The act of restoring life/health to a character.

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What to do if (hit-die-roll + constitution-mod ≤ 0) when healing during a short rest?

The question's been asked before elsewhere, but for lack of an authoritative answer: If a character has a sufficiently small constitution score, it's conceivable that, when they use a hit die to heal ...
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Is there a real use for the Medicine skill in D&D 5e?

Does the Medicine skill have a hidden use I don't know about? All I can see in the rules is that it allows a successful skill roll to stabilize a dying character, which a healer kit does without a ...
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How much do you heal from Hit Dice with Primal Champion + Durable + Con 24?

A level 20 barbarian has the Primal Champion class benefit, which allows him to have a Constitution score of 24 (and a modifier of +7). The Durable feat gives your Hit Die a minimum equal to your CON ...
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Where are the rules for using hit dice to heal in 5th edition?

I have read questions that allude to spending hit dice on healing in 5th edition, and seen twitch streams of games where this mechanic is employed, but have not been able to find it in the DMG or PHB. ...
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At level one, can you really never recover hit dice?

I was reading a review of 5e game play here from our RSS Feed. And in it he makes an observation about a strange rule: Weird rule thing. You recover half your level in hit dice during a long ...
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Infinite source of healing

My revenant character just leveled up to 21st level and I picked the ghostly vitality feat. With that I noticed that as long as I can keep up healing myself, there is hardly anything that could ...
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What are the ways for a Wizard to get cure spells?

Inspired by this question; I was intrigued to know ways at any level that a Wizard could cast cure spells, without using Use Magic Device. Solutions should not use multiclassing and only use official ...
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Can level 1 characters use Healing Surges since they only have 1 Hit Die?

In the DMG there is the optional rule on pg.266-267 for healing surges. Part of the text says As an action, a character can use a healing surge and spend up to half his or her Hit Dice. So ...
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How can significant injuries like broken bones be healed?

During a campaign I ran several years ago, one player's character suffered nonlethal damage during a sparring session and broke his arm. When he healed the damage naturally overnight, he argued that ...
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Can living constructs benefit from healing spells and the Medicine skill?

It's unclear whether they could be affected by healing magic, nor whether medical techniques could apply to a creature like a Warforged or Shardmind. If they can, what would it look like?
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Can I leave certain “scars” when healing Lingering Wounds?

Using the rules in the DMG for Lingering wounds I see the need for magical healing (or specific spells) to reverse these injuries. These will even remove scars and things of a superficial nature. ...
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What constitutes “Magical Healing”?

DMG 272 says that "magical healing" can remove a limp, heal an internal injury, or mend a broken rib. Since these are considered to be "Lingering Injuries" it seems crazy that a simple "Cure Wounds" ...
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Are any solar medicine charms effective against Final Viridescence?

In Exalted 2e, is there any solar medicine charm that can effectively cure (or aid in treating) Final Viridescence? I'm confused as to how it works, because while it initially calls itself a disease, ...
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How does the optional Healing Surge rule interact with other uses of hit dice?

There is an optional rule in the DMG (p. 266-267) for Healing Surges: As an action, a character can use a healing surge and spend up to half his or her Hit Dice. For each Hit Die spent in this ...
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Is there a Prestige Class or Archetype that mimics the Medician from AD&D 2nd Edition?

Back in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition, one of my favorite Paladin Kits from the Paladin's Handbook was the Medician. The Medician was: Description: The Medician seeks to treat the ...
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Is Greater Restoration the only way to reverse Ability Score Damage?

Some monsters or effects can cause a character's ability scores to be decreased. The Greater Restoration spell can end "any reduction to one of the target's ability scores". Is there any other way ...
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Do you gain your CON modifier per hit die that you spend during a rest?

If your HD is a d8 and your CON modifier is +2, do you: Get 1d8+2 HP restored per hit die during a rest, or just 1d8 HP?
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How can a disease be removed, if the description of the disease does not specify?

The description of a Gas Spore's Death Burst [MM p. 138] says (in part): Spores invade an infected creature's system, killing the creature in a number of hours equal to 1d12 plus the creature's ...
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How to be effective as a Healing Cleric

Some times things are just too much of a fun/stupid combo idea not to try your darnedest not to work out. What is the best way to make a Cleric that literally only does healing/buffing? Is this even ...
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Are there any spells that heal hit-points over time in Pathfinder or 3.5?

I've been looking through all the Paizo spells, but all I see so far are instantaneous duration healing (cure) spells. What I am looking for is a spell I can have on a wand or other magic item, so if ...
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How does a Life Oracle's enhanced cures revelation affect wand crafting?

I am playing a Life Oracle, and I have the enhanced cure revelation which allows my level to be applied to my cure spells instead of using the max given by the spell, so like cure light usually maxes ...
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Why can't Cure Wounds heal necrotic damage done by powerful undead, but sleeping can?

Reading the PHB, DM, and MM, I am having a hard time understanding how healing works for necrotic damage done by the attacks of various undead, such as the Vampire's Bite attack on page 297 of the ...
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What is a spell for preventing a chest burster?

Context: Me and my party (Summoner, Ninja, Ranger, Alchemist, I'm a cleric, all level 11) are in a fairly standard setting, when we stumble upon a crashed spaceship that has been infested with ...
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When and how does a conscious character recover from wounds?

In Traveller (GDW: 1981 printing) if I sustain a wound in combat but am conscious at the end of combat, how and when do those wounds recover? P.34 of "Characters and Combat" details how and when ...
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Can summons and eidolons be magically healed?

This is a two part question. Can summons benefit from magical healing? Can Eidolons benefit from magical healing? This question treats normal and unchained summoners as equal unless there is a ...
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Do you have to make a touch attack to heal an ally?

Question The cure wounds spells, and most healing spells, have a range of touch and a target of creature touched. Do you have to actually succeed on a touch attack roll to heal an ally? Reason for ...
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A slave's tongue has been cut out. How can we restore her ability to speak?

Slavery is commonplace in this setting. Slaves routinely have their tongues cut out, to prevent them organising a resistance movement, or back-chatting their owners. The party has freed some slaves ...
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Does interrupting sleep to keep watch prevent any healing at all?

I know that if you sleep for a full night, you heal 1 point per character level, and 1 point of ability damage per night. If you have to keep watch at some point during the night, but get 8 hours of ...
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How exactly do healing spells interact with the conditions they remove?

Some alternate rules like inflicting scars or fungal grafts can be removed with greater restoration, heal, or any spell that heals HP damage. Craft A fungal graft can be removed with a heal or ...
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Healing a PC with spell resistance

I have a drow in my party that doesn't have a lot of HP. When she's unconscious and bleeding out, I am having trouble stabilizing her—her spell resistance is still active, and I only have a +6 ...
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Is there a difference between starting to recover from consequences in Fate Accelerated and Fate Core?

The way I understood it, any Consequence (mild, severe, extreme) in any Fate build has to have a recover action modify it before it can start fading away. So I have several questions: If a character ...
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How much should my cleric charge in a shop?

My DM is allowing PCs during downtime to find work. Thinking that my character is a cleric with the life domain might net him more during the downtime that just as a common laborer. I haven't been ...
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Are Warforged PCs affected by healing differently than other PCs?

I have a player who just created a warforged barbarian. The Unearthed Arcana brought warforged and artificers but didnt mention how they are healed. Is he stuck with half healing from regular spells? ...
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Is there any problem with Android PCs healing via the Make Whole spell?

I'm about to start running the Iron Gods campaign for some friends, and the thought occurred to me: players who choose to play as an Android are constructs, and thus the Make Whole spell would work on ...
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How can my undead reattach his arm?

My character is a necropolitan, and he just lost his arm. Regenerate doesn't work on undead, and I don't have the regeneration special ability. How could I reattach my arm? My character lost his arm ...
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How do I prevent retreating to rest and heal from being tedious?

I found an answer to this question for a custom 4e campaign, but was hoping to get some more answers specific to 5e. Background: I'm running the 5e starter set campaign and my group is in the final ...
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Does magical healing stabilize characters first or automatically grant hit points?

Sorry if this question has already been asked, but I just want to be sure that we have interpreted the rules on this right. In our game, our Rogue was rendered unconscious and dying by a darkmantle ...
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How does basic healing work?

Reading through the D&D 5e Player's Handbook I see that there are two types of healing: Resting (long and short rests) Magical (potions and spells) Are there any other types of healing ...
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Can a character use Healing Word on themselves?

I first thought that the answer to this question was a definite 'yes.' The target is "A creature of your choice that you can see within range" (PHB 250). Presumably the caster is a creature, can be ...
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Touch Attack Spells vs Incorporeal Creatures

Is it possible to hit an incorporeal creature with a spell that requires a melee touch attack without the use of any magical ability that allows one to make contact with incorporeal beings? Put ...
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Can the heal spell (and other positive energy effects) work on constructs?

Now I'm fairly sure that you can't heal constructs (along with pretty much every other player and DM), but when I went looking for the actual rules I couldn't find them. Nor could I find anything ...
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What order do multiclass characters spend Hit Dice at the end of a short rest?

This is a followup question to "What Hit Dice do multiclass characters spend at the end of a short rest?". Under the rules for Short Rest (PHB 186): A character can spend one or more Hit Dice at ...
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What Hit Dice do multiclass characters spend at the end of a short rest?

Under the rules for Short Rest you are able to heal: A character can spend one or more Hit Dice at the end of a short rest, up to the characters maximum number of Hit Dice, which is equal to the ...
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Do Repair spells work on constructs that can have negative HP?

The Clockwork Automaton template makes a creature a construct with a soul. The Inorganic Functioning extraordinary ability says "if the creature reaches 0 HP or below, the automaton will case [sic] ...
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How can we compensate for a Warforged's lack of healing?

Our Pathfinder in Eberron group has a Warforged barbarian. As such, she has the most health, takes the most damage, and is the hardest to heal (No natural healing, half healing from spells). This ...
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Can Warforged be repaired with a skill check?

We're running a Pathfinder game, set in Eberron. In our first session, our Warforged was brought to very negative health and is thus disabled. She won't heal naturally, only receives half of magical ...
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What happens to a quasi-undead creature when fortunate fate activates?

The creature casts the 8th-level spell veil of undeath [necro] (SpC 229), which says, in part, that Like an undead creature, you are damaged by cure spells and healed by inflict spells. You don’t ...
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Getting a PC back up during the dying state

When a character enters the dying state (0 or below 0), what can you do during battle or after battle to get him back on his feet? I've only read that he must roll savings throws each turn (3 below ...
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First Aid (Grant 2nd Wind) question

Quick question about first aid (grant 2nd wind). The rules say that the target can use 2nd wind without using an action, so does this mean I could use this to heal a dying character as long as they ...
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How should the party heal up between encounters?

Since there's quite a lot of discussion on the button of cure light wounds question, I'd like to pose a separate question: What is the most effective solution for healing outside of combat as ...