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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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Would the Life Transference spell be unbalanced if it ignored resistance and immunity?

I want to create a Abjuration wizard (PHB, p. 115-116) that uses the Life Transference spell (XGtE, p. 160) and the Arcane Ward feature to heal people, but I've heard people saying Life Transference ...
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Can you force honesty by using the Speak with Dead and Zone of Truth spells together?

I have some players that I know are going to try and force some information out of a hostile NPC that they just recently killed and use the information to target another group and call for their ...
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Does a larger creature's size make it easier to hit?

If a creature is a bigger size should I get a higher accuracy, or advantage?
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Does the Unseen Servant spell end if I move away from it?

The spell Unseen Servant says "If you command the servant to perform a task that would move it more than 60 feet away from you, the spell ends." But what happens if I move away from it? For example, ...
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Can you make intelligent items?

In the DMG, it says that some items are sentient (p. 214). Some magic items possess sentience and personality. Such an item might be possessed, haunted by the spirit of a previous owner, or self-...
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Does a sentient weapon polymorphed into a creature retain the sentience's personality/alignment?

Consider the spell true polymorph. If you turn a creature into a creature, the new creature retains its alignment and personality. If you turn an object into a creature The creature is ...
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Is a Sentient Weapon considered an ally for the purposes of Pack Tactics?

Related to This Question: A Sentient Weapon is a kind of Sentient Magic Item, and it can communicate, perceive, and is considered an NPC controlled by the GM. Sentient magic items function as NPCs ...
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Warlock Pact weapon on Sentient or Artifact Magic weapon

I have read this part about Warlocks You can transform one magic weapon into your pact weapon by performing a special ritual while you hold the weapon. You perform the ritual over the course of I ...
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Does the Wall of Fire spell damage creatures on both sides of the wall?

The spell Wall of Fire has the following text: One side of the wall, selected by you when you cast this spell, deals 5d8 fire damage to each creature that ends its turn within 10 feet of that ...
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Is it possible to create a body for the spirit of a sentient magic item?

In the Out of the Abyss campaign which I'm currently playing in, the party found a magic sword (Dawnbringer, a Sun Blade with additional properties). The sword has its own personality, spirit, or soul ...
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Can a dancing sword be used continuously?

I just noticed, reading the Dungeons & Dragons 5E DMG that there appears to be a difference between the dancing sword from previous editions. Unlike previous editions, there doesn't seem to be any ...
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Can D&D 5e adventures be converted to AD&D?

I'm always hearing about people converting the 1970's and 80's AD&D modules to 5th edition. Is the reverse possible and is there a PDF explaining the process? There are lots of 5th edition ...
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Is a shield guardian affected by demonic madness in the Out of the Abyss adventure?

I am DMing the Out of the Abyss campaign. According to p. 21 of the adventure book, various events in the adventure or certain conditions being met will call for a saving throw against demonic ...
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Does the Black Tentacles spell do damage twice at the start of turn to an already restrained creature?

The spell Black Tentacles (listed as Evard's Black Tentacles on PHB p. 238) has the following text: When a creature enters the affected area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, ...
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Can an Ancestral Guardian Barbarian use Spirit Shield to reduce damage against themselves?

If a level 6 Path of the Ancestral Guardian Barbarian is hit by an attack, can he use his reaction to Spirit Shield himself? The Spirit Shield feature (XGtE, p. 10) says: Beginning at 6th level, ...
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How do awakened trees generally behave, according to lore?

Would an tree under the effects of an awaken spell be talking or mostly silent? I know it can at least definitely talk, as the listed effects of an awaken spell are the following: After spending ...
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With the Deflect Missiles monk feature, does the player know the damage of the attack before choosing to deflect?

The monk's Deflect Missiles feature description says (PHB, pg. 78): Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. I ...
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As a monk, can I use Deflect Missiles to intentionally catch a projectile?

The description of the monk's Deflect Missiles feature says: [...] you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. If the attacker misses with ...
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Are sorcerers unable to use the Careful Spell metamagic option on themselves?

The sorcerer's Careful Spell metamagic option states the it applies to “other creatures”: When you cast a spell that forces other creatures to make a saving throw, you can protect some of those ...
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Can the Flaming Sphere spell be rammed into multiple Tiny creatures that are in the same 5-foot square?

The text of the Flaming Sphere spell says that "If you ram the sphere into a creature, that creature must make the saving throw against the sphere's damage". Can I ram a Flaming Sphere into multiple ...
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What would happen if you cast Etherealness while on a demiplane?

Randy the Wizard needs to retrieve a sacred object that has been shifted into a demiplane for safekeeping. Randy knows that there a a number of traps and guards on the demiplane so he plans to use the ...
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What methods exist that can eliminate or disperse the fog from the Fog Cloud spell?

The Fog Cloud spell description says: You create a 20-foot-radius sphere of fog centered on a point within range. The sphere spreads around corners, and its area is heavily obscured. It lasts ...
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How much damage does a creature take for spending its entire turn inside a Wall of Fire?

The conditions for when wall of fire deals damage, after the initial casting, are as follows (emphasis mine): One side of the wall, selected by you when you cast this spell, deals 5d8 fire damage ...
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How many Pact Weapons can a Blade Pact Warlock create?

The question is relatively simple and I have searched far and wide for an official ruling or good answer: How many Pact Weapons can a Warlock create (have out) at the same time? The RAW says: You ...
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What is the difference between a “ranged attack” and a “ranged weapon attack”?

The core rules and Sage Advice Compendium both included "ranged attack" and "ranged weapon attack". Are these terms synonymous or interchangeable? If not, what is the delineation between them? ...
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Is multiple magic items in one inherently imbalanced?

I have an idea for a weapon that can permanently absorb items that require attunement to gain its properties (including its attunement requirement), up to 3. For example, the item alone does not ...
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Is this homebrew Supernatural warlock patron (v2) balanced?

A bit ago I asked if this Warlock patron was balanced. I was told to explain this patron a bit more, so here we go: The idea of this patron is that you have made a pact with some Lord of the Undead. ...
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Should a wizard buy fine inks every time he want to copy spells into his spellbook?

PHB says that Wizards should use 'fine inks' for 50 gp for every levels of the spell he want to copy into his spellbook. The problem is that there are no any 'fine inks' in the PHB goods list, just ...
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If a projectile attack at a monk misses, can the monk use Deflect Missiles to catch the projectiles and throw them back? [duplicate]

Say there are projectiles aimed at a monk that don’t quite beat the AC, leading to a missed attack, but the roll was close to hitting (only falling short by 3-5). Can monk use Deflect Missiles to ...
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What is a better race for a rogue, a changeling or an elf? [on hold]

What is a better race for a rogue, a changeling or an elf? I am going to be playing a rogue for my campaign, and I am wondering what will be a better build. I am looking for is a good all-around ...
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Does the Rogue's Assassinate feature grant criticals on multiple attacks?

Does the Rogue's Assassinate feature (auto-crit on surprised targets) allow for multiple crits if you make multiple attacks that round, either through two-weapon fighting or extra attacks gained ...
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If a dagger thrown at a monk splits into multiple daggers mid-air, each with their own attack and damage rolls, can Deflect Missiles deflect them all?

Situation: A dagger is thrown at a monk. On that attack, the dagger multiplies into 2 or 3 daggers in mid-air, each dagger with its own rolls for attack and damage. The daggers move one after another ...
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How does a spellshard spellbook work?

A spellshard is a flavorful replacement for a mundane book, and among other things, a wizard can use one as a spellbook. On this subject, the item description says: An arcane caster can use a ...
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Take 2! Is this homebrew Lady of Pain warlock patron balanced?

A little while ago I posted this homebrew Patron option here. I got some great feedback and have returned not only with an update but also with some homebrew Invocations that support the overall ...
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What spells are available to teleport willing characters?

What are the official spells (published materials only) that can be used by characters to teleport both themselves and others in Fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons? Which classes can cast them and ...
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Can a Beast Master ranger change beast companions?

Can a Beast Master ranger change beasts? Let's say I have a hawk, but I see a nice panther. Can I simply perform the 8 hour bonding with the panther and say goodbye to my hawk? The manual describes ...
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How do I convince the GM not to kill my character specifically?

I've recently started a new campaign with my friends. The GM is using the realm of Tal'Dorei (as well as other Matt Mercer-inspired things as he's a fan.) Our group had previously managed to have ...
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Can dragons reproduce in any ways other than 1+1? [closed]

I'm interested in lore from all editions and published homebrew except the fourth edition. This question is for a specific campaign of mine. General information about dragon lore of breeding habits ...
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Does the Compelled Duel spell require a saving throw for “movement” via a spell? [on hold]

Let us assume an enemy spellcaster has failed their first saving throw against the Compelled Duel spell (PHB, p. 224). Thus the enemy "must make a Wisdom saving throw each time it attempts to move to ...
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How do I make a tanky Monk?

I do have some experience with D&D 3/4, but 5 is pretty much new territory for me. Now, from what I can remember, monks used to be kind of an inbetween pick - not the worst, but not really shining ...
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Can you reduce yourself, crawl into the Tarrasque's airway, and try to collapse its lung by enlarging inside of it?

A player tried to use the spell enlarge/reduce on his PC while in the mouth of the Tarrasque to shrink himself, then go deeper into its airway and to try to collapse its lung by enlarging himself ...
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Counterspelling a counterspell

My party went up against two wizards. Wizard NPC 1 cast a spell, and Wizard PC used their reaction to Counterspell to try to block it. Wizard NPC 2 counterspelled Wizard PC. I have two questions about ...
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Would the Ranger be overpowered if their Animal Companion kept attacking once ordered?

For an Animal Companion to attack, the Ranger has to use his action to command it. I am looking to see some math on just why this restriction is in place. Is the ranger way over-powered if the animal ...
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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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How does the secondary effect of the Heat Metal spell interact with a creature resistant/immune to fire damage?

This is the description for the spell heat metal: Choose a manufactured metal object, such as a metal weapon or a suit of heavy or medium metal armor, that you can see within range. You cause the ...
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What could you give to a Hawk animal companion to improve their battle effectiveness? [on hold]

An idea I had was poisoning their talons, but one would have to keep dapping their talons in poison each encounter. Anything else you can think of? For a Ranger with a Hawk/Falcon animal companion.
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Can the Great Weapon Master feat's damage bonus and accuracy penalty apply to attacks from the Spiritual Weapon spell?

The Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, p. 167) says: Before you make a melee attack with a heavy weapon that you are proficient with, you can choose to take a -5 penalty to the attack roll. If the ...
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Counterspell Question [duplicate]

Say you are casting fireball at level 5, and an enemy casts counterspell. Can you use your reaction to cast counterspell targeting their counterspell? Alternatively, can I use counterspell on a later ...
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Can multi-classing prerequisite ability score(s) be met through a magic item?

To qualify for a new class, you must meet the ability score prerequisites for both your current class and your new one ... Without the full training that a beginning character receives, you must be a ...
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Is this Supernatural warlock patron balanced?

The Supernatural You have struck a pact with a great supernatural being, a great lord over the chaotic Undead. Unnatural Aura At first level, creatures with an Intelligence score of 10 ...