Shadowrun Fifth Edition, by Catalyst Games, is a cyberpunk role-playing game where magic, cybernetics and virtual reality coexist. Player characters are known as shadowrunners. They act in the shadows and outside the law, doing the dirty work of the megacorporations and other powerful forces that ...

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Recovering from damage on an implanted cyberdeck

I have recently started playing SR5. My char, a decker, has an implanted cyberdeck. On my last run, the implanted deck received some damage (not bricked, still able to work with). At the end, I did ...
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Is the Blitz edge action too strong?

Blitz (Spend) lets you Roll the max dice (5) for a single combat turn Personally, I have banned this edge action in my games. It just seems way too good. It seems to conflict with Seize the ...
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Pre-edge spell to bypass force

If I have 6 magic and 8 spellcasting with 4 edge and I wish to cast a spell that has some pretty high drain value, is it possible to use push the limit [pre-edge] the spell cast at force 1 and only ...
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Do you have to be the ritual leader when creating an ally spirit?

Do you have to be the ritual leader when creating your ally spirit? (Note that I would still be taking part.) I'm asking because the character I'm making doesn't have any skill in ritual spellcasting, ...
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What is the correct Accuracy for the missile launcher weapons in Run and Gun?

Run and Gun contains two new missile launcher weapons: the Onotari Arms Ballista MML and the Mitsubishi Yakusoku MRL. Both are listed as having Accuracy "Missile". This is wrong, because Missiles ...
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Does Concealment affect your astral signature/form?

I'm not clear on how the Concealment power affects astral forms and signatures. Can it be used to hide them? The rules state that "perceiving magic" is a Perception Test (core, pg 280), but Assensing ...
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Are 4th Edition Shadowrun adventures compatible with 5th Edition?

I'm looking for some Shadowrun adventures to run for 5th Edition and I came across the Shadowrun Missions living campaign. I found a few Season 4 missions I'm interested in (like Back in Business), ...
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Can you start the game with a spirit pact?

In Shadowrun 5th Edition, there is no Spirit Pact quality (research seems to indicate there was one for SR4). Is there anything in the rules that would explicitly prevent an SR5 character from ...
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Can spirits Endow their Immunity?

If a spirit has the Endowment power, can they share their Immunity to Age/Normal Weapons? Excluding Hidden Life/Spirit Pact, are there any other ways for characters to gain the benefits of these ...
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Can I run all of my drone autosoft from an RCC?

I was reading the rules governing drones actions, and how an RCC can share autosoft stored on it to slaved drones. It is clearly stated that an RCC can only run [Device Rating] autosofts at once, ...
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Channeling Ally Spirits

Is it possible to channel an Ally Spirit in 5e? Would there be any trade-offs to doing so? Alternatively, is it possible to create an Ally Spirit with Hidden Life or the ability to enter into a Spirit ...
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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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How far can a character move in a single Action Phase?

Since movement is calculated per Combat Turn, how far can a single character move per Action Phase? Can a character move up their entire run rate in a single Phase even if they roll a high enough ...
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What ratings are available for single sensors?

The ultrasound sensor cyberware on page 452 of the core rulebook functions "exactly like the ultrasound sensor", but has a listed rating in the table of one to six. According to page 445 and 446, ...
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Are there Rigger rules for controlling cyberzombies?

Are there any rules for a GM on cyberzombies in SR5? If so what are they/where can I find them? Would it be possible for a rigger to control a CZ? Is there anything alike that a rigger can jump into? ...
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Are there 5th Ed. rules for restoring lost Essence / binding a spirit to a body?

We have an NPC Shamanic Talismonger in our game that is a Mana Storm chaser. He disappears into the desert for weeks at a time, but always comes back with plenty of reagents which the PCs love. Last ...
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Do players automatically succeed on threshold 1 tests in Shadowrun 5e?

The "Poor Self Control" negative quality catergory in Run Harder provides the "Compulsive" negative quality, which states, The character must make a Composure (2) test to resist the compulsion. ...
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What action is it to stow or holster a weapon?

What action is it to stow or holster a weapon in Shadowrun 5e? It doesn't appear to be listed in the combat section of the core rulebook, and it's not mentioned in adept powers like rapid draw. Is ...
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What is a valid target for “Elemental Wall”?

One of my players wanted to cast an Elemental Wall (Earth) in the shape of a dome (as per the rules for the spell) directly over a hovering target (specifically a Northrup Wasp). I couldn't find any ...
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Where can I find stories about the yakuza? [closed]

I'm planning my first (short) adventure, replacing my group's previous GM for a few sessions. Thing is, I'm new to Shadowrun, and I don't have much background knowledge of the universe in general or ...
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Shadowrun 5, physical area Illusions

I'm confused about illusion spells in SR5. The rulebook states that illusions do not cause direct permanent damage but can cause side effects such as pain, nausea, or loss of balance and/or indirect ...
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What's Shiva (Drug)?

I only know that the shiva drug was used in the "Eurowar" but what's the effect of the drug? And is it possible to get in Shadowrun 5 or is it impossible? Does it still exsist?
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Can I bind a weapon focus to my ally spirit?

I'm wondering if i can have a weapon focus crafted and then spend the karma to have it bound to my ally spirit instead of me, so my ally spirit can use it instead of me. Can I?
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Normal weapons immunity…as hardened armor or complete immunity vs normal weapons?

On page 397-398 immunities are mentioned. Now the question is how to handle normal weapons immunities. The first paragraph of the power mentions it working as hardened armor: Effectively, the ...
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Fighting against a Spirit - Only 1 Mage

I'm pretty new to P&P of any kind. Next round we will fight against a Spirit. We have 1 Mage, Rigger, Hacker, and me the Melee fighter (not Adept). We know there is an "Air Spirit" in the next ...
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Does the “Exceptional Attribute” trait only raise the max or also the attribute?

[Disclaimer: I only own the German rule book, so my nomenclature might be a bit off.] During Shadowrun 5e character creation one can buy advantageous traits using karma (or get karma from ...
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Can drones assist on Electronic Warfare tests?

If Jimmy Two-Tusk, ork decker extraordinaire, wants to hack an enemy's commlink, he rolls his Hacking + Logic + hits on the assist test from his R6 Agent, an autonomous program whose programming ...
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What, if anything, do leylines do in the tabletop game?

I'm new to tabletop gaming and recently had my first Shadowrun session. I really enjoyed it and because my sessions are few and far between I bought the games for PC! I noticed while playing through ...
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Astral Combat, Damage, and You

So, an unfortunate event occured in our game recently. A mage with a whole 1 in both Logic and Intuition approuched a dual nature being. She was close enough, was materialized, and called the being ...
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How do you handle greedy shadowrunners?

So, my players want to keep everything. They love the money they earn, but having something unique is even better. We had a long discussion that they couldn't keep an awakened rhino with wings (the ...
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How would a summoner assassin be found?

I noticed that in Shadowrun there are a lot of security meassures against spells but only very few if any against spirits. For example there are mirrored windows or the condition that if you are ...
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How much does a legal license cost?

The Core rulebook covers buying fake licenses but is there any mention in RAW on how much a legal license costs?
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Using your summoned spirit in combat

My players are starting to use spirits, and I want to make sure that I get this part correct. Let's say that the spirit has already been summoned and is in astral. At the beginning of combat. Would ...
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What happens if my character jumps down?

Disclaimer: I only own the books in my native language, so my wording might be a bit off when mentioning exact skill names. It should still be clear what I'm asking. Just recently, my character was ...
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Active skills maximum at a shadowrunner's creation

The Life Module section of Run Faster p.66 limits active skill maximum to seven: Note that no active skill may be raised above 7 in this system. What's the maximum for the other methods (Core ...
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Are the SINNER and Erased qualities compatible?

Is the SINNER negative quality (Core Rulebook p.84-85) compatible with the Erased positive quality (Run Faster p.146)? [ERASED] those who had a SIN but had it actively and thoroughly erased For ...
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Headshot (but don't aim for it please)

Apologies for not using the perfect English wording, I only own the books in my native language. But I think it will become clear what actions I'm talking about. In combat, you can take aim. This is ...
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What sourcebooks do I need for information on the United Netherlands?

I have a campaign idea that will be taking shadowrunners around the United Netherlands, but information on the region seems to be incredibly scarce. I have managed to find this page that seems to ...
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Is there a use for the skills Biotechnology and Cybertechnology?

As far as I know it there are no crafting rules besides the table on p. 146 and the repairing section in Run and Gun p.143. So I wonder how you can use Bio- and Cybertechnology. Does the GM just make ...
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How do defense test against indirect area of effect spells work?

Since there is a defense test against indirect area of effect spells, as pointed out in How do Indirect Area of effect Spells interact with Counterspelling?, I wonder how that exactly works out. ...
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Are there game balance reasons for high-priced cyberdecks?

Decking is very expensive, both financially and during character creation. A decker needs a decent deck which can cost over ¥100,000, as much as 2 Ares Roadmasters (among the game's heaviest ...
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How do Indirect Area of effect Spells interact with Counterspelling?

My understanding of Counterspelling is that it adds a pool of dice to your defence. That means if you try to hit someone with an indirect combat spell she makes a defense test with reaction + ...
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How do we make Hacking take less time without sacrificing Complexity?

I GM for a group of four players. The party consists of a shaman, a rigger, an adept and a Decker and I think we stumbled upon one of the most common problems in Shadowrun, the problem of decking ...
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How exactly are SINs checked?

In the core rulebook, there is a section about checking fake System Identification Numbers (SINs) which details on how the SIN check is handled mechanically (p. 368): In game terms, the gamemaster ...
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Is using VR still possible while having both ocular drones launched?

Assuming a character has Cyber Eyes with one Ocular Drone each. In addition, they have a Datajack serving as DNI. Can they still use Virtual Reality (especially the Rigging features) while having ...
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Are indirect combat spells visible before they hit their target?

I am trying to understand what mundane characters see when a Magician casts an indirect combat spell. Looking at the rules (core rulebook), I can find the following snippets (p. 283): All ...
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What is the maximum range for indirect combat spells?

When a Magician with Spellcasting uses indirect combat spells such as Fireball, what is the maximum range? Looking at the rules for choosing the target of a spell (core rulebook, p. 281): If you ...
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Does Data Trails fix any of the broken parts of SR5 decking?

There's a lot wrong with the Matrix chapter in SR5. Many things are too vague, some things are simply omitted, some things don't work in ways any slightly familiar with computing can understand, and ...
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Activating an agent from a different deck

For a decker character I have bought two decks: One good deck that the character will use for himself, and a second deck which is pretty bad to run things like small matrix searches or file operations ...
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Does Detect Enemies detect unaware persons (guards)?

During Chargen one of my players brought up this question. Given a mage uses Detect Enemies (Page 286) near an unalerted guard. The guard has currently no hostile intentions towards the mage (he ...