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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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Can you set fire to beer barrels?

Scenario: A large number of barrels filled with beer are at the entrance to a path into the mountains. Three trolls protect it. As other troll creatures approach they are given a barrel and they ...
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Does a reincarnated Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer save his class abilities?

It looks like that Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer got all his class abilities just from his dragon ancestor. But does such ancestor provide sorcerer only with a Draconic Bloodline body, like ancestors ...
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My Villain scrys on the party, but I forgot about the sensor!

DM here. My BBEG scrys on the party once per day, and I have my Rogue make wisdom saving throws (which she usually fails). My party are still fairly new to D&D so they never guess that she's ...
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Can you store a casting of Counterspell in a Shield Guardian?

Would you be able to store a casting of counterspell inside of a Shield Guardian? Their Spell Storing trait states: A spellcaster who wears the shield guardian's amulet can cause the guardian to ...
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If an Oblex devours a wizard's memories, can it cast the spells the wizard had prepared?

Imagine that an Elder Oblex (from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. p. 219) ate a memory of a wizard. Could it cast spells which were prepared by this wizard?
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Does an savethrow-type attack cause critical damage for an unconscious creature? [duplicate]

The unconscious state description says Any attack that hits the creature is a critical hit if the attacker is within 5 feet of the creature. Situation Target ...
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Can an object created by Silent Image be visibly hollow?

I am envisioning a scenario where you create a 15 x 15 room or building viewed through a door to have an interior. Does the object created by Silent Image have to appear as a solid object? Or could ...
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Does the spell Silent Image allow you to cast an image of an empty room, hiding the room's occupants? [duplicate]

I am a warlock in a place I am not supposed to be in. I hear someone walking toward the area I am in. I am unsure if they are already close enough to tell that the door is open. I cast Silent Image ...
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Calculating stats for wild shape form that doubles its proficiency bonus [duplicate]

Similar to the rogue's Expertise feature, some monsters double their proficiency bonus for certain skill proficiencies. Can a druid continue to add the beast's doubled proficiency bonus to those ...
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Does the warlock's Gift of the Ever-Living Ones eldritch invocation work with potions or healing spells cast on you by others?

The description of the warlock's Gift of the Ever-Living Ones eldritch invocation (XGtE, p. 57) says: Prerequisite: Pact of the Chain feature Whenever you regain hit points while your familiar ...
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Can the Detect Magic spell sense magic items inside a Bag of Holding?

My group has a bag of holding. Inside the bag is an item that is enchanted, but they don't know this. If one of them casts detect magic, will they sense this enchanted item inside the bag of holding, ...
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Are There 3D Rules for Flying and Distance?

I recently had a problem come up in a session that I wanted to see if there was more information on. One of my players is playing a Light Domain cleric; its 1st-level Warding Flare feature says, in ...
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Arcanist's Magic Aura vs Divination / Divine Intervention

The Arcanist's Magic Aura can give false information about any divination spells. I was wondering if you can use it on someone so that when he asks something from a god (Divination), you can just ...
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Is the 2nd-level ability of a transmutation wizard under-powered when compared to other wizard subclasses' 2nd-level abilities?

The text for the transmutation wizard's Minor Alchemy feature (PHB, p. 119) is as follows: Starting at 2nd level when you select this school, you can temporarily alter the physical properties of ...
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Do you count as “a creature within X feet” of yourself?

There are various features that affect "targets within X feet". For example, the Wild Magic Sorcerer's Wild Magic Surge table (PHB, p. 104) has the following result on a d100 roll of 83-84: Each ...
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Empowered Spell before and after Spell Bombardment

The Empowered Spell metamagic option says: When you roll damage for a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to reroll a number of the damage dice up to your Charisma modifier (minimum of one). You ...
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Can the Bountiful Luck halfling racial feat be used multiple times in one round?

I play a halfling who has the Bountiful Luck racial feat (XGtE, p. 73-74): When an ally you can see within 30 feet of you rolls a 1 on the d20 for an attack roll, an ability check, or a saving ...
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Can you take the average damage roll when changed into a Monster?

In this answer the idea of PCs using the following quote from the Monster Manual came up: Any damage dealt or other effects that occur as a result of an attack hitting a target are described after ...
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Can you use Sneak Attack after using the Scout Rogue's Sudden Strike feature?

The Scout Rogue's Sudden Strike feature (XGtE, p. 47) states: Starting at 17th level, you can strike with deadly speed. If you take the Attack action on your turn, you can make one additional ...
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Is it possible to travel to Ravnica from Toril?

Does Ravnica exist in the same universe as Toril? Is it possible to visit it with a Gate spell, for example? Or maybe it is in the very different universe?
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Can the Message cantrip be used to communicate with a sentient object?

Can the Message cantrip be used to communicate with a sentient object? I just want some clarification, since my DM gave me a sentient staff and my character only really communicates through the ...
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Does the Wall of Stone spell need support or not?

The description of wall of stone states: The wall doesn't need to be vertical or rest on any firm foundation. It must, however, merge with and be solidly supported by existing stone. (PHB 287) ...
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Would removing the “total cover” part of a Paladin's Divine Sense unbalance the feature?

Inspired by this question: What good is the paladin's Divine Sense? I am running Lost Mines of Phandelver to introduce a couple of people to D&D (just me and my two players; I use DMPCs to ...
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Is this homebrew “Mask of Illusion” spell balanced?

The goal of the following spell is to cause observers to think that the target is an illusion. For example, you could cast this spell on yourself while entering a sleeping dragon's lair and if the ...
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How does the UA 2019 artificer's Reloading Weapon infusion affect Matt Mercer's Gunslinger firearms?

I am creating a multiclassed 2019 UA artificer/Gunslinger fighter, and a question has been raised. If I infuse a gun with the Repeating Weapon artificer infusion, how does that affect the reloading ...
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Can a character dodge an attack that beats their Armor Class?

I am DMing a campaign. The party was fighting two castle guards, and killed one of them. The other guard attacked them, got past the AC of one of my players. He said he could dodge, but I don't know ...
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What is the most damage you can deal with no help, items, resources, or luck?

I'm wondering how much damage a PC can deal reliably and repeatedly. Another way to phrase this is "what is the maximum damage a PC can always deal?" Constraints: All content must be "official": No ...
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Is Having my Players Control Two Parties a Good Idea?

I'm new to DMing, and I'm currently working on a 5e homebrew campaign that I'll be running. At some point in the campaign (most likely towards the middle; this campaign will probably average-length), ...
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Can you use a simulacrum to bypass the 33% chance of not being able to cast wish again?

Inspired by this question and this one, I want to know if you can cast Simulacrum and have that simulacrum cast Wish for you so that you yourself never have to take that 33% risk of not being able to ...
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Can I use a Clone to surpass a Wish spell risk? [duplicate]

In DnD a Wish spell is extremely powerful, but it also has 33% risk to never cast it again if used to produce non-spell effect. This brings me to the question, if I unfortunately hit that 33% and can'...
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How does the Simic Scientist background work? [closed]

My DM asked me a question about the Simic Scientist background: How are you able to give people different animal and such parts, and how can I create monsters? I am wondering about the Simic Hybrid, ...
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Would forcing a lawyer to turn on their client with a Glamour Bard's Enthralling Performance feature be seen as an attack?

Say you are a bard, level 3+. You have are being sued by an enemy, and you have got their lawyer tied up in a chair. You make them charmed after their failed saving throw against your Enthralling ...
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Can you concentrate on a special ability while also concentrating on a spell?

There exist several abilities that have the text similar to, this effect lasts while you maintain concentration (as if you were concentrating on a spell). One such example is the Bard College of ...
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Can you cast Counterspell through the senses of your familiar? [duplicate]

I was looking into creating a wizard that remains hidden for the most part from combat (potentially even to go as far as to hide in a fellow party members' backpack, they are a halfling) and thought ...
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What good is the paladin's Divine Sense?

The Divine Sense feature of the Paladins looks underwhelming to me. It has limited uses, takes an action to use, and you know the location and type of any celestial/fiend/undead within 60ft, not ...
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How does readying an effect or spell granted by a magic item work?

Can a player hold the effect or spell granted to them by an item, and if so, does the spell or effect follow the normal "Readying spell" rule where if the trigger never occurs, the effect or the spell,...
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Artificer battle smith wants to make magical armor, we're trying to figure out the borders

We're using the 2019 UA Artificer (from the DND Beyond site). Situation I am the DM. The PC is level 3 (getting to level 4 pretty soon) and he wants to start going into crafting magical armors ...
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Would an anti-magic zone affect a dragon's breath weapon?

One of my players has a special crystal that emits an anti-magic zone 5-feet around them. It was just picked up so they're trying to figure out what to do with the crystal. Suddenly they are ...
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Can you use the Wish spell to duplicate a 9th-level spell?

In the description of the wish spell, it states that: The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. But it also states: You might be able to achieve ...
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If the Wish spell fails due to a nonstandard wish, do you suffer the 33% chance to be unable to cast Wish ever again?

The spell Wish states: You might be able to achieve something beyond the scope of the above examples. State your wish to the DM as precisely as possible. The DM has great latitude in ruling what ...
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How are Wishes for things of similar power to Wish's listed effects granted?

The spell Wish allows you to do one of three things: (1) The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. [...] (2) Alternatively, you can create one ...
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When two-weapon fighting, can a Battle Master fighter use a maneuver on the Attack action and another on the bonus-action attack?

The Battle Master fighter's Combat Superiority feature states that “you can use only one maneuver per attack” (PHB 73), but I’m unsure how that applies in the case of two-weapon fighting. Is ...
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Wishing for a spell

So I am a very new DM, I have been playing for like 2 months. I was wondering if a person found a scroll of wish, could they use wish for a spell to cast that their character would keep? One of my ...
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Do the Hags in Curse of Strahd have a Heartstone?

The Night Hags in Chapter 6 of Curse of Strahd need a Heartstone to use their Etherealness action. The module doesn't list this as part of their description. Do the hags each have a Heartstone?
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Is a Dwarven Thrower's Returning property affected by the Antimagic Field spell?

The antimagic field spell states: [...] A magic weapon's properties and powers are suppressed if it is used against a target in the sphere or wielded by an attacker in the sphere. If a magic weapon ...
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What is the most damage one can do with a cantrip in one turn?

I'm curious as to what the maximum damage you could potentially do with a single cantrip is. So far the most I can think of is a Warlock of at least two levels with the Eldritch Blast cantrip and the ...
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What can damage a lich in an antimagic field?

An antimagic field spell makes magical weapons into normal weapons for purposes of attack. Magical spells also lose their effects. A lich is listed as having damage immunities to: Poison, Bludgeoning,...
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Do infernal war machines count as objects?

Specifically in regard to the effects of a hit with an adamantine weapon, would a hit with one turn into a critical hit? I know it's a vehicle but it's powered by souls and has a stat block like a ...
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How to convert BECMI monster's speed into modern D&D?

Monster speed in BECMI-like rules systems is written as, for example: Move 90' (30') What is a reasonable way of converting such a movement rate to modern D&D, such as the fifth edition (but 3rd,...
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Is the gaze effect of a medusa blocked by an antimagic field?

This question addresses the question of whether petrification effects are blocked by the Antimagic Field spell. But it does not seem to address the gaze itself - particularly the Petrifying Gaze of a ...