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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 ...
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When adding a new ability to a magic weapon, does the crafter need to meet only the prerequisites of the addition?

The Adding New Abilities paragraph in the magic items rules, gives the example of turning a +1 longsword, to a flaming +1 longsword, costing only the difference between a plain +1 weapon and a +1 ...
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Can a non-action be taken as part of an OA/reaction?

Some acts, such as dropping items or speaking, are consistently considered "non-actions" in the D&D rules (I'm asking about 3.5e in this question, but it seems that this is consistent among all ...
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Can a monster use its other actions during a Multiattack?

I'm running my first ever campaign as DM using the modified Starter Set (Mines of Phandelver). One of the monsters (Nothic) has a stat block (under Actions) that states that the monster has a ...
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What happens when a character is shoved into other characters in tight quarters?

On a successful Shove against a target, what are the consequences for creatures directly behind? Scenario: The characters are single file in a narrow corridor (crates and barrels to one side and a ...
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Does beast form entitlement include just mundane animals, or can you also change into things like dragons?

Does beast form entitlement only include mundane animals like cats, or also things like dragons? If so, does it only give basic powers like turning you into a human sized dragon (if you don't also ...
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Does shapechanging come under Entitlement(Shapechange), the Vessel power or can it be either?

I'm a bit confused in part time gods about changing shapes. There are a few powers under the shaping manifestation skill that allow for this. But on the other hand there exists an animal form ...
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Does The Ranger's Feral Senses Accomplish Anything, RAW? [duplicate]

According to this question, Invisible, but unhidden enemies are sensed automatically. However, this seems to contradict the Ranger's Feral Senses ability. FERAL SENSES: You are also aware of the ...
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Do I also add half my level again if I can add a second attribute to a roll?

Consider a level 4 character with 14 Dex and 16 Int. Normally this character would have an initiative modifier of +4; +2 for Dex, and +2 for half level. If this character takes a feat or gains a magic ...
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How does Time Stop interact with “End of Turn” durations?

The spell Time Stop allows you take take extra rounds of action during your turn. For the purpose of effects that have the duration of "End of Turn", would buffing yourself with something that lasted ...
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Does a Cleric with high Wisdom get all their bonus spells? [duplicate]

How do bonus spells work? Bob is a Level 2 Cleric with a 16 Wisdom. The class table grants him the following spells per day [O:4] [L1:2+1] But his high casting stat grants him the following Bonus ...
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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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Does “Shield Specialization” apply to an unwielded “Winged Shield”?

Will I get the feat bonus if I am using both hands to wield a two-handed weapon and having the Winged Shield float near me? The feat: Shield Specialization Benefit: You gain a +1 feat bonus ...
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Duration of feather fall for very long distances

Let's say a character has to go down into a vertical gulf of about ten miles. A helpful NPC (wizard, character level of about 10) who does not want to join her on the way down casts feather fall on ...
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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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Can a Sorcerer with an Int of 2 still cast spells?

Our Sorcerer was hit by massive Int drain, to the point that she had an effective Int of 2. Between then and the time we could fix her Int drain, could she cast spells? There are two obvious factors: ...
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Does “Immune to sleep” affect the Sleep power?

This seems like a silly question at first, but I am not clear how this works with rules as written. The 1st level spell Sleep has the keywords Arcane, Charm, Enchantment, and Implement. It previously ...
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Can brawler fighters sustain grabs from their powers?

The brawler fighter attack powers that enable grabbing contain the following line: ... The grab ends automatically at the end of your next turn. Can players sustain these grabs with a minor ...
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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 happens if a wizard uses Command Undead to command an undead to keep fighting even though it has been Turned by a Cleric

The cleric's turn undead ability sends undead fleeing, but the wizard's spell Command Undead enables him to give orders to the same undead. What happens when a Wizard uses Command Undead to force a ...
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Can you attack multiple targets when you have a rate of fire greater than 1?

I'm DMing a campaign with OSRIC as the base rules and 1e AD&D as secondary rules where needed. One of our characters is using a bow that the rules say has a rate of fire of 2. I'm looking for a ...
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Can a creature designate as the target of a charge a foe the creature can't charge?

The game seems to assume ideal battlefield conditions with perfect intelligence. However, sometimes battlefield conditions aren't ideal and intelligence isn't perfect. The special attack charge says ...
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Is there any way I can doff armor in a single turn?

Lets say I'm a sorcerer disguised as a fighter and I'm wearing that fighter's plate armor. According to RAW, I can't cast spells because I'm not proficient in heavy armor. Is there any way (in RAW) I ...
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Grappling size categories [duplicate]

In the 5e PHB in Grappling it states, "The target of the grapple must be no more than one size larger than you, . . ." Then, in the grapple feat in chapter 6, the last bullet point in that feat ...
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Can I two-weapon fight unarmed?

I want to make a fighter whose primary weapons are his unarmed attacks using the Tavern Brawler feat. If I take the Two Weapon Fighting style would that work with 2 unarmed strikes? In the weapons ...
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Can Detect Magic reveal illusions?

In 5th edition, would Detect Magic reveal illusions such as Invisibility, Disguise Self, etc? While it would not reveal the nature of the illusion, it would reveal that one is present I believe. I ...
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Do you have to finish one action to start another one?

The question is about action economy. I want to know whether you need to finish a continuous action to start an instant action. I am only interested in RAW answers and combat applications, where you ...
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Is this how to overrun?

Below is a summary of the combat maneuver overrun. After checking that for accuracy, I have a few questions. Overrun A creature can attempt an overrun combat maneuver under the following conditions: ...
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Do hydras breathe X times or once?

Hydra (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/monsters/hydra.htm) text includes "...can breathe jets of fire 10 feet high, 10 feet wide, and 20 feet long. All heads breathe once every 1d4 rounds. Each jet deals ...
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Can Clerics be Death Domain and Neutral?

Basically, me and my friend have been arguing for 2 months over Death domain cleric alignment. He keeps referencing the DMGs quote of "The gods of death domain embody murder" and the fact it is a ...
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In order to use a Genasi racial power, must I be in the appropriate manifestation?

I am a Firesoul Genasi with Extra Manifestation (Water) and Extra Manifestation II (Earth). As I understand it, in order to get the passive bonuses that come with each manifestation (i.e. +1 Reflex ...
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Do I have to save once or multiple times vs. grades of Shaken?

In Spycraft, the rules state that a Will save is made whenever a character takes stress damage and their current total damage exceeds a certain threshold. I have heard conflicting rulings, however, ...
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How are statistics determined for an awakened animal?

Do published awakened creatures exist? Is there a stat block in any official text—including Dragon and Dungeon magazines—for a creature that's been the target of the 5th-level Drd spell awaken ...
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What does “possession” mean in the context of Swift Ready?

I'm running a D20 Modern game in which my players have access to D&D spells. This situation though could easily come up in a standard D&D game. One of my players is playing a Duskblade and ...
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Are there rules as written for counter tracking?

I recall running a pre-generated mod years ago, where the NPCs were performing tracking (survival) checks to make their tracks more obscure to the party hunting them. I have been using this since ...
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How much damage do torches used as improvised weapons do?

I'm trying to get to the bottom of using a torch as an improvised weapon in 5e D&D. Moving from the more to the less certain: If you make a melee attack with a burning torch and hit, it deals ...