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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Modeling gear destruction

Basically I have a dwarf cleric that thinks he is an invulnerable tank and takes the brunt of most attacks to the party. In the 5 sessions so far his shield has had the following: A throwing axe ...
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Barkskin and Wild Shape

Assume you cast Barkskin in humanoid form: You touch a willing creature. Until the spell ends, the target’s skin has a rough, bark-like appearance, and the target’s AC can’t be less than 16, ...
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Can equipment be enchanted and dis/reenchanted without destroying the item?

I'm thinking in fifth edition but this may apply to all editions. If playing a character with a family sword or a particular set of armour that they wish to use throughout the game (from level 1 to ...
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Is there a roll on non-attack spells? [duplicate]

I am starting a 5e campaign tonight and several of my players are magic users. I cant seem to find the answer to my players question. If they are using a spell that is not an attack, for instance a ...
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How to handle a PC wanting to interrupt a spell cast in a non-combat situation?

A warlock and a monk are talking to a NPC. Suddenly, the warlock gets angry and fires an Eldritch Blast at the NPC. The monk recognizes the situation and tries to prevent the warlock from casting. ...
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Is it necessary to purchase all the D&D 5th books to have access to all character classes etc.?

So basic background: I am an experienced 3.5 player moving to 5th. I rarely use pre-made adventures and like to homebrew campaign settings based on as many published rules as possible. While it is ...
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What's the advantage of being proficient with a Disguise Kit over the Deception skill?

In one instance, a player uses his Disguise kit proficiency to craft a well-made disguise, and then whenever someone makes a check to see though it, he adds his proficiency bonus plus relevant ability ...
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How far do I need to be from a creature to be outside its reach?

I had my wood-elf beside a scarecrow. I moved 35 feet away, and then on its turn the scarecrow moved 30 feet after me. My character is now five feet away from a scarecrow, because I have five more ...
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Do I use the ability mod or skill mod when rolling an ability check?

When rolling for an ability check for say stealth, do I use the DEX modifier(say +3) or the stealth modifier(say +7) or both?
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Unearthed Arcana in Adventurers League [closed]

Are class versions from Unearthed Arcana articles a kind of beta phase, intended for playtest, before they go official, or are they a deliberately unofficial branch?
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How do I quickly get the PCs to a distant location for the next adventure?

I'm running a campaign with my friends. We started Keep on the Shadowfell a year ago, and finished it at our latest session. (We don't play often, one of them is a doctor, so it's hard to schedule ...
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Does using Hypnotic Gaze end my Invisibility?

I wanted to know if using Hypnotic Gaze from the Wizard's enchantment specialization would end invisibility. RAW, I would think Hypnotic Gaze would be classified as a class feature instead of a spell ...
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Can You Concentrate Through a Long Rest?

According to the PHB, concentration is broken under one of three conditions: Casting another spell that requires concentration Taking damage and failing the CON save Being incapacitated or killed ...
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Which spell slots can wizards pick from if they have more spells that can be prepared than they have slots? [duplicate]

Sorry for the horribly worded title. Per the PHB: Wizards can prepare a number of spells equal to their Int Modifier + their wizard level. I have a necromancer who just hit 4th level and used the ...
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Does Hunter's Mark chain to multiple creatures

I'm looking to play a ranger and the Hunter's Mark spell says, 'If the target drops to 0 hitpoints before this spell ends. you can use a bonus action on a subsequent turn of yours to mark a new ...
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How do you decide who will be contacted by Contact Other Plane spell

Contact Other Plane says: You mentally contact a demigod, the spirit of a long-dead sage, or some other mysterious entity from another plane. Does the caster decide whom they are contacting? ...
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Fair facing house rules for 5e

I am a bit disappointed by the lack of tactical positioning in 5e, as evidenced in questions such as Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying "I attack"?. I have tried ...
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What happens to a creature who is enlarged and then reduced?

Inspired by Does an Enlarge/Reduce spell on a druid affect the beast form if the druid Wild-Shapes? Focusing on the specific effect of the Enlarge/Reduce spell: You cause a creature or an object ...
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Does an Enlarge/Reduce spell on a druid affect the beast form if the druid Wild-Shapes?

If a druid (multiclassed into sorcerer) casts Enlarge on himself so that he becomes a Large humanoid (approximately twelve feet tall), and he then Wild Shapes in a brown bear, is the brown bear form ...
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At which moment does the 'Surprised' state disappear?

I am trying to figure out if the surprised state ends on a creature after the first attack of a surprise round, or if the surprised state (which I would then see almost as an unofficial condition) ...
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How can I balance the power of loot between players?

The 5e dmg only gives proximate levels of item strength: common, uncommon, rare, very rare, and legendary. The item levels don't really seem to help me judge if two items of the same rarity will be ...
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How can I suggest the DM stop trying to kill us?

We have been playing a game for a while now, and while the game itself is quite enjoyable, the only problem is that the DM seems to be aiming to kill us. Sort of. For example, there have been three ...
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Can I stabilize an enemy we just defeated in combat?

Spare the Dying You touch a living creature that has 0 hit points. The creature becomes stable. This spell has no effect on undead or constructs. Same scenario two different ways. The party ...
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Would this Conjure Dragons spell be too powerful?

Would this homebrewed spell for dragon-themed conjurers be too powerful? It is a variant of conjure animals / conjure minor elementals / conjure woodland beings but dragon-themed. This is what I have ...
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Is there any point in learning Mage Armor for my Sorcerer if he's Dragonborn?

I've created a Dragonborn sorcerer for my campaign: a largely blaster-type character. One of my friends suggested getting Mage Armor for my sorcerer to improve his survivability: Draconic Resilience ...
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Do you need line of sight to cast spells on someone?

A Clear Path to the Target To target something [with a spell], you must have a clear path to it, so it can’t be behind total cover. If you place an area of effect at a point that you can’t see ...
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Warding Bond: What is the Order of Operations for calculating cleric damage taken?

Warding Bond allows a support character (cleric) to buff another player. (Basic Rules p. 105) While the target is within 60 feet of you, it gains a +1 bonus to AC and saving throws, and it has ...
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How many effects can a monk impose with open hand technique using flurry of blows

Concerning the Open Hand Technique, if I have a level 6 Monk and I flurry of blows on a single target and I hit with all attacks, can I apply a Str save to all attacks to possibly push a mob back a ...
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How does Hunters Mark work when the target goes invisible?

Hunters Mark states you have advantage on any Wisdom (Perception) or Wisdom (Survival) check you make to find it. If the target of the spell casts invisibility on itself, how does that interact ...
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Can you make an unwilling creature willing?

Going through the spells, I see the phrase "Willing creature" used to determine who you can cast some spells on. I don't ever see a proper definition of what a willing creature is, but I would assume ...
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How do players choose skill proficiencies, languages, and equipment when making up their own backgrounds?

I'm going to be DMing fairly soon for the first time, and the players in my group wants to make their own backgrounds. How do I go about letting them choose skill proficiencies and equipment and stuff ...
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How far away can you see light?

Darkness is dark. Torches and the Light spell provide bright light for 20 feet, and then dim light for another 20 feet. A dwarf (with 60 foot Darkvision) standing next to a lit torch could see for ...
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How would a Dragonborn (or Dragon) refer to its own breath weapon?

I'm currently running a DnD 5e campaign in a homebrew setting where Dragons and Half-dragons are the main antagonists. I am planning a non-combat encounter where the group meets a Half-dragon that ...
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Can a Monk throw 2 Daggers (1 in each hand) and gain martial arts bonus?

Monks can use daggers as monk weapons, that part makes sense and is clear. Also, a character can dual wield daggers and thrown them both if they use action + bonus action. But as daggers benefits ...
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Are there any side effects of switching the attribute increases for a race?

Making a barbarian? Mountain dwarf or half-orc. Warlock? Half-elf is the obvious choice. Oh, wizard? You want to be a gnome or high elf. I'd rather my players choose the race they want rather than ...
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Does taking a branch from the tree produced by staff of the woodlands harm the staff?

If you turn the staff of woodlands into a tree with its ability, and then cut off a branch of the tree, would it damage the staff?
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Can the Minor Conjuration ability gained by Wizards of the School of Conjuration be used to summon rare, expensive, consumable spell components?

Can the Minor Conjuration ability gained by Wizards of the School of Conjuration (PHB p. 116) be used to summon rare, expensive, consumable spell components? It seems to fit within the scope of it in ...
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Can you cast a spell at a higher level spell slot even if it doesn't change the spell? [duplicate]

If I wanted to cast finger of death but I'm all out of 7th level spell slots, could I cast it using an 8th or 9th level spell slot, even though it doesn't change the spell's effect?
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How can a GM alleviate a new player's analysis paralysis when creating a character?

My players are paralyzed about making their characters and as a GM what can I do to help? The players are new to role playing games let alone D&D 5e, and are getting bogged down. They tried out ...
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How do you activate a troll's variant rule: Loathsome Limbs?

The Monster Manual states that when a Troll takes 15 slashing damage at one time, it loses one of its limbs. What does "at one time" mean? Is it one weapon attack, as I suspect, or does a ...
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Would allowing a druid to wildshape into aberrations/monstrosities still be unbalanced with the following restrictions? [closed]

I am making a Circle of the Moon druid, and when I flipped through the monster manual to see what I could transform into I was struck by how much cooler Aberrations and Monstrosities are than Beasts. ...
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What do you roll Insight against when the other person is telling the truth?

Frequently it comes up that characters will be talking to an NPC and one of them will say something similar to "Do I believe him?" "Roll an insight check." If they're lying, it's simple: an Insight ...
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How do the disguise kit and forgery kit work?

Many of the kits and tools described in the PHB (p. 154) state something like: Proficiency with this kit lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability check you make to create [visual ...
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Does “Invisibility” require sight to maintain concentration? [duplicate]

So, one of the spellcasters in my group wants to cast invisibility on the thief to have him scout out a dungeon. The Players Handbook doesn't specifically say the caster must be in sight range of the ...
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Can Eldritch Blast be Twinned? [duplicate]

I was just reading this on an online max-DPR build and there were some who thought using the metamagic twinned spell on the warlock cantrip was illegal, and some who thought the opposite. Twinned ...
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Would being able to wild-shape into aberrations/monstrosities be unbalanced?

I am making a Circle of the Moon druid, and when I flipped through the monster manual to see what I could transform into I was struck by how much cooler Aberrations and Monstrosities are than Beasts. ...
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How do polymorph-like spells interact with spellcasting capability? [closed]

For this question I am going to define these spells as, namely, Polymorph, True Polymorph & Shapechange. You must also, for the sake of this question, disregard any creature type limitations and ...
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Can a paladin use divine smite with a thrown weapon by raw?

A paladin's divine smite says (PHB. 85), "...when you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack...", which I'm seeing two ways to interpret. "A melee attack with a weapon", so as long as it's a ...
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How does the Charger feat work with multiattack?

If I wildshape into a bear form and have the Charger feat (I'm a human druid with feat variant), can I then use Charger, charge as a bear, use the attack action granted to take a bear's multiattack, ...
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How can we prevent a sorcerer with subtle spell metamagic from casting?

The sorcerer's subtle spell metamagic states: When you cast a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to cast it without any somatic or verbal components. The description of material components ...