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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 could I have dealt with this player (I wasn't the DM) who intentionally made the party do stupid stuff?

It was a long session. We had an experienced DM, and a highly amateur party who just attacked everything on sight. But that was overshadowed by this one player that would intentionally do stupid stuff....
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How do I take NPCs into account for encounters? (ToA) [on hold]

I'm running Tomb of Annihilation and my party of four PCs (moon druid, wild magic sorcerer, tempest cleric and totem barbarian) and they've picked up 3 different NPCs that they travel with. It's my ...
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What happens if you “unlearn” Animate Dead?

I died and I became a skeleton (using this homebrew race). It appears that I might gain access to an ability/item (created by my DM) which lets me switch between both races. When you are a skeleton ...
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How to handle dungeons involving only one party member?

In part of a campaign I'm creating, I'm considering creating a challenge that only involves one party member at a time. I have in mind a colosseum-esque challenge in which party members have the ...
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If you are falling, can you Misty Step to the ground to avoid damage?

If I fall off a cliff - say, 1000 feet - can I wait (readied action?) until I am near enough to the ground (my understanding is you fall 500 ft/round) then misty step safely to the ground? Or, does ...
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Can an Aarakocra look like any bird?

Recently a player asked me if it would be possible to make a PC that had the head of an owl, or was otherwise an anthropomorphic owl. Immediately my mind went to the Aarakocra, even though they are ...
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Does marking the same target with Hunter's Mark end the effect of the Cavalier fighter's Unwavering Mark on that target? [duplicate]

I'm the DM. During one of our games the party's Cavalier used Unwavering Mark on an enemy. Then the Ranger used hunter's mark (PHB, p. 251) on the same enemy. The Cavalier's Unwavering Mark feature (...
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What level should a spell that lets a character briefly attune to an extra item be?

I am considering adding a homebrew spell to a game I DM. Here is the exact wording I intend to use: Superior Attunement 8th level transmutation Casting Time: 1 action Range: Touch ...
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How do I translate real-life knowledge, skills, and abilities to their equivalents in 5e? [on hold]

An upcoming one-shot (that might get expanded) posits the party arriving in-world from a sort of "Land of the Lost" misadventure whilst backpacking/hunting. The group are all ex-military, outdoorsey, ...
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Can a multiclassed Warlock/Abjuration Wizard with Armor of Shadows repeatedly cast Mage Armor to recharge Arcane Ward?

The warlock's Armor of Shadows eldritch invocation (PHB, p. 110) says: You can cast mage armor on yourself at will, without expending a spell slot or material components. The School of Abjuration ...
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Can player characters teach each other the Magic Initiate feat or other feats?

From a role-playing perspective, there seems to be nothing to prevent spellcasting players from teaching other characters the Magic Initiate feat. The subject of players receiving training in lieu of ...
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When would a creature fail to cast a spell from a scroll?

The Variant Rule "Scroll Mishaps" in the DMG (page 140) has a header with the following text: A creature who tries and fails to cast a spell from a spell scroll must make a DC 10 Intelligence ...
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Would the target of Enemies Abound change weapons to be more effective? [on hold]

The description of the enemies abound spell (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 155) states: On a failed save, the target loses the ability to distinguish friend from foe, regarding all creatures ...
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Can any magic item rod be used as an arcane focus?

Inspired by this question: Multi purpose Arcane Focus? The premise of the other question is about using the Rod of the Pact Keeper as a focus, and although it implies it can be used as a focus ...
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Can a multiclass Warlock/Sorcerer use the Rod of the Pact Keeper as a spellcasting focus for both classes?

Warlocks and Sorcerers share Charisma as their spellcasting ability and both can use an arcane focus. The Rod of the Pact Keeper is a focus for warlocks. Can a multiclass Warlock/Sorcerer use the Rod ...
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Can a telepathic creature establish a mental link with targets it can't see? [on hold]

So, imagine a telepathic monster, living in its lair as the party enters it. Without resorting to other means of detecting them, can the creature use its telepathy to speak to the party no matter ...
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Features that reroll attacks/checks/saves with or without mentioning the d20 die

A number of features in the game enable a PC to reroll a d20 die as part of an attack roll, ability check, or saving throw. For example, the Halfling's Lucky feature and racial Bountiful Luck feat (...
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Can a monk substitute the Grappler feat for their Deflect Missiles feature and still maintain class balance?

A monk is characterized as being all about unarmed combat. While grappling in combat is generally viewed as something to avoid due to its convoluted rules, one of my players wishes to make her monk a ...
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If I multiclass from Arcane Trickster rogue to Warlock, can I swap some of my AT cantrips for warlock cantrips? [duplicate]

I started out out as an Arcane Trickster rogue 7, so I could only pull from Wizard spells and cantrips, but now I have multiclassed into Warlock. Am I able to change some of my AT cantrips to Warlock ...
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If you have dis/advantage on a roll, do you have dis/advantage on a reroll?

This might be a duplicate but I can't find it. To be clear this has nothing to do with Halfling Luck trait. Or similar abilities that allow the reroll of a die that rolls a natural 1. (I was ...
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Using Empowered Spell Metamagic with Eldritch Blast

The group I'm DM'ing for has a warlock-sorcerer, and she claims that the wording of the metamagic option Empowered Spell works on the whole spell, and not a single attack, so therefore all of her ...
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How to handle Yuan-ti shapechanging ability? [on hold]

We are starting a new campaign tomorrow. It is a more flexible campaign than the usual, “Oh hero, go and save us" style campaign. For once we decided to RP as evil characters. Someone picked ...
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How do I kill a 20th level raging Zealot Barbarian?

At 20th level, the Path of the Zealot barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 11) can rage indefinitely by virtue of starting a new rage just prior to their initial rage ending. This is ...
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Does two weapon fighting's qualifying “attack” have to be part of the “Attack” action?

The rules for two-weapon fighting state: 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 ...
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Can one use Alter Self to assume the form of a Skeleton?

One of the options of alter self doesn't specify creature type when transforming appearance. Change Appearance. You transform your appearance. You decide what you look like, including your height, ...
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Can I use the same weapon for a normal attack and Two-Weapon Fighting in the same turn?

Two-weapon fighting rules, per the Player's Handbook (page 195): 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 ...
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What rules are there for deciding what specific items to award when the loot table is unclear?

I'm currently creating my first completely homebrew campaign and I'm planning on using the the DMG treasure tables (p.136 - 149) to generate treasure in my campaign. I want the world to feel organic ...
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What happens when a PC drops to 0 HP outside of combat?

All similar questions I've found are concerned with what happens if combat ends while there is an unconscious PC, but I can't find any rules regarding what happens if someone drops to 0 HP while the ...
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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 deal with a player that ignores the DM [on hold]

I made a campaign where all the gods left for various reasons. Because of this, I changed up the Paladin and Cleric classes. Most of my players are fine with this, but one of my players says that ...
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In which directions can I direct Gust of Wind?

I recently played in a session where Gust of Wind was used in a way I had not seen before, and I wanted to see if my gut instinct on whether that was actually how Gust works. Gust of Wind states: ...
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Does Flame Blade count as a weapon for Green-Flame Blade?

The description for the green-flame blade spell (SCAG, p. 143) says: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell'...
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Does a Wall of Force block concentration on a spell?

If a spell was cast on a recipient prior to the wall of force being brought into existence, and that recipient was then on the other side of the wall from the caster, does wall of force prevent ...
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Question about Warlock/Arcane trickster spells [on hold]

I am a Rogue level 7 arcane trickster/level 1 warlock. So, can I go into any warlock spell of level one and how any spells am I able to know at this level?
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If you cast Disguise Self and then Project Image, is the illusory copy from Project Image disguised?

Disguise self's description contains the following: You make yourself--including your clothing, armor, weapons, and other belongings on your person--look different until the spell ends or until you ...
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For the sake of Wild Shape, What magical gear could be worn by both a medium humanoid and a large beast? [on hold]

The other side of this question: What creature(s) can a Moon Druid transform into that would benefit from their armor? (Note: the link had Apes as the only answer, but ignore that for the sake of this ...
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Can an Aboleth Enslave through its lair projection?

Per the description of Enslave, the Aboleth can use the ability on a creature it can see within 30 feet of it, but its projection lets it see and use telepathy from the new location. I assume it ...
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Can you attack with different weapons using Extra Attack?

The fighter's Extra Attack feature (PHB, p. 72) says: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. Assuming I am holding two ...
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What are the mechanical and role-playing advantages of playing a human?

I'm a DM for a bunch of new players who are going through the Lost Mines of Phandelver starter set with the pre-generated characters. This campaign will be over fairly soon and I need to get the group ...
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How can a non-Dragonborn gain a breath weapon?

Is it possible, using official material only (i.e. not homebrew, although if Unearthed Arcana has something, I'd be interested in that, but ideally official material) for one to gain a recharging ...
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What story arcs does the Tomb of Annihilation adventure (as written) fail to resolve?

Our party has been playing ToA for almost eight months across almost 30 sessions and they are about one or two sessions away from finishing. I am the DM who was thrown into taking over for the group's ...
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Are bugbears a playable PC race in Adventurers League?

I am a new D&D player and my DM wants to know if bugbears are playable in Adventurers League. We only have the core rule books. Before this point my DM hadn't even heard of a bugbear PC. The only ...
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Does drinking an Antitoxin take an action?

Most items under Adventuring Gear (pg 150 of PHB) either explicitly state that they require an action (the Use Object action, to be specific) to use (eg. Caltrops, Holy Water, Climber's Kit) or ...
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Who is known to worship Bahamut besides dragons?

I have been researching to create a character background in D&D 5e of a Draconic bloodline sorcerer Tiefling noble (a stretch I know, but I have an idea to make it work). I cannot seem to find a ...
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What creature(s) can a Moon Druid transform into that would benefit from their armor?

The description of the druid's Wild Shape feature says: Starting at 2nd level, you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have seen before. [...] You choose ...
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Can I teleport within an area warded by Forbiddance?

Can you teleport within an area warded by Forbiddance? It's already been established you can teleport out of it, but not whether, once inside, you can teleport from one part of it to another. You ...
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How can I utilize overly-violent PCs for character development / progressing the story?

I'm fairly new to D&D and especially DMing. I've started a new campaign with 2-3 people and more may be joining soon, which might make this question entirely useless to ask if the new players ...
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How many spells can a bard have at level 3?

It seems to me like I get 3 cantrips because I'm level 3 and 4 1st level spells and 5 2nd level spells. Is this right? How many spells can a bard have at level 3?
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Is there an effect comparable to Dimensional Anchor in 5e?

In 3.5, the spell Dimensional Anchor could be used to prevent an enemy from escaping combat via teleportation. This would be helpful for our party as some of our enemies have opted to escape us ...
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Pre-gen Drow Rogue has 0 STR modifier with Strength of 8, why?

I just began a campaign with the pre-gen characters from the WotC page, and we can't explain some stats. One of them is this Drow Rogue STR modifier. As it has STR 8, it should be -1 instead of 0, ...