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Can you multiclass the same class twice for different class features?

The way that 5e works, each class has a sub class that dictates a heap of class features. The question here is generally, can a character of a specific class take levels in that same class in order to ...
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Does Bard's Jack of All Trades grant them greater initiative?

Bards get the ability "Jack of All Trades" which reads: Starting at 2nd level, you can add half your proficiency bonus, rounded down, to any ability check you make that doesn't already include ...
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Does casting a spell from an item allow you to apply class abilities that are used when casting a spell?

This question is updated to request additional answers and details in light of information now available in the Dungeon Master's Guide. In the released DM basic rules, Lost Mine of Phandelver, Hoard ...
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Are features that allow −5 to attack to get +10 to damage mathematically sound?

Some class features, monster traits, and feats allow you to take a −5 to your attack roll in order to gain a +10 to your damage roll. At first glance this looks really good, but when will it deal more ...
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Can a 6th-level Totem Warrior barbarian (Eagle totem) with the Observant feat read the lips of a creature a mile away?

A level 6 Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian (PHB, p. 50) can choose the Eagle totem, which states: You gain the eyesight of an eagle. You can see up to 1 mile away with no difficulty, able to ...
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How can I give a Ranger advantage on a check due to Favored Enemy without spoiling the story for the player?

The Scenario I am the DM for a group who have just entered a town that was attacked by cloud giants a few days before their arrival. The players and characters don't know this though, so part of the ...
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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 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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Does a sorcerer's metamagic work for non-sorcerer spells?

Can a multiclass sorcerer/cleric use the Metamagic class ability with non-sorcerer spells? For example, using Twinned Spell when casting cure wounds to heal two creatures instead of just one?
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If I have both advantage and disadvantage, and my target is Elusive, do I have disadvantage on the attack?

At level 18, Rogues get the Elusive class feature, which says: No attack roll has advantage against you while you aren’t incapacitated. However, if you have both advantage and ...
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Does Evasion allow half damage even when unconscious?

Evasion is a class feature gained by Rogues and Monks at level 7: At 7th level, your instinctive agility lets you dodge out of the way of certain area effects, such as a blue dragon’s lightning ...
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Can a Sorcerer use Sorcery Points to create spell slots higher than he can cast?

At level 6, a Sorcerer may have a maximum of 6 Sorcery Points. This is enough to create a level 4 spell slot. Would the Sorcerer be able to create a level 4 spell slot, even though he only knows level ...
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Can a polymorphed creature use class features that don't require speech or hand gestures?

The Polymorph spell states (in part): The target’s game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It retains its alignment and personality....
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What is the point of the Totem Warrior Barbarian's Wolf aspect to track while moving fast?

On PHB p. 50, the Totem Warrior Barbarian's Wolf totem for the 6th-level Aspect of the Beast feature grants the following benefit: You gain the hunting sensibilities of a wolf. You can track other ...
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Dueling Portents

I have a player with a Divination School Wizard. He has used his Portent ability upon the Big Bad several times to great effect. My Big Bad is a smart person however, and is seeking to hire a rival ...
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Is an attack made with an unheld Dancing Sword considered made by the character or by the sword itself?

A Dancing Sword can be launched by its controller to make melee attacks at range: You can use a bonus action to toss this magic sword into the air and speak the command word. When you do so, the ...
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Can a Lore bard's Cutting Words feature cancel a critical hit?

The Lore bard's Cutting Words feature says (PHB, p. 54; emphasis mine): When a creature that you can see within 60 feet of you makes an attack roll, [...] you can use your reaction to expend one of ...
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What does “can't become lost” mean?

The Natural Explorer trait from the UA Revised Ranger provides the following benefit (among others) when traveling for an hour or more: Your group can't become lost except by magical means. The ...
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How many copper coins fit inside a cubic foot?

I have a Wizard who is level 5, currently running in a pirate campaign (homebrew), and I thought about some scams I could pull to earn the ship some extra coinage whenever we touched port to resupply ...
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Does a fighter's Action Surge trigger Extra Attack?

Context A player in my game will play a fighter with a greatsword. At 5th level he has Extra Attack and the option to use Action Surge. PHB p.72 states: Action Surge. Starting at 2nd level, you ...
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Can a level 1 Ranger cast spells from Ranger spell scrolls?

From what I know, you can use a Spell Scroll if the spell is on your class's list. Rangers gain the Spellcasting feature at second level (getting spell slots to cast 1st-level spells at that point), ...
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Does Phoenix Spark overcome Disintegrate?

The Phoenix sorcerer (from Unearthed Arcana: Sorcerer) gains the Phoenix Spark feature at 6th level, part of which states: If you are reduced to 0 hit points, you can use your reaction to draw on ...
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Do you “gain” your 1st level?

Assume a Divine Soul Sorcerer. The spellcasting feature of the class states (highlight mine): Additionally, when you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of the sorcerer spells you know ...
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How does the Evocation wizard's Empowered Evocation feature work with the Magic Missile spell?

The Evocation wizard's Empowered Evocation feature (PHB 177) reads: Beginning at 10th level, you can add your Intelligence modifier to the damage roll of any wizard evocation spell you cast I have ...
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Can a Paladin sense a Tiefling?

With respect to the Paladin's ability "Divine Sense" ability in 5th edition, would it be possible to argue that they could sense a Tiefling due to their infernal heritage? Both RAW and RAI points are ...
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What is a Centaur Thief's climbing speed?

The Thief archetype Rogue's Second-Story Work (PHB, p. 97) feature states: [...] you gain the ability to climb faster than normal; climbing no longer costs you extra movement. However, the ...
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Can Thieves' Cant be used across languages?

In this question, it is established that Thieves' Cant is more of an encoding system built on top of a language than a language in its own right. According to the Basic Rules, Thieves' Cant is: ......
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Do monks know when they are charmed?

A Monk with the Stillness of Mind feature can use their action to end one effect on themselves which is causing them to be charmed or frightened. By virtue of having this ability, does the Monk know ...
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Does a Paladin's Aura of Protection Affect Allies' Death Saving Throws?

In D&D 5e, the Paladin feature Aura of Protection allows allies within 10 feet of you to add your charisma modifier as a bonus to their saving throws, as long as you are conscious. Certainly this ...
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Does a humanoid possessed by a ghost register as undead to a paladin's Divine Sense?

A Ghost (MM, p. 147) can possess a humanoid as per their Possession action: Possession (Recharge 6). One humanoid that the ghost can see within 5 feet of it must succeed on a DC 13 Charisma saving ...
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How do monks with Timeless Body die of old age?

5th Edition is deliberately vague about aging so as to avoid RAW pitfalls but in certain areas such as Timeless Body there seems to be an inherent contradiction: Monks cease to age and no longer ...
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Is a Warforged considered to be wearing armor?

The Warforged race from the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron has a unique feature, Integrated Protection, that affects their armor class (AC) and ability to wear armor, detailed below: Your body has ...
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How can I curtail abuse of the Illusion wizard's Illusory Reality feature?

I'd like to know some methods of curtailing the abuse of the Illusion wizard's Illusory Reality feature in a game. Right now I have a player here running roughshod over the other GMs in the group by ...
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Does a Ranger’s Favored Enemy bonus apply against an Undead version of that creature?

One of my players is playing a Ranger (Monk 7/Ranger 2) who has Orcs as her favored enemy. I plan on throwing an Orc Revenant at her and the party. Would her favored enemy ability activate when ...
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When the Shocking Grasp cantrip hits, can it trigger the Tempest cleric's Wrath of the Storm reaction?

The Tempest Domain cleric's Wrath of the Storm feature description says (PHB, p. 62): When a creature within 5 feet of you that you can see hits you with an attack, you can use your reaction to ...
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How does Mage Armor interact with Unarmored Defense?

If a character with the Unarmoured Defence class feature casts Mage Armour, what is their AC? Do they choose which 'base' AC they take, or do they stack somehow? Is there rules text that explains ...
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Can “Minor Conjuration” create a physical key?

I'm creating a campaign which one of the quest requires the party to obtain a key (ordinary, not magical) to a room. One of my PCs is a Wizard that specializes in Conjuration. I'm considering whether ...
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Does unlimited Wild Shape make Circle of the Moon archdruids virtually unkillable?

Page 67 of the PHB states that druids gain all the hit points of whatever creature they become when using Wild Shape, and when that shape drops to 0hp, only the excess damage carries over to the druid'...
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Does using versatile weapons with 2 hands disqualify them as Monk weapons?

When using either the quarterstaff or spear as a Monk weapon, do you still gain the unarmed bonus action from Martial Arts if using 2 hands(1d8)? On pg.78 of the PHB under Martial Arts it states ...
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Where does a dragon steed get summoned from, and where is its hoard kept?

A paladin's special mount ability says, in part, that Once per day, as a full-round action, a paladin may magically call her mount from the celestial realms in which it resides. This ability is the ...
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Is it possible to get Extra Attack or equivalent without taking at least 5 levels in a class?

I am planning a Forge Domain Cleric character and think Extra Attack would suit them, but it seems as though multiclassing is the only way that would be possible, given that Forge Domain Clerics don't ...
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Potent Cantrip with Toll the Dead vs Evasion

I've been allowing the party's big bad enemy (a tenth-level wizard) to essentially always do damage with toll the dead. Even against the party's monk and rogue which have Evasion. And my group is ...
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Can a Way of Shadow monk use Shadow Step to teleport from a cape's shadow?

For quick context, in a story about a group with special powers, there is a human with shadow-based magic, including teleporting between shadows. He uses this in the following escape-trick: He swirls ...
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Does an Action Surge grant a second bonus action?

We were trying to understand how the "Action Surge" rule works, and after some discussion we came to a standstill. Starting at 2nd level, you can push yourself beyond your normal limits for a ...
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Would a monk with the Tavern Brawler feat have improvised weapons count as monk weapons?

Would a monk with the Tavern Brawler feat have improvised weapons count as monk weapons? It states in the monk's Martial Arts feature (PHB, p. 78) that: At 1st level, your practice of martial arts ...
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Can you gain a proficiency bonus, without being proficient?

I'm asking with a particular eye on the Rogue's level 11 feature, "Reliable Talent": Reliable Talent By 11th level, you have refined your chosen skills until they approach perfection. Whenever ...
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Can you use a reaction to affect initiative rolls?

Expanding upon this question in a tweet at Jeremy Crawford who confirms once again that Initiative is a skill check and can be modified by things that modify ability checks. Cutting Words states ...
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What is the purpose of the Evocation wizard's Sculpt Spells feature?

The School of Evocation wizard's 2nd-level Sculpt Spells feature says: The chosen creatures automatically succeed on their saving throws against the spell, and they take no damage if they would ...
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Can a warlock use Pact of the Blade to restructure a magical pact weapon into a different form?

I don't have the exact text, but I'm going to be running a Fey Warlock for an upcoming campaign. I remember this for Pact of the Blade at level 3: You may create your pact weapon in any form you wish, ...
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Does the Aid spell permanently increase HP for Necromancy wizards with the Inured to Undeath feature?

The aid spell increases your current and maximum HP, but only for the duration of the spell. However, the School of Necromancy wizard's 10th-level Inured to Undeath feature (PHB, p. 119) says: ...