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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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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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How do saving throws for half combine with damage resistance?

Let's say a player has to make a saving throw or take 20 cold damage. If they succeed on the save, they take half damage (10). Resistance also halves damage. What happens if they have cold resistance ...
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How does resist all apply to an attack that deals two types of (non-combined) damage?

Resist all applies to all damage types (including untyped damage), reducing the damage by the resist amount. What happens when a single attack deals two different kinds of damage? Not combined damage, ...
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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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How is a damage rounded for damage resistance?

If a creature has damage resistance, and is dealt an odd amount of damage, do you round the final damage up or down? The Player's Handbook, annoyingly, only gives the example of 20 ÷ 2&...
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What part of a multi-type damage roll is reduced by a non-type-specific effect?

Effects like Cutting Words (PHB, p. 54) and Spirit Shield (XGtE, p. 10) reduce damage by a roll, irrespective of damage type (PHB 196). However, single damage rolls can have multiple damage types, as ...
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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 the damage from unarmed strikes bypass non-magical/silvered/adamantine weapon resistance and immunity?

Various creatures such as lycanthropes and golems are listed as being immune to damage from weapons not of a particular type. As unarmed strikes are not counted as weapons, but can be used as weapon ...
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How can one obtain an adamantine weapon?

In the Monster Manual, gargoyles, golems, helmed horrors, and xorns all enjoy either immunity or resistance to: bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage from nonmagical weapons that aren't ...
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Are there creatures that are resistant/immune to falling damage?

From my experience in 5th edition D&D, I've seen many creatures resist or be immune to bludgeoning damage from weapons, but never to bludgeoning damage from falling. The only instance I know is a ...
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Multiple Damage Resistance

Similar questions to this have been asked, but I wasn't able to find one that answers this specifically. Say that you have resistance to slashing damage as well as resistance to fire damage (no ...
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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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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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Is Spiritual Weapon considered a Spell or a Weapon for Resistance/Immunity purposes?

In 5th Edition D&D there are various monsters with immunity or resistance to magic. For example, the Rakshasa is immune to spells of 6th level or lower. Many of these monsters are not also immune/...
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How should damage thresholds be assigned?

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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Is there a way to bypass resistance/immunity to fire damage?

I want to use fire-based spells for thematic reasons and a lot of things have immunity to it. Is there a feat or class feature I could use to bypass/reduce those? For example, is there something ...
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Did my clothes catch fire?

My Ifrit chose last session to walk into a flaming sphere cast by our druid in order to melee attack a Troglodyte. The damage of the sphere rolled lower than the Ifrit's fire resistance. Should I ...
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Does the caster's resistance, vulnerability or immunity affect damage from Warding Bond?

A tiefling cleric casts Warding Bond on a human. That human takes 10 fire damage. How much damage does the tiefling cleric take? The Warding Bond description says (regarding the target): it has ...
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How does resistance/vulnerability/immunity interact with carryover damage after reducing 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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Does damage from an enchanted weapon automatically count as magical damage?

A player's PC received an enchanted mace, a +1 weapon with the ability to shine like a torch. Does this mace deal magical damage for the purpose of overcoming resistances? Nothing like that is ...
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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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Does resist all prevent normal damage?

Does Resist 1 all such as is profiled by Rimefire Plate +2 prevent normal / untyped damage, such as is done by an axe or arrow?
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Does a successful hit that does no damage due to DR still count as a hit?

I know that most special abilities or effects linked to an attack whose damage is entirely negated don't trigger, but does the attack still count as a hit in the first place with regard to abilities ...
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Can I have multiple active instances of resist energy?

Is it possible to have 2 or more castings of Resist Energy (or Protection from Energy or Draconic Reservoir), each covering a different energy type, active concurrently? The CRB (5th, p209) says (...
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How do Vulnerabilities to Element and Energy Resistance Stack?

So say you have a creature, such as a Gold Dragon, that has vulnerability to cold. And that Gold Dragon, being intelligent, has a Ring of Energy Resistance, Cold, as part of it's treasure and is ...
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Do any damage resistances apply to Reverse Gravity?

I am under the impression that Reverse Gravity bypasses resistance to bludgeoning damage as the only ones I am aware of specify that it is bludgeoning damage from weapons. Are there any resistances ...
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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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How does resistance work?

For instance, the Cavalier fighter's Warding Maneuver feature description (XGtE, p. 30) says, in part: [...] Roll the die, and add the number rolled to the target’s AC against that attack. If the ...
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Are your resistances optional?

I'm looking to use life transference as a healing spell, but I don't want my resistance to necrotic damage to get in the way. The School of Necromancy wizard has the Inured to Undeath feature: ...
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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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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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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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If a creature has resistance to bludgeoning damage, shouldnt it also have resistance to force damage?

The Player's Handbook describes the different damage types on p. 196; the corresponding portion of the basic rules is here. The PHB describes Force damage in such a way that it seems to be a solid ...
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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 my Half Orc Barbarian invulnerable to death by falling?

Forgive me if I've botched any math, but here's the situation I've found myself in (assuming 4th level): Falling damage caps out at 20d6 at terminal velocity. Kronan the Barbarian has 55 Max HP ...
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Is Hunter's Mark damage magical for the purpose of overcoming damage resistance/immunity?

Ranger casts Hunter's Mark on a werewolf and shoots it with a mundane bow. Does the werewolf take the hunter's mark damage and ignore the piercing damage from the bow, or does it take no damage at all?...
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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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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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How does damage resistance work with same typed damage from multiple sources?

A scenario from our game last night. We are facing monsters with an Aura 2 that causes 5 cold damage and stacks (enter or start turn in aura). These guys also have an attack that immobilizes and ...
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Does a Pyromancy Apprentice with the Burn Everything Feat ignore Fire Immunity?

If a Wizard (Mage) who was apprenticed under the Pyromancy School also had the Burn Everything feat, would he ignore Fire Immunity? Let me explain: The Pyromancy Apprentice benefit allows you to ...
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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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Do a Barbarian's different damage resistances stack or just overlap?

I have a player who recently joined my current game who thinks he only takes ¼ damage from bludgeoning, slashing and piercing damage. He claims that the resistance granted by barbarian rage ...
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Are there any RAW effects that give a flat damage reduction?

I was going to ask a question about which damage type is reduced by the "magical aura" referenced in the PHB under Damage Resistance and Vulnerability if the damage in question has multiple damage ...
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How much and what type of damage does Warlock Thought Shield deal?

The rules about Warlock Thought Shield say this: You also have resistance to psychic damage, and whenever a creature deals psychic damage to you, that creature takes the same amount of damage ...
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What part of the damage is halved/doubled for Damage Resistance/Vulnerability?

If a creature has "damage resistance" to non-magical weapons how does the final damage number break down? Is the weapon damage halved only? Is the total damage (weapon, STR/DEX dmg. bonus) halved? ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Is resistance/vulnerability applied before damage is transferred with Nusemnee's Atonement?

Situation: level 16 Dragonborn Sorcerer with Paladin Multiclass, Ancient Soul, Nusemnee's Atonement, Radiant Breath, Morninglord paragon path, and Fey Beast Tamer theme. Whenever she breathes, she ...