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Is a player character required to engage in downtime activity?

This question was inspired by a scenario, where a character could use Elven trance and any number of short rests but no long rests. Based on this answer, I have a follow up question. By the rules-as-...
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Does this cheesy character concept violate RAW, and if so how?

Does the following, very cheesy character concept, violate any RAW? Please cite rules or official rulings in your answer. (Apart from RAW, I expect my DM to disallow or limit the concept, in the ...
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Wish for Instant Summons spell gives a sapphire? [duplicate]

Wish: The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. You don’t need to meet any requirements in that spell, including costly components. Instant Summons: ...
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Can you affect multiple targets with multiple Warding Bond casts?

It has come to my attention that the text of Warding Bond, the legal target(s) of Warding Bond, and the rules as written for target's and spell casting and such; leave it possible that Warding Bond ...
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How does encumbrance interact with Enlarge Person?

According to the Carry Capacity rules, an increase in size of one category grants a x2 multiplier to your carrying capacity, and a decrease in size reduces your capacity by half. When under the ...
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Does concealment negate all precision damage?

I will start with the feat that leads me to believe that this might be the case. Shadow Strike: You can deal precision damage, such as sneak attack damage, against targets with concealment (but ...
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Are there higher CR than the Tarrasque in D&D 5?

We were discussing with a DM friend of mine about the challenge ratings in D&D 5, and I affirmed the highest known to this day in the official content is the Tarrasque, with a CR of 30. He then ...
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For Vow of Poverty, how many items does a quiver of arrows count as?

Is a quiver of arrows a single item or 21 separate items under RAW? I'm making a zen archer monk and am wondering if the "Vow of Poverty" is unobtainable with that build.
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Can an Medium Enlarged PC pick up and wield a Large Weapon? [duplicate]

Scenario: A PC has become Large through means of Enlarge Person. All of the gear he carries has been Enlarged with him as per Enlarge Person spell. A Large Greatsword lies on the ground nearby and ...
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Can a Trap-the-Soul enspelled Gem be thrown at it's target?

The Paizo/Pathfinder Spell "Trap the Soul", has two possible triggers. Spell Completion: First, the spell can be completed by speaking its final word as a standard action as if you were casting a ...
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Is Reaper's Challenge really that broken? Did I get it wrong?

I'm DMing a 4e campaign and the PCs are level 19, now, but I have been having trouble with a power. Reaper's Challenge. My group's swordmage saves it through every adventure so he can use it on a ...
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How does the abstraction of AC make sense when flat-footed?

I am looking for a rule-wise explanation of the logic as to why your deflection bonus (e.g. a shield) is counted in your flat-footed AC. From what I understand, being flat-footed means you didn't see ...
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Does the Ray of Sickness cause poison damage twice on a failed save?

The spell says: On a failed save, it is also poisoned until the end of your next turn. Does that mean the 2d8 poison damage reapplies on the following turn, or is that just a statement meaning ...
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Where is it stated that you can gain spells as favored class option?

This question Human Favored Class: Sorcerer on here brought something up that I never heard before. After reading it I checked the SRD again and found nothing there. In essence it states that as ...
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How does the Crusader's Steely Resolve class feature work exactly?

I am trying to understand how the Crusader's Steely Resolve class feature works in "corner" cases. From Tome of Battle, p. 10, we get: Steely Resolve (Ex): [...] At the end of your next turn,...
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What will cause a bard to cease maintaining inspire courage?

My party just entered a cave. I have melodic casting as a feat. Usually I wait until the first round of combat to activate inspire courage. But the more I think about it, why not just do it right ...
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Does the DC increase of multiple iron spikes stack?

The gear Iron spikes description says: Hammering one of these blunt, wide metal wedges between a door and its frame requires a standard action and adds 5 to the DC of checks to open the door. If ...
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Can a character elect to be considered “running” or “sprinting” even if they don't exceed their walk rate?

The problem is a matter of wording. The core rulebook equates distance (walk rate, run rate) with terms that describe speed (walking, running, sprinting). For example, say we have a Human with an ...
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Spell Combat and Halfling Sling Staff/Thrown Weapons

My question is pretty straightforward. The Magus ability spellstrike reads: To use this ability, the magus must have one hand free (even if the spell being cast does not have somatic components), ...
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Do creatures with Legendary Resistance know what is hitting them in order to choose to use the resistance or not?

Say I cast a Fireball at a white dragon, it definitively knows that the spell cast was a Fireball, with all those flames around... However, some spells are more subtle, such as Banishment. Maybe the ...
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Is the bonus domain of the Contemplative class restricted?

I have a D&D 3.5e cleric who is lawful good and has no patron deity, but still meets all of the prerequisites for the Contemplative prestige class (Complete Divine) by grace of having: had ...
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Dissonant Whispers: For how long does a creature run/stay away after a failed save?

I'm playing a Bard in a 5E campaign. One of my most useful spells has been Dissonant Whispers. It's saved the party quite a few times but the question has come up and I've not found any answers in ...
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Can a Shadow Dragon become a Dracolich or vice versa?

Can a Shadow Dragon subdue itself to the ritual that would transform it into a Dracolich? Likewise, would a Dracolich that stays in Shadowfell for a time gain the traits of a Shadow Dragon? According ...
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Computing treasure from an NPC encounter

I've been reading and cant make heads or tails how to generate treasure awarded after defeating an NPC. For example, a level 2 warrior human that the players kill. I can look up his wealth by ...
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Does a petrified creature count as an object?

I'm curious whether the Siege Monster special ability that allows a creature to deal double damage to objects would allow them to deal double damage to a petrified character. It seems like this ought ...
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How to get out of a pit?

Adventurer(s) have fallen into a pit and want to get out. Being the murderhoboes they are, they have not prepared for such an occasion. In fact, they are only wearing pitiful rags (that do not a ...
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What are the effects of adopting a patron deity later on? [duplicate]

I have a D&D 3.5e cleric with the Time and Travel bonus domains and no specific patron deity (bonus domains based on personal beliefs and inclinations). This cleric meets all of the requirements ...
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What are the limits of Mage Hand Legerdemain?

I'm honestly shocked I couldn't find this, I swear I've seen it before and if I overlooked it and this is a duplicate, by all means tell me, but otherwise here it goes. We recently started a thief ...
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If you're flying, does dismounting still take a move action?

If you are mounted and are flying, such as under the affects of a fly spell, does dismounting take a move action still? The ride skill seems silent on this, specifically on what actually makes this ...
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Does the act of readying an action, use one of your standard actions?

It says in TPH (page 160) The ready action lets you prepare to take an action later, after your turn is over but before your next one has begun. Readying is a standard action. It does not ...
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Does the Epic Loremaster learn new spells if he attains a new level?

According to the SRD, about the Epic Loremaster: The epic loremaster’s caster level increases by 1 for each new loremaster level she attains. If she has more than one spellcasting class, she must ...
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Echoing Spell, Spell Perfection and a second metamagic feat

Spell Perfection Pick one spell which you have the ability to cast. Whenever you cast that spell you may apply any one metamagic feat you have to that spell without affecting its level or casting ...
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Improvised throwing weapon - lantern

Is my interpretation of these rules correct? Throwing a lantern to attempt to hit a specific spot on the ground 50ft away. 4 to attack because it's improvised 10ft range increment, so -8 to attack ...
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Does an earth elemental give a bonus or benefit to digging?

Does a summoned small Earth Elemental give any bonus or benefit to digging through stone? An example case: Bob the L5 Wizard wants to hide a treasure chest weighing 50 pounds in the lowest level of ...
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Are you still two-weapon fighting if you've thrown one of your two weapons and are no longer holding it?

In this question we see that two-weapon fighting with darts is not possible because they are not melee weapons. Let's replace the darts in that scenario with daggers, which are valid light melee ...
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Is It Possible To Lift A Grappled Opponent Multiple Times On The Same Turn?

This question follows from this question: What Are The Minimum Stats To Cause Fall Damage When Grappling Plus Jumping? In my answer to that question, I came up with the following minimum stats to ...
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When does the player choose to apply effort to increase damage?

In Numenera, players can apply effort to increase their chance to hit with an attack and/or to increase the damage of the attack. Thus far, my group has been playing that they can apply the effort ...
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Can You Two-Weapon Fight With a Dart?

A spin-off question from an earlier post, can you two-weapon fight with a dart or other thrown ranged weapons? Two-Weapon Fighting When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee ...
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What is a straight line for running?

You must run in a straight line and you can't run over difficult terrain or obstacles. If I wanted to run at a non-45 degree angle, do I use a line from each starting corner to each ending corner in ...
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How Does One Investigate A Silent Image?

I love illusions, including Silent Image, but unfortunately I don't think it's always handled correctly. I'd like to clarify the RAW interpretation of this spell for this purpose, specifically when ...
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Do doorways count as corners regarding tactical movement?

You can't move diagonally past a corner. Does moving through a doorway on the battlemat count as a corner? I.e., I can't move diagonally through a doorway? ...
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Does an Arcane Trickster's Invisible Mage Hand Conceal Objects It Carries?

I've been playing D&D 5e since it came out but this is my first time playing an Arcane Trickster. While thinking about some creative ways to use my invisible mage hand, I encountered something ...
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Poisoned and Bleeding, when do they die?

I'm planning a scenario where an assassin has managed to both injure and poison two victims, let's hope our heroes get there in time! I just wanted to check my understanding of the relevant ...
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Can mind manipulation override the “no suicide” clause of Geas?

My situation is as follows: One of my players wanted to force a creature to commit suicide by casting geas on it, with the suggestion for the creature to jump into a pit (which the party knew to be a ...
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How does Sunder work with Magic Weapons?

Looking at the rules of Sunder, it states that the weapon's damage is reduced by the item's hardness before being applied to the item, and Greater Sunder states that any excess damage is inflicted on ...
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Is Damage Reduction a Supernatural or Extraordinary ability?

From the MM Damage Reduction (Ex or Su): A creature with this special quality ignores damage from most weapons and natural attacks. So it's either Extraordinary or Supernatural. However, for ...
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Does Silent Image Move On Its First Round?

I love illusions, including Silent Image, but unfortunately I don't think it's always handled correctly. I'd like to clarify the RAW interpretation of this spell for this purpose. Here is the text of ...
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When Silent Image Is Disbelieved, Is It Transparent?

I love illusions, including Silent Image, but unfortunately I don't think it's always handled correctly. I'd like to clarify the RAW interpretation of this spell for this purpose. Here is the text of ...
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Can multiple ghosts use Malevolence on one creature?

Ghosts have the ability Malevolence that allows them to possess a creature. This ability is similar to a magic jar spell (caster level 10th or the ghost’s Hit Dice, whichever is higher), except ...
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Does D&D 5e have specific rules for what is good and evil?

It's clear that in the game of D&D, 'good' and 'evil' are objective. The 5th edition Player's Handbook gives a few small examples of alignment behaviour on page 122, such as: Lawful Good (LG) ...