Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, written 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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The Warcaster Feat and Arcane Focus

I'm playing a Warlock in 5e and I'm trying to make him a front line fighter/tank because we...don't have any and our healing sucks. Thus, I'm trying everything I can to avoid being hit altogether. ...
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Limits on Cleric's Mending?

Background: One of my players is a Cleric who knows Mending. They've used it in various inventive ways, which is good. But it also gets used to easily circumvent various problems I've tried to throw ...
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Supporting degrees of success and failure when rolling

I have only played D&D so far, but I'm not that happy with it, mainly because the results are so binary. Take, for example, picking a lock. You roll a dice, you add your lockpicking modifier and ...
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Can Protection Fighting Style Be Used After The Roll?

Protection Fighting Style says that you can use your reaction to impose disadvantage on certain attacks, but it doesn't specify the timing. Does this mean that you can wait until the d20 has been ...
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Can a 5e caster prepare extra cantrips?

My 5e cleric needs to cast Mending but it's not one of my memorized cantrips. Can he use one of his number of prepared spells to prepare a cantrip he doesn't know?
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I failed to open a lock. Now what?

Picking a lock typically requires a DC 15 Dexterity check (Basic rules, p. 49). Likewise for manacles (p. 50), which can alternately be escaped with a DC 20 Dexterity check or broken with a DC 20 ...
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How does one find new spells?

I am creating a Warlock with the pact of the tome and reading the Book of Ancient Secrets invocation I got a little lost. It says: "On your adventures, you can add other ritual spells to your Book of ...
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As a Sorcerer, how can I improve my reaction melee weapon attack?

I'm hoping to play a melee Sorcerer with Mage Slayer and Sentinel feats, both of which provide good opportunities to use your reaction to make a Melee Weapon Attack. Currently, with 16 Dex, my best ...
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Do natural weapons have the Finesse property?

Alter Self allows a character to have Natural Weapons. IIRC, in previous editions, Unarmed Strikes and Natural Weapons were considered Finesse-able (i.e., if you had the Feat, they would use Dex ...
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Grapple + Totemic Attunement (Eagle) = Zangief's Spinning Atomic Piledriver?

Could a Barbarian with Totemic Attunement (eagle) use grapple to perform the iconic move by dragging the enemy straight up as far as the fly speed allows and ending the turn in the air? If so, who ...
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Where can I find information on familiars?

In the PHB, the spell find familiar lists a set of creatures you can summon as your familiar, however for some of them, I'm unable to find any stats in the appendix for them(particularly the octopus). ...
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Can a Monk replace Elemental Attunement when learning new Elemental Disciplines?

When the Way of the Four Elements learns new Elemental Disciplines at 6/11/17, you're able to replace an elemental discipline you already know with a different one. Is it possible to retrain the ...
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Why do the starter set characters have unexpected attack bonuses?

I am somewhat new to 5E and had a question about attack bonuses of the pre-gen characters in the starter set. I was under the impression that attack bonus for a sword is strength bonus plus ...
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Can high level Eldritch blast be used with War Caster?

The final test of the Warcaster Feat is the following The spell must have a casting time of 1 action and must target only one creature. (PHB 170) The question I have is whether a spell like ...
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Eldritch Blast with multiple beams and Agonizing Blast on a single target: Cha Mod just once?

Agonizing Blast allows a 'lock to add Cha mod to EB damage. Two questions: At higher levels, when directing multiple beams at a single target, does it work like Magic Missile, where the modifier is ...
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What is the advantage of casting the cantrip “light” on an object an enemy is wearing or holding?

The cantrip "light" says that it cast a "bright light." It also states that If you target an object held or worn by a hostile creature, that creature must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw to ...
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Ordinary people and magic in D&D5

What does the average citizen of the D&D5 default setting know about magic (as opposed to the "extraordinary people" who are the classed adventurers, according to the PHB), and how does the public ...
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What should I consider when levelling a multi-classed character?

Following up on my last question about a Shadow Monk/Assassin Rogue character. What's the best way to pick which class to level up in a multiclassed character? Is it better to stick with one class ...
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How to decide which of my intended classes to start as when multiclassing in D&D 5e?

I'm putting together a Shadow Monk/Assassin Rogue character concept for a new game of D&D 5e but I have little experience with multi-classing. So, what should I consider when deciding which class ...
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How does the Ranger's Extra Attack work with two weapon fighting?

I think I know the answer to this one but I'm double checking. At the 5th level the Ranger gets Extra Attack, which lets them attack a second time during the Attack action. If they are fighting with ...
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Prestidigitation and Druidcraft “harmless sensory effect?”

I'm DMing for our first ever D&D campaign. I've already got some great help from this website. My sorcerer and druid like their Prestidigitation and Druidcraft spells, but we aren't exactly clear ...
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Is 4th edition D&D compatible with 5th edition?

I have all of the hardcover books from D&D 4th edition. I recently bought and am reading the 5th edition players handbook and I must say I like it. I was wondering if 4th edition information ...
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Are there critical hits for spells?

According to PHB p.194 you always score a critical hit on any attack roll. Does this rule also apply to magical attacks, e.g. the Inflict Wounds spell.
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Is additional damage from a spell counted as part of the same attack?

For specifics let's look at Witch Bolt (page 289 PHB), there may be others but I am far too lazy to look through each and every one for other examples. Witch Bolt Make a ranged spell attack ...
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Is Thunderwave centered on the caster?

This came up in game tonight. Thunderwave is a spell with Range: Self (15-foot cube). The description reads: A wave of thunderous force sweeps out from you. Each creature in a 15-foot cube ...
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Paralyzed enemy and Witch Bolt: Auto-crit, on a hit?

On a hit, Witch Bolt allows you to automatically deal damage on subsequent turns. If the enemy is paralyzed and one is in melee range, would that be an automatic critical? Since there's no attack roll ...
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How to calculate the expected damage increase from Empowered Spell?

In D&D 5th Edition the Sorcerer Metamagic ability Empowered Spell states the following: "When you roll damage for a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to reroll a number of the damage dice up ...
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How specific does “beast you have seen” have to be for Wild Shape?

Starting at 2nd level, you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have seen before. This doesn't say anything about the gender or age of the beast, so can a druid ...
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Herbalism kits and stabilizing characters

Proficiency with a herbalism kit “lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to identify or apply herbs” (D&D Basic rules, p. 51). Do you “apply herbs” when attempting to ...
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How many attack/damage rolls when using Twinned spell?

Two related questions: When using Twinned Spell with an attack spell, do you make one attack roll for both targets, or one each? When using TS with a spell that deals damage: do you roll damage once ...
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Would the 1st level Burning Hands wizard spell burn down a wooden house/inn?

One of my players seems to think that this spell will cause all sorts of carnage whereas I'm more inclined to say it may cause a bit of a fire and a bit of damage but not necessarily be all-consuming. ...
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Vampiric Touch/Inflict wounds Spell target Overlap

This came to me while planning out a Cleric/wizard multiclass 5e character with a necromantic bent. If I were to cast Vampiric Touch (which affects a target when I make a melee spell attack on said ...
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What happened to disease in D&D 5e?

In the Player's Handbook, disease is mentioned in the Petrified condition's description ('the creature is immune to poison and disease'), but there is no Diseased condition to be found, nor is disease ...
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What's the average damage increase from Elemental Adept?

Looking at some basic number crunching: Elemental Adept treats 1s as 2s when rolling damage, for a chosen element. What's the average increase for a few signature spells/elements? Alternatively, the ...
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Will trading the Monk Martial Arts feature for the Grappling Feat cause problems?

I want to play a Pacifist character. My plan is to go 1 level of Monk then max out Wizard-Enchanting. I never want to cause a creature harm, but I'm ok with my friends, or minions, causing havoc. I ...
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Does Bless Have Costly Material Components?

Bless, along with several other spells, like Commune and Dispel Good and Evil, list Holy Water as a material component. None of them list a cost for this holy water, but the items table says that a ...
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How many attacks does using a net let you have?

I was reading over some of the weapons in the D&D Next basic rules today when I came across the net. The basic rules are free and available online so I'm going to paste the blurb: When you use ...
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How many Actions are allowed per round in DND 5e for a 2nd level Rogue

Focusing on the Rogue actions, are these all allowable for a single Round? Could there have been any other actions taken? 5e Starter Set Encounter begins: Fighter (lvl 2) engages 3 Ruffians in ...
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Arcane focus influences both attack and damage?

I'm working with the 5e basic rule set and have run into some questions about Arcane focus. I can't find where it is described, but from these forums I gather that wielding your focus allows for your ...
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As a party meat shield, should I start with levels in Barbarian, or Druid?

I am currently starting my first campaign having only played 2 single adventures before both only reaching level 2. For this campaign I am thinking on creating a moon druid/barbarian multiclass ...
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Passive wisdom (perception): does one add WIS mod + percep skill?

I'm new to D&D. There seems to be a discrepancy between the 5e Starter Set Rulebook and the associated character sheets. The Rulebook says that a passive wisdom (percep) score is "10 + the ...
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Foxes for druids and rangers

I’m starting a new D&D5 campaign. One of my players loves foxes, so I would like to provide them as an option for wild shape and animal companions, along with a giant variant. Unfortunately, the ...
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Is there a specific gauntlet to test home-brewed character classes?

Recently I've been trying to play test my custom character class by running it through a dungeon I developed and ran for a party last year. The class focuses around the idea of collecting monster ...
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Do spells such as Hex and enhance ability affect attacks rolls?

Do spells such as Hex or enhance ability affect attack rolls made using the affected ability score? These spells reference advantage/disadvantage on ability checks, but I am unsure whether an attack ...
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Shatter spell versus mundane weapons and armor

I have a player who likes to use the shatter spell. The description says it will do the same damage to the targets' armor and weapons that it does to the targets. Right now, I don't have an easy ...
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How does switching weapons work?

How does switching, or dropping, weapons work in D+D 5e? Does it take an action? For instance, if I have a polearm equipped, can I switch to two handaxes, throw the handaxes, and then switch back to ...
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Building Doctor Strange as a SorcLock for Adventurers League

I'm building a character for organized play. The design goal is to create a versatile support caster that's more of a Swiss Army knife than a straight blaster. The build concept is a variant human ...
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Do you get max hit dice value + CON towards HP when you first dip into another class?

When first starting a character your given full value on the class hit die + your constitution modifier, e.g. a first level monk's HP die is 1d8+con, lets say 2 for this example, which gives him 10 ...
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Is your ability to hit someone in D&D 5e independent of whether they are holding a weapon?

As I have looked over the D&D 5e combat it seems that whether or not one can hit someone with an attack has no relation to whether or not that person or monster is holding a weapon, because ...
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Why is spellcasting not improvisational, like martial combat is?

From my reading of the D&D 5e PHB, as well as other answers on this site (see Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying "I attack"?), it appears that martial combat is ...