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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Are Goliaths able to wield large sized weapons in 5e?

With the new mini-expansion released awhile ago, Goliaths were added to 5e. I'm unfamiliar with 3.5 and previous editions, but I know that they were included and wielding large weapons was a thing you ...
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What published adventures are available for D&D 5e?

I'm running the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure for my son and his friends as DM. With the future in mind, I want to get more published adventures. How can I find out a comprehensive list of all ...
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What to do with Dragon Hatchlings?

In my current campaign, the PC's have an oppurtunity to aquire not one but three dragon eggs that are hatching soon. I am talking about Chances are my party will be able to safely transport at ...
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How far below the average CR should I count monsters when determining encounter difficulty?

DMG82 says "When [calculating encounter difficulty multipliers], don't count any monsters whose challenge rating is significantly below the average challenge rating of the other monsters in the ...
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Does Armor affect magic casting in Dnd 5e?

I am currently using a wizard and I was wondering if I decided to take a feat that would allow me to use heavier than light armor if that would affect my magic casting. I thought I read something ...
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How do I keep spellcasters from casting while in jail?

Interesting situation came up in my session. The players captured a wizard NPC and put him in jail. Then came a long discussion about what measures needed to be taken in order to prevent said wizard ...
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What is the Symbol on the Amulet of Proof Against Detection and Location?

On page 150 of the D&D 5e Dungeon Master's Guide, there is an illustration of the Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location. The illustration depicts a closed eye, with a symbol above it, ...
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Can I wield just a shield and use magic in dnd5e?

I play a wizard and while I am rarely hit due to being in the back I'm still paranoid I will get hit so I was wondering if after getting a feat to wield a shield I can use that with one hand and use ...
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Can monsters with multiattack take grapple and shove actions?

If lets say... an Owlbear which has the multiattack trait wants to knock someone down and grapple them. Can the owlbear replace the 2 attack actions covered under the multiattack with a grapple and a ...
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Dual wield and sneak attack with rogue?

I have heard when you dual wield with a rogue you have one primary action which is used to attack main hand and you have a bonus action which is used to attack off hand. My question is can you attack ...
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Sorcerer Wild Surge result quandries

I've got a couple of questions about some of the results in the wild surge table for the sorcerer. First of all, the magic missile result. On a roll of 09-10 "You cast magic missile as a 5th-level ...
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Is there anything like an Arcane Archer in the 5e players handbook?

In the playtest there was a feat that allowed character to imbue arrows will certain types of spells. The one in the playtest let an arcane caster attach a spell to an arrow and the spell would go off ...
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Are the monsters in the MM actually following the monster creation rules?

The guidelines for making your own monsters are based around the Monster Statistics by Challenge Rating table on p274. Inspired by this question regarding Animated Armor (MM 19), which is CR1, let's ...
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How would one alter the stats on animated armor to reflect a wooden statue instead?

I want to hit my (low-level) players with an animated ship's figurehead. I was toying with stats for the Sea Hag, but an animated suit of armor might work better. I'm thinking the damage resistances ...
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Can I get magic initiate at lvl one

I was wondering about the magic initiate feat. Because I want to know if you can take it first level because I'm making a human warlock who's always been in-tune with magic even before making the pact ...
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When advantage isn't enough. Other circumstantial bonuses in 5e?

As noted in this question in many cases a party is going to be able to reasonably gain advantage on a check due to simply working together. However what happens when the party also gets some extra ...
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How many spell slots does a Warlock 19/Wizard 1 have?

I'm really confused by Multiclassing as a Warlock. Say I put 19 levels into Warlock and I have six spell slots. Simple enough. The tricky bit is when you think of ways to get more spell slots. The ...
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How can I get the most synergy out of this Paladin/Warlock multi-class combination?

I'm planning on playing a Paladin/Warlock in an upcoming game and I've picked the Oath of Vengeance, and Great Old One Patron/Pact of Tome. I've made my backstory (island home sunk when invaded by ...
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Are normal spell components consumed by the spell?

I was reading through the basic rules and noticed that the only time spell components were explicitly stated as being consumed was when they had a gp value attached to them. For example: Arcane ...
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Can I use a Wolf or a Dire-Wolf as a Warlock familiar?

I'm new at D&D and I want to create a Drow, Rogue-Warlock (First Rogue and later Warlock) but I want to have a Dire-Wolf as a familiar but I don't know if it's possible. I want it for the ...
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What is the Fastest a Character Can Move in One Turn?

At level 20 with any magic items in the DMG, and any spells, what is the fastest a DnD 5e character could move using their movement? (i.e., not including teleportation)
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Anger management: How to keep raging

As a player of a barbarian character, I am finding it very easy for the PC to lose its rage after only a one or two rounds. The rules for maintaining rage say that the character has to have been ...
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Changing elements for spells

I think I remember in an older version of D&D allowing you to change a fire spell into a cold-based spell, or vice versa. In 5E, is there any way to allow you to alter say a Scorching Ray into a ...
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Is necromancy necessarily evil in 5e or Forgotten Realms?

With Forgotten Realms being the default setting for 5e, I am curious if there is the possibility for a necromancer, specifically a wizard, to be considered not evil: In terms of alignment In terms ...
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What is the highest level encounter you can come across? [on hold]

So, we have a rule, that in-game, if (any) player gets bored and starts building a dice tower... RANDOM ENCOUNTER! The rule is that the dice tower height x the number of players currently in play ...
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Specific charming rules?

In the Great Old One branch of Warlock, there is a Create Thrall effect, which states that if I touch an incapacitated creature it becomes charmed toward me but it describes nothing else about the ...
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Does Ray of Enfeeblement affect a Hunter's Mark too?

If a creature is affected by Ray of Enfeeblement, reducing the damage of strength based attacks by half, and that creature attacks another affected by Hunter's Mark, is the Hunter's Mark damage also ...
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Using downtime activity to research spells

I run a D&D 5E campaign. I have a player who is playing a wizard. This player would like to use his downtime to learn new spells. Specifically, he doesn't want to create any new spells of his ...
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Can wizards have familiars without the use of the find familiar spell?

In the class section for wizards in the PHB it doesn't state anything about familiars. You can learn the find familiar spell as a 1st level spell which creates a "spirit that takes an animal form", ...
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How can I redeem the unjust?

I'm playing a LN paladin (vengeance)/warlock (Great Old One/Tome) soon, and I want to redeem enemies I deem worthy of my mercy. With create thrall I expect to be in complete control of an enemy at ...
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How do I fix an overpowered character in a party? [closed]

I am going to be the dungeon master soon, but one member of my group is way overpowered among the rest of the members of my group. He is an orc barbarian in 5e dungeons and dragons, with 18 ...
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Can I use a Familiar or a Ranger Companion as temporary mount?

My character is a Elf Drow (Weight: 95lb, Heigth: 5'3'') so, can I use a Panther (STR 14) as a mount or at least lift me up if I'm paralyzed?
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Are 5e Druids able to transform into Magical Beasts, or are they restricted to ordinary beasts? [duplicate]

so I just wanted to know whether druids could transform into magical beats such as the Winter Wolf in 5e. Me and my friends recently started playing so it would be nice to know. Thanks.
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How to adjust Hoard of the Dragon Queen for a 1st-level party?

TL;DR: I've already 'cheated' a lot to help the group survive the first mission, and it seems like I'll have to cheat even more if they'll make it to the Keep. Did I do something wrong? What can I do ...
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How do I determine an NPC's skill levels?

When developing a new NPC, how do I ensure that they have close to the skill rankings that I would expect them to have, yet not make them more powerful than the PCs? As an example, I want a noble ...
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How do Contests and Saving Throws interact?

Say I have a Stunned opponent, and I roll to grapple them. Stunned says this: Stunned A stunned creature is incapacitated (see the condition), can’t move, and can speak only falteringly. ...
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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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Can I use an ability increase across two abilities or just 1?

When I level my paladin to level 4, I get an Ability Score improvement. Can I choose any ability score to improve? I can upgrade one by 2 or two by 1, correct?
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Great Old One Warlocks: Ways to Counter Create Thrall

PHB page 110, Warlock, Otherworldly Patrons, Great Old One Create Thrall At 14th level, you gain the ability to infect a humanoid’s mind with the alien magic of your patron. You can use your ...
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Two-Weapon Fighting & Bonus Action in 5e

During the latest gaming session our level 3 Rogue was Two-Weapon fighting with a Rapier in the main-hand and a scimitar in the off-hand. At the completion of our gaming session I contested the ...
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How to Run a Trial Based on Skills? [closed]

So I will be putting my group through a final exam in their knight training. I wanted to have each trial in the exam based off of one of the six Dungeons and Dragons attributes. I figured that ...
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What level would a Guildmaster Be? [closed]

So in my 5e campaign, the players will be studying under the Guildmaster of each of their classes. Each Guildmaster is the head of all the guilds in the country, so they'd be pretty badass. They work ...
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In what state is a person affected by Hypnotic Pattern? Can they make saving throws?

I'm reading the Hypnotic Pattern description and it says "Charmed, Incapacitated, Speed (0)" and "Snaps out of it, if being shaken or takes damage." Then I read the various states you can be under: ...
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Resources for adventuring building support [closed]

I am a new DM using D&D 5E, and I am building my first adventure. Stack exchange is a great resource for answering specific questions, but is there a good forum out there for getting broader ...
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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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Geas spell effect [closed]

From page 244, PHB - description of the 5th level spell Geas: You place a magical command on a creature that you can see within range, forcing it to carry out some service or refrain from some ...
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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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Does Owning a Shop or Trading Post Really Cost Me Money?

The Dungeon Master's Guide on page 127 lists the costs of maintaining various buildings. While some of these make sense, of note is that Shops and Trading posts are listed. This means that, rather ...
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Determining “level” of an NPC ally for purpose of budgeting encounter XP

Hypothetical party: 1st level human wizard (PC) 3x guard NPC 1x acolyte NPC This is the player's first time, and it's a solo campaign. The first mini-adventure involves recovering the cargo of a ...
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Pushing enemies into/over difficult terrain or cliffs in 5e?

In previous editions of Dungeons and Dragons there was typically a reasonable assurance of being able to resist/avoid forced movement, or a way to prevent being harshly penalized for it (saving throw ...