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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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Does Nondetection block all Divination magic or only scrying? [duplicate]

In 5e, the wording of the spell is "The target can't be targeted by any divination magic or perceived through magical scrying sensors." Does this mean that Divination spells such as Guidance ...
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Do I, as a druid, add the spells from the Gruul Anarch background to my list of spells that I can prepare anytime?

I am currently playing a druid and took the Gruul Anarch background (Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica). The background comes with additional guild spells. would those spells be available to be prepared ...
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What would happen if I were to use a Ring of Water Walking on a raging sea with very large waves?

What would happen if a character were to attempt to walk on the waves of a very tumultuous sea, using a Ring of Water Walking? Would they automatically remain standing on the waves? Or would these ...
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Homebrew review of “Ask an item” divination spell

Talking to items and gathering information from them can be very important. Asking them about how they were used, by whom, when etc. is the idea of my spell. It's similar to awaken but the item can ...
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Does Polymorph break attunements with prerequisites?

Some magic items have prerequisites for attunement, most commonly requiring a specific race, class, or alignment. According to the rules on attunement: A creature's attunement to an item ends if the ...
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What are the balance implications of letting a wizard subclass have more prepared spells?

I'm working with a player who has a homebrew wizard subclass and we were discussing the possibility of giving it a list of spells that was automatically learned and prepared for this class. We ...
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What happens if Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum gets cast inside a Genie Warlock's vessel?

Specifically the part of Private Sanctum that reads: Nothing can teleport into or out of the warded area. Planar travel is blocked within the warded area. What would happen if Private Sanctum was ...
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Does a stunned creature roll Initiative with disadvantage?

Part of our group got stunned before Initiative was rolled: Stunned A stunned creature is incapacitated (see the condition), can’t move, and can speak only falteringly. The creature automatically ...
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What's a simple way to handle the ignition of flammable objects by spells?

A lot of my party's (3rd level) casters have something of a predilection for the Firebolt cantrip. Like some other fire-damage spells, Firebolt's description specifies that: A flammable object hit by ...
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For the Swarmkeeper ranger's Gathered Swarm feature, does being moved by the swarm provoke opportunity attacks?

The Swarmkeeper ranger from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 60) has the Gathered Swarm feature, which provides the following benefit: Once on each of your turns, you can cause the swarm to assist ...
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When casting clone, does the actual clone continue to age after it matures?

In the description of the clone spell it says about the clone: It remains inert and endures indefinitely but that's it. Does the clone continue to age after it matured? Like if I created a 20 year ...
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If the Tiny Servant spell is cast on a crossbow, can it shoot by itself?

The spell Tiny Servant (XGtE, p. 168) lets the caster create a Tiny creature out of an object: You touch one Tiny, nonmagical object that isn’t attached to another object or a surface and isn’t being ...
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Maximizing Wisdom-based ranged attacks per round

Is there any combination of abilities that allow one to make multiple ranged attacks per turn, every turn, that are Wisdom-based? Examples of the sort of things I have in mind: Some way to use Wisdom ...
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Is the Healer feat overpowered?

A healer's kit has 10 uses, weighs 3 lb. and costs 5 gp; therefore, each use weighs 0.3 lb. and costs 5 sp. Normally, it allows a player to do the following: As an action, you can expend one use of ...
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Can you use your infused Armor as your spellcasting focus?

Artificers have to hold a tool or an infused item in hand to cast spells... Tools Required You must have a spellcasting focus—specifically thieves' tools or some kind of artisan's tool—in hand when ...
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Are Golems “Humanoid” for UA Ranger?

Our game 5e game includes a ranger using the Unearthed Arcana rules. The ranger has chosen Humanoids for their favored enemy, and we are trying to determine if a Forest Golem (or any other Golem) ...
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What spells on the TCoE Artificer Spell List require a free hand when the Artificer holds an infused item in their hand?

Considering the class feature Tools Required: You must have a spellcasting focus—specifically thieves’ tools or some kind of artisan’s tool—in hand when you cast any spell with this Spellcasting ...
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Is there a way to force a reroll on a saving throw?

Is there a way in D&D 5e to force a creature to reroll a saving throw they just succeeded on? I know there are lots of ways to impose disadvantage or other penalties, but I’m specifically looking ...
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When you have multiple reaches, are you free to use any of them? [duplicate]

This question is prompted by the Eldritch Claw Tattoo which can allow your attacks to "reach a target up to 15 feet away from you..." and specifically relates to Attacks of Opportunity. You ...
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Is this homebrew spell Levitating Rocks balanced?

The spell is a level 1 spell but can be cast at any level. Levitating rocks – Casting Time: 1 action Components: V, S, M (Rocks) Duration: Instantaneous Rocks levitate and are thrown forcefully at the ...
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Can the use of the Crusher feat enable a Sling to force 5 feet of movement on a hit target?

Feat: Crusher (UA is identical to released content for the following quote.) Once per turn, when you hit a creature with an attack that deals bludgeoning damage, you can move it 5 feet to an ...
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Do a mount and its rider share the same space?

Does a rider share the same space as its mount? The rules regarding sharing the same space are clear: Whether a creature is a friend or an enemy, you can't willingly end your move in its space You'd ...
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Are tiny creatures carried in a backpack protected from AOEs?

If I carry tiny creatures in my closed backpack, would they be immune to Fireball and other area of effect spells? For example, is it possible to carry a horde of Tiny Servants (from the spell of the ...
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Are this “Aberrant Psychic” class and its “Life Drainer” subclass balanced?

I recently created a class based off of the Far Realm and somewhat-psion like powers. They are similar to druids and clerics, having a 1d8 hit die, full spellcasting, and a more utility-focused class (...
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How can I start playing d&d 5e as a beginner? [duplicate]

I am completely new to role-playing games, yet have an experience with board games. How should I start d&d without it overwhelming me?
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After you attune to a cursed magic item, are you aware that it is cursed?

After you attune to a cursed magic item, are you aware that the item is cursed? For example, if you are attuned to a sword of vengeance, would you be aware that the item is cursed, even if you desire ...
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Can a Druid wildshape into a Bestial Spirit form, and if they can, what are the mechanical effects of doing so for the Spirit's stat block?

Summon Beast (Summon Bestial Spirit, freely available UA version of the spell) Note that I'm linking to the UA because it is freely available and the content for this spell is almost identical to its ...
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Does Voice of Authority work with harmful spell? [duplicate]

Voice of Authority from Order Domain cleric states that If you cast a spell with a spell slot of 1st level or higher and target an ally with the spell, that ally can use their reaction immediately ...
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Are there any mechanical issues with removing the concept of “triggers” for readied actions?

Since I first read the Ready Action rules, the concept of a trigger rubbed me the wrong way. The idea that a character cannot adapt and improvise in the moment seems odd to me, and when I imagine them ...
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Are this “Aberrant Psychic” class and its “Mind Warper” subclass balanced?

I recently created a class based off of the Far Realm and somewhat-psion like powers. They are similar to druids and clerics, having a 1d8 hit die, full spellcasting, and a more utility-focused class (...
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Does the spell Misty Step transit through the Ethereal Plane?

In older D&D lore, most teleportation type spells worked like a short and (almost?) instantaneous transit through the Ethereal Plane. I'm working on a monster species with Succubus ancestry, being ...
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Can Bigby's Hand be healed?

Per the spell description, Bigby's Hand is an object: The hand is an object that has AC 20 and hit points equal to your hit point maximum. As an object, my instinct is to say that like other objects,...
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How can I improve the survivability or damage potential of my familiar, as a cleric 5/wizard 1?

I play a Death Domain cleric, with 1 level in wizard so I can cast the find familiar spell. For my familiar, I have a gelatinous ice cube (stats of a oblex spawn). At lower levels, it was super fun ...
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When was the Action Surge feature description changed to remove mention of “a possible bonus action”?

The fighter's Action Surge originally stated: Starting at 2nd level, you can push yourself beyond your normal limits for a moment. On your turn, you can take one additional action on top of your ...
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Can I have Godzilla and the Titans as gods?

I'm running a homebrew D&D 5e game in which I'd like to use Godzilla and the other Titans from the Godzilla canonical universe as gods. I've looked online about how I can do this but I found ...
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How much damage do you take when traversing an area filled with Burning oil in multiple squares?

Suppose there is a creature standing in the centre of a 3x3 grid on which oil has been poured: ...
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Playing Hardcover and DDAL modules : Level up

One of my player began a hardcover then played a DDAL module before finishing the chapter of the Hardcover. May he gain a level after the module and continue the hardcover with this new level ?
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Does a character taking the Ready action perceive time?

The Ready action lets you react to a "perceivable circumstance." Trying to ready an action based on the initiative order is apparently possible, if you Ready based on a creature moving or ...
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Can a druid in Wild Shape use the Medicine skill to stabilize a dying creature?

The PHB description of the Medicine skill is paltry. Wild Shape doesn't seem to cover skills like Medicine, though it does say you retain skill proficiencies. Can a druid in Wild Shape use the ...
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How does the Order of Scribes' Awakened Spellbook interact with Animate Objects?

The relevant part of awakened spellbook is: When you cast a wizard spell with a spell slot, you can temporarily replace its damage type with a type that appears in another spell in your spellbook, ...
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Leveling up of Clockwork Soul Sorcerer

I'm currently working on a clockwork soul sorceror in D&D 5e, which uses clockwork magic. There seems to be a discrepancy between how I understand it and how some sample builds I found in various ...
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Can you use a bonus action before a held readied action?

I know you can not "Ready" a bonus action. But can you ready an attack action and use the bonus action before the attack action when the action is triggered? The rule for bonus actions says:...
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When writing and preparing a campaign should I include all the side stories and all possible encounters? [duplicate]

I have worked out an entire world with a story and several side stories (they'll be optional) should I just put them in the middle of the story of where they'd be available or should I put them into a ...
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When can I use the Polearm Master bonus action attack? [duplicate]

The first benefit of PAM says When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, quarterstaff, or spear, you can use a bonus action to make a melee attack with the opposite end ...
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What is the most number of skills a character can gain Expertise in?

I was reading through the Scout's Survivalist feature and noted that it is a manner by which a character can both gain skill proficiency plus Expertise in one shot. This got me wondering how many ...
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How do Giant's Might feature and Enlarge/Reduce spell interact?

Rune Knight's Giant's Might states: If you are smaller than Large, you become Large, along with anything you are wearing. (Note: I am linking to the UA because it is freely available and has the ...
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Is it reasonable to have an extremely overpowered GMPC accompany the party early on to let them with enemies that they can't overcome on their own?

I created a scenario that features an antagonist who has armies of demons and creatures at their disposal. I made a gmpc character to help my players because the game features a ton of difficult ...
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Can Aberrant Mind Sorcerer replace a spell from the Psionic Spells feature at 1st level when the Sorcerer level is gained through multiclassing? [duplicate]

Psionic Spells is a 1st level Aberrant Mind Sorcerer feature that gives a fixed list of spells known at specific levels, and on 1st level the feature gives arms of Hadar, dissonant whispers, and mind ...
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How are Fireball attacks on Iron Golems resolved?

The party was in Curse of Strahd this evening and encountered two iron golems. A helpful NPC first cast lightning bolt, damaging both of the golems. The PC evoker then cast fireball on the golems, ...
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Would allowing Shillelagh to transform your staff into another weapon be unbalanced?

I am planning a (not explicitly optimised) Ranger/Monk character, that uses Druidic Warrior to cast Shillelagh: Druidic Warrior You learn two cantrips of your choice from the druid spell list. They ...