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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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Can mage hand to fly up over floor to 10-20 feet?

In RAW, Mage Hand is "A spectral, floating hand appears at a point you choose within range". But what is it "floating"? Can hand fly up to 10-20 feet over the floor? With payload (...
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Does Silent Image provide cover? [duplicate]

Let's say we're trying to give a Giant Ape three-quarters cover from a distant archer. A spellcaster casts Silent Image to place a rock in between them of the right shape and size to cover 3/4 of the ...
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As of D&D 5e, how do you read the the tables?

I'm new to D&D 5e. I don't understand how to engage with the information of the Classes Summary table on page 45 of the PHB. How do you read and contextualise this table?
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Clarifications on how rituals work

I play a bard and my party wants me to learn the spell Leomund's Tiny Hut (or Tiny Hut for those without the full access to D&D Beyond). That spell is tagged as ritual, and before agreeing to take ...
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Intimidate an NPC twice or gain advantage

When trying to intimidate an NPC that could reasonably be intimidated, would it be feasible to enhance the situation with spells that aren't specifically tied to intimidation? Let's say that the PC ...
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Homebrew review of “Artistic Muse” transmutation spell

The spell is an attempt to give more freedom to the player and allow for better RP without giving OP tools or weapons. It is directed toward high fantasy settings with very common magic. The idea ...
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Does a player character automatically know the cost of their spell components?

I have seen powerful spells that require a material component that costs a fair number of gold pieces. If a character chooses one of these spells, do they know what the cost is?
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Iron Flask and spell-summoned creatures

If I'm a wizard on the material plane and I cast Summon Lesser Demons, then capture one of the demons with an Iron Flask, what happens to the captured demon when the spell ends one hour later? Does it ...
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If I cast the Levitate spell on another creature, how much control do I have over the target's height in the air?

If I cast levitate on a creature, then stop concentrating on the spell while the creature is in the air, the creature would slowly float down to the ground, according to the spell description. Say I ...
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What is the current state of Maztica?

I am planning to use a custom setting which is a kind of fantasy/Wild West crossover for my new 5e campaign. I'm aware there is actually the New World counterpart in Forgotten Realms called Maztica, ...
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How can I reliably increase our giant ape's AC to 16 (or better)?

A tactical problem to solve based on last night's session Tactical Situation Wizard polymorphs warlock (8th level) into a Giant Ape. (Did T-Rex last time, looking for variety and higher INT (7 vs 2); ...
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How to handle pursuit over long distances, between cities?

in an upcoming session it is possible I might have to handle a chase between cities. I'm DMing Tyranny of Dragons and we are going a bit off book (not a problem, in fact I like where the players are ...
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Does Asmodeus have a 5e stat block?

I am trying to find a 5e stat block Asmodeus but I am beginning to think there isn't one. Does anybody know if there is a 5e Asmodeus stat block and where to find it?
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Is this Variant Ranger Feature “Favored Enemy Swap” balanced?

I don't like the ranger and I have been experimenting with new variants for the weaker features. One feature I don't like is Primeval Awareness, allowing you to expend a spell slot to know if certain ...
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A way that allows a magic user to teleport a party without travelling with them

I am trying to work out a way for an NPC wizard to teleport the players to another location on the same plane, but without using a teleport circle and without having to travel with them himself. This ...
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Can a player create a magic artifact?

I want to know if there is a way my Fighter can make a magical artifact. Is there a certain thing listed in any book that says a player can find something to forge a magic artifact?
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Does UA Step of the wind: wings unfurled stack with Aarakocra?

The aarakocra gains a base 50 flight. Step of the wind: wings unfurled states When you use your Step of the Wind, you can unfurl spectral draconic wings, gaining a flying speed equal to your walking ...
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Need some help figuring out this Passive generation

So DNDBeyond is calculating this character's Passive Investigation as 37, and I can't figure out how/why... The character is a Pallid Elf Rogue (Scout) 12/ Ranger (Hunter) 5 with the observant feat ...
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Does Tenser's Transformation force damage work vs. Rakshasa?

Within D&D 5e rules system, Rakshasa has "Limited Magic Immunity" that makes it immune to level 6 spells and lower unless it wishes to be affected. Tenser's Transformation buffs the ...
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Does a monster with multiple abilities recharging regain their use on a roll of 5-6?

From the MM, pg. 11 Recharge X-Y. The notation "Recharge X- Y" means a monster can use a special ability once and that the ability then has a random chance of recharging during each ...
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Do you add your modifiers to attack rolls when you fight with two weapons? [duplicate]

I plan on making a dual wielding barbarian/fighter, and in fighter's fighting style it says that this style allows me to add modifiers to damage rolls for second weapon. But do I get a bonus for the ...
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Does an enemy have to make the save against the Spirit Guardians spell if the caster moves within 15 feet of the enemy? [duplicate]

Does the Spirit Guardians spell trigger its saving throw if you, as the caster, close the 15-ft. gap? Or only when the enemy uses its movement to come into the spell's radius? Spirit Guardians says: ...
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Can any effect in the game prevent gaining temporary hit points?

Certain effects in the game, such as the Chill Touch spell, prevent (re)gaining hit points : On a hit, the target [...] can't regain hit points until the start of your next turn. But can any effect ...
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Is it possible to move between the worlds of the Material Plane by travelling through the Border Ethereal?

The 'Creating a Multiverse' chapter of the DMG tells us surprisingly little about the Material Plane. There is a list of Known Worlds of the Material Plane (p. 68), and the introduction to The Planes (...
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Should I buy one of the starter sets, or the core books? [duplicate]

I am a new d&d player, who has some research into d&d. I have decided to try it out, but I don't know which one to buy. (I'm deciding to become a dm for the sake of the new players) Should I ...
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How can Flameskulls cast fireball without fingers?

This thread points out that although DMs can (and probably should) interpret rules to cover certain cases themselves, nothing within spellcasting rules or spells written at the time clearly states ...
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Must a night hag be within touching distance of a sleeping humanoid to use Nightmare Haunting?

From the Night Hag statblock (MM, p. 178): Nightmare Haunting (1/Day). While on the Ethereal Plane the hag magically touches a sleeping humanoid on the Material Plane. [...] As long as the contact ...
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Is this homebrew Artifact ready to finalize?

I've spent some time working on npcs and bosses but I have significantly less experience and therefore confidence in creating magic items. I've already fallen into traps of making things too weak as ...
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Does the Tough feat's hit point bonus apply to a Druid's wild shapes? [duplicate]

A Druid in Wild Shape takes on all the wild shape creature's physical ability scores, and those creatures have a number of listed Hit Dice, so does the Druid get to add the additional 2 hp per hit ...
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What level, if any, of feedback should players give a new GM?

I've recently started playing D&D with a few friends, most of whom are new-ish to the game. Our GM is running their first world, and while their world building is very impressive, when it comes to ...
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If I have the fighter's Extra Attack feature and the warlock's Thirsting Blade eldritch invocation, how many attacks can I make?

I am playing a half-orc fighter level 7 and warlock level 3. When I gain a warlock class level, I will gain an Eldritch Invocation, and I will pick Thirsting Blade. How many attacks can I make, since ...
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When an NPC is under the effect of Dominate Person, can they cast spells under orders?

If a PC casts dominate person on an NPC, can they (the PC) require the NPC to cast spells? Some of the spells I had in mind were fireball, dominate, etc.
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How do I deal with instant-solution spells like Comprehend Languages?

I'm DM-ing an upcoming campaign and am considering banning or nerfing spells like Comprehend Languages because they can be used to instantly solve potentially interesting problems like reading an ...
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Are this “Aberrant Psychic” class and its “Mind Defense” subclass balanced

I recently created a class based off of the Far Realm and somewhat-psion like powers. They are similar to druids and clerics, having a 1d8 hit die, full spellcasting, and a more utility-focused class (...
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Does Nondetection block all Divination magic or only scrying? [duplicate]

In 5e, the wording of the spell is "The target can't be targeted by any divination magic or perceived through magical scrying sensors." Does this mean that Divination spells such as Guidance ...
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Do I, as a druid, add the spells from the Gruul Anarch background to my list of spells that I can prepare anytime?

I am currently playing a druid and took the Gruul Anarch background (Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica). The background comes with additional guild spells. would those spells be available to be prepared ...
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What would happen if I were to use a Ring of Water Walking on a raging sea with very large waves?

What would happen if a character were to attempt to walk on the waves of a very tumultuous sea, using a Ring of Water Walking? Would they automatically remain standing on the waves? Or would these ...
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Homebrew review of “Ask an item” divination spell

Talking to items and gathering information from them can be very important. Asking them about how they were used, by whom, when etc. is the idea of my spell. It's similar to awaken but the item can ...
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Does Polymorph break attunements with prerequisites?

Some magic items have prerequisites for attunement, most commonly requiring a specific race, class, or alignment. According to the rules on attunement: A creature's attunement to an item ends if the ...
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What are the balance implications of letting a wizard subclass have more prepared spells?

I'm working with a player who has a homebrew wizard subclass and we were discussing the possibility of giving it a list of spells that was automatically learned and prepared for this class. We ...
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What happens if Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum gets cast inside a Genie Warlock's vessel?

Specifically the part of Private Sanctum that reads: Nothing can teleport into or out of the warded area. Planar travel is blocked within the warded area. What would happen if Private Sanctum was ...
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Does a stunned creature roll Initiative with disadvantage?

Part of our group got stunned before Initiative was rolled: Stunned A stunned creature is incapacitated (see the condition), can’t move, and can speak only falteringly. The creature automatically ...
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What's a simple way to handle the ignition of flammable objects by spells?

A lot of my party's (3rd level) casters have something of a predilection for the Firebolt cantrip. Like some other fire-damage spells, Firebolt's description specifies that: A flammable object hit by ...
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For the Swarmkeeper ranger's Gathered Swarm feature, does being moved by the swarm provoke opportunity attacks?

The Swarmkeeper ranger from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 60) has the Gathered Swarm feature, which provides the following benefit: Once on each of your turns, you can cause the swarm to assist ...
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When casting clone, does the actual clone continue to age after it matures?

In the description of the clone spell it says about the clone: It remains inert and endures indefinitely but that's it. Does the clone continue to age after it matured? Like if I created a 20 year ...
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If the Tiny Servant spell is cast on a crossbow, can it shoot by itself?

The spell Tiny Servant (XGtE, p. 168) lets the caster create a Tiny creature out of an object: You touch one Tiny, nonmagical object that isn’t attached to another object or a surface and isn’t being ...
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Maximizing Wisdom-based ranged attacks per round

Is there any combination of abilities that allow one to make multiple ranged attacks per turn, every turn, that are Wisdom-based? Examples of the sort of things I have in mind: Some way to use Wisdom ...
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Is the Healer feat overpowered?

A healer's kit has 10 uses, weighs 3 lb. and costs 5 gp; therefore, each use weighs 0.3 lb. and costs 5 sp. Normally, it allows a player to do the following: As an action, you can expend one use of ...
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Can you use your infused Armor as your spellcasting focus?

Artificers have to hold a tool or an infused item in hand to cast spells... Tools Required You must have a spellcasting focus—specifically thieves' tools or some kind of artisan's tool—in hand when ...
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Are Golems “Humanoid” for UA Ranger?

Our game 5e game includes a ranger using the Unearthed Arcana rules. The ranger has chosen Humanoids for their favored enemy, and we are trying to determine if a Forest Golem (or any other Golem) ...