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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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Trying to make a Paladin sorcerer build (sorcadin) that has good nova damage with hits like divine smite and magic from sorcerer

I think what I'm trying to say is confusing but right now. I am a level 5 Paladin and level 1 Sorcerer. I have been trying to find a good way of getting heavy-hitting spells and doing a lot of damage ...
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Best way to play a magical cat who can shapeshift into human form

I'll start with a bit of context - my friends and I are playing a 5e campaign with a Backrooms inspiration where characters from different sections of the infinite multiverse are being pulled into ...
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Are these Relics of Legend Artifacts described well enough to be useable?

Yes, I spent the last 3 days listening to Gloryhammer... and started writing up the Relics of Legend just for the lulz. Now, I wonder if they are on one hand close enough to the inspiring material to ...
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Can Awakened Spellbook borrow bludgeoning/piercing/slashing damage from the Magic Weapon spell?

For the purpose of the damage type swap feature of the Order of Scribes Wizard's Awakened Spellbook feature, does the +1 bonus to damage rolls from the Magic Weapon spell qualify as bludgeoning/...
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Are there official sources that include stat blocks for NPC Monks?

NPCs emulating character classes are many. A very incomplete list would include: Abjurer, Archer, Blackguard, Bard, Champion, Conjurer, Diviner, Druid... You get the idea. Among the monsters there's ...
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Migrate D&D 5e home made campaign to Pathfinder 2e

I have a very long lived 5e campaign with a set of 4 characters that we are considering migrating to Pathfinder 2e. The campaign itself is homebrew so there's no need to migrate the adventure itself (...
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What would happen if spells took a round to resolve?

I am considering the potential implications of a house rule for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. The rule is as follows: When a creature casts a spell of level 1 or higher with a casting time of 1 ...
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What would happen if characters gained resistance to spells proportional to their martial level?

I am considering the potential implications of a house rule for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. The rule is as follows: A character's "Martial Level" is calculated by determining their ...
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What lifestyle expenses are associated with the Yawning Portal?

The party has just begun Dungeon of the Mad Mage. After their first trip down the well, they have sensibly taken Durnan up on his offer of rooms in the Yawning Portal where they can stay in between ...
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Results of a set of Skill Challenges being invalidated by the DM, is this fair as designed or were the outcomes just poorly defined?

Playing a low level/early stages 5e + homebrew game with a few friends. Though our DM is fairly new they have put in a ton of really amazing work at setting the scene for us these first few sessions. ...
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Do characters understand the concept of a "Critical hit"?

Can characters/NPCs understand what a crit (Nat 20) is? If so, can they tell that Adamantine Armor negates crits? Context: I'm trying to figure out if there's any good reason Tier 4 PCs wouldn't bring ...
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How can an adventurer traveling using the Astral Projection spell have their silver cord cut?

The Astral Projection spell allows you to travel to the Astral Plane, where you are invulnerable... unless someone cuts your silver cord. Some effects that allow this are the githyanki knight's silver ...
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Can you make a spell attack with the Hunter's Giant Killer?

The full Hunter's Prey ability is written as such (Player's Handbook p.93, emphasis mine): Hunter’s Prey At 3rd level, you gain one of the following features of your choice. Colossus Slayer Your ...
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When does a magical flame become nonmagical? [duplicate]

Imagine Bob the wizard casts Fire Bolt on a barn full of hay. Mike, the bad guy with Armor of Invulnerability, is inside the barn. The Fire Bolt sets the hay ablaze, and Mike takes fire damage from it....
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Does Adamantine Armor protect your silver cord on the Astral Plane?

When using the spell astral projection, you gain a vulnerability: If your silver cord is severed, you die: If the cord is cut--something that can happen only when an effect specifically states that ...
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How do I run combat when an enemy is hidden from the players?

Pretty simple situation. Next week my players are going to be fighting a black abishai. The black abishai has two abilities that concern this. First as an action it can cast darkness, second as a ...
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Does Sphere of Annihilation pass through a wall?

The description of the Sphere of Annihilation states, in part: This 2-foot-diameter black sphere is a hole in the multiverse, hovering in space and stabilized by a magical field surrounding it. The ...
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Does a Sphere of Annihilation immediately make a hole in a normal wall, or does it need to damage it first?

The description of the Sphere of Annihilation magic item states, in part: This 2-foot-diameter black sphere is a hole in the multiverse, hovering in space and stabilized by a magical field ...
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Does the Talisman of the Sphere magic item allow you to move a Sphere of Annihilation while more than 60 feet away from it?

The description of the Talisman of the Sphere magic item states, in part: [...] In addition, when you start your turn with control over a sphere of annihilation, you can use an action to levitate it ...
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What is the highest Perception DC in each WotC-published adventure?

I’m building a character and one of the pillars of his abilities should be a high passive perception. I’ve found enough ways to boost this that I highly doubt I need to take all of them, so I’d like ...
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Reasons for being sent to retrieve an all-powerful artefact? [closed]

I'm considering (first time) DM'ing "The Silvyr Tower" for a group. However I am not sure how to sell the starting situation to my players. Summarizing the starting situation: the group is ...
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What are the risks and implications of this fighter-multiclass-buffing house rule?

I’m considering house ruling the Fighter class’s Extra Attack feature. The change would be to the second paragraph, which would now read: The number of attacks increases to three when you reach 11th ...
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Using cantrips repeatedly?

I'm about to start a campaign where my character (Tiefling / Druid) is traveling in disguise. My question is can I use the cantrip 'thaumaturgy' over and over again to disguise my eyes? The cantrip ...
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What kind of magic is witch magic?

There is a lot of material about magic in the PHB. I'm wondering about how the concept of a witch intersects with the various magic domains. From what I understand: A warlock is granted magic from ...
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How does the Cloak of Flies eldritch invocation interact with the Invisibility spell?

Cloak of Flies is an eldritch invocation for warlocks that does the following (irrelevant parts snipped): As a bonus action, you can surround yourself with a magical aura that looks like buzzing ...
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Can a Hexblade warlock use their Accursed Specter feature as a pseudo-Speak with Dead spell?

The enemy criminal is captured by the player, and a middle-ranking one of an enormous organization at that. There's no way he didn't know the high-rankings, otherwise he couldn't coordinate with the ...
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Would it be possible to make the rope in the Rope Trick spell hang horizontally?

The rope trick spell states (emphasis mine): You touch a length of rope that is up to 60 feet long. One end of the rope then rises into the air until the whole rope hangs perpendicular to the ground. ...
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What level should a party of 10 be in order to defeat a lich?

I'm running a homebrew campaign for a party of 10 players in DnD 5e (bard, druid, rogue x2, paladin x3, warlock, monk, cleric). I'm planning for a lich to be one of the major encounters before they ...
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D&D 5e maximum hit points temporarily reduced then character levels up

If a PC’s max HP is temporarily reduced as a secondary effect when hit by a creature that deals necrotic damage, but then gains a level before a long rest, does their maximum HP increase in the normal ...
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Surprise, long range, and Eldritch Blast

My character is a lvl 6 Bugbear Warlock Assassin Rogue, with the invocation Eldritch Spear and Spells sniper. This makes the range of EB 600 feet. Is it correct to assume that by attacking from that ...
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Does a new source of temporary HP instantly end the effects of motivational speech?

Per the wording of the spell - Choose up to five creatures within range that can hear you. For the duration, each affected creature gains 5 temporary hit points and has advantage on Wisdom saving ...
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Who was the wizard that polymorphed himself into an Otter? [duplicate]

I vaguely remember a question being answered citing that some wizard or another had polymorphed or true polymorphed himself into an otter, and because he liked it so much that he used a wish to make ...
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"Astral Flu" mechanic for scheduling problems

I am DMing 5e for a group at my job, but we are finding it very hard to find a suitable schedule for everyone. We are all very busy with unpredictable schedules and frequent work travels. Currently we ...
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What are the limits on the movement of your "Project Image" illusory copy?

In D&D 5E, the Project Image spell allows you to create an illusory copy of yourself ...at any location within range [500 miles] that you have seen before. The illusion is "intangible,"...
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What rules and spells govern the spread of non-magical fire?

I'm currently DMing a play-by-post D&D 5e game. The module I'm using involves the party battling trolls in stables. Defeating trolls involves judicious use of fire damage. Stables are also often ...
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Does the poison damage from a Naga Monk's bite scale?

I'm building a naga monk (using the statistics from Plane Shift: Amonkhet), and the bite attack states that: Natural Weapons. Your fanged maw and constricting serpentine body are natural weapons, ...
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Why does this 7th-level spellcaster NPC only have slots and prepared spells appropriate to a 3rd-level spellcaster?

In Tyranny of Dragons, on page 184, an NPC stat block makes no sense. I’ve checked the errata and have found no correction. It says the NPC “is a 7th-level spellcaster that uses Intelligence as his ...
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If a character starts using Giants Might in an enclosed area, then enters a more open area, will their size increase?

The RAW say: Giant Might At 3rd level, you have learned how to imbue yourself with the might of giants. As a bonus action, you magically gain the following benefits, which last for 1 minute: If you ...
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What are the different effects that scale up weapon damage in 5e?

In 5e there are all sorts of ways to increase damage from weapons, but nearly all of that additional damage is typed separately from the weapon - eg: extra force damage, fire, etc. Other than the ...
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Warlock and Sorcerer magic items

I am currently in a game with a GM/DM that is saying that Warlock and Sorcerer Magic Items are subclass specific. That they are not available in stores, they would have to be gifted by the Patron or ...
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To what extent can I use wish? [closed]

I am playing a level 19 Fiend Warlock in a campaign, and the wizard has wish. Would wishing for each of the 4 party members to gain two levels in any class they choose be under the extent of wish? The ...
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Going prone whilst climbing [duplicate]

Recently I was running a game and my players were in a fight with a Young Red Dragon that was climbing a wall. One of my players was able to inflict the prone condition on it. We then had the ...
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Zone of Truth Enslavement

Suppose I cast Zone of Truth on Bob and he fails his saving throw. I tell Bob to tell me "I will spend my entire life moving to the closest rock, picking it up, throwing it, and repeating the ...
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Can you hold Plane Shift on an unwilling creature until they touch you to skip the melee spell attack?

One of my players uses the Plane Shift spell quite regularly in battle to get rid of unwanted opponents. With the ready action and the holding of a spell being a thing, the question has come up, ...
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Large creature movement around corners

I'm trying to properly account for the movement of a large creature in D&D 5e, playing on a square grid. The creature needs to move through a double-wide doorway and then move to its right, ...
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Can Lesser Restoration fix a missing eye?

The lesser restoration spell description states: You touch a creature and can end either one disease or one condition afflicting it. The condition can be blinded, deafened, paralyzed, or poisoned. ...
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Does the Sorcerer Draconic Resilience stack with Barbarian Unarmored Defense? [duplicate]

If you had a dexterity of 30 and a wisdom or constitution of 30, with Unarmored Defense for Barbarian your AC while not wearing armor would be 10+your dexterity modifier + your constitution modifier ...
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Is spell switch on the go homebrew OP?

I recently started playing DnD5E (the starter campaign Lost Mines of Phandelver), and read about the memorization of spells. And even more recently I started playing Baldur's Gate 3. In BG3 I noticed ...
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In this scenario are my players surprised? [duplicate]

I'll lay out the scenario as plain as possible. I am running a session tomorrow that I have planned for my 4 players. This encounter has them finding a vault of gold. There are 2 entrances to this ...
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Seeking feedback for a homebrew Undertaker class

Meet the undertaker. It's my first time making a class and I know it's probably not super balanced but I hope you guys like it. Please give feedback and do keep in mind I am still learning as I'm not ...
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