Questions tagged [temporary-hit-points]

For questions about a mechanic representing temporary "additional health" featured in some editions of Dungeons & Dragons as a pool separate from one's actual hit points.

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Can a creature targeted by the Glamour bard's Mantle of Inspiration use its reaction to move if it already had temporary hit points previously?

The College of Glamour bard's Mantle of Inspiration feature (XGtE, p. 14) is worded this way: As a bonus action, you can expend one use of your Bardic Inspiration to grant yourself a wondrous ...
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When you take damage that causes bleed but the initial damage only affects temporary HP, do you actually gain the bleed condition?

When you take damage that causes bleed but the initial damage only affects temporary HP, do you actually gain the bleed condition when you haven't lost any HP? I ask because injury poison does not ...
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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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Is there a limit on the temporary hit points of Iron or Ice Golems, or can they potentially have infinite HP?

Certain Golems, and undoubtedly other creatures that are less easy to get on a party's side, are affected by certain magical effects differently than most other creatures. Mainly, the Iron Golem and ...
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Do the temporary hit points from the Battlerager barbarian's Reckless Abandon stack if I make multiple attacks on my turn?

If I'm a Battlerager barbarian (from Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, p. 121) and make 3 attacks on my turn while using Reckless Attack and raging, do I get 5 temporary HP total, or 5 temp HP per ...
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What can a Bard access to grant teammates Temp HP?

I am playing a supportive Bard character whose schtick is that she projects barriers onto other Characters. I am aware that they don't stack. So far I've got Inspiring Leader (Lv4 + Cha4 to 6 allies)...
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What is the number of Temporary HP you get from Wizard's Arcane Ward? [duplicate]

I'm playing D&D 5e as a DM for about a 3-4 sessions now and the math involved in the Wizard's ability Arcane Ward is a little unclear to me. All of my players just reached level 2 and one of the ...
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Are temporary hit points counted when considering total damage? [duplicate]

For some damage like a vampire's bite attack or the harm spell, your maximum HP is reduced based on the damage taken. What happens if some or all of that damage is absorbed by the target's temporary ...
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How do you get temporary hit points?

I'm going to play my first game of D&D soon. How do I get temporary hit points and how many of them do I start with?
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Where are temporary hit points mentioned in the PHB?

Where are temporary hit points mentioned in the PHB? I can't find it in the Player's Handbook.
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Do temporary hit points benefit from resistances?

I'm thinking of going a bruiser warlock, original I know, with some barbarian levels. Think about armor of agathys and rage with this, if I cast the spell and rage do my temporary hp take half damage ...
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How long can the UA Primeval Guardian ranger stay in guardian form, and how much temp HP can they have from the Guardian Soul feature?

So I was just looking through some class ideas when I came across the Primeval Guardian Ranger archetype. Guardian Soul states that you assume a guardian form until you end it or are incapacitated. ...
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Do the temp HP points from a Storm Herald Barbarian's Storm Aura Tundra effect remain when rage ends?

The barbarian archetype Path of the Storm Herald from Xanathar's Guide to Everything has a class feature called Storm Aura (page 10): Storm Aura Starting at 3rd level, you emanate an aura ...
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How does the Life Drain ability of the Wraith and Specter interact with temporary hit points?

Wraiths have the Life Drain action; on a hit, it forces the target to make a Con save to avoid having their max HP reduced: The target must succeed on a DC 14 Constitution saving throw or its hit ...
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What does having temporary HP look like?

I am playing a character who frequently has a pool of temporary HP. Normally when people take damage you can see how they were to how they are to get some idea of how a battle is progressing. But what ...
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Are temporary hp added to normal hp to determine power word spells' effects?

I found in a similar topic for dnd-5e while searching for an answer, and in that game it appears that a creature's temporary hp and its normal hp are not added together for determining the effects of ...
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Do temporary hit points count as part of the HP for resisting certain magical effects?

Temporary hit points in Dungeons & Dragons are a mechanic that allows "a buffer against damage" (PHB 198). There are a few spells of note that can affect a character based on how many hit points ...
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Can a wizard use False Life and Life Transference to heal someone else?

Can Life Transference consume your temporary HP? Last session our only healer (paladin) fell unconcious because he didn't have enough time to cast his healing abilities before he reached 0 HP (he was ...
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Does repeatedly using Touch of Death let you stack up temporary hit points?

I'm building a ghostwise halfling monk of long death and was thinking about the following feature: Touch of Death At 3rd level, when you reduce a creature within 5ft of you to 0 hit points, ...
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Is there anything that can bypass temporary hit points?

I have found a wizard spell from The Book Of Lost Spells, called Soul Shield. In my opinion, it is super overpowered, but my DM has allowed it. The spell says that a wizard can convert their "real" ...
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What is the greatest amount of temporary hit points you can have at once?

Title says it all, what is the greatest amount of temporary hit points a character can have at one time? I think it's 45 from using Armor of Agathys with a 9th level spell slot, but is more possible? ...
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When stabilized, will receiving temporary hit points prevent failed Death Save when hit?

Sequence of events: Arthur has 7 hit points left. Arthur is hit and receives 12 damage. Arthur is becomes unconscious and is dying (0 HP.) Arthur's turn comes around, he rolls a Death Saving Throw ...
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Do Temporary Hit Points confer some form of protection?

I have been thinking that temporary hit points were like virtual health as per: Temporary hit points aren’t actual hit points; they are a buffer against damage, a pool of hit points that protect ...
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Can you gain Temporary Hit Points when unconscious?

If you are at 0HP with max HP of 0, is there any Temporary Hit Point generation mechanic that works? If it does, will you become conscious?
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Can a Vampire bite's HP drain deal extra damage to a creature with temp HP?

Can a Vampire's bite deal extra damage due to temporary hit points absorbing the initial damage? The Vampire's Bite attack contains the following (SRD p. 353): Hit: 7 (1d6 + 4) piercing damage ...
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Do I know how many Temp HP I have if Hit?

I'm in a peculiar 3.5e group where some spells and psionic powers create temporary hit points (Vigor and dragon form spells for example) So if i activate a power or cast a spell that grants a static ...
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Should I just assume that a Warlock with the Fiendish Vigor invocation starts every combat with 8 temporary hp?

Warlocks have access to this invocation: Fiendish Vigor You can cast false life on yourself at will as a 1st-level spell, without expending a spell slot or material components. False Life ...
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Do temporary hit points from heroism accumulate?

The Heroism spell says(PHB, 250): Until the spell ends, the creature is immune to being frightened and gains temporary hit points equal to your spellcasting ability modifier at the start of each of ...
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Does Blade of Blood accept temporary hit points?

If my duskblade has temporary hit points and causes himself 5 hit points of damage using the Blade of Blood spell, would the damage come off the temporary hit points, or his regular hit points?
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What happens to Temporary Hit Points when you Wild Shape?

I have a character that has Inspiring Leader, and I can grant temporary hit points to my team members. We have a Druid in the group that tends to use Wild Shape frequently. When the Druid uses Wild ...
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Can a Simulacrum gain temporary hit points or regenerate an arcane ward?

The simulacrum lacks the ability to learn or become more powerful, so it never increases its level or other abilities, nor can it regain expended spell slots. I'm not certain how I should interpret ...
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How do the temporary HP from Greater Tenacity actually work?

I'm interested in the Bodyguard archetype for my animal companion. Although I'm not high level enough for now, I want a few clarifications on the Greater Tenacity ability, and above all on the ...
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How to obtain lots of temporary hit points?

Most of the spells can grant a few temporary hitpoints, like 10, 20 or 30. Is there any spell granting an ammount of 100 or more? What about psionic powers(along with other variants of psionics, ...
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Temporary hit points gained by Duskblade with Vampiric Touch

Vampiric touch deals 1-6 points of damage per 2 levels, and gives you temporary hit points equal to the damage you deal.(PHB page 298) When a Duskblade channels this spell does he receive temporary ...
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Do multiple sources of Temporary Hit Points combine or do you only get one set? [duplicate]

So I have a question about a warlocks temporary hit points. Say you cast Armor of Agathys and false life. Do you have two separate pools of hit points or do you have to pick one of the two? by ...
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How does Armor of Agathys interact with getting temporary hit points?

The spell Armor of Agathys states: You gain 5 temporary hit points for the duration. If a creature hits you with a melee attack while you have these hit points, the creature takes 5 cold damage. ...
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Is a concentration check required when temporary hit points absorb all the damage?

A spellcaster with 6 temporary hit points is hit for 3 damage. Do they have to make a concentration check?
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Do damage resistance and temp hit points from False Life and the Heavy Armor Master feat stack?

I have a multiclassed cleric/warlock with both the Heavy Armor Master feat and the Eldritch Invocation; Fiendish Vigor (which allows me to cast False Life at-will). The Heavy Armor Master feat (PHB ...
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Are temporary hit points able to make you concious?

Last game a character dropped unconscious with exactly -1 HP. The party's paladin used on his turn 'Beacon of Nobility' to give the unconscious character 5 temporary hit points. The Rules Compendium ...
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Do the Onyx Dog's temporary hit points disappear when the party takes a short rest?

Do the Temporary Hit Points[ddi] granted to an Onyx Dog [ddi] disappear when the party takes a short rest? Power (...
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Does “Grit” give temporary hit points for heals that say “as if you had spent a healing surge?”

My question is about the interaction of a feat called Grit and effects like the daily item power on Dwarven Armor. Grit: When you spend a healing surge to regain hit points, you also gain ...
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Do battlerager fighters gain extra temporary hit points from hitting with invigorating powers?

Battlerager fighters gain temporary hit points from hitting with melee and close attacks, "plus any temporary hit points normally granted by the power" (exact words ...