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What happens when a Topaz Dragon uses Essential Reduction on an Object?

The Ancient and Adult Topaz Dragon Statblocks in Fizban's Treasury have a Legendary Action called Essential Reduction which reads: The dragon targets a creature or an object [...]. The target must ...
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Can I banish myself to the feywild as a fairy who's native to the feywild from the material plane? [duplicate]

This somewhat ties in to a question I asked before, but not entirely. In that question I was asking how to get back if I am banished, and I learned about fey crossings from the answer. Now that I know ...
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What beasts have the lowest Con, Wis, and Cha saves?

Suppose you have a target you absolutely need to fail a particular saving throw, and you've gotten a wand of polymorph to help improve your odds. Examples: a single dose of an expensive poison or a ...
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Is there a way to destabilize a character without making them fail a death save?

If this is possible, it allows an exploit: destabilize, wait for death save. Success -> wait another turn Failure/Critical Failure -> Cleric casts Spare the Dying, then destabilize again ...
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Can a creature tell when a creature succeeds or fails a death saving throw?

Using nonmagical senses, is it possible to tell: When a creature succeeds (or fails) a death save How many successes/failures a creature has
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Does stabilizing reset your death saving throw counter?

Do any of the official rulebooks state whether death saving throws reset when you stabilize, or if you have to take a rest to reset the failure counter? My DM told me that it only resets when you rest,...
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Means of pretending to be Dominated, thralled, or Charmed

Is there any means for a character to pretend to be subject to a mind-effecting spell or ability after resisting or being immune, so as not to alert the caster?
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Can you choose fewer creatures than the value of your spellcasting modifier to automatically succeed on the saving throw of Freedom of the Waves? [duplicate]

The Freedom of the Waves spell from Tal’dorei Campaign Setting: Reborn says (emphasis mine): You can choose a number of creatures equal to your spellcasting modifier (minimum of 1) to automatically ...
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Does the Vital Sacrifice feat cause Fireball or Magic Missile to deal additional damage? If so, to whom?

The Vital Sacrifice feat from Tal’dorei Campaign Setting: Reborn says you can expend a blood boon to gain the following benefit: When you hit with an attack or spell, you deal an additional 2d6 ...
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Does the Remarkable Recovery feat cause you to regain hit points when you stabilize as a result of rolling your third successful death saving throw?

The Remarkable Recovery feat from Tal’dorei Campaign Setting: Reborn says: When you are successfully stabilized while dying, you regain hit points equal to [...] It's unclear to me whether this ...
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Can Greater Gift of Consumption redirect a coup de grace?

The hexes Gift of Consumption and Greater Gift of Consumption are thematically fascinating, allowing you to share and redirect enemy spells and poisons to nearby enemies (or allies!). Greater Gift of ...
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Do players/characters know when a monster uses its Legendary Resistance?

Assuming that players are causing a monster with the Legendary Resistance ability to make enough saving throws that it will use them all up, should the players be aware when that point has come? (As a ...
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Does Halfling's Brave trait grant advantage on Bodak's Death Gaze?

The Halfling's Brave trait states: You have advantage on saving throws against being frightened. But in the statblock the Death Gaze trait does not impose the condition frightened, it refers only to ...
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If a PC gets knocked unconscious but the attack involves a separate saving throw, when does the saving throw trigger?

It seems that when an attack involves base damage such as slashing and an extra source of damage, such as poison damage, that requires a save, both damage sources are considered to be instantaneous ...
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Do items in an extradimensional space count as being carried and/or in possession of a character with regard to effects and saving throws?

I was looking at this question, and it occurred to me that there is actually another question involved: If items in an extradimensional space are counted as being possessed by a character with regard ...
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Do characters know when they succeed at a saving throw in AD&D 2nd Edition?

When a character must make a saving throw (typically vs spell) because some entity has mentally or magically attacked them, but when there is no sensory aspect to the attack, if the character succeeds ...
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Would a group of creatures floating in Reverse Gravity have any chance at saving against a fireball?

I have a character with reverse gravity and fireball at their disposal. Would floating creatures affected by reverse gravity get a chance to make a dex save against fireball if they have no flying ...
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I pick up a rock and throw it at a fast-moving target. Do I roll a DEX save, or an unarmed strike?

For context, the rabbit happens to be host to the alien jackalope fungus that has just been vomited from a possessed NPC. Cairn, page 11: Saves: A save is a roll to avoid bad outcomes from risky ...
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What's the DC of a Devourer's "trap essence" attack?

What's the DC of a Devourer's "trap essence" attack? I checked several sources on the internet, but they just say the DC is "charisma-based" without saying what the number is. They ...
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If an otyugh's bite attack misses, does the target have to make a saving throw?

Let's consider the following example of an action that an enemy (Guardian Naga) can perform during its turn (emphasis mine): Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one creature. Hit: 8 (...
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Are the save-boosting feats really worth it?

I see in some mix/max guides saying that "since your warrior will have a poor Will save, take Iron Will at this level to boost it up a little". But I feel the Will save will be in the trash ...
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What happens if the initial damage from the Feeblemind spell reduces the target to 0 HP (or kills them)?

The description of the feeblemind spell says: You blast the mind of a creature that you can see within range, attempting to shatter its intellect and personality. The target takes 4d6 psychic damage ...
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Should Tiamat's cold breath target the ability score indicated in its save?

The party is looking at facing Tiamat as the 20th-level epic boss fight that will end the campaign. The evoker has only four spell slots that can directly affect her, due to her limited magic ...
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How can Kineticists improve the DC of their wild talents?

How can Kineticists improve the DC of their wild talents? Since wild talents are considered spell-like abilities (with effective spell levels) or supernatural, would Spell Focus feat chains work?
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Do you have to save? [duplicate]

When players are asked to make a saving throw, can they just chose to not make the roll (and fail) or are they required to try? Obviously when it comes to death saves they have to, but in a ...
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Do a Ring of Protection and a Paladin's Aura of Protection stack?

Does a player wearing a Ring of Protection +1 and standing in a Paladin's Aura of Protection (bonus equal to Charisma modifier, +2 in my case) get a +3 bonus to their saving throws? Or do they only ...
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How many times can a creature be affected by the Avenging Angel Aura of Menace?

The party paladin (Oath of Vengeance) is currently 18th level and we are planning on playing to 20th. Eventually he will get the Avenging Angel class feature, which states, in part: At 20th level, ...
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What is the Avenging Angel Aura of Menace save DC?

The party paladin (Oath of Vengeance) is currently 18th level and we are planning on playing to 20th. Eventually he will get the Avenging Angel class feature, which states, in part: At 20th level, ...
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When should Death Saves be rolled under the rules for Speed Factor Initiative?

In my new campaign I am using the Speed Factor variant for Initiative (DMG pp. 270-271). We like this a lot but it is confusing concerning unconscious PCs. This question says that taking Actions while ...
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Does Irresistible Dance force me to use *all* my actions?

(Otto's) Irresistible Dance says: As an action, a dancing creature makes a Wisdom saving throw to regain control of itself. This is a strange phrasing, in that is does not specify whether one ...
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Does a move action used as a failed attempt to escape an effect (through a failed check) provoke an attack of opportunity?

This is a magical effect that I am able to get in our Pathfinder 1e game. Any hostile creature must succeed on a Reflex save any time it becomes or starts its turn adjacent to you. A creature that ...
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Are you saving 'against' an effect if that effect applies when you successfully save?

The party tonight was about to face a Demilich. They didn't have any specific knowledge of demiliches, but it was clear they were about to confront the boss, and just about every minion they had ...
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When are other cantrips targeting other saves better than Electric Arc?

This answer says other cantrips might be better instead of Electric Arc if you know the enemy has high Ref saves. But how much lower should the other saves be? For comparison, let's assume level 51, ...
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Can a creature be targeted by future uses of eyebite if they are immune to the initial casting?

The party is fighting a masked assassin, and the wizard, wanting to question the assassin, casts Eyebite and attempts to use the Asleep effect. However, the assassin was an elf, and is thus immune to ...
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Does the save throw DC calculation from the Superior Technique fighting style override the Battle Master fighter's saving throw DC?

As the title says, I am trying to determine if the saving throw DC calculation from Superior Technique overrides the calculation from Battle Master, thus eliminating the STR or DEX choice. You learn ...
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Do I know if someone attempts to enchant me? [duplicate]

Inspired by this question. The spell Friends specifically states that an affected creature is aware that it was magicked: When the spell ends, the creature realizes that you used magic to influence ...
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Prismatic Spray - do multiple indigo ray effects all end at once?

Prismatic Spray is an area of effect spell that affects each creature in a 60 foot cone with a random colored ray. The Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Blue rays are all resolved on the turn the spell ...
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How would a creature without normal eyes look away (avert its gaze) from an umber hulk?

I'm wondering if a creature with no normal eyes, like a skeleton, who are not immune to petrify or other kinds of gaze attacks, could possibly "avert their gaze." How would a skeleton look ...
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What happens to end of turn Saving Throws to end a condition after combat ends?

If a player gets the condition from a Chilling Touch: Target must make a successful DC 13 CON saving throw or be unable to regain HP. The effect can also be ended with a Greater Restoration spell or ...
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What is a dexterity saving throw in the spell 'Burning Hands'? [duplicate]

When the wizard fires off burning hands, the other creature has to roll a Dexterity saving throw. Is the DC the same as what's noted on my character sheet in 'features and traits'? I.e. 13
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Does one good STR saving throw free the monster from being restrained both by Entangle and Ensnaring strike?

Say a party of a Druid, Wizard and a Ranger REALLY doesn't want the creature to move during combat. The Wizard casts Maximilian Earthen Grasp The Druid casts Entangle The Ranger casts Ensnaring Strike ...
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How long can my character survive without sleep?

I got into a discussion over Discord this morning about whether the Dream spell could be used to kill someone. The claim was, if I remember correctly, that it would only take 6 days/nights because ...
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How does Arms of the Astral Self work with Strength ability checks and Saving Throws?

Way of the Astral Self Monk has a feature called Arms of the Astral Self. My question is about a specific section of it. You can use your Wisdom modifier in place of your Strength modifier when ...
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Does a barbarian's danger sense work for saves against falling?

I need some clarification on what the limits of the 'danger sense' feature of the barbarian class are. My group recently ran into a scenario where they were participating in a race while riding giant ...
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Can Hellish Rebuke be trigged by a damaging effect that also causes a condition such as "paralyzed" or "incapacited"?

Similar to a question posed here: Can you cast Hellish Rebuke as a reaction to damage that reduces you to zero hit points? However, I am wondering what should happen when a condition is applied as a ...
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Preventing automatically failed saving throws on a natural 1

I am looking for ways for a character to become immune to the (5%) chance of automatically failing a saving throw because of a natural one on the d20 roll. Aside from the Knight class at level 17 You ...
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What is the highest possible bonus to a saving throw?

What is the highest possible bonus to a saving throw? Assume normal attunement limits, both for the character making the save and anybody helping them. I'm interested both in attribute-based saves and ...
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What happens if I roll a 1 on a death saving throw but the result is 10 or above? [duplicate]

The death saving throw is, as both the name implies and explicitly defined in the rules, a saving throw. It also has the particular rule... Rolling 1 or 20. When you make a death saving throw and ...
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In Sinister Spire's Drow save bonus?

In the adventure DD2 Sinister Spire all the Drow have an extra bonus on their saves against spell and spell like abilities. Where does this come from? (ie the Matron has +10 and the guards have +3).
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Simultaneous fear and saving throw

I'm considering taking the Fearsome Rune on a weapon, and have feats or other runes which impose a saving throw on a hit/crit. Does the fear effect get applied before the saving throw, or after? That ...
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