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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Is this Ranger/Cleric/Fighter/Rune Scribe build balanced? [closed]

So I have a friend who is planning on building a Dwarf who will start as a ranger and level up to level 3 in that class then switch over to multiclass into a cleric for only 2 two levels, after that ...
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How to deal with players that wants their characters to do automatic perception, stealth and searching for traps/secret doors?

Every time my players are exploring a dungeon, they want their characters to do perception checks for monsters, perception checks for traps and/or secret passages while being on stealth mode, all at ...
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Are there any official adventures supposed to be ending on level 20?

I have looked up a lot of adventures now and the highest average was to be supposed to let the adventurers finish it at level 15. Are there any official published adventures supposing the PC's to get ...
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Does forced movement, as in Thunderwave, necessarily break a grapple?

Consider the situation with three characters: Gary the Grappler, Casey the Caster, and Victor the Victim. Gary has Victor grappled. Suddenly, Casey shows up to help Victor escape. He isn't strong ...
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Can I cast a no-concentration spell while concentrating on another?

Is it possible, while concentrating on one spell, to cast a different spell or cantrip that do not require concentration without losing that concentration?
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How Do Grapplers Stand If Prone?

It's clear how a creature both grappled and prone can stand - they can't. But what about the one doing the grapple? Assuming both grappler (speed of 60 feet) and grappled are prone*, how does the ...
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Can I circle around an opponent and avoid opportunity attacks?

I have had trouble finding this information in the PHB. If as a fighter I stand on one side of an enemy, can I move to the other side of him as long as I stay in reach so that I don't provoke an ...
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Can I have multiple sanctuaries with Word of Recall?

I read the spell and it doesn't seem to be limited by number of sanctuaries — rather only that it is a place dedicated to my chosen deity. You and up to five willing creatures within 5 feet of you ...
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How many Critical Hits for Assassinate? [duplicate]

I am currently Playing a Monk 8/ Rogue 4 The Rogue is an Assassin. pg97 of the PHB says that for assassinate the move In addition, any hit you score against a creature that is surprised is a ...
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Can I put something wider than 2 feet into a Bag of Holding (such as a humanoid)?

The bag of holding is a wonderful item. It can hold a lot of stuff. But it cannot exceed a volume of 64 cubic feet and 500 pounds as well as a 2 feet diameter mouth. Can I put anything inside the ...
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How many undead of each type can you control at one time?

With a 20 wizard necromancer, all magic items allowed (with the exception of sentient items) with the three attuned as usual, by RAW: How many undead can you maintain control over with a 100% success ...
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Is Giving Players 90 Points in 5e in a 1-1 Point Buy OP compared to 84 points in the same buy system in 3.5e? [closed]

Just staring 5e, did 3.5 for a long time. The question is - is 90 points for a starting character, in a 1-1 buy system in 5e too OP compared to 84 in 3.5e in the same buy system? Thanks!
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From which stat (Cha or Wis) should I derive empathy as capacity to understand others?

Which would you choose, Charisma or Wisdom as a stat source for deriving empathy (as a characteristic that defines character's empathy for other beings)? I'm having a dilemma here because both could ...
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Can surprise be granted by another skill than Dexterity (Stealth)?

As a DM, I'm wondering if allowing a group to use social skills instead of stealth in some situations would still be within the rules or fall under the house rules category. I have in mind a group of ...
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Can you wait to add optional damage dice (such as Divine Smite) until after seeing if the roll is a critical?

Certain damage kickers are put into effect at the attacker's option after it is determined that an attack is a hit. Examples include: The Divine Smite of paladins and of several cleric domains The ...
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Wizard/ Monk Shocking Grasp

I'm playing a 5e Wizard/ Monk build. My DM and I are questioning the viability of the cantrip Shocking Grasp. As a monk I can do another unarmed strike as a bonus action after I attack with a melee ...
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Can a character Attack and Dash in one turn?

Is Dashing and Attacking in the same turn possible without using a Bonus action? Everything I'm reading indicates a dash takes an entire turn and the entirety of the move.
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Is this a balanced dhampir PC race for Curse of Strahd?

As a new DM to D&D, one of my players came up to me and said, "I want to play a vampire." Alarm bells went off from the research I did. However, skipping past the whole vampires being a disaster ...
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How do the dual wield feat and versatile weapons interact?

I have a level 4 Paladin with the Dual Wield feat (he does not have the TWF style). He is wielding a longsword in one hand and a handaxe in his other (thrown weapon). Can the paladin throw the ...
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Is Curse of Strahd really hard, or am I DMing it wrong?

I'm currently DMing a Curse of Strahd campaign (slightly modified to fit into an existing world I am slowly building (following core rule books for the most part). I am however following the ...
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What is the highest damage potential (multi-class) for a 5th level character? [closed]

I'm wondering for my next session what the highest damage potential is for a multi-class character. Criteria: 5e PHB material only level 5 single-target damage only consistent DPR (damage per ...
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What is the expected damage per round on each level? [closed]

I'm trying to make a homebrew star wars setting using the 5e rules, in the Dungeon Master's Guide are guidelines for futuristic weapons, but the damage of those weapons looks like the perfect ...
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Can you use your bonus action to Dash on the same turn as you cast Expeditious Retreat?

Expeditious Retreat uses a bonus action to cast and grants you the ability to take the Dash action as a bonus action for as long as the spell lasts. So, can you use the Dash it grants you when cast ...
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Why does Beyond TableTop show my half orc barbarian's attack bonus as +7 when it should be +5?

I was using Beyond TableTop to create a new level 1 Half Orc Barbarian for my new 5e group. I have him using a greataxe with which he is proficient. The attack bonus should be +5, due to being ...
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Are these escape options for a Large creature correct?

A Beast Master ranger is riding a Large size Dire Wolf which is surrounded by 3 Medium size enemies placed at 3 different sides (let's say, North, West, East). The only escape route is northward. In ...
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Does Disciple of Life's extra healing apply to Vampiric Touch?

The sorclock I'm building (see cheese elsewhere) will be picking up a level of cleric, probably Life Domain. It looks like Vampiric Touch would interact with Disciple of Life to provide extra ...
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What player character scores do I need for reference when DMing? [closed]

I know I need each character's Passive Perception score in order to make secret checks to see if they discover hidden things by accident. But what other data do I need, as a DM, to be fully prepared ...
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Non-Combat XP, with combat later

Assume there is a troll guarding a bridge (for all bridges need trolls). Instead of attacking the troll, the party found some intrigue way of bypassing the encounter. I'm happy with it and award them ...
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Is there a copy of the 5E SRD in Libreoffice or Word format?

Is there a copy of the 5E SRD in LibreOffice or Word format? I attempted to covert it myself, but were unable to. The only copies I can find are in PDF format or wiki format.
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Does my magical drug seem balanced? [closed]

I just need a little help in my world building here in regards to a problem I may have created: This magical Drug is similar to Lyrium from Dragon age. Edits on possible ways to implement the potion ...
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How to determine what the stats of a specific deity should be?

When reading in the DMG about the Nine Hells, I got curious what Asmodeus' powers actually might be. I was assuming I would find this in the MM, but I couldn't find even a hint. The section about the ...
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How does D&D 5E Wizard's magic work, in Lore terms?

Not asking about the mechanics, but about the "lore" for the purpose of eg novel or short story. Before, memorisation was represented in the following, IMHO coherent way: You prepare a spell and ...
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How are Paladins made? [closed]

I'm trying to construct a D&D 5e dragonborn paladin character for my first game, and what I'm struggling to work into my character's backstory is: how did he become a paladin? Like, how does ...
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When can I grant advantage/impose disadvantage?

As a DM I wonder, what conditions if any must be met to impose an advantage or disadvantage on a roll. Example - the PC's are tracking a wolf, but the entire party wandered over the tracks several ...
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How does the Alert feat change the first turn of the battle?

One of my players has the Alert feat, according to which: [...] You can’t be surprised while you are conscious. Now, does this mean that a hidden enemy is automatically spotted? Let me provide ...
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Dragon character with non dragon group?

I'm looking for dragon as a player character that doesn't destroy the game -- if it is too powerful for the players who don't play dragons it is not a desirable choice. I would like to play a ...
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How many horrifying visages can affect a PC?

I'm making a dungeon with a bunch of ghosts in it. The situation is: Time Stop is cast by a necromancer using an artifact at the very end of the dungeon. The PCs will see the whole dungeon, realize ...
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What is the difference between a god and a non-god power in Forgotten Realms?

What is the difference between a "god" and a non-god power in the Forgotten Realms? I assume that a "god" can grant cleric spells and that a non-god power cannot. I am assuming D&D 5th edition.
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Can a character be surprised mid-combat?

Imagine the following scenario: Four adventurers are traveling from one city to another. They have 1 horse which is pulling a covered wagon. One adventurer is riding and controlling the horse, two ...
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When is the d100 roll made for Wild Surge?

I am in the process of rolling up a Wild Mage and was looking through the archetype for the rules on when the d100 for the Wild Surge is supposed to be applied. I am not finding much at all. My ...
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What predicates a being having their own afterlife realm in Forgotten Realms?

In D&D 5th edition's Forgotten Realms setting followers of gods are sentenced by Kelemvor and his servants to go to their god's realm after death (unless possibly they made a pact with a devil or ...
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What are the requirements for a warlock patron in Forgotten Realms?

In D&D 5th edition's Forgotten Realms setting what ability is required for a creature to be able to grant a creature warlock powers?
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Does Reverse Gravity affect creatures with Flight?

Say a wizard casts reverse gravity, if creatures with Flight are caught in the radius, are they affected by the pull?
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How can tome warlocks “back up” ritual spells they have inscribed?

PHB hints that wizards may want to have a backup copy of their spellbook in case they lose it. Tome warlocks have a way to restore their Book of Shadows should they lose it, but it's not clear if ...
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Can a wizard use a 25gp book as a replacement spellbook?

Or must they use the 50gp spellbook? (PHB pg 150) RAW only, please.
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Can a multi-class Bard/Wizard write spells known from Bard, into Wizard spellbook?

Can a multi-class Bard/Wizard write spells known from their Bard class, into their wizard spellbook? e.g. they know the Comprehend Languages as a Bard spell, and want to write it directly into their ...
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Would flying a grappled character hard into the ground deal them extra falling damage?

Trying to figure out the mechanics of a certain situation. PC grapples enemy and uses a move that doubles movement speed. Following that, a stacked move allows the PC to carry grappled enemy 60 ft ...
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Who can create copies of spells that can subsequently be copied into spellbooks, etc?

Character A finds a spell written on a wall and copies it. He takes the copy to character B who copies it into her spellbook or Book of Shadows for her future use. Assume the spell is one B can ...
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What are turns and rounds and how long are they each?

In AD&D a turn was ten 6-second rounds during combat. So when I read in D&D 5e that the Thief's Sneak Attack ability says "Once per turn you can deal an extra 1d6 damage", is this saying that ...
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Not clear on number of skills my character can have

I'm starting a half-elf sorcerer character with a custom background. If I read correctly, as half-elf I get any two skills to choose from (PHB 39). As a sorcerer I get to select two skills from the ...