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My players think they found a loophole that gives them infinite poison and XP. How can I add the proper challenges to slow them down?

(I'm the game master.) The party (lvl. 4) reached a Kobold village. It has several dozen Kobolds, many of them pretty powerful. The players aren't supposed to kill everyone in it, but to solve the ...
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Can you add poison to breath weapon?

My goal is to find a way to add poison to a breath weapon to make it eligible for Venomfire. 4 possibilites I have yet to find a way to achieve this: Find a way to add a dose of poison to a spell-...
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Can an Injection Reservoir apply to Athletics Maneuvers?

The Injection Reservoir Adjustment allows you to inject a poison into the target on a successful attack. ...Immediately after a successful attack with the adjusted weapon, you can inject the target ...
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Is there some source relating real poisons with ad&d (1e/2e) poison chart?

2e Dmg text for 'Table 51: Poison Strength' is clear: Poisons are not listed by name here, since this is neither a scientific text nor a primer on the deadly nature of many plants and animals. But ...
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Poison resistance [duplicate]

I was in a fight against a young green dragon and I play a War-forged barbarian and had to roll a constitution saving throw to get out of the way and take half damage and the War-forged has poison ...
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Fun way to disincentivize player from ingesting more unknown liquids [closed]

While we rotate who is the DM, we have a player who constantly drinks and eats random garbage. He is playing the goblin race, and while having very good ingestion he is not immune to poisons. At our ...
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How does the poisoned condition affect the challenge rating?

I am planning an encounter against different Ogres (Half-Ogre, Ogre, Ogre Battering Ram...). During the fight, the Ogres are drunk and suffer the poisoned condition (disadvantage on attack rolls and ...
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Does proficiency with a Poisoner's Kit protect you from exposure while Harvesting Poison?

The Dungeon Master's Guide (p. 258) describes a risk if you badly fail to harvest poison from a creature: A character can … attempt to harvest poison from a poisonous creature … The creature must be ...
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Is there a rule for poison gathering?

I have heard some people are gathering poison from their Imps (fetched by Improved Familiar feat) and give it to the rogue in their team. But I can't find the related rule anywhere (there's a [Craft (...
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PF2: Can alchemist poison his bombs?

So poisons can be applied to weapons. This is typically done with poisons that have the Injury trait. Which requires the weapon to deal either piercing or slashing damage. I found 4 such bombs: Junk ...
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Would Prestidigitation remove poison from an object's surface?

I had the passing thought of getting revenge, I mean protecting your items from thieves by using a strong contact poison. Now in the case of coins, would a casting of Prestidigitation be enough to ...
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What are toxins?

The spell Restoration says: When you cast restoration, choose to either reduce a condition or lessen the effect of a toxin. It references "toxin" many times more. But, what is a toxin? It'...
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Does the Air Bubble spell stop poisonous gas?

The 2nd level Air Bubble spell says: You create a spectral globe around the head of a willing creature you can see within range. The globe is filled with fresh air that lasts until the spell ends. ...
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Does a creature with Ability Focus produce poison crafting materials with a higher DC than normal?

If you have ready access to the main ingredients of a poison (such as a trained creature that knows the "bestow poison" trick), you only have to pay 1/6 of the market price when crafting it instead of ...
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Does Poisoner Feat work on Warlock Familiars?

If a player is a Pact of the Chain Warlock and they decide to choose their familiar to be a sprite and had the Poisoner Feat, could they use that feat to apply poison to the sprite's weapons?
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What might I make a player roll if they ask a physical, self-awareness question?

Say a player asks "Do I feel like I've been poisoned?" Or "Do I feel like I have a disease?" Or "Do I feel like my leg is broken?" I've considered a few options and have ...
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Herbalism Kit Activity: Identify Poison - Applicability

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything near the bottom of the first column on page 82 is a table for Herbalism Kit Activities. One of the Activities is named "Identify poison" and requires a DC ...
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Herbalism Kit: Identify Poison (Potion?) - XGE Typo?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything near the bottom of the first column on page 82 is a table for Herbalism Kit Activities. One of the Activities is "Identify poison", but I suspect it may be ...
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Is the 'Potion of Poison' detected by 'Detect Poison and Disease'?

The Potion of Poison has the following description: This concoction looks, smells, and tastes like a potion of healing or other beneficial potion. However, it is actually poison masked by illusion ...
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Does the Poisoner feat interact with Druid's Wildshape?

Specifically, I'm looking for an answer to the first effect of the Poisoner feat: "When you make a damage roll that deals poison damage, it ignores resistance to poison damage." Tasha's ...
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How many people can be poisoned with ingested poison?

It's pretty clear with contact and injury poisons - how they work. One dose is enough to poison weapon for one strike and the first who'd be hit with it - gets poisoned. Inhaled poison is said to fill ...
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What is highest Damage/GP poison?

There is lots of stuff out there about poisons in general, but what is the most money efficient poison? Purple worm poison is powerful, but it cost 5k GP per dose iirc. I am looking for a poison that ...
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Quick Alchemy and Poison Potency

Does the line on Quick Alchemy about remaining potent for only 1 round matter for poisons once they've been applied? You swiftly mix up a short-lived alchemical item to use at a moment's notice. You ...
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Can Projected Ward prevent Injury Poison?

Unlike Arcane Ward, Projected Ward is a reaction triggered by seeing a creature "take damage". Injury Poison exposure is also triggered by a creature taking (certain types of) damage. The ...
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How does the poison from the Poisoner feat work?

I've seen in previous discussions that "basic poison" from the PHB can be interpreted RAW to last for the full minute regardless of if you hit a creature, as opposed to the injury poison ...
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Can I use Basic Poison on an arrow with this Venomous Bow magic item to create a double-poisoned arrow?

I am in a game where my DM just gave me the Venomous Bow. This bow is similar to the Dagger of Venom, such that it automatically applies poison to any arrows that are that touch it. This bow also gave ...
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Can you change the damage type of Poisons via Grave Touched?

If I hit a creature with an attack using a poison coated weapon (for example Purple Worm Poison) could I, rules as written, change the poison damage type to necrotic via the lvl 6 Undead Patron ...
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Is this homebrew Mage Bane poison's rarity correct at uncommon?

We encountered a homebrew poison, which can coat weapons or piercing ammunition, that is called Mage Bane. Its properties1 are as follows: Mage Bane Potion, uncommon A concentrated, dark green liquid ...
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Does the Life Bubble spell protect against the Irradiate spell and areas of radiation?

The life bubble spell in Pathfinder 1E gives the following immunities to its targets: This shell enables the subjects to breathe freely, even underwater or in a vacuum, as well as making them immune ...
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What's the duration of a touch poison applied to a weapon?

I'm playing a thief, and I'd like to apply a touch poison to my weapon. How long before I use it do I need to apply it? Can I put in on my dagger and wait a week before stabbing somebody? Or do I need ...
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What is the average damage of a Potion of Poison?

The potion of poison (DMG p.188) is an uncommon magic item that deals poison damage over time to anyone who drinks it. However, the way it deals damage is rather complicated, with multiple saves and ...
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Are Androids immune to all inhalation effects? (Starfinder)

My party and I can't seem to come to a good agreement on the extent of the Constructed Racial trait with regards to breathing. The Android Constructed racial trait reads: ...androids do not breathe ...
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When does a poison interval of "one round" end?

When does a poison saving throw interval of "one round" end? Take this poison for example: Hunting Spider Venom (poison) Saving Throw Fortitude DC 16; Maximum Duration 6 rounds; Stage 1 ...
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What counts as damage by an ammunition when using Arcane Shot in regards to poison?

I am currently building DnD-5e Arcane Archer (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything) character and considering how beneficial it is to take the Poisoner feat (from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything ). In ...
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Can the Poisoner feat let you activate a Dagger of Venom as a Bonus Action?

The Dagger of Venom is a magic item with the following special property : You can use an action to cause thick, black poison to coat the blade. The poison remains for 1 minute or until an attack ...
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Are there any poisons which reduce ability scores?

In D&D 5e, there are a number of poisons listed in the Dungeon Master's Guide page 258. Most of these poisons deal poison damage or inflict conditions. I know that in Pathfinder there are many ...
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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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Does Grapple / Constrict apply other Attack Effects?

Reefclaws have 2 Claws +2 (1d4 + Grab + Poison) as their melee attack. They also have Constrict (1d4) as a Special Attack If a Reefclaw succesfully grapples an opponent, decides to maintain the ...
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Is the Adult Gold Dragon's Weakening Breath considered a curse, disease, or poison?

In a fight with an Adult Gold Dragon today our delightful barbarian suffered from the effect of Weakening Breath. Our transmutation wizard used his Transmuter's Stone for Panacea to restore hit points,...
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Where does poisonous "oil of taggit" come from?

Is there any lore in D&D, whether in 5th Edition or prior, about where the poison "oil of taggit" comes from? What kind of thing is a "taggit"? An animal or plant? A mineral? ...
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How can a low-level rogue reduce a target's Constitution modifier?

I want to play a rogue that relies heavily on poisons and other utility flasks (e.g. alchemist's fire). We're starting out at level 1, and the story arc should take us to roughly level 11. To make ...
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How much damage does the NPC assassin do in the first two rounds to a sleeping creature?

A related concern in calculating the damage potential is does the poison stay on the short swords after the first round? I am trying to get a grip on how much damage does the NPC assassin does in the ...
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Is Poison consumed by the first attack? [duplicate]

Is a vial of Poison consumed by the first attack of such a weapon or I get the +1d4 Poison damage for each attack I do in one minute? Poison, Basic. You can use the poison in this vial to coat one ...
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Are these Yuan-Ti's osssra rules balanced?

I am DMing a homebrew campaign and I created an exotic island ruled by Yuan-ti. I read the Serpent Kingdoms 3rd edition manual and I tried to adapt the osssra table (page 150). In 5th edition the ...
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Harvesting poison from a familiar

Crafting and Harvesting Poison (page 258 of the DMG) says that a creature must be dead or incapacitated before you can make a DC 20 nature or poison kit check to get a single dose of poison. However, ...
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Number of saves vs lingering clouds of poison doses

If someone were to use either the toxic censer or alchemical wax to create long duration clouds of poison, how many times do creatures within those clouds have to save against the poison dose? Are ...
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Does this homebrew way of delivering poisons have unforeseen consequences?

I am running a homebrew tier 3 adventure in which the players will eventually encounter vampires. I'd like to introduce an item that will be particularly effective against vampires and vampire spawn, ...
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Can a familiar apply poison on your weapons for you?

Applying poison to a weapon is an action. Can I use the familiar's action to apply poison to a weapon I'm holding? Please cite only the rules and those rules only of the PHB to support your answer not ...
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Do creatures immune to poison still make saving throws?

At 11th level, monks gain immunity to poison. The Poison Healer feat lets you restore hit points when you "succeed on a Fortitude save against a poison". Can monks chug poison to heal themselves, or ...
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Does the effects of a failed save versus disease or poison carry over into an alternate form?

Most diseases (mundane or magical) and poison deal ability damage upon a failed save after the incubation time. Once the damage takes place, does the negative effects of a failed save versus disease ...
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