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Why are there five chromatic dragons and not four?

The five chromatic dragon types are already in the original edition of D&D. In that same game, player characters had access to four primary kinds of damage: physical blows, fire, cold and ...
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Are undead immune to nonlethal damage?

Quite a few undead are immune to the unconscious condition: (Plague Zombie) Immunities death effects, disease, mental, paralyzed, poison, unconscious; The only thing I found linking nonlethal and ...
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Kensei Shot when the weapon has multiple damage types?

I was allowed the Storm Boomerang (Princes of the Apocalypse) on my Kensei Monk character and decided to make it my Kensei ranged weapon. But I am unsure if the Kensei Shot ability would add 1d4 for ...
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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 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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What's the maximum number of damage types I can have in a single melee attack?

Inspired by these two questions. I am currently playing an Arcane Trickster that has a Flame Tongue Rapier and access to Booming Blade. So I have: Piercing Fire Thunder I am considering getting ...
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What damage type does the Disintegrate spell deal?

The description of the Disintegrate spell reads: You fire a green ray at your target. Make a spell attack. You deal 12d10 damage, and the target must attempt a basic Fortitude save. What type of ...
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Would wearing full plate armor cause slashing damage to be converted into bludgeoning damage?

Plate armor covers the whole body of the adventurer. A character in my game has resistance to bludgeoning damage but not slashing damage. He was arguing that since the armor covered his whole body, he ...
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Is the damage from the Undead warlock's Grave Touched feature considered weapon damage for the purposes of Great Weapon Fighting or similar features?

The Undead-patron warlock's Grave Touched feature (VRGtR, p. 30) says that when you hit a creature with an attack, you can replace the damage type with necrotic damage; it also adds 1 more damage die ...
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Does taking nonlethal damage count as being damaged?

The protean scourge (Monster Manual III, 126) has the Split ability the beginning of which says: Split (Su): When damaged, a protean scourge splits into two identical versions of itself [...] Page ...
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Why are slings damage type only listed as piercing? [closed]

Why are slings damage type only listed as piercing? Aren't slings standard ammunition rocks/stones roughly the size of a golf ball which are abundant and should do blugeonig damage? Why not have it ...
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Can I use Metamagic transmutation on Chaos Bolt?

Was wondering if it is possible to use metamagic to transmute the damage type of chaos bolt. Sorcerer Metamagic gives a number of options for modifying spells, Transmuted Spell reads: When you cast a ...
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What damage type is empowered when Ice Storm is cast by an evoker?

The party Evoker has just reached 10th level and gained Empowered Evocation Beginning at 10th level, you can add your Intelligence modifier to one damage roll of any wizard evocation spell you cast. ...
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Can the use of the Crusher feat enable a Sling to force 5 feet of movement on a hit target?

Feat: Crusher (UA is identical to released content for the following quote.) Once per turn, when you hit a creature with an attack that deals bludgeoning damage, you can move it 5 feet to an ...
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How does the Order of Scribes' Awakened Spellbook interact with Animate Objects?

The relevant part of awakened spellbook is: When you cast a wizard spell with a spell slot, you can temporarily replace its damage type with a type that appears in another spell in your spellbook, ...
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Does the second benefit of the Piercer feat allow rerolls of non-piercing damage?

The second benefit of the Piercer feat reads (TCoE, p. 80): Once per turn, when you hit a creature with an attack that deals piercing damage, you can reroll one of the attack's damage dice, and you ...
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Is non-physical damage calculated separately from physical damage for a single attack?

One of the players in my game is playing a dragon instinct barbarian. The GM is calculating the elemental damage separately from the weapon damage for resistance purposes (i.e. an axe attack deals 8 ...
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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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How do damage types affect HP?

Played my first game of D&D5e last weekend, and the DM kept referring to different damage types (Necrotic, Slashing, Bludgeoning, etc.). Do these damage types affect HP differently, or do you just ...
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When a ranged attack deals multiple damage types, can I choose what damage type my Sharpshooter bonus gives?

I am a Blood Hunter (Critical Role class here) with the Sharpshooter and Crossbow Expert feats wielding two hand crossbows. My Crimson Rite allows me to deal an additional 1dx magical damage of some ...
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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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Would swapping Sacred Flame to Toll the Dead for Evil NPCs affect balance?

The PHB makes it clear that radiant damage comes from the Positive Plane and is often associated with the Celestials of the Upper Planes, while necrotic damage comes from the Negative Plane and is ...
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Can a Zealot Barbarian apply Radiant rage damage?

Rage says: When you make a melee weapon attack using Strength, you gain a bonus to the damage roll that increases as you gain levels as a barbarian, as shown in the Rage Damage column of the ...
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Does Strahd's unarmed strike deal full damage if used to grapple?

In the text of Strahd's Unarmed Strike, it says (emphasis mine): If the target is a creature, Strahd can grapple it [...] instead of dealing bludgeoning damage. This seems to be copy/pasted from the ...
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Is it worthwhile to deal lightning damage to a froghemoth?

The froghemoth (VGtM, p. 145) has the Shock Susceptibility trait: Shock Susceptibility. If the froghemoth takes lightning damage, it suffers several effects until the end of its next turn: its speed ...
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Is it redundant that a vampire's Regeneration is stopped by damage from holy water, since holy water already does radiant damage to undead?

Vampires and vampire spawn have the Regeneration trait (MM 297-298), but: If the vampire takes radiant damage or damage from holy water, this trait doesn't function at the start of the vampire's next ...
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How do flaming weapons work?

I recently made a level 8 Storm Herald Barbarian (from XgtE) with the Desert aura. The level 6 feature allows me to set flammable objects that are not being carried or worn by anyone else on fire. So ...
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Will my necrotic-damage-heavy PC be too weak in Curse of Strahd?

I'm preparing a character for Curse of Strahd, which I have never played before. This character uses a lot of necrotic damage. I don't mind if this character is not the absolute best choice for this ...
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Is there a concise description of what 'special' damage is?

This may be somewhat a worthless question as I've looked diligently without success. I don't believe the information is physically present but I thought I'd give it a shot. In my games things have ...
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Can UA Lore Mastery's Spell Secrets feature change the damage type of a spell that does not deal damage immediately?

For UA Lore Mastery, Spell Secrets states the following: At 2nd level, when you cast a spell with a spell slot and the spell deals acid, cold, fire, force, lightning, necrotic, radiant, or thunder ...
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Can objects animated by the Animate Objects spell take psychic damage?

The Animate Objects spell description reads: An animated object is a construct with AC, hit points, attacks, Strength, and Dexterity determined by its size. Its Constitution is 10 and its ...
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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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Does an attack from a chaotic-aligned character break regeneration/chaotic?

I am DMing an adventure where the players can fight an arbiter inevitable. The inevitable is listed as having regeneration 2/chaotic. The book says that the type after the slash is the damage type ...
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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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Would there be any major balance implications for swapping the Soulknife rogue's daggers to deal fire damage as opposed to psychic?

I have a specific character concept in mind but for it to work I would need to change the UA Psionic Rogue's Psychic Daggers into Fire Daggers. I plan to ask my DM about it but before I do I want to ...
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How does 'Mirage Arcane' interact with damage types, speed, and Concentration?

Reading over different questions about 'Mirage Arcane', I've come to what I believe is a fair understanding of what the spell can do, but I'm left with a few questions. So far, my understanding of the ...
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How do the rules on Combining Game Effects and Combining Magical Effects relate to damage types?

How do the rules on Combining Game Effects and Combining Magical Effects relate to damage types? Fire Bolts and Fireballs! I have a question about how to interpret the sections on Combining Game ...
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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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Can the Elemental Adept feat cause the Chaos Bolt spell to chain this way?

The Elemental Adept feat (PHB, p. 166) allows one to change treat results of 1 in damage dice for spells with a matching element as 2: In addition, when you roll damage for a spell you cast that ...
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What if I take an amount of necrotic damage from a wraith that's greater than my hit point maximum?

In this past weekend's session (near the end of Lost Mines), my fourth level Warlock took a critical hit from a Wraith. I have maximum hit points 29, and was currently at 20 HP remaining; the double ...
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How can I make walls immune to fire damage?

What options are there, preferably but not necesarilly through using the Abjuration school of magic, to make sure that the walls of a room are completely immune to fire damage, and thus incapable of ...
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Barring Epic Boons, is there a way to gain immunity to fire damage?

Is there a way, barring Epic Boons, for a player character to gain full immunity to fire damage. I know it's easy to gain resistance by, for example, being a tiefling or casting a spell that grants ...
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Is it possible to use a Mordhau grip to deal bludgeoning damage?

I play in a short D&D 5e campaign, with many undead type monsters, like skeletons and the like. My character has a Longsword, which deals slashing damage. Now I would like if it would be ...
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Would all melee PC attacks doing alignment damage be unbalanced at low levels?

For a campaign, I am currently discussing giving the PCs the ability to convert all melee and unarmed damage into alignment damage instead of normal physical, slashing, etc. damage. One of the ...
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How do you handle simultaneous damage when one type is absorbed and not the other?

Say a wizard sees something a group of large figures lumbering towards him/her. The wizard is overly paranoid about being outnumbered so they drop a Meteor Swarm spell on them. However, it turns out ...
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How does energy resistance affect regeneration?

A standard troll has Regeneration 5 (acid or fire). Suppose that the troll somehow gains fire resistance 10, such as through the Resist Energy spell. If a level 3 wizard casts Burning Hands at this ...
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Can I burn my enemies to ashes with fire spells?

People die and bodies burn to ashes when you burn them. I don't want to see my enemies corpses burning, I want to see them turned to ashes immediately without resorting to disintegrate and similar ...
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Is there any way to change falling damage to another damage type?

The rules on "Falling" state: [...] At the end of a fall, a creature takes 1d6 bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet it fell, to a maximum of 20d6... When looking at the reverse gravity spell I ...
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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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Is the illusory copy of the caster from the Project Image spell immune to any types of damage?

The spell Project Image states: The illusion looks and sounds like you but is intangible. and also If the illusion takes any damage, it disappears, and the spell ends. Does the intangibility ...
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