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Does antimagic field affect Gem Flight?

Gem Flight, Fizban's Treasure of Dragons, pg. 11 You can use a bonus action to manifest spectral wings for 1 minute. For the duration, you gain a flying speed equal to your walking speed and can ...
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How does the Firbolg’s Speech of Beast and Leaf trait interact with the Telepathic feat?

The Telepathic feat (TCoE, p. 81) gives you the ability to: [...] speak telepathically to any creature you can see within 60 feet of you. Your telepathic utterances are in a language you know, and ...
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Do bonuses to AC stack?

The Warforged get +1 to AC from their Integrated Protection feature. The forge domain cleric can use the feature Blessing of the Forge to enchant their armor for another +1 to AC. The Soul of the ...
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What kinds of attacks can the dhampir lineage's Vampire Bite trait empower?

I am playing a dhampir Grave cleric for an upcoming campaign. The description for the dhampir lineage's Vampire Bite trait says, in part (VRGtR, p. 16): When you attack with this bite and hit a ...
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Can a Leonin avoid targeting allies with the Daunting Roar ability if the Leonin is blinded?

I saw an interesting interaction today about the Leonin Daunting Roar ability. There was a blinded Leonin adjacent to allies and enemies. He wanted to use the Daunting Roar ability. The relevant text ...
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Now that Monsters of the Multiverse is out, are variant Humans still relevant?

I understand that an extra Feat is a big deal, but it seems to me that given the attributes changes put everything in line with V. Humans now, that feat isn't a big deal any more since most of the new ...
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Can a dhampir survive on blood alone?

I am building a dhampir using the stats from Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft (p. 16-17), which has some interesting entries, such as this paragraph under "Dhampir Hungers": Those who ...
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What is the best way to make sure I can always submerge myself as a locathah?

I want to make a locathah, but don't want to die by being away from water. Without being forced into some specific class, is there any way to ensure I can always find water with some skill or ...
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How does the Hobgoblin's Fey Gift from "Monsters of the Multiverse" interact with rules regarding the Help Action

The hobgoblin player race from "Monsters of the Multiverse" has an ability called Fey Gift which allows you to take the Help action as a bonus action and which reads (in part): Starting at ...
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Can Tidal Wave disperse Fog Cloud?

Hi I play Tritons (in D&D 5E) and they have this neat trait called Fog Cloud. You create a 20-foot-radius sphere of fog centered on a point within range. The sphere spreads around corners, and ...
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How overpowered is this Dhampir / Changeling?

I am going to be running a game for a new player, and they want to play a Dhampir Changeling. I don’t want to use the Dhampir as written, because removing the Changeling's shapechanger feature feels ...
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Long rest contradiction between Official rule and Sage advice? [duplicate]

There are two rule clarifications posts that I am trying to wrap my head around. But both seems to contradict each other. Regarding an Elf that trances for 4H.... When does he gets the benefits of ...
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Can a Hexblood cast Hex and Disguise Self on the same day?

There is some disagreement between myself and a friend as to the interpretation of the following feature: Hex Magic. You can cast the disguise self and hex spells with this trait. Once you cast ...
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What level does the (Dragon)Mark of Healing cast Cure Wounds at? [duplicate]

Eberron: Rising from the Last War: Mark of Healing's feature Healing Touch says the following: You can cast the cure wounds spell with this trait I'm assuming this can only be cast at 1st level, but ...
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Can a changeling change into a form with wings?

The shapechanger ability description for changelings in Eberron says that you must adopt a form with the same basic arrangements of limbs. Would this definition extend to wings and tails and the like ...
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Can a gem dragonborn use the Psionic Mind trait to telepathically issue commands to an elemental spirit from the Summon Elemental spell?

Gem Dragonborn, from Fizban's Treasury of Dragons (p. 11), have the Psionic Mind trait: You can send telepathic messages to any creature you can see within 30 feet of you. You don’t need to share a ...
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How quickly can a Thylean Centaur climb?

I'm playing the Thylean Centaur race (from the third-party Odyssey of the Dragonlords module), which has the following trait: Quadrapedal Stride. Climbing or maneuvering in tight spaces is considered ...
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Does the Mind Blank spell block the Psionic Mind feature of Gem Dragonborn?

The spell mind blank says: one willing creature you touch is immune to psychic damage, any effect that would sense its emotions or read its thoughts, divination spells, and the charmed condition. The ...
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Can a monk with claws use claw attacks as secondary weapons via Feral Combat Training to get four attacks at level three? [duplicate]

I'm making a catfolk unchained monk, and I just realized, RaW, that I might have four attacks at level 3. Similar questions have been asked and answered before, but most answers seem to be referencing ...
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What is the interaction between "cannot make a roll with advantage" and disadvantage?

Picture the following scenario. A creature attacks me, and through any combination of features, spells, conditions and other effects (for example, I am a Recklessly Attacking barbarian being ...
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Does Fey Ancestry still apply while polymorphed

My elf was polymorphed into a giant ape and had to make a Wisdom saving throw or else be charmed. I know that I make the saving throw with the giant ape's wisdom score but would the elf still get ...
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In dnd-5e, is there any way to start a level 1 player character with any racial feat found in Xanathar's Guide to Everything? [duplicate]

From the PHB on page 31, variant human traits allow starting a level 1 player character with a feat. In Tasha's Cauldron of Everything on page 8, custom lineage allows starting with a feat, but lists ...
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Does a changeling gain the abilities of the race it shapeshifts into?

If a changeling in D&D 5e shapechanges into a merfolk, would it get the abilities of the race, for example, the ability to breathe underwater? I have been wondering about this for ages, and haven'...
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How does the Harengon's Rabbit Hop racial trait interact with the Jump spell?

If my level 2 ranger casts the Jump spell on our harengon monk, does his jump distance from his Rabbit hop racial ability tripled as well? Rabbit Hop. As a bonus action, you can jump a number of feet ...
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Can I apply the Undead Warlock's Grave Touched feature to the Topaz Dragonborn's breath weapon?

The Undead warlock has a feature called Grave Touched that states: Grave Touched: At 6th level, your patron’s powers have a profound effect on your body and magic. You don’t need to eat, drink, or ...
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How to enchant my Dhampir's face

I'm thinking of playing a Dhampir player character (details in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft). I want to build around the Vampiric Bite feature, listed below: Vampiric Bite Your fanged bite is a ...
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What are the options for a PC with cold resistance and darkvision?

Here's what doesn't seem to work: Goliath (does not have darkvision) Mountain Dwarf (does not have cold resistance) The only race that seems to have both is the Triton. Any other options for a race /...
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If a character gains the Telekinetic feat from their race, does that mean they can't get the feat's extended range for the Mage Hand cantrip?

Choosing either the Variant Human (PHB, p. 31) or Custom Lineage (TCoE, p. 9) racial options allows you to take a feat during character creation. The relevant portion of the Telekinetic feat's ...
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Does a a Bullywug Croaker's Glaar-pat song count as magic for the purposes of the Gnome Cunning racial trait? [duplicate]

The Bullywug Croaker has an action: Glaaar-pat (3/Day). The croaker sings a song of marshy doom. Each chosen creature within 30 feet of the croaker that can hear the song must make a DC 12 Wisdom ...
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Does the Blind Fighting fighting style mitigate the disadvantage on attacks caused by Sunlight Sensitivity?

I'm making a Duergar fighter character and am wondering if the Blind Fighting fighting style could cancel out Sunlight Sensitivity. The Duergar's Sunlight Sensitivity states You have disadvantage on ...
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Can a Thri-Kreen character use the Dual Wielder feat's first benefit with a shield?

The Thri-Kreen playable race from Unearthed Arcana 2021: Travelers of the Multiverse has the following property: Secondary Arms. You have two slightly smaller secondary arms below your primary pair ...
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What player options, or monster traits, can/can not affect the Multiverse UA races, due to different creature type?

In Unearthed Arcana 2021: Travelers of the Multiverse, a few of the races are singularly a type other than Humanoid. Specifically, Construct, Ooze, and Monstrosity. What are the mechanical ...
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Does the Magic Weapon spell, cast by a Mark of Making Human Barbarian, continue to function while Raging?

The Barbarian 1st level ability Rage states: If you are able to cast spells, you can’t cast them or concentrate on them while raging. And the Variant Human: Mark of Making innate ability Spellsmith ...
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Can a Dhampir Sword Bard use their fangs as a spellcasting focus? [duplicate]

A Dhampir's fanged bite is considered a simple melee weapon, Vampiric Bite. Your fanged bite is a natural weapon, which counts as a simple melee weapon with which you are proficient. At level 3, the ...
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List of abilities that let you squeeze through a 1-inch gap

According to rumors, the Fairy race will no longer have the ability to squeeze through gaps that are 1-inch across, so basically I’m looking for other ways to achieve the same effect through items, ...
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How does Breath Weapon work while blind?

Blind characters have disadvantage on attack rolls, however breath weapon does not require the attacker to roll dice. Should I assume, then, that there is not penalty for attacking with a breath ...
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Can a Dhampir echo knight's echo use vampiric bite to restore hit points to the echo knight?

The Vampiric Bite ability of the Dhampir race can be used as an attack, so RAW the Dhampir Echo Knight's Echo can bite. But would this be able to Empower the Echo Knight?
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Does the Simic Hybrid's Manta Glide let them glide after a high jump to double their movement and avoid opportunity attacks?

The Simic Hybrid's Manta Glide feature (GGR p. 20) does the following: You have ray-like fins that you can use as wings to slow your fall or allow you to glide. When you fall and aren't incapacitated,...
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How does Simic Hybrid's Manta Glide work?

Simic Hybrid's Manta Glide (GGR p. 20) states the following: You have ray-like fins that you can use as wings to slow your fall or allow you to glide. When you fall and aren't incapacitated, you can ...
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Racial Traits for a Shackleborn/Kyton-Spawn Tiefling?

In my Pathfinder 1e campaign, one of my players is playing a shackleborn/Kyton-Spawn Tiefling from the "Blood of Fiends" Player companion. We're a bit confused as to what the exact racial ...
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What happens when a rock gnome’s tinker is destroyed?

A rock gnome can create a clockwork device with 1hp. The ability states that it takes 1 hour to build or repair the device. However, there is no clear rule as to what happens when the device is “...
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Can I change my choices for racial ability scores after play has started?

I'm still fairly new to the game, and I'm working out the schematics of my character. I play a half-elf character, and I was wondering: can racial bonuses be changed once the characters been made, or ...
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What happens after a green dragonborn uses their breath weapon?

When a green dragonborn uses its breath weapon, which is a 15 ft. cone of poison gas, what are the lingering effects that would happen? Since the elemental damage of the breath weapon is based on ...
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What rules apply when Saving Throw proficiencies overlap?

I'm a playing in a custom setting. The DM says all races are allowed, including the Human (Keldon) variant, from the Plane Shift: Dominaria handbook. One of the traits of the race is this: Keldon ...
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How does the Grung playable race's Poisonous Skin ability interact with unarmed strikes?

The relevant text of the ability in question is as follows: Poisonous Skin. Any creature that grapples you or otherwise comes into direct contact with your skin must succeed on a DC 12 Constitution ...
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Long Rest interrupted AFTER 4 hour Trance

Now that there has been strict errata saying an Elf DOES indeed finish a Long Rest after 4 hours if they decide to meditate through Trance, I assume this also means they are forced to gain the ...
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How does doubling tool proficiencies work?

Recently I have reviewed the Aereni Wood Elf stat and found an entry modifying their elven training: Aereni Training. Choose one skill or tool proficiency. Your proficiency bonus is doubled for any ...
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What is included with a character's proficiencies when they become a dhampir or other legacy races?

Recently, I have been studying the dhampir's description in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft, and the other legacy races (reborn and Hexblood) (having tried to create something similar before it was ...
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How does the "Grovel, Cower, and Beg" action work?

The Kobold PC race (from Volo's Guide to Monsters) includes this racial trait: Grovel, Cower, and BegAs an action on your turn, you can cower pathetically to distract nearby foes. Until the end of ...
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Is this 'Vila Solus' homebrew balanced compared to officially published DND5e races?

These beautiful, slim women ride on large deer, their hair the color of spring grass, skin like polished wood, and eyes as gray as a coming storm. Every once in a while a vila is born different than ...
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