Questions tagged [damage-resistance]

For questions about damage resistance, the mechanic in RPG systems that usually represents an ability to shrug off or ignore damage of certain types and amounts.

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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 playing DnD on this Westmarch server and I'm fighting a monster with "Damage resistances: Damage from spells" My question is. Does elemental adept break the damage resistance or is it ...
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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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Does the Pyromancer sorcerer's Fiery Soul feature totally bypass immunity to fire damage?

The Pyromancer sorcerous origin from Plane Shift: Kaladesh has a feature called Fiery Soul: At 18th level, you gain immunity to fire damage. In addition, any spell or effect you create ignores ...
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Does the Pyromancer sorcerer's Fiery Soul feature work with the Elemental Adept feat (fire damage) to effectively ignore immunity as well?

The Pyromancer sorcerous origin from Plane Shift: Kaladesh gains the Fiery Soul feature at 18th level. Part of its description says: [...] any spell or effect you create ignores resistance to fire ...
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Can a dragonborn Draconic Bloodline sorceror have 2 different resistances?

My player has rolled up a dragonborn Draconic Bloodline sorcerer. They have decided to be a silver dragonborn - i.e. they chose silver dragons for the dragonborn's Draconic Ancestry trait (cold ...
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Thas the effect of Spirit Shield of the Path of the Ancestral Guardian can happens after the effcts of Ancestral Protectors? [duplicate]

this question is something that has been in my head for some time. is says that with Ancestral Protectors of some one gets hit they half the damage, so can you use Spirit Shield after the effect of ...
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What are all the ways that stacking resistance becomes immunity by RAW?

In this supplement for Rise of Tiamat, on page 4, the properties of the "dragon mask" magic items are described, including this property (bold emphasis mine): Damage Absorption. You have ...
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If your wild shaped form has damage resistance and you revert to your normal form, does your normal form take the halved damage?

Let's say we had a druid with the Circle of the Moon archetype. They can use their wild shape feature to turn into an elemental as per their Elemental Wild Shape feature (PHB, p. 69): Elemental Wild ...
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What are the rules for damage to worn magic items (non-weapon or armor)

I have a character who found a magic vest that enables the wearer to cast prestidigitation at will. The character wants to wear the vest into combat. I ruled that the vest, a loose-fitting item of ...
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Magic Missile vs damage thresholds

The Dungeon Master's Guide has the following rule for objects (p.246): Damage Threshold. Big objects such as castle walls often have extra resilience represented by a damage threshold. An object ...
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Are a polymorphed beast's attacks magical?

When seen by detect magic, a polymorphed beast will glow magical (Transmutation). Since the creature is magical, do their attacks count as magical for overcoming resistances?
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What resistances does an Imp have in recent printings of the Monster Manual?

My copy of the Player's Handbook and my copy of the Monster Manual both state that an Imp has resistance to: [...] bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons that aren't silvered. ...
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Are fire-resistant/immune creatures resistant/immune to dehydration/sunburn?

Sandstorm says the following on fire resistance, in the context of environmental danger: A character with a spell or effect granting resistance to fire applies this resistance to both lethal and ...
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Do resistances granted by scrolls of wish count against the magic item cap?

During Season 8 of the Adventurers' League, spell scrolls of wish were relatively easy to acquire as a tier 3+ adventurer. Many characters who dipped into Wizard or Sorcerer would purchase these ...
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Devil damage resistance: is silver and magical in "or" or "and" relation? [duplicate]

In monster manual it states bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from non magical attacks not made with silvered weapons I think it means "non-magical" or "not silvered", meaning either can ...
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How can I gain resistance to poison and/or necrotic damage?

I'm about to start a campaign that I suspect will be filled with poisonous & necrotic monsters due to the setting. I have been thinking of playing a stout halfling, but would prefer to play one ...
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Is there an official source for the properties of stone?

The issue comes up mainly in relation to the spell wall of stone, which states that: A nonmagical wall of solid stone springs into existence at a point you choose within range. [...] The wall is ...
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What does the Vorpal Sword ignoring resistance to slashing actually mean?

I was reading through the Dungeon Master's Guide and I came across a magic item, the vorpal sword. The description states that it is a magic weapon. If I am not wrong, magic weapons bypass resistances ...
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Homebrew spell for detecting resistances/vulnerabilities

So, there's this question about how players can learn of a creature's damage vulnerabilities and resistances/immunities; the only answer to date is a Ranger's 3rd level subclass option. I'd like to ...
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What are the sources for (un)holy damage and DR for it?

This question has bought up some interesting discussion around (un)holy damage. So far, we appear to have established the following: There does not appear to be any link between (un)holy damage and (...
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What spell or ability lets me detect a creature's resistances/vulnerabilities? [duplicate]

I wonder if there is a spell that, when cast, gives me information about a certain creature, like its vulnerabilities and resistances. For instance, when fighting a Bronze Dragonborn, this spell would ...
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Is there a spell, item, or other game feature that would give my character insight to an enemy's weaknesses and resistance?

When I first heard of True Strike, I originally thought it was quite a powerful cantrip that would allow the castor to sacrifice 1 attack in order to be granted insight into the target's elemental ...
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Is there a way to bypass resistance/immunity to necrotic damage?

There are 19 creatures in the Monster Manual that are resistant to necrotic damage. By comparison, only 4 are resistant to radiant damage. This makes playing a Warlock or necromancer Wizard, or using ...
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Does +1 armor give resistance to damage?

Based on the answers from this question Is a +1 chain shirt strictly inferior to a breastplate? Does +1 armor give resistance to damage? DMG pg. 141 Most magic items are objects of extraordinary ...
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How does the shared damage from the Great Old One Warlock's Thought Shield feature interact with indirect sources of psychic damage?

While it can be easy to see how the Great Old One Warlock's Thought Shield feature interacts with spells that deal psychic damage or special attacks from psionic creatures, I'm not sure how to rule "...
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Are Spell Cartridges affected by Damage Resistance or Spell Resistance?

The feat Spell Cartridges allows your gun to shoot force bullets instead of regular ammo. These bullets count as magic for bypassing Damage Resistance. But something bothers me: if these are Force ...
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Is the value of "damage dealt/taken" calculated after resistances? [duplicate]

The basic rules say about damage resistance/vulnerability: Resistance and then vulnerability are applied after all other modifiers to damage. For example, a creature has resistance to bludgeoning ...
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How do Unchained Eidolon's type Resistances interact with the Resistance evolution?

Certain Eidolon types obtain energy resistance against some type of damage - for example the Psychopomp type gains cold resistance 10 and electricity resistance 10 at 4th level - while some obtain the ...
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How does the vulnerability from the Tomb of Levistus warlock invocation interact with the resistance from the tiefling's Infernal Legacy trait?

The description of the warlock's Tomb of Levistus eldritch invocation says (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 57; emphasis mine): As a reaction when you take damage, you can entomb yourself in ice,...
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Is Absorb Elements cast before or after a save? Is it cast before or after damage?

I was wondering where on "the stack" I can cast Absorb Elements. Is it when I get targeted, when I get hit, after I fail a save, or after the damage is rolled?