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When rolling with disadvantage what is the chance to get a 1? [duplicate]

When you roll with disadvantage is the chance to get a 1 5+5 for 10% or 5X5 for 25%? Just sat down and rolled 100 times with disadvantage got 18 natural 1s and 0 natural 20s. Still don't know.
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How should a DM resolve a smooth-talking player with a weak Charisma score PC? [closed]

If a player is naturally a smooth-talker, does well with on-the-spot dialogue, is instinctively persuasive, and is overall great in social situations, but role-plays a character with a poor Charisma ...
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Mathematically, is a +2 bonus to AC better than attackers having disadvantage?

Mathematically speaking, I'm trying to determine if Bracers of Defense (AC+2) is better than a Cloak of Displacement, which causes all attackers to have disadvantage on attack rolls against you. If ...
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What is the difference between giving advantage on a roll and reducing the DC?

I run a 5e campaign, and I like rewarding my players for thinking outside the box, roleplaying well, etc. Suppose we have the following scenario: Violet is a bard, and is attempting to intimidate a ...
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Without Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, how to make Drow cleric competitive?

In my next campaign I'll be exploring the idea of a male drow cleric. We are using the standard array, and that leaves me with a maximum score of 15 in my spellcasting ability, and racial increases to ...
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Would this house-rule that treats advantage as a +1 to the roll instead (and disadvantage as -1) and allows them to stack be balanced?

I've been playing Open Legend RPG and I love that the Advantage in that game can be stacked. I love it when players try to strategize and stack as much advantage as possible. I want to do this in D&...
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Can you lower your AC on purpose?

For roleplaying reasons I would like to make a NPC appear weaker than it actually is. When the players first fight it, it should seem to have a very low AC and miss many attacks. Is this possible in ...
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How to encourage players to state approach and goal, rather than asking for skill checks? [closed]

Or, to phrase the question as a negative, "How do I stop players asking to make rolls?" An example, from a couple of weeks ago. Me: You see a pile of bodies at the end of the field. Player: ...
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If a secret door is noticed with a DC 10 Wisdom (Perception) roll, don't most characters notice it passively?

In one of the published 5e campaigns there is a secret door that: can be noticed with a successful DC 10 Wisdom (Perception) check. The way I read this and the way I understand passive perception,...
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Can someone decide to be hit?

In this question, I asked about whether a character could willingly not use their shield or Dex bonus on certain attacks due to wanting to be hit. This raises the greater question- Can someone decide ...
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Does the Resilient (Con) feat or the War Caster feat most improve the chances of maintaining concentration?

The Resilient feat (PHB, p. 168) allows you to increase one ability score by 1 and gain proficiency in saving throws using the corresponding ability. In essence, taking the Resilient feat and picking ...
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Does using Sharpshooter really remove Advantage?

I was browsing an older question recently thanks to a duplicate, and I found that the accepted answer for that question said something odd: Sounds obvious. When you have advantage, there is a good ...
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Do two simultaneous castings of Guidance increase the likelihood of a better outcome?

The guidance cantrip says the following (PHB, pg. 248): You touch one willing creature. Once before the spell ends, the target can roll a d4 and add the number rolled to one ability check of its ...
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Use of Mage Hand during combat to gain advantage?

In the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure module, our party (consisting of three second-level PCs, a fighter, wizard, and cleric, with me DMing) was fighting a singular ogre. We had already taken some ...
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Differences between 5th Edition D&D and Pathfinder?

4th Edition took D&D on a very different path from 3.5, and Pathfinder (often referred to by players as 3.75) filled the niche of the continued evolution of the 3.x system. I enjoy Pathfinder ...
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How do I make a tanky Monk?

I do have some experience with D&D 3/4, but 5 is pretty much new territory for me. Now, from what I can remember, monks used to be kind of an inbetween pick - not the worst, but not really shining ...
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How is shooting into water handled?

I'm running a D&D Next Campaign and it does seem that there must be some kind of mechanic that would in-game handle these problems, but I just don't know where to look. I've gone into a few forums ...
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What's worse, -2 or disadvantage?

So, I'm building a system that adds an extra level of flavor, with some minor mechanics as an optional side system for a 5e campaign. The basic function is, you collect points, then collect a deficit. ...
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What's my most efficient use of spell slots to help my AC?

I've got a wizard with 11 Dex and I'm trying to figure out what my most efficient use of spell slots is to help me from getting hit. We typically have 2-4 very difficult encounters per day and I want ...
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How can I compare the damage gain between Bless and Faerie Fire?

I would like to know the damage gain (expected value) from bless vs faerie fire (accounting for both saves and increased crit chance)? In terms of simplifying assumptions, I see two ways to go about ...
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In Out of the Abyss, is there an alternative to rolling foraging checks every day?

In Out of the Abyss, PCs are equipmentless and travelling in a dangerous and hostile environment where food and water is scarce. To top it all off, they are actively being hunted down by an ...
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Does bounded accuracy effectively increase randomness in D&D 5e, compared to previous editions?

I have been reading D&D 5e for a forthcoming campaign and I have a small concern with bounded accuracy: Proficiency bonus growth at a low rate (a level 20 character has only a +6 proficiency bonus....
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What is advantage? [closed]

Numerous powers read that you "gain advantage" - does that mean the character succeeds on the roll, check, or saving throw? For instance the Sorcerer's Tides of Chaos reads: Starting at 1st level,...
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The Passive Wisdom (Perception) score of my character on D&D Beyond seems too high

I just made a 7th-level Dragonborn Vengeance Paladin character on D&D Beyond. It says his Passive Wisdom (Perception) is 18, but I don't understand how they calculated that number. The ...
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How can I make a Dex-based one-handed duelist fighter build? [closed]

I am currently about to start a campaign in D&D 5e. We are playing Descent into Avernus and my party needs a tank. I settled on fighter as my top choice for a variety of reasons. Stat ...
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What are the implications of allowing a shove attack with the Spiritual Weapon spell?

I saw this on a stream and it got me wondering. Instead of attacking with the spiritual weapon spell, they were allowed to try a shove using their spellcasting modifier rather than Athletics, ...
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How does replacing Advantage with a flat +2 affect Champion critical hit damage output?

My DM does not like Advantage/Disadvantage. While I disagree with his reasons on this, he has decided to replace it with a +2/-2 rule and I respect him (mostly) enough to follow his rules. I recently ...
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Scaling a game for a large group

I have read How do I run a game for a larger group?, and while it gave helpful advice it is not the problem I am having. I have 6 players and an observer. They understand they need to have their ...
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How much is a Second roll worth in Modifier Bonus

That is to say, the value of a second roll, how much of a bonus value is it worth. For example: when you make a saving throw, attack or check roll, when does +bonus to the roll and rolling twice ...
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How does a monster giving disadvantage to hitting it affect its CR?

I'm working on a big creature with an AC of 22 and for flavour reasons, I'd like attacks against it to be made with disadvantage. Could you suggest how this would effect the creature's CR? I ...
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Does 5e's (dis)advantage rule break Pathfinder?

I really like the advantage/disadvantage system in 5e. Has it been play tested as a sole addition to the Pathfinder rules and practically or theoretically demonstrated and found to have any breaking ...
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How can a spell caster increase the probability that they can cast a spell from a scroll that is a higher level than they can cast?

From what I understand, even a level 1 wizard can try to read a wish scroll. But how can an adventurer increase their likelihood of doing so? To be clear, this does not necessarily mean in what way ...
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What weapon combination gives the highest DPR on my character?

My Halfling Hexblade Warlock 1 / Eldritch Knight Fighter 3 has come across two magic weapons: a longsword of life stealing (3d6 necrotic damage extra on crit) a +1 longsword. What weapon ...
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How much damage does an Ogre's greatclub do when wielded by an Enlarged character?

If a medium-sized character picks up an Ogre's greatclub, then has Enlarge cast on them, how much damage does the greatclub do (and does the character have disadvantage with the weapon)? 2d8? 2d8+1d4,...
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How to handle Yuan-ti shapechanging ability? [closed]

We are starting a new campaign tomorrow. It is a more flexible campaign than the usual, “Oh hero, go and save us" style campaign. For once we decided to RP as evil characters. Someone picked ...
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What is the origin of Dis/Advantage in D&D 5? [closed]

I was listening to a podcast on D&D 5 discussing its design. They mentioned the mechanic of Dis/Advantage as being one of the coolest aspects of the game. I was wondering: Is this innovation ...
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How can I scale traps in a published adventure for a larger party?

I'm about to start DMing for a group of 7, mostly new to Pathfinder. I myself have not DMed Pathfinder before, and haven't played it recently. We'll be going through the Mummy's Mask adventure path, ...
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Picking attribute boost or feats as high-stat 5e Paladin

I'm playing Hoard of the Dragon Queen with a group, and I play a Paladin with the following stats: STR 18 DEX 13 CON 14 INT 12 WIS 15 CHA 17 So my stats are already kinda high. When I get to level 4,...
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Which modifier added to a 1D20 has the closest outcome probability as rolling 2D20 with advantage with no modifier? [closed]

I'm trying to determine the probability of every modifier to a 1D20: 1D20 +1 1D20 +2 1D20 +3 1D20 +4 1D20 +5 vs flat 2D20s with advantage ...
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What is the percentage of possibly hitting something that has stacked Blur, Blink, Mirror Image, and Armor of Hexes?

This question is mostly for hypothetical fun because setting all of these up isn't super practical (unless it's a 1-on-1 campaign perhaps?) But with all of these stacking, how likely are you to be ...
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How important is the War Caster feat? [closed]

I've seen multiple people who have beelined for the feat of War Caster, but I never really understood this. While I can see some situations that this would be good (Polymorph comes to mind...), it ...
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Is there any practical or mathematical difference between player rolling vs. DM rolling?

There are two ways that spells are rolled for in D&D 5e, depending on the spell: attack rolls rolled by the players and saving throws rolled by the DM. But as far as I can see, saving throws ...
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How does the "Handling Mobs" rule work with Advantage & Disadvantage?

How should I modify the "Mob attacks" table (DMG 250) when the attacking mob has an advantage? Isn't a flat +5 bonus too generous?
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To what extent is a lower DC skill check with disadvantage harder than a higher skill check without?

I'm wondering how mechanically I could calculate a lower DC challenge with disadvantage as a middle-ground between a higher skill DC and that same DC with disadvantage. I'd like to describe a ...
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How do these mass advantage/disadvantage rolls work out statistically?

On an unrelated question, user Yakk shared the following bit of advice in a comment to keep combat moving quickly for mass numbers where advantage/disadvantage might apply: Mass attacks with ...
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Is there a consistent method to introducing nonmagical items with mechanical implications?

One of my Player Characters recently went to an esteemed tailor who claims to be "able to make cloth and garb of any kind." He asked to have a black sneaking cloak made and my mind immediately froze. ...
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Chances on ability checks don't seem to add up [duplicate]

I'm going through the Dungeon Master's Guide, and I see that DCs should be based on the "average person". What I'm having a hard time with is that if someone has a +5 modifier to their History checks ...
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Increasing CR for more players

I am currently running a short Pathfinder published adventure (We Be Goblins Too!) as an interlude between campaigns. For reasons not relevant to this question, I have 7-8 player coming each week. ...
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Help Needed With Probability Math for 2d10 [closed]

In my Old School D&D campaign, I instituted a house rule to help the PCs raise their ability scores. Each ability score has a "fractional ability score". This is a percentile rating that starts at ...
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How is the damage required to regurgitate a creature calculated?

As an addition to my previous question "How is CON save DC determined for the Behir?" there is another figure that I'm curious as to how it is determined. If the behir takes 30 damage or ...

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