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Why would I ever choose rolling hit points?

In DnD 5th edition, all classes seemingly have the option of rolling hit points -or- just increasing their hit points by a set value. That set value is defined as the dice roll's average, rounded up. ...
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Is Con modifier × level added to HP every level-up?

I am new to D&D and I'm starting with the 5th edition. I have a question about how many hit points I have for a level. I am confused about the con modifier per level and if it is added to first ...
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What can characters observe about their own and others' hit point totals?

Question is in the title. Some examples of use cases: Are PCs supposed to know how many HP an enemy has left? If not, do they know anything about the enemy HP total, or do they just observe whether ...
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What happens to HP when Constitution decreases?

WotC recently released the Basic Rules for the DM, and with it come a few items like the Amulet of Health: Amulet of Health Wondrous item, uncommon (requires attunement) Your ...
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If I roll a low Hit Die, can I use the fixed value instead?

In D&D5, players have the choice of rolling their Hit Dice or using a fixed average value instead: Each time you gain a level, you gain 1 additional Hit Die. Roll that Hit Die, add your ...
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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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What happens to the current hit points when Aid ends?

The 5e D&D Basic Rules v0.1 description of the second-level cleric spell Aid says (p. 83): Your spell bolsters your allies with toughness and resolve. Choose up to three creatures within ...
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Are temporary hit points able to make you concious?

Last game a character dropped unconscious with exactly -1 HP. The party's paladin used on his turn 'Beacon of Nobility' to give the unconscious character 5 temporary hit points. The Rules Compendium ...
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How many hp does a starting eidolon have?

Does a level 1 summoner's eidolon start with maximum hp just like a PC or is there a rule I missed somewhere?
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Do negative Hit Points exist in D&D 5e?

Say that a character has 5 HP remaining and is dealt 10 damage from an attack. Of course, 5 - 10 = -5, so the character has dropped below 0 Hit Points and follows the rules for making death saving ...
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Starter Set Cleric's Hit Points don't add up

In the starter set, the Hill Dwarf Cleric's character sheet shows a Hit Point maximum of 11. Shouldn't it be 10 from a 1d8 Hit Die and the Constitution bonus of +2?
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Why is a dice roll required when doing a creature hp check?

I am GM and trying to setup a Reign of Winter story for my players. I came across the small ice elemental's and they have hp that reads hp13 (2d10+2). I am still new to Pathfinder and wondering: what ...
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Break through leaking hit point abstraction

I'm breaking huge and cumbersome question Damaging transmuted state to smaller and more specific parts. I was told previously that HP is absolute in the Mechanics of tearing apart a character topic. ...
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Does increasing Con during level-up also increase the bonus to HP from Con?

When a player's character increases their Con score at any level does that change their max Hit Points? For example, a cleric has HP equal to 12+Con at 1st level and has a 16 Con. And at levels 4, 8, ...
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Is the hit die supposed to be rolled?

I understand that hit points are linked to the "hit die". But is the hit die a constant number (for example: if my PC has 1d8 hit die, I have 8 HPs), or do I need to actually roll the die to see how ...
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Capping hit points in D&D possible without seriously breaking the game?

By "cap" I mean set a maximum level of hit points a character can acquire, let's say 20 hit points. I realize D&D is intended to be heroic fantasy, and there are other RPG systems which are more ...
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What HP does Finger of Death leave you at when it kills you?

Let's say you're at 23 HP and your CON score is 15. You're hit by Finger of Death cast by a 13th level Wizard, and as a result suffer 130 damage. Are you left at -107 HP, or does it simply drop you to ...
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How does acquiring a template that changes hit dice affect pre-existing hit points?

When an existing creature acquires a template, and that template changes the creature's hit dice, does this change the creature's existing hit points? Example: A 3rd level human cleric with no bonus ...
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Do the Onyx Dog's temporary hit points disappear when the party takes a short rest?

Do the Temporary Hit Points[ddi] granted to an Onyx Dog [ddi] disappear when the party takes a short rest? Power (Conjuration) Daily (Standard Action) Use this figurine to conjure a black ...
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Do battlerager fighters gain extra temporary hit points from hitting with invigorating powers?

Battlerager fighters gain temporary hit points from hitting with melee and close attacks, "plus any temporary hit points normally granted by the power" (exact words used in the compendium). The ...