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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Are the “fine inks” a wizard needs to copy a spell the same as the “rare inks” a warlock needs to copy a ritual?

The Book of Ancient Secrets Eldritch Invocation says that a Warlock can add ritual spells to his book of Shadows, and that this requires 50 gp worth of rare inks per spell level. A wizard can copy ...
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Optimal 5e warlock for DPR/AC with blade pact no multiclass [duplicate]

I'm looking for ideas on the best way to build a 5e blade warlock for melee dps/ac without multiclassing. Feats and variant human are options, point buy for stats up to 15 initial cap. I'm not so ...
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Divine Health Disease Immunity

In the PHB pg 85 there is a 3rd level Paladin Ability Divine Health: The divine magic flowing through you makes you immune to disease. My question is simply: Does this protect against both ...
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What is the point of the barbarian wolf aspect to track while moving fast?

On PHB 50 the totem warrior barbarian's 6th level wolf ability is You gain the hunting sensibilties of a wolf. You can track other creatures while traveling at a fast pace, and you can move ...
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How do you stop a group fight?

Recently in my campaign, we were hired to deliver a shady package to a mysterious spy. Of course the group opened it and found a rare and powerful gem with the eternal soul of Tiamat inside. One ...
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Why are there no skill descriptions in the 5E players handbook?

I can't find a description of hte clerics medicine skill anywhere. Am I just not looking in the right place? Thanks.
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How would one create a balanced dragon PC?

I'm running a DnD 5e campaign and had a dragon-born sorcerer with Draconic Bloodline as a sorcerous origin that used the level 9 Wish spell to wish to become a "true dragon." Are there any rules ...
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Does a barbarian's unarmored defense count when flat footed?

A flat footed character loses their dexterity bonus to their AC. Is a Barbarian's Unarmored Defense still considered if caught flat footed? Perhaps just the Con bonus? Help?
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Can Mage Hand be used on the turn it is cast?

The description for Mage Hand lists a casting time of 1 action. The spell's description elaborates on its function as: You can use your action to control the hand. I would personally interpret ...
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Which player character do I attack first?

When I played 1st and 2nd edition AD&D, I was always a player. The party was written down in order and numbered. When monsters would attack us, the DM would roll the die and check which character ...
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Is a Previous Edition's Beginner Set Useful?

I am a complete beginner and have the 199x D&D "New Easy To Master" beginner game and I'm trying to learn 5e. Would it still be beneficial to play through this learning card adventure game for ...
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Does a polymorphed creature remember who his friends are?

The polymorph spell states, in part: The target’s game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It retains its alignment and ...
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Are the Starter Set rules compatible with the regular D&D 5e rules?

Are the rules in the Player's Handbook different from the Starter Set rules or just more expanded? Can you carry your level 5 character created from the Starter Set forward into "regular" play?
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How do I Convert Basic D&D modules to 5E?

I am a new DM back from the ancient days of D&D Basic (the original Red Box). I have a collection of old basic modules that I would like to use in 5E, for example, B5 Horror on the Hill. So far I ...
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Does Hex disadvantage apply to the next concentration spell?

I am trying to build a Warlock and see how I can optimize the hex spell and this question came up: will the disadvantage from the hex spell apply to the next concentration spell when I cast it? Or ...
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Does a Ranger's Companion get proficiency bonuses twice on its skills?

A Ranger's Companion (PH p.93) enjoys the following bonuses relative to a typical member of its species: Add your proficiency bonus to the beast's AC, attack rolls, and damage rolls, as well as to ...
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Is a spell that rolls attack an “attack” for familiars

In the subsection about attacking (as opposed to the subsection about spellcasting) it says: A few spells also involve making a melee attack. ... When you make a ranged attack, you fire ...
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Do you have advantage when multiple sources give advantage and only one gives disadvantage?

As I understand it: if you have Advantage from two different sources, you simply have Advantage (no stacking) if you have advantage from one source, and disadvantage from one source, they cancel ...
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Does a willing creature know the outcome of a spell that is being used on him?

Perhaps put another way, can you lie with a spell? For instance, I could cast Dimension Door on myself and one willing creature. I may tell him we're going across that gorge, but in reality, we're ...
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How do you change the alignment of Hazirawn, the magic sword from Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Well, Gellak the Half-Orc Bard kind of inherited the sword after his friend, Durrash, killed the previous owner and then inconvenient-like got himself killed defending us from a dragon. The thing is ...
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How much damage does generic, non-magical fire do per round?

Say a character was in a burning house, the fire not caused by magical means, and had to pass through a hex of fire. What is the fire damage for this in 5e? What about per round?
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How does movement with multiple grapplers work?

When a PC has someone grappled they are forced to move where the PC moves, I don't have the exact rules wording handy, I apologize. How does this interact with multiple PCs grappling the same target ...
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Stealthing and hiding

So I've been DMing a 5e game lvl 1-3 so far. And I have a question about stealth for my rogue. My player has been hiding behind/stealthing behind another PC. So this is what usually happens. PCs ...
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How does Knocked Out work in 5e?

I was under the impression that if you reached 0 hp you were knocked out, but I recently found this: Which says that you can be knocked to zero and still be conscious. How does this work?
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Can you take the same feat multiple times?

Can the same character take a given feat multiple times to gain the benefits all over again? It seems obviously stupid that you can't, but I can't find anywhere in the RAW that actually states that. ...
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Can I get creatures stuck in the ground with Mirage Arcana + Illusory Reality?

Say I were to make a pit which within the bounds of Mirage Arcana. Suppose a creature would fall into the pit which I have now made real with illusory Reality. Then Illusory Reality's duration would ...
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Does Animal Shapes continually refresh a creature's Hit Points?

Looking at the Animal Shapes spell (PHB pg.212) it says: On subsequent turns, you can use your action to transform affected creatures into new forms. Followed by the usual transformation rules: ...
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Can multiple creatures grapple a single target?

I'm creating a druid and came across an interesting tactic that seems to be both overpowered and allowed as the rules are written. (Our characters will be level 5 due to people wanting to keep their ...
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Does Twinned Spell work on Hellish Rebuke?

With Hellish Rebuke I can take 1 reaction on being damaged by "a creature" within 60 feet to do damage back at him. The Sorcerer Twinned Spell allows me to target a 2nd creature within range. The ...
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If a creature is in Gaseous Form and it started raining, what would happen to that creature?

If a player cast the spell Gaseous Form on a creature and, while the creature was in that form, it started raining, what would happen to the creature?
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Does Devil's Sight enable one to see into Hunger of Hadar?

Hunger of Hadar creates a black void of darkness, which cannot be penetrated by light. This means that no one can see in, and those inside cannot see at all, which is a handy way to damage and control ...
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When dual wielding with one cursed weapon, which attacks get the penalty? [closed]

If a character is dual-wielding short swords and one is cursed, does the second attack occur at −2, or is the curse satiated for that turn once the cursed sword is used?
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Does every magic rod, wand, crystal, orb, and staff count as an arcane focus?

The various magic rods, wands, staves, etc. in the DMG all have certain abilities. But do they also count as arcane foci for the purpose of not needing material components for all your other spells?
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How many times can a Fighter hit while using Two Weapon Fighting, Extra Attack and Action Surge on the same turn? [duplicate]

I've come to multiple conclusions while reading how these three mechanics work in conjunction with one another. I see ways to argue that one might be able to attack up to 6 different times in one ...
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What might be the downside of taking “Duelling” over “Great Weapon Fighting”?

Taken from the Player's Handbook - Fighter's Fighting Styles (p. 72) Dueling When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that ...
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Are you considered to have a free hand while using a Versatile weapon?

Certain abilities require a free hand to perform: picking up an item or drawing a weapon, casting a spell with a somatic component, using Gloves of Missile Snaring, etc. If you make a two-handed ...
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Since when were demiliches weaker than regular liches?

In the D&D 5e Monster Manual, demiliches are explained as being liches who neglected to feed and were weakened. There is a more powerful variant that deliberately become demiliches in their ...
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Where to find a good map generator for D&D [closed]

I'm trying to find a good map generator for d&d 5e towns. I did find one good one but it couldn't make a small enough town. It also can't be one that just generates text about the town, I've found ...
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Can the Battle Master's “Manoeuvring Strike” move an ally in any direction?

Taken from the Player's Handbook (p. 74) Manoeuvring Attack. When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you can expend one superiority die to manoeuvre one of your comrades into a more ...
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Does D&D 5th edition need a board to play on? [duplicate]

I am aware that some books in the 5th edition of d&d needs board to be played on, but the cashier of the shop I was buying the adventure book (Hoard of the Dragon Queen) said that the adventure ...
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Can characters help one another to activate a scroll, even when having different spellcasting abilities?

A character can help someone to complete a task, giving them advantage to an ability check, but it has to be something they could do by themselves, right? Imagine a cleric and a fighter (Eldritch ...
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How can I take multiple fighting styles?

For a fighter in D&D 5e, I can take one fighting style as part of the character creation. At third level, I can choose a martial archetype (Champion) which can then allow me to choose an ...
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Is there any good reason to fight unarmed as a monk?

I'm planing to create an Aarakocra monk and looked for some information about that. I've read multiple times that you will want to use a weapon only until you reach a certain level (I believe it was ...
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Are there specific skills required to tame mounts?

I was recently playing a D&D 5e campaign, and we came across what appeared to be a newly born dragon. Being a Dragonborn character, I thought "Hey, it'd be cool if I had a dragon mount, right?". ...
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Can a single dose of poison applied to an edged weapon be used multiple times?

If a fighter applies a single dose of regular poison to his sword, but he can make two attacks per round, does that mean that he can make twenty attacks (2 attacks * 10 actions/minute) with poison ...
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What is the meaning of 'permanent' in description of True Polymorph?

Following on from this question: Can I True Polymorph a goblin into adamantine (and then forge him into a sword?) Casting True Polymorph on an unwilling creature (relevant parts included only): ...
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How does the 5th edition handle enhanced magic focuses

I am currently using a Wizard and I just got my hands on a +4 dagger. More specifically the Rabbit Slayer from Dragonlance (ed.: a 2e item). Question 1: According to official rules can it be used as ...
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How can I get new players to explore more?

I'm DMing using the 5E Starter Kit and, after DMing the first few encounters, the players aren't exploring the environment sufficiently to learn all the actions they can take. Before our next session ...
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How long does a hex last?

At our table we had a discussion about the spell hex and it's duration. The way it's written it appears to us that if there is no creatures for it to bounce to the spell should end, regardless of its ...
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Is there any way to repair an item damaged by a Rust Monster?

The Rust Monster (MM p.262) can inflict a "permanent and cumulative -1 penalty" to the damage of weapons, or to the AC of armor or shields. Is there any way to repair this damage?