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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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Has 5e fixed the balance problems of the monk at all?

Many people believe that the monk has balance issues (and is underpowered) in 3.5e and Pathfinder. The goal of this question is not to debate that point but to see what changes the Monk has undergone ...
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Can the monk's Stunning Strike feature be used with Martial Arts?

The monk's Stunning Strike feature reads as follows: Starting at 5th level, you can interfere with the flow of ki in an opponent’s body. When you hit another creature with a melee weapon attack,...
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Multiclassing: How do Ability Score Improvements work?

Given that every class gets a minimum of 5 ability score improvements each at levels 4, 8, 12, 16, and 19 (Rogue and Fighter get more at other levels), do these ability score improvements occur by ...
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Does the offhand attack from Crossbow Expert get a Dex bonus?

The Crossbow Expert feat lets you use a Hand Crossbow in your offhand and take a shot when you attack with your main hand. Most people I've seen, seem to think this will allow Dual Wielding Hand ...
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How many times does Sneak Attack damage apply?

In 3.5e, I used to add Sneak Attack damages to all the attacks of my character as long as the target was flat-footed or flanked or... However, when discussing the feature with wax eagle he mentioned ...
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Should I replace the swarm with the individual creature after enough damage?

So one thing I found odd in the DM's Basic Rules v0.1pdf was a large list of animals that seemed so insignificant as to wonder why it was included in the PDF. For example, the "Rat" monster, has 1 ...
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Can a Druid Wild Shape into a Swarm or “Giant”?

The Players handbook has a list of creatures in the back which are designed for use by the players. Various tweets and materials have said that the players handbook has creatures that players need to ...
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Is necromancy necessarily evil in 5e or Forgotten Realms?

With Forgotten Realms being the default setting for 5e, I am curious if there is the possibility for a necromancer, specifically a wizard, to be considered not evil: In terms of alignment In terms of ...
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How to choose between dual wielding and two hand weapon fighting

At first glance dual wielding two weapons and two handing a single large weapon seem to be competing to fill the same role of martial damage per round. However, I have the feeling that like in past ...
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Does 5e address the murderhobos problem?

In DnD 3.5, the system by default only gives significant XP for killing things (monsters, vermin, shopkeepers, etc), which often leads to player characters becoming "murderhobos" in an effort to ...
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Does the Challenge Rating of a monster assume a party or a single PC?

I'm reading through the new DM D&D Basic Rules, but I'm confused about the challenge rating of a monster. Does the challenge rating assume a single PC or a group of PC's? As a CR3 a challenge for ...
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Do you gain any proficiencies when multi-classing other than weapon and armor?

When multi-classing, do you gain any other proficiencies outside of weapon and armor. In particular do you gain saving throw proficiencies?
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How can I prevent analysis paralysis when choosing spells?

Recently I played a game of D&D 5th Edition. While we liked the simplicity and made characters quickly, there was one big bottleneck: the Wizard (and to a lesser extent, the Cleric) kept having ...
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Help with Seven Samurai-style 1st level adventure [closed]

Without going into too much detail, I'm looking for help or examples for writing a 5th edition adventure / small-scale sandbox that will put the players in the role of defending a small village from a ...
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How do you resolve a basic attack in D&D 5e?

My friends and I have started playing 5th edition with no previous knowledge of D&D. We're about 12 hours in and still learning the rules as we go, but I think we may be doing basic combat wrong. ...
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Are enemy weapons and armour up for grabs as loot?

I am running the Starter Set Adventure (Lost Mine of Phelvander), and the majority of enemies have weapons and armour. For example every goblin has a scimitar, a shortbow, and leather armour. When ...
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For seasoned 3.X players and DMs, what is the “what's new” summary for 5e?

It seems the 5e rules are much more like the 3.Xe than the 4e. I also know a lot of players and DMs that simply refused to upgrade to the 4e rules, though they are now much more receptive to 5e, given ...
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How to get the PHB before release?

Several questions on this site are referencing and quoting the PHB, yet as far as I can tell, the book will not be released until the 19th as stated on the Wizards website. How do you (legally) get ...
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What book can I read to familiarize myself with D&D 5e's world and lore? [closed]

I've never played any table top D&D before. I am going to start playing the 5e edition with a group I've never played with before. After reading the basic rules I want to become more familiar ...
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Do subrace benefits add to or replace base race benefits?

If I pick wood elf as my race do I also get the other benefits from just the elf race? Like the wood elf gets +1 wisdom but does that mean I also mean I get the +2 dex from the non subrace elf?
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Can player characters identify monsters? [duplicate]

In D&D 5e, I can't find a skill check for identifying monsters. (Other than Arcana for planar monsters). Can PCs identify monsters, and if so, what skill should they use? (Or is it just a Wis/Int ...
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Sorcerer Wild Surge result quandries

I've got a couple of questions about some of the results in the wild surge table for the sorcerer. First of all, the magic missile result. On a roll of 09-10 "You cast magic missile as a 5th-level ...
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Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer: Elemental Affinity Optimization

PHB Page 102, Sorcerer, Sorcerous Origins, Draconic Bloodline, Elemental Affinity: Starting at 6th level, when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, ...
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Is Alter Self strictly better than Disguise Self as at-will invocations?

PHB Page 211, Alter Self You assume a different form. When you cast the spell, choose one of the following options, the effects of which last for the duration of the spell. While the spell lasts, ...
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Does a character with 10 Constitution only need to eat every 4 days?

According to the food rules, A character can go without food for a number of days equal to 3 + his or her Constitution modifier (minimum 1). At the end of each day beyond that limit, a ...
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Multiclass Warlock/Sorcerer: How do spell slots recover?

If you multiclass a Warlock and a Sorcerer, then you have a character with both the Spellcasting and Pact Magic features. PHB Page 101, Sorcerer, Spellcasting, Spell Slots: You regain all expended ...
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When leveling, is the hit die only added to the maximum dice, not current dice?

How are hit dice added when leveling takes place? Hit Points are pretty straightforward in that the new hit points that are gained through a level advancement are only added to the character's "...
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What are the likely effects of a wild magic surge?

The player's handbook came out, and a friend and I were looking at the various classes. We noticed the sorcerer made a comeback and comes in two flavors. A Dragon Magic Sorcerer and then a Wild Magic ...
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Where is the “Tyranny of Dragons online appendix”?

The D&D 5e adventure Hoard of the Dragon Queen states that it requires the "Tyranny of Dragons appendix online" which contains some of the monster stats. However I can't seem to find this on the D&...
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Are Monks proficient with unarmed strikes by default?

I can't find anything in the PHB that actually says that Monks are proficient with unarmed strikes by default. Their Proficiencies list just says simple weapons and shortswords. Their Martial Arts ...
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Do targets of Spell Reflection get a saving throw?

The description of a Spectator from the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure says they have the following reaction (p. 62): Spell Reflection. If the spectator makes a successful saving throw against ...
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Do I have to apply a negative modifier to the damage roll?

I'm converting the characters for my party from D&D4E to D&D5E, and I have a question about the Cleric (level 1). He has a Dexterity of 8, and also has a Light Crossbow (which he is ...
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Is Forgotten Realms the default setting in 5e?

In D&D 3.x, the core books stated that the default setting was Greyhawk and the first few adventures were set in it (e.g. The Sunless Citadel, Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil). In D&D ...
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Passive checks or active checks when looking for monsters or hidden objects?

The basic rules 0.1 state on p61: When your character searches for a hidden object such as a secret door or a trap, the DM typically asks you to make a Wisdom (Perception) check. Such a check ...
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Are the Old Deities coming back for D&D 5e's Forgotten Realms?

I was surfing on the internet, and I have encountered rumours that in the 5th edition of DnD in Forgotten Realms world, the Old Deities will come back (Bhaal, Myrkul, Leira etc.) What is more, I have ...
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Does picking up a weapon or drawing one take an action?

I ran into a couple of questions while playing D&D 5th: Does drawing a weapon take an action? Does picking up a weapon from the ground take an action?
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Does the Evocation Savant feature apply to evocation spells copied into backup spellbooks?

The normal cost of copying a foreign spell into your spellbook is 2 hours and 50 gp per spell level. If you are copying spells from one of your spellbooks to another of your spellbooks (to keep ...
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Can Minor Illusion wake a sleeping party member with its sound?

Imagine your party is making camp near a dungeon that the party is planning to delve. If you have the Minor Illusion cantrip and are the member of the group keeping watch for hostile creatures, can ...
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Does copying a spell from a scroll into your spellbook consume the scroll?

The text on page 32 of the Basic Rules that talks about copying spells does not explicitly state that the process consumes the scroll. Does it?
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Does an ability or spell grant me the bonus action with which to use it?

The 5e D&D Basic Rules v0.1 description of casting times says that spells with a casting time of "bonus action" require a bonus action to cast (p. 79, emphasis mine): Most spells require a ...
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What does “+6 to hit, Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4)” mean in a creature's stat block?

My friends and I are very new to D&D, played like 3 times. In a monster's stats next to weapon damage it says stuff like "+11 to hit" and "Hit: 5 (1d8+1)". For the premade characters it just says ...
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Looking for a Detective/Mystery Adventure (D&D) [closed]

I have been playing D&D for a month or so now and I have realized that games I enjoy most are the ones that are Detective/Mystery centred. I have played Assassins Knot but it was far too easy and ...
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What happens to the current hit points when Aid ends?

The 5e D&D Basic Rules v0.1 description of the second-level cleric spell Aid says (p. 83): Your spell bolsters your allies with toughness and resolve. Choose up to three creatures within range. ...
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Looking for a DM tool Similar to Masterplan For 5E [closed]

I'm looking for a DM tool like Masterplan for 5e (standalone tool, offline preferred) for making loot tables, plot and quest tracking. Or maybe is there an Add-on to the original Masterplan for other ...
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Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying “I attack”?

Recently I heard a friend saying that melee combatants had fewer options than 4e or 3.x: Ranged combat was somewhat interesting in that you could deal with cover, aiming, and so forth. Fighters ...
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Can an Elven Wizard use a bow for an arcane focus?

If an elven wizard had proficiency in a bow, could he use that as his arcane focus?
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Can a Transmuter/Abjurer with Racial Proficiencies compete in melee?

I like odd (but not completely broken) builds, and am intrigued when I see them, but I do like to see them somewhat balanced. Right now I'm considering whether a melee Wizard build is feasible. I am ...
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According to the Playtest Rules, can a Paladin own a Familiar? [closed]

I'm here discussing with a friend if the Paladin can have a Familiar or not. The Familiar Feat says that as long as you have a spell of the Wizard list on your Spell List, you can own a familiar, ...
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Would there be issues with porting the 3.5e Breaking & Entering rules and object tables to 5e?

Would there be any major balance concerns with porting the Breaking & Entering rules (specifically the tables contained within, but also possibly adjusting DCs) from 3.5 to 5e?
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How can I make non-violent combat alternatives actually fun and interesting? [closed]

Most of my group and I share a trait: We all hate the idea of monsters who can be talked or negotiated with, it kills the scary, dangerous part of a monster; that combined with the fact I suck at ...