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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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Would the Four Elements monk be balanced with more disciplines and cantrips?

So I've just started watching the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series (it's quite a few years old now, but I've never watched it before), and immediately I am reminded of the Way of the Four ...
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Can you ready an action after you've already used your bonus action?

Like say, you use the rogue's cunning action to disengage, then you ready your action to shoot at the enemy when an ally gets within 5 feet of them. Would this work?
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For attacks with ranged weapons, is the attacker's Dexterity bonus added to the damage roll?

In 5th edition combat, does a character using a ranged weapon like a bow or crossbow get to add their dexterity to their damage? Such as a rogue with a 15 Dexterity using a light crossbow, would they ...
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Is there a mechanic for Passive Deception? [duplicate]

Right now I have a situation with a Doppleganger has infiltrated a small section of the group. It is passing itself off with the intentions of appearing to be someone important to one person and ...
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What is the difference between Simple and Martial weapons?

I have found no satisfactory answer anywhere online or in any manuals. What is the difference between a simple weapon and a martial weapon, really?
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What is the range of a Drunken Monk's Redirect attack?

One thing that came up in a session I was playing was when our Drunken Monk was fighting three enemies, one in front and two behind. The one in front missed and the Monk used redirect to hit an enemy ...
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Why is the Searing Smite spell not listed in the Roll20 spell list?

Why is the searing smite spell not listed in the Roll20 spell list? According to the page for the spell on D&D Beyond, it's listed in the PHB on page 274.
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Does an Open Hand monk's Wholeness of Body close a Horned Devil's infernal wound?

Basically the exact same question as this one, but for 5e (since the other question is about Pathfinder). A Horned Devil can inflict an "infernal wound" with its tail attack , which essentially ...
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How does the barbarian's bonus damage from Rage interact with two-weapon fighting?

Some days ago, I created for someone a barbarian dwarf character sheet. Everything went well, and the sheet is complete. As I'm very new to D&D, I decided to read through the barbarian class to ...
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What level should a character be to make a CR 4 follower balanced?

I want to give the characters of one of my players a follower. Specifically, the follower needs to be a Flameskull (CR 4). The player character is a School of Necromancy wizard; he has the skull of a ...
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Can the Minor Illusion cantrip be used to create advantage? [duplicate]

If I use Minor Illusion to create the image of a brick wall filling the square in front of me, do I have advantage for my attacks with Fire Bolt? I can see through it, but my enemies cannot. Assume ...
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Can you remove a blindfold using the Telekinesis spell?

Suppose a Sorcerer with Subtle Spell is blindfolded, and has their hands tied behind their back. Could they Subtle cast telekinesis to remove the blindfold? The relevant part of the spell ...
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Can I have a nameless character?

I am planning on running a High Elf Far Traveler Sorcerer, whose "far traveler" motifs are due to a loss of memory early in life. He lacks an upbringing to draw motivation from - he is self-motivated ...
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Is there any way to detect how many levels of exhaustion a character has, per the rules?

Imagine a villain has taken a character prisoner and is forcing them to stay awake several days (using the optional rules on Xanathar's Guide p. 78 about spending 24 hours without a long rest) in the ...
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Can the nightmare effect of the Dream spell stack?

Let's say a character casts the spell Dream, and chooses to make the messenger terrifying to cause a nightmare. Then, they deliver their ten words and wake up, and immediately cast Dream again on the ...
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Does the extra damage of a Flame Tongue sword work with an attack made as part of the Booming Blade cantrip?

I'm planning a magic initiate Rogue with the Booming Blade Cantrip. He will have a Flame Tongue as it is a higher level character. I already know that Booming Blade and Sneak Attack work together but ...
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Is it imbalancing to have unarmed strikes count as weapons? [duplicate]

Unarmed strikes already count as "attacks", "melee attacks", and even "melee weapon attacks" as the Sage Advice Compendium, version 2.3, states this on page 11: For example, an unarmed strike ...
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Can I use a bonus action to ready an action?

The 5e rules are a little unclear on this, and I haven't found anyone who has asked this yet. I've been wondering if it is possible to use your bonus action to ready an action. For example, can a ...
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Does 5e have any restrictions in place for the creation of potions like in Pathfinder?

Answers from official sources are preferred. Specifically I want to create a potion of Alter Self D&D 5e seems to be a little light on the details for such things. In the DMG section for ...
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Can you obtain a Transmuter's Stone if you “morph” into a Transmuter statblock? [duplicate]

Volo's Guide to Monsters contains the stat bloc for an NPC called Transmuter, who is a humanoid, CR 5, with the following trait: Transmuter's Stone. The transmuter carries a magic stone it ...
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When does the Homunculus die, exactly?

The spell description of the Xanathar's Guide to Everything spell Create Homunculus (p. 152) reads: It is your faithful companion, and it dies if you die. When the player character reaches 0 hp, ...
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How to prevent a single-element caster from being useless against immune foes, as a DM?

TL;DR: As a DM, how can I prevent a full single-element caster from becoming almost useless against foes immune to his element of choice, without making him overpowered? To make the question more ...
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Is it possible to tell if a child will turn into a Hag?

There's been a string of kidnappings and my players are about to discover a Hag coven. In the Hag's lair they will discover several children prisoners as well as some hag children. All will be the ...
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Can you continue the movement of a Bonus Action Dash granted by Expeditious Retreat if your Concentration is broken mid-move?

The spell Expeditious Retreat requires concentration, and reads: When you cast this spell, and then as a bonus action on each of your turns until the spell ends, you can take the Dash action. ...
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Can an invisible creature see themselves and their own gear?

Suppose there's an everyday ordinary human character who becomes invisible, either due to quaffing a potion of invisibility or from somebody casting the invisibility spell on him. These cause both he ...
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How do I build a character with multiple races?

I am new to character creation and interested in creating a half-elf half-dragonborn character (e.g. pointed ears and elf-like face with dragon-like horns). Would I pick an elf or half-elf race and ...
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Are stationary flying creatures considered “hovering” so that they do not fall when prone or incapacitated, etc?

As the title suggests, I'm wondering if a PC race (for example, the Variant Tiefling with the winged option) would have the ability to hover in regards to the Prone condition. The Basic Rules state ...
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Can I attune a Circlet of Human Perfection to my animated skeletons to allow them to blend in and speak?

For those unfamiliar, a Circlet of Human Perfection is a magic item from the Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage adventure (p. 30). Its description reads: The circlet transforms its attuned wearer ...
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What do I lose by going Paladin 17 / Warlock 3, instead of taking 1 additional level or 1 fewer level in Warlock?

Background I have a 9th Level Oath of Redemption Scourge Aasimar Paladin. Due to the way the story has evolved, I will need to multiclass into warlock. My intention was to take levels 10, 11 and 12 ...
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How does a poisoned arrow combine with the spell Conjure Barrage?

A Ranger casts the spell Conjure Barrage: You throw a nonmagical weapon or fire a piece of nonmagical ammunition into the air to create a cone of identical weapons that shoot forward and then ...
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How does the Thief's Fast Hands feature interact with mundane and magical shields?

I have found this Q/A explaining some items a Thief can use through their Fast Hands feature as well as this tweet (though now unofficial) from Jeremy Crawford saying that Fast Hands does work with a ...
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Can Lightning Lure be used to knock out a creature like a magical Taser?

Now, before everyone starts in on its a strength save not an attack roll, or as it has a range of 15 feet is not a melee attack: Yes I've taken those rules into account when asking this. So under ...
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How to season a character?

Granny Bells, the Night Hag, has captured a PC (half-elf bard) and plans to eat her, as hags are wont to do. Granny Bells has a preference for sour and bitter food and an extensive array of monster ...
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Is the illusory copy of the caster from the Project Image spell immune to any types of damage?

The spell Project Image states: The illusion looks and sounds like you but is intangible. and also If the illusion takes any damage, it disappears, and the spell ends. Does the intangibility ...
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Can this party play the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure without too much trouble?

I recently started DMing the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure for a party of friends, and I'm planning to start running it for a party which will be my three sisters. We started creating ...
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How do I season a relatively new solo player?

I've been DMing off and on, mostly off, since AD&D, but in no way claim to be a very experienced DM. Due to schedule constraints, I'm DMing for my daughter in a solo campaign about once a month. ...
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How can player characters see into the Ethereal Plane?

How can player characters see into the Ethereal Plane? I'm familiar with the spell Truesight, but I'm wondering if there are other ways.
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How do ball bearings and difficult terrain stack?

There is already this Q/A on whether difficult terrains stack (they do not). And this Q/A on whether ball bearings and caltrops stack (they do not). But when looking at the description for ball ...
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Does the Stone's Edge feature for the UA Stone Sorcerer work with cantrips?

At 14th level, Stone Sorcerers (from Unearthed Arcana: Sorcerer) get the Stone's Edge feature, which states: When you cast a spell that deals damage, choose one creature damaged by that spell on ...
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Are there attacks that are neither melee nor ranged?

I was looking at the slow spell and realized its description states: Regardless of the creature's abilities or magic items, it can't make more than one melee or ranged attack during its turn... I ...
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Will this creature from Curse of Strahd reappear after being banished?

In Curse of Strahd, my cleric cast Banishment on the (possible spoiler): At the end of Banishment's duration, will the creature return? I don't know what plane it's native to. Our DM seemed unsure, ...
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What happens when a flying sword is killed?

In 5e there's a monster called a flying sword (it's a Small construct). When it is killed, what happens? Does the sword break? Does it lose its magic and revert to a mundane sword that a character ...
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Does a Drunken Master monk have to attack twice to activate Drunken Technique and its Disengage benefit?

Does a Drunken Master Monk have to attack with one of their flurry of blows attacks to activate the disengage benefit?
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If an arcane trickster rogue uses his mage hand and makes it invisible, does that mean anything the hand picks up is also invisible? [duplicate]

From the PHB (emphasis mine): Starting at 3rd level, when you cast Mage Hand, you can make the spectral hand invisible, and you can perform the following additional tasks with it: • You ...
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Does Dispel Magic destroy Artificer Turrets?

I'm playing a 10th-level artillerist artificer for a one-shot my friend is running, and while playtesting some with another friend (so I could actually learn my character sheet), she cast Dispel Magic ...
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How does the Wand of the War Mage work for a multiclassed warlock/sorcerer?

The description of the wand of the war mage, +1 (which requires attunement by a spellcaster) says: While you are holding this wand, you gain a +1 bonus to spell attack rolls. In addition, you ...
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Can a familiar be used to satisfy the 30-foot requirement of the spell Locate Creature?

A wizard has seen through her familiar's eyes an NPC who was within 30 feet of the familiar, but more than 30 feet away from the wizard. Can the spell locate creature, cast by the aforementioned ...
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Do all 2019 UA Artificer spells have a de facto material component?

The 2019 UA Artificer's Spellcasting feature contains this sentence: You must have a spellcasting focus—specifically thieves’ tools or some kind of artisan’s tool—in hand when you cast any spell ...
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Can an Oathbreaker Paladin reform and choose a different Paladin subclass?

If I am currently an Oathbreaker, is it possible for my character to repent for his sins in some way and choose a new a subclass(like redemption) or not?
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Can I see due to the mundane light source that I carry while I'm invisible?

(I found a similar question about seeing with magical light while invisible, but I have a question about mundane light, based on a scenario that came up in today's session.) I'm a human (and so I don'...