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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How to kill PC without hard feelings

Reading this Question, the accepted advice for killing a player is to talk to them first. My campaign is run in a Game of Thrones style setting, the good and honorable die doing what is right, ...
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How do you calculate your character's Maximum Hit Points in D&D 5th Edition?

I am very new to table top games. I have recently started playing D&D 5th Edition with a good group of people and we have a great DM. I have also purchased the 5th edition players handbook. Half ...
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Close-quarters spellcaster – Not a gish

I’m looking to make a character whose focus is on the use of spellcasting in close quarters. This might take the form of damage waves that are centered on his location, auras that buff nearby ...
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How do some of the Hunter Abilities interact with Extra Attack for Rangers?

While there's several feats that could also interact with the following, I don't want this to become a ramble, so I'll stick to specifically how the Ranger and Hunter specialisation abilities interact ...
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Can a monk using Open Hand Technique knock any size category of creature prone?

The D&D 5e Player's Handbook states: Open Hand Technique Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you can manipulate your enemy’s ki when you harness your own. Whenever you ...
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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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Are spent spell slots maintained when True Polymorphing between two spellcasting forms?

True polymorph is a spell that allows you to take any form you want and it states that the targets game statistics are replaced by the new form statistics including also its mental ability scores. By ...
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Can I cast darkness on an object, then turn it off and on during a round of combat?

I'm playing as a shadow monk in my 5e game. I have the same question about darkness that I have seen. What is the usefulness? However, as I was reading it, I noticed that it can be cast on an object ...
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Are there errors in the save bonus values within the stat blocks of some 5e monster Manual stat blocks (e.g. Dracoliches)?

Are the save bonuses of some monsters in the Monster Manual (5E) miscalculated? Looking at the dracolich (pg 84) for example, I see that it's save bonuses seem to be calculated as ability bonus +5. ...
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Paladin Smite Spells and the Steed: Can either or both trigger the damage?

Short question How does the family of Smite spells work when a Paladin is mounted on a Paladin's Steed that was summoned by Find Steed spell? Steed and Paladin share the effects of some spells. ...
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Why are curative spells referred to as necromancy?

Isn't magic that heals wounds, cures disease and brings someone back to life the opposite of D&D's typical definition of Necromancy?
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Are there any documented rules about owning vanity pets in D&D?

I'd like to start by saying that I'm playing 5E, and with that, my question is whether there's has ever been in D&D in general (1E-5E) a ruleset for dealing with the idea of having Vanity Pets. ...
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Does multiattack count as one “action” that does individual attacks, or is one attack that does several damages at once?

When a monster multiattacks, do you roll to hit for each piece of the multiattack, or just one roll to hit with all of the pieces? If a rogue uses Uncanny Dodge, would they take half damage of the ...
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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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Will Team Martial have trouble with encounters?

I am starting a campaign and I need some help. Will a party of a Paladin and two Archer/Rangers work well, or will they have trouble with encounters of appropriate challenge rating? Major Concerns: ...
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What must I prepare for attending my first Encounters session?

I'm going to attend my first Encounters session next week at Dark Sphere in London. What can I expect? I understand it's episodic and it will be midway through a story. Are things wrapped up in each ...
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Can you witch bolt the bad guy you're grappling?

If you have a Warlock that has the Warcaster feat, could you grapple the enemy, then Witch Bolt it the next round? You only need one free hand to cast with Warcaster, and only one free hand to ...
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Can my familiar use the bonus attack from two-weapon fighting to make its own attack?

Two weapon fighting: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light melee weapon ...
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Why does the experience-to-next-level not change between some levels?

At every level from 1st to 11th, the experience needed to reach the next level (from the current level) increases every level. However, this pattern gets broken for most of the later levels: Going ...
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Optimal Blade Pact Warlock with Fiend Patron for DPR/AC without Multiclassing

This great question contains a guide on how to best build an amazing melee Warlock. However, it depends on Multiclassing, which is not allow in the campaign I plan to play in. The requirements are: ...
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Does a character have a penalty attacking an attached Stirge?

A Stirge attacks and on hit it attaches to the body of the adventurer and start draining blood. This "attached" or "have attached" status is not a regular condition, but in the monster description is ...
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5E Trap/Ambush/Stealth Mechanics VS Passive Perception Confusion

I thought I knew, at first, how passive perception versus hidden/invisible creatures and/or well laid traps worked. I have a group of level 2 adventurers that are about to come upon their first trap ...
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Pact of the Blade - Restructuring Magical Weapons?

I don't have the exact text with me at the moment (lent my PHB to a friend so he could finish creating his character), but I'm going to be running a Fey Warlock for an upcoming campaign. I remember ...
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20 foot square versus a 20 foot circle on a battle mat

A druid in my game used the Entangle spell, and it was pretty easy to know how a 20' square rendered on a battle mat with a 5' spacing grid. Now he also knows Spike Growth... The Spike Growth effect ...
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How to deal with moderately armoured and shielded casters?

Background I am DMing Princes of the Apocalypse for 5e. My past campaigns (mostly 3.5 and 4e) were always quite challenging and tough, my players got quite paranoid, and understandably so. At level ...
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Does a caster under the effect of a True Polymorph spell retain their class levels?

The true Polymorph spell specifies that: The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of its new form ... The creature is limited in the actions it ...
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How to use, and not to overuse, Insight skill checks?

I've recently begun DMing a 5th edition D&D campaign after a long time of quiescence as Dungeon Master. I really like this new take on D&D, but still, soon a problem has resurfaced, that is: ...
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When do you add the proficiency bonus?

I am very new to DND, but I cannot seem to find when to add the proficiency bonus. From what I can tell from the character sheet, there is a proficiency bonus for a specific task, and another (on top ...
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Is there such a thing as a Magically Animated Coin Monster?

In today's session of the D&D 5e campaign I'm participating in, our party had to fight what was essentially a anthromorphic, magically animated, pile of gold coins with a weakness to fire (it was ...
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Scaling a game for a large group

I have read this Question and while it gave helpful advice it is not the problem I am having. I have 6 players and an observer. They understand they need to have their turns sorted in combat and ...
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Stealthing and hiding

So I've been DMing a 5e game lvl 1-3 so far. And I have a question about stealth for my rogue. My player has been hiding behind/stealthing behind another PC. So this is what usually happens. PCs ...
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How flexible is Pact of the Blade? [duplicate]

Warlock, 3rd level boon: You can use your action to create a pact weapon in your empty hand. You can choose the form that this melee weapon takes each time you create it. Same section, a bit ...
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Counterspelling a counterspell

My party went up against two wizards. Wizard NPC 1 cast a spell, and Wizard PC used their reaction to Counterspell to try to block it. Wizard NPC 2 counterspelled Wizard PC. I have two questions about ...
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Can a Paladin and Cleric get married?

I roleplay a Paladin of Bahamut and there's a Cleric of Selune in my party as well who over time my Paladin has become attracted to. The idea of marriage certainly exists as I've met husbands and ...
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How do you decide when a paladin has fallen from grace in DnD 5e?

There does not seem to be a clear-cut way to determine when a paladin's actions have become egregious enough to justify them breaking their oath. Do a lot of minor slights eventually add up and cause ...
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How much damage does Great Weapon Fighting add on average?

The Great Weapon Fighting Fighting style states the following: When you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack you make with a melee weapon that you are wielding with two hands, you can ...
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Can a pan flute be played one-handed?

I've been through the PHB and DMG and not been able to find any specific rules for this. Clearly the string instruments must be played two-handed, but I don't see why my bard couldn't be playing the ...
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Does Elemental Adept pierce immunity?

The Elemental Adept feat causes a single damage type pierce any resistance to that type. Does this effect spread to immunity as well? For instance, if I cast Fireball on a Fire Elemental, would it ...
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Best DPR Monk build at 5th level

Please help me build the best DPR monk at 5th level. Point buy stats, human and half elf are the only racial options. Mono-class monk, no dips into other classes.
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Shadows and Critical Hits

I had a situation come up in the last session I ran (four times, no less). When a Shadow lands a critical hit, is the strength damage dice also multiplied? At the time I ruled no, but that had more ...
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Does a druid have to prepare new spells all at once or can he prepare some spells later?

When a druid prepares his spells he spends 1 minute per spell level, and to change the list he needs a long rest. If the druid can prepare at least 6 spells, but he only prepares 4 of them after a ...
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What type of damage is Sneak Attack in D&D 5e?

I have a Barbarian in my party who will be fighting versus Sneak Attack damage. The Spy from page 349 of the MM to be precise. When he rages he takes half damage from piercing, slashing and ...
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Is Bahamut the same as Paladine?

So, the DMG confirms that Takhisis and Tiamat are the same. Under the Dragon Orb description in the DMG: The dragon essence within the orb might want many things: the annihilation of a ...
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How to accurately calculate party level for combat once they have magical items?

I'm a fan of giving my characters magical items. In the past though, I've found that magical items start making combat trivial until I started adding extra enemies just to make it more difficult. I'm ...
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What good is Friends?

I've been looking at the Friends cantrip, and the more I think about it the less useful it appears. It appears to be self-defeating: you can gain advantage in a conversation, but they'll know you ...
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Can I make a worthwhile one-handed paladin?

I would really like my pally to use just ONE weapon, and wield nothing in their other hand (or at least appear to do so), but I don't really see any thing that makes it beneficial at all. Using 2 ...
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Does an aarakocra's talons attack use Strength or Dexterity?

Do Aarakocra talons use STR or DEX for attack and damage? I’ve checked Monster Manual p.12 to have some clues and the higher stat for Aarakocra monster is Dex and damage is based on dex (+2) the ...
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What does Assassinate mean by “surprised”, and can it be used multiple times?

I need some elaboration on what is covered by "surprised". The Assassin Rogue’s special feature “Assassinate” states: …In addition, if you (...) hit a creature that is surprised, you score a ...
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What should happen when a player does not follow his class at all? (i.e. plays his role badly)

I have a player who created a Druid and is mostly playing like a barbarian in combat and like a rogue the rest of the time. This means he kills animals, does not care for plants, does not use his ...