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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“Ready” and “Reaction” and “Uncanny Dodge”

Struggling to get how Ready and Reaction interact. If a player says I want to take the Ready action and wait for an orc to pop his head out and then shoot him that is a reaction and also his full ...
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How to deal with a player that HAS to play niche, difficult, homebrew classes?

I'm a new DM, with a group of new players. I am the most experienced of the group, but mostly from watching Critical Role. There is a player in my group who multi-classed two homebrew classes; Witch ...
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Can a spellcaster anticipate that the duration of a spell he's concentrating on is about to end?

For example, when a wizard casts invisibility, that target is invisible until they attack or after the duration of an one hour. Say a player wants to explore for 59 minutes, then duck into an alley as ...
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Can a Simulacrum cast Wish?

This question was provoked by a discussion in the comments of my answer to this question: What is the maximum number of Simulacra I can have? (the discussion itself has now been removed). The wish ...
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Should a player be aware of other simultaneous saving throws before making their own?

Based off of this question. There are 3 characters, Gary, who is grappling Victor, and both are targeted by Thunderwave from Casey. Gary makes his save, meaning he is not moved by the spell. Victor ...
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Balance concerns around Rage plus Uncanny Dodge

Following the question Do Rage and Uncanny Dodge stack?, what are some of the balance issues that can arise from this combination? And if you do not houserule it away, how -- and should you -- adjust ...
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Can a Monk use their Shadow Step ability while grappling?

Specifically, I'm wondering if a Way of Shadow Monk can use Shadow Step, while being the controlling creature in a grapple, in order to move the target of the grapple. Secondly, is the 60' range of ...
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How much optimization do published D&D adventures expect?

I've recently gotten into D&D5e and it may come up that continuing to play this summer will require me to be the DM at least part of the time. I'm at a point where other people doing the work of ...
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What happens to a help action when the character receiving help is incapacitated?

The help action in combat states: You can lend your aid to another creature in the completion of a task. When you take the Help action, the creature you aid gains advantage on the next ability ...
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Does an NPC's help action in combat help all PCs?

In Suits of Mist an NPC can help in combat. In particular: Alternatively, you can aid a friendly creature in attacking a creature within 5 feet of you. You feint, distract the target, or in some ...
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Do Rage and Uncanny Dodge stack?

Barbarian Rage grants resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage. On the other hand, Uncanny Dodge allows you to halve any single attack using your reaction. In the case of a ...
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In what cases are the clouds in the sky considered terrain?

Based on the question and answer here, regarding the uses of Illusory Reality and Hallucinatory Terrain, the question that popped into my mind is: Are clouds in the sky "terrain" such that they may ...
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Is the sky a naturally occurring terrain?

This question is in regards to the effect of Hallucinatory Terrain which states: You make natural terrain in a 150-foot cube in range look, sound, and smell like some other sort of natural ...
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What is the maximum number of Simulacra I can have?

Simulacrum seems like a very powerful spell. I'm assuming from this part of the description: Otherwise, the illusion uses all the statistics of the creature it duplicates that the duplicate gets ...
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Can I cast Fly on my horse and then ride it?

You touch a willing creature. The target gains a flying speed o f 60 feet for the duration. When the spell ends, the target falls if it is still aloft, unless it can stop the fall. Now, can I ...
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Can you use your Attack of Opportunity to Shove?

Can you replace the attack granted by your Attack of Opportunity to shove a creature?
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Properties of unicorn blood

What are the properties of unicorn blood in D&D 5e? I can't find anything in the DMG, PHB or Monster Manual.
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What happens when allies occupy the same space?

According to "Moving Around Other Creatures" (PH p. 191 / SRD p. 92): You can move through a nonhostile creature’s space. [...] another creature’s space is difficult terrain for you. Whether a ...
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Does using a shield affect your ability to use the Dueling skill? [duplicate]

The rule for dueling says that you can only be using one weapon and no others to get the bonus. Dueling When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 ...
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Forcing a disadvantage on an enemy's saving throw? [closed]

Is it correct that the only on-demand ability that can instantaneously undercut a targeted creature's Saving Throw is Bend Luck? Or am I missing any? Cutting Words cannot be used on Saving Throws. ...
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How does the amulet wearer control a Shield Guardian, and when does it act?

I'm unclear on several details of how a Shield Guardian works. (MM p. 271) It is bound to an amulet wearer: Bound: The shield guardian is magically bound to an amulet. As long as the guardian and ...
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Is Lost Mines of Phandelver's Young Green Dragon too much for a group of level 3 characters?

My group of 8 level 3 players are about to run through the Thundertree Ruins and will probably have a hand at fighting the dragon. My question stems from the fact that a single poison breath attack ...
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How to tank up as a Paladin [closed]

Our last encounter was (apparently) 5 levels higher than us, and we killed it pretty quickly. That said, I took quite a chunk of damage (about half my health in one round), so I'm looking to tank up. ...
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Does the same fighting style stack with itself?

Suppose I have a ranger with the style Archery, and I take a one level dip into fighter and also pick Archery. Do I get an additional +4 to my attack rolls, or just +2? More generally, does the same ...
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Does incapacitated condition immunity give immunity to stun?

The wording of "Stunned" seems inconclusive to me. Does it ignore incapacitation immunity? If not, do other effects apply? Specific situation: what happens if I successfully hit an Air Elemental with ...
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Are there no bonuses to two-handed weapons' damage?

Back in 3e, there was a "one and a half" strength bonus to damage when wielding 2-handed weapons. I thought that made sense back then, but I see no such thing in D&D 5th edition. I understand this ...
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Aside from flavor, is there any benefit to a Monk striking multiple targets?

Monks don't hit very hard, but they hit a lot, which makes up for it. While you might fancy yourself a Batman-esque brawler, effortlessly shifting from target to target, you would only hit each ...
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Making aging relevant

My group is about to come across a haunted sunken keep with an adversarial Ghost mini-boss. Being mostly composed of Humans (because who doesn't want a free feat?), I expect them to be particularly ...
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Can a Precision Attack be added to an attack roll after an enemy uses Shield as a reaction to that attack roll?

Can The battle master maneuver Precision Attack be used after his enemy casts the shield spell as a reaction to the battle master's initial die roll? This happened during a game. It didn't occur to me ...
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When rolling with advantage do halflings get to apply their Luck trait and reroll a 1?

For example, a halfling has advantage on an attack and rolls an 8 and a 1. The 8 misses. Does he get to re-roll the 1 using Luck?
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Can others refluff their weapons in AL, or are “Unique Weapons” exclusive to Monks?

As long as you use the stats of an existing weapon, is it legal to describe/name a weapon something else? Monks are explicitly given this leeway (PHB page 79): Certain monastaries use specialized ...
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Would allowing a cantrip cast as a bonus action to be used on the same turn as a non-cantrip cast as an action break the game?

In my group I was planning on making some house rule changes to the section on bonus action spells, as I'm not a fan of how it's currently written. I'd prefer the normal action(spell) + bonus ...
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Can you Plane Shift to a pocket dimension?

The spell Plane Shift allows a character to travel to different planes. RAW, is there any reason I can't use the spell to travel to the pocket dimensions, say the pocket dimension of my familiar?
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Do Two Class Features That Add The Same Modifier to Damage Double It?

I've had a question that I can't seem to find an answer to and it's hard to formulate a question that I feel is clear enough without explaining the setup. Lets use a 6/2 Sorc/Warlock as an example. ...
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Does Vow of Enmity guarantee Sneak Attack damage?

This has been hinted around at in some other threads, but what's the definitive answer? Player's Handbook- page 88: Vow of Enmity. As a bonus action, you can utter a vow of enmity against a ...
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What exactly are the sources from which you can copy spells into a Book of Shadows?

The Book of Ancient Secrets invocation says (PHB p. 110): On your adventures, you can add other ritual spells to your Book of Shadows. When you find such a spell, you can add it to the book if the ...
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How does casting a cantrip work? Is it different than casting a regular spell?

I am a new DM. I do not understand how casting cantrips is supposed to work. For example: is a wizard able to cast Firebolt as an action and then, because Firebolt is a cantrip, cast it again as a ...
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Can you Enlarge/Reduce the planet you stand on?

I won't reprint the spell's text here, but the long and the short of it is that I don't see anything in the text of the spell that would prevent casting it on extremely big objects. The planet sits ...
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Does a Spellbook's Page Count Matter? [duplicate]

A wizard's spellbook is a "leather-bound tome with 100 blank vellum pages". But what does page-count matter? I have scoured the wizard class and am unable to find any reference to page count. The ...
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Dual Wielding and Extra Attacks

From the Rules (EXTRA ATTACK) "Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn." If I have the EXTRA ATTACK feature (level 5), AND I ...
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Could you replicate a spell book using minor conjuration?

The Minor Conjuration ability given to Conjuration Wizards allows you to replicate non-magical object you have seen, so could you theoretically create your own spellbook, or even the spellbook of a ...
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How do paladin and ranger class levels add up for multiclass spellcasting?

From page 164 of the phb: Spell Slots. You determine your available spell slots by adding together all your levels in the bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, and wizard classes, half your levels ...
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What does being “Inured to Undeath” involve?

Inured to Undeath Beginning at 10th level, you have resistance to necrotic damage, and your hit point maximum can't be reduced. You have spent so much time dealing with undead and the ...
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Can you interpose an Action Surge Dash between two attacks?

If a fighter has Extra Attack giving them two attacks, and they want to use one attack on one creature, and the next attack on a different creature that is farther than they can move using their ...
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Does a bard have to play a musical instrument when using it as a spellcasting focus?

At my table I have ruled that 'to use as a spellcasting focus' does not imply 'to play'; since the sorcerer can simply point a wand, it seems like an undue burden that the bard should have to use both ...
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Are the beast shape weapon attacks of a Druid, simple or finesse?

Are the beast shape weapon attacks of a Druid, simple or finesse ... especially in conjunction with Monk multiclassing
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Is a druid in wild shape actually a beast?

Is a druid in wild shape actually a beast? e.g. would the Speak with Animals work to communicate with the druid? You gain the ability to comprehend and verbally communicate with beasts for the ...
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What is the best website for 5e homebrew S? [closed]

I've been relying heavily on www.dandwiki.com for my homebrews. But many of them are unreliable. Has someone made a reliable set? Specifically for D&D 5e?
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Can True Polymorph be used to create magic items?

The True Polymorph spell allows you to turn a creature into an object and if you concentrate on it for 1 hour it becomes permanent. The relevant text follows: Choose one creature or non-magical ...
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What happens when you target dispel magic over a summoned creature?

Regarding spells that summon more than one creature, like conjure animals, conjure woodland beings, etc. What happens when you cast dispel magic on one of the summoned creatures? Does the whole spell ...