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 long till I can use the property of a magic item again?

I was reading about how you can "activate" the animated shield and it will float for a minute or so. My question is: how long till I can use this item's property again? And is it the same for every ...
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Is creating a custom land circle for the Land Druid making him too versatile?

I am unsure on how to ask this question more spot on, so I am sorry in advance. Looking through the different land circles the land druid gets at level 3, I found myself wondering why a lot of those ...
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Are mountain dwarves proficient with shields?

In 5e, the Moderately Armored feat grants proficiency with both medium armor and shields. It is, that I can see, the only feat that grants proficiency with shields. Every single class that has ...
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Close-quarters spellcaster – Not a gish

I’m looking to make a character whose focus is on the use of spellcasting in close quarters. This might take the form of damage waves that are centered on his location, auras that buff nearby ...
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Differences between 5th Edition D&D and Pathfinder?

4th Edition took D&D on a very different path from 3.5, and Pathfinder (often referred to by players as 3.75) filled the niche of the continued evolution of the 3.x system. I enjoy Pathfinder ...
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How long does damage resistance granted by Wish last?

One of the possible effects you can create with the 9th level spell Wish states: You grant up to ten creatures that you can see resistance to a damage type you choose. And that's it. No ...
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Do you make death saving throws out of combat?

Death saving throws are made on each turn where you are dying and not stable. However, the rules specifically talk about making saves during combat rounds - so what about after combat? Two PCs are up, ...
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What other undead paths are there for immortality?

I am developing a campaign were the party is tracking down a group of ancient powerful mages. These mages would have undoubtedly sought undeath to extend their existence and I didn't just want them to ...
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What is the difference between skill- and save-specific modifiers and the Proficiency bonus?

Currently I only have the 5th Edition Starter Set and I'm new to D&D. I understand that there is the Proficiency Bonus (+2 for the Starter Set's Cleric for example) which would be applied to the ...
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Does a sorcerer's metamagic work for non-sorcerer spells?

Can a multiclass sorcerer/cleric use the Metamagic class ability with non-sorcerer spells? For example, using Twinned Spell when casting cure wounds to heal two creatures instead of just one?
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How does the Healer feat actually work?

So, the feat actually says this: • As an action, you can spend one use of a healer’s kit to tend to a creature and restore 1d6 + 4 hit points to it, plus additional hit points equal to the ...
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What do I do when no rules cover what players improvise, and I don't know from real life? [duplicate]

I'm a fairly new DM running my first campaign. What do I do when players try something, but there are no rules for it, and my real-world knowledge doesn't help me figure out what would happen? For ...
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Resources for adventuring building support

I am a new DM using D&D 5E, and I am building my first adventure. Stack exchange is a great resource for answering specific questions, but is there a good forum out there for getting broader ...
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Can a druid speak while in wild-shape?

Can a druid still talk to the rest of the party while in wild shape? Or can he/she only make animal sounds? If the latter, how does it interact with Speak With Animals?
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How specific does the trigger for a readied action have to be?

Let's suppose I'm a wizard casting a ranged spell. An enemy is behind cover but I suspect he'll come out, so I ready an action to cast at him when he comes out; but I don't want to risk getting ...
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In what order are creatures affected by sleep?

I thought I understood sleep but now I'm confused about the order of creatures affected. I always thought it was from lowest current hp to highest. However, it says near the end of the spell; ...
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Should all players have their own player's handbook?

How advantageous is it that all players have their own handbook? I've never played any table top RPG and am about to start a 5th edition campaign. I almost joined another campaign a good while back; ...
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Can a player multiclass if a prerequisite ability score(s) is met through a magic item?

To qualify for a new class, you must meet the ability score prerequisites for both your current class and your new one ... Without the full training that a beginning character receives, you must be ...
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Optimizing a High-Elf Warlock [closed]

I am rather new to 5e and I wanted to try out a Warlock so I chose High-Elf and wanted to know my best options that I could try. Any thoughts on creating the best High-Elf Warlock would be awesome. I ...
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Do large creatures have reach?

Does a large creature (ogre) have reach with their weapons (club) or can they only hit opponents directly adjacent to them? The Monster Manual says the ogre has a 5' reach. Does that mean it only ...
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Buying Armor for Ranger's Companion in 5e

I was reading about the Barding rule on page 155 of the PHB, and I was just curious if a Beastmaster Ranger could armor up their companion? If so, how would that stack with the Rangers proficiency ...
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How best to optimize a 'arcane archer'-ish half-elf sorcerer in 5e?

I'm not normally an optimizer, but my group is switching from Pathfinder to 5e, at least temporarily. My plan for the character in Pathfinder was to become an Arcane Archer (prestige class) at ...
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Does twinned spell work with magic missle?

If a sorcerer targets magic missile on one creature, can they use the twinned spell meta-magic ability to also hit another creature with the same damage?
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Making a character without a soul?

Tbh I'm kinda new to D&D, but I'm really interested in it, and I've been building a character, but I've hit a spot that I'm not sure how to handle: making a human character without a soul. I was ...
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When do you add the proficiency bonus?

I am very new to DND, but I cannot seem to find when to add the proficiency bonus. From what I can tell from the character sheet, there is a proficiency bonus for a specific task, and another (on top ...
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Can disguise self give advantage in attacks

I have a character who is using disguise self to make himself look smaller and make his battleaxe appear as a simple dagger. The spell states that in this case an observer could feel that you are ...
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How to heal undead

Fifth edition seems to have removed any means of healing undead. The positive/negative energy duality of 3rd edition seems to be gone. Negative energy spells now do necrotic damage; some undead are ...
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Does death cure all ills?

In a previous answer, I mentioned the possibility of killing a character and restoring them to life as a possible method of removing conditions from them. On reflection, I have no idea whether this ...
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Do characters start with the tools their background says they are proficient in?

I find it odd that some backgrounds give the character proficiency with tools but then do not list those tools under equipment. For example, the Urchin: Tool Proficiencies: Disguise kit, thieves' ...
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Did spirit guardians just wipe out the Orc army?

I have a cleric who wants to ride a war horse (movement speed 60', dash speed 120') with a spell cast on himself. Controlling a mount does not appear to cost an action, you simply decide if you are ...
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Ways to remove exhaustion

We have a player in the game I am in playing a frenzying barbarian. Whenever they frenzy, it ends with them gaining a level of exhaustion. The penalties from exhaustion stack up quickly. Quickly ...
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Are there alterantive ways to gain xp?

I'm new to the site and DMing. Is there such a thing as non-combat experience? For example can my PC's gain xp from finding and disabling traps or secret doors, or solving a puzzle? What would be ...
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When does Armor of Agathys take affect?

Given that Damage Reduction happens first. If a character with Heavy Armor Master Prerequisite: Proficiency with heavy armor You can use your armor to deflect strikes that would kill ...
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Can someone explain how HP's stack with various spells?

OK we have a number of things that can augment hit points, from damage reduction (Master of Heavy Armor), Wards like (Arcane ward for an abjurer), Temporary hit points (False Life) and other spells as ...
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Does natural armor stack with unarmored defense?

In D&D 5E, does natural armor stack with Unarmored Defense? We have a level 2 player character who wild shaped into an animal. The player said they could stack its natural armor with Unarmored ...
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Can a Wizard cast Shield in reaction to a stealth attack?

Scenario: Rogue is hidden and sneaks up to Wizard. Rogue attacks and hits the wizard with 1 above his AC. Can the wizard take his reaction to Shield from it? Shield's Casting time is 1 reaction, ...
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Can druids Wild Shape into creatures other than beasts?

Under Wild Shape it says "assume the shape of a beast" you have seen before. Does this mean they can only transform into creatures that have the beast type, such as bear, wolf, crocodile, etc.? Or can ...
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Can I benefit from magical armour while using Mage Armour?

A suit of Studded Leather sets AC to 12 + Dex. A suit of magical +1 Studded Leather gives a +1 bonus to AC while you wear it, for a total of 12 + Dex +1. Mage Armour gives an AC of 13 + Dex. This is ...
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Mage Slayer vs Hold Person

Interesting scenario was posed to me by one of my players. A fighter with the mage slayer feat is within 5 feet of a mage who casts Hold Person on the fighter. The fighter fails his save (despite ...
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Does Enhance Ability apply to attack based on that ability score?

Is a melee attack a Strength ability check, or a missile attack a Dexterity one? Say a cleric enhances the Fighter's Strength — the spell effect says the Fighter now gets advantage on Strength ...
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How does basic healing work?

Reading through the D&D 5e Player's Handbook I see that there are two types of healing: Resting (long and short rests) Magical (potions and spells) Are there any other types of healing ...
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Can I cast sanctuary as a bonus action as part of the same turn I hit someone

With sanctuary as a bonus action. Can a character simply whack someone and cast sanctuary to try and prevent retaliation, and then repeat the same combination of attack and casting sanctuary as a ...
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What can someone do while forced to doff armor from the heat metal spell

If an opponent fails a save on heated armor or weapons, do they have to start doffing their armor and dropping their weapons? The rules say you have to drop a heated weapon if you fail the save, but ...
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Do damage resistance and temp hit points from False Life and the Heavy Armor Master feat stack?

I have a multiclassed cleric/warlock with both the Heavy Armor Master feat and the Eldritch Invocation; Fiendish Vigor (which allows me to cast False Life at-will). The Heavy Armor Master feat (PHB ...
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Can non-dwarves wear Dwarven Plate?

Can non-dwarves wear Dwarven Plate or would it have to be custom-fitted first? It was suggested to me that another option is to wear the armor with penalties. I think my player is asking in more ...
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Twin hand crossbow Fighter: is this build valid?

The Sharpshooter feat includes an interesting feature: you can choose to take -5 penalty to hit with a ranged weapon attack to increase its damage by 10. Normally, I'd dismiss the trade-off as too ...
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Does good alignment on characters mean they are not supposed to do unlawful things (for example stealing)?

We have a group of three characters: The lawful good paladin (acolyte), the lawful good fighter (soldier) and the chaotic good druid (criminal). All try to help NPCs in need, won't fight between ...
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When is a Lightfoot Halfling obscured by another creature?

Naturally Stealthy: You can attempt to hide even when you are obscured only by a creature that is at least one size larger than you (PHB 28). I haven’t been able to find a game definition for ...
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Can magic items have permanent enchantments added to them?

If you find a magic item (+1, low power spells, etc) can you then use that item as your basis for crafting a magic item and add new enchantments to it? Like say if I find a +1 sword can I use the same ...
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How to defend against a rogue's Sneak Attack?

In our last session a melee style rogue using Sneak Attack did more damage than the warrior. That seems pretty powerful especially at low levels. Is there no way creatures can defend against a Sneak ...