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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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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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If you roll a 1 on a saving throw against a damage spell, do you take extra damage?

For example: Fireball Each creature must make a DEX saving throw. A target takes 8d6 fire damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. If a target caught in the fireball ...
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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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How to decide if an effect is magical for Magic Resistance?

Some creatures have Magic Resistance: The [...] has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects. We know from this answer that this works against Turn Undead, but does it ...
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What is the difference between Ability Checks and Saving Throws?

Mechanically, they both seem to be d20 rolls with an added ability modifier to overcome some type of challenge. Why call it a "saving throw" and not just present it as a passive ability check? The ...
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Why is there a saving throw for each ability score?

From reading the current preview of the "Basic Rules" it looks like each ability score is now granted the possibility of being connected to a Saving Throw. In fact, certain classes get proficiency ...
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Do unconscious characters get will saves?

If a character is unconscious (for example, negative hit points, NOT sleeping) and a spell targets them that allows a will save, can they take it? While I know they count as 'willing' for spells that ...
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In 5e, are saving throw results detected by the opposing party?

Pathfinder makes it very clear that Succeeding on a Saving Throw: A creature that successfully saves against a spell that has no obvious physical effects feels a hostile force or a tingle, but ...
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If you are a willing target, do you decline your save or do you just not get one

When playing 3.x we've always played that the willing target of a spell can decline their saving throw and allow a spell to affect them automatically. Recently a comment was posted on an answer of ...
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Can a Wild Magic Sorcerer use Tides of Chaos while unconscious at 0 Hit Points?

In the course of an answer to this question about ways to gain advantage on death saving throws, the following was proposed to gain advantage on a death saving throw: Alternatively, you could be ...
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Does a Paladin with Aura of Protection effectively get twice the Charisma save modifer?

The question is actually rather straightforward and many people seem to be confused about it: When a 6th or higher level paladin that has Aura of Protection rolls a Charisma save, does he ...
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Can a character save against a harmful spell they thought to be harmless?

It's a pretty simple question, but I can't find a definite answer: The cleric tells the warrior he is going to cast a Cure spell on him (harmless spell). The warrior says ok. The cleric instead ...
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Forced movement into danger: is there a saving throw?

Is there a saving throw to stop forced movement (a push, pull, or slide) from forcing you into a square that will damage you? My wizard's tactic lately has been to try to Thunderwave enemies into the ...
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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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How do saving throws for half combine with damage resistance?

Let's say a player has to make a saving throw or take 20 cold damage. If they succeed on the save, they take half damage (10). Resistance also halves damage. What happens if they have cold resistance ...
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Spell save DC on a wish spell cast from a magic item

So I got a luck blade from my DM and I am trying to cast dominate person on someone at 8th level. What would the saving throw be for the person it is being cast on. Wish says that any spell at 8th ...
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What happens if I decide to skip saving?

What happens if I am afflicted with a condition that worsens on a failed save and choose not to try to save? Do I: Automatically suffer the effects of the failed save? Keep my current condition? Have ...
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Do you always get a Will save?

In D&D is there any situation where a player character could not be given a will save? Such as unconscious, insane, already under a previous illusion? If you are not in control of your mental ...
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How do I determine the result of a Saving Throw?

I'm a pretty new player, and I'm building a bard in D&D 5e. I understand how saving throws work in general, but I am a little confused about one thing. Say I cast Blindness/Deafness on a humanoid. ...
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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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Does a warship make a Constitution saving throw against the Shatter spell, or does it automatically take the damage?

The Shatter (Player's Handbook, page 275) spell description reads: Each creature in a 10-foot-radius sphere centered on that point must make a Constitution saving throw. A creature takes 3d8 ...
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How to halve the damage on a successful saving throw?

I'm new to DnD, though not new to rpgs in general. I'm a bit confused on the damage of spells. For example, the Fireball deals 8d6 fire damage on a failed saving throw, and half as much on a ...
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Do you gain any proficiencies when multi-classing other than weapon and armor?

When multi-classing, do you gain any other proficiencies outside of weapon and armor. In particular do you gain saving throw proficiencies?
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Why did saving throws return in D&D 5E?

In D&D 4E as with many RPGs, characters have a fixed armour value or AC. When attacking, the attacker must roll a die to overcome the target's AC. In 4E offensive magic works the same way: the ...
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Do saving throw based spells that do damage count as attacks? [duplicate]

During our last session, two of my players got involved in a little PvP, and the Rogue was fireballed by the Wizard as a last act of defiance, hoping to take the Rogue with him as she died. The ...
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What is the difference between skill- and save-specific modifiers and the Proficiency bonus?

Currently I only have the 5th Edition Starter Set and I'm new to D&D. I understand that there is the Proficiency Bonus (+2 for the Starter Set's Cleric for example) which would be applied to the ...
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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 ability is the save DC of Orcus's “voice” Lair action, in Out of the Abyss?

In Out of the Abyss, Orcus has a number of Lair actions. One of those Lair actions has a confusing point: It is stated that there is a save with a DC of 23 but no specific type of saving throw. The ...
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Does halfling luck apply to death saving throws?

The rule states that halfling luck applies to saving throws and the death rolls are called "death saving throws." Based on that I decided to allow it. Additionally, I thought allowing halfling luck ...
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When do I make my first save against the Web spell?

Our DM cast web on us, and we were all asked to make saving throws immediately. He said, "Otherwise you’re all like Schroedinger's Cats waiting to see if you’ve been caught or not" (which affects ...
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How can I make a high level magus fail a will save?

We are playing an epic level campaign in which all PCs and most NPCs are 20th level. This has been really fun but I am quickly finding that it is very hard to get an advantage over some of the people ...
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Does Magic Resistance work against Turn Undead? [duplicate]

Magic Resistance: The flameskull has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects. Turn Undead: Each undead that can see or hear you within 30 feet of you must make a ...
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Typical Examples of Saving Throws for Player Characters?

Say I want to take the Resilient Feat and have more than one option for the ability score to raise: Resilient Choose one ability score. You gain the following benefits: Increase the ...
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Are dexterity saving throws based on sight?

The 'blind' status defines A blinded creature can’t see and automatically fails any ability check that requires sight. Many spells and effects require targets to perform a dexterity saving throw. ...
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While under a spell effect that's suspended, can you still make saving throws?

Per this Q&A, creatures under the effects of spells or abilities that give them the frightened condition have that condition suspended while in a Paladin's Aura of Courage. But if the spell/...
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In what state is a person affected by Hypnotic Pattern? Can they make saving throws?

I'm reading the Hypnotic Pattern description and it says "Charmed, Incapacitated, Speed (0)" and "Snaps out of it, if being shaken or takes damage." Then I read the various states you can be under: ...
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Is there a general rule for which saving throws you can repeat?

Some abilities mention that hit targets may repeat a saving throw against a lasting effect to "shake it off". For example Command Undead: If it fails the saving throw and has an Intelligence of 12 ...
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If an attack causes additional damage after a saving throw, is it counted as a separate source of damage for the purpose of failed death saves?

If an attack causes additional damage after a saving throw, is it counted as a separate source of damage for the purpose of failed death saving throws? In other words, does it cause another failed ...
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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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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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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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Does the save DC of a spell decrease if the original spellcaster polymorphs on a later turn?

Does the save DC of a spell being concentrated on change if the caster's Int stat changes in the meantime due to polymorphing? For instance, if a level 8 wizard with Int 16 casts Hold Person on ...
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Does Shield Master only grant DEX save bonuses vs. single-target spells?

The second effect of the 5e feat "Shield Master" reads (emphasis mine): If you aren't incapacitated, you can add your shield's AC bonus to any Dexterity saving throw you make against a spell or ...
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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 D&D 5e's Saving Throw distribution across attributes?

I read somewhere that in D&D 5e, the Saving Throw distribution for spells was biased towards DEX, CON and WIS. In other words, if you had proficiency in those attributes, you would benefit a lot ...
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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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Do you regain consciousness immediately after rolling a 20 on a death saving throw?

In the PHB, it mentions that upon rolling a 20 on a death saving throw, you regain 1 HP. However, are you still unconscious after receiving this 1 HP? Additionally, if magically healed (by cure wounds ...
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Does the ranger's companion get to make death saving throws?

I play the role of a cleric in a game that also has a ranger. This ranger happens to have a wolf as a companion. It happened a couple of times that the wolf fell to 0 hp and was declared dead by the ...
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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 ...
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Does the Hex spell give disadvantage to saving throws and attacks?

The Warlock Spell 'Hex' (PHB 251) gives Disadvantage on ability checks. Does this include saving throws and attacks? That is, in this context, are saving throws and attacks 'ability checks'?