Questions tagged [vulnerability]

For questions pertaining to creatures, player characters, and NPCs being more susceptible to one or more particular damage types in an RPG system.

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Homebrew spell for detecting resistances/vulnerabilities

So, there's this question about how players can learn of a creature's damage vulnerabilities and resistances/immunities; the only answer to date is a Ranger's 3rd level subclass option. I'd like to ...
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What spell or ability lets me detect a creature's resistances/vulnerabilities? [duplicate]

I wonder if there is a spell that, when cast, gives me information about a certain creature, like its vulnerabilities and resistances. For instance, when fighting a Bronze Dragonborn, this spell would ...
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Is there a spell, item, or other game feature that would give my character insight to an enemy's weaknesses and resistance?

When I first heard of True Strike, I originally thought it was quite a powerful cantrip that would allow the castor to sacrifice 1 attack in order to be granted insight into the target's elemental ...
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Does the Grave Cleric's “Path to the Grave” feature replace a creature's damage immunity with vulnerability?

Let's say a creature (like a devil) is normally immune to fire damage. The unfortunate devil is within 30ft of a Grave Cleric and their Sorcerer friend. The Grave Cleric uses their Path to the grave ...
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If a NPC is successful in a saving throw against a type it’s vulnerable against, does it just take what I rolled for damage or would it be halved?

During a D&D campaign, we were fighting a Mummy Lord. It’s vulnerable to fire, so I used Fireball against it. It succeeded on the saving throw to halve the damage. Would it just take whatever ...
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Does Tomb of Levistus overpower (or have any special interaction with) Infernal heritage?

Tomb of Levistus eldritch invocation (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 57): Tomb of Levistus As a reaction when you take damage, you can entomb yourself in ice, which melts away at ...
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If an odd damage roll is halved and then doubled, does it result in the same value as before, or one less?

If an odd damage roll is halved and then doubled, does it result in the same value as before, or one less? Let's say there's a Dust Mephit at full health that was hit by the Fireball spell and made ...
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Is there a way to acquire immunity to ability drain without changing type or gaining a divine rank?

Is there a way to acquire immunity to ability drain without changing type or gaining a divine rank? Assume a humanoid creature type and up to 20 levels. Prefer (in order): Permanent innate ...
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Can someone with vulnerability to necrotic damage benefit from resistance, in regards to the Evocation wizard's Overchannel feature?

Overchannel (Evocation Wizard feature) states that the necrotic damage it deals ignores immunities or resistances to its damage - but something like vulnerabilities would still be applied. If I am ...
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How to balance a monster modification (zombie)?

I am DM'ing a campaign called "Army of the Damned" based on Magic the Gathering: Innistrad in which a horde of zombies is attacking a town. In the 5e Monster Manual, zombies have poison immunity but ...
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Does damage vulnerability affect death saving throws?

I know that a critical hit, which deals double damage, immediately causes an unconscious creature to fail two death saving throws. Vulnerability also causes a creature to take double damage against ...
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How does resistance/vulnerability/immunity interact with carryover damage after reducing Polymorphed (or Wild Shaped) form to 0 HP?

A caster casts polymorph on another creature. Let's say the polymorphed creature has 10 HP in its new form, but takes 30 piercing damage and its current form is reduced to 0 HP. This causes it to ...
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What happens when a creature with vulnerability to a damage type has resistance to the same type imposed on it, or vice versa?

So, let's imagine for a moment that two Fiend-patron Warlocks are fighting. One uses its Fiendish Resilience to get resistance to fire damage, but the other one casts the Hallow spell with the Energy ...
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Do vulnerability and resistance cancel out?

For example, I am vulnerable to fire and have an item that gives resistance to fire. Do the two cancel each other out, or does one supercede the other?
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How do Damage Immunity and Vulnerability work together?

Normally it's unlikely, if not impossible, for this to happen, however I have come across a combo that may cause an issue. If a character has resistance to Necrotic damage and is cursed with ...
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How do Vulnerabilities to Element and Energy Resistance Stack?

So say you have a creature, such as a Gold Dragon, that has vulnerability to cold. And that Gold Dragon, being intelligent, has a Ring of Energy Resistance, Cold, as part of it's treasure and is ...
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What spells or other effects cause weakness to a certain damage type? [closed]

Are there any spells, items, or other effects that cause some form of susceptibility or vulnerability by damage type? I found Elemental Bane from the Elemental Evil companion, which adds an additional ...
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Will I know if my attack is modified by monster vulnerability, resistance or immunity?

In Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition, when my character successfully hits a monster in combat, does the GM have to tell me whether the attack deals the usual amount of damage or not? If the monster has ...
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Do vulnerabilities trigger multiple times when a power deals damage multiple times?

If I hit a vulnerable target with an effect that hits it twice, such as Static Charge or Chromatic Bolt, does it count the damage for vulnerability twice?
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Underground Chemist Rogue Archetype: Is Sneak Attack damage amplified by Energy Vulnerability?

Is the Sneak Attack damage dealt by a splash weapon multiplied by Energy Vulnerability? Underground Chemist is a Rogue archetype which swaps some Rogue abilities with Alchemist ones. Their "Precise ...
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Do vulnerabilities stack?

Do vulnerabilities work like resistances, in that they do not stack, or are they handled differently and can be stacked? For example, if I use a power on an NPC that gives them vulnerable to radiant ...
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Radiant Vulnerability + Vulnerability All + Pervasive Light

We have a morninglord cleric that has sever the source and multiple people in the party have pervasive light... If a creature is given vulnerability 10 to radiant damage and vulnerability 17 to all ...
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Giving a Weapon Bonus Damage Against Specific Monsters, 4e

I would like to have my players contend with a monster that they aren't quite strong enough to defeat. One option available to them after doing some research would be to get certain weapons in order ...
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On-hit vulnerability with damage on the same attack

Say I have an attack which causes damage and vulnerability on hit, until the end of my next turn. (for example Psion's Mind Break). Does the damage from the attack causing vulnerability deal extra ...
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How does Vulnerability interact with multiple instances of bonus damage?

Suppose I have vulnerable 5 fire on a monster and I hit it with a basic melee attack. This melee attack comes with an extra 3 fire damage from Swordmage's Burning Blade, and an extra 1d4 fire damage ...
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Does a close burst attack that only targets 1 creature in the burst trigger burst vulnerability?

In a recent encounter there were creatures with vulnerability to burst attacks. One character used an attack that had the range 'Close Burst 10', and target 'One Creature'. The DM defined this as a ...