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Understanding HP for a dire wolf [closed]

In the Player's Handbook the Dire Wolf states its Hit Points are 37 but in brackets beside that it states (5d10+10). I don’t understand what this is; what am I actually rolling five d10s plus 10 for? ...
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Does reduction of maximum hit points stick to the form it is applied to?

Following up on How does Max-HP reduction affect wild-shaped/polymorphed creatures?, which states: Damage taken in animal form doesn't affect your original form's HP unless you're dropped to 0 HP ...
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How much max HP should the Demilich have?

The demilich statblock on Monster Manual page 48 says: Hit Points 80 (32d4) but outside of the statblock, the demilich's description on the next page says: Undead Nature. A demilich doesn't ...
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What ways are there to end a reduction to a character's hit point maximum?

As a DM, I've been using a Mummy, and as a result, the character of one of my players has had their hit point maximum reduced a lot. In my head, it was clear that the character would go to the nearest ...
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Is there a general rule that covers interaction between effects that cause death at 0 hit points and features that prevent death at 0 hit points?

There are a large number of questions on this site and online regarding the interaction between effects that cause death at 0 hit points and features that prevent death at 0 hit points. Effects that ...
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Is there an official source for the properties of stone?

The issue comes up mainly in relation to the spell wall of stone, which states that: A nonmagical wall of solid stone springs into existence at a point you choose within range. [...] The wall is ...
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How does it affect the game if PCs have lower maximum HP?

The book uses Constitution score, not modifier for determining maximum HP: Your maximum HP is equal to your class's base HP + Constitution score. You start with your maximum HP. Maximum HP is ...
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If I cast the Sleep spell and there are multiple creatures with an equal (lowest) number of hit points in the area, which creature falls asleep?

I'm playing D&D 5e. The description of the sleep spell says: This spell sends creatures into a magical slumber. Roll 5d8; the total is how many hit points of creatures this spell can affect. ...
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What happens when Aid ends on a target who has suffered maximum hp loss?

The spell aid temporarily raises a target's hit points and maximum hit points by 5: Each target's hit point maximum and current hit points increase by 5 for the duration. A vampire's bite, for ...
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When did familiars stop giving bonus hit points?

When I first started playing D&D, familiars used to give their Wizard bonus hit points equal to the familiar's own hp. For instance, if your familiar had 2 hp, you got a bonus 2 hp. However, if ...
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How are the hit points of the hound determined for the Shadow Magic sorcerer's Hound of Ill Omen feature?

How are the hit points of the hound determined for the Shadow Magic sorcerer's Hound of Ill Omen feature (XGtE, p. 51)? I have read over the feature several times now, and I have a question. Here ...
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By RAW could I save a level 1 character that took damage exceeding twice its HP?

Yesterday I DMed a session with a party of four level 1 characters: druid, sorcerer, monk, barbarian, and a level 1 warlock whose player was absent. The sorcerer specifically is a new player (less ...
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Is this houserule about hit points balanced?

As a D&D5e DM, I always feel that HP in D&D are somehow unrealistic. Either it's "there is no difference between 1 HP and 100% of my HP" or "I took too much damage in one hit, so I'm dead". ...
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Will an undead companion naturally recover Hit Points?

Here is the background. So, I am playing in a campaign where I have a homebrew spell with allows me a Zombie-like companion (basically a Zombie with additional HPs). If I cast the spell every 8 ...
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How many vampire bites are undone by one casting of Greater Restoration?

A vampire's bite deals 10 necrotic damage1 and also reduces the target's maximum hit points by the same amount. Suppose I am at full health with 50 hit points, and a vampire bites me twice. My maximum ...
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Do Monsters gain Maximum HP when they gain Hit Dice?

Player Characters gain hit points each time that they level up in addition to a corresponding increase in maximum health points. What about monsters though? If a monster gains hit-dice, does it also ...
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Losing constitution scores in battle; does it bring down my hp and how? [duplicate]

So, I run an artificer in my one campaign that just reached lv 20. Part of the lv. 20 ability (Soul of Artifice) reads: If you’re reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can use your ...
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Does a creature Shapechanged into a Balor activate the Death Throes feature when reduced to 0 Hit Points?

Say a PC casts Shapechange on himself to turn into a Balor. This grants him some sweet abilities, such as: Death Throes. When the balor dies, it explodes, and each creature within 30 feet of it ...
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Can spent hit die give a character hit points beyond their maximum?

In D&D 5e can hit die spent during a short rest increase a character's hit points beyond their maximum number of hit points, thus giving then temporary hit points? Example: Jed the 2nd level ...
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Which absorbs damage first: temporary hit points or Arcane Ward?

Suppose I am an abjuration wizard with 3 temporary hit points and 5 hit points on my Arcane Ward. If I take damage, which hit points absorb damage first? For example, what will be my status after ...
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What are the maximum hit points of an NPC?

Every player at a D&D table knows both their character's current and maximum hit points at any given time. I, as the DM determine the current hp of any NPC that the players encounter, either by ...
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Would the Life Cleric's Disciple of Life feature work with the Necromancer Wizard's Grim Harvest feature?

The Life Domain cleric's Disciple of Life feature (PHB, p. 60) says: Also starting at 1st level, your healing spells are more effective. Whenever you use a spell of 1st level or higher to restore ...
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Can I regain some of my normal hit points while I have a buffer of temporary hit points?

If my character has 50 hp, loses 20 hp, and I then cast a 25 thp armor of agathys, what happens if I'm using something like Grim Harvest, Vampiric Touch or Enervation, each of which restore normal hp? ...
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Are monsters subject to the massive damage instant-death rules?

I have been looking at the following two questions recently: Are Trolls immune to all instant death effects? Does the Instant Death rule apply to zombies too? The first states the following in the ...
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Is there a difference between “When you are reduced to 0 hit points” and “when you would be reduced to 0 hit points”?

There already exist a few questions asking similar things about such scenarios, like the following: If a wildshaped druid somehow got Undead Fortitude, would this prevent them from reverting? Does ...
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How do you set up your health in D&D 3.5e?

I'm setting up my D&D character and I don't actually have the D&D 3.5 edition handbook. I am also new to the D&D world so I'm kind of a noob. How do you set up health for a Half-elf ...
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Do summoned creatures die when reduced to 0 hit points?

Imagine that the conjure animals spell has been used which includes the following text: [...] Each beast is also considered fey, and it disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or when the spell ...
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Would the Unearthed Arcana Revived Rogue subclass have its hit point maximum reduced in Tomb of Annihilation?

I've been playing Tomb of Annihilation lately and asked my DM for his thoughts on using Unearthed Arcana material. He said he was cool with it which got me thinking. I've been interested in trying out ...
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Can contingent healing spells save you from death from hitting -10 HP?

The SRD says: Effects of Hit Point Damage Damage doesn’t slow you down until your current hit points reach 0 or lower. At 0 hit points, you’re disabled. At from -1 to -9 hit points, you’...
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Are there consequences to being reduced to 0 HP multiple times in combat?

I was running a game a few weeks ago. In short, during combat the thief and the warlock were both knocked unconscious. Each were brought back by the cleric with healing word and cure wounds. New ...
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Does a troll die if its maximum hit points is zero?

The Troll has the Regeneration feature which states: The troll regains 10 hit points at the start of its turn. If the troll takes acid or fire damage, this trait doesn't function at the start of ...
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What does “Summoned creature has maximum hit points” actually mean?

I'm running Princes of the Apocalypse for my group, and they're about to encounter their first elemental prince, Yan-C-Bin (p. 220). I see that he has the following ability: The part I'm confused ...
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Are commoners actually this squishy?

I realize they're commoners but at 4 HP, an encounter with 2 regular size (tiny) rats could be fatal. Even if the commoner survives, he/she is going to be at 1/4 to 1/2 of their full health. So ...
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Damage Points-Hit Points Calculation

I'm a first time player of DnD and I'm using the starter set (Lost Mine of Phandelver) and I think me and my party are calculating some things wrong. We were confused on the damage points so we just ...
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Can massive damage kill you while at 0 HP?

The rules on "Instant Death" state: Massive damage can kill you instantly. When damage reduces you to 0 hit points and there is damage remaining, you die if the remaining damage equals or exceeds ...
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What happens when you are conscious but not stabilized?

I was creating some condition cards when I noticed that... (all quotes from the SRD) You are dying if you have negative HP1, you have not stabilized and you are not conscious. A dying creature is ...
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Origin and Actual Meaning of 'Stress and Consequences are Not HP' [closed]

Over the course of my interactions with the fate community, I've repeatedly encountered the mantra that Stress and Consequences are not HP and should not be treated as such. The comparison can be ...
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How can I describe hit point damage without talking about wounds?

The PHB's description of hit points (p. 196) says: Hit points represent a combination of physical and mental durability, the will to live, and luck. Creatures with more hit points are more ...
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Does the Beacon of Hope spell maximize the HP regained from any Potion of Healing?

I’m really looking for validation as to how I think this would work. The Beacon of Hope spell description states (emphasis mine): This spell bestows hope and vitality. Choose any number of ...
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How much on average does the Durable feat increase the number of Hit Points gained when spending Hit Dice?

There are other similarly mathy questions on this site such as "How much damage does Great Weapon Fighting add on average?" and "Are features that allow −5 to attack to get +10 to damage ...
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How do the Durable and Dwarven Fortitude feats interact?

How do the Durable and Dwarven Fortitude feats interact? While the Durable feat (PHB, p. 166) states that you gain a minimum of double your Constitution modifier from using your Hit Dice to heal, the ...
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How many hit points does the UA Battle Smith Artificer's Iron Defender have?

The Iron Defender's stat block for the Battle Smith Artificer (from Unearthed Arcana: The Artificer Returns), under "hit points" says the following: equal to five times your level in this class + ...
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Can you take actions after being healed at 0hp?

Suppose the case: There are three participants fighting, a Fighter, a Cleric and a goblin, the Fighter and the Cleric fight against the goblin. The initiative is Fighter (18), Cleric (12) and goblin (...
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Is the Survivor feat (half) useless?

The Survivor feat reads as follows: Prerequisite: Con 13, Diehard, Endurance. Benefit: You gain a +5 bonus on all Constitution checks made to stabilize while dying. Once per day, if you are ...
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In Call of Cthulhu 7e, how does one increase their HP Max?

I’m recently starting to play Call of Cthulhu 7e, and really enjoying it. My Investigator is also enjoying it so yay, this Keeper is happy. However, we just finished our first Scenario and she asked ...
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When leveling up, how do you determine your new HP?

I’ve been playing D&D for 3 years, and recently I started to seriously look into it to become a better DM. I noticed that it would make sense for the HP to go up every time you level up, but how ...
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If I take the Dual Path mythic feat, how does the bonus HP work?

In a mythic game I am going to be a cleric/wizard/Mystic Theurge. So I will be using the mythic feat Dual Path so I can select from both Archmage and Hierophant. As all paths gain bonus HP except for ...
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Can Captain Othelstan use Tiamat's Blessing of Retribution to regain health multiple times?

Captain Othelstan's stat block (HOTDQ, p. 89) describes this benefit: Tiamat's Blessing of Retribution. When Othelstan takes damage that reduces him to 0 hit points, he immediately regains 20 hit ...
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Does this house rule, for determining hit point maximum, make characters weaker than RAW?

Recently my friend had mentioned that he was using a house rule for his players to calculate their hit point maximum, which I am both curious & hesitant to try with my players. His way of ...
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If I sleep in a Magic Bedroll while benefiting from the Healthful Rest and Summon Elysian Thrush spells, how many HP do I regain?

Each of these increase the number of HP you get back during a rest. The Healthful Rest spell description (SC, p. 11) says: Each affected creature regains twice the hit points and ability damage it ...

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