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In general, you worry about DC, Saving throws, and AC only in situations where there are two opposing views of what should or can happen. Unless you have some sort of magical shield which actually has a chance to prevent the magic from happening, (Like a partial anti-magic sphere or something) there is no reason to ask someone to roll a saving throw when ...


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Effectively, yes. The source of confusion is likely a gut reaction against the idea of stacking the same bonus with itself. However, that's not what's happening here. The paladin is not getting their Charisma modifier twice: they're getting their Charisma modifier once, and also getting a different bonus that just so happens to often (but not always) be the ...


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Six saving throws instead of three is by design, intended to emphasize the ability scores, and new usages are likely to come up in future expansions. Why Associating saving throws with ability scores makes the scores more relevant, or at least come up a lot more often. It has been six saving throws since the first playtest rules. Quoting the transcript of ...


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This isn't an oversight. Spells aren't the only thing that could possibly cause a saving throw. Saving throws are written to be generally applicable, so that they can cover every possible situation and future rule. This provided a solid foundation upon which both official rules and home rulings can build, as it provides for making saving throws against any ...


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You are correct. Spell saves are 10 + spell level + spellcasting stat modifier (+ any miscellaneous bonuses). They don't go up directly with character level, except insasmuch as character level lets you cast higher level spells, get higher stats, and get feat like Spell Focus that boost your DCs. As you become a higher level caster you need to either ...


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There's a limited amount you can do proactively to prevent this. The fact that your int save isn't going to be very good is pretty much a fact of life. If you're targeted by this spell, there's a really good chance you're going to get hit with it. You can take a starting class as something that gets proficiency, but that may not fit every build (and it's a ...


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5e has changed Dying in a few meaningful ways from 4e's Death Saving Throw mechanic: Death saving throws are now 3 successes before 3 failures. If you get to 3 successes, you're stable, but still unconscious. If you get to 3 failures, you die. If you get to stable, all of your death saves are reset (successes and failures). If any damage you would take ...


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Can a creature willingly forego a saving throw versus a spell? If the creature is targeted by a spell that allows a saving throw, the creature can choose to fail that saving throw. Voluntarily Giving up a Saving Throw A creature can voluntarily forego a saving throw and willingly accept a spell’s result. Even a character with a special resistance to ...


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Assuming you are vulnerable to 8th level spells (meaning no 9th level Globe of Invulnerability), the only way to prevent the Ability Drain effect from Feeblemind is to succeed on the Intelligence saving throw. There are several ways to improve your Intelligence saving throws. Here is an attempt at an exhaustive list in ascending order of inconvenience ...


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PFSRD: ...the DC to save against these revelations is equal to 10 + 1/2 the oracle’s level + the oracle’s Charisma modifier. Because the revelation is a supernatural ability, not a spell or spell-like ability, spell level doesn't apply. If another effect needs to refer to spell level for some reason (it happens very rarely), a suggested houserule is ...


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Those numbers are your overall modifier for that skill or saving throw. They include your proficiency bonus if you are proficient in them, otherwise they are just your ability modifier for that skill or saving throw. They're pre-calculated and listed on the sheet for convenience during the game so that you don't have to add up all your modifiers and ...


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The PC Gets a Save There is no effect line in 5e's magic spells, so when it says affects another creature its not calling to a mechanical keyword, but saying it shifts target. Spell Reflection is basically used to turn the party's spells against them, but a targeted PC should still get to make the normal save as if he/she was the original target of the ...


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By default, the way you do this is with a level-by-level approach: Scout 1 (+0/+2/+0) // Ranger 1 (+2/+2/+0) = +2/+2/+0 Scout 2 (+0/+1/+0) // Swashbuckler 1 (+2/+0/+0) = +2/+1/+0 (total: +4/+3/+0) Scout 3 (+1/+0/+1) // Swashbuckler 2 (+1/+0/=0) = +1/+0/+1 (total: +5/+3/+1) Scout 4 (+0/+1/+0) // Rogue 1 (+0/+2/+0) = +0/+2/+0 (total: ...


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1. Don't play D&D alone. No one character can be proof against everything. Even without digging in the whole ruleset, I think it's fairly likely that there are various attacks which hit the Int-based casters particularly hard too. If you're playing with a balanced party, they'll have your back. Specifically, The spell can also be ended by greater ...


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The Saving Throw line refers to how the spell functions for the Target. In the case of ghoul touch, the target may make a Fortitude save against the spell; if successful, the entire spell is negated. If not, the target is paralyzed and begins to release a sickening cloud. The parenthetical has to do with the cloud’s saving throw, which is distinct ...


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According to the Glossary Wisdom: Temporary increases to your Wisdom score give you a bonus on Wisdom-based skill checks and Will saving throws. This bonus also applies to any spell DCs based on Wisdom


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There are 3 effects right off hand that break down completely when you allow players (and monsters) to stop saving. Escalation effects are worthless. Lots of monsters (especially as you go later), have effects that get bad (and then very bad) on failed saving throws. Skipping a saving throw in this case must be counted as a failure and the PCs might feel ...


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Disadvantage from the Hex spell1 applies only to ability checks. The Player's Basic Rules and Player's Handbook differentiate ability checks from saving throws and attack rolls from ability checks in Chapter 7: Using Ability Scores. Specifically, The three main rolls of the game—the ability check, the saving throw, and the attack roll—rely on the six ...


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My first reaction would be to say no... but after reading the text of Aura of Protection, indeed that would be the case: yes, you add your Charisma modifier twice to the die roll on Charisma saving throws. The first time you add it, its in the form of an ability modifier, and the second is a bonus modifier. What might get people confused is that the rules ...


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As an addendum to other answers, I would like to offer some help on the issues you mentioned in the comments. There is at least a couple precedents for what you are trying to do. The Starsoul bloodline's arcana reads: Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast an evocation spell, targets that fail their saves are dazzled by tiny sparkling starlights for 1 ...


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Since you are a Dragonborn, you are using the Player's HandBook (PHB). Nearly every one of your questions is clearly explained in various parts of the character creation process, so please read through that. However, I'll give you a broad overview of what those things on the character sheet do to hopefully point you in the right direction. Inspiration is ...


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No. There is no specific way to pass on or intentionally fail a saving throw given. You don’t normally decide to make a saving throw; you are forced to make one because your character or monster is at risk of harm. (BD&D 62). I'd take this to mean that you're forced to make the saving throw even if you'd rather decline it (that's not quite the ...


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It sounds like the foe is always going to succeed on all his saving throws. That means developing another method of Getting a Target to Fail a Willpower Saving Throw The ioun stone (flawed mulberry pentacle) (8,700 gp; 0 lbs.) causes its possessor to take a -2 penalty to Willpower saving throws. According to the glossary penalties are numerical values ...


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According PHB 173, ability check, saving throw and attack are threatened different: Sometimes a special ability or spell tells you that you have advantage or disadvantage on an ability check, a saving throw, or an attack roll. So, the Hex Spell only cause disadvantage in ability checks (PHB 251). Also, choose one ability when you cast the ...


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At three successful saves, you stabilise and stop rolling death saves and erase any failures and the successes you've racked up. You're still unconscious, but not dying anymore, and will wake with 1 hp after some time. Erasing failures when you stabilise is so that you start the count fresh in case you de-stabilise (which can happen if you take more damage ...


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There are 3 possibilities here.The first is that saving throws in general can be voluntarily failed. The text on page 179 of the PHB says: You don't normally choose to make a saving throw; you are forced to make one because your character or monster is at risk of harm. This says that you can't normally choose to make a saving throw. Choosing to fail a ...


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I don't see a rule which allows you to intentionally fail a saving throw, except for the nebulous language of "don't normally decide to make a saving throw" on page 179 of the PH, or "a target can make a saving throw to avoid some or all of spell's effects" on page 205 (emphasis added). That wording leaves a lot of room for interpretation at the individual ...


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I don't have access to the RAW at the moment, so someone may be able to provide a more definitive answer than myself. If we're going for a purely RAW answer, I would probably side with "No, you can't generally choose to fail saves as there are specific allowances for that choice in certain spells, indicating that that is not normally the case". However, ...


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Spending resources (Feats, Ability Points, etc.) to defend against this will likely cripple your character. My suggestion is to play your characters strengths, not its weaknesses. If you absolutely must have some way of defending against it or making it less effective, you have options, but they're costly. Run If you get hit, get out of Dodge. You should ...


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Saving throws are in no way limited to spells or poison. According to the definition, any threat that is not an attack (because that targets AC) could call for a saving throw. For instance: let's say the thief fell into a pit trap and the fighter is grabbing his hand and trying to pull him up. If a tentacle brutally grabs the thief and try to pull down, I ...



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