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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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Should my party get xp twice, first for a negotiation, and then for killing the creature

My party negotiated a truce with the Nothic in LMoP, then shortly afterwards the wizard found the sword hidden away and decided to try and steal it. The Nothic noticed and engaged in combat, at which ...
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Do a Soulknife’s soulknife abilities function in an Antimagic Field?

The Soulknife’s soulknife comes from their Psychic Blades subclass feature, which states: “Also at 3rd level, you can manifest your psionic power as shimmering blades of psychic energy. Whenever you ...
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Are there official items for incompletely mitigating light sensitivity?

Are there official items for incompletely mitigating light sensitivity? The reason I ask is that I do not want to get rid of the disadvantage completely, but given there are mundane, historic ...
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If I alter my Spined Devil permanently with this Ring of Alter Self magic item, can the Spined Devil still use their old features?

The description of the Ring of Alter Self says that if one wears it for a month, the effects become permanent. I'm a 4 level hexlock and I have a Spined Devil who I want to use as a henchman. If I ...
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What should I change for my homebrew Ent subclass? (Updated) [duplicate]

This is a follow up question to my earlier post: What changes should I make to improve my homebrew Circle of the Ent druid subclass? The changes made in this post are designed to make it more clear ...
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What nation in Eberron uses a crown as its symbol?

The art on pages 12 and 13 of Eberron: Rising from the Last War shows two opposing armies. The army on page 12 is mostly undead with what might be a living officer at the front, which makes me think ...
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What changes should I make to improve my homebrew Circle of the Ent druid subclass? [closed]

I am currently trying to create a custom druid subclass called the Circle of the Ent, inspired by Ents from The Lord of the Rings. I really love the concepts, but I do not have any experience with ...
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Does the Metamagic Adept feat gives access to Flexible Casting as well or just sorcery points when taken at 1st level as a Variant Human Sorcerer? [duplicate]

Build Race: Variant Human (feat: Metamagic Adept) Class: Sorcerer (Shadow) Metamagic adept feat: (...)You gain 2 sorcery points to spend on Metamagic (these points are added to any sorcery points you ...
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Can an incorporeal character with Ghost Step Tattoo still hit enemies?

For the Ghost Step Tattoo in Tasha's, I'm not entirely clear on incorporeal. If a character is incorporeal, can their weapon attacks (esp if non magical) still hit enemies?
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Does the Wild Companion optional class feature for druids let them use spell slots to cast the Find Familiar spell?

Does the Wild Companion optional class feature for druids grant access to the find familiar spell? Basically I'd rather hard cast it than waste the Wild Shape on it. The Circle of Stars druid's Starry ...
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What damage-dealing personal “Aura” powers (class features, racial traits, spells, etc.) exist?

I am making a character whose concept is that if you get within 5/10/15 feet of him, his aura hits you and you take damage. It only needs to work once per long rest though more is obviously better. ...
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Does Blessed Strikes count as a magical effect?

In Tasha's Cauldron of Everything on page 31 the Optional Class Feature "Blessed Strikes" for Clerics is explained: 8th-level cleric feature, which replaces the Divine Strike or Potent ...
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Can I move a grappled creature so that they precede me towards a destination, rather than following behind?

Background In a comment on this answer, user V2Blast suggests that you could circumnavigate* a creature, then push them into a hazard. This would enable moving a grappled creature into a hazard ...
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Does the “Cantrip Formulas” optional Wizard feature allow a racial cantrip to be swapped for another?

The Tasha's Cauldron of Everything optional level 3 Wizard feature Cantrip Formulas does the following: You have scribed a set of arcane formulas in your spellbook that you can use to formulate a ...
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How to prevent a wake up conga line?

There is a problem I encountered recently. My DM rolls initiative for groups of monsters together. We are at level 4, so Sleep should be a decent battlefield control. However, we have been ...
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Requirements for creatures to wake others when put to sleep by magic

What is the intelligence requirements to waking up allies? I recently ran a D&D 5e game where wolves attacked the party. They were put to sleep using the sleep spell. When the wolves went to wake ...
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In what rule book is the awakened familiar background introduced?

I saw this as an option in a dnd beyond campaign that I'm apart of, in what book does it appear (and page if possible)?
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Can one use Witch Bolt to prevent spell casting?

Witch bolt seems to have a bad rap. One difference I see between witch bolt and other spells is that it is sustained/continued/ongoing damage. If I spam a spell caster with fire bolts, magic missiles ...
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What's the best way to resolve a paradox created when a mage shapeshifted into a larger creature enters an antimagic field, but its true form doesn't?

This is based on a situation that's happening in my current campaign, though the example below is simplified to remove unnecessary context. The shapechange spell (Player's Handbook, page 274) only ...
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Are the Nine Hells separate planes or a single plane?

Are the Nine Hells/Baator considered a single plane of existence in D&D 5e, or are each of the nine layers considered their own separate planes? For example, would the spell Scrying, which ...
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Tasha's Beastmaster & communicating

I've been looking over the recent changes to the Ranger's Beastmaster in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and I'm trying to figure out the best way for the beast to communicate with the ranger. The ...
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Can you cause a Stun check using Mage hand on the Testicals? [duplicate]

I've come to an impasse with my player where we are unable to determine that if Mage hand can cause a Stunning effect by gripping the targets testicles I've determined through research that 10 pounds ...
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What counts as damage by an ammunition when using Arcane Shot in regards to poison?

I am currently building DnD-5e Arcane Archer (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything) character and considering how beneficial it is to take the Poisoner feat (from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything ). In ...
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What class/racial abilities or spells cause vulnerability in other creatures?

I am looking for ways to cause my opponents to be vulnerable to the damage I deal in combat. I am not interested in ignoring resistance, I am only looking to cause the vulnerability condition. Ideally ...
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Techniques for hiding dice rolls when an NPC/enemy has advantage/disadvantage

It's common to hide die rolls as a DM and there are some advantages to it. The problem is that they can still hear two dice or see when you're rolling twice. Although it's rarely useful to do so, you ...
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What determines if a Wild Shaped Druid/Rogue can use a finesse weapon to gain Sneak Attack?

A Druid/Rogue multiclass gains access to Wild Shape and Sneak Attack. While Wild Shaped, a character gets access to most features it has normally. Sneak Attack is one of those features. I am aware ...
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Can a Rogue find an undetectable Trap?

While the title seems to already anwser the question on it's own (there's no way you can detect something undetectable), should that really be the case? Let's check three examples: Collapsing Floor ...
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Understanding the Rune Knight Fighter's 15th level feature

In the description for this feature, it says Master of Runes: You can invoke each rune you know from your Rune Carver feature twice, rather than once, and you regain all expended uses when you finish ...
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What's the definition of an artifact in regards to a Sphere of Annihilation?

A sphere of annihilation erases all matter except for artifacts. What exactly would the prerequisites of an artifact be for it to be an exception to the Sphere's effect? From the sphere's description: ...
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What are the DM's responsibilities when dealing with a character's death?

This facet of RPGs is the thing with which I have the least experience/comfort level.  I'm sanguine about the idea that Dungeons etc. are inherently dangerous places, and that the PCs behavior is ...
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is it possible for the special effects of ores such as admantium be infused scales of a creature

I have a lizardfolk character that just got adamantine plate armour. I wondered whether my adamantine armour could be melted down and infused with my scales due to having naturally scaly and tough ...
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What is the DC of Draconic Presence?

At level 18, the Draconic Bloodline sorcerer gets the Draconic Presence feature which is basically an aura of fear/charm. Its saving thrown is defined in the following way according to page 104 of the ...
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How fast in DnD terms is the word “immediately”?

For example, the spell Sending says: You send a short message of twenty-five words or less to a creature with which you are familiar. The creature hears the message in its mind, recognizes you as the ...
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Is there a canonical source for the Arcane Trickster's magic?

I've been curious about the source of the Arcane Trickster's magic. All the player's handbook offers about the source of magic for this subclass is as follows: PHB p. 97 Some rogues enhance their ...
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Can a petrified wizard communicate telepathically with their familiar?

The wizard in my campaign has just been petrified after his first encounter with a cockatrice. He had his familiar 'out' at the time of his petrification. I'm sure that the intent of the rules is that ...
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Can Thunder Gauntlets meet the material component requirement of Booming Blade and Green Flame Blade?

This is very related to this question: Artificer Armorer Guardian attack and cantrips like Booming blade This is to talk about the new rules introduced in TCoE with respect to Booming Blade and Green ...
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Are there any rules for digging out of a grave?

Here is the situation. The villain used a Sleep spell to take out a player. each creature affected by this spell falls unconscious until the spell ends, the sleeper takes damage, or someone uses an ...
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Is a Dryad able to issue commands to a charmed creature that doesn't understand Sylvan or Elvish?

A Dryad can use Fey Charm to charm a beast or humanoid. The result is that: The target is charmed; it cannot willingly harm the Dryad. The target is charmed; the Dryad's social checks against it have ...
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Would a Tempest Cleric's Booming Blade, transmuted to lightning damage, knock a target away twice?

Let's assume a chain of events. We have a level six Tempest Cleric, who has access to Booming Blade through some combination of racial spell, feat, or multi-classing. Further, also through feat or ...
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Can a living shadow be dissipated with light?

Long story short, I'm a DM and one of my players was given the 'Living shadow' Dark gift from Van Richtens Guide to Ravenloft. The party, assuming that it was a threat, shot it with a crossbow bolt ...
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Does my version of Fire Breath break my pseudodragon?

I am starting a campaign in which my character is an accomplished and award-winning chef, and in an egg-themed competition won a dragon egg with a pseudodragon. I've talked with my DM, and he's ...
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Are the long-lasting effects of prestidigation magical?

Obviously the casting is magical, but are the lasting results themselves magical, and in particular do they trigger Detect Magic? Specifically, supposing that I make a color, a small mark, or a ...
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When performing a group check, is it better to have an even number of creatures?

The rules for group checks say: To make a group ability check, everyone in the group makes the ability check. If at least half the group succeeds, the whole group succeeds. So, for groups of 1 and 2,...
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Is the Decanter of endless water unlimited?

I have given my party a decanter of endless water (was part of an in game joke, a dwarf was left the amulet of the drunkard and a decanter of endless water to make sure he never was without a drink). ...
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Can you cast spells requiring sight on targets that aren't perfectly defined?

In D&D 5e, some spells (such as Enlarge/Reduce) specify that you cast the spell on a target you can see. I attempted to cast it on my team mate who was in darkness but whose silhouette I could see ...
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Should a sneaking group use group checks?

I always considered sneaking to be a per character check, because I have a hard time imagining a paladin in shiny, heavy and loud armor sneaking silently, just because a rogue with stealth expertise ...
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Can a Water Elemental freeze?

Can a Water Elemental freeze, and what happens if it does? Since it consists of water, it seems plausible that it can freeze. However, when this came up in our game, the DM ruled that freezing the ...
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Which of Blind Sight vs Blind Sense is better? [closed]

What is the better ability in D&D 5e: Blind sense or Blind fighting? Imagine a varient human rogue with the fighters initiate ability and gets blind fighting before level 15. Which ability is ...
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How does range interact with the Arcane Archer's Curving Shot?

One of the features of the Arcane Archer fighter subclass is Curving Shot: At 7th level, you learn how to direct an errant arrow toward a new target. When you make an attack roll with a magic arrow ...
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How does cover interact with the Arcane Archer's Curving Shot?

One of the features of the Arcane Archer fighter subclass is Curving Shot: At 7th level, you learn how to direct an errant arrow toward a new target. When you make an attack roll with a magic arrow ...

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