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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) ...
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Is there any difference between active and passive feats?

I've been wondering about feats: many of them, like Toughness, are "passive", so they are always working and PCs are always enjoying their benefits. Others, instead, like Power attack or Cleave, need ...
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How much weight can an Aarakocra carry when flying?

(related to Prison break with an Aarakocra) The title pretty much says it all. Are the rules for flying creatures the same as for anyone else, using the Strength * 15 = weight in pounds formula ? ...
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Clarification On Staying Hidden For Long Range Spell Snipers

If you have a Sorcerer with Spell Sniper and Distant Spell, you have just gained the ability to cast Scorching Ray at a 480ft range. Let's assume you found a sniper's perch at this distance, and ...
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Can a Druid cast the spell Polymorph on themselves?

A thought occurred to me when I noticed that the Druid can learn the Polymorph spell and I came up with the idea of casting Polymorph on yourself to turn into beast with a challenge rating that ...
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Can Ioun stones be targeted by save vs damage spells/abilities?

@New_DM_Tryingtobesneaky recently asked a question about damaging Ioun stones. ...and left this side note, which the answers don't address: it's hard to believe that some rare/legendary items ...
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Do racial bonuses to skills count toward ranks for synergy?

Page 61 of The Players Handbook says (emphasis mine): Skill Ranks: A character’s number of ranks in a skill is based on how many skill points a character has invested in a skill. Many skills ...
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Is poison evil in Pathfinder?

I thought I recalled in 3.5 poison use was considered an evil act. Is this the same in Pathfinder? I looked through the poison rules and didn't find it. Defining poison use: The act of using poison ...
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What can you do while dead?

D&D is well-known for having incredibly vague and weird rules about how death is defined. Using an extremely pedantic and legalistic reading of the 4th Edition rules as written, what exactly are ...
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Does Skill Focus advance automatically?

The feat Skill Focus (PCR 134) says, You get a +3 bonus on all checks involving the chosen skill. If you have 10 or more ranks in that skill, this bonus increases to +6. My question is, if I ...
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How is an NPC acting against passive resistance resolved?

I'm the GM in a game of Cortex Plus Dramatic loosely based on the core rules of Smallville RPG. A question posed by one of my players has me wondering how NPCs (Features or Extras) resolve passive ...
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Sorcerer subclass: is Wild Magic balanced, compared to Draconic Bloodline? [closed]

I've been planning to create a Sorcerer character (as a player, not a DM), and I noticed that the Wild Magic subclass seems to be uniquely unbalanced compared to the Draconic Bloodline subclass: The ...
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Can PCs attune to a Hag Eye or similar magical items?

I anticipate that in the next session my players are going to encounter and interact with a Hag Eye. It is possible that they will ask whether or not they can, upon dispatching the coven it belongs to,...
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can a character take a dash action multiple times in one round? [duplicate]

if a character is given the ability to take the dash action as a bonus action or take multiple actions on the same turn, can said character use all of them to take the dash action? considering a wood-...
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Can two characters use call lightning from the same storm?

The spell call lightning has a part that reads If you are outdoors in stormy conditions when you cast this spell, the spell gives you control over the existing storm instead of creating a new ...
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AD&D Treasure Generation

I'm running an AD&D campaign for a party of usually-three PCs, who were first level until our most recent session. (As for what they are now, we'll get to that...) I have the 1e DMG (door cover) ...
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Class option for archery + botany + potions

I have a new player who wants to play a half-elf who is: Very intelligent Good at archery Makes potions Knows about plants and botany in order to make potions etc We are starting at first level. ...
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Is Charm Person obvious?

Charm Person has verbal and somatic components. Is there anything in the rules as written that defines how obvious those verbal and somatic components are? Would it be obvious the caster was casting ...
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Would an attacker have advantage over someone who is stabilizing an unconscious creature?

Asked in a different way: Can I still protect myself while taking an action that requires some focus on what I am doing? (i.e. it is probably not limited to stabilizing someone) So the scenario would ...
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Does stabilizing a character in combat provoke an attack of opportunity?

We had a session recently wherein a character went down in combat due to a creature attack. Two other characters stepped up to engage the creature while a third attempted to stabilize the downed ...
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Does the Cat Paws power allow doubling all power-granted movement while climbing?

Cat Paws are an item that helps you climb better, but while making a character who wants to utilize these items for various stunts and attacks I noticed that the wording on the 'double any climbing ...
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Is spell level a character concept or a player concept?

Is there anything in RAW that supports spell level as a character concept, or alternatively that supports it as solely a player concept? On the one hand, I see nothing that explicitly states that a ...
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Can a familiar travel any distance?

I (the DM) had this thought that the familiar who belongs to an evil wizard far away from the players was delivering a message to the Bugbear leader of a band of goblins who was under the command of ...
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Can a Cancer Mage use both its Touch Attacks?

Cancer Mages (from The Book of Vile Darkness) gain these two abilities: Contagion: ... The touch of a cancer mage carries a contagion spell ... Poison: ... the touch of a cancer mage carries ...
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Race, Class, Level Limitation List

Is there a definitive list for race, class, and level limitations in regards to PCs and NPCs. I'm aware of the table (Character Race Table II.: Class Level Limitations) in the PHB. However, is it ...
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Why can I not sneak attack with Magic Missile?

I have been brewing up a character build that uses Toppling Spell to knock creatures prone with Magic Missile. I stumbled across Kobold Style, specifically Kobold Groundling, and realized that if I ...
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Does ki count as magic for the purpose of an antimagic field, or is it only fluff?

I was verifying whether my fighter's Sun Blade would in fact be a useless hilt in an antimagic field (AMF) and came across this question on a few other sites, and it piqued my interest. My first ...
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How to make Second Wind a non-Standard action? [closed]

Second Wind is a Standard Action that allow you to use a healing surge and get a defensive bonus for one turn. What are the options the system gives to reduce this action from Standard to anything ...
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Dominating a summoned creature

I have a Sidhe House Guard adjacent to me, from the Summon Sidhe Ally power (Sidhe Lord Character Theme). A Mind Flayer attacks and hits me, and I use the Immediate Interrupt power of my House Guard ...
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Can Contingency plus Dispel Magic be used to mitigate all negative Wild Magic outcomes?

Is the following use of Contingency legal? You are a Wild Mage Sorcerer with Wizard levels. You cast Contingency with the following trigger condition: any time wild magic causes you to cast fireball ...
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Can I charge by falling toward my enemy?

I have a charging Slayer wearing Cat Tabi. Cat Tabi are boots that make you always land on your feet, and have a daily ability that makes you take no falling damage. I was imagining scenarios where ...
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Can a red dragon be boiled to death?

Red dragons have immunity to fire. They take no damage from fire, lava, or anything like that. But in both Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and Pathfinder Boiling water deals 1d6 points of scalding ...
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Is it possible for a Cleric to catch up on spell levels not gained because of a prestige class?

I am currently looking to build a Cleric of Kossuth with levels in Elemental Savant (Complete Arcane, p.22). They got some neat tricks that I would love to integrate into my character. However, the ...
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Does Tenebrous Spell improve shadow spells?

Tenebrous Spell grants a +1 bonus to DC when casting a spell in darkness or dim light conditions. Then it goes on to say (emphasis mine) A tenebrous spell uses up a spell Slot one level higher ...
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Regarding Suggestion, does “obviously harmful” include financial/economic ruin, or only only physical detriment? [closed]

The Suggestion spell reads as follows: Suggestion (PHB, p. 279) You suggest a course of activity (limited to a sentence or two) and magically influence a creature you can see within range that ...
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Does Psionic Meditation allow a psion to psionically focus his psicrystal as a move action?

The feat Psicrystal Affinity grants the psion a psicrystal. The feat Psicrystal Containment allows the psion to take a full-round action to make a Concentration skill check (DC 20) to have the ...
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Can The Duration Of Illusory Reality Be Extended?

As a related question to this one, is there any way to extend the duration of Illusory Reality? My thoughts are either: Through re-casting it with a bonus action on the next round, or Extend it with ...
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Can Illusory Reality Bind Or Restrain Opponents?

Say you use Major Image. You tightly wrap your opponents with illusory adamantium chains (or another material strong enough your opponent cannot reasonably destroy), then make it real with Illusory ...
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Can Raise Dead revive a character with zero maximum Hit Points?

So, a character died from Draining Kiss of a succubus and his Max HP is 0. Can he be restored by Raise Dead, or does he need a higher level spell? Or a Greater Restoration cast on his lifeless body ...
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Can the Forbiddance spell be placed on a moving area? (like a ship) [duplicate]

The spell Forbiddance reads: Forbiddance seals an area against all planar travel into or within it. Can this area be mobile? Such as a the deck of a ship? More specifically, my campaign is in ...
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How to determine the PTGS for character with high power and low forte?

Consider a character with power 4 and forte 2 (perhaps due to permanent injury reducing forte). Mortal wound is 9, superficial is 2, and the interval between wound levels is 1. But this is not ...
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How can significant injuries like broken bones be healed?

During a campaign I ran several years ago, one player's character suffered nonlethal damage during a sparring session and broke his arm. When he healed the damage naturally overnight, he argued that ...
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Can I use Silent Image as an adjacent enemy for Sneak Attack?

Sneak attack says: You don't need advantage on the attack roll if another enemy of the target is within 5ft of it, that enemy isn't incapacitated, and you don't have disadvantage on the attack ...
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Does Concentrate Poison Stack?

As the title suggests: Does Concentrate Poison Stack with itself? This is one of those weird questions that I honestly would have expected to have been asked somewhere, especially here, but I haven't ...
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How does Pathfinder Dire Crocodile death roll work?

The perfect opportunity arose for my players to encounter a dire crocodile, but as I have been preparing for the encounter, I have been a bit confused as to how to interpret the death roll rules. The ...
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Can you use your reaction while ethereal from the blink spell?

If you have blink active and roll over 11 at the end of your turn, you're no longer on material plane. Are you then able to use your reaction? E.g. During turn, X melee attacks Y then ends turn in ...
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Which spells trigger the second benefit of Shield Master?

The Shield Master feat includes the following benefit: lf you aren't incapacitated, you can add your shield's AC bonus to any Dexterity saving throw you make against a spell or other harmful ...
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Can you Horde Breaker to gain attack (against an ally) and give up attack for commander's strike so ally gains attack?

To be more specific, the character in question is a Ranger using the 'ranger without spells' from the UA article on variant class designs, but the same thing can be done by a fighter-3 (battlemaster)/...
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Actions after a Grapple [closed]

I'm playing a Goliath Barbarian, focusing on the inherent grappling advantages. I'm trying to pull as much benefit from Powerful Build as possible. My specific questions are: Considering my Goliath ...
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Does Divine Sense negate Mirror Image?

My players went up against a homebrew creature I made, it was a fallen angel that could cast Mirror Image. Our paladin had the idea to use his Divine Sense ability to be able to tell which Image was ...