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How can I heal undead creatures?

Fifth edition seems to have removed any means of healing undead. The positive/negative energy duality of 3rd edition seems to be gone. Negative energy spells now do necrotic damage; some undead are ...
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How much should a “button of Cure Light Wounds” cost (should it be available at all?)

My fellow players would like to have a command-word or use-activated "button" of Cure Light Wounds at will, i.e. unlimited uses/day. How much should this cost (if it should be available at all?) ...
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At level one, can you really never recover hit dice?

I was reading a review of 5e game play here from our RSS Feed. And in it he makes an observation about a strange rule: Weird rule thing. You recover half your level in hit dice during a long rest,...
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Can a party function without a Cleric or Paladin?

This is my first time GMing, and I'm trying to get a small group going with 5E, but it seems no one has much interest in playing Cleric or Paladin. Among the many new-found freedoms granted by 5E, ...
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Can a creature be brought to consciousness while they have a max HP of 0?

As explored in this question there is at least one situation where a character’s Max HP could be reduced to 0 without explicitly or immediately killing them. We've recently been looking into what does ...
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Will my party function without a healer?

At the moment there are 5 of us that will be playing this campaign, and it's only the first time playing for one of us. The party at the moment is: Bard (College of Lore) - Me Rogue (Arcane ...
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What is the reason to use the Heal skill assuming that other means of healing are not prohibited?

Reading the description of the Heal skill in Pathfinder and comparing its outcomes to other ways of healing, such as wands, channel positive energy etc., I have found that skill useless. The only ...
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How do I prevent retreating to rest and heal from being tedious?

I found an answer to this question for a custom 4e campaign, but was hoping to get some more answers specific to 5e. Background: I'm running the 5e starter set campaign and my group is in the final ...
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What level of bodily damage can the Raise Dead spell repair?

I have a bit of confusion about the Raise Dead spell. It states that it can raise a creature from the dead, but cannot do so if major organs needed for life are missing (such as a head). Killing ...
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Is there a Prestige Class or Archetype that mimics the Medician from AD&D 2nd Edition?

Back in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition, one of my favorite Paladin Kits from the Paladin's Handbook was the Medician. The Medician was: Description: The Medician seeks to treat the ...
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Can Goodberries heal a Life cleric when consumed by another?

Are Goodberries affected by the Life domain class features? asked whether or not the Life domain cleric's Disciple of Life feature improved the healing of each berry. My question is: does the Life ...
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How can I associate Hit Dice with healing?

My first version of D&D was 4th Edition and one of the things that was new to me during the Next playtest period was the inclusion of Hit Dice (which I understand were present in earlier editions)....
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How can my undead reattach his arm?

My character is a necropolitan, and he just lost his arm. Regenerate doesn't work on undead, and I don't have the regeneration special ability. How could I reattach my arm? My character lost his arm ...
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If a simulacrum uses magic jar to control a new body can the new body regain hp by mundane healing?

After a simulacrum uses magic jar to gain control of a new body, can that new body regain hitpoints normally? Or is the new body still restricted by the simulacrum's healing restrictions?
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Can the creature created by a Simulacrum spell be affected by healing magic?

Relevant rules for simulacrum: The duplicate is a creature, partially real and formed from ice or snow, and it can take actions and otherwise be affected as a normal creature. And: If the ...
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Given powerful low-level Clerical healing, how can sick, crippled or otherwise unhealthy people exist?

In my attempt to make a more harsh, uncaring setting, I’ve hit a stumbling block in terms of the ease with which even low level Clerics can treat the poor and the sick: A 1st-level Cleric can bring ...
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Can a Goodberry not be administered to an unconscious creature?

Potion of Healing (DMG, page 187): You regain hit points when you drink this potion. Potions (DMG, page 139): Drinking or administering a potion to another character requires an action. As ...
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Optional rules for a DM to compensate for lack of healing in party?

Context The party in my game consists of two ‘ranged damage dealers’ and two ‘tanky damage dealers’ (resp. revised ranger and warlock + paladin and fighter), but it doesn’t have a healer. I don’t want ...
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Can the heal spell (and other positive energy effects) work on constructs?

Now I'm fairly sure that you can't heal constructs (along with pretty much every other player and DM), but when I went looking for the actual rules I couldn't find them. Nor could I find anything ...
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When leveling, is the hit die only added to the maximum dice, not current dice?

How are hit dice added when leveling takes place? Hit Points are pretty straightforward in that the new hit points that are gained through a level advancement are only added to the character's "...
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Can an unconscious character use a healing surge?

Can an unconscious character use an action (like second wind or a healing power) to spend a healing surge? Can an unconscious character spend a healing surge due to some external effect?
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Can a lingering injury that requires “magical healing of 6th level or higher” be healed by an upcast lower-level spell?

The Lingering Injuries table in the DMG (p. 272) contains some wounds that can only be fixed by powerful healing magic, for instance: Horrible Scar. You are disfigured to the extent that the wound ...
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Is the amount healed for multiple-target healing spells rolled per person or once for all of them?

Take for instance, the spell Prayer of Healing (in the online Basic Rules): Up to six creatures of your choice that you can see within range each regain hit points equal to 2d8 + your spellcasting ...
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How can Pact of the Chain warlocks' familiars heal?

I've been looking around everywhere, but I cannot seem to find out how a Pact of the Chain warlock's familiar might recover hitpoints. Regular find familiar familiars only have 1 hp, so it's entirely ...
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How does the spell Healing Spirit work?

From Xanathar's Guide, 3 questions: Does it heal on the caster's turn if you cast it on someone or move it on top of someone? If the spirits space is occupied but you use double movement to move ...
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Does casting Goodberry activate the Circle of the Shepherd druid's Unicorn Spirit totem?

The Circle of the Shepherd druid's Unicorn Spirit Totem (XGtE, p. 24) says: The unicorn spirit lends its protection to those nearby. You and your allies gain advantage on all ability checks made ...
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What triggers the benefit of the bard's “Song of Rest” feature?

In D&D 5e, the benefit of the Bard's "Song of Rest" feature triggers "if you or any friendly creatures who can hear your performance regain hit points at the end of the the short rest." Does Song ...
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Can the warforged from UA: Eberron benefit from healing spells and the Medicine skill?

Can "living constructs", such as the warforged from UA: Eberron, benefit from healing spells and the Medicine skill? It's unclear whether they could be affected by healing magic, nor whether medical ...
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Is there a real use for the Medicine skill?

Does the Medicine skill have a hidden use I don't know about? All I can see in the rules is that it allows a successful skill roll to stabilize a dying character, which a healer kit does without a ...
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How can indefinite madness be cured?

I'm the DM for a group playing Out of the Abyss. At this point in the game many of my players suffer from indefinite madness. The players want to know how to cure this, however even I don't know. Is ...
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Where are the rules for using hit dice to heal in 5th edition?

I have read questions that allude to spending hit dice on healing in 5th edition, and seen twitch streams of games where this mechanic is employed, but have not been able to find it in the Dungeon ...
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How should the party heal up between encounters?

Since there's quite a lot of discussion on the button of cure light wounds question, I'd like to pose a separate question: What is the most effective solution for healing outside of combat as ...
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How does the Life Domain Blessed Healer work with a Spell like Regenerate?

Life Domain gives you Blessed Healer, which gives additional 2 HP + Spell Level when you cast any healing spell, and the caster gets the benefit of the spell as well. How does this work with the ...
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A slave's tongue has been cut out. How can we restore her ability to speak?

Slavery is commonplace in this setting. Slaves routinely have their tongues cut out, to prevent them organising a resistance movement, or back-chatting their owners. The party has freed some slaves ...
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How can a disease be removed, if the description of the disease does not specify?

The description of a Gas Spore's Death Burst [MM p. 138] says (in part): Spores invade an infected creature's system, killing the creature in a number of hours equal to 1d12 plus the creature's ...
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How to be effective as a Healing Cleric

Some times things are just too much of a fun/stupid combo idea not to try your darnedest not to work out. What is the best way to make a Cleric that literally only does healing/buffing? Is this even ...
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Does the warlock's Gift of the Ever-Living Ones eldritch invocation change how the Vampiric Touch spell behaves?

The warlock's Gift of the Ever-Living Ones (XGtE p. 57) eldritch invocation is described as follows: Whenever you regain hit points while your familiar is within 100 feet of you, treat any dice ...
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Is my nerfed version of the Healing Spirit spell in line with the relative power level of other sources of healing?

I have concerns about the immense healing potential that the Healing Spirit spell can put out. As it appears in Xanathar's Guide to Everything (page 157), the Healing Spirit spell is able to heal any ...
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Alternatives to Extended Rests

I'm about to run The Sellswords of Punjar by Goodman Games - the PCs will enter Cutpurse Alley (my version shown here:) The introductory text says: Here, crossbowmen can make attacks from second-...
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Is Healing Word's effect visible?

When a character goes down to 0 HP and then is healed from a distance by Word of Healing, is there obvious magical energy that alerts all that the character is healed and not unconscious? I had a ...
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How can I prevent an imprisoned character from resting/healing?

Hypothetically I've managed to shackle up a potentially dangerous opponent. As the risk of them escaping can be large, I want to keep them hurt or hurt them such that they would not be a threat in ...
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Are these good rules for throwing a potion of healing?

One of my players decided, on the fly, to throw a potion of healing at an ally as they ran past. I had nothing planned so I improvised this rule A potion of healing has a thrown range of (20/60). ...
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How does the Healing Spirit spell interact with a Life Domain cleric's Disciple of Life feature?

How does the healing spirit spell interact with a Life Domain cleric's Disciple of Life feature? This is a multi-class question regarding the possible synergy between the druid/ranger spell healing ...
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How much health will a Life Domain cleric regain from the Blessed Healer feature using the Mass Healing Word spell?

This question could loosely be considered a follow up to "Can Goodberries heal a Life cleric when consumed by another." How much life would a level 6 Life Cleric with four party members gain from the ...
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Does Green Lord's Gift effectively make all heal spells roll max on the Warlock?

Unearthed Arcana: Warlock & Wizard includes the eldritch invocation Green Lord's Gift for warlocks, which reads: Green Lord’s Gift Prerequisite: The Archfey patron The Green Lord oversees a ...
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Does Greater Restoration also end the effects cured by Lesser Restoration?

The lesser restoration spell description states: You touch a creature and can end either one disease or one condition afflicting it. The condition can be blinded, deafened, paralyzed, or poisoned. ...
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Can Phantasmal Force Heal A Target?

Phantasmal force can make the target believe what they see to such an extent, they will always rationalize what they experience. This goes as far as to inflict damage on them if they experience a ...
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Can a psion hide in his personal space or regrow his body from there?

Can a psion that possesses the psi-like ability personal space himself enter that personal space when it's big enough to accommodate him? If a psion uses the 8th-level shaper power astral seed [...
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What is the optimal way to maneuver into and out of the Healing Spirit spell to maximize healing?

The healing spirit spell states: You call forth a nature spirit to soothe the wounded. The intangible spirit appears in a space that is a 5-foot cube you can see within range. The spirit looks like ...
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Is Greater Restoration the only way to reverse Ability Score Damage?

Some monsters or effects can cause a character's ability scores to be decreased. The Greater Restoration spell can end "any reduction to one of the target's ability scores". Is there any other way ...