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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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What happens to an intellect devourer when it has no colony or master?

Essentially an intellect devourer's purpose is to lead unaware people back the the colony of mind flayers for their insidious purpose. However, I am unsure happens when the colony is no more. They ...
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What is the maximum number of PC-controlled undead?

I decided to make an unreasonable demand from nearby town and to gain an advantage in upcoming dispute I want an undead horde reinforcing my arguments. I am not looking for quality (after all, those ...
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What are the options for animated undead for a Necromancer?

I have just moved to 5e from 3.5e. I've read up about the Necromancy Wizard subclass in 5e, and from what I have seen so far there are only three possible undead that they can possibly animate: ...
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Is it possible to cast spells underwater if I am amphibious? [duplicate]

I am playing in a campaign where I am a water domain cleric water genasi. This means I am amphibious, and so I thought that I could cast spells underwater. When I tried to do this, the DM said you can'...
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If a Contingency spell has been cast on a creature, does the Simulacrum spell transfer the contingent spell to its duplicate?

Simple premise: If I cast simulacrum on an entity that has a contingency spell cast on it, does that contingency transfer to the simulacrum?
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How do I determine Shadow Dragon's Breath Save DC?

From the Shadow Dragon template, it would appear that the Shadow Breath has the same damage and save as the original dragon's breath weapon, as no change is stated in the template: New Action: ...
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Does the Monk need to be aware of a charm effect to use the Stillness of Mind feature to end it? [duplicate]

I've done some research on the site and nothing is really concrete on the subject. Monks' Stillness of Mind feature states: Starting at 7th level, you can use your action to end one effect on ...
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What are the uses and limitations of Persuasion, Insight, and Deception against other PCs?

Yesterday, I was in a D&D 5E group. Today, I am not. We were playing Out of the Abyss, but that's redundant to my issue, I think. Basically, the DM and I are interpreting Insight differently. He ...
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Would there be any significant balance implications for letting a player forfeit their action to take a second bonus action? [duplicate]

As the title suggests, I'm wondering if there would be any significant balance implications for letting a player forfeit their action to take an additional bonus action (but not the other way around). ...
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How many hit points does the Battle Smith Artificer's Iron Defender have?

The Iron Defender's stat block for the Battle Smith Artificer (from Unearthed Arcana: The Artificer Returns), under "hit points" says the following: equal to five times your level in this class + ...
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Can you use Shapechange with character feats to Grapple the Tarrasque?

After I had read the Monster Manual's Tarrasque entry, I began thinking of ways to kill it. The first thing that came to mind is for 1 party member to become a creature that is Huge in size, then ...
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Does the Shapechange spell allow one to use Innate Spellcasting of the creature they turned into?

The shapechange spell states that one does not get access to the Spellcasting trait of creatures they turn into: You transform into an average example of that creature, one without any class levels ...
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Can a College of Swords bard use Blade Flourishes multiple times in a turn?

Bards of the College of Swords have a feature called Blade Flourish that lets them use their Bardic Inspiration to add a modifier to their Attack action (XGtE, p. 15): Whenever you take the Attack ...
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Can a character who casts Shapechange and turns into a spellcaster use innate spellcasting to cast spells with a long casting time?

Can a character who casts Shapechange and turns into a spellcaster use innate spellcasting to cast spells with a long casting time? A specific example is when a druid casts Shapechange to turn into a ...
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Are the following anti-magical items balanced?

All the following items are part of one big ritual that disrupts magic for an entire world. I want each of the items by themselves to be a item of less power, but fitting to the theme of anti-magical, ...
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Is there a balancing issue giving a Wizard a wand capable of casting Illusory Script once per day?

Wizard expressed a desire for a magical wand that could cast the ritual spell Illusory Script without burning a spell slot/ritual slot. I though about giving a wand that can cast the spell once per ...
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Are these magic items too strong for level 3-4 characters?

I'm running my first ever campaign. The party of 4 are trying to unite a valley community (a kobold tribe, a human village, and a dwarven expedition) together against the incoming orc invasion. If ...
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Does a Charmed person have to know who damaged them for the spell to end?

Spells like Suggestion and Charm Person have lines in their description that indicate the spell ends if you or your companions do anything harmful or damaging to the creature. For example, Suggestion ...
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Can you use the Fly spell to move underwater at a speed of 60 feet?

If under the effects of a Fly spell, can you move at a speed of 60 feet underwater?
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Is a teleportation circle’s shimmering portal always open?

There is some disagreement regarding the status of a shimmering portal for a permanent teleportation circle. My understanding is that the permanent circle has a permanently open shimmering portal. ...
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Which face of a Cube of Force blocks the Ice Storm spell?

So I was using a Cube of Force to block arrows for my party using the setting of face 2: block non-living. An opponent cast Ice Storm on us, causing hail to rain down. Now, at the point that the ...
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As a half-orc Barbarian, is it worth it to dip some levels into the Fighter class?

TL;DR: as a Great Weapon Master, half-orc Barbarian, is it worth it to take 3-4 (or more?) levels of Fighter, in order to deal more damage? I'm going to play a half-orc Barbarian in a soon-to-begin D&...
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Can a PC attack themselves with an unarmed strike?

Let's say a PC attempts to punch herself. Can she do so? If the PC is willing and deliberate, can she miss? Does she make an attack roll? If so, what AC is she trying to hit? How much damage would it ...
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Can an actual attack instead of a feint be used as the distraction for a Help action?

The latter part of the description for the Help action says: Alternatively, you can aid a friendly creature in attacking a creature within 5 feet of you. You feint, distract the target, or in some ...
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Is this homebrew “Thoughtseize” spell balanced? [Round 2]

See the previous round of feedback on my original iteration of the spell here. I was inspired by the Thoughtseize card from Magic, the Gathering to create a spell that achieves a similar effect. I ...
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Half-rock- half-forest-gnome

I'd like a new character I'm building to have the stats and background of a forest gnome, but primarily the personality traits (curiosity, inventiveness) of a rock gnome. Does this seem like a ...
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How do deity/patron granted powers work across different realms?

As a GM I put my player group into a situation, where they could end up on a different world, in this case they jumped from Faerun to Tamriel. After the game ended one of my players asked me how his ...
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What is the relationship between these two characters?

In the Baldur's Gate section of the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, it is mentioned that the former Grand Duke was Dillard Portyr (emphasis mine): The current Grand Duke is Ulder Ravengard, who is ...
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Where is the rule for moving slowly when searching for traps that’s referenced by Dungeon Delver?

I'm having trouble finding the rule for one of the bulleted items for the Dungeon Delver feat: You can search for traps while traveling at a normal pace, instead of only at a slow pace. I ...
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How would I as a DM create a smart phone-like spell/device my players could use?

My players are setting up a large nexus of guilds from my empire and one or two they made up themselves across several cities. They are having a hard time sending long messages to and from each other, ...
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Great Weapon Master vs. Dual Wielder for a half-orc Barbarian

I'm going to play a half-orc Barbarian (with a STR modifier of +4) in a soon-to-begin, pure PHB D&D 5E campaign, starting at level 1, and I'm wondering what the best overall attacking style is, ...
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Would an item that prevents death once be overpowered? [closed]

I am a DM running Tomb of Annihilation. I am toying with the idea of giving one of my level 5 players an item that prevents death, just once, and then breaks. Note that I do not mean dropping to 0 hit ...
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If a dragon uses Change Shape to turn into an Evoker, does it gain/have the material components for its spells?

Nuanced question about true polymorph (TP) and dragons changing shape: I have a wizard who has a simulacrum (sim). Wizard TPs the sim into an Adult Bronze Dragon, which can then Change Shape into a ...
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Can a character take on additional backgrounds, or at least their benefits?

Can a character take on additional backgrounds, or at least their benefits? For example, there is a sorcerer character that has the Charlatan background. This sorcerer happens to be Drow and in an ...
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If a dragon under my control uses Change Shape to turn into an Evoker, can I choose the Evoker's race, and benefit from its racial traits?

Nuanced questions about True Polymorph and spellcasting: I have a wizard who has a simulacrum. Wizard TP's the sim into an adult bronze dragon, which can then Change Shape into a humanoid or beast of ...
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How important is the War Caster feat? [closed]

I've seen multiple people who have beelined for the feat of War Caster, but I never really understood this. While I can see some situations that this would be good (Polymorph comes to mind...), it ...
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How small can a “Tiny” object be?

Question: How small can something be and still be considered a "tiny object"? Background: I have a player who is very excited about using Animate Objects soon, and was trying to come up with options ...
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How can I compare single-target damage to multi-target damage?

Is there a way to compare single-target damage to multi-target damage? For example, what is better, doing 13 damage to one creature, or 10 damage to two creatures each?
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Does Mass Suggestion spell end if the caster dies? [duplicate]

Unlike regular Suggestion, Mass Suggestion does not require concentration nor does it require the caster to be in particular range after the spell has been invoked. What would happen if the caster ...
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What are the benefits of pouring all of your Ki into Water Whip, as a Way of the Four Elements monk?

What benefit(s) does pouring all of your Ki points into Water Whip provide, as a Way of the Four Elements monk? This question is a follow up to some efforts to improve the Way of the Four Elements ...
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Can you use the Help action to give a 2019 UA Artillerist artificer's turret advantage?

I am playing in a campaign as a level 4 Artillerist artificer from the May 2019 UA. I am thinking of taking Magic Initiate (wizard) as my feat, and learning the find familiar spell with it. I am ...
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Is there a drawback to Flail Snail's Shell defense?

In this Flail Snail Tactics blog post the author argues that there are no drawbacks to Flail Snail Shell Defense ability. Shell Defense, as an action, is one-way: it activates a benefit. To ...
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Is the Folding Boat truly seaworthy?

So, in the Ghosts of Saltmarsh adventure book, it gives more in depth information on sea adventuring and ship information. I am running a campaign and my players are located on a large salt water lake ...
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How big are somatic components? [duplicate]

I am wondering how large the hand gestures have to be for spells with somatic components. I know in the question How loud/obvious is a wizard casting a spell? the Player Basic Rules p.79 say, ...
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How does line of effect work with spells targeted through the Sentinel Raven's sight, from the UA Raven Queen warlock patron?

I'm playing a warlock in a D&D 5e campaign. I am playing a multiclassed Rogue 11/Warlock 1. For my one level in warlock, I chose the Raven Queen patron from Unearthed Arcana. According to the ...
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Using a monster as an improvised weapon [duplicate]

So this question... Can you pick up and use an enemy as an improvised weapon? It doesn't answer if another enemy would do more damage. I know 5e "Rules as Written" says that any improvised weapon ...
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Does a Dispel Magic on a True Polymorphed Helmed Horror dispel all magical effects, or only those cast on the polymorphed form?

Imagine you have cast True Polymorph to turn an object into a Helmed Horror with spell immunity to Dispel Magic. You cast True Polymorph on the Helmed Horror again, and turn it into something that ...
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What check would my PC roll to escape if he were grappled by a mimic?

To escape a basic grapple, you can contest the grappler's Athletics check with an Athletics or Acrobatics ability check (PHB, pg. 195): Escaping a Grapple. A grappled creature can use its action to ...
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Can lycanthropy be sexually transmitted?

I have a player in D&D 5e who is a Blood Hunter under the Order of the Lycan. He wrote a backstory, as all my players do, and in it said that after becoming a werewolf, he had a wife and child. I’...
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Can Counterspell stop a Nightmare's Ethereal Stride?

A Nightmare has the ability: Ethereal Stride: The nightmare and up to three willing creatures within 5 feet of it magically enter the Ethereal Plane from the Material Plane, or vice versa. The ...