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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 ...
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Resource describing D&D 4e's World Records

There is a well known topic from the times of D&D 3.5 that listed the world records for some stats, like most attacks per round, highest stat value, and so on. One of such topics is this one. My ...
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How do I identify ongoing magical effects on a creature?

Pretty much as the title says, if I go up against an uberbuffed evil cleric, how can I identify what buffs he has? Detect magic only gives away the school of the spells, but I want to know if he has ...
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What are the limitations on Shape Water? (Elemental Evil Player's Companion)

I have been having a discussion regarding the Shape Water cantrip from the EE Player's Companion. A friend and I are trying to come to an accurate view of how this spell actually functions. Some ...
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What Is The Difference, If Any, Between “Permanent”, and “Until Dispelled”?

Some spells, such as Forbiddance, say that under certain circumstances, they last "Until Dispelled". Other spells, such as Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum, say that under certain circumstances, they ...
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How does having no Con score affect an Undead Kineticist's blasts?

I have been perusing the Occult Adventures content and like the concept of a Kineticist. I was about to add a few as enemies in my undead-focused campaign, when I remembered Undead have no ...
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Can “normal” Hermetic Magi take virtues from Realms of Power: Magic?

Page 43 of Realms of Power: Magic starts a list of new Virtues & Flaws for "when designing magic characters or characters that are somehow associated with the realm of Magic". Hermetic magi are ...
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Is it possible to lose HP on gaining a level?

Say I have a Con modifier of -2 and I roll a 1 for HP on level up, does my max HP go down by 1?
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Is the cost of specific material barding before or after any multipliers?

I am looking at buying Mithral barding for an animal companion. It is a large, non-humanoid creature. I want to buy it full plate. Would the cost be 1500 (base cost of full plate) × 4 (large, ...
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How can one obtain an adamantine weapon?

In the Monster Manual, gargoyles, golems, helmed horrors, and xorns all enjoy either immunity or resistance to: bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage from nonmagical weapons that aren't ...
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Can You Punch/Grapple Ethereal Creatures?

DMG page 48 Border Ethereal: Normally, creatures in the Border Ethereal can't attack creatures on the overlapped plane, and vice versa. A traveler on the Ethereal Plane is invisible and utterly ...
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Does Force Damage Affect Ethereal Creatures?

This passage says that anything made of magical force can affect ethereal creatures. Border Ethereal DMG page 48: A traveler on the Ethereal Plane is invisible and utterly silent to someone on the ...
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Can a demon use a vampire as a follower/worshipper/thrall or a vessel?

In the Demon the Fallen Core Rulebook whenever it talks about a demon's followers, worshippers, thralls, or vessel it always explicitly qualifies them as being mortals. Vampires are not mortals. ...
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Does a controlled mount share its rider's turn?

From "Controlling a Mount" on p.198 of the Player's Handbook: The initiative of a controlled mount changes to match yours when you mount it. It moves as you direct it, and it has only three action ...
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Is There Any Way To Restrict An Enemy's Somatic Component Use?

I can't find anything in the book that would allow me to prevent an enemy from using somatic components. Is there such a way to accomplish this? I originally thought that Manacles would do this, but ...