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Questions tagged [conditions]

A condition suffered by a creature, typically negative and as a result of an enemy's actions during combat.

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Does the beholder's charm ray really take a PC out of the fight like this?

I was reading the Beholder's statblock (MM, page 28): Eye Rays. The beholder shoots three of the following magical eye rays at random (reroll duplicates), choosing one to three targets it can see ...
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Does staggered also mean hindered?

Does staggered constitute as hindered for triggering to the Medusa's Wrath feat? So I am playing a pathfinder game with some buds, and I made a monk (Core, not unchained). Under scorpion style there ...
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How would an Animated Armor knocked unconscious by Dispel Magic work in combat?

I'm in the process of preparing my first one shot as a way of trying DMing in a few weeks. For one of the battles, I was thinking of having the PCs face an Animated Armor and a Flying Sword. ...
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Does a petrified creature stay conscious (and mentally sane)?

The next dungeon my party visits will contain some strange statues. Most of them are just Stone Golems, which will attack them. But near the end of the dungeon, the party will discover that one of the ...
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Do petrified characters lose their broken-off pieces when de-petrified?

In a recent session, one of our party members was petrified by a medusa and then kidnapped. When the rest of the party succeeded in fighting their way to rescue our party member, the statue had been ...
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Are there any cheap solutions to deal with Sickened condition?

Are there any mundane items that deal with sickened condition?
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Is there a counter to a wild-shaped Owl abusing the “fly-by” ability to blind an enemy and get away with no consequences?

One of the interesting parts of the owl is its flyby ability Flyby: The owl doesn't provoke Opportunity Attacks when it flies out of an enemy's reach. With this ability, could a druid wildshape ...
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What happens if a petrified creature drops to 0 hit points?

Like the title says. If a creature with the petrified condition is dropped to 0 HP, what happens? Does the petrified effect end, and they're globs of meat? Does the soul leave the statue at that point,...
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Can a restrained Sorcerer use the Subtle Spell metamagic to cast attack spells without disadvantage?

Just like it says. We have a Sorcerer who is under the Restrained condition, which says that attacks made by the Sorcerer are made with disadvantage. But the Sorcerer has the Subtle Spell metamagic ...
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Does fatigue condition affect spell casting?

Does anyone know if a spell caster suffers any penalties if he tries to use magic while fatigued? I can't find anything about this under conditions. I just feel it's a bit odd that a fatigued player ...
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How can I have a Giant Spider cocoon a PC in web? [closed]

Giant Spiders have an ability to restrain their prey. I'm adding a custom ability (for the sake of the storyline) to wrap a player in web cocoon. Part of the storyline during the battle with the ...
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If I am attacked from an area of heavy obscurement, am I under the effects of the Blinded condition?

This is what the PHB (p. 183) says about Heavy Obscurement: A heavily obscured area—such as darkness, opaque fog, or dense foliage—blocks vision entirely. A creature in a heavily obscured area ...
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Can you move a creature you're grappling but frightened of?

A situation came up in our game where a PC cast cause fear (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 151) on an enemy that was grappling the PC and trying to push them towards a torture device. This made ...
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Is a creature immune to the prone condition also immune to being incapacitated by the Tasha's Hideous Laughter spell?

The Tasha's hideous laughter spell description states: A creature of your choice that you can see within range perceives everything as hilariously funny and falls into fits of laughter if this ...
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How can I end the Stunned Condition?

The Stunned condition seems to be incredibly powerful. Are there any ways to end it with magic, magic items, abilities, or prevent it from occurring in the first place?
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Is it impossible to escape the Rod of Lordly Might's paralysis effect early?

On a hit, the Rod of Lordly Might can: ...force the target to make a DC 17 Strength saving throw. On a failure, the target is paralyzed for 1 minute. The target can repeat the saving throw at the ...
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Vrock's spore ability inflict both the “poisoned” condition and poison damage, or just poison damage?

Does the Vrock's spore ability inflict both the "poisoned" condition and poison damage, or just poison damage? The wording seems unclear.
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Can a paralyzed/stunned creature continue to blow into an Eagle Whistle?

Both the paralyzed and stunned conditions state that the victim cannot move nor take actions or reactions, but they don't prevent breathing. An Eagle Whistle does not require an action to use, only ...
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Combining Improved Dirge of Doom and Blistering Invective – how long does the “frightened” condition last?

I recently found a pretty neat combination of moves that essentially turns your bard into a freaking jump scare. (Unless your enemies are undead. Or don’t understand your language. Oh well, no trick ...
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Can a player character (temporarily) blind/deafen themself?

Various monsters and spells have effects on creatures than can see/hear them. As a result, it may be situationally advantageous for a character to make themselves temporarily blind (e.g. via a ...
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Encounters to let a deaf character shine/stumble? [closed]

One of the players in my group is playing a deaf PC. He gets by with respect to communication via lip-reading and sometimes with the magic items the group has that allow telepathy. I want to create ...
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If you are incapacitated, can you move?

The incapacitated condition states that An incapacitated creature can’t take actions or reactions. Does that effect movement though? Moving is not an action (at least not in 5e).
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If a rider is paralyzed, will he automatically fall off a mount?

I had a recent D&D meet where a player cast hold person on a soldier who was riding on a giant vulture. The question then arose as to whether the soldier would fall off the vulture and plummet to ...
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What is “closer” for the purposes of the frightened condition?

How is the portion of the frightened condition meant to be interpreted: The creature can’t willingly move closer to the source of its fear. More specifically, what is meant by "move closer"? ...
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Does the frightened condition provide supernatural knowledge of the location of the source of fear?

The effects of being Frightened are as follows: A frightened creature has disadvantage on ability checks and attack rolls while the source of its fear is within line of sight. The creature ...
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Is a creature immune to blindness affected by Fog Cloud (or other Heavy Obscurement)?

"A heavily obscured area—such as Darkness, opaque fog, or dense foliage—blocks vision entirely. A creature effectively suffers from the Blinded condition when trying to see something in that area." ...
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How to restrain a creature in 5e following a successful Grapple [closed]

I am interested in the restrained condition. It's effects are laid out pretty clearly but I can't figure out how to apply it, after having grappled a creature. What sorts of mechanical options are ...
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Is it easier to wake a character from 'mundane' sleep than from 'magically induced' sleep?

In DnD 5e, when a character is affected by the spell Sleep, they are: 'unconscious until [either] the spell ends, the sleeper takes damage, or someone uses an action to shake or slap the sleeper ...
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Inclusive Disability [closed]

There is a tendency for games to treat physical handicaps/neurodiversity as either flaws or outright punishments. While I understand that a character losing an arm, their sight, or their freedom of ...
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Are spells that exclude uncharmable targets considered as charm spells for the purpose of an Instrument of the Bards?

When you use the instrument to cast a spell that causes targets to become charmed on a failed save, the targets have disadvantage on the saving throw. This effect applies whether you are using the ...
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Can a charmed person harm their charmer with Burning Hands?

If a creature is under the condition Charmed, can they cast the spell Burning Hands and orient the cone such that their charmer is within the area of effect? The argument I've seen for "yes" is that ...
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While petrified is the character aware?

While petrified is the character aware of its surroundings or the passage of time? In our last session, the entire party except for an NPC got petrified. Instead of killing them off, I'm going to ...
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Creative ways to resolve Robe of Eyes and a Basilisk's Petrifying Gaze

I am about to grant one of my PCs an item that has properties similar to a Robe of Eyes. I am also planning to introduce some Basilisk-like monsters at some point in the near future. So, I'm trying to ...
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Does freedom of movement protect you from a basilisk's gaze?

Freedom of movement grants the following: spells and other magical effects can neither reduce the target's speed nor cause the target to be paralyzed or restrained. (PHB 244) The petrifying gaze ...
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Can a creature who is exhausted benefit from bonuses to speed?

In D&D 5th Edition, there is a status effect called Exhaustion, which is measured in six levels. Level 5 Exhaustion reduces the speed of a creature to 0. $$ \begin{array}{|c|c|} \hline \textbf{...
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Can a creature that is Frightened of you still try to attack you?

I was playing with a Fighter Battlemaster. I used the Menacing Attack and hit a creature. The creature failed the saving throw and became Frightened of me. The DM still had that creature attack me ...
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What persists through death? [duplicate]

Some friends and I were having a discussion about the death of characters. What happens to effects when a character dies? I searched but haven't found anything really concrete except for attunement is ...
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Can a grell still paralyze you if you have Freedom of Movement?

Freedom of Movement (PHB, p244): You touch a willing creature. For the duration, the target’s movement is unaffected by difficult terrain, and spells and other magical effects can neither reduce ...
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Why is drawing more cards a penalty?

Negative conditions like Impaired and Disabled, force you to draw extra cards "on all checks" (KK 85, "Conditions"). But Talents, which are good, grant the ability to draw extra cards "when ...
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Does sickened condition apply to demons?

Can a Demon get into the sickened condition, e.g. by the sickening offensive investigator talent?
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Can you die of starvation while in a catatonic state as a result of magic jar?

Can you die of starvation while in a catatonic state as a result of magic jar? If yes, in how many days? Is it possible force-feed someone while they're in this catatonic state?
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Can you attack a specific creature while blinded during combat?

When a character is blinded, they suffer the following drawbacks: A blinded creature can’t see and automatically fails any ability check that requires sight. Attack rolls against the creature have ...
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Are Amorphous enemies affected by nets if they're not immune to the restrained condition?

Some creatures, like Black Puddings, have the Amorphous trait, meaning that they can move through very small spaces. But these creatures don't all have the restrained condition immunity. What happens ...
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How to decide you are supposed to cower or flee from panicked?

So we are out on a small boat (holds 3 people). Two bunyips attack us and I naturally failed the will save, I am now panicked. Panicked A panicked creature must drop anything it holds and flee at ...
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Can a snake be prone?

It sounds like a silly question, but it caused way more discussion the other night in my Adventurer's league game than I'd care to admit... In 5e, the prone condition is described as: A prone ...
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Do you have disadvantage at attacking the net that's restraining you?

Being restrained (by a net) gives you disadvantage to melee attacks. Does that disadvantage also apply to attacking the net with a slashing weapon while restrained by it?
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What happens when you move back after restraining a foe with a Rope of Entanglement?

A character wielding the Rope of Entanglement can restrain an enemy within 20ft from him. Once the enemy is restrained, if the character then moves back, what would happen (assuming the foe was at ...
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Can Dominated person/creature which receive no command remember they are being dominated?

This is similar to Do you remember what happened during Dominate Person? (Pathfinder, not D&D 5e), but the difference is I'm not issuing any order to target. Will the target remember that they ...
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What are small or tiny creatures that paralyze?

In Adventurers League, there is a new option to submit modules for conventions that can become Adventurers League “certified.” One requirement is that only existing creatures can be used. We have an ...
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Are there any ways to force levels of exhaustion onto another creature?

I was reading the description of sickening radiance and was wondering if there were any other ways to give another creature levels of exhaustion in combat? It seems like it could be very DM dependent.