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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 the sensor created by Scrying tangible? [duplicate]

The spell scrying states: ... the spell creates an invisible sensor within 10 feet of the target. You can see and hear through the sensor as if you were there. The sensor moves with the target, ...
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Can an Air Elemental's Whirlwind ability hit multiple large targets?

The Air Elemental's Whirlwind ability reads: Each creature in the elemental's space must... Both the Air Elemental and the Minotaurs are large creatures. The Air Elemental's ability Air Form allows ...
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Is a non magical darkness creating spell balanced? [closed]

I'm thinking of making the spell a level 1 copy of either fog cloud, but with darkness rather than fog. Or darkness, but with non magical darkness. The purpose of this spell would be to use with gloom ...
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Blessed Strike triggered by Word of Radiance

I've seen a few questions regarding Blessed Strikes with various features like second attack or eldritch blast, all of which said Blessed Strikes only affected a single creature because they were ...
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Relentless hex and invisible target

If you Hexblade Cursed a target and you have Relentless Hex as an Eldritch Invocation, what happens when your target goes invisible, but remains within 30 feet of you? The description of Relentless ...
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First time DM; Curse of Strahd; Did I just rush my PCs? How to do better?

So running my first campaign (technically second, but the first never finished as the group dispersed). I'm running four PCs through Curse of Strahd, currently at Death House. Things were going pretty ...
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Can a multiclassed wizard add spells of a higher level than they can transcribe to their book upon level up?

My friend has a multi-classed wizard 5, sorcerer 4. They recently took their 5th level in wizard, and took Steel Wind Strike (5th level) as one of the two spells they can add to their spellbook upon ...
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How do I handle players who make secret plans?

How should I handle players who make secret plans? I am a first-time DM running Curse of Strahd for 6 new players. All of us are good friends. This week during our session, my players made a secret ...
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Does the Blind Fighting fighting style mitigate the disadvantage on attacks caused by Sunlight Sensitivity?

I'm making a Duergar fighter character and am wondering if the Blind Fighting fighting style could cancel out Sunlight Sensitivity. The Duergar's Sunlight Sensitivity states You have disadvantage on ...
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Can you learn to cast a cantrip with the Ruby Weave Gem?

The Ruby Weave Gem from Fizban's Treasury of Dragons has a feature that allows you to learn a spell from any class list when you finish a long rest: When you finish a long rest, choose a spell from ...
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Can a legendary monster/NPC use a "free object interaction" as part of a legendary action?

By the book (PHB p.190): You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment for free, during either your move or your action. For example, you could open a door during your move as ...
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Would allowing Draconic Sorcerors to be descended from the new dragon types be balanced?

The book Fizban's Treasury of Dragons has been released. While it does contain some player-oriented material (2 new subclasses), something it doesn't do is update the Draconic Sorcerer to have ...
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Casting a spell and a bonus action spell then using a reaction [duplicate]

I have an interesting edge condition. If I cast Healing Word as a Bonus Action and Fire Bolt as an Action, can I still cast Shield as a reaction?
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Does the 30 ft. by 5 ft. stream of acid from the Tasha's Caustic Brew spell last for the duration?

Does the 30 ft. by 5 ft. stream of acid from the Tasha's caustic brew spell last for the spell's duration? Or does only the acid that coats the spell's targets last for the duration (or until scraped ...
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Is this cantrip "shoot confetti" balanced with the PHB cantrips?

In the process of promoting silly party feats and a cantrip to support one of those feats, I designed: Shoot Confetti cantrip, conjuration Range: 30 ft Casting time: 1 action Duration: Instantaneous ...
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If a target affected by the Slow spell uses the Metamagic option Quickened Spell when casting a spell, does that spell take effect on the same turn?

The Slow spell affects spellcasting: If the creature attempts to cast a spell with a casting time of 1 action, roll a d20. On an 11 or higher, the spell doesn’t take effect until the creature’s next ...
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Slowed Action Surge

When affected by the Slow spell: An affected target’s speed is halved, it takes a -2 penalty to AC and Dexterity saving throws, and it can’t use reactions. On its turn, it can use either an action or ...
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If a creature is grappled in a Mindflayer's tentacles and falls unconscious, then gets healed, should they still make the saving throw against stun?

This seems to be a fairly unusual situation and I have not been able to find a ruling. The player character fell to the damage from the tentacle attack. They were then healed before the Mind Flayer's ...
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How do I handle my possession mechanic fairly?

In my campaign, the goal is to find ten major god-level artifacts, each linked to a specific god in the setting. Each artifact has a part of the soul of the god it’s linked to, and that soul has the ...
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Downtime activity: panhandling?

I have a player at our table who is role-playing a paladin who has a vow of poverty. She can only receive enough wealth for her daily needs. She is panhandling as she wants to have enough because of ...
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How much food should a polar bear eat? [closed]

I am running an Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden game with my table, and the players may manage to convince a polar bear or two of joining them. And where I could run with them using the bears in ...
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Can a simulacrum (of a humanoid that can take a long rest) take a long rest?

This question is inspired by Dale M's answer to another question. In that answer, Dale M said (bold added): So if a Simulacrum of a cleric can take a long rest it can change its prepared spells. ...
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Can you recommend some good blogs or video tutorials on Dungeons & Dragons 5e? [closed]

advise good blogs or video tutorials on D&D, I have already studied the manual, but rn there is a mess in my head, I want to somehow sort it all out.
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If you lose all Temporary HP from the Tenser's Transformation spell, does the spell end?

If you lose all Temporary HP from the Tenser's Transformation spell, does the spell end? I played a game where I used an item that has the effects of the Tenser's Transformation spell. I know the ...
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How does initiative work for the giant constrictor snake from the Staff of the Python magic item? [duplicate]

The description of the Staff of the Python magic item reads: […] The staff becomes a giant constrictor snake under your control and acts on its own initiative count. […] As the DM, I’ve been making ...
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Can the version of the Artificer class published in "Tasha's Cauldron of Everything" choose to end an infusion?

Is there an easy way for an Artificer to willfully end an infusion? One of the many problems I am seeing is that an infusion only works on non-magical items. But infusions cause items to become ...
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Are the separate pieces from the Armorer Artificer's "Armor Modifications" still considered "A suit of armor" for infusions?

The title is a little convoluted, so hopefully I can explain better here. At 9th-level, an Armorer Artificer gets the class feature "Armor Modifications": You learn how to use your ...
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What is the most amount of election fraud I can commit using necromancy?

I have deemed the ignorant masses of several nearby regions to be unfit to rule themselves. Unfortunately, they've established a democracy to determine leadership of their region and continuously ...
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How can I design a boss that shifts between two dimensions to avoid attacks?

This boss character, Omega, is inspired by Zhylaw, leader of the Necromongers, in the Riddick film series Tobi, Akatsuki member from the Naruto anime This boss, meant for a level 16 boss fight (...
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Can a character choose to do minimal damage when attacking a target under "Fiendish Charm" in order to allow a saving throw to end the charm?

Playing D&D 5e, but this Fiendish Charm was located in the DMsGuild adventure "The House of the Midnight Violet". My party will soon be fighting a Fiend who has the "Fiendish Charm&...
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What spells/effects will cause a creature to "willingly move"?

As the title says, I'm looking for spells/effects that will cause creatures to move, like one of the effects from the Confusion spell. This is different than "forced movement" like a push/...
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Using dragonborn breath to imbue a weapon with elemental energy

A player of mine has a cool idea of a dragonborn using his breath weapon on his sword to get an elementally-charged sword that would deal extra damage. I like the concept, discussed the general lines ...
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How much damage, on how many creatures can an Armorer Artificer do with Thunder Gauntlets per turn?

Regarding Armorer artificer's Armor Model feature as describe in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything: Thunder Gauntlets. Each of the armor's gauntlets counts as a simple melee weapon while you aren't ...
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Can an Armorer Artificer use Enhanced Defense or other Artificer Infusions on the armor or parts of the armor?

Regarding Armorer artificer's Armor Model feature as describe in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything: Your metallurgical pursuits have led to you making armor a conduit for your magic. As an action, you ...
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Can a cloned Order of Scribes wizard use their subclass features for replacing their spellbook?

I'm waffling on some interpretations regarding the Order of Scribes wizard subclass in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and would really appreciate some second opinions. Most of the features seem ...
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Is there any generalised formula for converting monster CR into XP in D&D 5e?

I am trying to make a spreadsheet to track encounters, and I was wondering if there is any generalised formula I can use to calculate the average XP for any given Challenge Rating, or is it like ...
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Augury to detect cursed items

Could you use Augury to detect a cursed item by asking "Am I safe to attune this item?" The GM would have to say either "weal and Woe" if the item is both beneficial and cursed or ...
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Are NPC Spellcasters with access to Mage Armor generally assumed to have precast it for an encounter in CR calculations?

In about a week I will be throwing a homebrewed CR4 illusionist NPC with an AC of 12 and 15 with Mage Armor at my party. (Essentially a slightly buffed version of the Illusionist on page 214 of Volo's ...
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In homebrewing a subclass on D&D Beyond, how do I add a feature that does extra damage based on an ability score modifier?

I'm adding a version of the UA Phoenix Soul sorcerer to my homebrew stuff, and I'm a little perplexed when it comes to adding damage for Mantle of Flame. The relevant text of the feature reads: Any ...
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What is the history of the Toll the Dead spell?

The thematics of the Toll the Dead cantrip (XGtE, p. 169) have always seemed... strange to me: [...] the sound of a dolorous bell fills the air around [the target] for a moment. The spell seemingly ...
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Are there material components that could be harvested from monsters? [closed]

Back in the Forgotten Realms novels based on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, there was a female wizard character introduced after having killed a monster (I believe an owlbear) and having harvested ...
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What sources of vision/information can a player character utilize while burrowing without taking an action to do so?

Mole-man is a player character with a burrowing speed from Claws of the Umber Hulk and is under the ground. That character is effectively in full cover, blinded and holding their breath. What ...
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If you drink a Potion of Invisibility, do you become visible if you are hit?

If you drink a Potion of Invisibility and then are hit by someone, do you become visible? I don't see anything in the PHB that says that. Neither do I see anything like that for someone that is hiding....
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What is the statistical difference, if there is one, between attacking twice (action and bonus action) and attacking once with advantage?

In our 5e campaign, I'm playing an 8th-level Rogue (Arcane Trickster) with the Crossbow Expert feat, which (among other things) means I can shoot twice in one turn: once as a bonus action and once as ...
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Can a simulacrum prepare different spells?

Inspired by this question about a Simulacrum copy using a spellbook, I started wondering how locked into their initial state a Simulacrum copy would be (when I was wondering exactly how useful a ...
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Is revivify a trap/unbalanced/impossible to use? [closed]

In the past I've often ran a cleric, and our team always just plays the low levels, retiring around level 5-6 and starting over then. I have noticed however that I take revivify each time, and make ...
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Can a druid release a readied spell whilst in Wild Shape?

The description of the druid's Wild Shape feature makes it clear that, whilst transformed: You can't cast spells [...] With the caveat that: Transforming doesn't break your concentration on a spell ...
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If a spell is centered on a point, does suppressing the spell at that point suppress the whole spell?

Some area spells are centered on a point, such as fog cloud: You create a 20-foot-radius sphere of fog centered on a point within range. Another example is the darkness spell: Magical darkness ...
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Would a werewolf hit with non-magical damage leave a blood trail?

Say, for example, a werewolf triggers a spike trap and fails the DEX save to avoid the spikes. However, they're just iron spikes, not silvered or magical. Would this cause them to shed blood, since ...
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Warlock multiclassing into a spellcasting class - how to shift my level 1 spell over to my new class?

As a high-level Warlock whose spell slots are 5th level I can have Warlock spells up to 5th level. But there are one or two 1st level spells that, while they don't scale with spell slot level, are so ...