Questions tagged [disease]

For questions about infections of natural, supernatural, or technological origin and mechanics for tracking their spread and/or effects.

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What happened to disease in D&D 5e?

In the Player's Handbook, disease is mentioned in the Petrified condition's description ('the creature is immune to poison and disease'), but there is no Diseased condition to be found, nor is disease ...
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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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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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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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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 the disease recovery mechanic work?

Currently DMing a campaign - I set up an easy encounter with a twist: a creature that could infect the players with the Abyssal plague. I was planning for the 4th level characters to struggle to deal ...
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Does the paladin's Divine Health feature make them immune to the curse of lycanthropy?

Paladins get the Divine Health feature at level 3: By 3rd level, the divine magic flowing through you makes you immune to disease. If a were-animal bites a paladin of level 3 or higher, would they ...
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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 ...