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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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Where would Zorquan (Forgotten Realms' dragon god of dragonness), be today?

Related: What is the difference between a god and a primordial? (see section regarding Dragon gods) Related: Where do dragon souls go after their deaths? Related: Are there any other published ...
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Does the plasmoid's Amorphous trait grant advantage on ability checks made to avoid being grappled?

The Plasmoid's Amorphous trait (from Ch. 1 of the Astral Adventurer's Guide in Spelljammer: Adventures in Space) says, in part: [...] You have advantage on ability checks you make to initiate or ...
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Does a reaction count as "[taking] another action"? [duplicate]

I recently created a homebrew spell which, among its other language, lasts until the start or your next turn or until you take another action or are incapacitated. My question is, would the caster ...
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Is this "Gun Mage" Fighter subclass balanced (redux)

I've created this Gun Mage homebrew Fighter subclass. The intent is to make a fighter that can cast spells by engraving them into bullets that they fire. This is inspired by Gun Mages from Iron ...
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How can I create a mechanic for players to evolve the relationship with their deity?

For context: recently one of my players asked me if a mechanic could be created to evolve his relationship with his deity (Eldath), like he had seen in another game. I suspect this request was made ...
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How does a magnifying glass benefit a player?

The Investigator background grants the player a magnifying glass in their starting equipment. The item's details mention starting a fire in broad daylight, and have the following added: A magnifying ...
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How can I find magic items intended for a specific class on D&D Beyond?

I'm trying to use the Item list on D&D beyond to find appropriate magic items for an unarmed Monk. Note that I haven't played any tabletop D&D 5e before, so I'm unfamiliar whether such items ...
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If the Raulothim's Psychic Lance spell "dissipates without effect", is the spell slot consumed?

I was reading the description of the Raulothim's Psychic Lance spell (Fizban's Treasury of Dragons, p. 21) and I was left with a question. Raulothim's Psychic Lance gives the following alternative ...
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Would a sorcerer or a wizard make a better fake warlock? [closed]

I was wanting to build a character that was raised by a warlock before going out on their adventuring days. My question is if the character wants to cast spells like the caretaker warlock, which would ...
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What is the highest solo ability check result at level 19?

Highest possible ability check is discussed in this QA. However, answers to that are rather extreme. I am looking for a value that is, hopefully, more grounded, and might realistically happen in any ...
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Does the Feral Tiefling still use Charisma as its spellcasting ability for the Infernal Legacy trait?

I'm new in this world of D&D. I was reading through the Player's Handbook and decided to create a character following the process in Chapter 1 (Step-by-Step Characters). The Tiefling caught my ...
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Would the breath of a red dragon set anything on fire?

The description of the breath (here from the adult red dragon, but apart from damage amounts and save DCs, they are all the same) says: The dragon exhales fire in a 60-foot cone. Each creature in ...
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False appearance and hiding mid combat

As per the title, I'm having a hard time to understand how these two abilities interact, more specifically in a case of a homebrewed monster that can blind creatures that failed a save. It goes as ...
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Is there a spell for storing items or objects similar to a Find Familiar?

I remember somewhere I watch a spellcaster bamf an item they had in their hand and make it reappear in their hand at will, explaining it's stored in a small plane that only they can access. But I can'...
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How much damage does an object take from being ignited?

There are a lot of effects that ignite objects. Some of them state the damage they deal per round, for example alchemist's fire (1d4), the attack of a magmin (1d6), or the attack of a fire elemental (...
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Warlock multiclass spell replacement [duplicate]

I have a level 8/1 sorcerer/warlock which just leveled up to 8/2. Warlock's spell casting says: Additionally, when you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of the warlock spells you know and ...
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What is the maximum damage you can deliver per day with Glyphs from a Demiplane or Portable Hole?

An exploit to circumvent the movement restrictions of glyph of warding is to cast the glyph on the walls of a demiplane or portable hole. As that space never moves, the glyphs can virtually be carried ...
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What effects can apply to a creature inside a portable hole, from outside? [duplicate]

Related question: Are you considered out of range of spells and weapons when inside the hole of a Portable Hole? (This question does not have an answer appropriate to the title. Also, the question ...
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Does the Marut have a reason to hunt and kill Strahd?

So the Marut is an Inevitable from Mechanus who enforces the natural law of death. And Strahd has lived an unnaturally long life. Does this mean that Marut will try to hunt and kill Strahd?
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How powerful are these homebrew firearms? [closed]

I am basing the structure off of this post about homebrew. Problem One of the players in my game is very interested in playing a character with guns. We talked about which aspect of such a character ...
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Would it be problematic to ignore the style guide's direction to avoid the wording “points of damage”?

English is not my native language, and I am translating D&D adventures for my players. The D&D House Style Guide says: Avoid referring to points of damage. For example, write, “The spell ...
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Is this "Gun Mage" Fighter subclass balanced?

I've created this Gun Mage homebrew Fighter subclass. The intent is to make a fighter that can cast spells by engraving them into bullets that they fire. This is inspired by Gun Mages from Iron ...
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How could an artificer infuse a crafted laser pistol? [closed]

Let's say a futuristic artificer finds themselves in the 15th-century Sword Coast and wants to build a laser pistol. If they found "generic" +1 weapon formulas, they could theoretically ...
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Can the HP granted from the Aid spell, be healed normally on a Simulacrum? [duplicate]

The Aid spell says: Each target's hit point maximum and current hit points increase by 5 for the duration The Simulacrum spell says: If the simulacrum is damaged, you can repair it in an alchemical ...
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Can the Echo of the Echo Knight fighter be used to teleport across planes?

How would we do this if we're to believe this is possible anyways? The relevant rules say Manifest Echo you can use a bonus action to magically manifest an echo of yourself in an unoccupied space you ...
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What is the scope of the Charlatan background?

I am currently in talks with a player, who wants his character to have the Charlatan Background, while I as the DM am not sure that's what the character actually is. The player describes his character ...
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What Traits are determined by the Summon Aberration Spell?

For reference, in a session last night the Warlock of the group had a summoned Beholderkin from the Summon Aberration Spell. A Lair action occurred which could have caused the Beholderkin to have been ...
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Would spells that modify your attack bonus, such as Bless also apply to Spiritual Weapon or Bigby's hand?

Would a spell or ability that affects a characters attack roll bonus be applied to spells that also make 'melee' attacks such as Spiritual Weapon or Bigby's Hand? As per the Bless spell: You bless up ...
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Do items like Headband of Intellect or Gauntlets of Ogre Strength work with Wildshape?

Can a druid be using them while wild-shaped if they had them before they wild-shaped? I'm not sure exactly what the ruling is and I'm being asked by my players.
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In 5e If a Ranger takes "Constructs" as a favored enemy, does that include Warforged? [duplicate]

Simple questions for "Rules as Written" that came up in our newest Eberron campaign. If a Ranger takes "Constructs" as a favored enemy, does that include Warforged?
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What happens to a grappler when their haste effect ends? In the air?

This happened last night in our session and we couldn't find a conclusive answer: An NPC is grappling a polymorphed PC in the air (the PC polymorphed into a Quetzalcoatlus, and we didn't at the time ...
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Does a silvered weapon overcome resistance to non-magical attacks?

My friends and I had a question about silvered weapons. Will it overcome the resistance to non-magical weapons? For example, Rakshasa is resistant to non-magical attacks. Will an attack with a ...
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Owl familiar deliver long distance message?

It is balanced to allow Owl Familiars to deliver long-distance messages (written on paper or tiny objects)? Find Familiar spells explains: Your familiar acts independently of you, but it always obeys ...
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Surviving Bag of Holding Bomb

What ways can you survive a Bag of Holding Bomb (i.e. two extra-dimensional spaces put into each other causing everyone within 10 feet to be sucked to the Astral Plane)? I will first acknowledge the ...
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What are the benefits to low-AC armor having a +1 bonus?

For example, +1 Leather Armor has the same total AC as nonmagical Studded Leather Armor, and +1 Splint Armor has the same AC as nonmagical Plate Armor. Unlike with magic weapons that overcome ...
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How does casting spells from magic items with fixed attack bonuses/save DCs interact with magic items that provide additional bonuses?

Some magic items, such as the Circlet of Blasting or the Eyes of Charming, allow you to cast a spell, but specify the attack bonus or save DC. Other magic items, such as the Robe of the Archmagi and ...
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Does this change to the Two-Weapon Fighting bridge the gap with GWF?

Off-hand attack Rule: Replaces Two-Weapon fighting rule When making an attack with a light melee weapon using your strength modifier for attack and damage rolls, you may make an "off-hand attack&...
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Does a Carpet of Flying stop moving when it is more than 30 feet away from you?

Carpet of Flying says: You can speak the carpet's command word as an action to make the carpet hover and fly. It moves according to your spoken directions, provided that you are within 30 feet of it. ...
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Does Telekinetic Rebuke trigger on a save attack?

It's been previously well-established that AoE spells and things that don't actually involve an attack roll don't trigger things like Wrath of the Storm because that reaction, specifically, calls for ...
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How do on-hit pushback effects interact with multiattacks?

Do "on-hit" effects which allow you to push a creature backwards get decided immediately when you roll the hit? Or after all attack rolls are made for multiattacks? If you have to decide ...
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Forcibly running into an enemy during movement

Playing 5e. Can you make an attack and then use your movement to charge an enemy, knocking him over, pushing him back, or otherwise harrowing him to help your teammate? Seems totally logical. I slice ...
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Wild Shape vs. Blackrazor

Wild Shape specifies that: You automatically revert if you fall unconscious, drop to 0 hit points, or die. and When you transform, you assume the beast’s hit points and Hit Dice. When you revert to ...
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Vorpal Sword vs. Wildshape

Wild Shape specifies that: You automatically revert if you fall unconscious, drop to 0 hit points, or die. and When you transform, you assume the beast’s hit points and Hit Dice. When you revert to ...
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Can a shield guardian be commanded to obey commands from the whole party?

This doesn't necessarily apply just to shield guardians, because it could go the same way with other minions. If you have the ability to command something, a shield guardian in my particular case, can ...
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Immunity to Pit Fiend's fear aura and the Paladin's Aura of Courage [duplicate]

The Paladin's Aura of Courage prevents the frightened condition in anyone within 10' of the paladin. No saving throw is needed. The Pit Fiend's Fear Aura behaves thusly: Any creature hostile to the ...
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What happens when Wand of Wonder allows you to cast Detect Thoughts on a creature?

Wand of Wonders has an effect that allows you to target a creature with Detect Thoughts, but Detect Thoughts has a range of self. This is obviously an inconsistency, but how to resolve this? Do you ...
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Are there any magic items that can increase spell range?

Certain abilities in the game allow you to increase the range of your spells such as extended spell or the Spell Sniper feat. Are there any magic items that can also grant these benefits?
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Can a Gloom Stalker ranger continuously use Dread Ambusher if they knock-out or eliminate enemy after enemy, as long as it happens in one turn?

In D&D 5e, if a gloom stalker (ranger) is infiltrating somewhere while in stealth. Would it be possible for them to attack one enemy, potentially eliminate them, re-enter stealth and proceed to do ...
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Would adding the standard cantrip damage scaling to Shillelagh only for single-class druids be unbalanced?

Shillelagh is a solid Tier 1 cantrip option for druids. It provides magical bludgeoning damage and allows the druid to apply their wisdom modifier to melee attacks. However, shillelagh lacks the ...
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In Spelljammer, would the Necklace of Adaptation magic item let you survive in the airless parts of space?

Recently an article was published regarding Spelljammer and what items or races could be used to survive in the airless confines of realm space. Amongst the items, the Necklace of Adaptation was not ...