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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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Bloodpyre Poison Str bonus duration

This bloodpyre poison states that it gives str bonus along with the damage it causes. However there is no duration given. Does the str bonus last while you have ability score damage? Is it permanent? ...
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How long does the benefit of a successful saving throw against a poison last?

In D&D 5e, does a successful saving throw against poison confer immunity (or at least reduced damage, depending on the poison) from that poison for life, for that combat, or only for that hit? Do ...
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Why do I have to "craft" a poison from a poisonous creature? [closed]

Why would I have to craft a poison from the venom of a, say, giant spider, to use it? Couldn't I just collect it and at a later date put some on my weapon, for example? What does the crafting ...
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Do you have disadvantage on Con saves against poison while sleeping?

NPCs are going to poison the party while they sleep, do the players have disadvantage on their saves? The situation I just started a campaign with a group where I was once a player. Their lvl 5 ...
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How can I gain resistance to poison and/or necrotic damage?

I'm about to start a campaign that I suspect will be filled with poisonous & necrotic monsters due to the setting. I have been thinking of playing a stout halfling, but would prefer to play one ...
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Does the Grung's racial-trait poison work on all bolts when using a crossbow?

With the Grung's racial trait Poisonous Skin, you can apply poison to your weapon as part an an attack: You can also apply this poison to any piercing weapon as part of an attack with that weapon, ...
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Are creatures with the immune to poisoned condition immune to poison damage?

For example Flesh Golem is immune to the poisoned condition... would that make them immune to poison damage?
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Can an ordinary whip be poisoned?

I'm running a whip-wielding ranger/rogue, and I'm wondering if it's possible to poison a whip, both from a rules standpoint and as a practical matter. Rules-wise, there's this from the DMG: Injury....
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Are Drow proficient in Drow's Poison?

Drow's poison are crafted only by drow, but if the drow dosen't have proficiency in poison kit, he still have proficiency in craft your poison?
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Do ingested poisons have a taste?

Do ingested poisons have a taste? Can they be identified as poison at the time of consumption? I know a Potion of Poison tastes just like a Potion of Healing, but I don't know how to deal with the ...
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Does the Assassin rogue’s Death Strike feature double the damage from a poison that requires a saving throw?

Let’s say you coat your weapon with poison transmitted by injury from the DMG. As we know, the damage from these poisons are not tied to the attack roll but to a Con save, so the damage dice are not ...
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What is the rarity of poisons within the DMG?

I’m currently working on an Artificer build, upon reaching level 10 Artificer’s receive the following ability. Magic Item Adept When you reach 10th level, you achieve a profound understanding of how ...
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Do more doses of poison do more damage?

For instance I want to kill an NPC via mixing poison in a soup and giving it to the NPC, assuming that the they will drink all the soup. But my poison's damage isn't enough to kill them. If I put more ...
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Does a character know they ate poison if they pass a fortitude save?

Player just ate some poisoned food. They passed their fortitude save. Does the character know that they just ate poison? Would they reach for a second bite?
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How long does a poisoned weapon stay that way?

This is a Pathfinder 2 question. The rules for poisoning weapons seem contradictory, or at least redundant. Two different sections deal with this; I'm going to cite them both because I'm thinking ...
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Monk's Deflect Missiles vs. Assassin's poisoned weapons

I found this question on poisoned arrows and the Monk's deflect missiles ability. What I'm wondering about is slightly different. The Assassin has poisoned weapons which do half damage if the target ...
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Can you drink poison or poisoned ale as an object interaction?

Inspired by the question "What is the cheapest way to damage myself and trigger the effects of the Fade Away feat?" I am now wondering whether you can drink a flagon of poisoned ale as an object ...
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What does "immune to poison" mean in Nature's Ward?

Circle of the Land druids get the Nature's Ward feature: When you reach 10th level, you can't be charmed or frightened by elementals or fey, and you are immune to poison and disease. (PHB 69) My ...
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What does the Poison Weapon rogue feat do?

Here is the feat, emphasis mine: Poison Weapon -> Requirements: You are wielding a piercing or slashing weapon and have a free hand You apply a poison to the required weapon. If your next ...
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How does the Poisoner role work in Dusk City Outlaws?

One of my players is playing as the poisoner. They wanted to slip an antagonist some poison, but had used their "Planning Poison" for another task. But it would seem odd to lock the Poisoner out of ...
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