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 constitutes an object when using teleport?

There doesn't seem to be a weight limit on teleport anymore but, for the purposes of looting a dungeon, what is an object? I can see how you can fill a chest and then teleport the chest and its ...
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What's the rate of maturity for gnomes?

I'm trying to create a gnome character. The 5e player handbook states that gnomes can live to 350-400 years, and I columbused a Wikipedia article that states gnomes start school at age 30. But what ...
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How far away can dropped or disarmed weapons be kicked?

When you interact with an object, kicking away a dropped or disarmed weapon should be an obvious choice, landing somewhere between 'pick up a dropped axe' and 'kick a small stone,' however, there are ...
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Can a readied spell be Counterspelled after it is cast, but before the trigger occurs?

Based on this question, can you Counterspell a readied spell after the turn the original spell is cast as normal, but before the trigger occurs, while you hold its energy using your concentration? ...
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How do spell-casting monsters prepare and recover their spells?

For example. a Spirit Naga is a "10th level spellcaster", and "has the following wizard spells prepared". The text explains that the DM may substitute other spells for the ones given, but it is not ...
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How does fire work in D&D?

So my brother and his friend got the D&D starter set and wanted me to DM for them and their friends for the first time. With only an hour to learn the rules, it was hectic and chaotic. We probably ...
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Does a critical hit from an expanded crit range always hit regardless of AC?

This question is in respect to the Champion's increased critical hit range. On a roll of 18 or 19 (when this class feature becomes available), is the attack automatically a hit as it would be with a ...
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Does the Frightened effect of Dreadful Aspect mean the target is afraid of everyone or just the Paladin?

In a game I'm DMing, the party was in combat with a bugbear. The Oathbreaker Paladin used Dreadful Aspect and the bugbear became Frightened. The Oathbreaker was in sight at all times. In the next ...
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What do Superiority Dice represent in-universe?

Fighters have a lot of abilities that are "believable" -- that is, they can represent something that could be a real-world equivalent that is mundane and non-magical. For example, "Second Wind" is a ...
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Can Dispel magic be used on a readied spell before the trigger occurs?

NOTE: this does not refer to the case of readying a Dispel magic to stop a spell from being cast as in this question, but rather using Dispel magic to stop a readied spell from being cast. While ...
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Can a readied action be disrupted?

If I ready an attack can it be disrupted or stopped in any way? What if someone else attacks or grapples me before the trigger? For example, if three party members have initiative before the bard and ...
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For the purpose of “A Druid does not wear Metal Armor”, is a metal helmet considered a metal armor?

There does not seem to be much about helmets as far as armor class or items PCs can purchase. However, once in a while the adventurers will stumble on a really nice helmet, possibly magical... and the ...
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What conditions prevent a caster from using Somatic spells?

The text from Somatic reads that the caster must have a hand free to gesture with when they cast a spell with a somatic component. None of the conditions such as restrained or grappled seem to ...
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Are there deliberate bridges between Princes of the Apocalypse, Out of the Abyss, and Curse of Strahd?

I have a party of 4 level 3 adventurers from a currently running D&D 5e campaign (Forgotten Realms but very sandboxy homebrew pirate adventures - they are all pirates or related professions e.g. ...
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Can the Pushing Attack Maneuver push someone upwards?

The Battle Master's Pushing Attack can push the target up to 15 ft away from the user if the target fails their save. Ordinarily, this would mean the target is driven back 15 feet away on the ground, ...
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How can I stop characters getting stuck in the corridor?

Imagine this situation, which has happened enough times now that I'm looking for a solution: The characters are walking down a corridor in their marching order. The corridor is only 5ft wide. ...
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Firing Ranged Attacks past Other Creatures

I have recently come up against the problem that players want to fire ranged attackes through multiple enemies, or place AoE spells behind multiple enemies. The idea that one could fire an arrow past ...
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What are the most essential rules in D&D 5e? [on hold]

I want to create a quick reference sheet for new players in my D&D 5e campaign. Sessions include an even mix of combat, exploration, and social situations, so the sheet should ideally deal with ...
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Do small rooms always fail to create enjoyable combats? [on hold]

It's a well known fact in D&D that small rooms favour outnumbered parties, as the opposition cannot bring their full force to bear upon them. Larger rooms favour the outnumbering party, as they ...
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Is saying “Your PC wouldn't do that” to a player denying their agency?

In a comment to my answer to What would be the side effects on a Druid of wearing metal armor?, @Kevin asked: "So, RAW a druid will never choose to wear metal armor or use metal shields, so the ...
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Can you wear a robe over armor?

More specifically: Can you wear a robe of eyes over plate armor? Does it say so in the rules? I thought you can if the other clothing does not provide any AC.
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Is Dexterity overpowered compared to Strength?

Finesse weapons allow you to use Dex for attack and damage rolls. This allows most of classes, including even some first-line fighters, to dump Str for Dex - you do not lose in attack rolls, only a ...
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Offensive spells vs immunity to mundane weapons

Supposing the party encounters a monster or group of monsters with immunity to mundane weapons (in other words, that unenchanted weapons can't harm)- could offensive spells such as magic missile, ...
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Can you use special attacks for opportunity attacks?

Can you use a Disarm, Shove or Grapple as your OA? I see no restrictions against it. Am I missing something?
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How do skills work?

I am a new player creating a rogue character and I'm struggling to understand how the skill system works. I've spent about an hour searching through the Basic Rules and can't find anything. I'm ...
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Can I switch out my Level 1 any-school spell as an Arcane Trickster or Eldritch Knight?

The Arcane Trickster gains access to Wizard spells, primarily limited to the enchantment and illusion schools of magic. Four of the spells he knows can come from any school, however: one of his ...
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What would be the side effects on a Druid of wearing metal armor?

I am wondering what should, if any, be the side effects on a Druid if he were to choose (or be forced) to wear metallic armor. For example: Could such an armor prevent the Druid from casting his ...
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Does the Challenge Rating of a monster assume a party or a single PC?

I'm reading through the new DM D&D Basic Rules, but I'm confused about the challenge rating of a monster. Does the challenge rating assume a single PC or a group of PC's? As a CR3 a challenge for ...
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Does the Eldritch Knight need the Warcaster feat to cast spells when using 2h or sword/shield?

Many of the spells that an Eldritch Knight can cast have a somatic component. If I am playing as an Eldritch Knight with a two-handed sword or weapon/shield combo, would I require the Warcaster feat? ...
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“Void” Influenced Spellcaster? [on hold]

NOTE: This thread/question is going to involve questions about game mechanics, lore, and interactions with other DM's gameworlds. Answering any question helps, and all responses are appreciated. Good ...
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Do Nondetection and Invisibility protect you from True Seeing?

Nondetection says it hides the target from all divination spells. Invisibility hides you from normal sight. When combining both effects on one target, are they hidden from true seeing?
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What heroic title should I give my Fire Genasi Folk Hero? [on hold]

I'll be playing a D&D fifth edition game in a few weeks and I'm torn on what title to give my character. He's a Fighter, who will be an Eldritch Knight and has the folk hero background. He became ...
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Can a druid wear Elven Chain?

The description of the Elven Chain says that people do not need to be proficient with that armor and they would still reap all the benefits of it. However, I would think that even though it is ...
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Why would a druid use a sickle instead of a scimitar?

I am brand-new to DND, and I'm trying to roll a Druid character. I'm looking at weapon proficiencies, and I see that Druids are proficient in both sickles and scimitars. When I checked in the weapons ...
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When to use skill checks in social situations with NPCs?

I'm new to DMing and I've been planning my first adventure (for D&D 5e). However when it comes to non-combat situations I don't know when it makes sense for a skill check to be used or when the ...
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Should I adjust encounter challenge for PCs with damage immunities?

Recently, two of my PCs became afflicted with lycanthropy (of the wererat variety). According to the Monster Manual, characters with lycanthropy acquire the damage immunities of their respective ...
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Why does 'Disarm' seem so trivial?

I was reading a closed question that proposed different rulings on Disarm, and it lead me to ask a proper question about the Disarm abilities in 5th Edition. The Battle Master maneuver Disarming ...
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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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Should disarm make your weapon fall to the ground. What real disarm does that exactly? [on hold]

Most disarms from medieval and oriental historical research control the weapon. The disarm techniques that a mixed weapon fighter would use would not toss the weapon at the opponent's feet. That ...
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Weapon damage bonuses and critical hits

If a player has a +1 Dagger (example), and then he score a critical hit, is the "+1" thing doubled too or just the damage dice? Will the damage be 2d4 +1 +ability mod or 2d4 +2 +ability mod? If a ...
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Do any feats carry over when in Wild Shape?

I'm wondering if any feats might carry over when a druid assumes a Wild Shape. I'm specifically looking at the Alert and Lucky Feats. PHB p.67 stipulates: Your game statistics are replaced by the ...
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What qualifies as a surface in Glyph of Warding?

Can a player specify the surface of a small object as the surface affected by Glyph of Warding? One of my players decided to create guns in the world (there are no guns present until now) by having ...
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Can a rider move using his mount, attack from his mount, then the mount dash away in 5e?

I seem to have misunderstood the mounted combat rules. Reading them again it seems that the mount and rider are treated as separate entities but share initiative (this assumes a docile mount, not one ...
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How do I tie episodic sessions together to make larger campaign arcs?

My D&D group only plays perhaps once a month and occasionally one of them won't be able to make it. I (the DM) home-brewed our last campaign and, whilst fun, the big story arcs and multiple NPCs ...
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How to manage XP in non-combat missions

So I'm creating my first D&D 5e campaign and I want there to be an even balance between combat and non-combat with a slight bias to the non-combat style of missions. However I'm unsure about how ...
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Do you “gain” a level after getting 30000XP in the late game?

Level 20 is shown to be the level cap. So does getting 30000 XP for the epic boons or added ability scores implement into character's statistics such as max prepared spells or max health increase? ...
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How can I play as a Cloud Giant?

I'm pretty new to playing D&D, as are most of the people I play with. We found some homebrew race stuff already and one of us is playing as a Khajiit, but I wanted to play as a Cloud Giant and I'm ...
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Do proficiency bonuses continue increasing after level 20?

In higher level games shown in the DMG it shows ways to increase ability scores, gain feats or gain an epic boon after gaining 30000 XP. Though unlike other leveling factors proficiency bonuses ...
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Decent Dual Wield Blade Pact Warlock

I'm trying to build a dual wielding warlock. I'm thinking: Fighter 1 Armor skills Two weapon fighting Warlock 1-19 Fiend Pact of the Blade (duh.) Max DEX and CHA Talking my DM into letting me ...
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Can one cast an area spell from a familiar?

I have a question regarding familiars and area spells. More specifically, Sleep. I have a player that wanted to cast this spell around a given target, that he could only see from his familiar's eyes ...