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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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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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’re dying. At -...
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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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