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Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition is 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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Mage Slayer vs Hold Person

Interesting scenario was posed to me by one of my players. A fighter with the mage slayer feat is within 5 feet of a mage who casts Hold Person on the fighter. The fighter fails his save (despite ...
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Does Enhance Ability apply to attack based on that ability score?

Is a melee attack a Strength ability check, or a missile attack a Dexterity one? Say a cleric enhances the Fighter's Strength — the spell effect says the Fighter now gets advantage on Strength checks....
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How does basic healing work?

Reading through the D&D 5e Player's Handbook I see that there are two types of healing: Resting (long and short rests) Magical (potions and spells) Are there any other types of healing ...
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Can I cast sanctuary as a bonus action as part of the same turn I hit someone

With sanctuary as a bonus action. Can a character simply whack someone and cast sanctuary to try and prevent retaliation, and then repeat the same combination of attack and casting sanctuary as a ...
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What can someone do while forced to doff armor from the heat metal spell

If an opponent fails a save on heated armor or weapons, do they have to start doffing their armor and dropping their weapons? The rules say you have to drop a heated weapon if you fail the save, but ...
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Do damage resistance and temp hit points from False Life and the Heavy Armor Master feat stack?

I have a multiclassed cleric/warlock with both the Heavy Armor Master feat and the Eldritch Invocation; Fiendish Vigor (which allows me to cast False Life at-will). The Heavy Armor Master feat (PHB ...
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Can non-dwarves wear Dwarven Plate?

Can non-dwarves wear Dwarven Plate or would it have to be custom-fitted first? It was suggested to me that another option is to wear the armor with penalties. I think my player is asking in more ...
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Twin hand crossbow Fighter: is this build valid?

The Sharpshooter feat includes an interesting feature: you can choose to take -5 penalty to hit with a ranged weapon attack to increase its damage by 10. Normally, I'd dismiss the trade-off as too ...
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How do you adjudicate what alignment a PC's actions are?

We have a group of three characters: The lawful good paladin (acolyte), the lawful good fighter (soldier) and the chaotic good druid (criminal). All try to help NPCs in need, won't fight between ...
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When is a Lightfoot Halfling obscured by another creature?

Naturally Stealthy: You can attempt to hide even when you are obscured only by a creature that is at least one size larger than you (PHB 28). I haven’t been able to find a game definition for ...
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Can magic items have permanent enchantments added to them?

If you find a magic item (+1, low power spells, etc) can you then use that item as your basis for crafting a magic item and add new enchantments to it? Like say if I find a +1 sword can I use the same ...
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How to defend against a rogue's Sneak Attack?

In our last session a melee style rogue using Sneak Attack did more damage than the warrior. That seems pretty powerful especially at low levels. Is there no way creatures can defend against a Sneak ...
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Can you attack with spells while concentrating on another?

On page 203 of the Player's Handbook it says that you can attack while concentrating on a spell. Does that include spell attacks like Magic Missile, or is it just physical melee attacks?
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Can disengage be used for offence?

So a halfling thief uses disengage to dance past two lines of guards and attack an opponent in the back row then a bonus action to run(disengage) back through the line of guards to stand behind his ...
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Can someone immediately pick up their weapon after being disarmed by the Battle Master fighter's Disarming Attack maneuver?

The Battle Master fighter's Disarming Attack maneuver can make someone drop a weapon at their feet. The only advantage is if others want to dash away or you need to remove a reaction parry from the ...
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Is heat metal too powerful? [closed]

Heat metal is a 2nd level spell that lasts 1 minute (concentration), deals 2d8 damage per round, and has no save. If a Druid casts Heat metal from hiding at 60' on a knight and dashes away, then the ...
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Does your spell modifier add to your spell damage?

So I know how to calculate spell DC (8 + proficiency + modifier) and spell attack rolls (1d20 + proficiency + modifier), but I am not clear on spell damage. Namely, do you add your spell modifier (e....
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What happens to a familiar if the wizard is unconscious?

Reading over the PHB spell entry for familiars, I don't see anything about what happens to the familiar if its "owner" dies or is unconscious. I'm going to assume if the owner dies, the familiar ...
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How can a player in a PbP D&D 5e game ensure the health and fun of that game?

I recently found this question which has a lot of good advice for things that a game-master can do to ensure that the game is successful and fun for everyone involved. However, it doesn't say anything ...
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How do I finish filling out this character sheet? [closed]

I am trying to pick up D&D for the very time and need some help for my very first character creation. Here are the choices I made; Race: Half-Orc Class: Barbarian Ability Scores (rolled, ...
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How to build an evil campaign

I'm going to start DM'ing for the first time next week. When I got together with my group to figure out what type of game to play, when we got to alignment, I told them they either all needed to be ...
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Why are staves class-dependent?

Why can any player use a wand, but magical staves have class limitations? Is there a mechanical reason for it (like balance), or is it purely for flavor / game design?
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Are Paladin Tenets Subjective?

In the 5e rules as framed (not based on your own personal philosophy or opinion), are Paladin tenets, like the Oath of Vengeance's Fight the Greater Evil, meant to be subjective or objective (or is ...
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Can a Druid/Monk make unarmed strikes while Wild Shaped?

Can a Druid/Monk who is Wild Shaped perform Unarmed Strikes?
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How much do I tell new players about new monsters?

Background I am a brand-new DM, about to lead a game for brand-new players. I have a lot of knowledge of rules from playing Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights over and over, leafing through a ...
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How to Build an Optimized Battle Cleric? [closed]

I am a 3.5/Pathfinder player that will be playing in my first 5e campaign soon. I was wondering how one would go about building an optimized battle cleric. I don't need to know every spell that ...
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How to convert a Pathfinder NPC to D&D 5th edition?

In trying to convert Rise of the Runelords for an upcoming 5th edition game. Monsters I'm simply going to swap out with the equivalents in the Monster Manual, but are there any guides for converting ...
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Handy Haversack vs. Bag of Holding

The Bag of Holding (DMG pg.153) is an uncommon magic item and has a significantly greater volume than any of the pouches (or even all combined) of Heward's Handy Haversack (DMG pg.174), which is rare. ...
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Can players “Ready” outside of combat?

Can players in 5e ready an action before combat begins? If so, does this impose any penalties? (I saw this, but it is written for 4e and IMO the answer left something to be desired)
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Opportunity attack when moving in and out of range of a creature in the same move?

Let's say I'm 10ft away from an enemy. In my turn, I choose to move 5ft to get close enough to attack, I do attack, then I use my remaining movement to move out of range of the enemy. Does this still ...
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Is the Moonbeam spell amazing, or are we doing it wrong?

The description of the moonbeam spell (PHB pg. 261) says: When a creature enters the spell's area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it is engulfed in ghostly flames that cause ...
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Does a spell critical do double damage?

Specifically, do you double the damage dice if a spell attack is a natural 20? This came up in a game with Guiding Bolt, which seemed really powerful with twice the damage dice. (I saw this, but ...
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What does Trap the Soul do? [duplicate]

I see the 8th level wizard spell Trap the Soul in the PHB's spell lists on page 211, but it's not in the spell definitions. How does Trap the Soul work in 5E?
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Is the first encounter of the starter set really “deadly”?

Reading the DMG I'm confused by the encounter difficulty chart. It seems straight forward, but upon really testing it I've found that according to the chart, the very first encounter in Lost Mines of ...
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Action economies, two-handed weapons, and spells with Somatic components

This is a follow-on to Can you cast spells with a Somatic component if you're holding a two-handed weapon? So, I have a spell, say Sanctuary, that is cast as a bonus action, yet requires Verbal ...
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Can you cast spells with a Somatic component if you're holding a two-handed weapon?

I have a halfling cleric of Bahamut who wears his holy symbol as an amulet around his neck as a spellcasting focus (so material components are not an issue). However, as per this question, this does ...
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How can I start Hoard of the Dragon Queen with 4th level characters?

I'm pretty new to DM'ing and was just wondering if there would be a way to start the hoard of the dragon queen adventure with a group of 4th level characters? There don't really seem to be any ...
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Who can use magic scrolls?

I'm confused about who can use scrolls in 5e. In the DMG, p139 under Magic Item Categories: Scrolls, it states that: Any creature that can understand a written language can read the arcane script ...
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Can I cast spells that require a material component and still hold my hammer and shield?

I have a human cleric (war domain) with the War Caster feat. She holds a warhammer and a shield. Am I able to cast spells that require a material component and still hold my hammer and shield? If not,...
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Would adding Necromancy spells to the Druid's spell list break anything?

I am new to D&D and will be starting with a group of other beginners in a few days. We got ourselves 5e and will have a four-character group: a rogue GMPC, a barbarian, a paladin and a wizard (or ...
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What can Fist of Unbroken Air be used for?

I was wondering, what are the limits of Fist of Unbroken Air in D&D 5e? Like, does the 10ft push apply to all size categories? If I'm trapped in a cave-in or under an avalanche, can I use it to ...
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Is there a reason for spellcasters to have their archetype at first level, instead of at third level?

I understand that spellchoice starts at first level, and that domain should be chosen from the start, but shouldn't it be consistent between all classes?
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How long would it take to doff armour heated by the Heat Metal spell?

Page 146 of the PHB has the table for getting in and out of armour (1 to 5 minutes to doff, depending on the type). Now the Heat Metal (PHB pg. 250) says; Choose a manufactured metal object, such ...
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What are the designers' reasons for making the stat boosting items provide odd-numbered stats? [closed]

There are a number of magic items in the DMG that set a stat to a certain number if it's not already higher than that number, like the Headband of Intellect, which sets your Intelligence score to 19 ...
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What can a familiar actually do?

The PHB states: "A familiar can’t attack, but it can take other actions as normal." What can a familiar do? Can it use a potion of healing on a character? Can it drop caltrops?
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Heavy duty Excavation aka Stone to Mud in 5e?

I seem to be at a loss here. Either I can't find a spell that works here or I am not seeing it. What method would a wizard (or other spellcaster for that matter) use to excavate a part of a dungeon? ...
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Can a character use Healing Word on themselves?

I first thought that the answer to this question was a definite 'yes.' The target is "A creature of your choice that you can see within range" (PHB 250). Presumably the caster is a creature, can be ...
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Do fey spirits in the form of creatures from the Conjure Animal Spell count towards creatures one has seen for Wild Shape?

The Conjure Animals Spell doesn't seem to have any limitations on what you can conjure beside the number per CR, and that they have to be beasts. Seemingly you could conjure a creature that you've ...
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Does the Light cantrip cancel out the 2nd level Darkness spell?

The description of the darkness spell says: If any of this spell’s area overlaps with an area of light created by a spell of 2nd level or lower, the spell that created the light is dispelled. I ...
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Can i use Creation Spell to create potions and poisons?

The spell Creation description states I create a nonliving object. Can I create things like health potions and Poisons as long as I have a potion or poison to base it off of?