Questions tagged [traps]

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

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How do I manage a player who is handling traps by metagaming?

I have a high-hitpoint character who barges down hallways without regard to traps because that's what His Guy would do. In reality, he's metagaming: doing this because he knows he has the HPs to soak ...
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Resources for Complex Puzzle-Traps

I'm looking for resources for designing complex challenges - something that's not quite a puzzle and not quite a trap, but somewhere in between. There are tons of resources for really complex or off-...
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How many kobolds does it take to dig a Pit Trap?

I did some maths, based on PF SRD for both traps and crafting, and this is what I found : a Pit Trap is a CR-1 trap (but it's a lazy kind of trap, so let's assume, as PF SRD tells us to do, that it ...
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How would a 7th level wizard defend his shop?

So my players have been hired by a wizard to recover 3 copies of a spell he created. Three other wizards have copied the spell into secondary spellbooks (which required them to break a copy-...
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5E Trap/Ambush/Stealth Mechanics VS Passive Perception Confusion

I thought I knew, at first, how passive perception versus hidden/invisible creatures and/or well laid traps worked. I have a group of level 2 adventurers that are about to come upon their first trap ...
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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 ...
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Traps specifically for Smart characters

Does anyone have examples or suggestions on creating traps that are harder for Smart (High INT/WIS) characters? Example: My NPC necromancer has set up his lair. In his arrogance he believes that ...
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How can I secretly notate which squares on a combat map are traps?

The party has ventured underground. One of the civilizations where they are is kobolds. I (GM) went trigger-happy with pit traps, falling block traps, and a couple of others. The kobolds have one path ...
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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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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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Can any character 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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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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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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How does one stop the rogue from trap checking every five feet

In our fourth edition game, our party's rogue has gained the habit of checking for traps whenever he moves anywhere. I find this annoying, not only because it stops traps from ever coming into effect,...
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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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In Moldvay's Basic D&D, should the Thief roll twice to find a trap?

In Basic D&D, the default way to find a trap is to roll 1d6 and if you get 1 you find it. But thieves have a special % of finding it: e.g., a first level thief has 10%. Should we roll this % ...
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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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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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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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How to keep the consequences of a player's actions a secret?

How can I make sure that a certain action of a player causes something to happen to the other players without the first player knowing it? For example: The player wakes up trapped in a coffin under ...
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Does Detect Magic allow players to find magical traps without a perception check?

Consider the following scenario: The party enters a room that appears to be a dead end, but in fact has a secret door with a magical trap on it. While standing in the room, a member of the party casts ...
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Koschbasalt / Blaubasalt vs. Magic Traps

I hope there are even Das Schwarze Auge/The Dark Eye players around here... Is it possible to neutralize magic traps (traps created by applicatus or similar spells, not arcanovi) using Koschbasalt ...
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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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What is the meaning of “/×3” in traps' damage?

In the GM book in the Pathfinder Beginner Box there are traps definitions, and some of them (for example the arrow trap) have a damage expressed like 1d8+1/×3. What's the meaning of “/×3” part? My ...
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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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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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At what point does a trap on a lock spring?

So a thief finds a chest which is trapped and locked (though he knows neither of these things at this point). He fails his find traps roll and assumes / risks that it's not trapped. At what point ...
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Does finding and removing a trap require one or two find/remove traps rolls?

Most of the question's above. I shall be running a campaign tomorrow where thieves and traps may have a higher profile than usual, and it occurred to me to wonder whether the thief skill of "find/...
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Can you use thieves' tools to construct locks and traps, or do you need heavier tools? [duplicate]

So in D&D 5th edition, one can make a character with a background, e.g. a guild artisan who does locksmithing. Obviously a locksmith is very good at picking locks, even if he has no levels in the ...
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Can anyone search for traps?

I'm curious as to whether any character can search for traps, or only someone with an ability like the rogue's trapfinding ability.
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What is the weight of a laden adventurer?

There are a number of weight-based traps in the Starter Set's adventure, so when running the game I'll need to know the weights of the player characters. I was planning on getting them to do a quick ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does exploration movement rate in Basic D&D (B/X) include trap/secret-door detection?

In the Basic Rulebook for D&D, on page B19, it states that characters can move 120' in a dungeon per turn (10 minutes). Later it states that this movement assumes players are mapping carefully, ...
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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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What are the rules for crafting traps that don't cost anything?

In D&D 3.5, crafting time is linked to the cost of the item created. But how is it handled when the item doesn't have a cost? Example: a group of PCs want to build a camouflaged pit trap to kill ...
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Inhaled poison and water breathing

Say you were a clever villain holed up in a dungeon where the only obvious way of entering was to swim quite some distance under water. Not to be put off by such obstacles, the heroes simply spend ...
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Remotely Disabling Traps — do I have to disable Disable Device to allow this?

How does D&D 3.5e handle the case where the means of bypassing or disabling a trap is located somewhere other than the trapped door/lock/...? For instance, take an electricity-based trap (such as ...
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Why is there such a big cost difference between Trap Crafting and a simple Bear Trap?

Trap crafting rules: The cost of a mechanical trap is 1,000 gp × the trap's Challenge Rating. If the trap uses spells in its trigger or reset, add those costs separately. If the trap cannot be ...
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What options exist for player-controlled traps?

I have a player looking to design a character whose previous profession of trapping heavily influences their adventuring style. What features, items, spells, or other player resources would allow them ...
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What is the right way to GM magical trap detection?

I'm trying to understand the rules of perceiving magical traps, but I remain confused on some finer points. Let's say the PCs will encounter a Symbol of Weakness trap. The trap is on a door, and is ...
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How can I scale traps in a published adventure for a larger party?

I'm about to start DMing for a group of 7, mostly new to Pathfinder. I myself have not DMed Pathfinder before, and haven't played it recently. We'll be going through the Mummy's Mask adventure path, ...
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Can someone explain haunts to me?

It seems like haunts are just souped up traps. My problem is according to the book, they have some ridiculous requirements for getting rid of them. How would my party even know the very specific ...