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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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Are your default racial traits suppressed when choosing the Doppelganger Character Secret in the Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden adventure?

The Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden adventure contains a list of possible Character Secrets in Appendix B. One of these possible secrets is "Doppelganger" (emphasis mine): I’m a ...
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Would it be balanced to introduce an “Aim Action” that uses the same mechanics as True Strike?

There are few things in D&D 5E on which the consensus is as overwhelming as on the fact that True Strike is an extremely poor cantrip. As discussed in many places, the main problem is the action ...
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Does Tiamat rule over lesser devils?

I am in a situation where the Cult of the Dragon is in direct conversation with a bearded devil that wishes to wreak havoc on their camp. (It's a long story that I'm happy to provide details with if ...
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Does a drawn Teleportation Circle remain after it has been used?

Simply put, once a Teleportation Circle drawn for the usage of the spell of the same name has been activated and utilized, does the drawing remain behind? I understand the spell has material ...
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Does a Split Party Gain XP Evenly?

I'm running a campaign with six player characters. Since it's a larger group, they occasionally split up. During these times, individual groups have gotten into encounters and been awarded XP. My ...
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What explicit player-side rules exist for reflavoring races/classes?

Wizards' spellbooks and artificer "magic" are explicitly called out as being reflavorable--that is, as long as everything has the same numbers, a "spellbook" doesn't need to be a ...
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When playing on a grid, can I pour a flask of oil on any adjacent square or just on the one I am standing on?

The description of a flask of oil says: You can also pour a flask of oil on the ground to cover a 5-foot-square area, provided that the surface is level. When playing on a grid, can I pour a flask ...
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Best wild shape for my Druid

I am planning on making a Druid as part of a 3 person party in an upcoming game, the other two people are a life based cleric as our tank/healer, and a champion fighter as a dual wielder/archer. I am ...
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Do I need to command creatures every turn? [closed]

Some classes have ways to summon creatures in battle: animate objects, beastmaster buddy, animate dead, sometimes a magic item like Staff Of The Python. Do I need to command these creatures every turn ...
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Do any published adventures contain spells a wizard can copy that aren't written in a spellbook?

A wizard can copy a spell they find into their spellbook. This is described in the "Your Spellbook" section of the Wizard's class features: When you find a wizard spell of 1st level or ...
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Do crossbows and other noted exceptions miss past their long range underwater?

The rules is written as A ranged weapon attack automatically misses a target beyond the weapon’s normal range. Even against a target within normal range, the attack roll has disadvantage unless the ...
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What creatures copy themselves?

I found the dopplerat which is perfect, but it's from a 3rd party book. The only official creature I can find that does anything like this is the black pudding with its split rule. Are there any ...
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Would this homebrew version of True Strike be balanced?

True Strike has been a popular discussion point. On one hand, it's considered one of the weakest spells in the game, but on the other, balancing it as being a bonus action seems to make it overpowered....
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Can I “High Five” my duplicates from the Mirror Image spell?

The text for Mirror Image says: the duplicates move with you and mimic your actions [...] If an attack hits a duplicate, the duplicate is destroyed. Does this mean that my warlock can cast Mirror ...
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What Happens When You Have Multiple Unarmed Strike Dice? [duplicate]

So, while flipping through the PHB, I've noticed that in 5th edition, multiple abilities can give you a buff on your unarmed strike, such as a monk's Martial Arts ability, the Tavern Brawler feat or ...
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Can you Greenflame Blade / Booming Blade with a Shield? [duplicate]

Both these cantrips want a weapon as the material Component, and then later want a weapon attack. However if you are an Arcana Cleric (learns a wizard cantrip), and as a cleric you can use your shield ...
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Unarmored Defense (Barbarian plus sorcerer plus monk) [duplicate]

If there is a level 3 Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer, with a level in Barbarian for Unarmored Defense, and another level in Monk, for a 5th level character in total, would their total AC be 13 + CON + ...
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Did D&D 5e ever use a d3 prior to Tasha's Cauldron of Everything?

The Path of Wild Magic Barbarian recently released in the preview for Tasha's Cauldron of Everything has the unusual design choice of requiring a d3 roll for Bolstering Magic. Needless to say, it's ...
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Can a Wild Magic Barbarian restore a 7th(+) Level Warlock's spell slots?

In the recently released preview of the Wild Magic Barbarian that will be in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (preview here), I noticed the 6th level feature 'Bolstering Magic'. This feature has two ...
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Can True Strike give me specific information about my target's defenses? [duplicate]

The True Strike cantrip provides: You point a finger at a target in range. Your magic grants you a brief insight into the target's defenses. On your next turn, you gain advantage on your first attack ...
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Is it possible for a cleric in the Forgotten Realms to get his power from Thor?

I am looking for an answer referring to the logistics lore-wise and in terms of mechanics in general.
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How does the action economy for a hasted Fighter using action surge work in DND 5e? [duplicate]

My player's fighter has just reached 11th level, He duel wields Scimitars. On his normal attack action, he gets 3 attacks plus one additional attack for his bonus action. If he then decides to use ...
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Are there rules for combining generic variant magic items?

For example: Adamantine armor is an uncommon generic armor variant. +1 armor is a rare variant. Is there such a thing as +1 adamantine plate armor? What's its rarity? Does the situation change when ...
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What magic college could I have gone to before Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

I'm joining a running campaign of HotDQ where they just finished a chapter (I don't know which, but the DM says everyone's level 4) and I'm looking for a lore-friendly magic college to be part of. I'm ...
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Could a creature, made by the Simulacrum spell, cast the Create Magen spell?

Could a creature, made by the 7th level Simulacrum spell, cast the Create Magen spell (from Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden) as a means of bypassing the hit point maximum reduction? It seems ...
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D&D 5e Variant Human +1 Skill [duplicate]

In D&D 5e, variant humans receive an additional skill upon creation. Does this skill have to belong to the same class as the character or can it be from any class? For example, if I made a ...
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Would it be balanced to change True Strike from a cantrip to a 1st level spell in order to make accessing it less of an investment?

True Strike is often considered as a poor or at least very situational cantrip, as is also discussed in the question Why would I ever cast True Strike?. The consensus seems to be that its biggest ...
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What skill proficiencies can a Variant Human choose from at character creation?

When creating a variant human you get an extra skill to be proficient in. Does that skill have to be from your class skill list, or can it be any skill available to any class? For instance, if I'm ...
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Does a monk get martial arts die damage on improvised thrown monk weapons?

The monk's martial arts ability states: Your practice of Martial Arts gives you mastery of Combat styles that use unarmed strikes and monk Weapons, which are shortswords and any simple Melee Weapons ...
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Can a Decanter of Endless Water be changed to produce other liquids? [closed]

Is there any way to have a Decanter of Endless Water pour out other drinkable liquids? If so, how could I get one? It seems reasonable to me as a possibility.
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If a character with the Polearm Master feat teleports into a space within reach of an enemy, can they make an opportunity attack upon arrival?

I have a character that can swap locations with another via teleportation as an action. (Specifically, it is the UA Mystic's Transposition effect from the Nomadic Step discipline, but the School of ...
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Trying to find a way to play dnd? [closed]

My friends and I want to play D&D, but I'm in a country where it's very hard to get the D&D rule books, and because of an impending lockdown I can't get them shipped to where I am. I've played ...
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Does Enhance Ability spell help with saving throws?

Background: I was hoping to use Enhance Ability and its Bear's Endurance option to speed up our travelling a bit. But now I am not sure if it will work, hence this question. Enhance Ability - Bear's ...
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Controlling an Evil aligned ‘pet’ creature for an NPC

What is there in the rules which could allow me to make an evil creature less evil, or inhibit their evil, to the point they are “house safe”? I’m ideally looking for something like an item (e.g. a ...
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Does Chill Touch Prevent Druid's Wild Shape from Recovering Hit Points?

Does the Chill Touch cantrip's secondary effect prevent a Druid from regaining hit points via Wild Shape? Chill Touch reads: ... On a hit, the target takes 1d8 necrotic damage, and it can't regain ...
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Does Klarg know the location of Cragmaw Castle?

I'm running the Lost Mines of Phandelver, and my party has managed to take Klarg captive rather than kill him - he's currently being held in a Phandalin jail cell and they plan to interrogate him in ...
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What language would be appropriate for texts to be written in about Thor (Forgotten Realms)?

In our LMoP campaign, there is a Cleric whose deity is Thor. He has come across several texts that discuss Thor (myths and religious texts). What language would those texts most likely be written in? (...
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My players have a habit of always torturing enemies they capture for information, how can I make our adventure less macabre? [closed]

So I'm running the lost mines of Phandelver as a new DM and we're about 5 sessions in. I've noticed a pattern that seems to repeat itself: the players defeat and capture an evil NPC character that ...
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Can magic missile be considered both 1 damage roll and several? [duplicate]

While 99% of the time this doesn't matter if you roll several dice or just the 1 dice for all the darts, a player did something which seems contradictory and knowing the true answer to this would ...
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The whirlpool application of the Control Water spell leads to several questions regarding creatures caught in it

As written, the whirlpool usage of the control water spell says: Whirlpool. This effect requires a body of water at least 50 feet square and 25 feet deep. You cause a whirlpool to form in the center ...
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What deities are common knowledge along the northern parts of the Sword Coast? (post-1480 DR)

Specifically between Neverwinter and Icewind Dale, which religions are common knowledge in the years following 1480 DR? Common knowledge being that if a player character grew up in this area, they ...
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Do negative modifiers change a critical hit? [duplicate]

I want to play a champion fighter and am considering whether or not to get the Great Weapon Master Feat which states: Before you make a melee attack with a heavy weapon that you are proficient with, ...
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What is the widest gap that can be spanned by Wall of Stone?

One of the features of the Wall of Stone spell is to bridge a gap (emphasis added): A nonmagical wall of solid stone springs into existence at a point you choose within range. The wall is 6 inches ...
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Is Wall of Stone suppressed by Antimagic Field?

I noticed that the Wall of Stone spell includes this interesting tidbit in its first sentence (emphasized in bold): A nonmagical wall of solid stone springs into existence at a point you choose ...
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Elemental adept Vs Spell damage resistance trait

I'm playing DnD on this Westmarch server and I'm fighting a monster with "Damage resistances: Damage from spells" My question is. Does elemental adept break the damage resistance or is it ...
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Does playing magical music count as casting a spell?

So in DnD 5e, my bard character happened upon some fragments of a musical composition. When my character tried playing it, it caused some sonic-charged magical effect. My question is--specifically in ...
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With Crossbow Expert feat - can you Bonus Action attack on your turn, and then use a readied action to attack on someone else's turn?

I am playing a crossbow expert ranged rogue and trying to maximize my sneak attack capabilities in order to remain competitive with regard to DPR (Paladin and Fighter in the group). I am wondering if ...
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Is the unofficial Arcane Puppeteer subclass balanced in relation to official subclasses?

One of my players asked me to play this subclass. It is an artificer subclass which allow the character to control puppets and willing creatures. It seems that the puppets have reasonable stats (at ...
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Can a multiclassed Divine Soul sorcerer/wizard add cleric spells to their spellbook?

I am in a campaign where I am a multiclassed Divine Soul sorcerer 2/wizard 1. I have a paladin, a cleric, and a druid in my party. As a Divine Soul sorcerer, I have access to the cleric spell list. ...
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What's the difference between a jelly, a pudding, and other oozes?

Several types of named oozes exist in 5th edition, but the naming conventions are strange. Black puddings and ochre jellies exist, alongside simple grey oozes. Do these names signify anything? ...