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For questions about saving throws, often used in RPGs such as D&D to refer to a set of defensive traits based on a character's own ability to avoid the brunt of damage, resist control, and endure through some force.

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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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Death Save Successes

When rolling for death saves, if you survive, you become stable on 0 hp. However, I had seen somewhere that if you end your turn on 0 hp, you must roll for death saves. So if I succeed in a death save ...
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Is an additional saving throw required if the corresponding ability score changes?

Examples: A fighter is fighting a dragon. The dragon uses its Frightful Presence action. The fighter, who has a Wisdom score of 15, succeeds on the DC 16 Wisdom saving throw. It is then the party ...
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When a character succeeds on a wisdom saving throw, are they aware they were targeted? [duplicate]

Consider a spell that forces a wisdom saving throw on a target, which, in the event of a successful save, has no effect. Assume the target did not witness the casting of the spell. Does the target ...
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What are the most and least-common saving throws?

We had a great discussion at my table recently about the frequency of different saving throws, which got me thinking... Inspired by my previous similar question, what are the most and least common ...
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Who makes the charisma save when Scattering out of a Forcecage?

The spell Forcecage is pretty handy for blocking magical teleportation getting the caster out of the cage (except when it's not): If the creature tries to use teleportation or interplanar travel to ...
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Does the All-Purpose Tool improve the save DC of the Artillerist artificer's "Explosive Cannon" detonation ability?

At 9th level, an Artillerist artificer gains the ability to detonate the cannon created by the 3rd-level Eldritch Cannon ability: Doing so destroys the cannon and forces each creature within 20 feet ...
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Who/what makes the Fort save on the Splinter Spell Resistance spell?

Who/what makes the Fort save on the splinter spell resistance spell? I'm noticing that the splinter spell resistance spell description states "Saving Throw Fort negates; Spell Resistance no"....
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How can I let control abilities influence (but not trivialize) solo boss fights?

Hypnotic pattern, banishment, and Conquering Presence have a reasonable chance of influencing most encounters. Enemies may have defenses - Magic Resistance, condition immunities, or good saves - but a ...
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What is the lowest possible Constitution saving throw modifier for a player character?

The potion of poison calls for a DC 13 Constitution saving throw. To automatically fail this saving throw, you have to have a modifier of -8. But I'm not sure a modifier this low is actually possible. ...
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If someone is knocked unconscious by a Mind Flayer's tentacles and grappled, then healed, do they still make a saving throw against being stunned?

This seems to be a fairly unusual situation and I have not been able to find a ruling. The description of the Mind Flayer's Tentacles attack states, in part: [...] If the target is Medium or smaller, ...
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Do Warforged have disadvantage on the Con save against the Shatter spell?

Do warforged have disadvantage on the Con save against the shatter spell? As stated in the description of the shatter spell (emphasis mine): A sudden loud ringing noise, painfully intense, erupts ...
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Is there a saving throw if you cast Scrying and target a location you've seen? [closed]

The scrying spell description states: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. The target must make a Wisdom saving throw [...] However, ...
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Does Mind Sliver's saving throw penalty apply to Concentration saves from its own damage?

Mind Sliver (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything p.108) says: The target must succeed on an Intelligence saving throw or take 1d6 psychic damage and subtract 1d4 from the next saving throw it makes before ...
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Invisible structures and floors

I’m preparing a puzzle tower for my players, with a twist. It’s one empty room that goes up four or five stories, but one wall is entirely a mirror that shows stairs, walkways, doors, etc that are ...
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Is there any way for a player character to automatically pass a saving throw?

Many monsters have the following ability: Legendary Resistance (x/day). If the [monster] fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead. This ability allows the monster to pass any saving ...
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Does the monk's Diamond Soul feature apply to death saving throws?

The description of the monk's class feature Diamond Soul says the following: Beginning at 14th level, your mastery of ki grants you proficiency in all saving throws. Additionally, whenever you make a ...
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How is suffering failed death saves from damage at 0 hit points affected by save reroll features like Indomitable or Diamond Soul?

Relevant snippets: Damage at 0 Hit Points. If you take any damage while you have 0 hit points, you suffer a death saving throw failure. If the damage is from a critical hit, you suffer two failures ...
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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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Do creatures that fall from the removal of a stone bridge created by a wall of stone spell get a save?

Wall of stone Says: The wall can have any shape you desire, though it can't occupy the same space as a creature or object. The wall doesn't need to be vertical or rest on any firm foundation. It must,...
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If a creature is struck by 2 rays from the Prismatic Spray spell (due to a roll of 8 on the d8), does the creature make multiple saving throws?

The description of the prismatic spray spell states: [...] Each creature in a 60-foot cone must make a Dexterity saving throw. For each target, roll a d8 to determine which color ray affects it. [...]...
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Does the feat Unnatural Mantle keep this servitor in the fight?

The cleric prayer Servitude in Death has as its effect The first time the target dies before the end of the encounter, it rises at the start of its next turn as an undead creature allied with you and ...
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How does the Sorcerer's Careful Spell Metamagic interact with the Earthquake spell?

The earthquake spell is a bit unusual in that it calls for two saving throws: [...] Each creature on the ground that is concentrating must make a Constitution saving throw. On a failed save, the ...
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Can one use Witch Bolt to prevent spell casting?

Witch bolt seems to have a bad rap. One difference I see between witch bolt and other spells is that it is sustained/continued/ongoing damage. If I spam a spell caster with fire bolts, magic missiles ...
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What is the DC of Draconic Presence?

At level 18, the Draconic Bloodline sorcerer gets the Draconic Presence feature which is basically an aura of fear/charm. Its saving thrown is defined in the following way according to page 104 of the ...
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Befuddle: which save?

Befuddle lists save result levels, but not save type. Is it Will?
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Do save penalties also apply to DCs?

If someone has a penalty to a save, does it automatically lower the matching DC? Bon Mot for example gives a penalty to saves: Critical Success: The target is distracted and takes a –3 status penalty ...
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Does a ghoul's claw attack need to hit for the target to be paralyzed?

I've been through an encounter that included something like 3 ghouls. While my character could evade most of the attacks because of the AC bonus (level 3 Path of the Beast barbarian, Tail ...
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Does an enemy have to make the save against the Spirit Guardians spell if the caster moves within 15 feet of the enemy? [duplicate]

Does the Spirit Guardians spell trigger its saving throw if you, as the caster, close the 15-ft. gap? Or only when the enemy uses its movement to come into the spell's radius? Spirit Guardians says: ...
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Is there a way to force a reroll on a saving throw?

Is there a way in D&D 5e to force a creature to reroll a saving throw they just succeeded on? I know there are lots of ways to impose disadvantage or other penalties, but I’m specifically looking ...
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How Often To Save To Disbelieve Against Illusions

A little while back, I was running an encounter in my Pathfinder 1e campaign where an aboleth had magically disguised a hydra as itself and I was wondering, in a situation like this, when would saves ...
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Does D&D have any sort of interaction that affects constitution saves similar to how Evasion affects Dexterity saves?

If I remember correctly, D&D 5e has a class feature for multiple classes called Evasion, where your Dexterity saves prevent all damage on a successful save and still stop half of the damage if you ...
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Can Saving Finale be used to save another creature from Phantasmal Killer?

The bard spell Saving Finale lets the bard end his performance to let one of the performance's targets reroll a failed save: DESCRIPTION You must have a bardic performance in effect to cast this ...
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Would a Periapt of Wound Closure protect a creature that does not get death saving throws?

Death saving throws are usually reserved for PCs and very important NPCs. In contrast, most creatures simply die when reduced to 0 HP. If a creature is attuned to a periapt of wound closure, but does ...
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What do you do when a spell or something says that the target needs to do a saving throw without a number for the throw? [duplicate]

For command, it states, "The target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or follow the command on its next turn" without any context to how high the target needs to roll for it to succeed. ...
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Can a creature under Dominate Monster choose to willingly fail the saving throw against Calm Emotions if the caster is viewed as an enemy?

The description of the calm emotions spell says (emphasis mine): You attempt to suppress strong emotions in a group of people. Each humanoid in a 20-foot-radius sphere centered on a point you choose ...
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How much damage does a creature with the Improved Evasion feature take if critically failing a Reflex Save?

Improved Evasion (available on at least Rogues and Swashbucklers) provides the following benefit: You elude danger to a degree that few can match. Your proficiency rank for Reflex saves increases to ...
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If you succeed on the saving throw for the Sickening Radiance spell, do you still gain a level of exhaustion and emit light?

The description of the Sickening Radiance spell says (XGtE, p. 164): When a creature moves into the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, that creature must succeed on a ...
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Do spell targets know they were targeted if they make their saves?

A lot of spells in D&D 5e either work or they don't, with no visual or audio effect. If your target can't see or hear that you are casting a spell, and they make their save for that spell... do ...
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In what order do you half and double when damage is both halved and doubled? [duplicate]

Suppose a creature is vulnerable to radiant damage, and is beginning its turn in the area of effect of Moonbeam. It will be taking radiant damage, and the damage roll is a 13. It succeeds on its ...
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Mage Slayer advantage vs. non-Instantaneous spells

The Mage Slayer feat provides the following benefit, amongst others: You have advantage on saving throws against spells cast by creatures within 5 feet of you. For spells with a duration of ...
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How do Aura of Devotion and Beguiling Twist interact?

At level 7, the Fey Wanderer ranger gets a feature called Beguiling Twist. The relevant part reads: Whenever you or a creature you can see within 120 feet of you succeeds on a saving throw against ...
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