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How does finding herbs work?

A druid in my game wants to pick herbs as they spend the day walking. How do I DM this? Should I pick a DC based on the environment (high in the desert, lower in a meadow), and have him roll for it? ...
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Does drinking a potion permit an opportunity attack?

I've seen a question on here before that mentioned drinking a potion opens up a character to an opportunity attack, but the question was referring to Pathfinder. Is this the case for DnD 5e?
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Can a 5e D&D character acquire multiple archetypes from the same class? [duplicate]

I have a player that wants to build a Dragonborn Outlander Ranger/Sorcerer, with Slaad as the first Favored Enemy. The archetypes for the Sorcerer are Draconic Bloodline and Wild Magic. Being ...
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What is the CR/XP-Character Level relationship for opponents?

I can't seem to find information in the Monster Manual for how to design an opponent with class levels of an appropriate challenge for my 7th-level party. Perhaps this appears in the DMG? I want to ...
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Does an unconscious character accumulate damage?

Regarding damage to an unconscious character the PHB says: Damage at 0 Hit Points. If you take any damage while you have 0 hit points, you suffer a death saving throw failure. If the damage is ...
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Can you retrain the Magic Initiate spell?

This question got me thinking about the mechanics of the Magic Initiate feat when you have class levels in the class into which you were inducted. Among the classes you can pick with this feat are ...
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Do Multiclass Spellcasters Have To Spend Additional Spell Slots?

The Magic Initiate Feat has a restriction of "Once you cast [this spell], you must finish a long rest before you can cast it again". Some have argued that this prevents you from casting the spell more ...
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What happens when a familiar 'dies'?

The 5e PHB is pretty unambiguous on familiar 'death': When the familiar drops to 0 hit points, it disappears, leaving behind no physical form. It reappears after you cast this spell again. (From ...
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Can Detect Magic detect prepared spells?

Inspired by a recent question about discerning divine and arcane spellcasters, of like to hear the case for and against detecting spellcasters of either style with Detect Magic. I think you can ...
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Two-Weapon Fighting & Bonus Action in 5e

During the latest gaming session our level 3 Rogue was Two-Weapon fighting with a Rapier in the main-hand and a scimitar in the off-hand. At the completion of our gaming session I contested the ...
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Can one attack for damage after having grappled an opponent?

The grappling rules sure are... light. Supposing one has an Extra Attack: Assuming one has successfully grappled an opponent with one's first attack, can one then perform a normal attack action with ...
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Can a druid's 2 uses of wild shape be used consecutively?

A druid in my game recently obtained the Wild Shape skill, and chose the Circle of the Moon to follow. This effectively turned him into a Dire Wolf tank, since the CR of the animal he can turn into is ...
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Properly describing enemies: how much detail to provide?

Faced with a group of enemies, players in our group tend to ask for enemy descriptions in some detail--the kind of armour/clothing they're wearing (to get an idea of who are the casters, the nimble ...
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A Ranger's Feral Senses and positional awareness of invisibile creatures?

In D&D 5e, the description of hiding (PHB p177) says an invisible creature needs to stay quiet and otherwise avoid leaving signs of its passing, while the "invisible" condition (p291) says the ...
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Are there any sources more concretely describing the Shield spell? [on hold]

This question stems from an exercise in rule interpretation that happened in a friendly brawl after our game ended. A Dragonborn blasted an acid breath at a mage player who blurted out "I use the ...
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How to distinguish between arcane and divine spellcasters?

I'm making a setting where there's a large cultural importance placed on whether you're a divine or arcane caster. I was wondering if detect magic (or any other plausible and simple method) could ...
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Does the lack of automatic AC scaling mean you get easier to hit as you level up?

If I'm reading this right AC = Armor + Shield + Dex (with cap from armor) Attacks = Proficiency (increases by level) + (DEX, STR, etc) If attack bonuses increase by level and AC doesn't then ...
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Mounts in armour

Mounts can be given barding to duplicate the effect of armour at 4x the cost. However, barding makes no statement about armour proficiency, nor does the stat block for some of the more obvious mounts ...
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Casting multiple spells in a single round

In the PHB page 202 under the 'bonus action' heading it states: "You can't cast another spell during the same turn, except for a cantrip with a casting time of 1 action." This seems to state that if ...
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Can an Orc use their Aggressive trait, plus Dash, plus running?

I don't yet have a copy of the monster manual so I apologize if this is explicitly stated in there. The Orc has an "aggressive" trait that allows it to "move up to its speed toward a hostile creature ...
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Does Magic Missile really always hit a creature of choice?

The rules state: Each dart hits a creature of your choice that you can see within range Does this mean that it is a guaranteed hit? Or is it meaning that it attempts to hit and attempt is merely ...
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How does the GM determine if Thunderwave attracts unwanted attention?

A few PCs in my group have used Thunderwave quite liberally. I recently realised that it emits a boom audible up to 300 feet. When one of these booms happens, does the GM: Do nothing? Roll to ...
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Does the Sorcerer feature Draconic Resilience work with shields?

Sorcerers of the Draconic Bloodline have the following class feature (located in the Player's Handbook p. 102): Draconic Resilience [...] Additionally, parts of your skin are covered by a thin ...
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How to reward players that come prepared for non-combat, non-RP situations? I.e., real life

For example, players who either spend their starting gold on combat gear, but not items like bedrolls and rations; or who, at char creation, simply ignored the equipment packs and just loaded up on ...
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Do cantrips gained through Pact of the Tome use Charisma or their default stat?

Pact of the Tome gives Warlocks access to any 3 cantrips. The feature doesn't specify whether the cantrips use the default stat (my guess), or whether they use Cha (to make the feature more ...
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How can the Starter Set wizard have five skills?

I ran out of time making my own Elven character, so I grabbed the pre-made one from the starter set. Then I realized that the skill selection is impossible. The included High Elf Wizard comes with ...
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Are characters limited to 20th level in 5e?

Context: the last version I played was AD&D (ie. 1e) where characters could (technically) progress to unlimited levels. Looking at the 5e PHB I get a sense that 20th level is now a concrete ...
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How can I make a deal with a devil?

The tradition of summoning an extraplanar entity to bargain with is well established in the D&D lore. But they don't necessarily like being summoned for this purpose, which is why wizards usually ...
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How much should my cleric charge in a shop?

My DM is allowing PCs during downtime to find work. Thinking that my character is a cleric with the life domain might net him more during the downtime that just as a common laborer. I haven't been ...
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What are the practical limits to the Disguise Self spell in D&D 5e?

I understand that the effect of this spell is purely visual and will not stand up to physical interaction or extended inspection. But I’m wondering how specific a disguise one can make? For example, ...
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How does one dispatch a helpless opponent?

There is no coup de grace mechanic in D&D 5e like there is in previous editions. So how is a helpless opponent dispatched quickly, mechanically? Is it just a matter of giving the opponent ...
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How long does it take to equip a shield?

I'm currently playing a character that can switch fairly easily between a front-line tank and a spellcaster. I know that for my material components I will require a hand free to access my component ...
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Did Kelemvor lose the death domain to Myrkul?

I was reading the Basic Rules (V2) and Appendix B has a table with the Forgotten Realms' deities. In this table, Myrkul is listed as the "god of death", while Kelemvor is "god of the dead". Since I ...
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Surprise when kicking down a door?

So another question about surprise... Scenario: My group makes a ruckus looking through barrels, and alerts the guards in the next room of intruders. The guards ready themselves by hiding on either ...
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What is commonly known about Bruenor Battlehammer?

My Fighter is a proud Dwarf from the Mithral Halls. He is a history buff, with proficiency in history, a personality trait of "I know all the stories," and a perfectly healthy obsession with the ...
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What actions can I take to move a PC that is in our way?

Was playing a game tonight and we were in a hallway, we open a door and there are 3 Enemy NPC's in the room. We had a very overactive tank who immediately said he was going to stand in the doorway and ...
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The Warcaster Feat and Arcane Focus

I'm playing a Warlock in 5e and I'm trying to make him a front line fighter/tank because we...don't have any and our healing sucks. Thus, I'm trying everything I can to avoid being hit altogether. ...
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Limits on Cleric's Mending?

Background: One of my players is a Cleric who knows Mending. They've used it in various inventive ways, which is good. But it also gets used to easily circumvent various problems I've tried to throw ...
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Supporting degrees of success and failure when rolling

I have only played D&D so far, but I'm not that happy with it, mainly because the results are so binary. Take, for example, picking a lock. You roll a dice, you add your lockpicking modifier and ...
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Can Protection Fighting Style Be Used After The Roll?

Protection Fighting Style says that you can use your reaction to impose disadvantage on certain attacks, but it doesn't specify the timing. Does this mean that you can wait until the d20 has been ...
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Can a 5e caster prepare extra cantrips?

My 5e cleric needs to cast Mending but it's not one of my memorized cantrips. Can he use one of his number of prepared spells to prepare a cantrip he doesn't know?
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I failed to open a lock. Now what?

Picking a lock typically requires a DC 15 Dexterity check (Basic rules, p. 49). Likewise for manacles (p. 50), which can alternately be escaped with a DC 20 Dexterity check or broken with a DC 20 ...
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How does one find new spells?

I am creating a Warlock with the pact of the tome and reading the Book of Ancient Secrets invocation I got a little lost. It says: "On your adventures, you can add other ritual spells to your Book of ...
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As a Sorcerer, how can I improve my reaction melee weapon attack?

I'm hoping to play a melee Sorcerer with Mage Slayer and Sentinel feats, both of which provide good opportunities to use your reaction to make a Melee Weapon Attack. Currently, with 16 Dex, my best ...
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Do natural weapons have the Finesse property?

Alter Self allows a character to have Natural Weapons. IIRC, in previous editions, Unarmed Strikes and Natural Weapons were considered Finesse-able (i.e., if you had the Feat, they would use Dex ...
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Grapple + Totemic Attunement (Eagle) = Zangief's Spinning Atomic Piledriver?

Could a Barbarian with Totemic Attunement (eagle) use grapple to perform the iconic move by dragging the enemy straight up as far as the fly speed allows and ending the turn in the air? If so, who ...
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Where can I find information on familiars?

In the PHB, the spell find familiar lists a set of creatures you can summon as your familiar, however for some of them, I'm unable to find any stats in the appendix for them(particularly the octopus). ...
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Can a Monk replace Elemental Attunement when learning new Elemental Disciplines?

When the Way of the Four Elements learns new Elemental Disciplines at 6/11/17, you're able to replace an elemental discipline you already know with a different one. Is it possible to retrain the ...
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Why do the starter set characters have unexpected attack bonuses?

I am somewhat new to 5E and had a question about attack bonuses of the pre-gen characters in the starter set. I was under the impression that attack bonus for a sword is strength bonus plus ...
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Can high level Eldritch blast be used with War Caster?

The final test of the Warcaster Feat is the following The spell must have a casting time of 1 action and must target only one creature. (PHB 170) The question I have is whether a spell like ...