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The mechanics for receiving and inflicting harm or injury.

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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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Is the extra damage bite of the wolf deals actually extra damage or a damage increase?

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 ...
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How many dice are rolled on a successful saving throw? [duplicate]

For example, fireball does 8d6 damage, and half as much on a successful dex save. Does half as much mean you take half as much as the total amount on the 8d6s, or do you only roll 4d6 instead? This is ...
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Is it possible to loophole your way into getting a permanent guardian of faith?

Guardian of faith says: The guardian vanishes when it has dealt a total of 60 damage. Because of this, could you: Have the guardian attack something with a good Dex save Assume the thing succeeds ...
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Is Thunderwave’s damage rolled once for all targets or rolled for each?

How is the damage for thunderwave rolled? The PHB says that you just roll the d8, but it doesn't specify that you roll for each creature or roll once and each creature that fails takes damage equal to ...
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Handling critical hits easily when using average damage

I use average damage for my monsters almost exclusively. If a goblin's stat block says its weapon attack deals 5 (1d6+2) damage, it deals 5 damage. Critical hits come up often enough to need a way to ...
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Can I choose to reduce the damage of my attack cantrips?

Suppose I am a 17th level character with the Ray of Frost cantrip. By the spell's text, it does 4d8 damage on a hit when cast by a character of this level. However, suppose I want to fire a "warning ...
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How is damage redirected from a Star Spawn Hulk's Psychic Mirror?

Related to my other question about this feature. The Star Spawn Hulk has a feature called Psychic Mirror, which reads: Psychic Mirror. If the hulk takes psychic damage, each creature within 10 ...
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Accidentally jumping on top of a creature

I have a scenario where it may be possible for a character to jump over a crate behind which a giant rat is sleeping. What would happen in the situation where a character leaps directly on top of a ...
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How do items that add +x damage to spell damage interact with magic missile?

If an item says: +1 to spell DC, +2 spell attack rolls and +2 to spell damage and you cast magic missile, would that mean your magic missile does (d4 + 3) per dart?
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Is damage rerolled every time for cloudkill?

I know from this question that each PC rolls his or her saving throw against the cloudkill spell's poison at the start of each of his or her turns. When calculating the damage a PC is dealt, is a new ...
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Do I have to make an ability check to stay mounted when my mount or I take damage?

If I am on my griffon from my casting of greater steed, and he or I take damage, is there normally a check to stay mounted?
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How can I tell how many damage dice to roll for an NPCs cantrip?

For PCs, cantrip damage increases with their total character level and not their class level (see this question for reference). However, NPCs do not normally have class levels, and their stat blocks ...
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Taking damage equal to the number of hit dice?

Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes lists a number of Demonic Boons (p. 30) that a DM can grant to monsters and NPCs dedicated to a particular demon lord. For Juiblex, it says that the "most dedicated ...
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Does halving damage on a defend occur before or after armor reduction?

The defend move in dungeon world allows you to spend hold to Halve the attack’s effect or damage However it is not clear to me whether this occurs before or after you reduce the damage by armor. ...
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Can Mage Hand be attacked?

Mage Hand "can't attack, activate magic items, or carry more than 10 pounds." (PHB 256). Can Mage Hand be attacked? Part of me says that Mage Hand is simply unable to engage in combat as a combatant ...
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Can one still deal Non-Lethal Damage if they trigger the Automatic Kill feature? [duplicate]

Related to, but not answered-by, this question (the answerer assumes, because many DMs rule that a monster is dead when it hits 0 HP, that Monsters don't get saving throws at all, which is not RAW, ...
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Do magic weapons bypass monsters' resistances?

For example, if I use a magic dagger to stab a monster that is resistant or immune to piercing damage, but with no resistance or immunity to magic weapons, does it take full damage or not?
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How exactly does instant death work when talking about multiple attacks or readied attacks?

Let's say Garry has 15 max HP and his current HP is 3. Scenario 1: An enemy with 2 attacks a turn hits twice, dealing 12 damage the first time and 6 damage with the second attack; technically, the ...
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What damage does the manyfang dagger multiply?

The manyfang dagger (Serpent Kingdoms 152) (32,302 gp; 1 lb.), in part, says, "A manyfang dagger thus deals quadruple damage on each successful hit, or quintuple damage on a critical hit." What ...
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Barbarian Battlerager Spiked Armor Damage Bonus balance issues

So the Dwarven Barbarian Battlerager (from SCAG) gets a few class features that specifically tie in to his armor. These allow him to: Make a bonus attack that deals 1d4+Strength piercing damage ...
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Barbarian Battlerager Spiked Armor Damage Bonus via RAW? [closed]

So the Dwarven Barbarian Battlerager (SCAG p121) gets a few class features that specifically tie in to his armor. These allow him to: Make a bonus attack that deals 1d4+Strength piercing damage ...
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Can a spellcaster choose to deal nonlethal damage with a touch weapon-like spell?

The rules for nonlethal damage state: You can use a melee weapon that deals lethal damage to deal nonlethal damage instead, but you take a –4 penalty on your attack roll. Does this allow for a ...
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Will an electrum shortsword do bonus damage against lycanthropic creatures?

I found a +1 electrum shortsword during a campaign. I know the +1 will damage most lycanthropic creatures, but will the electrum do any bonus damage? I'm asking because I find it silly to pay a ...
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Is this a time to choose minimum damage per hit over average DPR?

A lot of gamers consistently optimize characters average damage per round. My intuition tells me, though, there are times when your character should be opting for an action that does the highest ...
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Can you purposely hold back and deal less damage?

Can you choose to do less damage on melee attacks? For example a random fighter can deal 2d6 +9(strength) +2 (Weapon Enhancement) +1 weapon training with his two handed sword. Can the fighter choose ...
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Where can I find a bigger unarmed attack scaling table?

I'm playing an Unchained Monk, and I eventually plan on acquiring Monk's Robes, Stonefist Gloves/Strong Jaw item of some kind, and Enlarge Person perma-cast on myself. So with all of those stacked ...
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How is damage transferred in a “Shield Guardian loop”?

I just saw this question (this comment especially) and started wondering, what happens with a shield guardian loop? More specifically: what happens when a number of shield guardians wear each other's ...
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What is the maximum damage a level 1 character can deal in a single round? [closed]

I want to build a character with max damage dealing capabilities. What is the highest damage a character can deal in a single round with the following constraints: character is level 1 only official ...
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If a character wears 2 Shield Guardian amulets, do they get both damage transferences?

Related to this question about Shield Guardian's damage transference, where it is noted that chaining the amulets doesn't reduce the damage for the original owner. Then, looking at the answers to ...
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How does shield guardian damage get transferred along a chain?

Related to this question about the Shield Guardian's damage transferrance: If the guardian is within 60 feet of the amulet's wearer, half of any damage the wearer takes (rounded up) is transferred ...
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Does damage transferred to a shield guardian count as damage the shield guardian has taken?

This is relevant for effects that trigger when damage is taken such as if the shield guardian is wearing another shield guardian's amulet. If the guardian is within 60 feet of the amulet's wearer, ...
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Gaining immunity to physical damage

I know it's possible to gain immunity to e.g. conditions like poison, fear (both Heroes Feast), charmed, etc. It's also possible to gain immunity to cold or fire damage, using their respective ...