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Why do Crawford's tweets seem to be treated on par with the actual rules?

I keep running into quoted tweets from this 'Jeremy Crawford' guy in 5e answers. My understanding is he's sort of in charge of the edition, like James Jacobs with Pathfinder. It makes sense that his ...
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Can a character use teleport as a weapon?

The player characters are fighting a large creature, let's say dragon sized, in a large area like the town's market square. A player decides he wants his character to point at a boulder (large but ...
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Can a Lore bard's Cutting Words feature cancel a critical hit?

The Lore bard's Cutting Words feature says (PHB, p. 54; emphasis mine): When a creature that you can see within 60 feet of you makes an attack roll, [...] you can use your reaction to expend one of ...
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Prestidigitation and Druidcraft “harmless sensory effect?”

I'm DMing for our first ever D&D campaign. I've already got some great help from this website. My sorcerer and druid like their Prestidigitation and Druidcraft spells, but we aren't exactly clear ...
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What insight does True Strike grant?

The part of the True Strike spell I am concerned with reads: Your magic grants you a brief insight into the target’s defenses. I'd always considered this to be flavor text. But a friend of mine ...
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Can a player choose to add detail and flavor to their character's spells and abilities?

I'm not really sure how to word this so I'll detail the situation and hopefully I can not only get an answer but a name for this situation. I was in a game with a regular group doing a one shot as ...
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Is there a hierarchy of specificity?

As we all know from page 7 of the Player's Handbook, "Specific Beats General". The way it discusses 'general' and 'specific' is basically that 'general' means the standard game rules, as given in ...
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Can a monk, falling with an enemy they have grappled, use their slow fall ability to reduce their falling damage and not that of the enemy?

This came up as a controversial topic at my table with a player creating a Zangief playstyle. The player uses an aarakocra monk that flies up with a grappled enemy, then ends his movement to fall to ...
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Can you ready a firebolt spell to be used as a torch?

The description of the Ready action states When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy Does this mean you could cast a fire bolt spell, hold its energy indefinitely (as long ...
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Is there a rule for how to handle creative use of spells?

During a fight in a semi-flooded room, one of my players wanted to use Shocking Grasp on the water: Lightning springs from your hand to deliver a shock to a creature you try to touch. Make a melee ...
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Does the Detect Evil and Good spell let the player know what kind of ground (consecrated or desecrated) they have found?

In D&D 5e, the detect evil and good spell states that: For the duration, you know if there is an aberration, celestial, elemental, fey, fiend, or undead within 30 feet of you, as well as where ...
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Can the target of Feign Death speak, move, and dodge a fireball?

The Feign Death spell begins with this line: You touch a willing creature and put it into a cataleptic state that is indistinguishable from death. I read this as flavor, since ‘cataleptic state’ ...
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What are the properties of the substance created by the spell Grease?

I don't know if it's flammable or not or just supposed to be up to DM discretion. I don't know if it always produces a substance with the same properties, or could it be different from one cast to ...
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Can the Mage Hand cantrip be used to trip an enemy who is running away?

Can the mage hand cantrip be used to trip an enemy who is running away? How should I rule if my player is attempting to grab hold of the ankle of a humanoid creature that is running away? Would it ...
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With the 2019 Sage Advice Compendium release, are Jeremy Crawford's tweets considered to be “official rulings”?

The 2019 Sage Advice Compendium has been released. Previously, the SAC has indicated that Jeremy Crawford's tweets were considered to be official rulings. Is this still true?

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