2e introduced quite a lot of new rules, one being conditions. I didn't find any quote there and it left me wondering: Does drained (and other conditions) stack?

Example: One poison says:

Stage 1 1d6 poison damage and drained 1 (1 hour); Stage 2 2d6 poison damage and drained 2 (1 hour); Stage 3 3d6 poison damage and drained 2 (1 hour)

If a creature fails Saves such that they are affected by stage 1, then 2, then 3, do you have 5 drained or only 2?

  • \$\begingroup\$ I made some fairly significant edits, but I believe I kept the intent of your question and broadened it to help draw attention and prevent redundant (no pun intended) questions. If you feel like I changed your message, feel free to roll it back or re-edit it. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ifusaso
    Mar 9, 2020 at 20:48

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Conditions with Different Values Don't Accumulate

This is addressed in the redundant conditions with values sidebar on pg.623.

Conditions with different values are considered different conditions. If you’re affected by a condition with a value multiple times, you apply only the highest value, although you might have to track both durations if one has a lower value but lasts longer

So in a hypothetical case where you already have Drained 1, then get hit with Drained 2, you only "feel" Drained 2.

  • \$\begingroup\$ hmmm could it be that it was part of an errata? (618 has no sidebar for me but not using any erratas so far nor did I looked thhrough them) \$\endgroup\$
    – Thomas E.
    Mar 9, 2020 at 18:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ThomasE. Found it. Edited with the real page number. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 9, 2020 at 19:01

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