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How does a character proficient in the Medicine skill help other characters recover from diseases, injuries, or similar effects?

Recuperating is described as a downtime activity option on Basic Rules Version 1.0, page 71: You can use downtime between adventures to recover from a debilitating injury, disease, or poison. ...
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Does a disease trigger a saving throw vs. poison?

In What happened to disease in D&D 5e? we see that disease may not be a specific mechanic. However, it seems to be conflated quite a bit with poison, for example: Here's an example of an ...
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Cerebral Parasites and Where to Find Them

What book do I find cerebral parasites in? I've got an adventure that has them in it but doesn't give me any of the details of what they do. The adventure came from an issue of Dragon magazine, in an ...
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Do multiple cases of reduced HP from Harm need to be cured individually?

If you fail your save against Harm, it will reduce your maximum HP for an hour or until it is cured via some kind of cure disease effect. You unleash a virulent disease on a creature that you can ...
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Can a Rutterkin's Bite poison a Paladin?

The Rutterkin (from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, pg. 136) has the following attack: Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: + 4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (3d6 + 2) piercing damage. If the ...
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How to slowly kill someone tended by a 13th level cleric

I'm running a 3.5 D&D game where the king is dying of some sort of illness or curse, and was looking to see if there is anything RAW that could slowly kill someone who has access to the impressive ...
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What happens if I use Lay on Hands to cure one disease when there are in fact multiple?

A new player of mine asked me this question: If I use Lay on Hands to cure what I assume is one disease, but it's actually at least two with similar symptoms, which disease gets cured? Do I target ...
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What happens if I try to use Lay on Hands to cure disease when there is in fact no disease?

5 points from a Lay on Hands pool can be used to cure disease (or neutralize poison). Some effects appear like diseases but are instead just spell effects or curses. If I attempt to use Lay on Hands ...
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Would Spawn of Kyuss worms infesting a Paladin die?

At third level, Paladins gain the feature Divine Health: By 3rd level, the divine magic flowing through you makes you immune to disease. (PHB, p. 85) There's a monster in Volo's Guide to Monsters ...
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How does bed rest effect Unchained diseases?

How does getting bed rest interact with the disease rules from Pathfinder Unchained? I find the text in the relevant section to be ambiguous; it first mentions diseases, then poisons, and then bed ...
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What are the CRs for diseases used in traps, and how are they calculated?

Are there guidelines for determining the CR of diseases when they're part of traps? I'm actually interested specifically in Tetanus, but the lack of a clear answer of which I'm aware leads to me to ...
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How to give an antipaladin remove disease, for… reasons

I have an aspiring antipaladin of Urgathoa, may she stay forever gluttonous, and when reading through The Pallid Princess's section in Inner Sea Gods I noticed how in the variant spellcasting section ...
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Where could an aspiring follower of Urgathoa (may she stay forever gluttonous) find a complete list of diseases?

As an aspiring antipaladin of Urgathoa, I noticed the Plague Bringer ability that allows me to contract diseases without suffering any ill effects, thus enabling me to carry and spread disease in the ...
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Can I invent a disease for the sake of my character's backstory?

I'm trying to learn how to play and for my character I am making a backstory to where her mother dies of a disease that slowly takes her energy/food, causing her to grow thinner and thinner till she ...
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Does a Druid's bite when wild shaped into a dire rat inflict disease?

When a druid wild shapes into other forms, they get those attacks. In this case, when a druid becomes a dire rat, do they gain the filth fever disease on bite attacks?
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Can a character craft and use doses of disease in the same manner as an alchemical item or poison?

I'm looking to make a character (well... villain) who deliberately and stealthily infects people with diseases, perhaps by tainting the local water, or food supply, then charges them for the cure. I'...
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Does Resist All apply to different damage types from the same or different sources?

Here's the scenario: A PC is infected with the initial stage of Black Boils. A disease which causes small acid filled pustules to form under the skin. The initial stage says "Whenever that target ...
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Does the Contagion spell infect the target immediately on a melee attack hit?

Let's say I'm a cleric with the 5th level spell Contagion and I am successful on the melee attack. From the wording of the spell it seems that the effect kicks in immediately, but Jeremy Crawford said ...
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Paladin gaining Divine Health while they have a disease

Say a second level paladin gets a disease, then at the end of the session levels up and gets Divine Health, which makes them immune to disease. Do they still carry that disease and are its markings ...
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What diseases should my cancer mage try to catch?

My cleric would eventually like to enter the prestige class cancer mage (Book of Vile Darkness 52-4). Once he's a cancer mage, what are the best diseases for him to catch both to increase his personal ...
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What mechanical effects would the common cold have?

I saw the common cold statted up in the Dragonstar Player's Companion from Fantasy Flight Games. How would the common cold affect player characters in D&D 5e? I was thinking it would be -1 to str ...
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When does a PC become aware they've contracted a disease?

I have not used any afflictions in my game as of yet, but the party will shortly be going through a festering bog, which if normal mosquitos don't give them a disease, the stirge or some other ...
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Any way to overcome a Paladin's immunity to disease without GM fiat?

Is there any way to overcome a paladin's immunity to disease without a gm fiat? The goal is to make a paladin able to fall ill through any means possible without him losing his immunity, but instead ...
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Can a Wizard prepare spells while sick?

Normally I would think this is a no-brainer. However, on page 218 under "Preparation Environment" it states that if you might fail a saving throw it would prevent the necessary concentration to ...
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Clarification on Disease and Remove Disease

The spell Remove Disease states: Certain special diseases may not be countered by this spell or may be countered only by a caster of a certain level or higher. I have not yet found any diseases ...
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Can powers protect from contracting monster-borne diseases?

I'm planning a campaign featuring large quantities of infected zombies (OG p.217) and the prospective players are trying to work out how to avoid zombie plague. The DMG says the following about ...
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If a character affected by the blue slaad's Chaos Phage disease has it cured before transformation, do they regain their HP?

The description of the blue slaad's claw attack (MM, page 276) says: While infected, the target can’t regain hit points, and its hit point maximum is reduced by 10 (3d6) every 24 hours. If the ...
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Does a PC transformed into a slaad retain their mind, stats, and class abilities?

If the blue slaad hits you with his claws and you fail the save, what will happen for the PC when they are transformed into a green or red slaad? Will they keep their own personality, or will they ...
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Are any solar medicine charms effective against Final Viridescence?

In Exalted 2e, is there any solar medicine charm that can effectively cure (or aid in treating) Final Viridescence? I'm confused as to how it works, because while it initially calls itself a disease, ...
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Are there rules for “IRL” diseases?

Scenario I have a particular player that insists that the only place he ever visits in towns/cities are brothels. While this makes for funny role-playing at times, it often splits up the party when I ...
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Does a non-magical disease/poison effect contracted in Wild Shape carry over to the original form?

Scenario: The Human Moon-Druid is the playful type, but she is so turned-off with the commitment issues that plague most humanoids when all she wants is to play. She gets this crazy idea: In order to ...
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How can a disease be removed, if the description of the disease does not specify?

The description of a Gas Spore's Death Burst [MM p. 138] says (in part): Spores invade an infected creature's system, killing the creature in a number of hours equal to 1d12 plus the creature's ...
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Are any creatures in 5e immune to all disease according to the manuals?

In fifth edition D&D, do any of the manuals specify that a creature (besides players) can be immune to all diseases or is this left up to DM discretion? Say for example that the party comes up ...
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Does the paladin's Divine Health feature protect against both common and magical diseases?

By 3rd level, a Paladin gains the following ability (PHB, pg. 85): Divine Health: The divine magic flowing through you makes you immune to disease. Does this protect against both common AND ...
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How can an infected creature weaponize its inhaled and injury diseases?

The Dungeon Master's Guide says on pages 292-3 that diseases can typically infect folks 4 ways: consumed from eating or drinking tainted matter, contact from touching an item smeared with tainted ...
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Caring for the diseased

I know you can use the heal skill to Treat Disease to improve the chances of a diseased character to recover, but can you simultaneously give them Long-Term Care at the same time? This is because ...