Questions tagged [saving-throw]

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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If 2 creatures in range have the Sanctuary spell cast on them, can you repeatedly switch targets between them until you succeed on the save?

The description of the sanctuary spell states: You ward a creature within range against attack. Until the spell ends, any creature who targets the warded creature with an attack or a harmful spell ...
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Does the Iron Flask let you Order the Creature Back in Without a Save?

So I have an Iron Flask in my current campaign, and we happened to find out that it contains Tiamat. We released Tiamat to have a conversation, where she threatened to eat me at the end of the hour. ...
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Can the Chronurgy wizard's Chronal Shift feature be used when a creature uses Legendary Resistance to succeed on a saving throw?

The Chronurgy Magic wizard's Chronal Shift feature (Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 184) says: You can magically exert limited control over the flow of time around a creature. As a reaction, after ...
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Does a character automatically fail one death save when they drop to 0 hit points?

I have a question regarding death saves and whether anyone knows an official source that can determine this. So according to my DM's interpretation of the RAW, if an attack brings you below zero hit ...
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Are there any monsters with hypnosis-like abilities and what type of saving throw do they force?

I am wondering if any monsters have a hypnosis-like spell or feature, and if so what is the ability used in the saving throw? What I mean about "hypnosis" is that it falls short of complete ...
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If 3+ characters cast Flesh to Stone on the same target, and the target fails the saving throws against all of them, is it petrified?

The flesh to stone spell states: A creature restrained by this spell must make another Constitution saving throw at the end of each of its turns. If it successfully saves against this spell three ...
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Counterspelling or legendarily resisting a Critical hit spell attack in D&D 5e

I was wondering about something in D&D 5e: About Counterspell If my sorcerer casts a spell Rolling 20 against a magic user (normal npc or a boss), can they counterspell it? Or is this dependent on ...
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Do creatures immune to poison still make saving throws?

At 11th level, monks gain immunity to poison. The Poison Healer feat lets you restore hit points when you "succeed on a Fortitude save against a poison". Can monks chug poison to heal themselves, or ...
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Does a “suicidal command” by a succubus trigger two saving throws?

If a Succubus charms a humanoid with the Charm action, and then commands the humanoid to do something suicidal, the target gets to roll a saving throw. Succeeding means they do not perform the ...
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Would Swimming be a Dex or Str Saving Throw

Im making a small challenge for my party on the way to a Dwarven camp. While travelling they encounter a 20ft wide river that they must cross. I'm just gonna improvise the whole thing to give them ...
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Do Bane/Bless apply to death saving throws?

Possibly related. The text of Bane reads: Whenever a target [...] makes an attack roll or saving throw before the spell ends, the target must roll a d4 and subtract the number rolled from the ...
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Forcing a saving throw to be made with disadvantage [closed]

I know there is already a similar question, but it doesn't really give me an answer. Is there such a thing as a feat or an item that causes enemies to make saving throws like wisdom or general saving ...
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Does a creature targeted by the Charm Person spell “know it was charmed” if it succeeded on the saving throw?

The Charm Person spell description says: When the spell ends, the creature knows it was charmed by you. There is an ambiguity here — does this happen only if the target failed on the saving throw, ...
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How long does the benefit of a successful saving throw against a poison last?

In D&D 5e, does a successful saving throw against poison confer immunity (or at least reduced damage, depending on the poison) from that poison for life, for that combat, or only for that hit? Do ...
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If I were to cast a spell limiting reactions (shocking grasp), does that mean the target can't make a saving throw?

The shocking grasp cantrip states that the target can not take reactions until the start of its next turn. Therefore, the target should not be able to cast spells like absorb elements and shield. ...
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Does a Spectator need to make an attack roll to determine whether it hits a target with its Eye Rays?

The spectator is a D&D monster that can shoot rays out from its eyes with varying effects. The creature it targets has to succeed on a DC 13 saving throw (the ability of the save depends on the ...
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Can the hat of disguise be used repeatedly against the same creature for new effective disguises?

I'm trying to get a better understanding of the workings of the hat of disguise (Dungeons Master's Guide 258) (1,800 gp; 0 lbs.). If a creature that interacts with the illusory disguise created by ...
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Do you have disadvantage on Con saves against poison while sleeping?

NPCs are going to poison the party while they sleep, do the players have disadvantage on their saves? The situation I just started a campaign with a group where I was once a player. Their lvl 5 ...
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Does the 3rd part of Shield Master continue working against multiple, same-source effects?

If you use the 3rd part of the Shield Master Feat; If you are subjected to an effect that allows you to make a Dexterity saving throw to take only half damage, you can use your reaction to take no ...
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Is there a name for a single saving throw with multiple DCs (i.e. whose effect is determined based on the highest DC met)?

Is there a name for a single saving throw with multiple DCs (i.e. whose effect is determined based on the highest DC met)? For example, say a character is placed in a supernaturally hot environment, ...
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Can you choose to automatically succeed on a saving throw you make because of a spell you cast?

Can you choose to automatically succeed on a saving throw you make because of a spell you cast? For instance, if I am trying to intimidate someone by casting earthquake centered on myself, do I also ...
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How are swarms considered in terms of number of creatures?

There is, in Adventurers League Dnd, a monster statblock with the following ability : At the start of his turn, every living creature within 100 feet must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving ...
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Can a fighter use Indomitable multiple times on the same save?

Our fighter, Fred, is a high level fighter with multiple uses of the Indomitable feature: Beginning at 9th level, you can reroll a saving throw that you fail. If you do so, you must use the new ...
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Are attack rolls or saving throws more consistent or predictable?

In D&D 5e, spellcasters often have to choose between spells which can affect a target on a successful melee attack. The fire bolt cantrip (1d10 to 4d10 damage depending on character level), for ...
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For Ring of Shooting Stars, can Ball Lightning affect a creature when you move it into their space?

The Ring of Shooting Stars has the following feature (emphasis mine): Ball Lightning. You can expend 2 charges as an action to create one to four 3-foot-diameter spheres of lightning. The more ...
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Is there a way to have Shadow Hand save DCs based on Charisma?

I am playing a Spellthief/Rogue and just picked up the Martial Study feat to gain access to Shadow Hand maneuvers. Shadow Hand is a Swordsage-exclusive school and its maneuvers key off Wisdom for ...
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How does Saving Throw progression work on Prestige Classes?

I'll try to portray this as best as possible. I have a Wizard 3 and Master Specialist 1. As a Wizard I have the following saves: +1, +1, +3 As Master Specialist on 1st level I get: 0, 0, +2 ...
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Can the target of the Dissonant Whispers spell choose to use its reaction to move if it succeeds on the save?

The description of the dissonant whispers spell says (PHB, p. 234): On a successful save, the target takes half as much damage and doesn't have to move away. Does this mean that the target can ...
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What happens when an unconscious but stabilised character is hit?

At the end of this answer to a different question ("If you succeed on all of your death saving throws, what happens?"), the answer states that: If an unconscious character is attacked, the attacker ...
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If you succeed on all of your death saving throws, what happens?

I have been DMing for my group for maybe a month or two, and we ruled that upon stabilizing your character with death saving rolls, you recover one HP and are unconscious. Is this right? Should you ...
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Does being under the effect of more than one Sanctuary spell require more than one saving throw?

The description of the sanctuary spell says (PHB, p. 272): You ward a creature within range against attack. Until the spell ends, any creature who targets the warded creature with an attack or a ...
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How to increase monk's chance to land a Stunning Strike?

My monk is a multi-class character (Monk 9/Paladin 8) in a homebrew 5e campaign and clearly does not have too many ki points as level 17 character. I also find it inconsiderate and boring when burning ...
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How does damage work when entering a Wall of Fire?

When casting Wall of Fire, "each creature within its area must make a Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, a creature takes 5d8 fire damage, ar half as much damage on a successful save." Later ...
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Are there any practical reasons for choosing proficiency in Intelligence saving throws?

Are there any practical reasons for choosing proficiency in Intelligence saving throws? It was suggested to me to take the Resilient feat (PHB, p. 168): Choose one ability score. You gain the ...
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How do I make a Roll20 macro that prompts the user for a save type once, and then outputs the save as though you clicked it on the character sheet?

How do I make a macro for Roll20 that will prompt the user for a save type once, and then roll a save for the chosen ability and output it in a format that matches the format of if they clicked it on ...
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When True Polymorphed and making concentration saves, what stats do I use?

If I true polymorph myself, when I make a concentration save, should I use my character's or monster's statistics? And if I have relevant feats can I use them?
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Does your spell save DC change on spells cast before you change your spell save DC?

While reading through the symbol spell I noticed that the spell technically could stay on forever, and during this time the caster could get stronger and thus gain a higher spell save DC. When ...
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Mind Flayer Innate Spellcasting saving throws

The MM says The mind flayer's innate spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 15). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no components: At will: detect thoughts, ...
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For a homebrew class, how can I offset the disadvantage created by not granting proficiency in one of the “big three” / “strong” saving throws?

I made a homebrew class. (I’m happy to share any details anyone deems necessary or even the entire class if it isn’t against the rules.) It’s a Cha-based class which, for flavour reasons, has a ...
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How do I make this Roll20 macro for saving throws work while only asking for the type once?

I'm trying to create a saves macro for DnD 5e in Roll20 that asks for the type of save once and then specifies which save type it is. For example expected output may be "Lucy rolls a [19]/[10] for a ...
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Does a character know they ate poison if they pass a fortitude save?

Player just ate some poisoned food. They passed their fortitude save. Does the character know that they just ate poison? Would they reach for a second bite?
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If a NPC is successful in a saving throw against a type it’s vulnerable against, does it just take what I rolled for damage or would it be halved?

During a D&D campaign, we were fighting a Mummy Lord. It’s vulnerable to fire, so I used Fireball against it. It succeeded on the saving throw to halve the damage. Would it just take whatever ...
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How does the UA Brute's Brutish Durability feature work with natural 1's?

So, the UA Fighter subclass Brute has an ability that lets him add a d6 to any saving throw, and if the total adds to 20, it counts as a natural 20. If this happens on a Death saving throw, it means ...
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What is the narrative difference between a Charisma and Wisdom saving throw?

Relatively few spells in D&D 5e require a Charisma saving throw, and when they do it's often difficult to describe the in-game reasons for why they require such a throw. One of my players told me ...
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How many Dex saves does a creature make if it's affected by 2 separate explosions from the Melf's Minute Meteors spells?

The description of the Melf's Minute Meteors spell (EEPC, p. 20; XGtE, p. 161) states: You create six tiny meteors in your space. They float in the air and orbit you for the spell’s duration. When ...
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If you roll a saving throw where you only take half damage on a success, do you reduce the damage even more on a Natural 20?

For context, my character just got pounded by flaming boulders. She is currently immune to fire for story reasons, so the fire damage is null. However, she has to make a dexterity saving throw against ...
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Can a Huge (or larger) creature move through the Watery Sphere spell?

The watery sphere spell description says: On a successful save, a creature is ejected from that space to the nearest unoccupied space of the creature’s choice outside the sphere. A Huge or larger ...
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Do the ball lightning and spark shower functions of a Ring of Shooting Stars allow saving throws?

In the SRD it states: The first special function, ball lightning, releases one to four balls of lightning (ring wearer’s choice). These glowing globes resemble dancing lights, and the ring ...
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For the Ring of Shooting Stars, what is the spell save DC of Faerie Fire?

The Ring of Shooting Stars has the following feature: Faerie Fire. You can expend 1 charge as an action to cast faerie fire from the ring. Since it does not specifically state that you use your ...
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Which stat should I use for a given madness save?

I’m running the Out of the Abyss adventure, and I can’t figure out whether a given madness save should require a Wisdom or a Charisma save. In chapter 2, it merely says that one of these may be ...

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