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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Ranger/Wizard multi class in D&D 5e

I am realtively new to D&D 5e and would like to have a Ranger class who can also cast some Wizard spells. It seems this is only possible if I multi class. What is the best way to implement such a ...
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Is a GM hiding rolls standard?

I haven't been playing D&D for too long, maybe a year, but the DM of the main campaign I'm in always hides his dice rolls. I don't have an issue with it, but when I play with another group the DM ...
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Character abandoning the party

I have recently started my first D&D game using 5th edition (I'm the DM). For our first few sessions everything worked fine. The players all had fun and their characters were all developing. ...
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D&D 5e PC Problem [on hold]

One of my PCs created a character that is a farmer, has the soldier background, and is a fighter. His back story is that his parents died and his been looking for their killer every since. The ...
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How can I give sufficient XP per session for 7 high-level PCs without encounters being a slog?

In the DMG it suggests that the DM levels players at a rate of about 3 sessions per level past about level 5 or 6. My players' characters are currently level 8 and there are 7 of them. That would ...
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Sightseeing in the Astral Plane

Over the next few sessions, my group are likely to find themselves in the Astral Plane in pursuit of the current BB. They will be level 4 when this happens. However, I'd like being in the Astral Sea/...
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What is the difference between bludgeoning and piercing damage? [duplicate]

Based off of this question, "What is the role of different damage types in D&D 5e?" That question dealt with the difference between types of damage such as fire, cold, and lightning, and what ...
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Support character for a primarily melee centric party to reduce resting time?

We have a party made up of a vengeance paladin, a moon druid, and an eldritch knight. What options are available for support characters specifically to help reduce the party's time spent resting? I'...
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What spells can familiars use?

I have a question regarding familiars gained through Find Familiar for non-Warlocks. Finally, when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast ...
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Is “Bowgentle's Fleeting Jorney” overpowered as a 5th-level spell?

Bowgentle's Book from “Pages From the Mages” makes a cameo in Lost Mine of Phandelver in the D&D 5th Edition Starter Set. If the characters ever find this book, it will contain a couple of unique ...
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How could you build a party to minimize the need for long rests? [on hold]

This is an extension of a previous question that comes in two parts, and is based on the following problem. I've personally been in multiple encounters where the module as written assumed that the ...
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Can the DM choose to always attack me instead of my mount?

I've been trying to work out the whole "Combat while mounted" thing in 5e. My biggest question is this, if I am up against a monster (or a few), does the DM roll to see if the monster will attack me ...
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What is the spellcasting modifier of a spell cast from a magic item?

I'm making some fun magical items and one of the effects is that it can cast a 2nd level spell, scorching ray, and the spell description says, "Make a ranged spell attack for each ray." But what if a ...
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Rulebook Requirements for Curse of Strahd

Do I need to own both the Dungeon Masters Guide & the Monster Manual in order to run Curse of Strahd? I currently only have the Players Handbook and the starter pack.
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Does piercing damage ignore Armor Class?

How exactly does piercing damage work against an enemy? Does it ignore AC? Or am I way off with my idea behind how the damage type works?
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Why does Intelligence seem so useless in 5e? [on hold]

Of the base stats, it seems that some are more generally useful than others. It's a common observation that Dexterity is more useful than Strength, as an example. However, the thing that's bugging me ...
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What determines monster proficiency for skills not listed in the Monster Manual?

For each creature in the Monster Manual, a few special cases are listed for skill checks if applicable. For every other skill check, how do you determine whether the monster has proficiency? (...
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How to allow cantrips to be changed

The wizard in my game has requested the ability to change out his cantrips similarly to his higher level spells. His justification is that every other wizard spell is memorizable, so having fixed ...
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Drow Charisma over Intelligence

The Player's Handbook says that Drow can use magic, which allows them to cast the cantrip Dancing Lights, as well as cast Faerie Fire at level three and Darkness at level five. It says that Charisma ...
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What do I do with a player who's always trying to go out on their own to farm XP?

This is my first time being a DM, and one of my players (the reason I became a DM), is constantly going out on their own, hunting or stealthing ahead of the group, to kill things before any one else ...
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How would magic effect mass warfare? [on hold]

In the campaign world of Forgotten Realms, how could mass warfare be conducted between city states? What magical options exist in 5th edition assuming the number of medium and high level NPCs is ...
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Does using material components in spells make D&D 5e more challenging?

In my campaigns we typically don't rely on material components, allowing casters to use any spells as long as they have the right spell slots available. My impression is that using components would be ...
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How much is 500 pounds of gems worth?

I am a player in a D&D 5e game with 4 other players and a Novice DM. We were 4th level characters at the time, hadn't been getting a lot of monetary reward for our dungeon crawling, and we've been ...
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What grade is required of gems used as spell material components?

Quite a few higher-level spells require x GP of gemstone or gemstone dust in order to cast -- I will not bother listing them here, as it'd just take up space in the question. However, the value of a ...
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Is the game unbalanced without inspiration?

In the 5e game I am playing in, we tend to ignore inspiration (we simply don't use it, it is never awarded). While inspiration is not an optional rule, the phb states the following (emphasis mine): ...
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How big is a 50 gp diamond?

The material requirement for the spell chromatic orb is a diamond worth at least 50 gp, but in the Dungeon Master's Guide a diamond is listed under the 500 gp gem list. How small would a diamond be ...
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Which Paladin's Sacred Oath does the most damage?

This is my first time playing a Paladin. He just reached Level 3 and I am torn between all the Sacred Oaths. They all seem to have their advantages and disadvantages. I use the Great Weapon fighting ...
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Rules for owning and training wolf

I'm fairly new to DMing and so is my group so we are all on a learning curve together. We're using D&D 5e Last week a fighter in our group tamed a wolf with Animal handling and then requested ...
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How does the Ready action work in D&D 5e?

So from reading the Players Handbook it seems that the Ready action is taken instead of any other action as it is an action in its own right. However can you move on the same turn that you ready an ...
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Can you move and act with the Ready action?

I am trying to understand the Find Familiar spell and its interaction with the Ready action. The PHB reads about Ready: First, you decide what perceivable circumstance will trigger your reaction. ...
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How might a dex Fighter multiclass to maximize AC and damage per round?

I have a level 6 TWF monster hunter in a Curse of Strahd campaign. Quick summary of monster hunter: it's a new fighter archetype (hence TWF), it gets superiority dice to use on attack/damage and a ...
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What makes a weapon magical, for the purpose of immunity to non-magical weapons?

I am planning on having an encounter with a monster that has immunity to basically any attack from a non-magical weapon. Now, my players mostly have weapons with magical qualities, but they are not ...
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What is the highest possible AC?

Assuming you are level 20, and have access to any magic item, how high can you get AC (permanently or for a set duration)? Constraints: Magic items are those on the tables in the D&D 5th ...
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How can I balance loot distribution for my players?

Im having a bit of trouble getting a general sense of what amount of loot my players should receive during their sessions. They are started as 3rd level, mostly new players to the DnD universe. I ...
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Can you move or speak while paralyzed?

I've seen in the rules for the Paralyzed condition that you can't move or speak while affected. Since it doesn't say "nor," I assume that you are either unable to speak or unable to move. So I wanted ...
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What are the movement restrictions caused by natural webs?

In relation to the monster ability web walker, in this case from a giant spider: Web Walker. The spider ignores movement restrictions caused by webbing. The only other mentions I can find of ...
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Varying Success When Casting Difficult Spells

I am trying to adapt D&D 5e to a Harry Potter setting,* basically creating an adventuring group of wizards.† For the most part, I've matched up Harry Potter magic with D&D schools and ...
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Is there a reason that there are no magic items that set charisma, wisdom or dexterity to 19?

The DMG provides the following stat-increase items: Gauntlet of Ogre Power (Strength) Headband of Intellect (Intelligence) Amulet of Health (Constitution) Each of those set a stat to "19" unless ...
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Can a bladesinger dual-wield?

I want to use two short swords but I am not sure if I can. It sounds like the Bladesong might end in the case of dual wielding: Starting at 2nd level, you can invoke a secret magic called the ...
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How does Spirit Guardians impact available movement for affected creatures?

For the spell Spirit Guardians, which has a 15' radius, An affected creature’s speed is halved in the area. If a creature with normal speed 30 entered the area after moving 15 feet, what is its ...
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How do I add an animal companion in Hero Lab for 5th Edition D&D?

My group is playing D&D 5E, and as DM I use Hero Lab to manage the character sheets because I find it easy to use (normally), and it can be used via tablets, which saves on ink and paper cost. ...
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Is there light inside a Bag of Holding?

My question is fairly simple: is there light inside a bag of holding? I'm asking this because I'm trying to do a passive run and I plan on storing unconscious enemies in the bag. I know that living ...
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Are Erinyes' Hellish Weapons poisonous in a PC's hands?

So the entry for Erinyes has the following: Hellish Weapons. The erinyes's weapon attacks are magical and deal an extra 13 (3d8) poison damage on a hit (included in the attacks). Then we ...
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How does Elemental Adept change the damage dice?

The Elemental Adept feat says that I can treat any 1 on the damage dice as a 2. Does that meant that, if I've chosen fire, when casting the Fire Bolt cantrip I can roll 2d20 instead of 1d10?
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Without home brew, are there ways of carrying illusions?

I'm playing an illusionist wizard that is going to be level 11 soon. As the ability of a level 6 illusionist wizard states: Malleable Illusions: Starting at 6th level, when you cast an illusion ...
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How do I upgrade older D&D adventures to 5th edition?

Before I get into the details I just want to mention that I'm working in a remote area right now and don't have access to the 5e Starter Set, just the downloadable PDFs. I'm looking for advice on how ...
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Can a Minor Illusion be placed around someone's eyes to blind them? [duplicate]

Wizard A wants to cast Minor Illusion on Target B, specifying black discs in front of the eyes. Does it work? In other words, are status effects something Minor Illusion can inflict?
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Is skill retraining a legal option in 5th edition D&D?

When a similar question was asked on this site, I interpreted the original phrasing of the question as a question regarding the retraining of skills, rather than the retraining of classes / class ...
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Can Magic Mouth be used to speak the verbal component of a spell?

Could a wizard use the magic mouth ritual on an item, telling it to repeat the Verbal Component of a specific spell when the wizard touches said item, thus allowing a wizard to cast a Verbal spell ...