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Questions tagged [rules-as-written]

For 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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Does Confusion cast via the Dreadful Word invocation count as a warlock spell?

From the answers over on the question of "What makes a spell being cast considered to be a {class} spell?", the implication is that something is a 'class spell' if it is on that class' spell list. ...
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Can the versatility of Feign Death be increased by combining it with Lesser Restoration and/or Freedom of Movement?

Feign Death put[s the target] into a cataleptic state that is indistinguishable from death. For that purpose, the target is blinded and incapacitated, and its speed drops to 0. However, the ...
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If read strictly, can an arcanist get free spells from Greater Spell Specialization?

Greater Spell Specialization is a feat published in Ultimate Magic (2011), three years before the arcanist appeared in the Advanced Class Guide. Unlike a wizard, an arcanist does not expend his ...
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Do the rules state that a character takes falling damage when making a long jump?

I am having a concern about a rule. When looking at Falling damage (p. 303 DMG) it says Falling Damage: The basic rule is simple: 1d6 points of damage per 10 feet fallen, to a maximum of 20d6. ...
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Does the caster level trick of The Word (from The Wish and The Word optimization showcase) work?

The Wish and The Word are a well-known optimization showcase from early in D&D 3.5's run by Frank & K. The Word's signature trick is casting Blasphemy at an extremely high caster level to ...
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What counts as willing movement?

So this is something I just found out about that I find odd: Opportunity attacks—trigger off of movement that uses the creatures movement (action, move action, bonus action, reaction.) Sentinel—...
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RAW, can you use the Sharpshooter and Great Weapon Master feats to make an improvised weapon attack with a longbow?

Occasionally when looking through posts I see people talk about taking Sharpshooter and Great Weapon Master so that they can make an improvised weapon attack with a longbow at -10 to hit +20 damage. ...
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Casting “Seeming” on unconscious creatures [closed]

So, in a campaign I just joined, my character is secretly going to be trying to kidnap one of the other PC's much later in the game, to use as a sacrifice for a pact of demons. She's role-playing to ...
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Can a War Magic wizard get multiple Power Surges with one casting of Dispel Magic?

I was looking over wizard subclasses for a new character, when I read a Reddit comment that says if a War Magic wizard casts dispel magic on an object affected by multiple spells, they get a Power ...
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Does the Totem Warrior barbarian's 6th-level Eagle totem allow you to see through anything up to a mile away?

The Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian (PHB, p. 50) gets the Aspect of the Beast feature at 6th level, with a number of different totem options with different benefits. The Eagle totem description ...
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What methods exist to get infinite or extremely high caster level?

In a recent answer, KRyan mentions that there are multiple tricks to get infinite caster level in 3.5. I'm not aware of very many, and those I am aware of require iffy rules interpretations: Greater ...
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Does Arcane Eye transmit information if the caster moves to a different plane?

The description of arcane eye states that the eye created by the spell "can't enter another plane of existence." PHB p. 214. Consider this scenario: a warlock casts arcane eye (perhaps using the ...
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Can you prevent a Vampire from using Misty Escape with the Moonbeam spell?

I'm wondering about what will happen if a vampire is dropped to 0 hit points, transform into mist, then fails the moonbeam saving throw. Misty Escape: When it drops to 0 hit points outside its ...
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Is there any in-text justification for limiting Reserves of Strength?

Dragonlance Campaign Setting has a feat called Reserves of Strength. This is the complete text of its benefit: When you cast a spell, you can decide to increase your caster level with that spell by ...
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When are prerequisites checked for the Variant Human's feat?

The steps to generate a character are: Choose a Race Choose a Class Determine Ability Scores ... A player choosing Variant Human as race gets a feat in step 1. However many feats have prerequisites ...
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What bonus applies to a longbow-wielding opponent when a sunder attempt occurs?

A Fighter with the Improved Sunder feat wielding a Greataxe is performing a sunder attack on a longbow-wielding opponent. PHB p113 indicates that a longbow is a projectile weapon and that most ...
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Are there rules (or at least relevant statements) in 5e about conservation of mass with magic?

Since some spells (such as enlarge/reduce) seem to reduce or increase the amount of mass that is present in game-play with no explanation as to how this happens, some interpret that to mean that ...
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Does magic armor grant an enhancement bonus to its armor bonus, or directly to your AC? [duplicate]

My previous assumption was that magic armor and magic shields gain an enhancement bonus to their own armor/shield bonuses, which indirectly translates to increased AC. However, in the process of ...
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RAW, can you avoid Heat Metal via Polymorph?

A Wizard and a Knight clad in chainmail are happily walking through a forest. A wily Druid pops out of a tree and casts Heat Metal upon the Knight and he begins melting in his armor, screaming. ...
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Does the tower shield's table entry trump the text?

The Player's Handbook on Armor on Maximum Dex Bonus on Shields says, "Shields do not affect a character’s maximum Dexterity bonus" (122), yet Table 7–6: Armor and Shields in its entry for the tower ...
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Should my fighter really punch that werewolf?

A werewolf from the MM has the following in its stat block: Damage Immunities: Bludgeoning, Piercing, And Slashing Damage From Nonmagical Weapons That Aren't Silvered And as established in the ...
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Can a Zombie wearing Adamantine Armor survive a natural 20 on an attack by a vorpal sword?

If you wonder where a zombie got an adamantine armor, he got it from the poor bloke that got beheaded by a vorpal sword, who thought it was a good idea to wear adamantine armor against a vorpal sword. ...
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RAW, can Mordekainen's Magnificent Mansion create components for activities/spells?

Suppose I wanted to repair a simulacrum. Am I able to cast magnificent mansion and furnish it such that the materials required to repair the simulacrum are inside the mansion, thus circumventing the ...
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Can an 18th level hastened mobile wood-elf monk move at over 100 mph?

One of my players wants to say his monk can kill a T-Rex in a single blow, by simply ramming it. The pitch goes like this: As a wood elf he has a base speed of 35 feet. The Mobile feat increases ...
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Would Operative's Specialization Skill Mastery apply to Trick Attack?

Specialization Skill Mastery states When attempting a skill check with a skill in which you have the Skill Focus feat, you can take 10 even if stress or distractions would normally prevent you from ...
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Can Pun-Pun be created using the rules as written?

Pun-Pun is a theory-crafted kobold developed in an attempt to have the most powerful character possible at the lowest level possible. While I'm sure not many DMs would allow Pun-Pun as a PC, can such ...
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Can the Catnap spell be included in a long rest?

In the answer to this question, it's clear that RAW, short rests cannot occurring during a long rest; you have to choose which before you begin. This question confirms that you can cast spells ...
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In 5e, are DMs not supposed to hide their rolls? [duplicate]

I'm focusing on clarifying this question for the 5th edition. Due to wordings like the Bardic Inspiration, it seemed clear to me that rolls should be out in the open, they should not be hidden. ...
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Which features that increase damage contribute towards Alchemist Bomb Splash damage?

Alchemist bombs have splash damage equal to the minimum damage that the bomb can roll. The Point-Blank-Shot feat specifically calls out that it does not increase splash damage, and FAQs have said ...
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Does the grappling dire tiger get to rake on an Attack of Opportunity?

Dire Tiger pounces a character (bite claw claw rake rake) and successfully grabs. (More unnecessary context in chat.) On his turn the character pulls out a potion of gaseous form from a handy ...
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How recoverable is Magical Ammunition?

From Xanathar's Guide to Everything: Walloping Ammunition: This ammunition packs a wallop. A creature hit by the ammunition must succeed on a DC 10 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone. ...
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Does Arcane Eye require Stealth checks to avoid being discovered?

TL;DR: DM keeps calling for Stealth checks for Arcane Eye claiming it can 'be run into by creatures' or 'bump into things and accidentally make noise'. Correct or incorrect? Long version: My DM ...
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PHB typo: Can the target of a shove contest it with Dexterity (Acrobatics)?

In the D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook on page 195 under Shoving a Creature: Instead of making an attack roll, you make a Strength (Athletics) check contested by the target's Strength (...
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Do alignment subtypes allow natural weapons to bypass regeneration?

Regeneration in D&D 3.5 is pretty weird on its own, but a discussion with some friends today made me realize that, as far as I can tell, alignment subtypes allow a creature to bypass damage ...
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Can a Huge bird (STR 15, <1000 lbs) really fly off with a Gargantuan Brontosaurus (>30000 lbs)?

I am a druid shaped into a Quetzalcoatlus, a Huge flying creature. I see a Brontosaurus and know I can grapple a creature up to one size larger (up to gargantuan). To everyone's surprise, I succeed in ...
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Does the Stinking Cloud spell not cause a creature affected by the Sleep spell to wake up?

A player party is battling multiple enemies, one of which has been rendered unconscious by the Sleep spell. The PC Bard decides to comedically incapacitate the other enemies by casting Stinking Cloud ...
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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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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: ...