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Is There A Non-Homebrew Way To Add Proficiency to Initiative?

I know in some homebrew classes, such as Matt Mercer's Gunslinger Archetype, you can add your proficiency bonus to your initiative modifer. Are there any ways of doing this in the official rulebooks?
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Are Goodberries affected by the Life domain class features?

How are Goodberries affected by the cleric class features from the Life domain, if at all? I read somewhere that the Life domain's healing bonuses apply to each berry created by the spell — do they? ...
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How can I deal with the inability to speak caused by the pink bubbles Wild Magic surge effect?

One of the effects on the Wild Magic Surge chart is: You can't speak for the next minute. Whenever you try, pink bubbles float out of your mouth. This effect put me out of practically an entire ...
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Aid Another vs a spell effect

The Aid Another rules discuss how one character can make a special attack against AC 10 to grant +2 to attack rolls or AC to an ally. These rules have an addendum at the end (emphasis mine): You ...
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1answer
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Do TIE Fighters use minion rules?

A thing that currently confuses me is the stat block of the TIE pilot showing that they are normally are minions. But what about space fights? In space combat are they still used according to minion ...
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Ranger/Wizard multi class in D&D 5e [on hold]

I am realtively new to D&D 5e and would like to have a Ranger class who can also cast some Wizard spells. It seems this is only possible if I multi class. What is the best way to implement such a ...
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How to justify Alliance and Horde characters in the same party? [on hold]

How could someone creating an adventure justify characters from two opposing factions cooperating? In this specific instance we are playing a Warcraft homebrew, so the factions would be Alliance and ...
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Cross-training magic between supernatural types

Can supernatural beings other than mages and vampires learn magic? Would others be able to learn thaumaturgy/blood magic, or is that only a vampire thing that other supernaturals cannot learn? I know ...
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Do both PCs need matching skills/abilities to get the Complementary Actions bonus?

In the Cypher system, if two player characters are taking different actions that help each other, both get a bonus. In the book, it's explained that in order to do that the second character has to ...
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What D&D manual describes this game dragons play?

In a D&D manual, I once read about a game that dragons play against each other. They use kingdoms as pawns and the games can last decades or centuries. What book is the game in or what is the ...
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D&D 5e PC Problem (Closed) [on hold]

One of my PCs created a character that is a farmer, has the soldier background, and is a fighter. His back story is that his parents died and his been looking for their killer every since. The ...
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How Can I Make My Horse Useful in Dungeons?

Related: Bring a horse in a dungeon. How is this question different? I am asking specifically as a mounted archer, who doesn't need to charge on horseback and does not have the option of choosing a ...
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How to stop a player constantly using Detect Magic/Evil?

In a group I play with there is a player who, assuming he has the ability to do so, constantly uses Detect Magic/Evil. There's nothing in the rules against this (that I'm aware of) when it's a class ...
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Are an Isitoq's Daze & Tears of Anguish the same thing?

The Isitoq, the wonderful Undead Eye available as an Improved Familiar1. It has two abilities that appear to be... the same: Daze (Ex): An isitoq's nerves form grotesque wings. Any creature struck ...
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Is the Create Crawling Claw spell valid in v3.5?

The monster "crawling claw" (an animated amputated hand, a la Thing) seems to have a muddled history of revisions across D&D 3e and 3.5. In the 3.0 book Monsters of Faerun (29), a crawling claw ...
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How can I limit my players' options in character creation when the reason why is a spoiler?

I am currently preparing for a game of Vampire: The Masquerade. I've got a plot in the works that involves a Malkavian villain. Given the nature of the Malkavian Madness Network I want to exclude the ...
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How can I give sufficient XP per session for 7 high-level PCs without encounters being a slog?

In the DMG it suggests that the DM levels players at a rate of about 3 sessions per level past about level 5 or 6. My players' characters are currently level 8 and there are 7 of them. That would ...
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Can a worn boot be the target of Grease?

This weekend one of our party members tried to cast a grease spell on the boot of an enemy. This caused some internal quandry about whether it was allowed and resulted in a GM call. The spell does ...
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How did Baba Yaga not become a Wight with a Humanity of 0?

I found Baba Yaga's character sheet on White Wolf Wikia. It says that she has Humanity of 0, and does not list her being on any Path of Enlightment. According to the rules, she would become a Wight in ...
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What is the difference between bludgeoning and piercing damage? [duplicate]

Based off of this question, "What is the role of different damage types in D&D 5e?" That question dealt with the difference between types of damage such as fire, cold, and lightning, and what ...
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How can I stop my nightmare's hooves from burning everything?

My antipaladin's nightmare mount kept lighting on fire everything we'd ride over with its flaming hooves (e.g. shrubbery, commoners' huts, gnomes). While this is normally awesome, sometimes my allies ...
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Sightseeing in the Astral Plane

Over the next few sessions, my group are likely to find themselves in the Astral Plane in pursuit of the current BB. They will be level 4 when this happens. However, I'd like being in the Astral Sea/...
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What is the cost of returning to Barovia? (Adventure League Season 4, (04-14) Curse of Strahd)

After getting out of Barovia in Dark Lord, what is the cost of going back to Barovia, in terms of GP or downtime, if there is one? This is for D&D Adventurer's League 4-14. After I finish the ...
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New Gnoll Subrace. Looking for suggestions to make it better [on hold]

Ok, so as the title says I created a new subrace of gnoll. It's called a Wilk Gnoll. Made for temperate forests instead of warm plains. I'm still a new DM so I'm not sure if the CR would still be ...
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1answer
211 views

How could you build a party to minimize the need for long rests? [on hold]

This is an extension of a previous question that comes in two parts, and is based on the following problem. I've personally been in multiple encounters where the module as written assumed that the ...
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Do I need +6 Bab to take pummeling style?

The prerequisites of pummeling style read as follows. Prerequisite(s): Improved Unarmed Strike; base attack bonus +6, brawler's flurry class feature, or flurry of blows class feature Can a ...
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Does piercing damage ignore Armor Class?

How exactly does piercing damage work against an enemy? Does it ignore AC? Or am I way off with my idea behind how the damage type works?
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Can a character even harm a vehicle without heavy weapons?

In the films and series we have repeated situations where characters shoot at vehicles (like the stormtroopers at the falcon, Leia at slave one, rebels at AT-ST, ...). They do this not only with just ...
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Cleric Channel Energy heals and damages at the same time?

Can a Cleric use Channel Positive Energy to damage and heal at the same time? For example: An undead and a living human are 10 feet from the cleric. The cleric Channels Positive Energy. Does he ...
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Is a GM hiding rolls standard?

I haven't been playing D&D for too long, maybe a year, but the DM of the main campaign I'm in always hides his dice rolls. I don't have an issue with it, but when I play with another group the DM ...
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Character abandoning the party

I have recently started my first D&D game using 5th edition (I'm the DM). For our first few sessions everything worked fine. The players all had fun and their characters were all developing. ...
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1answer
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Does Intensified Spell Work on Ball Lightning?

As the title states, I simply would like to know if intensified spell will add an extra ball when I cast Ball Lightning.
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Link between deities' domains and alignment

Major characteristics of deity in D&D 3.5e are domains and alignment. It is common sense that deity with law domain should have lawful alignment, deity with evil domain should have evil alignment ...
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Taking 20 with Quick Change

How long in game time should a characters one-time-a-day bonus from the Streetwise Performer bard archetype take? The bluff skill reads that bluffing to deceive takes one round minimum, longer for ...
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Does the accurate weapon trait stack if I wield 2 accurate weapons?

If I wield 2 weapons each with accurate (example 2 shotos) does accurate stack? And if so are there any requirements, like attacking with both at the same time?
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What can make something immune to Crusader's “Iron guard's Glare” stance

My DM put us in front of an undead skeleton and a purple worm. My Crusader attempted to use Iron Guard's Glare, but the DM ruled that the enemies were not affected by it. What are the rules for ...
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252 views

Support character for a primarily melee centric party to reduce resting time?

We have a party made up of a vengeance paladin, a moon druid, and an eldritch knight. What options are available for support characters specifically to help reduce the party's time spent resting? I'...
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1answer
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Are there benchmarks for the “in-game time” to “out-game time” spent in combat for different games? [on hold]

I'm searching a scientific study that evaluated different combat systems in regards to the in-game out-game ratio. Or if there is currently non a dataset that would allow to create such a study.
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What determines monster proficiency for skills not listed in the Monster Manual?

For each creature in the Monster Manual, a few special cases are listed for skill checks if applicable. For every other skill check, how do you determine whether the monster has proficiency? (...
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Can a single attack with bolas both deal damage and trip a foe?

The Player's Handbook describes the bolas as two or three heavy wooden spheres connected by lengths of cord. Because the bolas can wrap around an enemy’s leg or other limb, you can use this weapon ...
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Can the DM choose to always attack me instead of my mount?

I've been trying to work out the whole "Combat while mounted" thing in 5e. My biggest question is this, if I am up against a monster (or a few), does the DM roll to see if the monster will attack me ...
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Any way to overcome a Paladin's immunity to disease without GM fiat?

Is there any way to overcome a paladin's immunity to disease without a gm fiat? The goal is to make a paladin able to fall ill through any means possible without him losing his immunity, but instead ...
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How do Ability Bonuses and Penalties Stack?

According to the Pathfinder rules as written on temporary ability bonuses and penalties, gaining a bonus to your ability scores that lasts one day or less would not actually increase your ability ...
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Does a Shadow Conjuration Illusion have mass?

This is assuming the wizard in question has access to the spells Shadow conjuration or Greater Shadow Conjuration and uses it to duplicate the effects of major creation Let's say you're in trapped ...
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How would magic effect mass warfare? [on hold]

In the campaign world of Forgotten Realms, how could mass warfare be conducted between city states? What magical options exist in 5th edition assuming the number of medium and high level NPCs is ...
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2answers
237 views

Drow Charisma over Intelligence

The Player's Handbook says that Drow can use magic, which allows them to cast the cantrip Dancing Lights, as well as cast Faerie Fire at level three and Darkness at level five. It says that Charisma ...
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White Lotus Master Riposte and AOE at wills

The feat White Lotus Master Riposte reads: Prerequisites: 11th level, any arcane class, White Lotus Riposte feat Benefit: When an enemy you hit with an arcane at-will attack power attacks you ...
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7answers
1k views

Why does Intelligence seem so useless in 5e? [on hold]

Of the base stats, it seems that some are more generally useful than others. It's a common observation that Dexterity is more useful than Strength, as an example. However, the thing that's bugging me ...
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Must you be able to see your opponents to be flanked?

Neither the entry on flanking from the SRD nor the Player's Handbook entry (p 153) nor the Rules Compendium (pp 56-57) mention anything about being able to see the flanker or being aware of the threat....
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Is the game unbalanced without inspiration?

In the 5e game I am playing in, we tend to ignore inspiration (we simply don't use it, it is never awarded). While inspiration is not an optional rule, the phb states the following (emphasis mine): ...

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