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 make independent spell-effect choices for a Twinned spell?

Polymorph can be used on willing and unwilling targets, the unwilling have a Wisdom save to avoid the effects. Twin spell creates a second instance of the same spell on 2 viable targets within range. ...
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Can Minor Illusion look like a creature, or look like me?

Consider the use of Minor Illusion to distract an enemy and perhaps gain advantage during combat. Suppose a small character hides somewhere, then casts an illusion elsewhere. So far so good. (Minor ...
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Can you make a grapple attack as an Attack of Opportunity

This came up in a game I was in the other day, so I'm curious as to know what people think. A gnome was attempting to flee past us up the stairs and I declared that I'd like to try and stop him, by ...
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Does Hex disadvantage apply to the next concentration spell?

I am trying to build a Warlock and see how I can optimize the hex spell and this question came up: will the disadvantage from the hex spell apply to the next concentration spell when I cast it? Or ...
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Does magic armor resize with wild shape?

If my level 5 druid with +1 hide armor wild shapes into a brown bear, does his armor resize to fit the new form? In the PHB for druid wild shape it says: You choose whether your equipment falls ...
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Warlock Expanded Spell List

Expanded Spell List The Fiend lets you choose from an expanded list of spells when you learn a warlock spell. The following spells are added to the warlock spell list for you. Should this mean, ...
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What happened to the Permanency spell?

As the title asks, I'm curious about why the permanency spell isn't in 5e. It's not in the PHB, DMG, or any forum page on the interwebs. It's been incorporated into various spells like True Polymorph ...
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How much movement does a monk need to run up and stand on top of a 50-foot wall?

Whilst perusing the 5e PHB for the first time, I came across the Monk. And just like every other class, after I finished reading all of the Monk Features, I thought to myself WOW This class is ...
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How do plate armor and swim speeds interact?

If a PC has plate armor, Str 19, and dons a Cloak of the Manta Ray, can they swim 60 ft. as the DMG says (p. 159), or do they suffer penalties for swimming in heavy armor even with a magically-granted ...
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Do creatures that are hit with poison attacks (or take poison damage) become Poisoned?

Appendix: POISONED: A poisoned creature has disadvantage on attack rolls and ability checks. Would this condition ever be applied to a creature that's stung by giant scorpion's tail-sting ...
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Is a Pike a Long Spear?

I am currently making a Tempest Cleric of Talos in 5th Edition D&D. While researching Talos on the Forgotten Realms Wikia, I read that his favored weapon is a lightning bolt and in a parenthetical ...
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Optimal Dragonborn Warlock for DPR/AC with Blade pact and Fiend patron

How can I get the highest Damage-Per-Round (both melee and ranged using pact weapon and Eldritch Blast) and AC possible (with DPR being more important than AC) with a Dragonborn Warlock taking the ...
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How to calculate Attack Bonus as a 5th Level Monk

Starting out at 5th level, and I am not sure how to calculate attack bonus. The reason I have this question is because with the Martial Arts feat(?) it says that I would use DEX instead of STR for ...
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Does using a climbing speed prevent casting spells with somatic components?

I've been using Spiderclimb occasionally in my escapades to climb onto walls and ceilings and cast spells from a safe position. It never really occurred to me until just now of how that looks or ...
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What happens to armor when you transform into a werebear?

I have a medium sized PC who is wearing plate armor. If he turns into a werebear, what happens to the armor? The MM states that any equipment it is carrying isn't transformed. Since the medium sized ...
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What happens if you Twin Spell a spell that requires concentration?

Can your character maintain concentration on two spells? If concentration is broken, do both spells fall, or are separate checks made on each?
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Can you use the D&D 5e player's handbook in a 3.5e game?

I'm new to D&D so I got the 5e player's handbook, my friend and his pals only play 3.5 e. Can I use my book and player sheet to play in their game?
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Does climbing during combat consume your Action?

During combat a player of mine wanted to climb an easily scaled 10' rock wall. Normally climbing requires extra Movement costs, and I called for a DC 10 Strength (Athletics) check to make the climb ...
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Does Warlock combat just equal Eldritch Blast spam?

Been looking over the warlock because I thought it would be cool to make a spellcaster that can also mix it up in melee combat. After all how awesome isn't it to conjure up a magical weapon and start ...
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How can I stop a PC from getting teleported by BBEG? [on hold]

An evil god wants to teleport the party to his realm to get killed. Fortunately, the PCs go to the Imperial Religious Sect just before the BBEG decides to act. I was just wondering what spell the high ...
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Can my 5th-level monk use Flurry of Blows on both attacks?

My level 5 monk attacks with 1-hand spear 1d6+DEX/Prof 2×/round. Flurry of Blows (FoB) description states: "Immediately after you take the Attack action..." If there are two Attacks, are there ...
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My novice players slaughtered some NPCs out of hand. Do I write this off as a learning mistake or show them the consequences of actions?

I have two roleplaying newbies in a 5th edition D&D campaign. I started them at level 1 to prepare them for joining some more experienced players for a level-4 campaign in the near future. The ...
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Can I use a bonus action before my action?

In D&D 5e can I use my bonus action before my action? For example if I wanted to cast Ensnaring Strike before my action to benefit from the bonus immediately. Is this OK, or is a bonus action ...
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When casting a spell with War Caster feat reaction does it use up a spell slot?

War Caster When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature rather than making an opportunity attack. ...
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How do you choose Spells Known when creating a new character above 1st level?

It's not clear to me how to choose Spells Known when creating a new character at a higher level. Let's take the Bard as a working example first: Bard level 2: Spells Known: 5 Slots per Spell ...
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Does Armor affect magic casting in Dnd 5e?

I am currently using a wizard and I was wondering if I decided to take a feat that would allow me to use heavier than light armor if that would affect my magic casting. I thought I read something ...
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How do I calculate DPR for spellcasters?

The title says it all: it's fairly simple to get a melee/ranged attacker's DPR with the formula but what about Spellcasters? I'm trying to gauge an NPC antagonist spellcaster's Offensive Challenge ...
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Does the half orc's Reckless Attack work when wild shaped?

Does the half orc Reckless Attack work in beast form? I have a plan for a half orc Paladin/Druid build, but I want to make sure this aspect of the build works before I play the character.
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Does Wind Soul (Storm Sorcerer) stack with the Mobile feat?

The Storm Sorcerous Origin (from Unearthed Arcana) includes the following feature: Wind Soul At 18th level, you gain a flying speed of 60 feet... The Mobile feat (PHB, pg 168) includes the ...
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Does Smite work while wild-shaped?

Does Smite work in beast form? I have a plan for a half orc Paladin/Druid build, but I want to make sure this aspect of the build works before I play the character.
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What Paladin fighting styles are usable while wild shaped?

What fighting style, if any, can I choose from Paladin 2 that will help in beast form? I have a plan for a half orc Paladin/Druid build, but I want to make sure this aspect of the build works before I ...
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What is Armor Class used for?

I have never understood or found any answer to how to use your AC. Is it something the GM have to keep in mind all the time to reduce or add damage to specific players based on how high their AC is, ...
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Do I empower a spell after or before I cast it?

I wanted to know if I (as a sorcerer with empower spell metamagic) have to say that I'm empowering a spell before I cast it, or can I see the damage roll and then say I'm empowering it?
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Rogue with Mirror Image up and Sentinel feat

If I'm playing a Rogue with the Mirror Image spell and possess the Sentinel feat, do I get an opportunity attack if an enemy attacks me in melee but hits a mirror image instead? Would this trigger a ...
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When turning undead in close confines, what do trapped undead do?

Turn Undead says the creatures turned must run away from you. But it also says they can't willingly move to a space within 30 feet of you. If I am in a small zombie-infested room, and there's a door ...
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Does an Action Surge grant a second bonus action?

We were trying to understand how the "Action Surge" rule works, and after some discussion we came to a standstill. Starting at 2nd level, you can push yourself beyond your normal limits for a ...
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Can an undead character use a paladin's turn undead ability?

I'm planning a NPC for a campaign I'm getting ready to run. The NPC is a paladin who was killed and returned as a revenant. Within the revenant description they mention that some revenants can keep ...
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Rise of Tiamat - Final Battle [Major Spoilers]

Similar to the Rise of Tiamat - Dragon assets [Major spoilers] question, there appears to be a big lack of guidance regarding the final battle In Episode 1 p23, it says: However, without repeating ...
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How to scale down Princes of the Apocalypse for a 3-adventurer party?

I recently just finished DMing Lost Mines of Phandelver with a 3 player party and it went great. Just removed a couple of enemies here and there and it was smooth. I ordered PotA and have started ...
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How have the rules of D&D 5e been modified for the Adventure Zone podcast?

I listen to the popular podcast The Adventure Zone, which consists of a D&D (5th Edition) campaign played by the McElroy brothers from My Brother, My Brother, and Me, and their father, but I have ...
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Is there a current, 5e equivalent of Dungeon Magazine? [closed]

So, Dungeon got discontinued years ago, and it looks like D&D Insider isn't going to carry Dungeon style content. Is there, or will there be, anything similar, in terms of professionally written ...
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How does Empowered Evocation work with Magic Missile?

Empowered Evocation (PHB 177) reads: Beginning at 10th level, you can add your Intelligence modifier to the damage roll of any wizard evocation spell you cast I have an evoker with a 16 ...
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How should I go about stabbing my friend in the back? [closed]

I'll let that title sit there for a second while I explain my situation. So, first off - recently the DM let slip that his current campaign is loosely based on the Star Wars trilogy (which one ...
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Consequences of a Tumble and Overrun

Page 272 of the DMG states: Overrun When a creature tries to move through a hostile creature's space, the mover can try to force its way through by overrunning the hostile creature ...
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How to determine initiative for a summoned creature entering an ongoing combat?

Lets consider that a creature is summoned during an ongoing fight: Does it roll initiative normally? Does it have to wait a whole round to act? Can it act before other creatures (assuming it's got ...
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Do Armour of Agathys and Mirror Image stack?

I'm making a passive warlock tank. The idea being that I cast Armour of Agathys for the temporary hit points and the Mirror Image to keep me alive longer. It will be a solo NPC opponent for a 5/6 PC ...
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Can a sprite (warlock's familiar) use help action and stay invisible?

According to DnD 5th edition Player's Handbook (page 192, help action in combat)(bolding made by me): You can aid a friendly creature in attacking a creature within 5 feet of you. You feint, ...
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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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How does Hazirawn work in Hoard of the Dragon Queen? [Spoilers]

NOTE: This question contains spoilers regarding Hoard of the Dragon Queen! I'm about to finish up running a playthrough of Hoard of the Dragon Queen. One of my player's characters prefers ...
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Can a Half-Elf reach Charisma 22 naturally?

This question isn't just about Half Elves specifically, but playing as a Half Elf Bard this came to mind. I know that when you reach levels, such as level 4, that you cannot raise an ability score ...