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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Who does Faerie Fire affect?

As a level 1 druid, I have some questions about Faerie Fire. Does it affect both enemies and allies? I mean, if both enemies and PCs are in the 20-foot cube area of effect, are they all outlined in ...
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Does a Rogue's Expertise Apply to Passive Perception?

As per the rogue feature Expertise, you can choose two skills to double your proficiency bonus in. Obviously this works for active perception checks, but is there anything that says this does or doesn'...
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Does Water Breathing + a full waterskin = infinite “air”?

I was wondering if a person could use water breathing to avoid breathing a toxic atmosphere. The spell itself states: This spell grants up to ten willing creatures you can see within range the ...
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How can I give a druid better armor?

I asked my players OoC what sorts of treasure they'd be interested in, and the druid asked for armor. He had some pretty creative ideas about bone, turtle shells, etc. (ethically sourced, of course.) ...
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How can I add house rules for interesting wrestling moves for a wrestler PC?

I'm a fledgling DM trying to help a player make a wrestler PC. (I saw How can I make a grappling Fighter?, but it's for Pathfinder.) My friend would like the following if possible: Size: Large (...
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Are a Wizard's “spells known” what they have in their spellbook or what they can prepare?

I'm unclear on what a wizard's “spells known” means. Namely, are they the spells they can prepare, or the spells in their spellbook? This is probably really obvious, but I'm just not figuring it out. ...
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Can a creature affected by Haste and Slow use its second action?

Slow states that On its turn, [a creature] can use either an action or a bonus action, not both. Haste gives an affected creature a second action. Assuming we're not talking about taking the ...
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Would an elf raised by dwarves still have elvish as a language?

In a Forgotten Realms scenario I'm running, an elven maiden was rescued, but in critical condition, by a dwarven party who happened upon her as her tribe was slaughtered by orcs. She gave birth to her ...
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Heavy Crossbow fighter build

I'm the DM of a 5e campaign and have a 5th level Fighter with a heavy crossbow. He has the crossbow expert feat, and at 5th level has extra attack feature. Using crossbow expert he is able to ...
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Where is Myrkul's return detailed?

Due to the Sundering, old Gods have returned in the Forgotten Realms. I know that my favourite god from AD&D, Myrkul, has become alive once more. Now I'm looking for any available official ...
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Does the 15 Strength effect apply when a PC is in their humanoid form?

The rules of lycanthropy on p207 of the Monster Manual state that a werewolf characters "gains a Strength of 15 if his or her score isn't already higher, and a +1 bonus to AC while in wolf or hybrid ...
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Is Goliath weight range reasonable?

This might be opinion-based question, but I think it might result in some specific and well-argumented answers. The weight range for Goliaths is 280-340 lbs, or 127-154kg. Their height is between 7 ...
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Physically Altering Curses

In a custom campaign, I placed the characters in "The legendary library of Oghma" where all the books were history, not the writing about things that happened, but the things themselves. Basically it ...
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Is ranged attack broken when both attackers are in the dark? [closed]

Is ranged attack broken when both attackers are in the dark? As I read things, if both attackers are in the dark, but aware of the other ... both gain Advantage because they are Invisible to the ...
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What happens when an individual fails to reassert control of a raised or created undead

When using Animate Dead or Create Undead the person must recast it to reassert control over the creatures or they lose control over them. But do they just start attacking the creator if they fail to ...
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What level of spell slot do I need to use to reassert control over a pair of mummies I created?

In the DMG the Animate Dead and Create Undead spells state that you must cast this spell on the creature before the current 24-hour period ends. This use of the spell reasserts your control over ...
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What are the implications of 'Living Construct'?

Let me elaborate. From this post by Mike which I am waiting to hear a final word from Jeremy on: https://mobile.twitter.com/Airatome/status/740665674029113344 A Warforged unit is a 'Living Construct' ...
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Undead thrall attribute. How does it work with the True Polymorph spell

This is a follow-up to my how to get a permanent skeleton companion question. As the previous question answered a True Polymorph spell can allow a permanent zombie follower summoned using Finger of ...
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What could I do to please players who want to role play, and others who don't care at all?

I've been DMing with my friends for a couple of sessions on the starter set of D&D 5e. Our first time, I tried to incorporate more role playing, like having people call each other by their ...
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Are there any spells that can create the effects of a flash grenade, but persistently?

Are there any spells that can make a light so bright, you have to look away or else you can't really see anything? I have read through all the spells in the PHB and not found one that obviously does ...
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Options for breathing underwater [closed]

I'm taking the plunge (pun intended) and having a go at writing my own aquatic based adventure. I intend to use settings of a port, a ship, underwater and a hidden (air and water) cavern. I've ...
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Can Phantasmal Force Heal A Target?

Phantasmal force can make the target believe what they see to such an extent, they will always rationalize what they experience. This goes as far as to inflict damage on them if they experience a ...
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Can a mount with the trampling charge feature use the bonus action attack against prone targets?

I'm here with a rather nitpicky question. We all know that when you have a regular mount in 5th edition you can't make it attack while controlling it. But what happens if the mount could attack as a ...
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Drowning in Dirt / Grapple + Burrow Speed

The Giant Badger has a burrow speed of 10'. Since your movement speed while dragging an enemy is halved, this means you can put your enemy 5' underground without using an action. This addresses what ...
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Can I injure someone by slamming them into a wall?

The answer to this question says that movement speed doesn't let you piledrive your target into the ground - no bonus damage to hitting an enemy into the ground. I'm interested in finding RAW for a ...
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Is there any correlation between Strength and Throwing Range?

I've seen other RPG systems that base the thrown range of weapons and objects on Strength score. However, based on what I've seen in the core rules (Javelins and Handaxes, for example), I don't see ...
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Can a PC use a readied action to deflect a projectile?

Let's say that my party is fighting a bunch of kobolds outdoors. The kobolds are slinging a bunch of rocks at the party, and one player says, "I ready my action until a rock comes my way, and then I ...
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What does the DMG mean by 'points' in monster building?

On page 274 (DMG), the following is found for defensive CR (with an equivalent for offensive later on): If your monster's AC is at least two points higher or lower than [its hit points suggest the ...
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What to do when you notice another player's mistake?

I happened to notice a mistake that one of the other players has been making a mistake that causes their character to be much more powerful than the rules dictate that they should be. I'm sure that ...
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How can I generate a lot of characters?

How can I make 20 pregen characters (level 2 or 3 so their class traits are apparent) in a short amount of time? I have Hero-lab, but even that takes a fair bit of time to set up.
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5e: Drop-in sessions for new players: What's essential? [closed]

I'm about to run some intro sessions at our school's offline gaming club and there will be people who will rock up just to check out the game and decide whether or not they'd like to invest their time ...
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Resources for Large Groups [closed]

We're starting an offline gaming club here at the school I teach at. I'll probably lead a few D&D 5e sessions to get things started and I thought it might be a good idea to get some input from ...
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Can you store cantrips in a Ring of Spell Storing?

How would storing a cantrip (0th level spell) like Prestidigitation work with the ring of spell storing? Could one just create a Ring of Prestidigitation some other way?
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Increasing utility of the Grappler feat

Without Grappler, grapplers use grapple + shove to prone. (Possibly prone->grapple with Shield Master). The enemy now has disadvantage, and melee users have advantage. By applying restrained instead ...
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What resources will my PCs not have if I remove divine spellcasting?

I'm in the planning stages of a campaign where the gods have fallen (for various history related reasons) and so clerics, druids, rangers and paladins do not have access to their source of power. ...
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Does the proficiency bonus stay the same at each level in a tier or am I supposed to add to it at each level?

I'm looking at the Character Advancement table on pg15 of the 5e Players Handbook. It shows that levels 1-4 have a +2 proficiency bonus each, levels 5-8 are +3 each, etc. I don't know if it is telling ...
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[Help]Group of 5-7 Custom Campaign Derailed [closed]

I have a group of 5-7 players all at level 7. Some of the players have come and gone. When we began this campaign (roughly a year ago) I was pretty new to DMing. I had a story written for an entire ...
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how do I calculate an unarmed attack, specifically for slam?

I'm making a custom monster, a huge flesh golem. I'm trying to determine its unarmed strike as a much larger monster for slam and need to calculate its damage to determine its offensive challenge ...
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Can a PC tell if they have levels of Madness?

I'm running a campaign using the Madness optional rule. I understand for the most part how it works but my question is, can the PCs tell they have levels of madness? If their characters have never ...
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Can a Rogue apply sneak attack on a reaction/opportunity attack? [duplicate]

The 5e PHB says a Rogue can only apply Sneak Attack (given the conditions are met) once per turn. Does this differentiate between the Rogue's turn and the entire combat round? If the Rogue gets to ...
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Does a Beast Master Ranger's Companion Level Up With Them?

As the title states, when you choose a Ranger archetype at 3rd level and choose Beast Master to gain a companion, does the companion level up with you as you progress?
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Using Rally/Maneuvers outside of battle?

I just recently started messing around with a friend using D&D 5e, and the two of us have been goofing around in Roll20 with characters we made to test some things, one of which a 3rd level ...
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Does Bestow Curse overrule advantages

If a player was to cast bestow curse and apply it onto a creatures wisdom ability score as written they would have disadvantage on ability checks and saving throws made with wisdom. Although if the ...
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How many things can Detect Evil and Good detect at once?

Detect Evil and Good states: you know if there is an aberration, (etc.) within 30 feet of you, as well as where the creature is located It says "an" and "the," which are both singular pronouns. ...
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Does probing with Detect Thoughts from a crowd conceal you from the target?

Our Sorcerer was in a crowd, and cast Detect Thoughts, then targetted a person he could see for a probe. Detect Thoughts states: the target knows that you are probing into its mind I am unclear ...
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A question about true polymorphing yourself [duplicate]

If you true polymorph yourself into a chair do you instantly break concentration and turn back to normal? (Whoops, apologies. I'm an idiot.)
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Why Would a Herd of Goliaths Move From Their Stronghold? [closed]

Bit of backstory: One of my players plays a Goliath, who was banished from their herd for being a complete loose cannon. Eventually, I want the player to encounter their herd, having overtaken the ...
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What kind of significant magical item that is not overpowered could fit? [closed]

I plan to set a side quest into the adventure of the starter set. It is started by a riddle the party has to solve in the beginning of the campaign. The quest reward should be a magical item that ...
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How does having monsters of the same type go at the same time affect balance?

I'm running a group of 6 PC's through HotDQ. All of them are new to 5e and we just started, so the combat is pretty slow, and some of them aren't all that excited about combat to begin with. I'm doing ...