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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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Are there any effects in the game that would cause a necromancer to lose control over the undead he created with animate dead?

Animate Dead says The creature is under your control for 24 hours, after which it stops obeying any command you've given it. To maintain control of the creature for another 24 hours, you must cast ...
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How can solo Crusher Swarmkeeper best leverage forced movement?

The Swarmkeeper¹ Ranger’s Gathering Swarm¹ feature applies one of three effects to one attack each round, one of which is forcing the target of the attack to move 15 feet if they fail a Strength save. ...
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How much HP is healed by a Life Transference cast by an Abjuration Wizard who has an Arcane Ward up? And can the damage it causes be taken by another?

Life Transference was introduced in Xanathar's Guide to Everything (Page 160) and allows a caster to take necrotic damage to heal another for double the damage taken. Unique in being the only healing ...
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What language do undead speak?

I really need help with creating my ranger. For my "favored enemy," I chose undead, but I don't know what language they speak (if they speak one at all). Do I just look for a single undead (...
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Does use of a Fireball Necklace count as 'casting a spell'?

I'm playing an Arcane Trickster Rogue and I need to know whether using the Necklace of Fireballs counts as casting a spell in order to work out how it interacts with my Magical Ambush and any use of ...
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How can I get the DM to stop sending giants to kill us?

We just started a group. The DM said it would be easier than his last time and we were like “Ok” W were in a forest and he sent 8 giants at us, at once! We barely made it out alive. He the said there ...
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Is Green-Flame Blade Cantrip bouncing a must?

When I use this Cantrip to attack a creature, then it can bounce the flame to a creature within 5 feet of my target. If there is no enemy, but a friendly character, must my friendly character take it, ...
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What happens when meld into stone is cast through a familiar's touch?

Meld into stone is a touch-range spell that melds the caster with the stone that he or she touches for the duration of the spell. When the spell ends, the caster exits the stone at the place entered. ...
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How do you teach someone else how to play D&D?

Someone I know recently expressed interest in playing D&D. This came at the perfect time because I and some other friends were about to start a D&D 5e game. The problem is, I don't know how to ...
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Multiple instances of the spell of Animate Dead and bonus action scope

If you cast Animate Dead, that allows you to use a bonus action to command any creature you made from "this spell". Do multiple instances of the effects created by the spell named Animate ...
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How to change the state of Arms of the Betrayers weapons?

So at some point my character is going to end up finding or buying the Ruin's Wake (The magical spear made by the Arms of the Betrayers). My question is that there are three listed states – Dormant, ...
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Which spells are “on the sorcerer spell list” for an Aberrant Mind or Clockwork Soul sorcerer?

Some magical items, such as spell scrolls, work only if a given spell is on the caster's spell list. For example, the description of a spell scroll states: A spell scroll bears the words of a single ...
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Can you stack the martial discipline “weretouched” in the living weapon monk subclass?

The living weapon monk subclass has the "Martial discipline" class feature, where you can choose a martial style. And one of them say as follow: Weretouched. Once per turn, when you hit a ...
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When casting Infestation as an opportunity attack with the War Caster feat, how does the forced movement affect the targets turn?

With the War Caster feat, you are allowed to cast a spell as a reaction when a target provokes an opportunity attack. The infestation cantrip states that the creature moves 5 feet in a random ...
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What kind of attack is required to take an Ioun Stone?

Various Ioun Stones include the following bit in their description: [...] Thereafter, another creature must use an action to grasp or net the stone to separate it from you, either by making a ...
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How does taking Ioun stones off someone work?

The description of Ioun Stones reports: Thereafter, another creature must use an action to grasp or net the stone to separate it from you, either by making a successful attack roll against AC 24 or a ...
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Does the short-rest bonus from the chef feat from TCoE stack with the the short-rest bonus of cook's utensils in XGtE

The chef feat grants, among other benefits, the ability to cook a meal during a short rest As part of a short rest, you can cook special food, provided you have ingredients and cook's utensils on ...
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Is it normal for a level 2 character to have a +8 attack modifier?

I'm a new DM and it is my first time playing D&D 5th edition. One of my player's character is an archer elf with a +4 Dexterity modifier. When she uses her longbow, she gets the +2 poficiency ...
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Do warlocks require alchemist's supplies to cast healing elixir? [duplicate]

I play a Celestial Warlock in a campaign we just started, who took healing elixir (link to Unearthed Arcana document) as one of his first spells to support our party. I plan to expand into Divine Soul ...
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How do Resurrection spells work with someone who has died of old age?

In a campaign I run, one of the characters faces the real danger of succumbing to a curse that will add enough age to them that they would easily exceed their race's life expectancy. The curse ...
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How do runes work? Can a Rune Knight forge them?

One of my players, new to D&D, is playing a Rune Knight, but in his background he's a son of merchants, and he asked me if he can produce runes to use or sell. Now, I'm aware that from the Rune ...
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Healing touch, how is the bonus calculated? [closed]

Several creatures have the healing touch action, which gives some amount of dice plus a bonus of HP. Some examples below: Planetar Deva Unicorn Solar The Abboth What is the bonus based on? It is not ...
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Can I Help my Bigby's Hand shove a creature off of a ledge?

Situation Lore Bard, level 10, Magical Secrets choices are Bigby's Hand and Wall of Force. Known opponents include giants (Frost and Hill). We are in mountainous terrain. I suspect that we'll have ...
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Does the Fey Passage trait enable a (UA) Fairy character to escape restraints (the restrained condition)?

In UA 2021: Folk of the Feywild, the description of the Fairy race's Fey Passage trait says: You can squeeze through a space as narrow as 1 inch wide. And the basic rules provide the following rules ...
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Is Zone of Truth not always easily defeated?

I had a very interesting discussion with my players on the effects of the Zone of Truth in D&D 5e. They have committed a murder / killing in self defense and will be tried for it and we talked ...
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How should I play my character (who is motivated to betray the party) and keep the game fun?

My friends and I are playing a custom quest where our goal is to stop Asmodeus from reaching god hood. However, my problem is that I am playing a Warlock (Lawful Evil) who is evil and worships ...
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Does a Boggle using Dimensional Rift to attack provoke an Opportunity Attack?

A boggle uses its dimensional rift capability to partially appear next to a PC and attack it. When the boggle retracts his arm and upper body back through the rift, would it allow an opportunity ...
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How can multiclassing improve my lvl 9 Paladin (Oath of Vengeance)

Situation I am a beginner D&D5e player (1y), playing an Oath of Vengeance paladin, thinking on multiclassing, playing with a fairly unoptimal and small group (w/ 2 wizard). The world where we are ...
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Effects of wearing armor without proficiency

The PHB (p. 144) says: If you wear armor that you lack proficiency with, you have disadvantage on any ability check, saving throw, or attack roll that involves Strength or Dexterity, and you can’t ...
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How do you balance encounters between NPCs?

Right now, I’m planning a situation where faction “a” is going to fight faction “b” and the players pick a side, and the side which the players choose is fairly likely to win, in which they have to ...
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How does the ranger's Favored Foe optional class feature interact with the Hail of Thorns spell?

Suppose I'm a ranger using the variant rules in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, specifically the Favored Foe optional class feature. I'm concentrating on the Hail of Thorns spell, and I hit a creature ...
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If spiritual weapon allowed you to use spells with it would it be broken? Yes, but if I put this limit on it would it still be?

I am toiling with a spiritual weapon-based subclass homebrew idea. In the base game, the way you would use spiritual weapon would be alongside a cantrip or weapon attack. This is because you can't use ...
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How do you design monsters that ignore armor?

I'm trying to homebrew a nasty hornet swarm with some added attacks to make it more dangerous. One of the ideas that I had was to make the hornets crawl under the armor/clothes when attacking, thus ...
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Can mage hand to fly up over floor to 10-20 feet?

In RAW, Mage Hand is "A spectral, floating hand appears at a point you choose within range". But what is it "floating"? Can hand fly up to 10-20 feet over the floor? With payload (...
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Does Silent Image provide cover? [duplicate]

Let's say we're trying to give a Giant Ape three-quarters cover from a distant archer. A spellcaster casts Silent Image to place a rock in between them of the right shape and size to cover 3/4 of the ...
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As of D&D 5e, how do you read the the tables?

I'm new to D&D 5e. I don't understand how to engage with the information of the Classes Summary table on page 45 of the PHB. How do you read and contextualise this table?
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Clarifications on how rituals work

I play a bard and my party wants me to learn the spell Leomund's Tiny Hut (or Tiny Hut for those without the full access to D&D Beyond). That spell is tagged as ritual, and before agreeing to take ...
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Intimidate an NPC twice or gain advantage

When trying to intimidate an NPC that could reasonably be intimidated, would it be feasible to enhance the situation with spells that aren't specifically tied to intimidation? Let's say that the PC ...
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Homebrew review of “Artistic Muse” transmutation spell

The spell is an attempt to give more freedom to the player and allow for better RP without giving OP tools or weapons. It is directed toward high fantasy settings with very common magic. The idea ...
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Does a player character automatically know the cost of their spell components?

I have seen powerful spells that require a material component that costs a fair number of gold pieces. If a character chooses one of these spells, do they know what the cost is?
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Iron Flask and spell-summoned creatures

If I'm a wizard on the material plane and I cast Summon Lesser Demons, then capture one of the demons with an Iron Flask, what happens to the captured demon when the spell ends one hour later? Does it ...
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If I cast the Levitate spell on another creature, how much control do I have over the target's height in the air?

If I cast levitate on a creature, then stop concentrating on the spell while the creature is in the air, the creature would slowly float down to the ground, according to the spell description. Say I ...
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What is the current state of Maztica?

I am planning to use a custom setting which is a kind of fantasy/Wild West crossover for my new 5e campaign. I'm aware there is actually the New World counterpart in Forgotten Realms called Maztica, ...
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How can I reliably increase our giant ape's AC to 16 (or better)?

A tactical problem to solve based on last night's session Tactical Situation Wizard polymorphs warlock (8th level) into a Giant Ape. (Did T-Rex last time, looking for variety and higher INT (7 vs 2); ...
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How to handle pursuit over long distances, between cities?

in an upcoming session it is possible I might have to handle a chase between cities. I'm DMing Tyranny of Dragons and we are going a bit off book (not a problem, in fact I like where the players are ...
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Does Asmodeus have a 5e stat block?

I am trying to find a 5e stat block Asmodeus but I am beginning to think there isn't one. Does anybody know if there is a 5e Asmodeus stat block and where to find it?
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Is this Variant Ranger Feature “Favored Enemy Swap” balanced?

I don't like the ranger and I have been experimenting with new variants for the weaker features. One feature I don't like is Primeval Awareness, allowing you to expend a spell slot to know if certain ...
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A way that allows a magic user to teleport a party without travelling with them

I am trying to work out a way for an NPC wizard to teleport the players to another location on the same plane, but without using a teleport circle and without having to travel with them himself. This ...
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Can a player create a magic artifact?

I want to know if there is a way my Fighter can make a magical artifact. Is there a certain thing listed in any book that says a player can find something to forge a magic artifact?
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Does UA Step of the wind: wings unfurled stack with Aarakocra?

The aarakocra gains a base 50 flight. Step of the wind: wings unfurled states When you use your Step of the Wind, you can unfurl spectral draconic wings, gaining a flying speed equal to your walking ...

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