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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Question about the Battle Master's “Manoeuvring Strike”

Taken from the Player's Handbook (p. 74) Manoeuvring Attack. When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you can expend one superiority die to manoeuvre one of your comrades into a more ...
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Does D&D 5th edition need a board to play on?

I am aware that some books in the 5th edition of d&d needs board to be played on, but the cashier of the shop I was buying the adventure book (Hoard of the Dragon Queen) said that the adventure ...
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Can characters help one another to activate a scroll, even when having different spellcasting abilities?

A character can help someone to complete a task, giving them advantage to an ability check, but it has to be something they could do by themselves, right? Imagine a cleric and a fighter (Eldritch ...
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5e Sentinel Opportunity Attacks

Alright, so me and my pal are working through making a 5e fighty Cleric. He wants to take the Sentinel and Shield Master feats. Sentinel reads: Sentinel You have mastered techniques to take ...
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What is the meaning of 'permanent' in description of True Polymorph?

Following on from this question: Can I True Polymorph a goblin into adamantine (and then forge him into a sword?) Casting True Polymorph on an unwilling creature (relevant parts included only): ...
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Is there any good reason to fight unarmed as a monk?

I'm planing to create an Aarakocra monk and looked for some information about that. I've read multiple times that you will want to use a weapon only until you reach a certain level (I believe it was ...
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How can I take multiple fighting styles?

For a fighter in D&D 5e, I can take one fighting style as part of the character creation. At third level, I can choose a martial archetype (Champion) which can then allow me to choose an ...
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How does the 5th edition handle enhanced magic focuses

I am currently using a Wizard and I just got my hands on a +4 dagger. More specifically the Rabbit Slayer from Dragonlance (ed.: a 2e item). Question 1: According to official rules can it be used as ...
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Are there specific skills required to tame mounts?

I was recently playing a D&D 5e campaign, and we came across what appeared to be a newly born dragon. Being a Dragonborn character, I thought "Hey, it'd be cool if I had a dragon mount, right?". ...
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How can I get new players to explore more?

I'm DMing using the 5E Starter Kit and, after DMing the first few encounters, the players aren't exploring the environment sufficiently to learn all the actions they can take. Before our next session ...
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Can a single dose of poison applied to an edged weapon be used multiple times?

If a fighter applies a single dose of regular poison to his sword, but he can make two attacks per round, does that mean that he can make twenty attacks (2 attacks * 10 actions/minute) with poison ...
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How can you perceive burrowing?

So, I ran across a video saying that some burrowing creatures can be used as mounts by ...either gnomes or forest elves, I forget which, in 5e. Well, sure it will be slow, but according to what I ...
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Are characters limited to 20th level in 5e?

Context: the last version I played was AD&D (ie. 1e) where characters could (technically) progress to unlimited levels. Looking at the 5e PHB I get a sense that 20th level is now a concrete ...
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What is the highest DPR melee build from levels 5-10 [on hold]

Build needs to be Adventurers League legal. I am looking for a build that contains one or more of the following classes: fighter, paladin, barbarian, rogue. Assume one uncommon magic item of your ...
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How does Magic Jar possession actually interact with your stats?

Magic Jar lets you possess a creature, potentially permanently. Spell text is: Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the creature though you retain your alignment and your ...
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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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What's up with the Manual of the Golems cost in 5e?

So I just gave my party a Manual of the Golems (Flesh). They were really excited to be able to create a slave until... One of them pointed out that they don't have a caster with two 5th level spells ...
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How many attacks does a dual-wielding Ranger get with Horde Breaker and Extra Attack? [on hold]

One of my players has a Ranger with Horde Breaker and Extra Attack (gained at level 5). How many attacks can he do if he is equipped with two swords, in the presence of two enemies? What if he uses a ...
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With the training from the DMG can I receive any feat in any level?

DMG p.231 A character who agrees to training as a reward must spend downtime with the trainer. In exchange, the character is guaranteed to receive a special benefit.Possible training benefits ...
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How long does a hex last?

At our table we had a discussion about the spell hex and it's duration. The way it's written it appears to us that if there is no creatures for it to bounce to the spell should end, regardless of its ...
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Is there any way to repair an item damaged by a Rust Monster?

The Rust Monster (MM p.262) can inflict a "permanent and cumulative -1 penalty" to the damage of weapons, or to the AC of armor or shields. Is there any way to repair this damage?
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How should I distribute the Strength increments on a weapon I'm designing? [on hold]

I designed a new weapon for one of my players (a warrior). The weapon provides several effects that level up with the character, but the main one is to take his Strength to 30 at level 20. There is an ...
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Is it too late to bring up starting equipment? [on hold]

Our game has already begun, and we are in fact already several levels in. However, I have noticed that a few things have been skipped/misinterpreted in terms of starting equipment. I understand that ...
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What effects does Ancestry have on a Dragonborn?

In the character creation, Dragonborn characters can choose an "Ancestry". This mainly determines the colour of their scales, and the breath weapon they get. Is there anything else that Ancestry ...
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Do Dragonborn get tails/wings?

I have heard along the grapevine that at some point, Dragonborn can get wings and/or a tail. But I haven't been able to find anything on it. I have looked through the Player's Handbook, and I couldn't ...
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After level 20 I can still take new feats? [duplicate]

For the Rogue, the description of the Ability Score Improvement (PHB, p.96) says: When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 10th, 12th, 16th, and 19th level, you can increase one ability score ...
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Does multiclassing have an effect on exp/levelling up?

My understanding of the multiclassing system is a little vague, so I wanted to clarify. If I was to use multiclassing to level up, and increase my overall level, how does the exp get dispersed between ...
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Does a slung Magic Stone have the same normal and long range as a mundane bullet?

The Magic Stone cantrip (PotA p.238/EEPC p.20) says: You touch one to three pebbles and imbue them with magic. You or someone else can make a ranged spell attack with one of the pebbles by ...
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Can the creature created by a Simulacrum spell be affected by healing magic?

Relevant rules for Simulacrum: The duplicate is a creature, partially real and formed from ice or snow, and it can take actions and otherwise be affected as a normal creature. And: If the ...
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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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What are the mechanics of using a dart as a melee weapon?

Liz the Wizard is toe-to-toe with her foe, Joe. If Liz stabs Joe with a dart rather than throwing it, does she still get her proficiency bonus and avoid incurring disadvantage?
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How does an Fighter (Eldritch Knight) 20 compare to a Fighter 10/Wizard 10 for both damage dealt and durability?

With the release of the PHB we have the Eldritch Knight fighter archetype as an innate, class-driven way for the fighter to compete with the wizard in the AoE department. This prompted a discussion ...
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Can you switch to the other Unarmored Defense by multiclassing?

PHB p164 states: If you already have the Unarmored Defense feature, you can't gain it again from another class. So if I start as a Monk and gain the UD(Wis) feature, and then at next level up, ...
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I don't know how to get started with D&D. How do I? [duplicate]

I want to get started with D&D 5th edition, should I buy the starter kit or do it another way? Also, could I start with 3 people, like a DM and 2 players?
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What are the mechanics of using a dart as a ranged weapon?

As a monk in 5e D&D, you get 10 darts when starting out. How does one actually use these darts: I imagine that they are thrown overhand in a vertical movement as if they were throwing knives. This ...
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DnD 5e Optimal DPR/AC blade pact variant human [duplicate]

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 Variant Human Blade Pact Warlock ...
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How can I prevent analysis paralysis when choosing spells?

Recently I played a game of D&D 5th Edition. While we liked the simplicity and made characters quickly, there was one big bottleneck: the Wizard (and to a lesser extent, the Cleric) kept having ...
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Does going to 0 hp due to the Immolation spell mean instant death? And is that reasonable?

The new Elemental Evil spell immolation specifies: If damage from this spell reduces a target to 0 hit points, the target is turned to ash Does this mean the victim gets no death saves and ...
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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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How to handle Mass creature numbers

A week ago for my Friday night session, my adventurers came across a pack of 18 Gnolls. 16 of them were your basic Gnoll fighter, one was a Gnoll Pack Leader, and the last was a Gnoll Fang of ...
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Casting multiple spells in a single round

In the PHB page 202 under the bonus action heading it states: You can't cast another spell during the same turn, except for a cantrip with a casting time of 1 action. This seems to state that if ...
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Can spells be cast through a Wall of Force

The spell description of Wall of Force is silent on the question of whether spell effects can pass through the wall. The semi-relevant part of the description states: Nothing can physically pass ...
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Can Wall of Stone merge with gravel, riprap, ballast rock, aggregate, or other non-solid/non-compacted forms of stone?

This stems from Mike Mearls' interpretation in the answers to this question: Mike Mearls :@Daganev @wax_eagle Correct, you'd need rocks of some sort (ruins, boulders) to support it. The RAW ...
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What is the AC of an inanimate object?

In D&D 5e, what is the AC of an inanimate object, in case someone wants to attack it? Does it depend on its size? Is it different depending on whether you are making a ranged or melee attack?
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Shield Master - Does the reaction to block a Fireball happen before or after the Dexterity saving throw?

The Shield Master feat (PH p.170) grants the following ability: If you are subjected to an effect that allows you to make a Dexterity saving throw to take only half damage, you can use your ...
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Costs of magic arrows

Ammunition +3 and Arrow of Slaying are both classified as Very Rare in the DMG, which according to the Magic Item Rarity table means their value is approximately 5,001-50,000gp. This means that the ...
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Party communication across languages

I'm running the 5e starter set for the first time - remotely - with a bunch of friends. The party speaks a range of languages, and we'll be using Google Chat so each of us will have our computers ...
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What are the choices for proficiency in a musical instrument?

The rules say the following regarding musical instruments (PH p.154): Each type of musical instrument requires a separate proficiency. Since this text is an annotation for the equipment list on ...
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For seasoned 3.X players and DMs, what is the “what's new” summary for 5e?

It seems the 5e rules are much more like the 3.Xe than the 4e. I also know a lot of players and DMs that simply refused to upgrade to the 4e rules, though they are now much more receptive to 5e, given ...
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D&D 5e personality traits, ideals, bonds and flaws for a Noble Dragonborn Paladin [on hold]

I am new with D&D and now I am playing D&D 5e, playing the campaign of Lost Mines of Phandelver. I am now creating a Dragonborn Paladin with a Noble background. Since this character is level ...