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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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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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Do the Enlightened Philosopher Oracle and Paladin bonuses to saving throws stack?

In our upcoming campaign starting at level 27, one of my players is going to play an Oracle 20/Paladin 7. Both the Enlightened Philosopher and Paladin provide a bonus equal to their Charisma to saving ...
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Does the saving throw for a Solar's Slaying Longbow occur before or after the damage roll?

A Solar's Slaying Longbow attack is unique in that it has the ability to instantly kill an opponent who has 100 hit points or less if they fail a constitution saving throw: Slaying Longbow. Ranged ...
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Subtle spell and saving throws

I have a rules question about the Subtle spell metamagic option. My sorcerer has just learned the Fireball spell and tries to cast it spending a sorcery point as subtle spell. If the enemy can't hear ...
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Is there any way to influence the save DC for magic items?

If a magic item, such as the iron flask (Wis save; DC 17) or Mace of Disruption (Wis save; DC 15), has a DC save that a target or afflicted individual must succeed on, is there any way to influence ...
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Do I need to continue to save against Frightful Presence after a successful Polymorph?

Inspired by this contentious question. The DMG indicates that to calculate a creature's save DC, the following formula should be used: 8 + Monster's Proficiency Bonus + Relevant Ability Score ...
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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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Can you be aged by failing the repeat saving throw for Frightening Visage?

My players came across a ghost last session. On its turn, the ghost used its Horrifying Visage ability. Horrifying Visage states: Each non-undead creature within 60 feet of the ghost that can see ...
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Are Ioun Stones considered an attended item for saving throws?

After carefully reading the description of Ioun Stones, I am left wondering if they are suppose to be considered attended objects or not. This is of course for the free floating version, not ones that ...
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What is the difference between “Negates” and “Disbelief” saving throws?

The PRD describes several types of saving throw, including "Negates" and "Disbelief": Negates: The spell has no effect on a subject that makes a successful saving throw. Disbelief: A ...
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Do you have to Save against Gaze attacks if you approach the target?

The Universal Monster Rule Gaze indicates: Each opponent within range of a gaze attack must attempt a saving throw each round at the beginning of his or her turn in the initiative order. If I ...
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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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When granted advantage on an attack, are spells that cause saving throws rolled with disadvantage?

The PHB states that for being granted advantage... Sometimes a special ability or spell tells you that you have advantage or disadvantage on an ability check, a saving throw, or an attack roll. ...
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Can I take the “Help” action to assist in saving throw against fear?

If a party member is currently suffering from the frightened condition and gets a saving throw to end it at the end of their turn, can I use my Help action to give them advantage on the roll? To ...
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Can a creature attending an object give up that object's saving throw?

Inspired by this question, if the holder of an object tries to place an object in the pocket of the shadow clothes (those created by the spell shadow conjuration), the object automatically succeeds on ...
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What roll is appropriate for hiding pain?

Say a character is in agonising pain through torture, and they try to hide it to appear strong to the torturer: what roll should that be? I was thinking it would be a Will save, but I can't match it ...
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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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Can you get more than three saving throw proficiencies?

All classes get two saving throw proficiencies at level one and you can take Resilient to get another, but you can only take it once. Is there any other way to get another saving throw proficiency? My ...
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Which spell save DC to use for a Staff of the Magi for a multiclass Eldritch Knight/Sorcerer?

Ok, we are playing an intentionally strange and absurd campaign, and we have a lot of odd class combinations and have access to excessively powerful magic items. I have multi-classed my Eldritch ...
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Is an item that increases spell save DC balanced?

One of my players' characters likes to use illusion spells in combat. To improve their effectiveness, he is asking me for an item that increases his spell save DC. The Rod of the Pact Keeper provides ...
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How does Halfling Luck affect the probability of surviving my death saves?

The probability of a mere human surviving a series of unmodified death saving throws has been established as 59.5125%. But Halfling Luck applies to death saving throws in a dramatic way: A roll of 1 ...
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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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Can I pick a different saving throw proficiency for Slippery Mind if I already have proficiency with Wisdom saves?

I am playing a rogue that I built a little over a year ago for my first ever game of D&D. We play about once a month or so in an ongoing campaign. My DM set my ability scores for me when we began, ...
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Does a temporarily-enchanted item get a saving throw as a magic item if it is unattended?

If someone casts, for example, greater magic weapon +3 on a bundle of arrows, are those arrows treated as magic arrows +3 for the purposes of receiving a saving throw, or are they still treated as non-...
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How many saves do you roll vs. Zone of Truth?

From the description of Zone of Truth, PHB p.289: Until the spell ends, a creature that enters the spell's area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there must make a Charisma saving ...
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Can you be given a disadvantage on a saving throw if you are surprised?

I have an odd inquiry, this happened during a D&D 5e session. We were travelling in a cavern hunting a necromancer, as myself and a party member parted to a path further exploring away from the ...
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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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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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How are Constitution-based checks and saves differentiated in these circumstances?

The Constitution ability (PHB 177) lists tasks like the following, in which the DM might ask for Constitution checks: Hold your breath March or labor for hours without rest Go without sleep ...
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What happens to a creature that passes its save against the Fanfare spell?

The Fanfare spell (Song and Silence) describes its effect as follows: Fanfare creates a trumpet blast so loud that it can shake the foundations of buildings or stop an army in its tracks. Every ...
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Does Danger Sense make any spell/trap/effect seen be able to make a Dex saving throw with advantage?

Let's say I'm a Level 2 Barbarian and I'm targeted by the spell Shatter. Since I have Danger Sense and I see the spell coming at me, and because specific beasts general I won't be making a ...
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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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Once an archer looses an arrow, does the arrow still use the archer's saves as though it were attended?

The title pretty much says it all – let’s say there is an effect that can destroy objects. If an archer fires an arrow and it intersects this effect, does the arrow get to use the archer’s saves until ...
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What happens when an Unseen Servant is forced to make a saving throw?

An Unseen Servant has an AC of 10 and 1 hit point, which means that it can be targeted by actions and effects that use attack rolls, and that it can be destroyed by taking damage. However, the spell ...
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Does Legendary Resistance affect Power Word Kill or not, since it has no saving throw?

In a battle with any Monster with the feature "Legendary Resistance" (ex. Ancient Blue Dragon), with which the monster can choose to automatically save a failed saving throw, how does this then work ...
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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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My DM insists on rolling a single save for groups affected by AoE save spells. How does this affect my odds of successfully affecting the enemy?

As the title question, my DM rolls a single d20 save for groups affected by my area of effect spells that require a save, in order to save time. I can't help but feel like I'm being ripped off by ...
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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 ...