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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What does being “Inured to Undeath” involve?

Inured to Undeath Beginning at 10th level, you have resistance to necrotic damage, and your hit point maximum can't be reduced. You have spent so much time dealing with undead and the ...
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Can True Polymorph be used to create magic items?

The True Polymorph spell allows you to turn a creature into an object and if you concentrate on it for 1 hour it becomes permanent. The relevant text follows: Choose one creature or non-magical ...
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Can you interpose an Action Surge Dash between two attacks?

If a fighter has Extra Attack giving them two attacks, and they want to use one attack on one creature, and the next attack on a different creature that is farther than they can move using their ...
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Dislike how players accurately place fireball spell aoe. Is there an alternative?

I'm running 5e on a grid with minis. The one thing that I hate is when a sorcerer or wizards casts a fireball that perfectly hits enemies in the aoe. The player counts the squares on the grid to ...
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What overpowered combinations would be available if I allow a bonus action to be used in place of a standard action?

It has come up in game a couple of times that a player might want to cast a spell that has a casting time of 1 bonus action using their "main" action (if they have another bonus action they also want ...
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Dragon character with non dragon group?

I'm looking for dragon as a player character that doesn't destroy the game -- if it is too powerful for the players who don't play dragons it is not a desirable choice. I would like to play a ...
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Are the beast shape weapon attacks of a Druid, simple or finesse?

Are the beast shape weapon attacks of a Druid, simple or finesse ... especially in conjunction with Monk multiclassing
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Does a bard have to play a musical instrument when using it as a spellcasting focus?

At my table I have ruled that 'to use as a spellcasting focus' does not imply 'to play'; since the sorcerer can simply point a wand, it seems like an undue burden that the bard should have to use both ...
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Is a druid in wild shape actually a beast?

Is a druid in wild shape actually a beast? e.g. would the Speak with Animals work to communicate with the druid? You gain the ability to comprehend and verbally communicate with beasts for the ...
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What happens when you target dispel magic over a summoned creature?

Regarding spells that summon more than one creature, like conjure animals, conjure woodland beings, etc. What happens when you cast dispel magic on one of the summoned creatures? Does the whole spell ...
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What is the best website for 5e homebrew S? [on hold]

I've been relying heavily on www.dandwiki.com for my homebrews. But many of them are unreliable. Has someone made a reliable set? Specifically for D&D 5e?
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What are the effects of a Warlock's Repelling Blast when pushing the target?

If a Warlock's repelling blast evocation hits a target, what are the effects if: There is a wall 5' behind the target? There is another creature directly behind the target? There is another creature ...
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How many undead of each type can you control at one time?

With a 20 wizard necromancer, all magic items allowed (with the exception of sentient items) with the three attuned as usual, by RAW: How many undead can you maintain control over with a 100% success ...
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What predicates a being having their own afterlife realm in Forgotten Realms?

In D&D 5th edition's Forgotten Realms setting followers of gods are sentenced by Kelemvor and his servants to go to their god's realm after death (unless possibly they made a pact with a devil or ...
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What happens when my dead wizard decides to planeshift out of the afterlife?

So, I know that if my High Elf Wizard dies he goes to the chaotic-good afterlife plane or whatever. That's clear. He leaves a body behind, and gets a brand-new afterlife body in the chaotic good ...
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Need help on building a blade mage [on hold]

I am very new to DnD and I am looking to build a character who is able both use magic in one hand and swing a sword in the other. Looking around a close fit is the bladelock but it seems like a lot of ...
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What would happen if you opened a Bag of Holding underwater?

I'm in a naval campaign where some of the game could take place underwater, and I could reasonably acquire a Bag of Holding soon, so it would be nice to know before I try to grab an item underwater ...
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Warding Bond on Self through a Find Steed mount

Could I, as a paladin mounted on a mount summoned as per the Find Steed spell, cast Warding Bond so that I am granted the +1 to AC & Saving Throws and so that I get the resistance to damage and ...
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Can a dhampir be chaotic good? [on hold]

I had a discussion with a player about the alignments, and my player said she wanted to play the homebrewed 5e dhampir as chaotic good vs. chaotic neutral. The reason she cited came from ...
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Can a portable hole be used on a shield?

If I fixed a portable hole on the front of a large flat shield, looking at the front of the shield, I would see a a 5 foot deep hole. BUT, looking at the shield from behind, would there also be a ...
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Are there any official adventures supposed to be ending on level 20?

I have looked up a lot of adventures now and the highest average was to be supposed to let the adventurers finish it at level 15. Are there any official published adventures supposing the PC's to get ...
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How much does Heavy Mariner's Armor weigh?

One of my players got some heavy Mariner's Armor (DMG 181) last session. We're playing in a game where encumbrance is tracked periodically, and since she ended up with a "heavy" variety I think that's ...
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How to determine what the stats of a specific deity should be?

When reading in the DMG about the Nine Hells, I got curious what Asmodeus' powers actually might be. I was assuming I would find this in the MM, but I couldn't find even a hint. The section about the ...
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Does Insect Plague damage the caster if they're in the area of effect?

My wizard recently acquired a Staff of Swarming Insects, and I used its Insect Plague spell for the first time. I cast it with the resulting sphere of locusts centered around my character, essentially ...
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Is this Ranger/Cleric/Fighter/Rune Scribe build balanced? [on hold]

So I have a friend who is planning on building a Dwarf who will start as a ranger and level up to level 3 in that class then switch over to multiclass into a cleric for only 2 two levels, after that ...
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Does forced movement, as in Thunderwave, necessarily break a grapple?

Consider the situation with three characters: Gary the Grappler, Casey the Caster, and Victor the Victim. Gary has Victor grappled. Suddenly, Casey shows up to help Victor escape. He isn't strong ...
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How to deal with players that wants their characters to do automatic perception, stealth and searching for traps/secret doors? [duplicate]

Every time my players are exploring a dungeon, they want their characters to do perception checks for monsters, perception checks for traps and/or secret passages while being on stealth mode, all at ...
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D&D stats of the T-1000 (Terminator 2 movie) [on hold]

This is just my personal curiosity, but what would be the T-1000's stats in D&D 5e terms? Based on what is seen in the movie, of course. Suppose that the T-1000 is a monster, described in the ...
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Can I cast a no-concentration spell while concentrating on another?

Is it possible, while concentrating on one spell, to cast a different spell or cantrip that do not require concentration without losing that concentration?
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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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What are the limits of the spell Mending?

Background: One of my players is a Cleric who knows Mending. They've used it in various inventive ways, which is good. But it also gets used to easily circumvent various problems I've tried to throw ...
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How are Paladins made? [closed]

I'm trying to construct a D&D 5e dragonborn paladin character for my first game, and what I'm struggling to work into my character's backstory is: how did he become a paladin? Like, how does ...
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How Do Grapplers Stand If Prone?

It's clear how a creature both grappled and prone can stand - they can't. But what about the one doing the grapple? Assuming both grappler (speed of 60 feet) and grappled are prone*, how does the ...
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What feat should I take as a bard (lore) at 4th level? [on hold]

I am not going to multiclass, so I was considering sharpshooter for the +10 damage and range ability, and then maybe pick up swift quiver later on. Should I focus on defense or spellcasting instead? ...
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Is there anything preventing a Lawful Evil Paladin?

The concept With the vanishing of alignment restrictions on Paladins in 5e, I have been toying with the idea of a (PC or NPC) Lawful Evil Paladin. My particular image is of a Noble background ...
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How does shield bashing work?

I've looked in the DMG and the PHB, but have only found ancillary uses of the shield. The Shield Master feat (PHB, p.170) gives you neat perks, but doesn't act as a weapon (beyond the bonus shove ...
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Can you wait to add optional damage dice (such as Divine Smite) until after seeing if the roll is a critical?

Certain damage kickers are put into effect at the attacker's option after it is determined that an attack is a hit. Examples include: The Divine Smite of paladins and of several cleric domains The ...
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Can I circle around an opponent and avoid opportunity attacks?

I have had trouble finding this information in the PHB. If as a fighter I stand on one side of an enemy, can I move to the other side of him as long as I stay in reach so that I don't provoke an ...
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From which stat (Cha or Wis) should I derive empathy as capacity to understand others?

Which would you choose, Charisma or Wisdom as a stat source for deriving empathy (as a characteristic that defines character's empathy for other beings)? I'm having a dilemma here because both could ...
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Can a paladin use his Divine Smite/Improved Divine Smite when using the Tentacle Rod?

Divine Smite can be used when the player makes a successful melee attack and at level 11 improved divine smite automatically adds 1d8 damage to all melee attacks. When wielding the tentacle rod you ...
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How many Critical Hits for Assassinate? [duplicate]

I am currently Playing a Monk 8/ Rogue 4 The Rogue is an Assassin. pg97 of the PHB says that for assassinate the move In addition, any hit you score against a creature that is surprised is a ...
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Can surprise be granted by another skill than Dexterity (Stealth)?

As a DM, I'm wondering if allowing a group to use social skills instead of stealth in some situations would still be within the rules or fall under the house rules category. I have in mind a group of ...
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Can I have multiple sanctuaries with Word of Recall?

I read the spell and it doesn't seem to be limited by number of sanctuaries — rather only that it is a place dedicated to my chosen deity. You and up to five willing creatures within 5 feet of you ...
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Questions on Dragontooth Dagger from Rise of Tiamat [on hold]

I recently completed The Rise of Tiamat hardcover adventure and acquired the Dragontooth Dagger. Here is the description (RoT p 93): Dragontooth Dagger. Weapon, rare. A dagger fashioned from the ...
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Can I put something wider than 2 feet into a Bag of Holding (such as a humanoid)?

The bag of holding is a wonderful item. It can hold a lot of stuff. But it cannot exceed a volume of 64 cubic feet and 500 pounds as well as a 2 feet diameter mouth. Can I put anything inside the ...
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How does extra damage work for critical hits?

I'm a bit confused on how extra damage works for critical hits. Let's take the following example: A thief with sneak attack rolls a crit. I'm under the impression he rolls double his normal attack ...
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How can tome warlocks “back up” ritual spells they have inscribed?

PHB hints that wizards may want to have a backup copy of their spellbook in case they lose it. Tome warlocks have a way to restore their Book of Shadows should they lose it, but it's not clear if ...
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Is Giving Players 90 Points in 5e in a 1-1 Point Buy OP compared to 84 points in the same buy system in 3.5e? [on hold]

Just staring 5e, did 3.5 for a long time. The question is - is 90 points for a starting character, in a 1-1 buy system in 5e too OP compared to 84 in 3.5e in the same buy system? Thanks!
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What is an ability check without a DC called?

Sometimes the DM will want players to perform an ability check and not set a DC. They will instead use the result of the roll to give a sliding scale of success. Example: Two players are asked to ...
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Is this a balanced dhampir PC race for Curse of Strahd?

As a new DM to D&D, one of my players came up to me and said, "I want to play a vampire." Alarm bells went off from the research I did. However, skipping past the whole vampires being a disaster ...