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Why do Ability Score method names imply difficulty inversely? [closed]

While in video games, playing with more difficult parameters, the selections are named easy (the game is easier to play than normal) normal difficult (the game is more difficult than normal) but ...
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How does a Ritual Caster (feat) replace their ritual book?

The Player's Handbook specifically provides for how a wizard's spellbook (p. 114) and warlock's Book of Shadows (p. 108) can be replaced, but the Ritual Caster feat does not appear to address getting ...
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What game made leading questions a GM technique?

I am looking at history of gaming to understand the range of RPGs that are being played today. In the context of sharing some influence on narration between players and game masters, loaded or ...
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Are the Erinyes their own group outside of the normal infernal hierarchy in 5e?

Going through the 5e Monster Manual I noted that the Erinyes had been added to the book again in their absence from the 4e MM. But they are described as being part of the regular infernal hierarchy, ...
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Casting a spell, but not using it immediately

Can you cast a spell but not actually use it (e.g. I cast shocking grasp but don't discharge it)? If so, how long would it stay "stored" in my hands?
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Communicating with Conjured Creatures

This question seems to come up in every edition of D&D and this version does not seem to really clarify the situation. All of the spells of the type Conjure X (Animals, Celestials, Elementals, ...
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How is immobilized resolved in the context of Screech?

Screech The Strix emits an ear-splitting screech, rendering victims unable to think or move and greatly assisting in a subsequent feeding attempt. Dice Pool: Power + Finesse vs. ...
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What attacks gain the bonus from Golden Crown of Battle Command?

Golden Crown of Battle Command says: When you use a warlord power to grant a melee basic attack to an ally within your line of sight, that ally gains a +2 bonus to the attack roll and damage roll. ...
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Bringing undead back to life

In previous editions of D&D, you couldn't bring undead back to life. You had to "re-kill" them and then resurrect their corpse. In 5e, Resurrection states that it can't bring undead back, but ...
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Sacred Hunter with Animal Domain

Sacred Hunter At 1st level, a sacred huntsmaster forms a bond with an animal companion. This ability works as the hunter class feature of the same name, using her inquisitor level as her hunter ...
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Can I increase the Critical Threat Range of my Animal Companion's natural weapons?

Is there any way to increase the threat range of an animal companion from the base value of 20? The only thing I can find is two types of animal companions that have a special bite. But this is ...
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What does getting 'killed outright' mean for Relentless Endurance?

The Half-Orc class on PHB page 41 has a trait which states the following: Relentless Endurance. When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. ...
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While using Wild Shape, do I use Unarmored Defense or the creature's Armor Class?

I have a multi-classed Monk/Druid, and let's say I wild shape into a Giant Eagle. Will I have an AC of 13 (specified in creature statistics), or will I have an AC of 15 (10 + Dex (+3) + Wis (+2))? ...
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Can Hunters only pick one Animal Focus?

It's not very clear to me if a Hunter has to pick an Animal Focus and stick with it or if they can switch between them as often as the ability allows.
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Does my longsword +1 add bonuses to casting, if swords are my holy symbol?

So I am playing a Paladin and with help from the DM a suitable god was chosen for the setting. Swords of all kinds are of particular importance to the god, so I was told any type of sword would double ...
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Can animals take AoO?

The master in our group doesn't allow animals to take AoO because "they don't have enough intelligence to use that tactic". He says it is documented somewhere but he doesn't remember where... Can ...
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Are there generic enchanted implements in D&D 5e?

Looking through the alphabetical list of magic items (DMG p150) I see it includes: Ammunition, +1, +2, or +3 Armor, +1, +2, or +3 Weapon, +1, +2, or +3 But there don't appear to be any generic ...
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What good are Data Sprites?

Data Sprites appear to be worse than other sprites in almost every way at a reasonable level of resonance. In particular the Courier sprite has access to most of the same abilities, gets an extra ...
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Rise of Tiamat - Final Battle [Major Spoilers]

Similar to the Rise of Tiamat - Dragon assets [Major spoilers] question, there appears to be a big lack of guidance regarding the final battle In Episode 1 p23, it says: However, without repeating ...
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Joining a Legacy in Mage the Awakening

If I want to join a legacy in Mage, do I need to be a member of the parent path to do this? I can't find anywhere that says I do have to be, but I also can't see anywhere where it says you don't. For ...
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How much “translation” do 3.5 rules hacks need for Pathfinder?

I'm specifically looking at the Collected Book of Experimental Might. Its many hacks range from very simple to diabolical: Feat every level Combat feats are more powerful when taken as Fighter ...
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Can a character with Ghost of the Rooftops climb like Spider-Man?

One of my players has the following power, which comes from Heroes of Shadow: Ghost of the Rooftops Assassin Utility 6 At-Will (Special), Martial Move Action, ...
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What does a magic weapon's plus apply to?

When a PC finds a +1 weapon, what stat or stats increase by one? For example, in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure in the Starter Set, there is a +1 Longsword. What does it do?
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Does creature size affect weapon damage?

I have no idea whether or not this is true in D&D 5e; it was in 3.5 and Pathfinder, but it is not mentioned in the 5e Player's Handbook. For example, in 3.5 and Pathfinder, a halfling's longsword ...
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How do you adjudicate a wall run?

Through a series of poor decisions, my players have managed to get themselves trapped in a tomb with a full hard encounter of enemies coming down the stairs and another full medium encounter at the ...
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What happens to objects, changed while transmuted using Minor Alchemy, after they revert?

If the form of an object is changed while it's transmuted into another substance with the Minor Alchemy wizard ability, do the changes last after the effect wears off and the object reverts to its ...
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Paired Opportunists chain reaction from seize the moment

Paired Oppertunist Benefit: Whenever you are adjacent to an ally who also has this feat, you receive a +4 circumstance bonus on attacks of opportunity against creatures that you both threaten. ...
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D&D 5th Edition Modify Multiple Monster XP Encounter

I'm a new DM and finding it a bit difficult to challenge my group that wants the glorious battles style of game play. When I asked them what they wanted from the campaign, the consensus was that they ...
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How does Wish remove the Time Warp of the Feywild?

The Dungeon Master's Guide provides optional rules for Feywild magic. One of these is Time Warp, where 1 day in the Feywild ranges from 1 minute to 1 year "everywhere else in the multiverse" (p. 50). ...
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Am I supposed to add my Attack Roll Bonus to my Attack Roll along with my Ability Modifier and Proficiency Bonus?

I'm completely new to D&D and have run into some trouble with combat. I've read the rules for the Starter Set multiple times and they say when rolling the d20 for attacks, the Ability Modifier ...
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Will both Mage Slayer and Sentinel together reduce an enemy's speed to 0?

If I have both the Mage Slayer feat and the Sentinel feat, will the reaction given to me by Mage Slayer reduce an enemy's speed to 0? Mage Slayer: When a creature within 5 feet of you casts a ...
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Does a Paladin with Aura of Protection effectively get twice the Charisma save modifer?

The question is actually rather straightforward and many people seem to be confused about it: When a 6th or higher level paladin that has Aura of Protection rolls a Charisma save, does he ...
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Why would an amphibious Storm Giant need to cast Water Breathing?

In the MM, on page 156, a Storm Giant is described as Amphibious. The giant can breathe air and water Yet it has the innate spellcasting ability to cast water breathing 3 times a day. Why ...
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Where is the history of Greyhawk deities and dragons written?

I would like to find and read the lore of gods and dragons of Greyhawk — how they were originally created, how they have changed, and so on. I searched a bit but I couldn't find anything. What book ...
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Trying to fix my DM mistakes by starting a new campaign

I recently put together a gaming group composed of friends new to roleplaying who were excited to try some D&D. We've only had four sessions so far, and the players are really enjoying themselves, ...
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Melee Necromancer feats?

So, per my previous question, I am taking Miniman’s advice and making a mountain dwarf necromancer with Heavily Armored and a focus on vampiric touch. I have come to dub this concept a ...
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Determining “level” of an NPC ally for purpose of budgeting encounter XP

Hypothetical party: 1st level human wizard (PC) 3x guard NPC 1x acolyte NPC This is the player's first time, and it's a solo campaign. The first mini-adventure involves recovering the cargo of a ...
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Can't seem to find restrictions on Cantrips?

I'm starting a Bard on 5th edition. This is my first 5th edition campaign coming from Pathfinder. I can't seem to find any restrictions on cantrips. Do I automatically know all of them? Can I cast ...
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How much information about NPCs and enemies is appropriate to show players?

I am a first-time GM trying to run a short Dragon Age campaign. During our first game, I hid the character sheets of the NPCs and enemies from the players. Is this appropriate? Should I give the ...
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For Touch spells with a Concentration duration, do you need to keep touching your target?

The spell Protection from Evil and Good reads: Casting Time: 1 action Range: Touch Duration: Concentration up to 10 minutes Do you only need to touch your target during the casting ...
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Is Shaundakul still alive in 5e?

I'm creating a 5e character and looking at deities, Shaundakul would be perfect for me. However, there has been no mention of him since 3e so I'm not sure if he's a valid deity for my fifth edition ...
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Optimal way to build a Brawler Barbarian character that fights with his fists? [closed]

What is the best way of building a brawler barbarian that fights with his fists only? I am thinking of using the Suli class along with incremental elemental assault so I dont blow it all in one go.
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How do I handle a shapeshifter in disguise when the players go into “everyone's a doppelganger, let's murder everyone” mode?

I ran into issues with shapeshifters since, after the first encounter with one, the players turned into "everyone is doppleganger in disguise" mode, which makes using their trademark ability ...
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Rise of Tiamat - Dragon assets [Major spoilers]

In the Rise of Tiamat campaign, there's an event with some details I'm not sure how to resolve: I've combed Episodes 1 and 6 trying to work this out, and I really have no idea.
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With the Deflect Missiles monk feature, does the player know the damage of the attack before choosing to deflect?

Deflect Missile (PHB pg. 78): Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. I take this to mean that the ...
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What happens when a Demon dies?

I feel like a lot of things are mystically tied to either the demon or its covers, so what what happens when the Demon, its covers, and miscellaneous associated things (peoples memories/reality/cover ...
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Is the omission of a racial +2 to wisdom intentional?

In the 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons, the selection of a race determines one or more bonuses to a primary attribute. For example, humans get +1 to all six attributes, while a wood elf gets +2 to ...
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How do I make interrogations interesting?

Throughout my gaming career, one type of interaction has consistently failed to engage me: interrogations. All of the interrogations that I have seen in roleplaying games follow this formula: ...
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What happens when casting Shapechange and Polymorph together?

If I cast shapechange and then polymorph what will happen? What about in reverse order? Can you tell me any examples please? I am a little bit confused, but I imagine that after I cast shapechange ...
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Hellfire guns as a gadget [closed]

Hellfire doesn't really seem to be a broad range of powers, and I don't see much way of altering it for a gadget.. is the fact that a Hellfire imbued gun wouldn't be able to imbue other guns enough? ...

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