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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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What happens when you target a “magical effect” with Dispel Magic?

In D&D 5e, the spell Dispel Magic says Choose one creature, object, or magical effect within range. The rest of the spell description explains that spells "on the target" of a level lower ...
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Do rogues get sneak attack damage added to attacks made outside their turn?

PHB says 'once per turn,' so, it would seem that a Rogue with Sentinel, for example, could "consistently" deal Sneak attack twice per round (whether the enemy triggers an OA or the melee weapon attack ...
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Is there a legal way to get D&D 5e core rulebook PDFs?

As much as I like having the hardcover core rule-books in front of me, usually I read or reference most information for RPGs on my computer. Unfortunately, my google-fu has failed me at finding ...
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Does D&D 5e lack a general disarm rule?

I get from the PHB that there is no general rule for disarming an opponent but only a specific rule for Battle Master fighters. Can we assume that other classes (even other fighters subclasses) lack ...
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Can the 5E abjurer wizard recover temp hp on his arcane ward any time it is below max or only when it reaches 0?

On p115 of the PHB under Arcane Ward there are a few facts that I think are clear: The ward is created by the first abjuration spell you cast in a day It has a max hp of level × 2 + int ...
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Without a magic item economy, what is gold for?

PHB page 144, Equipment, Wealth, Selling Treasure Magic Items. Selling magic items is problematic. Finding someone to buy a potion or a scroll isn’t too hard, but other items are out of the realm ...
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How can the Great Old One Warlock's Create Thrall feature be countered?

The Great Old One warlock patron's Create Thrall feature (PHB, page 110) says: At 14th level, you gain the ability to infect a humanoid’s mind with the alien magic of your patron. You can use your ...
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How to adjust Hoard of the Dragon Queen for more players?

I (newbie GM) will be running the 1st episode of HotDQ for a party of 6. While the intro states that the difficulty of the encounters can be adjusted for parties != 4, it offers no guidelines to do so ...
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Creating Phil Taylor the darts champion

My group (4 players + GM, all new to D&D 5e,) is going to organize a campaign where the characters are based on famous sports players from our world. They asked me to play the ranged striker. I ...
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Touch attacks on D&D 5e [closed]

Looking at this question, Does a touch spell require an attack? I assume that touch attacks no longer ignore AC provided by armor, or more exactly because of the new armor rules, make your AC 10+DEX ...
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What are the restrictions of an unarmed strike?

What are the global restrictions of making an unarmed strike? As it is considered a weapon, I suppose one must have a "hand free" to "punch". However, there are some gray areas I can't find any ...
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Why don't players get extra xp for large encounters?

Based on the table Encounter XP Multipliers from the Basic Rules' DM section, Page 57, when you're building encounters in 5E, you include an XP modifier depending on the number of creatures your PCs ...
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Can you choose to fail a saving throw?

(Yet another) follow-up from this question: As someone mentioned in the question above, some 'friendly' spells (Calm Emotion, IIRC) specify that one can choose to fail the saving throw. In this case,...
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What are the effects of aging?

I am new to D&D. I did not find any official ruling concerning the effects of aging in the PHB. I know that in some systems aging can have adverse and/or beneficial effects on stats. I ask ...
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Can you deal damage to two targets each round, using Twinned Spell and Witch Bolt?

A small follow-up to this answer: if you cast Witch Bolt + Twinned Spell, when you use your action to deal WB damage on your next turn, do you deal damage to both targets or to one? I lean towards the ...
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Are Monks proficient in Darts?

Monks get 10 darts as part of their starting equipment. Except it looks like they are only proficient in Simple Melee Weapons and Shortswords. Did I miss a rule somewhere?
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Can you cast banishment on yourself?

Can you cast banishment on yourself from a non-native plane, as a way of returning to your native plane?
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Can a Sorcerer protect their friend from Web by using Careful Spell?

With the metamagic "Careful Spell" does the caster protect his friend from a Web spell for its full duration or just for the first save? If the friend stays in the area or re-enters the area does he ...
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Does order matter when casting a cantrip with a casting time of a bonus action and another spell?

When casting a spell as a bonus action, you can't cast another spell on the same turn except a 1-action cantrip - can the order be "reversed"? Can you cast a cantrip first as a bonus action, then any ...
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In Roll20, how to program a macro that mimics the built-in attack function?

In R20, when you make an attack roll using the built-in char sheet for 5E, it outputs 2 results (with modifiers and everything) in a single line. I'd like to do this with a Macro, so that I can access ...
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Should I allow Prestidigitation to ignite Grease (the game allows the Grease to be flammable)?

In 3.5 Prestidigitation is used mostly as a "flavor" spell. However, I noticed that in Next they added a new use for it. You instantaneously light or snuff out a candle, a torch, or a small ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for when “help” is better than making an attack?

For simplicity, let's say that my reasonable combat actions are either making a melee attack or aiding another fighter doing the same. Is there a quick rule of thumb for deciding which is better in ...
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Firing into a melee combat

While running a session recently, one of the players chose to "assist" his companion who was in melee with a goblin, by firing an arrow at the pair of them. I couldn't find any particular rules for ...
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How do you load a hand crossbow?

The Crossbow Expert feat states that as a bonus action, you can "attack with a loaded hand crossbow you are holding." However, nowhere in the rules does it specify a "loaded" versus "unloaded" state ...
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I'm confused about combat; how can I hope to hit anything?

Me and my friends are pretty new to D&D and are likely getting the majority of the rules wrong. I believe I understand AC: an AC of 16 means you must roll a die (+modifier) of 16 or greater to ...
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Can a Monk use/trigger Defensive Duelist while wielding a monk weapon (or unarmed)?

Defensive Duelist requires wielding a finesse weapon, yet one of Monks' abilities is to treat Monk weapons (including staves and unarmed strikes) as "having finesse" (in all but name: it allows monks ...
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Is a Staff with Finesse balanced?

If you've seen the movie Ip Man, you'll remember that he used long wooden implements in a way akin to a staff, yet focused on quick, precise strikes, rather than brute-strength bashing. What's a ...
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Does a touch spell require an attack?

Does a harmful touch spell require an attack vs AC in order to succeed? If it does, what kind of roll should the caster do?
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Can opponents differentiate bardic performance from normal music?

I have this plan where if the PC would come to make a famous local warrior angry he would challenge them to a duel. The duel would happen in the town's square where merchants and local performers ...
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Are there ways to concentrate on more than one spell at a time?

Are there any ways to maintain concentration on more than one spell at a time, or to interrupt and later resume concentration on a spell? I do know the general rules says it can't be done, but the ...
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If a spellcaster forgets Find Familiar, can they keep the familiar?

Some spellcasting classes (e.g. Sorcerer or Eldritch Knight) have the ability to 'forget' one of their known spells and swap it for another when they level. If they knew Find Familiar, and used it to ...
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Are normal spell components consumed by the spell?

I was reading through the basic rules and noticed that the only time spell components were explicitly stated as being consumed was when they had a gp value attached to them. For example: Arcane ...
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How do I build an encounter for level 5 D&D characters? [closed]

I'm running a session tonight and I made a huge magical prison. I have everything ready to drop the players inside (boss fights, puzzles, status conditions on different floors), but I didn't populate ...
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Do I get the saving throw benefit of Mounted Combatant Feat as well?

I have a gnome ranger beast master who uses his wolf companion as a mount. Now the feat allows the mount to receive no damage on a successful dex saving throw instead of taking half in case they are ...
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Poison spray oddity

Poison spray targets only one creature (at range 10), but the description talks about "a puff of noxious gas [projected] from your palm." sounds like it should affect a creature that's in between the ...
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Warlock Handbook for 5e? [closed]

Is there a 3.5e style handbook for the 5e Warlock yet? 3.5e Style meaning a clear structure with ratings and comments to different abilities and build options. It seems my Google-fu isn't up to the ...
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When is each skill used when searching for hidden objects like traps?

This actually a number of questions that conform to the title question, and which all stem from a bit of rules confusion. Let's start with the rules confusion. On pg 178, under the skill ...
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Can a Magic Circle be concealed and used as a trap?

The description of the Magic Circle spell states that 'glowing runes appear on any surface the cylinder touches'. This makes it difficult to use as a trap. Obviously if it is cast in a room, runes ...
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Does using versatile weapons with 2 hands disqualify them as Monk weapons?

When using either the quarterstaff or spear as a Monk weapon, do you still gain the unarmed bonus action from Martial Arts if using 2 hands(1d8)? On pg.78 of the PHB under Martial Arts it states ...
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What is the definition of “creature” and is it used consistently?

In the Starter set and Basic Rules, it mentions "character", "non-player character", "player character", "monster", "creature", and maybe other terms I've missed. Which of these terms are ...
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What's fair compensation for creating a one-armed drow?

One of my players wants to play a Drow Bard [in 5E] who wanted to blend in with surface dwellers. The background is that the PC asked a powerful wizard to change his appearance permanently (to an ...
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What can I do with Dragon Hatchlings? [closed]

In my current campaign, the PC's have an opportunity to acquire not one but three dragon eggs that are hatching soon. I am talking about: Chances are my party will be able to safely transport at ...
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How does D&D 5e compare to AD&D 2e?

I played 1st and 2nd edition AD&D a lot back in the day. But when 3rd edition came out, I dropped out of the hobby. Partly I just couldn't be bothered to re-learn the rules. The conversion systems,...
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What order do multiclass characters spend Hit Dice at the end of a short rest?

This is a followup question to "What Hit Dice do multiclass characters spend at the end of a short rest?". Under the rules for Short Rest (PHB p. 186, or here in the basic rules): A character can ...
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Can Wall of Stone be cast on dirt?

The spell description for Wall of Stone states: It must, however, merge with and be solidly supported by existing stone. My group was adventuring on a plain, where the ground was made of dirt. ...
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How much damage does Great Weapon Fighting add on average?

The Great Weapon Fighting fighting style states the following: When you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack you make with a melee weapon that you are wielding with two hands, you can reroll ...
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How does Empowered Evocation work on spells with multiple damage types?

Empowered Evocation (PHB 177) reads: Beginning at 10th level, you can add your Intelligence modifier to the damage roll of any wizard evocation spell you cast The spell Ice Storm does 2 different ...
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How does the Evocation wizard's Empowered Evocation feature work with the Magic Missile spell?

The Evocation wizard's Empowered Evocation feature (PHB 177) reads: Beginning at 10th level, you can add your Intelligence modifier to the damage roll of any wizard evocation spell you cast I have ...
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What Hit Dice do multiclass characters spend at the end of a short rest?

Under the rules for Short Rest you are able to heal: A character can spend one or more Hit Dice at the end of a short rest, up to the characters maximum number of Hit Dice, which is equal to the ...
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Are there any penalties for wearing armor all the time?

In our campaign we have several characters who never remove their armor. They wear it while adventuring, sleeping, swimming, bathing, etc. Are there any penalties for: Wearing armor while sleeping? ...

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