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Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition is 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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How can I check to make sure my homebrew class is balanced compared to pre-existing classes?

A friend and I are embarking on a little project for fun: creating a new class for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. We have already referred to the DMG section about modifying classes and races etc. ...
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Is this a reasonable magic pet?

I'm looking to develop a magical pet for one of my wizard PCs, I'm the DM and this is my first time as such so I wanted to ensure I wasn't creating something which could cause chaos. After watching ...
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What light spells would generate enough light/heat to start a fire with focusing assistance?

Inspired by this question on starting a fire with a magnifying glass, I was curious if there were any spells in 5e core rules (no 3rd party) that would fulfill the requirements? In other words, [...
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How can player characters, creatures and NPCs heal plants?

I would expect a druid to be able to tend to a damaged or blighted plant using magical means, as at level 1 they are granted the spell Cure Wounds. Also various woodland type magical creatures similar ...
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Is there an accepted likelihood of hitting that is consistent across tiers, and how has it been determined?

One can easily calculate DPR given a specific build (knowing proficiency bonus, ability scores, other relevant factors) and the AC of opponents, leading to spreadsheets with a matrix of customizable ...
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Is there a difference between “When you are reduced to 0 hit points” and “when you would be reduced to 0 hit points”?

There already exist a few questions asking similar things about such scenarios, like the following: If a wildshaped druid somehow got Undead Fortitude, would this prevent them from reverting? Does ...
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Does taking a branch from the tree produced by staff of the woodlands harm the staff?

If you turn the staff of woodlands into a tree with its ability, and then cut off a branch of the tree, would it damage the staff?
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Can Deck of Illusion illusions do non-harmful actions?

I'm a noob DM. By a random table result I gave my players a Deck of Illusion. My question is about what things an illusion can really do, as the description says. An illusory creature appears ...
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What are the biggest changes between UA Ranger and PHB Ranger?

As a new player to D&D, I don't really know what significant changes have been made to the Ranger through Unearthed Arcana. What makes the class different from the PHB version and how does this ...
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How can I improve combat so my players don't always use the strategy of collectively focusing fire on one enemy at a time until it's dead?

I'm DMing a campaign on 5e with a group of four players. We're all experienced in RPG in general but not specifically on 5e. Players are Level 4. Wizard, Fighter, Rogue and Druid, Circle of the Moon. ...
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Is this set of powers balanced?

The setting of my campaign begins with the players waking up and escaping after being experimented on. The experiments give them a tattoo that they will progressively discover, grants them exceptional ...
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How does the UA Lore Mastery Wizard's Alchemical Casting feature interact with the Spell Sniper feat and the Sorcerer's Distant Spell Metamagic?

This question comes from recent discussion in the question "What is the maximum distance you can cause damage from?" The Unearthed Arcana Lore Mastery Wizard gets the Alchemical Casting feature which ...
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Is this homebrew sword of wind control based on “Grasscutter” overpowered?

I'm not the best when it comes to homebrewing magical weapons but I really want this to be in 5e. There is a sword from japanese mythology called Ame-no-urakumo-no-Tsurugi (天叢雲剣, "Sword of Gathering ...
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Is this alternate version of the Observant feat balanced?

I'm a DM and have a player who likes the Observant feat (PHB, p. 168): Increase your Intelligence or Wisdom score by 1, to a maximum of 20. If you can see a creature's mouth while it is ...
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I just read Mordenkaiden's Tome of Foes and I have a question about the Eladrin Seasons

So there are Winter, Summer, Spring, and Fall Eladrin, and I know it affects the Fey Step, but how? Also, could you make an eladrin without choosing a season?
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What is considered a class feature for a monster for the purpose of Change Shape?

It's well understood that Spellcasting in a creature's stat block is a class feature. For the purposes of Change Shape and similar abilities where the term "class features" has mechanical importance, ...
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Creating a balanced spell

I'm currently playing a level 6 warlock (pact of the seeker) in a campaign right now. I want to develop a new spell in game. This is the spell that I'm trying to create: Name: Xanlin's Secret ...
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What are the most problematic aspects of the Archivist sub class for the Artificer (UA) [on hold]

So, the Artificer class has finally been released, and I found it curious that the Archivist from the UA Artificer (revised) had been cut. Obviously play test content is always subject to change, but ...
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How big is a dragon?

I know from the Monster Manual "Dragon Age Categories" table on page 86 that a young dragon is "large". Which means that if you play on a battle map, he takes up 2x2 squares, which 10 x 10 feet. What ...
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Can you get infinite spells through True Polymorph and Shapechange

You're a level 17+ Wizard and you cast True Polymorph on yourself to turn yourself into a CR 17 Adult Gold Dragon. This grants you the stat block of said Adult Gold Dragon, including its Change Shape ...
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Can any player character features alter the base stats of weapons?

Some spells, like Elemental Weapon and Magic Weapon, change base stats of weapons. Are there any player character features that are not spells that alter the base stats of weapons? Stats being any ...
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Does a Life Cleric casting Goodberry at higher spell levels get more potent Berries?

My question is derived from a few contradicting pieces of information but I have no direct answer with an example. I'll first describe the information: Goodberry, has no cast at higher level ...
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Can I use the Cleric spell Light and a magnifying glass to light a fire?

Theoretically, you can light a piece of paper with a heat-emitting light source and a powerful enough magnifying glass as this topic seems to explain. The cleric spell Light allows an object to shed "...
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How might this homebrew undead hybrid character type unbalance combat compared to non-undead creatures?

About a week ago in-game (half a year IRL), a series of deadly events occurred resulting in two PCs becoming undead. One used to be a tabaxi, the other a high elf. Both of them are now undead versions ...
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What happens to a killed lich if their phylactery is in a really inconvenient spot?

I'm thinking, if the players place the phylactery at the bottom of the ocean or weight it down in a sea of lava somewhere. Would the lich be able to be rejuvenated at the bottom of a sea of lava or ...
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Is my Reactive Step homebrew spell balanced?

I've homebrewed a spell that is effectively a combination of shield (in terms of timing) and misty step (in terms of its effect) that I've called reactive step. It's intended for sorcerers, warlocks ...
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Can standard healing spells target plants? [duplicate]

If a player chopped a tree with an axe, leaving a big wedge cut into it, could it be healed with say, a cleric's Cure Wounds? It says a 'Creature', which I would suppose means any living thing, ...
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Do the following modifications to the 2019 UA artificer make it unbalanced with other classes?

From what I could tell, the 2019 UA Artificer lacked the cool factor in various areas and it was rather limited when it came to crafting, so I made the following modifications. Am I missing anything ...
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What spell level should this homebrew After-Image spell be?

I came up with a cool spell idea, but I'm unsure of what level it should be. Here's the spell: After-Image 4th-level conjuration Casting Time: 1 reaction, which you take when you would be ...
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For the Ring of Shooting Stars, what is the spell save DC of Faerie Fire?

The Ring of Shooting Stars has the following feature: Faerie Fire. You can expend 1 charge as an action to cast faerie fire from the ring. Since it does not specifically state that you use your ...
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Do Boots of Elvenkind Negate Tremorsense?

Tremorsense detects material-based vibrations. Obviously, this refers to sound waves (“tremors”) in the real world. Interestingly, it specifically excludes flying creatures, which could be interpreted ...
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How does the Gloom Stalker ranger's Umbral Sight feature interact with this silent magic dagger?

I'm currently playing a ranger in a 5e module, and have gained a magic dagger that doesn’t make noise when it hits or cuts something. The dagger is The Gloom Stalker ranger's Umbral Sight ...
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How does the second benefit of the Mounted Combatant feat interact with total cover?

The second benefit of the Mounted Combatant feat (PHB, p. 168) lets you force an enemy to attack you rather than your mount when they attempt to attack the latter. What happens if you do that while ...
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Does a cantrip fired with the Ready Action require concentration?

The SRD states the following for the Ready action: First, you decide what perceivable circumstance will trigger your reaction. Then, you choose the action you will take in response to that trigger, ...
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How can a GM introduce tactical play to ostensibly safe activities?

The party is going to travel long distances for story reasons, which will take multiple weeks by horse. Likely paths include stretches of wilderness that are not dangerous to characters of their ...
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Can you do anything after moving into an occupied space?

This is inspired by and is a branching off of the question "Move into nonhostile space attack and move" The section on "Moving Around Other Creatures" states: [...] Whether a creature is a friend ...
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How can I make this labyrinth feel more alive/Daedalian and less like an RNG?

Spoilers follow about the new D&D 5e Stranger Things Starter Set from Hasbro/Netflix. I've recently bought the Stranger Things-themed D&D 5e Starter Kit. I'm a vet of the edition, but thought ...
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What benefit would races with extra hands have?

So what, exactly, are the mechanical benefits of a PC race having extra hands in 5e without houseruling anything? Would a house rule be necessary to even make the extra hands make sense in combat, or ...
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Can the bonus action Two-Weapon Fighting be used with a hand crossbow after making an unarmed attack?

I've started a Blood Hunter at level 3 and am using unarmed attacks. Since I'm not holding a weapon in my hand, could I strike with an unarmed attack, then use a hand crossbow in the other hand to ...
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Can Forest Gnomes secretly converse (like Thieves' Cant) with other Forest Gnomes/Firbolgs/Speak with Animals users via Speak with Small Beasts?

My party has two Forest Gnomes and a Firbolg and they want to use their racial features to secretly communicate. Forest Gnomes have Speak with Small Beasts: Through sound and gestures, you may ...
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Is there a D&D 5e equivalent of the e6 variant style?

Now that 5e's been out for a few years, has anyone found a point past which characters have a significant jump in power and developed a set of rules for capping levels below that, similar to the "E6" ...
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How does the warlock's Devil's Sight eldritch invocation work?

The Warlock Invocation Devil's Sight (PHB p108) is described like this: You can see normally in darkness, both magical and nonmagical, to a distance of 120 feet. How should this be interpreted, ...
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Goodberry house rule - would this be a reasonable non breaking change?

Background: This is the first time I've DM'd 5e (returning from extensive 2e and 3e experience). I've run the group through the official "Lost Mines of Phandelver" adventure and just started the "...
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Move into nonhostile space attack and move

Moving Around Other creatures You can move through a nonhostile creature's space [but] you can't willingly end your move in its space. Is that "end your move" at the end of your turn or if you ...
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Fighter or Barbarian for a grapple character? [on hold]

I'm just curious what people's opinions are on this. Obviously I can just do whatever I feel like, but I guess my main concern is which would be more useful to my party? I'm going with Goliath for my ...
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Does an ability or spell grant me the bonus action with which to use it?

The 5e D&D Basic Rules v0.1 description of casting times says that spells with a casting time of "bonus action" require a bonus action to cast (p. 79, emphasis mine): Most spells require a ...
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What are the limits of the Flood option of Control Water?

Control water's Flood option lets you: cause the water level of all standing water in the area to rise by as much as 20 feet.  Does this create new water, or simply levitate the water already ...
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How can I stress my players' resources while making the stressors feel natural without simply adding more combat encounters?

In a weekly campaign I've been running my players have recently reached levels where they are obtaining some of their core abilities. One of my players is a druid, who has chosen the wild shape-...
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Climb out of pit and use bow?

If a PC completes their move climbing out of a pit, is it reasonable to allow them to use their bow as an Attack? I.e. to clamber out, take the bow off their back, find an arrow, notch the arrow, ...
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Can I true polymorph into an Ancient Brass Dragon, and then use its Change Shape ability?

If I were to cast True Polymorph (which permits all creatures, not just beasts, as the regular Polymorph does) on myself to turn myself into, say, an Ancient Brass Dragon (provided that I'm level 20, ...