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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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What happens if you cast Find Familar as a 9th-level spell?

If a wizard were to cast find familiar, a 1st-level spell, in a 9th-level spell slot, would anything different happen to it? For example, magic missile becomes more powerful the higher the level it ...
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Would a character reduced to Int 1 by Feeblemind still be able to feed themselves and do basic tasks neccessary for survival without assistance?

In a previous question I mentioned you could reduce an entire village to a mindless horde using Feeblemind, and given a high enough DC, they'd be unable to save against it. Someone I talked to in ...
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Synaptic Static - when to roll the d6?

The description of the synaptic static spell (XGtE, p. 167) reads: After a failed save, a target has muddled thoughts for 1 minute. During that time, it rolls a d6 and subtracts the number rolled ...

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