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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Does the DM choose the target for monster attacks?

Pretty much what the title says. Say 4 goblins attack the party of adventurers, who do the goblins attack? Can each goblin attack a different target? I guess in case of characters that fall ...
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How often during combat can you be Surprised?

Looking at the rules for Surprise on page 189 of the 5e PHB. It says that a creature is surprised if the enemy's stealth check beats their passive perception. It then goes on to say: Any creature ...
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Rogue Assassin Critical Hits

As I was reading about the Rogue at higher levels I came across this question. Does a surprised target (that fails the Constitution save from death strike) have 4 or 3 or 2 times the damage vs. it? ...
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How far can you see? (targets, lip reading etc)

I have looked in the player handbook and it does not seem very clear on character vision. In Bright light how far can characters see? For example if I have a player with the feat sharpshooter and ...
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What constitutes a magical weapon for the purpose of overcoming resistance?

I gave my players a halberd which had a magical enchantment that's only purpose was to keep the weapon clean. Would this be considered magical enough to overcome resistance against non-magical ...
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Where can I find rules for explosives or fireworks for D&D 5E?

I noticed that there is no mention of fireworks or explosives in the Player's Handbook. Is there somewhere I could look for common rules and uses for fireworks/explosives in D&D 5E or previous ...
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Should I bring any extra dice for 5e?

I will be playing my first 5e session here soon. I got to skim the basic rules PDF, so I know that it plays a bit like 3.5 with some modernization. (Please don't stone me if I'm oversimplifying that.) ...
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How to manage long journeys as DM

I recently started running Hoard of the Dragon Queen as a DM and this is the first time for me. During the campaign there are a lot of journeys that take several days, even weeks, and in some cases ...
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Interpretation of at-will spells in 5e

Throughout the D&D 5e player's handbook, particularly in the Warlock Invocations, there are abilities that allow the player to cast specific spells "at will, without consuming a spell slot." ...
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If my team-mate absorbs a creature we have been fighting, will the rest of the party still gain EXP?

My DM is playing a DMPC along with our party, as well as the standard DM role. During an encounter, his PC absorbed a gelatinous cube, and is saying that because it was not a true kill, the rest of ...
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Action: Reaction how it works in 5E D&D

Correct me if I'm wrong but if say my initiative put me first but I wanted to attack after a certain event can I use my action as a reaction to use my attack actions(multiple attacks) and bonus action ...
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Are ability scores above 20 possible without magical means?

Is there any way to have ability scores above 20 without having magical items? Or is this the only way? Background of why question was asked: I guess if it is, it is then up to the DM to decide ...
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Can I use my bonus action to have my mount Dash?

If my character has a bonus action that can be used to Dash and is on a warhorse with speed of 60 feet, that seems to mean I can shoot my short bow, move 60 feet, bonus action another 60 feet in one ...
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How to keep spellcasters from becoming too underpowered when the magic moon resets? [closed]

Magic is the result of an omnipotent terraforming satellite the size of a small moon, but all the accumulated tweaks and additions to its API used by spellcasters will reset during a double-eclipse ...
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Does the Favored Enemy feature count when using INT skills?

The Ranger's Favored Enemy feature gives Advantage to Intelligence checks when trying to remember information about your enemy. Does that count when making an Intelligence (History) check, for ...
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How visible/noticeable is psychic damage, and spells which inflict it?

Following on from this question: Is a creature aware that a Hex or Hunter's Mark spell has been cast on it? If someone suffers a significant amount of psychic damage, how would it manifest on ...
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Should encounters be adjusted to a full-magic party?

I am still a new GM and I am building a session for 3 first-time players. After discussing the game, rules and setting, all of them are interested in playing magic characters (Draconic Sorcerer, Druid ...
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How can I make an overweight character? [closed]

I'm going to start off by saying that this will be my very first time playing any sort of tabletop role-playing game. I know what I'm about to ask may be questionable due to the whole epic fantasy ...
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Can I run AD&D's Tomb of Horrors in D&D 5E?

I'm hoping to run a 5th Edition version of the original S1 Tomb of Horrors very soon for my group, as a break from our larger 4E campaign. The problem is, I only have the Basic Rules and the playtest ...
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Extra Attack, Crossbow Expert, and hand crossbow: 4 shots per turn?

In D&D 5e, can a 5th level fighter shoot a hand crossbow 4 times per turn using the Crossbow Expert feat? Extra Attack, PHB p. 72: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of ...
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Is a fire with more oil flasks longer or more intensive or neither?

Say my party anticipates a mummy in that coffin in the back of the pyramid... (Yeah, I know, no one would suspect that, right?) So, before opening the lid, they decided to empty all their flasks of ...
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What happens if the entity a warlock has a pact with is killed?

Fiends and Archfey could be killed by a rival trying to usurp their power. If this is not covered in the 5e RAW, is there a good resource from another edition that could be helpful in determining how ...
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How many times can Hail of Thorns be used per turn?

In a previous question I asked how many times could a ranger attack if he has hoard breaker and extra attack. Now, if he is using a bow and the Hail of Thorns spell is active, can it be activated once ...
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Intelligence of Familiar vs Normal Creature?

Familiars are spirits (celestial, fey, or fiend) and take the form of a pre-defined creature when summoned, but are they as intelligent as their "normal" creature counter part? The spell Find ...
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Would a monk with the tavern brawler feat have improvised weapons count as monk weapons?

Would a monk with the tavern brawler feat have improvised weapons count as monk weapons? It states in the monk martial arts feature that: At 1st level, your practice of martial arts gives you ...
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What are the objective benefits of using an official character sheet vs writing things down yourself on a piece of paper if you are a new DnD player?

I am running my first 5e game as a Game Master on Today and my last barrier is whether to use the official character sheets or to simply use a blank piece of lined paper with all the information? I ...
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What edition of D&D for complete newbs? [closed]

This Monday I am hosting a D&D game for 3 people. 2 of them have played one (very badly run) game of D&D before and 1 has never played. I played the game with the other two (it was ran by an ...
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Song of Rest Healing during Short Rests?

Just downloaded the Errata PDF and right off the bat I read this update to the Bard's Song of Rest: Song of Rest (p. 54). A creature regains the extra hit points only if it spends one or more ...
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Can a Grappler Rogue Sneak Attack while grappling?

I don't believe that a Rogue can normally sneak attack when it grapples. This is why (let me know if I'm wrong): Under Sneak Attack in the Rogue section it states Once per turn you can deal an ...
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What qualifies as a surface in Glyph of Warding?

Can a player specify the surface of a small object as the surface affected by Glyph of Warding? One of my players decided to create guns in the world (there are no guns present until now) by having ...
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What does “familiar” mean in the Sending spell?

The Sending spell states that: You send a short message of twenty-five words or less to a creature with which you are familiar. The creature hears the message in its mind, recognizes you as the ...
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5e D&D Monk/Warlock Build Help [closed]

So I will be playing a 5e D&D campaign soonish for the first time, and have very little experience with D&D so I would like some help with my character build. I am really liking the idea of a ...
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Does the Alert feat make it impossible to pickpocket a character?

I'm currently a player/co-dm for a 5e campaign. There is one player who is trying to power game and do his best to gain the upperhand in all situations. This has led to him abusing wording on certain ...
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How can you get advantage from Invisibility if attacking ends it?

Monsters or players can have the ability to become invisible, as the spell. In the rules, it's said that an invisible creature gets advantage and enemy have disavantage. p194 of PHB : When you ...
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What is the origin of Dis/Advantage in D&D 5?

I was listening to a podcast on D&D 5 discussing its design. They mentioned the mechanic of Dis/Advantage as being one of the coolest aspects of the game. I was wondering: Is this innovation ...
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What is the origin of Inspiration in D&D 5?

I was listening to a podcast on D&D 5 discussing its design. They mentioned the mechanic of Inspiration (points awarded (5e DMG Inspiration) by the DM for a roll boost due to good role play) as ...
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Does the damage for Delayed Blast Fireball increase each round?

The damage for the spell delayed blast fireball is listed as: The spell’s base damage is 12d6. If at the end of your turn the bead has not yet detonated, the damage increases by 1d6. The ...
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What is the origin of Backgrounds in D&D 5?

I was listening to a podcast on D&D 5 discussing its design. They mentioned the Backgrounds as being one of the coolest things in the game. I was wondering: Is this innovation created by the ...
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Can you use a Dragon's Change Shape Ability to Turn Back Into Yourself?

If you are a level 20 Wizard who is True Polymorphed into an Ancient Brass Dragon, can you then use the Dragon's Change Shape ability to turn back into a level 20 Wizard, maintaining all your class ...
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When do you make the saving throw to move that is imposed by Ensnaring Strike?

Let's say my Ranger is trying to keep a target at bay, so he uses Ensnaring Strike and hits. On hit, the target is ensnared and must pass a strength save to move. Now, the question is this: Is that ...
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Can the warlock use his familiar as the point of origin for telepathy?

One of my players plays as a Warlock with the Great Old One patron and the Pact of the Chain boon. My question is: can he use telepathy while controlling his familiar (i.e. seeing with its eyes), ...
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Hoard of the Dragon Queen: Party attitude towards Leosin After Episode 2 (SPOILERS)

I just ran my second session of HotDQ and I've run into a problem. After almost wiping to find Leosin, the party absolutely furious that he didn't want to go back with them to the point where they ...
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Why do Vengeance Paladins get Banishment twice?

Typo perhaps? They released an Errata for the 5E PHB but this was not touched on. In the Paladin Spell lists (PHB, p. 209), the spell Banishment is listed at 4th level for all Paladins. On page 88 ...
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When is entropic ward considered “used”?

Entropic Ward is a patron of the old god feature that allows the warlock to impose disadvantage on an attack against him as a reaction. If the target misses, the warlock can give himself advantage ...
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Speed of a Tenser's floating discmobile

So Tenser's floating disc "follows you so that it remains within 20 ft" if you are more than 20 ft away. So lets get a bit of carpentry skill together, and (whilst keeping the total weight under ...
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Does the Defensive Duelist feat work when wielding ranged finesse weapons?

Does wielding ranged finesse weapons (e.g. a dart) trigger the Defensive Duelist feat? I note that many other references to 'wielding' specifically refer to wielding melee weapons, while the text ...
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Could you use a 4th Edition character in a 5th Edition adventure, just for level 1?

For a one shot session, I'm DMing a 5th Edition Level 1 adventure, but our regular sessions are 4th Edition. The group is a mix of some new players and experienced players. The new players will be ...
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Does Voice of the Chain Master let me cast a purely verbal spell through my familiar?

In D&D 5e, as a Warlock, I can choose a feature that lets me speak in my own voice through my familiar. PHB 111: Voice of the Chain Master Prerequisite: Pact of the Chain feature You ...
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How large can a thing be “produced” by True Polymorph?

In this question, it was decided a goblin could be permanently True Polymorphed into a lump of adamantine. True Polymorph can also turn a goblin into a larger creature, like a cow. This effectively ...
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Can you permanently True Polymorph into yourself?

Can a character True Polymorph into itself (possibly after transforming into some other form first)? Possibly to prevent aging, cure wounds, or alter their original body in some way? Or as a means of ...