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Shadowrun Fifth Edition, by Catalyst Games, is a cyberpunk role-playing game where magic, cybernetics and virtual reality coexist. Player characters are known as shadowrunners. They act in the shadows and outside the law, doing the dirty work of the megacorporations and other powerful forces that control the Sixth World.

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How does Manablade interact with Mystic Armor, and does the latter have levels?

Manablade being wielded by Mage. Targeting a beetle spirit. "Unique Qualities When calculating the Hardened Armor value for a beetle’s Immunity to Normal Weapons, add +4 to the value All beetle ...
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Is this Johnson behaviour unusual?

I'm currently running a 1st edition adventure (using 5th edition time and rules). The fixer of the group said he got a potential Johnson waiting at his bar. The Johnson took a glance at the group and ...
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Does a spirit need to materialize to use influence?

I'm a bit unsure about materializing. A spirit needs to materialize to affect something on the physical level, but Influence power is type "M". Does the spirit still need to materialize to ...
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What is the correct spelling of narcoject/narcojet?

In the Shadowrun Fifth Edition Core Rulebook, there are two different spellings used to refer to a tranquilliser in the game: "narcoject", and "narcojet". I am assuming that the ...
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Shadowrun SR5: Can Lasers or Sunbeam Spells Damage Electronics?

Someone once said "The vast majority of Shadowrun technologies use optical circuitry and optical chips, especially the expensive ones like implants and cyberdecks" So my question then is, ...
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Sr5 Shadowrun Technomancers in space?

Are technomancers gods in space compared to all other magic archetypes? I've heard in space Magic users are subject to a -6 to -12 penalty to their magic (i.e., 0 for everyone), assensing doesn't work ...
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Non-Metahumans with Adept powers

In Shadowrun lore, as well as in Running Wild, Street Grimoire, and other places, spirits, dragons, and other things can have the abilities of a mage (though spirits can't conjure most of the time). ...
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What is the mechanics for a Matrix Search action?

Matrix Search is a Special Action. To look for a file inside a host takes up to 1 min. This brings me some questions: What does a Special Action means in terms of Action Phases? Can I make a Simple ...
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Does armor provide the same protection against unarmed attacks as it does to armed attacks?

I mean, there isn't any rule differentiating ballistic and impact damages? I remember that in the old 2nd edition this rule existed, but I couldn't find something similar in the 5th and I would like ...
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Should Cyber Limbs be bought to each limb?

If I want to buy a cyber limb, it should be bought for each limb or does it come in pairs? For example, if I want both my arms to be a Cyber Limb, should I buy 2 Cyber Limbs? If so, that means that ...
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Can I operate a drone without connecting to the Matrix using an RCC?

I'm not sure if I got this right from the book, but seems that I need to be, at least, connected with my drones at the AR level, right? Can I operate it without connecting to the Matrix using an RCC?
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Is there a Typo in the effects of eX?

eX is described as having an effect for "(8 – Body) hours, minimum of 1 hour", and then for the same time a disorienting backlash-effect. That much is clear. However, the backlash effects ...
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Is a Host/Spider aware of which file was cracked?

I understand that if a decker cracks a file, the host is immediately notified as it's a successful attack action. My question is: Is the host aware of which file was cracked? The scenario is that we ...
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When transitioning from SR5 to SR6, what are the main changes we have to consider?

My group played multiple SR5 runs spread out sporadically over the years, and we are all not experts of the system, so we thought that we might as well transition to SR6 for the next run. When ...
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How should a GM go about handling a combat encounter against an enemy team of runners?

I have a group that is about to encounter another runner team in combat. They both want to do the same job and are going to be fighting for the package. The two thoughts I had were to make some of ...
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Are there streets where cars can drive in the Ork/Seattle Underground?

I'm working on writing a Shadowrun (sr5) mission that partly takes place in the Ork/Seattle Underground, and something I've been wondering is if there are any streets down there. My current ...
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Is Fungitek mentioned in the official Shadowrun lore?

I was recently reading about the Ork/Seattle Underground and came across an article about the location on Shadowrun's "Fandom" Wiki. In the article a company called "Fungitek" was ...
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What is the nature/vegetation like in Seattle?

From what I understand the animal life in Seattle is severely mutated due to the environment (or rather, the pollution thereof), which leads me to wonder, does this apply to nature/vegetation as well? ...
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What does it mean for a device to be hardwired?

Recently while reading about security cameras in Shadowrun 5e, I came across a forum post where someone suggested that if you don't want a decker to be able to disable your security cameras, you can ...
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Is there any limit to how frequently mages can cast the Heal spell?

Is there any hard limit to how frequently a mage can use the Heal spell in Shadowrun 5 Edition, i.e. some sort of cooldown?
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Matrix Perception and Running Silent in Shadowrun 5e

Shadowrun 5e core rulebook states at page 235: If you’re trying to find an icon that’s running silent (or if you’re running silent and someone’s looking for you), the first thing you need to do is ...
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Gearhead Speed bonus calculation

How does the Speed +20% bonus from Gearhead Quality works? Should I sum up this with the Speed Attribute or should I just adjust the speed movement value? For example: my car has Speed 3. If I choose ...
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Does a sustained spell require multiples drain resistance checks?

We are playing a Shadowrun 5 campaign. When a mage casts a spell, they have to roll a Drain resistance check. The GM is requiring multiple drain checks (one for each turn the mage sustains the spell) ...
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If I have two cyberarms, do I need an additional modification to interact with AR?

I feel like this is a stupid question, but I cannot find this answer anywhere in the RAW. If I have two cyberarms (whole or partial, doesn't matter), do I need some kind of additional modification ...
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What options do adepts have for resisting drain?

I was looking at taking the Centering metamagic on my adept, before realizing that it specified "magician," and the sidebar at the bottom of CRB p.325 stating that only four metamagics in the book are ...
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As a Mystic Adept with the Astral perception power, what is the Manablade spell's dice pool against a non-materialized spirit?

Do you roll Blades + Agility [Force] as the spell description states, or Astral Combat + Willpower [Accuracy] as the Astral Combat table states for weapon foci? Manablade is one of the Spellblades ...
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Do the high-fashion armour clothings from Run & Gun that are tagged as 'Newest Models' lose armour rating over time?

Relevant rules snippets from Run & Gun, p. 59: NEWEST MODEL These items are the most recent incarnations of their corporate creators. That means they lose a little more when purchased as ...
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How do you go about applying a Path's discount bonus to character progression/creation?

The Beast’s Way COST:20 KARMA PREREQUISITES:Adept RATING:NONE SOURCE:SR5:SG Adepts who follow this path are under the guidance of an animal mentor spirit, which they refer to as their totem, similar ...
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Is there a rule to recalculate the BODY of characters with cyberimplants?

The description of the Petrify spell (Shadow Spells, page 22) says: PETRIFY (PHYSICAL) Type: P Range: LOS Duration: S Drain: F – 2 This spell transforms living tissue into calcium carbonate, or ...
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Is there a spell that could be used to generate an EMP effect on a target?

I'm looking to create a spell-caster that would be efficient and annoying to technological targets, such as people with cyber augmentations, and I thought about giving him my character at least one ...
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Does the "Prejudiced" negative quality make people I hate able to convince me more easily?

Do I understand the SR5 rules correctly that being prejudiced against real estate agents makes it easier for them to sell me a house for more than it’s worth? Core rulebook page 82, “Negative ...
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Balancing Karma rewards to be meaningful

I have a Shadowrun 5e group that sadly only comes together once or twice a month. In that group we focus most of our time on the roleplaying aspect of the game, rather than advancing the run itself. ...
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How to engage Decker in the actual run?

In my role as a GM for an SR5 group I often have the problem that the decker in our group is not in the field with the rest of the team, which is perfectly fine. But after the fact, the player ...
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Probability of rolling a specific combination of results with nd6

So far I was able to figure out most things I needed to do in anydice on my own and with help of various posts in forums, however in this case my math knowledge fails me. How do I calculate the ...
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Is dispelling nearly impossible to succeed?

The rules for dispelling say: A Dispelling test is the dispeller's Counterspelling + Magic [Astral] v. spell's Force + caster's Magic (+ amount of Karma spent on quickening the spell, if any) [...] ...
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Do teammates automatically resist (and break) illusions?

I'm a new GM running my first Shadowrun 5e campaign. Among others, the team of runners includes: A Decker with augmented eyes that offer some excellent perception rolls A Face who's got some middling ...
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Why can Complex Forms be threaded at such high levels?

There are a great many equivalencies between Resonance and Magic; many of their abilities are very similar both in fluff and mechanics. One difference that stands out is the limit at which their ...
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Are there any balance drawbacks in ignoring Physical, Social or Mental Limits?

I've been gamemastering Shadowrun 5e since it was published. I have every single book published for the system, a throve of supplements, maps, miniatures, cards, and a bunch of other acessories. I ...
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Are "extended" variants of a spell considered a separate spell for the purpose of purchase?

Are "extended" versions of spells considered separate items for the purpose of purchasing spells? For example the spell "Detect enemies" has a variant "Detect enemies, extended", if I were to ...
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Are these skills not part of any skill group?

I am reading over the Shadowrun 5e core rulebook and see a lot of skills that are not included in any skill group (even when obviously you can group them and I would even expect it in this type of ...
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What can you do without a deck in the Matrix to help the Decker?

I'm trying to run a quick one-shot for some friends, and upon realizing that we need to figure out how to get some files, we've stopped to read the Matrix section of the book. I'm a little confused; ...
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Multiple Full Defense Actions in the same Combat Turn?

The "Full Defense" Interrupt Action allows a character to decrease their Initiative Score by 10, and the add their Willpower to their defense rolls for the remainder of the Combat Turn. However, the ...
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Rigging & Complex Orders

I have a player that oftenly asked his Drones to protect someone in autopilot or follow someone then he lost link (because of Noise) to come back to safehouse. Is this possible ? Is an autosoft is ...
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Does an agent benefit from marks created by you?

I am making a decker character for the first time and I am looking into what is possible and what not. Now I'm curious of what is possible with agents, as indicated in the question. The defintion of ...
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Adding Gymnastic dice to Defence Test

In combat a character can always take a REA+INI test to avoid an incoming attack. However, the 'Dodge' Interupt Action allows the character to add their Gymnastic Skill dice to the REA+INI defence ...
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How does Vivification work? How much karma do I have to spend to make a spell permanent?

I'm new to this game. I was wondering if I can make an Armor Spell become permanent with the Initiation ability called Vivification. If I can, how much karma is needed for that?
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How an Inhabiting Flesh-Form Spirit Ally would improve its vessels skills?

In my previous question What Attributes does a Flesh Form Inhabitating Spirit Ally have? the answer was that the SA would "inherit" so to speak, the vessel's memories, attributes and skills and that ...
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How to safely/properly use Tarot Summoning?

I'm a beginner at Shadowrun but I quite liked the Fifth World Tarot. But how do I actually use it effectively? The whole Tarot Summoning seems to be geared toward repeatedly drawing cards, but ...
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What is the necessary order of SR4/5 Seattle Missions and adventures?

Season 4 of Missions takes place in Seattle, and there are a number of common themes among those adventures. Some SR5 adventures seem to share or follow-up on some of those themes. Obviously it would ...
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Is there a mechanical benefit to playing an aspect mage?

An aspect mage can only cast spells or rituals or summon ghosts, also he or she can't travel in the astral realm. Did I miss a benefit for choosing a limited mage?
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