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Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?

The D&D 5E spell Burning Hands has verbal and somatic components, and is described like this: As you hold your hands with thumbs touching and fingers spread, a thin sheet of flames shoots forth ...
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Do you get advantage on the Steel Wind Strike spell's attacks because you "vanish"?

The spell steel wind strike (XGtE, p. 166) says that you: vanish to strike like the wind. (Emphasis added) At first glance you might read this as an inconsequential part of the description. But ...
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Can a dragon's breath weapon pass through Leomund's Tiny Hut?

Leomund's tiny hut can protect against magic, objects, and creatures from entering. A dragon's breath weapon is not considered magical, but has to be an object at least - which should be blocked by ...
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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 the spell Catnap affect elves?

Elves cannot be magically put to sleep, according to their Fey Ancestry trait. The catnap spell (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 151) can make up to three willing creatures fall unconscious (and ...
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Is Burning Hands’ area of effect a “thin sheet of flame” or is it a cone?

Burning hands says two things about the shape of the spell’s area of effect (PHB, p. 220): a thin sheet of flames shoots forth from your outstretched fingertips Each creature in a 15-foot cone [...
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Does shillelagh require actual wooden weapons?

From the PHB entry for shillelagh: Components: V, S, M (mistletoe, a shamrock leaf, and a club or quarterstaff) The wood of a club or quarterstaff you are holding is imbued with nature's power. For ...
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Can you cast Life Transference on yourself?

The spell Life Transference says that you can deal 4d8 necrotic damage to yourself, then one creature within range, that you can see, regains twice this many hit points. Is the caster of this spell a ...
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How do I adjudicate PCs trying to use Stealth in a crowd?

I recently ran an encounter on a "restaurant boat" where my players had to obtain info from a noble on board. They successfully bluffed/bribed/sneaked their way on board. Certain areas of the ship ...
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Are the names of game features rules text or merely flavor?

For spell descriptions consensus is that all the text is rules text, that the game in fact does not distinguish between flavor and rules. How about the names of spells or of other game features? Are ...
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Does the paladin's Aura of Courage feature remove an existing frightened condition from a frightened ally who enters the aura?

I just reached level 10 with my paladin and gained the feature "Aura of Courage". I understand that currently, I and anyone within 10 feet of me will be immune to the frightened condition. ...
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Can the Regenerate spell bring someone back from the dead?

The description of Regenerate states: You touch a creature and stimulate its natural healing ability. The target regains 4d8 + 15 hit points. For the duration of the spell, the target regains 1 hit ...
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Can a Rogue exploit a tiny familiar for automatic Sneak Attack in melee?

A Rogue's Sneak Attack can be triggered "if another enemy of the target is within 5 feet of it". This other enemy may be a familiar. Being tiny, a spider familiar can mount the Rogue without limiting ...
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Do sorcerers' Subtle Spells require a skill check to be unseen?

I have a guest player who is secretly an evil "plant" inside the party causing trouble. He's a sorcerer who wants to use Subtle Spell metamagic to stop the party from delving into his master's old ...
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Why does Mind Blank stop the Feeblemind spell?

Jeremy Crawford wrote the following: The mind blank spell is meant to protect you entirely from the feeblemind spell. Yet, according to the description of Mind Blank, the spell only protects ...
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