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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 does it mean in-game to be better at Deception than Persuasion?

Recently in-game I found myself moderating an 'off-screen' encounter between two NPCs; one an intelligent animal companion (winter wolf) of one of the PCs, and the other a Rakshasa who had no ...
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Does Symbol require the target to be fully inside the sphere?

…When you inscribe the glyph, choose one of the options below for its effect. Once triggered, the glyph glows, filling a 60-foot-radius sphere with dim light for 10 minutes, after which time the spell ...
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Can you make a giant sized weapon using 'Creation'?

I want to create a weapon out of thin air to be used temporarily. My idea would be, As a 14th level bard, to cast tensers transformation into a glyph. Then polymorph into a Giant Ape and step on the ...
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Can you take actions outside combat? [duplicate]

There are several questions that play on variants of asking if you can take actions out of combat, for example: Could you use the Help action outside of combat? Can a Bonus Action be used outside of a ...
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Why can't flying races wear armor?

No flying race has the ability to wear any armor other than light armor. Is there a balance issue that this causes? If there is, then what is the difference between a flying race in plate armor and a ...
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What magics do high level spellcasters strive for after the Spellplague?

Once a spellcaster has reached 17th level and can cast 9th level spells, what more power can they try to obtain? Before Mystra’s ban, there were 10th and higher level spells. Back in D&D3.5 there ...
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What problems could E6 introduce when used for Dungeons and Dragons Fifth edition?

Recently I started to think about running a campaign in low fantasy setting, where magic is limited both in number and scope of power. Some time passed and I still think about that idea, so (at least ...
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An expanded take on Stars Druid Dragon form and Polymorph [duplicate]

My initial question got closed so I'm asking again because the answers in the referenced questions are inconclusive. Consider these sequences: A. Ally A Polymorphs a PC into a giant ape then ally B ...
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How to manage minions?

My PC wizard used to trudge around with a veritable stable of minions: his familiar, a Shield Guardian, and up to four skeletons from Animate Dead. The skeletons were good utility; they could form a ...
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Stars Druid Dragon form and Polymorph [duplicate]

A Circle of Stars druid can transform into a starry form with a choice of three constellation including Dragon which helps concentration. If the druid is in Dragon constellation and then cast ...
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What ways are there to cast spells faster?

Some spells take significantly longer than an action to cast, but can be cast much quicker than that under some conditions: Wish (1 action). Duplicates a spell of 8th level or lower. A Chronurgy ...
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Now that Monsters of the Multiverse is out, are variant Humans still relevant?

I understand that an extra Feat is a big deal, but it seems to me that given the attributes changes put everything in line with V. Humans now, that feat isn't a big deal any more since most of the new ...
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What happens when true polymorph is cast on a conjured creature?

The scenario is as follows: Shem the Wizard first casts Conjure Elemental into a Glyph of Warding, setting it up to summon a Fire Elemental. Shem triggers the glyph, summoning the elemental with no ...
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What is the net effect from advantage or disadvantage on to hit chance? [duplicate]

For many character build calculations, it is valuable to know how much to hit chance is added by advantage (or removed by disadvantage). This differs depening on the number required for a hit on the ...
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Can Contingency be triggered by the presence of an item with a soul-affecting domain of effects? [duplicate]

I want to know if I can prepare a Contingency with Dimension Door to teleport me away if an item that may affect a creature's soul is within 125 feet of me. More specifically, I would like to be able ...
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Does the Artificer's Homunculus Servant infusion have any tool proficiencies?

The artificer's Infuse Item feature (TCoE, p. 9; E:RftLW, p. 57) grants access to a number of infusion options, one of which is the Homunculus Servant (TCoE, p. 21; E:RftLW, p. 62). I'm just trying to ...
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Which magic weapon deals the most damage?

Which magic weapon deals most damage at each rarity tier? (I am not asking about Artifacts, just normal rarity scale magic items). For the sake of defining weapon damage: Direct expected damage from ...
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Is my 'Vigilante' Homebrew class balanced?

I built this subclass because I felt monks had no truly S tier subclass combat options or many options that did not require burning all the already limited ki resources available. Would this subclass ...
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Is this homebrew Friend Blade spell balanced?

I want to implement a spell that would give casters a bit more options (God knows they need them) and enable some potentially funny shenanigans. Is this spell balanced against the current roster: ...
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Can you control the sensor of scrying?

Scrying creates a sensor. It says: the spell creates an invisible sensor within 10 feet of the target. You can see and hear through the sensor as if you were there. The sensor moves with the target, ...
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What locations can you scry?

Scrying allows you to watch a place somewhere else: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. (...) Instead of targeting a creature, you can ...
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Can you stack passive wisdom boosts?

I am currently putting together a dhampir blood hunter character and I noticed something interesting, which I would like to verify the RAW about: The Order of the Lycan, Heightened Senses is described ...
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Is this homebrew Eldritch Invocation, Blade Works, balanced?

Problem I've recently been playing a Pact of the Blade Warlock, deliberately abstaining from Eldritch Blast to focus on melee attacks. As we've gotten into later levels, the missing flexibility and ...
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Can a dhampir survive on blood alone?

I am building a dhampir using the stats from Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft (p. 16-17), which has some interesting entries, such as this paragraph under "Dhampir Hungers": Those who ...
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What languages can a Professor Orb have?

Is a professor orb restricted in any way regarding the language choices it can have? For instance, can a professor orb know Modron or Vegypygmy as languages? Additionally, is it possible to possess ...
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Can you teleport more safely through scrying?

Scrying allows you to see a place somewhere else: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. (...) Instead of targeting a creature, you can ...
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When creating a high level bard, or leveling up a bard without choosing a Magical Secret, can I pick a spell of any level I can cast?

The bard class feature Magical Secrets says: By 10th level, you have plundered magical knowledge from a wide spectrum of disciplines. Choose two spells from any classes, including this one. A spell ...
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Is this homebrew Bloodstones of Power magic item balanced?

Bloodstones of Power (Small pouch containing 5 stones) 25000 gp Very rare Magic item When a PC takes damage of 7.5 per level or higher due to slashing, or piercing damage the character can use the ...
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Why would I move my Linked Glyphs?

The linked glyphs spell involves making two glyphs: a detection glyph and either an alarm glyph or an effect glyph. The detection glyph acts as a sensor, and when it's activated, it sets off the alarm ...
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Can you use the Sleight of Hand skill to stack the Deck of Many Things?

As I understand the Deck of Many Things, you must intentionally draw a card while stating how many cards you wish to draw. Does this preclude merely looking at the cards? And if you can look at the ...
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Is this unarmored defense option balanced

One of the conceits of a campaign I am running is that in some areas classes like the fighter or paladin would not rely on heavy armor. Is the following option balanced? Unarmored Warrior ...
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Casting long-casting-time spells undetected

The objective is to cast a long casting time spells like Tiny Hut or Private Sanctum that can give you a battlefield advantage. For example Tiny Hut allows your team to have a position from which you ...
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Can the NPC Archdruid from Monsters of the Multiverse cast wildfire when using change shape?

The new Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse gives revised rules for many, many monsters, including the Archdruid (pg. 48). The revised text for Change Shape says (inter alia) While in a ...
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Does the Drakewarden's Drake have to increase in size at lv7 and lv15?

So, I'm playing a Drakewarden Ranger and at lv7, the drake grows in size. The rules state the following: In addition, while your drake is summoned, you and the drake gain the following benefits: ...
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How do multiple Sanctuary Vessel features (from the Genie Patron Warlock) interact together?

For this scenario, there will be 2 level 20 Elven Genie Warlocks (to make it simple.) Steps: Both go inside elf 1's Sanctuary Vessel and stay there for 12 hours Both go inside elf 2's Sanctuary ...
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How to calibrate combat encounters for high level play?

The DMG contains recommendations for the XP values of encounters that are supposed to help you create engaging but survivable combat encounters (page 82). They work pretty well for low- and mid-level ...
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Does a Simulacrum need to Eat, Sleep, Drink, or Breathe?

So I am looking for some insights into some specificities of a Simulacrum. I have a vague understanding of how the D&D rules interact with Creature types (which is that they are rarely important). ...
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How do I determine what in-game features and effects constitute diseases?

The party is exploring a crypt and has come upon a number of mummies. The party paladin has Lay on Hands. Alternatively, you can expend 5 hit points from your pool of healing to cure the target of ...
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Invisibility and Aura of Vitality

During fight a party member tried to use Aura of Vitality while being invisible to stealthily top their HP. It was argued that auras give visual effects similar to light which would allow enemies to ...
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Are there any 5e spells whereby PCs can gain the benefit of a long rest without actually taking a long rest?

I know that in D&D 5e the 3rd-level spell Catnap allows PCs to get the benefit of a short rest in exchange for 10 minutes of being unconscious. Are there any spells that allow PCs to get the ...
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What is included after Hit: in monster attacks? [duplicate]

So, in the most recent session our DM sicced a hobgoblin tribe on us, and it was controlling a souped up hellfire engine (it was immune to force damage, had a speed 80 so we could not outrun it, and ...
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Non-Combat Encounter Rewards - A Homebrew Review

Awarding non-combat encounters with XP consistently for the party level - A homebrew review A frustration I have had for a long time is how D&D claims that there are three pillars to the game, ...
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Is it possible to use the Transmuted Spell Metamagic on Absorb Elements?

So this hasn't come up before, but it has brought an interesting question to mind. Would it be possible to combine the Absorb Elements spell and Transmuted Spell metamagic. Absorb Elements reads as ...
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How does the Shadowsong bow deviate from the attunement standards?

Original Item There is an adventure from the 3rd season of Dungeons and Dragons Expeditions called DDEX03-07 Herald of the Moon. It awards a very rare longbow as the main quest reward, called ...
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What does it mean that an Ancient Blue Dragon's legendary action 'Wing Attack' costs 2 actions?

What does it mean that an Ancient Blue Dragon's legendary action 'Wing Attack' costs 2 actions? Doesn't a dragon get one action on its turn like everyone else, whether it's a multi-attack, casting a ...
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How well is the Unearthed Arcana Raven Queen warlock subclass balanced as compared to the officially published subclasses?

Unearthed Arcana: Warlock & Wizard introduced a new warlock patron: The Raven Queen. However, it never ended up being published. How balanced is the UA Raven Queen warlock subclass as compared to ...
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Is casting unused spells in the morning legit?

Our group has a habit of casting spells in the morning before ending our long rest, to use unused spell slots, we call it "casting down" spells. Typcial spells we cast are those with longer ...
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Can you possess a creature, using the magic jar spell, if you are in an extradimensional space (assuming you can see the humanoid) in 5e?

How does the spell magic jar work with an extradimensional space such as a bag of holding, handy haversack, portable hole, or the Genie Patron's Bottled Respite feature? Assuming you are able to see ...
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Does the Greater Invisibility spell also hide spell effects? [duplicate]

The spells Greater Invisibility turns a creature invisible: You or a creature you touch becomes invisible until the spell ends. Anything the target is wearing or carrying is invisible as long as it ...
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Do the jar and the catatonic body in Magic Jar count as objects or creatures?

The spell magic jar puts your soul into a jar, and your body is in a catatonic state. What are these both treated as? Is the jar counted as an object, a construct, or a creature in general? Is your ...
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