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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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How can a frightened creature affected by the Fear spell attack the spellcaster normally?

Someone said he read somewhere on this site, that if the creature can't run away (dash safely) then there is no effect and they can then move up and lash out at the caster as they would normally. Yet ...
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Can a Beast Conclave Ranger (UA) multiclassed w/Wizard benefit from using Speak with Animals to cast Suggestion on their own beast?

Similar to this question about the PHB Beastmaster, I want to know if, as a 3rd level Beast Conclave (Revised Ranger on UA) multiclassed as Wizard 3, I could cast Speak with Animals to enable my using ...
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Can the Staff of the Python be used as a weapon?

Can the D&D 5e version of the Staff of the Python be used as a weapon? If so, what are its stats?
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Are there any resources from other editions that are a good companion to the 5th edition Waterdeep adventures?

The 5th Edition adventure Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is an urban style adventure based in a very large city. While the adventure itself is good and provides a lot of resources in the city, it is lacking ...
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Can you cast Sanctuary after initiating a grapple without causing the spell to immediately end?

I think it's pretty well established that if you cast Sanctuary on yourself, then initiate a grapple, sanctuary is broken because initiating a grapple is a "special melee attack." However, a situation ...
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What happens if a dragon in Waterdeep has permission to enter the city revoked?

The Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure (in a sidebar on p. 6) gives details of In it it states: Of specific interest are the way(s) a dragon can get permission: This makes it pretty clear that a ...
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Do PCs know about spell levels? [duplicate]

I was reading some lore from the Forgotten Realms and saw something about higher level spell slots (10, 11 and 12) and them being sealed off for mortal beings. So I was wondering if PCs know about ...
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If a Gnome is riding a Dragonborn who is riding a horse, who can be targeted when the horse provokes an opportunity attack?

We have a gnome fighter and a dragonborn bard in our campaign. The gnome sometimes gets in a makeshift sling on the dragonborn's back to shoot arrows at enemies during combat. Thus far I've considered ...
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Can a character have two pasts? [closed]

I have a character in mind that has two pasts. Basically I want to create a character that has the memories of two other people in her head. Somewhat like split personality but more like a fusion of ...
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Can a spell cast inside a globe of invulnerability be counterspelled?

If a spell caster is inside a globe of invulnerability and they try casting a spell, can somebody outside of the globe use counterspell to block their attempt to cast that spell? I had though it would ...
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Can the Catapult spell be used to launch objects straight up or at an angle?

Catapult reads: Choose one object weighing 1 to 5 pounds within range that isn't being worn or carried. The object flies in a straight line up to 90 feet in a direction you choose before ...
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What is the evidence, if any, that the Ranger Beast Master archetype is comparatively underpowered?

I have seen various claims that the Ranger's Beast Master Archetype is underpowered, compared to other ranger archetypes and/or classes. I have searched for some factual analysis that would support ...
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Can an unconscious PC or NPC reject healing from a potion?

After examining the 5e PHB on healing (pg 197) and perusing through various healing spells, I have found no reference to willingness as a required component for HP to be restored. The context for this ...
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What abilities allow me to reroll or replace die rolls?

I am building a "lucky wizard" for my newest campaign. The concept is to use abilities and features that allow me to reroll (or replace rolls) attacks, abilities, and/or saving throws (such as the ...
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Does a Pearl of Power create new slots?

The Pearl of Power states You can use an action to speak its command word and regain one expended spell slot. If the expended slot was of 4th level or higher, the new slot is 3rd level. I'm a ...
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How do multi-element attacks interact with death saves? [duplicate]

There are a lot of spells and even weapons the have multiple damage types in the same attack. For example, Meteor Swarm has 20d6 bludgeoning and 20d6 fire damage. Let's say an unfortunate PC gets hit ...
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Is this homebrew 'Outsider' race balanced?

I am currently editing a homebrew race that I have created, and after a good few versions, I believe I am coming to some semblance of a decent homebrew race. However, I fear that it may be unbalanced ...
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Can a multiclass Beastmaster/Wizard benefit from using Speak with Animals to cast Suggestion on their own animal companion?

As a Beastmaster 3 / Wizard 3, I want to use Speak with Animals to enable my using the Suggestion spell on my beast companion, for the purpose of issuing to her a two-sentence set of "marching orders"....
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Is there any reason not to use a Pearl of Power as soon as possible?

Suppose I, a wizard, have a Pearl of Power attuned and have not used it today, and I have just finished a battle in which I used at least one spell slot of 3rd level or higher. I could save the pearl ...
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I killed a PC's animal companion at the end of last session, but later realized it should have survived; what are my options?

Notes: I am the DM, my players are a group of 7, levels of 11 or 12. So, our last weeks session ended with a black dragon releasing an acid breath attack on the only visible enemies in a courtyard. ...
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Can a dragonborn use his breath weapon as a weapon attack if he is hasted?

Let's say im a level 5 fighter dragonborn, and I have the potion of haste. Then I have one extra attack, action surge, and a breath weapon. Under the description of the potion of haste, it says you ...
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Why do most dwarven city names in the Forgotten Realms have a suffix of -bar?

I am running a 5e campaign based in the Silver Marches of Faerun of the Forgotten Realms universe. I noticed that some of the cities in and around the Silver Marches area have a suffix of -bar, and I ...
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Does the Catapult spell do damage based on weight or spell level?

I have seen a fair amount of catapult + folding boat questions and it seems like people are just looking for solutions for when players find out that is a thing. However, I am more curious as to ...
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Is it inconvenient for the DM if I make a pet to go with my character?

I am fairly new to Dungeons & Dragons. While making my character (Half-Elf Rogue) I thought that it would be cool if my PC owned a pet to tie into her background, as my background as an Urchin ...
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What Warlock subclass suits this concept the best? [closed]

I have a basic concept of a Warlock and need a hand in choosing the subclass. It can be a homebrew subclass as long as it's not too OP. The character I'm going to play has made a pact with a strange ...
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Can you cast True Strike and upon the next turn cast a touch spell through a familar for advantage?

I am rather curious about the interactions between Find Familiar and True Strike in the case of touch spells in D&D 5e. My understanding is that the touch spell can be delivered by a familiar, but ...
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Do the Boots of Striding and Springing cancel the speed reduction from heavily encumbered characters?

From the description of the boots of striding and springing: your speed isn’t reduced if you are encumbered Two lines from the variant rule on encumbrance (emphasis not mine): encumbered, which ...
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Do I add my Strength modifier to the damage of unarmed strikes if I have the Tavern Brawler feat?

Do I add my Strength modifier to the damage of unarmed strikes if I have the Tavern Brawler feat? From my understanding, the attack roll would be 1d20 + Proficiency + Str modifier. My question is ...
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Does the Encode Thoughts spell remove the target thought from memory, or does it create a copy?

The description of the encode thoughts cantrip says (GGtR, p. 47; emphasis mine): Putting a finger to your head, you pull a memory, an idea, or a message from your mind and transform it into a ...
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Can modify memory be used to change a revenant's target?

I am GMing a homebrew story and was trying to think of an enemy that my party could encounter that would be more story driven than just one that gets more dice to hurt them with. I have been ...
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How should I adjudicate a player character's Wisdom (Perception) check against monsters lying in ambush?

Example: A fighter is concerned by the potential of ambush and scans the suspected area. For certain, there are goblins hiding in the thicket he suspects. Should the DM have the fighter roll a ...
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What does “…from nonmagical attacks not made with silvered weapons” mean?

I'm sure your first thought is, that's perfectly clear. Unfortunately my group who aren't normally rules lawyers disagree. Party encounters a Werewolf (MM p.211). It has: Damage Immunities: ...
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Can the Necromancy wizard's Command Undead feature be used on the Nightwalker from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes?

The School of Necromancy wizard has the Command Undead feature (PHB, p. 119): Starting at 14th level, you can use magic to bring undead under your control, even those created by other wizards. As ...
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Is using the effect of the Comprehend Languages spell too strenuous to be done as part of a short rest?

The PHB describes a short rest as: A short rest is a period of downtime, at least 1 hour long, during which a character does nothing more strenuous than eating, drinking, reading, and tending to ...
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Does reducing a character's max HP with a spell also reduce the “negative HP” threshold needed to cause instant death?

Here's my situation: In a fight with a group of vampire thralls, the party's wizard got caught in a corner and was being savaged by vampire bites, his max HP dropping from 24 to 11. They fended off ...
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Is this homebrew Awakened Monkey race balanced?

I have a homebrew race I would like evaluated, for overall balance. Awakened Monkey You were once an ordinary monkey, just wandering with your monkey friends, and one day you were awakened. ...
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How can I play a dumb and un-charismatic character?

I've got a character I'm thinking about swapping into a campaign, since I'm not having much fun with my current character, because of how passive I've made them. The new character I have lined up is a ...
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How would strategic but non-damaging actions affect monster CR?

I'm in the middle of designing a dungeon with heavy fire and ice elemental themes influencing a lot of undead enemies. I'm relying on CR a lot to rough out encounters, as I don't have a super great ...
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How should I handle a paladin player character killing foes after they surrender? [closed]

Recently my players were raiding a criminal headquarters. These were not nice people: drug runners, loan sharks, things like that. However, as the fight went poorly and they were unable to run away, ...
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What's the closest RAW build possible to Fritz Lieber’s Fafhrd character in 5e?

Similar to What's the closest RAW build possible to the Gray Mouser in 5e?, I am referring to a legendary figure of Fritz Lieber's Lankhmar series (one of the things Gary Gygax said was his ...
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Can a creature travel from the destination of the Teleportation Circle spell back to the source circle?

The teleportation circle spell description states that: You draw a 10-foot-diameter circle on the ground that links your location to a permanent teleportation circle whose sigil sequence you know ...
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Can a creature with a Mind Blank spell active on itself target itself with Encode Thoughts?

Can a creature with an active mind blank spell target itself with encode thoughts? My gut instinct was no. Upon further review, maybe? For context: I am playing a divination wizard in a West ...
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Can a mummy lord cast Planar Ally to escape a bag of holding?

So my group recently defeated a mummy lord and learned a bit too late that they had to find his heart and destroy it. The heart "got away" and they spent a few sessions tracking it down again and ...
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Which is better: casting Witch Bolt, or spamming Fire Bolt?

In a scenario of 5 rounds in level 1, where spell range doesn't matter, and the enemy's AC gives you a hit chance of 50%. Which is better: casting Witch Bolt, or spamming Fire Bolt for 5 consecutive ...
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Does the PH+1 DDAL rule apply to magic items?

I'm making a Dex-based Eldritch Knight for Adventurer's League. I want to give it the cantrip Green-Flame Blade (from SCAG {this part of the question has been answered}), but the build I'm thinking of ...
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Does Planar Binding require you to keep concentrating on the summoning spell?

Planar binding states: With this spell, you attempt to bind a celestial, an elemental, a fey, or a fiend to your service. The creature must be within range for the entire casting of the spell. [......
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If a Barbarian/Sorcerer multiclass casts False Life on himself, then rages, will the spell's effect remain active?

In an adventure I am playing, I play a barbarian 1 / sorcerer 1, and I am in a dispute with my DM. My DM says that if I cast False Life on myself, then Rage, the spell's effect will not remain. Page ...
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Is there a quick and fair way to adjust stats for an upcast Conjured Elemental?

The 5th level spell Conjure Elemental spell states (PHB, p. 225, bold added): An elemental of challenge rating 5 or lower appropriate to the area you chose appears in an unoccupied space within 10 ...
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Resisting beneficial spells [duplicate]

By the general rules, there's some buffing and healing spells that seem to just take effect. For example, Cure Wounds and Enhance Ability merely state "you touch a creature and a thing happens". ...
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Can the Arcana cleric's Spell Breaker feature affect multiple people targeted by a mass-healing spell?

Arcana Domain clerics gain the Spell Breaker feature at 6th level. The description (SCAG, p. 126) says: Starting at 6th level, when you restore hit points to an ally with a spell of 1st level or ...