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Does natural armor stack with unarmored defense?

In D&D 5E, does natural armor stack with Unarmored Defense? We have a level 2 player character who wild shaped into an animal. The player said they could stack its natural armor with Unarmored ...
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Combining various AC-providing clothing and armor

Are there any rules for combining different clothing/armor for providing AC? For example, can an adventurer wear full plate and bracers and get the AC bonus from both? Can an adventurer wear a Cloak ...
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Does the Spirit Guardians spell stack with multiple casters?

Recently played with a group, where 3 of their clerics would cast spirit guardians, claiming monsters in the area had to make 3 wisdom saves for 3d8 damage each, potentially adding up to 9d8 damage ...
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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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If you cast a spell with different effect options twice on the same creature, do multiple castings of the spell stack?

After researching into how spell effects stack, I find some ambiguity regarding certain spells that have multiple possible effects. Notably, this answer regarding stacking spell effects contains ...
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Do features that allow you to add twice your proficiency bonus, under some other name, stack with Expertise?

Do features that allow you to add twice your proficiency bonus, under some other name, stack with Expertise? For instance, dwarves' racial Stonecunning trait, with bards' Expertise as applied to ...
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How are numerical bonuses combined?

Are there explicit rules for combining numerical bonuses in 5th edition, or is it just left implicitly to "common sense"? There are special cases (e.g. damage resistance and vulnerability, ...
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Do multiple sources of temporary hit points combine, or do you only get one set?

Do multiple sources of temporary hit points combine, or do you only get one set? For example, say you cast armor of Agathys and false life on yourself. Do you have two separate pools of temporary hit ...
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Do proficiencies with one thing from multiple different sources stack?

In D&D 5e it is possible for a character to receive proficiency in the same skill, tool, weapon and/or armor more than once via Class, Race, and/or Background. Do any of these proficiencies ...
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What happens when identical overlapping effects have their end-condition met?

The Dungeon Master's Guide errata (direct download) added the "Combining Game Effects" section which states (emphasis mine): Different game features can affect a target at the same time. ...
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Does the extra damage from Booming Blade stack if the spell is cast twice on the same target?

The booming blade spell (Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, p. 142) says: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the ...
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Does the Jump spell stack with the monk's Step of the Wind ki ability?

Inspired by this question, I wonder about the Monk feature (PHB p. 78): Step of the Wind ... Your jump distance is doubled for the turn And the jump spell (PHB p.254): Jump ... the creature's jump ...
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Can I repeatedly Awaken something in order to give it a variety of languages?

So, the Awaken spell must be cast on a beast or plant with int of 3 or less. For beasts, it has the following permanent effect: "The target gains an Intelligence of 10. The target also gains the ...
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Can more than one creature benefit from multiple Hunter's Mark spells cast on the same target?

The Hunter's Mark spell states: You choose a creature you can see within range and mystically mark it as your quarry. Until the spell ends, you deal an extra 1d6 damage to the target whenever you hit ...
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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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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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Do the benefits of Oil of Sharpness stack with those of +X magic ammunition?

Do the benefits of oil of sharpness stack with those of +1/2/3 magic ammunition? I'm really just curious whether these also stack as +X ammo does with a +3 bow, or if there's a point at which things ...
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Can casting the Aid spell stack on the same targets?

When you cast Aid at second level, it buffs three creatures' max HP and current HP by 5 for 8 hours. Can this spell stack, either by casting it multiple times or by having several spell casters cast ...
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Does Damage Reduction Stack In Pathfinder?

I have not been able to find it stated explicitly anywhere but does damage reduction from different sources stack? For example I have a Lycanthropic character who has dr10/silver and I was looking at ...
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Does the Powerful Build trait stack with the benefit to carrying capacity from the Totem Warrior Barbarian's Aspect of the Beast (Bear) feature?

Does the Goliath's carrying capacity increase from its Powerful Build feature stack with the Barbarian's carrying capacity doubling from its Bear Totem feature? For example, would those two together ...
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Do resistances stack?

If a creature had resistance to spells, and then cast fire resistance on it, would it take only 1/4 damage from all fire spells?
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Does a monk's Unarmed Strikes deal 2d4 damage if they have the Tavern Brawler feat?

If a monk gets the tavern brawler feat, does his martial arts damage stack with the 1d4 damage given with tavern brawler? For example: could a 1st level monk deal 2d4 damage with his unarmed strikes ...
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Is there ever a mechanic that causes advantage/disadvantage to stack and cause more than 2d20 to be rolled?

I am new to D&D 5th ed. I have purchased the books but not played in a group. One of the first big things I see is that advantage (or disadvantage) replace most of the die roll modifiers. Is ...
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Does the reach increase of the Eldritch Claw tattoo stack with Fangs of the Fire Snake?

The Eldritch Claw tattoo released in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything includes the Eldritch Maul ability which grants the following benefit: For the duration, each of your melee attacks with a weapon ...
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Do the rules for combining magical effects apply to non-spell effects?

In the chapter on Spellcasting, there is a section called "Combining Magical Effects". However, despite the seeming generality of the title, the text of this section only talks about magical effects ...
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Can you cast Mirror Image twice on successive turns and have 6 duplicates of yourself instead of 3?

Mirror image (PHB, pg. 260) is a spell that has a casting time of 1 action, and a duration of 1 minute. My question is, can you cast Mirror image twice on successive turns, gaining 6 images by turn 2? ...
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Do the penalties from Two Weapon Fighting and its improved version stack?

Does the additional off-hand attack penalty from Improved Two Weapon Fighting stack with that of the off-hand penalty from Two Weapon Fighting? I ask because I am unsure if the -5 penalty for the ...
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Do multiple instances of the Extra Attack feature stack?

The WotC article Unearthed Arcana: Modifying Classes creates the "Favored Soul" sorcerous origin, which grants the the sorcerer the Extra Attack feature at level 6. Say I made Favored Soul ...
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Can I cast Bestow Curse twice at greater than 5th level on the same creature?

Is it possible to cast bestow curse twice on the same target using a spell slot of 5th level or higher (so it doesn't require concentration) to bestow different curses? I can't see anything in the ...
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Are the spells Leomund's Tiny Hut and Tiny Hut considered the same spell for the purposes of combining magical effects?

The Player's Handbook contains the spell Leomund's tiny hut (on p. 255), and the Systems Reference Document contains a version of this spell called tiny hut1. The descriptions of these spells are ...
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Can two mages cast Wall of Fire in the same place?

I've been playing D&D for a long time but I've never encountered this situation until now. If a party has a wizard and a sorceress who both know Wall of Fire, can they cast it in the same place? ...
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What happens when my aasimar Celestial warlock has overlapping class and racial features?

If you are an Aasimar warlock whose otherworldly patron is The Celestial, you will know the light cantrip from both race and class. Additionally, once you reach 6th level in warlock you will have ...
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Can Plant Growth be repeatedly cast on the same area to exponentially increase the yield of harvests there (more than twice)?

I was looking into getting the spell Plant Growth because we work with some agrarian societies in our campaign. If you cast the 8-hour version that enriches plants in a 1 mile radius to double their ...
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Does the same fighting style stack with itself?

Suppose I have a ranger with the style Archery, and I take a one level dip into fighter and also pick Archery. Do I get an additional +4 to my attack rolls, or just +2? More generally, does the same ...
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Do multiple sources of counting as one size larger for carrying capacity stack?

I am currently mocking up a Goliath Barbarian, and was wondering if there is a limit to the amount of sources of "You count as if you were one size larger for the purpose of determining your carrying ...
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Does Aura of Menace from multiple Lantern Archons stack?

Aura of Menace (Su): Any hostile creature within a 20-foot radius of an archon must succeed on a Will save (DC 13) to resist its effects. The save DC is Charisma-based, and includes a +2 racial ...
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Is it possible to double your proficiency bonus twice? [duplicate]

Let's say I'm a multiclass rogue/ranger and I have taken Expertise in survival checks. Now, if a ranger is in their favored terrain it says they double their proficiency bonus in intelligence and ...
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What happens when multiple Heat Metal spells are cast on the same object?

Suppose that the mages Mary and Merry both cast Heat Metal at 2nd level on the metal armor of an enemy fighter, Fred. Both mages use their bonus action on subsequent turns to continue dealing damage ...
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Can I double a single spell attack's range multiple times by taking multiple versions of the Spell Sniper feat?

I was looking at the Player's Handbook and I saw that there are 3 different types for Spell Sniper. Simply put, does choosing all three of them create an 8 times multiplier? For example, say that a ...
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Can green flame blade, slashing flourish, and sweeping maneuver be combined for a massive sweeping attack?

A character with the classes: Rogue(Arcane Trickster) lvl 3, Bard (College of Swords) lvl 4, Fighter (Battle Master) lvl 3, has: Green Flame blade. The Bardic College of Sword's slashing flourish. ...
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Can a caster stack castings of Leomund's Tiny Hut on the exact same area?

RAW, can a caster stack castings of Leomund's tiny hut on the exact same area? As in, when the remaining duration is greater than the casting time, they would ritual-cast it a second time. (The motive ...
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How do you choose active effects when two instances of the same spell/feature overlap?

There are two slightly different rules when it comes to overlapping game features, one from the PHB (post-errata) and one from the DMG (post-errata): PHB: The effects of different spells add ...
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If two Moonbeam spells are placed on a Large creature, does it take damage from both beams on its turn?

If two moonbeam spells are placed on different parts of a size Large (or larger creature), does it take damage from both beams on its turn? Or is this subject to the rule on combining magical effects ...
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If two Ensnaring Strikes affect the same target, does it have to make two saves to be unrestrained?

Say two Rangers shot the same target with ensnaring strike and the target failed its saves on both. The PHB says the effects of the same spell cast multiple times don't combine such as two Clerics ...
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Does the additional attack from the Gloom Stalker ranger's Dread Ambusher feature stack with Extra Attack?

The Gloom Stalker Ranger from Xanathar's Guide to Everything gets the Dread Ambusher feature at level 3, which says (pg. 42): At the start of your first turn of each combat, you walking speed ...
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Do Life Drain attacks from wights stack?

The wight has an attack called Life Drain: Life Drain. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) necrotic damage. The target must succeed on a DC 13 Constitution ...
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Does a potion of growth stack with the Enlarge spell?

If I drink a potion of growth, and a wizard casts enlarge/reduce on me, do they add together as separate effects to give me 2 size increases, or do they simply override each other and give me the ...
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Does everything that eases a task, but is not listed as an asset, stack with other 'untyped' eases?

The rules as interpreted in this question: Is the maximum a task difficulty can be eased 4 without applying Effort? state that you cannot ease a difficulty by more than 2 levels with assets, however ...
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Is it possible to stack the damage done by the Absorb Elements spell?

The absorb elements spell says The spell captures some of the incoming energy, lessening its effect on you and storing it for your next melee attack. You have resistance to the triggering ...
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Do racial bonuses stack?

The SRD states (emphasis mine) that: With the exception of dodge bonuses, most circumstance bonuses, and racial bonuses, only the better bonus works This sentence seems to be missing the bolded ...