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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Does Psychic Crush cause stunning on a successful save also?

I'm a bit unsure about a part of the spell description. Specifically what happens when the target/s succeeds on their saving throw. Psychic Crush says As an action, you create a 20-foot cube of ...
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Is there a full filterable list of spells by save? [closed]

As there are a lot of spells with descriptors and a lot of conditional save bonuses vs certain descriptors, it always leaves me sort of puzzled how good those conditional saves are. Does the internet ...
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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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What is the Wand of Paralysis' Saving Throw?

The magical item the Wand of Paralysis is extremely unclear as to how a person is to remove the effects of paralysis that the wand instills. In the DMG, page 211, it states "Make a ranged attack roll ...
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DC 21 Wisdom Saving Throw against fear- do I just always fail? [closed]

The Ancient Red Dragon has an Action option: Frightful Presence. Each creature of the dragon's choice that is within 120 feet of the dragon and aware of it must succeed on a DC 21 Wisdom saving ...
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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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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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Can a sleeping creature make a reflex save?

What happens with the reflex save aspect of Burning Gaze if it is cast on a sleeping ogre with standard stats? Assume the ogre failed the CON save. Since the ogre is sleeping, does the ogre get a ...
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Does a blind character get a reflex save?

A wizard cast a Project Image and switched to use its senses. Meanwhile, somebody else cast a fireball on the body of the wizard. I was wondering if the wizard could get a reflex saving throw, and if ...
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Do turned undead get their save at the start or end of the round?

When an intelligent undead is turned, does it gets its save at the start or end of the round? "Intelligent undead receive a new saving throw each round to end the effect" is the exact text. As far ...
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When do I roll a Saving Throw? [duplicate]

From the Player's Handbook, Chapter 10: Saving Throws Many spells specify that a target can make a saving throw to avoid some or all of a spell’s effects. The spell specifies the ability ...
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When drinking an infused extract of Scrying, whose knowledge of the target affects the Will save DC?

When the target of a Scrying effect resists with a Will save, the DC increases or decreases based on the caster's knowledge or familiarity with the target. A psychonaut alchemist can create an extract ...
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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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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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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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How should a summoner synthesist calculate his saving throws?

How should a Summoner Synthesist calculate his saving throws? i.e. at level 5 the Eidolon has strong saves Fort +4 Refl +4 and weak save Will +1, while Summoner has Fort +1 Refl +1 and Will +4, ...
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Does the Will Save listed for Marionette Possession ever come up?

Marionette Possession lists it's save as 'Will', but it can only target willing creatures. Does the fact that it technically allows a Will save ever matter?
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Can a legendary creature use a legendary resistance to pass a concentration check?

As I was looking through some legendary creatures, I had a thought. Most legendary creatures get three Legendary Resistances per day, which they can use to automatically succeed on a saving throw. A ...
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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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How do you determine if a spell can damage objects?

In chat I learned that failing a saving throw against a spell can potentially damage worn equipment: "If a creature rolls a natural 1 on its saving throw against the effect, however, an exposed item ...
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Does Indomitable let you reroll Saving Throws with Advantage?

Fighters get the Indomitable ability at level 9. Beginning at 9th level, you can reroll a saving throw that you fail. Should the Fighter fail a saving throw made with Advantage and use Indomitable ...
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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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Saving throws stacking bonus

I have multiple questions about stacking bonuses on the same roll which ends more than a condition. 1) Feat bonus + Item bonus, different conditions of the same roll: Focused Mind and Armor of ...
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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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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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Reflex Saving Throw when flat-footed (or held, etc)

This question is about D&D 3.5 or d20. If a creature is flat-footed, held, flanked, etc, it loses dexterity bonus to AC. But I haven't seen anywhere what happens with the Dex bonus to your Reflex ...
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Is there any rolling involved when being influenced by a magic item that is Wicked?

I'm making a sentient magical weapon for my players to stumble across. I wanted to give it a few properties that would make it more evil, as it is a cursed weapon found within a necromancer's dungeon....
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How does Persistent Spell work with spells that have a duration?

How does persistent spell work with spells that have a duration? The ones that I am most interested in are constricting coils and black tentacles. Persistent Spell Whenever a creature targeted by ...
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Does entangling infusion always allow a saving throw?

ENTANGLING INFUSION Element earth or water; Type substance infusion; Level 2; Burn 2 Associated Blasts blizzard, cold, earth, ice, magma, metal, mud, sandstorm Saving Throw Reflex ...
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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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How does the “Self Delusion” feat interact with the oracle's “Friendless” curse?

New to Pathfinder, so I apologize in advance if the answer to this is tremendously obvious! I am playing a level 1 human oracle with the Lore mystery and the Friendless curse as listed in the ...
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Xtabays: Help make sense of inconsistent wording

The text for Xtabays' two special abilities is as follows in both the official and 3rd-party online SRDs: Devour (Ex) While a creature is under the effects of a xtabay's soporific pollen, the ...
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Before rolling for your Forced March save, can you cast spells to influence the roll?

After 8hrs of travel the Force March rules (PHB p. 181) Constitution saving throw at the end of the hour. The DC is 10 + 1 for each hour past 8 hours. On a failed saving throw, a character suffers ...
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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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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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Are there any extra saves vs turning when the target is an intelligent undead?

Context: I am making a Dread Necromancer who has gone the route of the Necropolitan, so this might apply both when I use my turning, or when some stuck-up goody goody tries to get all up in my ...
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Are saving throws stacked up when multi-classing?

We are playing regular D&D 3.5 campaign and I was wondering if the saving throws are added to each other when multi-classing. For example: A barbarian gets +2 FORT, +0 REF and +0 WILL, at level ...
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When does a Tempest cleric have to choose to use Destructive Wrath?

The Tempest Domain gives the ability Channel Divinity: Destructive Wrath, which says: When you roll lightning or thunder damage, you can use your Channel Divinity to deal maximum damage, instead of ...
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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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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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Should a player be aware of other simultaneous saving throws before making their own?

Based off of this question. There are 3 characters, Gary, who is grappling Victor, and both are targeted by Thunderwave from Casey. Gary makes his save, meaning he is not moved by the spell. Victor ...
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Protection against mind-affecting spells (low resources, high-level, low will save)

My character has failed a few critical Will saves in the last couple of encounters. All encounters are pretty tight, so losing one character makes them way more difficult, not to mention that fun ...
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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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Problem with understanding the rules for saving throws of familiars

According to the rules of familiars the following applies to saving throws Saving Throws: For each saving throw, use either the familiar's base save bonus (Fortitude +2, Reflex +2, Will +0) or ...
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Does Calm Emotions still allow a saving throw?

Old dragons can frighten you: Frightful Presence. Each creature of the dragon's choice that is within 120 feet of the dragon and aware of it must succeed on a DC 16 Wisdom saving throw or become ...
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Is there a way to keep a creature fascinated even if its opponent approaches? [closed]

A cursed weapon I'm considering introducing to the campaign causes the wielder, after the wielder slays a foe with the weapon, to make a Willpower saving throw (DC 16). Failure means for 1d6 days the ...
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Can powers protect from contracting monster-borne diseases?

I'm planning a campaign featuring large quantities of infected zombies (OG p.217) and the prospective players are trying to work out how to avoid zombie plague. The DMG says the following about ...
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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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Poison Spray + Saving Throws confusions

So I understand how saving throws "work" in general as in what you test against. However some spells just call for a "constitution" check for example for saving throw. for example Poison Spray: ...
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Do PCs facing a group of harpies have to make multiple saving throws against their song?

Do PCs facing a group of harpies using Luring song at the same time make a wisdom saving throw for each individual source of the melody or is it a single roll, considering it's the same ability? Here ...