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Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, published in 2014 by Wizards of the Coast. D&D 5e is a heroic fantasy RPG inspired by the mechanics and settings of all previous D&D editions. Previously code-named D&D Next.

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How can I keep my gold safe from other PCs?

I play in a group that likes to steal each other's stuff constantly, and by looting/stealing from other players, I have accumulated 1008 gold pieces. My GM does not really care about the weight of ...
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What is the appropriate damage for landing on someone's head from a certain height [duplicate]

Is there guidance in any of the source books on damage taken when something falls on a creature? For my new Loxodon Monk (you may have read about him) I'm planning on Shadow Stepping to a ceiling (...
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What size category is a wereraven in hybrid form?

Lycanthropes in general can shift between their humanoid, animal, and hybrid forms. In humanoid form they are Medium size and in animal form they are whatever size the animal normally is, but there is ...
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One with Shadows and Skulker

This is something I have been wondering for a bit. I am currently playing with a Rogue/Warlock Mousefolk build. Here is the link to the Mousekin homebrew race I am playing. I am planning on a build of ...
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How do I fight with Heavy Armor as a Wizard with Tenser's Transformation?

Tenser's Transformation is a rather unique, gish-y spell that lets wizards toss their spellbooks aside and take up arms like their Fighter counterparts. One aspect of this spell that disappoints me ...
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Is there a way to add your proficiency bonus to a generic ability check for use with Reliable Talent?

I was looking into maximizing the effectiveness of the rogue feature Reliable Talent which says: Whenever you make an ability check that lets you add your proficiency bonus, you can treat a d20 ...
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Can a persistent spell cast using the Sorcerer's Metamagic Twinned Spell affect both spells?

The description for the Sorcerer Metamagic Twinned Spell says: When you cast a spell that targets only one creature and doesn’t have a range of self, you can spend a number of sorcery points equal ...
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Can I use a rust dragon as a mount? [on hold]

I'm relatively new to D&D, and after playing a bit with some friends, picked up a few books to learn more. In one book, "A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO DRAGON RIDING", I was introduced to the idea of ...
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Is there any way to play D&D without a DM?

The DM in my group is getting tired of DMing. Unfortunately, no one wants to take over. Can we play without a DM?
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Can an attached stirge deal no more than 10 HP of damage before it detaches?

An attached stirge deals 5 (1d4+3) HP of damage at the start of its turn each round. The statblock states: The stirge can detach itself by spending 5 feet of its movement. It does so after it ...
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Are positive and negative energy from their respective planes inherently good and evil?

Are positive and negative energy from their respective planes inherently good and evil? I am talking about the positive energy plane and negative energy plane from the great wheel model, which ...
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How do I narratively explain how in-game circumstances do not mechanically allow a PC to instantly kill an NPC?

Inspired by this question, in particular this aspect: . . . how do I handle realism and one-shotting bosses out of combat? My understanding is that any creature, even a "normal person", cannot be ...
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Is there a method to create permanent connections between locations or planes to each other to only allow communication?

Related questions: Are there any spells or magic items that allow for making of ‘logic gates or wires’? Are there methods to allow players to create permanent gates between planes/demiplanes? Is ...
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Are there methods to allow players to create permanent gates between planes/demiplanes? [duplicate]

My players are wondering if they can create permanent ways between their demiplanes (created by the demiplane spell) and between the planes the campaign takes place in. They, over time, have made many ...
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Does Feywild lore from 4e books correlate with 5e?

I am currently DMing a 5e group for my wife, our son, my friend and his son. My wife wanted to be some type of fey pixie as a race so we found one on D&D Beyond that she liked and I agreed to let ...
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Can a Way of Shadow Monk use Shadow Step to teleport to a dark ceiling and then body slam another creature?

The Way of Shadow monk's Shadow Step feature says you can teleport up to 60 feet to an empty space from one dimly lit or dark space to another. Does that include the ceiling of a dungeon? ...
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How many first level charcters do you need to kill a tarrasque [on hold]

I was wondering if it is possible to kill a terrasque with only level 1 characters, and how many will you need?
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How do I make my single-minded character more interested in the main story?

Currently, I'm playing a campaign with a couple of friends and we're about 5 sessions in. My character has a single purpose, which is saving his mother who has disappeared. For that reason my ...
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How can I prep for the Curse of Strahd adventure effectively?

Before I move into the question there are no spoilers here. I am about to embark on a lengthy D&D adventure with some new players that will start with the Lost Mine of Phandelver (LMoP) and then ...
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How can I give a Ranger advantage on a check due to Favored Enemy without spoiling the story for the player?

The Scenario I am the DM for a group who have just entered a town that was attacked by cloud giants a few days before their arrival. The players and characters don't know this though, so part of the ...
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Are there any rules for handling distractions whilst performing skill checks?

Are there are any official rules for imposing some form of penalty on skill checks whilst the character is distracted or interrupted in some way? In another (Non-D&D) game I played recently there ...
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How can I handle players killing my NPC outside of combat?

My players tried to capture one of my bosses (they didn't know it was a boss) and after a few rolls they succeeded. They started to interrogate him (the NPC is a human) and after obtaining the ...
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Does the double-bladed scimitar's special attack let you use your ability modifier for the damage of the attack?

I am using the double-bladed scimitar with the Revenant Blade feat from Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron. The double-bladed scimitar's special feature (p. 74): Special. When you take the attack action ...
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How does spell upgrades work? [duplicate]

This might be a noob question but one just needs to be on the required character level to get the "upgrades" on spells or on the required class levels? As in eldritch blast upgrades at 5th level ...
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How can a Sorcerer/Warlock use 4 Eldritch blasts in one round?

How is it possible for the infamous Sorlock multiclass to use 4 x Eldritch blasts in 1 round? I get the extra damages as in the d6s and +mod damage from all the curses but I see formulas around like ...
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Can the Alter Self spell grant you a tail or otherwise stop partway through a transformation into another race?

The alter self spell (PHB, pp. 211-212) includes the following on changing your appearance: Change Appearance. You transform your appearance. You decide what you look like, including your height, ...
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How can I persuade an unwilling soul to become willing?

This question is inspired by this question. In that question, one of the answer explains that you can predict if the soul is willing or not by means of some divination spells. It, however, doesn't ...
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Do objects illuminated by the Light cantrip have to stay within a certain distance of the caster to remain lit?

Is the light cantrip limited by distance? Can you or another player cast light on an arrow/bolt, then shoot that at, say, a tree to cast light on an area a bit further away?
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If a half-feat were to be taken that would give an increase to an ability score already at 20, could the “increase” be used for a different score?

Say I had a character with an Intelligence score of 20, perhaps acquired by a racial bonus or previous ASIs, then they took, say, the Keen Mind feat. Now, in addition to everything else Keen Mind ...
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If I have Haste cast on me, does it reduce the casting time for my spells that normally take more than a turn to cast?

If I'm a wizard and I have Haste cast on me, can I perform the incantation twice as fast? Slow has a similar stipulation that spells with casting time of 1 action take twice as long, and presumably a ...
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How does the spell Slow affect freefall?

The description of the Slow spell says: You alter time around up to six creatures of your choice in a 40-foot cube within range. An affected target's speed is halved... It alters time around ...
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For the Circle of Spores druid's Halo of Spores feature, is your reaction used regardless of whether the other creature succeeds on the saving throw?

The Circle of Spores druid's Halo of Spores feature (Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica, p. 27) states the following: When a creature you can see moves into a space within 10 feet of you or starts its ...
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How do we handle planar collision, merges, creation, or destruction?

I’m making a plane heavy campaign and there will likely be many cases where planes will collide, or merge, or be created or destroyed. The same goes for demiplanes. How can we handle that? Are there ...
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Are there any guides for what ingredients would be needed to make a magic item, spell, or how long to research the spell to make it? [on hold]

I’m planning to send my players on quests to get ingredients for a very powerful shield to protect a plane. Are there any guides or recommendations for the difficulty(CR) that magic items of certain ...
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Can a Hydra make multiple opportunity attacks at once?

A normal creature only has one reaction that may be used as a single attack of opportunity. A Hydra, though, has one of these reactions per head. My question would be: may several reactions be ...
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Can I combine Divination spells with Arcane Eye?

Can I use spells like See Invisibility or True Seeing to enhance my use of Arcane Eye? If yes, do I need to cast those spells on the eye or myself?
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How much damage would be appropriate for a creature pushed into a wall to take?

In our current D&D 5e game, one of the players created a Variant Human Monk that gains one feat in exchange of only having two ability score increases. The player chose the Martial Adept feat, ...
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Are there any spells or magic items that allow for making of ‘logic gates or wires’?

My players’ characters are planning to create a base/series of systems to monitor their base. I want to have them ‘program’ the base. Some examples are: something to alert the residents of incoming ...
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what changes can be made to the combat and health mechanics which will nerf healing word [on hold]

I'm currently running a campaign and I have two casters that can cast healing word. And whenever I had a big melee enemy reduce them to zero HP by pounding them into the ground, they bounce back up ...
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Is this homebrew warhammer weapon balanced? [on hold]

I need some feedback on two weapons: the warhammer in this question, and the ice axe in this other question. Just to quickly explain as the DM, I am expecting from my players to put up a hard-fight ...
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How does Dragon Hide interact with monk AC? [duplicate]

Before I begin let me preface this with the following: I understand that mechanically speaking the barbarian and Monk armor classes are calculated 10 + Dex mod + Wis/Con depending on the class played. ...
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Does the Resurrection spell consume material components if the target isn’t willing to be resurrected?

If my party tries to resurrect someone using the spell resurrection but the target refuses to come back to life, is the diamond (worth 1000 gold) needed to cast the spell consumed anyway?
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Is this homebrew ice axe weapon balanced? [on hold]

I need some feedback on two weapons: the ice axe in this question, and the warhammer in this other question. Just to quickly explain as the DM, I am expecting from my players to put up a hard-fight ...
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How many copper coins fit inside a cubic foot?

I have a Wizard who is level 5, currently running in a pirate campaign (homebrew), and I thought about some scams I could pull to earn the ship some extra coinage whenever we touched port to resupply ...
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Can a spell being cast via a magic item be considered to be more than one class' spell at the same time?

Can a spell being cast via a magic item be considered to be more than one class' spell at the same time? Specifically, items phrased along the lines of "While holding it, you can use an action [...] ...
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If my character is psychically linked to an Elder Brain, does it also take any psychic damage my character takes?

My PC is currently Psychic Linked to what I believe is an Elder Brain. If I were to take psychic damage on purpose, would that affect the Elder Brain? Also, could the actual determination to go ...
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Adding up the ability score? [duplicate]

D&D 5e If it says that I have a +7 to Stealth, do I add my Dexterity bonus (which is 3) plus my proficiency x 2 (which is 2x2 = 4) because of being an expert to it, or, is the + 7 just the number ...
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Is there a limit on the “detection range” of Glyph of Warding's trigger?

The conventional usage of a glyph of warding spell, exemplified by the "explosive runes" variant, is something like a magical land mine: step on or near it and it explodes, dealing damage in a small ...
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Does Confusion cast via the Dreadful Word invocation count as a warlock spell?

From the answers over on the question of "What makes a spell being cast considered to be a {class} spell?", the implication is that something is a 'class spell' if it is on that class' spell list. ...
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Can you wish for more wishes from an Efreeti bound to service via an Efreeti Bottle?

I was running a session a few days ago for some high-level characters and in the palace vault they found themselves an Efreeti Bottle. I rolled for the efreeti's response to being released per the DMG,...