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Questions tagged [experience-points]

This tag is for questions pertaining to "experience points" or any other kind of point gained during play and used to "level up" or otherwise permanently increase a character's abilities.

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How can I add encounters in the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign without giving PCs too much XP?

I'm currently reading the LMOP scenario. I was thinking about adding some encounters if the PCs want to explore the forest or other side-story zones that aren't considered in the book. But actually I ...
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How to provide XP for item creation?

I read in an answer that you can provide the XP cost of an item that the party Wizard creates for you. Unfortunately no details are given, and the link is dead. How can I cover the Wizard's XP ...
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How can I raise concerns with a new DM about XP splitting?

My wife is new to DMing and D&D as a whole. We had our first game yesterday and one of my friends raised a concern about how she was awarding XP as she was giving the XP to the person that got ...
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How much XP do you need when multiclassing? [duplicate]

It's hard to explain what I mean by this. All I can really do is give an example. Say there was a level 3 paladin that just reached its level with 900 exp. This paladin for some reason wanted to ...
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Can you earn endless XP using a Flameskull and its self-revival feature?

Flameskulls have the following traits (Monster Manual, p. 135): Eldritch Rejuvenation. A flameskull's shattered fragments reform unless they are splashed with holy water or subjected to a dispel ...
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Should a DM award XP for avoiding or surviving traps?

I just was reading the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure when I noticed that page 21, section "3. Trapped Hall" says: Awarding Experience Points Divide 100 XP equally among the characters if ...
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How to adapt XP-changing items in a milestone-leveling game?

I'm the DM of a milestone-leveling game. I want to reward my players with some items like the Deck of Many Things. However some cards like the Fool, the Jester and the Sun have effects that change ...
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How should I budget encounter XP for a single PC?

In the photo I've shared, it starts the XP budget for a party of 4 PCs. At 1st level, the budget is 400. For 5 PCs it's 500. And 600 XP for 6 PCs. So I guess it's safe to assume that I can divide the ...
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Do prestige classes use a separate XP table or do you just progress with the base class table?

New to 3.5 (last time I played was 1st edition, many moons ago), and was interested in a fighter base - arcane archer, but it’s not clear about the exp tables at the point if I qualify for arcane ...
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Do enemy animal companions give XP?

So I'm creating an enemy level 9 druid NPC for my Pathfinder game I DM. The enemy has a bear as an animal companion and I want to know if I should reward XP for killing the bear, in addition to the ...
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Does a twinned spell with an XP component cost twice as much XP as the normal spell?

If I cast a spell with an XP component using the metamagic feat Twin Spell (CAr pg. 84), will I have to pay the XP component twice as if I had cast the spell twice? Or is the XP cost unchanged?
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What's the difference between XP and adjusted XP?

What's the difference between XP and adjusted XP in D&D 5th edition?
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Is XP needed to level accumulated or absolute? [duplicate]

In D&D there is the need to gain experience by doing some activities or battles, but that experience obtained is added as a total or by level? For instance, if my character is level 2, 900 xp is ...
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In which edition of D&D did players stop earning bonus experience points for high prime requisite ability scores?

Both basic and AD&D have rules for characters gaining a +10% bonus on earned experience points if they have high scores in the prime requisite ability of their class. Initially there were also ...
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Awarding encounter experience when enemies flee/get intimidated/are convinced to help

This is my first time DM'ing and I'm playing DnD 5e's "Lost Mine of Phandelver" campaign with 3 other players. The PCs seem to have a trend of encountering a group of enemies, start fighting and ...
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When awarding xp, is the summoner's eidolon counted as a separate party member with respect to xp division?

Under Exact XP on p.399 of the Core Rulebook, it states that the XP for the encounter should be tallied and then divided by the number of party members. Each party member is then awarded this amount ...
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Is there a mathematical formula to determine how much XP is needed per level?

Is there a mathematical formula to determine how much XP is needed per level? In other words Is there a consistent formula for determining how much XP is needed to go up to any given level? I ...
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Level adjustment reduction for high(ish)-level new characters

I am running a 3.5 D&D campaign and I have allowed my players to use the level adjustment reduction rules from the SRD. It is explained fairly OK for characters as they advance through new levels, ...
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How is XP awarded in AL for non-combat puzzles in Tomb of Annihilation?

I have been DMing our party for the final parts of Tomb of Annihilation. Some parts of the adventure have vast numbers of puzzles. For example, tonight, the party spent almost four hours simply ...
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In Adventurers League, can you finish a module you started if you leveled out of it?

Here's a situation: Bob plays a 4 hours Adventurers League Tier 2 adventure with a level 10 character, but due to unforeseen time constraints, the module cannot be completed (only 3 hours in, for ...
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How can I level up or use my NPC army?

In my current campaign, I’ve managed to secure myself a fairly large kingdom, with an army of over 10,000 level 10s at my disposal. This would be incredibly useful if we weren’t in a fairly epic level ...
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How much XP does a monster created by Animate Objects add to an encounter?

I am making a boss fight. The boss can cast animate objects, a spell that can animate statues. The spell gives information for, eg., 1 Large Construct: Large - HP: 50, AC: 10, Attack: +6 to hit, ...
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Is an Adventurers League DM allowed to adjust an encounter to max out the combat XP reward?

I DM an AL group of four. They agree to create new level 1 characters (they are experienced), but ask me to adjust the combat to give maximum possible XP in an adventure, in case they miss out the non-...
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Do imps and pseudodragons serving as variant familiars earn XP, or share XP with the party?

This question is directly related to two other questions: Do familiars or animal companions earn or share XP with the party? How is a variant familiar imp and pseudodragon (in the Monster Manual ...
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If a PC summons creatures to help fight does it lower your party’s XP?

Do summoned creatures take a share of the XP of an encounter? Let’s say a PC in a party of 3 uses a spell like Conjure Animals. He uses it to summon all 8 creatures. If they contribute to the combat, ...
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Implementing a “perk system” of minor boons? [closed]

Background I have recently become the DM of a group comprised mostly of newbies and one or two older players who aren’t accustomed to 5e’s rules yet. I decided that, for my first campaign, I wanted ...
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Do PCs gain experience from a fight that they lost?

If the PCs lose a fight but do not die (e.g. imprisoned), do they gain experience points from the battle?
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Why is the XP awarded from an encounter the sum of monster XP values and not Adjusted XP? [closed]

The Dungeon Master's Guide presents guidelines for gauging encounter difficulty based on the Adjusted XP of monsters faced. The Adjusted XP is the sum of the monsters' experience values, modified by a ...
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How is PC experience calculated when higher level CR allies help in Adventurers League?

The recent adventure Tomb of Annihilation released by WotC includes allies that can join the party. As an open-world adventure spanning multiple PC levels and Tiers, PCs could potentially gain allies ...
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Distributing exp during encounters [duplicate]

When I get to distribute exp to party members, should I give the same amount of EXP to everyone or split it by monsters killed/fight contribution?
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Can you earn XP for defeating a creature, then raise as undead & destroy it for more XP?

The party defeats a group of creatures by killing them, earning XP. Can they then raise the corpses as undead, release control so they're uncontrolled undead, then kill the undead for more XP? Is ...
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Is XP only awarded to the PC that delivers the killing blow? [duplicate]

I have been a DM for 35 years, and now we are embarking on 5th ed. I am playing a 1st level Barbarian. Due to Ideals and Bonds and stuff, I am letting other party members get the “kill” on stuff I ...
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Who gets exp when a player does something opposed to another player?

One player (Alice) attempts something opposed to another player (Bob). Both players roll relevant skills. Who gets exp/skills here? If Alice wins, does Bob get exp? If Alice fails, does only Alice ...
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Do you gain XP when you die?

In Dungeon World you gain XP on a miss. However a bit of a discussion has come up recently in my circle of DW players as to whether missing a last breath roll, and subsequently dying, also causes you ...
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What do NPCs do with gained XP?

I'm the DM of our group with several player characters, and often there are NPCs with the party as well (partly because the party really likes persuading friendly creatures to come join them, and ...
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Cap XP earned from encounter? [closed]

In a game of D&D 5e last night we had to creep through a room containing ~1000 Duergar. It should have been easy, as they were already distracted, but our Paladin, who we'll call Clanky ...
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How to distribute XP for player kill in free-for-all arena?

I'm designing a game of some sort of battle arena, which in every session there are 4 PCs fighting each other. The whole campaign will revolve on the arena fight and amassing XP to stand at the top. ...
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Is XP from solo kills during combat shared or not?

This scenario came up in a recent game I ran I and I'm curious on how it should be handled. If, during an encounter where everyone in the party takes a turn, a character kills one of the enemies ...
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How do I determine the expected duration/runtime of older Adventurer's League adventures for purposes of DM rewards? [duplicate]

In reference to this question: How do I apply & record DM Experience Rewards? Where in a published D&DAL Module (I'm specifically working with the Tyranny of Dragons modules) would I find the ...
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Are there any quick, reliable ways to level up in D&D 5e?

I am the Dungeon Master in a new campaign. Since I made the players start new characters, they were wondering if there was a fast way to gain experience. The players wanted the game to still be legit, ...
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Do I award experience points for a trap that goes off?

In a recent session my players triggered a trap that they didn't notice; it went off and did damage to most of the party. I've done a rudimentary search through the Pathfinder SRD and couldn't find ...
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How do I apply & record DM Experience Rewards?

So at the ends of some of my adventure packets that I've run for D&D Adventurer's League it says things about DM rewards, which includes Experience Points. I'm concerned a little bit that I may ...
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What defines an XP generating encounter for PCs?

Based on this question, what is it that makes something qualify as an XP generating moment? Are those moments generated by the PCs, or by NPCs away from them as well?
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Should a PC get XP for assisting outside of combat?

Related, but about a PC not participating at all in a combat: Do people get XP for battles they weren't in? Generally, experience points for a combat encounter are divided equally among the ...
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Are PCs that died counted when dividing a combat's XP?

Generally, XP is divided equally when an enemy is killed. So let's say a low level party of four all fought and killed an orc worth 100xp; they all get 25xp. But what happens if the orc kills (...
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How do you calculate DM XP reward for an AL module without a prescribed time?

I recently started DMing Adventurers League sessions, and I've been told about DM rewards, being particularly interested in the XP I get after each DMed session. Reading the AL DM guide, I understand ...
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How much XP can the Wish spell grant?

If someone had the Deck of Many things, drew the Moon and got a wish spell, and wished to "Level up as much as (They) can", how much XP would the wish spell give to the player?
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XP through the ages

I'm looking for the definitions and basic usage of experience points in all the versions of D&D. Of particular interest is the stated purpose of having xp (and levels) in the game at all, if it's ...
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Is the epic boon progression too fast?

The PHB's required XP for leveling can generally be described as, "For your next level, you'll need more than what was required for this level," with a notable exception between going from level 10 to ...
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When skipping over fishing, how much experience should be gained?

I recently asked a question about how to handle the contest between a large fish and a fisherman using fishing tackle, and the answers seem to mostly agree that such contests should be abstracted to ...