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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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Do Crossbows add Dex to damage?

My long-term RPG instinct is to say "clearly they don't". (Pathfinder, 3.5, AD&D, etc.) Looking at some NPCs seems to be back this up. The Veteran (MM 350) deals a straight 1d10 with their Heavy ...
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Can Call Lightning be used for the full 10 minutes while running away on a ship?

My Tempest Cleric will be on a ship voyage this week, if we get chased it would be nice to rain lightning bolts on the pursuers during the chase for the full duration of the spell (10 minutes). ...
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If an object or creature is dropped on a monster, how much damage does each of them take?

If a character who was under the effect of a growth potion (double their height and eight times their weight) and weighed 2,400 lbs. was able to use Dimension Door to teleport 400 feet or more into ...
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Can you Eldritch Blast as a Readied action even though it's multiple attacks?

It has been already said that the eldritch blast is an attack with separate spell attack rolls on each beam The PHB states: You can direct the beams at the same target or at different ones. Make ...
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Can Destructive Wave be triggered on a ship by striking the deck or an open container of earth (“ground”)?

My 9th level Tempest Cleric is about to embark on a sea voyage to the ice sea. I realized that my new "Destructive Wave" spell requires that "You strike the ground" to trigger it. Is there a way to ...
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What is the mechanical difference between the Glaive and the Halberd?

In DnD 5e, what is the difference between the Glaive and the Halberd (PH p149)? They are both martial melee weapons, they both cost 20gp, they both deal 1d10 slashing damage, they both weigh 6lb., and ...
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How long does a D&D battle usually last? How can length be reduced? [closed]

I was a bit astonished when I noticed that battle in my last game ran for 1h30. That was for a party of 4 6th-level characters, played by 2 players. It was a mechanical battle, with minimal, if any, ...
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How does the eldritch invocation “Repelling blast” affect a bigger creature?

I am currently playing as Melkor, a young warlock who uses his eldritch blast in pretty much every fight. Since Melkor is level 7, he has access to 4 eldritch invocations. One of them is Repelling ...
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Would Evasion work if there was no place to dodge to?

Let's say, hypothetically, that a rogue gets trapped in a dead end of a 40 foot long hallway that is exactly 5 feet tall and wide. If someone cast Vitriolic Sphere at the end of that hallway, how does ...
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How can I convert the Pathfinder construct crafting rules for my D&D 5E game? [closed]

I want to adapt the Pathfinder rules for crafting constructs to D&D 5e. (I'm a player and a DM.) I'm looking specifically at their iron cobras, shield guardian design, and extra golem variants, in ...
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Do I get my proficiency bonus with Shillelagh?

I am considering picking up the Shillelagh cantrip as part of my book of shadows pact boon as a level 3 Warlock. The spell description states that I get to use my spell casting modifier (Cha + 3) ...
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What is the diet of a silver wyrmling?

Over at the Dragons Wikia wiki, it is mentioned that silver dragons only eat three or four times per month but how often would a baby dragon eat? Surely a growing child would need to eat more than ...
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Is starting a group with 5 newbies (DM included) possible?

Some friends and I want to start playing D&D (5e), but none of us, DM included (not me) have played before to any great extent. The DM and I have some cursory experience with 4e, but have never ...
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How many times can I roll my Luck Dice?

Ok so here is the rule: Lucky You have inexplicable luck that seems to kick in at just the right moment. You have 3 luck points. Whenever you make an attack roll, an ability check, or a saving ...
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If a Warlock's “Repelling Blast” hits an enemy engaged with an ally, does that ally get an attack of opportunity from it moving away? [duplicate]

Example: Fighter is engaged in melee combat with enemy. Warlock uses eldrich blast with "Repelling Blast" invocation. The enemy is pushed 10 ft. away. Is that creature no longer engaged in combat with ...
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What's the training cost for, and is it still paid if you're being taught for free?

I have a player in my game who wants to learn Draconic from his two party members in their downtime. Something that he was wondering about was why he has to pay 1gp if the party members are freely ...
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Does unlimited Wild Shape make Circle of the Moon archdruids virtually unkillable?

Page 67 of the PHB states that druids gain all the hit points of whatever creature they become when using Wild Shape, and when that shape drops to 0hp, only the excess damage carries over to the druid'...
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Is Shapechange useful? [closed]

Shapechange is a 9th level spell that seems to be next to useless. You can't turn into a melee creature due to the spell being concentration, causing you to drop the form. Spells/abilities can't be ...
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How does Hurl Through Hell work in Mechanus?

The variant rule for Mechanus states that all rolls made there are automatically the average. However, what happens when a Fiend Pact Warlock uses their Hurl Through Hell feature there? Can they not ...
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Can you enchant weapons if you aren't a caster by copying an existing magic weapon?

My fighter is about to get its archetype and I was wondering about enchanting weapons. The Battle Master archetype's Student of War class feature grants proficiency in an artisan tool. If I was to ...
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Is Hunter's Mark damage magical for the purpose of overcoming damage resistance/immunity?

Ranger casts Hunter's Mark on a werewolf and shoots it with a mundane bow. Does the werewolf take the hunter's mark damage and ignore the piercing damage from the bow, or does it take no damage at all?...
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How does a Vampire Spawn become a Vampire?

I was looking at the Vampire and Vampire Spawn entries in the monster manual, and a little blurb in the green box next to Von Zarovich's note talks about player characters becoming vampire spawns, ...
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How do I calculate the chance to hit a given AC?

My current level 2 variant Ranger has the Sharpshooter Feat. His hit modifier is normally +7, but with Sharpshooter it's +2 (due to the −5). I am wondering what the % based chance to hit is ...
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Is Death Domain Evil? [duplicate]

I am looking to create a cleric in e5 DnD. I was wondering if it is possible, to make a neutral good cleric, that still uses Death Domain. My idea was, that he sheperds the souls of the dead to their ...
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If a body being possessed by a ghost is targeted by a charm spell, who gets affected?

Let's say a ghost possesses somebody and then the party wizard casts charm person on the body. Is the ghost affected by the charm, or is the body? And if the body is, does it limit the ghosts ability ...
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Does polymorph change your ability to think?

Polymorph says that they cannot cast spells in the new form, their intelligence hits the floor, but they maintain personality. Does this mean they also lose the ability of Logical thinking? As an ...
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Can you choose to not pull with the Thorn Whip spell?

The 5E Druid spell Thorn Whip has a hit effect that pulls the target (Large or smaller) 10 feet, in addition to dealing piercing damage. I imagine this hit effect as the whip wrapping itself around ...
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Would a Flameskull remember who killed it in previous attacks?

I have a group of players who do not know (yet) how to get rid of a Flameskull. They already destroyed it twice. The second time there were right next to it when it re-materialized and they had ...
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Does Divine Strike feature for Tempest Cleric increase to 2d8 at 14th level if 3 of the levels are Fighter?

I found that my spell casting proficiency increases for my cleric even when I multiclass as a fighter. The Divine Strike description says "When you reach 14th level, the extra damage increases to ...
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Weapon Proficiency without needing a particular class/race or multi-classing

Other than taking the Weapon Master feat, is there any way of gaining proficiency in either one weapon or martial weapons that doesn't either extend from being a certain class/race or multi-classing?
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Is there a list of companions that a Beast Master ranger has access to?

I'm new to D&D and I'm building a Beast Master ranger. Is there a full list of companions that I can use? That way, I know which ones are at my disposal.
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How does the Giant Constrictor Snake grapple damage work?

From the Monster Manual, p. 325, the Giant Constrictor Snake can grapple a target. That grapple inflicts 2d8 + 4 damage. Up to here, no problem. Now, let's assume the grapple works and the target ...
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What are the rules of a Spiritual Weapon occupying a square?

So we've run into this problem a few times with our D&D 5E group. The problem breaks down as such: We have a spectral weapon from our cleric, we've used an icon to represent it. The square that ...
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Is there any way to trap someone's soul?

I'm playing a wizard and I really want to trap someone's soul. I've thought about casting glyph of warding using magic jar, but I don't want them to be able to escape. Is there any way to do this ...
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Is Forest Druid weak? [closed]

I am hardcore rookie at D&D but I am already hooked up. After the last gaming day we all got level 2 and have to decide which path we choose for our characters. I am a hunter and my girlfriend is ...
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Can a Ranger refuse to hate their favored enemy?

In our group, we have a certain ranger that isn't too bad at roleplay (given that their background is hermit and they are naturally antisocial), and is a good and valuable player. This player is a ...
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Do Saving Throws made for creatures include any modifiers?

I know that when casting a typical spell, unless otherwise specified you would cast the spell and figure its DC as 8 + (class specific) ability modifier + relevant proficiency modifier. My question ...
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Is dropping a weapon “free”?

I've seen many people on StackExchange and other forums mention that you can drop something as a free action, but I've never seen it sourced, or come across support for it in the Player's Handbook. ...
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Can you perform a reaction to somebody else's reaction? [duplicate]

Imagine Wizard A tries to cast fireball. Wizard B casts Counterspell as a reaction to try to nullify said fireball. Can Wizard C cast counterspell as a reaction to nullify Wizard B's counterspell? ...
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Would Suggestion trigger beguiling defenses, and if so what happens?

Considering Suggestion isn't technically a charm, but that those who are immune to charms are immune to its effects, does it logically follow that a Warlock could turn suggestion back on the caster? ...
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How can I find out the best style of play for the people in my group? (Asking isn't working.)

Lately, I've realized that most of the players in my D&D 5e custom story group that I am the DM of are not as engaged as they could be in the game. When I ask them how each really wants to play ...
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How does Improved Divine Smite change the Divine Smite damage cap?

This is a question from a realization brought on by this question and answer on what the wording between Divine Smite and Improved Divine Smite means; and ties in extensively to this separate answer ...
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How much will Vampiric Touch heal if combined with Touch of Death?

I'm playing Death Domain cleric and they have channel divinity "Touch of Death" that deals extra necrotic dmg on melee attack. I was wondering if i combine it with Vampiric Touch, will I heal myself ...
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How Would a Bard's Popularity Spread?

I have a half-Orc bard in my group who wants to be a rockstar. He's played in three or four large venues, one of which in Waterdeep where he had a critical success. So, my question is: How quickly ...
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Can touch spells, like cure wounds, be cast through a familiar?

If my character chooses Ritual Caster for his 1st-level Variant Human feat and gains find familiar, can he cast cure wounds via the familiar due to it being a touch spell? Also, can he move the ...
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What are the deities available to Adventurers League clerics?

I've been going through Google and I can't seem to find a legal deity listing for Adventurers League. What are the deities available to clerics? Are there any constraints, like choosing from ...
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Casting Spells at close range as a Cleric

If I'm within 5 feet of an enemy, is my character still able to cast Sacred Flame on him or do I get disadvantage due to it being a ranged spell and not a touched based one?
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Is there a way to convert a player character to a CR rating for the purpose of calculating combat difficulty? [duplicate]

I suspect my question really is, "can I calculate the CR rating for a player character generated via the PHB rules for the purposes of determining combat/encounter difficulty for a party?" A follow ...
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Navigating through magical darkness

This issue came up when the party's warlock cast Hunger of Hadar upon some enemies. She argued that because they were within magical darkness, and blinded, that they should not be able to immediately ...
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Can an airship travel to the Astral Plane?

From my reading, 5e uses the "Great Wheel" interpretation of cosmology by default, but I'm having a hard time understanding what this means. Under this model, are the planes physically connected, and ...

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