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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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D&D 5e: Does the same spell prepared for different levels count as multiple prepared spells or the same prepared single spell?

I couldn't find an answer to this in the player's handbook that explains whether the same spell prepared at different levels implies that multiple spells are prepared: For example, if a level 4 cleric ...
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How does a player piggy-backing another player work in combat?

One of my PCs (a halfling) has recently taken to riding on the back of another one of my PCs (a dwarf). I allowed this, as I didn't think it had any problems and it allowed the group to go faster - ...
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Are Echo Knights excluded from text that specifies “creature” [duplicate]

I understand that the majority of the posts on the internet classify the Echo Knight as an object and not a creature, including this post. However, does that preclude the Echo Knight from being ...
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How does the Corrosive Form (black pudding) damage work?

The corrosive form trait of black pudding (MM page 241) is as follows: Corrosive Form. A creature that touches the pudding or hits it with a melee attack while within 5 feet of it takes 4 (1 d8) acid ...
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Does damage that "can't be reduced" bypass temporary hit points?

As per title. The temporary hit points description says: Some spells and special abilities confer temporary hit points to a creature. Temporary hit points aren't actual hit points; they are a buffer ...
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Piercer Feat with Sneak Attack and Critical [duplicate]

So my rogue/ranger is facing a problem with a crit atm. When you score a critical hit that deals piercing damage to a creature, you can roll one additional damage die when determining the extra ...
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5E Multiclassing vs Subclasses [closed]

It appears that subclasses are a form of specialization for a particular class in 5e. A way to get a multiclass-like spin on the character class without fully multiclassing. However, if multiclassing ...
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Is this homebrew "Retuning String" monster balanced?

I created a homebrew stat block for a creature and I would like to know if this creation is balanced (for a generic party). In a previous question I asked, some users have given useful suggestions, so ...
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Can you launch a pellet created with Dust of Dryness to smash it at range?

Can I launch a Dust of Dryness pellet to Smash it at range? The text for Dust of Dryness reads (DMG 166): This small packet contains 1d6 + 4 pinches of dust. You can use an action to sprinkle a pinch ...
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What would the DC to intimidate the universe be? [closed]

I'm a level 1 fairy barbarian, and I, along with my party, killed an enemy that turned out to be a ghost, meaning they couldn't pass on to the afterlife. I asked to intimidate the universe into ...
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Psychic Blades from Illusionary Fog

If attacking from an illusionary fog created by Silent Image using the Soulknife's Psychic Blades would that reveal the fog to be an illusion to onlookers? Physical objects like an arrow or dagger ...
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When a process takes longer than a round, at what point is a skill check made?

The party wizard is about to copy a high-level scroll into her spellbook. She has a +10 on Arcana, and a good chance of making the DC16 roll, despite it being a sixth-level scroll: A wizard spell on ...
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What do I do if my players are acting in a way that is meta-gaming and are refusing to accept my decision?

The Situation I have a party of 5 players all sleeping in a barn on an abandoned farm at night. This is near the beginning of the campaign and each player likes having little secrets about each other....
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Determining the CR of a monster with a 50% chance of absorbing damage

I hope this question respects the site standards. I think that my question is quite specific and not too vague or opinion based. If not, I apologize in advance. I am creating an homebrew monster and I ...
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Which maps from Planescape: Turn of Fortune's Wheel would be most beneficial to have printed out in 1" grid scale?

I will be DMing a Planescape: Turn of Fortune's Wheel campaign soon. Maps in the book are small, and it would be hard to use them for tactical fights and puzzles. The party I will be DMing for likes ...
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Can I make attacks non-lethal?

Sometimes my party is being incredibly stupid, and it makes me want to punch them in game for being stupid. An example of this is trying to use a party member as a live test subject for a mushroom ...
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As a Moon druid, does the Primal Strike feature make my attacks while in Elemental Wild Shape count as magical?

My Circle of the Moon druid reached Level 10. If I use Elemental Wild Shape to transform into an elemental, do my attacks count as magical? Rules as written, it seems like the answer is No, as "...
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What happens when a Topaz Dragon uses Essential Reduction on an Object?

The Ancient and Adult Topaz Dragon Statblocks in Fizban's Treasury have a Legendary Action called Essential Reduction which reads: The dragon targets a creature or an object [...]. The target must ...
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What type are the Dragons on these pages of Fizban's Treasury?

I am currently reading through Fizban's Treasury of Dragons a second time and I must admit I still struggle to identify the types of the Dragons depicted in a few of the artworks and would like to get ...
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Can the illusion created by the Silent Image spell change size?

The description of the silent image states: You can use your action to cause the image to move to any spot within range. As the image changes location, you can alter its appearance so that its ...
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Do the PCs initially know there is a dragon of Icespire Peak?

I'm planning to run the Dragon of Icespire Peak adventure. The title says outright that there is a dragon of Icespire Peak, a lot of the plot is due to monsters moving around in response to the dragon,...
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What literally happens when the Bane spell is cast?

In-universe, what is the spell bane actually doing when cast? So for roleplaying and describing what happens most spells are self-explanatory, like fireball. We can describe the fireball in multiple ...
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Teleport action and blindsight [duplicate]

I would like to create a monster that have a blindsight of 120 feet and that is blind beyond this radius. Can I give this monster a teleportation action? This action is usually described as follows (...
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Does an Amulet of Health increase your HP while using Wild Shape? [duplicate]

An Amulet of Health sets your Constitution score to 19 while you are wearing it, and druids can use it while Wild Shaped, as established in this question. However, this question states that an ...
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Is the Umbrage Hill Quest in Dragon of Icespire Peak likely to kill 1st-level PCs?

1st-level characters in the adventure Dragon of Icespire Peak have 3 quests available to them, and one of these is the Umbrage Hill Quest. This pits the players up against a single enemy, a CR 3 The ...
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Do the "set ability score to 19" magic items function while using Wild Shape?

If you, a druid who is attuned to an Amulet of Health, Gauntlets of Ogre Power, or Headband of Intellect, uses Wild Shape, choosing to wear the piece of equipment, do you gain the benefit of the ...
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Can you have more infusions active than your daily limit?

I am a 3rd-level artificer. I know the infusions Enhanced Defence, Repeating Shot, Enhanced Weapon, and Replicate Magic Item (Bag of Holding). If I infuse a suit of armor (with Enhanced Defence) and a ...
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Can a Shield Guardian have a familiar?

A shield guardian has the Spell Storing trait: Spell Storing. A spellcaster who wears the shield guardian’s amulet can cause the guardian to store one spell of 4th level or lower. To do so, the ...
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Is there a way to take away an action in D&D 5e?

I'm trying to make a monster in D&D 5e and I can't find anything on taking away actions. I want to have a monster that can take away a player's action, but I can't find anything on it. I know I ...
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Blocked Movement & The Sword of Vengeance (and Teleport)

A PC in one of my games has been cursed with a [Long]Sword of Vengeance. During a recent combat he took damage and failed his DC 15 Wisdom saving throw, therefore "swearing vengeance" ...
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Is 'at the end of your turn' also 'on your turn'? [duplicate]

Some effects, like a monster's legendary actions, only happen when a turn ends. Legendary Actions The phoenix can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action ...
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Can I grapple someone's mouth shut if they're 2 inches (50.8 mm) tall and I'm 3.3866 mm tall?

First, I'm going to answer why I'm 3.3866 mm tall to answer the foreseeable questions I'll get from this. I'm in a campaign where the party was shrunk down 30 times, making 5 feet equivalent to 2 ...
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Is the WBN homebrew Witch class a new coffeelock? [closed]

One of my players is using a homebrew Witch class created by the podcast Worlds Beyond Number with my blessing. Essentially it's a Wisdom-based wizard who can heal and whose powers revolve around ...
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How does the Scrying spell interact with Stealth?

If someone targets a creature with a Scrying spell, I'm assuming the target's current Stealth check doesn't matter, since the spell states you just see the target. You can see and hear a particular ...
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Can Polymorph allow access to extra spells? Or can it generally grant spells?

Could you switch out your current spells with other spells? Or can something with no ability of magic be polymorphed into a creature capable of using magic?
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Is this homebrew rogue/paladin subclass balanced? [closed]

My player wants to make a custom class for my upcoming Dungeons of Drakkenheim campaign, is it balanced? The class is supposed to be a rogue/paladin hybrid. Black Knight Homebrew Features Heightened ...
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Help with a homebrew spell. Is this defensive spell balanced?

I'm trying to create a few spells for an Illusionist I'm currently playing. I could use some help refining the wording used as well as prevent any broken mechanics or introducing an unbalanced spell ...
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Do creatures with a reach of 0 get attacks of opportunity when a foe moves away?

Some creatures like swarms have a reach of 0 with their attacks-- do they even get attacks of opportunity when someone leaves their reach?
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Is there a way to increase a cleric's odds of success for Divine Intervention other than reaching level 20?

I'm playing as a fairy cleric, and my DM uses a houserule that Divine Intervention only has a 1/1000000 chance to succeed, and I feel like this is a bit low. Is there a magic item or spell (other than ...
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Can I banish myself to the feywild as a fairy who's native to the feywild from the material plane? [duplicate]

This somewhat ties in to a question I asked before, but not entirely. In that question I was asking how to get back if I am banished, and I learned about fey crossings from the answer. Now that I know ...
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Is the moons' influence on spellcasting balanced for a Dragonlance campaign?

I am about to DM Shadow of the Dragon Queen and I have almost finished reading the manual, to get the general idea of the adventure. To be honest, I feel that the setting depicted here does not feel ...
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What kind of elemental do these weapons refer to in Princes of the Apocalypse? [duplicate]

In Princes of the Apocalypse, You can cast dominate monster (save DC 17) on a fire elemental. Once you have done so, Tinderstrike can't be used this way again until the next dawn. It is not clear ...
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Is this lesser version of Life Transference balanced?

My ("plain vanilla" dnd 5e) wizard is now near level 8, and I was thinking to equip him with a straightforward reduced version of "Life Transference". The purpose of this is merely ...
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House rule for calculating attack and damage in one roll

I played many different RP systems and prefer faster and more narrative games. I have a new group I DM and we play D&D, because I love the lore. For combat do I use theater of mind combat with ...
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Precisely when can/must the two weapon fighting bonus action and attack occur? [duplicate]

Complicators: "When", "Take", Composite condition + Extra Attack, Simultaneous events. Contrast: Immediately after (flurry of blows) When you take the Attack action and attack ...
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What is 'a fire elemental' for the purposes of a ring of fire elemental command?

A similar potential ambiguity exists for the definitions of air, earth, and water elemental, but focusing on a ring of fire elemental command, how broad is the definition of 'a fire elemental'? Does ...
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Can you cast Sanctuary through total cover?

Sanctuary says: You ward a creature within range against attack. Until the spell ends, any creature who targets the warded creature with an attack or a harmful spell must first make a Wisdom saving ...
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Does a Steel Defender's Force-Empowered Rend "involve Strength or Dexterity"?

I'm weighing the pros and cons of equipping armor and shield to a (5e Artificer's) Steel Defender and accepting the penalties due to lack of proficiency. The penalties: If you wear armor that you ...
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Does the Path of the Beast barbarian's Bestial Soul ability affect high jumps?

We had a discussion at our table regarding the Bestial Soul feature of the Path of the Beast barbarian. The feature says When you jump, you can make a Strength (Athletics) check and extend your jump ...
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Can you use Booming Blade with Sentinel's reaction attack? [duplicate]

The description of the feat Sentinel says: When a creature within 5 feet of you makes an attack against a target other than you (and that target doesn't have this feat), you can use your reaction to ...
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