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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Changing elements for spells

I think I remember in an older version of D&D allowing you to change a fire spell into a cold-based spell, or vice versa. In 5E, is there any way to allow you to alter say a Scorching Ray into a ...
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What is the highest level encounter you can come across? [on hold]

So, we have a rule, that in-game, if (any) player gets bored and starts building a dice tower... RANDOM ENCOUNTER! The rule is that the dice tower height x the number of players currently in play ...
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What is the Fastest a Character Can Move in One Turn?

At level 20 with any magic items in the DMG, and any spells, what is the fastest a DnD 5e character could move using their movement? (i.e., not including teleportation)
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How can I get the most synergy out of this Paladin/Warlock multi-class combination?

I'm planning on playing a Paladin/Warlock in an upcoming game and I've picked the Oath of Vengeance, and Great Old One Patron/Pact of Tome. I've made my backstory (island home sunk when invaded by ...
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Does Ray of Enfeeblement affect a Hunter's Mark too?

If a creature is affected by Ray of Enfeeblement, reducing the damage of strength based attacks by half, and that creature attacks another affected by Hunter's Mark, is the Hunter's Mark damage also ...
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Are 5e Druids able to transform into Magical Beasts, or are they restricted to ordinary beasts? [duplicate]

so I just wanted to know whether druids could transform into magical beats such as the Winter Wolf in 5e. Me and my friends recently started playing so it would be nice to know. Thanks.
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Can I use a Familiar or a Ranger Companion as temporary mount?

My character is a Elf Drow (Weight: 95lb, Heigth: 5'3'') so, can I use a Panther (STR 14) as a mount or at least lift me up if I'm paralyzed?
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Can I use a Wolf or a Dire-Wolf as a Warlock familiar?

I'm new at D&D and I want to create a Drow, Rogue-Warlock (First Rogue and later Warlock) but I want to have a Dire-Wolf as a familiar but I don't know if it's possible. I want it for the ...
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How do I fix an overpowered character in a party? [on hold]

I am going to be the dungeon master soon, but one member of my group is way overpowered among the rest of the members of my group. He is an orc barbarian in 5e dungeons and dragons, with 18 ...
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Specific charming rules?

In the Great Old One branch of Warlock, there is a Create Thrall effect, which states that if I touch an incapacitated creature it becomes charmed toward me but it describes nothing else about the ...
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Using downtime activity to research spells

I run a D&D 5E campaign. I have a player who is playing a wizard. This player would like to use his downtime to learn new spells. Specifically, he doesn't want to create any new spells of his ...
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How do I determine an NPC's skill levels?

When developing a new NPC, how do I ensure that they have close to the skill rankings that I would expect them to have, yet not make them more powerful than the PCs? As an example, I want a noble ...
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Can I use an ability increase across two abilities or just 1?

When I level my paladin to level 4, I get an Ability Score improvement. Can I choose any ability score to improve? I can upgrade one by 2 or two by 1, correct?
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What level would a Guildmaster Be? [on hold]

So in my 5e campaign, the players will be studying under the Guildmaster of each of their classes. Each Guildmaster is the head of all the guilds in the country, so they'd be pretty badass. They work ...
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In what state is a person affected by Hypnotic Pattern? Can they make saving throws?

I'm reading the Hypnotic Pattern description and it says "Charmed, Incapacitated, Speed (0)" and "Snaps out of it, if being shaken or takes damage." Then I read the various states you can be under: ...
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How to Run a Trial Based on Skills? [on hold]

So I will be putting my group through a final exam in their knight training. I wanted to have each trial in the exam based off of one of the six Dungeons and Dragons attributes. I figured that ...
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Can monsters with multiattack take grapple and shove actions?

If lets say... an Owlbear which has the multiattack trait wants to knock someone down and grapple them. Can the owlbear replace the 2 attack actions covered under the multiattack with a grapple and a ...
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Pushing enemies into/over difficult terrain or cliffs in 5e?

In previous editions of Dungeons and Dragons there was typically a reasonable assurance of being able to resist/avoid forced movement, or a way to prevent being harshly penalized for it (saving throw ...
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Does Owning a Shop or Trading Post Really Cost Me Money?

The Dungeon Master's Guide on page 127 lists the costs of maintaining various buildings. While some of these make sense, of note is that Shops and Trading posts are listed. This means that, rather ...
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How much does a house cost in D&D 5e

Im running my players through the LMoP starter campaign and the fighter character with an aversion to low standard living arrangements is interested in buying a local home that she could be ...
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How do Contests and Saving Throws interact?

Say I have a Stunned opponent, and I roll to grapple them. Stunned says this: Stunned A stunned creature is incapacitated (see the condition), can’t move, and can speak only falteringly. ...
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Do you break concentration on your current sustained spell if a new concentration spell you try to cast fails?

If I'm sustaining Enhance Ability on myself by concentration, and then during a combat that arises a few minutes later, I try to cast Hold Person on an enemy, but they pass their first roll to save ...
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Geas spell effect [closed]

From page 244, PHB - description of the 5th level spell Geas: You place a magical command on a creature that you can see within range, forcing it to carry out some service or refrain from some ...
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How do spells which affect fire interact with magical fire?

Specifically, the question came up in tonight's session whether the spell Gust of Wind would extinguish the flames created by the spell Wall of Fire. How about stronger or weaker spells that interact ...
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How can I redeem the unjust?

I'm playing a LN paladin (vengeance)/warlock (Great Old One/Tome) soon, and I want to redeem enemies I deem worthy of my mercy. With create thrall I expect to be in complete control of an enemy at ...
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D&D 5E Tarrasque Encounter [closed]

I am aware of the danger of having PC's trying to fight the thing. I using as closely correct lore as possible how can I arrange the encounter? So it's 5th edition Forgotten Realms, Faerun. ...
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Is there any way I can doff armor in a single turn?

Lets say I'm a sorcerer disguised as a fighter and I'm wearing that fighter's plate armor. According to RAW, I can't cast spells because I'm not proficient in heavy armor. Is there any way (in RAW) I ...
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How can you perceive burrowing?

So, I ran across a video saying that some burrowing creatures can be used as mounts by ...either gnomes or forest elves, I forget which, in 5e. Well, sure it will be slow, but according to what I ...
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Grappling size categories [duplicate]

In the 5e PHB in Grappling it states, "The target of the grapple must be no more than one size larger than you, . . ." Then, in the grapple feat in chapter 6, the last bullet point in that feat ...
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5e Battle Master, is an “Unarmed Strike” considered a “Weapon attack?”

For the purposes of the fighter "Battle Master" subclass, whenever a maneuver calls for a "weapon attack" does that include an unarmed strike?
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Can I two-weapon fight unarmed?

I want to make a fighter whose primary weapons are his unarmed attacks using the Tavern Brawler feat. If I take the Two Weapon Fighting style would that work with 2 unarmed strikes? In the weapons ...
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Is there any way for a 3rd level Human Eldritch Knight to have a sustainable source of dark vision?

I am playing a Human Eldritch Knight in D&D 5E, and as I am not a demi-human blessed with dark-vision, while the rest of the party are, I have to be burdened with a light source. Half of the ...
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Is there a resource of complementary monsters? [closed]

When I populate a castle, dungeon, landscape etc - I want it all to make sense. For some monsters (like the Orc) the Monster Manual says what other monsters you would expect to find nearby - but is ...
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Can Detect Magic reveal illusions?

In 5th edition, would Detect Magic reveal illusions such as Invisibility, Disguise Self, etc? While it would not reveal the nature of the illusion, it would reveal that one is present I believe. I ...
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Handling a dead PC in D&D 5e Starter Kit adventure

I'm trying to introduce roleplaying to a few younger members of my family. I figured that the D&D 5e starter kit would be the best place to start. A couple of sessions into The Lost Mine of ...
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How does Elemental Adept change the damage dice?

The Elemental Adept feat says that I can treat any 1 on the damage dice as a 2. Does that meant that, if I've chosen fire, when casting the Fire Bolt cantrip I can roll 2d20 instead of 1d10?
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How does extra damage work for critical hits?

I'm a bit confused on how extra damage works for critical hits. Let's take the following example: A thief with sneak attack rolls a crit. I'm under the impression he rolls double his normal attack ...
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How to implement Incremental Advancement in D&D 5th edition

I'm starting off a new 5th edition campaign, which will hopefully hopefully be running long term. We've played some 13th age and one of the things the players really enjoyed was the Incremental ...
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How can I increase the 'special modifiers' section of my spell saving throw?

I've been looking into ways to make it harder for monsters to make savings throws against me, and I noticed savings throws = 8 + your spellcasting ability modifier + any special modifiers. What is the ...
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How to handle Riding Horses in combat situations (Animal Handling)

Riding horses and Warhorses have a big price difference, so I'm trying to figure out their different abilities, beyond the barding thing. On the PHB all they say about Animal Handling is :"When ...
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If I design a PC for use as an NPC, how much XP should he give when killed?

As part of an early quest, my PCs are likely to face off against a wizard. The problem here is that the stat block for Mage NPCs listed in the Basic Rules has a Challenge Rating of 6, while the PCs ...
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Can my Ranger's pet continue to attack if I am knocked out?

In the core book for 5e D&D, it says you have to command your pet to take an action every round, so on the surface it would seem that if you are knocked out or are dying your pet will not be able ...
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Are Warforged PCs affected by healing differently than other PCs?

I have a player who just created a warforged barbarian. The Unearthed Arcana brought warforged and artificers but didnt mention how they are healed. Is he stuck with half healing from regular spells? ...
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How can I fairly knock a player unconscious for a doppelganger swap? [closed]

I am DM'ing a D&D 5e campaign online using Roll20, and I want to introduce a section where a PC is swapped out for a doppelganger. I have come up with a plan/scenario where a character can be ...
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How do the Spirit Guardian and Sanctuary spells interact?

A player in my group asked the DM: What if Cleric 1 was to cast Spirit Guardians and go for the heart of battle Then Cleric 2 cast Sanctuary on him Then Cleric 1 just sits there not actively ...
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How to make sense of having one's passive Perception better than the active one? (e.g. when one takes the Observant feat) [closed]

Doesn't the Observant feat make you see more, when you're not actually looking? Or if you'd like me to rephrase that: doesn't it make you notice more, where you're not actively trying to notice ...
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Can a Peryton Dive Attack and Multiattack in the same round?

The Peryton has the following ability: "Dive Attack. If the peryton is flying and dives at least 30 feet straight toward a target and then hits it with a melee weapon attack, the attack deals an extra ...
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Is arbitrarily high ability score increase via Tomes and Manuals practically feasible?

According to "Do the Manuals and Tomes allow you to exceed 20 in an ability score? And can they be stacked?" you can stack their use to increase an ability score multiple times, even beyond 20. So in ...
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Can you trap an opponent in a Cube of Force with you?

If you use the fifth face of a Cube of Force in 5E, can you trap the creature inside the cube with you, so he cannot escape (with the exception of DD or teleport)? No living matter, no non-living ...
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Do the Manuals and Tomes allow you to exceed 20 in an ability score? And can they be stacked?

I am looking at items like Manual of Bodily Health, Tome of Clear Thought, etc. Quoting from Manual of Bodily Health If you spend 48 hours ... your Constitution score increases by 2, as does ...