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Questions tagged [damage-types]

For questions pertaining to different types of damage in an RPG system, i.e. fire, lightning, psychic, cold, etc.

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Does the Dragonfire Strike feat change the type of damage?

The Feat Dragonfire Strike has the following wording: When you gain extra damage from a sneak attack, sudden strike, or skirmish, you can choose for the extra damage to be fire damage. This makes ...
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When does the attacker choose the damage type dealt by a weapon with multiple damage options?

Take a longsword, for example. Does the attacker choose piercing or slashing before they make the attack roll, after the attack roll is made but before the damage roll, before they make the damage ...
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Is there any way to adjust the damage type of the Eldritch Blast cantrip so that it does fire damage?

I'm looking to build a Roy Mustang (from FMA) style character, whose primary method attack is a fiery explosion. While there are many Fire-based spells and cantrips I can use, I'm focused on the ...
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Is there any alternate list of armor protection according to the type of damage (S, P, B)?

It makes absolutely no sense to me that a chainmail gives the same protection against a sword and a hammer, for example. A chainmail is awesome against cutting weapons but almost useless against ...
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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 “Stun damage” work on NPCs?

In Dungeon World, if a PC deals "stun" damage to an NPC by using a weapon with the 'Stun' tag, what are the mechanical effects? I believe the rule book states that a character that has taken stun ...
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What ways (through buffs or items) can my rogue deliver radiant damage?

I'm a sword-and-crossbow rogue in a party with a wizard, an eldritch knight, a moon druid, and a rather bashy life cleric who didn't take any damage cantrips. Thus we find ourselves a bit short on ...
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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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Non Lethal damage and Lethal damage at 0 HP

I am unsure of how lethal and non-lethal damage interact when a character has both simultaneously. I know if lethal damage reduces you to 0 hp you start bleeding out, and if non- lethal damage ...
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Does Incorporeal Subtype protect against the divine damage from Flame Strike?

So my party encountered wraiths the other day for the first time and the Favoured Soul used Flame Strike, also for the first time. I was a bit stumped by the half "divine" damage as I've never seen it ...
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Considering only spells from the PHB, are the Elemental Adept feat and the Elemental Affinity sorcerer feature only good with fire damage?

I'm trying to build a Draconic Bloodline sorcerer with the Elemental Adept feat (PHB, p. 166) and the Elemental Affinity subclass feature to maximize one element. I'm a new player, and our group so ...
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How does the paladin's Divine Smite damage interact with a Zombie's Undead Fortitude trait?

Imagine this scenario: A zombie has 8 HP. This is zombie's turn, it triggers an opportunity attack from Paladin, which uses Divine Smite. Warhammers' bludgeoning damage is 4, and the radiant damage ...
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Can Sneak Attack deal magical damage?

Premise Sneak Attack, like Divine Smite, is not weapon damage according to the ruling for the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style: Does the benefit of the Savage Attacker feat apply to ad-...
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Does radiant damage work in magical darkness?

The darkness spell description states: Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within range to fill a 15-foot-radius sphere for the duration. The darkness spreads around corners. A ...
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Is there a distinction between magical damage and nonmagical damage?

At various times while using this site, I've seen assertions that damage cannot be magical or nonmagical, and that referring to "magical damage" or "nonmagical damage" is thus nonsense. For example, ...
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Can a character use a dagger to cut a rope or only poke holes in it?

Is there a rule governing how I should factor in different damage types when a player uses a weapon to damage an object? For example, using a dagger or maul on rope rather than a scimitar, or using a ...
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What damage type vulnerability makes sense for disease-based Zombies rather than being undead? [closed]

I am running a campaign with a disease that makes humanoids become mindless zombie-esque creatures. However they are not undead: they can be cured and returned to their original selves. In the MM ...
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Does Force damage count as magical if the feature causing it doesn't?

A recent question asked whether it's possible to cause non-magical damage of every damage type, to which the answer was apparently yes. However, a point was raised a couple of times, such as this ...
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Does every damage type have a way to deal nonmagical damage?

The damage types are as follows: Acid Cold Fire Force Lightning Necrotic Poison Psychic Radiant Thunder Bludgeoning Piercing Slashing The last three are the damage types that are given to the ...
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What spells are associated with my sorcerer's Dragon Ancestry, for the purpose of the Elemental Affinity feature?

What spells would be associated with my Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's Dragon Ancestor, for the purpose of the 6th-level Elemental Affinity feature? I picked Brass Dragon as my ancestry; would it be ...
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Is there an example of a damage type (cold, fire, lightning, psychic, force, etc) explicity granting cover?

Wall of force is generally assumed to grant cover because it creates a "wall." The spell itself does not specifically grant the cover condition to those on either side of the wall. That means it is ...
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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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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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What is negative damage?

I'm relatively new to TTRPGs and completely new to making Wizard characters. I'm currently trying to make a Wizard, and having trouble fully understanding the Grim Tendrils spell from the Pathfinder ...
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Feat apply order (one increased radiant damage, other changes damage type)

If one feat increases radiant damage (e.g. Superior Implement Training and using a Astral Implement which increases radiant damage by 2) and another feat converts the damage type of a power from ...
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What is “Force” Damage?

From what I can find in answers like this and this, force damage is a nebulous concept of "pure magical energy", which isn't very helpful in answering the question of "what effect does this attack ...
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Would changing the damage type on a tiefling’s abilities affect the game too drastically?

The tiefling has Fire Resistance and Hellish rebuke, which both have to do with fire damage. If I were to replace that with Cold damage, Slashing damage, Necrotic damage, Radiant damage, Psychic ...
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How would changing the damage type/saving throw from spells affect game balance?

So, let's say we want a mage character based on ice, sure, there are quite a few spells with Cold damage/thematic, but they're not quite what you want... You want him to have a Fireball that deals ...
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If the attack or spell that the goblin's Fury of the Small trait is applied to deals multiple types of damage, what type is the extra damage?

What is the damage type associated with the goblin playable race's Fury of the Small trait from Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. 119) if the associated attack or spell deals multiple types of damage, such ...
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Is a dual element weapon unbalanced?

I was thinking of a homebrew magic weapon to give one of my players, and wanted to see if anyone that it would be unbalanced or broken. It is a longsword that is black and white, split down the ...
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What would this homebrew feature mean by applying multiple damage types to a single damage roll? [closed]

I want to play a homebrew mechromancer, specifically the one from https://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Mechromancer,Variant(5e_Class) and I was looking at the Misc. spell Core Burst. It says "On a failed ...
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How to convert Pathfinder's positive/negative energy effects to 5e?

Pathfinder has a complicated system of damage and effects using positive energy and negative energy. Effects that deal negative energy damage harm the living and heal the undead while effects that ...
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What damage type does Force Sword do?

What damage type does the sword created via the spell, Force Sword, deal? Slashing? Force? Or some other unexplainable damage type?
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Would the fire damage from a burning bush lit by Burning Hands still be magical fire damage?

If burning hands is used to set a bush on fire is the damage caused by the burning bush still considered magical damage? What penalties would apply if so?
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What ways (beyond spells) is “concussive” (thunder) damage able to be obtained?

I know that there are various spells that have thunder [concussive] damage listed, but are there any other ways of getting this damage type? Equipment? Class features or entire classes? Monsters ...
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What damage type is a sneak attack with a star candle firework?

The star candle firework is a type of firework that can be used as a ranged weapon, dealing 1 nonlethal damage and 1 fire damage. Unlike most alchemical weapons, this one can actually be used for ...
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What type of spell damage, if any, is associated with fey creatures?

Like necrotic damage is related to the undead (and fiends?), is there a equivalent for the fey? Is force damage (like Eldritch Blast and Magic Missle) used as a catch all, or does damage-type ...
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What type of damage does Crushing Hand deal?

Had a discussion about Force Evocation at the table today, and we stumbled across the spell Crushing Hand. The spell deals damage, but the type is not specified in the spell description. A crushing ...
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How would making undead vulnerable to radiant damage affect balance?

I really like the flavor of undead being vulnerable to radiant damage, but that seems to not be the case for many monsters in 5e. What would the practical effect be of changing that? Obviously "they ...
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Psion Crystal Attack Powers vs. Incorporeal?

There are several crystal attacking powers for psions. They inflict damage along the lines of slashing and piercing. The incorporeal subtype says this: An incorporeal creature has no physical ...
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What are the most common damage types per spell level?

The question what damage type your caster should focus on has two sides: you have to know what type most monsters are sensitive to you need to know what types are avilable The first one is covered ...
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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 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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Can I choose which damage type my Sneak Attack does if my weapon does multiple types?

Sneak Attack has the same type as the rest of the attack, this is easy, unless there are multiple damage types. A Flame Tongue does slashing (or piercing) damage, and fire. Can I chose the Sneak ...
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How do I roll when a weapon has multiple different damage types?

So I've been out of 5e for years and I'm recently getting back into it and I had a question about one of my weapons. It's a sword that does 2d6 piercing and 1d6 force. Do just roll 3d6, or do I do ...
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Is there a way to change the damage type being dealt by a weapon?

Last night I was playing as my level 20 Barbarian, when our party encountered an enemy who was immune to all damage, unless it was of a specific elemental type. This was particularly unfortunate for ...
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What spells or other effects cause weakness to a certain damage type? [closed]

Are there any spells, items, or other effects that cause some form of susceptibility or vulnerability by damage type? I found Elemental Bane from the Elemental Evil companion, which adds an additional ...
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What damage type do Daybreak Arrows have when fired from enhanced weapons?

My paladin is wielding a bow as his bonded weapon. Using Divine Bond, he enhances his bow with flaming burst. Now his attacks are rolled like this: 1d8 piercing damage 1d6 fire damage (and an ...
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Will changing the damage type of some spells break my game?

Player builds a new character, a Cleric of Lathander. What he really likes about this god is his association with sunrises and light in general. So of course, he takes the Light Domain. But most of ...