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Why are ball bearings so common in the Forgotten Realms?

A standard starting item in some packs is "a bag of 1000 ball bearings." Now, I am still a D&D newbie, but it seems to me that the cart is way before the horse here. Heavy-load-bearing ...
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Can you get the benefits from tool proficiency to make ability checks, even if you don't have/own the tool?

I'm sorry if this has been covered elsewhere, but all the related questions I found asked the opposite scenario (using the tool you own without having proficiency), and the PHB is pretty poor in ...
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What is the cost of making a custom armor Celestial?

I'm trying to reverse engineer the Celestial part of the Celestial Armor in the Dungeon Master's Guide (page 220). Celestial Armor: This bright silver or gold +3 chainmail is so fine and light that ...
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What is the cost of making non-combat items out of adamantine?

What does it cost per pound to make non-combat items out of adamantine? I can't find any specific number anywhere. Mithral has a price per pound but adamantine does not. The closest I've been able to ...
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What proficiencies do you need to craft Serpent Scale Armor?

What proficiencies do you need to craft Serpent Scale Armor? My DM said I need both Smith's Tools and Leatherworker's Tools because there's both metal and serpent scales needed to craft it. If it's ...
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When you are granted a tool proficiency, which type of tools can you choose?

At various places in the books it is mentioned that you gain proficiency in: a type of tool (eg. Skilled feat; p.170 PHB) and a type of artisan's tool (eg. Folk Hero background; p.131 PHB) Which ...
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Can contact with Green Slime destroy worn or carried items?

The Green Slime hazard (DMG p. 105) can cause damage to equipment and items: This acidic slime devours flesh , organic material, and metal on contact. Bright green, wet, and sticky, it clings to ...
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How would closing borders and supply routes affect local market prices? [closed]

I'm developing a world where governments are freaking out over a perceived threat (not a virus). The stars have disappeared and the gods have seemingly abandoned them. Many leaders have ordered their ...
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Is a sword created by a Spiritbane Spike magical and +1?

A Spiritbane Spike, when used, "becomes a short sword with the ghost touch weapon special ability". Normally, you can't make a weapon ghost touch without giving it at least a +1 enhancement ...
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What is the Masterwork property on a Wooden Stake for?

A Vampire Slayer's Kit contains four Masterwork Wooden Stakes. They are listed as a very weak weapon, just a bit weaker than a dagger. Being Masterwork helps to hit with them just slightly more often, ...
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Can you cast spells that do not require material components through an arcane focus?

The PHB states: Casting some spells requires particular objects, specified in parentheses in the component entry. A character can use a component pouch or a spellcasting focus (found in chapter 5, “...
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Are shields constantly equipped while adventuring?

In 5e it takes an action to doff or don a shield. But does that assume the shield is always donned while the character is awake and adventuring? It seems like a question that the DM and player would ...
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Would a centaur benefit from snowshoes?

I'm getting ready to run Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden and one of my players is going to be a centaur. Reading over the rules about travel, I see the talk of snowshoes and I have to wonder if ...
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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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What is an orb of dragon's breath?

My players have just started Rise of Tiamat and are likely to encounter a Dragonsoul in their next session. The Dragonsoul NPC in Rise of Tiamat has an Action called "Orb of Dragon's Breath" ...
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Does the word Doff work with the Command spell? If so does it last the full duration?

The Command Spell says: You speak a one-word command to a creature you can see within range. The target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or follow the command on its next turn. The definition ...
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Can you temporarily extinguish a non-magical light source to conserve it?

A lamp and two lanterns are described on page 152 of the Player's Handbook as follows: Lamp. A lamp casts bright light in a 15-foot radius and dim light for an additional 30 feet. Once lit, it burns ...
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Can a Wizard use two spell books? [duplicate]

So lets say I am playing a level 12 Wizard, and I am in a dungeon when I find a spell book. So something similar happened in a quest I was playing and then the my DM said something along the lines of &...
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Do caltrop penalties stack?

As an action, caltrops can be spread to cover a 5-foot-square area: Any creature that enters the area must succeed on a DC 15 Dexterity saving throw or stop moving and take 1 piercing damage. Until ...
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Does casting invisibility on someone with an Animated Shield make the shield invisible?

I'm trying to build an 11th level gunslinger as per this guide: This is going to be part of an encounter the PCs face against some pirates. Since I am using PC classes for NPCs here to give the PCs a ...
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Can a wizard dual wield spellbooks and still use somatics while gaining the spellbooks "held" abilities?

I'm playing a wizard who has come across two magical spellbooks. Both spellbooks have abilities/effects that I may choose to activate if I hold them, as well as functioning as spell foci. In the PHB/...
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What are all the ways to get custom incorporeal equipment?

Ghost Syrup is a powerful Necrotoxin that makes the victim permanently incorporeal. This is obviously useful for many spellcasting characters and affordable by level 6 (judging by the rule that PCs ...
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Are potions and breakable things carried by a character broken or damaged when a character falls?

I'm referring to damage from falling from a height, but also from when a character falls on their face when they become unconscious. Does a saving throw or other mechanism exist to handle equipment ...
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Reliable Control Options for High-Level Occultist (No saves, no SR; scrolls and wands acceptable)

I'm currently playing a high-level (15th, about to hit 16) silksworn occultist, and am effectively the party's pseudo-full-caster. For the past few levels, I've been running into the twin issues that ...
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Is the Healer feat overpowered?

A healer's kit has 10 uses, weighs 3 lb. and costs 5 gp; therefore, each use weighs 0.3 lb. and costs 5 sp. Normally, it allows a player to do the following: As an action, you can expend one use of ...
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How much damage do you take when traversing an area filled with Burning oil in multiple squares?

Suppose there is a creature standing in the centre of a 3x3 grid on which oil has been poured: ...
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Is there some mechanic that prevents multiple copies of a spell in a ritual book when you have Ritual Caster?

The Feat Ritual Caster doesn't seem to prohibit copying spells multiple times into the ritual book. Is there some other mechanic at play that would prevent multiple copies of the same spell from being ...
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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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Inquisitors Kit, why does it have a spell component pouch?

As divine casters (with domains), inquisitors should require a divine focus suitable to their god or worship in order to cast their spells. So why does the inquisitors kit come with both a spell ...
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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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Do items which add to some ability affect your skill modifier? [duplicate]

I just received armor which adds +2 to my charisma. Does it also affect my skills like performance and persuasion? If possible, could you link some source in your answer? I searched and didn't find ...
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Are purchasable animals overpowered?

I have recently discovered that you can buy a large variety of rather strong creatures for very cheap amounts. A character that is moderately specialized in handle animal can easily get a +15 by level ...
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What benefits does a tent give a character?

In my campaign (me being DM) one of my players entered an adventuring gear supplier, and they wanted to buy something. They asked “What does a tent do?” And the only thing I could think of was that it ...
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could I use something like a magic amulet while it's not on my neck? [duplicate]

What is defined as 'worn'? Does an amulet or ring have to be on my neck or finger specifically or do I just have to be carrying it somewhere on my body or even in my backpack? For instance, if I had a ...
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Sleet Storm: do crampons stop you from falling prone?

The 3rd level spell Sleet Storm has the following effect: The ground in the area is covered with slick ice, making it difficult terrain. When a creature enters the spell’s area for the first time on ...
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How many hit points does a bedroll have?

The PCs are battling a bat swarm, and lit a bedroll on fire and are trying to chase the swarm away by floating the burning bedroll at the swarm with mage hand. The bedroll will take 1d6 fire damage ...
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Does a force field absorb hit point damage from an attack that would only deplete stamina points?

In Starfinder, personal force fields grant temporary hit points to the user and fast heal those temporary hit points every round for a finite number of rounds. My question is whether the force field ...
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Does a buckler stack with the AC from the feat Shielded Gauntlet Master?

The biggest advantage of a buckler is that its strapped to your arm keeping a hand free while still gaining a shield bonus. You are also able to wear a gauntlet (normal, locked, or spiked) while ...
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How exactly do backpacks work? [closed]

So I've always assumed that you just add the backpack weight (5 lbs not the carry weight which is 30 lbs) to my cleric that has a carry weight of 255 lbs if my character was carrying nothing but the ...
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Would non-magical equipment from a dead adventurer be usable after X years in a dungeon?

There's this adventurer who died in the dungeon some years ago. Nobody took their equipment (maybe they died of poison, hunger, whatever). The PCs encounter the body years later. Naturally, they want ...
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Pact of the Blade and Weapon Bond with Magic Ammunition

While I was reading the Players Handbook, I had a definite idea with reloading magic ammunition (given that this ammunition is one). It's not like from view of optimization, more like game-mechanic ...
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What are the rules for the adventuring gear Hammer and Sledgehammer?

A hammer and sledgehammer appear in the Adventuring Gear table on page 150 of the Player's Handbook; however, there aren't any rules for either of them. My players have asked about them before. I told ...
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How many things can a person hold and use at one time?

I'm learning to play / DM, and watching various videos on line and experimenting. One scenario came up on which I'd appreciate clarification: The situation is a human wizard has descended some stairs ...
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Will reducing the cost of Holy Water or improving its effectiveness break things

My L3 LMoP group are planning on picking up some holy water to help with zombies as they’ve heard to tales of undead (old owl well, and thunder tree), but I think they’re going to be very disappointed ...
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Do rations contain loose salt?

One of my d&d groups came up against a giant slug (a homebrew monster) today, and one player decreed they were going to toss salt at it (this time, it wasn’t me who suggested it). The GM asked ...
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Is the brass brazier required for the Find Familiar spell, or can it be replaced by a spellcasting focus/component pouch?

When spell components are consumed or have a cost, they need to be provided and cannot be substituted by a spellcasting focus. The find familiar spell has such components: 10 gp worth of charcoal, ...
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Does a player need to perform a successful tool check with their Mason's Tools proficiency to benefit from the Demolition feature?

The entry for Mason's Tools within XGE (p83) lists this as one of the proficiency's benefits: Demolition. Your knowledge of masonry allows you to spot weak points in brick walls. You deal double ...
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Are light crossbows optional for classes that start with them or can they be dropped?

I want to know if I can drop the light crossbow because I'm playing as an Artificer, and I don't really need it?
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Disguise Self / Silent Image when camouflaging an item into another item

A spellcaster uses Disguise Self to pass as a simple bodyguard. In particular, the quarterstaff that she uses as a spell focus, which normally looks like an obviously magical item (runes, faint lights,...
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How often can a relic's Raise Ramparts gift be used?

Relics often allow the wearer to cast a spell, but do not specify how often. For example, the Raise Ramparts major gift of the Earth gifts allows the wearer to cast Wall of Stone. It does not specify ...

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