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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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If a Dragonborn is affiliated with a particular dragon race, is it more likely to inherit that race's alignment?

I'm DMing for a homebrew quest with vanilla material, where the party is getting very close to a Dragonborn village. I haven't yet decided which dragon most of the village Dragonborn will be descended ...
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What creatures/magic items offer resistance or immunity to nonmagical damage?

In 5e, I'd like to know how a creature can have resistance/immunity to any or all types of nonmagical damage, either through a stat block or a magic item. Specifically, I'm looking for a complete list ...
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How does the ranger's DPR stack up against other martial classes?

Early dissatisfaction with the ranger led to many attempts at revision. A widespread belief that the class was underpowered often met with the counterclaim that of the original two subclasses, one (...
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Why would I put an ASI into Con instead of taking the Tough feat?

I know that raising your Constitution modifier increases your maximum health. However, the Tough feat also does this, but gives twice as much health. What other benefits does a +2 to Con give, and ...
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How to Change the Selected Mask for the Mask of The Dragon Queen?

I am playing in a 5e level 20 one shot and my DM is allowing us to choose a number of magic items. The Way of The Ascendant monk looked fun and I happen to own both the "Rise of Tiamat" and ...
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Can you cast message on a familiar/animal?

In my D&D campaign, there is an animal that has been tracking/following us. I suspect it to be a familiar of the big bad we may be fighting, but it has only watched us from a distance. If I cast ...
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Is this homebrew legendary item's power consistent with other legendary items?

In the continuing journey of my DMing I've finally had a campaign reach the point where my players have gotten the position to obtain a legendary item. Having focused on artifacts to create world ...
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What level would a weaponised version of Vortex Warp be?

In a campaign I recently misread the wording in the Vortex Warp spell, and was fighting a mounted knight. I used the spell to whip the horse out from under him and have it appear 90ft in the air above ...
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How many hexes do the different kinds of settlements take up on province scale maps?

On pages 16 and 17 of the DMG three sizes of possible settlements are detailed: villages, towns and cities. Their respective sections give details about the size of their population amongst other ...
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Does the Dodge action have any effect when you are incapacitated or your speed drops to 0?

From the Basic Rules (emphasis mine): When you take the Dodge action, you focus entirely on avoiding attacks. Until the start of your next turn, any attack roll made against you has disadvantage if ...
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Where can I find a current list of touch-range spells?

I'm planning on making a wizard character that uses Find Familiar, so I need a list of current touch range spells (Unearthed Arcana included). Where can I look to find a list of touch-range spells?
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Potions crafting - homebrew ideas [closed]

I am not satisfied entirely with DnD 5e potions crafting. I am considering to implement simple system, which doesn't take so much time of downtime activity to craft, but needs specific ingredients. ...
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What is the distribution of Saving Throws associated with each attribute that are required by spells?

I read somewhere that in D&D 5e, the Saving Throw distribution for spells was biased towards DEX, CON and WIS. In other words, if you had proficiency in those attributes, you would benefit a lot ...
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Can I use Misty Step during someone else's reaction?

On my turn, can I avoid a melee attack by using misty step when the enemy has readied an action to react to my movement?
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Are Goodberries affected by the Life domain class features?

How are Goodberries affected by the cleric class features from the Life domain, if at all? I read somewhere that the Life domain's healing bonuses apply to each berry created by the spell — do they? ...
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Does damage that "can't be reduced" bypass temporary hit points?

As per title. The temporary hit points description says: Some spells and special abilities confer temporary hit points to a creature. Temporary hit points aren't actual hit points; they are a buffer ...
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What child NPCs appear in official published adventures?

I'm working on a supplement for Strixhaven where the players take the roles of counselors at a magical summer camp. I wanted to list some potential tie-ins to other products, specifically where child ...
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D&D 5e: Does the same spell prepared for different levels count as multiple prepared spells or the same prepared single spell?

I couldn't find an answer to this in the player's handbook that explains whether the same spell prepared at different levels implies that multiple spells are prepared: For example, if a level 4 cleric ...
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How to manage exhaustion when using Gritty Realism?

In my exploration-based game I am using a variant on the Gritty Realism optional rules. I have a good handle on most of the implications of this, however I have some concerns about my handling of the ...
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How much of a firbolg's Speech of Beast and Leaf replaces Speak with Animals/Plants?

I am simply having a hard time wrapping my head around the versatility of this feature, and the meaning of the last aspect: (emphasis my own) You have the ability to communicate in a limited manner ...
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Does the caster of a tiny hut know whom it affects?

I DM for a party that includes a bard and a warlock, both of whom can cast tiny hut. In a typical dangerous area long rest, the bard casts tiny hut to include the entire party, and then the warlock ...
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Does an indifferent creature regurgitate (or stop restraining) a swallowed opponent?

Calm emotions is a fantastic spell for avoiding combat with with high CR/low Charisma opponents. One of its effects is: Alternatively, you can make a target indifferent about creatures of your choice ...
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How does a player piggy-backing another player work in combat?

One of my PCs (a halfling) has recently taken to riding on the back of another one of my PCs (a dwarf). I allowed this, as I didn't think it had any problems and it allowed the group to go faster - ...
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How does the Corrosive Form (black pudding) damage work?

The corrosive form trait of black pudding (MM page 241) is as follows: Corrosive Form. A creature that touches the pudding or hits it with a melee attack while within 5 feet of it takes 4 (1 d8) acid ...
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Can the Echo Knight's Echo's size dictate what it can grapple?

This question assumes your table rules that the echo of the echo knight can grapple. Purely RAW, I would not ask this. Say you are a medium creature and you want to grapple something gargantuan, like ...
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How does Armor of Agathys interact with getting temporary hit points?

The spell Armor of Agathys states: You gain 5 temporary hit points for the duration. If a creature hits you with a melee attack while you have these hit points, the creature takes 5 cold damage. Now,...
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Are Echo Knights excluded from text that specifies “creature” [duplicate]

I understand that the majority of the posts on the internet classify the Echo Knight as an object and not a creature, including this post. However, does that preclude the Echo Knight from being ...
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Can a character draw a potion from another person's backpack and administer it in a single round?

I think it's a common question but nonetheless. If the fighter falls down, can another character move to him, find a potion in his backpack and administer it to him in a single round? I know that you ...
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How to help player quickly make a decision when they have no way of knowing which option is best

I am a semi-beginner DM (ran 2 campaigns, a bunch of oneshots and a few dungeon crawls so I’m not completely new but I don’t consider myself super experienced either) and a problem that I now have ...
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Is there a standard way to add equipment to the monster stat block?

Let's suppose that I want to create a homebrew monster with some equipment, like magic items such as necklaces, potions, etc. My question is: is there a standard way to add equipment to the monster ...
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If a creature with damage transfer is grappling a target, and the grappled target hits the creature, does the target still take half the damage?

A particular situation brought up this issue– a slithering tracker has the damage transfer ability: While grappling a creature, the slithering tracker takes only half the damage dealt to it, and the ...
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What do I do if my players are acting in a way that is meta-gaming and are refusing to accept my decision?

The Situation I have a party of 5 players all sleeping in a barn on an abandoned farm at night. This is near the beginning of the campaign and each player likes having little secrets about each other....
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Is this homebrew "Retuning String" monster balanced?

I created a homebrew stat block for a creature and I would like to know if this creation is balanced (for a generic party). In a previous question I asked, some users have given useful suggestions, so ...
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Can the Mage Hand cantrip block or catch a thrown object?

Specifically, if someone lobs a bead from a necklace of fireballs, can mage hand block or catch the bead before it reaches the target?
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Can I make attacks non-lethal?

Sometimes my party is being incredibly stupid, and it makes me want to punch them in game for being stupid. An example of this is trying to use a party member as a live test subject for a mushroom ...
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What year did Mount Hotenow erupt?

Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide is very vague about what year this happened: Nearly half a century ago, Mount Hotenow (the nearby volcano that perpetually heats the river flowing through the city) ...
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Are some creatures considered "items"?

So interesting question... creatures vs. items. What are the differences? The Player Handbook (pg. 157) lists some mounts as "items." This includes a pony, elephant, camel, etc. A College of ...
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Piercer Feat with Sneak Attack and Critical [duplicate]

So my rogue/ranger is facing a problem with a crit atm. When you score a critical hit that deals piercing damage to a creature, you can roll one additional damage die when determining the extra ...
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5E Multiclassing vs Subclasses [closed]

It appears that subclasses are a form of specialization for a particular class in 5e. A way to get a multiclass-like spin on the character class without fully multiclassing. However, if multiclassing ...
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Do Nondetection and Invisibility protect you from True Seeing?

Nondetection says it hides the target from all divination spells. Invisibility hides you from normal sight. When combining both effects on one target, are they hidden from true seeing?
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Curing trap phobia

My players have developed trap-phobia in my campaign. In a rather simple dungeon I've prepared for them (they are rather new in DnD), they constantly search for traps: ask for Perception roll when in ...
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Which of these versions of Witch Bolt is more balanced against other 1st level spells?

I'm of the opinion that Witch Bolt kinda sucks. A hot take, to be sure. So I have two possible alternate versions. Which one is better at Actually being a spell someone would want to take and use ...
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How to handle deception skill rolls fairly based on the premise of the deception?

In a campaign I'm playing in, players have to come up with a convincing approach to be allowed to try a persuasion, deception, or intimidation skill check...but, at the end of the day, the players are ...
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Can someone who uses their action to break free from the Rime's Binding Ice spell's ice formations use their movement on that very same turn?

Someone who fails the save for Rime's Binding Ice is "hindered by ice formations for 1 minute, or until it or another creature within reach of it uses an action to break away the ice. A creature ...
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Can you launch a pellet created with Dust of Dryness to smash it at range?

Can I launch a Dust of Dryness pellet to Smash it at range? The text for Dust of Dryness reads (DMG 166): This small packet contains 1d6 + 4 pinches of dust. You can use an action to sprinkle a pinch ...
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Do the PCs initially know there is a dragon of Icespire Peak?

I'm planning to run the Dragon of Icespire Peak adventure. The title says outright that there is a dragon of Icespire Peak, a lot of the plot is due to monsters moving around in response to the dragon,...
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What would the DC to intimidate the universe be? [closed]

I'm a level 1 fairy barbarian, and I, along with my party, killed an enemy that turned out to be a ghost, meaning they couldn't pass on to the afterlife. I asked to intimidate the universe into ...
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When a process takes longer than a round, at what point is a skill check made?

The party wizard is about to copy a high-level scroll into her spellbook. She has a +10 on Arcana, and a good chance of making the DC16 roll, despite it being a sixth-level scroll: A wizard spell on ...
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What is Detect Balance?

In a lot of homebrew reviews and discussions, I keep seeing something called Detect Balance employed. Often with little to no context despite it and its points being the core of the response. So I'd ...
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How much does it cost to manufacture a conductor stone?

I'm running a 5e Eberron campaign. My players are about to discover that Lhesh Haruuc is secretly building a lightning rail line from Rhukaan Draal towards Sterngate, aided by a rogue scion of House ...

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