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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 plane would an aboleth be from for the purposes of Banishment?

An aboleth is classified as a large aberration. If someone were to use the Banishment spell, what plane would it be banished to? (if it is from a different plane?) Or would it just be banished to the '...
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Can a Sorcerer Gain Additional Spells Known with Magic Initiate? [duplicate]

The Magic Initiate feat states: Choose a class: bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, warlock, or wizard. You learn two cantrips of your choice from that class's spell list. In addition, choose one ...
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Using the Beyond20 extension, how can I roll from my D&D Beyond character sheet in Roll20?

I recently discovered the Beyond20 browser extension and have installed it. The extension is supposed to make it so you can "roll" from your DNDbeyond character sheet and it will do the roll in your ...
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How to make a simple deck of magical cards that will be drawn randomly?

Sorry if the question was asked before, but I didn't find any good answers for me. Im a new DM playing on Roll20 and I'm making a new Class that fights with magical cards, dice and coins. ...
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Who chooses how a course of action given by Suggestion is pursued when cast on PC? Player or DM?

Sub-questions: Do Suggestion's suggested activities need to be pursued immediately, at the expense of anything else? Can the DM decide that the influence of Suggestion sets limits on action economy, ...
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Does the reply to the Message cantrip have a time/distance limit?

The message cantrip says the following: You point your finger toward a creature within range and whisper a message. The target (and only the target) hears the message and can reply in a whisper ...
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Wood elf initiative

I am playing a Wood Elf Monk. I have a 20 dex, so my initiative is +5. Do wood elves gain any other pluses to initiative?
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How many squares can a creature larger than Medium with a speed of 30 feet move on a 5-foot square grid map?

A Large creature on a 5-foot square grid map occupies a 2-by-2 square space. If the creature can move up to 30 feet, and each square on the grid is 5 feet by 5 feet, does the creature move up to 6 ...
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Can I apply the Great Weapon Master feat's second benefit (-5 to attack roll, +10 to damage roll) to the bonus-action attack from the first benefit?

Say I trigger the bonus-action attack granted by the first benefit of the Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, p. 167), either by getting a crit or a killing blow. Can I then apply GWM's second benefit (-5 ...
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The Espruar script seems to have changed from past editions. Is there an in-universe explanation given for the change?

Whilst exploring the internet, I’ve found a variety of different official scripts for Elvish. From my understanding of it, Rellanic is a generic one (not tied to a setting), and Espruar is Forgotten ...
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Can I double a single spell attack's range multiple times by taking multiple versions of the Spell Sniper feat?

I was looking at the Player's Handbook and I saw that there are 3 different types for Spell Sniper. Simply put, does choosing all three of them create an 8 times multiplier? For example, say that a ...
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What counts as a disease?

Do any books contain a rules definition of what is and is not a disease. Here are some examples of aliments I, the DM, would like to see if they match the definition if such a thing exists. I put a ...
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Do Bane/Bless apply to death saving throws?

Possibly related. The text of Bane reads: Whenever a target [...] makes an attack roll or saving throw before the spell ends, the target must roll a d4 and subtract the number rolled from the ...
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Can a character benefit from 2 different fighting styles (e.g. Protection and Defense) at the same time?

All fighters get the Fighting Style feature at 1st level. A Champion fighter also gets a second fighting style at 10th level. Can 2 different martial fighting styles be used together at the same time?...
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Can you attack four times when you have two light weapons and the extra attack skill? [duplicate]

Most, if not all, classes gain the extra attack ability at level 5 where you can attack twice on your go instead of once. But if you are weilding two light weapons when you're using extra attack, do ...
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Does the 1st-level spell you can cast using the Magic Initiate feat need spell slots?

I'm having a hard time understanding how the Magic Initiate feat works; does it require spell slots? The feat doesn't say the spell cast is free; it only says you can cast it at its lowest level ...
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Do racial spells need spell slots? [duplicate]

Do the spells from Drow Magic need slots to cast? Or can they be used by characters without spell slots, like a fighter?
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Can you use the shapechange spell to turn into a unique or named creature?

Inspired by this comment on an answer of mine, I'm now wondering how exactly shapechange works. The spell states (emphasis mine): You assume the form of a different creature for the duration. The ...
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Combining Flash of Genius and Psi Bolstered Knack?

Long story short I am rolling up a level 13 Soul Knife UA Rogue / Armorer Artificer. Can I use Soul Knifes Psi Bolstered Knack with the Artificers Flash of Genius add both my Intelligence modifier ...
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Would allowing Wizards to use Wisdom for AC be unbalanced?

I find myself frustrated that Wizards have high incentive to invest in Dexterity and Constitution so that the aren't quite so squishy whereas they have little incentive to increase Wisdom except to ...
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How do I get access to all summonable monsters at the lowest level?

I want to build a character with every spell that summons creatures, without using Wish or magic items. This includes all conjuration spells that summon creatures, and all necromancy spells that make ...
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Can you ready disengage to avoid opportunity attacks on your turn?

Edit: This question isn’t asking wether you can ready to disengage. That question has been fully answered in a forum linked in a comment below. What this question is asking is, if you ready disengage, ...
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Between the half-orc's Savage Attacks trait and the Elven Accuracy racial feat, which is better?

In a mathematical comparison of the Half-Orc Savage Attacks trait and the Elf/Half-Elf feat Elven Accuracy (XGtE, p. 74), which one increases average damage more at level 10 for a Fighter-Champion 5 / ...
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How long does it take a wizard to change just one of their prepared spells?

Suppose my 10th-level wizard wakes up from a good night's rest and, using all 20 points of his Intelligence, he realizes that he needs to change his spell list a little. It's time to retire Magic ...
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Is my alternative to UA Revived Rogue's Bolts from the Grave suitably powered?

The October 2019 Unearthed Arcana introduced the Revived archetype for Rogues, which while not being the most mechanically powerful archetype, has some fun flavour that fits very well into the gothic ...
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Planning to use 1 arrow to hit a second target if it misses the first target

I've read a lot about "shooting the other enemy" and how enemies don't occupy the entire 5ft square; however what I can't find is the following scenario: I intentionally position my character to have ...
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Is there a formula or method of planning a flexible homebrew campaign or session?

When ever I'm planning a session for my campaign I tend to plan a very strict plot. It makes me feel comfortable, and though you can never feel ready; it makes me feel ready to play when I have a ...
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What options are available to a Portable Hole owner?

I am a new DM, trying to understand the magic of the Portable Hole. I've read through as many previous posts on Portable Hole shenanigans as I could, but none seem to answer my questions. One of my ...
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What would be the gold value of a Polymorph Blade?

We usually follow this homebrew guide for magical item prices, and my players have recently played through the Lost Laboratory of Kwalish adventure. In it, they obtained a cursed longsword, a ...
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What would be the gold value of a Blade of the Medusa?

We usually follow this homebrew guide for magical item prices, and my players have recently played through the Lost Laboratory of Kwalish adventure. In it, they obtained a cursed longsword, a Blade of ...
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Can you choose the spell slot level when using boon of spell recall? [duplicate]

Boon of spell recall (p 232 of the Dungeon Master's Guide) Says that you can cast any spell you know or have prepared without using a spell slot. Can that spell be cast at a higher level than the ...
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What happens to Wall of Fire if the surface moves [duplicate]

The situation I am wondering about is if Wall of Fire is cast upon a wall and then the wall either falls over or crumbles. Would the wall of fire remain floating in the air? Would it disappear? Would ...
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Is this homebrew Chromatic Blade spell balanced?

Honestly, this spell was my Eldritch Knight player's idea but I thought it interesting and am trying to work out the balance. It's sort of a hybrid of the chromatic orb and green-flame blade spells. ...
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How much max HP should the Demilich have?

The demilich statblock on Monster Manual page 48 says: Hit Points 80 (32d4) but outside of the statblock, the demilich's description on the next page says: Undead Nature. A demilich doesn't ...
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Does the School of Transmutation wizard's Transmuter's Stone need to be held in hand to gain its benefit?

The School of Transmutation wizard gains the Transmuter's Stone feature at 6th level. Does the transmuter's stone need to be held in hand to benefit from it? Or can I gain its benefit even if it's in ...
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How can I make this character with Two-Weapon Fighting and the Dual Wielder feat?

I'm quite new to D&D. As the group I'm playing with recently finished our first adventure with preset characters, we want to play the next one with characters we made ourselves. We would start at ...
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When a druid uses Wild Shape to transform into a beast, how many Hit Dice does it have?

Suppose that, for whatever reason, my mid- to high-level druid is in a party that has decided to take a short rest. Instead of spending a use of their Wild Shape to assume a new form with full hit ...
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Can the Moonbeam spell negate the effect of the Meld into Stone spell?

I was playing a druid in a free-for-all with other players. In a moment of near death and desperation, I cast meld into stone to escape from a paladin to try and heal a bit. Because it was a Battle ...
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Can you use a Wall of Sand to blind a creature without obscuring it?

Recently, I was taking a look through the Wizard spell list, and the Wall of Sand spell sparked my interest: You conjure up a wall of swirling sand on the ground at a point you can see within ...
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Forcing a saving throw to be made with disadvantage [closed]

I know there is already a similar question, but it doesn't really give me an answer. Is there such a thing as a feat or an item that causes enemies to make saving throws like wisdom or general saving ...
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Can a sorcerer use the Quickened Spell metamagic option on a spell cast from a magic wand?

The sorcerer in my group has a wand of lightning bolts: While holding it, you can use an action to expend 1 or more of its charges to cast the lightning bolt spell (save DC 15) from it. For 1 ...
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Can my players coat a +1 Plate Armor with Adamantine?

My Dwarf smith wants to merge both his Plate Armor +1 and his Adamantine Plate Armor. The idea is to melt Adamantine, obtain the raw material, and coat his +1 Plate with it, thus obtaining a +1 ...
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Is there a reason to investigate illusions like Phantasmal Force other than some kind of metagaming?

If I cast phantasmal force on an NPC to make him think a creature has jumped onto his back and is trying to strangle him, assuming he fails his initial roll, why would he use an action to make an ...
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How do I handle players simply un-hiding and re-hiding after a poor Stealth roll?

Recently I've faced with the following situation and was really surprised with the rules: Let's consider the following situation: A party is located in a quite deep forest. They know that there is an ...
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When the Entangle spell ends, do the plants disappear after they “wilt away”?

The description of the entangle spell reads: Grasping weeds and vines sprout from the ground in a 20-foot square [...] When the spell ends, the conjured plants wilt away. Does "wilt away" ...
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How many attacks does does a level 8 Champion fighter using Two-Weapon Fighting get?

A new player would like to join a group I've been DMing for a while. His player character has the following characteristics: He is a fighter who chose Two Weapon Fighting fighting style when he ...
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Magic Missile vs Rug of Smothering

If you cast Magic Missile on a Rug of Smothering, does it still deal half damage to the grappled creature? I know that by RAW it should, but it makes no sense, because Magic Missiles can’t miss. Is ...
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Does the Shield of the Hidden Lord magic item grant a total of +2 or +4 to AC?

The description of the Shield of the Hidden Lord magic item from the adventure Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus (p. 225) reads: While holding this shield, you gain a +2 bonus to AC and ...
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What ways are there to end a reduction to a character's hit point maximum?

As a DM, I've been using a Mummy, and as a result, the character of one of my players has had their hit point maximum reduced a lot. In my head, it was clear that the character would go to the nearest ...
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What is the weight of the web created by the Web spell?

So my friends and I were playing a campaign. We were at 3rd level, and I was playing a sorcerer. There was a flying creature that we wanted to get down, so I tried to catch it with the spell Web. ...

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