Questions tagged [simultaneous-effects]

For questions about effects that occur or are triggered simultaneously (or nearly simultaneously) in RPGs, and how to resolve questions about the order in which they occur.

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Is the additional effect of Radiance of the Dawn dependent on the first effect?

The Light Domain Cleric Channel Divinity: Radiance of the Dawn has two effects: As an action, you present your holy symbol, and any magical darkness within 30 feet of you is dispelled. ...
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How do you handle simultaneous damage when one type is absorbed and not the other?

Say a wizard sees something a group of large figures lumbering towards him/her. The wizard is overly paranoid about being outnumbered so they drop a Meteor Swarm spell on them. However, it turns out ...
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True Polymorph, Dragon Change Shape, and True Sight interaction

So what happens if one of my PC's casts True Polymorph to turn into an adult gold dragon, concentrates on the spell for the full hour to make it permanent, then uses the the dragons Change Shape ...
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If two Lore Bards used the Cutting Words feature on an ability check or attack, would they stack?

Let's say the party had two Lore Bards, and both used Cutting Words on a creature who tried to attack. Does that stack, since they are separate penalties and not enduring effects (like bless)? Or ...
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Are getting hit and taking damage simultaneous events?

I'm unsure whether getting hit and taking damage happen at the same or different times. The armor of Agathys spell is an example of when this doesn't matter as it states: If a creature hits you ...
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What comes first: A Berserker Barbarian's Retaliation attack or a Concentration Check?

Let us assume there is a Berserker Barbarian who is currently concentrating on a smite spell such as wrathful smite. Because they are concentrating on a spell the following applies: Whenever you ...
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How can the Color Spray spell blind creatures without killing them first? [duplicate]

For a creature to be affected by Color Spray, their hit points must be equal to or less than the remaining total of points accumulated from the Color Spray dice rolls. However, if the creature's hit ...
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Does downing a character at the start of its turn require an immediate Death Saving Throw?

Say a Player Character (PC) with low HP is in a Cloudkill: When a creature enters the spell's area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, that creature must make a Constitution ...
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For the UA Sea Sorcerer's Curse of the Sea feature, can you apply the curse and trigger its effect using the same cantrip?

So I will be playing a Sea Sorcerer (from Unearthed Arcana: Sorcerer) soon and wanted to clear up exactly how the Curse of the Sea feature works. If I use a cantrip to apply the curse can I then ...
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If the same attack that causes a druid to revert from Wild Shape also reduces their maximum HP, what happens?

I am aware of Jeremy Crawford's ruling that maximum HP reduction applied to a Wild Shape form does not apply to the druid's true form when Wild Shape reverts. However, this doesn't answer the question ...
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What happens when two opposing instances of Bend Luck are applied to the same roll by multiple Wild Magic sorcerers?

Wild Magic sorcerers get the Bend Luck feature at 6th level (PHB, p. 103): Starting at 6th level, you have the ability to twist fate using your wild magic. When another creature you can see makes ...
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Can more than one instance of Bend Luck be applied to the same roll by multiple Wild Magic sorcerers?

Wild Magic sorcerers get the Bend Luck feature at 6th level (PHB, p. 103): Starting at 6th level, you have the ability to twist fate using your wild magic. When another creature you can see makes ...
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Do Temp HP effects stack if both occur simultaneously?

So, I have a player who through some multiclassing and the like, gained two abilities that both said that when he kills someone he gains temporary HP equal to half his level + his Charisma mod. Does ...
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Can you apply multiple on-hit effects and if you can, who decides the order they're applied in?

I'm thinking of making a character who is multiclassed into both Pact of the Blade Warlock as well as Arcane Archer that uses a bow as their pact weapon. If you apply the warlock invocation Eldritch ...
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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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When a creature is hit with more than one fireball simultaneously, do they take damage from all of them?

Say a creature walks through a door and triggers two spell glyphs from two glyph of warding spells that are programmed to cast a fireball at the creature that walks through the door. Both glyphs are ...
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Dueling Portents

I have a player with a Divination School Wizard. He has used his Portent ability upon the Big Bad several times to great effect. My Big Bad is a smart person however, and is seeking to hire a rival ...
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How to resolve multiple 'start of turn' triggers

There exist multiple spells/effects/mechanics that can trigger on the start of a character's turn. How in general should a DM rule the ordering, in cases where the order will matter? As an example: ...
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Dissonant Whispers and Misty Escape: Which reaction effect happens?

The effect of the warlock's Misty Escape feature is that when the warlock takes damage she can use her reaction to teleport away to a location of her choosing within range. The effect of failing a ...
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What order do Opportunity Attacks that trigger simultaneously happen in?

In a game I am playing my GM decided that OAs happen in arbitrary order of the person doing the attack, instead of all at the same time — the order isn't even in the order of initiative. I was under ...
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Order of effects for Slow Natural Healing variant

The following is what happens to hit points and hit dice at the end of a long rest (PHB p. 186): At the end of a long rest, a character regains all lost hit points. The character also regains spent ...
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What happens if multiple effects could be resolved upon being targeted with an attack?

In what order do effects that trigger "when a creature targets you with an attack" happen? In this specific case, I was looking at the interaction between the Undying warlock among the dead feature ...
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How are simultaneously-triggered Readied actions resolved?

Concerning the following scenario: On her turn of the combat round, Alice readies an action to attack Bob as soon as he's within her weapon's reach. On his subsequent turn in the same round, Bob ...
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What happens if the effects of two different damage types contradict each other?

A flesh golem has the extraordinary ability immunity to magic, which says that A flesh golem is immune to any spell or spell-like ability that allows spell resistance. In addition, certain spells ...