Questions tagged [damage-resistance]

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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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What are the most and least-resisted damage types?

Inspired by these related questions, as well as my previous question on the matter, I'm curious what the most and least resisted damage types are in DnD 5e? Ideally I am looking for a list similar to ...
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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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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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Do attacks from creatures summoned by the Conjure Animals spell count as magical?

In our last session, the party was fighting a Ghost. A ghost has, among other characteristics, damage resistance to "Bludgeoning, Piercing, and Slashing from Nonmagical Attacks". The Druid ...
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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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How does resistance/vulnerability/immunity interact with carryover damage after reducing a Polymorphed (or Wild Shaped) form to 0 HP?

A caster casts polymorph on another creature. Let's say the polymorphed creature has 10 HP in its new form, but takes 30 piercing damage and its current form is reduced to 0 HP. This causes it to ...
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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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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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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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How can I gain resistance to piercing, bludgeoning, and slashing damage while in heavy armor?

I am theory-crafting a character that takes very little damage. I want to use the Heavy Armor Master feat to help with damage reduction from non-magical attacks, as well as the Battle Master fighter's ...
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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 a Magic Staff count as a magic weapon?

Many creatures have resistance to weapons that aren't "magic weapons". A Magic Staff can be used as a quarterstaff, but (usually) doesn't have a bonus to hit (a "plus"). Is it considered a Magic ...
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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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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 Resistance combine with Deflect Missiles and make it easier to throw it back?

I have a character playing a multiclass Barbarian/Monk. Does the resistance from rage combine with Deflect Missiles to negate the damage and make the reaction attack?
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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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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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The froghemoth has both lightning resistance and Shock Susceptibility; is this an error? Are there other monsters like this?

In Volo's Guide to Monsters, the Froghemoth (pg. 145) has resistance to lightning damage, but also has the Shock Susceptibility trait, which gives it various penalties whenever it takes lightning ...
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Does Psychic Immunity/Resistance versus Feeblemind affect anything other than damage?

How does resistance or immunity to psychic damage affect the Feeblemind spell? Obviously, it would lower the damage they'd take, but does it change the other aspects of the spell?
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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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How does Vampiric Touch interact with Resistance/Vulnerability?

As a follow on from Can a Spell like Vampiric Touch drain life from a creature in 0 hp? If I use Vampiric Touch against a creature resistant or vulnerable to necrotic damage, what happens? How much ...
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Damage reduction and damage resistance: how to calculate?

Assume a character has both damage reduction and damage resistance vs an incoming attack. One example of damage reduction is the Heavy Armor Master feat: While you are wearing heavy armor, ...
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Will I know if my attack is modified by monster vulnerability, resistance or immunity?

In Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition, when my character successfully hits a monster in combat, does the GM have to tell me whether the attack deals the usual amount of damage or not? If the monster has ...
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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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What happens when a creature with vulnerability to a damage type has resistance to the same type imposed on it, or vice versa?

So, let's imagine for a moment that two Fiend-patron Warlocks are fighting. One uses its Fiendish Resilience to get resistance to fire damage, but the other one casts the Hallow spell with the Energy ...
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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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Can a Paladin use Divine Smite when attacking (with a natural 20) 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 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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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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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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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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Do resistances stack?

If a creature had resistance to spells, and then cast fire resistance on it, would it take only 1/4 damage from all fire spells?
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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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Does a barbarian's damage resistance from Rage apply to damage from magical weapons?

As someone who typically GMs, I'm accustomed to seeing resistances specified in monster stat blocks as "resistant to bludgeoning, piercing and slashing damage from non-magical weapons". However the ...
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Does a Scourge Aasimar take half damage from its own Radiant Consumption effect?

In Volo's Guide to Monsters, the Aasimar playable race has the following trait (pg. 105): Celestial Resistance. You have resistance to necrotic damage and radiant damage. So they take only half ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there a way around a vampire's Sunlight Hypersensitivity?

My D&D group decided to attack a group of vampires and I ended up getting bitten and becoming a vampire. I was playing as a level 15 halfling rogue and had 12 hp left. I was trying to make some ...
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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 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 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 ...