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Questions tagged [rules-as-written]

Questions that are about the logical interactions of a game's rules under a strictly literal reading. Not for questions about normal clarifications of the written rules. Answering rules questions with house-rules and opinions will already be restricted by our site's rules.

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Can targets see through Disguise Self/Seeming if they succeed on the Investigation check?

The one answer to my previous question suggests that all Illusions conjured by Disguise Self and Seeming can be seen through by the user, but not by outside viewers. The two spells Disguise Self and ...
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Can Characters See Through Seeming?

I was looking for a way to potentially counter a medusa's petrifying gaze when something hit me: Why not cast the 5th level spell Seeming on her face, giving her a blindfold or something so I can no ...
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Buffing Unarmed Attacks [duplicate]

In D&D 5e after the errata it was clarified that monks unarmed attacks are not weapons. But in saying that, they are melee weapon attacks which is a form of a weapon attack. My question is for ...
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Can Simulacrum make a (living) duplicate of a dead creature, by RAW?

This is for a fairly absurd situation in which a party member (the cleric) has died and neither of the others can resurrect him, but one of the surviving party members is a wizard that can cast ...
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RAW, can innate spellcaster dragons cast spells with somatic components?

The rules on dragons as innate spellcasters state (MM, p. 86): Dragons are innately magical creatures that can master a few spells as they age, using this variant. A young or older dragon can ...
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Can a Polymorphed Ape climb a tree?

By the SRD description, an Ape is a Beast, with a Climb speed of 30. However, if somoene is polymorphed into an Ape, by the wording of Polymorph, that Ape cannot climb, because climbing (for an Ape) ...
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Does Crossbow Expert let me fire a hand crossbow as a bonus action after using a one-handed weapon's versatile property?

The Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, pg. 165) says: When you use the Attack action and attack with a one-handed weapon, you can use a bonus action to attack with a hand crossbow you are holding. The ...
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Can you Ready a Concentration spell?

The rules on Readying a spell are as follows (PHB, p. 193, bold added) When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy, which you release with your reaction when the trigger ...
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Can a PC cast two bonus action spells in the same turn? [duplicate]

It is possible this question has been asked or answered before. In our most recent session our Cleric decided to cast Healing Word on one injured member of the group as his action on his turn, then ...
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What happens to a Disintegrated Troll RAW?

Related to This Question, and meant to provide a basis upon which that question can be answered. Keep in mind that this is a Rules as Written question: Questions about the rules as written are ...
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What spells can be used to thaw or melt ice?

Example scenario: A character was hit by cone of cold and failed their save, and due to high rolls of damage, they are killed outright by massive damage and become a frozen statue. Fortunately, the ...
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Are Trolls immune to all instant death effects?

Part of the Troll's Regeneration feature says: The troll dies only if it starts its turn with 0 hit points and doesn't regenerate. Does this case beat instant kill effects, such as Divine Word or ...
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Can a steel shield be equipped with wooden spikes?

We found out our party might be fighting vampires. It could be cool if my shield-bashing fighter affixed wooden shield spikes on heavy steel shield. Can this be a thing, RAW?
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Dragon's Breath Spell with Empowered Evocation [closed]

Dragon's breath is a second-level transmutation spell from Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 154) which allows a creature to spew magical energy from its mouth (sort of like a dragonborn's breath ...
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Do size effects and Vital Strike actually work in conjunction?

My group and I have recently ran into an issue with the spell Enlarge Person and the feat Vital Strike. We have two conflicting viewpoints based on a line from Vital Strike that states the following: ...
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RAW, does Truesight negate the Disadvantage component of attacking an Invisible Target?

The Invisible condition expressly states that it causes Disadvantage on Attackers trying to attack them, but in doing so, doesn't adjacently make reference to whether the creature in question can see ...
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Do you need a “gameplay-wise” free hand to handle material components?

(I started this question with the title "How do you manipulate material components when using Somatic Weaponry?" but I realized the current title is more appropriate) This is along the lines of this ...
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Does the extra attack from Great Weapon Master apply to all melee weapons?

The Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, pg. 167) states: On your turn, when you score a critical hit with a melee weapon or reduce a creature to 0 hit points with one, you can make one melee weapon ...
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Using burning disarm on an embedded metal item

So, Burning Disarm says this: This spell causes a metal object to instantly become red hot. A creature holding the item may attempt a Reflex save to drop it and take no damage Now, it does specify ...
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Can any magic item rod be used as an arcane focus?

Inspired by this question: Multi purpose Arcane Focus? The premise of the other question is about using the Rod of the Pact Keeper as a focus, and although it implies it can be used as a focus ...
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Does two weapon fighting's qualifying “attack” have to be part of the “Attack” action?

The rules for two-weapon fighting state: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different ...
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Can a Swiftblade with Perpetual Options benefit from extra attacks that don't normally stack with Haste?

A 9th level Swiftblade gains the Perpetual Options class feature: Perpetual Options (Ex): At 9th level, you can perform even more actions with the haste spell. Instead of making one extra attack at ...
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Is it possible for a PC to become Huge or larger, in order to try and grapple a Tarrasque?

The way our game is going, it is entirely feasible we may end up fighting a Tarrasque. When it comes to grappling, RAW says the following: The target of your grapple must be no more than one size ...
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Does Shapechange allow you to speak a language you don't already know?

The 9th level spell Shapechange gives you many of the traits of the creature who's form you assume: ... You also retain all of your skill and saving throw proficiencies, in addition to gaining ...
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Can an Eidolon's Bleeding Bite Deal Bleed Damage if its Base Damage Was Negated By DR?

A summoner has the option of taking the bleed ability for his eidolon's attacks. Suppose that such an eidolon is fighting an enemy with DR 5, and bites them successfully, rolling a 3 for damage (no ...
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D&D 3.5e - Knowledge Devotion bonuses are transferable: is my logic sound?

It seems sensible to present all the evidence first, but if it's all TL;DR then feel free to scroll straight down to the Argument. I'm looking to find out if my logic is sound and my conclusions are ...
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Does Greater Restoration also end the effects cured by Lesser Restoration?

The lesser restoration spell description states: You touch a creature and can end either one disease or one condition afflicting it. The condition can be blinded, deafened, paralyzed, or poisoned. ...
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Does the spell Swift Quiver RAW only apply to bows/arrows?

One of my players wanted to use the spell swift quiver (PHB p. 279) with a magitech revolver-style weapon. As the weapon isn't more powerful than a similar ranged weapon would be with the spell (1d8+...
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Expected damage of a moonblade with N runes?

As noted in David Coffron’s answer to another question, the moonblade (Dungeon Master’s Guide, pg. 217) has no fixed limit on how much damage it can do: there is no stated limit to the number of runes ...
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How can a warlock use enlarge/reduce without multiclassing?

I was wondering if there is a way for a warlock to consistently use enlarge/reduce (or any other second level spell that is not a warlock spell) without multiclassing. I was looking around but could ...
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How do stealth and surprise interact for full-round actions?

This is something of a clarification question off of Is it really impossible to surprise someone with a full-round action? Suppose we have the following situation: A sorcerer is stalking an unaware ...
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Is it really impossible to surprise someone with a full-round action?

Is it true that not even the person/creature/thing doing the initial action that starts a combat is able to use a full-round action? According to all sources I can find, the initial attack already is ...
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Can sequester be used to get nearly unlimited duration spell effects?

As a follow-up to this answer, consider the following situation: Be a wizard of a level high enough to cast sequester Have a spellcaster friend that is willing to sacrifice himself "for the greater ...
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Can this homebrew-race centaur thief wear magic pants?

For this question, I am using this homebrew centaur race on DNDBeyond. One of its traits is Equine Weakness, part of which states: As you lack the lower body of a humanoid, you are unable to wear ...
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What are weapon damage dice?

Following discussion here, what constitutes a weapon damage die? Is it any damage die dealt by the weapon? For example, consider a Flame Tongue longsword. While the sword is ablaze, it deals an ...
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Does Plane Shift enable teleporting to a different location on the same plane?

Say a caster wants to travel to a different continent on the same plane. Can that journey be made using the spell plane shift, or can plane shift be used only to travel to a different plane than the ...
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Can Blink and Banishment be combined to have an effect similar to Etherealness?

Imagine the following sequence of events: The wizard casts blink. During the next turn, he uses his Ready action to cast banishment on himself once he is in the Ethereal Plane. The banishment ...
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Would forcing armour on a wizard through Illusion 'Harm' them?

A wizard wearing armour that they are not proficient in is unable to cast spells. Would it be possible to force a wizard into armour using a combination of Illusion and Illusory Reality? For example, ...
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What can one do with a captured spellbook? [closed]

My players captured two spellbooks. What is the monetary worth of a captured spellbook? The other question addresses the market value of a captured spellbook. Now, assuming the books were captured ...
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Does the Flame Arrows' magic end on the piece of ammunition when the spell ends?

Flame Arrows says that: The spell's magic ends on the piece of ammunition when it hits or misses, and the spell ends when twelve pieces of ammunition have been drawn from the quiver. Does the ...
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Is the identify pearl material component consumed after each casting, or is it reusable? [duplicate]

Identify spell reads: Components: V, S, M (a pearl worth at least 100 gp and an owl feather) Is that pearl consumed? Or is it reusable? This article is written on the assumption that the pearl is ...
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Do Summoners and Eidolons benefit from the same magic item?

Magic item slots are shared between summoner and eidolon. If one has a neck item, then the other cannot wear a different neck item. Since the item slots are shared, does that mean the magic item ...
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Is it possible to loophole your way into getting a permanent guardian of faith?

Guardian of faith says: The guardian vanishes when it has dealt a total of 60 damage. Because of this, could you: Have the guardian attack something with a good Dex save Assume the thing succeeds ...
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Can a coven be formed with two hags and a changeling?

I am rewriting a NPC changeling. I would like to include it in a coven with two hags. However, the rule implies 3 hags: Hag Covens When three hags of any type gather, they can form a coven to ...
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Can you cast and hold Produce Flame and then wield a weapon and shield?

The text of the produce flame spell reads: A flickering flame appears in your hand. The flame remains there for the duration and harms neither you nor your equipment. The flame sheds bright light ...
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Does hiding under a bedsheet provide Total Cover by RAW?

The Situation I am a high level caster surrounded by multiple high level archmages, all ready to 9th-level counterspell me if I cast a spell. For reasons unimportant to this question, I have no time ...
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Can an evil character fool Detect Evil by doing good deeds?

A player in my Pathfinder campaign has chosen Lawful Evil as their character's alignment. I've given this my blessing since Lawful Evil characters tend to disrupt the game the least in my experience, ...
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Does the Magic Initiate feat give a Thief rogue a spell save DC?

The Thief archetype Rogue gets the Use Magic Device feature at 13th level: By 13th level, you have learned enough about the workings of magic that you can improvise the use of items even when they ...
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Is Silent Image animated if an action is not used to move it?

You can use your action to cause the image to move to any spot within range. As the image changes location you can alter its appearance so that its movement appear naturel for the image. So, we ...
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How does Shatter damage objects, if objects are immune to con-save effects?

Shatter has always been my "go to" spell for damaging objects. Whether it was a wooden door or a fragile stone outcropping, I'd cast shatter to crack it or shake it loose. But today, I read something ...