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 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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Can a PC regularly impose disadvantage on enemies' saves? If so, how?

There are many ways to get advantage/disadvantage on attacks: the Dodge and Help actions are specifically designed for this in combat, and 10 of the 14 conditions in Appendix A have at least one ...
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Does Enhance Ability spell help with saving throws?

Background: I was hoping to use Enhance Ability and its Bear's Endurance option to speed up our travelling a bit. But now I am not sure if it will work, hence this question. Enhance Ability - Bear's ...
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Do sleeping or otherwise helpless targets get Reflex saves?

According to the 3.5 PHB (p. 309), a helpless (e.g., sleeping) target is treated as having Dex 0, and has a "-5 modifier". On p. 153, it further explains that a helpless defender can't use ...
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How does the Oathbow's benefit to ranged attacks interact with the Arcane Archer fighter's Arcane Shot options Piercing/Seeking Arrow?

Part of the description of the oathbow magic item says: When you make a ranged attack roll with this weapon against your sworn enemy, you have advantage on the roll. In addition, your target gains no ...
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When do magical items require saving throws?

When do magical items require saving throws? For example, suppose a fighter with a ring of protection +2 is hit with a fireball. I see three possibilities: A) The ring needs a save only if it's not ...
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Do ball bearings require more than 1 save when moving across the tiles?

Ball bearings cover a square area that is 10 feet on a side. A creature moving across the covered area must succeed on a DC 10 Dexterity saving throw or fall prone. But is this for every square they ...
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How does the Heightened Spell metamagic work on the Immolation spell?

I've been looking for an answer on how the sorcerer's Heightened Spell Metamagic option would affect the immolation spell. Would it apply to all the Dex saves of the spell? Or would it only apply to ...
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Is Scry on Familiar an obvious waste of time?

I recently noticed that on top of getting a great level of spell resistance and inheriting their master's excellent base Will save bonus, a Wizard's familiar grants the Scry on Familiar (Sp) ability ...
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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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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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Is there any way to give proper disadvantage on saving throws against spell effects to a creature with Magic Resistance?

Many creatures in D&D 5e have a feature called Magic Resistance. One such is the Archmage: Magic Resistance. The archmage has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects. ...
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Can a Legendary monster ignore a Divination wizard's Portent feature and choose to pass the save anyway?

In D&D 5e, if a School of Divination wizard uses the Portent feature on a legendary monster to assign it a failing saving throw, can the legendary monster use their legendary resistance to choose ...
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How to protect a Cha-based caster against Feeblemind?

Feeblemind requires an Int save: on a fail, the target's Intelligence and Charisma are set to 1. This pretty much destroys any Int or Cha-based caster, but the fact that the latter have low Int (and ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 own ...
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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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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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When rolling a 20 for a Death Saving Throw, can you move and take Actions that turn?

My intrepid adventuring character has been attacked, and the damage reduced him to 0 hit points and falls unconscious. On his next turn, he rolls a Death Saving Throw, and gets everybody's favorite ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is “Corruption” listed as its own saving throw on the Adventures in Middle Earth character sheet?

On the character sheet, under the Saving Throws section, there is "Corruption" listed. I can fill in the "proficiency" bubble or write a modifier in. My question is: What am I supposed to use that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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