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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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If the same attack that causes a druid to revert from Wild Shape also reduces their maximum HP, what happens?

I am aware of Jeremy Crawford's ruling that maximum HP reduction applied to a Wild Shape form does not apply to the druid's true form when Wild Shape reverts. However, this doesn't answer the question ...
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Do the Shadow Magic sorcerer's Strength of the Grave feature and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance trait work together?

I have a player that wants to create a character that is a Half-Orc Shadow Sorcerer; specifically they want to use the combination of the Shadow Sorcerer's Strength of the Grave feature and the Half-...
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What are the hit points for a Low Born Cavalier Paladin?

In Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Unearthed Arcana, the low born paladin has to earn experience points as a 0 level Cavalier Horseman and Lancer, according to page 16. However, it doesn't explain how ...
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What happens to your current HP if your MHP is altered?

There is a spell in the Path of Creation that can grant you extra maximum HP. What happens if that spell is cast upon you If you have all your HP? If you have less than all your HP, but not 0 or ...
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Can the Shepherd druid's “Faithful Summons” feature be triggered by losing all HP in Wild Shape? [duplicate]

The Circle of the Shepherd druid gets the Faithful Summons feature at 14th level (XGtE, p. 24): If you are reduced to 0 hit points or are incapacitated against your will, you can immediately gain ...
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What happens after Body Snatcher prestige class's “Death is Only the Beginning” feature is used in the case of hit point damage?

The Mind Switch and True Mind Switch powers in Dreamscarred Press's psionics supplement state that you retain your hit points when you use them. The Body Snatcher prestige class that revolves around ...
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Can Harm reduce you to below 1 HP if you fail the save?

The spell description for Harm says: Harm charges a subject with negative energy that deals 10 points of damage per caster level (to a maximum of 150 points at 15th level). If the creature ...
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Do Life Drain attacks from wights stack?

The wight has an attack called Life Drain: Life Drain. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) necrotic damage. The target must succeed on a DC 13 Constitution ...
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When an injured character gains a level, how are hit points handled?

I'm used to the party having healers, but I'm running a game right now where a character was injured brutally, down to 1 hit point and they made it to an Inn. They healed somewhat while resting and ...
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Do you add new HP or change ability score first when leveling up (eg, to 4th, 8th)? [duplicate]

When leveling up to 4th level, I add 2 ability points to CON, e.g., going from 14 (+2) to 16 (+3). For my new max HP, do I use my new CON modifier, or the old one?
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Is there a limit on the temporary hit points of Iron or Ice Golems, or can they potentially have infinite HP?

Certain Golems, and undoubtedly other creatures that are less easy to get on a party's side, are affected by certain magical effects differently than most other creatures. Mainly, the Iron Golem and ...
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Can a Simulacrum regain health from class features?

My proposed question comes from the School of Necromancy wizard's Grim Harvest feature (PHB, p. 118): Grim Harvest At 2nd level, you gain the ability to reap life energy from creatures you ...
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Can a simulacrum “regain” HP by being True Polymorphed into a creature that can do so normally?

If a simulacrum is polymorphed through True Polymorph into a creature that can regain hit points normally, can the simulacrum regain hit points while polymorphed in that way?
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Are automatic death saving throw failures from damage at 0 HP unbalanced against large groups of small enemies?

Since taking damage while at 0 hp counts as a failed death save, wouldn't a larger group of enemies potentially be more lethal than a smaller group of equal CR total? It doesn't matter how much damage ...
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How can a damaged magic item be repaired?

All objects, including magic items, have hit points. Some magic items, such as Ioun Stones and the Apparatus of Kwalish, specify how many hit points they have in their description, while the rest of ...
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Can you be healed or stabilized (if downed) while petrified?

I just posted this question about whether you continue making death saving throws while petrified if you are at 0 HP. The answer was yes. But I thought of another question: If you are downed and ...
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What’s the right calculation for the Homunculus’s hit points for the 2019 UA Alchemist Artificer?

In the 2019 version of the Unearthed Arcana Alchemist Artificer, the Homunculus's hit points are given as: Hit Points equal to five times your level in this class + your Intelligence modifier Is ...
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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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What is the max HP of a level 5 ranger with a Constitution modifier of +2? [closed]

What’s a level 5 ranger's max hit points with a Constitution modifier of +2? Is it hit die plus modifier? So (10+2)*5 Lvl 1 = 12 Lvl 2 = 24 Lvl 3 = 36 Lvl 4 = 48 Lvl 5 = 60 Seems high.
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Does reducing a character's max HP with a spell also reduce the “negative HP” threshold needed to cause instant death?

Here's my situation: In a fight with a group of vampire thralls, the party's wizard got caught in a corner and was being savaged by vampire bites, his max HP dropping from 24 to 11. They fended off ...
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Vampire bite HP drain not healing after long rest

I'm playing in my first campaign as a Way of the Long Death Monk, currently level 6, and we're running Storm King's Thunder. I've been loving it, and everyone's been great including the DM, but I've ...
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Does a creature die outright if they drop below negative max hit points of their polymorphed form?

Does a creature die outright if they drop below negative max hit points of their polymorphed form? I know a creature will revert to their normal form upon reaching 0 hit points, but a creature dies ...
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When restoring a character's hit point maximum lost from exhaustion, does the character also regain hit points?

When restoring a character's hit point maximum lost from exhaustion, does the character also regain hit points? For example, the fourth level of exhaustion reduces a character's hit point maximum to ...
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Is there a D&D 3.5e equivalent to the Death Field psionic power from 2nd edition?

D&D 2nd edition's Psionic class has a psionic power called Death Field. That power allows character to sacrifice half of his hitpoints to deal damage to all living things in some radius around ...
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How do I calculate the HP of a level 20 Barbarian NPC with the Tough feat? [closed]

I'm a first time DM and I'm struggling with sorting out HP for a half orc NPC. I rolled his HP and he has the tough feat that I gave him at level 4, so I know, at max, he gets 40 to his HP, but I'm ...
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Can the UA Raven Queen's Blessing eldritch invocation be used by a warlock to heal and wake up an ally at 0 HP?

Can the Raven Queen's Blessing eldritch invocation for warlocks (from Unearthed Arcana: Warlock & Wizard) heal a dying or stabilized ally at 0 HP, thereby waking them up early? As unreliable as ...
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Could casting the Harm spell on a creature with Bestow Curse cast on it drop it below 1 HP?

The harm spell states it cannot drop the target below 1 HP. But what if the caster had previously cursed them using bestow curse with the curse causing them to take extra damage? Could that extra ...
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How do you get temporary hit points?

I'm going to play my first game of D&D soon. How do I get temporary hit points and how many of them do I start with?
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What happens if a target of Hex/Hunter's Mark drops to 0 HP, but then regains HP somehow?

Both Hex and Hunter's Mark are spells that let you, as long as you maintain concentration, move them onto a new target if the target drops to 0 HP: If the target drops to 0 hit points before this ...
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Is there a way to lose 5 hit points without spending many resources?

I am building a Crusader, and I want to make better use of the features Steely Resolve and Furious Counterstrike. Steely Resolve creates a delayed damage pool, the first 10* damage you receive every ...
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Can you use a reaction while being brought to 0 HP?

Our GM threw enemies at us that had a reaction allowing them to counterattack when attacked. (I don’t know the reaction’s wording; he almost never shares such details.) Upon our killing one of them, ...
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Does the Catnap spell affect people that are already unconscious?

Does the Catnap spell affect people that are already unconscious? An example: The trusty fighter fights and takes damage, and is reduced to 0 hitpoints. The wizard kills the bad guy(s), and ...
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How does the max HP increase from the Order of the Immortal mystic's Immortal Durability work?

This is about the latest version (v3) of the mystic class from Unearthed Arcana. Order of the Immortal mystics get the Immortal Durability feature at 1st level when they choose the subclass, part of ...
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Can the hit point maximum be reduced repeatedly with multiple Harm spells?

I know that the effects of a spell don’t combine if it is cast multiple times. Only the most potent effect would be applied. In our last game, this topic came up in regards to the Harm spell. Harm was ...
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What spells are available to heal characters, increase their max HP, or grant temporary HP?

I'm trying to work out a healer multi-classed build and want to make sure I'm not missing any options. Please give references to the locations that the spells were found in. Unearthed Arcana is fine. ...
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How do constitution modifier changes affect current HP?

We are quite new to playing D&D and recently noticed that when you gain or lose constitution modifier, you will gain or lose hitpoints. Now we are having a few issues with this, mainly being: ...
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If I have a lower-level Aid cast on me, am reduced to less than 5 HP, and then have a higher-level Aid cast on me, what happens?

For reference: Does casting Aid stack? (No), What happens to the current hit points when Aid ends? (You lose the current hit points that you gained, effectively taking 5 damage). My question is: If I ...
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How can familiars benefit from the Aid spell's temporary Hit Points?

I am about to propose an idea to a friend of mine who plays a Wizard, and whom we have finally convinced should get his familiar up and running. (I play a Cleric in this party). He is concerned that ...
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Where can I find the hit points for vehicles?

In the PHB (pg. 157), it lists various mounts and vehicles: For the animals, such as horses and elephants, etc, their hit points can be found under their listings in the Monster Manual. But what ...
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What are the implications of using a monster's maximum hit points instead of the average?

I'm starting a new campaign and I'd like to try and make some of my monsters a little hardier. I'm fine with how hard they can hit the PCs, but my main problem is how quickly the monsters go down. ...
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Does Enlarge/Reduce also reduce a monster’s max hit points?

From the Monster Manual intro, on p. 7, under "Hit Points": A monster's size determines the die used to calculate its hit points, as shown in the Hit Dice by Size table. Enlarge/Reduce gives an ...
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Is this homebrew feat allowing casters to convert hp to spell slots balanced?

Is this feat balanced? Prerequisite: The ability to cast at least one spell. You can sacrifice hit points to regain spell slots. When you cast a spell slot created by this, roll 1d20. ...
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Can Wild Magic Surges restore hit points and spell slots to a Simulacrum of a Wild Magic Sorcerer?

Some effects of the Wild Magic table (PHB, p. 104) make the Sorcerer regain hit points or spell slots: 15-16: For the next minute, you regain 5 hit points at the start of each of your turns. ...
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Is the Spirit Troll unable to be knocked out unless it doesn't regenerate?

So I've seen some rules referencing that whenever a creature drops to 0 HP it is either knocked unconscious (and starts making death saving throws, unless it's already stable) or it dies outright. ...
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What happens if a petrified creature drops to 0 hit points?

Like the title says. If a creature with the petrified condition is dropped to 0 HP, what happens? Does the petrified effect end, and they're globs of meat? Does the soul leave the statue at that point,...