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Does blocking an attack with the Shield spell still trigger Armor of Agathys?

I am contemplating a Oath of Conquest Paladin / Sorcerer multiclass character, with a 1 level dip in hexblade warlock. This character will have access to the Armor of Agathys and Shield spells, which ...
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Does Absorb Elements give you resistance to damage from the triggering attack?

Absorb Elements says: Absorb Elements 1st-level abjuration Casting Time: 1 reaction, which you take when you take acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thunder damage Range: Self Components: S ...
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Do you have to cast Shield prior to your opponent's attack roll?

The entry for Shield says that the reaction is triggered by being hit by an attack, which would tend to imply that you can wait to see if your opponent actually succeeds on their attack roll (...
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Do reactions interrupt their triggers or not?

In the Player's Handbook, it is pretty clear that reactions normally interrupt the thing that they are reacting to. Xanathar's Guide to Everything, however, has explicitly changed all reactions to ...
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How does Vampiric Touch interact with Resistance/Vulnerability?

As a follow on from Can a Spell like Vampiric Touch drain life from a creature in 0 hp? If I use Vampiric Touch against a creature resistant or vulnerable to necrotic damage, what happens? How much ...
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How much damage can the Guardian of Faith spell deal?

The guardian of faith spell description states that it disappears after it has dealt a total of 60 points of damage. There are two things about that which I am questioning: What about creatures ...
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Is the Undead Fortitude trait's DC based on damage dealt or damage taken?

I'm new to DMing and I'm looking through options to throw at my players. I see the Zombie creature has the following trait: Undead Fortitude. If damage reduces the zombie to 0 hit points, it must ...
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Is there a difference between "damage taken" and "damage dealt"?

This question is prompted by parts of How much damage can the Guardian of Faith spell deal?, If someone casts Vampiric Touch on a creature with necrotic absorption, does the caster take damage?, and ...
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On abilities that depend on the value of damage caused, do we account for the target's resistances?

The Death Kiss, in Volo's Guide to Monsters, has an ability that says On a failed save, the target takes 4d10 (22) lightning damage, and the Death Kiss regains half as many hit points. Yesterday, ...
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Is the value of "damage dealt/taken" calculated after resistances? [duplicate]

The basic rules say about damage resistance/vulnerability: Resistance and then vulnerability are applied after all other modifiers to damage. For example, a creature has resistance to bludgeoning ...
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