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Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition is 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 an NPC use the Teleport spell to affect an object they can see with the Scrying spell?

Teleport shows that it has a range of 10 feet and uses the following language: This spell instantly transports you and up to eight willing creatures of your choice that you can see within range, ...
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How long does Xendros from Ghosts of Saltmarsh need for this downtime activity?

Got a question about Xendros in Ghost of Saltmarsh. If the Player goes with the specific item. Is it 1d4 + 1 week or is it just 1d4 weeks of down time?
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Would houseruling two or more instances of resistance to the same element as immunity be overly unbalanced?

Would it be overly unbalanced if a DM were to houserule that two or more instances of resistance to the same element (such as fire) to be treated as immunity?
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Can a shadow sorcerer see in darkness created by another shadow sorcerer? [duplicate]

I have a party with 2 Shadow Sorcerers. If one of them casts darkness with sorcery points, is there a way - RAI or RAW it doesn't matter- for the other sorcerer to see through it? It seems stupid ...
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Does using a crossbow with the Sharpshooter feat change its range in underwater combat?

The "Underwater Combat" section of the Combat chapter (PHB, p. 198) reads: A ranged weapon attack automatically misses a target beyond the weapon's normal range. Even against a target within normal ...
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Can killing the spellcaster undo a 'permanent' True Polymorph?

So I have a character (E) that, Many years ago, was True Polymorphed into an elf so his also-elven spouse (N) wouldn't outlive him so drastically. The result ended in E being roughly thirty years ...
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Does a Beast Master Ranger's animal companion gain more actions when its master becomes incapacitated?

This question comes from discussion in the comments to the question "Can my Beast Master ranger's baboon animal companion use her Wand of Magic Missiles?" The description of the Beast Master ranger's ...
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Is it possible for both sides of an encounter to be surprised?

Is it possible for both sides of an encounter to be surprised and if so what would happen? This is a hypothetical idea I just came up with but it made me wonder what would happen. Would the surprise ...
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Can my Beast Master ranger's baboon animal companion use her Wand of Magic Missiles?

I am playing a Beast Master ranger. My baboon animal companion* obeys commands as best as it can. Can it use a wand of magic missiles? The baboon has hands, and the wand does not require attunement ...
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Should I allow a PC's spells to affect a very large space vehicle?

I'm running a sci-fi campaign using D&D 5e, Ultramodern 5e (an add-on that allows you to run modern and sci-fi settings using D&D 5e), with Esper Genesis space combat rules. I have a player ...
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Designing a stat block for a 5e Hieracosphinx [closed]

The Hieracosphinx is a lesser Sphinx that does not have an official stat block for 5e, as via Christopher Perkins' Twitter. However, I would like to use this monster in a desert setting with Level 6 ...
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What powers or limits devil promotion?

Devils can gain power, transforming from weaker forms (at the lowest, the humble Lemure) to stronger ones (up to Archfiends). This process occurs via a superior "promoting" them. (Monster Manual, p. ...
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Is there a way to make a Beast Master ranger's animal companion able to read a language?

Let's say I am a Beast Master ranger and have a baboon animal companion. Is there a spell or magic item that would let it know how to read? Write?
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What's the correct way to determine turn order in this situation?

The situation: Four orcs, sitting around a campfire, are spotted by the party. Two more orcs are in a tent a couple meters away. The orcs do not notice the party. A Wizard casts invisibility on ...
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At what area and distance can a character detect a trap?

At what area and distance can a character detect a trap when actively searching? And on which with passive. Hypothetically. Suppose that in front of the character is a corridor 30 squares long and 3 ...
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How to balance a low-level adventure for higher-level characters?

I am the DM of a group just finishing the 5E starting adventure - Lost Mine of Phandelver. I intend to tie the story we created directly into Tyranny of Dragons. The problem is that the player ...
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How to interpret the challenge rating of creatures?

I looked at the proposed topics and, it seems, did not find similar to my question. I understand that the challenge rating is the creature's level of danger, and the more deadly it is, the higher the ...
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What system can I use for a small scale battle? [duplicate]

I am DMing an homebrew DND 5e adventure. My players are going to defend a village from an orc tribe. The village will have around 100 armed farmers. Players also gained support of a local dwarven ...
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Is Spell Bombardment's die a damage die? [duplicate]

This stems from Is the Spell Bombardment additional damage die subject to critical hit dice doubling? I re-read the description of Spell Bombardment When you roll damage for a spell and roll the ...
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Can Familiars read and use spell scrolls?

I'm playing an Artificer/Rogue (2019 version on D&D Beyond, going for Archivist but I took magic initiate and got Find Familiar) and I want to get a little more support ability by using spell ...
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How do Sanity saving throws work when resisting an effect conferred by an attack or spell that deals psychic damage?

I am playing with the Sanity ability score option (DMG, p. 265-266). One of the suggestions on Sanity saving throws states: Sanity Saving Throws. You might call for a Sanity saving throw when a ...
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Do actions granted by the Haste spell count as “your action”?

I asked a similar question "How do the Haste spell and Turn Undead interact?". Perhaps I'm wrong, but it seems that the answer there says that even haste's action is limited by Turn Undead, that Turn ...
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Can I cast Death Ward on additional creatures without causing previous castings to end?

Say I have cast Death Ward on one creature already. Can I cast Death Ward again on an additional creature without causing the first casting of Death Ward to end?
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How to deal with a DM changing my backstory and dismissing my ideas?

The buildup I am playing a campaign with a few friends and we are all kinda new including the DM, though he does have a little more experience than the players. The other day the DM asked everyone ...
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What “level” is a monster, for the Tough feat?

It seems that if a couatl changes shape into a humanoid, it can get racial features. But if it decides to turn into a variant human and picks the Tough feat, is its level its CR (4) or its number of ...
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How to handle “I attack” during a peaceful narrative [duplicate]

Abdullah, Ben, and Caroline are talking to a Drow that they know may prove hostile. Abdullah and Ben are fine with seeing how the conversation goes, but Caroline doesn't want to risk it. As the ...
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Holes in Wall of Force

According to answers to this question Wall of Force follows rules for area spells (PHB, 204) A spell's effect expands in straight lines from the point of origin. If no unblocked straight line ...
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How much do monsters get from Change Shape? [duplicate]

If you have a dragon or a couatl and have it change shape into, say, the CR 3 knight, what among brave, multiattack, leadership, and parry is "not a class feature" and would therefore be available to ...
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Can a multiclass sorcerer make spell slots for your other class using sorcerer points?

For example: sorcerer 3 / warlock 1 Using flexible Casting to create a warlock spell slot. Can a multiclass sorcerer make spell slots for your other class using sorcerer points? EDIT: Thanks guy i ...
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How does the Swashbuckler's Suave Defense feature work with the Robe of the Archmagi? [closed]

If I were to give Suave Defense trait to a player and if they have the Robe of the Archmagi, how would it work? Suave Defense states: While the swashbuckler is wearing light or no armor and ...
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Are there any rules for building settlements from the ground up?

I am running a game set in a destroyed city (in a destroyed world), almost every building has been flattened to its foundations or reduced to just a few standing stones. Are there any published rules;...
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Do the Stone Golem's Slow feature and the Slow spell combine?

The errata to the DMG added a section "Combining Game Effects" which states: [...] When two or more game features have the same name, only the effects of one of them — the most potent one — apply ...
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How does Monks' Improved Unarmored Movement work out of combat?

At 9th level, Monks gain an improvement of their Unarmored Movement feature: At 9th level, you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces and across liquids on your turn without falling ...
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Would allowing versatile weapons wielded in two hands to benefit from Dueling be unbalanced?

As a DM, would allowing players using a versatile weapon in two hands to benefit from Dueling create unforeseen imbalance in the game? The reason for this change is because it appears that the ...
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How does a Barbarian's rage resistances interact with magic weapons? [duplicate]

In monster statblocks that include resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing it is stated that you can overcome that resistance with magical weapons or sometimes silvered weapons. In the ...
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Can you cure a Gorgon's Petrifying Breath before it finishes turning a target to stone?

The Gorgon has an ability called Petrifying Breath which reads as below: Petrifying Breath (Recharge 5-6): The gorgon exhales petrifying gas in a 30-foot cone. Each creature in that area must ...
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Can celestials serve evil deities?

From what I’ve read, evil-aligned celestials are an extreme rarity, but evil-aligned deities exist. I’ve even heard that if a celestial turns evil, they stop being a celestial. Celestials supposedly ...
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Can you improvise a suit of half plate from a suit of plate armor? [closed]

If you have a suit of full plate armor, can you improvise or remove some of the armored leg portions to functionally approximate half-plate? Plate armor: Plate consists of shaped, interlocking ...
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Discrepancy regarding AoE point of origin between English and German PHB

I own both the English and German version of the D&D 5e Player's Handbook. On pages 204 and 205 it talks about area of effect spells and whether or not the point of origin is included in it. The ...
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Is the illusion created by Invoke Duplicity affected by difficult terrain?

Is the illusion created by the Trickery Domain Cleric affected by difficult terrain when moving? As a DM, I'm assuming that it is not affected by difficult terrain. Is that correct? I assume if a ...
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How can I become an invalid target for spells that target humanoids?

One of my players is a druid who would like to be able to change their creature type so that they become an invalid target against spells that target humanoids. First party WotC content (including UA)...
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Can one escape a net by Misty Step? [duplicate]

Lets say a creature is attacked by an adventurer with a net. Can the creature free themselves from the net with misty step?
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Is there any way to change falling damage to another damage type?

The rules on "Falling" state: [...] At the end of a fall, a creature takes 1d6 bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet it fell, to a maximum of 20d6... When looking at the reverse gravity spell I ...
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Is my DM stacking the odds against us? [closed]

So, I'll set the stage. We're a party of 4, level 8 at the moment, with an allied NPC. In our most recent encounter we went up against: ~20 "minions", (<35 HP, +4 to hit) 1 Winter wolf (75 HP, +5 ...
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When does a UA Sea Sorcerer choose to use the Curse of the Sea feature's additional effect?

The Sea Sorcerer's Curse of the Sea feature states, in part: Once per turn when you cast a spell, you can trigger the curse if that spell deals cold or lightning damage to the cursed target or ...
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How far can Sea Sorcerer's Curse of the Sea and the Warlock's Repelling Blast Invocation push a target?

If I'm playing a Sorcerer/Warlock multi-class and I cast eldritch blast with the Repelling Blast invocation and I have Curse of the Sea from Sea Sorcery how far can I push foes away?
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If an Eidolon uses Divine Dread and then goes into its sacred statue, does the frightened condition transfer?

If an Eidolon use Divine Dread and then goes into its sacred statue, does the frightened condition transfer? Or would a PC only be frightened by the eidolon? What if the sacred statue looks exactly ...
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What happens to a net with the Returning Weapon artificer infusion after it hits?

The 2019 UA artificer can infuse any simple or martial weapon that has the thrown weapon property with the Returning Weapon infusion. The net is a martial ranged weapon with the thrown property. A ...
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What damage does a magic flaming warhammer do to a monster with resistance to bludgeoning and fire damage from nonmagical weapons? [closed]

My friend has an enchanted silvered warhammer that grants it +1d6 fire damage. We'll be fighting a fiend soon with resistance to fire and bludgeoning damage from nonmagical and non silvered weapons. ...
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Is there a recommended party size for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist?

I'm planning on starting a campaign of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist tomorrow, but it's looking like we may only have two players (plus me as DM) for it. The other published adventures I've used (Lost Mine ...