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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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What’s easier for a new dnd player, component pouch or arcane focus?

I’m just starting out in dnd and creating my first character (a half-elf wizard) and I’m at the equipment section. I’ve looked up the differences between the component pouch and arcane focus and can’t ...
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Is there any mundane way to travel from the Border Ethereal of a plane to the plane itself?

Say a commoner with no spells, class features, or magic items is Plane Shifted from the Material Plane to the Border Ethereal. The DMG makes mention of "curtains" that allow travel from the ...
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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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How can a low-level rogue reduce a target's Constitution modifier?

I want to play a rogue that relies heavily on poisons and other utility flasks (e.g. alchemist's fire). We're starting out at level 1, and the story arc should take us to roughly level 11. To make ...
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If a character takes the (accurate) form of an aboleth, does the character gain their ancestral-genetic memories?

Via the spells true polymorph and shapechange, it is possible for any qualified recipient to gain a very accurate form of an aboleth. (A CR or level of 10+ is required to use true polymorph this way - ...
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Can you attack more than once using multiple weapons with the “loading” property?

Alice has no feats, the Extra Attack class feature, and is holding two hand crossbows, one in each hand. Can she load and fire both crossbows every turn?
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Does an attack hit if it exactly matches the target's AC?

For an attack to successfully hit a given Armor Class, would it need to get a number higher than the Armor Class? Or does it hit if the total exactly equals the Armor Class value as well? Does the ...
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What is an axe beak’s travel speed in Icewind Dale?

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden gives overland travel speeds for dogsleds, snowshoes, and on foot (p. 11). On the same page, it says that dogsleds, at 1mph, are the fastest way to get around in ...
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Do Goliaths get cold resistance from the Mountain Born trait?

There seems to be a discrepancy between sources for the Goliath's 'Mountain Born' racial trait. Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. 109) includes the following description for the trait: You're acclimated ...
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Can I defer levelling up after reaching the XP threshold?

As a rogue, I've gained enough XP to level up to level 3. However, I'm not yet ready to pick what archetype would fit best for me. Despite having gained enough XP, can I wait until later to level up ...
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Can players choose specific points in space, down to the inch, to cast a spell so as to avoid hitting a prone character?

Say there is a character that is prone, such as if they were unconscious, and they are surrounded on all 8 square grids (assuming that a grid is being used) by other creatures. Can a player cast a ...
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How can I speed up combat?

Combat at my table (5 players plus me, the GM) takes a long time. Even only moderately-complex combats usually take about an hour. I find myself wanting to end the session early if the group is about ...
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Does an Eldritch Knight fighter's War Magic feature benefit from the Extra Attack feature?

I am wondering about the wording here. On PHB p. 75, the description of the Eldritch Knight fighter's War Magic feature says: When you use your action to cast a cantrip, you can make one weapon ...
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Are your default racial traits suppressed when choosing the Doppelganger Character Secret in the Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden adventure?

The Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden adventure contains a list of possible Character Secrets in Appendix B. One of these possible secrets is "Doppelganger" (emphasis mine): I’m a ...
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Does (a dragon's) natural armour stack with barding-armour? [duplicate]

Logic suggests dragons may have interest in armour &/or barding, such as making draconic-scale armour from their cast-off scales. Smaug wore iron scales & hard gems after all. But how does ...
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What can a dragon use to increase their armour class? [closed]

It is hard to survive as dragon - and yet they do. Despite being known for their nasty claws+bite, fear radiance and breath weapon - thus becoming a high priority target for nearly any ranged attack - ...
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What kinds of training and research are possible within the paradises found within a Rod of Security?

The Rod of Security gives a person access to 'any paradise one could imagine', specifically: '... the rod then instantly transports you and up to 199 other willing creatures you can see to a paradise ...
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Where might one find copper wire? [closed]

The Message spell requires a short piece of copper wire to cast. Suppose you do not have access to a spell component pouch. Where might copper wire exist? And how might it be used outside of ...
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Are Gloom Stalker Rangers better than the normal ranger subtypes that appear in the players handbook? [closed]

I am joining a campaign with some friends and they suggested that I should play a Gloom Stalker Ranger. I rarely get a chance to use things from anything other than the players handbook so I want to ...
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Necromancy subclass balance suggestion? [closed]

I am using This as the base. My homebrew is a subclass added to the ones already existing: Guides of the Forgotten GUIDE OF THE FORGOTTEN Necromancer subclass Lore: Guides of the Forgotten are ...
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Can the message from Acererak be translated into French without losing its hints?

I plan on running the Tomb of Horrors from the Tales of the Yawning Portal book, and I would like to play it in French, as we all are native French-speakers at the table. In this dungeon, the players ...
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Can the Produce Flame cantrip be used to grapple, or as an unarmed strike, in the right circumstances?

With the wording of produce flame, it seems like you take the cast the spell action to make the flame appear. You can then attack with it later - it does use the wording "ranged spell attack." It ...
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Can produce flame do damage on unarmed strike? [duplicate]

So I have seen previous questions regarding this situation, but all of them appeared to be for fun and silly one shots. What’s different in this case is I’m trying to run a long and intense campaign. ...
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What are all the hints in Acererak's message?

In another question, I asked how to translate Acererak's message from the Tomb of Horrors in French, but since no one could answer that yet, someone suggested in the comments that I split the answer ...
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Can thrown weapons be used for the Hunter ranger's Volley feature?

Can thrown weapons be used for the Hunter ranger's Volley feature? Two people who DM for me say that the Hunter ranger's Volley feature, gained at 11th level, can't be used with thrown weapons, since ...
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Can Two Artificers Make a Bag of Holding Bomb?

The artificer class has the Infuse Item class feature, which allows it to make "effectively a prototype" of a permanent Bag of Holding using the Replicate Magic Item Artificer Infusion, ...
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How to give a whale barding?

A level 3 druid character wants to help animals by making them capable of overcoming the threat of humans and other sentient races. To this end, his life goal is to equip a blue whale with plate armor,...
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Can you attack with a Loading and different weapon in the same turn?

If a creature has Multiattack (or Extra Attack), can they fire a shot from a weapon with the Loading property (such as a crossbow) and then still get an attack with a different weapon, such as a melee ...
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How to tell a friend that they are the problem? [closed]

I know of a person who often rants in the server I am in about how every group he joins is terrible but from what he tells me he usually plays a homebrew class,has a backstory far different than other ...
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Are there any creatures that have more than one “creature type”?

I was wondering whether in the official published materials, or in Unearthed Arcana, there are any creatures that have multiple types (for instance, creatures that in their description it says they ...
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Does Improved Abjuration affect spells that have a circumstantial ability check?

Consider the Abjuration Wizard's 10th level feature: Improved Abjuration Beginning at 10th level, when you cast an abjuration spell that requires you to make an ability check as a part of casting ...
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Does Flesh to Stone count the first saving throw?

Flesh to Stone states: You attempt to turn one creature that you can see within range into stone. If the target's body is made of flesh, the creature must make a Constitution saving throw. On a ...
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Does simplifying spell component management using a taxation system unbalance spell casting?

I have started a new campaign and am considering making life a little easier for my spell casters by not expecting them to source and find all their components ahead of time, especially where ...
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Can a Shadow Magic sorcerer cast the Darkness spell using sorcery points, and still apply a Metamagic option to it?

Let's say that I want to use the Shadow Magic sorcerer feature Eyes of the Dark (XGtE, p. 51) to cast the darkness spell by spending 2 sorcery points. More, I would like to cast it as a bonus action, ...
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If I have already used all my movement, and then Zephyr Strike increases it after my attack, can I move more with the increased speed?

My character is a Ranger with the spell Zephyr Strike, which increases my speed by 30ft after I make an attack. If I have already used all my movement to reach an enemy, can I attack and then use the ...
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What happens if you become frightened of yourself?

You might be wondering how this could happen apart from a contrived scenario of casting a spell like cause fear on yourself (which is allowed). Turns out, it can happen by interacting with the local ...
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Can you use your action to interrupt another player's action from earlier in the same round?

I play in a game when everyone plays the way they want on their own turn : saying to another player what he should do is forbidden. Your turn = your action. I think this is pretty fun and it adds a ...
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What is the utility of the magic item Unbreakable Arrow?

This answer makes a pretty good case that RAW there is no special consideration given to Unbreakable Arrow (XGtE, pg 139) in terms of recovery of the ammunition. It seems that ammunition breakage is ...
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What language would be appropriate for texts to be written in about Thor (Forgotten Realms)?

In our LMoP campaign, there is a Cleric whose deity is Thor. He has come across several texts that discuss Thor (myths and religious texts). What language would those texts most likely be written in? (...
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What explicit player-side rules exist for reflavoring races/classes?

Wizards' spellbooks and artificer "magic" are explicitly called out as being reflavorable--that is, as long as everything has the same numbers, a "spellbook" doesn't need to be a ...
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Can an evil character cover their alignment? [closed]

Is there any way for an evil NPC to cover up their alignment if a player attempts to detect evil? I am working on a Silver Dragon antagonist. This NPC will appear to the players as a number of human ...
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Can a Black Dragon Hatchling be raised to be good? Or is it inherently evil?

The following came up during my campaign: The characters got their hands on some Black Dragon eggs. The PCs put out the thought that if they got the eggs to hatch, they could raise the dragons to be ...
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Can natural weapons be used for unarmed strikes?

While there are several similar questions they all seem to deal with 3.5 or Pathfinder. This question may contain the key to the answer for this, but focuses on Wildshape, doesn't have an accepted ...
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Is this Dryad race balanced when compared to officially published races?

In a similar vein to these two questions, I've made my own Dryad race, but without subraces for right now. I based the very basics off of tieflings, but replaced the damage resistance with the Speech ...
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Is it possible for a player to gain the innate ability to regenerate body parts without spells?

Using the DMG's Injuries variant rule (or just having a character who for whatever reason is missing a body part), a character can lose an arm, leg, or eye, and the regenerate spell is the normal way ...
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Can a Way of Shadow monk use Shadow Step to teleport to the Ethereal Plane if they can see into it?

I am currently playing a Way of Shadow monk, and my character now has a robe of eyes. (I am loving the Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage campaign.) The description of the robe of eyes says, in part (...
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Does the bonus action attack from Polearm Master receive the bonus to attack and damage rolls from a magic weapon?

If I have the Polearm Master feat and am wielding a +1 Glaive, the bonus action attack will use the same modifier as the standard attack (STR). However, does it also receive the +1 bonus from the fact ...
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Why is the Tarrasque the most dreaded creature?

The dnd5e Tarrasque does not look that dreadful to me. It seems very vulnerable to airborne attacks. In a world where fly is a third level spell, hippogriffs (among other flying creatures) can be ...
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How can my PCs discover an NPC's class if they are trying to hide it?

I'm pretty new to DMing and I'm working on writing a campaign in which it's important to the plot that the characters not know at first that the BBEG is a multiclass wizard-warlock. Basically, this ...
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I'm a quarter Draconian, a quarter Dragonborn and half Half-Dragon?

What are the differences between "Dragonborn", "Half-Dragon", and "Draconian" races in D&D? In the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, for example there is a Half-Dragon npc. I had assumed that ...

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