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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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How else can I get Advantage on Death Saving Throws?

I am trying to determine what conditions will create Advantage on a Death Saving Throw for a player character who drops to 0 hit points during combat. Thanks to the "Lucky" racial feature, a ...
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When an Adult Gold Dragon changes into an Archmage, what are its saving throw and skill bonuses?

An Adult Gold Dragon has Change Shape as one of its actions (emphasis mine): Change Shape. The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating no higher than its ...
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How to use “Create Undead” without any risk?

My party has recently slain a Linnorm Dragon and we would very much like to raise it as a Juju Zombie, thus having something really hard to kill as a frontline. The problem is that if the caster doesn'...
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Would Dwarves have advantage on saving throws against the Contagion spell?

Contagion (PHB, p. 227) has always been a powerful spell. It used to be unclear, by RAW, what happened during the three (or more) turns a target was making saving throws. The original spell ...
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What is the highest spell save DC an AL v.7 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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Does a creature that is immune to all outcomes (conditions, damage, etc.) of an effect still make a saving throw?

Let's say a 5th level Lore Bard casts fear on a violet fungus not knowing that it is immune to the frightened condition. Does the violet fungus still make a saving throw? In particular, is a saving ...
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Which saving throws are low-level enemies most likely to succeed/fail at?

Related to this question: What are the most and least-resisted damage types? I'm wondering which saving throws low level enemies are the most likely to succeed at and/or fail in encounters. For an ...
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What is the DC of a Grease effect put in place by the Oil of Slipperiness?

The Oil of Slipperiness states: Alternatively, the oil can be poured on the ground as an action, where it covers a 10-foot square, duplicating the effect of the grease spell in that area for 8 ...
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What are a magic item's saves?

We're building a spell that can target magical items, similar to mage's disjunction in Pathfinder. Fifth edition has a spell that targets spells affecting objects: dispel magic, but nothing that ...
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How do monsters make saving throws?

From what I understand, there are modifiers for saving throws based on the Challenge level, but what is the base number? For example, a Cleric casts a spell at a creature who gets a saving throw. ...
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What is the purpose of the Evocation wizard's Potent Cantrip feature?

The School of Evocation wizard's Potent Cantrip feature (PHB, p. 117) says: Starting at 6th level, when a creature succeeds on a saving throw against your cantrip, the creature takes half the ...
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Does the Vanguard Style bonus stack with itself?

The Vanguard Style feat states : While using this style, when an adjacent ally is required to make a Reflex saving throw, you can expend a use of an attack of opportunity to attempt the aid another ...
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Is it appropriate to remove a Dexterity saving throw when a character is in an inescapable position?

So, one of my players simply refuses to use any common sense and acts with suicidal indifference to obvious traps. For example: In front of the PC stands a medium-sized scale statue of a dragon. Deep ...
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Can unconscious characters be unwilling?

Some spells like enlarge/reduce and polymorph specify that only an unwilling creature makes a saving throw: If the target is unwilling, it can make a Constitution saving throw. and An ...
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If the DM rolls initiative once for a group of monsters, how do end-of-turn effects work?

A wizard rounds a corner to find two kobolds brandishing their weapons. Roll initiative! The DM determines that neither side is surprised. The DM then makes a single initiative roll (10) for the two ...
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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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Are there any rules or guidelines about the order of saving throws?

Let's take the example from In an area covered with Caltrops and Ball Bearings, If you're falling because of Ball Bearings, do you automatically land on the Caltrops too? In an area covered with ...
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Do you continue making death saving throws while petrified?

Say you are playing a character, and they are downed (0 HP) and in that moment, they get turned into stone (petrified). Does the character continue making death saving throws while petrified? Or do ...
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Can the Grease spell force multiple saves?

The description of the grease spell states: A creature that enters the area or ends its turn there must also succeed on a Dexterity saving throw or fall prone. What about a creature that enters ...
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Does the damage from the Dream spell only apply on a failed save?

The 5th-level spell Dream at first glance seemed really flavorful, but now it looks like an absolute nightmare after a second comb through. Is the damage from the spell tied to the save? Or does it ...
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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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If you're falling because of ball bearings, do you automatically land on caltrops in the same space?

If a creature had to make both saving throws for ball bearings and caltrops, and failed the ball bearings - Would they automatically fall prone & land on the caltrops, taking caltrop damage with ...
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Do PCs roll saves for pre-existing effects while Unconscious?

Inspired by this question about Frightened. According to Appendix A: Conditions (SRD p. 192), A condition lasts either until it is countered (the prone condition is countered by standing up, for ...
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Do save bonuses stack from multiple magic items in AL?

I play in Adventurers League and have a character that has a +1 Ring of Protection, which gives +1 to AC and saves. I also have a Stone of Good Luck which gives a +1 to saves and ability checks. If I ...
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Do targets get a saving throw if they don't want a positive magic effect from a spell?

Imagine you have contracted lycanthropy, and you do not want to be cured. A cleric within touch range attempts to use Remove Curse on you. You are not a willing recipient of the interaction, and you ...
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What are the pros and cons of allowing a save each turn against the Levitate spell?

Consider the spell levitate (2nd level), which allows the caster to lift a hostile creature off the ground and hold it in place. It is easy to make the comparison to spells like hold person (2nd level)...
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What are the ramifications of a caster changing the ability of a forced saving throw?

There was an Unearthed Arcana release including a Wizard subclass called Lore Mastery. The development of this subclass was largely abandoned, although some of its features inspired a later UA ...
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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 you choose to fail a saving throw?

(Yet another) follow-up from this question: As someone mentioned in the question above, some 'friendly' spells (Calm Emotion, IIRC) specify that one can choose to fail the saving throw. In this case,...
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How do multiple ghast stench fields work?

Each ghast has a stench trait that can poison someone if they start their turn within 5 feet of the ghast and fail their saving throw. What happens if a creature starts their turn with multiple ghasts ...
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When does a PC become aware they've contracted a disease?

I have not used any afflictions in my game as of yet, but the party will shortly be going through a festering bog, which if normal mosquitos don't give them a disease, the stirge or some other ...
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Does True Seeing automatically detect the illusions from Weird? [duplicate]

The weird spell creates illusions in the minds of those it is cast upon (unless they make their save). The true seeing spell gives truesight, which grants the automatic detection of visual illusions ...
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Does damage vulnerability affect death saving throws?

I know that a critical hit, which deals double damage, immediately causes an unconscious creature to fail two death saving throws. Vulnerability also causes a creature to take double damage against ...
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How and when do I use my spell save DC and spell attack modifier?

I'm struggling to understand when and how I would use my spell save DC and my spell attack modifier. Would I use my spell save DC as the DC that enemies need to beat when a spell calls for them to ...
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What saving throw would you use for avoiding opportunity attacks when fleeing?

As a player new to D&D 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? I was thinking I would ...
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Can creatures with Spell Resistance voluntarily fail saving throws?

Pathfinder's magic rules say that a creature with "special resistance to magic" can voluntarily fail a saving throw against a spell. Voluntarily Giving up a Saving Throw A creature can ...
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How would an attended object (a corpse) make a saving throw?

I'm trying to understand how objects make saving throws, specifically attended objects that are being individually targeted. In the case at hand, a Vermlek demon is inhabiting a human body and ...
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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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What is considered a successful death saving throw?

I'm fairly new to D&D and I wanted to run a session with some friends. I've been doing a lot of research but can't seem to find an answer to this question. I understand how the mechanic works, ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Does a Paladin's Aura of Protection Affect Allies' Death Saving Throws?

In D&D 5e, the Paladin feature Aura of Protection allows allies within 10 feet of you to add your charisma modifier as a bonus to their saving throws, as long as you are conscious. Certainly this ...
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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 ...