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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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Can you train/call a Blink Dog? If so, how?

In my game, I'm an elvish druid who was gifted a Blink Dog familiar, and I am trying to find the familiar's owner (a wizard). The dog follows me around, but out of my sight. I have attempted to call ...
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Is there a spell, item, or other game feature that would give my character insight to an enemy's weaknesses and resistance?

When I first heard of True Strike, I originally thought it was quite a powerful cantrip that would allow the castor to sacrifice 1 attack in order to be granted insight into the target's elemental ...
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What's the maximum amount of lines from Sunbeam possible within a single turn?

I noticed that sunbeam allows you to to create multiple lines within a single turn. What's the maximum possible amount of sunbeam lines able to be within one turn? I'm interested solely in the ...
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What happens when an unconscious but stabilised character is hit?

At the end of this answer to a different question ("If you succeed on all of your death saving throws, what happens?"), the answer states that: If an unconscious character is attacked, the attacker ...
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How to guide my players into realizing they have multiple options available for an encounter?

For my next session with my PCs, I'm planning to have them witness an attack on an NPC that's intended to hook them the adventure. The plan is for the party to encounter his daughter, who also has a ...
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Spells or magical abilities that allow multiple simultaneous effects?

Combining Magical Effects on page 205 of the Player's Handbook says: The effects of different spells add together while the durations of those spells overlap. The effects of the same spell cast ...
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If you succeed on all of your death saving throws, what happens?

I have been DMing for my group for maybe a month or two, and we ruled that upon stabilizing your character with death saving rolls, you recover one HP and are unconscious. Is this right? Should you ...
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Can a Loxodon PC wield a 2-handed sword and a shield with one hand and their trunk?

Could a Loxodon in full plate armor with tower shield in one hand, wield a greatsword with the other hand and their trunk?
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Homebrew spell for detecting resistances/vulnerabilities

So, there's this question about how players can learn of a creature's damage vulnerabilities and resistances/immunities; the only answer to date is a Ranger's 3rd level subclass option. I'd like to ...
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When using the Augury spell, how good or bad does the outcome of the course of action have to be to justify a response of Weal / Woe?

My players are planning to use Augury to decide whether to enter a dungeon, and I'm trying to decide what the outcome of the spell should be. I can see that some extremes should be obvious: for ...
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Does the Life Cleric ability Disciple of Life apply to the spell Aid?

My first thought was "Oh, yes it does, because it is giving hit points". Then a closer reading seemed to show that no it doesn't, because it isn't restoring lost hit points. I'm still low level so ...
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Can a character have downtime while on the road?

If the party is on the road, traveling somewhere, and a member is not walking or actively doing anything (ie: being carried or riding a wagon) can they use that time to do downtime activities?
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What PC races do not speak Common?

In 5e, seemingly all races know "Common and [at least 1 other language]" for their languages. Are there player races or subraces published by Wizards of the Coast, either officially or in UA, that do ...
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How do you calculate your character's proficiency bonus? [duplicate]

How do you calculate your character's proficiency bonus in D&D 5e?
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How can I make use of the material that doesn't fall under the OGL?

So I am doing a side project to build a platform where different groups of people can play D&D 5e online. While looking for resources online, I stumbled across the OGL. Now the OGL has a lot of ...
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How do you go about reaching the Far Realm?

How do you go about reaching the Far Realm? I appreciate the lore found in 5e so far about the Far Realm: Is there any official lore on the Far Realm? What are all the creatures related to the ...
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Can a monk using Open Hand Technique knock any size category of creature prone?

The D&D 5e Player's Handbook states: Open Hand Technique Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you can manipulate your enemy’s ki when you harness your own. Whenever you ...
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Is Elven High Magic an official source of information, or a 3rd Party Unofficial idea?

I have been working on making Shadow Monk character who's clan specializes in improving the world's Ki from the shadows (via guarding key players, gathering incriminating evidence, or eliminating ...
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Can someone explain what the “Proficiency Bonus” is in D&D 5e/Next exactly?

I am reading the 5e rules, and I keep seeing how you can add proficiency bonus to attack rolls checks with weapons you are proficient in and skill checks in skills you are proficient in, but I can't ...
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What happens if you start your turn in an occupied location?

Based on the answer in this question Can you use the pull effect of Thorn Whip if the enemy is within 5'? if a creature is unwillingly pushed/pulled/dropped or otherwise forced to end its turn in ...
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Does the spell Darkvision allow a PC to see through magical darkness?

Does the spell darkvision count as magical darkvision? If the BBEG cast darkness, and one of the PC's casts darkvision, are they able to see through the darkness spell?
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Does the Darkness spell cast a shadow?

If you were outside during the day and you cast darkness above you somehow, would the darkness spell cast a shadow? If you cast darkness in a tunnel, and the only source of light was from one end of ...
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Does Dim Light created by an effect override Bright Light in an area?

Two examples. A silvery beam of pale light shines down in a 5-foot-radius, 40-foot-high cylinder centered on a point within range. Until the spell ends, dim light fills the cylinder. —Moonbeam,...
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Are Monks proficient with unarmed strikes by default?

I can't find anything in the PHB that actually says that Monks are proficient with unarmed strikes by default. Their Proficiencies list just says simple weapons and shortswords. Their Martial Arts ...
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D&D 5e - Monks' Unarmed Strike [duplicate]

I've been trying to find out whether I add the proficiency bonus to my monk's unarmed strike attack, ie 1d4 + DEX + PROFICIENCY vs 1d4 + DEX. I've found some sources that say yes but most only seem to ...
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What is the limit of dim light for the purposes of shadow teleportation?

Shadow monks and shadow sorcerers are able to teleport from one are of dim light or darkness to another. What would you say is the limit of the area of dim light ? For example, using a large blanket ...
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Can a Druid pull a target through other creatures with Thorn Whip?

What blocks the "pull" from Thorn Whip? Thorn Whip: ...and if the creature is Large or smaller, you pull the creature up to 10 feet closer to you. As a specific example, the druid pulls a creature ...
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Can the Wish spell overcome a rakshasa's limited magic immunity when used to duplicate the effect of a lower-level spell?

Can the wish spell overcome a rakshasa's limited magic immunity when used to duplicate the effect of a lower-level spell? I always wondered how the two interacted. What if I cast wish, duplicating ...
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Drawing from the Deck of Many Things with a Simulacrum

Tl;dr: Can I use my Simulacrum to draw from a Deck of Many Things and if yes, what restrictions do apply? Longer version Imagine the following situation: You have gotten a Deck of Many Things and ...
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Can Blink and Banishment be combined to have an effect similar to Etherealness?

Imagine the following sequence of events: The wizard casts blink. During the next turn, he uses his Ready action to cast banishment on himself once he is in the Ethereal Plane. The banishment ...
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What happens when you run out of movement while jumping?

According to the PHB (p 182) after a 10 foot movement the player is able to make a long jump whose length is equal to their strength score. Each foot jumped costs 1 foot of movement. I have a ...
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What to do when surprise and a high initiative roll conflict with the narrative?

Consider the following situation. Two creatures A and B sneak up on a creature X, successfully remaining unnoticed by it. Without signalling this to B in any way, A then throws a dagger at X from its ...
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Managing New Player “Murder Hobos”

I am running a LMoP game for a group of new players, and everyone is having a great time. We are all very new to it all though - it's my first time running a prewritten campaign as a DM, (only had a ...
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Can Phantasmal Force apply conditions?

Phantasmal Force can be used to place a delusion inside a creature's head for the duration. I understand that the spell is worded very openly to encourage creative usage, but I'm not sure about how I ...
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If a creature starts their turn in another's space, are they forced to move out? [duplicate]

Inspired by this question: Can a Druid pull a target through other creatures with Thorn Whip? That Q&A concludes that it is possible for two creatures to unwillingly share the same space; for ...
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How do melee spell attacks interact with the Mobile feat? [duplicate]

The Mobile feat states that: When you make a melee attack against a creature, you don’t provoke opportunity attacks from that creature for the rest of the turn, whether you hit or not. Does that ...
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Does the Abjurer have to activate the Projected Ward before or after damage is rolled?

Does the Abjurer have to activate the Projected Ward before or after damage is rolled? For example, if another player is at 10hp, can the wizard wait to see if 10hp damage is done before choosing to ...
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Can I pick the Produce Flame spell with the Spell Sniper feat?

Produce Flame (Player's Handbook, p. 269) creates a small, persistent flame that grants vision and can, optionally, be thrown at someone to make an attack. The Spell Sniper feat (p. 170), in ...
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How does the artificer's Resistant Armor infusion work?

The artificer class gets the Infuse Item feature at 2nd level (E:RftLW, p. 57; WGtE, p. 179): At 2nd level, you gain the ability to imbue mundane items with certain magical infusions. The magic ...
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Can a bunch of druids wild-shape into a creature that can swarm, then form a swarm with other wild-shaped druids?

Related to these questions: Can a druid wild shape into a cranium rat and use telepathy? Can a Druid Wild Shape into a Swarm or “Giant”? The Cranium Rat question establishes that the full stat ...
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What are the best uses for the spell Dust Devil?

One of my players took Dust Devil as a spell, but in practice, it did not perform as expected. STR save: good, it is a rare save 1d8 bludgeoning damage + 1d8 per spell-slot above 2nd: below average, ...
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Can a multiclass Warlock/Wizard add spells known from Warlock to the Wizard spellbook?

I have a Pact of the Chain Warlock/Evocation Wizard character. All of my current Warlock spells are also on the Wizard spell list, except Eldritch Blast of course. I've found a related question ...
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How do Aarakocra fly with a backpack?

Imagine there is an Aarakocra PC who has an Adventurer’s Pack for starter equipment. It includes a backpack to store all the character’s stuff. Also Aarakocra have a fly speed. How should such ...
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Can a fighter/sorcerer cast four spells in one round? [duplicate]

So we all know that if a fighter action surges he can cast an additional leveled spell, but can a fighter multiclassing as a sorcerer in a sense cast 4 spells by quickening spell twice?
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What options are there in 5E that are similar to Minions?

In my 5E game, I sometimes use Minions (stolen from 4E). This allows me to add the ability to increase the drama without increasing the difficulty. Ultimately making a scene a bit more epic. The ...
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When a spell asks for targets, can I choose the same target multiple times?

When a spell has multiple targets, can I choose the same target multiple times? Is there any general rule I can refer to? An example of ambiguity is the spell Steel Wind Strike: You flourish the ...
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How does the Control Weather spell interact with the Dispel Magic spell?

If a spell has an area of effect with a radius of miles, like Control Weather, or Mirage Arcane, is there anything stopping a level 5 mage, hiding somewhere within the area, from dispelling the ...
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Paladin was charmed and convinced the rest of the party to accept a quest from an evil character, [closed]

So it's my first time DMing, and I'm running a group of 7 first time players through Lost Mines of Phandelver (Sort of scaled it so it's still difficult). I've gotten them to the point where they run ...
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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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What happens when the Tiny Servant and True Polymorph spells effects a single target but end at different times?

I was inspired to ask this question from a post about using a tankard to fight people. Here's the scenario: A tiny object, in this case a Tankard, has been turned into a tiny construct thanks to the ...

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