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multiple sources of damage reduction [duplicate]

In our current part we have a tiefling druid, a sorcerer, and an Oath of the Ancients paladin giving Aura of Protection and Aura of Warding The tiefling has Hellish Resistance so has resistance to ...
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Is smite damage affected by Barbarian Rage/Frenzy?

I've got a question regarding the mechanics of the game. In theory the Barbarian Rage reduces the damage Barbarian takes by a half (piercing/bludgeoning/slashing). The weapon type used to cause the ...
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Replacing one of multiple instances of innate damage resistance in 5e? [closed]

Since damage resistance doesn't stack in D&D 5e, is there a consistent ruling or general consensus for replacing one damage resistance with another in the event that multiple instances of the same ...
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If you have resistance and cast Absorb Elements, do you take less damage?

If a creature has resistance to fire damage and takes fire damage they would have half damage (lets say 12 Fire.). So 12 Fire would become 6 due to racial/class resistance but if they cast absorb ...
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Optimizing Animate Objects spell against nonmagical damage immunities

Suppose I am a Wizard who likes to cast Animate Objects in combat. At my present level, I am likely to encounter foes with resistance or immunity to nonmagical physical damage. As detailed in this ...
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How can my players gain long-term resistance against a specific damage type?

My players are exploring a megadungeon. They're close to encountering a section of the dungeon where ancient elemental spells have run amok and do constant area damage. Specifically, in some areas in ...
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If a Goliath is hit by an attack, they have resistance to its damage type, and they also use Stone's Endurance, in what order is the damage reduced?

Let's suppose we have a raging Goliath Barbarian. They are hit by an attack that deals 36 slashing damage, and then, as a reaction, they use Stone's Endurance. Since they are raging, they have ...
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Does an attack with a sword enchanted with Continual Flame count as a magical attack for the purposes of damage resistances? [duplicate]

If you take a mundane Longsword and enchant it with Continual Flame (or Light), do attacks using the enchanted weapon count as a magical attack for the purposes of overcoming immunities or resistances ...
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Risky Surgery and resistance to slashing damage

Is taking the slashing damage necessary to get the benefit of Risky Surgery? If the target's resistance1 to slashing completely blocks the damage, is it still a critical success? like a Cosmos Oracle
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Gathered Swarm damage vs resistance and immunity

Assume we're a Swarmkeeper Ranger who's fighting a werewolf and attacking with a magical weapon. Does the swarm's damage affect the werewolf? More precisely, there are two questions: Is the swarm's ...
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How can I deal positive damage to non-undead?

The Stone-Breasted Owl is an incorporeal beast (and spirit), has resistance 5 to all damage, except for force, ghost touch and positive. Each spell I found that deals positive damage only does so to ...
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Does the Monster Slayer Ranger's Hunter's Sense feature reveal conditional resistances and those from traits?

The Monster Slayer Ranger's Hunter's Sense ability gives insight into immunities, resistances and vulnerabilities. The important bit saying this: "At 3rd level, you gain the ability to peer at ...
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Does a Dragonborn Dragon Magic Sorcerer pierce their own damage resistance when taking damage from Nusemnee's Atonement?

An oft discussed optimization trick in the 4th edition era was the use of Nusemnee's Atonement on a Dragonborn Dragon Magic Sorcerer in order to recharge your breath weapon with the use of the Ancient ...
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Do Bracers of Archery make weapon attacks magical for overcoming resistance to non-magical attacks?

Bracers of Archery are described thus: While wearing these bracers, you have proficiency with the longbow and shortbow, and you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls on ranged attacks made with such ...
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How do Warding Bond and the Interception fighting style interact? [duplicate]

So this interaction was with the Artificer Battle Smith in mind. For Warding Bond: While the target is within 60 feet of you, it gains a +1 bonus to AC and saving throws, and it has resistance to all ...
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How can I get resistance to physical?

I'd like to get resistance to Physical. Getting just resistance to bludgeoning, piercing and slashing does not work, but Stoneskin does. What else can give me resistance to physical damage?
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Does Bigby's Hand do magical damage?

The Bigby's Hand spell, also called Arcane Hand, can do force damage by striking, and bludgeoning damage by crushing. Is that damage magical? I'm unsure. On one hand, if we assume that the spell ...
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Does having resistance to bludgeoning, piercing and slashing give resistance to physical?

Is physical resistance a sum of its parts, or a different category? There are 3 subcategories of physical damage; bludgeoning, piercing, slashing. If I have Barkskin going (resistance 2 to bludgeoning ...
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What is the damage type of bleed damage?

Bleed Damage (CRB p452) Weaknesses and resistances to physical damage apply. So if I have 1d4 bleed damage, and cast Stoneskin on myself, the bleeding stops. But there are 3 subcategories of ...
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Does a silvered weapon overcome resistance to non-magical attacks?

My friends and I had a question about silvered weapons. Will it overcome the resistance to non-magical weapons? For example, Rakshasa is resistant to non-magical attacks. Will an attack with a ...
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How to handle a psychic damage roll

I’m playing a D&D solo adventure called "To Hell and Back Again", I've just had to roll a d10 for psychic damage, due to a 'trait' called 'fear of bony things'. I entered a vehicle which ...
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What happens when you have resistance and Wild Shape into a beast with vulnerability? [duplicate]

So a lot of stuff is written about Wild Shape in the rules and here on this page. One question I have not found asked and especially not found answered yet is: What happens when I have resistance to ...
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What happens when a character with the Immanence Destiny takes Dual-Type damage?

A character with the Immanence Epic Destiny has the following ability: Immanence Variable Resistance (21st level): After the first time you take damage of a particular type during an encounter, you ...
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How would resistance to non magical weapons change a creature's challenge rating?

Suppose we took a normal monster - say, perhaps, a lion (CR 1) - and gave it resistance to non-magical slashing, piercing, and blunt damage. How much would this affect the threat to a party? I'm ...
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How do damage resistances work with regards to magical weapons?

When a monster has resistance to a physical damage type (or physical damage in general), how does this interact with magical weapons? For example, a Skeletal Soldier has resistance 5 against piercing ...
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If multiple sources halve damage, do they stack?

Playing Dungeons & Dragons 5E and a situation came up tonight where a barbarian in rage (the barbarian takes half damage from bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing weapons) also rolled a successful ...
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How does Elemental Adept and Oath of Ancients' Aura of Warding interact? [duplicate]

Elemental Adept allows a spell to ignore resistance to the damage type that is chosen when the Feat is taken. Let's say a Draconic Sorcerer chose Fire when taking the Feat. An Oath of Ancient's ...
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Does the Chromatic Draconic Spirit from the spell "Summon Draconic Spirit" get resistance to Acid, Cold, Fire, Lightning and Poison or is it a choice?

The spell states: When you cast this spell, choose a family of dragon: chromatic, gem, or metallic. The creature resembles a dragon of the chosen family, which determines certain traits in its stat ...
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What are the options for a PC with cold resistance and darkvision?

Here's what doesn't seem to work: Goliath (does not have darkvision) Mountain Dwarf (does not have cold resistance) The only race that seems to have both is the Triton. Any other options for a race /...
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Are there any spells (for any class) that grant other characters fire damage resistance?

I'm playing a Phoenix Soul sorcerer in a campaign, and in trying to stay true to my theme I'm picking up a lot of fire-based spells. Most of them are of course damage dealers, but I'm having a harder ...
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Can you make armor with multiple elemental resistances using only wool and copper? And how much time and money would it cost?

For context One of my players is playing for the first time and has some problems with magic and how versatile it is, therefore he is attempting to make an armor to resist fire, lightning, acid and ...
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Does Overwhelming Energy work against resist all?

Overwhelming Energy: [...] the spell ignores an amount of the target’s resistance to acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic damage equal to your level A Wraith for example has resist all 5. If I am ...
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When is casting Blade Ward better than taking the Dodge action?

I'm considering Blade Ward for a character's cantrip selection. It takes an action to cast, resulting in the following effect: Until the end of your next turn, you have resistance against ...
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What happens when taking damage during Wild Shape and trying to use the Absorb Elements spell?

The Wild Shape feature includes the following: [...] if you revert as a result of dropping to 0 hit points, any excess damage carries over to your normal form. [...] Meanwhile, the absorb elements ...
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How much damage does an abyssal drake take from cold effects?

An abyssal drake is, conceptually, a really simple creature. A cross between demons, wyverns, and a red dragon. The red dragon provides its fire subtype, while the demons provide resistance to ...
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When specifically stated "this weapon is magical for overcoming resistances" does that mean it does full damage against a character in rage

I know that in DND-5e, the rage mechanic works against magical weapons that deal slashing damage, despite them being magical. However for certain enemies it is specifically stated "Attacks count ...
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Does resistance to a damage type prevent similarly named conditions from applying?

Creatures with resistances take half the damage from an attack of the type it is resistant to. But what happens if a condition is applied? For example, if someone with poison resistance gets poisoned ...
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Are there any spells or magic items that allow a user to bypass fire resistance? [duplicate]

A bit of a specific request I know, but for an upcoming battle my DM is throwing at us, I'll be using a magical weapon that deals fire damage and we know the creature has fire resistance. So I was ...
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Using the optional rule on falling onto a creature, is the fall damage divided between creatures before or after damage resistance/reduction?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 170) offers the following optional rule on falling onto a creature: If a creature falls into the space of a second creature and neither of them is Tiny, the second ...
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How does absorb elements work with pre-existing resistances

So I've looked around and can't find an answer that quite fits what I'm wondering. For example, if I were to already have fire resistance, and I get hit with a red dragon's fire breath, would casting ...
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Does Elemental Adept ignore Absorb Elements

Scenario: A sorcerer with Elemental Adept (Fire) casts Fireball at a wizard, who uses their reaction to cast absorb elements. The wizard claims that his spell protects him and he takes half damage (or ...
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Which damage types are the most and least resisted?

Inspired by this question: what are the most and least resisted damage types for Pathfinder 2e? What about weaknesses? (This question precedes the release of Bestiary 3, but it seems to me that ...
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Do resistances from class and Ancestry stack?

The Kobold ancestry can lead to you gaining a resistance vs. fire while the dragon disciple archetype dedication can do the same. If you have both do these stack or does only one of them count?
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Is there a monster that has resistance to magical attacks on top of immunity against nonmagical attacks?

I was wondering if there is an official monster in 5th edition that has resistance against any combination of bludgeoning, piercing or slashing damage and an immunity against any combination of ...
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Does damage reduction from Shadowfell Brand Tattoo stack with resistance?

Shadowfell Brand Tattoo, the new magic item from Tasha's has this effect: Shadowy Defense. When you take damage, you can use your reaction to become insubstantial for a moment, halving the damage you ...
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Peace Domain Cleric's Protecting Bond feature: Can you reduce/negate the damage?

I was reading up this new subclass's feature which reads: The bond you forge between people helps them protect each other. When a creature affected by your Emboldening Bond feature is about to take ...
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Resistance and saving throws [duplicate]

If i have resistance against a damage type and if i get a success on that damage types saving throw, does the damage halved twice? I checked the players handbooks for this but i couldn't find any ...
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Would immunity to non magical fire damage protect me from an Azers fire damage?

I have immunity to non magical fire. Nothing in the Azers description indicates that its ever-present flames are magical. Am I therefore immune to its fire damage?
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Elemental adept Vs Spell damage resistance trait

I'm fighting a monster with "Damage resistances: Damage from spells" Can the feat Elemental Adept overcome this damage resistance?. For reference, I was using scorching ray with Elemental ...
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Would an Imp be resistant to the bludgeoning damage from a Mace of Warning? [duplicate]

The Damage Resistances for a 5E Imp are: Cold; Bludgeoning, Piercing, and Slashing from Nonmagical Attacks that aren't Silvered Would this Imp be resistant to damage from a Mace of Warning? You ...
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