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Can Weakness to a trait trigger multiple times in a single hit?

When resisting damage, you apply the resistance to each applicable "instance of damage" (damage type) separately. Does the same also apply to weaknesses? If you attack an enemy who is weak ...
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For the Summon Draconic Spirit spell, does the damage type of the breath weapon have to match that of the caster’s shared resistance?

The Draconic Spirit summoned by the summon draconic spirit spell has the Breath Weapon action option (FToD, p. 21): Breath Weapon. The dragon exhales destructive energy in a 30-foot cone. Each ...
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If a large monster squeezed an opponent in its fist, what kind of damage is that?

I'm trying to make a large monster, called the Swamp Devil, that can grab and squeeze an opponent in its fist. I assume the damage type is bludgeoning, but bludgeoning damage seems mostly about ...
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Is Spirit Shroud damage "owned" by the source of the attack, or the Spirit Shroud spell itself?

Until the spell ends, any attack you make deals 1d8 extra damage when you hit a creature within 10 feet of you. This damage is radiant, necrotic, or cold (your choice when you cast the spell). Any ...
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How does the Path of the Giant barbarian's Elemental Cleaver feature interact with a Flame Tongue weapon's damage types?

The description of the Path of the Giant barbarian subclass feature Elemental Cleaver states (BP:GotG, p. 11; emphasis mine): When you enter your rage, you can choose one weapon that you are holding ...
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Can Awakened Spellbook borrow bludgeoning/piercing/slashing damage from the Magic Weapon spell?

For the purpose of the damage type swap feature of the Order of Scribes Wizard's Awakened Spellbook feature, does the +1 bonus to damage rolls from the Magic Weapon spell qualify as bludgeoning/...
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When does a magical flame become nonmagical? [duplicate]

Imagine Bob the wizard casts Fire Bolt on a barn full of hay. Mike, the bad guy with Armor of Invulnerability, is inside the barn. The Fire Bolt sets the hay ablaze, and Mike takes fire damage from it....
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How to decide the type of precise damage?

The easier examples are quite easy to understand: when a character attacks with a weapon, precise damage like sneak attack will use the same type of damage of the weapon. For example, sneak attack ...
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What are the different effects that scale up weapon damage in 5e?

In 5e there are all sorts of ways to increase damage from weapons, but nearly all of that additional damage is typed separately from the weapon - eg: extra force damage, fire, etc. Other than the ...
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What is immune to spirit damage?

Spirit damage replaced alignment damage in Pathfinder 2e since the Remaster. Unfortunately, no Bestiary came out together with the new Player Core, so it is a bit unclear how spirit damage works. The ...
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Do weapons that do both Piercing and another damage type suffer underwater combat penalties?

Some weapons, like Morningstars and Sugliin, do two types of damage at once (Piercing/Bludgeoning and Piercing/Slashing, respectively). How does this interact with underwater combat penalties? ...
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Does a Fireball whose damage type was changed via Awakened Spellbook still ignite flammable objects?

A Fireball spell "blossoms with a low roar into an explosion of flame. [...] The fire spreads around corners. It ignites flammable objects in the area that aren't being worn or carried." If ...
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Can you use Awakened Spellbook to replace a 3rd-level spell's damage type with piercing damage via Summon Fey?

The Awakened Spellbook feature of the Order of Scribes Wizard states that under certain circumstances when casting a spell, "you can temporarily replace its damage type with a type that appears ...
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Can you use Awakened Spellbook to replace a 1st-level spell's damage type with force damage via Mage Armor, RAW?

According to the Player's Handbook Ch. 9, "force" is a damage type, and "damage types have no rules of their own." The Awakened Spellbook feature of the Order of Scribes Wizard ...
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What type of damage does Bond of Mutual Suffering deal to the attacker? [duplicate]

The Bond of Mutual Suffering feature of the Blood Magic Wizard from Tal’dorei Campaign Setting: Reborn says: At 6th level, when a creature you can see hits you with an attack, you can use your ...
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Fire Immunity as a racial feat

I want to give one of my players a racial feat for his custom race (basically a goliath). The race is heavily influenced by the ifreet/efreet of Final Fantasy - and therfore it seems appropriate to ...
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When you receive a physical attack and Shield Block it, if it deals multiple types of damage, how is damage reduced?

Shield Block states that: Trigger While you have your shield raised, you would take damage from a physical attack. You snap your shield in place to ward off a blow. Your shield prevents you from ...
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What are the balance considerations of changing thunder to poison damage in "elemental X" spells?

In preparation for a future campaign, I'm poking at building a homebrew cleric domain exclusive to Tiamat. One of my design goals for the build is to lean into Tiamat as the god of chromatic dragons, ...
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Is the additional damage dealt by Elemental Bane dealt by Elemental Bane? [duplicate]

The first time each turn the affected target takes damage of the chosen type, the target takes an extra 2d6 damage of that type. Would this damage be considered to by made by the Elemental Bane spell ...
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How does the Order of Scribes wizard's Awakened Spellbook feature work with spells that require you to choose a damage type?

There is a question that handles how the Order of Scribes wizard's Awakened Spellbook feature works with spells that have multiple damage types at the same time. However, those spells are rare. There ...
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Is this Order of Scribes wizard combo with the Elemental Bane and Faithful Hound spells a legal exploit?

So I'm playing an OOS wizard in a 3/4 shot game. I really like the replace damage type feature for the interesting flavour it can provide to battles, but when looking at the spell list, I stumbled ...
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Does the magic damage on swords double for a nat 20 [duplicate]

my barbarian has a frost brand longsword that does the common 1d8 and 1d6 of cold damage. Me and my friends are new to d&d so we may be playing it be wrong but for the campaign I'm playing when ...
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What is an "instance of damage"?

A comment to my answer here proposes that each part of damage with different types is a separate instance. It matters a lot for weaknesses and resistances: If a Brimorak deals 13 slashing, 4 evil and ...
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Can the UA Wild Talent feat change the damage type of the Chaos Bolt spell?

Inspired by this current question: Can the UA Wild Talent feat interact with the Chaos Bolt spell? – and Matthieu's comment on Groody's answer. It seems that RAW, you are replacing the number you roll ...
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I'm worried about nerfing the Players too much by adding an immunity to Radiant Damage to a monster type

In my setting most of the Outer Planes have individually suffered apocalyptic catastrophes. The Abyss has been, for several decades before the players even see their first demon, beset by chronic ...
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Will a creature with damage immunity take damage from Phantasmal Force?

Phantasmal Force can create the illusion of a creature or phenomoenon, and will deal 1d6 psychic damage per round because of the victim believes that it is real. What will happen if you create the ...
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Can you assign the Parry maneuver to damage that Heavy Armor Master can't reduce?

Say for instance you get hit with a claw attack coming from a dragonflesh grafter, which has both poison and slashing damage. Heavy Armor Master is only able to reduce non-magical slashing, piercing, ...
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Does Bigby's Hand do magical damage?

The Bigby's Hand spell, also called Arcane Hand, can do force damage by striking, and bludgeoning damage by crushing. Is that damage magical? I'm unsure. On one hand, if we assume that the spell ...
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Which damage types are the most and least common?

(inspired by these questions) I have already asked which physical damage type is the most common, but how does it look when we consider all of them? I mean the damage directly dealt by monsters, and ...
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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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Which resistance(s) does the Chromatic Draconic Spirit from the spell "Summon Draconic Spirit" get?

The summon draconic spirit spell states (FToD, p. 21): When you cast this spell, choose a family of dragon: chromatic, gem, or metallic. The creature resembles a dragon of the chosen family, which ...
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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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Which physical damage types are the most and least common?

(Inspired by this question) The only mechanical difference (beside price) between Hide and Scale mail is that once you can use the specialization, the one provides resistance against piercing, the ...
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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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