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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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Does the Ancestral Guardian barbarian's Ancestral Protectors feature only work on your first attack after raging, or can you apply it every turn?

Does the Ancestral Protectors feature only work on your first attack after raging, or can you apply it every turn? I have been wanting to make a Path of the Ancestral Guardian Barbarian, and I have ...
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Can a Paladin's Cleansing Touch (inadvertently) Dispel Simulacrum?

In our last D&D session, I was playing as a simulacrum of my PC that was sent by the BBEG after my PC had been captured. About halfway through the session, the party noticed I was reluctant to use ...
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Does the spell “Silence” affect the caster?

While I was DMing a 5th Edition game, one of my player's sorcerers cast the spell Silence while they were 5 feet away from an enemy caster. They centered the spell on the space that the enemy caster ...
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Can a character use her movement to help someone else stand up? [duplicate]

Standing up takes half your movement, and you can also interact with one object for free during your turn. Neither of these things indicate whether or not you can help someone else stand up on your ...
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Can you take actions after being healed at 0hp?

Suppose the case: There are three participants fighting, a Fighter, a Cleric and a goblin, the Fighter and the Cleric fight against the goblin. The initiative is Fighter (18), Cleric (12) and goblin (...
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How does the Sending spell interact with sleeping targets?

A wizard casts Sending on a target creature who happens to be sleeping at the time. You send a short message of twenty-five words or less to a creature with which you are familiar. The creature ...
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Does the ki cost of Way of the Four Elements monk spells scale for higher level spells?

Background As I mentioned in this question, I have recently started watching the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series and am inspired to improve the otherwise underwhelming Way of the Four ...
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How do I make 5e skill/ability checks [duplicate]

At the risk of sounding completely stupid: How exactly do I make skill checks correctly? Nobody in our game can work it out and I've read the books front-to-back. It seems to just say 'the ...
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Our group keeps dying during the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign. What are we doing wrong?

I am a player in a group running through the starter set campaign, Lost Mine of Phandelver. So far there is no introduction in the gameplay itself or to the underlying rules expectations of ...
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Can the spell Sunbeam harm the same creature multiple times?

Sunbeam's text reads: A beam of brilliant light flashes out from your hand in a 5-foot-wide, 60-foot-long line. Each creature in the line must make a Constitution saving throw. On a failed save, a ...
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Crossbow feat with leg-strap to fire multiple times [closed]

If I (Monster Slayer Ranger) take the crossbow feat at lvl 4, is it possible to shoot more than two crossbow bolts in a turn. I'm envisioning at lvl 5 when I get an extra attack. I would think I could ...
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If a druid is targeted by the Command spell while in Wild Shape, whose Wisdom modifier is used?

When a druid is in the Wild Shape form, and the command spell is used on them, do they use the player character's Wisdom modifier or the animal's?
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What balance pitfalls result from this house rule modifying the optional Flanking rule?

As much as I enjoy 5e, one design issue sticks in my craw: combat is too static. Once initiative is rolled, everyone tends to move to a single position and stand there whacking enemies until someone ...
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How do I handle a DM that plays favorites with certain players?

I am currently in a campaign where, out of everyone involved I’m the least friend of the group. My character has certain secrets and I will text the DM at times so the other players don’t know. He ...
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What could prevent players from leaving an island? [closed]

I am currently building a campaign for DnD. The main plot plays out on an island the heroes are stranded after their ship goes off course and sinks. They discover that this island is ruled by ...
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Is there a precedent for wounds that can't be healed?

I am currently a DM who has a player wanting to play as an Aarakocra. I don't want this Aarakokra to be able to fly right from the start and I had come up with a way to have her wings be damaged in a ...
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Does a humanoid possessed by a ghost register as undead to a paladin's Divine Sense?

A Ghost (MM, p. 147) can possess a humanoid as per their Possession action: Possession (Recharge 6). One humanoid that the ghost can see within 5 feet of it must succeed on a DC 13 Charisma saving ...
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Can you Dispel a spell buff on a Rakshasa?

Rakshasa have Limited Spell Immunity and can only be affected by spells of 6th level and lower if they want to be affected. Let's say I'm fighting a Rakshasa who is under the effects of a Haste spell. ...
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What happens to a demon's body on the Material Plane after its death? [duplicate]

Is it possible to kill a demon on the Material Plane, and then take its leather and meat from his body after it dies? Or would its body would disappear right after killing it?
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Where can I find more lore about fey and eladrin?

I'm creating a character for a game set in the Forgotten Realms. My character is going to be a winter Eladrin. I have been reading the Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes section about the elves and more ...
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When playing on a grid, how many Medium creatures fit inside the area of a Scroll of Protection's barrier during combat?

The description of the scroll of protection (DMG, p. 199) reads: Using an action to read the scroll encloses you in a invisible barrier that extends from you to form a 5-foot-radius, 10-foot-high ...
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When using the Proficiency Dice optional rule, how should they be used in determining a character's Spell Save DC?

Previously, I've allowed my players to use the proficiency dice optional rule (DMG, pg. 263). When I was asked how they should calculate their spell save DCs with the proficiency dice, I had them just ...
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What happens when a monster has a legendary action to cast a spell that normally takes longer to cast? [duplicate]

The Imprisonment spell normally takes a full minute to cast. However, the Molydeus (MToF, p. 134) has it as an Innate Spell (1/day), and can also use a legendary action to cast one of its innate ...
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Find Familiar Spell & Scrying [closed]

When a wizard is using their familiar to spy on a creature or location, does an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Magic prevent the wizard from seeing the person wearing the amulet? Does Non-...
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Are the “muddled thoughts” from Synaptic Static a magical effect?

From the description of synaptic static (XGtE, p. 167; emphasis mine): You choose a point within range and cause psychic energy to explode there. Each creature in a 20-foot-radius sphere centered ...
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Can you shove a friendly creature?

This came up in a session recently, and we couldn't really decide on how this would work. Basically, I wanted to move through an ally's square, and then shove them backward... so I could move up to ...
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Does a bard know when a character uses their Bardic Inspiration?

Tonight during our play session, we ran into an incident where a character immediately used a bardic inspiration after getting it (on their turn, but like it was the first thing they did). The bard's ...
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Do moonless nights cause dim light to become darkness, and bright light (e.g. from torches) to become dim light?

A game master told me that moonless nights swallow dim light, and also turn bright light into dim light as well. My game master claims this rule is in the books. Is this correct, by the rules as ...
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Questions about Spellcasting for Sorcerer [closed]

First of all, I want to ask about what spells I know at what levels. At level 1, I know two level one spells (right?). At level two, I know three spells. Now, does that mean I know the two level one ...
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Where do I keep track of sorcery points on a character sheet?

I’m a little confused about the sorcery point system, mainly where I keep track of them on my character sheet. Should I keep track in the “attacks and spellcasting” box, or is there somewhere else I ...
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Do the rules for the “Buying a Magic Item” downtime activity allow a character an opportunity to purchase the item later?

I'm DMing using the "Buying a Magic Item" downtime activity rules in Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 126). Are any rules (or suggested approaches) to allowing my players to purchase one of their ...
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Is the un-detonated globe of Otiluke's Freezing Sphere magical?

Otiluke's Freezing Sphere has an interesting "delayed blast" feature, which involves creating and handling a physical globe containing the spell's energy: You can refrain from firing the globe ...
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Can the globes from multiple castings of the Otiluke's Freezing Sphere spell be stockpiled?

In the final paragraph of Otiluke's freezing sphere it states: You can refrain from firing the globe after completing the spell, if you wish. A small globe about the size of a sling stone, cool to ...
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If a Shadow Magic sorcerer casts Darkness using the Eyes of the Dark feature, can they cast another spell that requires concentration?

Eyes of the Dark, a feature from the Shadow Magic (Sorcerer) class, allows the PC to cast darkness by expending a spell slot, or 2 sorcery points. If I cast the spell in that way (either expending a ...
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How does setting ships on fire affect combat?

Appendix A of the Ghosts of Saltmarsh adventure, "Of Ships and the Sea", describes a number of common hazards during sea travel, one of which is fire (p. 201). Fire is presented as a hazard that ...
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Do I apply my proficiency bonus to a cantrip attack for a Sorcerer? [duplicate]

I decided to through the Firebolt cantrip into the "Attacks and Spellcasting" box on the character sheet. I understand I use my Char modifier, but do I also apply a proficiency bonus as well to the ...
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Looking for a generic name substitute in Elvish, Draconic, Celestial, or Sylvan

I have a Far Traveler Sorcerer High Elf character who has lost most of his early memories so he does not remember his name. I am looking for a generic word or name substitute to make him more playable ...
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Is there a certain place on the character sheet I should place Class or Background specific traits? [duplicate]

For example, my sorcerer character has draconic ancestry, so I am supposed to choose a dragon ancestor. I also get doubled proficiency bonus when making a check interacting with dragons. Would I put ...
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What do I write in on the spellcasting sheet besides the spell? [duplicate]

Do I need to write any kind of description or just the spell name. How do I know if I need to mark the "prepared" bubble or not? Also, to clarify, I write my first level spells in the first spell ...
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When creating a character spellcasting sheet (level 1 sorcerer), are cantrips seperate from spells or interchangeable?

For example, for the sorcerer class in the list of spells by classes in the handbook, there is a section called "Cantrips (0 level)" as well as the list of 1st level spells. For my four cantrips, can ...
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Does Elemental Affinity apply to spells cast from Magic Items? [duplicate]

Well, the title question is straight-forward. Elemental Affinity states Starting at 6th level, when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, add your ...
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Does a Barbarian in rage get advantage on attacks with melee weapons [duplicate]

The Barbarian rage ability in 5e says that the character gets advantage on all strength checks. Does this mean that a Barbarian in rage gets advantage on melee attack rolls and melee thrown ranged ...
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If an Ancient Metallic Dragon uses Change Shape to turn into a humanoid with Innate Spellcasting, do the uses of “X/day” spells reset each time?

Ancient Metallic Dragons (e.g. Ancient Brass Dragons) have the Change Shape ability: Change Shape. The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating no higher ...
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Character Building- Should a magic user (sorcerer) have all magic attacks? [closed]

I am knew to character building, and as I am creating a sorcerer, I am a little confused about the spell vs. attack aspect. I understand there is a separate page for spells, but I am wondering how I ...
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Which modifier do you use when casting a spell that requires a spellcasting check from a spell scroll?

The Dungeon Master's Guide has this to say about Spell Scrolls : The level of the spell on the scroll determines the spell's saving throw DC and attack bonus, as shown in the Spell Scroll table. ...
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How do you use TCP in Adventurer's League Season 8?

In Dungeons And Dragons Adventurer's League Season 8 instead of Gold you get Treasure Checkpoints (TCP). During some sessions the DM has announced we've unlocked a particular item. I then also ...
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What events, tests, and troubles could a party trying to establish a nation expect to face [closed]

My players have decided to establish a new nation which consists of Phandalin, Triboar, Red Larch, and all lands in between (per their own highly unofficial declaration). I'm trying to come up with ...
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How is Sword Coast North governed?

Many D&D 5e adventure modules take place in the Sword Coast of Faerûn, such as Lost Mine of Phandelver (LMOP). LMOP has information regarding various factions and mayorship but is light on other ...
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Does the Oath of Redemption paladin's Emissary of Peace feature reflect damage taken as a result of the Aura of the Guardian feature?

The Unearthed Arcana's Oath of Redemption has the following features: Aura of the Guardian Starting at 7th level, you can shield your allies from harm at the cost of your own health. When a ...
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Can the additional attack from a Samurai fighter's Rapid Strike feature be made at advantage?

The Samurai fighter archetype (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 31) gains the Rapid Strike class feature at level 15, which says: If you [...] have advantage on an attack roll against one of ...