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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What are the (non-encumbrance) effects that discriminate between rods and wands?

For context, I'm puzzling over the larger question of "what, really, is the difference between a rod and a wand?" Obviously one is larger and heavier, so encumbrance might be one consideration. I ...
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The Hiding Rules Contradict Themselves. What Can I Make Of This?

Page 177 "Hiding" says: You can't hide from a creature that can see you. Page 192 "Hide" says: When you take the Hide action, you make a Dexterity (Stealth) check in an attempt to hide, ...
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Do I still get the AC bonus from a shield if I use a 2 handed weapon?

Do I get the +2AC from a shield if it stays on my back all the time? Another way to look at it: If I use my Versatile weapon as two-handed, does my AC go down? I'm still proficient in all my gear, ...
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Is there a Wizard/ Thief class [closed]

Is there an example of a wizard/ thief character class?
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Magic Staff counts as a magic weapon?

many creatures have resistance to weapons that aren't "magic weapons". A Magic Staff can be used as a quarterstaff, but (usually) doesn't have a bonus to hit (a "plus"). Is it considered a Magic ...
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Can two wizards read the same spell from one scroll at the same time?

I was asked this question from one of my group and I am wondering if two wizards can read the same spell say fireball from the same scroll at the same time and in effect have two fireballs created?
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Can I use Extra attack to cast two spells

I'm a 5th level monk and a level 1 sorcerer and I'm just wondering if I can use the Extra attack from my monk class feature to cast a spell instead of a melee attack.
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Are skills only improved via proficiency and ability scores?

In D&D 5e, is the only way to get higher skill ranks determined by prof bonus and ability score? Is my only choice to wait til 4th level, raise an ability score, and improve my proficiency bonus ...
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When can I draw my weapon?

I know I'm about to face a bunch of enemies, I have to draw them out first. If I know I'm about to be in a huge battle, can my weapon be drawn before I go in there or do I have to wait until the ...
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Is there a difference between “Background Feature” and a general “Feat”?

I'm attempting to make a custom D&D character, with a custom background. In 5e, backgrounds often feature a "Background Feature" that does not really give them any kind of mechanical advantage; it ...
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Can a Monk's martial arts attack be used on a second opponent?

I killed my 1st goblin outright with my 2Handed quarterstaff roll. Can I use my bonus action to attack the remaining goblin? it seems this would be a little too much power for one person in a RP ...
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Must I use all available damage, if I want to leave my target alive?

If I roll a successful attack roll, then a damage roll that is greater than the remaining HP of a monster, do I have to apply all of it or can I leave him at 1 or even 0 HP? It doesn't Instant Kill ...
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How does a shadow monk teleport into magical darkness if they don't have line of sight to a square inside of it?

There was a question similar to this question posted here. Where the jist of the question was asked what use does a Shadow Monk have for casting Darkness if they can't see through it. My question is ...
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Adding followers to my Warlock's patron

Context I'm playing a level 6 Warlock, my patron is Cthulhu (old god). I am a fan of Lovecraftian style horror, and I'd like to incorporate some of these themes in my quest. My personal quest is to ...
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What is the highest possible AC?

Assuming you have unlimited funds, are level 20, and have access to any magic item, how high can you get AC (permanently or for a set duration)? Constraints: Magic items are those on the tables in ...
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Are there any rules that specify a class' alignment?

After a brief discussion in chat about the topic, (which didn't really go anywhere), I was wondering if there was anything in the rules that determined whether certain classes must have particular ...
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Can you negotiate with the DM about inspiration?

I have been reading the D&D 5th edition players handbook and the inspiration section drew my attention. I have never played a game where the DM employed the inspiration mechanic and I was ...
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How do you handle monsters using social skills vs PCs?

I've checked the books and can't find an answer by RAW other than the DM decides, so I'd like to know how people handle this in their games. What happens if a thug tries to intimidate/persuade the ...
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How to deal with closed-minded rule lawyering players

I myself do not know if this is where I should be asking this, but I would appreciate it if I could have some insight from the more experienced GMs out there. I have a player in my D&D group, and ...
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How does a Beastmaster Ranger acquire his Animal Companion?

There seems to be very little in the PHB about how a Beastmaster Ranger is supposed to acquire his animal companion. Initially we have: Choose a beast that is no larger than Medium and that has ...
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Is this Paladin overpowered?

My friends and I are playing a 5e campaign. My other friend is the DM for the group. We have been playing for about a week (we're at level 5). All this time we've had a Paladin who is able to do more ...
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Can Monks use Shortbows?

Haven't played D&D since ABBA was hot, and I'm trying to retool on 5e, playing a Wood Elf Monk. I see that on p78 of the PHB it states in Martial Arts that monk weapons are "shortswords and any ...
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“Empty” areas for me to add in an adventuring hub near the Sword Coast?

My setting is going to be near the 5e Sword Coast. My story is that the Sundering has brought back a creator race from Abeir, and I want them to have a presence south of what used to be Maztica on ...
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Campaigns are unsatisfying when made-up or slow when pre-written. How do we fix that? [closed]

We have tried to get started playing D&D three times and each have not worked out how we hoped. Our first DM made up his own story and we played about 5 sessions. It was very fun, but the ...
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Has anyone house-ruled a limited “charge” action that doesn't require a feat?

5e doesn't have in its core rules a "charge" action similar to 3.5e's where you can both dash and attack on the same round, if your movement is in a straight line to a target. By a charge action I ...
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How to mechanically balance a PC Being Permanently blind

One of my players (I'm the DM) wants to be a completely blind character. I like to let them play whatever they feel enjoyable, even though, I'd like to find out how to make it not a too impeding ...
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Are there rules in 5e for shooting into combat? [duplicate]

What rules govern "shooting into combat" -- that is making a ranged attack on an enemy who is partially obscured by other creatures. I know that the rules regarding cover may give the enemy an AC ...
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Reckless Attack + Sneak Attack synergy?

I'm trying to help out one of my players optimize his character. His desired path is the Unofficial Drizzt Do'Urden build but tweaked it a little according to his taste by going Fighter 1 > Barb 1 ...
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How do I create a D&D character correctly as a total newbie?

I am a brand new player trying to create a character for D&D 5e. I have the PHB and a character sheet and am trying to figure out how to proceed and I'm getting stuck a lot. I have the normal ...
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Can Control Water create water?

How does control water operate if there is a limited volume of water to work with? Create Water is a lower level spell but Control Water doesn't say anything in particular about creating water.
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What techniques can help players reach consensus quickly on group actions?

A frequent problem in my D&D 5E group (4-6 players plus DM) is prolonged discussion about group actions. Upon reaching a point where the group has to make a decision, players will argue about the ...
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How does this Great Weapon Fighting + Sneak Attack build measure up?

I'm considering a Fighter 1/Monk 1/Rogue 18 for a character. Our DM has a few house rules that I want to take full advantage of by combining Great Weapon Fighting's rerolls with Sneak Attacks. ...
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Would being blind reduce a character's speed?

A PC is under the effect of a Suggest spell and told to follow someone who had Darkvision. The PC, who is under the effect, doesn't and they are lead into a tunnel system that is pitch black. How fast ...
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Can I cast a spell in the middle of jumping with a Jump spell?

I have not completely read the rules for 5e, and my group has played a decent amount of 4e. We recently started 5e. So my question is, as a Wizard, can I cast the Jump spell on myself one turn, then ...
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How much can I learn about 5e Neverwinter in a week? [closed]

We're talking the city here in case that's not clear. Background: first-time DM, playing the Lost Mines start adventure with my 3 kids. They decide to head to Thundertree last week (pursuing that ...
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Readied actions to intercept projectiles

I'm going to be a first-time DM in a few weeks DMing for some new players who will not necessarily be reading the rules. Because of this, I'm trying to get a good grasp on as much of the free material ...
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How do attribute increases affect monsters with increased skills or saves?

For example an Ancient Black Dragon has 15 (+2) Wisdom. The formula for passive perception is 10 + WISMOD + Perception_Proficiency_Bonus. For a CR21 the proficiency bonus is +7, so it should have a ...
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When must the wizard choose to overchannel?

The Evocation specialist wizard's overchannel ability says: When you cast a wizard spell of 5th level or lower that deals damage, you can deal maximum damage with your spell. Does the "that ...
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If a PC loses an arm are there any mechanical penalties or disadvantages?

Last session a PC lost an arm (willingly) and he asked me if there were any penalties to his attributes like whether STR or DEX would be affected? The PC is a Druid and lost his non-dominant hand. ...
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Are cleric domain spells unlimited like cantrips?

I'm trying to make a level 1 Cleric. I'm going to use the Life Domain; at level 1 it says the Domain spells are Bless and Cure Wounds. It also says they are always prepared and don't use up a spell ...
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Are there any optional rules for gaining extra attacks due to high Dex?

Are there any optional rules in D&D 5e concerning bonuses to attacks per round for characters with higher than average dexterity scores? It only makes sense to me that a fighter with a dex. of 17 ...
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How many luck points does it cost to get a better attack roll with Lucky?

For the Lucky feat there is something I need clarified. The feat says (PHB p. 167): "... Whenever you make an attack roll, an ability check, or a saving throw, you can spend one luck point to ...
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How can you achieve a significantly higher passive perception than your perception bonus + 10?

In the comments for another question, I was asked to pose a question on how to achieve a passive perception of 28, while having a perception modifier significantly lower than 18, which is impossible ...
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Does Legendary Resistance allow a Stunned or Paralyzed creature to succeed on a save it would otherwise automatically fail?

Both the Paralyzed and Stunned conditions include the following: a [paralyzed/stunned] creature is incapacitated (see condition) and can't move (or in the case of paralyzed speak) The ...
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What damage die does a deflected missile do?

In the case of bolts and arrows, is it a fixed damage die or does it depend on the weapon used to fire the bolt or arrow?
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Does a targeted creature still get a “save for half” against an overchanneled spell?

The Evocation Wizard's 14th level ability Overchannel says (in part): When you cast a wizard spell of 5th level or lower that deals damage, you can deal maximum damage with that spell. I ...
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If I overchannel Bigby's Hand, does it do maximum damage every time it deals damage?

The Evocation Wizard's 14th level ability Overchannel says (in part): When you cast a wizard spell of 5th level or lower that deals damage, you can deal maximum damage with that spell. Bigby's ...
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How large a deflected missile can I catch in one hand?

When using deflect missiles, how big must a weapon be to not be able to catch it in one hand? Javelins, for example, are thrown with one hand, so maybe can be caught with one hand.
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Can I reuse missile weapons others have stuck into me?

If I get hit by an arrow, javelin, throwing axe or something similar, does it stay sticking out of me? Can I take it out and use it? Can a close enemy take it out and use it?
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When does a monk have proficiency with deflected missiles?

Does the monk have proficiency when throwing whatever missile he catches only when throwing it back, or can he be considered to have proficiency with (for example) throwing arrows any time besides ...