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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What is the source defining what is RAW?

While discussing what constitutes RAW with NautArch in the comments on this question he claimed the Starter Rules aren't RAW. While I'm aware that they are incomplete I can't belive that they are ...
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How large must a creature be for the “Climb Onto a Bigger Creature” action?

From the DMG: Climb Onto a Bigger Creature If one creature wants to jump onto another creature, it can do so by grappling. A Small or Medium creature has little chance of making a ...
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What size are the Gale Force 9 spellbook cards?

I'm intending to buy the cards and put them in a folder giving the feeling of being a spell book like this one: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/gf973904.html I can't figure out from any source if ...
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Switching DMs mid session [closed]

I recently ran a 5e D&D campaign where I switched one of the players (his name's Simon but we have two so let's call 'tother one Ironicus) to the role of DM mid-session, and demoted myself to ...
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What and How to Prepare In Advance For the Next Session? [duplicate]

So I'm starting a new campaign with a group this week, I'm the DM with 4 PC's (2 are long-time RPers and 2 are fairly new to D&D). I've got notes made for the first session, how the party meets, ...
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Crossbow Expert feat second clause clarification [duplicate]

The Crossbow Expert Feat has three clauses: Thanks to extensive practice with the crossbow, you gain the fol lowing benefits: • You ignore the loading quality of crossbows with which you ...
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How to get Fantasy Grounds to account for encounter multipliers?

I noticed that FG doesn't apply the multipliers in p. 82 of the DMG when designing an encounter—it simply adds up the XP totals for each NPC added. Is there a way to change this?
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Is a player character required to engage in downtime activity?

This question was inspired by a scenario, where a character could use Elven trance and any number of short rests but no long rests. Based on this answer, I have a follow up question. By the ...
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Can a PC move after freeing from grapple or restrained?

The rules say that a creature with the grappled or restrained condition has a speed of 0. Player argues that a creature can't move on the same turn that it frees itself from either condition, because ...
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Does halfling luck apply to death saving throws?

The rule states that halfling luck applies to saving throws and the death rolls are called "death saving throws." Based on that I decided to allow it. Additionally, I thought allowing halfling luck ...
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Targetting spells at illusions [duplicate]

How would things resolve when targeting a spell, like magic missile, at an illusory creature? For spells like Fireball, Lightning Bolt, etc. I think it's fairly clear the caster fires the spell off ...
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Is Superiority Dice Damage Doubled Due To Assassinate? [duplicate]

Critical hits double all the dice rolls. Since Superiority Dice are dice rolls too, do they get doubled on a crit? That is, if a Fighter attacks, rolls a 20, and decides to use a combat maneuver, do ...
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Does this cheesy character concept violate RAW, and if so how?

Does the following, very cheesy character concept, violate any RAW? Please cite rules or official rulings in your answer. (Apart from RAW, I expect my DM to disallow or limit the concept, in the ...
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Wish for Instant Summons spell gives a sapphire? [duplicate]

Wish: The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. You don’t need to meet any requirements in that spell, including costly components. Instant Summons: ...
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Are there any feats or equipment that can be used to assist a base melee character in ending a Rage?

To end a Barbarian's Rage, the Barbarian has to neither attack nor take damage for a turn, or be rendered unconscious. What options are available to all characters to ensure the end of an enemy ...
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How to countermand a Barabarian's Rage ability? [closed]

In D&D 5e, the Barbarian's Rage ability is quite powerful. The rulebook states that the only way to end a Rage against the user's will, is to either avoid any chance of him taking damage for a ...
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Can you affect multiple targets with multiple Warding Bond casts?

It has come to my attention that the text of Warding Bond, the legal target(s) of Warding Bond, and the rules as written for target's and spell casting and such; leave it possible that Warding Bond ...
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Can the spell Creation make magic items? (Official rulings only)

Is there an official ruling or rule that determines whether the spell creation can be used to create a magic item? I'd like to know if any of the developers have posted a ruling about this, or ...
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How do I handle my players killing things by catapulting a folding boat?

So, I'm not sure where to begin... I planned some epic battle and "that guy" showed up and ruined it. He took a magical item I (stupidly) gave him (folding boat, DMG 170), cast Catapult (EE, p.15) on ...
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Are immobile objects paralyzed?

Suppose we're trying to set a catapult on fire while defending a siege (and the nearby Kobolds firing it aren't strong enough to be able to move it). That catapult can't move or speak, and can't ...
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What are the levels used for Cantrips learned with the “Magic Initiate” feat?

The Magic Initiate feat gives access to two cantrips from a class. It says Choose a class: bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, warlock, or wizard. You learn two cantrips of your choice from that ...
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Should a rogue be denied a hide attempt if he is around a corner of a hall and his position is known, and it is the only place to hide?

I am having trouble understanding why the hide and sneak attack rule is applicable to a rogue hiding at the corner of a long hall. If a rogue shoots an arrow down the hall and hits his target on the ...
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Must 5e elves take a long rest?

If an elf uses their trance regularly, takes short rests periodically, and is willing to forego the benefits of long rests (hit points and dice restored, spell slots and abilities restored, etc), is ...
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Can a Tome warlock inscribe known spells into their Book of Shadows?

In 5e, can a Pact of the Tome warlock with the Book of Ancient Secrets invocation inscribe known ritual spells into their Book of Shadows? This is useful if permitted, as it allows Tome warlocks to ...
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Can an Acrobatics skill check reduce falling damage?

In older versions of D&D, there were rules for reducing falling damage by making a Tumble/Acrobatics skill check. Does this type of rule exist in D&D 5e? If not, is there a common accepted ...
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Is there any way to share hit points with another ally?

I recall there was a spell which created a life link in previous editions, allowing us to take damage and share it with the group's players. Are there any similar spells in the 5th edition?
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If the campaign stalls at a deadly cliffhanger and we never play again, is my character dead?

Is a character that's about to die just before a campaign is abandoned effectively dead? We have reached the climax of the game — the end all, "winner takes all" type situation. Two of us are ...
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Are there any specific rules about how to prepare spells in D&D 5e?

[This question is related to my Dwarven Cleric character.] In the Player's Handbook it says that all spells need to be prepared in advance before they can be used. I get that this is done while ...
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Can I use my action to do something that requires a bonus action? [duplicate]

As per title. Working example I'm interested in: I'm a 2nd level Druid. Let's say I'm in Wild Shape, which takes a bonus action to dismiss, and let's say I want to cast Healing Word, which requires a ...
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Do lycanthropes need to do damage in order to inflict the curse?

I'd like to clarify whether were-creatures need to do damage in order to have a chance of inflicting the lycanthropy curse. Considering the creature stats in isolation it would appear the answer is ...
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Size and nature of the Fields of the Dead in the Forgotten Realms

Am I reading the official map of Faerun right, is the Fields of the Dead (north of Baldur's Gate, as per SCAG) wider than 300 miles, from the coast to the Forest of Wyrms / Reaching Woods territories? ...
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Is escaping a grapple an action or an attack action?

GRAPPLING When you want to grab a creature or wrestle with it, you can use the Attack action to make a special melee attack, a grapple. If you're able to make multiple attacks with the Attack ...
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How do I design a campaign about stealing? [closed]

In the one-on-one campaign I'm running, the player's rogue wants to steal stuff. All the time. His goal is to become the Greatest Thief of All Time. I prefer good stories, but the player seems more ...
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How does Relentless Endurance interact with reduction of maximum hitpoints?

Yesterday, my Half-Orc was nearly insta-killed by a nasty crit from a wraith by reducing my maximum hitpoints to 0. Our DM, out of the kindness of his heart, ruled that I could choose to be reduced to ...
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Can a surprised creature contest a grappling attempt?

We know a suprised creature can't move or take an action on it's first turn of the combat, but can it actively try to contest a grappling attempt by making a Strength (Athletics) or Dexterity ...
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Can Prestidigitation soil someone's pants?

Assuming the pants in question are within 10 feet of the caster (20 if a sorcerer is using the distance metamagic on Prestidigitation for some reason) and the caster is targeting only a cubic foot ...
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Can warlocks' familiars use armor/shields?

Can imps or quasits wear armor or shields? If so, how much would it cost to get armor and shields of the appropriate size (tiny)? Would they have a penalty for using such equipment, or do they have ...
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Can you be cursed with multiple types of lycanthropy?

Can a single humanoid be cursed with multiple types of lycanthropy ? Like let's say a Weretigerboar, or a Werewolfrat ?
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Can you draw a weapon as part of the Opportunity Attack?

Can you draw a weapon as part of the Opportunity Attack? The section about "Interacting with Objects around you" in the PHB p.190 says you can do things like "draw or sheathe a sword" as part of your ...
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What happens with lethargy when Haste is cast again on a creature before first cast runs out?

Haste states When the spell ends, the target can't move or take actions until after its next turn, as a wave of lethargy sweeps over it. However, let's say Character A cast Haste on Character B. ...
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How to introduce the levelless, cost-based spells of Cthulhu d20 into D&D 5e

Cthulhu d20 has a magic system in which spells aren't tied to classes nor to levels. Anyone can learn and use a spell, if they're willing to pay the price, which usually comes in the form of a ...
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Are upper-level combat encounters still as complicated and time-consuming?

With level 10 and higher PCs, a lone Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 or Pathfinder combat encounter can take a long time, but I haven't heard if the same is true in Dungeons and Dragons 5E. Does a 5E ...
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Does Calm Emotions still allow a saving throw?

Old dragons can frighten you: Frightful Presence. Each creature of the dragon's choice that is within 120 feet of the dragon and aware of it must succeed on a DC 16 Wisdom saving throw or become ...
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What stops practitioners of Enchantment and Illusion magics from taking over societies? [closed]

What stops practitioners of Enchantment and Illusion magics from taking over humanoid societies in your average D&D 5e world? See, given enough time and resources, they could impersonate ...
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Can a paladin use his Divine Smite/Improved Divine Smite when using the Tentacle Rod?

Divine Smite can be used when the player makes a successful melee attack and at level 11 improved divine smite automatically adds 1d8 damage to all melee attacks. When wielding the tentacle rod you ...
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How can PCs find how to restore Horrifying Visage aging?

The Horrifying Visage attack of a D&D 5e ghost involves a Wisdom saving throw with a haunting failure ramification: If the save fails by 5 or more, the target also ages 1d4*10 years. ...
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Should flying upward cost more movement?

Let's say an Aarakocra, with a native flying speed of 30ft, starts to fly upwards. Should her 30ft flying speed bring her to an height of 30ft or should moving up 1ft cost more than 1 speed? While I ...
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Are there higher CR than the Tarrasque in D&D 5?

We were discussing with a DM friend of mine about the challenge ratings in D&D 5, and I affirmed the highest known to this day in the official content is the Tarrasque, with a CR of 30. He then ...
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Fighting an Invisible Stalker

I'm having trouble understanding the mechanics of invisibility, so I'd like to propose a scenario, as an example, which I don't know exactly how to handle as a GM. Let's say my group is about to ...
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Do characters provoke opportunity attack when they leave another character's reach who is not facing them?

"You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that YOU CAN SEE moves out of your reach." In 5E do you have to specify which way your character is facing at all times? If an enemy who ...