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Questions tagged [damage]

The mechanics for receiving and inflicting harm or injury.

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Is there precedent for damage aura-type effects?

I'm on a homebrewing streak again, and part of the class features in question call for constant fire damage applied to creatures in range of the character in question. Are there any monsters or ...
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Consequences of having half damage on attacks that tie AC as house rule?

Typically if an attack roll equals the AC of a target then the attack does normal damage. I quite like the idea of making it a glancing blow, dealing half damage instead, this would help clue the PCs ...
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How does the repair downtime action work in Scum and Villainy?

If I understand correctly, the repair downtime action on page 188 lets you spend an action and 1 cred to clear 1 damage. However, in the “Downtime Activities in Play” section on page 194, Hayley uses ...
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Is there a mechanism for reducing and controlling the damage of a spell?

We're in between campaigns right now and I asked a player (my wife) what she was up to after the arduous adventuring of the last few months. We were in the kitchen together and she was making an ...
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Crushing a creature that is 2 sizes smaller

I was playing a 5 ft, 200lb dwarf, being attacked by 2 stirges (which are labeled Tiny). One was attached to the dwarf at the thigh, one was not. He attacked and killed the one that wasn’t attached ...
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Does the paladin's Improved Divine Smite do additional damage to fiends and undead?

The paladin's Improved Divine Smite 11th-level feature gives every melee weapon attack an extra 1d8 radiant damage. Their 2nd-level Divine Smite feature does 1d8 additional damage to fiends and ...
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Would crushing an NPC's testicle, as part of torture, reduce its hit points?

In this case, the crushing was done via a foot on the NPC's testicles, at first without pressure. When he continued to refuse us key information we gradually applied pressure until his testicle was ...
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What does the first number represent in the damage section of some monster/NPC attacks?

I understand most of what each number represents, but monster/NPC statblocks often have a number in the damage section before the damage roll in parentheses. For example, for a Sahuagin Priestess (MM, ...
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Death Ward with Polymorph

A sorcerer in our group is quite fond of using polymorph to change herself into a giant ape (MM page323). At one point in our game last night she managed to grapple a Bheur (Winter Hag), that was ...
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elemental damage on/of weapon [closed]

Does the elemental damage of a weapon replace or add to the damage of a weapon? I'm toying with the idea of making a magical quaterstaff with lightning damage for instance, which can be toggled on and ...
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Electrified chains? [duplicate]

I had an idea, where a party of 6 total PCs each had 2 daggers with long metal chains affixed to them. They stick the daggers into a creature. They bundle up the chains and then cast a lightning ...
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Can healing be considered negative damage for the purpose of the Wild Magic sorcerer's Spell Bombardment?

Wild Magic sorcerers get the Spell Bombardment feature at 18th level (PHB, p. 103): When you roll damage for a spell and roll the highest number possible on any of the dice, choose one of those ...
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strong jaw doubling damage rules [closed]

For the spell strong jaw, when you double damage does it double dice or the total of what you rolled on the dice? Does strong jaw also double your damage modifiers like STR and can it double a double ...
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Does the Vrock Spores ability stack? If so, does a single saving throw end both?

Vrocks have a "Spores" action (with a recharge of 6) that releases a 15­-foot­-radius cloud of toxic spores: Each creature in that area must succeed on a DC 14 Constitution saving throw or become ...
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Where is weapon damage stated?

So I've read from multiple sources that weapon damage in the original D&D booklets is 1d6 regardless of weapon. However, reading through the books, I can't find reference to weapon damage at all. ...
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Do size effects and Vital Strike actually work in conjunction?

My group and I have recently ran into an issue with the spell Enlarge Person and the feat Vital Strike. We have two conflicting viewpoints based on a line from Vital Strike that states the following: ...
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Is there a way to turn off default crit damage rolls in roll20?

I have a crit table I use for random crit events. The table is recursive and triggers whenever a 20 is rolled, but the default programming in Roll20 also rolls the additional damage roll that's built ...
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If I punch someone and have a -2 Strength modifier, will I technically heal the target by 1 HP? [duplicate]

Unarmed strikes normally do damage equal to (1 + Str mod). If I punch someone and have a -2 Strength modifier, will I technically heal the target by 1 HP?
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How much damage for throwing rocks?

This question applies to either OSRIC or to AD&D 1st Ed. The scenario: A human fighter with strength of 17 has selected "grenade-like weapons" as one of his weapon proficiencies. He carries a ...
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Can I use the Monster Stats in the DMG to estimate a party's damage output?

I'm designing an encounter where the party has to hold off hordes of baddies that are trying to break through a set of doors, so designing the encounter really hinges on how much damage per round the ...
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When exactly does a creature take the first damage from Cloud of Daggers?

Many spells that inflict AOE damage over the course of more than one turn describe that the subject takes the damage when it enters the area or starts its turn there. I quote for example the PHB ...
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Is Resistance/Vulnerability applied before or after Cutting Words?

College of Lore bards get the Cutting Words feature at 3rd level: When a creature that you can see within 60 feet of you makes an attack roll, an ability check, or a damage roll, you can use your ...
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Does a multiattack count as a single source of damage?

The rules for maintaining concentration on spells after getting hit state that: If you take damage from multiple sources, such as an arrow and a dragon’s breath, you make a separate saving throw ...
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Are there any RAW effects that give a flat damage reduction?

I was going to ask a question about which damage type is reduced by the "magical aura" referenced in the PHB under Damage Resistance and Vulnerability if the damage in question has multiple damage ...
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Do spells/abilities that do extra damage on a weapon attack apply to the damage of Steel Wind Strike?

The steel wind strike spell description (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 166) says: You flourish the weapon used in the casting and then vanish to strike like the wind. Choose up to five ...
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What is the reason for the difference between weapon damage between character and monster opponents?

In an encounter (Wyvern Tor) my character is wielding a two handed greataxe which deals 1d12 damage. My Orc opponent was wielding the same weapon but its damage output was 2d12+6, making it much more ...
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Does a rogue's Uncanny Dodge halve each type of damage individually or the total?

The rogue has the Uncanny Dodge class feature, which says this (PHB, pg. 96): Starting at 5th level, when an attacker that you can see hits you with an attack, you can use your reaction to halve ...
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If I roll 2d8 and 1d6 for damage, how many “damage rolls” is that? 1, 2, or 3?

I'm playing a Shadow sorcerer/Hexblade warlock and I am rather confused about the Hexblade's Curse feature (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 55). It says, on the first bullet point of the curse ...
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How does my spell attack bonus work with scorching ray?

When I use scorching ray, would I add my spell attack bonus to each ray? Like I cast the spell, hit my target all 3 times I roll 2d6+spell damage three times, or 2d6 three times then add spell attack?
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How do you handle the damage to a PC from Hack & Slash against an enemy that’s not attacking?

Hack and Slash says in its description: Hack and slash is for attacking a prepared enemy plain and simple. If the enemy isn’t prepared for your attack—if they don’t know you’re there or they’re ...
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SoP Destructive Blast Damage Dice Steps

Related: Pathfinder Damage Dice Steps Spheres of Power (SoP) is an alternative/expanded magic system for Pathfinder. The destruction sphere gives the caster access to an unlimited ray attack which ...
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Using Empowered Spell Metamagic with Eldritch Blast

The group I'm DM'ing for has a warlock-sorcerer, and she claims that the wording of the metamagic option Empowered Spell works on the whole spell, and not a single attack, so therefore all of her ...
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What is negative damage?

I'm relatively new to TTRPGs and completely new to making Wizard characters. I'm currently trying to make a Wizard, and having trouble fully understanding the Grim Tendrils spell from the Pathfinder ...
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Is sweeping attack damage doubled on a crit to the 2nd target?

Battle Master fighters have the Sweeping Attack maneuver (PHB, p. 74), which lets the user use a superiority die to hit another nearby target. If the original attack roll would have hit the second ...
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Is fall damage only calculated on vertical distance?

From this answer to Is damage taken when falling off a mount?: The minimum distance to take fall damage is stated as 10ft. However, if you are on a fast mount, you could potentially fall off while ...
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Is damage taken when falling off a mount?

The mounted combat rules provide a few scenarios for falling off a mount: If your mount is knocked prone, you can use your reaction to dismount it as it falls and land on your feet. Otherwise, you ...
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Does the bite of the wolf actually deal extra damage, or does it increase the base bite damage?

The 1st-level psychic warrior power bite of the wolf [psychometabolism] (Expanded Psionics Handbook 80), in part, says If you are not a Medium creature, your bite attack’s base damage varies as ...
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Does “Ability modifier damage” always include all bonuses?

We all know that a character's damage bonus gets enhanced by many kinds of bonuses — item bonus, feat bonus, power bonus, enhancement bonus, etc. Once all is said and done, a higher-level character's ...
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Is this critical hit damage calculation correct?

I am a Half Orc Fighter (Battle Master) 4/Paladin (Oath of Conquest) 5, wielding a Greataxe (d12) Using a wish, I have gained the Brute trait as it appears in the Gladiator from the Monster Manual: ...
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Can Hellish Rebuke be cast twice with an Action Point for twice the damage?

4e’s Hellish Rebuke: 1d6 + Constitution modifier fire damage. The first time you take damage before the end of your next turn, the target takes an extra 1d6 + Constitution modifier fire damage. ...
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Can an Eidolon's Bleeding Bite Deal Bleed Damage if its Base Damage Was Negated By DR?

A summoner has the option of taking the bleed ability for his eidolon's attacks. Suppose that such an eidolon is fighting an enemy with DR 5, and bites them successfully, rolling a 3 for damage (no ...
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Do traps deal weapon damage?

This is mostly for the sake of blade ward, and other effects, that state: You have resistance against bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage dealt by weapons. However, traps may include things ...
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Is the Body roll to resist damage affected by dice pool modifiers?

If I have -2 dice pool modifier from sustaining a spell or from Wound Modifiers, does this apply to Body rolls to resist damage?
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Does the Instant Death rule apply to zombies too?

When you deal enough damage to reduce a creature to 0 hit points and there is enough remaining damage to overpass the max hit points, they are killed instantly, right? So I'm using starving zombies ...
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Does the added spell damage from the Circle of Twilight Druid's Harvest Scythe get halved on a successful save?

I'm playing a Circle of Twilight druid (a subclass from Unearthed Arcana: Druid) at level 5, and used the Harvest's Scythe ability for the first time with call lightning. We had a situation where I ...
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Expected damage of a moonblade with N runes?

As noted in David Coffron’s answer to another question, the moonblade (Dungeon Master’s Guide, pg. 217) has no fixed limit on how much damage it can do: there is no stated limit to the number of runes ...
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Does Emissary of Redemption reflect damage after it applies resistance?

The Oath of Redemption paladin has the 20th-level feature Emissary of Redemption (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 39): Emissary of Redemption At 20th level, you become an Avatar of Peace, ...
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Illusory Reality physics & damage question [duplicate]

Ignoring rules for fun via house ruling or assuming the School of Illusion wizard's Illusory Reality feature (PHB p. 118) can do damage through indirect means: What is the highest point you could drop ...
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Critical Dice Damage Removal alternatives [closed]

First-time poster, I actually have a multipart question. So, our DM got upset when my Paladin crit with my smite ability while having a hunter's mark on this Werewolf encounter. So in the end it was ...
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Maximizing Assassin damage

I have a plan on how to get a lot of damage out with the assassin from Dnd 5e but I wanted to run the order of actions by you guys to see if it is correct or not. Assassin 17/warlock 3 Apply serpent ...