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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Combining Cyber Implant Weapons and Martial Arts?

Can you combine a cyber implant weapon (Handblade, SR5458) with a martial art? The handblade is using the Unarmed Combat skill and the Physical limit. So if anybody knows something about that... ...
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How does a Technomancer protect his (and especially his team's) gear?

A decker would simply slave important devices to his deck and use his deck's Firewall rating (plus any running programs) to defend his team from Matrix attack, but a Technomancer's living persona ...
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Can player characters be Nega-Mages?

I'll be starting a Shadowrun campaign with a few friends soon. I'm fairly new to Shadowrun, but I have read the German-language Shadowrun novel series by Markus Heitz. Characters called „Nega-Magier“ ...
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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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Difference between Hacker and Rigger?

I'm just reading the Shadowrun 5.Ed Book and perhaps i missed something. Is there a difference between Hackers and Riggers or is it just a descriptive label for how this character spent his ...
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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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What character creation tools & guides are available for Shadowrun 5e? [closed]

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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Do Drakes still have their distinquishing aura?

Now that the SR5 rules are out for drakes (howling shadows book) I read through it and left confused a bit. In SR 4 it was so that it was stated that Drakes in their human form have their overlaying ...
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Is there a known reason for drakes not being in the 5th edition compendium?

From what I saw the runner compendium (4th edition) and run faster (5th edition) are identical in what topics they contain (surge pc's, lifestyles, .....). That is except one point: Drakes Now I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are obvious cybereyes cheaper?

A player recently got the idea that obvious cybereyes should be cheaper, just like obvious cyberlimbs. I disagreed, but for the sake of group morale I'm asking here. If possible, I would like a rule-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, 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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Can you be a Magic Technomancer?

During character creation, one of my players realized he could do the following: He took a B priority on Metatype, to be a Human with 7 points of Special Attributes. He split his points as 1 Edge, ...
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How prevalent is magic use among the general population in Shadowrun?

How prevalent is magic use among the general population in Shadowrun? What percentage (and what "classes") are most likely to use magic? What percentage of this percentage (of these "classes) does ...
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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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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 isn'...
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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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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 ...