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For questions about conditions suffered by a creature, typically negative and as a result of an enemy's actions during combat.

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Since advantage and disadvantage caused in a heavy obscured area cancel out, what effect does it have in combat?

The rules say that creatures in a heavily obscured area "effectively suffer from the blinded condition". The blinded condition states: Attacks rolls against the creature have advantage, and the ...
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Does death cure all ills?

In a previous answer, I mentioned the possibility of killing a character and restoring them to life as a possible method of removing conditions from them. On reflection, I have no idea whether this ...
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Can you negate the Frightened condition by not looking at the source of your fear?

As the title says, if you cause a creature to be Frightened of you, as in the Frightened condition, but they can somehow manage to not see you, do they stop rolling with disadvantage to attacks/...
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If a character is stunned but still has attacks remaining, can they still make those attacks?

Suppose Alex is a fighter with the Extra Attacks feature, so each time they take the Attack action they can make two attacks. Alex attacks Sam, a Fighter/Monk with access to the Riposte Battle Master ...
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Can a creature with blindsight that is not immune to the Blinded condition suffer the effects of Blindness?

Not every creature with Blindsight is immune to the Blinded condition (like bats). However, blindsight seems to work for those that can't see, and Blinded is about not being able to See. RAW seems ...
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Can a surprised creature fall prone voluntarily on their turn?

Suppose someone might want their character to drop prone while they're surprised. The relevant text from Being Prone under "Movement and Position" states: You can drop prone without using any of ...
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Does a creature that is immune to all outcomes (conditions, damage, etc.) of an effect still make a saving throw?

Let's say a 5th level Lore Bard casts fear on a violet fungus not knowing that it is immune to the frightened condition. Does the violet fungus still make a saving throw? In particular, is a saving ...
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Do you remember what happened during Dominate Person?

My character was affected by the dominate person spell (and failed the will save) and was given some orders. Does he have any recollection or memory of the orders after the duration of the effect ...
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Can I give the blinded condition through an improvised action?

Under the rules for contests it says that anytime you wish to do something that is opposed by another you make a contest ability check. Later in the combat rules it says that you can use a shove ...
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Can undead be frightened?

So in a campaign as a paladin, I cast Wrathful Smite and hit an undead creature. Can undead be affected by the frightened condition?
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How are AL seasonal conditions handled for characters that don't play the full season?

I have an Adventures League character and enjoy playing, but don't have the time to actually complete a full season. So I can only "adventure" a few times a year/season. So if I, for example, did an ...
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Does a subsequent charm effect override a previous one?

In a recent session, I was confused about how multiple charm effects would interact with each other: A vampire used its 'Charm' ability to charm a PC. It reads (paraphrased): The target must ...
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What can a pinned character do?

In our session, a dragon used Crush to pin a paladin. During his turn, could the paladin use Lay on Hands to heal himself and attack the dragon with a melee weapon? Consensus was divided between "the ...
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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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Is there advantage on a non-adjacent attack against an unconscious creature?

The unconscious condition states the following two effects (PHB 292): The creature drops whatever it's holding and falls prone. Attack rolls against the creature have advantage Under the prone ...
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Does Aura of Courage end the frightened condition if a frightened ally enters its area of effect?

So I just made level 10 with my paladin and got the added feature "Aura of Courage." I understand that currently I and anyone within 10 ft of me will be immune to the frightened condition. My question ...
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What does a confused creature do when it has to “attack the nearest creature”?

I ran an encounter and during it several characters ended up getting confused by the result of a poison. When they rolled in the 75-100 range, forcing them to "attack the nearest creature", a few ...
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Does Exhaustion Carry Over From A Druid's Wildshaped Form to Their Regular Form?

I have a player that has a druid character. She is trying to travel as far as possible using the form of a giant eagle. If she travels at the fastest pace possible for the longest time period ...
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Are enemies with immunity to the Poisoned condition unaffected by Contagion?

After the 2018 PHB errata, the spell contagion now inflicts the Poisoned condition upon a successful melee spell attack. The relevant spell text is below, with updated portions highlighted in bold: ...
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Can an illusion block a monster's harmful gaze?

I'm curious of how illusions would affect spells or abilities that require a target to be looking at something. A good example of this would be Medusa's Petrifying Gaze which has the following effect: ...
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Does blinding a creature with the Gaze ability stop others from being affected by it?

Does casting blindness on a Medusa (or other gaze using creature) stop their gaze attack?
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What about “Save-or-Die” spells makes them so powerful? Are they balanced as is, or require tweaking?

On reading guides on classes, most notably caster classes, near every guide recommends that the player take the "Save-or-Die" or "Save-or-Suck" spells. Usually, these end up being status effects. I ...
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Does Antimagic Field suppress or prevent petrification from Flesh to Stone?

Inspired by this question and in particular, this answer. I'm focusing on a specific effect; petrification. For the flesh to stone spell, the process of becoming petrified goes through this sequence:...
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Can you apply multiple net effects to a single target?

Yesterday, our group was fighting a boss, and I had successfully thrown a net to restrain him (a condition which he could end by either using an Action to make a DC 10 Strength check, or by doing 5 ...
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Are dexterity saving throws based on sight?

The 'blind' status defines A blinded creature can’t see and automatically fails any ability check that requires sight. Many spells and effects require targets to perform a dexterity saving throw. ...
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Does Antimagic Field suppress or prevent petrification from a creature ability?

Inspired by this question and in particular, this answer. I'm focusing on a specific effect; petrification. If by a medusa's gaze or a beholder's eye rays (or other creatures with a similar ability), ...
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How exactly does lighting affect combat?

I understand that there are different types of lighting (dim, bright, complete darkness), but I haven't been able to find anywhere in the DMH or PHB that specifically describes how these different ...
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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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What Conditions prevent a caster from using Somatic spells?

The text from Somatic reads that the caster must have a hand free to gesture with when they cast a spell with a somatic component. None of the conditions such as restrained or grappled seem to ...
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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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How to rule a permanently blind PC in D&D 4e?

One of my players wants to build a totally blind character, and while we've run RP-only disadvantages in the past, this time around he wants mechanics to back it up. He's interested in taking on the ...
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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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How do you handle dazing and stunning, with regard to solo monsters?

In 4th edition, one of the biggest problems I've found with solos is that they get locked down way too easily--between stuns, dazes, immobilzation, and other effects...they are far too effective when ...
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What happens if you become Immune to a condition, while suffering that condition?

My level 10 Circle of the Moon Druid is just plumb tuckered out; She is suffering from Exhaustion Level 2. During combat, she uses Wildshape to turn into an Earth Elemental. However, Earth Elementals ...
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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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What happens if one's petrified while Enlarged (or Polymorphed)?

If one were under the effect of Enlarge Person (or some temporary polymorph effect) and then get petrified, what happens when the spell expires? I could imagine: The petrification creates a statue ...
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Can a Blinded caster with Blindsight use spells that require them to see the target?

The situation I have in mind is the following: An epic battle ensues between a Young Green Dragon (caster variant) and a Purple Worm. The Purple Worm swallows the dragon; meanwhile, the dragon has ...
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Can a cleric approach an undead creature he rebuked without ending the rebuked condition?

The Player's Handbook on Evil Clerics and Undead only says, "A rebuked undead creature cowers as if in awe (attack rolls against the creature get a +2 bonus). The effect lasts 10 rounds" (159). ...
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Is an exhausted character also fatigued?

An exhausted character moves at half speed. If a character has a speed of 30 feet he moves at 15 when exhausted. Can he run or charge when exhausted or is he also fatigued? Is an exhausted character ...
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Do shaken, frightened, and panicked replace each other or stack?

The conditions shaken, frightened, and panicked are related fear effects. Does only the worst condition apply because of this, or would being shaken and panicked give you a -4 on stuff? I ask because ...
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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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What happens when making a dying, surgeless character use her second wind?

Last session happened that our Barbarian fell unconscious, with 0 healing surges, and before she could spend her second wind. The Avenger then made a Heal check to force her spending her second wind. ...
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Do spellcasters know that the Lesser and Greater Restoration spells can cure madness?

The lesser restoration spell description states: You touch a creature and can end either one disease or one condition afflicting it. The condition can be blinded, deafened, paralyzed, or poisoned. ...
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Do you continue making death saving throws while petrified?

Say you are playing a character, and they are downed (0 HP) and in that moment, they get turned into stone (petrified). Does the character continue making death saving throws while petrified? Or do ...
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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 frightened condition end when you hit 0 HP?

I was running a game where a Sea Hag frightened a couple of my PCs. In a subsequent round, the Hag used her Death Glare, and a PC dropped to 0 HP. Almost immediately, our cleric cast Spare the Dying ...
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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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On a multiattack, if the first hit imposes a specific condition, is the second attack affected by that condition?

On a multiattack, if the first hit imposes a specific condition, does the second attack need to be adjusted based on the condition from the first? For example: A Carrion Crawler can make a multi-...
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Does a petrified creature count as an object?

I'm curious whether the Siege Monster special ability that allows a creature to deal double damage to objects would allow them to deal double damage to a petrified character. It seems like this ...
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Is the act of suffocating itself considered to be taking damage?

Is the act of suffocating itself considered to be taking damage? Example: A Green Hag is poisoned with the Oil of Taggit poison and falls unconscious. She is then carefully placed into a Portable ...