The act of restoring life/health to a character.

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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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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 ...
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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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How can a party with no healers return a character from the unconscious/dying condition?

The party I DM for has only three characters and they elected not to take a healer. This is fine with me as the DM, and they all seem to enjoy the characters they've taken. I try and hand out a few ...
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Can an unconscious character use a healing surge?

Can an unconscious character use an action (like second wind or a healing power) to spend a healing surge? Can an unconscious character spend a healing surge due to some external effect?
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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 would healing magic work in Dresden Files?

So, I have a player in a Dresden Files game I'm setting up who loves playing healing and support characters. Good aligned clerics in D&D, medicine excellencies in Exalted, you get the picture. ...
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What happens when making a dying, surgeless character use her second wind?

Last session happened that our Barbarian fell unconscious, with 0 healing surges, and before she could spend her second wind. The Avenger then made a Heal check to force her spending her second wind. ...
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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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How can non-magical healers be useful when magic healing is available?

In many roleplaying games the prerequisite to perform magic healing is knowledge, and during action it is mostly limited by magic capacity and sometimes time. Meanwhile the prerequisite to perform ...
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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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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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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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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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Does a potion of healing hurt undead?

The other night one of my players thought it a good idea to throw a potion of healing at the undead skeletal mage. Her idea was that the potion would harm undead. A creative idea and I said go ahead, ...
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How does non-magical healing work in AD&D 2nd Edition?

I'm unclear on how natural non-magical healing is supposed to work in AD&D 2nd Edition. In the Dungeon Master Guide, Chapter 9 : Combat, in the section titled "Natural Healing" it states : ...
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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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Does “Grit” give temporary hit points for heals that say “as if you had spent a healing surge?”

My question is about the interaction of a feat called Grit and effects like the daily item power on Dwarven Armor. Grit: When you spend a healing surge to regain hit points, you also gain ...
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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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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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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 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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Does the Cleric's Channel Energy ability heal living enemies too?

From the description of the Pathfinder Cleric's Channel Energy ability it seems that it will heal damage to enemies as well as allies. Is this correct or is the healing applied to only the cleric's ...
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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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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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Character Unconscious (negative HP) out of combat without a Leader

The question Can an unconscious character use a healing surge? discusses ways to get an Unconscious PC back on her feet. I'm considering a situation where a PC was knocked out, combat has ended, the ...
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When does a mount get healing?

In one game I'm currently playing, I have a Riding Horse which has just taken damage as part of an aura. This helped me to better realize that the horse is indeed a creature - not just a piece of ...
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Animal Companion Healing and Dying

I was looking at the Fey Beast Tamer theme and realized I don't understand how the health of a beast companion works. Unless I have a specific power, it can't be healed during combat, right? What ...
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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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Does the text “this damage cannot be reduced or prevented in any way” affect healing that damage?

There are several effects and items that deal damage to the user and have the language "This damage cannot be reduced or prevented in any way". For example the Bloodclaw Weapon in Adventurer's Vault. ...
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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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Does it always cost an action to spend a healing surge?

The Warlord ability Inspiring Word states that it allows a target to use a healing surge - does it require the target to use a minor action to use such healing surge? Or is it basically the ...
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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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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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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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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 way to make the damage system in 4e more like previous editions?

I have been playing 4e for almost 3 years now and have noticed that the average character has the capacity to take massive amounts of damage each day without any ill effects the next day. I have even ...
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Can a Leader's Burst Healing work if there is a blocking wall?

Most of the Leader's in 4th edition have a close burst 5 Healing power. If the target of the Healing power is completely blocked by a wall from the Leader, can the Leader still heal the target? ...
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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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Alternatives to Extended Rests

I'm about to run The Sellswords of Punjar by Goodman Games - the PCs will enter Cutpurse Alley (my version shown here:) The introductory text says: Here, crossbowmen can make attacks from ...
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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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Medieval Medicine in a Fantasy Setting?

In a fantasy game, I'd like to make less use of magic healing - making it something special (magical even ;) ) - and instead have the characters see doctors/surgeons, often leaving them a little worse ...
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As a DM, how do I handle PCs casting heals on other PCs afflicted with paranoia?

Right now, three of my party's members are afflicted with the paranoia insanity. One effect is that paranoid characters cannot willingly accept aid, including healing, without making a Will save ...
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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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Does healer's lore work with powers that allow an ally to heal “as if it had spent a healing surge?”

Usually I find the rules for DnD 4th edition to be fairly unambiguous, but now I've encountered quite a conundrum. Clerics have a class feature, Healer's Lore that grants some extra healing whenever ...
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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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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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Can Minor Healing be used multiple times to cure a medium or serious injury in HARP?

In ICE's HARP (High Adventure Role Playing) system the Minor Healing spell says: The caster must select one of the following options when casting this spell: Reduce a maneuver penalty by up to 20 ...
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Do Majestic Word and Song of Rest stack?

I'm playing a 2nd level Bard with Charisma 18 and I'm wondering if, taking the necessary time, I am allowed to apply the Song of Rest benefit (+ Charisma modifier to the hit points regained by ...
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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 ...