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Questions tagged [damage-types]

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

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Can Sneak Attack deal magical damage? [on hold]

Premise Sneak Attack, like Divine Smite, is not weapon damage according to the ruling for the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style. Consider a weapon such as the Sun Blade that is finesse and can be ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Can radiant damage destroy objects?

The common rule is all objects are immune to poison and psychic damage: Objects are immune to poison and psychic damage, but otherwise they can be affected by physical and magical attacks much like ...
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When using a piercing weapon to deal slashing or bludgeoning damage, do Swashbuckler class features apply?

For a Swashbuckler with class features like Panache Each time the swashbuckler confirms a critical hit with a light or one-handed piercing melee weapon... Menacing Swordplay ...when a ...
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Is there a difference between Thunder, Force, and Bludgeoning damage?

Inspired by this answer, is there a precedent for when to use Thunder vs Force vs Bludgeoning damage when designing monsters, traps, or spells? The damage types as is are very similar, and it can be a ...
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What reason did the designers have to make a spear not both piercing *and* bludgeoning?

I get why they have different damage types, but it seems to me the role of the short spear in D&D 5e (versatile, throwable) really sets itself up for a fighting style not unlike a quarterstaff. ...
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Is thunder damage associated with lightning dragons?

Draconic Bloodline sorcerers gain Elemental Affinity at level 6. I was wondering if the sorcerer's bloodline was that of a lightning dragon do they gain the EA bonus to thunder damage spells as well ...
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Does improved uncanny dodge protect you from investigators studied strike ability?

The investigator gets an ability called studied strike. At 4th level, an investigator can choose to make a studied strike against the target of his studied combat as a free action, upon ...
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Does Warding Bond carry over damage type?

The warding bond spell description states: While the target is within 60 feet of you, it gains a +1 bonus to AC and saving throws, and it has resistance to all damage. Also, each time it takes ...
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Is it possible to make an undead be healed by positive energy and harmed by negative energy?

There is a feat called Tomb-Tainted Soul: You are healed by negative energy and harmed by positive energy as if you were an undead creature. I was wondering if there was the opposite feature: a ...
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Morningstar vs. Damage Reduction/Bludgeoning

Exactly as the name says, how does the morningstar work against say a skeleton which has DR 5/bludgeoning, since a morningstar is both bludgeoning AND piercing? I have looked online, and found some ...
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How many different magical damage qualities can a single weapon have & how it relates to price? [duplicate]

For this question I'm talking about things like flaming/ flaming burst or icy burst/ frost brand, shocking burst, brilliant energy, thundering, and so on. I'm excluding properties that deal with ...
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Is there a difference between sources of damage?

The Void has many similarities with the Storyteller and Storytelling systems. But a few things just stop making sense sometimes. A SM-12 Hornet (SMG) shot deals 1d6 damage, but a baseball bat deals ...
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What type of damage do Holy weapons deal?

A holy weapon is imbued with holy power. This power makes the weapon good-aligned and thus bypasses the corresponding damage reduction. It deals an extra 2d6 points of damage against all of evil ...
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What is the difference between bludgeoning and piercing damage? [duplicate]

Based off of this question, "What is the role of different damage types in D&D 5e?" That question dealt with the difference between types of damage such as fire, cold, and lightning, and what ...
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Does piercing damage ignore Armor Class?

How exactly does piercing damage work against an enemy? Does it ignore AC? Or am I way off with my idea behind how the damage type works?
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Is there any means of restoring Spiritual Damage?

Is there any means through which to heal or negate Sacrifice (or Spiritual Damage)? In the books it is a concept that is listed in a few places but it doesn't seem to ever be fully defined as what it ...