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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 you drink a Potion of Invisibility, do you become visible if you are hit?

If you drink a Potion of Invisibility and then are hit by someone, do you become visible? I don't see anything in the PHB that says that. Neither do I see anything like that for someone that is hiding....
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What is the statistical difference, if there is one, between rolling d20 twice (action and bonus action) and rolling once with advantage?

In our 5e campaign, I'm playing an 8th-level Rogue (Arcane Trickster) with the Crossbow Expert feat, which (among other things) means I can shoot twice in one turn: once as a bonus action and once as ...
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Are there material components that could be harvested from monsters? [closed]

Back in the Forgotten Realms novels based on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, there was a female wizard character introduced after having killed a monster (I believe an owlbear) and having harvested ...
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What is the history of the Toll the Dead spell?

The thematics of the Toll the Dead cantrip (XGtE, p. 169) have always seemed... strange to me: [...] the sound of a dolorous bell fills the air around [the target] for a moment. The spell seemingly ...
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Eldritch Smite: Can you decide whether the enemy goes prone or do they always go prone?

Once per turn when you hit a creature with your pact weapon, you can expend a warlock spell slot to deal an extra 1d8 force damage to the target, plus another 1d8 per level of the spell slot, and you ...
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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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Scribes Wizard Feature Questions - Features with Simulacrum

I'm waffling on some interpretations regarding the Order of Scribes wizard subclass in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and would really appreciate some second opinions. Most of the features seem ...
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Is revivify a trap/unbalanced/impossible to use? [closed]

In the past I've often ran a cleric, and our team always just plays the low levels, retiring around level 5-6 and starting over then. I have noticed however that I take revivify each time, and make ...
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Do spells/abilities that do extra damage on a weapon attack apply to the damage of Steel Wind Strike?

The Steel Wind Strike spell description (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 166) says: You flourish the weapon used in the casting and then vanish to strike like the wind. Choose up to five creatures ...
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Are there any remote sources of vision that do not take an action to use? [closed]

For example imagine a character that has a burrowing speed and is under the ground. That character is effectively blinded and holding their breath. I am aware that there are familiars that with an ...
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Can a multiclassed artificer/rogue use Sneak Attack with spells that use a ranged weapon as a spellcasting focus?

So, according to a tweet by Jeremy Crawford, it is possible to Sneak Attack with a magic stone when using a sling, even though it is a ranged spell attack. That got me thinking: if an artificer imbues ...
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Warlock multiclassing into a spellcasting class - how to shift my level 1 spell over to my new class?

As a high-level Warlock whose spell slots are 5th level I can have Warlock spells up to 5th level. But there are one or two 1st level spells that, while they don't scale with spell slot level, are so ...
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Can a Simulacrum copy prepare different spells?

Inspired by this question about a Simulacrum copy using a spellbook, I started wondering how locked into their initial state a Simulacrum copy would be (when I was wondering exactly how useful a ...
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Can a druid release a readied spell whilst in Wild Shape?

The description of the druid's Wild Shape feature makes it clear that, whilst transformed: You can't cast spells [...] With the caveat that: Transforming doesn't break your concentration on a spell ...
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Seeking player-oriented summary of Hoard of the Dragon Queen

Much like in this question, my players have just finished Curse of Strahd and are about to embark on Rise of Tiamat. Rise is the second part of a two-part series, and allows that the players may not ...
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Is there a way to change dim light to darkness?

I play a Gloomstalker whose Umbral Sight feature makes them benefit from darkness, and we're often in areas of dim light. I'd like some way to change the dim light to darkness around myself. It doesn'...
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If a spell is centered on a point, does suppressing the spell at that point suppress the whole spell?

Some area spells are centered on a point, such as Fog Cloud: You create a 20-foot-radius Sphere of fog centered on a point within range. Another example is the Darkness spell: Magical darkness ...
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On a grid, where does the vision of a creature originate from?

Where does the vision of a creature originate from on a grid? For large or greater creatures, does vision originate from all of the space it occupies? What about height - can a creature see at all ...
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When is it better to choose Hideous Laughter over Cause Fear as a Great Old One TomeLock?

I'm trying to decide between Cause Fear and Hideous Laughter for my Dwarven Great Old One TomeLock who has just reached second level. I've chosen a non-melee build for my character, (trying to avoid ...
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Can the Animate Dead spell be cast on a zombie?

One of the players in my game is a Death Domain cleric and enjoys having a small army of zombies accompany him. We had come to a situation where it is not plausible for him to keep the zombies with ...
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Should players know other creatures' HP? How do you deal with players not knowing the opponent's HP if not?

I recently started playing D&D, and I was wondering about this. I know it is up to the DM to choose whether or not players know enemies' remaining HP in combat: is it recommended to do so? ...
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Can a kenku wizard use Expert Forgery when copying a spell scroll into their spellbook?

The kenku player race introduced in Volo's Guide to Monsters has the Expert Forgery feature, defined as follows. You can duplicate other creatures' handwriting and craftwork. You have advantage on ...
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Would a werewolf hit with non-magical damage leave a blood trail?

Say, for example, a werewolf triggers a spike trap and fails the DEX save to avoid the spikes. However, they're just iron spikes, not silvered or magical. Would this cause them to shed blood, since ...
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Can I create an upright 7-foot × 5-foot wall with the Minor Illusion spell?

The Minor Illusion spell description states: If you create an image of an object—such as a chair, muddy footprints, or a small chest—it must be no larger than a 5-foot cube. The image can’t create ...
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Can you use telekinesis to get a friend out of a gelatinous cube?

We were playing Out of the Abyss, and a player got engulfed by a Gelatinous Cube. The spellcaster asked to take him out with telekinesis. In previous editions, I would have ruled they had no line of ...
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Does either ability of the thrown weapon fighting style affect boomerangs?

The thrown weapon fighting style says: You can draw a weapon that has the thrown property as part of the attack you make with the weapon. In addition, when you hit with a ranged attack using a thrown ...
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Scribes Wizard Feature Questions - Manifest Mind with Mage Hand

I'm waffling on some interpretations regarding the Order of Scribes wizard subclass in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and would really appreciate some second opinions. Most of the features seem ...
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Is a College of Valor bard(Lv5)+ Oath of Ancients paladin(Lv15) the best Tank/Support option?

I am playing my first game and I have a level 2 Variant human Paladin, my current stats look like this: Str:13 (+1) Dex:10 (+0) Int:6 (-2) Wis:10 (+0) Cha:12 (+1) Con:11 (+0) Feat: Lucky I am aiming ...
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Scribes Wizard Feature Questions - Manifest Mind with Light

I'm waffling on some interpretations regarding the Order of Scribes wizard subclass in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and would really appreciate some second opinions. Most of the features seem ...
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Would giving the Arcane Archer the Spellcasting feature (from the Eldritch Knight) be overpowered?

The Arcane Archer is generally acknowledged to be underpowered or unfun (Would these changes to the Arcane Archer be imbalanced?). Suggested improvements usually focus on increasing the number of uses ...
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Approximately how much damage should a concentration spell do each round to be balanced against instantaneous damage spells?

The DMG (p. 283) provides a table for approximate damage for single target and multiple target spells by level: Spell Level One Target Multiple Targets Cantrip 1d10 1d6 1st 2d10 2d6 2nd 3d10 4d6 ...
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Does haste's extra attack get triggered when you cast haste on yourself?

My question here is what is the right combination of the answers from these two questions: Does Extra attack stack with haste? Can you get an extra attack after casting a spell whilst hasted? ...
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What happens if a warlock has both Repelling Blast and Grasp of Hadar?

The Repelling Blast eldritch invocation (PHB, p. 111) says: When you hit a creature with eldritch blast, you can push a creature up to 10 feet away from you in a straight line. The Grasp of Hadar ...
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Do you get advantage on the Steel Wind Strike spell's attacks because you "vanish"?

The spell steel wind strike (XGtE, p. 166) says that you: vanish to strike like the wind. (Emphasis added) At first glance you might read this as an inconsequential part of the description. But ...
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Rogue Feats & Damage: Elven Accuracy vs Mobile

Purely in terms of potential damage, am I better off taking Elven Accuracy, or Mobile, as a first feat at Level 4? Question Conditions: The option to disengage after making melee attacks is crucial ...
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Can a wildshaped druid deal static attack damage? [duplicate]

If, for example, I wildshape into a boar, can I use Tusk to reliably deal 4 damage, rather than rolling 1d6 + 1 damage? Is this one of the effects of: Your game Statistics [being] replaced by the ...
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Which Planes Border the Astral Plane in the Great Wheel Cosmology?

After going through the Great Wheel Cosmology and going through the various wikia articles on the subject, I feel it's unclear which planes border the Astral one in D&D 5e. I've found plenty of ...
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Does the Enlarge spell stack if it is cast multiple times?

Does the enlarge/reduce spell stack if it is cast multiple times? In my campaign my character and party want to know if it is possible to cause our barbarian to become huge in size (two enlarge ...
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Does the Hunter's Mark spell work with pebbles that have the Magic Stone spell cast on them?

The Magic Stone spell creates pebbles that can be used to make a ranged spell attack by hurling or firing from a sling. Hunter's Mark requires a 'weapon attack' to take effect. Jeremy Crawford has ...
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How does the simic hybrid's Manta Glide racial trait work during combat?

Consider a Simic Hybrid with the Manta Glide trait: You have ray-like fins that you can use as wings to slow your fall or allow you to glide. When you fall and aren't incapacitated, you can ...
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Can my warlock use the Actor feat to mimic speech through my familiar using the Voice of the Chain Master eldritch invocation?

The Actor feat states (PHB, p. 165): You can mimic the speech of another person or the sounds made by other creatures. You must have heard the person speaking, or heard the creature make the sound, ...
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Can a wizard cast other spells with somatic components while concentrating on Bigby's Hand?

I noticed a clause in Bigby's Hand that has me pondering... The hand lasts for the spell's duration, and it moves at your command, mimicking the movements of your own hand. Here is the situation: ...
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Is it possible for a creature to be Mythic without being Legendary?

Is it ever possible for a creature to be considered Mythic without being Legendary? Is there an example of such a creature?
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Is a creature that is not on the ground affected by the Sleet Storm spell's risk of falling prone?

The spell sleet storm on page 276 in the Player's Handbook says, in part: The ground in the area is covered with slick ice, making it difficult terrain. When a creature enters the spell's area for ...
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Does cover affect melee attacks?

In what circumstances would cover affect melee attacks? If three characters are lined up as shown in the diagram, and the bottom-right man in armor makes a melee attack against the frog creature in ...
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For the Call of the Hunt feature of the Path of the Beast barbarian, do the willing creatures need to want -- or even be ABLE -- to make attacks?

Call the Hunt, the 14th-level Path of the Beast barbarian feature, says: When you enter your rage, you can choose a number of other willing creatures you can see within 30 feet of you equal to your ...
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Artificer Steel Defender Homebrew

I DM for a player who is playing a level 4 Battle Smith Artificer. The player on numerous occasions has asked for extra enhancements to there class such as "macgyuver a holy hand grenade". ...
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What are the official options for alternate familiars using the Find Familiar spell?

Other than the options listed under the find familiar spell in the PHB, and the Pact of the Chain warlock, what other official options are available for familiars that can be summoned by find familiar?...
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Is the Mordenkainen's Sword spell underpowered?

The Mordenkainen's Sword spell seems to be under-powered for a 7th-level spell. It only does 3d10 damage; while admittedly it can do this damage every round for 1 minute, it still just seems to not be ...
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Are the consequences of this Magic drug balanced with its benefits?

I'm planning to have my players deal with a drug ring in a city with a prominent magic university. I wanted to have a drug that would make sense as a drug to be a problem in this particular city and ...

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