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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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Does Eldritch Knight grant 2 Cantrips known in addition to a High Elf's knowing 1 to begin with? [duplicate]

Starting as a High Elf lets me know a single wizard cantrip at level 1. By the time I hit level 3 and get my archetype, Eldritch Knight, I am supposed to know 2. I'm just a bit confused on whether ...
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Does the Umber Hulk's confusion attack break grapples?

A PC Barbarian Orc is grappling an Umber Hulk (MM. p. 292). The Orc fails at the Confusing Gaze saving throw, becoming confused. Does the grapple end because the Orc is confused? Under a storytelling ...
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What is the proper parsing for targets of a Teleport spell?

The teleport spell says: This spell instantly transports you and up to eight willing creatures of your choice that you can see within range, or a single object that you can see within range, to ...
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When attacking with Spiritual Weapon, what can't be seen by the attacker for me to gain advantage?

Spiritual weapon claims that you make a melee spell attack against a target adjacent to your spiritual weapon. The rules for attacking while being unseen state that if the target cannot see you, you ...
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How should I implement a book of hidden lore? [on hold]

I am DMing a game in which one of the main plot elements involves multiple different factions (several different groups of NPCs in addition to the PCs) searching for pages of a powerful book of lore ...
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Wall of fire: What's a 'solid surface'?

Wall of fire has to be cast on a solid surface. What's a solid surface? Can it be the back of a dragon? Dragon scales are pretty solid.. If the solid surface disappears (ice melts away, roof ...
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Which uses of Bonus-Action spellcasting are legal?

Looking at other questions about casting spells as a bonus action has left me trying to keep a lot of information in my head about whether a given combination of spells is legal according to the ...
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Does Wish just give another spell slot?

The description of the wish spell reads: The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. You don't need to meet any requirements in that spell, including costly ...
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Where are the heroes of Faerûn during Tyranny of Dragons according to other adventures?

I know that as the DM I can make up whatever I want and put the heroes of Faerûn wherever I choose in the story. What I am looking for is answers that are in other modules (published adventures) that ...
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How can a Forge Cleric obtain proficiency with swords at first level?

I am about to start a campaign of D&D 5th edition. I have a character in mind, a blacksmith with a thing for swords, who became a cleric worshiping a sword god. Mechanically this translates to a ...
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Beholder's ability through mirrors [on hold]

I was thinking about a Beholder encounter in a room with covers and mirrors: can the Beholder and eventually the PC use spells through a mirror's line of sight? If a spell (like Fireball) require ...
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How to show emotions differently for different NPC's

I'm the DM of the group. This is more of an acting question rather than one about mechanics. As my group and I have progressed through our game I've introduced several recurring characters to it. ...
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Do attacks without proficiency have disadvantage?

Do attacks without proficiency have disadvantage or do they just use the modifier for the weapon? ie. dex or str
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What melee attack does a doppelganger use if it picks up a weapon while shapechanged? [on hold]

The doppelganger has the following traits and actions: Traits Shapechanger: The doppelganger can use its action to Polymorph into a Small or Medium humanoid it has seen, or back into its ...
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When failing an ability check, can a player's skill score be reduced as a consequence? [on hold]

When trying to lockpick a padlock with a rusty nail I found in the guano excrement of a cell in a Bugbear cave, my DM had me roll for lockpicking. I rolled a 7 and he ruled that I rolled badly and ...
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If a spell is cast on a moveable creature/object and lasts longer than a round, and the creature/object moves, does the spell move with it?

Recently it has come up at our table on the topic of centering a spell with an extended length, like sickening radiance, on a creature or something else that move. My table & I are unfamiliar with ...
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Can two Large (or larger) creatures flank two Medium creatures who might split attention?

If two Large creatures are on opposite sides of a pair of Medium-sized creatures who are side by side, do the Large creatures gain flanking? Flanking grants advantage because it's impossible to keep ...
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Can targets see through Disguise Self/Seeming if they succeed on the Investigation check?

The one answer to my previous question suggests that all Illusions conjured by Disguise Self and Seeming can be seen through by the user, but not by outside viewers. The two spells Disguise Self and ...
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Can a target have two Armor Class (AC) values?

I had an idea for a kobold-operated tank. The armor would be thick enough to be immune to damage from all mundane projectiles (arrows, bolts, flintlocks, javelins, etc.), and resistant to magic and ...
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Where is Madame Freona's Tea Kettle in the Tyranny of Dragons (ToD) Adventurers League stories?

I have this map of Phlan: It does not list Madame Freona's Tea Kettle, however. In Defiance in Phlan, it only describes the Tea Kettle as follows: Madame Freona’s Tea Kettle (and Freona ...
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Is a speech trying to convince a crowd of something a persuasion or a performance check?

If I'm say, trying to convince a group of soldiers to follow me(a player) into a fight, or a crowd to riot, or otherwise convincing a large group of people via oration to do something (maybe it's a ...
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War Caster Feat: Opportunity Attack Casting following a Bonus Action spell

The war caster feat includes the following feature: When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature, rather ...
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Can a Level 6 Kensei Monk make an improvised weapon magical?

I've been scratching my head for a while in order to somehow manage to make an improvised weapon magical (to overcome resistance/immunity to nonmagical attacks). I believe I've found a way, but I want ...
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How many short rests can you take per day?

Is there a specific rule that limit the number of short rests per day like the one that say that a character can't benefit from more than one long rest in a 24-hour period? My friend is playing a ...
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Does the beholder's charm ray really take a PC out of the fight like this?

I was reading the Beholder's statblock (MM, page 28): Eye Rays. The beholder shoots three of the following magical eye rays at random (reroll duplicates), choosing one to three targets it can see ...
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How does the free resurrection spell from DDALEL2017 work?

One of the PCs in a game I DM is killed in the middle of adventure. The player has this certificate and wants to use the free resurrection. The module I ran is DDEX1-10 Tyranny of Phlan where the ...
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Is it possible to polymorph 2 characters into a Tarrasque using True Polymorph?

Is it possible to use true polymorph to transform 2 PC characters, each of whom is at least level 15, into a CR 30 Tarrasque?
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How can sapience be determined for monsters?

Whenever I DM (5e D&D), I tend to treat any creature without a language as bestial in its behavior (mostly in combat), especially if it has an intelligence score of 5 or less. This has never been ...
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How do we feed a character whose mouth is magically sewn shut?

My party has gotten themselves into quite a pickle and one of our characters has gotten his mouth sewn shut by magical thread, which we can't cut. He is unable to eat and our GM has determined that he ...
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What creatures does Antimagic Field temporarily wink out of existence?

The antimagic field spell has the following effect on creatures: A creature or object summoned or created by magic temporarily winks out of existence in the sphere. Such a creature instantly ...
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How do I have creatures move in formation?

Here's the scenario. A group of 4 adventurers move into a room of 5 highly trained kobolds who employ group tactics. Their main strategy is shield walls with kobold-sized pikes. They try to form up ...
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Which features of a wizard's familiar, if any, are considered magical?

The find familiar spell has a duration of instantaneous, which implies that the familiar itself is not an ongoing magical effect. However, the spell provides a number of ongoing features that are ...
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Leomund's Tiny Hut and familiars

If I cast Leomund's Tiny Hut(LTH), the spell ends if I leave it. Spells and other magical effects can't pass through the barrier. Can I cast spells from my familiar outside LTH? If I switch my ...
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How does the Shard of the Ise Rune's “Gift of Frost” from SKT work?

I'm a DM running Storm King's Thunder, and it's likely the party will soon get the Shard of the Ise Rune item (p. 236-237). I'm reading through the description, and while I understand most of it, I'm ...
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Is Banishment effectively immune to Dispel Magic?

Suppose my ally has been hit with a banishment spell and sent to another plane. I would like to bring them back by casting dispel magic to end the banishment spell. However, I immediately run into a ...
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When do clerics gain the ability to learn 4th-level spells or higher? How does spell level increase?

I am new at being a spell caster. I am a 6th-level cleric and I know 1st-3rd level spells. When do I learn higher spells? Does spell level increase when my character level increases?
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Discouraging the soul-trade

Creatures in D&D have a Soul. This concept is fairly un-explored, though. In my current open-world game, one of the players has unleashed a number of Devils upon the world. (They are basically on ...
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Is there precedent for damage aura-type effects?

I'm on a homebrewing streak again, and part of the class features in question call for constant fire damage applied to creatures in range of the character in question. Are there any monsters or ...
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How to measure on a grid the area of a sphere area spell or effect centered on a creature?

Per the Wild Magic sorcerer's Wild Magic Surge table (PHB, p. 104) 07-08: You cast fireball as a 3rd-level spell centered on yourself. There's other questionable area spells in that list (grease ...
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Can you vary how far Lightning Lure pulls the target toward you?

In the description of lightning lure (SCAG, p. 143), it says: You create a lash of lightning energy that strikes at one creature of your choice that you can see within range. The target must ...
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Can a Divine Soul Sorcerer learn a cleric cantrip at their first sorcerer level?

Can a Divine Soul Sorcerer learn a cleric cantrip at their first sorcerer level, when they create the character? Or only when they learn a new cantrip at a higher level?
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How would an Animated Armor knocked unconscious by Dispel Magic work in combat?

I'm in the process of preparing my first one shot as a way of trying DMing in a few weeks. For one of the battles, I was thinking of having the PCs face an Animated Armor and a Flying Sword. ...
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How much does “Defender Wins Ties” affect challenge rating math?

In my group, we couldn't be bothered in session 1 to look up whether the attacker needed to score equal to or greater than the defender's AC in order to hit. We decided to live in a "defensive" world, ...
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Does the Catnap spell affect people that are already unconscious?

Does the Catnap spell affect people that are already unconscious? An example: The trusty fighter fights and takes damage, and is reduced to 0 hitpoints. The wizard kills the bad guy(s), and ...
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Consequences of having half damage on attacks that tie AC as house rule?

Typically if an attack roll equals the AC of a target then the attack does normal damage. I quite like the idea of making it a glancing blow, dealing half damage instead, this would help clue the PCs ...
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Awarding encounter experience when enemies flee/get intimidated/are convinced to help

This is my first time DM'ing and I'm playing DnD 5e's "Lost Mine of Phandelver" campaign with 3 other players. The PCs seem to have a trend of encountering a group of enemies, start fighting and ...
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Does activating Maddening Hex damage all targets under a curse?

One of the Eldritch Invocations warlocks can take is Maddening Hex (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 57): (Prerequisite: 5th level, hex spell or a warlock feature that curses) As a bonus ...
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Does Lightbringer illuminate or dispel the Darkness spell?

Lightbringer is a +1 mace that appears in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure. The description says: This +1 mace was made for a cleric of Lathander, the god of dawn. The head of the mace is ...
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Is there any way to raise a wizard's familiar's Intelligence?

Is there any way to raise a wizard's familiar's Intelligence? Or is there another spell or feat that raises the Intelligence of a familiar or conjures a smarter familiar? The paladin's 2nd level ...
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What is the proper way to style references to D&D game elements?

(Preface: I'm not looking to establish an official formatting style we, on this stack, must adhere to. This is for my own personal writing consistency when writing on the topic of 5e.) I've been ...