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How to make a NPC intimidating the party more effective?

TL:DR; My players don't act as though they find intimidating NPCs intimidating. How can I make NPC intimidation more effective while maintaining player agency? My Issue I have a recurring issue across ...

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Do characters have to wait 24 hours to long rest, if a long rest is interrupted?

If characters have been interrupted during a long rest, do they need to wait 24 hours before taking a long rest again? The rules specify that only one long rest is allowed in 24 hours but it also ...

dnd-5e time rests  
user avatar asked by user28536 Score of 16
user avatar answered by enkryptor Score of 37

Paladin fighting style blind fighting and druid ability wild shape working together?

You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them if the new form is physically capable of doing so. However, you can't use any of your special senses, ...

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user avatar asked by Exa Score of 13
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What is stronger: an ability that can be used proficiency bonus times, or one that can be used once per short rest?

A lot of races and classes have abilities that can either be used proficiency bonus times per long rest, or that can be used once per short or long rest. For evaluating homebrew races, you often need ...

dnd-5e homebrew proficiency rests  
user avatar asked by Groody the Hobgoblin Score of 11
user avatar answered by Thomas Markov Score of 26

Does standing up from being prone in difficult terrain consume all of your movement?

The rules for Difficult Terrain stipulate: You move at half speed in difficult terrain— moving 1 foot in Difficult Terrain costs 2 feet of speed while rules for standing up from prone: Standing up ...

dnd-5e movement prone terrain  
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user avatar answered by Thomas Markov Score of 21

Besides Volo's Guide, do any of the other published sourcebooks have in-universe counterparts?

Volo's Guide to Monsters, published by Wizards of the Coast in 2016, is a monster book, expanding on the monsters available to DMs. The book's namesake, Volo, is a real character in the Forgotten ...

dnd-5e lore books  
user avatar asked by Thomas Markov Score of 11
user avatar answered by Quadratic Wizard Score of 9

Is D&D Beyond correct in showing my ranger's attack bonus being higher than his Dex mod + bonus from Archery Fighting Style?

In a campaign I am joining, I am playing an Owlin Ranger. Since we're starting at level 3, my subclass is Gloom Stalker. Every time I create this character, D&D Beyond keeps saying I have an ...

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user avatar asked by Dan the man 007 Score of 10
user avatar answered by Thomas Markov Score of 30

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Is a character with the Polearm Master and Sentinel feats unbeatable in a duel?

One of the benefits of the Polearm Master feat (PHB, p. 168) is: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, or quarterstaff, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when they ...

dnd-5e feats optimization  
user avatar asked by András Score of 29
user avatar answered by Klaude Thomas Score of 8

When do I use active vs passive perception?

So, I'm trying to figure out how to run the scene from the beginning of Lost Mine of Phandelver (5e starter set) where the party is ambushed by goblins and I'm really confused as to how Passive Wisdom ...

dnd-5e skills  
user avatar asked by ctsag Score of 71
user avatar answered by Purple Monkey Score of 65

Is it better to take the array and be Joe Average, or to roll for the odds of getting on average better scores?

I am new to D&D. I was looking at character creation for D&D 5th edition. There were a few ways one could generate ability scores. I assumed the optional method of taking the numbers 15, 14, ...

dnd-5e character-creation ability-scores statistics  
user avatar asked by John Robertson Score of 59
user avatar answered by briddums Score of 69

What is the broad overview of the differences between Wizard and Sorceror in D&D 5e?

What are the differences between Wizards and Sorcerers in D&D 5e, in broad overview terms? Really, I'd like to know this from two perspectives. One I have a somewhat idea about from reading the ...

dnd-5e class-feature wizard sorcerer  
user avatar asked by RyanFromGDSE Score of 15
user avatar answered by inthemanual Score of 21

What are the major changes between Pathfinder first and second editions?

The Second Edition of Pathfinder came out today. As a long-time player of Pathfinder, what changes should I expect to see when I play the second edition? What are the major points that have changed? ...

pathfinder-1e edition-comparison pathfinder-2e  
user avatar asked by DuckTapeAl Score of 63
user avatar answered by willuwontu Score of 71

Who can use magic scrolls?

I'm confused about who can use scrolls in 5e. In the DMG, p139 under Magic Item Categories: Scrolls, it states that: Any creature that can understand a written language can read the arcane script ...

dnd-5e magic-items spellcasting  
user avatar asked by Jason K Score of 84
user avatar answered by Dale M Score of 80

For a basic unarmed strike, is only the proficiency bonus included in the attack roll, or is the Strength modifier also added?

The Player's Handbook, Chapter 9, states about attack rolls: The ability modifier used for a melee weapon attack is Strength A bit later on it also states about melee attacks: Instead of using a ...

dnd-5e combat attack unarmed-combat attack-roll  
user avatar asked by mdrichey Score of 16
user avatar answered by V2Blast Score of 27

Can you answer these questions?

What are the fictional differences between the original Iron Kingdoms and Requiem?

I played and really enjoyed the Iron Kingdoms campaign setting for the third edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Now they’ve returned to Dungeons & Dragons with Iron Kingdoms: Requiem for the ...

lore campaign-settings edition-comparison iron-kingdoms  
user avatar asked by Guybrush McKenzie Score of 3

Fighting off the Nightmare

It happened. In our latest venture, we were in the Deep Dreaming and had to Unleash our Arts.1 Obviously, this incurred a few points of Nightmare.2 Now, those points are burning like evil eyes in the ...

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user avatar asked by Trish Score of 5
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