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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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Can the Balhannoth speak?

From Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes comes the Balhannoth. In the language part of its statblock it says: Languages understands Deep Speech, telepathy 1 mile Normally, when a creature speaks a a ...
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Can a character who was True Polymorphed into a Dragon Change Shape back into their original form? [duplicate]

A level 20 character can be changed permanently by True Polymorph into an Ancient Brass Dragon (CR 20). Ancient Brass Dragons have the Change Shape action that says, The dragon magically polymorphs ...
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How can a Bard persuade a lot of NPCs to join their harem?

We're playing 5e. My max Charisma 3rd level Minotaur Bard asked me how he would go about creating a harem for himself out of NPC's. He was asking me about just rolling charisma for everyone, and I had ...
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Can Counterspell be used to prevent a Mystic from using a Discipline?

The most recent version of the Unearthed Arcana Mystic (V3) can be found here. The way I read it RAW Counterspell has no effect on Psionic Disciplines but this seems extremely over powered and I find ...
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Contradictory parts of D&D Beyond: which is official?

If D&D Beyond is considered an official source, how do you figure which part is official when parts of the site contradict other parts? Example: the monster page for the gelatinous cube says: ...
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Does a Lich need spell books to relearn all spells after rejuvenating?

If someone takes the phylactery of a Lich, and carries it off, and then someone else "kills" the Lich, it reappears near the phylactery. But if the Lich is basically a wizard, then wouldn't it have ...
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Is the target of the Mystic ability 'Occluded Mind' aware that it is a target?

Is the target of the Mystic Discipline 'Occluded Mind' (V3 Unearthed Arcana) aware that the Discipline has been used on it and if so is it aware of the source of the Discipline, i.e, the Mystic that ...
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How should I handle a player attacking from the top of a tree?

There is a player in my group whose character is developed around staying in trees, climbling, Athletics, Acrobatics, and such. He likes to climb trees and then leap down onto enemies from the tree ...
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Can the Protection fighting style be used in this way?

One of the players in a party I DM is an Eldritch Knight and he uses "Protection " in every single battle. Here's what Protection is: Protection When a creature you can see attacks a target ...
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Is this homebrew Lich PC race balanced?

This is a Lich PC race I home-brewed; is it balanced? Lich Ability Score Increase Your Intelligence modifier increases by 3. Alignment Most liches are of an evil alignment, ...
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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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What happens when an invisible creature interacts with an illusion?

What happens when an invisible creature physically interacts with a minor illusion from the perspective of that creature and from the perspective of another creature that is looking at the illusion at ...
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Can a wizard copy a wizard spell into their spellbook that they aren't high enough level to cast?

In 5e D&D, can a wizard discern and copy a wizard spell into their spellbook that they aren't high enough level to cast? If they found a dead archmage's book, or stole their own master's, prior to ...
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Forced to sign the magical contract | Story [on hold]

During the evil campaign for the big heist mission, my partner-in-crime and I were forced to sign the magical contract to serve the individual npc and patron by no means. "During my encounter with ...
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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 homebrew Armorer Artificer subclass balanced compared to the official 2019 UA Artificer subclasses?

Here is my homebrew subclass for the 2019 UA Artificer class: Armorer Tools of the Trade By the time you adopt this specialty at 3rd level, you’re deeply familiar with employing its ...
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How do critical hits work with static monster damage?

If I use static damage from monsters, how do I calculate the value on critical hits? I can't just double the value, because that includes the static modifier. Should I recalculate the damage on the ...
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I think one of my players wants to leave the campaign

I am a relatively new DM. I am running my first campaign, which started about a year ago, with some close friends from college. We have all played D&D before, but this is the first time I’m ...
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Does 5e have a Manual of the Planes?

I'm building a Warlock with an Archfey patron, and I want to read more about the Feywild. I remember the AD&D Manual of the Planes and it had information from all the planes. Does 5e have one of ...
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Can this “AC per CR” chart be used in “DPR per level” calculations? [on hold]

Inspired by this, this, and this, I just processed this list of monsters to get the average (and standard deviation) AC in monsters, by CR. It comprises all the SRD monsters, I believe. A common DPR ...
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If one creature detects a hiding creature, do all other creatures automatically detect you too?

The rules for Hiding state: Until you are discovered or you stop hiding, that check's total is contested by the Wisdom (Perception) check of any creature that actively searches for signs of your ...
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How to Fog of War an official adventures map

So I will be DMing a new campaign, and we are going to be starting with the module for The Sunless Citadel. I have a very large .jpeg file for all of the dungeon maps, and plan on using my little ...
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Can you move the Hunter's Mark spell on the same turn that the affected creature dies?

The hunter's mark (and also hex) spell contains the following text: [...] If the target drops to 0 hit points before this spell ends, you can use a bonus action on a subsequent turn of yours to ...
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What happens when the Leomund's Tiny Hut spell intersects solid objects, like the ends of a large wagon?

Unlike in previous editions, in 5e Leomund’s Tiny Hut makes a hemisphere, has been ruled to have a floor, and protects vs attacks — so I’m not sure what happens when the hemisphere intersects solid ...
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Does the Scatter spell actually scatter the targets?

Based on the spell's name, you would think that all of the targets would end up all over the playing field, but per the Scatter spell description: The air quivers around up to five creatures of ...
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How do you calculate damage in D&D 5e? [duplicate]

Example: I make an attack that does 3d6 damage, how much does it do.
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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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What happened to Eladrin? Did something make them unavailable to play?

I made an Eladrin Ranger and the DM wouldn't allow it. I'm confused. Did something happen to Eladrin? I'm wondering because none of my three gaming groups' DMs would allow my character. They just ...
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With the Blink spell, can a creature be carried into the ethereal plane? [duplicate]

Consider a 5th level chain pact archfey Warlock named Tasmir. Tasmir casts find familiar creating an imp named Molo. Molo shapechanges into raven form. Tasmir carries Molo in his cloak and casts ...
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Are these Called Shot rules balanced? [on hold]

I am DM a campaign in DnD 5e, where the players have expressed a desire to be able to do Called Shots. I am not resistant to this idea, but what I do not want is for the Called Shots to be so useful ...
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How would you do a Diplomacy roll in 5e? [on hold]

Looking through a 3.5e campaign it mentions a Diplomacy roll. But in 5e the closest is Persuasion which doesn't feel quite the same. Any alternative suggestions?
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Does a resurrected wizard remember their prepared spells?

Imagine that a wizard died in a fire, and their spellbook burned, too. They were in the afterlife for about a month and after that resurrected. They no longer have a spellbook. Do they remember ...
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What happens if an elf and a giant have a child? [on hold]

I wonder what species would come out if an elf (any kind) and a giant would have a child. Which species would it belong to? What would be the appearance of it? Is it even possible in Dungeons & ...
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What happens to parts or materials taken off of (true) polymorphed creatures? [duplicate]

As a DM with a wizard PC dangerously close to asking me that question I figured I'd try and find some primary source on this. Neither True Polymorph nor Polymorph state what happens to bits and ...
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Does casting Inflict Wounds while concentrating on Vampiric Touch also siphon damage?

Vampiric Touch says, The touch of your shadow-wreathed hand can siphon force from others to heal your wounds. Make a melee spell attack against a creature within your reach. On a hit, the target ...
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Can a familiar use a magic item to cast a concentration spell?

As there are items that do not require attunement and allow the casting of spells through them, such as the wind fan, is it possible to have the familiar maintain concentration on this spell? While ...
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How does attacking through water work?

Related:How is shooting into water handled? But that's for D&D Next, not 5e, and is for shooting into a presumably fairly deep body of water. A subquestion of: How does animated water work? When ...
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Are there rules specifically applicable to water animated by Shape Water found somewhere other than the spell description?

There is a lot of information missing from the second bullet point of the Shape Water spell that it seems to me is essential to running the spell as a DM, and consequently essential to understanding ...
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When running animated water as a creature, how can I get stats quickly?

A subquestion of How does animated water work? When a player conjures a creature formed of animated water, for example a Small horse, I find it works best to model that animated water as a CR0 ...
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How should I handle attempts to make creatures with Shape Water?

A subquestion of How does animated water work? Often players, encouraged by Shape Water's statement that they can give water any combination of simple shapes and cause it to animate as they wish, ...
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How does animated water work? [duplicate]

The spell Shape Water lets a caster animate some water. While the effect is limited to 'simple shapes', lasts an hour, and acts according to your direction, nearly nothing else about the effect is ...
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Help making my villain who wants to rid my D&D world of all magic [on hold]

So, who I plan on making the big bad of my current campaign (a powerful wizard who tapped into the magic of the void and is almost invincible [ofc not really cause they need to be beatable] when it ...
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Is this homebrew Oath of the Jedi paladin subclass balanced compared to the official subclasses?

Is the following homebrew Oath of the Jedi paladin subclass balanced compared to the official subclasses? Oath Spells You gain oath spells at the following levels: 3rd - Jump, Catapult ...
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When do objects take damage from being inside the Whirlpool option of the Control Water spell?

The control water spell allows you to create a whirlpool which includes the following in its description: [...] The first time each turn that an object enters the vortex, the object takes 2d8 ...
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How do Suggestion and Subtle Spell work together?

The Suggestion spell has a verbal component, and is described as : You suggest a course of activity (limited to a sentence or two) and magically influence a creature [...] that can hear and ...
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Can creatures outside a Leomund's Tiny Hut use ammunition that was fired from inside the hut to attack creatures inside the hut?

I've not seen comments on this interpretation, so what can anyone tell me about enemies picking up arrows shot out of the hut and shooting them back in (albeit at obscured creatures inside)? Do those ...
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Can a Glamour Bard use the Enthralling Performance ability while casting Motivational Speech?

Can the following two mechanics work together or are they mutually exclusive or require something else? I am the DM. Both the player at my table and I don't agree or understand if it's possible to ...
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What would be the price of Adamantine Plate armor?

I'm already aware, as per Are there price lists for magic items, such as the Bag of Holding?, that 5e was designed with the assumption that magic items are not to be bought or sold willy-nilly. This ...
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Is there a mechanic for a PC to learn the relative strength of an opponent, stat-wise?

TL;DR: It would be realistic for a PC to be able to evaluate how mechanically strong their opponent is, but I couldn’t find any RAW for this. Am I missing something? Certain skill checks in DnD, like ...
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Ranger Dread Ambusher and Hail of Thorns [on hold]

Can Hail of thorns be cast as a bonus Action prior to taking an Attack Action as a Dread Ambusher with a longbow followed up by a second shot as the second attack with the Hail of Thorns extra damage ...