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If you roll a saving throw where you only take half damage on a success, do you reduce the damage even more on a Natural 20?

For context, my character just got pounded by flaming boulders. She is currently immune to fire for story reasons, so the fire damage is null. However, she has to make a dexterity saving throw against ...
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Does an savethrow-type attack cause critical damage for an unconscious creature? [duplicate]

The unconscious state description says Any attack that hits the creature is a critical hit if the attacker is within 5 feet of the creature. Situation Target ...
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How does DC work with natural 20?

To keep it short, the D&D Dungeon Master's Screen has certain Difficulty Levels with the respective DC. The issue is that there are two Difficulty Levels namely Very Hard and Nearly Impossible ...
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If a character with the Alert feat rolls a crit fail on their Perception check, are they surprised?

A Druid in my campaign has the Alert feat, which stops her from being surprised. If she rolls a critical failure on her Perception check, would: She get surprised because she crit-failed? The ...
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Should rolling a 1 on a spell saving throw double that spell's damage?

This is more of a balance question. In my table we've agreed that rolling a 20 or a 1 should be special no matter the circumstance. Spells that require attack rolls are special on crits, but, per If ...
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Is the 30-day saving throw for Feeblemind done with a victim's original Intelligence saving throw or do they use the reduced one? [duplicate]

As in, would their waving throw be Int + Proficiency bonus or -5 + Proficiency Bonus. If it's the second, wouldn't this make Feeblemind essentially impossible to save from without a nat 20? (Assuming ...
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How would changing critical hits like this affect my game?

Everyone gets excited when they see that dice roll turning up a 20. A 20 on a test means that you succeeded on what you were trying to do in the best way possible — it's a rewarding situation that ...
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Can you use the Catapult Spell with Ammunition and Weapons?

Can I use the Catapult spell from the Elemental Evil Companion to launch ammunition (like bolts, arrows, and sling stones) and weapons within the weight requirements? Would the damage still be ...
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Are effects that activate “on a 20” by definition “critical effects”?

In the recently released (November 21, 2016) Unearthed Arana article, Cleric: Divine Domains, the Grave Domain ability Sentinel at Death’s Door has the following effect: Any effects triggered by a ...
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What happens when you roll a critical on both advantage dice?

What happens if you have an advantage on attack and you get 20 on both rolls. Does it differ from regular critical or not? For example: - on virtual table, like roll20 when you score two criticals, ...
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How can I implement injuries on crit?

We are well on our way in a 5e campaign, but everyone getting fully healed after a long rest takes some of the sense of danger out of the game. I am looking for a set of rules that would give ...
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Does a spell critical do double damage?

Specifically, do you double the damage dice if a spell attack is a natural 20? This came up in a game with Guiding Bolt, which seemed really powerful with twice the damage dice. (I saw this, but ...