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Questions tagged [unconscious]

Unable to move or act, often at the mercy of another entity

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Does the Catnap spell affect people that are already unconscious?

Does the Catnap spell affect people that are already unconscious? An example: The trusty fighter fights and takes damage, and is reduced to 0 hitpoints. The wizard kills the bad guy(s), and ...
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Does a petrified creature stay conscious (and mentally sane)?

The next dungeon my party visits will contain some strange statues. Most of them are just Stone Golems, which will attack them. But near the end of the dungeon, the party will discover that one of the ...
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How to resolve Burning Hands with a Dying Ally

Playing the D&D 5e starter set, the rogue had been knocked prone by the wolves in the Goblin Cave and had two wolves within melee range over her 0hp body. I ruled that, as she was prone, the ...
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Is the Spirit Troll unable to be knocked out unless it doesn't regenerate?

So I've seen some rules referencing that whenever a creature drops to 0 HP it is either knocked unconscious (and starts making death saving throws, unless it's already stable) or it dies outright. ...
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What balance issues would arise from a house rule imposing a saving throw versus exhaustion after a PC falls unconscious?

In my last campaign, some combat encounters got pretty ridiculous, mainly due to some player characters falling unconscious and getting back up every turn. I remember one combat encounter in ...
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What happens when a PC drops to 0 HP outside of combat?

All similar questions I've found are concerned with what happens if combat ends while there is an unconscious PC, but I can't find any rules regarding what happens if someone drops to 0 HP while the ...
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Is there anything I should be wary of introducing this rule for unconsciousness into my games?

3.5 is pretty lethal, and I always felt it was a little weird that a sorcerer was unconscious for the same amount of time before dying as a barbarian. So I've been tinkering with the following house ...
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If you fail a Pseudodragon's save by 5 or more, are you also Poisoned?

The Pseudodragon's Sting attack says: the target must succeed on a DC 11 Constitution saving throw or become poisoned for 1 hour. It's worth noting that no additional save is permitted. ...
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What kind of check/action is looting from unconscious creatures?

My ally and I are in combat, he is unconscious and (per an agreement made before passing out) wants me to pick up his most valuable things (a pearl, some gold, ink, his spellbook and a spell scroll). ...
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Can an AoE spell crit an unconscious creature?

To give an example, if a PC was knocked unconscious and someone was to throw a fireball at them, they would automatically fail the Dex Saving throw and take full damage. If the spell caster was ...
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How to determine when opponents attack unconscious player characters?

As a GM, how can I tell what monsters will keep attacking unconscious PCs? I am especially wondering what happens if a party all become unconscious during combat (that is, their HP all got reduced to ...
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Administering a Goodberry

Potion of Healing (DMG, page 187): You regain hit points when you drink this potion. Potions (DMG, page 139): Drinking or administering a potion to another character requires an action. As ...
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Does Evasion allow half damage even when unconscious?

Evasion is a class feature gained by Rogues and Monks at level 7: At 7th level, your instinctive agility lets you dodge out of the way of certain area effects, such as a blue dragon’s lightning ...
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What happens to a unconscious character with a held touch spell and someone touches them?

My spellcaster was brought down while they had a held touch spell. This means that they are now laying on the ground, out cold, with a held touch spell that should still be active. If the touch spell ...
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Can you heal yourself while you are at 0 HP?

I just found this question and I find it very interesting, but it's about D&D 3e. I want to know if this still applies in D&D 5e. I'll quote the question: If my understanding of the rules ...
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When rolling a 20 for a Death Saving Throw, can you move and take Actions that turn?

My intrepid adventuring character has been attacked, and the damage reduced him to 0 hit points and falls unconscious. On his next turn, he rolls a Death Saving Throw, and gets everybody's favorite ...
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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 you knock a Banshee unconscious?

In our campaign I am attempting to garner information about a spellbook from a Banshee. I've had some suggestions from NPCs to beguile it, but trying to cover all my bases, I wondered if I could knock ...
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Is acid splash automatically a critical hit against an unconscious creature?

For Critical hits, the PHB states When you score a critical hit, you get to roll extra dice for the attack's damage... for acid splash ... A target must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw... ...
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Condition Immunity to Unconscious

There is a very similar question here, but it is asked and answered using 4e rules. In 5e, Elementals all have the Condition Immunity to the Unconscious condition. We have been playing it that it ...
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Does an unconscious creature still use its dexterity to avoid attacks?

Related - How does one dispatch a helpless opponent? Here's the unconscious condition description: Unconscious An unconscious creature is Incapacitated, can't move or speak, and is unaware of ...
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How many actions in combat does PC have while opponents under sleep spell?

Scenario: one PC vs a group of opponents PC wins initiative and goes first. He casts sleep and all opponents go to sleep (assuming all conditions of sleep spell are met). Sleep says it lasts one ...
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Do PCs roll saves for pre-existing effects while Unconscious?

Inspired by this question about Frightened. According to Appendix A: Conditions (SRD p. 192), A condition lasts either until it is countered (the prone condition is countered by standing up, for ...
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Does frightened condition end when you hit 0 HP?

I was running a game where a Sea Hag frightened a couple of my PCs. In a subsequent round, the Hag used her Death Glare, and a PC dropped to 0 HP. Almost immediately, our cleric cast Spare the Dying ...
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Can you polymorph a 0hp unconcious creature to wake it up?

Polymorph mentions the creature assumes the new form's hp. As long as that hp doesn't hit 0 hp the creature doesn't revert. But it doesn't state that you can't polymorph a creature at 0hp. As such, ...
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What can leave PCs in a perpetual unageing unconscious state?

As a GM I'm planning on a surprise for my players where their PCs are 'defeated' in their encounter with the Big Bad in a way that means they end up in 'stasis' for many years to when the Big Bad has ...
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Does Death Strike apply to unconscious creatures?

A 17th level Assassin Rogue has an ability called Death Strike (PHB, pg. 97) which applies when you attack and hit a surprised creature. An unconscious creature (PHB pg. 292, emphasis mine): is ...
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Do magic objects carried by a character keep working when unconscious?

We have lost a character in a battle in a strange way. He was wearing the: Slippers of Spider Climbing Wondrous item, uncommon (requires attunement) While you wear these light shoes, you ...
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Can a Wild Magic Sorcerer use Tides of Chaos while unconscious at 0 Hit Points?

In the course of an answer to this question about ways to gain advantage on death saving throws, the following was proposed to gain advantage on a death saving throw: Alternatively, you could be ...
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Can an unconscious person drink a potion?

PHB 153 reads: Potion of Healing. A character who drinks the magical red fluid in this vial regains 2d4 + 2 hit points. Drinking or administering a potion takes an action. By my interpretation,...
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Can unconscious characters be willing?

This situation came up last week during our session. The party was facing a pretty difficult mob of enemies and one of the party members was knocked unconscious. Seeing the situation worsening, one of ...
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Does a PC who was KO'd earn experience for that combat?

A friend of mine's character just died, and as we chatted he lamented all the bad luck he had over the course of the campaign. One thing that stuck out (other than his death being at the hands of a ...
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Does the “Sleep” spell only affect creatures that are in range at the moment it is cast?

Based on this question (Can the sleep spell wake me up?) I had a question about the mechanics of the sleep spell. I don't currently play D&D, so I'm not too familiar with the rules. However, I ...
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Can the sleep spell wake me up?

Does one notice being affected by the sleep spell? The reason I ask is because I want to ensure someone who is already asleep via natural means will not wake up for the next 60 seconds. To do so, I ...
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Are there other ways of knocking someone out besides bringing them to 0 hit points?

In the PHB it says that if a melee attack you make reduces an enemy to 0 hitpoints, you can chose to knock them out. My question is, is there any way to knock out an enemy with out hurting them to ...
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How would PCs go about knocking out an enemy with weapons?

I have a game running and my PC's are trying to bludgeon an enemy with a sword to capture it. Is this a valid move or do they need to get a bludgeoning weapon from the weapon shop? And what dice do ...
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What happens when a PC is attacked while unconscious in 5e?

Let's say that a character receives a 2-hit multiattack: The first hit reduces the character to 0 HP. Then the monster targets the fallen character with the second hit. Is the accuracy or likelihood ...
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When using Fly and you're knocked out, do you fall?

I was running my game today and came across a situation which got the group into a heated debate. What happened was the witch was flying along using their fly hex 20 feet up in the air and got knocked ...
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Can a zero-HP, unconscious and stable character be woken up prematurely?

Whenever you drop to 0 hp you become unconscious (and are dying). If you manage to stabilize you will wake up in 1d4 hrs with 1 hp. We had a situation where an unconscious character was stablized, ...
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Mage armor and unconscious condition

If I as a wizard cast Mage Armor on my monk friend, then the monk is rendered unconscious by a group of nasty skeletons, will the Mage Armor still be in effect when our lovely cleric heals him and he ...
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What happens to a familiar if the wizard is unconscious?

Reading over the PHB spell entry for familiars, I don't see anything about what happens to the familiar if its "owner" dies or is unconscious. I'm going to assume if the owner dies, the familiar ...
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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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When a wizard is damaged below zero hit points from lethal damage, does he lose the spells that he has prepared?

When a wizard is brought below zero hit points from lethal damage, does he lose the spells that he has prepared? I have always played this way. The 3.5e PHB states under Injury and Death that: A ...
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Enemies knocking players unconscious instead of killing them

In D&D 4th Ed., can a monster choose to knock the player he is killing unconscious instead of killing him, thereby not giving him a chance to roll death saving throws to get back on his own and ...
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Can a stabilized dying player continue to make death saving throws on their turn?

This came up in our game this past week. A character is reduced to negative hit points and is dying. Our Psion uses a conjuration to stabilize the dying character on that character's turn. I ...
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Should a character drop his or her weapon when going unconscious?

Going unconscious DDI does not mention that a creature drops any held items, yet it seems logical to do so. Is this mentioned elsewhere in the rules that I am not aware of? Has WoTC ruled on this ...
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Can Soul Feast be used when unconscious?

The Hexblade Soul Feast utility power allows you to gain temporary hit points when an adjacent enemy dies. Trigger: You reduce an enemy to 0 hit points, or an enemy adjacent to you drops to 0 hit ...
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When a creature is hit with the Wizard's Sleep, do they also have to save against the initial slow effect?

The Wizard Level 1 Daily spell Sleep says: Hit: The target is slowed (save ends). If the target fails its first saving throw against this power, the target becomes unconscious (save ends). ...
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Can an unconscious character use a healing surge?

Can an unconscious character use an action (like second wind or a healing power) to spend a healing surge? Can an unconscious character spend a healing surge due to some external effect?