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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Would allowing a druid to wildshape into aberrations/monstrosities still be unbalanced with the following restrictions?

I am making a Circle of the Moon druid, and when I flipped through the monster manual to see what I could transform into I was struck by how much cooler Aberrations and Monstrosities are than Beasts. ...
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What do you roll Insight against when the other person is telling the truth?

Frequently it comes up that characters will be talking to an NPC and one of them will say something similar to "Do I believe him?" "Roll an insight check." If they're lying, it's simple: an Insight ...
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How do the disguise kit and forgery kit work?

Many of the kits and tools described in the PHB (p. 154) state something like: Proficiency with this kit lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability check you make to create [visual ...
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How to change Charger to make it useful [on hold]

Feats are expensive. Taking one means giving up a +2 on your main stat, for the average weapon user it means around 20% DPR as opportunity cost. And I do not see any reason for a non-melee weapon user ...
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Does “Invisibility” require sight to maintain concentration? [duplicate]

So, one of the spellcasters in my group wants to cast invisibility on the thief to have him scout out a dungeon. The Players Handbook doesn't specifically say the caster must be in sight range of the ...
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Can Eldritch Blast be Twinned? [duplicate]

I was just reading this on an online max-DPR build and there were some who thought using the metamagic twinned spell on the warlock cantrip was illegal, and some who thought the opposite. Twinned ...
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Would being able to wild-shape into aberrations/monstrosities be unbalanced?

I am making a Circle of the Moon druid, and when I flipped through the monster manual to see what I could transform into I was struck by how much cooler Aberrations and Monstrosities are than Beasts. ...
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How do polymorph-like spells interact with spellcasting capability? [on hold]

For this question I am going to define these spells as, namely, Polymorph, True Polymorph & Shapechange. You must also, for the sake of this question, disregard any creature type limitations and ...
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Can a paladin use divine smite with a thrown weapon by raw?

A paladin's divine smite says (PHB. 85), "...when you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack...", which I'm seeing two ways to interpret. "A melee attack with a weapon", so as long as it's a ...
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How does the Charger feat work with multiattack?

If I wildshape into a bear form and have the Charger feat (I'm a human druid with feat variant), can I then use Charger, charge as a bear, use the attack action granted to take a bear's multiattack, ...
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How can we prevent a sorcerer with subtle spell metamagic from casting?

The sorcerer's subtle spell metamagic states: When you cast a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to cast it without any somatic or verbal components. The description of material components ...
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How do some of the Hunter Abilities interact with Extra Attack for Rangers?

While there's several feats that could also interact with the following, I don't want this to become a ramble, so I'll stick to specifically how the Ranger and Hunter specialisation abilities interact ...
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Are spent spell slots maintained when True Polymorphing between two spellcasting forms?

True polymorph is a spell that allows you to take any form you want and it states that the targets game statistics are replaced by the new form statistics including also its mental ability scores. By ...
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How do you calculate your character's Maximum Hit Points in D&D 5th Edition?

I am very new to table top games. I have recently started playing D&D 5th Edition with a good group of people and we have a great DM. I have also purchased the 5th edition players handbook. Half ...
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Are there errors in the save bonus values within the stat blocks of some 5e monster Manual stat blocks (e.g. Dracoliches)?

Are the save bonuses of some monsters in the Monster Manual (5E) miscalculated? Looking at the dracolich (pg 84) for example, I see that it's save bonuses seem to be calculated as ability bonus +5. ...
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Does multiattack count as one “action” that does individual attacks, or is one attack that does several damages at once?

When a monster multiattacks, do you roll to hit for each piece of the multiattack, or just one roll to hit with all of the pieces? If a rogue uses Uncanny Dodge, would they take half damage of the ...
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Can a monk using Open Hand Technique knock any size category of creature prone?

The D&D 5e Player's Handbook states: Open Hand Technique Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you can manipulate your enemy’s ki when you harness your own. Whenever you ...
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Are there any documented rules about owning vanity pets in D&D?

I'd like to start by saying that I'm playing 5E, and with that, my question is whether there's has ever been in D&D in general (1E-5E) a ruleset for dealing with the idea of having Vanity Pets. ...
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What must I prepare for attending my first Encounters session?

I'm going to attend my first Encounters session next week at Dark Sphere in London. What can I expect? I understand it's episodic and it will be midway through a story. Are things wrapped up in each ...
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Why are curative spells referred to as necromancy?

Isn't magic that heals wounds, cures disease and brings someone back to life the opposite of D&D's typical definition of Necromancy?
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Can you witch bolt the bad guy you're grappling?

If you have a Warlock that has the Warcaster feat, could you grapple the enemy, then Witch Bolt it the next round? You only need one free hand to cast with Warcaster, and only one free hand to ...
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Can my familiar use the bonus attack from two-weapon fighting to make its own attack?

Two weapon fighting: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light melee weapon ...
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Will Team Martial have trouble with encounters?

I am starting a campaign and I need some help. Will a party of a Paladin and two Archer/Rangers work well, or will they have trouble with encounters of appropriate challenge rating? Major Concerns: ...
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Why does the experience-to-next-level not change between some levels?

At every level from 1st to 11th, the experience needed to reach the next level (from the current level) increases every level. However, this pattern gets broken for most of the later levels: Going ...
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Paladin Smite Spells and the Steed: Can either or both trigger the damage?

Short question How does the family of Smite spells work when a Paladin is mounted on a Paladin's Steed that was summoned by Find Steed spell? Steed and Paladin share the effects of some spells. ...
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Does a character have a penalty attacking an attached Stirge?

A Stirge attacks and on hit it attaches to the body of the adventurer and start draining blood. This "attached" or "have attached" status is not a regular condition, but in the monster description is ...
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How to kill PC without hard feelings

Reading this Question, the accepted advice for killing a player is to talk to them first. My campaign is run in a Game of Thrones style setting, the good and honorable die doing what is right, ...
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How flexible is Pact of the Blade? [duplicate]

Warlock, 3rd level boon: You can use your action to create a pact weapon in your empty hand. You can choose the form that this melee weapon takes each time you create it. Same section, a bit ...
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Counterspelling a counterspell

My party went up against two wizards. Wizard NPC 1 cast a spell, and Wizard PC used their reaction to Counterspell to try to block it. Wizard NPC 2 counterspelled Wizard PC. I have two questions about ...
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Can a pan flute be played one-handed?

I've been through the PHB and DMG and not been able to find any specific rules for this. Clearly the string instruments must be played two-handed, but I don't see why my bard couldn't be playing the ...
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Scaling a game for a large group

I have read this Question and while it gave helpful advice it is not the problem I am having. I have 6 players and an observer. They understand they need to have their turns sorted in combat and ...
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Does Elemental Adept pierce immunity?

The Elemental Adept feat causes a single damage type pierce any resistance to that type. Does this effect spread to immunity as well? For instance, if I cast Fireball on a Fire Elemental, would it ...
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Shadows and Critical Hits

I had a situation come up in the last session I ran (four times, no less). When a Shadow lands a critical hit, is the strength damage dice also multiplied? At the time I ruled no, but that had more ...
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Does a druid have to prepare new spells all at once or can he prepare some spells later?

When a druid prepares his spells he spends 1 minute per spell level, and to change the list he needs a long rest. If the druid can prepare at least 6 spells, but he only prepares 4 of them after a ...
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Best DPR Monk build at 5th level

Please help me build the best DPR monk at 5th level. Point buy stats, human and half elf are the only racial options. Mono-class monk, no dips into other classes.
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What type of damage is Sneak Attack in D&D 5e?

I have a Barbarian in my party who will be fighting versus Sneak Attack damage. The Spy from page 349 of the MM to be precise. When he rages he takes half damage from piercing, slashing and ...
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Is Bahamut the same as Paladine?

So, the DMG confirms that Takhisis and Tiamat are the same. Under the Dragon Orb description in the DMG: The dragon essence within the orb might want many things: the annihilation of a ...
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How do you decide when a paladin has fallen from grace in DnD 5e?

There does not seem to be a clear-cut way to determine when a paladin's actions have become egregious enough to justify them breaking their oath. Do a lot of minor slights eventually add up and cause ...
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How to use, and not to overuse, Insight skill checks?

I've recently begun DMing a 5th edition D&D campaign after a long time of quiescence as Dungeon Master. I really like this new take on D&D, but still, soon a problem has resurfaced, that is: ...
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What good is Friends?

I've been looking at the Friends cantrip, and the more I think about it the less useful it appears. It appears to be self-defeating: you can gain advantage in a conversation, but they'll know you ...
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How to deal with moderately armoured and shielded casters?

Background I am DMing Princes of the Apocalypse for 5e. My past campaigns (mostly 3.5 and 4e) were always quite challenging and tough, my players got quite paranoid, and understandably so. At level ...
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Can a Paladin and Cleric get married?

I roleplay a Paladin of Bahamut and there's a Cleric of Selune in my party as well who over time my Paladin has become attracted to. The idea of marriage certainly exists as I've met husbands and ...
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Is there such a thing as a Magically Animated Coin Monster?

In today's session of the D&D 5e campaign I'm participating in, our party had to fight what was essentially a anthromorphic, magically animated, pile of gold coins with a weakness to fire (it was ...
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How to accurately calculate party level for combat once they have magical items?

I'm a fan of giving my characters magical items. In the past though, I've found that magical items start making combat trivial until I started adding extra enemies just to make it more difficult. I'm ...
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Can a 3rd Edition Game use 5th Edition Characters?

I have recently purchased the 5e players book and I really like the character system in 5e but my usual DM likes to play 3e and I was wondering, are these compatible? Can I use a 5e character in their ...
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Does a caster under the effect of a True Polymorph spell retain their class levels?

The true Polymorph spell specifies that: The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of its new form ... The creature is limited in the actions it ...
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Can a Goliath bear-totem Barbarian lift 1200 lbs?

Does the Goliath's carrying capacity increase from its Powerful Build feature stack with the Barbarian's carrying capacity doubling from its Bear Totem feature? For example, would those two together ...
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Does an aarakocra's talons attack use Strength or Dexterity?

Do Aarakocra talons use STR or DEX for attack and damage? I’ve checked Monster Manual p.12 to have some clues and the higher stat for Aarakocra monster is Dex and damage is based on dex (+2) the ...
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What happens when a Paladin falls from grace?

It is stated that when a Paladin falls from grace and does not repent, they must either become an Oathbreaker or choose a new class, but what exactly happens when they fall from grace? Does the ...
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What options does my player have for seeing in the dark?

I am about to begin a campaign with a party of characters who can see in the dark - a half-elf ranger, a half-orc barbarian, and a drow elf warlock. ... and a human monk. Especially considering the ...