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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Can I use my familiar as a safety deposit box?

The Find Familiar spell states, in part: As an action, you can temporarily dismiss your familiar. It disappears into a pocket dimension where it awaits your summons. The question arising from ...
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How can I check to make sure my homebrew class is balanced compared to pre-existing classes?

A friend and I are embarking on a little project for fun: creating a new class for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. We have already referred to the DMG section about modifying classes and races etc. ...
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What are the limitations on the “Dueling” fighting style for Fighters? [duplicate]

So I was looking over the wording for the fighting styles for Fighters, and I notices the wording for the Dueling Fighting Style (p. 72 PHB) seemed to allow for more options than you would ...
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Are Weretigers Large when in Hybrid or animal form in 5E?

A person from my group found out an inconsistency regarding the Weretiger template in the 5E Monster Manual page 207. It describes the animal and the hybrid form to grow to enormous size (the same is ...
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What does “… when it enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there” mean

From When do you roll the damage for Cloud of Daggers?, it was suggested that some comments be made into a Q&A. So: From the Cloud of Daggers spell (others have similar wording) You fill the ...
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When do you roll the damage for Cloud of Daggers?

The cloud lasts up to 1 minute, and specifies 4d4 damage. Is the damage rolled when you cast it, or is it rolled each time an enemy is afflicted by the cloud?
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How many attacks does a bare-fisted level 1 monk make? [duplicate]

If a monk chooses at level 1 to use his fists does he get to make 3 attacks, assuming he uses his bonus action? Right Fist: 1d4 (unarmed strike) + dex Left Fist: 1d4 + no mod for second weapon Bonus ...
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How much is a Gold Piece really worth?

I have been wondering what a gold is worth, due to the fact there are many things that cost the same, but are probably worth radically different prices, such as a Goat and a Whip, which both cost 1 ...
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Does Cutting Words work on things with very low (animal) intelligence?

Is it possible for a Lore Bard to use Cutting Words on an animal? In the session the group was dealing with a pack of stirges. The Bard stated he was using his Cutting Words to reduce a stirge's ...
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Can I use extra attack as the bonus action to improved war magic to get 2 hits and a spell?

The War Magic feature of the Eldritch Knight states (PHB p. 75): when you use your action to cast a cantrip [or at level 18+ a spell], you can make one weapon attack as a bonus action. I'm quite ...
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How obvious is Mage Armor?

Can an observer see that a creature is under the effect of the Mage Armor spell?
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Mystic Arcanum class feature: Can you choose lower level spells at higher level?

A player asked me if they could use their 17th-level Mystic Arcanum (Warlock class feature) to select the 6th-level spell "Mass Suggestion" cast at 9th level (to always make the suggestion last a year ...
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In 5e, are saving throw results detected by the opposing party?

Pathfinder makes it very clear that Succeeding on a Saving Throw: A creature that successfully saves against a spell that has no obvious physical effects feels a hostile force or a tingle, but ...
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Can Bigby's Forceful Hand knock a creature prone?

Shoving a Creature: Using the Attack action, you can make a special melee attack to shove a creature, either to knock it prone or push it away from you. If you're able to make multiple ...
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How can I summon hostile creatures or create traps with Glyph of Warding?

The spell glyph says it can only affect spells that can affect one or more targets or an area. It also provides explanation for how it works with summoning and 'dangerous object' making spells. As ...
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Can spell points be used with a Warlock?

In the DMG there is an optional rule for spell points, but warlocks are not mentioned in it. Can warlocks use spell points for their magic?
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Does Fey Ancestry grant advantage on the save against Otto's Irresistible Dance?

My first instinct is to say no, Fey Ancestry does not grant an elf advantage on the save against this spell, because the spell does not say that it bestows the charmed condition upon its target; ...
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Paladin/Warlock sharing spell slots

I have a conundrum. I have a multiclassed 6th Paladin/ 5th Warlock character. With 6 levels of paladin, I have 4/2 spell slots, and as a 5th warlock, I have 2 spells that are cast as a 3rd level slot. ...
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What are the limitations of Gloves of Missile Snaring?

I DM a 5e session, and I recently gave one of my players "Gloves of Missile Snaring." Naturally, one of his first questions was "what can they block?" By RAW, they affect "ranged weapon attacks." In ...
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How does one kill a deity?

Allow me to provide some context: recently, a reoccurring antagonist in my campaign has stolen a reward from my players. The reward was meant to be gold, and an extremely potent and rare poison that ...
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Do multiple castings of False Life stack?

The spell False Life gives you a small amount of temporary hit points. If you cast it multiple times, does the temporary HP stack?
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What are the implications of using AC rolls for defense?

I was thinking about AC, attacks, and how to make it slightly easier on a DM, and more interactive for players. The idea I came up with was to reverse AC rolls. To do this, a player's AC now becomes ...
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Are there any lich-type enemies for low level parties [closed]

I like the concept of a lich but the one in the MM would mop the floor with all but the highest-level parties (and probably even them). Are there any similar antagonists that low or mid-level PCs have ...
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Does mirror image copy pre-existing conditions?

We had a situation that arose in-game that the rules were non-specific on. My players were forced to duel each other in an arena, and the Ranger hit the Sorcerer with ensnaring strike. Afterwards, ...
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How do I reward creative combat improvisation without making it overpowered?

I have a level five fighter who enjoys using the terrain as a weapon in a somewhat WWE style. I am at a loss as to how to go about adjusting the damage he does for the less than by-the-book actions. ...
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Does going outside of range or line of sight after casting a spell have any effect?

Does going outside the range of the spell or breaking line of sight between the caster and target break concentration or otherwise affect control over the spell? For example, a Heat Metal spell has a ...
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How is Timeless Body helpful? [closed]

What effects, if any, interact with the druid's timeless body class feature?
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Wild Magic Surge - What does “You cast …” mean for your spell slots?

In response to this question, I started to think about what it means when a Wild Magic Surge results in a "You cast spell-X". So, "specific beats general" gives: You can cast a second spell when ...
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How does concentration interact with spells cast via the Wild Magic Surge table?

I can't find any official ruling about this. I'll use the example of Fog Cloud on the Wild Magic Surge Table (PHB pg. 104) as an example. The Wild Magic entry reads: You cast fog cloud centered ...
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As a fighter human is it possible to have a pixie as a companion?

I am new to Dungeons and Dragons and was wondering if only certain races or classes are allowed to have certain companions. Looking through some options, I rather enjoyed the idea of having a pixie ...
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Would a caster's AoE spell hit the caster?

Our warlock was being assaulted by a few stirges, surrounding her. She cast Shatter around herself to defeat all of them. Does she get hit by her own spell?
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Can a wizard have more than one Alarm spell active at once?

Can a character have more than one Alarm spell active at a given time? There doesn't appear to be anything in the spell description to prevent it, and it's not a concentration spell. Is there some ...
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Does the elemental monk's Water Whip require a source of water?

The Way of the Four Elements monastic tradition includes the Water Whip discipline, which allows the monk to create a whip of water that shoves and pulls a creature to unbalance it. Does the monk ...
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Do magic items really cost at least as much to create as they do to purchase?

The table on page 129 of the DMG lists the costs to craft an item. Taking as an example a Common magic items, such as a level 1 spell scroll, the cost is listed as 100 gp. The crafter can only make ...
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Is it really this easy for a rogue to flank?

I've recently started DM-ing 5e for the first time. Rogue's sneak attack says that the sneak attack bonus damage is applied once per turn to a selected attack the Rogue has an advantage on. DMG, ...
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What is the spell attack bonus and spell save DC of a Thief using the Use Magic Device feature?

A 13th level Rogue with the Thief archetype has the following feature: Use Magic Device By 13th level, you have learned enough about the workings of magic that you can improvise the use of ...
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New Players Starting with a Remote DM

I've read quite a few questions and answers on here about having one or two remote members as well as a few about having the entire game remote. I have a related, but slightly different question. We ...
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Can a multiclass Wizard copy (and then use) a spell of a higher level than their Wizard level alone would permit? [duplicate]

The 5e rules for multiclassing (PHB p. 164) state that your spells known and prepared are based on your class level for each class, but your spell slots are based on your combined levels, which may ...
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Can a monk combine Martial Arts with Dual Wielding?

I want to get a clearer ruling of unarmed strike. The way I've read/imagined it is using any part of a humanoid creature's body to hit something else. Fists, kicks, elbows, knees, headbutts, whatever. ...
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Should the DM allow characters an equal opportunity to flee or avoid an encounter?

Last session I DMed, I killed a player's character. The party wanted to assassinate the main political figure in a town. To inspire general dislike, I made the political figure a racist thug. I run a ...
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What to do with the man of few words who can't seem to shut up? (quiet character, talkative player) [closed]

My character was conceived as a druid who is unusually calm, even in stressful situations (in fact he has the trait). He's supposed to have his own grand plans about protecting the balance between ...
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How can I convert poisons in the DMG to level appropriate class abilities?

I've just about finished up a Pharmacist class, which uses "recipes" instead of spells. (The recipes create short term use items) However, I'm stuck on one last step regarding the poisons. For the ...
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Can I bring my level 5 character [duplicate]

After my character finishes his level 5 experience in the D&D Starter set, can I bring him along on "regular" adventures or must he be abandoned and a new one created?
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What sort of cheat sheets should a new DM have for a better flowing 5e game of Dungeons and Dragons?

The question is, what should a DM screen essentially have? I'm new at playing and DMing, altough a lot of experience watching games, just got a group to play with now. Started with the starter set ...
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Does all adamantine gear deteriorate in sunlight?

Adamantine armour/weapons made by the drow are said to degrade if exposed to sunlight, but does this apply to gear crafted from adamantine by other races as well?
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Does a weapon with concentration spell enchantment require concentration from the user?

Does a weapon that is enchanted with the ability to cast a spell that is a concentration spell, require concentration from the user to maintain?
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Precedent for a custom bardic weapon/instrument

I am starting a campaign with a player who really wants to play a bard with a guitar-sword. That sounds awesome, so I totally want to let him do this. Are there other weapons that are also ...
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Is my monsters CR correct?

So I made a monster for D&D 5e. It's a multi-elemental elephant called the Elementalphant and its CR comes out to be about 8-9, but that kinda seems low. If I were to throw it against my party of ...
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Can Wizards, Tome Warlocks, and those with the Ritual Caster feat use spells from each other's books?

How compatible are the spellbook used a Wizard, the ritual book of a character with the Ritual Caster feat, and the Book of Shadows used by a Pact of the Tome Warlock with the Book of Ancient Secrets ...
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Are the “fine inks” a wizard needs to copy a spell the same as the “rare inks” a warlock needs to copy a ritual?

The Book of Ancient Secrets Eldritch Invocation says that a Warlock can add ritual spells to his book of Shadows, and that this requires 50 gp worth of rare inks per spell level. A wizard can copy ...