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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Too many players: Is it possible to adjust Lost Mines of Phandelver to cater for more than 5 players?

I've just started GM'ing The Lost Mines of Phandelver for a group of people new to RPG's. They're all very excited about it and originally it was meant to be four people, but I now have 7 people ...
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Building a History in a Homebrew World [closed]

So I'm creating a homebrew campaign setting for a group I will be DMing. I've used the outside-in approach, so I've created 4 continents, countries within each continent, cities, towns, villages, ...
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Can a creature split up movement more than once?

Can movement be split up more than once, with different attacks and other actions in between? Background I've have a 12th-level Half-Orc Monk character with the Mobile feat, resulting in a movement ...
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Can magical spells damage objects?

Can magical spells actually damage objects? So something standalone, e.g. the pile of wood over there in the corner of the room? And on a character, e.g. the quarterstaff in a character hand? [I ...
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Storm Sorcerer, Tempestuous magic & movement

Tempestuous Magic reads: Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, pg. 137 Starting at 1st level, you can use a bonus action on your turn to cause whirling gusts of elemental air to briefly surround ...
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Can Goodberry be used to summon watermelons?

The description of the Goodberry spell states: Up to ten berries appear in your hand and are infused with magic for the duration. A creature can use its action to eat one berry. According to ...
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Can a mundane shield be used with Mage Armor?

Mage armor: You touch a willing creature who isn't wearing armor, and a protective magical force surrounds it until the spell ends. The target's base AC becomes 13 + its Dexterity modifier. ...
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How does the damage for Spiritual Weapon work?

The wording on this spell is a little confusing to me. At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 3rd level or higher, the damage increases by 1d8 for every two slot levels ...
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Awarding XP when a player guesses an NPC's motivations

Recently, whilst playing the 5e starter set with a fairly novice group, a player correctly guessed an NPC's motivations. She passed a wisdom check that gave her an inkling the NPC was hiding ...
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Translating a draconic bloodrager from Pathfinder to 5E

I am planning a summer campaign. I have a player with whom I have played some 5e recently, but who currently plays Pathfinder and has played Shadowrun in the past. One of the characters he has ...
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As a GM, how can I adjudicate de-escalating combat?

As a sister question to How can combat be de-escalated once started by a player? In a D&D 5e game, a player rushed into combat with an NPC that wasn't particularly hostile. As a player, I ...
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How can combat be de-escalated once started by a player?

In a D&D 5e game, a player rushed into combat with an NPC that wasn't particularly hostile. As a player, I wouldn't have started that combat immediately and the character didn't seem too hostile, ...
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Lost Mines of Phandelver - Hideout Area 4 Background Question

Spoilers! Careful, there are spoilers ahead. If you are playing the adventure Lost Mines of Phandelver or ever plan to in the future, please stop reading now. Hello everyone, This is a question ...
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Why would I want to use a Level 1 spell at higher levels if Cantrips are better? Or am I missing something?

At higher levels especially Level 17 (which is where most cantrips get their last upgrade) I noticed does a lot more damage than level 1 spell slots. For example Poison Spray compared to ...
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Spell casting phrases to improve roleplaying

This is the first time I'm going to play a spell caster, Cleric specifically, and some of the spells and cantrips have 'V' for 'Verbal'. I'm not awesome at Roleplaying, but I'd like to get better. ...
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How can a character create a Spell Scroll?

How can a character create a Spell Scroll? I've read through the DMG, and the section "Creating a Magic Item" on p.284 is about creating the design of a magic item "type", rather than create an ...
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How do I gain followers in 5e like I did in AD&D?

I just started playing D&D 5th edition at college with friends after playing ad&d for years with my family in a homebrew campaign. I just noticed that fighters don't get any followers after ...
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Problems with minecraft happy druids

We have a highly creative player that plays a druid. This PC tries to make "big digs" from the surface to any underground complex (crypts, strongholds, etc). He uses a combination of conjure animals ...
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Lost Mines of Phandelver - Hideout Area 1 Map Meaning

Spoilers! Careful, there are spoilers ahead. If you are playing the adventure Lost Mines of Phandelver or ever plan to in the future, please stop reading now. Hello everyone, I'm DM'ing the Lost ...
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How often can you use a Scroll of Protection?

How often can you use a Scroll of Protection? In the DMG, p.200, I can see that Spell Scrolls are one-use items But in the DMG, p.199, I can't see any reference to the Scroll of Protection being ...
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What are the drawbacks of a blind spellcaster?

I want to create a blind archmage villain, and I'm trying to find all the handicaps that his blinded condition would come with. My first impression is that "if you can see the target" spells are all ...
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Guidence for applying Advantage/Disadvantage to attack rolls vs. contests and saves vs. checks

If a PC is attacking with advantage does that mean that they also have advantage when taking a special attack action that does not use an attack roll like shoving or grappling? If a PC has ...
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What are the statistical implications of doubling damage on crit instead of doubling the dice rolled?

I've been playing with a group that frequently allows players to double the value of dice rolled for crits (and other things) rather than rolling double the dice. Example, someone crits with 2d6 and ...
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How should the DM manage the discrepancy between the player's memory and their PC's memory?

It may happen that, during a session, players don't remember the name of a NPC that they met (or, more generally, information about something that happened) during the previous session. Obviously, ...
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What ways currently exist to cast a spell that normally requires an action as a Bonus Action?

Using all official 5th edition sources except Unearthed Arcana, what are the ways that I can cast a spell from my character's spell list that normally requires an Action, as a Bonus Action?
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Can I cast a spell as a ritual if I have it prepared from a class without Ritual casting?

For example, a paladin of the ancients learns the ritual spell Speak with animals as an oath spell and thus has it always prepared. If I multiclass as Wizard, I gain the ability to cast ritual spells ...
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Does the “Sleep” spell only affect creatures that are in range at the moment it is cast?

Based on this question (Can the sleep spell wake me up?) I had a question about the mechanics of the sleep spell. I don't currently play D&D, so I'm not too familiar with the rules. However, I ...
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Does a wand count as a 1-Handed Weapon or using one count as an attack?

I have a Fighter in my game trying to use a Magic Missile Wand as a One-Handed Weapon Attack to get the benefit of the Crossbow Expert Feat. The Crossbow Expert Feat requires that the player make an ...
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How do I convert Dragonmech to D&D 5e?

So I was looking at Dragonmech, and it seems really cool, and is something I would want to use to DM with my group of friends. My only problem is that none of us know how to play DnD 3.5, and we're ...
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How does Sleep interact with multiple attacks?

The Sleep spell states that: each creature affected by this spell falls unconscious until ... the sleeper takes damage How does this interact with abilities that grant multiple attacks? Does ...
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Can the sleep spell wake me up?

Does one notice being affected by the sleep spell? The reason I ask is because I want to ensure someone who is already asleep via natural means will not wake up for the next 60 seconds. To do so, I ...
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Does the damage from unarmed strikes bypass non-magical/silvered/adamantine weapon resistance and immunity?

Various creatures such as lycanthropes and golems are listed as being immune to damage from weapons not of a particular type. As unarmed strikes are not counted as weapons, but can be used as weapon ...
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Are creatures attack stats based on attributes / proficiency? [duplicate]

The Brown Bear seems to be equivalent to a fourth level character with D10 as hit dice. It has STR +4, and thanks to its 'level' a proficiency bonus of +2. Based on those stats, its to-hit should be ...
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Can a grappled character be prevented from attacking the grappler?

For example, an Otyugh uses its Tentacle attack against a PC that's 10 ft. away from the Otyugh, and that PC is a melee barbarian with a greataxe. If the attack hits and the barbarian is grappled, Is ...
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Do multiple attacks get advantage for both attacks if the creature is under the effects of Faerie Fire?

My bard's first action (if possible) in combat is to cast Faerie Fire. In our last D&D session, I was quite successful (for a change) and 5 of the six creatures in my 15 ft cube failed their saves ...
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How does Fomorian Evil Eye work?

On p. 136 of the Monsters Manual, Evil Eye is an Action that applies damage (or half on a failed Charisma save). The next entry in Actions is the Curse of the Evil Eye, which says: With a stare, ...
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Plane shift material component origins

A forked, metal rod worth at least 250 gp, attuned to a particular plane of existence. PhB 245, emphasis mine. The metal rod must by attuned to a particular plane of existence, does that means ...
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Is it appropriate to disallow the players building the world?

I finally made it to host my first session of DnD. We had a lot of fun and no one appeared to be one of all these kinds of problem players I read here about every now and then. All had fun and told me ...
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What does it take to drag a restrained humanoid? [duplicate]

What does it take to move an unwilling status afflicted humanoid when they are: Prone Restrained Incapacitated Stunned Paralyzed Unconscious There are many logical answers, but the players ...
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Looking for play tested house rules for combat while holding your breath

In Are there mechanical disadvantages to being unable to breathe for a handful of rounds? I asked if there were any disadvantages to fighting while unable to breathe, due to a creature's special ...
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Is there a way around a vampire's Sunlight Hypersensitivity?

My d&d group decided to attack a group of vampires and I ended up getting bitten and becoming a vampire. Apparently, there aren't any clerics that can cure me, so is there a way to diminish the ...
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Specifically: what does the difficult terrain created by Mold Earth look like?

In regards to this question the cantrip Mold Earth states: You choose a portion of dirt or stone that you can see within range and that fits within a 5-foot cube. If the dirt or stone you target ...
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Does Stunning Strike work against creatures immune to physical damage?

Stunning Strike states that: When you hit another creature with a melee weapon attack, you can spend 1 ki point to attempt a stunning strike. However, some creatures are immune to the types of ...
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What would the effect of removing death saves and just having characters die at 0HP be?

I am currently attempting to create a campaign, inspired both by West Marches, and earlier editions of D&D (mostly OD&D and 1e AD&D), but still keeping the 5e rules that my group are ...
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Do weapons looted from larger than medium creatures retain their damage when wielded by medium sized PCs?

We know, thanks to the DMG, that a creature has disadvantage with a weapon sized larger than itself, but the wording is less clear concerning the damage. My reading is that the increased damage is ...
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Is there a way to steal a Huge-sized weapon in combat?

Giants, as listed in the MM, are known to wield large weapons. For most of them, this large weapon is the source of their massive damage in melee. I was wondering if there was a way to disarm the ...
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Are spell casting levels determined as player levels or class levels when multiclassing?

As an example, A level 6 bard multi classes to a level 1 Cleric; does the bard have the spell slots that come with level 7 (Being 1 4th level spell slot) or would the bard have to wait until they ...
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Is your mount an enemy of your target in terms of triggering sneak attack?

I was working on building a Zorro character and this question came up: if a rogue is riding on a mount, is that mount considered an ally, or, specifically, an "enemy" of your target? One of the ways ...
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Would it be unbalanced to allow lower-level undead creation spells to work on animals?

I have a friend planning to play a necromancer in an upcoming campaign, and he wanted to focus on non-humanoids (specifically, just animals) for his "army". However, upon looking at the spell list, it ...
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What is the correct interpretation of Darkvision?

Reading the PHB sections on races, e.g. Dwarf p.20, it says ... Darkvision. Accustomed to life underground, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within ...