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Is a Dragonwrought Kobold a True Dragon?

The Monster Manual refers to some creatures with the Dragon type as “True Dragons,” and some later books refer to True Dragon status as a prerequisite for various options. Races of the ...
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Immediate actions during other actions

As we all know, immediate actions are just like swift actions, but can be performed outside of one's turn. However, unlike a swift action, an immediate action can be performed at any time - even ...
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Does concealment allow a rogue to make sneak attack?

Can a rogue use cover or concealment in order to Hide, and thereafter make sneak attacks against enemies he is hidden from? For example: A rogue sneak attacks an ogre in melee, then runs behind a ...
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Are there any rules for a Cleric to change his faith?

There are rules for a Cleric who loses faith, and how to regain his standing through atonement. But what if he abandons one faith entirely for another? Presumably his new god/faith should be picking ...
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What Are Freedom of Movement's Limits?

What conditions and effects does the spell freedom of movement [abjur] (PH 233) overcome? I want a fair, reasonable, and consistent method to determine what spells and conditions are overcome by the ...
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Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?

This question is inspired by discussion here, about how Heighten Spell works with Reserve Feats. The question that I am asking here deals with whether or not players can cast spells using spell slots ...
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Multiclassing: How do Ability Score Improvements work?

Given that every class gets a minimum of 5 ability score improvements each at levels 4, 8, 12, 16, and 19 (Rogue and Fighter get more at other levels), do these ability score improvements occur by ...
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Two-Weapon Fighting & Bonus Action in 5e

During the latest gaming session our level 3 Rogue was Two-Weapon fighting with a Rapier in the main-hand and a scimitar in the off-hand. At the completion of our gaming session I contested the ...
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What is the meaning of 'permanent' in description of True Polymorph?

Following on from this question: Can I True Polymorph a goblin into adamantine (and then forge him into a sword?) Casting True Polymorph on an unwilling creature (relevant parts included only): ...
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Fey Ancestry - What spells and effects are covered by 'advantage against being charmed'

Elves and Half-Elves have Fey Ancestry, which states You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed. What spells and effects are covered by this? Only Charm Person? Enchantment spells ...
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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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Is this how to hide?

I know that Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 is a pretty lousy stealth simulator--which is probably why I've not seen a lot of folks try to play characters that hide--, but I want to clarify the hiding rules ...
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Can a “theurge” prestige class increase the level of a different “theurge” prestige class?

Consider a build something along these lines: Wizard (some levels) Cleric (some levels) Mystic Theurge (advancing Wizard and Cleric spellcasting) Binder (some levels) Anima Mage (advancing Binder ...
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Can I two-weapon fight unarmed?

I want to make a fighter whose primary weapons are his unarmed attacks using the Tavern Brawler feat. If I take the Two Weapon Fighting style would that work with 2 unarmed strikes? In the weapons ...
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Do creatures with inappropriately sized reach weapons threaten different areas?

Specific Examples & Questions Basic Question: Does a grig (MM 235) wielding a Tiny longspear (PH 116, 119) (2 gp 5 sp; 0.9 lbs.) threaten no squares, adjacent squares, or squares 10 ft. ...
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What does Assassinate mean by “surprised”, and can it be used multiple times?

I need some elaboration on what is covered by "surprised". The Assassin Rogue’s special feature “Assassinate” states: …In addition, if you (...) hit a creature that is surprised, you score a ...
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How far can characters see?

Let's assume we have some PCs moving along infinitely flat plains. In the air (some distance away) is a large creature with a rider that can cast spells. In optimal conditions (so there's normal ...
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How do Pathfinder's vision penalties due to darkness work?

So, the penalties that are applied when two characters are in darkness, attacking each other, are perfectly clear in the Pathfinder rules: In an area of dim light, a character can see somewhat. ...
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When does a flying creature start and end falling?

Situation: Alice the Aarakokra sees Bob the Battlemaster coming. She ascends to 605', just out of the 600' range of Bob's longbow. Bob (Str 14) performs a running high jump 5' into the air and ...
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What is the source defining what is RAW?

While discussing what constitutes RAW with NautArch in the comments on this question he claimed the Starter Rules aren't RAW. While I'm aware that they are incomplete I can't belive that they are ...
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Does an Enhancement bonus on clothing become an Armor bonus?

Given this discussion I had here about combining Magic Vestment and Coat of Many Stars: Targeting what you're wearing would get you two different, non-stacking sources of Armor bonus. – Zachiel ...
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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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What happens if a Rainbow Servant takes levels in Mystic Theurge?

When a Rainbow Servant hits level 10 they gain access to all nondomain Cleric spells. All spells that do not appear on any other spell list they have are cast as Divine spells. This means that, if ...
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Are humans living creatures? By the rules, that is?

We know they are. But are they, by RAW? There are many spells and effects, especially "cure" series, that works or not depending on creature being living one or not. This question shows that in many ...
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Does the Ranger's Companion synergize with the Ranger?

The Ranger Beast Master subclass gets an animal companion under the ranger companion ability, which for free can move about the battle field, or using the Ranger's action can make an attack. Being a ...
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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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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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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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Are Spell-Like Abilities actually Spells?

An interesting point of contention surrounding the definition of a spell-like ability arose whilst answering this question. Are spell-like abilities actually spells? The question mentioned a Flail ...
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Sniping: How Does It Work?

The Player's Handbook says the following about sniping: Sniping: If you’ve already successfully hidden at least 10 feet from your target, you can make one ranged attack, then immediately hide ...
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Does the Vanguard Weapon property only trigger when used to make the attack?

This question is in response to my answer for Do Properties of magic weapons stack when using Two-Weapon Fighting? which I deleted because of contention. In short I suggested that weapons, such as ...
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The Stack'O'Mounts

This is an exercise in ridiculousness, but I find it quite fun to consider - hence powergaming. Let's consider three characters: a gnomish cavalier (small) with his wolf mount (medium), half-orc ...
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Is summoning undead evil? Why?

My Question is: Where can I reference the RAW as to (1) that summoning undead is always an evil act, and (2) why summoning undead is always an evil act? The background is: Some of the players in my ...
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Is there an unarmed strike proficiency in D&D 3.5, and, if there is, do monks get it for free?

I'm trying to settle a coffee break argument - does a weapon proficiency for unarmed strike exist (either explicitly, or under some other more general weapon proficiency) under D&D 3.5 rules, and, ...
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When do Lair Actions occur?

The Monster Manual describes Lair Actions as occurring "On initiative count 20 (losing all ties)..." (p 11). What does "initiative count 20" mean? I can't find that phrase anywhere in the PHB or in ...
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Is a license required for each weapon, or does one cover all?

During character creation, are characters required to purchase multiple licenses for their restricted weapons, or does one license cover them all? In the provided examples it looks as if one does but,...
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Can you intentionally fail a skill check?

This comes up to me in the context of the 3.x/PF/d20 Fly skill, even when I simply read about it: Can you intentionally fail a Fly skill check, or any other skill check for that matter, if you, or ...
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Can any creature elect to make touch attacks or ranged touch attacks?

Can a creature lacking a special ability to make either touch attacks or ranged touch attacks nonetheless make against his foes—without provoking attacks of opportunity—touch attacks or ranged touch ...
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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 do “per day” spell-like abilities recover in 3rd edition?

In D&D 3.0 and 3.5, when does a creature with spell-like abilities limited by "per day" uses regain their expired uses? At the beginning of the next new day? (i..e, at midnight, dusk, or dawn,...
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Can swarms be pushed or pulled?

Following up my question about grappling conditions on swarms, a situation came up in my group when the Druid attempted to use the spell Thorn Whip to pull a swarm of piranhas on shore to defeat them, ...
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Can I use Vampiric Touch on myself?

The Spell Vampiric Touch states: Your touch deals 1d6 points of damage per two caster levels (maximum 10d6). You gain temporary hit points equal to the damage you deal. You can't gain more ...
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How to deal with rope trick in particular circumstance

Foreword: As it's my first post here, I can't insert more than a couple of links, so you'll have to find information on some of these feats and spells yourself on d20srd. The Question: Let's say in ...
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Can Clerics be Death Domain and Neutral?

Basically, me and my friend have been arguing for 2 months over the Death domain cleric alignment. He keeps referencing the DMG's quote of "The gods of death domain embody murder" and the fact it is a ...
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What are the limits to the genesis power?

As part of some fairly silly nonsense, I've suggested the use of the genesis power to a colleague. The power, as stated, allows the caster to: You determine the environment within the demiplane ...
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Breaking size limitation for lycanthropy

I'm trying to find any way to get around the whole "you can only choose an animal up to 1 size category different than yourself" rule for Lycanthropes, Shifters who are going Weretouched Master, and ...
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Can druids Wild Shape into creatures other than beasts?

Under Wild Shape it says "assume the shape of a beast" you have seen before. Does this mean they can only transform into creatures that have the beast type, such as bear, wolf, crocodile, etc.? Or can ...
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How is the Initiator Level of a Gestalt character calculated by RAW?

Say you have a Martial Adept class on one side of your Gestalt and some other class on the other side, for sake of example let's go Rogue6//Swordsage6. By RAI, I figure that the Initiator Level takes ...
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Does a weapon become an Improvised Weapon when used incorrectly?

Example: You are armed with a longsword. You are facing a monster with DR 5/bludgeoning. Clearly a weapon that deals slashing damage is not the best choice against such a monster. But there is hope. ...
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How does Counterspell work in 5e?

I'm not entirely clear on how Counterspell works, when trying to counter higher-level spells: the CS description only talks about disrupting a creature you can see, within 60 feet, casting a spell. ...