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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Bringing undead back to life

In previous editions of D&D, you couldn't bring undead back to life. You had to "re-kill" them and then resurrect their corpse. In 5e, Resurrection states that it can't bring undead back, but ...
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What does getting 'killed outright' mean for Relentless Endurance?

The Half-Orc class on PHB page 41 has a trait which states the following: Relentless Endurance. When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. ...
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While using Wild Shape, do I use Unarmored Defense or the creature's Armor Class?

I have a multi-classed Monk/Druid, and let's say I wild shape into a Giant Eagle. Will I have an AC of 13 (specified in creature statistics), or will I have an AC of 15 (10 + Dex (+3) + Wis (+2))? ...
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Does my longsword +1 add bonuses to casting, if swords are my holy symbol?

So I am playing a Paladin and with help from the DM a suitable god was chosen for the setting. Swords of all kinds are of particular importance to the god, so I was told any type of sword would double ...
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Are there generic enchanted implements in D&D 5e?

Looking through the alphabetical list of magic items (DMG p150) I see it includes: Ammunition, +1, +2, or +3 Armor, +1, +2, or +3 Weapon, +1, +2, or +3 But there don't appear to be any generic ...
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Rise of Tiamat - Final Battle [Major Spoilers]

Similar to the Rise of Tiamat - Dragon assets [Major spoilers] question, there appears to be a big lack of guidance regarding the final battle In Episode 1 p23, it says: However, without repeating ...
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What does a magic weapon's plus apply to?

When a PC finds a +1 weapon, what stat or stats increase by one? For example, in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure in the Starter Set, there is a +1 Longsword. What does it do?
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Does creature size affect weapon damage?

I have no idea whether or not this is true in D&D 5e; it was in 3.5 and Pathfinder, but it is not mentioned in the 5e Player's Handbook. For example, in 3.5 and Pathfinder, a halfling's longsword ...
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What happens to objects, changed while transmuted using Minor Alchemy, after they revert?

If the form of an object is changed while it's transmuted into another substance with the Minor Alchemy wizard ability, do the changes last after the effect wears off and the object reverts to its ...
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D&D 5th Edition Modify Multiple Monster XP Encounter

I'm a new DM and finding it a bit difficult to challenge my group that wants the glorious battles style of game play. When I asked them what they wanted from the campaign, the consensus was that they ...
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How does Wish remove the Time Warp of the Feywild?

The Dungeon Master's Guide provides optional rules for Feywild magic. One of these is Time Warp, where 1 day in the Feywild ranges from 1 minute to 1 year "everywhere else in the multiverse" (p. 50). ...
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Am I supposed to add my Attack Roll Bonus to my Attack Roll along with my Ability Modifier and Proficiency Bonus?

I'm completely new to D&D and have run into some trouble with combat. I've read the rules for the Starter Set multiple times and they say when rolling the d20 for attacks, the Ability Modifier ...
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Will both Mage Slayer and Sentinel together reduce an enemy's speed to 0?

If I have both the Mage Slayer feat and the Sentinel feat, will the reaction given to me by Mage Slayer reduce an enemy's speed to 0? Mage Slayer: When a creature within 5 feet of you casts a ...
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Does a Paladin with Aura of Protection effectively get twice the Charisma save modifer?

The question is actually rather straightforward and many people seem to be confused about it: When a 6th or higher level paladin that has Aura of Protection rolls a Charisma save, does he ...
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Why would an amphibious Storm Giant need to cast Water Breathing?

In the MM, on page 156, a Storm Giant is described as Amphibious. The giant can breathe air and water Yet it has the innate spellcasting ability to cast water breathing 3 times a day. Why ...
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Trying to fix my DM mistakes by starting a new campaign

I recently put together a gaming group composed of friends new to roleplaying who were excited to try some D&D. We've only had four sessions so far, and the players are really enjoying themselves, ...
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Melee Necromancer feats?

So, per my previous question, I am taking Miniman’s advice and making a mountain dwarf necromancer with Heavily Armored and a focus on vampiric touch. I have come to dub this concept a ...
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Determining “level” of an NPC for purpose of budgeting encounter XP

Hypothetical party: 1st level human wizard (PC) 3x guard NPC 1x acolyte NPC This is the player's first time, and it's a solo campaign. The first mini-adventure involves recovering the cargo of a ...
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Can't seem to find restrictions on Cantrips?

I'm starting a Bard on 5th edition. This is my first 5th edition campaign coming from Pathfinder. I can't seem to find any restrictions on cantrips. Do I automatically know all of them? Can I cast ...
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For Touch spells with a Concentration duration, do you need to keep touching your target?

The spell Protection from Evil and Good reads: Casting Time: 1 action Range: Touch Duration: Concentration up to 10 minutes Do you only need to touch your target during the casting ...
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Is Shaundakul still alive in 5e?

I'm creating a 5e character and looking at deities, Shaundakul would be perfect for me. However, there has been no mention of him since 3e so I'm not sure if he's a valid deity for my fifth edition ...
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Rise of Tiamat - Dragon assets [Major spoilers]

In the Rise of Tiamat campaign, there's an event with some details I'm not sure how to resolve: I've combed Episodes 1 and 6 trying to work this out, and I really have no idea.
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With the Deflect Missiles monk feature, does the player know the damage of the attack before choosing to deflect?

Deflect Missile (PHB pg. 78): Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. I take this to mean that the ...
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Is the omission of a racial +2 to wisdom intentional?

In the 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons, the selection of a race determines one or more bonuses to a primary attribute. For example, humans get +1 to all six attributes, while a wood elf gets +2 to ...
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How many attack rolls do I need to make for an area attack?

I'm having trouble shaking this answer out of my PHB. Scenario: I cast a spell that affects a 3x3 area. How many attack rolls do I make? Do I make one per creature in the area (IE, like 4e), or one ...
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What is the difference between Ability Checks and Saving Throws?

Mechanically, they both seem to be d20 rolls with an added ability modifier to overcome some type of challenge. Why call it a "saving throw" and not just present it as a passive ability check? The ...
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How is throwing distance computed in 5e?

How is throwing distance computed for improvised weapons? I have a player whose favorite tactic is chucking oil flasks at opponents and lighting them on fire, so this comes up a fair amount. I ...
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Can a Bonus Action be used outside of a combat encounter?

Is there anything preventing a character from using an ability such as Second Wind, or casting a spell such as Misty Step, when not engaged in a combat encounter? The rules indicate you get one Bonus ...
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Does magical healing stabilize characters first or automatically grant hit points?

Sorry if this question has already been asked, but I just want to be sure that we have interpreted the rules on this right. In our game, our Rogue was rendered unconscious and dying by a darkmantle ...
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In character creation, is there a standard cap for the equipment you get to start with?

New to DnD and I'm hosting a DnD night with a few friends. As DM I've told em all to have preset character sheets but I'd prefer it if they all created one. In the equipment section there are various ...
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Can Thieves' Cant be understood without a level in Rogue?

The Player's Basic Rules and Player's Handbook describe the Thieves' Cant class feature as: ... a secret mix of dialect, jargon and code allows you to hide messages in seemingly normal ...
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Is multiattack only for natural attacks?

This is a quick one because I can't find clarification in the rules: if I give a monster with multiattack and a slam attack a nice pointy sword, does it still attack twice with the sword? Or once with ...
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Is the rogue's Cunning Action plus a ranged weapon overpowered?

Cunning Action gives a rogue a bonus Dash, Disengage, or Hide, but if the rogue uses a bow to attack and the Cunning Action to Dash, how could a melee enemy ever reach them? Most enemies have speed ...
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Is there a good way to boost monsters with character levels?

I want my Doppelganger villain in my D&D 5e game to be a worthy match for my level 7 party, but since it's CR 3, if they get it into combat, though it will be fun, it won't last long. Is there a ...
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Assigning XP to Party: To Split or Not to Split?

At this point I am unclear as to how to handle encounter XP. Does each surviving party member receive a proportional share or the full amount? That is, assume a 4-character party had completed an ...
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What is a “spellcaster” for the purpose of magic item attunement?

Several wands and other magic items in the DMG cite "spellcaster" as an attunement requirement, specifically "requires attunement by a spellcaster" while others list multiple spellcasting classes ...
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Does a high Constitution give regeneration in recent editions like it does in 2e?

When playing Baldur's Gate which runs on 2nd edition AD&D rules, I found out that in older editions high constitution supposedly provided minor HP regeneration for the character. Does this really ...
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Can you use a Bonus Action on a turn other than your own?

The rules for Bonus Actions state; (PHB pg.189) You can take only one bonus action on your turn... Which to me can be read in two ways. 1. You can only take a bonus action if it is your turn. ...
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Is there something like a (readied) charge in 5e?

We're moving from D&D 3.5e to 5e. In 3.5 games there usually was a lot of charging going on, and DMs would also (as a house rule) allow partial charges as readied actions (nothing more dramatic ...
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Are Battle Master maneuvers usable once per attack, or per attack action?

It says in the PHB that you can use only one maneuver per attack. If that's per attack, not per attack action, that seems somewhat powerful, since after 5th level you get multiple attacks per attack ...
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Are feats only included in the PHB?

I'm trying to use the Basic Rules for 5th edition to create a level 3 character (we're trying out 5e today). I don't have a PHB (yet). Chapter 6 from the basic rules (which is one page) seems to have ...
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At what level do monsters cast cantrips?

A 9 HD Yuan-ti Pureblood can innately cast the poison spray cantrip 3 times per day. The monster description says the save is DC 12, but it does not go into damage. So does it do 1d12 or 2d12 damage?
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Does Wild-Shaping break a grapple?

I had a halfling druid Wild Shape into a bear while being grappled by a roper. Would this have broken the grapple? I could see it breaking the grapple if he was being grappled by another small ...
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How long till I can use the property of a magic item again?

I was reading about how you can "activate" the animated shield and it will float for a minute or so. My question is: how long till I can use this item's property again? And is it the same for every ...
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Is creating a custom land circle for the Land Druid making him too versatile?

I am unsure on how to ask this question more spot on, so I am sorry in advance. Looking through the different land circles the land druid gets at level 3, I found myself wondering why a lot of those ...
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Are mountain dwarves proficient with shields?

In 5e, the Moderately Armored feat grants proficiency with both medium armor and shields. It is, that I can see, the only feat that grants proficiency with shields. Every single class that has ...
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Close-quarters spellcaster – Not a gish

I’m looking to make a character whose focus is on the use of spellcasting in close quarters. This might take the form of damage waves that are centered on his location, auras that buff nearby ...
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Differences between 5th Edition D&D and Pathfinder?

4th Edition took D&D on a very different path from 3.5, and Pathfinder (often referred to by players as 3.75) filled the niche of the continued evolution of the 3.x system. I enjoy Pathfinder ...
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How long does damage resistance granted by Wish last?

One of the possible effects you can create with the 9th level spell Wish states: You grant up to ten creatures that you can see resistance to a damage type you choose. And that's it. No ...
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Do you make death saving throws out of combat?

Death saving throws are made on each turn where you are dying and not stable. However, the rules specifically talk about making saves during combat rounds - so what about after combat? Two PCs are up, ...