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Questions tagged [hit-dice]

For questions about the hit dice feature found in some editions of D&D and related RPGs. Its function has varied between editions, but it is usually functionally related to level and/or health.

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At which point does a character regain all their Hit Dice?

I have found all explanations of regaining Hit Dice after a short or long rest, but I can't seem to find at which point a character regains all their Hit Dice. Is it after a campaign? At leveling up? ...
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How do creatures spend Hit Dice after a short rest (if they can do so)?

I know that enemies can take both short rests and long rests, because there is at least one enemy which recover one of its features after a rest. See the Cloaker (Monster Manual, p. 42): Phantasms (...
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Where are a monster’s hit dice found in the stat block?

I want to bring back to consciousness an Evil Mage that my PCs have successfully rendered unconscious. My thought is that all could use a short rest and during this time the unconscious mage could ...
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Could a character lose hit points when spending hit dice? [duplicate]

The rules allow a character to spend hit dice during a short rest to recover hit points. The rule is that you roll the die matching the hit die you wish to spend, add your constitution modifier, then ...
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Do skeletal templates that increase HD beyond 20 prevent that creature from being animated?

So assuming our cleric casts desecrate and attempts to reanimate a Storm Giant (19HD) which starts below the 20HD threshold of not being animate-able but adds the skeletal champion template to that (...
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How do Polymorph and Awaken interact?

The awaken spell targets a tree or an animal. The Polymorph, polymorph any object and baleful polymorph spells change, or can change, the target's type to Animal, as do some other spells outside core, ...
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Where do I find a PC’s hit dice?

I am relatively new to D&D. I've been playing a character in 3/3.5e and have been playing with others in 5e. The latter have basically been guiding me in how to build a character. I've read ...
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How do hit dice affect my attacks?

I'm a brand new player and I want to clarify my attack sequence as simple as possible. I'm a level 1 Rogue, so I have 1d8 "hit dice" according to the rules. How does that affect me if I'm making ...
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Medic feat: does it only work for one hit die, or more?

The Medic feat (from Unearthed Arcana: Feats for Skills) has the following description: During a short rest, you can clean and bind the wounds of up to six willing beasts and humanoids. Make a DC ...
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Is there a maximum number of hit dice? [duplicate]

I am a new D&D player. I am just wondering if there is a maximum number of hit dice. In the PH, it says that you gain up to half of the maximum number of hit dice that you have. It is on page 186 ...
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How do I decide how many hit dice a custom creature has?

I am planning to create some custom monsters for my games. I know how to determine a monster's average hit points, however I don't know how you determine the decomposition in hit dice. For example if ...
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Awakened Animal Hit Dice Question

An awakened animal gets 3d6 Intelligence, +1d3 Charisma, and +2 HD. Its type becomes magical beast (augmented animal). An awakened animal can’t serve as an animal companion, familiar, or special mount....
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What does the “Alternative Character Sheet” mean when it asks you for the “Maximum Hit Dice” and the “Remaining Hit Dice”?

I am trying to fill in the "Alternative Character Sheet" (one of the official character sheets provided on Wizards of the Coast's website). It asks me for my "Maximum Hit Dice" and the "Remaining Hit ...
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Does a multiclass character get to pick which hit dice they recover after a long rest?

This question came up in our last game. In 5e, after a long rest you get to recover half your spent hit dice. My assumption would be is that if you are multiclass you get to pick the hit dice you ...
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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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When healing during a short rest, what happens if the total of my hit die roll plus my Constitution modifier is 0 or less?

The question's been asked before elsewhere, but for lack of an authoritative answer: If a character has a sufficiently small constitution score, it's conceivable that, when they use a hit die to heal ...
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Hit dice vs Hit Points [closed]

Old 1E player now getting back into 5E. What are HIT DICE? I understand hit points and a 3rd level player has rolled 3 times for HP ( I do like the MAX at first level and then roll option) but what ...
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Do you get max hit dice value + CON towards HP when you first dip into another class?

When first starting a character your given full value on the class hit die + your constitution modifier, e.g. a first level monk's HP die is 1d8+con, lets say 2 for this example, which gives him 10 ...
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What order do multiclass characters spend Hit Dice at the end of a short rest?

This is a followup question to "What Hit Dice do multiclass characters spend at the end of a short rest?". Under the rules for Short Rest (PHB p. 186, or here in the basic rules): A character can ...
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What Hit Dice do multiclass characters spend at the end of a short rest?

Under the rules for Short Rest you are able to heal: A character can spend one or more Hit Dice at the end of a short rest, up to the characters maximum number of Hit Dice, which is equal to the ...
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If I roll a low Hit Die, can I use the fixed value instead?

In D&D5, players have the choice of rolling their Hit Dice or using a fixed average value instead: Each time you gain a level, you gain 1 additional Hit Die. Roll that Hit Die, add your ...
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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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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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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)....