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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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What happens if a part of the ocean is zapped by the Witch Bolt spell?

From what I read, the witch bolt spell (PHB, p. 289) will only hit the target. But will it hit anything else - for example, a creature swimming within 10-15 feet of the strike location? The reason for ...
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Is my modified 'Scent' ability balanced?

I am homebrewing a race based on the Skeksis for D&D 5e. The canonical Skeksis have a strong sense of smell, so I am using this as a racial trait. I looked up references but could only find a ...
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Are there zoos in Sharn/Eberron and if so what animals would they have?

I'm currently playing a Warforged Druid in an Eberron Campaign, and our characters are currently located in the City of Sharn, and are likely to be stuck there for some time. I've opted to go with the ...
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Does Empowered Spell metamagic work over multiple turns?

The Sorcerer's Empowered Spell metamagic option reads Empowered Spell When you roll damage for a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to reroll a number of the damage dice up to your Charisma ...
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Can a Blood Hunter / Bard use Blood Curse of the Eyeless and Cutting Words on the same attack roll?

I've seen a reactionary curse that says you roll your hemocraft die to reduce an attack roll that you can see. Since this and the Lore Bard's use of Bardic Inspiration work mechanically the same via ...
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when do I attack i can choose attack with offhand? [duplicate]

when do I attack an normal action i can choose attack with offhand? looks a little weird an fighter dual wielder attack 4 times with one hand and just one with offhand
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Can Bardic inspiration be used in portent creation?

Can a bard use bardic inspiration on a divination wizard to improve the roll of their portent die? In other words, can bardic inspiration be spent in the creation of portent dice? My initial thought ...
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Are dice re-rolled together or sequentially for Chaos Bolt with the Metamagic option Empowered Spell?

The Sorcerer's Empowered Spell metamagic option reads When you roll damage for a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to reroll a number of the damage dice up to your Charisma modifier (minimum of ...
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Is there any mundane way to travel from the Border Ethereal of a plane to the plane itself?

Say a commoner with no spells, class features, or magic items is Plane Shifted from the Material Plane to the Border Ethereal. The DMG makes mention of "curtains" that allow travel from the ...
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Does (a dragon's) natural armour stack with barding-armour? [duplicate]

Logic suggests dragons may have interest in armour &/or barding, such as making draconic-scale armour from their cast-off scales. Smaug wore iron scales & hard gems after all. But how does ...
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What’s easier for a new dnd player, component pouch or arcane focus?

I’m just starting out in dnd and creating my first character (a half-elf wizard) and I’m at the equipment section. I’ve looked up the differences between the component pouch and arcane focus and can’t ...
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Do Goliaths get cold resistance from the Mountain Born trait?

There seems to be a discrepancy between sources for the Goliath's 'Mountain Born' racial trait. Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. 109) includes the following description for the trait: You're acclimated ...
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Can I defer levelling up after reaching the XP threshold?

As a rogue, I've gained enough XP to level up to level 3. However, I'm not yet ready to pick what archetype would fit best for me. Despite having gained enough XP, can I wait until later to level up ...
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What kinds of training and research are possible within the paradises found within a Rod of Security?

The Rod of Security gives a person access to 'any paradise one could imagine', specifically: '... the rod then instantly transports you and up to 199 other willing creatures you can see to a paradise ...
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Where might one find copper wire? [closed]

The Message spell requires a short piece of copper wire to cast. Suppose you do not have access to a spell component pouch. Where might copper wire exist? And how might it be used outside of ...
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What is an axe beak’s travel speed in Icewind Dale?

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden gives overland travel speeds for dogsleds, snowshoes, and on foot (p. 11). On the same page, it says that dogsleds, at 1mph, are the fastest way to get around in ...
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Are Gloom Stalker Rangers better than the normal ranger subtypes that appear in the players handbook? [closed]

I am joining a campaign with some friends and they suggested that I should play a Gloom Stalker Ranger. I rarely get a chance to use things from anything other than the players handbook so I want to ...
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Can produce flame do damage on unarmed strike? [duplicate]

So I have seen previous questions regarding this situation, but all of them appeared to be for fun and silly one shots. What’s different in this case is I’m trying to run a long and intense campaign. ...
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If a character takes the (accurate) form of an aboleth, does the character gain their ancestral-genetic memories?

Via the spells true polymorph and shapechange, it is possible for any qualified recipient to gain a very accurate form of an aboleth. (A CR or level of 10+ is required to use true polymorph this way - ...
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Can you attack with a Loading and different weapon in the same turn?

If a creature has Multiattack (or Extra Attack), can they fire a shot from a weapon with the Loading property (such as a crossbow) and then still get an attack with a different weapon, such as a melee ...
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Does Improved Abjuration affect spells that have a circumstantial ability check?

Consider the Abjuration Wizard's 10th level feature: Improved Abjuration Beginning at 10th level, when you cast an abjuration spell that requires you to make an ability check as a part of casting ...
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Does Flesh to Stone count the first saving throw?

Flesh to Stone states: You attempt to turn one creature that you can see within range into stone. If the target's body is made of flesh, the creature must make a Constitution saving throw. On a ...
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Can an evil character cover their alignment? [closed]

Is there any way for an evil NPC to cover up their alignment if a player attempts to detect evil? I am working on a Silver Dragon antagonist. This NPC will appear to the players as a number of human ...
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If I have already used all my movement, and then Zephyr Strike increases it after my attack, can I move more with the increased speed?

My character is a Ranger with the spell Zephyr Strike, which increases my speed by 30ft after I make an attack. If I have already used all my movement to reach an enemy, can I attack and then use the ...
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Is it possible for a player to gain the innate ability to regenerate body parts without spells?

Using the DMG's Injuries variant rule (or just having a character who for whatever reason is missing a body part), a character can lose an arm, leg, or eye, and the regenerate spell is the normal way ...
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Is this Dryad race balanced when compared to officially published races?

In a similar vein to these two questions, I've made my own Dryad race, but without subraces for right now. I based the very basics off of tieflings, but replaced the damage resistance with the Speech ...
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Can players choose specific points in space, down to the inch, to cast a spell so as to avoid hitting a prone character?

Say there is a character that is prone, such as if they were unconscious, and they are surrounded on all 8 square grids (assuming that a grid is being used) by other creatures. Can a player cast a ...
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Does the bonus action attack from Polearm Master receive the bonus to attack and damage rolls from a magic weapon?

If I have the Polearm Master feat and am wielding a +1 Glaive, the bonus action attack will use the same modifier as the standard attack (STR). However, does it also receive the +1 bonus from the fact ...
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Can a Way of Shadow monk use Shadow Step to teleport to the Ethereal Plane if they can see into it?

I am currently playing a Way of Shadow monk, and my character now has a robe of eyes. (I am loving the Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage campaign.) The description of the robe of eyes says, in part (...
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Can a Shadow Magic sorcerer cast the Darkness spell using sorcery points, and still apply a Metamagic option to it?

Let's say that I want to use the Shadow Magic sorcerer feature Eyes of the Dark (XGtE, p. 51) to cast the darkness spell by spending 2 sorcery points. More, I would like to cast it as a bonus action, ...
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Is there a class feature, magic item, or spell that will allow me to telekinetically disarm one or more opponents?

The Disarm action (DMG p271) allows you to use a weapon attack to attempt to disarm a foe. I would love to be able to do this to one or more opponents telekinetically, similar to Darth Vader in Rogue ...
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If a humanoid or beast dies, can a Spores druid wait until their own turn to use the Fungal Infestation reaction feature to animate them as a zombie?

Circle of Spores druids gain the Fungal Infestation feature at 6th level. Its description states, in part (GGtR, p. 27): If a beast or humanoid that is Small or Medium dies within 10 feet of you, you ...
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What happens if you become frightened of yourself?

You might be wondering how this could happen apart from a contrived scenario of casting a spell like cause fear on yourself (which is allowed). Turns out, it can happen by interacting with the local ...
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Does simplifying spell component management using a taxation system unbalance spell casting?

I have started a new campaign and am considering making life a little easier for my spell casters by not expecting them to source and find all their components ahead of time, especially where ...
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If the target of a Scrying spell succeeds on the saving throw against the spell, who is prevented from using the spell on them for the next 24 hours?

The description of the scrying spell states in part that: On a successful save, the target isn't affected, and you can't use this spell against it again for 24 hours. However, this seems a bit ...
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As a Sorcerer, given that I can't multiclass or take feats, how successful can I be at passing concentration checks when starting at Level 15? [closed]

I'm doing a melee sorcerer, but I'm afraid of losing my concentration in combat because in the higher levels, the damage is too big, and the concentration save is too difficult. My campaign doesn't ...
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Can a creature use Legendary Resistance to succeed on the saving throw against a Scrying spell?

My players recently decided that they would like to cast the scrying spell on a creature that has the Legendary Resistance trait. Does the Legendary Resistance trait function outside of combat? My ...
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Is my Fool race balanced?

I want to create a homebrew playable race called Fools. Essentially the idea is court jesters but as a race. They have bright, multicolored skin. I want them to have the abilities of the original Fool ...
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What is the benefit of a talisman made from an ice troll's heart?

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden introduces ice trolls (p. 295), whose hearts can (among other uses) be transformed into a talisman that functions like a patch of brown mold. I don’t understand ...
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What ways are there to cast life restoring magic without paying monetary or valuable material costs? [closed]

An example of a method which gives the party access to free resurrection magic is casting True Polymorph to become a Planetar. Planetars can cast Raise Dead 3/day without paying the material cost. ...
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Are there examples in lore of a dragon learning new spells like a wizard?

I am working on the first main antagonist for my campaign, DnD 5th edition. This will be a green or blue dragon who has the ability to shape change into a human and is a magic user. The dragon will be ...
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Is this variation of the Guidance cantrip balanced?

The Problem Guidance doesn't provide an interesting/meaningful decision point on when to use it (of course, this may not reflect other people's play experience). Other cantrips provide meaningful ...
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What is the year in Dale Reckoning for Rime of the Frostmaiden?

Various internet sources claim to set the new Icewind Dale adventure at 1450s Dale Reckoning time, and I'm trying to pin down when it actually takes place. From Rime of the Frostmaiden: Assuming a ...
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Can you stand up from prone while stunned?

If you are Stunned, your movement isn't reduced to 0 (unlike grappled.) Can you stand up from prone while Stunned? Can you also drop prone from standing? Stunned A stunned creature is incapacitated (...
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Darkness Point of Origin on an Object [duplicate]

If the Darkness spell is cast on a point that is on the end of a 10 foot pole or a glaive or some other large object, does the center of the sphere stick to that end or does it emanate from the "...
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How can you tell the distances by road between the settlements of Ten-Towns in Icewind Dale?

I've read through Chapter 1 of Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden and have not found any guidance on how to judge distances between the settlements of Ten-Towns. Other than a good old fashion ruler ...
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Can a wereraven Way of Shadow monk cast Darkness while in raven form?

In my ongoing Curse of Strahd game, The question has arisen about what spells a wood elf Way of the Shadow Monk would have access to in the various wereraven forms. In the humanoid (wood elf) form, ...
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Can a Steel Defender or a Alchemical Homunculus use a Spell Storing Item?

I have seen from many different sources the thought process that you can have your Alchemical Homunculus or your Steel Defender use your spell storing item. This would let them take up concentration ...
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Does the Totem Barbarian feature Aspect of the Beast; Eagle overcome Sunlight Sensitivity?

Some races, for instance a kobold, have a disadvantage of Sunlight Sensitivity: Sunlight Sensitivity. While in sunlight, the kobold has disadvantage on attack rolls, as well as on Wisdom (Perception) ...
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Is the Midgard Heroes Handbook Centaur race considered as Medium, or Large, for the purpose of grappling and shoving?

In the "Midgard Heroes Handbook" from the Kobold Press, there is a playable character race, the Centaur (not to be confused with the somewhat different Centaur published in Guildmaster's ...