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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.

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What Enchantment wizard spells would synergize well with a Beast Master ranger's animal companion? [closed]

I'm just getting into my first character, and planning on eventually multiclassing Beast Master ranger and Enchantment wizard. What enchantment wizard spells would synergize well with a Beast Master'...
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Party split into two: how do I bring them together? [closed]

I have a party of 4 players. Last session, one player was unable to attend. While I was sort of uncomfortable running a game without another player (I've done this in the past) all of the other ...
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What spell list must dragons use, if any?

The Monster Manual describes a Variant rule for Innate Spellcasting for dragons in p. 86. The book does not specify a specific class for the spell list, so which spell list do they use? Possible ...
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Should I continue my campaign after 2 of my players left? [closed]

Just wanted a general opinion on something, so I’ve been DMing for the past 6 months or so after our original DM had left our group (4 people). I had homebrewed a world of my own creation etc and my ...
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Can I make an object, so that when the characters touch it they are teleported somewhere else?

I want it so I can teleport characters to the top of a tower in D&D 5e. They will then battle their way down the tower. My idea is that they touch an object and it teleports them there. Is this a ...
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Does polymorph cancel rage?

We know that when you polymorph in D&D 5e, per the spell, you lose access to your class features, as discussed in this question. However, polymorph does not say it cancels on-going effects on the ...
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I have a problem incorporating a player with ADHD [duplicate]

There's a kid in my High School D&D group with A.D.H.D and he has a lot of trouble sitting still and distracts the other players. He's having a lot of fun goofing off, and doesn't seem very ...
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Is it normal for my players to be this casual about the game? [closed]

I'm a new DM and I'm running a group of new players. We're a pretty casual group and they haven't bought books or dice, and aren't very invested in the game. Is that normal? How much should I ask of ...
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Where can the players sell the Griffon Eggs in Princes of the Apocalypse?

I've been playing Princes of the Apocalypse lately, and... (spoiler about the adventure) Where can the players sell it? It doesn't seem like Red Larch has anywhere with the infrastructure to incubate ...
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Can the Simulacrum of a Level 10+ Cleric attempt a Divine Intervention? [duplicate]

Clerics get the Divine Intervention feature at level 10. Beginning at 10th level, you can call on your deity to intervene on your behalf as an action. Describe the assistance you seek, and roll ...
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Can Fade Away be Counterspelled?

Does the racial feat Fade Away count as a spell cast by the user or is it a racial trait activation such as a dragon's fire breath and therefore can't be counterspelled?
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Does the Fade Away gnome racial feat require concentration?

Does the invisibility that the Fade Away racial feat (for gnomes) grants require concentration or would using it drop any spells the user is currently concentrating on? The wording doesn't ...
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Which form(s) does the Shadow's Strength Drain attack affect when cast on a Wild Shaped, Shapechanged, Polymorphed or True Polymorphed character?

The Shadow's Strength Drain attack states: Strength Drain. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 9 (2d6 + 2) necrotic damage, and the target’s Strength score is reduced by ...
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Do Sleight of Hand checks cover stealthiness?

The PHB and basic rules describe Sleight of Hand checks as follows: Whenever you attempt an act of legerdemain or manual trickery, such as planting something on someone else or concealing an object ...
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What happens to lightning spells underwater?

As the old adage goes "water and electricity don't mix" because in real life water has impurities in it that make it super conductible. So what would happen in D&D if, for instance, a sorceress ...
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Is it possible to harvest parts of elementals summoned by the Conjure Elemental spell?

From the conjure elemental spell description (PHB, pg. 225): The elemental disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or when the spell ends. Can I rip parts off of an elemental before it ...
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Do the Illusionist's Bracers make warlocks unbalanced? [closed]

The Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica book introduces a magic item called the illusionist's bracers: While wearing the bracers, whenever you cast a cantrip, you can use a bonus action on the same ...
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Are there rules that say that extremely high ability scores provide additional benefits solely because those ability scores are so high? [closed]

Skills are affected through stats obviously and it's pretty self explanatory how they will affect a skill as it's usually in the description. But what about things outside of skill scaling? Does a ...
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What values do I recalculate when I Wild Shape?

When I Wild Shape, I take a beast's STR, DEX, and CON scores. I keep my proficiency bonus and my INT, WIS, and CHA scores. I will focus this question on the assumption I'm proficient in Athletics, and ...
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Is it possible for 2 (or more) wizards to share a spell book?

I have a party idea where a group of eager to learn young apprentices leave their masters tower after getting impatient with his method of teaching. But they only remember to take one spell book, and ...
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Things that stack with the Champion's Improved Critical? [duplicate]

On the PHB p. 72 it just says: Improved Critical Beginning when you choose this archetype at 3rd level, your weapon attacks score a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20. So my assumption is ...
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Are there spells that heal both me and my allies based on the damage dealt to our enemies?

I would like to create a character in D&D 5e similar to World of Warcraft's Shadow Priest. Specifically one aspect of the Shadow Priest; when he does damage, it heals other players nearby. I was ...
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Can I summon a flail snail or invisible stalker with Conjure Elemental?

The conjure elemental spell says: You call forth an elemental servant. Choose an area of air, earth, fire, or water that fills a 10-foot cube within range. An elemental of challenge rating 5 or ...
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Can the help action trigger a Rogue's sneak attack?

Let's say that I determined the best course of action is using the Help action to give my Rogue buddy an advantage on his attack instead of attacking by myself. Would that attack then gain the sneak ...
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Can natural weapons be simple or martial weapons?

Natural weapons are considered to be melee weapons rather than unarmed. I see in this answer that natural weapons are neither simple nor martial weapons, but this seems to be an assumption that I can'...
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Are there rules (or at least relevant statements) in 5e about conservation of mass with magic?

Since some spells (such as enlarge/reduce) seem to reduce or increase the amount of mass that is present in game-play with no explanation as to how this happens, some interpret that to mean that ...
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How does the Staff of the Python work?

The D&D 5th edition rules about the staff of the python state the following: You can use an action to speak this staff's command word and throw the staff on the ground within 10 feet of you. ...
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Can the Immovable Rod be broken?

I was looking into the immovable rod (as an option for pinning someone), and there were no specifics for if it could break or how to do it. The immovable rod has a weight limit of 8,000 pounds ...
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What are the mechanical consequences that arise for a PC with the undead creature type?

A tabaxi ranger/assassin in my game made a pact with an unknown power (homebrew deity-like undead necromancer from the Death Plane). To achieve this he became an undead tabaxi (and he took one level ...
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Why do effects that overcome the willpower of their target use Wisdom, while resisting possession requires Charisma saves? [closed]

The PHB defines WIS as following (excerpt): Wisdom reflects how attuned you are to the world around you and represents perceptiveness and intuition. and CHA like this: Charisma measures your ...
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Is the AC of a Mirror Image Duplicate fixed at Point of Casting?

The spell Mirror Image states the following: A duplicate's AC equals 10 + your Dexterity modifier. However - if you were to cast Mirror Image, and then change your DEX (e.g. by equipping/...
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Does the Mind Blade count as a magic weapon in the hands of someone other than its intended wielder?

In Volo's Guide to Monsters (pg. 81), the mind blade weapon is described: Mind Blade Weapon (any sword), rare (requires attunement by a specific individual) Mind flayers can turn any ...
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Is there any difference between doing the Wisdom save against the Command spell when it's cast and doing it on the target's turn?

(This question is inspired by the question: When do enemies save against the Command spell?.) I understand that the DM is thinking that the resisting part of the spell come on the target's turn, ...
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How can my wizard cast Levitate, Invisibility and Magic Weapon and have them all active at the same time before a battle? [duplicate]

As I understand the Fifth Edition rules, my player character may only have one spell that requires concentration active and in place at a time. Levitate, invisibility, and magic weapon all require ...
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Does Disguise Self make parts of you invisible?

Part of the disguise self spell says: If you use this spell to appear thinner than you are, the hand of someone who reaches out to touch you would bump into you while it was seemingly still in ...
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When do enemies save against the Command spell?

I play a Glamour bard with the Mantle of Majesty feature (XGtE, p. 14). The feature lets me cast command on a creature as a bonus action. My DM and I currently are arguing about when the enemy gets ...
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How can one use the Shape Water cantrip offensively? [closed]

The shape water cantrip description says: You choose an area of water that you can see within range and that fits within a 5-foot cube. You manipulate it in one of the following ways: You ...
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Can I cast a spell as a reaction when a creature enters the reach of my quarterstaff if I have the Polearm Master and War Caster feats? [duplicate]

The Polearm Master feat (PHB, p. 168) says: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, quarterstaff or spear, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when they enter the reach ...
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What does “DMG” mean?

I'm new to D&D 5e and it's the first time I've played. People keep referring to the "DMG". What is it? It is a game mechanic or something else? If it is a game mechanic, what does it do?
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Does an Oni get new HP when it changes shape into a humanoid or large giant?

I am building an encounter for 6 or 7 PCs (mixed levels 4/5) with an Oni: it may turn into combat. Oni can be very difficult, even deadly, encounters for PCs at this level. What has me puzzled is ...
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How do I deal with a DM that throws encounters at us that are way above the party?

I'm not sure if the question was worded in a coherent way, but I have recently played in a Pathfinder game and a 5e game and both times the DM (same one both times) gave us overpowered encounters. ...
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Is this homebrew Mind Flayer race balanced?

I have found a homebrew Mind Flayer race* and am wondering if it is reasonably well balanced against other races. I have removed the fluff like age etc and just left the important parts. My personal ...
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Summoning high CR monsters with Planar Ally

Given that a character can cast Planar Ally, what is the highest CR they can summon? Can they summon a monster with a CR higher than their own level? Would a level 11 cleric be able to summon a CR 19 ...
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Can you cast the Conjure Elemental spell to summon an elemental within the area of effect of the Forbiddance spell?

The forbiddance spell description states: You create a ward against magical travel that protects up to 40,000 square feet of floor space to a height of 30 feet above the floor. For the duration, ...
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Homebrewing a Naga: Is this option a balanced substitute for Magical Resistance?

I am homebrewing a Naga PC and using the Yuan-Ti Pureblood (Volo's Guide to Monsters, Page 120), but I felt that Magical Resistance (below quote) was a little too strong and didn't fit what I was ...
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Is it possible to increase the AC of a mirror image duplicate?

Pretty straight forward question. By RAW, is it possible to increase the AC of the duplicates created by mirror image or they will always have an AC equal to 10 + Dex modifier? Be it using other ...
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How do I calculate challenge rating against a player character? [duplicate]

I am trying to pit a party against a powerful, epic-leveled Goliath Barbarian, using the abilities he would have as a player character. I do not want to make him too powerful, but I still want him to ...
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Can you cast spells with verbal components if you have no tongue?

A situation occurred where a cheeky Bard spoke afoul one too many times in the presence of some seriously bad hombres, and as a result, he got half his tongue cut out. Now I'm not familiar with how ...
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Now that Simulacrums are constructs, should healing methods that work on other constructs work on them as well?

The simulacrum spell description states the following: If the simulacrum is damaged, you can repair it in an alchemical laboratory, using rare herbs and minerals worth 100 gp per hit point it ...
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How can I homebrew a unique demonic animal companion for my player's moon druid? [closed]

As a DM I get a question from one of my players in my group, there are five people. However, it is the third level tiefling moon druid who asked "if he can have an animal companion later on in the ...