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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How does Aura of Protection work with multiple paladins?

If multiple paladins are present, do members of their party receive both of their charisma modifiers on top of saving throws? For example: Two paladins, one with a CHA score of 16, one with 18, are ...
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Is skill retraining a legal option in 5th edition D&D?

When a similar question was asked on this site, I interpreted the original phrasing of the question as a question regarding the retraining of skills, rather than the retraining of classes / class ...
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Is class retraining an option in D&D 5e?

I skimmed the PHB but I wasn't able to find any information on "retraining" or any ways to "undo" character advancement. Is retraining (especially of classes and class features) available in any of ...
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Are adventurers supposed to sleep without armor? [duplicate]

I'm assuming that the donning/doffing section in the PHB implies that PCs are supposed to remove their armor on a regular basis. It also makes middle-of-the-night random encounters a lot more serious ...
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What's the point of the Legendary Detect action?

Every Ancient Dragon has Detect as a Legendary Action: Detect. The dragon makes a Wisdom (Perception) check. Unless I'm missing something, this seems to be a worthlessly ambiguous action. PHB ...
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Can unconscious characters be willing?

This situation came up last week during our session. The party was facing a pretty difficult mob of enemies and one of the party members was knocked unconscious. Seeing the situation worsening, one of ...
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How and why does Vecna's curse transform wizards into Nothics?

The description for the Nothic in the 5e Monster Manual contains the following text: Rather than gaining the godlike supremacy they crave, some wizards who devote their lives to unearthing ...
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Is Dexterity overpowered compared to Strength?

Finesse weapons allow you to use Dex for attack and damage rolls. This allows most of classes, including even some first-line fighters, to dump Str for Dex - you do not lose in attack rolls, only a ...
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Can I play an evil character without letting anyone but the DM know? [duplicate]

Basically, my character would be evil in secret until she could do a huge emotional betrayal and try to kill everyone. I'd have to lie to my friends and make up two separate character sheets if I did ...
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How can I apply the abstract range system used by 13th Age in my D&D 5e game to reduce reliance on diagrams and drawn maps?

I have been reading through some of the 13th Age rules on combat and I was particularly interested in the way that system handles combat range. While I am loving D&D 5e, tracking distance and ...
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Is there any precedent for granting a circumstantial bonus to ranged attacks made from high ground in D&D?

I have been told that having the high ground is historically useful for military units in general but also ranged combatants in particular. I am the DM who has to make this call, but having never shot ...
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Is dice stat rolling still legal in the Adventurer's League? [duplicate]

I was playing a good old one-off campaign tonight, and will be playing the same character through adventure league. I was playing a half-elf sorcerer, and my charisma modifier came into effect. I had ...
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Can confusion cause a creature to move AND attack?

The confusion effect on the Gibbering Mouther and Umber Hulk contains this text: On a 1 or 8, the creature makes one melee attack against a random creature, or it does nothing if no creature is ...
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How to get a permanent skeleton companion

This is a follow up question to Can I make a skeleton from a zombie? In DnD 5e there is very little ways to get a permanent necrotic follower. Usually you have to reassert control over them. ...
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Can I make a skeleton from a zombie?

If I were to raise an undead zombie but I wanted a skeleton instead could I burn or peel off the flesh of the zombie in order to obtain a skeleton? If I did that would the zombie's stats change to a ...
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Penalty for shooting a falling target with a ranged attack?

TL;DR: Is there a to-hit penalty for attempting to hit a falling target with a ranged attack? I ask because: In our session last week, we were set upon by our Drow captors that we had escaped from, ...
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Is multi-classing Warlock/Full Caster always suboptimal compared to Full Caster/Full Caster or single-class Warlock? [closed]

My understanding of multi-classing is that when one combine levels of two Full-Casters (e.g. Bard + Sorcerer) one still progresses all the way up the uniform spell slot chart to access a full suite of ...
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How do the PCs' magic items factor into challenge ratings?

Everyone knows that a CR 10 monster is meant to be a perfectly balanced challenge for a party of four 10th level PCs. But does that mean it's balanced for a party of four PCs with no magically ...
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Weapon attacks compared with damaging cantrips?

Cantrips scale automatically with character level. Weapon attacks only scale with ability score and any extra attack features you might get. How could the damage of weapon attacks keep up?
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Is Magic Jar a save or die?

If I possess a humanoid using Magic Jar and stay next to my original body, then someone moves the jar more than 100 feet away from me and destroys it, will the possessed creature die and will I be ...
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What would be a fair price for mithral by the pound in 5th edition? [closed]

I was looking to create some mithral armor (breastplate) in a game that I have recently reached 3rd level fighter in. In the DMG, it states that when creating a magical item, the material the item is ...
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Guide for using all the tools and kits

I can't seem to find this information in the three main rule books, but outside of some general information about lock picking, is there a definitive guide for how to use the various tools and kits ...
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Does Grappling Halve Your Remaining Speed?

This question acts as a clarification to another question on this site. Here's the scenario: You have 60' of movement at the start of your turn You move 30' to any direction You grapple someone at ...
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Can Twinned Enlarge/Reduce shrink one creature and enlarge another? [duplicate]

As the title says, can a caster use Twinned Enlarge/Reduce to shrink one enemy, and enlarge one ally?
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Is ending one's turn considered a perceivable circumstance? [duplicate]

The rules for the Ready action are as follows: First, you decide what perceivable circumstance will trigger your reaction. Then, you choose the action you will take in response to that trigger, or ...
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What happens if a necromancer gets alzheimers? [closed]

If a necromancer was suffering from alzheimers and then transitioned to a lich, would it stay the same, progress and get worse, or disappear? This is just a hypothetical question and not actually ...
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Can a wizard add *raise dead* to the spellbook?

The Restore Life effect of Master Transmuter on PHB119 reads: You cast the raise dead spell on a creature you touch with the transmuter's stone, without expending a spell slot or needing to have ...
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Does the grappling movement speed penalty stack?

In 5e, a player who is grappling has their movement speed halved. However, a player with two hands can grapple two opponents. As the wording seems to indicate that the movement speed penalty applies ...
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How long do you fall at the end of your turn?

Related to this question: How far do you fall per turn? My friend wants to use the barbarians eagle ability to fly up so high that he would not hit the ground before the end of his turn. Now, Mike ...
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Does a wizard need to hold a component pouch or focus in one hand in order for it to work?

One of my PCs is a (weird) wizard who is frequently switching quickly between items—one turn he's wielding a quarterstaff two-handed, the next he's got a component pouch and a dagger, and after that, ...
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Is a non-combat character damaging in a party? [closed]

I'm trying to build a rogue/cleric based on having a ton of proficiencies and languages with high mental stats (especially charisma). The problem is, I'm worried I will not be an effective PC in the ...
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Is a Scythe a heavy weapon or no? [closed]

I'm new to D&D (I've played Palladium before though) and looking through the weapons for the character I'm making I noticed something confusing about the scythe. The stats I have call it a heavy ...
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Can a 10th Level Bard use Magical secrets to gain 5th level Paladin spells?

Basically I am looking at having my bard take Banishing Smite and Destructive wave as his spells for magical secrets. This would be to increase his damage output as a Valour Bard. The description of ...
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Is it possible to use Sneak Attack with the Magic Stone cantrip?

From Sneak Attack: "...Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an attack if you have advantage on the attack roll. The attack must use a finesse or a ranged ...
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Adding monsters to party. How to balance challenge rating. [duplicate]

So a party of 4 level 4 PC's got an earth elemental. Personally I use Kobold Fight Club to manage my PC's encounters. Although I don't this elemental to make the game no longer balanced when fighting ...
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Can a gnome (Bard) disguise as an Orc?

My group has previously joked about my gnome Bard disguising himself as an Orc and broadly suggested that wouldn't work because of the height difference. However, my interpretation (based on ...
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Do you regain consciousness immediately after rolling a 20 on a death saving throw?

In the PHB, it mentions that upon rolling a 20 on a death saving throw, you regain 1 HP. However, are you still unconscious after receiving this 1 HP? Additionally, if magically healed (by cure wounds ...
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Can clerics use swords

My DM, who hasn't played newer versions of D&D, was asking if my cleric was allowed to use sharp weapons, I double checked the descriptions and didn't see anything written, but now I am doubting ...
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Can a Bard use Inspiration Dice and Cutting Words when casting a spell with a Wisdom Save?

I am playing a level 5 bard, stolen away from my group to the underdark by a mindflayer. I have 28 HP, two third level spells slots, and no weapons. I'm in deep trouble, but I think if I cast ...
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Can Force effects from the Border Ethereal affect targets on the Prime Material?

According to the DMG, force extends from prime material plane into the border ethereal plane. Border Ethereal DMG page 48: A traveler on the Ethereal Plane is invisible and utterly silent to ...
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What's the best item to keep a wizard alive? [closed]

Right now my party is 5th level and we just spent some downtime crafting. But I can tell the encounters are aiming at my wizard a little more since I'm dealing consistent damage now. Current party is ...
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Does Web have effects outside of the creatures caught in it?

Are there any lingering effects from web spell? We had an encounter with 4 creatures, 2 of them caught in the web. After we killed the 2 caught in the web, one of us went for a melee attack on one of ...
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Shifter Barbarian rage and Shifting combo?

how does rage and Shifting mechanic work are they fine being used together or is there something in rage info that I've missed that says its not allowed? Link for shifter information- ...
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D&D 5th Edition: Hide, Surprise and Assassination [duplicate]

The assassin path for the rogue gets to auto-crit when the opponent is surprised (this seems more like a key word than a vague description). Looking at the description of Surprise on 189 of the ...
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What defines s PC's consciousness of self, memories and knowledge?

I am not sure whether a PC's consciousness, memories and knowledge are related to their personality or their mental stats (in particular, INT and WIS). My doubt comes from a practical situation, that ...
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Can a True Polymorphed wizard use a copy of his spellbook?

Consider the fllowing scenario: a level 20 Wizard duplicates his spellbook and hides one copy. The he casts True Polymorph on himself, becoming a Planetar Angel (the original copy of the spellbook ...
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How do you use mask of many faces? [duplicate]

My warlock thinks he can use Mask of Many Faces to cast Disguise Self an unlimited number of times each day, and that the effect will last for a whole day. Is his understanding of this invocation ...
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How can bonuses or advantage be attained for attempts to gain control over a creature? [closed]

This question about Pathfinder has gotten me wondering about how willpower might be more easily overcome in D&D 5e. By gain control, I mean using a spell or ability to get a creature to "switch ...
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Is Green Flame Blade supposed to ignore AC on the second target?

The secondary damage on Green Flame Blade makes no mention of requiring a saving throw (like a DEX save) or a melee spell attack. Does this mean that the secondary damage from GFB can be used to ...
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What other villages were affected by the events leading up to Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Running Hoard of the Dragon Queen, “Episode 3: The Dragon Hatchery” on Roll20 and I'm editing the map of the Sword Coast to show only the Greenfields and the route they marked. I also want to put Xs ...