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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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Can the Artificer: Artillerist's Arcane Cannon (tiny hand sized variation) be used with Sneak attack?

Can an artificer with the artillerist subclass' Arcane Cannon (tiny hand sized variation) be used with Sneak attack? Granted common sense should say a cannon of any sort short of books/films is a ...
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Can you use the Assassin's Assassinate with grenades or thrown area of effect weapons? [duplicate]

Can you use the Assassin's Assassinate with grenades or thrown area of effect weapons? Assassinate: Starting at 3rd level, you are at your deadliest when you get the drop on your enemies. You have ...
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Does a Wizard need to attune to the magical spellbooks in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything in order to use them as spellbooks?

The wizard at my table does not have any available attunement slots and just discovered an Alchemical Compendium. We are trying to determine if he could use the spellbook only for the spells contained ...
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How do you handle Perception checks in different levels of obscurement?

How should you handle rolling for perception in areas with different levels of obscurement? E.g in darkness illuminated only by a torch (20ft bright light and 20ft dim light beyond that) or on a field ...
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Can I use Metamagic transmutation on Chaos Bolt?

Was wondering if it is possible to use metamagic to transmute the damage type of chaos bolt. Sorcerer Metamagic gives a number of options for modifying spells, Transmuted Spell reads: When you cast a ...
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If you move into a lightly obscured area after hiding in a heavily obscured area, are you automatically seen? [duplicate]

Is there a rule in the game for how much obscurance you need to remain hidden once you are already hidden? If I'm a Goblin in a pitch black cave, and I am fighting an Elf who has Darkvision, and I am ...
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Does the Earthquake spell knock prone at the end of every turn, not just your own?

The Earthquake spell creates an area of intense tremors. Creatures within the area are knocked prone: When you cast this spell and at the end of each turn you spend concentrating on it, each creature ...
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Are there any Druid Circles which membership of would be irreconcilable with membership in the The Emerald Enclave?

I am a first-time DM and our entire group is relatively new to 5e, and none of us have played a druid before. I am running the Lost Mines of Phandelver module with my group. My party is about to reach ...
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Which spellcasting ability is used when a multiclass character casts a spell through Mizzium Apparatus?

Let's say we have a character with this build: Cleric 1/Druid 1/Warlock 1/Wizard X, and it has a Mizzium Apparatus. Mizzium Apparatus reads (emphasis mine): You can attempt to cast a spell that you ...
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If a character gains the Telekinetic feat from their race, does that mean they can't get the feat's extended range for the Mage Hand cantrip?

Choosing either the Variant Human (PHB, p. 31) or Custom Lineage (TCoE, p. 9) racial options allows you to take a feat during character creation. The relevant portion of the Telekinetic feat's ...
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Does my warlock get the close combat benefits of Crossbow Expert, by using Feinting Attack?

After my first combat playing D&D 5E, I noticed how much trouble spellcasters can get into when making ranged spell attacks, vs ranged spells: Aiming a ranged attack is more difficult when a foe ...
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Is this magic item that requires you to permanently sacrifice a hit die to use balanced?

I had an idea about a magic instrument which you can play as an action and permanently sacrifice one hit die (reducing maximum hit points) for a big effect. As of now, my idea is that you can choose a ...
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Do the Rune Knight's Runes work like spellcasting - or are they different?

It doesn't say that an invoked rune is controlled by the Rune Knight like a concentration spell or other spell like abilities. If a rune is invoked, does it stop if the rune knight is knocked ...
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In Curse of Strahd, why were the Belviews transformed into mongrelfolk?

In the Curse of Strahd adventure book for D&D 5e, in chapter 8, section S.14 (page 151), there's a section that reads as follows: So my question is: why would transform the Belviews into ...
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Can a Hat of Wizardry be reused by different people attuning?

Say I have a Hat of Wizardry. It allows me to try to cast a cantrip once per long rest. If I use this power and fail my Arcana check (or succeed - it doesn't matter for this), can a friend attune to ...
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Can Minor Conjuration create an object that weighs less than the original?

Conjuration wizard's feature Minor Conjuration states: Starting at 2nd level when you select this school, you can use your action to conjure up an inanimate object in your hand or on the ground in an ...
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Can you attack while using Echo Avatar?

Using Echo Avatar, you: can temporarily transfer your consciousness to your echo. As an action, you can see through your echo's eyes and hear through its ears. During this time, you are deafened and ...
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Can many creatures attune to an item at once?

Can multiple creatures attune to the same magic item at a time? Ignore issues with attuning to a weapon - assume this is an item that can be attuned to with meditation. Anyway, if one creature is ...
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Can the beam effect of Moonbeam beam hit through a Wall of Force? [duplicate]

(This question keeps getting closed. I'm new to the website, so I'm not sure why. The first time I didn't provide enough details, fair. but the second time the dude that closed it simply misunderstood ...
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What exploits would be available if arcane recovery were not limited to 5th level slots?

The party wizard is about to level to 11th. As I go over her new features, I notice for the first time that although she will now get back six levels of slots when using arcane recovery, there is a ...
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Can I use a trap that will kill a character, if the party can either find a creative solution around it or cast Revivify?

We're running a series of one-shots with differing DMs every session, keeping the same characters and only swapping out the person who is DMing. The party is a little overpowered, and I wanted to do a ...
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Does a Melee attack with a Hand Crossbow allow you to make another Hand Crossbow attack with your bonus action using the Crossbow Expert Feat?

A Human Fighter takes the Crossbow Expert Feat at level 1. In combat, he runs out of ammunition before he runs out of enemies. Could he make a Melee attack with his Hand Crossbow, (using it as an ...
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How does Death Ward interact with the Oath of Redemption paladin's Emissary of Redemption feature?

Does Death Ward affect the amount of damage taken or does it affect how that damage affects a redemption paladin's HP? For instance, if a redemption paladin who has 2 HP and death ward active takes an ...
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Statistically, how high a roll should I use Empowered Spell to reroll for damage?

Here's the language for the Metamagic Empowered Spell: 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 ...
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Where does the language in the Twinned Spell Metamagic about targeting more than one creature come from?

I regularly see the text of Twinned Spell cited as: When you cast a spell that targets only one creature and doesn’t have a range of self, you can spend a number of sorcery points equal to the spell’...
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Can moonbeam cast through a wall of force? [duplicate]

Moonbeam states that: A silvery beam of pale light shines down in a 5-foot-radius, 40-foot-high cylinder centered on a point within range. Until the spell ends, dim light fills the cylinder. There ...
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What happens when a bard riding a found steed casts Time Stop, or, does Time Stop target the entire universe?

Jimothy Page is a level 20 bard. He learned the spell find greater steed with his 10th level Magical Secrets, and with his 18th level Magical Secrets, he selected time stop. Find greater steed has an ...
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What happens when two characters attune to the same magic item? [duplicate]

Suppose I have an item that requires attunement, and my character has done so. If another party member (or someone else) acquires that item, can they attune it if the original character hasn't "...
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Can an echo knight's echo interact with objects?

The echo is apparently tangible and occupies a space, but is it capable of doing something as simple as opening a door? Can it pick up and carry anything?
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Does a a Bullywug Croaker's Glaar-pat song count as magic for the purposes of the Gnome Cunning racial trait? [duplicate]

The Bullywug Croaker has an action: Glaaar-pat (3/Day). The croaker sings a song of marshy doom. Each chosen creature within 30 feet of the croaker that can hear the song must make a DC 12 Wisdom ...
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How is the flavor text at the beginning of class descriptions in PH organized?

At the beginning of each class description, before getting to the class features, are four sections of flavor text, the first of which is a depiction of three possible class members and a closing ...
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Can my servants sneakily attune to an enemy's weapon?

I, as a Proper Villain, have acquired minions. These minions are known as Noodle Bugs, tiny, stealthy creatures that look like rotini noodles. The possibilities are endless! They can use my magic ...
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What is the lowest possible Constitution saving throw modifier for a player character?

The potion of poison calls for a DC 13 Constitution saving throw. To automatically fail this saving throw, you have to have a modifier of -8. But I'm not sure a modifier this low is actually possible. ...
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Do I need to touch a Crystal Ball the whole time to use Scrying from it?

Recently, I asked whether a Crystal Ball could be used to cast Scrying many times by different people. The answer was that yes, I could, but it may take ten minutes of casting before another person ...
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How many undead can a single Lich keep under his control permanently?

Suppose your average Lich wants to collect some more souls, but doesn't want to leave his lair for whatever reason. So given he has basically unlimited amounts of magic and access to spells like ...
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Can a Lycanthrope become a Vampire?

As a DM, I'm wondering whether a Lycanthrope curse is canceled when such a monster is killed by a Vampire bite and becomes a Vampire Spawn. There doesn't seem to be indications against it in the ...
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How can I trigger Sneak Attack without other melee combatants?

I am a Soulknife Rogue with a two-level dip in GOO-lock (Soulknife 6/Warlock 2). I'm taking the Armor of Shadows and Mask of Many Faces invocations. In combat situations, I find myself in both ranged ...
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What is the likelihood that my players can succeed in this escape the city scene?

First-time DM running Curse of Strahd for 6 first-time players. In our upcoming session, I'm going to have Strahd appear in the sky and demand that the citizens of a town bring him an NPC he has been ...
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Can my helpers reuse a Crystal Ball repeatedly?

The Crystal Ball has very little text - it requires attunement, and anyone attuned can cast Scrying with a set DC while touching it. Obviously, this has limitations, such as when Scrying fails, you ...
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Can each Sending Stone in a pair cast Sending once per day?

Sending Stones allow their bearers to cast sending to send messages to one another. However, it is unclear to me if a Sending Stone pair can cast sending only once, or twice in a day: Once sending is ...
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How can I summon a willing target from elsewhere?

I am the leader of my own crew of high-level characters. We have Necromancers, Brawlers, Assassins, Mind-Readers, etc. Because the world is always about to come to an end, they mostly wander in pairs ...
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How much context will I not understand if I start with Campaign 3, Episode 1 of Critical Role, "The Draw of Destiny"?

Campaign 3, episode 1 of Critical Role, titled "The Draw of Destiny", aired on October 25, 2021 on YouTube. I would like to know if this would be a seamless starting point for someone who ...
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What happens if you cast polymorph on a spawn of Kyuss

A spawn of Kyuss is clearly a single creature but is infested with worms, and the worms are the real threat. If you cast polymorph on the creature, is the polymorphed creature still infested with ...
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How do I generate spell component gems within the 5e Dungeon Master Guide rules as written?

I'm going to use diamonds as an example, but other spell component gems may have the same problem and solution. The DM Guide outlines specific tables for random generation of gems. Diamonds at ...
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Do magic items have any inherent monetary value outside of what they do?

Basically, if a magic item does something that is by all accounts useless, or even mundane, does the item still have a higher gp value due to the fact that it is magical? My party has a small rock. ...
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How to calculate Adjusted XP for heterogenous monster groups?

To recap my understanding... The point of Adjusted XP is provide a metric with which to judge the difficulty of a combat, to give your party well-balanced encounters and well-balanced adventuring ...
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What is considered 'ground you can see' as target of a spell like Create Bonfire? Can it be ground overgrown by plants after casting Plant Growth

What is considered 'ground you can see' as target of a spell like the cantrip Create Bonfire? For example, can you see and thus target ground in: an area overgrown by 1' of dense grass (you don't see ...
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Can a Conjured Elemental become hostile towards a caster and/or their companions if the caster maintains concentration?

If "Yes", under what conditions can this happen? Conjure Elemental is a D&D 5e spell available to Wizards and Druids and can be found on p. 225 of the PHB. The spell description states: ...
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When firing a weapon with the artificer infusion "Returning Weapon" via catapult, does it come back to your hand after the spell's conclusion?

I'm playing a level 2 Artificer for a campaign with some friends. If I use the "Returning weapon" infusion on a hand-axe and shoot it out via the catapult spell (since a hand-axe weighs ...
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Are there any spells (for any class) that grant other characters fire damage resistance?

I'm playing a Phoenix Soul sorcerer in a campaign, and in trying to stay true to my theme I'm picking up a lot of fire-based spells. Most of them are of course damage dealers, but I'm having a harder ...