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Are there any documented rules about owning vanity pets in D&D?

I'd like to start by saying that I'm playing 5E, and with that, my question is whether there's has ever been in D&D in general (1E-5E) a ruleset for dealing with the idea of having Vanity Pets. ...
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Does Cunning Stalker work if you're not adjacent to your target?

There is a feat on page 312 of Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms called Cunning Stalker. It says: You gain combat advantage against enemies that have no creatures adjacent to them other than you. ...
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How exaclty do healing spells interact with 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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How do you calculate Mithral armor check penalty?

When calculating the armor check penalty from mithal armor, do you also add the MW "bonus" or is it already included in the description? It's come to my attention that I may have been doing this ...
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What is the advantage of wielding two swords as an ambidextrous combatant vs. wielding a single sword?

In Vampire: The masquerade, one of my NPCs was a dual-sword-wielding assamite with the ambidextrous merit. In the rules, I did not find specifics about dual-wielding in melee other than a short ...
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Shadows and Critical Hits

I had a situation come up in the last session I ran (four times, no less). When a Shadow lands a critical hit, is the strength damage dice also multiplied? At the time I ruled no, but that had more ...
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Does the ×4 cost of armoring a mount apply to base cost or total cost?

I'm looking to armor a mount. As per the chart on page 123 of the Player's Handbook, this mount is a Large Nonhumanoid, meaning the barding will cost four time as much and weight twice as much for the ...
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Rules for attacking an enemy mid-Jump

Are there any specific rules for attacking an enemy while jumping in D&D 3.5? Say there is a flying enemy 20 ft in the air and I want to attack it with my melee weapon. I charge and assuming I ...
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Can an Astropath Trascendent use or burn a Fate Point to save himself from a 100 roll of Perils of the Warp

The worst thing that can happen to a Psyker in Rogue Trader is to roll in the Perils of the Warp table. Among them, the 100 roll states: 100 Destruction: The psyker is immediately and irrevocably ...
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Can I use one of my attacks to cast a cantrip?

In the D&D campaign I am currently participating in, I am playing as a level 5 high elf champion (I actually just reached level 5 at the end of the last session) As a High Elf, I got a free ...
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What are the limitations on the “Dueling” fighting style for Fighters? [duplicate]

So I was looking over the wording for the fighting styles for Fighters, and I notices the wording for the Dueling Fighting Style (p. 72 PHB) seemed to allow for more options than you would ...
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How does Disguise Self manifest for creatures of very large, very small, or unusually-shaped bodies?

Some magic items, like False Face allow you to change form into a humanoid creature with a specific size, but the only requirement is that the creature has an appropriate slot for the magic item. The ...
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Mystic Arcanum class feature: Can you choose lower level spells at higher level?

A player asked me if they could use their 17th-level Mystic Arcanum (Warlock class feature) to select the 6th-level spell "Mass Suggestion" cast at 9th level (to always make the suggestion last a year ...
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In 5e, are saving throw results detected by the opposing party?

Pathfinder makes it very clear that Succeeding on a Saving Throw: A creature that successfully saves against a spell that has no obvious physical effects feels a hostile force or a tingle, but ...
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Does Overwhelming Impact replace all instances of slow, or just from one source?

So I'm levelling up a Knight for a friend, who's very Hammer Lock-down and I was looking at taking Overwhelming Impact. The basic question is if he's slowing opponents via both Defend the Line and ...
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Magic Jar without a receptacle

In the magic jar spell effects, you can possess a body, which sends the 'life force' or 'soul' to the receptacle/magic jar. You possess the body and force the creature's soul into the magic jar ...
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What are the limitations of Gloves of Missile Snaring?

I DM a 5e session, and I recently gave one of my players "Gloves of Missile Snaring." Naturally, one of his first questions was "what can they block?" By RAW, they affect "ranged weapon attacks." In ...
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Does fear-induced movement count as “moving willingly”?

Several abilities available to monsters or PC's have the trigger "Whenever a creature moves willingly...", for example, "Until the end of your next turn, whenever the target willingly moves to a ...
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How does it work when swarms or mobs take stress in Fate Core or Accelerated?

Let's say we have a group of four crabs in Core or Accelerated, but I'm treating them as a mob. One individual crab looks like this: Crab Stress: [] (one stress box, further damage takes ...
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Can a slowed or staggered character take a 5-ft step?

Both Slow spell and staggered condition restrict characters to a single standard or move action per round. Pathfinder seems more precise, explicitly adding to staggered condition (which is, in ...
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How is the Initiator Level of a Gestalt character calculated by RAW?

Say you have a Martial Adept class on one side of your Gestalt and some other class on the other side, for sake of example let's go Rogue6//Swordsage6. By RAI, I figure that the Initiator Level takes ...
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How do vision penalties work?

So, the penalties that are applied when two characters are in darkness, attacking each other, are perfectly clear in the Pathfinder rules: In an area of dim light, a character can see somewhat. ...
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What is the touch AC of an attended object?

What is the touch AC of an attended object? Larry the Lizard Wizard casts darkness and tries to touch his opponent's armor. darkness has a range of "touch" and targets an "object touched". ...
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What are the limits to the genesis power?

As part of some fairly silly nonsense, I've suggested the use of the genesis power to a colleague. The power, as stated, allows the caster to: You determine the environment within the demiplane ...
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Does Hex disadvantage apply to the next concentration spell?

I am trying to build a Warlock and see how I can optimize the hex spell and this question came up: will the disadvantage from the hex spell apply to the next concentration spell when I cast it? Or ...
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Can Cleric attempt to turn undead instead of usual attack of opportunity?

Turning undead is a supernatural ability that a character can perform as a standard action. It does not provoke attacks of opportunity. You must present your holy symbol to turn undead. Turning is ...
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Does a Ranger's Companion get proficiency bonuses twice on its skills?

A Ranger's Companion (PH p.93) enjoys the following bonuses relative to a typical member of its species: Add your proficiency bonus to the beast's AC, attack rolls, and damage rolls, as well as to ...
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Can a demilich use its spell-like abilities on itself?

The demilich, an epic monster originally from the Epic Level Handbook for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition and nominally updated to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 by the SRD and Conversion Book, has the ...
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Can a character meet prerequisites using a magic item?

Just as the title says, I'm wondering if a character can meet the prerequisites of a particular choice (feat, prestige class, etc.) by using a magic item that grants the prerequisite? As an example: ...
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How does movement with multiple grapplers work?

When a PC has someone grappled they are forced to move where the PC moves, I don't have the exact rules wording handy, I apologize. How does this interact with multiple PCs grappling the same target ...
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What can you do while nauseated?

Follow up on this question on the alchemist's stink bomb. This bomb produces a stink cloud which, if you fail your save roll, will leave you nauseated. Creatures with the nauseated condition ...
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Are you considered to have a free hand while using a Versatile weapon?

Certain abilities require a free hand to perform: picking up an item or drawing a weapon, casting a spell with a somatic component, using Gloves of Missile Snaring, etc. If you make a two-handed ...
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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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Sneak attacks in Fate Core

I know that Fate Core is a bit loose with letting you interpret the rules as they make sense in a narrative context, but I want to understand what's written regarding the use of stealth. First, the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can weapon special abilities that don't say they're passed on to ammunition be added to ranged weapons?

Certain weapon special abilities in D&D 3.5 can sensibly be applied to melee or ranged weapons yet are not listed in the random roll table for magical ranged weapons, only melee, and do not state ...
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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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Can a Space Combat action get more than +60 bonus?

The rules describing "normal" combat say If a situation calls for two or more bonuses or penalties, simply combine all modifiers together and apply the total to the appropriate Characteristic. ...
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What does Martial arcanist mean for gaining spells? [duplicate]

I was a bit confused by the wording for Martial Arcanist. Martial Arcanist (Ex): At 5th level, you master the art of combining your militant and mystical training. From this point on, your caster ...
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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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Is someone in an area of darkness vulnerable to sneak attacks?

I was recently faced with the following scenario: A rogue activates darkness (as the spell) in an area of dim light. The rogue has darkvision, whereas the target does not. Therefore, the target ...
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While flying with a grappled opponent, will they get a free grapple check any time they're above 10 feet?

In a game this weekend, we came upon an Iron Golem that was very difficult for our group to kill. I had the idea to have my Eidolon (Serpentine, large, wingless flight) grapple the golem, then fly him ...
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Can you attack more than once using multiple weapons with the “loading” property?

Alice has no feats, the Extra Attack class feature, and is holding two hand crossbows, one in each hand. Can she load and fire both crossbows every turn?
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Does my familiar effectively grant me permanent advantage on attack roles via the Help action? [duplicate]

I am a Pact of the Chain Warlock. Can my Imp go invisible and take the Help action each round to effectively give me permanent advantage on my first attack each round? Is my imp specifically ...
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How many attacks would be in a full-attack with this Ratfolk Monk/Ninja?

I've tried doing some research on this, and I'm still confused on the rules. By RAW, how many attacks could I get as a full-attack with this guy? Steve the Testrat, 4 Flowing Monk/16 Ninja (BAB+15), ...
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When does a flying creature start and end falling?

Situation: Alice the Aarakokra sees Bob the Battlemaster coming. She ascends to 605', just out of the 600' range of Bob's longbow. Bob (Str 14) performs a running high jump 5' into the air and ...