? [duplicate]

If a player makes an active perception check and it is lower than their passive perception, should we use the passive perception instead? Background: During our weekly game yesterday the party scout ...
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D&D 5e Passive Perception confusion

So, I'm trying to figure out how to run the scene from the beginning of Lost Mine of Phandelver (5e starter set) where the party is ambushed by goblins and I'm really confused as to how Passive Wisdom ...
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Can elves sleep / dream?

The PHB of D&D 5e says that elves can't be put to sleep by magic (see under "Fey Ancestry"), and that they "don't need to sleep" (under "Trance".) Note that neither of these statements deny their ...
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What was bardic performance like in the D&D Next playtest?

My RPG group is made up of players who had all played either 2nd or 3rd edition before, where bards had a combat-bonus ability significantly different than what's in D&D 5. In both older ...
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Can I delay my turn in D&D 5e?

Has the delay rule to change initiative order been removed from 5th edition? I cannot find it in the PHB. In 4th edition, you can delay your turn to trigger on an action or another turn.
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How can the petrification from flesh to stone be removed?

In 5e's version of flesh-to-stone, if the spell is maintained for the full minute duration, the effect (petrification) lasts until "removed". How can this effect be removed?
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Can you Dash twice on the same turn?

The Dash actions in 5e gives you extra movement for the current turn (equal to your speed). If I have an effect (like the Expeditious Retreat spell or the monk's Step of the Wind feature) which allows ...
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Why would I ever choose rolling hit points?

In DnD 5th edition, all classes seemingly have the option of rolling hit points -or- just increasing their hit points by a set value. That set value is defined as the dice roll's average, rounded up. ...
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Does Crossbow Expert's point-blank attack benefit apply to all ranged attacks?

The Crossbow Expert feat gives three benefits, the first of which is explicitly tied to crossbows and the last of which to only hand crossbows. But in the middle, there is: Being within 5 feet of ...
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Is Con modifier × level added to HP every level-up?

I am new to D&D and I'm starting with the 5th edition. I have a question about how many hit points I have for a level. I am confused about the con modifier per level and if it is added to first ...
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What can characters observe about their own and others' hit point totals?

Question is in the title. Some examples of use cases: Are PCs supposed to know how many HP an enemy has left? If not, do they know anything about the enemy HP total, or do they just observe whether ...
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Can you ready an action for “immediately before my next turn”?

I have two actions that I want to do one right after the other, while trying to avoid anything happening between the two actions that could interfere with my plan. What I want to do is, on one turn, ...
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Mundane Saving Throws

I understand that 5e has abilities and spells which require you to use the different ability saves but under which mundane (assuming no magic or monster abilities) circumstances would you use either ...
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Can you move before using the bonus attack from the Great Weapon Master feat?

One of the benefits of the Great Weapon Master feat is: On your turn, when you score a critical hit with a melee weapon or reduce a creature to 0 hit points with one, you can make one melee ...
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Can a mount attack while it is being ridden?

This came up in my session tonight. My players all had the cash to buy war horses and outfit them, I ruled that they're readily available in Neverwinter which they were near for their last adventure. ...
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How to get advantage on all four ranged attacks in one round?

Specifically, I want to attack 4 times with Eldritch Blast as a 17th level Warlock. What is the easiest and cheapest way to gain advantage on all 4 attacks? Enhanced Ability is nice, but is not on ...
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Help, in 5th edition D&D do my modifiers go up, how and why? [closed]

In dnd 5th edition, do my modifiers go up when I level up and how and why?
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How to play without maps or minis? [duplicate]

How does one go about DMing a game where the battles all occur within the theater of the mind?
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Can I use the Fast Hands bonus action to control Mage Hand?

My character is a level one high elf rogue, so I picked mage hand as his high elf cantrip. When he gets to level three, I plan on picking the Thief archetype. Can he use the fast hands bonus action ...
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Ringed Wall of Fire: How does the damage sequence go?

When casting WoF, you can cast it as a ring, and designate the inside of the ring to be the damage side (thus, everyone inside must save or take 5d8 at the time of casting). The spell then says ...
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Can Monks gain the benefit of the Dual Wielder Feat with their Unarmed Strikes?

Simply put - can the Monk class use the Dual Wielder Feat with: A (monk) weapon and an unarmed strike? An unarmed strike "in each hand"? Admittedly this is a similar question to this post about ...
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Can I requisition Plate Armor? [duplicate]

The Soldier Background allows one to: your rank to exert influence over other soldiers and requisition simple equipment or horses for temporary use. No value is placed as a limit to this ...
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What can a soldier requisition and for how long?

In the military rank feature it says the soldier can "requisition simple equipment or a horse for temporary use". What qualifies as simple equipment, any simple weapon or something less complex than a ...
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What is a slam attack?

Any number of monsters in D&D 5e (and previous editions, but 5e is my concern) have attacks labeled Slam. What, descriptively, does an attack of this kind entail? For example, doppelgangers have ...
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Are any 5e multiclassing options particularly strong compared to the base classes? [closed]

In D&D 3.5e, in my experience, multiclassing was a very common choice, and the prestige class system, where you're basically always going off of the base classes at high level anyway made taking a ...
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Is Sunbeam's beam considered sunlight, for the purposes of Sunlight Hypersensitivity?

Compare Sunbeam's opening line: "A beam of brilliant light flashes out from your hand in a 5-foot-wide, 60-foot-line." to Sunburst's opening line: "Brilliant sunlight flashes in a 60-foot ...
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Limitations on the Conjurer's Minor Conjuration ability

There are some clearly defined limitations already on this ability, however... Does normal "wear and tear" count as damage? (I.e. I'm in a fight without a weapon, and create, say, a dagger or club. ...
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Which is likely to provide more chances to OA, Polearm Master or Sentinel (with War Caster)?

I'm wielding a staff focus, which doubles as a quarterstaff; so, it seems that Polearm Master + War Caster allows a PC to cast spells as reactions to enemies that enter its reach. Similarly, ...
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Attacks of Opportunity while holding a reach and a non-reach weapon

If I wield a Whip in one hand and say a dagger in the other. When does someone provoke attacks of opportunity from me? If someone moves from 5ft to 10ft he has technically moved out of my reach ...
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Is there a list of wizard spells by level by school?

I want to try making a wizard for my next character but noticed that the spell lists are poorly sorted when choosing an arcane tradition. After a quick google search turned up nothing useful I thought ...
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How many sorcery points does twin spell use when copying a spell cast with a higher level slot?

The sorcerer ability Twin Spell (PH 102) reads: When you cast a spell that targets only one creature and doesn't have a range of self, you can spend a number of sorcery points equal to the spell's ...
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When using a grid for combat, do corners grant cover?

We are using a grid for combat with D&D 5th. In the diagram below the grey area are walls. If A attacked B, would B have any cover from A?
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Does 5th edition have the equivalent of Taking 20?

In 3rd edition D&D there was the option to Take 10 or Take 20 on a skill check. Does an equivalent rule exist in 5th edition? If the answer is no, have you tried houseruling it in, and what ...