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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 ...
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Can one force jump into engaged?

If one moves normally it is so that you move into short distance then another maneuver to move into engaged. But my question is now if I use force jump (enhance force tree) and am able to jump medium ...
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Does a black dragon's Corrupt Water (Su) affect Alchemists' extracts?

Talking with my friends about the "alchemy" of the Alchemist class, we're fighting about the alchemist extracts. Look at this description: Extracts are the most varied of the three. In many ways, ...
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Will zone of truth affect the dead?

Cleric Bob has hit on an idea to try and compel an orc that attacked him (and is now deceased) to speak the truth so he can find out where their stronghold is. Cleric Freds plan is to cast Zone Of ...
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Dispel via opposite spells [duplicate]

This question was developed as an extension of one that is related. What interests me in particular is the part about dispeling. I'm totally agree with the linked answer to that related question ...
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Do effects granting extra dice stack?

I am sure I read somewhere that bonus dice to attacks do not stack with each other, one of my players disputes this, and I can't find rulings about it either way. I know that generally speaking, ...
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Do unconscious characters get will saves?

If a character is unconscious (for example, negative hit points, NOT sleeping) and a spell targets them that allows a will save, can they take it? While I know they count as 'willing' for spells that ...
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Can you see the moon with the spot skill?

This is born from a... pedantic ... argument. The argument is, with the spot skill, you take a -1 penalty per 10 feet of distance to the object you are trying to spot. Trying to see the moon on a ...
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Does shapechange give me access to a creature's spells?

Shapechange is a spell that gives you most of the abilities of a chosen form. Specifically: You gain all extraordinary and supernatural abilities (both attacks and qualities) of the assumed form ...
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Can you “backstab” with a siege weapon?

The 2002 movie The Gamers has a famous scene where the party's thief backstabs someone with a ballista.* The movie uses a vaguely Dungeons-and-Dragons-ish system. Would any of the versions of ...
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How does a Pseudodragon interact with Find Familiar?

The Find Familiar spells allows a magic user to summon a spirit which takes on an animal form to serve as a familiar. If it is defeated, it disappears, and can be resummoned by casting the spell ...
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When limited wish duplicates a spell, is the duplicated spell that spell or limited wish?

When the spell limited wish is used to duplicate a spell, is that effect the actual spell or, instead, is that effect limited wish reproducing the spell's effect? The 7th-level Sor/Wiz spell limited ...
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Heal as a paladin spell

By far the best healing spell in the game, heal, is a 6th-level spell for clerics. It’s also found on the Healing domain, again as a 6th-level spell. Various other classes get it as a 6th-level spell, ...
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Do cantrips granted by Magic Initiate count towards “Cantrips Known”?

With regards to the Magic Initiate feat (PHB pg. 168): It seems obvious that the 1st-level spell is treated as a special case with its own slot (this also seems to be the consensus from other ...
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What does it mean when a spell “counters and dispels” another?

In 3.x, some spells state that they "counter and dispel" other specific spells. Does a spell used in either of these ways still have it's normal effects? Does this depend on the specific 3.x system ...
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Where are the rules for tracking damage?

A few weeks ago I had asked a question which dealt with an Eidolon losing HP when they get some distance from their summoner. The answer to that question had me find out that I might have been ...
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What does a Character lose when his mental stats go below 3?

Is there a minimum intelligence requirement for taking class levels? If so, would a character reduced to very low int also temporarily lose his class levels? What are the requirements for feats as ...
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Does Improved Precise Shot negate the need for the the Sniper's Eye rogue talent concerning sneak attack and concealment?

Since Improved Precise Shot allows your ranged attacks to ignore any concealment less than total concealment, does a creature with Sneak Attack and Improved Precise Shot have any need for the Sniper's ...
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Is initiative ordinal or numerical?

Is the term “initiative” in D&D 5e combat the number that you roll, or your order in the combat turn?
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How are simultaneously-triggered Readied actions resolved?

Concerning the following scenario: On her turn of the combat round, Alice readies an action to attack Bob as soon as he's within her weapon's reach. On his subsequent turn in the same round, Bob ...
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What is the maximum number of attacks a single character can make in 1 round?

Introduction A friend and I were discussing our builds for an upcoming venture into Star Wars: Saga Edition and we're dabbling with multiattack characters: one melee and one ranged, and need some ...
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Can the spell “Command” be used to cause unwitting damage?

The PHB gives the following description of the 1st-level spell Command (emphasis mine), and I'm curious about the implications of the RAW here: You speak a one-word command to a creature you can ...
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Rules for creating new poisons

I suspect this question has a very easy and very specific answer, but I'm of the opinion that lack of a positive does not confirm existence of a negative. So, maybe one person who knows the rules a ...
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How can a 13th-level wizard get a 17th-level wizard to fail a will save?

I am planning a plot that involves an evil wizard who reached lichdom, was defeated by another (good) wizard (his phylactery was also destroyed), was resurrected by a resurrection spell (he wasn't a ...
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Class skills from Starting Occupations and Class skills from Character Classes

I don't quite get the interaction between the class skills one can get from the starting occupation and the ones one can get from the class. Example: I start with a Transporter Occupation (d20 ...
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Can you summon an Elemental Myrmidon, and if so, do you need the armor?

If I cast Conjure Elemental at a higher level, could I summon an Elemental Myrmidon? Also, it says they are summoned into armor, empowering them, so would you need some armor to summon one?
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Poison from bite [duplicate]

DM'ing my first 5e campaign. Had my players fighting Giant Spiders. Monster manual states that the spiders bite does 1D8 +2 damage. Character must also make a DC11 save on on failure takes 2D8 ...