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Questions tagged [saving-throw]

A set of defensive traits based on a characters own ability to avoid the brunt of damage, resist control, and endure through some force.

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What saving throw would you use for avoiding opportunity attacks when fleeing?

As a player to avoid an attack of opportunity from someone when sprinting away from combat, would you use a Dexterity saving throw or a Strength saving throw?
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Does the undead controlled by the Oathbreaker paladin's Control Undead ability get advantage/disadvantage on the saving throw?

I have two questions about my Oathbreaker paladin's relationship to the undead. When I use my Control Undead Channel Divinity option, I can take control of an undead. My question is "Does the turn ...
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When does the Death Saving Throw happen with respect to sources of automatic ongoing damage? [duplicate]

If a character is knocked unconscious with 0HP with a source of automatically dealt damage, for example, into a fire, and takes damage from it each turn, does the automatic Death Saving Throw failure ...
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Does allowing death saving throws after being stable break the game?

After you roll three saves on a Death Saving Throw, you are stable and do not make other death saves. However, one of my player pointed out that if they keep rolling death saves, they might get a 20 ...
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If two Ensnaring Strikes affect the same target, does it have to make two saves to be unrestrained?

Say two Rangers shot the same target with ensnaring strike and the target failed its saves on both. The PHB says the effects of the same spell cast multiple times don't combine such as two Clerics ...
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Why do Expert monsters get Will saves instead of Reflex?

The Starjammer SRD page about building monsters has a chart for Expert creatures. That chart claims that expert creatures should have good Will saves instead of Reflex. Why would that be? Expert style ...
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How do I make a creature with a +0 Saving Throw bonus in Genius Inc.'s DND Monster Maker?

I'm using Genius Inc.'s DND Monster Maker, and I can't seem to make the tool show a Saving Throw bonus of +0 in its generated stat block. I'm trying to make a monster that has a -2 to Wisdom but has ...
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How do you use DC when you cast a spell [duplicate]

Say I use a spell that requires target to make a DEX save or take 2d6 fire dmg. What would I compare that creatures DEX save to? Example: I cast a spell that says, "Target creature makes a DEX ...
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Why do effects that overcome the willpower of their target use Wisdom, while resisting possession requires Charisma saves? [closed]

The PHB defines WIS as following (excerpt): Wisdom reflects how attuned you are to the world around you and represents perceptiveness and intuition. and CHA like this: Charisma measures your ...
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Is there any difference between doing the Wisdom save against the Command spell when it's cast and doing it on the target's turn?

(This question is inspired by the question: When do enemies save against the Command spell?.) I understand that the DM is thinking that the resisting part of the spell come on the target's turn, ...
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When do enemies save against the Command spell?

I play a Glamour bard with the Mantle of Majesty feature (XGtE, p. 14). The feature lets me cast command on a creature as a bonus action. My DM and I currently are arguing about when the enemy gets ...
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Does a demon with the Magic Resistance trait have advantage on saving throws against the Summon Greater Demon spell?

Assume I use summon greater demon (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 166) and choose a demon with the Magic Resistance trait. Does Magic Resistance grant the demon advantage on the Charisma saving ...
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Would it be unbalanced for Dex-based Fighters to choose proficiency in Dex saving throws instead of Str saving throws?

Whilst building a Dex-based Fighter (an Arcane Archer), I decided to pick the Resilient feat at level 4 so that I could have proficiency in Dexterity saving throws, which makes sense given that they ...
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Does Supernatural Defense assist your saving throws to maintain concentration?

Supernatural Defense, the level 7 Monster Slayer ranger feature (XGtE, p. 43), states that, if the target of your Slayer's Prey forces you to make a saving throw, you may add 1d6 to your roll. If you ...
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Can a paralyzed creature targeted by an Evocation Wizard's Sculpt Spells feature actually succeed a Dex save?

Say a friendly barbarian is currently paralyzed. Part of the description of the paralyzed condition says: The creature automatically fails Strength and Dexterity saving throws. Its friend, the ...
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When do you not save from Ghost Sound?

Ghost Sound saving throw includes "(if interacted with)". I had assumed this meant "if you hear it" in which case all folks would get a save, however, it was pointed out to me then why have this in ...
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Can Bigby's Hand attempt Strength and Dexterity saving throws?

The spell description for Bigby's hand on PHB p. 218 (listed as arcane hand in the SRD) states: The hand is an object that has AC 20 and hit points equal to your hit point maximum. If it drops to 0 ...
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What variant rules are there on “overstacking” base saves for multiclass characters?

I am planning a character with a lot of different character classes mixed in mostly to have a lot of useful, flavory low level feats and a broad selection of skills. What bothers me is that the base ...
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What saving throw is needed for the Cursed Treasure in the Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan?

Included in the Tales from the Yawning Portal, The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan adventure has some Cursed Treasure in area 29: "The Tomb of Pelota" (pg. 78) What kind of saving throw is needed, by ...
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What is the distribution of monster save proficiencies?

I'm curious which saves are the best to target (as a player). As in, if I have a spell that forces the enemy to make a dex save and another spell that forces a con save, which am I better off using? ...
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How to charm-like effects that do not affect charm immune creatures interact with Fey Ancestry? [duplicate]

In Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (pg. 189), the Duergar Mind Master has the following Mind Mastery action: Mind Mastery. The duergar targets one creature it can see within 60 feet. The target must ...
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Is this houserule preventing effects from dropping creatures to below 1 HP if they make their save exploitable or broken?

I'm playing with the idea of adding a new house-rule to my sandbox-style game. The rule is as follows: If you succeed on a saving throw against an effect, that effect cannot make you drop below 1 ...
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If you can't see it coming, how do you get a dex save? [duplicate]

So, I was thinking simply fog cloud.. to obscure vision then fireball. Input?
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Can a PC regularly impose disadvantage on enemies' saves? If so, how?

There are many ways to get advantage/disadvantage on attacks: the Dodge and Help actions are specifically designed for this in combat, and 10 of the 14 conditions in Appendix A have at least one ...
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How does Compelled Duel work with the saving throws?

The level 1 spell, Compelled Duel: Compel a creature you can see to duel you. Unless they succeed on a Wisdom saving throw, the target is only able to attack someone other than you with ...
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Repeated poisonous effects and conditions

I was reading through the "Poisons" section of the DMG chapter 8, and had the following questions: If for instance a character is hit by a creature repeated times with the same poison (for example a ...
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Is it beneficial to trade a skill for better saving throws for a spell-less Ranger? [closed]

I'm working on a new character, which will be a spell-less ranger. In this case, I'm multiclassing a Rogue / Ranger, with a preference for melee (over ranged). For the sake of this question, assume ...
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If you have dis/advantage on a roll, do you have dis/advantage on a reroll?

This might be a duplicate but I can't find it. To be clear this has nothing to do with Halfling Luck trait. Or similar abilities that allow the reroll of a die that rolls a natural 1. (I was ...
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What happens when a PC drops to 0 HP outside of combat?

All similar questions I've found are concerned with what happens if combat ends while there is an unconscious PC, but I can't find any rules regarding what happens if someone drops to 0 HP while the ...
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Can a Rutterkin's Bite poison a Paladin?

The Rutterkin (from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, pg. 136) has the following attack: Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: + 4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (3d6 + 2) piercing damage. If the ...
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If I can impose an effect on the enemy on a hit, can I use a Battle Master maneuver after the target has made the save against the other effect?

Can I use Battle Master maneuvers to force a second save after I have seen the target succeed on the first one? Situation 1 My Moon Druid has 3 levels of Battle Master fighter, and he can use Trip ...
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Maximize/force confirm Reflex save

I'm looking for a way for my Rogue-like character to maximize or at best have the ability to auto-confirm at least one Reflex save per day. He's level 15 at the moment (it's a multiclass character) ...
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Does the Divine Soul sorcerer's Favored by the Gods bonus work with death saving throws?

The Divine Soul sorcerer (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 50) gets the Favored by the Gods feature at 1st level: Starting at 1st level, divine power guards your destiny. If you fail a saving ...
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If a creature is forced to make a Dex save but has nowhere to go to avoid the effect, can they still make the save?

So I came across a question I had as a DM the other day: If there is a creature or creatures subject to an spell or effect requiring a Dex saving throw, but they are in a position where avoiding the ...
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What's the benefit for Saving Throws of rerolling vs. advantage?

Relevant: Does Indomitable let you reroll Saving Throws with Advantage? There's a line that comes up a lot in class abilities that seems out of place, and I don't know what the difference is between ...
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How many dice are rolled on a successful saving throw? [duplicate]

For example, fireball does 8d6 damage, and half as much on a successful dex save. Does half as much mean you take half as much as the total amount on the 8d6s, or do you only roll 4d6 instead? This is ...
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Which dexterity save spells are made easier to resist because of “half cover” bonus to dexterity saves [closed]

I was rereading the Player’s Handbook section on partial cover and I came to this statement: A target with half cover has a +2 bonus to AC and Dexterity saving throws. If the PC/NPC has half cover ...
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How impactful would it be if I were to make saving throws “round up”, unlike other stats?

In an attempt to have players deal with more difficult decisions, I have been considering the idea of making it so that saving throw bonuses don't actually rely on your modifier, but instead use your ...
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How does Damage Resistance and Successful Save interact? [duplicate]

In my campaign, I have a Barbarian with Primal Path of Bear totem. Bear totem gives damage resistance when raging. During battle the barbarian is targeted by a breathe weapon. And makes his save for ...
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Does damage from an ally break Dominate Person?

Dominate Person states the following: Each time the target takes damage, it makes a new Wisdom saving throw against the spell. If the saving throw succeeds, the spell ends. As written, this ...
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Is there ever a case where a creature gets a saving throw against the “Sleep” spell?

The sleep spell (PHB 276) states: This spell sends creatures into a magical slumber. Roll 5d8; the total is how many hit points of creatures this spell can affect. This and other similar spells ...
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Using the Lucky feat, can you choose to roll the dice, but not use a point? [duplicate]

The Lucky feature states: "...You have 3 luck points. Whenever you make an attack roll, an ability check, or a saving throw, you can spend one luck point to roll an additional d20. You can choose ...
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When a roll is rerolled, how does it interact with other roll-manipulation features (like the Lucky feat)?

A 14th level Monk has a Diamond Soul. Whenever you make a saving throw and fail, you can spend 1 ki point to reroll it and take the second result. A 9th level Fighter has Indomitable. You can ...
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How does the Indomitable Soul feat interacts with the Pride domain?

The Indomitable Soul feat (PHB II, p. 80) grants the following benefit: Benefit: Whenever you make a Will save against a mind-affecting or fear ability, you can roll 2d20 and use the higher of ...
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Does Magic Missile cause multiple rolls to break an Aboleth's Charm?

Jeremy Crawford previously noted that Magic Missile causes a separate concentration roll by a spell caster for each hit. (Of note, this is different than Mike Mearl's answer which viewed a Magic ...
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What is the highest spell save DC an AL legal character can have?

Out of curiosity, I’ve been calculating what is the highest spell save DC that a character can have, assuming perfect conditions. My calculations have so far yielded the following result: Base of 8 ...
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Do attacks that deal damage multiple times count as multiple damage events for death saving throws? [duplicate]

Note: I don't play D&D, but reading some of the Hot Network Questions about saving throws (particularly Does Evasion allow half damage even when unconscious?) has made me curious. According to ...
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Does Evasion allow half damage even when unconscious?

Evasion is a class feature gained by Rogues and Monks at level 7: At 7th level, your instinctive agility lets you dodge out of the way of certain area effects, such as a blue dragon’s lightning ...
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How does Healing Spirit interact with death saving throws? [duplicate]

A character is at 0 HP with two failed death saving throws and is lying unconscious on the ground, sharing the same area with the effect of the Healing Spirit spell. What happens at the beginning of ...
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Do characters know if someone else, who they can see, has failed a saving throw?

Do characters know if someone else, who they can see, has failed a saving throw? In particular, let's consider the following cases: a caster has cast a spell, that requires a saving throw, and that ...