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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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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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Can a multiclassed bard/druid use the Bardic Inspiration feature while in Wild Shape?

I’m playing a multiclassed 6th-level bard/2nd-level druid. Could I still use the Bardic Inspiration feature while in Wild Shape? I looked at the rules; I think technically you can, because all you ...
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Killing a Vampire without Sunlight, Running Water or Wooden Stake

In the adventure module a vampire is encountered guarding treasure in the same room where its coffin is. I am preparing to run this encounter, and the party is unlikely to have wooden stakes or ...
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Blinded + casting a spell with a bonus action + Find Familiar

Here's the setup: My familiar is adjacent to a target. I use my action to use my familiar's senses. I'm now blinded and deafened. I use a bonus action to cast a touch spell. My familiar uses its ...
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Do I need a clear path to the target, or just my familiar, when delivering spells with Find Familiar?

Here's the setup: My familiar is adjacent to the creature I want to target with my touch spell, and is within 100' of me. Both the target and my familiar are around a corner, and I do not have a ...
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Could Shadow Step be used to cause fall damaged when grappled? [closed]

Curious about what would happen if a Shadow Monk used Shadow Step while carrying someone, I discovered these answers that said no but I'm unsure if these answers can be interpreted in an offensive way ...
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When casting Inflict Wounds through a familiar, can I reroll the attack roll using the Elven Accuracy feat if I have advantage?

If I have a familiar, I can cast Inflict Wounds through it, as per the description of Find Familiar: Your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. Inflict Wounds includes a ...
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What happens when recasting Fiendish Vigor after losing temporary hit points?

A D&D 5e warlock takes the Fiendish Vigor invocation. Lets say the warlock gains 8 temp hp from Fiendish Vigor. Within the next hour takes 8 damage. Then the warlock uses Fiendish Vigor for 5 ...
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Would allowing Artificers to swap a cantrip on a long rest be unbalanced?

Context: I am implementing the Class Feature Variants Unearthed Arcana, which does not include Artificer, for a party with several spellcasters and one Artificer. This UA allows every "known" caster ...
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If I miss with a touch spell, can I hold it and try again?

I recall some rules in earlier editions where if you miss with a touch spell, it's "held" and you can try again on a future turn. Does that rule exist in 5e, and if so, where it is? I'm guessing I'm ...
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When casting Counterspell, do I know if the other spell is an action or bonus action?

Related to What do I know, when deciding whether to cast Counterspell?, except that my particular question isn't included in that question. I've been thinking of ways to counter counterspell. ...
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Can you cast Magic Stone on 3 pebbles as a bonus action, throw a stone as an action, then, on your next turn, throw the 2 remaining pebbles?

Can you cast Magic Stone on 3 pebbles as a bonus action, throw a stone as a main action. Then on your next turn, throw the 2 remaining pebbles? That is, throwing the first pebble as your action and ...
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Can the object created by Minor Illusion be carried or worn?

Looking at the RAW for Minor Illusion (PHB, page 260) and other questions, I recognize that Minor Illusion is very limited in its ability to move on its own or change its appearance. However, I'm ...
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Where did this dungeon come from that was spiral shaped and contained a statue of Dagon?

I remember there being a dungeon for D&D 5e, possibly as part of an AL adventure (I don't remember it being in a full published adventure like Out of the Abyss, etc), but if it was AL, I don't ...
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Shooting through spaces occupied by a large creature

I was wondering if I could shoot through a large creature like the image below? On the right image, one of the players insists that a large creature shouldn't be able to fill up the 10x10ft space, ...
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Is there an item that lets a character cast Detect Magic repeatedly, without expending spell slots or wasting time ritual-casting?

Playing Curse of Strahd, we've found that Lord Von Zarovich seems to be able to cast Alarm (or something like it) that operates from hundreds of miles away. It seems like a good strategy for our ...
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How does attunement work?

I would like to use the Gauntlets of Ogre Power, which states that the item "requires attunement". What am I supposed to attune it with? What are the requisites/requirements?
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A crossbowman fires three coloured bolts, then spends one minute searching the battlefield, which bolt(s) does he recover?

At the end of the battle, you can recover half your expended ammunition by taking a minute to search the battlefield. PHB.146 A ranger PC with a crossbow has three ordinary bolts. He's very ...
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A Monk threw three coloured darts, then spends one minute searching the battlefield, how many darts does the Monk recover?

A Monk PC has three ordinary darts. He's very creative and painted the darts different colours, the primary colours. One dart is red, one dart is yellow, one dart is blue. The monk throws the three ...
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Is there any major mechanical advantage to playing a Drow Elf (full) rather than a Drow Half-Elf?

Looking at racial features, half-elf Drow seem to have all the "best" features of full drow, with none of the downsides. Past the "Drow Weapon Training" trait, is there any major benefit to playing ...
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Can an ordinary whip be poisoned?

I'm running a whip-wielding ranger/rogue, and I'm wondering if it's possible to poison a whip, both from a rules standpoint and as a practical matter. Rules-wise, there's this from the DMG: Injury....
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Was Descent in to Avernus based on a prior adventure?

I recently discovered that: Is there any link to this game and Baldur's Gate: Descent to Avernus, or is this basically just a coincidence?
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If Aurala ir'Wynarn would die, who of the Wynarn bloodline would succeed her?

If Aurala ir'Wynarn would die, who of the Wynarn bloodline would succeed her? If no particular successor can be singled out, how would succession naturally occur? I'm looking for 5e answers, but I'm ...
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When a Glyph of Warding is triggered, does the caster know?

Let's say an explosive glyph was set in front of a house of someone that might be attacked late in the night. Condition set that any hostile creature to the person that passes by triggers it. So ...
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Are there mechanical or balance issues with this War Priest feature rework?

War Priest is a 1st level feature that lets War Domain Clerics use their bonus action to make a second attack when they take the Attack action. I (and others online) feel that this feature is poor, ...
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How do the various DND-5e character sheet apps compare? [closed]

I'm thinking about having my players use apps to keep track of their characters since they're kind of new. How do the available character sheet apps compare in terms of: Requiring additional source ...
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Would an intimidated NPC be pugnacious?

My Human Shadow Magic Sorcerer attempted to intimidate a captive NPC cultist in order to extract information from him. After the intimidation succeeded, as announced by the DM, the NPC was extremely ...
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Dispel Magic VS a spell which has been Twinned Spell

I'm curious about what would happen, in combat, if a sorcerer twin spells a haste on the fighters of the party and an enemy then casts a 4th level dispel magic. Would dispelling the Magical Effect of ...
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How to revive an Artificer’s Homonculus Servant?

So, I'm a little bit confused here. On ERLW pg. 62, from the Homunculus Servant entry, it reads; "The item you infuse serves as the creature's heart, around which the creature's body instantly forms."...
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Can this dragon from the Rise of Tiamat adventure fit in this area from Episode 2?

The main map of the area in Episode 2 ("The Sea of Moving Ice") contains effectively 2 floors: a series of hallways and rooms on the top floor, and a large cavern as the bottom floor. The main ...
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Does the caster get hurt by the Conjure Barrage spell?

The description of the Conjure Barrage spell states: You throw a nonmagical weapon or fire a piece of nonmagical ammunition into the air to create a cone of identical weapons that shoot forward ...
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Is the 'copy' from Simulacrum a humanoid or a construct?

In previous editions of D&D it was possible to have two base forms or (in some editions) a creature 'template'. In 5e the base form is important and always singular: many spells &/or magics ...
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Is the Oath of the Ancients Paladin's Elder Champion feature intended to still work while unconscious?

The Paladin's Oath of the Ancients Level 20 Elder Champion feature states: Using your action, you undergo a transformation. For 1 minute, you gain the following benefits: At the start of ...
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Can a character have downtime while on the road?

If the party is on the road, traveling somewhere, and a member is not walking or actively doing anything (ie: being carried or riding a wagon) can they use that time to do downtime activities?
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Can you train/call a Blink Dog? If so, how?

In my game, I'm an elvish druid who was gifted a Blink Dog familiar, and I am trying to find the familiar's owner (a wizard). The dog follows me around, but out of my sight. I have attempted to call ...
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Homebrew spell for detecting resistances/vulnerabilities

So, there's this question about how players can learn of a creature's damage vulnerabilities and resistances/immunities; the only answer to date is a Ranger's 3rd level subclass option. I'd like to ...
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Can a multiclassed Wizard/Bard scribe a spell scroll for a spell they know as a bard, then copy it into their spellbook (if it's on both spell lists)?

I'm playing a multiclassed wizard 6, bard 1. I know that you can't copy non-wizard spells into your spellbook. What if I copied one of the 1st-level spells I have access to as a Bard that is also on ...
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D&D 5e - Monks' Unarmed Strike [duplicate]

I've been trying to find out whether I add the proficiency bonus to my monk's unarmed strike attack, ie 1d4 + DEX + PROFICIENCY vs 1d4 + DEX. I've found some sources that say yes but most only seem to ...
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When using the Augury spell, how good or bad does the outcome of the course of action have to be to justify a response of Weal / Woe?

My players are planning to use Augury to decide whether to enter a dungeon, and I'm trying to decide what the outcome of the spell should be. I can see that some extremes should be obvious: for ...
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How to guide my players into realizing they have multiple options available for an encounter?

For my next session with my PCs, I'm planning to have them witness an attack on an NPC that's intended to hook them the adventure. The plan is for the party to encounter his daughter, who also has a ...
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What happens when an unconscious but stabilised character is hit?

At the end of this answer to a different question ("If you succeed on all of your death saving throws, what happens?"), the answer states that: If an unconscious character is attacked, the attacker ...
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How can I make use of the material that doesn't fall under the OGL?

So I am doing a side project to build a platform where different groups of people can play D&D 5e online. While looking for resources online, I stumbled across the OGL. Now the OGL has a lot of ...
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If you succeed on all of your death saving throws, what happens?

I have been DMing for my group for maybe a month or two, and we ruled that upon stabilizing your character with death saving rolls, you recover one HP and are unconscious. Is this right? Should you ...
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How do you go about reaching the Far Realm?

How do you go about reaching the Far Realm? I appreciate the lore found in 5e so far about the Far Realm: Is there any official lore on the Far Realm? What are all the creatures related to the ...