Questions tagged [temporary-hit-points]

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Do I lose the benefit of the Spores druid's Symbiotic Entity feature if I gain Temporary Hit Points from a different source?

The Circle of Spores druid's 2nd-level ability Symbiotic Entity reads as follows: As an action, you can expend a use of your Wild Shape feature to awaken those spores, rather than transforming into a ...
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Can the temporary HPs provided by Symbiotic Entity last longer than 10 minutes?

The Circle of Spores Druid gets the level 2 feature Symbiotic Entity, which does the following: As an action, you can expend a use of your Wild Shape feature to awaken those spores, rather than ...
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The UA Mage of Lorehold's Ancient Companion (Healer) has the Healer's Light action; do those temp HP remain if you bond to a different spirit type?

In the UA of Mages of Strixhaven, the Mage of Lorehold's Ancient Companion feature lets you bond to a spirit when you finish a short or long rest, choosing Healer, Sage, or Warrior. If Healer is ...
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If you lose all Temporary HP from the Tenser's Transformation spell, does the spell end?

If you lose all Temporary HP from the Tenser's Transformation spell, does the spell end? I played a game where I used an item that has the effects of the Tenser's Transformation spell. I know the ...
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How does the temp HP from the Conjuration wizard's Durable Summons feature interact with the Find Familiar spell?

The description of the find familiar spell states (emphasis mine): You gain the service of a familiar, a spirit that takes an animal form you choose. [...] [...] As an action, you can temporarily ...
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Can a warlock with the Undead patron use their Form of Dread feature again while it is already active?

The Undead warlock patron option found in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft includes the following text in the description of its level 1 feature "Form of Dread": You manifest an aspect of ...
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Can any effect in the game prevent gaining temporary hit points?

Certain effects in the game, such as the Chill Touch spell, prevent (re)gaining hit points : On a hit, the target [...] can't regain hit points until the start of your next turn. But can any effect ...
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Artificer Eldritch Cannon Protector temp hit points and Wildshape

I'm trying to understand how wild shape interacts with the temp hit points provided by eldritch cannon's protector feature. Here is the scenario: Artificer puts out eldritch cannon and gives temp hit ...
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Do I still gain temporary HP if the target of a Sword of Life Stealing is reduced to 0 HP even before the necrotic damage is applied?

The entry for sword of life stealing says: When you attack a creature with this magic weapon and roll a 20 on the attack roll, that target takes an extra 10 necrotic damage if it isn't a construct or ...
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How long do the temporary HP gained from the Aberrant Dragonmark feat last?

The Aberrant Dragonmark feat states (E:RftLW, p. 52; WGtE, p. 112): [...] choose a 1st-level spell from the sorcerer spell list. You learn that spell and can cast it through your mark. [...] When you ...
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What spell, magic item, racial, or class ability will give you the most temporary HP?

I was wondering, using only the official hardcover books (no UA or 3rd party), what is temporary HP cap at lv 20? class, playable race, feats, non-legendary magic items, and spells allowed. You can ...
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How can I balance this purposefully weak player character?

I'm DMing a 6 person campaign in 5E and one of my players made a Warlock that is dreadfully sick, but is bolstered by the Undying Warlock patron. How can I balance giving him mostly temporary ...
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Do the temporary hit points I get each turn from the UA Order of the Immortal Mystic's Psionic Resilience feature stack?

Right now I am playing a Mystic (UA), and I have chosen the Order of the Immortal as my discipline. The Psionic Resilience subclass feature gives me temporary hit points equal to my Int mod at the ...
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How are the hit points of the hound determined for the Shadow Magic sorcerer's Hound of Ill Omen feature?

How are the hit points of the hound determined for the Shadow Magic sorcerer's Hound of Ill Omen feature (XGtE, p. 51)? I have read over the feature several times now, and I have a question. Here ...
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What happens when recasting Fiendish Vigor after losing temporary hit points?

A D&D 5e warlock takes the Fiendish Vigor invocation. Lets say the warlock gains 8 temp hp from Fiendish Vigor. Within the next hour takes 8 damage. Then the warlock uses Fiendish Vigor for 5 ...
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How does the Myrmidon archetype's Field Bandage utility trick work?

The grit option Field Bandage of the myrmidon archetype has this wording that eludes me (emphasys mine). I have been looking for errata but I have found none on this matter. Field Bandage: [...] ...
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Can spent hit die give a character hit points beyond their maximum?

In D&D 5e can hit die spent during a short rest increase a character's hit points beyond their maximum number of hit points, thus giving then temporary hit points? Example: Jed the 2nd level ...
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How long does the temporary HP from the Circle of the Shepherd druid's Bear Spirit Totem last?

The Circle of the Shepherd druid's Spirit Totem feature lets the druid summon a spirit that creates an aura with a certain effect. One option for the type of spirit is the Bear Spirit (XGtE, p. 23): ...
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Which absorbs damage first: temporary hit points or Arcane Ward?

Suppose I am an abjuration wizard with 3 temporary hit points and 5 hit points on my Arcane Ward. If I take damage, which hit points absorb damage first? For example, what will be my status after ...
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Can an Unseen Servant benefit from the Inspiring Leader feat?

Say a fighter with the Inspiring Leader feat is inspiring his companions, and the wizard's unseen servant is listening while doing their laundry. Does the servant feel inspired (i.e. gain temp hp)?
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Can I regain some of my normal hit points while I have a buffer of temporary hit points?

If my character has 50 hp, loses 20 hp, and I then cast a 25 thp armor of agathys, what happens if I'm using something like Grim Harvest, Vampiric Touch or Enervation, each of which restore normal hp? ...
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Do animals summoned by the Conjure Animals spell get extra HP from the Circle of the Shepherd druid's Bear Spirit Totem?

Do animals summoned by the conjure animals spell get extra HP from the Circle of the Shepherd druid's Bear Spirit Totem? This came up last game and seems very powerful. A 5th-level druid gives each ...
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Do temporary hit points from the Heroism spell keep a troll alive?

The Troll's Regeneration feature states: The troll regains 10 hit points at the start of its turn. If the troll takes acid or fire damage, this trait doesn't function at the start of the troll's ...
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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 while you ...
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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 the Long Death monk's Touch of Death feature let you stack up temporary hit points?

I'm building a ghostwise halfling monk of the Way of the Long Death, and was thinking about the 3rd-level Touch of Death feature (SCAG, p. 130): When you reduce a creature within 5 feet of you to 0 ...
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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 "...
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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 plus ...
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What is the duration of the temporary hit points granted by the Fiend-patron warlock's Dark One's Blessing feature?

What is the duration of the temporary hit points granted by the Fiend-patron warlock's Dark One's Blessing feature?
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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 ...