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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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What are the major differences in style and system between D&D 5e and Pathfinder 2e?

I know this is abit of a "wide net" question. I am currently switching over to 5e from years of activity (after 4e was released) from 3.5e.. The mechanics of 5e seem secondary while the role-playing ...
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Is To Catch a Thief based on an adventure (other than Dragon Heist)?

I have Escape the Underdark, and (as far as I can tell) it is based on Out of the Abyss. I also have To Catch a Thief, but it seems to share little with Waterdeep: Dragon Heist other than the setting. ...
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If I have a maxed-out stat, can I take a half-ASI feat?

My character has 20 charisma in one of my DND games, but I want to take the Actor feat. This question kind of has two parts: RAW, can I take it and change the stat increase to another stat? If I take ...
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Fire Shield and Shield interaction [duplicate]

An awakened cat with wizard levels has fire shield active, and is melee attacked by a goblin within 5 feet of it. The goblin hits the cat but exceeds the cats AC by 4 or less. Fire shield states: ...
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Can characters have firearms such as flintlock pistols and rifles?

I'm playing a game of D&D 5e with some friends. Are firearms such as flintlock pistols and rifles allowed?
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Can the Half-Orc's Relentless Endurance trait protect them from things that would normally kill someone instantly?

In our campaign, we have a Half-Orc Barbarian. Very original. We are going along this cliff-side fortress and are worried about falling off. The Half-Orc's player jokingly says that he'll be fine, due ...
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What happens with a person's identity as they become a lemure? [closed]

What happens with a person's identity after they become a lemure at Nine Hells? Do they remember their previous life in the Material Plane? Do they remember their previous name? Do they remember ...
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How is the Blood War a balanced conflict?

There are 2 sides to the Blood War. The Nine Hells and the Abyss. Devils, from the Nine Hells: Are Lawful, orderly and disciplined Take the souls of mortals they can make deals with either in life ...
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Is this combination of a pre-cast Shadow Blade with a Quickened Green-Flame Blade and then a Twinned (action) Green-Flame Blade legal?

Let's say I am a level 5 sorcerer and I have already cast shadow blade. And I want to do the following on my next turn: Quicken green-flame blade for 2d8 (from shadow blade) + 1d8 (GFB dmg) on the ...
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What is a “quality check”?

In the Appendix A of Ghosts of Saltmarsh, there is a section about Magical Storms on page 205, relating to each of the different schools of magic. The one about divination magic says: What is a "...
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How do I make it easier on my player in a one on one campaign of Baldur's Gate: Decent into Avernus?

So I'm running a new campaign on Roll20, going through the Baldur's Gate module WotC released a few months back. It's my first time running a campaign in several years, so I'm a little rusty. It's ...
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What are my odds of a critical hit with my level 20 Champion?

I'm trying to calculate what my odds are as a level 20 Champion to score at least one critical hit on my turn, and how many I can expect. I make four attacks per attack action I take, and can Action ...
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Can a druid who is wild shaped into an ape cast spells that only have somatic components (e.g. Thunderclap)?

The question Can a druid use a focus to cast beast spells while in wild shape? is related, but does not deal with "somatic-only" spells; they only say "no" due to lack of access to verbal or material ...
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Where do the D&D 5e books talk about the social contract?

I feel like there is a sideblock somewhere in one of the 5e books about a social contract of sorts. Does anyone know the book and page number?
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Can the Circle of the Stars Druid use their Starry Form in conjunction with their Wild Shape form?

The druid got a new subclass option as part of Unearthed Arcana, and one of the features is Starry Form (not including the later part which has no bearing on my question): Starry Form 2nd-...
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How to modify a monster to be a reasonable challenge for a level 1 party? [closed]

I am preparing a one-shot adventure for my friends. It will include a fight with a weakened mind flayer and a giant heart which will be the boss of the adventure. The heart will summon gory minions (...
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Can the Fey Wanderer Ranger be targetted by a creature affected by its Misty Presence?

Wizards of the Coast recently released a new set of subclasses via Unearthed Arcana. Described in this document is the 15th level Fey Wanderer Ranger feature, Misty Presence, which states the ...
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Could the Sending spell be used to message to a reborn creature?

Could the Sending spell be used to send a message to a target who was killed and reborn in the Nine Hells? The target was a PC (warlock of Dispater (Titivilus?)) who accomplished a very important ...
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Does Dimension Door preserve momentum? [duplicate]

Looking at https://www.dndbeyond.com/spells/dimension-door and thinking of its use as a parachute. If falling at terminal velocity, and Dimension Door is cast, would the caster (and anything or ...
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Can the Crown of Madness spell be twinned?

I'm looking to build a sorcerer focused on the Twinned Spell metamagic and which spells I can use with it (e.g. Haste!). Looking around, I came across these tweets from Jeremy Crawford stating that ...
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How do I make a creature feel impressive without scaring my players away?

At the end of the homebrew campaign I'm running, I plan to have the characters face off against a big, scary monster. It's designed to be (almost) impervious to regular weapon attacks, but there will ...
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Can you use animate dead on something that was previously animated by the same spell? [duplicate]

If a zombie or skeleton that you have animated with Animate Dead is reduced to 0 hit points, can you reanimate it using Animate dead? The spell description only says: Choose a pile of bones or a ...
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As a DM I gave our dwarf cleric a bear cub as a companion, what can I do? [closed]

So I'm with 2 PCs, playing D&D essentials kit. Most of the time we follow the plot, add some extra things there and here and of course doing some improve. I try to stick to some of the rules but ...
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Is this “Circle of Shadows” Druid Circle balanced compared to Circle of the Moon

I came up with my own subclass. I modeled it slightly after the Circle of the Moon, which is why I'm specifically asking for comparison to it. Well, here it is. Druid Circle: Circle of Shadows ...
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Does Healing Spirit trigger Shepherd Druid's Unicorn Spirit totem? If so, when?

Unicorn totem reads: In addition, if you cast a spell using a spell slot that restores hit points to any creature inside or outside the aura, each creature of your choice in the aura also ...
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Where in the 5e multiverse is Eberron?

For the purposes of spelljammer/wildspace travel, where in the 5e multiverse is Eberron? The reason I ask is for physically transporting items from one setting to another. (The other setting being ...
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Accepting criticism as a DM

I've been running two campaigns as a DM for about 7 or 8 months at this point. I've been running it with 2 different groups. The problem that I'm facing, currently, is the perception, from some ...
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Can the target of the Dissonant Whispers spell choose to use its reaction to move if it succeeds on the save?

The description of the dissonant whispers spell says (PHB, p. 234): On a successful save, the target takes half as much damage and doesn't have to move away. Does this mean that the target can ...
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How should I calculate ability scores for a Triton bard? [closed]

I don't know if I did this the right way, but basically, I rolled a die 6 different times to get 6 different scores, and I'm trying to decide on which score should go to which ability. I got some ...
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How many skill proficiencies do I choose as a Triton Bard?

I'm extremely new to D&D, and have little understanding on the game so far. Right now, I'm creating my character, a Triton bard with a folk hero background, and I'm having trouble selecting ...
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What are the size restrictions of a Clone (from spell)?

Some other players of 5e D&D have suggested that the Clone spell only works with a Medium size body. Putting this into perspective (and putting aside obvious yet possibly reasonable discrimination ...
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If I use the starting wealth rolls of my class, do I keep any remaining money left over?

If I use the starting wealth rolls of my class, do I keep any remaining money left over after I buy equipment? In D&D 5e you can roll the 4d4 × 10 to determine starting gold, forgoing any ...
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Do you need to provide Somatic Components when casting from a spell scroll?

The general rules provided in the DMG for Magic Item Scrolls states: Most scrolls are spells stored in written form, [...]. [...] [...] Whatever the nature of the magic contained in a ...
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Can Bladesingers combine: Bladesong + Double-Bladed Scimitar + Revenant Blade feat?

Can Bladesingers combine: Bladesong + Double-Bladed Scimitar + Revenant Blade feat? I won't detail it heavily, but can an Elf and/or Half-Elf Wizard (Bladesinger) combine all these for enhanced ...
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Can caster prove truthfulness with “Zone of Truth”

I've seen a lot of posts about how "Zone of Truth" might be defeated by the target. But my character has the opposite problem: he's extremely truthful but people don't always believe him. Is there ...
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How can my Kobold carry all his weapons? [duplicate]

Carrying capacity, as defined on page 176 of the PHB is: Carrying Capacity. Your carrying capacity is your Strength score multiplied by 15. This is the weight (in pounds) that you can carry, which ...
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In what way does Blindsight complement Truesight? [closed]

The definitions are quite clear, Blindsight being: A monster with blindsight can perceive its surroundings without relying on sight, within a specific radius. Creatures without eyes, such ...
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Why is the PHB Ranger considered underpowered?

It seems that both the community and Wizards of the Coast are largely in agreement that the PHB Ranger class is underpowered compared to the other classes. What exactly makes it underpowered compared ...
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Can a ghost (undead creature) take over a clone body (resultant component from spell)?

Lore wise, spirits, ghosts and demons have powers of ownership & possession - and this translates readily into game mechanics. In fiction-fantasy: ghosts, spirits and demons take over various ...
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If a Necklace of Fireballs with 9 beads is thrown, is the resulting Fireball effect equivalent to a 9th-level casting, or an “11th-level” casting?

This question arises because the section on Spell Level in the PHB states: Every spell has a level from 0 to 9 However, the necklace of fireballs can have up to 9 fireballs on it, and its ...
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Which of these two homebrew adaptations of the Elemental Weapon and Flame Arrows spells to work is more balanced?

Which of these two homebrew adaptations of the Elemental Weapon and Flame Arrows spells to work with ranged weapons is more balanced? I was thinking of adjusting a couple of existing spells, namely ...
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Can the Enlarge/Reduce and Catapult spells be combined to hurl boulders?

One of my players is constantly bugging me about using Enlarge/Reduce to reduce a boulder to a smaller size and then hurl it via the spell Catapult, cancel the concentration on Enlarge/Reduce before ...
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What do multiple castings of Arcane Lock on a door actually do?

If you cast Arcane Lock twice on a door, would the second spell take effect after the first one is suppressed? I realise the effects do not stack but if two spells are active on a creature/object ...
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Blind Familiar trying to deliver a touch spell

Here's the setup: My familiar is adjacent to a target. My familiar is blinded. I cast a touch spell. My familiar uses its reaction to deliver the spell (which requires an melee spell attack roll). ...
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Would this Owlbear Cub be balanced as a Beast Master Ranger's Companion?

The players in my campaign just hit third level and the Ranger is planning on taking the Beast Master path. She wanted a baby Owlbear as her companion, but of course there are 2 hurdles. There aren't ...
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Can a character with the Actor feat mimic speech they heard before they learned the feat?

The Actor feat (PHB, p. 165) says: You can mimic the speech of another person or the sounds made by other creatures. You must have heard the person speaking. or heard the creature make the ...
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Can I pretend to be casting from a spell scroll, but instead cast normally, or vice versa?

The strategy I am working on a tactic for my artificer (battlesmith) for combating mages which focuses on out-sustaining their spell slots. To do so he asked a companion (the cleric in the party) to ...
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Can a multiclassed Lore bard/druid use the Cutting Words feature while in Wild Shape?

I’m playing a multiclassed 6th-level Lore bard/2nd-level druid. Could I use the Cutting Words feature while in Wild Shape? My DM wasn’t sure, so I was wondering if I can.
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Can I recover a single arrow? [closed]

Should a player be permitted to attempt recovery of a single arrow fired into battle? Phrased another way; if a player fires a single arrow into battle, and no more, should it always be unrecoverable? ...
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How are the hit points of the hound determined for the Shadow Magic sorcerer's Hound of Ill Omen feature?

How are the hit points of the hound determined for the Shadow Magic sorcerer's Hound of Ill Omen feature (XGtE, p. 51)? I have read over the feature several times now, and I have a question. Here ...

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