When rolling for death saves, if you survive, you become stable on 0 hp. However, I had seen somewhere that if you end your turn on 0 hp, you must roll for death saves. So if I succeed in a death save (without rolling a nat 20), do I have to keep rolling death saves if I remain on 0 hp for another round of combat?


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You don't have to roll death saves once you are stable

The death saving rules say you roll the death saves at the start of your turn, if you succeed 3 times you become stable and so you don't have to roll any more death saves:

Whenever you start your turn with 0 hit points, you must make a special saving throw, called a death saving throw


On your third success, you become stable (see below)


A stable creature doesn't make death saving throws, even though it has 0 hit points


You only roll the death saved when unstable.

The rules for death saves state:

A stable creature doesn’t make death saving throws

If you have rolled a natural 20, you are now stable and regain one hit point, and no more death saves must be rolled, unless something makes you unstable, like getting knocked out again by an attack.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Wait if you roll a nat 20 you aren't stable??? \$\endgroup\$
    – Lamentix
    Commented Mar 17, 2022 at 4:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Lamentix Typo, not -> now. Clarified my phrasing there. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 17, 2022 at 4:13

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