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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How can I generate a lot of characters?

How can I make 20 pregen characters (level 2 or 3 so their class traits are apparent) in a short amount of time? I have Hero-lab, but even that takes a fair bit of time to set up.
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5e: Drop-in sessions for new players: What's essential? [closed]

I'm about to run some intro sessions at our school's offline gaming club and there will be people who will rock up just to check out the game and decide whether or not they'd like to invest their time ...
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Resources for Large Groups [closed]

We're starting an offline gaming club here at the school I teach at. I'll probably lead a few D&D 5e sessions to get things started and I thought it might be a good idea to get some input from ...
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Can you store cantrips in a Ring of Spell Storing?

How would storing a cantrip (0th level spell) like Prestidigitation work with the ring of spell storing? Could one just create a Ring of Prestidigitation some other way?
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Increasing utility of the Grappler feat

Without Grappler, grapplers use grapple + shove to prone. (Possibly prone->grapple with Shield Master). The enemy now has disadvantage, and melee users have advantage. By applying restrained instead ...
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What resources will my PCs not have if I remove divine spellcasting?

I'm in the planning stages of a campaign where the gods have fallen (for various history related reasons) and so clerics, druids, rangers and paladins do not have access to their source of power. ...
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Does the proficiency bonus stay the same at each level in a tier or am I supposed to add to it at each level?

I'm looking at the Character Advancement table on pg15 of the 5e Players Handbook. It shows that levels 1-4 have a +2 proficiency bonus each, levels 5-8 are +3 each, etc. I don't know if it is telling ...
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[Help]Group of 5-7 Custom Campaign Derailed [closed]

I have a group of 5-7 players all at level 7. Some of the players have come and gone. When we began this campaign (roughly a year ago) I was pretty new to DMing. I had a story written for an entire ...
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how do I calculate an unarmed attack, specifically for slam?

I'm making a custom monster, a huge flesh golem. I'm trying to determine its unarmed strike as a much larger monster for slam and need to calculate its damage to determine its offensive challenge ...
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Can a PC tell if they have levels of Madness?

I'm running a campaign using the Madness optional rule. I understand for the most part how it works but my question is, can the PCs tell they have levels of madness? If their characters have never ...
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Can a Rogue apply sneak attack on a reaction/opportunity attack? [duplicate]

The 5e PHB says a Rogue can only apply Sneak Attack (given the conditions are met) once per turn. Does this differentiate between the Rogue's turn and the entire combat round? If the Rogue gets to ...
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Does a Beast Master Ranger's Companion Level Up With Them?

As the title states, when you choose a Ranger archetype at 3rd level and choose Beast Master to gain a companion, does the companion level up with you as you progress?
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Using Rally/Maneuvers outside of battle?

I just recently started messing around with a friend using D&D 5e, and the two of us have been goofing around in Roll20 with characters we made to test some things, one of which a 3rd level ...
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Does Bestow Curse overrule advantages

If a player was to cast bestow curse and apply it onto a creatures wisdom ability score as written they would have disadvantage on ability checks and saving throws made with wisdom. Although if the ...
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How many things can Detect Evil and Good detect at once?

Detect Evil and Good states: you know if there is an aberration, (etc.) within 30 feet of you, as well as where the creature is located It says "an" and "the," which are both singular pronouns. ...
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Does probing with Detect Thoughts from a crowd conceal you from the target?

Our Sorcerer was in a crowd, and cast Detect Thoughts, then targetted a person he could see for a probe. Detect Thoughts states: the target knows that you are probing into its mind I am unclear ...
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A question about true polymorphing yourself [duplicate]

If you true polymorph yourself into a chair do you instantly break concentration and turn back to normal? (Whoops, apologies. I'm an idiot.)
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Why Would a Herd of Goliaths Move From Their Stronghold? [closed]

Bit of backstory: One of my players plays a Goliath, who was banished from their herd for being a complete loose cannon. Eventually, I want the player to encounter their herd, having overtaken the ...
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What kind of significant magical item that is not overpowered could fit? [closed]

I plan to set a side quest into the adventure of the starter set. It is started by a riddle the party has to solve in the beginning of the campaign. The quest reward should be a magical item that ...
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How does having monsters of the same type go at the same time affect balance?

I'm running a group of 6 PC's through HotDQ. All of them are new to 5e and we just started, so the combat is pretty slow, and some of them aren't all that excited about combat to begin with. I'm doing ...
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What kinds of penalties/benefits are established for eating killed monsters/creatures? [closed]

I have a campaign coming up and one of my players wants to play a druid / barbarian who eats what he kills because he reveres the tarasque as the ultimate devourer and seeks to emulate that. I haven't ...
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What would be the CR of a battle where PCs have to fight their duplicates?

Imagine a situation where PCs meet some magical, evil duplicates of themselves. The duplicates are exact copies of the PCs (stats, equipment, spells, feats and so on). Therefore, I suppose that the ...
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How does Quaal's Feather Token work?

Am I right in assuming that if I get the (Bird) feather token from having/crafting this magic item I get a fully functioning Roc (apart from its inability to attack)? It talks about how long the Roc ...
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Which Good Forgotten Realms gods accept the use of necromancy?

I just started learning D&D and my Dwarven Healer (Cleric of the Revered mother) has to pick from among a list of spells. These include necromantic spells, such as Inflict Wounds, which I don't ...
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Counterspell a counterspell while casting my own spell, 5E? [duplicate]

Cast fireball, have it counterspelled, can i counterspell the counterspell with my reaction? Need specifics from the book.
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What is “the ground”?

The spell Maximilian's Earthen Grasp describes compacted soil rising from the ground. This could be interepreted that compacted soil needs to come from "actual" ground containing dirt. (And this is ...
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Group hide and seek

How should one manage a group trying to elude another group in D&D 5e? For a one-on-one situation, stealth opposed to perception works well. However, if everyone rolls stealth/perception, the ...
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DMs Guild: can stories be set in the past of the Realms?

The DMs Guild FAQ says: Can I create and sell content for older D&D editions on DMs Guild? Sorry, no — 5th Edition content only, please. Does this refer to both rules and content? ...
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How can I improve my tracking of light and light sources? [duplicate]

At the moment, I largely forget about light and light sources in my games. I assume that my players can see everything around them without stopping to think about whether it should actually be pitch ...
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Attempting to Replace Darkvision

After receiving answers on this question, reading forums, and talking to my current players, I have come up with a few replacements to darkvision: Removing the section on darkness (becoming dim ...
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Can I use the Cape of water breathing or the Cloak of the manta ray to survive inside a Bag of Holding?

Bag of Holding: [...] Breathing creatures inside the bag can survive up to a number of minutes equal to 10 divided by the number of creatures (minimum 1 minute), after which time they begin ...
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Can I kneecap an enemy instead of killing it?

Let's say that an enemy goblin is escaping from battle and a ranged Ranger wants to stop him without killing him (e.g. by hitting him to the leg). How is this managed? I am interested both in the case ...
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Does Detect Magic reveal the presence of a Wizard?

Detect Magic: For the duration, you sense the presence of magic within 30 feet o f you. If you sense magic in this way, you can use your action to see a faint aura around any visible creature ...
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Does a Homunculus need to sleep? If not, does that mean it can work as an alarm?

One of my players, a Cleric Gnome, just got a Homunculus as a pet companion. The Homunculus is a construct, and as far as I know, constructs do not ever need to sleep. Is that correct for Homunculus ...
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Do damage modifiers add individually to each die of a rogue's sneak attack damage?

In d&d 5e When it comes to a rogue's sneak attack, let's use a 6th level with a short bow with 18 dex as the example character(which is a 3d6 sneak attack), do you add the +4 for the bow to each ...
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Are there names for the sections in a monster stat block?

The Monster Manual have tapered horizontal rules that separate sections of the monster stat block (after the monster type, before and after the ability scores, and after the challenge rating). Are ...
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What happens when you roll a critical on both advantage dice?

What happens if you have an advantage on attack and you get 20 on both rolls. Does it differ from regular critical or not? For example: - on virtual table, like roll20 when you score two criticals, ...
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Curse of Strahd and wizard spell costs

So in Curse of Strahd, Does this mean a wizard needs to purchase to copy a spell into their spellbook? Or am I misreading something here?
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Should all the player characters in a campaign be the same level?

We have five players in our campaign right now. I joined later than the rest of the group by about 1 month, starting a 1st level character when they were already 3rd level. We are still on the starter ...
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What would happen if I removed darkvision?

As part of my ongoing preparations and musings about a possible West Marches style campaign, I began to think about lighting. I really like the idea that adventuers have to rely on a torch or lantern ...
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How much does a door cost?

One of my adventuring parties is going to undertake a local fine for multiple incidents of property damage. In an effort to determine a reasonable cost for the fine, I'm wondering if there is a ...
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Can Illusory Reality be reused on the same object that is part of the same spell?

Based on this question. Illusory reality (PHB p. 118) When you cast an illusion spell of 1st level or higher, you can choose one inanimate, nonmagical object that is part of the illusion and ...
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What effect do nonmagical burning weapons have?

If a character soaks their weapon in oil and ignites it, what kind of damage does it do? Looking at the description of how oil & torches work my guess is that it does normal damage, +1 fire ...
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Can a knight (noble variant) buy a guard dog and give the leash to his squire?

The Knight variant of the Noble background grants three retainers — one of whom is a squire (PHB 136): One of your commoner retainers is replaced by a noble who serves as your squire, aiding you ...
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Do Ranger's Horde Breaker and Volley interact?

Horde Breaker. Once on each of your turns when you make a weapon attack, you can make another attack with the same weapon against a different creature that is within 5 feet of the original target ...
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Is there a consistent method to introducing nonmagical items with mechanical implications?

One of my Player Characters recently went to an esteemed tailor who claims to be "able to make cloth and garb of any kind." He asked to have a black sneaking cloak made and my mind immediately froze. ...
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Can a level 11 Warlock do 78 damage in one turn with Eldritch Blast and Magic Stone?

Can I do at maximum 78 dmg in one turn with the following stats? Warlock level 11 stats: Spellcasting modifier: Charisma 20 equals +5 Eldritch Invocations: Agonizing Blast 1 magic stone max: 1d6 + ...
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Is there any reason not to choose a modest lifestyle?

My players and I are looking at the Lifestyle Expenses in the PHB for the first time. The way the information is laid out, you'd think that choosing a lifestyle would be a tactical choice. But if that'...
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Restoring an NPC's Mind

So in my campaign, one of the PC's is trying to find out about the origins of their magic crystal. They've been led to one of the High Priests in the city, but he has lost his mind, through deceit and ...
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Does Sheathing and Unsheathing Separate Weapons Count As a Full Action?

My friends and I are really new to D&D, and we couldn't find a good answer in the Starter Set rule book. We've been treating taking out a weapon as its own separate action, but would switching ...