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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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Drawing from the Deck of Many Things with a Simulacrum

Tl;dr: Can I use my Simulacrum to draw from a Deck of Many Things and if yes, what restrictions do apply? Longer version Imagine the following situation: You have gotten a Deck of Many Things and ...
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What PC races do not speak Common?

In 5e, seemingly all races know "Common and [at least 1 other language]" for their languages. Are there player races or subraces published by Wizards of the Coast, either officially or in UA, that do ...
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How does the Control Weather spell interact with the Dispel Magic spell?

If a spell has an area of effect with a radius of miles, like Control Weather, or Mirage Arcane, is there anything stopping a level 5 mage, hiding somewhere within the area, from dispelling the ...
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How does the artificer's Resistant Armor infusion work?

The artificer class gets the Infuse Item feature at 2nd level (E:RftLW, p. 57; WGtE, p. 179): At 2nd level, you gain the ability to imbue mundane items with certain magical infusions. The magic ...
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Can your familiar (via Find Familiar) initiate telepathic communication with you? [duplicate]

The find familiar spell says (emphasis mine): While your familiar is within 100 feet of you, you can communicate with it telepathically. So, clearly you can speak to it telepathically, say to ...
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What spell or ability lets me detect a creature's resistances/vulnerabilities? [duplicate]

I wonder if there is a spell that, when cast, gives me information about a certain creature, like its vulnerabilities and resistances. For instance, when fighting a Bronze Dragonborn, this spell would ...
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When a spell asks for targets, can I choose the same target multiple times?

When a spell has multiple targets, can I choose the same target multiple times? Is there any general rule I can refer to? An example of ambiguity is the spell Steel Wind Strike: You flourish the ...
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Managing New Player “Murder Hobos”

I am running a LMoP game for a group of new players, and everyone is having a great time. We are all very new to it all though - it's my first time running a prewritten campaign as a DM, (only had a ...
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What options are there in 5E that are similar to Minions?

In my 5E game, I sometimes use Minions (stolen from 4E). This allows me to add the ability to increase the drama without increasing the difficulty. Ultimately making a scene a bit more epic. The ...
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Since the caster of the Zone of Truth spell knows whether a creature failed the save, can they use it to detect hidden/invisible creatures?

I'm DMing for a 5e party that includes a cleric, as many parties do. This cleric has found (what appears to be) an interpretation of the wording of the "Zone of Truth" spell that makes it even more ...
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Can the Wish spell overcome a rakshasa's limited magic immunity when used to duplicate the effect of a lower-level spell?

Can the wish spell overcome a rakshasa's limited magic immunity when used to duplicate the effect of a lower-level spell? I always wondered how the two interacted. What if I cast wish, duplicating ...
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Are readied items/abilities expended or lost when the Ready action's trigger is not met?

I have been searching for an answer to the question as to whether a spell slot is lost or not if readied but not triggered. The rules as written does not explicitly state this but that appears to be ...
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Can a Battle Smith's artificer Steel Defender be imbued with an infusion?

I am looking at the Steel Defender for the Battle Smith artificer in ERLW. It is a construct (p. 61): Medium construct, neutral And its AC is determined by its "natural armor": Armor Class 15 (...
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How could I resolve the sleep spell action when using Minions in 5E? [closed]

I use Minions in my 5E campaign at times. I use them as canon fodder and their hit points are non-existent. Meaning, they have an AC of X and if the PC lands any hit, they are dead. (I read that ...
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How do the Elven Sub-races work? [closed]

Though I have approached this in a few ways before, I am left confused on the sub-races elves have. Referencing The PHB (P.23/24), DndBeyond, SCAG (P.106) and an Unearthed Arcana from WotC (Knowing it'...
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How do you use D&D Next NPC statistics lacking classes (e.g. in “Murder in Baldur's Gate”) with 5e?

I would like to test 5e and have acquired the "Murder in Baldur's Gate" adventure. Now I find that the monster statistics in the adventure are "D&D Next", the playtesting version of 5e. There are ...
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How do Aarakocra fly with a backpack?

Imagine there is an Aarakocra PC who has an Adventurer’s Pack for starter equipment. It includes a backpack to store all the character’s stuff. Also Aarakocra have a fly speed. How should such ...
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Can a multiclass Warlock/Wizard add spells known from Warlock to the Wizard spellbook?

I have a Pact of the Chain Warlock/Evocation Wizard character. All of my current Warlock spells are also on the Wizard spell list, except Eldritch Blast of course. I've found a related question ...
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What is the max starting gold I can effectively have in AL without using XGtE's “This is Your Life” options or DM rewards?

I am trying to locate the MOST possible starting gold in AL for a level 1 new PC. Without using XGtE's "This is Your Life" options or DM rewards? The Goal: Is to have excess of 200gp, even by a ...
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Can the artificer Magical Tinkering be used to falsify documents?

Magical Tinkering. A static visual effect appears on one of the object’s surfaces. This effect can be a picture, up to 25 words of text, lines and shapes, or a mixture of these elements, as you ...
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Is Elven High Magic an official source of information, or a 3rd Party Unofficial idea?

I have been working on making Shadow Monk character who's clan specializes in improving the world's Ki from the shadows (via guarding key players, gathering incriminating evidence, or eliminating ...
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Does the Elk option for the Totem Warrior barbarian's Aspect of the Beast feature affect travel pace for land vehicles?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide adds the Elk and Tiger totem spirits as options for the Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian. The Elk totem option for the 6th-level Aspect of the Beast feature (SCAG,...
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Can a wizard cast Blink, then Polymorph into a TRex to become a blinking TRex?

Blink is a non-concentration spell, so you can easily have both up. Does anything prevent you from using blink, then Polymorph and continue to blink? The blink effect isn't a class feature like rage, ...
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Have filled in my character sheet properly? [closed]

This is the second character I've ever made and I was hoping that I could get someone to check it over, to make sure it was done right. It may not be what you'd choose as your class or race, but I ...
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What happens when Otiluke's Resilient Sphere is cast on a creature that has momentum going for them?

If a creature casts Otiluke's resilient sphere on himself while he is walking or running, does the momentum stop when the spell is cast? I'm thinking about a scenario where a creature is surrounded ...
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Is there a term for creatures that are not spellcasters?

Fifth Edition has a number of items that require attunement by a spellcaster. If the prerequisite is to be a spellcaster, a creature qualifies if it can cast at least one spell using its traits or ...
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How do Invisibility and Mirror Image stack?

My character finds himself in a situation where he has access to both the mirror image spell and has the ability to become invisible. Ignoring the means by which he becomes invisible (he's not doing ...
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Can I push an enemy into a bag of holding?

Here is the scenario I envision: I hold a bag of holding in one hand and use the other to make a shove attempt against an enemy. If I succeed can I shove him into the bag of holding? He can just ...
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Eldritch knight dual wield: do I get multiple attacks on my bonus action?

I have a level 11 Eldritch Knight with two weapon fighting. The rules say I have 3 attacks per action. The rules say when ever I make an attack action with my main hand I can make a bonus attack ...
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What is the mechanic of “Keen sense of smell and hearing?”

Though personally, I thought it would be awesome to play a Lythari elf (see the "Rare Elf Subraces" sidebar on SCAG, p. 106) Way of Shadow monk who relies on her smell to scout ahead, I realized that ...
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What happens when you banish an elemental creature that was formed/born on the Material Plane?

Background: In one of our campaigns we have quite a few Elementals that are forming in the material plane, as opposed to forming on an elemental plane. The elementals are otherwise identical to the ...
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Are there any creatures that have more than one “creature type”?

I was wondering whether in the official published materials, or in Unearthed Arcana, there are any creatures that have multiple types (for instance, creatures that in their description it says they ...
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For the Conjure Animals spells, are the summoned fey spirits 'smart' enough to take a form that fits the summoning locale?

Currently I'm running Conjure Animals fairly restrictively. The player says they are casting the spell and designates the locations that they will appear (I then label them, as they are designated)....
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How does the War Caster feat interact with +1 weapons or shields? [duplicate]

Say I take the War Caster feat, which allows me to use my weapon or shield as a spellcasting focus. If my weapon or shield is a +1, then when I use it was a spellcasting focus, would it act as a +1 ...
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Is a grappling character considered to be distracted for the purposes of an attack by a second opponent?

If a character is grappling a struggling opponent, and a second opponent attacks the character, would the DM rule that the distraction of dealing with the grappled opponent causes opponent number 2 to ...
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How many “8-hour” travel periods can a horse travel in one day?

Follow up on how far can a horse can travel in a day. So a "day" is 24 hours and a long rest 8 hours. By my math, that's 2 periods of travel: Like travel 8 hours (12-8), then long rest 8 hours (...
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Can a Battle Smith artificer change the appearance of a Steel Defender after creating it?

I'm playing a Battle Smith artificer currently, and my DM is a very by-the-books kind of guy. When the question came up of whether or not I could change its appearance, he just said "if it's in the ...
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What happens when the Tiny Servant and True Polymorph spells effects a single target but end at different times?

I was inspired to ask this question from a post about using a tankard to fight people. Here's the scenario: A tiny object, in this case a Tankard, has been turned into a tiny construct thanks to the ...
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Can a horse really travel over 65 miles per day, according to the rules?

Special Travel Pace (DMG p. 242–243): In 1 hour, you can move a number of miles equal to your speed divided by 10. [...] For a fast pace, increase the rate of travel by one-third. For a ...
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If you cast Polymorph on yourself, can you continue to concentrate after if the new form has a very low intelligence? [duplicate]

If you cast Polymorph on yourself to turn into a creature with low intelligence, can you/it continue to concentrate and thus remain in the polymorphed state for the duration of the spell? Or would the ...
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Can Paladins ritual cast?

In the D&D5E Player's Handbook, the Paladin's description states that they "learned to draw on divine magic and cast spells as a cleric does." The cleric is capable of ritual casting, and ...
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Can the PCs get hold of the “Piwafwi” or “Piwafwi of Fire Resistance” magic items in the Out of the Abyss adventure?

In Out of the Abyss, Appendix B: Magic Items, two magic items are listed (p. 222); the Piwafwi (which is basically just a drow-made Cloak of Elvenkind) and the Piwafwi of Fire Resistance (the same but ...
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What is the AC of a Warforged Druid when Wild Shaped?

When a Warforged Druid uses Wild Shape, how is its Armor Class determined? Will the AC be based on the Warforged's Integrated Protection trait (E:RftLW, p. 36; WGtE, p. 70), or the animal's natural ...
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Can a character hold a magic two-handed weapon in one hand just to leverage the weapon's boons? [closed]

Let's say that there's a magic greatsword that provides some sort of a useful boon: say, it gives you advantages on all of your saving throws vs. spells. Should I allow a character to simply hold ...
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Would swapping the Assassin's Imposter feature for the Scout's Ambush Master feature be unbalanced?

Inspired by this question: Would allowing the Rogue sub-class (Assassin) to benefit from Supreme Sneak be unbalanced? The Assassin roguish archetype is considered by some to have very weak class ...
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Can an illusion be seen in a mirror?

In Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, can the visual effect produced by a magical illusion be seen in a mirror or other reflective surface? A specific example would be Minor Illusion. This question is ...
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How (if at all) do Wild Magic Surges stack with each other?

First off there are a lot of rules on combining/overlapping effects: The effects of the same spell cast multiple times don't combine, however. Instead, the most potent effect--such as the highest ...
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For the purposes of Magic Jar, does a monster with the Spellcasting special trait have class levels? [duplicate]

The spell magic jar says with regards to the creature who's body the caster is possessing: If the target has any class levels, you can't use any of its class features. The only class feature a ...
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Is it possible to move through a guardian of faith's space?

Per p. 191 of the Player's Handbook, you can't move through a hostile creature's space unless they're two sizes larger or smaller than you. You can move through a nonhostile creature's space but can't ...
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Would this bow of Karma be considered well balanced?

I wanted to make a bow that embodies the idea of Karma: Not only the concept that one's actions can come back to bite them, but also that good actions tend to give small returns while evil actions (to ...