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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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How do the planes change the spells? [closed]

My players are soon to head to different planes & I was wondering what changes to make for their spells while in those planes. I tried looking for something with that material & wasn't able to ...
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Do Player Characters with a powerful build deal more melee damage like a monster would? [duplicate]

I have a player in one of the games I'm running that's a Goliath Paladin. He uses a greataxe and recently asked me if he could deal more damage like a "Large" monster could since he has a ...
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Does Summon Undead “create” an undead?

A School of Necromancy Wizard at 6th level gains the Undead Thralls ability, which reads: At 6th level, you add the animate dead spell to your spellbook if it is not there already. When you cast ...
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Sheathing/unsheathing weapons to cast spells

My friend is playing as a cleric that uses a shield in combat. I am unsure of how the rules for sheathing/dropping weapons work. The way my friend is playing, he seems to be able to cast a spell and ...
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Where are aquatic elves defined?

Aquatic elves are mentioned under the sahuagin entry in the Monster Manual, and also in Ghosts of Saltmarsh, but I don't see them defined anywhere. Is there a stat block or other description of them ...
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Can a loxodon trunk be used to reload a sling, blowgun, or hand crossbow?

A player with a loxodon artificer wants to wield a shield and use a sling, blowgun, or hand crossbow, where the loxodon's trunk grasps the weapon and frees one hand to load the ammunition. Is this ...
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Do Pact of the Tome Warlocks need to pay a cost to scribe their ritual spells?

The Pact of the Tome warlock is able to learn ritual spells of any kind and record them in their book of spells. Wizards also can learn new spells and record them in their spell book-- but the PHB ...
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Are there RAW mechanics that a Necromancy Wizard can use to animate dead with consent?

I want to create a necromancer in the Forgotten Realms setting. One that gets some kind of consent for their necromancy when it comes to using other creatures' corpses, be it from each creature that ...
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Draconic Sorcerer Elemental Affinity with ongoing effects [duplicate]

The Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer has the following feature: Elemental Affinity Starting at 6th level, when you Cast a Spell that deals damage of the type associated with your Draconic ancestry, you ...
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Is it possible to Gate from the ethereal plane back to the material plane?

Spell combo Viability check Step one: Cast Etherealness (Assumingly, from the material plane) https://roll20.net/compendium/dnd5e/Etherealness#content Step Two: Cast Gate, and return to the material ...
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HB #1: Oath of the Holylight [Is this subclass good? Is it stronger than the other oaths?] [duplicate]

I bring you my first homebrew, this one in particular makes me very excited because I have always liked to play (or at least try) a more support and healing-oriented paladin, so I decided to create ...
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Can a Changeling or Doppelgänger shapechange into a hybrid lycanthrope form?

If a doppelgänger or changeling meet a werewolf in their hybrid form, could the doppelgänger/changeling then mimic that form? Technically, a werewolf is a humanoid. But Shapechanger is an ability.
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Does darkvision granted by a magic item affect what a caster can see in a dark location using the Clairvoyance spell?

The description of the clairvoyance spell states: When you cast the spell, you choose seeing or hearing. You can use the chosen sense through the sensor as if you were in its space. The wording &...
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Uncanny Dodge and Protective Field (Or other damage reduction abilities) Order of Operations

I had a scenario come up in game this past weekend that I wasn't sure how to adjudicate. The rogue was hit by a big hit (>30 damage) and decided to use uncanny dodge to reduce the damage, but at ...
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How can this regular hobgoblin from the Acquisitions Incorporated adventure “The Orrery of the Wanderer” use a Spell Scroll?

The official D&D 5e book Acquisitions Incorporated published by Wizards of the Coast includes an adventure, The Orrery of the Wanderer. In a section of Episode 2 (p. 116), a hobgoblin carries ...
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Do you have to specify what kind of attack or weapon you will Ready?

It seems logical that you can use the Ready action to prepare to grapple or shove an opponent if triggered. But can you just Ready an attack, and then decide when it's triggered whether to attack as ...
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Does this lake event in the “Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden” adventure allow a grapple as an opportunity attack?

There is an event in Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden (an official D&D 5e adventure by Wizards of the Coast) that seems to allow for a grapple attack as an opportunity attack. In the Lake ...
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Is this homebrew version of Glassteel balanced?

I am not sure why the spell was not included in 5e. It's mostly used for flavor and cool factor. Glassteel Artificer, Wizard, Bard (Forge Cleric?) Transmutation Level: 3 Casting time: 1 minute Range:...
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How does the size scale work? [closed]

What is the size scale and how does it work in D&D 5e? For example, how big would a huge monster be? I've been trying to scale my monsters probably, but I keep finding contradictory information ...
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Please review my Occult Caster homebrew feat

I got this feat idea thinking what I would like my Lore Bard to become. I wanted him to play with dangerous lore, one that could get him hurt in exchange from some power. On the other hand, I do not ...
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Does the second benefit of the Piercer feat allow rerolls of non-piercing damage?

The second benefit of the Piercer feat reads (TCoE, p. 80): Once per turn, when you hit a creature with an attack that deals piercing damage, you can reroll one of the attack's damage dice, and you ...
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Zombie Plague rules for a one-shot [closed]

I'm planning a one-shot set in a zombie apocalypse (original, I know), and I'd like there to be an escalating infection inflicted on the players. Ravenous Plague Whenever an infected character hits a ...
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How to handle “I investigate for <this particular thing>” checks

The characters enter a room, and get the general "what do you see" spiel. One player announces that he wants to "Investigate the room for ". (Let's say "investigate for odd ...
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If using spell Speak with Animals persuasion rather than animal handling for checks?

Wondering about a ruling if I am using the spell Speak with Animals rather than trying to communicate my intentions with the animal via Animal Handling skill for checks for communicating after casting ...
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Does Absorb Elements' additional 1d6 get doubled on a critical hit? [duplicate]

Absorb Elements, as part of its effects, has this line. [T]he first time you hit with a melee attack on your next turn, the target takes an extra 1d6 damage of the triggering type, and the spell ends....
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Why can't Wall of Force be dispelled?

According to the fifth edition spell text, Wall of Force [...] can't be dispelled by dispel magic. Is there an in-world reason why this is the case (for any D&D setting)? Why can Wall of Force ...
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When can you see through your Ersatz Eye?

The description of the Ersatz Eye from Xanathar's Guide to Everything reads: This artificial eye replaces a real one that was lost or removed. While the ersatz eye is embedded in your eye socket, it ...
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If you transmute Ennervation to another element, do you still benefit from the healing?

If you transmute Ennervation to another element, do you still benefit from the healing? The spell reads as follows: Whenever the spell deals damage to a target, you regain hit points equal to half ...
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What is “caster level” referring to in the rules for activating a magic item?

The rules for Activating a Magic Item state: Some magic items allow the user to cast a spell from the item, often by expending charges from it. The spell is cast at the lowest possible spell and ...
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Does the Order of Scribes wizard's “Master Scrivener” feature remove the need for costly material components?

The Order of Scribes wizard's Master Scrivener feature provides the ability to create a magic scroll of 1st or 2nd level (TCoE, p. 78): Whenever you finish a long rest, you can create one magic ...
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Does the spell Web work with the Graviturgy Wizard's Gravity Well feature?

The Graviturgy Wizard's Gravity Well feature lets the caster move creatures when casting spells: You’ve learned how to manipulate gravity around a living being: whenever you cast a spell on a ...
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How does Freezing Sphere delayed explosion interact with simple coverings?

There are spells, which can create a bead like object which will explode after a time. Otiluke's Freezing Sphere is the one I am particularly interested in (incidentally for the same bard my earlier ...
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With starting equipment, do crossbow bolts come with a case, like arrows come with a quiver?

I have been creating a warlock character, and I noticed that the list of starting equipment states (emphasis my own): You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by ...
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How much HP does a mountain range have?

How much HP does a mountain range have? And I don't mean a mountain, I mean a mountain range. Specifically Kondyor Massif It's technically a crater, but close enough. Basically I'm homebrewing a ...
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What are the effects of using this stat generation method?

I have recently discovered the game Knave, by Ben Milton from the Questing Beast YouTube channel, and I find the stat generation procedure pretty interesting. I'm thinking of implementing it in some ...
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Can an Armorer artificer using the Guardian armor model wield a shield or weapon in one Thunder Gauntlet, and still attack with the other gauntlet?

This question is about the Armorer artificer's Armor Model feature. The description of the Guardian armor model's Thunder Gauntlets says (TCoE, p. 16): Thunder Gauntlets. Each of the armor's ...
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Can I use Mage hand as a third hand for casting spells or receiving item buffs?

I want to use both a "Staff of the Magi" and "Arcane Grimoire" at the same time receive the benefits of each while casting spells. How can I cast spells with Somatic Components ...
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Less-lethal Wild Magic Surge homebrew

I'm playing a (Wild Magic) Sorcerer in a game of D&D 5e. My DM has house-ruled the Wild Magic rules and I am not privy to the details, but here's what I've pieced together: As usual, a d20 roll ...
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Do Player characters know they are under the effect of a Death Tyrant's Negative Energy Cone?

My players will be going up against a Death Tyrant very soon. The Negative Energy Cone states it is an invisible cone. Does this mean player characters won't know they are affected by it?
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Are there any ways to reinforce Paper Birds?

So the party is toying with the idea to contact a nomadic NPC who's continuously in motion as far as they've ever seen, but could be anywhere on the continent. Party has a few paper birds left and ...
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Does Iron Flask work on player characters?

Can you use an empty Iron Flask on a player character? Would the character be obligated to obey commands of all other players for 1h? There's no saving throw since they're on the same plane... Anyway, ...
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Is this Hexblade 6th level ability replacement balanced?

A frequent complaint with the Hexblade Warlock is that its 6th level ability Arcused Specter feels out of place. All of the other Hexblade abilities revolve around the Hexblade's Curse and single ...
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Does the spell Destructive Wave allow choosing hidden creatures as targets?

Many spells where you can select targets specify you must select targets that you can see, for example Seeming: This spell allows you to change the Appearance of any number of creatures that you can ...
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What is the maximum amount of dice needed to play DnD [closed]

If I would like to be prepared to play any character build and roll any die only once. What is the maximum amount of dice that I would need to get. The highest I have heard so far would be 144 d6 (...
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Can a College of Creation Bard use Performance of Creation to duplicate an existing item?

My party is in possession of a book of accounts and ledgers which we have retrieved on behalf of a benefactor. We are supposed to return the book to the benefactor but the information contained within ...
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What is a good starter set or in general, items to have for a DND campaign? [duplicate]

I’m asking this so I can start a dnd session with some friends of mine, I already have the Mines of Phandelver starter pack with the character sheets and lore of the story, it there anything else I ...
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How does turn order work for the Beast Master ranger's alternative class feature Primal Companion?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything contains an alternative class feature for the Beast Master ranger that replaces the Ranger's Companion feature (PHB, p. 93). The description of the new Primal Companion ...
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What happens if a vial of acid falls from the sky?

There are various methods that a vial of acid could fall from the sky. Perhaps a familiar is carrying it. Perhaps it is carried by Mage Hand. Perhaps an animal has been trained to pick things up. Then,...
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Is this Homebrew Advantage rule broken?

I know about this suggestion. Mine is an even further extension of that, and I'm asking about whether there are any further issues and whether I've fixed Lucky. I find the way 5e handles multiple ...
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Do skulks remain invisible after death and after being raised as undead?

Skulks have the Fallible Invisibility trait, which makes them invisible under most conditions. RAW, do their corpses become visible upon death? The animate dead spell states: The target becomes a ...

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