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For questions about Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, an RPG 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. It was previously code-named D&D Next during the playtest period.

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How to describe & roleplay past torture, prejudice and gender discrimination without upsetting fellow players too much?

In the next adventure I'm going to play a drow male, who was casually bullied, whipped etc. by females of the drow society. That's how that society works, after all. It's in the books. He now has a ...
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How to determine the cost of ruby dust?

There are spells like Continual Flame which require ruby dust as a material component. The rules explicitly require "ruby dust worth X gp", not "ruby dust made from rubies worth X gp&...
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Considerations for assigning Constitution buff within the party

We've recently acquired the manual of bodily health, which grants a permanent +2 to Constitution score. What are the optimisation considerations (e.g. increased HP, better at maintaining concentration)...
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What is a 500gp Ruby useful for?

After looting a body, we recently received a 750gp necklace, and were specifically told that it consisted of 250gp of gold, and a 500gp Ruby set into that gold. That seems remarkably specific, and our ...
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Can I use the Two Weapon Fighting bonus action attack while only holding one weapon? [closed]

Here's the situation. A level one Tabaxi fighter has claws and a mace. He intends to attack with both weapons. Using claws as his off hand attack. He is fighting a monster that has resistance to ...
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If a character can make multiple attacks as part of an Attack action, do all of them need to be done with a light weapon to use Two-Weapon Fighting?

The Two-Weapon Fighting rule states: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light ...
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If a sorcerer knows the Mage Hand cantrip and then takes the Telekinetic feat, how does that interact with the Metamagic option Distant Spell?

Say a sorcerer already knows the mage hand cantrip, and then takes the Telekinetic feat. If they cast mage hand and apply the Metamagic option Distant Spell to it, what would its range be? (Ignore the ...
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Are there any limitations on the length of a chain of actions?

Prompted by this question about the sleep spell and waking those effected by it, I've been wondering whether it has been commented on officially. The issue of a chain of dependant events all occurring ...
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Can an Unseen Servant be attacked?

The Unseen Servant spell creates a "shapeless force" that is not a creature: This spell creates an invisible, mindless, shapeless force that performs simple tasks at your command until the ...
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Does moving while under the effects of the Spider Climb spell actually use your climbing speed?

The spider climb spell states, in full: Until the spell ends, one willing creature you touch gains the ability to move up, down, and across vertical surfaces and upside down along ceilings, while ...
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If an Echo Knight fighter makes an attack from their echo's space and hits a paralyzed enemy, is it automatically a critical hit?

The Manifest Echo feature lets the Echo Knight fighter create an echo, and attack from the echo's space (EGtW, p. 183): When you take the Attack action on your turn, any attack you make with that ...
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Does an Underdark exist in D&D worlds other than the Forgotten Realms?

Basic Rules, pg. 307: Underdark Cities. The dark elves build fantastic cities in enormous caverns where food and water are abundant... etc. I realize we don't have settings books for Dragonlance, ...
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Does the Allips Whispers of Madness count as a charm effect?

The allips attack Whispers of Madness allows it to guide 3 creatures to attack other friendly creatures as there reaction if they fail a wisdom saving throw. Last night one of my players asked is this ...
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What happens when a creature clinging to a surface through the Spider Climb spell goes prone?

The Spider Climb spell does the following: Until the spell ends, one willing creature you touch gains the ability to move up, down, and across vertical surfaces and upside down along ceilings, while ...
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Is it unbalanced to allow a player to move the tiefling's +1 Int bonus to a different ability score?

I'm in the planning phases of a campaign for D&D 5e, but using the Planescape setting. Since this setting is the one which introduced tieflings, I sent the table of potential tiefling traits to my ...
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Should my party get xp twice, first for a negotiation, and then for killing the creature

My party negotiated a truce with the Nothic in LMoP, then shortly afterwards the wizard found the sword hidden away and decided to try and steal it. The Nothic noticed and engaged in combat, at which ...
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Do a Soulknife’s soulknife abilities function in an Antimagic Field?

The Soulknife’s soulknife comes from their Psychic Blades subclass feature, which states: “Also at 3rd level, you can manifest your psionic power as shimmering blades of psychic energy. Whenever you ...
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Are there official items for incompletely mitigating light sensitivity?

Are there official items for incompletely mitigating light sensitivity? The reason I ask is that I do not want to get rid of the disadvantage completely, but given there are mundane, historic ...
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If I alter my Spined Devil permanently with this Ring of Alter Self magic item, can the Spined Devil still use their old features?

The description of the Ring of Alter Self says that if one wears it for a month, the effects become permanent. I'm a 4 level hexlock and I have a Spined Devil who I want to use as a henchman. If I ...
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What should I change for my homebrew Ent subclass? (Updated) [duplicate]

This is a follow up question to my earlier post: What changes should I make to improve my homebrew Circle of the Ent druid subclass? The changes made in this post are designed to make it more clear ...
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What nation in Eberron uses a crown as its symbol?

The art on pages 12 and 13 of Eberron: Rising from the Last War shows two opposing armies. The army on page 12 is mostly undead with what might be a living officer at the front, which makes me think ...
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What changes should I make to improve my homebrew Circle of the Ent druid subclass? [closed]

I am currently trying to create a custom druid subclass called the Circle of the Ent, inspired by Ents from The Lord of the Rings. I really love the concepts, but I do not have any experience with ...
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Would a dual wielding Loxodon Eldritch Knight benefit from the use of its trunk? [closed]

So I was thinking that since the Loxodon gets a third arm from its trunk, would a dual wielding Eldritch Knight benefit with this race? If it does, how would it mechanically work? Because I know that ...
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Does the Metamagic Adept feat gives access to Flexible Casting as well or just sorcery points when taken at 1st level as a Variant Human Sorcerer? [duplicate]

Build Race: Variant Human (feat: Metamagic Adept) Class: Sorcerer (Shadow) Metamagic adept feat: (...)You gain 2 sorcery points to spend on Metamagic (these points are added to any sorcery points you ...
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Can an incorporeal character with Ghost Step Tattoo still hit enemies?

For the Ghost Step Tattoo in Tasha's, I'm not entirely clear on incorporeal. If a character is incorporeal, can their weapon attacks (esp if non magical) still hit enemies?
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Does the Wild Companion optional class feature for druids let them use spell slots to cast the Find Familiar spell?

Does the Wild Companion optional class feature for druids grant access to the find familiar spell? Basically I'd rather hard cast it than waste the Wild Shape on it. The Circle of Stars druid's Starry ...
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What damage-dealing personal “Aura” powers (class features, racial traits, spells, etc.) exist?

I am making a character whose concept is that if you get within 5/10/15 feet of him, his aura hits you and you take damage. It only needs to work once per long rest though more is obviously better. ...
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Does Blessed Strikes count as a magical effect?

In Tasha's Cauldron of Everything on page 31 the Optional Class Feature "Blessed Strikes" for Clerics is explained: 8th-level cleric feature, which replaces the Divine Strike or Potent ...
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Can I move a grappled creature so that they precede me towards a destination, rather than following behind?

Background In a comment on this answer, user V2Blast suggests that you could circumnavigate* a creature, then push them into a hazard. This would enable moving a grappled creature into a hazard ...
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Does the “Cantrip Formulas” optional Wizard feature allow a racial cantrip to be swapped for another?

The Tasha's Cauldron of Everything optional level 3 Wizard feature Cantrip Formulas does the following: You have scribed a set of arcane formulas in your spellbook that you can use to formulate a ...
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How to prevent a wake up conga line?

There is a problem I encountered recently. My DM rolls initiative for groups of monsters together. We are at level 4, so Sleep should be a decent battlefield control. However, we have been ...
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Requirements for creatures to wake others when put to sleep by magic

What is the intelligence requirements to waking up allies? I recently ran a D&D 5e game where wolves attacked the party. They were put to sleep using the sleep spell. When the wolves went to wake ...
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In what rule book is the awakened familiar background introduced?

I saw this as an option in a dnd beyond campaign that I'm apart of, in what book does it appear (and page if possible)?
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Can one use Witch Bolt to prevent spell casting?

Witch bolt seems to have a bad rap. One difference I see between witch bolt and other spells is that it is sustained/continued/ongoing damage. If I spam a spell caster with fire bolts, magic missiles ...
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What's the best way to resolve a paradox created when a mage shapeshifted into a larger creature enters an antimagic field, but its true form doesn't?

This is based on a situation that's happening in my current campaign, though the example below is simplified to remove unnecessary context. The shapechange spell (Player's Handbook, page 274) only ...
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Strange rules lawyering question: Do you need to hold a weapon to attack with it? [duplicate]

Do you need to hold a weapon to attack with it? Now obviously the answer is yes, but there's more to it. In an argument with a player about the action economy of switching weapons, I was looking for a ...
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Are the Nine Hells separate planes or a single plane?

Are the Nine Hells/Baator considered a single plane of existence in D&D 5e, or are each of the nine layers considered their own separate planes? For example, would the spell Scrying, which ...
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Tasha's Beastmaster & communicating

I've been looking over the recent changes to the Ranger's Beastmaster in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and I'm trying to figure out the best way for the beast to communicate with the ranger. The ...
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Can you cause a Stun check using Mage hand on the Testicals? [duplicate]

I've come to an impasse with my player where we are unable to determine that if Mage hand can cause a Stunning effect by gripping the targets testicles I've determined through research that 10 pounds ...
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What counts as damage by an ammunition when using Arcane Shot in regards to poison?

I am currently building DnD-5e Arcane Archer (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything) character and considering how beneficial it is to take the Poisoner feat (from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything ). In ...
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What class/racial abilities or spells cause vulnerability in other creatures?

I am looking for ways to cause my opponents to be vulnerable to the damage I deal in combat. I am not interested in ignoring resistance, I am only looking to cause the vulnerability condition. Ideally ...
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Techniques for hiding dice rolls when an NPC/enemy has advantage/disadvantage

It's common to hide die rolls as a DM and there are some advantages to it. The problem is that they can still hear two dice or see when you're rolling twice. Although it's rarely useful to do so, you ...
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What determines if a Wild Shaped Druid/Rogue can use a finesse weapon to gain Sneak Attack?

A Druid/Rogue multiclass gains access to Wild Shape and Sneak Attack. While Wild Shaped, a character gets access to most features it has normally. Sneak Attack is one of those features. I am aware ...
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Can a Rogue find an undetectable Trap?

While the title seems to already anwser the question on it's own (there's no way you can detect something undetectable), should that really be the case? Let's check three examples: Collapsing Floor ...
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Understanding the Rune Knight Fighter's 15th level feature

In the description for this feature, it says Master of Runes: You can invoke each rune you know from your Rune Carver feature twice, rather than once, and you regain all expended uses when you finish ...
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What's the definition of an artifact in regards to a Sphere of Annihilation?

A sphere of annihilation erases all matter except for artifacts. What exactly would the prerequisites of an artifact be for it to be an exception to the Sphere's effect? From the sphere's description: ...
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What are the DM's responsibilities when dealing with a character's death?

This facet of RPGs is the thing with which I have the least experience/comfort level.  I'm sanguine about the idea that Dungeons etc. are inherently dangerous places, and that the PCs behavior is ...
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is it possible for the special effects of ores such as admantium be infused scales of a creature

I have a lizardfolk character that just got adamantine plate armour. I wondered whether my adamantine armour could be melted down and infused with my scales due to having naturally scaly and tough ...
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What is the DC of Draconic Presence?

At level 18, the Draconic Bloodline sorcerer gets the Draconic Presence feature which is basically an aura of fear/charm. Its saving thrown is defined in the following way according to page 104 of the ...
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How fast in DnD terms is the word “immediately”?

For example, the spell Sending says: You send a short message of twenty-five words or less to a creature with which you are familiar. The creature hears the message in its mind, recognizes you as the ...

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