Questions tagged [damage-resistance]

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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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Does Tomb of Levistus overpower (or have any special interaction with) Infernal heritage?

Tomb of Levistus eldritch invocation (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 57): Tomb of Levistus As a reaction when you take damage, you can entomb yourself in ice, which melts away at ...
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Is there any written RAW definition for 'Immunity' in the Source Books?

When reading stat blocks in the Monster Manual there's once in a while a mention of monsters having immunity to certain damage types. While the natural language understanding of that term is ...
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In what order do damage resistance, damage reduction, damage thresholds, and half-damage from a successful save apply?

I am curious how different damage-reducing rules in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition play with one another. Mainly, it is an order-of-operations question. There are the more common effects: Damage ...
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If a creature has advantage against spells and magical effects, is it resistant to magical attacks?

My DM said that monsters that have advantage against spells and magical effects are extra resistant to damage. We fought some demons that have resistance to slashing, piercing, and bludgeoning damage ...
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Do multiple resistances combine into immunity? [closed]

If my character for D&D has resistance to spells and magical damage (a yuan-ti) and if a class feature also gives resistance to spells and magical damage, does that mean my character would have ...
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Does deflect missiles factor in damage resistances/immunities? [duplicate]

The Monk class gains the deflect missiles ability at level 3: Deflect Missiles Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged ...
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Does damage resistance apply to each instance of damage or the total damage?

Okay this is a question I've come to ask in the current game I'm a player in. Both me and the Barbarian both have resistance to some types of damage. I was wondering how you are supposed to be ...
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Does the resistance granted by the Horizon Walker ranger's Spectral Defense feature last for the entire turn it's activated?

The Horizon Walker ranger archetype from Xanathar's Guide to Everything gains the Spectral Defense class feature at 15th level (p. 43): At 15th level, your ability to move between planes enables ...
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Would houseruling two or more instances of resistance to the same element as immunity be overly unbalanced?

Would it be overly unbalanced if a DM were to houserule that two or more instances of resistance to the same element (such as fire) to be treated as immunity?
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How does a Barbarian's rage resistances interact with magic weapons? [duplicate]

In monster statblocks that include resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing it is stated that you can overcome that resistance with magical weapons or sometimes silvered weapons. In the ...
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What damage does a magic flaming warhammer do to a monster with resistance to bludgeoning and fire damage from nonmagical weapons? [closed]

My friend has an enchanted silvered warhammer that grants it +1d6 fire damage. We'll be fighting a fiend soon with resistance to fire and bludgeoning damage from nonmagical and non silvered weapons. ...
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Does the Horizon Walker ranger's Planar Warrior feature bypass resistance to non-magical attacks?

The Horizon Walker ranger's Planar Warrior feature (XGtE, p. 42-43) says: As a bonus action, choose one creature you can see within 30 feet of you. The next time you hit that creature on this ...
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Non-Cinematic DR of Advanced Body Armour

It's pretty much a consensus that the trademark-avoidingly-named Advanced Body Armour found in High-Tech (p. 66) is cinematic, as its DR value is based on the hype of Pinnacle Armour's Dragon Skin ...
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How aware is a character of the damage their spells/attacks deal?

Say a character casts two Fireballs at CL 10. The character aims at a field intentionally and hits nothing. Normally That'd be 10d6 damage. But in this scenario the first deals minimum damage (10) and ...
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How does the spell Warding Bond interact with a shield guardian?

I am wondering how warding bond interacts with a Shield Guardian, as they both lessen damage taken. In particular, what happens if the Shield Guardian casts warding bond on the person wearing the ...
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Is it possible to create armor from monster skin with that monster’s resistances?

Does armour made from a monster with resistance keep the resistance? For example, a PC kills some Gricks and makes their skin into leather with his Leatherworker's kit. The Grick's statblock says ...
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Would an object launched by the Catapult spell do full damage against a Scarecrow?

A Wizard uses the spell Catapult (EEPC, p. 15-16; XGtE, p. 150) against a Scarecrow (MM, pg. 268). Catapult flings an object that is not worn or carried toward a scarecrow and hits. The scarecrow ...
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Magical attacks and overcoming damage resistance

I got hit with an argument from one of my players the other day, and it goes like this: He is playing a Monk and his unarmed attacks count as magical attacks. He was trying to punch a Web. I told ...
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If a single attack does multiple types of damage, which type does the Absorb Elements spell give resistance to?

If my character is attacked by a Flame Tongue Maul for example, which does an additional 2d6 fire damage on top of its 2d6 bludgeoning, and then I use my reaction to cast the Absorb Elements spell, do ...
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Are Flameskulls resistant to magical piercing damage?

Most creatures in D&D 5e have specifics on what attacks or weapon damage types they are resistant to. For example: Damage Resistances: Bludgeoning, Piercing, and Slashing From Nonmagical ...
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How does the secondary effect of the Heat Metal spell interact with a creature resistant/immune to fire damage?

This is the description for the spell heat metal: Choose a manufactured metal object, such as a metal weapon or a suit of heavy or medium metal armor, that you can see within range. You cause the ...
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Can someone with vulnerability to necrotic damage benefit from resistance, in regards to the Evocation wizard's Overchannel feature?

Overchannel (Evocation Wizard feature) states that the necrotic damage it deals ignores immunities or resistances to its damage - but something like vulnerabilities would still be applied. If I am ...
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Does the Apparatus of Kwalish have resistance to all damage?

The Apparatus of Kwalish (DMG, p. 151) includes in its description the following statistics: Armor Class: 20 Hit Points: 200 Speed: 30 ft., swim 30 ft. (or 0 ft. for both if the legs and tail ...
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What if a revenant (monster) gains fire resistance?

As a GM, I use some revenants for my campaign. Those revenants all have class abilities and 2 are spell casters (an abjuration mage and alchemist artificer). The "problem" (it's not a problem, but an "...
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Is there a creature that is resistant or immune to damage from a non-magical source other than bludgeoning, slashing, and piercing?

Reading this question: Is there a distinction between magical damage and nonmagical damage? I was wondering if there is a monster that is resistant or immune to damage from a non-magical source other ...
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Can a Paladin use Divine Smite when attacking a creature immune to the weapon's damage type?

Prompted by this question about Sneak Attack and Immunities, it seems a character can hit (although for 0 damage) with a weapon which deals damage to which the target is immune. What would be the ...
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Is sneak attack affected by resistance/immunity to weapon attacks?

Sneak attack says: Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an attack if you have advantage on the attack roll. The attack must use a finesse or a ranged weapon. ...
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Does a wildshaped druid retain his/her racial resistances?

A druid's Wild Shape feature specifies the following: • Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the beast, [bla-fu about stuff you retain; resistances are not mentioned] [...] ...
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If someone casts Vampiric Touch on a creature with necrotic absorption, does the caster take damage?

Leaving aside the question of if there's any way in the manual for anyone to have necrotic absorption in 5e (which as far as I know isn't the case), and given the text of Vampiric Touch as follows, ...
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Does a PC lycanthrope druid gain a lycanthrope's resistances in humanoid form, and while Wild Shaped?

I am a DM playing through Out of the Abyss and have chosen to use Topsy and Turvy as pre-made characters for my players. I want them to be druids with the desire to control their lycanthropy. They are ...
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How can a Beast Master ranger's animal companion overcome resistance to non-magical attacks?

The 5e Beast Master ranger's animal companion has a rather significant drawback in some mid- or high-level campaigns. Because animal companions never gain the magical attack feature and due to the ...
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Does the Ancestral Guardian barbarian's Ancestral Protectors feature grant resistance against spells such as fireball and toll the dead?

The Path of the Ancestral Guardian barbarian's Ancestral Protectors feature (XGtE, p. 10) says: While you’re raging, the first creature you hit with an attack on your turn becomes the target of the ...
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Do temporary hit points benefit from resistances?

I'm thinking of going a bruiser warlock, original I know, with some barbarian levels. Think about armor of agathys and rage with this, if I cast the spell and rage do my temporary hp take half damage ...
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How does the Shield Guardian's damage transfer work when the bearer is immune/resistant to the damage type?

It's been asked before here what happens when a target is hit with damage a shield guardian is immune to. What about the other way around? Say a character is immune to a type of damage and takes ...
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Does damage from Talon, the +1 Longsword from LMoP, count as magical damage?

One of my players has Talon, a +1 Longsword that deals slashing damage, found in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure. In regards to a creature that has "resistance to damage from non-magical ...
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Gauntlets In Regards to Negating Damage Resistance on Unarmed Strikes

Currently playing a Brawler in a campaign where demons are a common enemy and I'd like to use cold iron gauntlets to overcome damage resistance using my brawler's unarmed strikes. However, I've read ...
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Does a damage threshold reduce damage larger than the threshold?

Damage Threshold in the D&D 5e SRD is described as: "Big objects such as castle walls often have extra resilience represented by a damage threshold. An object with a damage threshold has ...
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Important encounters and always facing resistance

I chose to play as a pure fighter in a campaign. Went with warforged, opted play as a samurai, and started out as lvl 4. I enjoy the campaign, and I feel like I'm fairly helpful in our random basic ...
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Which monsters have immunity or resistance to non-silvered non-magical weapons?

The Player's Handbook (p. 148) (and the Basic Rules) state about silvered weapons: Some monsters that have immunity or resistance to nonmagical weapons are susceptible to silver weapons [...] ...
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Do magic items lose their magical durability in an Antimagic Field?

The DMG says this about magic item durability: Most magic items are objects of extraordinary craftsmanship. Thanks to a combination of careful crafting and magical reinforcement, a magic item is at ...
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Does nonmagical ammunition fired with silvered bow overcome resistance?

From this question, I have another question. Silvered weapon is not magical, it is only considered magical to overcome resistance, thus ammunition fired from a silvered bow/crossbow cannot overcome ...
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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 ...