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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Can a wizard use a 25gp book as a replacement spellbook?

Or must they use the 50gp spellbook? (PHB pg 150) RAW only, please.
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Can a multi-class Bard/Wizard write spells known from Bard, into Wizard spellbook?

Can a multi-class Bard/Wizard write spells known from their Bard class, into their wizard spellbook? e.g. they know the Comprehend Languages as a Bard spell, and want to write it directly into their ...
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Would flying a grappled character hard into the ground deal them extra falling damage?

Trying to figure out the mechanics of a certain situation. PC grapples enemy and uses a move that doubles movement speed. Following that, a stacked move allows the PC to carry grappled enemy 60 ft ...
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Who can create copies of spells that can subsequently be copied into spellbooks, etc?

Character A finds a spell written on a wall and copies it. He takes the copy to character B who copies it into her spellbook or Book of Shadows for her future use. Assume the spell is one B can ...
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What are turns and rounds and how long are they each?

In AD&D a turn was ten 6-second rounds during combat. So when I read in D&D 5e that the Thief's Sneak Attack ability says "Once per turn you can deal an extra 1d6 damage", is this saying that ...
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Not clear on number of skills my character can have

I'm starting a half-elf sorcerer character with a custom background. If I read correctly, as half-elf I get any two skills to choose from (PHB 39). As a sorcerer I get to select two skills from the ...
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How do you determine when an animal is Hostile to the PCs?

I'm trying to understand how as a GM to handle encounters with creatures such as wolves, bears, giant rats, etc. Are animals always hostile to the PCs or is there always an element of animal handling ...
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May a character switch from a druidic to an arcane focus without expending an action?

If a multiclass Sorcerer/Druid wielding a shield and an arcane focus decides to cast a druid spell, can they switch their focus and cast the spell in a single turn? Secondarily, is it reasonable for ...
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Do would-be Tarrasque slayers need to cast a wish spell?

In previous editions part of what made the Tarrasque so difficult an opponent was its ability to rise from the dead (even if disintegrated) unless the party used a wish spell to prevent its ...
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What actions/bonus actions/reactions can a character perform out of combat?

DnD 5e has a fairly clear set of rules governing a player's possible Actions in Combat, and in other fast-paced situations a GM may break time into rounds. Among the listed actions, some would seem to ...
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How Does a Shield Bash Work on Multiple Targets?

I had a circumstance come up in the 5E Campaign I am running where a PC (Paladin) came across several (3) goblins that all stood up and advanced on him as he came around a corner in a dungeon. He ...
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How much do players need to know before a campaign [closed]

My friends and I are soon going to start a short campaign. The DM is wondering how much information he should give us at the start. Any tips? We are pretty new to DnD.
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What is the best way to phase a PC out of a campaign? [closed]

Our group has a fairly fresh campaign running, I am DM'ing the campaign (5E) there are currently 4 PC's (paladin, warlock, gunslinger (fighter) and ranger. The ranger has other time commitments that ...
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What do you have to roll to successfully steal a health potion from a store? [on hold]

Some friends and I are running a campaign and we are in a small town. I was wondering if I walked into a potion shop, what would I have to roll for, and how high would my roll roughly have to be, to ...
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How can a character escape after being engulfed by a shambling mound?

A shambling mound will be attacking the party I DM for during tonight's session, and I am unsure about how to deal with the monster's Engulf feature. The shambling mound's multiattack action states ...
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Do all 4th level characters get an Ability increase/Feat or only those who are not multiclass? [duplicate]

So you have a straight 4th lvl Cleric and a 2nd lvl Rogue/2nd lvl Barbarian. They both are 4th level so do they both get an ability score/feat? Or does the 4th lvl cleric only get it? Basically are ...
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So… our party's tank is a Wizard [closed]

So... yeah. That's the gist of it. Elf Wizard with Soldier background. By the way, our party is 3 elves and a halfling rogue. Elves only weigh 120-150 pounds and the halfling weighs 25. The other two ...
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D&D 5e Mounted Combat - Specifics for this turn

I have a level 8 paladin, mounted combatant feat, who will be riding a celestial warhorse via find steed. As level 8, my paladin gets 2 attacks per round. The horse will be fitted with horseshoes of ...
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Does Lightning Lure pull a creature toward you regardless of other circumstances?

Lightning Lure pulls a creature toward you: You create a lash of lightning energy that strikes at one creature of your choice that you can see within range. The target must succeed on a ...
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Lightning Lure / Falling Damage Question [duplicate]

So I'm playing a Variant Tiefling from the SCAG, and I took the Winged trait. I also took the Lightning Lure cantrip, so that I could combine LL's 1d8 lightning damage with the 1d6 bludgeoning damage ...
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What is the source defining what is RAW?

While discussing what constitutes RAW with NautArch in the comments on this question he claimed the Starter Rules aren't RAW. While I'm aware that they are incomplete I can't belive that they are ...
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How large must a creature be for the “Climb Onto a Bigger Creature” action?

From the DMG: Climb Onto a Bigger Creature If one creature wants to jump onto another creature, it can do so by grappling. A Small or Medium creature has little chance of making a ...
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What size are the Gale Force 9 spellbook cards?

I'm intending to buy the cards and put them in a folder giving the feeling of being a spell book like this one: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/gf973904.html I can't figure out from any source if ...
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Switching DMs mid session [closed]

I recently ran a 5e D&D campaign where I switched one of the players (his name's Simon but we have two so let's call 'tother one Ironicus) to the role of DM mid-session, and demoted myself to ...
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What and How to Prepare In Advance For the Next Session? [duplicate]

So I'm starting a new campaign with a group this week, I'm the DM with 4 PC's (2 are long-time RPers and 2 are fairly new to D&D). I've got notes made for the first session, how the party meets, ...
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Crossbow Expert feat second clause clarification [duplicate]

The Crossbow Expert Feat has three clauses: Thanks to extensive practice with the crossbow, you gain the fol lowing benefits: • You ignore the loading quality of crossbows with which you ...
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How to get Fantasy Grounds to account for encounter multipliers?

I noticed that FG doesn't apply the multipliers in p. 82 of the DMG when designing an encounter—it simply adds up the XP totals for each NPC added. Is there a way to change this?
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Is a player character required to engage in downtime activity?

This question was inspired by a scenario, where a character could use Elven trance and any number of short rests but no long rests. Based on this answer, I have a follow up question. By the ...
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Can a PC move after freeing from grapple or restrained?

The rules say that a creature with the grappled or restrained condition has a speed of 0. Player argues that a creature can't move on the same turn that it frees itself from either condition, because ...
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Does halfling luck apply to death saving throws?

The rule states that halfling luck applies to saving throws and the death rolls are called "death saving throws." Based on that I decided to allow it. Additionally, I thought allowing halfling luck ...
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Targetting spells at illusions [duplicate]

How would things resolve when targeting a spell, like magic missile, at an illusory creature? For spells like Fireball, Lightning Bolt, etc. I think it's fairly clear the caster fires the spell off ...
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Is Superiority Dice Damage Doubled Due To Assassinate? [duplicate]

Critical hits double all the dice rolls. Since Superiority Dice are dice rolls too, do they get doubled on a crit? That is, if a Fighter attacks, rolls a 20, and decides to use a combat maneuver, do ...
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Does this cheesy character concept violate RAW, and if so how?

Does the following, very cheesy character concept, violate any RAW? Please cite rules or official rulings in your answer. (Apart from RAW, I expect my DM to disallow or limit the concept, in the ...
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Wish for Instant Summons spell gives a sapphire? [duplicate]

Wish: The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. You don’t need to meet any requirements in that spell, including costly components. Instant Summons: ...
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Are there any feats or equipment that can be used to assist a base melee character in ending a Rage?

To end a Barbarian's Rage, the Barbarian has to neither attack nor take damage for a turn, or be rendered unconscious. What options are available to all characters to ensure the end of an enemy ...
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How to countermand a Barabarian's Rage ability? [closed]

In D&D 5e, the Barbarian's Rage ability is quite powerful. The rulebook states that the only way to end a Rage against the user's will, is to either avoid any chance of him taking damage for a ...
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Can you affect multiple targets with multiple Warding Bond casts?

It has come to my attention that the text of Warding Bond, the legal target(s) of Warding Bond, and the rules as written for target's and spell casting and such; leave it possible that Warding Bond ...
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Can the spell Creation make magic items? (Official rulings only)

Is there an official ruling or rule that determines whether the spell creation can be used to create a magic item? I'd like to know if any of the developers have posted a ruling about this, or ...
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How do I handle my players killing things by catapulting a folding boat?

So, I'm not sure where to begin... I planned some epic battle and "that guy" showed up and ruined it. He took a magical item I (stupidly) gave him (folding boat, DMG 170), cast Catapult (EE, p.15) on ...
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Are immobile objects paralyzed?

Suppose we're trying to set a catapult on fire while defending a siege (and the nearby Kobolds firing it aren't strong enough to be able to move it). That catapult can't move or speak, and can't ...
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What are the levels used for Cantrips learned with the “Magic Initiate” feat?

The Magic Initiate feat gives access to two cantrips from a class. It says Choose a class: bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, warlock, or wizard. You learn two cantrips of your choice from that ...
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Should a rogue be denied a hide attempt if he is around a corner of a hall and his position is known, and it is the only place to hide?

I am having trouble understanding why the hide and sneak attack rule is applicable to a rogue hiding at the corner of a long hall. If a rogue shoots an arrow down the hall and hits his target on the ...
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Must 5e elves take a long rest?

If an elf uses their trance regularly, takes short rests periodically, and is willing to forego the benefits of long rests (hit points and dice restored, spell slots and abilities restored, etc), is ...
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Can a Tome warlock inscribe known spells into their Book of Shadows?

In 5e, can a Pact of the Tome warlock with the Book of Ancient Secrets invocation inscribe known ritual spells into their Book of Shadows? This is useful if permitted, as it allows Tome warlocks to ...
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Can an Acrobatics skill check reduce falling damage?

In older versions of D&D, there were rules for reducing falling damage by making a Tumble/Acrobatics skill check. Does this type of rule exist in D&D 5e? If not, is there a common accepted ...
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Is there any way to share hit points with another ally?

I recall there was a spell which created a life link in previous editions, allowing us to take damage and share it with the group's players. Are there any similar spells in the 5th edition?
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If the campaign stalls at a deadly cliffhanger and we never play again, is my character dead?

Is a character that's about to die just before a campaign is abandoned effectively dead? We have reached the climax of the game — the end all, "winner takes all" type situation. Two of us are ...
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Are there any specific rules about how to prepare spells in D&D 5e?

[This question is related to my Dwarven Cleric character.] In the Player's Handbook it says that all spells need to be prepared in advance before they can be used. I get that this is done while ...
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Can I use my action to do something that requires a bonus action? [duplicate]

As per title. Working example I'm interested in: I'm a 2nd level Druid. Let's say I'm in Wild Shape, which takes a bonus action to dismiss, and let's say I want to cast Healing Word, which requires a ...
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Do lycanthropes need to do damage in order to inflict the curse?

I'd like to clarify whether were-creatures need to do damage in order to have a chance of inflicting the lycanthropy curse. Considering the creature stats in isolation it would appear the answer is ...