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 happens when you run out of movement while jumping?

According to the PHB after a 10 foot movement the player is able to make a long jump whose length is equal to their strength score. Each foot jumped costs 1 foot of movement. I have a character with ...
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How does DnD 5e handle group skill checks?

I have looked at the Lost Mine of Phandelver and see many times where a skill check for wisdom is vital, I want to get my group to work together, like everyone contributing and cooperating, instead of ...
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How is the number of spells limited in a spellbook?

Previous versions had rules about the total number of spell that a spellbook could include calculated using the level of the spell and number of pages in the book. 5e mentions that a spellbook has ...
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Attack Rolls Before Damage

As a newcomer to DnD, I am a bit confused about the attack rolls. Say I am playing a rogue with Sneak Attack, and an offhanded shortsword (shortsword mainhand) So I first roll an attack roll to ...
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What skill or skills should apply to an appraisal check in 5e?

This may be more than one answer, depending on what is being appraised. Is the following at least reasonable,or am I missing anything? Arcana - magic items, spell scrolls, potions (as long as they ...
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warlock blade fiend [closed]

Hello guys I am thinking of making a warlock/paladin character for the upcoming Elemental Evil adventure league. So far I have read up on the fighter 1/warlock 19 build Optimal Dragonborn Warlock for ...
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Does true polymorph form a creature with equipment?

When a spellcaster transforms an object or creature into a creature using the True Polymorph spell, does that creature form with equipment? E.g., if a spellcaster used True Polymorph to transform a ...
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Adding Magi-Tech to 5E

I am going to be running a 5th Edition campaign set in a future of a previous campaign. I want to add "magi-tech", but very sparingly. My question is: Are there any official sources for this type of ...
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Does the Flyby trait apply when starting on the ground next to an enemy?

The Flyby special trait states, for example: The peryton doesn't provoke an opportunity attack when it flies out of an enemy's reach (MM 251). The name of the trait implies that an creature ...
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Level required to increase spell damage [duplicate]

An interesting question came up last night. Player X is 4th lvl cleric and 1st lvl monk. Produce flame can be thrown for d8 of damage. Its damage increases to 2d8 at 5th lvl. Does this mean at ...
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5E Divine Smite Wording/Ruling

This is a mechanics question pertaining to the maximum allowed damage for the Paladin's Divine Smite ability. Divine Smite: "...you can expend one [Spell Slot] to deal Radiant damage in addition ...
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Does the monks dex bonus to attacks/damage stack with finesse weapons?

I'm playing as a monk, the DM agreed to allow me to use a whip as a monks weapon (think Shaolin monks using chain whips), but we aren't sure how to treat the hit/damage rolls, would they stack or ...
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When using a breath weapon do I roll against armor class?

In the 5e D&D player's handbook, the Dragonborn's Breath Weapon says: The DC for this saving throw equals 8 + your Constitution modifier + your proficiency bonus. A creature takes 2d6 damage ...
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Does an unarmed strike get double damage on a critical hit?

A critical hit allows you to roll all damage dice twice. Critical Hits When you score a critical hit, you get to roll extra dice for the attack's damage against the target. Roll all of the ...
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How much damage can a druid Wild Shaped into a spider take without dying instantly?

A human druid Wild Shapes into a spider and now has 1 maximum hit point. As a spider she gets bitten by a hungry lizard that deals 2 damage. Does the druid die from Instant Death (PHB p. 197), or ...
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Is there a lower limit to the size of creature a druid can wild shape into?

In the last few sessions, our druid has been using the tactic of transforming into a spider or other bugs and scouting out entire floors of dungeons by slipping under doors and remaining unseen. Is ...
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The verbal component of 'Suggestion'

In a recent game the verbal component of 'Suggestion' came up. I had assumed that the verbal component was just me saying the words and was added to mechanically stop me from casting it in magical ...
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What happens if one casts Blink while under Rary's Telepathic Bond?

In D&D 5th Edition, the description of Rary's Telepathic Bond states that the link breaks if a character in it leaves the plane in which the other linked characters are. Since Blink actually pulls ...
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How can I slightly raise the CR of an NPC?

In Hoard of the Dragon Queen: Episode 1, one of the encounters is a dual between one PC and a named NPC. This encounter is supposed to be quite deadly, a level 1 or 2 PC versus a CR 4 NPC. My ...
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Can 5e monks Level 5 & up use Flurry of Blows on both attacks?

My level 5 monk attacks with 1-hand spear 1d6+DEX/Prof 2x/round. Flurry of Blows (FoB) description states: "Immediately after you take the Attack action..." If there are 2 Attacks, are there 2 FoB ...
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Casting sleep on an opponent in water, bad day for them?

From the description of the Sleep spell: falls unconscious until the spell ends, the sleeper takes damage, or someone uses an action to shake or slap the sleeper awake. From the rules on ...
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How do Deathward and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance racial feature interact?

What happens when you cast Death Ward on a half-orc? Do the effects of the spell and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance racial feature stack? If so and you get reduced to 0 HP more than once, can ...
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Spell Area of Effect Range

I was wondering what exactly does X-foot cube mean in a spells range description. Let's look Thunderwave for example. It says: A wave of thunderous force sweeps out from you. Each creature in a ...
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If I multiclass into Paladin, can I use up any class's spell slots for Divine Smite?

Divine Smite: Starting at 2nd level, when you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack, you can extend one paladin spell slot to deal radiant damage to the target, in addition to the weapon's ...
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Can a water elemental move through Bigsby's Interposing Hand?

I'm a wizard and I like everything to go my way. Recently we ran into a situation on a boat in which we were attacked by a trio of Water Elementals. I thought this was a fine time to test out the ...
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Does Cloud of Daggers count as magical damage?

So we had an arena style session in 5e last night, and at one point, I was playing a sorcerer, and was facing a barbarian. The barbarian was raging, giving him resistance to slashing, piercing, and ...
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What's the DC of 200 degree room?

Page 110 of the DMG lists a DC 5 Constitution saving throw for "Extreme Heat" (temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more). However, it doesn't make sense to me that it would remain the same as ...
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Does Unarmored Defense function during a lycanthrope transformation?

I'm having some trouble calculating the AC of one of my PC's while transformed via Lycanthrope PC rules into a werebear. He is a barbarian and is using unarmored defense. The transformation seems to ...
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Lingering Injury and Speed

One of the characters in my party lost her foot to a Kobold. I am using the rules that any character that is knocked down gets a lingering injury as per the Dungeon Masters Guide PG 272. Her character ...
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Can anyone use the sapphire linked to an object with the Drawmij's Instant Summons spell?

Reading the Drawmij's Instant Summons spell, it sounds like only the Wizard who enchanted a 1,000 gp (really?!) sapphire can summon the object that's linked to the gem. Is that correct, or could ...
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Two Weapon Fighting with Hand Crossbows [duplicate]

It seems this topic has had much speculation over the last few months. So this question may be a little long as I cite references from the flawed PHB. (Flawed because, Destructive Smite suddenly ...
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Can a sprite (warlock's familiar) use help action and stay invisible?

According to DnD 5th edition Player's Handbook (page 192, help action in combat)(bolding made by me): You can aid a friendly creature in attacking a creature within 5 feet of you. You feint, ...
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How do I make a parasitic character leech off of a larger character?

The idea is to have two characters, a large-sized race and a small-sized, linked together where the small character is acting like a leech. We wanted to have the small character be extremely ...
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Clarification on available spells for starter kit cleric

I've just started running through the starter kit adventure and wanted to clarify how the clerics spells worked. He has 2 first level slots and can prepare 4 level 1 spells. Does this mean: He has ...
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Can you Detect Magical Items on an invisible creature?

My players were going up against a mid-threat mage last session. He cast Greater Invisibility on himself one round, and the next round, he cast Fly. As this silently flying mage was circling the ...
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5E Trap/Ambush/Stealth Mechanics VS Passive Perception Confusion

I thought I knew, at first, how passive perception versus hidden/invisible creatures and/or well laid traps worked. I have a group of level 2 adventurers that are about to come upon their first trap ...
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Handling Effects on a Split Creature

I don't really see an area in the MM, PHB, or DMG that specifies what happens to effects on a creature that splits. A case came up where my party was being attacked by an Ochre Jelly, our Hunter cast ...
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What is useful to delegate to Assistant DMs, and how many is it useful to have?

I have a 5e D&D campaign right now that is very successful. Right now I have 10 players in two groups, each group playing once a week. However, recently I have had 6 more people who want to make a ...
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Would Shriekers prevent someone from hearing Harpies?

A few people climb a mountain, finally reaching a safe tunnel for the night. Upon entry, a few Shriekers start screeching. That alarms the Harpies that live on the other side of the tunnel. The ...
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How can I balance loot distribution for my players?

Im having a bit of trouble getting a general sense of what amount of loot my players should receive during their sessions. They are started as 3rd level, mostly new players to the DnD universe. I ...
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How can I dissuade my players from attacking a deadly foe who isn't meant to be attacked?

I will be taking over as DM of our group in a few weeks. Our party right now has a large number of magic items, and while I don't have a problem balancing that, I would rather replace lesser ones ...
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Can you stack abilities on a weapon or armor?

My group formed when 3.5 came out and they were generally very careful and tactical in building their characters and their gear. We're giving 5th Edition a try but we can't seem to find any rules for ...
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20 Stats at level 1 too powerful? [closed]

I'm starting a campaign with some people and we all rolled our stats. We all rolled really well. I even ended up nerfing my stats to avoid being too powerful overall. Nobody has any stats under 10 ...
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5e multi-classing with a wizard level 1 and a druid level 1

I just got to level 2 and I'm a Wizard. I decided to go multiclassing right away instead of levelling my Wizard to level 2 Wizard because I couldn't decide witch school of magic to choose from. My ...
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Can Spiritual Weapon summon a natural weapon?

Going back to my halfling cleric of Bahamut -- I RPed him casting Spiritual Weapon as summoning a dragon's head down to chomp on his foes (same damage die, of course). Is reskinning Spiritual Weapon ...
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Riposte out of Reach

This weekend one of my player's was disappointed when he attempted to riposte and I ruled that he was out of reach of the creature who missed him with an attack. As an example, when a creature with a ...
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When a monster/NPC is considered dead?

I am playing in 5E campaign as a player and after a first few encounters there is something I don't quite get. Do monsters/enemies follow the same death rules that are used for PCs ? I.e. not ...
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5e Sentinel Opportunity Attacks

Alright, so me and my pal are working through making a 5e fighty Cleric. He wants to take the Sentinel and Shield Master feats. Sentinel reads: Sentinel You have mastered techniques to take ...
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Does the Confusion Spell Affect Ghosts that are Possessing a Character?

Let me lay out the scenario: I'm running a D&D 5e session where the party enters a haunted castle and begins snooping around. They encounter four ghosts and one of the PCs gets possessed by a ...
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Can a zero-HP, unconscious and stable character be woken up prematurely?

Whenever you drop to 0 hp you become unconscious (and are dying). If you manage to stabilize you will wake up in 1d4 hrs with 1 hp. We had a situation where an unconscious character was stablized, ...