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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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Which Planes Border the Astral Plane in the Great Wheel Cosmology?

After going through the Great Wheel Cosmology and going through the various wikia articles on the subject, I feel it's unclear which planes border the Astral one in D&D 5e. I've found plenty of ...
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Approximately how much damage should a concentration spell do each round to be balanced against instantaneous damage spells?

The DMG (p. 283) provides a table for approximate damage for single target and multiple target spells by level: Spell Level One Target Multiple Targets Cantrip 1d10 1d6 1st 2d10 2d6 2nd 3d10 4d6 ...
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Can my warlock use the Actor feat to mimic speech through my familiar using the Voice of the Chain Master eldritch invocation?

The Actor feat states (PHB, p. 165): You can mimic the speech of another person or the sounds made by other creatures. You must have heard the person speaking, or heard the creature make the sound, ...
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Can a multiclassed artificer/rogue use Sneak Attack with spells that use a ranged weapon as a spellcasting focus?

So, according to a tweet by Jeremy Crawford, it is possible to Sneak Attack with a magic stone when using a sling, even though it is a ranged spell attack. That got me thinking: if an artificer imbues ...
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Does the Hunter's Mark spell work with pebbles that have the Magic Stone spell cast on them?

The Magic Stone spell creates pebbles that can be used to make a ranged spell attack by hurling or firing from a sling. Hunter's Mark requires a 'weapon attack' to take effect. Jeremy Crawford has ...
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How does Undead warlock 'Grave Touched' interact with aoe [duplicate]

I am confused about how the undead warlock's Grave Touched ability interacts with spells like Fireball. The text for Grave Touched reads as follows In addition, once during each of your turns, when ...
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Petrification at low levels

I was considering using a Medusa in my home game against a group of 4th-level characters. With a CR of 6, a Medusa is well within the proper XP range for such a group. However, I'm nervous about using ...
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Would a party of adventurers be able to survive in Limbo for an extended length of time?

Might sound like a strange question but I've got plans for a group of adventurers to be sent to Limbo, though they won't be prepared for a trip through a plane that lacks the basic needs for survival, ...
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How does the Rune Knight's Storm Rune work?

I have searched this explanation on the internet and on this website, but I have found nothing. In case this question may be a double, I am sorry. :) So, how does the Storm Rune of Rune Knight work? ...
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Does a vampire’s bite attack against a charmed target trigger a saving throw against the charm?

So I was wondering how its working when PC is charmed by vampire one on one, and vampire decides to bite it. Does it mean that they can repeat save against charm because they got damaged by it or not ...
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How does Shadow of Moil interact with Beholder rays?

Shadow of Moil makes the caster heavily obscured. How does this condition interact with save based attacks? For instance, would a warlock with this buff be un-targetable by a beholders eye ray or a ...
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Is this homebrew Necromancer class balanced?

Is this necromancer class balanced, compared to a warlock or cleric? One of my players would like to use it. The goal is for it to be roughly balanced compared to a cleric, since that’s what I believe ...
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Is a College of Valor bard(Lv5)+ Oath of Ancients paladin(Lv15) the best Tank/Support option?

I am playing my first game and I have a level 2 Variant human Paladin, my current stats look like this: Str:13 (+1) Dex:10 (+0) Int:6 (-2) Wis:10 (+0) Cha:12 (+1) Con:11 (+0) Feat: Lucky I am aiming ...
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Does "vulnerability to piercing damage" from the Wild Magic table travel with the sorcerer?

In my game, we have a Wild Magic sorcerer in the party. During a recent combat, they rolled on the Wild Magic table and got the effect: 95-96: You and all creatures within 30 feet of you gain ...
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How to calculate the likelihood of success for increasing DC

How would I go about calculating the odds of success someone has, given N total tries at a skill check, a skill modifier of M, ...
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How can I give my players more short rests without breaking immersion?

While there are a lot of questions concerning how to give players fewer resources (usually by reducing the frequency of rests), this question is the inverse: I've had issues at my table with the ...
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Do magic items that are horseshoes only work with creatures that have four hooves?

Horseshoes of a Zephyr for example states: These iron horseshoes come in a set of four. While all four shoes are affixed to the hooves of a horse or similar creature, they allow the creature to move ...
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Can a Thri-Kreen character use the Dual Wielder feat's first benefit with a shield?

The Thri-Kreen playable race from Unearthed Arcana 2021: Travelers of the Multiverse has the following property: Secondary Arms. You have two slightly smaller secondary arms below your primary pair ...
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I am looking for some feedback on my first homebrewed magic item "Aurel‘s Adaptive Crossbow"

I am running my first campaign since a little over half a year now and the ranger in the group still has a basic heavy crossbow at this point (almost level 5). Which is why I want to present them with ...
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How can I fold Sorcery Points into Spell Points without over- or underpowering the sorcerer class?

I'm working on a homebrew Sorcerer class and was thrilled to run across @user55434's and @Akixkisu's answers to How does the Variant: Spell Points system from the DMG affect game balance?: if the idea ...
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How can a PC use the Tarokka Deck in Curse of Strahd?

I'm playing this module, so please, please keep answers spoiler free! I just obtained an official Curse of Strahd Tarokka Deck. My character just obtained one tarokka deck as well. My character has ...
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Path of the Beast: Can I shove then make the bonus claw attack?

One of Path of the Beast feature is: Each of your hands transforms into a claw, which you can use as a weapon if it’s empty. It deals 1d6 slashing damage on a hit. Once on each of your turns when you ...
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If I cast the Awaken spell on an animal (or tree) and then swap it out to prepare a different spell, do the effects of Awaken continue?

Awaken is a pretty cool spell. As a 9th-level druid, can I cast awaken to get a cool animal or plant friend, and then swap out the spell for some other 5th-level spell while keeping my cool animal or ...
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Does a creature retain the benefits of equipment while affected by the Gaseous Form spell?

The gaseous form spell's description has the following relevant text: You transform a willing creature you touch, along with everything it's wearing and carrying, into a misty cloud for the duration. ...
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How does extra movement interact with prone?

An example here being Instinctive Pounce introduced in Tasha's. The barbarian in question gets "you can move up to half your speed" for free when going into a rage. How does this interact ...
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Can a player begin and end its movement inside a swarm's space and not incur an opportunity attack?

Dirk, Hermes, Necryx, Jomil and Sing Lore- avert your eyes, or incur the wrath of Spuggroth the Humbled and Aflame! I'm designing an encounter where the party is trying to confront some foes in the ...
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Do the criteria that cause the Enchantment wizard's Hypnotic Gaze feature to end early also apply to the initial effect (i.e. within 1 round)?

The School of Enchantment wizard's level 2 feature, Hypnotic Gaze, can incapacitate a creature until the Wizard's next turn: Starting at 2nd level when you choose this school, your soft words and ...
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Can a wizard cast other spells with somatic components while concentrating on Bigby's Hand?

I noticed a clause in Bigby's Hand that has me pondering... The hand lasts for the spell's duration, and it moves at your command, mimicking the movements of your own hand. Here is the situation: ...
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Sentinel Feat vs. Creatures with Flyby [duplicate]

From the Players Handbook, the Sentinel feat grants the following abilities: When you hit a creature with an opportunity attack, the creature's speed becomes 0 for the rest of the turn. Creatures ...
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What are the official options for alternate familiars using the Find Familiar spell?

Other than the options listed under the find familiar spell in the PHB, and the Pact of the Chain warlock, what other official options are available for familiars that can be summoned by find familiar?...
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Is the Oathbreaker paladin's Channel Divinity option Control Undead based off of character level or paladin level?

The Oathbreaker paladin's Channel Divinity feature states (emphasis mine): Control Undead. As an action, the paladin targets one undead creature he or she can see within 30 feet of him or her. The ...
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Can an imp that has shapechanged into a spider be transformed by the spell Giant Insect?

I'm planning to play a drow warlock in D&D 5e, and since there's no official entomancer (Insect-themed spellcaster) class (it exists just as homebrew), I'm trying to make my own version. My ...
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How does the temp HP from the Conjuration wizard's Durable Summons feature interact with the Find Familiar spell?

The description of the find familiar spell states (emphasis mine): You gain the service of a familiar, a spirit that takes an animal form you choose. [...] [...] As an action, you can temporarily ...
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Can you learn the Primal Savagery cantrip via the Spell Sniper feat?

The third benefit of the Spell Sniper feat says: You learn one cantrip that requires an attack roll. Choose the cantrip from the bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, warlock, or wizard spell list. Your ...
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Are RAW (the acronym) and similar terms singular or plural?

I was having a discussion (read: argument) with a friend, and we were throwing around the same terms about rule interpretations that a lot of people use — RAW for rules as written, RAI for rules as ...
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Can Cure Wounds do damage? [duplicate]

Can the Cure Wounds spell deal damage? Say, my spell casting modifier was -2 and I rolled a 1 on the d8. Would the target actually take 1 damage? If so, what kind of damage would it even be?
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Are these 5e homebrew Metamagics balanced? [closed]

This is a follow-up to How do I determine appropriate Sorcery Point costs for homebrew Metamagics?, which I asked in preparation for this question. I'm working on a homebrew version of the Sorcerer ...
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What are good principles for determining whether and at what level a homebrew class feature is balanced?

I'm working on a homebrew revision (and slight buff) of the Sorcerer class in D&D 5e that includes some additional class features. I've read the Unearthed Arcana article about modifying classes, ...
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If the only spellcasting you have is from the Magic Initiate feat, can you take the Metamagic Adept feat?

The Metamagic Adept feat has "Spellcasting or Pact Magic feature" as a prerequisite. If the only spellcasting you have is from the Magic Initiate feat, can you take Metamagic Adept? I'm ...
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Can a familiar translate for the owner?

For example, a sprite knows Elvish and Sylvan. Assuming the owner does not speak these languages themselves, would the sprite be able to translate for the owner? What about the pseudodragon which ...
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Cooperative Magic Question

I've been thinking on Cooperative Magic in order to get that cinematic feeling of the frontliners defending the casters in clutch situations and big scale magic retinues on a battlefield. It could ...
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How do I determine appropriate Sorcery Point costs for homebrew Metamagics?

I'm working on some homebrew Metamagics for the Sorcerer class in D&D 5e and I want to make sure to give them appropriate Sorcery Point costs. I'm having trouble, though, figuring out the logic ...
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What player options, or monster traits, can/can not affect the Multiverse UA races, due to different creature type?

In Unearthed Arcana 2021: Travelers of the Multiverse, a few of the races are singularly a type other than Humanoid. Specifically, Construct, Ooze, and Monstrosity. What are the mechanical ...
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Do the UA thri-kreen's 4 arms enable any higher-damage weapon combinations?

The Travelers of the Multiverse Unearthed Arcana includes a playable insectoid race called the thri-kreen that has 4 arms, each of which is capable of wielding weapons, albeit with some limitations: ...
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Missing information in the Great Worm Cavern in the Storm King's Thunder adventure

On page 88 of the Storm King's Thunder adventure, under the Great Worm Cavern heading, in the Altar section, the end of the second paragraph reads: There seems to be some content missing after the ...
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Can a Wild Magic Sorcerer use Tides of Chaos to give another character advantage?

In D&D 5e, the Wild Magic Sorcerer's Tides of Chaos feature (PHB, p. 103) states: Starting at 1st level, you can manipulate the forces of chance and chaos to gain advantage on one attack roll, ...
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Can the extra 1d8 damage of the Gloom Stalker's Dread Ambusher feature be added to the first successful attack of the turn? [duplicate]

The Gloom Stalker Ranger from Xanathar's Guide to Everything (pg. 42) has the Dread Ambusher: At the start of your first turn of each combat, you walking speed increases by 10 feet, which lasts until ...
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How to give the party a reason to work together without hard railroading? [duplicate]

This is my first real attempt at DMing, so the lack of ideas might just be normal, but I thought I'd ask anyway. To be clear: the party is working together now, but I would love to find a way to make ...
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Are there any special rules governing invisibility underwater?

Are there any special rules for invisibility when underwater? For example, Pathfinder (a different game) has a rule that makes it easier to detect invisible creatures underwater due to the way they ...
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Can a Tiger get two attacks in a round and a possible third with pounce?

Tigers get a bite attack and a claw attack along with this: Pounce. If the tiger moves at least 20 feet straight toward a creature right before hitting it with a claw attack, the target must succeed ...