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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 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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Which of these alternate weapons are overpowered for the Armorer Artificer? [closed]

I found this artificer subclass on dmsguild and wondered if these replacement special weapons are balanced compared to: The existing special weapon options The offensive capabilities of a Battle ...
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For the Summon Draconic Spirit spell, does the damage type of the breath weapon have to match that of the caster’s shared resistance?

The Draconic Spirit summoned by the summon draconic spirit spell has the Breath Weapon action option (FToD, p. 21): Breath Weapon. The dragon exhales destructive energy in a 30-foot cone. Each ...
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What are the most and least commonly used skills? [closed]

When you create characters for a party, one aspect in particular are skills. At least in our games, we try to make sure that someone has a decent Perception skill bonus, ideally several people, and if ...
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Does Arcane Archer's "Magical Arrow" Ability work against antimagic field?

Would the level 7 Ability "Magic Arrow" work against a target with an anti-magic field? The Magic Arrow Description says: At 7th level, you gain the ability to infuse arrows with magic. ...
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Is this "Parrotfolk" Homebrew race balanced?

As per title, searching for second opinion on the race's balance. Racial fluff: here Racial traits Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 2 and your Dexterity score increases by ...
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Can You Dual Wield Pistols if One of Them Has Loading But Not the Other?

I am making a character who uses pistols as their ranged weapons. If an effect like the artificer's Repeating Shot infusion got rid of the loading effect on one pistols, could they dual wield pistols?
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Does the Keenness of the Stone Giant feat's Stone Throw receive the ability mod to damage?

Pretty straightforward question-- the Keenness of the Stone Giant grants the ability "Stone Throw": Stone Throw. As a bonus action, you can take a rock and make a magical attack with it. ...
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What is the rule with Locathahs and Dhampirs? Can it bypass the water breathing?

I am planning on making a Locathah, and I found the Dhampir subrace/liniage. And by default, and Dhampir has "Deathless Nature. You don't need to breathe." But Locathahs have the trait of &...
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Do Red Slaad Eggs in Spellcasters Create Green Slaadi?

The PCs encountered a red slaad. If the slaad clawed a target, and the target failed the saving throw, if the target could cast spells of 3rd level or higher, would the egg turn into a green slaad?
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Is this subclass I found on Dungeon Master's Guild balanced?

I found this "The Dropout" wizard subclass on Dungeon Master's Guild, and at first glance, it seems overpowered, as it gives abilities no other subclasses do. Note: this is a pay-what-you-...
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If a large monster squeezed an opponent in its fist, what kind of damage is that?

I'm trying to make a large monster, called the Swamp Devil, that can grab and squeeze an opponent in its fist. I assume the damage type is bludgeoning, but bludgeoning damage seems mostly about ...
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Is it possible to become 4x Proficient in a skill? [duplicate]

With the ranger’s Deft Explorer trait, you add your proficiency bonus twice in one of your stats that you already have in a stat. If I were to gain expertise in the stat first, and then gain that ...
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How can I help my players resume mid-battle with the same energy?

We had an unexpected interruption mid-battle. I did a quick scramble to save our place, then I put everything away. It will be days until we can pick up again. Usually, battles start in a way that ...
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How much damage does a Path of the Giant barbarian do due to being Large while raging?

At level 3, a Path of the Giant barbarian can become Large while raging. How does the damage change? It's just that creatures with the size of a large Troll or Ogre type inflict 2dX. I mean, the ...
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When would a +1 Moon Sickle be superior to the other (Dex-based) melee weapons available to a ranger?

Sickles are d4 weapons without the finesse property. Why would a ranger want to use a +1 sickle (that requires attunement) in melee instead of a shortsword? Note: Jack pointed out in a comment that ...
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Do rangers have any features that would encourage them to fight with Dexterity instead of Strength?

Does the ranger have any class features that would be less powerful if they used Strength (instead of Dexterity) as their primary offensive ability? Obviously, this hypothetical ranger would be bad at ...
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How do I get back to the Material Plane if I get banished to the Feywild as a fairy?

I'm in a campaign, and I'm playing as a fairy cleric. We're level 3, so it's fairly reasonable that an enemy would be able to cast banishment relatively soon. I don't get any spells that I know of ...
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What can a ranger 1/paladin 1 do with their spell slots?

Paladins and rangers get their spellcasting at level 2, as they are half-casters. However, a ranger 1/paladin 1 would have the spell slots of a 1st-level full caster. Would this hypothetical character ...
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If I'm playing as a fey, would I be considered as possessed by a fey with protection from evil and good, and if so, what happens if I fail the save?

I know based on my previous question that I can still use detect evil and good as a fairy, and dispel evil and good directly calls out what happens, but what about protection from evil and good? It ...
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If I'm a fairy cleric, can I cast Detect Evil and Good, and if I can, would I have disadvantage on the roll to see if it detects successfully?

I'm playing a fairy cleric. My thought process is that I am a fey, so if I cast detect evil and good, it would detect me as well. I was wondering if this would prevent me from using the spell, or if ...
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Can I use Gentle Repose to skip dealing with a lich's phylactery?

Gentle repose has three key bits of information that interact with a lich's rejuvenation. Relevant text follows. Gentle Repose... Duration: 10 days You touch a corpse or other remains. For the ...
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I need help calculating min/max damage possible with this character [closed]

I'm posting a link to the character's sheet because I'm not even sure I got all the attack options and damage additions I have or what order they need to go in to get the maximum possible damage out ...
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Can Gust counter Cloudkill?

I am having issues finding this answer and so I was wondering if someone here could help me, is my interpretation correct here? In a fight with some monsters, Cloudkill was cast by one of them, this ...
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What beasts have the lowest Con, Wis, and Cha saves?

Suppose you have a target you absolutely need to fail a particular saving throw, and you've gotten a wand of polymorph to help improve your odds. Examples: a single dose of an expensive poison or a ...
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Twin the Divination Spell

Are you as a divine soul sorcerer able to Twinned Spell Divination, and get into contact with multiple gods, and ask twice the amount of questions?
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Where is the River Oceanus?

The 5e Dungeon Master's Guide has this fluff at the start of Chapter 2: Creating a Multiverse: When Adventurers reach higher levels their path extends to other dimensions of reality: the planes of ...
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How would I deal with an enemy that intends to camp underground until I die from the environment as a level 12 fairy wizard?

This ties in to my previous question, where the answer was that I can't target them with a spell because the ground acts as full cover. The context for this question is that my enemy (another player) ...
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Can I use the Guiding Bolt spell to attack a creature that burrowed underground where I can't see them?

Recently, I was in a 4-player level 12 free-for-all, and one of the other characters transformed into an earth elemental and burrowed underground, meaning I couldn't see them. This is an afterthought, ...
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Is there any official or widely used/accepted quantitative metric for overall party fitness?

To reiterate, I am not asking for a "correct"/"objective" measure of fitness, but if there exists a noteworthy attempt at one. I'm challenging myself and some friends (who are new-...
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Does the Wisdom (Perception) check to notice the area covered by Spike Growth require an action?

The transformation of the ground is camouflaged to look natural. Any creature that can't see the area at the time the spell is cast must make a Wisdom (Perception) check against your spell save DC to ...
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How exactly is Volo's Guide to Monsters obsolete?

When you search for monsters from VGtM, you see that all monsters are marked as "Legacy". The relevant dndbeyond page doesn't say much about it: we may revisit older content in order to ...
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Which kind of evil will I should assign to an immortal character? [closed]

I've been playing a D&D campaign with some friends for a while, we made 4 sessions already and between these sessions, there's strange man who appears to aid or guide them towards an objective. ...
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Do Vampires have to make an attack roll in order to bite a willing target?

A Vampire's Bite action is described as: Bite. (Bat or Vampire Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one willing creature, or a creature that is grappled by the vampire, ...
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Can the Avatar of Death be circumvented if the player dies without his intervention?

I've been reading through the Deck of Many Things and Skull got my attention. It says the Avatar of Death appears and attacks you, warning all others that you must win the battle alone and If ...
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Are there any official (or semi-official) descriptions of Raise Dead or other life restoration spells?

One of our PCs is going to be raised and we want to describe it In our next session I think one of the PCs is going to be brought back to life with raise dead. Resurrection is rare in our campaigns. ...
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Updated Bagweaver Subclass

I posted here not too long ago asking to get a subclass reviewed (Bagweaver Artificer Subclass). I have since made edits based on you guys' suggestions as well as some from other people. Here is the ...
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Are these Homebrew "Blackfrost Gauntlets" too strong for a monk?

I have a group of level 15 (soon level 16) characters. One of them is an Ascendant Dragon Monk. I have homebrewed an item for my group and am certain that the monk is the only one who would use it. ...
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What year did Mount Hotenow erupt?

Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide is very vague about what year this happened: Nearly half a century ago, Mount Hotenow (the nearby volcano that perpetually heats the river flowing through the city) ...
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Is it possible to hold back on skill checks by using a lower modifier than you actually have in the rules as written?

I was thinking about having a character that's pretending to be something they're not, kind of like the '3 goblins in a trenchcoat' meme, but my character is one of the ones with an increase in stats ...
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Does the Dash action double all modes of movement, or just footspeed?

I know this question is probably stupid, but I couldn't find anything for either side. I don't think it's in one of the books that D&D Beyond provides for free. I could also just be blind and not ...
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Would Lesser/Greater Restoration be able to cure a mental illness?

In a one-shot my DM ran, one of the other players decided to play as a high elf that thought they were a cat and ended up being a drunk 'cat'. I asked if I could use Lesser Restoration to cure the ...
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Do lycanthropes age faster based on their form?

Many lycanthropes take the form of short lived creatures such as rats. Lycanthropes fully become the animal they change into during the full moon, that is to say all statistics not solely physical ...
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