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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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Can I self publish a new character creation system for D&D 5e legally?

Say I come up with a whole new system, with talent trees for miles and you get new talent choices (I didn’t do this, but theoretically) every level… can I publish this somewhere other than DMsGuild? I ...
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Dragon Heist: What is in Dalakhar's pouch?

I'm running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, and early in chapter 3 there is a paragraph about Urstul fleeing the scene and that the players have a chance to pickpocket him. It also specifically says that the ...
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Can the Death Domain Cleric’s Reaper feature make an otherwise eligible cantrip ineligible for Twinned Spell Metamagic?

If a character had levels in both Sorcerer and Cleric, and had the Twinned Spell Metamagic ability and the Death domain Reaper ability, would they be able to use twinned spell if one of their intended ...
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Does a barbarian need to damage a target to keep Rage from ending, or just attack the target (whether or not it hits)?

I’m playing DND 5e, the rage ability states that the effect ends early if your turn ends and you haven’t attacked a hostile creature since your last turn or taken damage since then. Does this mean ...
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Are Way of the Four Elements monks' Elemental Disciplines magical? [duplicate]

Are Way of the Four Elements monks' Elemental Disciplines magical? Specifically, Water Whip deals 3d10 bludgeoning damage (+1d10 per additional ki point spent) on a failed Dex save. Is this damage ...
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Is the Help action an example of, or an exception to, Working Together?

The Help action is described in Chapter 9 of the PHB (emphasis mine): You can lend your aid to another creature in the completion of a task. When you take the Help action, the creature you aid gains ...
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Rogulock: Pact Of Chain and Sneak Attack [duplicate]

I am building a rogue-warlock multiclass in 5e DnD and I have a question. I am using Pact of the Chain and I chose an imp familiar. If I remember correctly, an imp can cast Invisiblity infinitly. And ...
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On which page of the Player's Handbook are the rules for object interactions located?

On which page of the Player's Handbook are the rules for object interactions located ? I mean the whole "one free object interaction" thing ? Where is it stated ??
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Divine spellcasting aside, can the actual symbol of a deity have any effects which are not purely symbolic?

I wasn't able to find much lore regarding effects of holy symbols apart from "allows divine spellcasters to channel deity energy" and "require blessing from associated church to work&...
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Can I use Booming Blade and Sneak Attack, and then use Disengage (if the first attack hit) or Two-Weapon Fighting (if it missed) on the same turn?

I am building a rogue-warlock multiclass in D&D 5e. I get advantage using my familiar's Help action. And because it is near me, I can use Sneak Attack as well. I am thinking about using booming ...
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Are shields constantly equipped while adventuring?

In 5e it takes an action to doff or don a shield. But does that assume the shield is always donned while the character is awake and adventuring? It seems like a question that the DM and player would ...
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Does a level 20 druid bypass the costless but consumed mistletoe material component of the spell Druid Grove?

The spell Druid Grove has an oddly specific material component that is consumed but is otherwise costless: "A mistletoe harvested with a golden sickle under the light of a full moon" (XGE, p....
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Is this 'Vila Solus' homebrew balanced compared to officially published DND5e races?

These beautiful, slim women ride on large deer, their hair the color of spring grass, skin like polished wood, and eyes as gray as a coming storm. Every once in a while a vila is born different than ...
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Does casting a spell using a spell slot higher than its level upgrade its spell level even if it doesn't have additional effects from being upcast? [duplicate]

Does casting a spell using a spell slot higher than the spell's level upgrade its spell level even if it doesn't have additional effects from being upcast? This is for the purposes of determining ...
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What are the material components for the Enhance Ability spell?

The Player's Handbook states the components for the Enhance Ability spell as being "fur or feather from a beast". Does this mean you need fur from a bear, bull, cat and fox as well as a ...
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How do I determine when Adventurer's League modules take place compared to the timeline of the main campaign?

I am running the Adventurer's League Module Raiders of the Twilight Marsh for family this coming weekend, but I am not especially familiar with the Tyranny of Dragons storyline. In order to avoid ...
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If a Death's Head of Bhaal takes damage while it's asleep, can it use its Unstoppable reaction to reduce that damage to 0?

This came up in a recent session. The Death's Head of Bhaal (BG:DiA, p. 233) has a reaction called Unstoppable that allows it to reduce the damage from an attack to 0 (3 times per day). If a Death's ...
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Are the targeting-based restrictions for Twinned Spell metamagic and the Shield Master feat treated differently?

After an erratum, Twinned Spell metamagic says: To be eligible, a spell must be incapable of targeting more than one creature at the spell’s current level. For example, magic missile and scorching ...
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Can a Helm of Teleportation or Teleport Scroll be Counterspelled if cast with Subtle Metamagic?

From the description of the Helm of Teleportation: "you can use an action and expend 1 charge to cast the teleport spell from it" So, that establishes we are in fact casting a spell. It is ...
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Homebrew: Divorcing Skills from Attributes in 5e [duplicate]

I was reading this article/post, and wondered about changing the standard 5e attributes to something that makes more sense. Some hours later, I dug my way out of that rabbit hole with the realization ...
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Do the benefits of the Dwarven Fortitude feat carry over when you wild shape?

I got into a discussion recently about a druid using Dwarven Fortitude to spend the hit dice of their wild shape form, and someone suggested that it couldn't be done because you lose access to Dwarven ...
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How can I reasonably prevent Manual of Bodily Health abuse? [closed]

I'm running D&D 5e. My players have recently come into possession of a Manual of Bodily Health. The very first thing they thought of was how to abuse it. They are planning on reading it and then ...
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Interaction between Spirit Shroud and Animate Objects. Does animate Objects count as one of your attacks?

Animate Object Says: As a bonus action, you can mentally command any creature you made with this spell if the creature is within 500 feet of you. This command can be an attack. In effect you are ...
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Does the caster of the Incendiary Cloud spell choose the direction it moves only when it's cast, or choose it every turn?

The Sorcerer & Wizard spell incendiary cloud moves away from the caster at the start of each turn: The cloud moves 10 feet directly away from you in a direction that you choose at the start of ...
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Rules for learning new skills in D&D [duplicate]

Are there any rlues for learning new skills and abilities? I wonder if a character can teach his skills other party members. Let me present some examples: Let's say I am playing as wizard and I want ...
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Can I use my best spellcasting ability for Eldritch Adept?

Suppose I am a multiclass character that has "Spellcasting" from multiple sources and I take the Eldritch Adept (Tasha, p.79) feat. Can I then use my best Spell Save DC for spells that that ...
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Do the spells from the drow commander's magic bolts in “Against the Giants” (from “Tales from the Yawning Portal”) require concentration?

In Tales from the Yawning Portal (p. 209), in area 20 of the Hall of the Fire Giant King (in Chapter 6: Against the Giants), there's a variant drow elite warrior who is mentioned as a commander, and ...
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Can the Dual Wielder feat be used to free a hand for casting somatic spells, while two weapon fighting?

Dual Wielder Says: You can draw or stow two one-handed weapons when you would normally be able to draw or stow only one. Use an Object Says: You normally interact with an object while doing ...
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Is this second version of my “Fehl-her” homebrew race balanced?

This is a follow up to my previous homebrew question, in which the answers explained that, overall, my race was underpowered, prone to overspecialization and fairly contradictory in certain aspects (...
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How do you determine a druid's eligibility to use Elven Accuracy's reroll while in Wild Shape (assuming they do have advantage)?

Consider a druid who has the Elven Accuracy racial feat (available to Elves and Half-Elves). Among other things, this feat says: Whenever you have advantage on an attack roll using Dexterity, ...
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'Advantage' or 'Disadvantage' on damage rolls

I am looking at creating a few new categories of weapons just to add a bit more reason to spend money on mundane equipment in the early game. Poor, and Masterwork. My initial idea is that poor weapons ...
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Can dim light be used to activate the wood elf's Mask of the Wild trait?

Because of a dispute with our DM, I'd like to confirm the following. The wood elf's Mask of the Wild trait says: You can attempt to hide even when you are only lightly obscured by foliage, heavy rain,...
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Speeding up combat inside a Darkness spell

So I'm a bit of a jerk when playing 5e. Last game, I was the warlock who cast darkness on the battlefield. I can see in the dark obviously, no one else could. It did help us survive, but it dragged on ...
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Player misunderstood NPC, now misrepresenting quest goals to rest of party [closed]

Overview: One of my players had a conversation with an NPC in a language no other character or player was in on, and now the player's misunderstanding of what was said is making a simple side quest ...
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Which healing spells benefit from the Circle of Stars druid's “Chalice” Starry Form?

The Circle of Stars druid's Starry Form feature (TCoE, p. 38-39) lets the druid expend a use of Wild Shape to enter a starry form, choosing a constellation to glimmer on their body that grants certain ...
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I've created a monk subclass based on the brewmaster monk from WoW. Though it needs some playtesting I would like to know you guys' thoughts [closed]

Monk: Way of the Brewmaster Though on the surface a monk following the way of the brewmaster might look like a simple alcoholic, they hide a mastery in combat behind their drunk facade. They use their ...
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Can you use your bonus action while under the effects of the Fear spell?

The description of the fear spell states, in part: While frightened by this spell, a creature must take the Dash action and move away from you by the safest available route on each of its turns, ...
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Specialized Blaster Caster: Is this homebrewed Elemental Soul Sorcerous Origin balanced compared to other official Sorcerous Origins?

It's been a fantasy of mine to play as a specialized blaster caster, one that deals the same type of (typically elemental) damage effectively and consistently. Think of popular pyromancers like Col. ...
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If i die while my chill touch is in effect what happens? [duplicate]

If I cast chill touch on my enemy, it says they can't heal until my next turn. If I am killed before my next turn, I don't have a next turn, so my next turn never happens. Does the chill touch no ...
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How can I convey my disappointment in players ignoring huge hints

Yesterday's game was nice and intense, but at some point my fellow players disappointed me, heavily. We're not allowed to say technical things about the game. Basically we had this dragon that was ...
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Can Magic Jar posses zombie bodies?

The Animate Dead spell and Magic Jar both need a "humanoid body" to target. Can I target a zombie with Magic Jar? Or can I target only a non-zombie humanoid dead body with Magic Jar?
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Is the Magic Stone cantrip as terrible as it seems beyond the first tier of play?

One of the players in my game is playing an Artificer. Upon gaining 5th level, he commented to me that magic stone is great at 1st level, but awful compared to every other damage-focused cantrip as ...
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Are there any consequences to walking into a hidden enemy?

Suppose a PC is looking at an area of darkness that a foe has Hidden in. The PC would prefer not to guess the square the enemy is in and potentially waste their attack, so they decide to use their ...
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How to I run the Tomb of horrors better? [closed]

I'm having trouble with the Tomb of Horrors. My party is mostly newer players except for one veteran player, who happens to power build with another newer player (the overpowered clerics from Tasha's ...
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Increasing chances of successful ranged attacks for a blind Ranger with blind fighting

I have a player who is playing a blind PC. She is a 3rd-level Ranger and she has chosen Blind Fighting as her fighting style, so she has blindsight of 10 ft. (TCE, p.41). From what I gather from the ...
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Arcane Trickster Mind Thrust spell clarification

My first question is: am I reading correctly that Mind Thrust UA is a "2nd-level enchantment" available in the wizard spell list (i.e. the Arcane Trickster can get this spell). No one really ...
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Do players using Renaissance firearms need to keep track of gunpowder as well as bullets, and if so, how many shots is a horn of gunpowder good for?

I'm running a campaign where the Renaissance era firearms on page 267-268 of the DMG exist. I notice that the rules for gunpowder are under "explosives" and not firearms, but still includes ...
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Which type of dragon is depicted in the middle of the cover art for this chapter of the “Rise of Tiamat” published adventure?

Episode 6 of the Rise of Tiamat adventure (chapter 14 in the combined Tyranny of Dragons book), "Metallic Dragons, Arise", has cover art featuring 3 metallic dragons. The art (full-...
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Wall of Fire - Do you end your turn near the wall if you damage the player that cast it and they lose concentration and the spell ends?

Player 1 casts Wall of Fire. Enemy 1 is within 10 feet and fails their DEX save and takes the fire damage. On Enemy 1's next turn they attack and damage Player 1 who fails the CON save to maintain ...
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Does the Invisibility spell cast on a construct also affect creatures inside it?

The party has gotten a (home-brewed) sentient Construct in its possession that acts like a vehicle for the party, carrying them inside of it. The question we stumbled into is: What happens if a party-...