Questions tagged [damage-types]

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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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Are incorporeal creatures damaged by the Dreamheart Tempest?

Incorporeal creatures are only damaged by magical effects (50% of the time), force damage, other incorporeal things, and things specifically designed to interact with incorporeal creatures (e.g. Ghost ...
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Is there a way for a Swashbuckler to function with slashing weapons?

I'm trying to make a Vishkanya character as a backup character, and I've always been enamored with the swashbuckler class, but it specifically says Light or One-Handed Piercing Weapon is there a ...
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When Chaos Bolt leaps, do you determine a new damage type?

I have a question about the damage type of a leaping Chaos Bolt (XGtE, p. 151; GGtR, p. 67). The first step of the spell description is rather clear as to choosing damage type: the target takes ...
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Is healing by fire possible?

I know this exact question was asked for 5e but I play 3.5 which has more options so I'm wondering if there's a way for a player character to heal from fire, similar to an Iron Golem. It doesn't ...
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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 Attacks ...
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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 creature ...
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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, ...