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For questions about Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, 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. It was previously code-named D&D Next during the playtest period.

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At what level does the Sleep spell stop being effective?

Answering this homebrew question reminded me of the peculiar nature of the sleep spell -- on level one, it is an absolute beast: common opponents like kobolds or goblins have around half a dozen hp, ...
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Bullseye Lantern: does pointing one away from you keep you in darkness?

Suppose my character is in darkness. I light up a bullseye lantern: A bullseye lantern casts bright light in a 60-foot cone and dim light for an additional 60 feet If I point the bullseye lantern ...
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Can I Heal for The Damage I Deal?

I have been theory-crafting a character for an lv20 one-shot that I'll be playing in. We have been allowed 1 magic item of each type. I plan on making a Monk / Fighter Multiclass. Basic so far I know. ...
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If a bard has two instruments can they cast regularly still?

If a bard, say has War Caster, and has two magical instruments, like say the Rhythm Maker's Drum, and a Reveler's Concertina, can they cast spells that have somatic parts? I had a player ask, and ...
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What does it mean in-game to be better at Deception than Persuasion?

Recently in-game I found myself moderating an 'off-screen' encounter between two NPCs; one an intelligent animal companion (winter wolf) of one of the PCs, and the other a Rakshasa who had no ...
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When summoned creatures are "defending themselves from hostile creatures" on a turn without commands, does this include taking Actions of any type?

The descriptions of many "Conjure ..." spells (e.g. Conjure Animals pp.225 PHB) contains text like this: If you don't issue any commands to them, they defend themselves from hostile ...
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How to rewrite a Homebrew feat that interacts with Two-Weapon Fighting?

In my current campaign, I have added a new feat that intentionally makes Two-Weapon Fighting much stronger: Dual Flurry Prerequisite: Extra Attack, or an equivalent feature Once per turn, when you ...
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How does the damage for Spiritual Weapon work when cast at a higher level?

The wording on this spell is a little confusing to me. At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 3rd level or higher, the damage increases by 1d8 for every two slot levels ...
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How to effectively deal with advanced "remote control" tactics in dungeons?

D&D 5e comes with a number of spells and abilities that allow characters to scout ahead without any risk for life and limb. For example: As a wizard or warlock, you can have a familiar, and with ...
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Are there any ways to improve a siege weapon's attack bonus?

I've just gotten started reading the new Spelljammer book for 5th Edition D&D. I see that shipboard weapons work the same way siege weapons work in the DMG: It takes multiple actions to load, aim, ...
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Do the Rod of the Pact Keeper and Wand of the War Mage stack?

Can a warlock hold a +3 Rod of the Pact Keeper in one hand and a +3 Wand of the War Mage in the other and gain +6 on her spell attacks?
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Is this "Dream Conduit" homebrew Sorcerer subclass balanced?

Sorcerous Origin: Dream Conduit Sorcerers whose power arises from dreams are rare and as varied as the dreamscapes that empower them. Such sorcerers are often known as "Dream Conduits" due ...
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Is disadvantage resolved before or after the bonus is applied from the Reborn lineage's Knowledge from a Past Life trait?

The Reborn lineage in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft includes a racial trait called Knowledge from a Past Life that says, among other things: When you make an ability check that uses a skill, you ...
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Is this homebrew artifact overpowered? (Sword of Forgotten Heroes)

The following artifact, called the 'Sword of Forgotten Heroes', is a powerful artifact loosely modeled after the Sword of Kas and the Wand of Orcus. It was created with a specific player in mind who ...
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How to make a NPC intimidating the party more effective?

TL:DR; My players don't act as though they find intimidating NPCs intimidating. How can I make NPC intimidation more effective while maintaining player agency? My Issue I have a recurring issue across ...
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In Unearthed Arcana: Expert Classes, changes were made to the Great Weapon Master feat. How does this affect the damage output of Great Weapon Users?

On September 29th, 2022, Playtest material for OneD&D was released for the Expert Class Groups, and included in this unearthed arcana were some planned feats for the new version of Dungeons and ...
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Is there any monster with statblock changes during an encounter?

So I've been DMing D&D 5e for quite some time. My table enjoys long, challenging encounters. However many monsters end up repeating the same actions after a few rounds. I usually circumvent this ...
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Would a charmed creature be considered Surprised when attacked?

One of my players, an assassin rogue recently took the Fey Touched feat and used it to learn Charm Person. In our last combat, they used it to successfully charm an enemy in the middle of the fight, ...
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Are ordinary members of dragonmark houses citizens?

Not technically citizens of any nation, the matriarchs and patriarchs of each house live in splendor within their enclaves and emporiums located throughout Khorvaire. Is this true for ordinary ...
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Can a cantrip be cast using a higher-level spell slot?

Can a cantrip be cast using a higher-level spell slot? Specifically, I'm thinking of casting Shocking Grasp as a 1st-level spell, to trigger the Storm sorcerer's Heart of the Storm feature (Sword ...
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Who holds the bond when the Warding Bond spell is cast through a familiar?

The text of the spell Find Familiar states (emphasis mine): when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. The spell Warding Bond's ...
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Holy Water Elemental?

I'm playing an 11th-level Cleric and I just picked up the Bowl of Commanding Water Elementals in my game after a crazy encounter. During our downtime, I was thinking of using the ceremony spell to try ...
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Are there spells which cause hidden creatures to make a sound?

Inspired by this question about a homebrew spell, I was wondering if there are any official spells or abilities which cause either a target creature or creatures within an area to involuntarily make ...
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Can Monks Use Dex to grapple and shove under the One D&D Character Origins UA?

The Character Origins UA makes Grapple and Shove an Unarmed Strike, which makes sense: UNARMED STRIKE An Unarmed Strike is a melee attack that involves you using your body to damage,...
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Can I make myself a more difficult target by flying prone?

Prone is a condition to which a creature may be subject. Conditions alter a creature's capabilities in a variety of ways ... Most conditions ... are impairments, but a few ... can be advantageous. A ...
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Arcane Propulsion Armor — can it give the wearer limbs they never had?

Arcane Propulsion Armor can give additional body parts to the wearer instead of "missing" ones: If the wearer is missing any limbs, the armor replaces those limbs—hands, arms, feet, legs, ...
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Does exhaustion affect a creature after it is polymorphed?

I have an ally that is exceptionally exhausted. If I polymorph him into another form, do the negative effects of exhaustion—such as reduced speed—apply to the new polymorphed form?
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Do conditions persist when a creature is polymorphed? [duplicate]

For spell effects, it has been established that the effects would continue for the polymorphed form of a creature. For exhaustion, it has been determined as likely. For petrification, the consensus is ...
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Does Auril retain effects or conditions when changing form?

(spoilers ahead for Rime of the Frostmaiden, read at your own risk) While discussing monsters with changing stat blocks, the example of Auril, from the adventure Rime of the Frostmaiden, came up. ...
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Unarmed strike with brass knuckles, gauntlets, or bare fists

One of my players wants to buy a set of brass knuckles to keep on him as a low-profile weapon in case he can't bring his giant axe with him into a situation and feels the need to engage in fisticuffs. ...
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How far does Ice Knife Spread on a large creature

The spell ice knife states: You create a shard of ice and fling it at one creature within range. Make a ranged spell attack against the target. On a hit, the target takes 1d10 piercing damage. Hit or ...
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Does the Wizard's Spell Mastery spells need to be prepared as a Wizard or can they be "known"?

At 18th level, a Wizard gains the feature Spell Mastery. It reads: At 18th level, you have achieved such mastery over certain spells that you can cast them at will. Choose a 1st-level wizard spell ...
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Shield Spell and triggering effects of damage not taken

A Shield spell is cast as a reaction to an attack that hits. It applies its AC bonus against even the attack to which it is a reaction, meaning that it can make that attack that hit, retroactively ...
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Is my homebrew Hiccupera spell any good?

I have designed this spell: Hiccupera transmutation cantrip Casting Time: 1 action Range: 60 ft Components: S, M (a spoonful of sugar) Duration: Concentration, up to 10 minutes Classes: Druid, Bard, ...
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Is this Cambion race balanced?

A Cambion is a half-fiend - an offspring of the lilu or lilith demons (known commonly as incubi and succubi respectively) and a mortal. Beings with hollow souls and endless desire for pleasure, ...
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Can Minotaur player characters be targeted by Hold Person and other similar spells?

The description of the hold person spell specifies that it can only target humanoids: Choose a humanoid that you can see within range. [...] The Minotaur creature stat block from the Monster Manual ...
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What are the playable D&D races in 5e, and where can I find them?

There's not a lot of material published by WotC for 5e (relative to previous editions), nor is there planned to be. However, there are playable races for D&D scattered around in a few different ...
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What are the 5E origins of the Mind Flayers?

The 3rd Edition D&D sourcebook Lords of Madness says the illithid species originated in the distant future and somehow traveled to the distant past to avoid extinction. A trilogy of 2nd Edition ...
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Can Tempestuous Magic be used to end the prone condition?

Context There are potentially conflicting rules about ending the prone condition. I have encountered arguments holding a general assumption that the rules specify, a creature must spend half of its ...
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Does a flying, hovering creature need to do a mid-air stand-up from the prone position in order to move?

Definition Prone is a condition to which a creature may be subject. Conditions alter a creature's capabilities in a variety of ways ... Most conditions ... are impairments, but a few ... can be ...
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RAW, can I counter the prone condition by falling 5 feet?

It seems like there are several ways to counter the prone condition. Uncontroversially, a creature may spend half of it's movement to stand You can drop prone without using any of your speed. ...
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Can a Dragonborn monk with Way of the Ascendant Dragon and extra attack use more than one breath weapon per turn?

The Dragonborn breath weapons for the variant Dragonborns from Fizban's Treasury of Dragons vary a little between the subraces, but they all begin with the same section: When you take the Attack ...
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Can Arcane Armor replace a missing eye?

Arcane Armor states that it "replaces any missing limbs, functioning identically to a limb it replaces". Would this apply to a missing eye?
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If you have the ability to cast a spell without a spell slot, can you cast that spell using a spell slot?

A 10th level Drow warlock (for instance) has the following Drow Magic racial trait (PHB p. 24), in addition to its warlock spellcasting abilities: You know the dancing lights cantrip. When you reach ...
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Is D&D Beyond correct in showing my ranger's attack bonus being higher than his Dex mod + bonus from Archery Fighting Style?

In a campaign I am joining, I am playing an Owlin Ranger. Since we're starting at level 3, my subclass is Gloom Stalker. Every time I create this character, D&D Beyond keeps saying I have an ...
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How do you determine your available spell slots as a Wizard/Sorcerer multiclassing? [duplicate]

When you multiclass as a sorc and a wizard, you add the two classes together and that determines your spell slots. This is one combined table of available slots that both casters share, or does the ...
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Do characters have to wait 24 hours to long rest, if a long rest is interrupted?

If characters have been interrupted during a long rest, do they need to wait 24 hours before taking a long rest again? The rules specify that only one long rest is allowed in 24 hours but it also ...
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What is stronger: an ability that can be used proficiency bonus times, or one that can be used once per short rest?

A lot of races and classes have abilities that can either be used proficiency bonus times per long rest, or that can be used once per short or long rest. For evaluating homebrew races, you often need ...
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Can a Circle of the Shepherd druid in Wild Shape still communicate with beasts using the Speech of the Woods feature?

The Circle of the Shepherd druid has the Speech of the Woods feature (XGtE, p. 23): You learn to speak, read, and write Sylvan. In addition, beasts can understand your speech, and you gain the ...
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Can a flying character choose to fall, and then use a reaction to stop falling before hitting the ground?

As a flying character there are a few scenarios that I'd like to know are valid/RAW, invalid, or up to the DM. Assume in these scenarios that all characters fall at 1000ft/round (this is not up for ...

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