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Does 5e follow the Primary Source rule?

In D&D 3.5, there exists a hierarchy of sources as a rules concept so that if something in one text contradicts a passage in another one of the sources may officially take precedence. An ...
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How does moving a grappled creature work?

Only relevant rule as far as I can tell (pg. 195). Moving a Grappled Creature. When you move, you can drag or carry the grappled creature with you, but your speed is halved, unless the creature is ...
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Do the cool-downs of the Invisible Fist monk alternate class features start when the ability begins, or when it ends?

Invisible Fist (Exemplars of Evil, p. 21) is a fantastic pair of monk alternate class features, and a pretty good justification for taking 9 levels of monk in a ninja-like character. The 2nd level ...
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how many oppritunity attacks can you make per turn before becoming exhausted 5e? [on hold]

I am not a new Dm! I started with the Starter set by Gary Gygax in the mid 70's. 5e says you can make an opportunity attack when some pc/creature leaves/moves out of your zone of control. So if this ...
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Is Tales of Old an official bard ability?

It’s my second time playing D&D and I’m playing a bard this time around, so I’ve been doing some research on the class. I don't have the Player’s Handbook yet, so I do all of my research on ...
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Do thrown breakable items (like oil flasks) do damage when they hit?

Some items, specifically acid vials, alchemist's fire, holy water, and oil flasks, allow you to throw them at enemies for various effects. To do this, you make a ranged attack, treating the object as ...
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Two-Weapon Fighting, Mobility, and attacks [duplicate]

A character with two weapons wants to attack big enemy B, but smaller enemy A is in the way and will get an attack of opportunity. The player with Mobility (When you make a melee attack against a ...
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Can firbolgs cast their racial Detect Magic spell as a ritual?

Firbolgs get the Firbolg Magic trait (VGtM, p. 107), which lets them cast Detect Magic. Normally, Detect Magic is able to be cast as a ritual. Can this version be cast by a Druid as a ritual, or can ...
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Could Strahd do anything with a key to Sigil that would allow him to escape Barovia?

I am DMing the Curse of Strahd adventure. My players' party is a silver dragonborn fighter, a high elf cleric and a tiefling druid. He brought the fighter to Barovia because he's the last living ...
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When is the Circle of Dreams druid's Walker in Dreams feature used?

The Druid Circle of Dreams gives, at 14th level, the Walker in Dreams feature (XGtE, p. 23). I'm unsure about when it is used. It states, "when you finish a short rest" and "once you use this feature, ...
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Can a cleric be non-religious? [duplicate]

I’m planning to DM a game of DnD5e soon using the Dragon of Icespire peak and the Essentials Kit. This is for all of us as first time players. One of the players is interested in rolling an elven ...
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How much water can a ship take on before sinking?

My players are currently in a naval battle. The wizard used Disintegrate on the enemy warship's hull and now water is getting inside the ship. I remember reading something about that in the Ghosts of ...
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Do rogues get extra damage from Trickery if the boon is canceled out?

In Shadow of the Demon Lord, the rogue's Trickery feature reads: Once per round, you can make an attack roll or challenge roll with 1 boon. If you attack with 1 boon from this talent, your attack ...
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What exactly is the scope of Wish?

So I've been looking at various questions about the spell "Wish" on this site, and I'm seeing a lot of people respond with the list of things wish can do reliably from the player's handbook, and ...
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How can a vampire kill a ghost or something connected to the Umbral world?

I am playing with my friends a combined version of Vampire. In that world there are some werewolves, ghosts, and other creatures. I have a mission to make some people stop believing in ghosts and make ...
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Research on the effects of playing sexist or other -ist roleplaying games [on hold]

There exist several studies that reveal sexist, ableist, racist, etc. tropes in this or that roleplaying game. (See the bottom of the post for some references.) How does playing such games affect the ...
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Can hags cast spells through a hag eye?

Can hags cast spells through a hag eye? I realize you need line of sight for spells, as pointed out in questions about using scrying for targeting, but I think one could argue that the eye itself ...
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When does the Endure Sunlight feat's benefit reset?

Let's say a vampire with the Endure Sunlight feat is fighting another vampire without that feat, and has a way of creating sunlight that can be turned on/off easily. (In the situation that came up in-...
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Can an arcane trickster use a scroll of find familiar [duplicate]

Can an arcane trickster use scrolls of find familiar? According to Xanathar's Guide To Everything, page 133, a wizard proficient in arcana with the spell known and prepared with the required ...
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Is it possible for a shaman to interact with their spirit?

The shaman's Spirit feature says: A shaman forms a mystical bond with the spirits of the world. She forms a lasting bond with a single spirit, which grants a number of abilities and defines many of ...
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Should PCs receive magic equipment or sellable treasure as rewards?

My group recently finished playing through the Tomb of Annihilation published adventure. It was most of our players' first time with 5e (including mine), and one of the differences I noticed compared ...
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Which of these two feats best supports my Cleric / Druid multiclass character? [on hold]

I have a character that I have created with DnDBeyond. The Character is currently a level 3 circle of the moon Druid and Level 1 disciple of life Cleric. I'm our party's healer so I have tried to ...
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According to the Rules Compendium, can I charge through a square that would hamper my movement as long as it isn't difficult terrain?

According to the Rules Compendium, can I charge through a square that would hamper my movement as long as it isn't difficult terrain? Under "Initiating a Charge" (p. 27), it says: If you don’t ...
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Making a Tank character [on hold]

I am in a 3.5e campaign and I am working on putting together a dragonborn knight that has really high defense, health, and can also buff adjacent allies. What should I look at for feats? All books ...
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If you use the Still Spell metamagic feat to cast the Fireball spell, do you still have to aim with your finger?

The description for Fireball says You point your finger and determine the range (distance and height) at which the fireball is to burst. A glowing, pea-sized bead streaks from the pointing digit ...
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What's the difference between a monster that can't speak and a monster that doesn't speak?

In their languages section of stats for some monsters, the wording sometimes says "can't speak" and sometimes says "doesn't speak." What functional difference is there between these two wordings? ...
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How to tackle body parasites

Given that: A party character (human/wereraven gloomstalker ranger) got kidnapped and had an experiment done on her, during which she had six red worms implanted in his body (the worms clung to her ...
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How does the Gloom Stalker ranger's Umbral Sight feature interact with this silent magic dagger?

I'm currently playing a ranger in a 5e module, and have gained a magic dagger that doesn’t make noise when it hits or cuts something. The dagger is The Gloom Stalker ranger's Umbral Sight ...
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If a cleric takes the Ritual Caster feat and picks the wizard list, are they able to scribe rituals that are on both classes' spell lists?

I am playing a cleric. I would like to take the Ritual Caster feat at level 4 to access some wizard spells for utility. Can my cleric spend the material cost to add rituals shared by both classes (...
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If you cast Darkness using sorcery points as a Shadow Magic sorcerer, do you need material components?

Shadow Magic sorcerers at 3rd level gain the spell Darkness, which doesn't count against their spells known. In addition, they can cast it by expending 2 sorcery points. Can you circumvent the need ...
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Are warforged PCs affected by Mirror of Life Trapping and other spells/abilities that don't affect constructs?

Are warforged PCs affected by Mirror of Life Trapping and other spells/abilities that don't affect constructs? I have seen in similar questions that, by intent, they can be healed by cure wounds and ...
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How does a repeating crossbow work?

I recently looked into the D&D 3.5E rules for a repeating crossbow, but I found them a bit confusing. The rules state: As long as it holds bolts, you can reload it by pulling the reloading ...
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How does the Arcane Archer fighter's Piercing Arrow interact with magical ammunition such as +3 arrows?

A +3 arrow loses its magical property once it hits a target, but the description on the Arcane Archer fighter's Piercing Arrow (XGtE, p. 29) says that the target takes damage as if it was hit by the ...
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How can a Mystic circumvent magical fog disrupting line of sight?

One thing I've found frustrating in recent games is that I, as a Mystic (from this UA), need line of sight to many things to be able to use my abilities. Recently, we've encountered. a lot of fog. ...
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How to get a un-creative player to get more into role playing

About six months ago myself and 2 of my friends started showing an interest in D&D. We would see funny memes about the "Murder Hobos" and imagined the funny stuff we could do. I took to it very ...
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How can I help our ranger feel special about her beast companion?

I am not DM, just a player. In our party of newbies we have a (PHB) ranger who just recently got her beast companion (a panther if you're curious). The problem is our party also found a cat with ...
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Are one-shot sessions before the main adventure helpful for a party of new players?

TL;DR: As the DM, I want to prepare my group of newbie friends for the best first experience I can give them. I'm concerned about halts to give explanations ruining the flow of the game and negatively ...
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Which published D&D adventures feature a dungeon with water-based mechanics? [on hold]

I'm looking at designing a water-themed dungeon for use in 5e, along similar lines as Zelda's various Water Temples. I've been looking for any published adventures which already do something similar ...
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Is this statue in Curse of Strahd an easter egg?

I just read this question which made me discover the funny anecdote of The Head of Vecna (Note that apart from the hand and eye artifacts in the DMG, I had never heard of Vecna before). Therefore I ...
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Can you use a Smiting Spell as a normal touch spell?

The Smiting Spell feat from PHB2 lets you transfer a touch spell into a weapon or ammunition and then the next time you attack with the weapon the spell discharges, applying its effects. Can you ...
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Quickened Chill Touch and full attack

Given that, as far as I can understand, the most common interpretation of the spell is that it gives you X charges, and then you are "holding the charge" until you use all the charges to make ...
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Is passive Investigation essentially truesight against illusions?

I have been thinking about this for a few days (since taking the Observant feat specifically) and have now seen my logic backed up in this question. Let's assume a character has 20 passive ...
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How would a police raid on Ju-Ju House work in Masks of Nyarlathotep?

I've just started Masks of Nyarlathotep with a few friends, and they are half-way through the "America" chapter. The best outcome for this part of the campaign, according to the book, would be to ...
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When designing an adventure, how can I ensure a continuous player experience in a setting that's likely to favor TPKs?

I am planning to design a Adventure which has a strong political flavor and is taking place in the Nine Hells. Its gonna be an evil campaign. I plan to let the heroes start at level 15 and require the ...
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Has Rich Burlew ever commented on 5e? [on hold]

I am a big fan of The Order of the Stick by Rich Burlew. I even have some of his books not shown on his website, including Snips, Snails and Dragon Tails, which contains a story which parodies the ...
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How does the spell Warding Bond interact with a shield guardian?

I am wondering how warding bond interacts with a Shield Guardian, as they both lessen damage taken. In particular, what happens if the Shield Guardian casts warding bond on the person wearing the ...
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Looking for the best way to build a kunoichi (female ninja) or kunoichi witch [on hold]

I am bipolar and I would love to play some dnd 5e. I can play every 5 months so I need to build a character that will be able to be the one thing, that is be an effective female ninja (a.k.a. a ...
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Does a cockatrice actually need to land a bite for the initial DC 11 Con saving throw?

According to the cockatrice's statblock on Roll20: The target must succeed on a dc 11 constitution saving throw against being magically petrified On a failed save, the creature begins to turn ...
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Can I pluck a polymorphed creature and keep its feathers? [duplicate]

So this is a question about the polymorph and true polymorph spells. Both spells include in their description an explanation as to what happens to the gear of the target of the polymorph spells ... ...
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Best way for a one armed character to wield guns? [on hold]

My homebrew gunslinger7/sorcerer7 just got his arm cut off during some shenanigans last session. It was awesome. But he almost exclusively uses a revolver, which doesn't say it requires two hands to ...

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