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Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition is 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. Previously code-named D&D Next.

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What treasure could be in a vampire's tomb for a 1st-level party? [closed]

I created a D&D 5e module. There is an ancient vampire's tomb as the module endpoint. The tomb was opened by a random human who dug through a cave wall near a tomb the day before the players ...
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Does a druid starting with a bow start with no arrows?

A druid's starting equipment consists of: (a) a wooden shield or (b) any simple weapon (a) a scimitar or (b) any simple melee weapon Leather armor, an explorer’s pack, and a druidic focus ...
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Does casting Light, or a similar spell, have any effect when the caster is swallowed by a monster?

So you've been swallowed by a Giant Toad. Oops. Your fellows are sure to kill it soon enough, but you want to do something in the meantime. "Well," you say, "perhaps I'll attack the toad from the ...
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Could a Lich have a Clone spell prepared as insurance for getting its phylactery destroyed?

I'm thinking of using the following setup for a long-term villain in a campaign I'm planning: A Lich, for whatever reason, has a prepared Clone spell hanging around (maybe paranoia, maybe a forgotten ...
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Would it be possible to use the Twinned Spell metamagic with the Heat Metal spell?

Generally, the heat metal spell is cast upon the metal weapons or armor of an enemy creature. But, assuming you had enough levels in sorcerer and either bard, druid or Forge Domain cleric, could you ...
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How do the Pass without Trace and Hunter's Mark spells interact?

I was running what was supposed to be a one-shot recently, where the party was tracking some unicorns. The party's ranger used Hunter's Mark on one of the unicorns, who then used pass without trace. ...
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Is there a list of monsters by plane of origin anywhere?

I’m trying to make a different kind of campaign that deals with all of the planes. I recently found out about the plane of Mechanus. Is there a list of the different planes in 5e? More specifically ...
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Can the Telekinesis spell be used to move attached objects, like a city gate?

The object-targeting option of the Telekinesis spell (PHB, p. 280-281) says: You can try to move an object that weighs up to 1,000 pounds. If the object isn't being worn or carried, you ...
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Can you cast the Darkness spell on an in-flight arrow using the Ready action?

A Level 18 Way of Shadow monk wants to Ready his action to use his reaction to cast Darkness on the tail feather of an arrow shot by one of his allies in mid-flight. Is this sort of maneuver doable, ...
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What mechanic is there to disable a threat instead of killing it?

Is there a built-in mechanic in D&D5e for when the players choose to disable or neutralize a threat as opposed to kill outright?
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Designing 'Gandalf' NPCs [closed]

I'm designing an NPC that is meant to be a manager/mentor to the players. Contrary to the archetype I've just invoked by mentioning Gandalf, she isn't some divine force incarnate-she's just somewhat ...
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What method can I use to design a dungeon difficult enough that the PCs can't make it through without killing them?

The first 'round' of my campaign will end with the deaths (and resurrections) of all of the players. Their role before catastrophe strikes is as teachers in a philanthropically funded school in an ...
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Which is easier to implement: a time based insurmountable obstacle or a “meat gate” one? [closed]

The first 'round' of my campaign will end with the deaths (and resurrections) of all of the players. Their role before catastrophe strikes is as teachers in a philanthropically funded school in an ...
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Are there specific descriptions of what each of the racial languages sound like?

Running adventures with varied races of NPC, I run into a lot of times where I simply say "It sounds like they're speaking Elvish/Orcish/etc etc". I'd like to know if perhaps there are descriptions of ...
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What's the in-universe reasoning behind sorcerers needing material components?

Sorcerers are "spontaneous" spell casters. They don't "learn spells" the way a wizard does; their spells aren't granted by a powerful extraplanar entity the way a cleric's, paladin's, or warlock's ...
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Can my sorcerer use a spellbook only to collect spells and scribe scrolls, not cast?

I have been playing a sorcerer that went to wizard school as part of his backstory and often refers to himself as a terrible wizard. So he has a spellbook that I’ve spent time and gold on. He is not ...
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How can the positive/negative planes be described?

Unlike the other planes, the positive and negative planes are notoriously sparsely described. In fact, I figured that it wasn't even possible to go there until recently, when I read the description of ...
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What dictates an item being considered “worn or carried”? [duplicate]

If a stranger sleight of hands a feather into one of your player's hats/helmet, does that feather count as being worn or carried by the player? If so or if not, can a spell like darkness be cast on ...
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How would I stat a creature to be immune to everything but the Magic Missile spell? (just for fun)

My DM has, for the sake of adding some light-hearted fun to our campaign, introduced a magic chicken that has 1HP but can only die due to the magic missile spell. My question is, if we were to create ...
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Does the Maddening Darkness spell affect creatures in its radius if they have 9th-level magical light illuminating it?

The description of the maddening darkness spell (XGtE, p. 160) says [emphasis mine]: Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within range to fill a 60 foot-radius sphere until the spell ...
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Is it possible for a PC to dismember a humanoid?

I am playing a level 2 tiefling barbarian with a strength of 20. Part of my character concept is the ability to literally tear weaker humanoid opponents into pieces. Is it possible for me to tear a ...
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Does the Cone of Cold spell freeze water?

The cone of cold spell description states: A blast of cold air erupts from your hands. Each creature in a 60-foot cone must make a Constitution saving throw. A creature takes 8d8 cold damage on a ...
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Can I set a Ready action to trigger when literally anything happens?

The Ready action in the PHB specifies that you can specify what circumstances will trigger it, and that when the trigger occurs, you can take your reaction or ignore the trigger. Further, if the ...
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What is an equivalently powerful replacement spell for the Yuan-Ti's Suggestion spell?

I'm currently running and there's a lot of Yuan-Ti the party is about to encounter. My party has had a lot of contention and pain-points with the Suggestion spell, and it appears to be a hard ...
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What magic item can I give my NPC to summon monsters?

Is there anything a low-level NPC could get their hands on to summon monsters? Preferably an option where the monsters simply infest the location and are non-responsive to the summoner. I'm looking ...
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Does Dispel Magic work on Tiny Hut?

Over the weekened one of my players stumped me when she made the claim that Dispel Magic wouldn't work on Tiny Hut due to these lines: Creatures and objects within the dome when you cast this spell ...
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If a warlock makes a Dancing Sword their pact weapon, is there a way to prevent it from disappearing if it's farther away for more than a minute?

I currently have a Pact of the Blade warlock, and recently came across a dancing sword (a rapier). I am considering making it my pact weapon, but there is still a minor inconvenience. While the ...
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Does the second part of the Wild Magic sorcerer's Tides of Chaos feature allow it to bypass the limitation of once per long rest?

I have a feeling I'm missing something obvious, but the Wild Magic sorcerer's Tides of Chaos feature (PHB, p. 103) states: Starting at 1st level, you can manipulate the forces of chance and chaos ...
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What are the consequences of playing a non-combat-oriented bard in an underdark campaign? [closed]

I'm about to join into a new campaign with a few other members and I was planning on creating a con artist kind of bard that uses disguise self and friends with the actor feat focusing on non combat ...
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Can a simulacrum true polymorphed into an archmage regain spell slots?

Followup to: Can a simulacrum "regain" HP by being True Polymorphed into a creature that can do so normally? So this is a particularly ridiculous idea, but it might work. A simulacrum ...
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How does Create Thrall, the Great Old One Warlock feature, work in Adventurers League play?

When a Great Old One Warlock uses the Create Thrall feature (PHB, p. 110) in Adventurers League play, does the Thrall work with you? Does it persist through sessions? Is there any guidance on how ...
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How would a house-rule allowing the Wild Magic Surge sorcerer feature to work with cantrips as well affect its power level?

I’m preparing to run a 5e campaign, and want to make a change to the Wild Magic sorcerer's Wild Magic Surge feature (PHB, p. 103). Instead of the description saying: Immediately after you cast a ...
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What is the highest total result one can get for a skill check?

I was bored, so I decided to try to calculate what could be the highest total result one could obtain for a skill check. Answers can include officially published material, including magic items - but ...
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What is every way a character can gain access to the Wish spell other than magic items?

According to what I’ve seen, Arcana clerics, wizards, bards (through the Magical Secrets feature), and sorcerers are the only classes/subclasses that can learn or prepare the wish spell. Are there ...
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Can a Simulacrum regain health from class features?

My proposed question comes from the School of Necromancy wizard's Grim Harvest feature (PHB, p. 118): Grim Harvest At 2nd level, you gain the ability to reap life energy from creatures you ...
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Do creatures with a listed speed of “0 ft., fly 30 ft. (hover)” ever touch the ground?

As an example, I'm considering a Demilich. Will my PC ever encounter a Demilich on the ground (for example, running up and surprising one that is sleeping on the ground)? In general, though, do ...
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How does an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location interact with the Augury spell?

One of my players got his hand on an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location, which hides him from divination magic. The description says: While wearing this amulet, you are hidden from ...
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How does an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location interact with the Detect Magic spell?

One of my players got his hand on an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location, which hides him from divination magic. The description says: While wearing this amulet, you are hidden from ...
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What class has the most spells known or prepared (aside from Wizard)?

As I feel like this needs to be asked, I have noticed that all spellcasting classes really get a limited amount of spells at a time, such as spells known or spells prepared. I have to ask, though, ...
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How exploitable/balanced is this homebrew spell: Spell Ward?

I am designing a trap for my players. One of them has Disintegrate (known to their enemies), which would make escaping the trap relatively easy. I would like to block this method, once. To achieve ...
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How can I encourage PCs to come back to Home Base when their quests are far from home?

I am new to DM'ing and I have been thinking of the option of a Home Base for my party. I like the idea of building up a base, with craftsmen and libraries, etc for research and training and also to ...
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Can a simulacrum “regain” HP by being True Polymorphed into a creature that can do so normally?

If a simulacrum is polymorphed through True Polymorph into a creature that can regain hit points normally, can the simulacrum regain hit points while polymorphed in that way?
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Is this Sentient Vine Cloak magic item balanced?

I've got a level 8 halfling Circle of the Moon Druid who really enjoys using quirky Wild Shapes at every opportunity she can get. I want to encourage the creative beast choices during combat, and give ...
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How would the Beacon of Hope spell interact with the paladin's Lay on Hands feature?

How would the beacon of hope spell interact with the paladin's Lay on Hands feature? Logically, I'm thinking it won't have any effect, as Lay on Hands heals an exact amount of hp (in my opinion, they ...
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How does allowing Sneak Attack with improvised weapons imbalance gameplay at the table?

Context Following up on Can Sneak Attack be used when hitting with an improvised weapon? By RAW: Not unless you have an ability that allows Sneak Attack with an improvised weapon Or, at DM's ...
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What are the balance implications of using passive Arcana to identify spells for counterspell?

Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 85) gives an optional rule if a character wants to identify a spell: Sometimes a character wants to identify a spell that someone else is casting or that was ...
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What happens if you ask the Commune spell a paradox?

What happens if a PC asks the Commune spell a paradox? Would the answer to my question be no? Actually, if the answer is no, then it is no, so the real answer would be yes, but again, yes is not ...
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I'm worried the players at my group don't like me. What do I do? [closed]

Note: This is about a social dynamic, and is loosely related to gameplay. If you want to answer the question, keep this in mind. Or maybe it is gameplay; it could have something to do with how I'm ...
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Circle of the Flame Druid (V 1.6): Is this one more balanced?

As a follow up to the original balance question, and after some input from GiTP homebrew forum members and the goodly folks here at RPG.SE, the Circle of the Flame Druid as currently envisioned is, I ...
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How did nobles fill their armies in Amn, near Baldur's Gate?

Is there some common way that a landlord in Amn gets soldiers in his army, such as mobilized peasants? How many of them could be in typical army? I am pretty new in D&D, and I am trying to ...