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Questions tagged [traps]

This tag is for questions relating to devices designed primarily to unpleasantly surprise and generally damage antagonists.

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What are the options for player characters to create traps?

The ranger and rogue in my game were asking about setting traps in preparation for a battle that was coming. Another player is convinced rogues can make traps because he saw it happen in D&D ...
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If a Gelatinous Cube takes up the entire space of a Pit Trap, what happens when a creature falls into the trap but succeeds on the saving throw?

A player character falls into a 10 foot x 10 foot concealed pit trap, which is 20 feet deep. At the bottom of this pit is a gelatinous cube, which occupies all of the bottom 10 x 10 x 10 (width x ...
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I`m looking for an rpg that make traps awesome [closed]

Traps are a staple of rpg, and yet they sour any modern game really fast. Dnd doesnt handle them well with passive perception, and most player dont want to die in a stupid trap after spending an hour ...
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Are harmful glyphs created by the Symbol spell detectable and/or revealed by the Detect Magic spell?

The symbol spell describes creating a "harmful glyph" on a surface or within an object. This glyph is described as being nearly invisible, requiring an Intelligence (Investigation) check against [...
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Undead tripping an illusory pit trap--how will they react?

My PCs have cast a Silent Image over an open pit trap. There will be undead following them who will trip the trap--only, will the trap really be tripped if the illusion of the floor remains despite a ...
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Can a caster concentrate continuously for as long as the GM allows or is there a game-defined limit?

I enjoy illusion spells as they can be quite potent depending on one's creativity. I want to encourage the use of them in situations like this, but I want to be fair and follow RAW as much as possible....
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Is this Kobold Trap innovation going too far?

I still feel rather new to D&D and had to leave my group for a while. Now I feel fit enough to go back and am creating a character to return with. I have a question regarding innovating on Kobold ...
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What can be used as a one-time switch in a fantasy world? [closed]

I'm GMing a 5e Dungeons and Dragons game, set in a Forgotten Realms-like world. I want the party to enter a room and see something like a lever, that appears to be a reversible mechanism but once ...
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How should I account for traps when calculating the adventuring day budget?

I'm wondering whether a trap should be considered an encounter and how should they be rated in terms of easy/medium/hard/deadly. This is not a question about whether traps should award PCs experience,...
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Should a DM award XP for avoiding or surviving traps?

I just was reading the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure when I noticed that page 21, section "3. Trapped Hall" says: Awarding Experience Points Divide 100 XP equally among the characters if ...
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How can we end the imprisonment spell in Gromph's Outer Sanctum in Out of the Abyss?

Warning, spoilers for Out of the Abyss below. In Out of the Abyss, on pages 206-207, there is a trapped secret door described as follows: Grin (an NPC described on page 162) is a Drow Mage and only ...
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Who gets teleported when a Glyph of Warding with Teleportation in it is triggered?

I am a player in a campaign vs campaign game (players versus players), and was trying to find a way to defend my evil wizard tower. One idea was to create an unavoidable trap to teleport players out ...
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Would a teleporter also teleport a mage hand?

I, the DM, made a trap that when touched, casts teleport on the creature or object that touched it to move them to a new area. The players suspected the trap, and experimented with objects first and ...
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Disbelieving illusions in a room full of traps

So, I would like to alter a room with Mirage Arcana. The plan is to have barbed wire and traps around the room but for the room to be seen as empty. If a player interacts with the wire or a trap they ...
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How do I correctly run this trap from Curse of Strahd [Minor Spoilers]

Here is the description for the trap: Medium-sized creatures occupy a 5 foot square; they cannot occupy the same space per PHB p.191/SRD p.92): You can move through a nonhostile creature’s space......
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Does a character need to be intentionally searching for a trap to be able to find it?

I've been trying to figure out whether a character needs to actively be looking for traps (i.e. spending a move action) in order to be able to find them or she simply gets a reactive check when she ...
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Do Trap Attack Rolls Apply Concealment?

If a mundane trap that makes an attack roll targets a creature who possesses concealment (normal or total), does the miss chance apply to the attack roll? I've ruled in the past that traps ignore ...
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Do traps deal weapon damage?

This is mostly for the sake of blade ward, and other effects, that state: You have resistance against bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage dealt by weapons. However, traps may include things ...
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Can everybody disarm traps?

In D&D 5th edition can any class disarm a trap, or can just the Rogue class do that?
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How can we further “gamify” pit traps? [closed]

In “old school” computer adventure games like LucasFilm Games’ Secret of Monkey Island and the Infocom series which included games like Zork, the adventures were peppered with objects that used in ...
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Searching for traps

I've never played D&D before, but my friends want to try it and I've been appointed DM. A lot I have figured out, but what I don't know how to deal with are situations similar to this: The party ...
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What happens when you try to install a hunting trap on the square of a creature?

If you move to a square adjacent to an enemy creature then attempt to install a hunting trap on the creature's square, what would happen ? 1) you can't do that, as the square is occupied and ...
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Trap that tests flight speed/skill

How can I design a series of traps that test a character's ability to fly quickly through their area? The group I am GMing for will soon be entering the (abandoned) headquarters of a former faction ...
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How to have players save against secret spells and traps

I've been thinking about a method to utilize secret threats without removing player agency. This is especially important for when a character would be forced to make a saving throw by a stealthed ...
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How overpowered would a custom Rune/Glyph of Silence be as a trap?

I was thinking of using a trap against magic users. The idea that I came up with was basically as follows: The victim walks into the trap area (a hallway with a width of Silence's area of effect (...
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What happens when a rogue tries to disarm a trap they couldn't investigate?

Let's say a rogue tries to investigate a trap, then fails. What would happen to them if they then tried to disable that trap? He doesn't understand it completely since he failed his investigation ...
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Hunting Trap used as an Improvised Melee Weapon

Recently I have been toying with a tavern brawler build for a 5e DDAL game, and was looking for a few creative ways to use the feat. Provided an action was taken to set the trap in advance, would it ...
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Do I award experience points for a trap that goes off?

In a recent session my players triggered a trap that they didn't notice; it went off and did damage to most of the party. I've done a rudimentary search through the Pathfinder SRD and couldn't find ...
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Curing trap phobia

My players have developed trap-phobia in my campaign. In a rather simple dungeon I've prepared for them (they are rather new in DnD), they constantly search for traps: ask for Perception roll when in ...
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Why is finding traps so easy at high levels?

After reading through traps a bit, I saw that finding most mundane traps requires just a Perception skill check (DC 20), which means that quite early on anyone skilled in Perception (and especially ...
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Does the Dungeon Delver feat still provide resistance to traps once they're revealed?

As far as traps go, the Dungeon Delver feat provides these benefits (PHB, p. 166, 2nd and 3rd bullets) : You have advantage on saving throws made to avoid or resist traps. You have resistance ...
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What are the CRs for diseases used in traps, and how are they calculated?

Are there guidelines for determining the CR of diseases when they're part of traps? I'm actually interested specifically in Tetanus, but the lack of a clear answer of which I'm aware leads to me to ...
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Is it always a crit when you're hit by a trap while unconscious?

Recently, my PC was brought to 0 hp by a trap—hit by three huge blades erupting from walls and ceiling—, leaving my PC unconscious in the centre of the area of effect. In a bid to rescue my PC, a ...
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Attacking a permanent image

If a player attacks a permanent image set in place as a trap to stall enemies I am assuming the image has an AC of 10+size mod as per the spell major image. If the player succeeds on their attack ...
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What are the stats and rules for a Falling Ceiling Trap?

Preparing a dungeon for my party I have read about the falling ceiling trap in different places. Even in official sources like the Dungeons of Golarion (page 42), they write about the decending ...
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How invulnerable can you make a gate door?

There exists a mighty stronghold on a bountiful greater demiplane. The only way in is through a permanent planar gate on the material plane, around which has been built a great and legendary door. ...
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Surviving Spiked Pit Traps [closed]

In terms of imagining the fiction in-game, how does a character survive being impaled by spikes in a spiked pit trap? Spiked Pit Traps are a classic dungeon trap in fantasy. Like most traps in D&...
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Does sovereign glue work underwater?

I stumbled across an incredibly vicious trap. (Seriously, whoever came up with this, they need help) In the bottom of a well contains water 20 feet deep. At the very bottom of the well, a sword ...
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What is the point of the Find Traps spell?

So you waste a 2nd level spell slot, and discover that there are traps within 120 feet of you (in the visible sector). Under what circumstances would that be of any use? I mean, for starters, you ...
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When is a trap with an automatic reset considered defeated?

Suppose that for whatever reason the trap in question is never disabled, perhaps because there is no rogue or perhaps because no one can find its moving parts due to unlucky Perception rolls. The trap ...
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Why is the Pillar of 1,000 Arrows a CR 2 trap?

Pathfinder Module: Crypt of the Everflame, pg. 15–16: Pillar of 1,000 Arrows Trap: One round after the west door is opened, the trap is sprung and the pillar begins to rotate, firing blunt arrows ...
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How do traps affect encounter design budgets?

When you're designing an encounter and you plan on traps being part of it, how do you calculate the CR of that? Does 5e take that into account some where? Or do I just ignore it and calculate the ...
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Who makes the throw for the duration of a dispel on item?

I read that a way to bypass a magical trap is by doing a dispel on it. If it succeds, it is affected like an item : If the object that you target is a magic item, you make a dispel check against ...
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How do I design traps or dungeon rooms for a party with remote manipulation abilities?

The party that I'm DMing for has access to a lot of remote manipulation abilities, such as mage hand, telekinesis, and familiars. Because they are smart characters and smart players, they have used ...
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How do you figure out a mechanical trap's craft cost?

I was curious about the cost of traps. The cost of a mechanical trap is 1,000 gp × the trap’s Challenge Rating. Is this the crafted cost, or the marketed price to hire someone to build the trap. Is ...
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Why does the standard acid arrow trap do damage for four rounds and not two?

The Pathfinder Acid Arrow trap is CR 3, which makes sense, and does "2d4 acid damage for 4 rounds" ... which doesn't make sense (to me at least). The Acid Arrow spell: deals 2d4 points of acid ...
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Activating and deactivating a lodestone trap

I'm a fairly new GM and in the process of working through a campaign I came across a lodestone trap that is activated when a pressure plate has more than 30 pounds placed on it, which sends out a ...
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How to make traps and puzzles more engaging?

Inspired by the recent UA about Traps I considered making trap/puzzle encounters more common, but I don't know how to solve an issue, which was mentioned in our gaming group. A player mentioned in ...
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Magical traps and thieves' tools

I'm wondering how one would disable magical traps. The spell Find Traps describes that it could find Alarm and Glyph of Warding, which to me makes them traps. But a Glyph of Warding can just be a ...
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Is it appropriate to remove a Dexterity saving throw when a character is in an inescapable position?

So, one of my players simply refuses to use any common sense and acts with suicidal indifference to obvious traps. For example: In front of the PC stands a medium-sized scale statue of a dragon. Deep ...