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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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Is this “Wandering Dwarf” subrace balanced?

In a campaign setting I designed, the Dwarves are wandering nomads who rarely stay in one place. I created the following subrace for these nomads, and I was wondering if it was balanced. Wandering ...
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Which Rogue archetype does the highest damage for my Highwayman build?

Concept A single-classed Rogue who fits the Highwayman (Stand and Deliver!) archetype / trope. Not to be named Dennis Moore The Highwayman is both clever and bold. He will either attack from ...
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What happens if a character takes the Thief of Five Fates invocation, but doesn't have Warlock spell slots?

Using the Eldritch Adept feat, a non-warlock can take any invocation that doesn't have a prerequisite. One invocation which meets that criteria is the Thief of Five Fates, which states: You can cast ...
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Does the Eldritch Adept feat have an extremely limited list of invocations?

The Eldritch Adept feat is presumably intended to allow a non-Warlock to dip a little into the Warlock feature by granting them one invocation. However, selection of the invocation is limited as ...
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Stylistic, Mechanical and Contextual summaries of Candlekeep Mysteries

My group is playing through Candlekeep, which consists of 17 different 'Mysteries', each tied to a book that the party finds in Candlekeep. Only one of us is an experienced DM, but we agreed it would ...
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Is there any rules about being old? [duplicate]

One of my players have recently reached the age were they would start feeling the downsides of being old, and I haven’t found any rules about the effects. Is there any written rule that describes the ...
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As a Warlock, can I cast Vampiric Touch on myself to grant my pact weapon an extra 3d6 necrotic damage?

If I'm playing as a Warlock and I take the Pact of the Blade, and then take the Thirsting Blade invocation (which allows me to make two melee attacks with my pact weapon), can I cast vampiric touch on ...
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Summon Greater Demon: Can I summon a specific demon for which I know the true name?

The Summon Greater Demon spell is especially effective when the summoned demon's true name is known: At the end of each of the demon’s turns, it makes a Charisma saving throw. The demon has ...
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How do I obtain an animal companion? [duplicate]

coming originally from 3rd edition DnD and recently started 5e, I'm a little bit confused about the use of animal companions in 5e. Is there any possibility to obtain an animal companion outside the ...
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When using the Template variant rule from Xanathar's Guide to Everything, do 5 foot wide Lines actually affect a 10 foot wide row of grid squares? [duplicate]

Xanathar's Guide to Everything has a few variant options for playing on a Grid. XGtE, Page 86: ... Choose an intersection of squares as the point of origin of an area of effect ... ... If any part of ...
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Is this Human Rebuild balanced?

I feel like the Human Race in the PHB is full of flaws. The original race does not give space for choice or specialization, and the Variant Human is too easy to optimize or abuse. I feel like the ...
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Does the Zealot Barbarians Warrior of the Gods feature work with Divine Soul Twinned Spell?

I have been looking at Xanathar's Guide to Everything, and I have a question about how the Zealot Barbarian's Warrior of the Gods feature works with Twinned Spell for a Divine Soul Sorcerer. The ...
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Can the Poisoner feat let you activate a Dagger of Venom as a Bonus Action?

The Dagger of Venom is a magic item with the following special property : You can use an action to cause thick, black poison to coat the blade. The poison remains for 1 minute or until an attack ...
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How does armor and weapon proficiencies work with sidekicks?

A noble wears a breastplate and wields a rapier, but the "Bonus Proficiencies" section of the spellcaster sidekick class reads in part: The sidekick gains proficiency with light armor, and ...
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Do features that let you see things within your “line of sight” let you see invisible creatures and objects?

The 2020 Sage Advice Compendium has the following question & answer: The frightened condition says “while the source of its fear is within line of sight.” Does that mean you have dis-advantage on ...
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Can an area of effect spell be cast through total cover?

Wall of Ice was cast across a field. My player wanted to cast Storm Sphere on the other side, even though there was no clear path to the target. I told her that as there was no clear path, so she ...
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What happens when you use the knock spell on an object with a magical lock that isn't specifically arcane lock?

The knock spell's description reads: Choose an object that you can see within range. The object can be a door, a box, a chest, a set of manacles, a padlock, or another object that contains a mundane ...
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How can a crafty mid level wizard best protect and trap their lair? [closed]

In a campaign I'm running, the players have recently had some magic items stolen from them by a wizard and his goons. The party tracked down the wizard to his lair in a system of caves. The wizard has ...
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Switching from “claws” to handcrossbow

I've just started playing in a new campaign as a Tabaxi rogue, using claws for melee and handcrossbow for ranged. During our last session, I had a brief discussion with the DM about "switching ...
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Do I have to attack to use Extra Attack?

Do I have to attack to use Extra Attack? Or can I do something different with my action on my turn and use this feature to attack? So for example, say I use Dash, Disengage, or Cast a Spell; can I ...
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Is there any reasonable way to use a magic weapon as a throwing-weapon specialist?

Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything includes two features relevant to a throwing-weapon specialist: The artificer’s Returning Weapon infusion, which can be applied to a nonmagical thrown weapon to give it ...
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Can you lower your AC on purpose?

For roleplaying reasons I would like to make a NPC appear weaker than it actually is. When the players first fight it, it should seem to have a very low AC and miss many attacks. Is this possible in ...
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If a character with the Thrown Weapon Fighting fighting style has no weapons drawn, can they use Two-Weapon Fighting to draw and throw 2 daggers?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 42) adds the Thrown Weapon Fighting fighting style option for fighters, whose description states (in part): You can draw a weapon that has the thrown property as ...
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Does a severely reduced intelligence ability score impair your ability to communicate?

When under the effects of the Polymorph spell: The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It retains its alignment and ...
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What happens when you use the Knock spell on Dimensional Shackles?

The knock spell's description reads: Choose an object that you can see within range. The object can be a door, a box, a chest, a set of manacles, a padlock, or another object that contains a mundane ...
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What qualifies as a “friend” for the purpose of the Totem Warrior barbarian's Totem Spirit (Wolf) feature?

The Totem Warrior barbarian's 3rd-level Totem Spirit feature has the Wolf option, whose description states (PHB, p. 50; emphasis mine): While you're raging, your friends have advantage on melee ...
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Is the encounter in area 11 of the “Isle of the Abbey” adventure in Ghosts of Saltmarsh overly difficult?

I did the math for the encounter in area 11 in the Isle of the Abbey adventure from Ghosts of Saltmarsh (p. 108), and I came up with an encounter difficulty of 7200 XP. This is way, way more difficult ...
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Would Truesight detect a Skulk?

This Skulk's Special Trait lists 3 conditions that can see through their invisibility (mirrors, special candles and preteens), but it doesn't list Truesight as one of the means, and further is called ...
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If I get access to a spell attack that's NOT part of a spell, can I use it when I take the Attack action?

Some creatures have entries in their stat block that are classified as 'melee spell attack', or 'ranged spell attack', without actually being tied to the casting of a spell. Some PC subclasses also ...
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Can a Warforged's Integrated Protection feature be bypassed by some magical means?

DM is saying that the armor my Warforged is "wearing" can be removed using magic spells. My question is, what spells would remove armor and would they remove the armor on a warforged with ...
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Can I replicate Spellwrought Tattoos with spells that are not on the Artificer's spell list?

So through the Replicate Magic Item Infusion I'm able to replicate Spellwrought Tattoos (Cantrip/1st Level). But what if I have a level as a Wizard; can I replicate a tattoo with a 1st level wizard ...
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Is this Artificer / Armorer variant balanced enough? [closed]

I am playing a casual campaign with some friends. The DM is a friend of mine who is new to DMing but is well versed in the game, whereas I am just starting out. After a session or two into the ...
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Is a Blade Pact Warlock proficient when wielding their pact weapon in an improvised fashion?

The Pact of the Blade Warlock is proficient with their pact weapon while they wield it. Suppose that a Blade Pact warlock is wielding a longsword as their pact weapon (either because they created a ...
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How can someone steal from a Wild Shaped druid?

As stated in the Wild Shape druid feature (emphasis mine): You choose whether your equipment falls to the ground in your space, merges into your new form, or is worn by it. As far as I know, this ...
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Does Flame Stride activate when you are moved against your will?

The latest Unearthed Arcana includes a spell Flame Stride: The billowing flames of a dragon cover your feet, granting you explosive speed. For the duration, your speed increases by 20 feet and moving ...
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How can an Awakened creature be detected as such?

Ichabod the Inscrutable has created a magic item that casts the Awaken spell. He wants to use it on his pet crow, and then send it to spy on his rival, Zizak the Zephyr. The relevant portions of the ...
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When my PC is polymorphed, what happens to her familiar from the Find Familiar spell?

Situation A level 8 Celestial Warlock, Pact of the Tome, has an owl familiar1. The party Wizard casts polymorph on the Warlock such that a Tyrannosaurus Rex (INT 2, Wis 12) is now standing there. How ...
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How would a devil get around using its true name on a contract?

In the lore, knowing a devil's true name allows you to summon it and grants you power over it. Devils LOVE contracts, but surely they need to put their full names somewhere on the contract to be ...
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Summon Greater Demon: Can I order the demon to tell me its true name?

The spell Summon Greater Demon lets the caster summon a Demon and give it orders: You utter foul words, summoning one demon from the chaos of the Abyss.[...] When you summon it and on each of your ...
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Redundant bonus spells for cleric peace domain

At first level, peace clerics gain heroism and sanctuary. But don't all clerics already have access to all cleric spells (at the appropriate levels), which includes sanctuary? Only wizards, warlock, ...
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Does the 3rd benefit of the (UA) Fizban's Platinum Shield spell stack with Evasion, so that the character only takes 1/4 damage on a failed Dex save?

The new UA, Unearthed Arcana: Draconic Options, introduces a 6th-level spell called Fizban's platinum shield that can be cast on a creature within 60 feet of the caster, granting them a few benefits. ...
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Changing griffon feeding habits

In a 5e game I'm running, I want to have some griffons have recently started preying on the local shepherds' flocks. I'd like to give the players a way to fix the situation that doesn't involve ...
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Summon spells and AC

The summon spells introduced in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything include an armor class calculation, but it's unclear from the description if the AC should include the dexterity modifier or not. For ...
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Can Echo Knight fighter's Manifest Echo's be forcibly moved?

I would like to know if an Echo, created by the Manifest Echo ability of an Echo Knight, can be forcibly moved by things else other than the Knight? Per the rules for Manifest Echo, an Echo "......
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Can another creature move through the Echo Knight fighter's Manifest Echo's space?

I would like to know if another creature, hostile or not, can move through the space occupied by an Echo, created by the Manifest Echo ability of an Echo Knight? Per the rules for Manifest Echo, an ...
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Can an Echo Knight fighter's Manifest Echo be moved through water?

I would like to know if an Echo, created by the Manifest Echo ability of an Echo Knight, can be moved through water? An Echo itself is not considered a creature, and instead is listed as "image&...
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Can an Echo Knight fighter's Manifest Echo move through another creature's space?

I would like to know if an Echo, created by the Manifest Echo ability of an Echo Knight, can move through the space of another creatures (hostile or not)? I know characters cannot normally move ...
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What is the appropriate way to account for readied-action movement time and time to attack when trying to utilise Pack Tactics?

Context I want to play a character that is a Kobold race and make good use of their Pack Tactics. Pack Tactics. You have advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of your allies ...
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Is there some limit to Spellwrought tattoo? Isn't this thing broken? [closed]

Spellwrought tattoos are similar to the spell scrolls but extremely more powerful. There's no restriction to casting time, while a spell scroll needs an action to be cast. It doesn't require an action ...
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Evaluation of homebrew powerattack feat for one-handed attacks

All questions of flavor aside, how balanced do you think this feat is compared to Great Weapon Master and Sharpshooter? Adept Weapon User (AWU) Before you make a melee attack using the Attack action ...