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Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition is 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. Previously code-named D&D Next.

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Can a pc Necromancer maintain undead with Animate Dead that were raised with Danse Macabre?

Since the casting time of Danse Macabre is more favourable to a higher level Necromancer, it would be more efficient to raise undead with Dance Macabre and then maintain them with Animate Dead, is ...
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What are the limits for passing through mass with the Etherealness spell?

The Etherealness spell states: You ignore all objects and effects that aren't on the Ethereal Plane, allowing you to move through objects you perceive on the plane you originated from. When ...
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How does the Blink spell work on moving vehicles?

During a combat that takes place on top of a moving vehicle (let's say a bus moving at 60 feet per round), What happens if you use the spell blink? The blink spell description states that: At the ...
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Is it possible to play as a necromancer skeleton?

I am a new DM. One of my players, my boyfriend, wants to be a necromancer skeleton that basically can't die, sort of like Voldemort with the horcrux. We are starting off at level 1. Is it at all ...
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What are the consequences of a player race not being humanoid? [duplicate]

Part of the reason I'm asking this is because the UA centuar and minotaur both have a feature that says the type is both humanoid and monstrosity. This implies that having a non-humanoid race would ...
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What are the mechanical differences between the uncommon Medallion of Thoughts and the rare Potion of Mind Reading?

An uncommon Medallion of Thoughts lets you cast detect thoughts up to three times a day, while a rare Potion of Mind Reading is a one-use item. Are there any mechanical advantages to using the more ...
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Is this homebrew magical Cape of Defense balanced?

This is basically a dialed down version of the Bracers of Defense: Cape of Defense Wondrous Item, uncommon (requires attunement) While wearing these cape, you gain a +1 bonus to AC if you ...
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Should breaking down something like a door be adjudicated as an attempt to beat its AC and HP, or as an ability check against a set DC?

It is not uncommon for players to encounter a door that resists being opened - the door may be stuck, barred, locked, barricaded, etc. A locked door could be unlocked by finding a key or passing a ...
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Which melee weapons have the Two-Handed property, but lack Heavy and Special?

For my Kensei monk I'm exploring potential additional kensei weapons. Kensei Weapons. Choose two types of weapons to be your kensei weapons: one melee weapon and one ranged weapon. Each of these ...
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Can the Levitate spell be used to cause damage by slamming a creature?

One of my players suggested using the levitate spell as a weapon in our last session. Following his logic, he’ll levitate an enemy 20 feet up and then slam it into a wall or the ground or keep ...
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Does the monk's Martial Arts feature replace the damage die type, the die number, or both?

I'll get more into the question's details, but the reason I ask this is the Kensei Monk. Kensei monks cannot use Heavy weapons, which results in them being unable to use all Two-Handed weapons, but ...
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What is a Centaur Thief's climbing speed?

The Thief archetype Rogue's Second-Story Work (PHB, p. 97) feature states: [...] you gain the ability to climb faster than normal; climbing no longer costs you extra movement. However, the ...
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What is the CR of my BBEG? [on hold]

I am creating the Big Bad Evil Guy for my campaign and I don’t know what the CR would be. BBEG Medium humanoid , lawful evil Armor Class 22 (Natural Armor) Hit Points 285 (2d8/18d6+200) ...
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How does dismissing my familiar from the Find Familiar spell interact with the Flock of Familiars spell?

In the wording of the Flock of Familiars spell (Lost Laboratory of Kwalish, p. 57), we find: You temporarily summon three familiars – spirits that take animal forms of your choice. Each familiar ...
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How should I introduce map drawing to my players?

I DMed my first session last week. We are playing the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure from the D&D 5e Starter Set. My players haven't yet entered the first "dungeon" but will likely do so next ...
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Can I summon an otherworldly creature with the Gate spell without knowing its true name?

Can I summon an otherworldly creature with the gate spell without knowing its true name? For example, say I cast gate and say Orcus's name. Assuming he didn't veto the gate opening, would this summon ...
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How do the rules handle dropping an extremely heavy object from far up to create an explosive effect? [duplicate]

The situation is as follows: Boris is a 13th level Illusion Wizard. Boris and his party have proximity to BBEG's hideout city and want to do as much damage as possible to both the city (buildings &...
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How does attacking a target affected by the sleep spell work? [duplicate]

The sleep spell description says: Starting with the creature that has the lowest current hit points, each creature affected by this spell falls unconscious until the spell ends [...] So an ...
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Can the Grave cleric's Sentinel at Death's Door feature turn a critical hit into a miss, while adamantine armor does not?

I have asked a question before about this Grave Cleric feature in the past, and was inclined to believe that you are able to turn critical hits into misses by way of the feature, but upon looking into ...
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Does this strict reading of the rules allow both Extra Attack and the Thirsting Blade warlock invocation to be used together?

The warlock's Thirsting Blade eldritch invocation cannot be normally used with the (non-warlock) class feature Extra Attack, since both feature explicitly say you attack twice instead of once. But it ...
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Is my Homebrew Race, the Dragonewt, too Overpowered?

I've been working hours on top of hours on a race I'd like to call, a dragonewt. The problem is that I don't know if its traits are to overpowered, especially "infinite genius." I'm wondering if you ...
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Can a character with wings stop another character's fall?

If say, an Aasimar and human fall off a cliff and the Aasimar uses Radiant Soul, could they then attempt to at least slow the human's fall? I was thinking that they would fall at half the speed, and ...
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Can a wizard copy a spell without first identifying it?

Let's say a Wizard finds a trove of spell scrolls. Rather than spending an hour per scroll identifying and then additional time and money copying it into their spellbook, can they simply copy the ...
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Is this homebrew equipment, Amulet of Honour, balanced? [on hold]

In a recent campaign that I am running one player is a Cleric with the War Domain. I made a special quest for him, which starts with his god making a request. If completed he will receive an amulet. ...
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Why would a member of the Gruul Clans be kicked out? [on hold]

I'm working on a plot hook to start a new campaign. Originally we were going to do the Ravnica adventure, so my PCs chose a guild... but since we are all new to D&D I decided it would be best to ...
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Does Feeblemind prevent items that raise intelligence from functioning? [duplicate]

From Feeblemind's spell description, On a failed save, the creature’s Intelligence and Charisma scores become 1. The spell's effects are listed as "Instantaneous", which leads me to my question: ...
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How powerful is the February 2019 UA Artificer?

Specifically, the 1st version of the UA playtest version of the full class, released start of this year: https://media.wizards.com/2019/dnd/downloads/UA-Artificer-2019.pdf One of my new players has ...
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My players want to grind XP but we're using milestone advancement

I've been running a D&D 5e campaign where the levelling up has been done at certain landmark points or milestones. Regardless of your opinion on that specific system, it's reached a point where ...
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Can a character with the War Caster feat call a bolt with Call Lightning instead of making an opportunity attack?

One of my players has a 6th level druid character, and he asked me if, as long as he had the War Caster feat, he could invoke an active Call Lightning spell and use a reaction to call down a new bolt ...
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Can a tabaxi rogue with the Criminal background start with 8 skill proficiencies?

Assuming: If a character would gain the same proficiency from two different sources, he or she can choose a different proficiency of the same kind (skill or tool) instead. (PBR, p. 36; PHB, p. 126) ...
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What happens when a Levitating creature teleports higher into the air?

For example, assume a spellcaster has cast levitate on themselves, and further casts dimension door to a point 500 feet straight up in the air. Do they stay levitating at their new height? fall back ...
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Must a warlock replace spells with new spells of exactly their Pact Magic spell slot level?

The Warlock Pact Magic feature says: The Spells Known column of the Warlock table shows when you learn more warlock spells of your choice of 1st level and higher. A spell you choose must be of ...
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A generalized formula for the probability of a roll? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a formula to calculate the chance that (n) rolls of a d(y) produces any of (x) specific numbers (k) times, where x,y,n,k > 0, k <= n, and x <= y. AnyDice is a neat thing to know ...
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What is the maximum distance darkvision you can get without magic? [on hold]

You are in the Underdark and need to see as far as you can to scout for your party: What is the maximum distance that you can see, using darkvision, without magic or magical items?
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Can a ring of spell storing and access to Find spells produce an endless menagerie?

This is looking at what appears to be a somewhat bizarre rules exploit, and attempting to determine if it is, in fact, viable under the rules. Premise We have a Bard who likes having friends - a lot ...
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Do class features that give a flying speed count as magical in relation to falling rules?

There are some classes, like the vengeance paladin's capstone or the Tempest Cleric's 17th level Stormborn feature, that grant a flying speed to a creature. Is this considered 'magical' flight or is ...
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Enhance Ability on multiple targets: same effect for everyone? [duplicate]

Enhance Ability can be "upcasted" (cast using a higher spell slot) to target more creatures. Does the caster choose which effect to apply for each target, or are the same effects applied to each ...
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Evil campaign modules [on hold]

My players have been itching for an evil campaign. Does anyone have any good modules to recommend?
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Why does the Starter Set wizard have six spells in their spellbook?

One of the characters in the Starter Set is a 1st-level high elf wizard with an Int mod of +3. How does this character have 6 spells? I understand that one is a ritual, but it has 5 more and not 4? ...
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Can flying creatures choose to hover, even if they don't have hover in their flying speed?

Some creatures have a fly speed. Some creatures with a fly speed also have the ability to hover specified. The PHB, in Chapter 9: Combat, Movement and Position, Flying Movement says: Flying ...
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Is there a functional difference between having a listed climb speed and being able to climb at full walking speed?

The normal rules for climbing state that: Each foot of movement costs 1 extra foot (2 extra feet in difficult terrain) when you’re climbing, swimming, or crawling. You ignore this extra cost if you ...
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Can a multiclassed Kensei monk/Swashbuckler rogue use an offhand finesse weapon to trigger Sneak Attack, without using a bonus action?

Context For a relatively new campaign I've built a kensei (monk). At level 7, 8 and 9 (we're level 4 now) I'm planning on taking three levels in swashbuckler (rogue). Now I'm exploring my options for ...
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Is this homebrew “Cactus Grenade” cantrip balanced?

I am currently homebrewing a set of "brawler" races, modeled after the nonhuman, humanoid characters in Brawl Stars. For one race, I've made a homebrew cantrip, Cactus Grenade. Is it balanced? ...
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What is the limit to a Glyph of Warding's trigger?

So, say you are a wizard 15/warlock 2. You have the Lance of Lethargy invocation, which pushes an enemy you target with eldritch blast and hit back 10 feet. Say you put a demiplane entrance ~5 feet ...
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If a character has a higher horizontal jump speed than movement speed, is their jump paused midair once their movement is finished? [duplicate]

If a character has a higher horizontal jump speed than movement speed, is their jump paused mid-air once their movement is finished? Or, do they continue moving? If so, what stops a player from ...
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What is Orcus doing with Mind Flayers in the art on the last page of Volo's Guide to Monsters?

On the last page of Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. 224), there is a picture of Orcus, several Mind Flayers, and an Elder Brain standing (although that might not be the best term for the Elder Brain) ...
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Movable Teleportation Circle? [duplicate]

Say a wizard makes a permanent teleportation circle (ptc) on a wooden platform. Then has the barbarian pick up and carry said platform to another location would it still work?
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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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Do you need to make a Medicine check to use the second benefit of the Healer feat?

The Healer feat (PHB, p. 167) says: When you use a healer’s kit to stabilize a dying creature, that creature also regains 1 hit point. As an action, you can spend one use of a healer’s kit to ...
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Can another caster teach ritual spells to a Warlock with Book of Ancient Secrets? [duplicate]

Wizards, for example, are explicitly stated to copy spells from scrolls, and can only learn spells from scrolls. However, the Eldritch Invocation Book of Ancient Secrets is very general about how ...