Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, written 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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Invocation prerequisites, class or character level?

The level requirements for Warlock invocations stated in the PHB are refering to which level, character or Warlock class? Example: If I multiclassed into Warlock, Monk6/Warlock2, would I be able to ...
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When a War Caster Wizard carrying a shield casts the spell “Shield” does the AC bonus Stack?

Basically, if you are a wizard with the war caster feat carrying a shield and you cast shield, do you get the bonus of your physical shield and the bonus from the spell shield (+5 AC) or not?
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Is a Wild Shape attack considered an unarmed strike?

So, I got intrigued by grappling after reading The Grappler's Manual for 5e. It didn't mention if wild shape attacks were considered unarmed strikes, especially in regards to the Tavern Brawler feat's ...
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When does Hoard of the Dragon Queen start?

One of my players is attempting to write journal entries as session summaries, and I was wondering what date (approximate is fine), Hoard of the Dragon Queen begins. I know from my research that the ...
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20 foot square versus a 20 foot circle on a battle mat

A druid in my game used the Entangle spell, and it was pretty easy to know how a 20' square rendered on a battle mat with a 5' spacing grid. Now he also knows Spike Growth... The Spike Growth effect ...
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Does “Pass Without Trace” enable a character to hide in plain sight?

Scenario: A group is in a room and the Druid amongst them casts the spell "Pass Without Trace" on the whole group, boosting their Dex (stealth) checks by 10. There is nothing in the room to hide ...
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Making a Wizard NPC with Familiar

The amount of NPCs in the MM are ok, but I'm wanting to create a highly magically charged campaign and one of the central NPCs is a Dwarf Wizard with a constantly summoned familiar. My question is ...
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What to do with all this money? [duplicate]

I'm new to running a game with money in it (the last game I ran was Judge Dredd so it was't an issue), and one of my players turned to me while he was looting the Tresandor Manor and said "What am I ...
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Is there advantage on a non-adjacent attack against an unconscious creature?

The unconscious condition states the following two effects (PHB292) The creature drops whatever it's holding and falls prone. Attack rolls against the creature have advantage By prone it is ...
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Can I True Polymorph a goblin into adamantine (and then forge him into a sword?)

Is it possible to make crafting materials, like adamantine, out of a goblin or such using the True Polymorph spell for the full duration of the spell? On a side note, while adamantine is mentioned in ...
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Can I use Fabricate to make a Keen weapon?

First, does the Keen weapon trait exist in D&D 5e? And if it does, is it possible to make a keen weapon using the Fabricate spell? Smithing tools proficiency is needed by the spell caster to ...
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Does Clone spell makes someone effectively immortal?

While reading through PHB 5e spellist, I found an interesting spell: Clone This spell grows an inert duplicate o f a living creature as a safeguard against death. This clone forms inside ...
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Drawing and sheathing a weapon in 5e, and the actions required

I've seen this question asked about 4e, and I think I've found the passage in the 5e PHB that answers the question, but I'd like to make sure I understand this correctly before I impose it on my game. ...
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Can a character target multiple enemies with multiattack? Can they be separated?

The actual term "multiattack" only shows up in the PHB a few times, but it never indicates whether the subsequent attack is restricted to the same target as the first one. Because it is never ...
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How to identify a spell being cast?

My players want to be able to identify a spell being cast by another spellcaster like it was possible in 3.5 with the Spellcraft skill. So are there any rules, spells, feats, class features or ...
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Are there limits or costs to Wishing forever for ability score increases?

Are there any drawbacks to using a wish spell to increase ability scores? If not then what would stop players from just using wish repeatedly and raising their ability scores to 30? I'm just getting ...
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How can characters access resurrection services during the Starter Set adventure?

The other night two of the characters in my campaign died. As a first time DM (a few sessions now) these first deaths were surprisingly upsetting, and disturbingly satisfying... Anyways, the players ...
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How can I roleplay multiclassing to explain new class features?

A nice broad question to set the scene I'm fairly new to roleplaying and I'm struggling with a valid reasons for both why and how a character would multiclass into another class independently - that ...
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Can a multiclass Wizard use any Wizard spell?

The Wizard includes the following feature: Copying a Spell into the Book. When you find a wizard spell of 1st level or higher, you can add it to your spellbook if it is of a level for which you ...
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Does using wild shape allow extra movement?

If a human druid(30 ft/round), in combat/initiative, uses all their movement speed, than wild shapes into a brown bear(40 ft/round), do they get to move again? If not, what is the formula for his ...
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Does a Dracolich possessing a new corpse reform as its original type or as the corpse's type?

In the 5th Edition Monster Manual, it states the following under the Dracolich Phylacteries section: If a dracolich's physical form is ever destroyed, its spirit returns to the gem as long as the ...
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Is the value of currency significantly different between 4e and 5e?

The value of currency seems to have shifted in 5th edition DnD in comparison to earlier editions. With magical equipment being much less common, and the prices for goods and services having changed as ...
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If a mount without a saddle dashes does the rider need a saving throw?

If a mount without a saddle dashes does the rider need a saving throw? Specifically if the mount is a player controlled dire wolf and another character hops on his back. The mounted combat rules are ...
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Dualwielding non-proficient Pact Weapon: are you proficient with the off-hand?

Pact of the Blade states: You are proficient with [your pact weapon] while you wield it. If your PW is a shortsword (or any other non-simple weapon), and you are wielding a regular shortsword in ...
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How should I implement False Appearance?

In the MM, several creatures have the ability False Appearance, which is described with the general structure (emphasis mine) While [the creature] remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from ...
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Which skills can be used passively?

I understand how Insight and Perception can be used passively: for the DM to determine if an enemy Deception or Stealth attempt is successful without alerting the players that someone is deceiving or ...
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Using a familiar to deliver a touch attack?

The last paragraph of the Find Familiar spell contains the following: ...when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. Your ...
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Incorporating expanded crit-range into anydice?

Not sure if this is a valid "tools" question, but here goes: I want to compare a build that can attack 5 times, with a 5% critical chance; to a build that can attack 3 times, but with a 15% critical ...
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What is the maximum HP of a Ranger's animal companion?

Creating a ranger in 5e the feature says "Its hit point maximum equals its normal maximum..." If I have a panther, for example, does that mean it would have 13 hp (the health in the stat block) or 24 ...
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Questions Concerning Hazirawn (Hoard of the Dragon Queen - *Spoilers*)

NOTE: This question contains spoilers regarding HotDQ! I'm about to finish up running a playthrough of Hoard of the Dragon Queen. I have a few questions regarding Hazirawn, the magical greatsword ...
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Can you use Wish to duplicate a spell at a higher level?

In 5E, Wish allows you to duplicate the effects of any spell L8 or lower--does that include a lower-level spell, cast at L8? Say, as a Wizard, casting Heal at L8. I'm leaning towards yes, but it ...
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What are the limits of Glibness concerning Deception?

I was reading the description of the the 8th-level spell Glibness the other day and its wording seemed to be pretty broad in scope. The specific passage I'm interested in is this: Additionally, no ...
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Is there a disadvantage I'm missing to starting outside my “main” class?

I am planning a character as a level 1 Rogue / 19 Wizard. If I take the Rogue level first, I get a bunch of skill, weapon, tool, and armour proficiencies I wouldn't get if I started Wizard and ...
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Who wears the purple robes?

Hoard of the Dragon Queen features a cult whose leaders wear purple robes, but even though the adventure presents that as an important character detail, I can’t figure out from the text which ...
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When a Book of Shadows is replaced due to loss, are rituals that were inscribed in it lost?

While reading through Player's Handbook 5-th edition Warlock class, I found this paragraph: If you lose your Book of Shadows, you can perform a 1-hour ceremony to receive a replacement from your ...
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D&D 5th edition questions [closed]

A group of friends and myself are starting up D&D for the first time. So we are starting with the 5th edition since it's the latest edition. Now I am currently building my character and I am ...
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Can you maintain concentration on a spell from another plane?

Here are two scenarios: A powerful enemy caster is concentrating on some high-level offensive spell (Incendiary Cloud, Earthquake, etc.)--one PC casts Banishment and the caster fails the save. Can ...
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Is the Alert Feat always better than an Ability Score Improvement?

I'm close to getting a 4th level of Assassin Rogue with a character I'm playing and I'm torn between picking up the Alert feat or improving an Ability Score (i.e. +2 Dexterity) so: Which is best, an ...
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Can Wizards wear cloaks and capes instead of robes?

Can wizards wear cloaks or capes instead of robes? I know armor is not allowed because it prevents the movement needed to perform spells but a cloak or a cape is not specified in the PHB, at least not ...
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Acquiring a spellbook without being a Wizard

Is there any way for an arcane spell-casting class other than wizard to obtain and use a spellbook without multi-classing into wizard? I'm interested in this because a campaign my group is currently ...
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How do characters retreat from an encounter?

5e Starter Set spoilers below How do I handle a retreat and/or pursuit in this case? I guess I could keep "shifting" the grid over so they never get to the end of the world so to speak, but how ...
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Can a spellbook contain cantrips?

Is it possible for cantrips to be written in a spellbook? Their description suggests not, as well as the fact that the Wizard's cantrips are 'known' rather than being in their spellbook. For example, ...
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Can a player controlled Dire Wolf carry another character?

A druid in my game can wild shape into a Dire Wolf, which is really handy when you want to run the hell out of somewhere. The question is, can a large beast pick up a willing human in its mouth? Can ...
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How to ease down the munchkin factor?

I've been playing RPGs since the early eighties and have come to terms with the fact that not everyone enjoys this hobby for the same reasons as myself. I'm into it for the sake of the adventure, the ...
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Does casting a spell from an item count as casting a spell?

In the released DM basic rules, Lost Mine of Phandelver, Hoard of the Dragon Queen, and the DMG teaser there are wands, staves, and rings that you can use to cast spells. Do abilities that trigger ...
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What is a “Melee Spell Attack” and how does it differ from a regular spell?

In 5e a lot of the spells in both the Monster Manual and PHB talk about a spell being a "melee spell attack". Is this simply to do with the range of the spell or are there additional rules to rolling? ...
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Can I use Minor Illusion to create a wall, hide behind it, and attack with advantage?

Minor Illusion allows the creation of a 5-foot illusory object: can I hide behind this object (wall/crate/anything) and gain advantage vs. creatures who can't see past the illusion? If so, given that ...
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Where do adventurers keep all their stuff?

This is a bit of an equipment logistics question so might not be all that interesting to everyone but... Reading the 5e PHB, the backpack weight listing says: Backpack: 1 cubic foot/30 pounds of ...
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Are there rules and guidelines anywhere for loot in D&D 5e?

My players are used to playing RPG's on PC and love getting new weapons and loot. I can't really find much in the PHB or basic DM guide. I have been using ...
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Is Resilient (Constitution) the go-to choice for a level 1 variant human diviner wizard? [closed]

I know eventually the wizard will want that feat, but I'm wondering if War Caster or even Lucky (or something else) might be a competitive choice?