Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [dnd-5e]

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.

3
votes
2answers
202 views

Would a teleporter also teleport a mage hand?

I, the DM, made a trap that when touched, casts teleport on the creature or object that touched it to move them to a new area. The players suspected the trap, and experimented with objects first and ...
5
votes
1answer
164 views

What counts as an attack for the Attack action of a Beast Master ranger's animal companion?

Monsters have attacks listed among their actions. From the Basic Rules: The most common actions that a monster will take in combat are melee and ranged attacks. [...] Any damage dealt or other ...
1
vote
0answers
99 views

Can a Paladin, Sorcerer, Wizard, and two Druids handle Storm King’s Thunder? [closed]

I’m somewhat new to D&D and so is the group I’m in. We’re gonna start playing Storm King’s Thunder soon, and I was wondering if we’re gonna have any trouble with our party. We have myself as a ...
19
votes
2answers
2k views

Can a Beast Master command their stirge companion to use Blood Drain and then Dodge on subsequent turns, dealing damage due to blood loss?

I'm trying to optimize the damage done by a ranged Beast Master ranger, and was thinking of choosing the Stirge as a companion. Blood Drain. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, 5 (1d4 + 3) piercing ...
-3
votes
2answers
309 views

Are 3 wolves too much of a challenge for a single level 8 monk?

I've never DMed before, and would like to ask any experienced DMs if they think 3 (regular) wolves are too much for a level 8 monk. It's a solo "party" with one Way of the Four Elements monk. He has ...
9
votes
2answers
897 views

Is it possible to smite with ranged weapons using either Branding Smite or Banishing smite?

Most of the paladin's smite spells start out with The next time you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack... or The first time you hit with a melee weapon attack... Neither Branding smite ...
8
votes
2answers
790 views

Are material components with unique attributes unable to be replaced with a component pouch or spellcasting focus?

Banishment requires a specific material component: an item distasteful to the target So does summon greater demon (XGtE, p. 166): a vial of blood from a humanoid killed within the past 24 hours ...
3
votes
2answers
175 views

How long does it take for a mind flayer to create a Mind Blade or similar magic item?

In Volo's Guide to Monsters, on page 81, the following section is included under the Mind Flayer sub-chapter: Mind Flayer Magic Items Some mind flayer colonies have developed the ability to ...
7
votes
1answer
299 views

Is there any mechanical difference between the phrases, “as a reaction…” and “can use your reaction…”?

I was reading Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes when I stumbled on an interesting turn of phrase (it's repeated often in the book and in others, but this was where I first realized it). The Demonic Boons ...
12
votes
1answer
583 views

Are Moon Druids overpowered at levels 2-6? If so, by how much?

I've been looking at the Moon Druid, and I'm seeing a lot of repeat issues concerning their resources, their health, and their sustainability. Are they too strong in comparison to other classes? If ...
5
votes
0answers
131 views

What can I do to roleplay better in DnD? [closed]

I have been playing D&D for nearly 2 years with the same character, a female elven monk who is a sage librarian. I was previously in a party where role playing wasn't pushed as much as it is in ...
14
votes
2answers
544 views

Is a staff from background starting equipment counted as a quarterstaff or an improvised weapon?

When selecting the background for my Sorcerer, I chose Outlander (PHB, p. 136-137). This background gives a "staff" for starting equipment (among other things). Does the staff act like a quarterstaff ...
12
votes
1answer
202 views

As a Swords bard, how do I determine my AC bonus from Defensive Flourish on a critical hit?

Let's say I'm playing a College of Swords bard, and happen to critically strike an enemy with a natural 20. I choose to use my Defensive Flourish at this time, so the dice look like this: 2d6 (...
14
votes
1answer
1k views

Does Elemental Affinity let you add your Charisma modifier to the damage of cantrips?

The Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's 6th-level feature, Elemental Affinity, lets you add your Charisma modifier to the damage when you cast a spell. Does this count with cantrips such as fire bolt?
25
votes
4answers
3k views

How can I modify a wolf enemy to fit my campaign?

I'm trying to get into DMing and my buddy who always DMs for us offered to teach me. He wants me to create a 2 hour long adventure that he and I will run through with me as the DM. My problem is ...
8
votes
1answer
493 views

Can a warlock summon an Improvised Weapon as its pact weapon?

I'm brainstorming a character concept, a tavern brawler specialist that summons a variety of random items usually found in a bar (just because he is more familiar with those than regular weapons). He ...
2
votes
1answer
120 views

Do I unlock 3 magic items or 2 from the “Ritual of Divination” DM Quest in Adventurers League?

Do I unlock 2 items or 3 from the DM Quest for the Ritual of Divination? The DM Quest for the Ritual of Divination requires that I join both AL Facebook groups and I follow them on Twitter. I don't ...
95
votes
10answers
15k views

As a player with ADHD, how do I avoid disrupting the game?

I read a question by a DM wanting to know how to work with a player who cites ADHD as reason for disruptive behavior. Almost all answers are of course things the DM could do. Now I am wondering, what ...
4
votes
3answers
187 views

Can a readied Gust interrupt an attack? [duplicate]

If I ready the cantrip Gust to push back the first enemy that tries to use a (melee) attack against my party, what happens if the push back was successful? Does it interrupt the attack? Does the ...
29
votes
5answers
4k views

How hard is to dispel spell that was made permanent by casting it every day for a year with different spell slots?

Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum, Teleportation Circle, and possibly other spells have text like: You can create a permanent teleportation circle by casting this spell in the same location every day ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

What is the rarity of my homebrew melee weapon that banishes on critical hits?

I want to make a melee weapon that, if you score a critical hit, casts banishment on the target. I don't mind it being of a high rarity, but I don't want it to be broken. I wasn't planning on making ...
4
votes
1answer
233 views

Can an abjuration wizard willingly dismiss their Arcane Ward or allow an attack to bypass it?

I play an abjuration wizard, and I recently encountered a situation where I wanted to take damage (in order to get a saving throw to permanently end an aboleth's charm effect that was only temporarily ...
-4
votes
3answers
165 views

In 5e, when, exactly, is a dying/stabilizing character's turn? [closed]

The rules for Death Saving Throws seem clear to me, except for one important thing: when does the person rolling for death or stabilization get to make their saving throw? Issue came up last weekend: ...
6
votes
1answer
206 views

What issues could occur if I allow a Bard to use their instrument to fulfill verbal components? [closed]

One of my players messaged me about a new character they were creating, and they proposed the concept of a mute bard. Long story short, they wanted to RP a cursed character, and I was really intrigued ...
2
votes
2answers
352 views

Can I conjure a Teleportation Circle in the ocean to teleport a mass of water to another point?

Is it possible to conjure a magic teleportation circle, where one point is deep in the ocean, and the other point is wherever I want (like in front of my enemies)?
10
votes
3answers
320 views

Would increasing the persistent damage of Witch Bolt be unbalanced?

Some People (myself included), feel that Witch Bolt is sub par. I was thinking of changing it so that increasing the spell level also increases the persistent damage, as well as the initial damage. ...
6
votes
1answer
623 views

What happens if a delayed blast fireball detonates inside an antimagic field?

Say a wizard casts a delayed blast fireball and leaves it to charge up instead of detonating it immediately. Another wizard casts antimagic field and moves so that the fireball bead is inside of the ...
13
votes
2answers
944 views

Is there any way to fake/conceal your identity when casting Sending?

I'm playing in a campaign that involves an interdimensional hub of sorts, wherein adventuring parties are given missions and teleported across space/dimensions to the location. Upon completion, in ...
16
votes
4answers
3k views

Does a Firbolg’s Hidden Step count as a spell or cantrip?

I am making a Firbolg Druid, and I was wondering if the racial feature Hidden Step (Invisible as a Bonus Action) counts as a Spell or a Cantrip? I can’t find anything that specifically says. I want to ...
5
votes
1answer
513 views

What is the best number of combat encounters for a 6-player level-3 party in one adventuring day? [closed]

Soon, I'll be hosting a D&D session for six 3rd-level characters, but I was having some difficulty on deciding the amount of encounters. Our sessions typically last 6-8 hours. Everyone has some ...
3
votes
3answers
172 views

Casting a spell as an action also blocks me from casting a spell as a bonus action? [duplicate]

The spellcasting rules say: A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus action on your turn to cast the spell, provided that you haven't already taken a bonus action ...
6
votes
3answers
3k views

How high can my monk jump?

My monk has a movement of 50ft and a +4 strength bonus (18 STR). My computation for my maximum jump is start of 10 ft. I arrive at a high jump of 14 ft + remaining movement which is rounded down ...
21
votes
6answers
4k views

How can I make a spell very hard to dispel?

I'm asking as a player. We are at a part of the campaign where the enemy wizard/sorcerer always has dispel magic prepared. As a support wizard, I find that the enemy caster always dispel the buff I've ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

Can a Pearl of Power be used to cast Identify?

My group recently located a Pearl of Power on their adventures. The campaign setting is not always a place where spell components are easy to come by. As a consequence, the players have asked me if ...
12
votes
0answers
3k views

Can a permanent teleportation circle be dispelled? [duplicate]

Teleportation circle (PHB, pg. 282) can be made permanent, as the spell description says: You can create a permanent teleportation circle by casting this spell in the same location every day for ...
6
votes
1answer
352 views

What is the rarity of my homebrew shortbow?

I want to create a custom magic item - a shortbow in particular. I want it to have a illusion theme but also a psychic damage theme, so here's what I've come up with. It will require attunement; it ...
15
votes
4answers
2k views

Can Lay on Hands be used to both heal hit points and remove diseases/poisons with the same action?

The Paladin's Lay on Hands feature says: As an action, you can touch a creature and [...] restore a number of hit points to that creature. It also goes on to say: Alternatively, you can expend ...
1
vote
0answers
108 views

How do I make a creature with a +0 Saving Throw bonus in Genius Inc.'s DND Monster Maker?

I'm using Genius Inc.'s DND Monster Maker, and I can't seem to make the tool show a Saving Throw bonus of +0 in its generated stat block. I'm trying to make a monster that has a -2 to Wisdom but has ...
14
votes
1answer
905 views

Does the Hunter ranger's Stand Against the Tide feature require a re-roll of the missed attack?

At 15th level, the Hunter ranger archetype of Ranger can choose the following feature: Stand Against the Tide. When a hostile creature misses you with a melee attack, you can use your reaction to ...
21
votes
1answer
2k views

Can a player survive suffocation with a Periapt of Wound Closure?

The Periapt of Wound Closure's description says While you wear this pendant, you stabilize whenever you are dying at the start of your turn. In addition, whenever you roll a Hit Die to regain hit ...
0
votes
0answers
171 views

How to show a military takeover of a town [closed]

I'm currently running my first campaign as a DM. My PCs are in an idyllic local town, and an apparently benevolent NPC is trying to make the town more militaristic and seize power. How can I best ...
3
votes
0answers
55 views

How do you use DC when you cast a spell [duplicate]

Say I use a spell that requires target to make a DEX save or take 2d6 fire dmg. What would I compare that creatures DEX save to? Example: I cast a spell that says, "Target creature makes a DEX ...
-1
votes
1answer
181 views

Where is the Storm Boomerang located in the books?

I have seen references to a Storm Boomerang on D&D Beyond and a couple of other places, saying it's in Princes of the Apocalypse. I have the book, but cannot find it anywhere. Can someone give me ...
8
votes
1answer
754 views

As a Kensei monk, can I use the Martial Arts feature to change the 1d4 extra damage from Kensei's Shot to my Martial Arts die?

Do a Way of the Kensei monk's kensei weapons count as monk weapons? If they do, since the weapon's regular damage can be replaced by a monk weapon die, can the extra damage from Kensei Shot also be ...
8
votes
3answers
782 views

Can a DM deny your background if it's from a book? [closed]

My Dungeon Master and I have been at arms for a week now since she allowed another player to kill me while I was away from the game, sick. Now that I've built my new character, she tells me that I ...
3
votes
2answers
184 views

Is this homebrew Copy spell balanced? [closed]

A player created this homebrew copy spell: Copy 2nd-level conjuration Components: V, S, M (an amount of coins equal in worth to the (unenchanted version of) the copied item) Casting ...
10
votes
5answers
338 views

Can an Unseen Servant create a distraction that grants you advantage on attack?

Whether via the Help action or the Use an Object action or just ordinary interaction with an object, can an Unseen Servant distract your enemy so as to grant advantage to your attack on that enemy? ...
2
votes
0answers
61 views

How to convert “EPIC” 4E Solo monsters to 5E? [closed]

I've been scouring the web to find a good example of converting D&D 4E EPIC monsters (level 20-35+ in 4E) to equivalent 5E versions. I did see a couple of threads here and they help with how to ...
7
votes
2answers
583 views

Can I apply multiple doses of Basic Poison to a weapon and get a cumulative effect?

Suppose I have two vials of Basic Poison: You can use the poison in this vial to coat one slashing or piercing weapon or up to three pieces of ammunition. Applying the poison takes an action. A ...
4
votes
1answer
199 views

Does a true polymorphed familiar retain the mechanical benefits of a familiar?

If I use find familiar as an Arcane Trickster Rogue, then have a high level wizard cast (concentration) true polymorph on said familiar to turn them into a homunculus, would the familiar still retain ...