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Does the “heroic level defense bonus” make armor pointless for DEX based characters?

I admit I'm a bit confused about the way how "Star Wars - Saga Edition" handles it's defenses, especially because of the addition of the heroic level. Reflex Defense: 10 + [your heroic level or ...
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How should we interpret the word “death” in the Deck of Many Things, Jack of Hearts, Knight?

Reading the description of the Deck of Many Things for the Jack of Hearts card, Knight, it says: the fighter ... serves you loyally until death.... (DMG5e, p.164) Usually, descriptions say ...
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Automatic-Dodge vs. Regular Dodge Bonus

I've been consulting a few RIFTS and Palladium system forums online to try and figure out exactly how the Automatic Dodge system in the games work and have been rather unsuccessful. So I'm turning to ...
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Where are the rules for Ride skill and beasts?

The ride skill (not pilot) in SAGA edition core rule books states: Use this skill to ride any kind of mount, such as a tauntaun, dewback or bantha Obviously these are types of beasts, as opposed ...
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Can I get trapped in my own Demiplane?

I've been looking at the 8th-level spell Demiplane: When the spell ends, the door disappears, and any creatures or objects inside the demiplane remain trapped there, as the door also disappears ...
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What's the real benefit of the feat Owlbear Berserker?

The benefit of the feat Owlbear Berserker says When grappling, you can make an unarmed attack to deal 1d6 points of normal damage with a successful grapple check. You do not suffer the usual −4 ...
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Does Jack Of All Trades allow me to keep the bonus after I become proficient in the skill later?

Starting at 2nd level, you can add half your proficiency bonus, rounded down, to any ability check you make that doesn't already include your proficiency bonus. I could at level 2 add half my ...
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What happens to a permanent Greater Magic Fang if you lose your natural weapon?

For instance, a caster with access to permanency and Greater Magic Fang casts a permanent GMF (claw) on a weretiger while he is in tiger form. When the lycan shifts back to his human form (no longer ...
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Do weapon enhancing spells let them hit incorporeal opponents?

So, a party of a Fighter, a Rogue, a Barbarian and a Wizard walks into a ghost city, and meets a hostile Joystealer (or a ghost, or some other incorporeal enemy). The party only has mundane and ...
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What happens if I empower a spell with limits?

In last session, out of panic, my magus used an empowered mirror image to protect himself. I rolled a 4 on the dice, +3 since I'm level 9, which totals 7 images, and the empower would bring that ...
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What specifically does Jack Of All Trades apply to?

Starting at 2nd level, you can add half your proficiency bonus, rounded own, to any ability check you make that doesn't already include your proficiency bonus. I was wondering if this meant I ...
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Do Wizards have to pay to learn new spells as they level?

I have long been conflicted on this point: do Wizards need to pay to write spells they learn for leveling into their spellbook, or just when copying from a scroll or another spell book? It seems that ...
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Does making a Sleight of Hand skill check really provoke an attack of opportunity?

The feat Cutpurse (Dragon Compendium Volume 1 95) has as its normal entry the following: Using Sleight of Hand in melee provokes an attack of opportunity. The feat Master Pickpocket (City of ...
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What is the RAW of how Dodge works?

A few of my players think I am handling the Dodge Bonus incorrectly. I make all the dodge bonus apply only to a single designated target. After doing my research I am not so sure anymore. What is the ...
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Does grappling an enemy into an AOE also subject the grappler to the AOE?

Suppose the Fighter is successfully grappling an Orc. The Fighter then drags the Orc into the area of his Druid friend's Moonbeam so that, grid-wise, the Orc's space is fully inside the Moonbeam's AOE ...
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How exactly do disease and damage points stack in Shadows of Esteren?

I'm having a bit of a struggle with understanding how disease and damage points stack. The way I'm currently seeing it is: Character has clear health track. Lets say the character acquires 2 disease ...
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Can the area of effect of a spell be moved only if the description specifies so?

I understand that the effect of certain spells, once cast, cannot be moved around. A Web for example, is all sticky, a stonewall is not going to move... However, the Insect Plague spell, which my ...
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What is the standard limit on senses (vision, hearing)? [duplicate]

Just as the title asks, what is the normal limit on how far a character can see/hear under normal conditions (normal lighting, no fog or other weather interference)? Under the Vision and Light ...
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Can Alchemist use two different discoveries in the same bomb?

Long story short, while talking to my player he asked me this: can alchemist use two different discoveries in the same bomb? For example, could he use Acid Bomb and Immolation Bomb in the same bomb? ...
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Pathfinder: skinwalker druids and their racial bonus

Skinwalker is a Pathfinder race. They have the Change Shape racial ability to assume a so-called bestial form 3+1/2 character level times per day. While in bestial form, they gain a +2 racial bonus to ...
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What actions can a burrowed creature take?

A player in my upcoming game wants to play a burrowing race. I couldn't find rules about what sort of actions a burrow creature can take. Do rules exist for burrowing creatures: Attacking from ...
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Is Baleful Polymorph really this weak?

So, Polymorph subschool spells apparently end if you want them to, whenever you are subject to a new polymorph spell. Does this mean I can use literally any Polymorph spell to end Baleful Polymorph? ...
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How small can I make a character, mostly permanently, at 18th level?

Druids can wild shape once and become diminutive for (functionally) the whole day. Other than that, how small can a character get - either permanently or with a few rounds once per day - on a regular ...
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Are there official stats for an Illithid “Elder Brain”?

During an episode of Critical Role, the PCs battle an Illithid Elder Brain. I tried to find out more about this creature for possible inclusion in a campaign, but it barely has a mention in the ...
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Does magick fail with a single rolled 1?

I am not sure if I understand the rules correctly how Magick actually works (Edit: in the 2nd Edition): Tell what you want to do Check if you know how to do this Roll as much dice as you wish with ...
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Is a ranger's favored enemy damage bonus precision damage?

The Player's Handbook on the ranger's extraordinary ability favored enemy says At 1st level, a ranger may select a type of creature from among those given on Table 3–14: Ranger Favored Enemies. ...
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Did the designers intend that you need only carry the Cloak of Charisma to get the bonus?

The SRD's entry for the Cloak of Charisma says: This lightweight and fashionable cloak has a highly decorative silver trim. When in a character’s possession, it adds a +2, +4, or +6 enhancement ...
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Can a creature grappling someone move them into the chasm

The situation is like this. PCs having a fight on a battlefield with several very deep chasms. One of the PCs attempt to grapple an enemy, then moves with him into one of the chasms (bringing himself ...
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Limitations of targeting of 'Friends' cantrip

The "Friends" cantrip (PHB pg 244) has a range of "self", but it also affects "one creature of your choice". Can this creature be one you can't see, such as one behind a door? This question: What ...
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Can becoming a familiar make an improved familiar stupider?

The feat Improved Familiar (DMG 200) says that Improved familiars otherwise use the rules on page 52 of the Player’s Handbook, with two exceptions: If the creature’s type is something other than ...
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Do Crossbows add Dex to damage?

My long-term RPG instinct is to say "clearly they don't". (Pathfinder, 3.5, AD&D, etc.) Looking at some NPCs seems to be back this up. The Veteran (MM 350) deals a straight 1d10 with their Heavy ...
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Do you fall through the floor when you cast Prismatic Sphere?

Prismatic Sphere functions in Pathfinder like Prismatic Wall. Underneath Prismatic Wall it states that the 7th (violet) layer of the sphere/wall has the following effect: "Energy field destroys all ...
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What's the training cost for, and is it still paid if you're being taught for free?

I have a player in my game who wants to learn Draconic from his two party members in their downtime. Something that he was wondering about was why he has to pay 1gp if the party members are freely ...
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Does unlimited Wild Shape make Circle of the Moon archdruids virtually unkillable?

Page 67 of the PHB states that druids gain all the hit points of whatever creature they become when using Wild Shape, and when that shape drops to 0hp, only the excess damage carries over to the ...
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How does Hurl Through Hell work in Mechanus?

The variant rule for Mechanus states that all rolls made there are automatically the average. However, what happens when a Fiend Pact Warlock uses their Hurl Through Hell feature there? Can they not ...
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Is a Warlock Eldritch Blast/Invocation use unlimited?

A Bit of background. I've decided to roll up a Warlock NPC as one of the final bosses for my campaign using the class from Complete Arcane since it fits in with some of the underlying themes and ...
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When multiclassing, do you gain feats only when you reach a certain level in every class? [duplicate]

I would like to be sure I'm reading the RAW correctly on this one... Say I want to multiclass as a Fighter/Cleric/Wizard and add one level to each class going in order. So at level 3 I have one level ...
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Can a Ranger refuse to hate their favored enemy?

In our group, we have a certain ranger that isn't too bad at roleplay (given that their background is hermit and they are naturally antisocial), and is a good and valuable player. This player is a ...
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Is dropping a weapon, “free” in D&D 5e?

I've seen many people on StackExchange and other forums mention that you can drop something as a free action, but I've never seen it sourced, or come across support for it in the Player's Handbook. ...
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What is the dispel CL of a crafted Pearl of Power?

I asked something similar and didn't get the clarity I was seeking, so I will be more concise. If I craft a 1st level Pearl of Power at CL 1, and it gets hit with a targeted Dispel Magic, what is it's ...
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Order of effects for Swashbuckler's Panache and Butterfly's Sting

I am looking at building a Swashbuckler, and I had the idea of using Butterfly's Sting to pass my critical hits to an ally, after regaining a point of Panache. I have done some Google'ing and there ...
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Does Mystic Arcanum take up a spells known slot?

For levels where you get a new mystic arcanum, the warlock leveling table also shows that you get one more spell known. Are they the same spell, or is the spell you get from mystic arcanum a different ...
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To what domains does Iyachtu Xvim grant access?

The feat Godsblood Spelltheft has as its benefit the ability to select a domain granted by Iyachtu Xvim, the Baneson who assumed his father's hatred and tyranny portfolios for about a decade until he ...
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Does uncanny dodge prevent ranged sneak attacks?

I have a Pathfinder ranged rogue build and I was looking up some some rules on sneak attack. The way I read it, it would seem that it's almost impossible to sneak attack anybody that has with uncanny ...
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Can I trip with the melee attacks from Whirlwind Attack?

I am in the process of building a character to play in an Iron Heroes game, and I was wondering if it was possible to make a whirlwind attack, and with the melee attack provided by whirlwind attack ...
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Does Spell Storing Armor automatically hit with its spell?

The Spell Storing magical armor property states: This armor allows a spellcaster to store a single touch spell of up to 3rd level in it. Anytime a creature hits the wearer with a melee attack or ...
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Are using unarmed strikes and monk weapons the same thing? [closed]

Okay, so I'm having an issue with my DM which I can't resolve. The passage in the PHB (p. 78) on Martial Arts for Monks reads as such: At 1st level, your practice of martial arts gives you mastery ...
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How do you handle the casting of a fireball in a corridor or a small room?

The fireball spell is clearly described as a sphere with a 20' radius. In most case, that is applied at ground level since that's where most creatures are. We can actually see an example of such in ...
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What ways are there to percieve creatures on the ethereal plane?

Good day to you, fellow gamers. Some backstory: While preparing for a published adventure, I have found that one of the enemies that the PCs will have to encounter have a free ability (as an action ...
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Why does the the Cloak of Elvenkind require an action to activate?

The Cloak of Elvenkind requires an action to pull the hood up or down, which gives you the benefits of the item. In the PH page 190 in the side bar it explains examples of things you can do in tandem ...