Questions tagged [hit-points]

For questions about hit points, an abstraction of a character's health, used in many role-playing games. (See also: the [temporary-hit-points] and [hit-dice] tags.)

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If an elf is stable with 0 HP, do they regain all hit points after a long rest of 8 hours or 4?

In my most recent session, the entire party except one character was downed (reduced to 0 HP), but they were all stabilised by the cleric (the only member that was left standing). One of the downed ...
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In OD&D, how do you calculate XP, HP and Max HP when switching class?

In Original D&D, specifically the rules described in Men & Magic, it says: Elves can begin as either Fighting-Men or Magic-Users and freely switch class whenever they choose, from adventure ...
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Does the feat Unnatural Mantle keep this servitor in the fight?

The cleric prayer Servitude in Death has as its effect The first time the target dies before the end of the encounter, it rises at the start of its next turn as an undead creature allied with you and ...
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Unconsciousness ending naturally over time?

In D&D 5E, if a player character, an NPC, or a group of player characters and/or NPCs become unconscious or go critical and then get stabilized, or if an enemy/enemies was/were knocked out instead ...
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Can a conscious, stabilized PC do anything if they are still at 0 hit points after being stabilized with “Spare the Dying”?

Pretty self explanatory: A character has been shot to zero hit points and falls unconscious. A Cleric uses spare the dying on them and stabilizes them before they have a chance to make any death ...
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What's the order of operations when multiple game elements check that a monster's dropped to 0 hp?

I'm considering for my PC the epic destiny Keeper of the Everflow, in part, because of the level 30 epic destiny feature turning the wheel that, among others, grants the following ability: When you ...
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If you take more damage than you have current HP, do you end up with negative HP?

I found this explanation on how dying in D&D 3.5 works. Coming from 5e, I am a little confused. In 3.5e, do you take damage past zero do you stop at 0(-1) or go straight into the negatives? For ...
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Are there any feats that increase hit points?

My character has the lowest hit points in our party (I mean he is even lower than the Artificer of the party, and I am a Fighter), so I was wondering if there were any feats that increase max hit ...
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Is there any magic item that increases Hit Points?

My character has the lowest Hit Points in our party, who are all level 10 (I mean he is even lower than the Artificer of the party I am a Fighter)(My CON is 15) so I was wondering if there was any ...
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Can a homebrew classes starting hit points be higher than it's hit dice? [closed]

So I was wonder if I could make a class that's starting hit points were higher than it's hit dice? Hit points Hit Dice: 1d10 per ______ level Hit Points at 1st level: 12 + your Constitution modifier ...
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Does “Dying” mean being “Bloodied” at the same time, technically? [duplicate]

In D&D 4th Edition, one can only get to a state of Dying after getting Bloodied first. If - for example - I have a Feat which gives me the ability A to do something as a Minor/Move/Standard action ...
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How much HP does a mountain range have?

How much HP does a mountain range have? And I don't mean a mountain, I mean a mountain range. Specifically Kondyor Massif It's technically a crater, but close enough. Basically I'm homebrewing a ...
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Are there any rules or guidelines that demonstrate how many hit points an increase in AC is worth?

I am trying to determine if I should increase the base hit points, or the starting AC for my monsters to make them a bit more challenging for my players due to the size of the party (7-8 players). Is ...
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Does reducing the Purple Worm's HP to 184 really reduce its challenge rating to 13?

On page 113 of Princes of the Apocalypse, the text reads in part: As the tremor ends, a young purple worm with 184 hit points (challenge rating 13) burrows [...] No other changes to the Purple Worm'...
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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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Is the max HP reduction from the Diseased Giant Rat permanent?

The variant Diseased Giant Rat (MM pg. 327) has a feature that when it hits with an attack and the target fails a saving throw, they contract a disease. The text says Until the disease is cured the ...
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Does the racial trait from Innistrad Provincial Origin, Stensia and the feat Tough stack?

The Player's Handbook feat Tough: Your hit point maximum increases by an amount equal to twice your level when you gain this feat. Whenever you gain a level thereafter, your hit point maximum ...
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Hit points and damage thresholds for defensive structures

The party is deep into my 5e-updated classic Greyhawk Giants series. The giants are about to attack the outer walls of the Sterish city of Headwater in an attempt to take the city. Many monsters, such ...
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Hit Points of Giant Insect

The description of Giant Insect says You transform up to ten centipedes, three spiders, five wasps, or one scorpion within range into giant versions of their natural forms for the duration. A ...
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How would optional re-rolling of all hit dice on leveling up affect average hp?

I am considering a homebrew rule that would give players the option on leveling up to re-roll all of their hit dice (excluding their first level) instead of only rolling their new hit die when ...
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How does one calculate effects of damage over time if one is taking a long rest?

In a particular adventure, the air in the lower levels is poisoned, causing 1d6 poison damage every hour: If a party take a long rest in such an environment, how do you calculate the cumulative ...
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Does the Necromancy Wizard's lvl 10 feature, Inured to Undeath, prevent losing maximum hit points as a result of losing attunement to a magic item?

Inured To Undeath (bolding mine): Beginning at 10th level, you have resistance to necrotic damage, and your hit point maximum can't be reduced. You have spent so much time dealing with undead and the ...
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Is it possible to lose HP by levelling up? If it is, is it possible to die by levelling up? [duplicate]

When you level up, you gain a number of Hit Points equal to 1d# (6, 8, 10, or 12) + your Constitution modifier. The lowest Constitution modifier possible is -4 (possible by rolling, and rolling 4 1s). ...
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Does Leveling Up Heal Unconscious Characters? [duplicate]

A character in my group ran into a funny situation where his character fell unconscious but the other characters eliminated monsters, which caused them to level up. When a character levels up, they ...
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Does the Construct Spirit from the Summon Construct spell cast at 4th level have 40 HP, or 55 HP?

I believe that there is a typo in the summon construct spell from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything. The spell is shown as a 4th-level spell in the table at the beginning of the chapter (p. 105) and in ...
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Can Sidekicks take the average on the Hit Die to determine the max HP increase when they level up?

Reading through the new rules for Sidekicks in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 142), it seems like they must roll for HP when they level up. Am I understanding this right? Or can I use Monster ...
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Can the Ring of Temporal Salvation permanently increase your maximum hitpoints?

The Ring of Temporal Salvation says (emphasis mine): If you die while wearing this gray crystal ring, you vanish and reappear in an unoccupied space within 5 feet of the space you left (or the ...
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Does Yellow Mold continue to damage a creature that's already at 0 HP (causing failed death saves)?

If a creature is in the area of a cloud of spores ejected by Yellow Mold (DMG, p. 105) when it is touched, and the creature fails a DC 15 Con saving throw, it becomes poisoned. In addition: While ...
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Do I still gain temporary HP if the target of a Sword of Life Stealing is reduced to 0 HP even before the necrotic damage is applied?

The entry for sword of life stealing says: When you attack a creature with this magic weapon and roll a 20 on the attack roll, that target takes an extra 10 necrotic damage if it isn't a construct or ...
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Can I cast Aid again to “heal” creatures already under the effect of the Aid spell that have been reduced to 0 HP?

Suppose I have cast Aid on 3 of my allies, and those allies have all dropped to 0 hit points and fallen unconscious. I would like to get all of them back on their feet as quickly as possible. Can I ...
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Is there an official explanation for the fluff of why magical healing is less effective on creatures with lots of hit points?

I'm most familiar with D&D 3.5e and 5e, which both have pretty similar ways of describing hit points. The 3.5e SRD says Hit points mean two things in the game world: the ability to take physical ...
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How to open a door with AC 15, 18 hit points?

I'm learning to play D&D and I'm following the Frozen Sick adventure from D&D Beyond. At some point, the players need to open a door with "AC 15, 18 hit points". I think AC means ...
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When The Undead warlock (UA) uses their Spirit Projection ability, do their spirit and body share a single pool of hitpoints?

The Undead warlock patron can be found here at DnDBeyond or here direct from Wizards of the Coast. The subclass is freely available playtest content, so I will reproduce the feature here: Spirit ...
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If someone's max HP is reduced by the Harm spell, then Feign Death suppresses that disease, what happens if they're healed and then Feign Death ends?

The description of the feign death spell says, in part (PHB, p. 240): If the target is diseased or poisoned when you cast the spell, or becomes diseased or poisoned while under the spell’s effect, ...
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Does HP fall to 0 if a creature is knocked unconscious from failing a save? If not, how does the unconscious condition end?

I was looking at the Prismatic Beetle Swarm from Tome of Beasts. The description of its Glittering Carapace trait says, in part: In bright light, a creature within 30 feet that looks at the prismatic ...
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Half orc fighter max starting HP

A non-playing friend of mine was looking around in the DnDBeyond website and created a (what I assume was a 1st lvl) character: half-orc with a STR of 19 and CON of 18. He showed me on his phone, but ...
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Why is my warforged Forge Domain cleric starting with too much HP?

I created a Warforged Cleric of the Forge Domain using the official D&D Beyond tool. It came out with 15 HP at level 1. Where did the extra 4 HP come from? I have a Constitution score of 17 (a +3 ...
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What is the highest hit points that one character can have?

By reading others questions like Highest damage in one melee attack and Highest AC possible. How many hit points can a character have, and also highest achievable hit points possible in an instant? ...
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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 in ...
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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, ...

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