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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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Timing of Foe Slayer and Favored Foe (Tasha’s)

Favored Foe is used on hit, and works with Foe Slayer. Does the Ranger need to hit normally first, (without using Foe Slayer), and then on future attacks they can use Foe Slayer? Or, can the Ranger ...
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Is this homebrew legendary item's power consistent with other legendary items?

In the continuing journey of my DMing I've finally had a campaign reach the point where my players have gotten the position to obtain a legendary item. Having focused on artifacts to create world ...
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One sided total cover

The Mighty Servant of Leuk-O is a mech that creatures can pilot. Its description says, "Those inside the servant have total cover from effects originating outside it." It does not say that ...
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Can you cast message on a familiar/animal?

In my D&D campaign, there is an animal that has been tracking/following us. I suspect it to be a familiar of the big bad we may be fighting, but it has only watched us from a distance. If I cast ...
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Social interactions during combat?

I wanted to know if you can use social interactions during combat? e.g. Can you frighten(status) someone by using intimidation?
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How to Change the Selected Mask for the Mask of The Dragon Queen?

I am playing in a 5e level 20 one shot and my DM is allowing us to choose a number of magic items. The Way of The Ascendant monk looked fun and I happen to own both the "Rise of Tiamat" and ...
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Dancing Rapier Combined with Helm of Brilliance

So my character is a rogue arcane trickster who just acquired a Helm of Brilliance and a Flying Rapier. According to the Helm: As long as the helm has at least one fire opal, you can use an action ...
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Can an NPC Duergar end a size change early? [duplicate]

Let's say a regular NPC Duergar is Large, and wants to hide behind something Smallish, or a Mind Master is currently Tiny and he knows he'll be making Athletics checks in less than a minute. Their ...
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Does the Cantrip Formulas optional feature allow a wizard to increase the number of cantrips they know?

I have come across similar questions like Can I swap my cantrips known for new ones from scrolls?, and Can a spellbook contain cantrips?, but I noticed that the questions predate Tasha's Cauldron of ...
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How does the Heat Metal spell interact with a suit of armor, which could be taken off in parts?

Heat Metal may be cast on "a suit of heavy or medium metal armor". Plate Armor is a suit of heavy metal armor. It "consists of shaped, interlocking metal plates to cover the entire ...
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Multiclassing mid-dungeon into Wizard. Where's my spellbook? When do I prepare my spells?

In one of my campaigns I have a character that just leveled up. I've been planning for a while to multi-class into Wizard, but never really had the character RP prepare for the event, since I didn't ...
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Can Gravity Well activate multiple times per cast of a spell?

Recently I've been looking at ways to make a forced movement character. This initially leads me to look at the warlock, specifically repelling blast. Repelling blast obviously works on each cast of ...
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What is the correct Artisan's Tools to use for statuary?

In the Player's Handbook there's a list of about 20 "Artisan's Tools" that player characters might have proficiency with, and what those tool kits contain and can do is expanded on in ...
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How I can convince evil characters to save the world

I made a homebrew campaign with some friends and gave them a more or less summary of what was to be expected of it; when they turned in their characters all of them were either neutral or evil. If the ...
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Can you use the Nether Scroll of Azumar again to resummon the golem after it dies?

Since the Nether Scroll of Azumar (Candlekeep Mysteries, p. 210) is not a consumable item, could you keep using the scroll to resummon a golem if your current golem dies? Would you need to wait 30 ...
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Can I stab through two enemies using a spear?

In RPG video game (Final Fantasy Tactic, for instance), a spear user can attack two enemies in a line at once. I want to transfer this to my character using 5e mechanic with as little homebrew as ...
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What would be the 5e version of Willow Ufgood's background? [closed]

I have a character concept I'd like to develop which has similar ties for the background to the "main" character of the 1988 film Willow, in that they are both destined not to be a chosen ...
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Does seeing invisible creature stop advantage and disadvantage? [duplicate]

On my last session one of my players became invisible with the whole team, but the enemy could, and did, cast see invisibility. Then my player argued that, in resulting combat, they still had ...
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Balancing Command while taking into account languages

The Command spell says: You speak a one-word command to a creature you can see within range. The target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or follow the command on its next turn. The spell has no ...
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How do I tell my DM that dice don’t need to dictate the story?

So while I like my DM, it's kind of hard to say that our game has a consistent story and that she legit decides everything on dice rolls. Oh you want to persuade that character? Yeah, that depends on ...
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What can disrupt the Sympathy effect of the Antipathy/Sympathy spell?

I am hoping the community can offer clarification on this spell. In my game tonight (I am the GM), an object was the target of the sympathy spell. Two PCs failed their saving throw and one succeeded....
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Is it clear to define a class’s Spellcasting Ability when they are not spellcasters?

For a homebrew project, I have a feature that is magical, but not spellcasting per se (it does not involve spell slots, its effects cannot be targeted by counterspell or dispel magic, etc.). I want to ...
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Does one good STR saving throw free the monster from being restrained both by Entangle and Ensnaring strike?

Say a party of a Druid, Wizard and a Ranger REALLY doesn't want the creature to move during combat. The Wizard casts Maximilian Earthen Grasp The Druid casts Entangle The Ranger casts Ensnaring Strike ...
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Can an Echo Knight's Echo use a weapon with two hands if the Knight is grappling?

I am about to play an Echo Knight in a game, and have been doing my research. The gist of my understanding is that Echoes are unable to make grappling checks, and I am prepared to work with this. The ...
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Creating a campaign that ends with a TPK by design

I'm creating a campaign that takes players from level 3 to level 15+. The premise is that the party is granted a special role by the reigning good King to protect and serve (essentially they are ...
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What does the Orb of Time actually do?

Printed in Xanathar's Guide to Everything on page 138, the magic item Orb of Time has the following description: Wondrous item, common Minor tier 3 lb. While holding this orb, you can use an action ...
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Does this clarify Vision, Stealth, and Cover Rules to my group? [closed]

Our group has been playing for some time, and we have a set of interpretations of the raw that we've been trying to keep as close to the game designers intentions as possible (despite some raw being ...
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What level should this Burning Words spell be?

I've created this spell with the help of one of my players, and would like some input on how balanced it is and what level to put it at. Thanks in advance! Burning Words (and/or Epic Burn) nth level ...
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Is the Arcane Archer's feature "Banishing Arrow" redundant for a Curse of Strahd character?

My understanding is that, per the "Alterations the Magic" section in Curse of Strahd: - spells cast for the purpose of leaving Barovia simply fail, as do effects that banish a creature to ...
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Can a Druid understand language while Wild Shaped?

Many of the threads on this focus on speaking. Other threads focus on understanding/speaking new languages that the Beast knows but the character does not know. I'm not interested in these questions. ...
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Does the Bugbears "Sneaky" trait always apply? Fitting into small places when larger than medium

We are playing a homebrew campaign based on the 5e core rulebooks, only allowing monster races (Monsters of the Multiverse). One of my players chose to play a bugbear rune knight. The bugbear states: &...
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Is there support in the rules that everyday things behave as expected? [closed]

A lot of things are implicit in the rules, for example that you cannot walk through a wall, even when there is no rule explicitly forbidding that. Common sense is to be used for how things would ...
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Do you choose targets as part of the casting of a spell, or as part of the effect of it? [duplicate]

When casting a spell, do you select targets at the time of casting the spell or when the spell's effects take place? For an example of when the distinction might matter, consider casting a single-...
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What counts as a word for the purposes of Sending?

The Sending spell says: You send a short message of twenty-five words or less to a creature with which you are familiar. (Note: this question ignores the actual practicality of using Sending in the ...
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Does antimagic field affect Gem Flight?

Gem Flight, Fizban's Treasure of Dragons, pg. 11 You can use a bonus action to manifest spectral wings for 1 minute. For the duration, you gain a flying speed equal to your walking speed and can ...
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Can the Enormous Tentacle see?

My level six moon druid can wild shape into a CR2 beast. I checked the monster finder and discovered there's a monster called an Enormous Tentacle. I noticed the monster's senses include "...
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Can the Command spell force a character to Teleport?

Specifically, the Flee command states: Flee. The target spends its turn moving away from you by the fastest available means. While I would normally suppose "the fastest available means" ...
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Medicine and Stabilizing

While I won't question my DM because it is his game and he is running it his own way, I was curious on one of the rulings that was made and wanted to see what the official rules on it were. We are ...
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If you do additional necrotic damage from other effects, do you get boosted healing from a Blood Fury Tattoo?

I'm having a bit of trouble wrapping my head around the specific wording in the Blood Fury Tattoo's initial charge burning ability. When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you can expend a ...
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How long can my character survive without sleep?

I got into a discussion over Discord this morning about whether the Dream spell could be used to kill someone. The claim was, if I remember correctly, that it would only take 6 days/nights because ...
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How can I add a layer of meaning to an evil campaign?

It's all but ubiquitous that a throwing a chaotic evil character into a heroic party can lead to hurt feelings and other stigmata. Some DMs don't even allow a chaotic evil while others attempt to ...
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Druid turned hamster Necromancer spells? [duplicate]

I have no idea what spells to use or keep for what will be a shapeshifting druidic gnome necromancer! She's gonna start out as level 6, but I have no idea on how to make it all work together. Trying ...
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How to build a necromancy Druid?

I'm joining a D&D game with a group of friends. Some have been playing for years, while others have just started like myself. I'm joining halfway through, coming in at level 6 or 7. I intend to ...
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Can you use the sidekick rules from Tasha's CoE to make a summoned familiar as a sidekick?

Can you use the sidekick rules from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything to make a summoned familiar as a sidekick?
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Why would anyone buy a Pony over a Mule?

Here are the statistics from the Mounts and Other Animals Table in the DMG: Item Cost Speed Carrying Capacity Pony 30 gp 40 ft. 225 lb. Donkey or mule 8 gp 40 ft. 420 lb. The pony costs 30 gp, ...
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Herbalism Kit Activity: Identify Poison - Applicability

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything near the bottom of the first column on page 82 is a table for Herbalism Kit Activities. One of the Activities is named "Identify poison" and requires a DC ...
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Can a cleric of the grave's god be Sarenrae?

Would I be reasonable to argue that in 5e, a cleric of the grave's god can be Sarenrae as she is originally a Pathfinder god with the subdomains Restoration and Resurrection? (Sarenrae is already in ...
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What would be a good 'fantasy' disinfectant/antiseptic? Is it necessary? [closed]

I have been consuming a lot of LARP, bushcraft, and military survival content lately, but I've noticed something about material hygiene and cooking that's got me thinking about fantasy cooking/...
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How flexible is the movement of loose earth via the Mold Earth cantrip?

Published on page 162 of Xanathar's Guide to Everything, the first bullet point of Mold Earth states: "If you target an area of loose earth, you can instantaneously excavate it, move it along ...
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Herbalism Kit: Identify Poison (Potion?) - XGE Typo?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything near the bottom of the first column on page 82 is a table for Herbalism Kit Activities. One of the Activities is "Identify poison", but I suspect it may be ...
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