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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Where can I find a list of Magic Items by rarity?

I am currently looking for a list of Magic Items (non-homebrew and preferably Armor/Weapons) arranged in Common, Uncommon, Rare, Very Rare, and Legendary. There is not one in the Players Handbook or ...
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Does a Ranger's replacement beast companion have size and CR limits?

I have a level 4 Beast Master Ranger whose animal companion died. I was quite devastated that I couldn't summon a new one and instead I had to find a new one that isn't hostile towards me. My party ...
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What determines what kind of wood is produced by transmutation?

I've recently started playing 5e (as my and most of the players' first DnD game) and at one point my Transmutation specialist Wizard used the Minor Alchemy class ability (PHB, p. 119) to turn some ...
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What are good ideas for getting the party together at the beginning of a campaign? [duplicate]

What good ideas have you used or seen to get the party together at the beginning of a campaign? There's the tried and true having them meet each other as wagon guards, or in a tavern that's attacked. ...
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Can level 3 Faerie Fire be seen in Magical Darkness?

Darkness reads: Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within range to fill a 15-foot radius sphere for the duration... nonmagical light can’t illuminate it... If any of this spell’s ...
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D&D 5e: Questions about Mounted Combat? [closed]

I have a few questions about mounted combat. The rules aren't very clear and I haven't had much luck finding the answers online. For the sake of these questions, let's assume the mount is a riding ...
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Dealing with fractional CRs in the table on DMG 274

This has been driving me crazy as I've been trying to create monsters and NPCs for my characters to encounter in D&D 5th Edition. Say I've got an NPC with 48 hit points and Armor Class 16. That ...
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If you cast Blindness/Deafness as a 3rd level spell, can you target one creature with both effects?

The Player's Handbook states that when cast as a 3rd level or higher spell, Blindness/Deafness can target additional targets equal to the difference between the spell slot the spell is cast at and its ...
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How do I calculate a suitable combat encounter under 5e based on the CR values in the Monster Manual?

In my 3rd ed book, there is a table of CR against the number of monsters a party can fight based on their level. In 5e I cannot find this table. There is some mention of encounters being based on the ...
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Can I leave certain “scars” when healing Lingering Wounds?

Using the rules in the DMG for Lingering wounds I see the need for magical healing (or specific spells) to reverse these injuries. These will even remove scars and things of a superficial nature. ...
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Do objects from “animate objects” count as magical weapons for the purpose of overcoming resistance

Objects from the Animate Objects spell deal piercing or bludgeoning damage depending on the object type. Is this damage counted as magical against creatures with resistance to non-magical damage?
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What would happen if somebody ate a wild-shaped Druid, and then the Druid changed back inside them?

Let's say that a medium-sized Druid wild shapes into something like a fly (fine sized) and flies into a medium-sized NPC's mouth while they were talking, gets swallowed, and then wild-shapes back into ...
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Could a wizard research a death-reversal spell?

In other words, is death-reversal (raise dead, resurrection, etc.) only the province of divine magic, or could a perhaps insanely powerful wizard (either player or NPC) research and cast a similar ...
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What is necessary for characters to create potions of healing? [duplicate]

As a GM, where do potions of healing come from? Can player characters create them? Do they require divine magic to create?
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Do you add your proficiency bonus if you are not proficient in the skill but you are proficient in the stat?

I have a sorcerer with 10 dex, which is +0 and 16 cha which is +3 So if I make a dex saving throw, I get +0 as I have no proficiency If I make a cha saving throw, I get +3 and since I am proficient ...
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How to resolve Skill Checks that can be repeated with no consequence? [duplicate]

As a newbie GM, I wonder what happens when a PC fails on a Skill Check, but nothing stops them from rerolling it. E.g. In the starter set, after defeating a goblin ambush, the players can spot a ...
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How to play Lost Mine of Phandelver in 3.5e?

I'm a fairly new DM and I made the huge mistake of going all homebrew on my first campaign. I tried running LMoP with it, but it went pretty bad and we decided to just play D&D 3.5e instead. ...
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Shillelagh spell on nunchaku: how does it work?

The Shillelagh spell says that spell ends if the caster lets go of the club/staff or if they cast it again the original spell ends. But the PHB mentions a monk weapon called the nunchaku which it ...
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Does a Readied action extend into another round?

Had a 5e session today, with a player wanting to delay his turn. Since Delay was removed and Ready was the closest option, we tried to use it. In this situation his trigger action was to wait until ...
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Can two players play one character?

I'm new to Dungeons and Dragons, having played only 3 games as a DM with a group of friends. Initially, it was difficult to find people to play, but now I've run into the problem where too many people ...
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Does a spellcaster know when concentration ends?

Does a spellcaster know when concentration ends on one of their spells? For example, when a wizard casts invisibility, that target is invisible until they attack or after one hour. So if the ...
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Attacks of Opportunity and Flying

If a rogue with flying ends their turn 5 ft above someone, does that mean the target cannot move without provoking an attack of opportunity (and thus, a potential Sneak Attack)? The two parties are ...
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What sort of things do demons want when a person makes a pact with them? [closed]

Part of my quest I am going to involve an NPC summoning a demon and making a pact, the consequences of which the protagonists must uncover and resolve. However I can't think of anything particularly ...
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When can I use a morning star?

I'm playing 5th Edition D&D with a third level Barbarian. We've just looted a room and found four morning stars. The manual doesn't seem to give too much information on a morning star. I was ...
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Would a Swarm of Rats really be much of a threat? [closed]

So killer rat swarms in D&D always seemed weirdly overpowered to me. In 5e a swarm of rats does 2d6 damage, or the equivalent of being hit by someone swinging a greatsword every six seconds. Or ...
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Can Other (non-WOTC) publishers use my OGL content?

My understanding from trying to sort through the D&D 5th Ed OGL is that any content based on Open Content is then also Open Content. That seems to mean that Other writers and publishers could use ...
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Optimizing a spellsword bard

I recently rolled a bard for a new game set in a low fantasy world. It's a halfling bard, with 17 CHA and 16 DEX and +0s or +1s elsewhere. In the party there is also a defensively minded Paladin, a ...
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Would striking someone at 0 hit points with an entire Magic Missile spell automatically kill them?

Assuming the target is able to be hit and does not have immunity to force damage, would firing all three missiles at a target with 0 hit points inflict three guaranteed death saves ergo death? ...
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What happens when a PC is attacked while unconscious in 5e?

Let's say that a character receives a 2-hit multiattack: The first hit reduces the character to 0 HP. Then the monster targets the fallen character with the second hit. Is the accuracy or likelihood ...
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Can a shove give an AoO?

For example the shield mastery feat gives the option to shove an adjacent creature 5ft as a bonus action could you make an AoO on the creature because it leaves your threat range without using the ...
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How does a Potion of Giant's Strength affect a wildshaped Druid?

What would happen to a Druid's stats if they drank a Potion of Giant's Strength before they wildshaped? What about after they wildshaped?
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Is equipment that merges into the Druid's Wild Shape form weightless?

Given that you have three option to merge any equipment on you into your Wild Shape form: You choose whether your equipment falls to the ground in your space, merges into your new form, or is worn ...
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When an enemy is defeated, who in the party gains experience? [duplicate]

When a character kills an enemy, do only they get the experience, or does everyone in the whole group get the experience? That is, does it matter who made the last hit that took the enemy down?
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can an arcane trickster use a spell scroll from the wizard spell list?

Basically, we have a haste scroll, 2 warlocks, a druid, a cleric, and me, an arcane trickster. To use the spell scroll it must be on your spell list. The arcane trickster gets his spells from the ...
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My PCs are too strong for a published adventure. How can I fix the content so it isn't trivial?

This is my first time DMing a D&D game and I'm learning as I go. I'm running Tyranny of Dragons, and here's my situation: Through a series of lucky events and other phenomena, the party is one ...
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Missing Class and Race options in 5th edition SRD?

I just got the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition SRD from this webpage at Wotc. At first, I found it interesting that several of the sub-races were missing (I assumed something happened with them not ...
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What stat best represents willpower? [closed]

In D&D 5e, what stat best represents willpower? Wisdom saves you from mind control spells, resisting the urge to sleep and fighting fear, but Intelligence resists Psionics, is shown to help ...
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What ability should be used when resisting Intimidation?

During our last play session (it was our second session, so everyone is first level) my fighter dwarf had a conflict with another player's human fighter. My dwarf became annoyed at the human's ...
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What happens when a Polymorphed creature is reduced to 0 HP by Disintegrate?

Disintegrate and Polymorph both have effects that happen when the subject is reduced to 0 hit points. Disintegrate says: If this damage reduces the target to 0 hit points, it is disintegrated. ...
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How do you quickly build a player character during a session without interrupting the game or leaving out important information?

My friends and I have been playing D&D 5e for a few months now and we have run into problems where if we want to introduce a friend or have a need to create a new character for the game we have to ...
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How do you level an atypical Follower?

In my last game (and also my first game as a DM), one of my players earned the loyalty of a Giant Goat (MM pg 326) by freeing it from its cell, avenging the death of its brothers by slaying a bridge ...
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Can I draw a weapon before making a bonus action attack and get my Duelist bonus?

I've got a character with the Duelist fighting style that fights with a rapier while keeping my other hand free. I also have a dagger sheathed. The way I see it, I can perform a regular attack with ...
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When do you decide to use Inspiration? [duplicate]

If you have inspiration do you have to decide to use it BEFORE you roll? Or can you roll, realise it's low, and use inspiration to gain advantage and roll a second d20 at that point?
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Opposing skill rolls & Natural 20

I'm a new DM, and I'm running through the Starter Kit adventure ( "Lost Mine of Phandelver "). At one point there was an opposing skill check for one of the PC's trying to sneak -- Stealth vs ...
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Does casting a long spell end a maintained Concentration spell?

From D&D Player's Basic Rules v0.3, p79: Longer Casting Times Certain spells (including spells cast as rituals) require more time to cast: minutes or even hours. When you cast a spell with a ...
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Is this “Master of Masks” homebrew Bard archetype balanced?

I have a player who is running a bard with the Master of Masks archetype, a homebrew found online. It allows a player to spend 8 hrs and 100 gp to create a mask they can wear that grants them ...
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Is it possible to spread holy water on a weapon like you do with poison?

I'm wondering whether a character could spread holy water over his sword or axe and then hit an undead and on the first hit, inflict an extra 2d6 as if the holy water had been thrown at the undead. ...
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Timing of the Ready action when the trigger is associated with spell casting? [duplicate]

The Ready action occurs when the trigger finishes (PHB p.192): Sometimes you want to get the jump on a foe or wait for a particular circumstance before you act. To do so, you can take the ...
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What size are the various races?

The PHB gives stats for determining height of each race, but I'm particularly interested in the size categories (Small, Medium, Large, etc). Monster stat blocks list their size category, but I ...
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Can you end “see through familiar” at any time?

In 5e you can see through the eyes of your familiar with the find familiar spell. ...as an action, you can see through your familiar’s eyes and hear what it hears until the start of your next ...