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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Can a newly created vampire learn to cast spells?

I have a player who was previously mundane and just became infected with vampirism. The character now has a Magic attribute of 1, and they want to learn spellcasting and spells. Part of me thinks that ...
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How does Gunnery work when Jumped In

I could have sworn that this rule is SOMEWHERE in the book, but I can't seem to find it. Gunnery, as a skill, is linked to Agility for use. However, when a rigger jumps into the device that has the ...
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Character advancement - buying new skills with Karma

p.105 Core Rule book The skill table works on a similar principle, though Active Skill ratings costs are computed at new Rating x 2. If you are purchasing a brand new skill, find the desired ...
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Having only one die +Gremlins

If a pc has the disadvantage "gremlins" (which results in him needing less 1s for a glitch when dealing with tech), and needs to roll on something which results in him having only one die (e.g. ...
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How much noise is necessary to disrupt the connection of a comlink?

The core rulebook says how noise influences matrix actions that have a dicepool but not about actions that do not use a dicepool. E.g. when I want to make a call how much noise is necessary to block ...
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Can a player expose a shielded host to wireless connection?

Let's say there is a computer or server in a room protected by a faraday cage. This makes it so that the player must enter the room in order to access the node, since the Faraday cage prevents ...
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Opposed tests with limits: is sprite compilation special?

Looking at the SR5 core rulebook page 47, I don't see any indication about how limits interact during opposed tests, which leads me to believe the straightforward case is true: both sides apply limits ...
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Is a car really sufficient cover from any grenade?

A flash-bang grenade is thrown in a parking lot. Somewhere else, in another identical parking lot, a fragmentation grenade is thrown. Can someone use a car as cover to completely avoid the effects of ...
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Can you dodge a grenade attack, or dive for cover?

Assuming a grenade or a fireball hits, and the roll is exactly 3 so it's on-target: Is there a Reaction+Intuition to "protect yourself"? (like a D&D reflex save) or do you auto-hit and proceed to ...
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Civilians gaining karma?

So, i was thinking about magic, and it hit me that you can only cast spells you learnt. And you can only learn spells that you've spent 5 karma on (p.299 of the core book). I found that you gain ...
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Getting used to Wired Reflexes [closed]

I am just trying to imagine having extremely boosted Reflexes. There is two ways to go about them that I can think of: (I hope the english version "wired reflexes" is the right translation) a) Keep ...
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Toxic vs. Normal Magic

Is there anywhere in Street Grimoire that says that regular mages cannot learn toxic spells or that an adept who does not follow a toxic path cannot use the Radiation Elemental Weapon power? It seems ...
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Would an emp-grenade disable cyber-/bodyware?

I recently got my hands on some shadowrun4 books, and one of them has the emp-grenade in it. The emp-grenade says (translated out of my head, as I only own the german version) that it disables most ...
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How do I cast spells and determine damage?

So my friends and I picked up an intro game in Shadowrun e5 and I played a street shaman. We were a bit stuck on the rules to casting spells. I'm reading some of the rules now and I'm stuck on where ...
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Running multiple cyberdecks

Can a decker with two cyberdecks and two unique agent programs load one agent onto each deck, slave one deck to the other, run their persona on the master deck and end up receiving teamwork tests from ...
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Can physical devices be hidden inside a host in SR5?

Over the weekend my Technomancer hit a very basic point of disagreement with my GM: physical devices being hidden entirely inside hosts. My Crack Sprite failed to get onto the host when I sent it to ...
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What character creation tools & guides are available for Shadowrun 5e?

I'm a totally new player to Shadowrun 5e. My experiences are largely with D&D 4e, Savage Worlds, and Cyberpunk 2020. I'm just seeing if there are any unofficial (but very helpful) guides or tools ...
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How can an Awakened control a whole base without losing their powers?

This question will need some additional information, so I hope I don't enter the TLDR state; but I think explaining the scope of the question will help with answering it. I wanted to create a run for ...
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how to make a challenging run

I've been reading a lot of splatbooks, hoping to wrap my head around the whole 'run idea and i've ended up faceplanting a lot of times against a recurring problem. Whatever good plot idea i have, ...
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Do Area Spells really not affect anyone you can't see?

The spellcasting section specifies (emphasis mine): Area Spells: Area spells can be cast on a specific target or a point in space that you can see. Unless noted in a spell, the area of the ...
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How do agents and teamwork tests work?

Can an agent running on a cyberdeck assist the decker via a teamwork test for relevant matrix actions? Also, as cyberdecks can only run one copy of a program at a time, does this mean a deck can only ...
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Grenade explosions: When are you better off being away from a wall?

In the book, it is mentioned : Blasts in a Confined Space When a grenade detonates in a confined space, such as a hallway or room, the gamemaster must first determine whether any ...
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How does Clairvoyance work?

You can see as if you were elsewhere in your field of view. It mentions that you can move the point. The subject can see distant scenes as if physically present at a chosen point within the ...
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Why is “Blast” more draining if it seems worse than alternatives?

I have been comparing the stats of the different spells and i am a little stumped as to how the drain has been decided. Blast is Indirect Physical stun at line of sight does F drain (AOE) Indirect ...
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Is there a way for Adepts to swap/retrain adept powers?

For one of my characters I've found that certain powers I've chosen as an adept don't really come in to play much; is there a way for an adept to essentially retrain power points? I realize magic ...
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How to expose information without making a villain monologue

I'm preparing this game of Shadowrun where I have 3 main metaplots driving the campaign. One of them for instance is Seattle hosting the Olympics. Of course in Shadowrun, what the bad guys want is ...
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How does a host realize somebody has gained a mark by hacking?

As far as I understand, to enter a host, everybody needs a mark on that host. In legal circumstances the host would perform the Invite Mark action, the matrix user would acquire the mark and then ...
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How prevalent is cyber/bioware use among the general population in Shadowrun?

How prevalent is cyber/bioware use among the general population in Shadowrun? What percentage (and what "classes") can afford cybernetic/bionic enhancement? What percentage of this percentage (of ...
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How do I calculate the chance of hits?

(I do not know if I should post this in math.stackexchange.com, so I try to phrase it in a way that it makes sense for non-roleplayers. Just in case it gets moved) In the latest two editions of ...
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Latent Awakening in Shadowrun 5

My group wants to change the edition from Shadowrun 4 to Shadowrun 5. We want to convert our characters and one of us has the advantage 'Latent Awakening'. I didn't find an advantage like this in the ...
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Can the adept powers stack with bonuses from implants?

Let's say my character is both super-good at magic and super-rich. I take levels in the Improved Attribute adept power to increase my agility and I buy the bioware implant to improve agility too. Do ...
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Dealing with Mana Barriers in Shadowrun

In page 316 of the 5th edition core rulebook, in Getting around mana barriers, says that you can opt for breaking through violently or you can try passing through subtly, then: If you want the ...
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Shadowrun 5th ed Drones running silent

Alright so, I titled this after running silent because that was my original problem. All I wanted to do was make a sniper who dabbled into rigging for a couple of MCT-Fly drones. So I figured I need ...
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Does Trid Phantasm affect the perception of characters within its area of effect?

In SR5, the way area illusion spells (such as Trid Phantasm) work is by interacting with the environment within the affected area such that anyone, whether perceiving the area normally or ...
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How does background count affect an Adept's passive powers?

Background count is described in the Street Grimoire (PDF p. 32). However, how it affects adepts is really vague at best: A background count imposes a negative dice pool penalty equal to its ...
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rigging precision SR5

If I jumped into a vehicle. Can I drive while the auto-pilot uses the weapons mounted on the vehicle? Or vice versa? Second, how can a drone use AutoSoft Electronic Warfare? Can it act as Jammer with ...
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What is maneuver Threshold in Catch-up/Break Away tests?

Page 204 of the PDF version of the Shadowrun, 5th Edition core rule book says that a driver can perform the Catch-up/Break Away action during a chase sequence. The full test description reads... ...
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What is the distinction between a city and a sprawl/metroplex… between downtown and a commercial district?

I am trying to understand what kinds of places the spam values on p 231 refer to in the 5th Edition main book for Shadowrun. Per p 15, a sprawl is a plex, a plex is a "metropolitan complex, short for ...
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Foci cost in Shadowrun 5ed

What is the cost of foci in Shadowrun 5ed? In core rulebook p. 318 there is a table of Binding Cost in Karma - you have to synchronize the item to your astral signature. On page 326 there is a table ...
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Are there androids in Shadowrun?

In the latest iteration of Shadowrun there are a number of things present that were absent in 2050, namely the wireless matrix and (more) ubiquitous AI. It seems clear that it (still) isn't possible ...
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What to roll to unjam gun in Shadowrun 5e

Let's say player rolled a glitch and weapon is jammed. What skill should he roll to unjam it? I tried to find this info in core rulebook but I failed. It makes no sense to me to use Armorer (Logic) ...
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Do illusionists see through their own physical illusions?

In the English core rule book on page 290, under the Mana Illusions heading, it says "you're never affected by your own illusion spell", but doesn't qualify this statement as explicitly only applying ...
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Shooting with drones

I have read the Riggers part of the core rulebook, but I am still confused about some aspects of using drones. Could someone help me? I am more or less sure the Device Rating of any drone is equal ...
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Can armor encumbrance reduce REA or AGI below 1 and what happens then?

When using armor accessories with a "+" there is a paragraph on page 169 that states: Armor accessories, items listed with a “+” in front of their rating, add to the character’s Armor for the ...
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Did SR5 fix the problems with decking?

Decking in Shadowun has it's issues, especially in SR3 it lead to a "seperation" of the party when the Decker went on a matrix run (good examples are given in this question). Our group will start to ...
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Can a Decker Brick an Enemy's Gun?

I feel like this is a question that should have a simple answer, but I have had a difficult time finding a clear answer one way or the other. Some sources seem to hint that you can brick a gun, like ...
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Contacts, and how to use them?

I'm starting a 5e shadowrun campaign for the first time and running into some issue with what I've read on how contacts function. Basically, I'm trying to find out how to leverage the contacts of ...
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Are healing extended tests different from standard extended tests in Shadowrun 5th Edition?

In describing natural recovery on page 207 the test to recover Stun Damage is listed as Body + Willpower (1 hour) Extended Test. Under extended tests on pg 48 it is noted that "... to simulate this, ...
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Can a single device be both a master and a slave?

It makes sense that they can, but barring something specific in Data Trails when it comes out, I'd like community input. So I'll lay out my evidence and arguments for and let the community help me ...
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Shadowrun 5e breakdown/tutorial

Long time D&D'er, I purchased the 5th edition Shadowrun Core Rulebook. Now I am in a bit of a pickle, as with most things when reading trough the books I usually get a gest of the rules, but I ...