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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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Is this homebrew hunting and archery domain balanced compared to the official domains? [closed]

I am making a compendium of homebrew Cleric subclasses, spells and feats, but I want to make sure it is actually balanced and there are no glaring loopholes or broken combos with existing feats, ...
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Is this homebrew Far Realms domain balanced compared to the official domains? [closed]

I am making a compendium of homebrew Cleric subclasses, spells and feats, but I want to make sure it is actually balanced and there are no glaring loopholes or broken combos with existing feats, ...
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Is this homebrew Chaos domain balanced compared to the official subclasses? [closed]

I am making a compendium of homebrew Cleric subclasses, spells and feats, but I want to make sure it is actually balanced and there are no glaring loopholes or broken combos with existing feats, ...
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Is this homebrew Music Domain balanced compared to the official domains? [closed]

I am making a compendium of homebrew Cleric subclasses, spells and feats, but I want to make sure it is actually balanced and there are no glaring loopholes or broken combos with existing feats, ...
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Is this homebrew Chromatic Dragon domain balanced compared to the official domains? [closed]

I am making a compendium of homebrew Cleric subclasses, spells and feats, but I want to make sure it is actually balanced and there are no glaring loopholes or broken combos with existing feats, ...
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Is this homebrew Dreams&Sleep domain balanced compared to the official domains? [closed]

I am making a compendium of homebrew Cleric subclasses, spells and feats, but I want to make sure it is actually balanced and there are no glaring loopholes or broken combos with existing feats, ...
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Is this homebrew Hearth Domain cleric balanced compared to the other domains? [closed]

I am making a compendium of homebrew Cleric subclasses, spells and feats, but I want to make sure it is actually balanced and there are no glaring loopholes or broken combos with existing feats, ...
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Is this homebrew Sea Domain Cleric balanced compared to the other subclasses? [closed]

I am making a compendium of homebrew Cleric subclasses, spells and feats, but I want to make sure it is actually balanced and there are no glaring loopholes or broken combos with existing feats, ...
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With Blind Fighting style from Tasha's Cauldron Of Everything, can you cast spells that require a target you can see?

Blind Fighting, as phrased in Tasha's Cauldron Of Everything, contains additional wording beyond the description of mere Blindsight. The entry for Blind Fighting reads: You have blindsight with a ...
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How does Primordial work with all the dialects? [duplicate]

In dnd-5e, there is a language called primordial, which is the language of the elements. The PHB says it is spoken by elementals, but most elementals actually don’t speak it. They speak “Auran”, “...
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When a necromancer raises a zombie, is it animated by the dead creature's soul, or by magic?

I am interested in what precisely "moves" the undead body, in the Forgotten Realms and Eberron. Is it the magic of the spell? Is the creature's soul rebound to the body? Is a "false ...
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How would a druid protect their campsite for the night?

I am currently playing a level 6 Circle of the Shepherd Druid, and planning how they would deal with having to spend time in a dangerous area overnight. A wizard would use all sorts of rituals to set ...
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What are the objective issues with dice sharing?

Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, page 141 says the following (emphasis mine): Common in-game limits include - but are not limited to - [...] Common out-of-game limits include unwanted physical contact,...
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When can a magical effect be targeted with the dispel magic spell?

Inspired by the following: Can Dispel Magic be used on a specific magical effect without removing other spells? The dispel magic spell states: Choose one creature, object, or magical effect within ...
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What is the status of the nation of Chondath in the Forgotten Realms of 5th Edition D&D?

The 4th Edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide indicates that Chondath was among the lands "most changed by the Spellplague" (p. 50), inasmuch as the entire nation was "obliterated&...
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Can Dispel Magic be used on the confusion caused by Yeenoghu's flail?

During tonight's game, the party's wizard became confused because of a failed save against Yeenoghu's flail, which had the effect of: The target must succeed on a DC17 Wisdom saving throw or be ...
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Best background for 5e character who is secretly a dragon? [closed]

I'm making a character for an upcoming D&D 5e campaign who is secretly a dragon who permanently polymorphed itself (so, no mechanical advantages, just story background). Wondering what background ...
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Is this a good alternative, both mechanically and role-playing, to the oathbreaker paladin? [closed]

In a current D&D 5e game I’m running, one of my players is running an Oath of Glory paladin who, after coming to disagree with his war-god deity, effectively broke his oath. To clarify the exact ...
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Is “Willingly” an actual game term? [duplicate]

Booming Blade says the following: If the target willingly moves 5 feet or more before (the start of your next turn), the target takes 1d8 thunder damage, and the spell ends. Is “willingly” an actual ...
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Any good place to review/workshop homebrew for 5e? [closed]

So, I’ve been doing a homebrew campaign for awhile now and some of my players are starting to suggest I look into publishing some of the stuff on places like dmsguild, but I’m not persuaded any of my ...
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Can you use the Telekinetic feat from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything to break grapples?

With the new 5e book, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, there exists a new feat: "Telekinetic (emphasis mine)" You learn to move things with your mind, granting you the following benefits... ...
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Can Plane Shift be used to transport from mordenkainen's magnificent mansion to the same plane the mansion was created? [duplicate]

The text of Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion (mmm) states: You conjure an extradimensional dwelling in range that lasts for the Duration. Plane Shift states: You and up to eight willing creatures ...
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Is a Wild Shaped druid effectively immune to the Detect Thoughts spell?

For standard usage of the Detect Thoughts spell, "If the creature you choose has an Intelligence of 3 or lower or doesn't speak any language, the creature is unaffected" (PHB, pg 231). ...
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Is this Mitarn (Raptor) race balanced when compared to officially published races?

I would like to make a race of raptor people for my world: The Mitarn. Mitarn Your are a member of the Mitarn race, a species of sapient maniraptorans (Raptors). Mitarn seek to live in harmony with ...
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How much does this Favored Foe tweak for the Ranger's class feature from TCoE buffs the Rangers when compared to other martial classes?

I want to tweak the Favored Foe optional class feature for the Ranger from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything I'm fairly disappointed with the Favored Foe optional class feature for the Rangers released ...
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How to guarantee a successful DC 20 CON save to maximise benefit from the Bag of Beans Item “explosive egg”? [closed]

Planting one of the 3d4 beans from within the magic item Bag of Beans gives this result about 10% of the time: A nest of 1d4 + 3 eggs springs up. Any creature that eats an egg must make a DC 20 ...
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Are there any descriptions of the casting of Identify in official writings?

I am making a list of how my wizard would cast spells, specifically using the components supplied. Sometimes this is pretty obviously a joke which I can play upon, but sometimes the components don't ...
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How can I optimize my dual wield fighter for damage?

Ok so I'll be concise with this but tl;dr I'm starting a new campaign at level 5 as a fighter, would like to duel wield and want to optimize myself so I deal damage and don't fall off late game. Also ...
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Does a Bugbear PC take damage when holding an enemy on the other side of a Wall of Fire with Grapple?

Bugbears have long arms, allowing them to grapple enemies 10 ft. away. The Bugbear's square is not in the effect range of the Wall of Fire. However, about 5 ft. worth of one of the Bugbear's hands is ...
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Is it ok to lie to players rolling an insight?

I've just started DMing (D&D-5e). I have a question about the Insight mechanic. I've formulated this problem using D&D but the system is otherwise irrelevant (I'm talking about every ...
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How does an Animated Undead Defend Itself Against Hostile Creatures?

From the spell Animate Undead, If you issue no commands, the creature only defends itself against hostile creatures. A zombie is as smart as a mastiff while a skeleton is as smart as an ape. What ...
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Do you have to see the person, the armor, or the metal when casting heat metal?

If someone covers his metal armor with cloth, can the armor be the target of heat metal? Does the interpretation of the rules that disallows using heat metal to target armor covered by a garment ...
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Holding, Delaying, or Readying an Action? - Rules As Written [duplicate]

Please point or link me to any official rules (rules as written) on when a character can delay, hold or ready an action for later in a round, instead of going on their initiative. What does a ...
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Are my weapon damage house rules balanced?

TLDR: In my game, finesse and ranged weapons don't get a stat damage bonus and Dueling gives the damage bonus to 1- and 2- handed weapons. Is this balanced? Starting running a game for the first time ...
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Is this Poetry Bard balanced compared to other Bard subclasses?

In all honesty, a lot of this class arose from the goal of having themed feature descriptions which were drafted and then refined over time to make them have a more cohesive internal-theme as well (...
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How does Twilight Sanctuary interact with other light sources? [duplicate]

The Twilight domain has a channel divinity called Twilight Sanctuary. Among other benefits, it also has the following wording: The sphere is centered on you, has a 30-foot radius, and is filled with ...
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When is the Saving Throw rolled for an Infernal Wound?

This came up in a game I was running yesterday. Two devils (Bearded and Horned) in 5e have weapons that deliver "infernal wounds", which are basically bleed effects. The creatures can be ...
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Is my homebrew feat “Healing Adept” balanced?

I'm playing D&D 5e in a group that has many years of experience with older versions of D&D but is new to 5th and our GM is new to being in charge. He has allowed feats (upon approval) and I ...
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Can Arcane Abeyance allow you to cast a spell longer than one action in one action?

I recently did this in a campaign of mine and it... ruffled the DM's feathers to say the least. Arcane Abeyance is a 10th level Arcane Tradition for the Chronurgy Wizard that allows the caster to ...
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Is there a magic/mechanic that could cause an item to disappear/teleport/planeshift on death?

I am running a 5e campaign where my players may encounter the Xanathar. Being the murdering hobos that they are, they may eventually successfully kill him since he is just a normal beholder stat ...
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Does the Mind Sliver cantrip's effect on saving throws stack with the Bane spell?

The cantrip mind sliver from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 108) has a secondary effect that subtracts 1d4 from the target's next saving throw: [...] subtract 1d4 from the next saving throw it ...
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Would the advantage against dragon breath weapons granted by dragon scale mail apply to Chimera's dragon head breath attack?

In D&D 5e dragon scale mail grants many buffs, one of them is advantage on saving throws against dragon breath weapons. Would this apply to the dragon head breath weapon from a chimera?
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What happens when you have a creature grappled and use the Bait and Switch Maneuver to move 5 feet away from the creature?

The Bait and Switch Maneuver (Battlemaster Fighter feature): Bait and Switch. When you're within 5 feet of a creature on your turn, you can expend one superiority die and switch places with that ...
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How do the material components of Heat Metal work?

I'm a rookie DM with an even more rookie group of players. I have some questions about Heat Metal (2nd level transmutation). It says you need a piece of iron and a flame. It also says the target of ...
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Does Wall of Fire hurt people inside a Leomund’s Tiny Hut?

Leomund’s Tiny Hut says Creatures and objects⁠ within the dome when you cast this spell can move through it freely. All other creatures and objects⁠ are barred from passing through it. Spells and ...
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Can an Aspect of the Moon Warlock choose to sleep whenever they want?

Aspect of the Moon (an eldritch invocation for the Pact of the Tome warlock) grants this benefit: You no longer need to sleep and can't be forced to sleep by any means. This seems to leave open the ...
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Is the grappling strike maneuver a part of an attack or used after the hit?

Battlemaster says Maneuvers. You learn three maneuvers of your choice, which are listed under "Maneuvers" below. Many maneuvers enhance an attack in some way. You can use only one maneuver ...
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Can Booming Blade be cast with an Improvised Weapon without a cost? [duplicate]

In a bar brawl, the Eldritch Knight picks up a stool and smacks a nearby patron. Can they cast Booming Blade while doing so? The Material Components of the spell state: Components: S, M (a melee ...
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Can you use Feeblemind to Awaken more beasts in order to use them as sidekicks?

Awaken only works on beasts with 4 INT or lower. Feeble lowers INT to 1 for 30 days. Could I use this to broaden the range of animals I could awaken? I want to introduce a talking Ape as a sidekick ...
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How does the Order of Scribes feature Awakened Spellbook work with multiple damage types?

Awakened Spellbook, a level 3 Order of Scribes feature, says the following: When you cast a wizard spell with a spell slot, you can temporarily replace its damage type with a type that appears in ...