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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If I overchannel Bigby's Hand, does it do maximum damage every time it deals damage?

The Evocation Wizard's 14th level ability Overchannel says (in part): When you cast a wizard spell of 5th level or lower that deals damage, you can deal maximum damage with that spell. Bigby's ...
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How large a deflected missile can I catch in one hand?

When using deflect missiles, how big must a weapon be to not be able to catch it in one hand? Javelins, for example, are thrown with one hand, so maybe can be caught with one hand.
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Can I reuse missile weapons others have stuck into me?

If I get hit by an arrow, javelin, throwing axe or something similar, does it stay sticking out of me? Can I take it out and use it? Can a close enemy take it out and use it?
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When does a monk have proficiency with deflected missiles?

Does the monk have proficiency when throwing whatever missile he catches only when throwing it back, or can he be considered to have proficiency with (for example) throwing arrows any time besides ...
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Picking attribute boost or feats as high-stat 5e Paladin

I'm playing Hoard of the Dragon Queen with a group, and I play a Paladin with the following stats: STR 18 DEX 13 CON 14 INT 12 WIS 15 CHA 17 So my stats are already kinda high. When I get to level ...
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Background - obligatory chosen from player's handbook?

I'm new to D&D and I'm trying to create my first character. One thing I don't understand is the character's background. There are some background described in the player's handbook. Do I have to ...
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What counts for “help slay an elemental” for Rings of Elemental Command?

The various Rings of Elemental Command in the DMG all have basic abilities that start working as soon as you attune them, but there are other abilities that only start working if you "help slay" an ...
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Is there any class that can cast a touch spell through a weapon?

I know in previous editions, the Arcane Channeling class feature of the Duskblade allowed him to cast a touch spell as part of a physical attack. Is there any similar capability in 5e? It would seem ...
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Is there anything preventing a Lawful Evil Paladin?

The concept With the vanishing of alignment restrictions on Paladins in 5e, I have been toying with the idea of a (PC or NPC) Lawful Evil Paladin. My particular image is of a Noble background ...
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Sneaking through areas people are watching closely

If a Rogue is attempting to sneak (stealth) past 3 Orcs who are standing guard watching that very place, can this Rogue sneak past with a disadvantaged stealth attempt? Do the orcs get a chance at ...
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Are the Light Domain Cleric cantrips in addition to the 3 starting cantrips?

The Cantrips known chart for a level 1 cleric states you know 3 cantrips at level 1. The light domain cleric at level one gets the light cantrip if she doesn't already know it. So, does a light ...
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Song of Rest benefit for bard

Can a bard that uses Song of Rest during a short rest use hit die to recover hit points and benefit from the song? I wonder if using the Song of Rest would qualify as an activity more strenuous than ...
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Does a Hunter Ranger's Colossus Slayer feature affect ranged attacks?

Creating a nemesis group for my current party. Figured Id go with a WarForged Fighter, Wood Elf Ranger, and a human blue mage sorcerer at +1 the parties level. Was going to make the ranger a hunter ...
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Catching poisoned arrows

When catching an arrow tipped with poison (like the ones used by yuan-ti) with an ability like the one the monk has or the one given by arrow catching gloves: does the ability reduce the poison ...
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Should the damage from an unarmed strike be reduced by Heavy Armor Master?

The Heavy Armor Master feat (PH p.167) grants the following benefit: While you are wearing heavy armor, bludgeoning. piercing, and slashing damage that you take from non-magical weapons is reduced ...
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Can I dual wield two-handed weapons in D&D 5E?

I've been looking into this for awhile now. I have a level 4 Dragonborn Paladin with the Dual Wielder Feat. I currently have two warhammers, but I'd like to use two mauls for the extra dice. Afterall, ...
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Here is a D&D-5e race I made, is it mechanically balanced with other PC races currently available? [closed]

I recently had a Player Character of mine ask if he can play as a "Giant" if he dies. After asking specifically what he wanted this was his wish list: Able to carry "more" Able to reach "farther" ...
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How do I know which printing of the PHB I have?

There are differences among printings of the Player's Handbook which are not captured in the errata, as came up when recently discussing Druidic Foci. How do I know which printing I have? How many ...
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Can Repelling Blast (or any other spell/spell-like) do non-lethal damage?

I'm working on a Paladin/Warlock combination, based off of Pureferret and Miniman's work, and as part of this, I noticed Miniman's remark that Repelling Blast won't be that useful, because as a ...
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What is D&D Adventurers League ? And How Does It Work?

I've seen a few things in the Wizard site and understand is a way for everybody to play has a massive multiplayer around the world, but there's a bunch of different things that can confuse new ...
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What is the effect on a creature's CR if it can choose to hit on a miss?

Background: We're playing a high-powered god-centric game where players are direct agents of gods of a pantheon I created. For the next session, I want to surprise them and throw in a couple of ...
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Is a creature that stands in a bonfire from Create Bonfire affected twice in one turn?

If a caster casts the Create Bonfire cantrip and creates a bonfire in the square a creature is occupying, and the creature either chooses to stay in a square occupied by the bonfire or is forced to ...
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Can one PC grab another PC and drag them?

While DMing my session today, I encountered a situation I wasn't sure how to answer. The PCs were attacked by a werewolf and decided to flee onto their nearby horses. Two of them were already mounted ...
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Does Spare the Dying work on a creature with less than 0HP?

Spare the Dying states: You touch a living creature that has 0 hit points. The creature becomes stable. This spell has no effect on undead or constructs. Given the Strict interpretation of RAW ...
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How do you cast a spell in Dungeons and Dragons 5E?

I understand to attack you need to make attack rolls, but does casting spells require any kind of test before they can be successfully cast or does the player just declare that the spell has been cast ...
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Can a player misty step with another player or NPC or creature?

I am an Eladrin elf and have the ability to misty step with my clothing and items, but I am wondering if I could grapple a willing party member and misty step them with me. Likewise, a creature or ...
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Can a player misty step into a bag of holding?

I am an Eladrin elf who would like to be able to misty step into the bag of holding and back out of it. I was wondering if it's at all possible to do and if the bag would need to be open for me to do ...
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Simplified character creation for D&D 5e

A few friends of mine are interested in RPGs after hearing me talk about them, so I've offered to run a single-session game for them. These people are entirely new to TTRPGs (although one has done ...
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Is there any advantage to protecting your true name?

In some stories, you can be targeted by a curse provided the caster knows some things about you, one of which might be your real name. Death Note is a good, recent example of this. You can protect ...
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Wish spell used by non-caster

When using a magic item that can cast wish in other ways with a non-caster, like ring of three wishes used by fighter: if he/she failed his roll on the first wish would he be unable to use the other ...
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Dark One's Blessing/Temp HP confusion?

As a warlock with the Fiend pact you gain Dark One's Blessing: Starting at 1st level, when you reduce a hostile creature to 0 hit points, you gain temporary hit points equal to your Charisma ...
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Dark One's Blessing and Armor of Agathys Synergy?

Recently, I played a warlock in a 5e one-shot. We were playing at level 7 and I was a blade/fiend warlock. I have as a Fiend Warlock a skill called "Dark One's Blessing" which is described thus: ...
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Can a druid use a focus to cast beast spells while in wild shape?

As a level 18+ druid I may use a Druidic Focus, may assume a Wild Shape, and may cast Beast Spells. May I do all three at the same time? Can a druid use a focus to cast beast spells? Druidic ...
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Is the DM Always Right?

I recently got into a disagreement with my DM for a DND 5E game regarding a use of Prestidigitation. The argument was that since it could create a Non-Magical Trinket, and Music Boxes are ...
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What are the creative limits of Prestidigitation?

In our current campaign we've come across a village where the locals and I do not share a language. Some people in the party have garnered some trust through this by playing music, or showing off ...
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How to polymorph one object into another, specifically a pumpkin into a carriage?

So, I wish to polymorph one object into another. But neither polymorph nor true polymorph say anything about casting it on an object and transforming it into another object, so how could it be ...
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Wish on a scroll: Who suffers the consequences?

If I create a scroll with the Wish spell and an other person uses it to do anything that would trigger the penalty (anything that is not replicating an 8th or lower level spell causes necrotic damage ...
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Is this a solid application of customizing classes as outlined in Unearthed Arcana for a new class named Necromancer?

This class uses the information provided in Unearthed Arcana on modifying classes. The Premise I wanted to make a necromancer class that focuses pretty heavily on death magic, but wizard, sorcerer ...
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What is the definition of hostile?

Many effects deal with hostile or nonhostile creatures. For example, the ability Radiance of Dawn (Cleric of Light channel divinity) affects hostile creatures within range, and Aura of Life affects ...
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D&D Starter Set, Not All Cantrips Available?

In the Starter Set rule book, it shows that the cleric has 5 cantrips (Guidance, Light, Resistance, Sacred Flame, Thaumaturgy), and the wizard has 6 (Dancing lights, Light, Mage hand, ...
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Can find familiar summon the familiar behind a barrier?

The PHB (p. 240) states as part of the Find Familiar spell that: As an action while it is temporarily dismissed, you can cause it to reappear in any unoccupied space within 30 feet of you. My ...
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Do Weapon Proficiency and Fighting Style stack?

One of the pregen fighters in the Starter Set has proficiency (as a fighter) in simple & martial weapons (+2) but also has a Fighting style in Archery (+2). These are not added together. Why ...
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Can I use my familiar to cast Warding Bond on myself?

Find Familiar lets you cast touch spells through your familiar. Warding Bond is a Touch spell, that creates a connection between "you and the target". I can't find anything against it, but would it be ...
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How does surprise work in D&D 5e? [closed]

Having come from earlier editions of D&D I found that my preconceptions on "surprise" and particularly the "surprise round" weren't working in 5e. The Player's Handbook deals with surprise on p. ...
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Does the bonus attack from “Polearm Master” have reach as well?

PHB p. 168: Polearm Master You gain the following benefits: When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, or quarterstaff, you can use a bonus action to make a ...
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How do I correctly convert enemy saving throws so that players roll all the dice? [duplicate]

Much in the same vein as this question, I am trying to convert 5e so players roll all the dice. I'm using this variant as a starting framework that seems to work well with 5e so far, without changing ...
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Do saving throw based spells that do damage count as attacks?

During our last session, two of my players got involved in a little PvP, and the Rogue was fireballed by the Wizard as a last act of defiance, hoping to take the Rogue with him as she died. The ...
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Running a D&D game in the afterlife

No, I'm not referring to suggestions about playing D&D after I die. I'm referring to playing a D&D campaign with a plot centered on the afterlife. Particularly, the concept of a petitioner in ...
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In D&D 5e, does the Rogue's Cunning Action allow for Two-Weapon Fighting? [duplicate]

For example, does the Cunning Action allow a 5th level Rogue to have a bonus action, thus letting him fight with two shortswords? I don't think he would have any other bonus action unless wielding two ...
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Is there a difference between “spell scrolls” and “spells on a scroll” for copying purposes?

Wizards can copy spells to her spellbook as per the PHB and basic rules: "You could discover a spell recorded on a scroll in an evil wizard’s chest, for example, or in a dusty tome in an ancient ...