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Would it harm game balance to allow the Haste action to be used to Ready one of its allowed actions?

Normally, haste grants the following benefit: [The target] gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (one weapon attack only), Dash, Disengage,...
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Is my adaptation of the Battle Master as a Wizard subclass balanced relative to other Wizard subclasses and to the original Battle Master?

Background Motivation I wanted to create a subclass for Wizard that uses an expendable die resource to augment its magic and benefit its allies, similar to how the Battle Master Fighter expends ...
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If you have the Extra Attack feature, can you attack once, then ready your second attack as a grapple/shove?

Say you're a 5th level fighter. You take the regular Attack action on your turn and attack once. Can you then ready your other attack to grapple, instead of attacking on this turn, in case the enemy ...
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How do I tell my Dungeon Master that her custom feat breaks my character?

I found out today that my DM (in a D&D 5e game) made some tweaks to my character's backstory, specifically some of the formative parts of his 'creation'. These changes are on the border of myth ...
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Does damage from something like Armor of Agathys, or an unarmed strike, count as a “damage roll”?

Hexblade's Curse has several bonuses applied to when an enemy suffers a damage roll from you. Does damage from something like Armor of Agathys, or an unarmed strike, count as a "damage roll", despite ...
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What happens when you cast Fog Cloud behind a wall?

I'm puzzled by the "a clear path to the target" rule. To target something, you must have a clear path to it, so it can't be behind total cover. This seems straightforward: you can't target a ...
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How do I introduce refreshment scenes to my players?

I'm about to introduce my friends to the game Lady Blackbird, which I've never played before (PDF link to system). I'm the GM of the upcoming game. The game has a rule allowing a character to have a ...
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Can Bones of the Earth crush creatures?

The 6th level spell "Bones of the Earth" reads as follows: You cause up to six pillars of stone to burst from places on the ground that you can see within range. Each pillar is a cylinder that has ...
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Very generally, what is the difference between an Eldritch Knight and a Sorcerer with a dip into Fighter?

I'm starting a new character in a D&D 5th game soon. The only D&D I've played is before 2nd edition, plus one session playing a sorcerer in (IIRC) D&D 3.5. We're starting at 3rd level, to ...
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What are the balance implications of allowing Forge Clerics to gradually create items worth over 100gp with multiple uses of Artisan's Blessing?

I am currently DM'ing a campaign, in which one of the PCs is a Forge Cleric. Artisan's Blessing lets Forge Clerics conduct a ritual to craft non-magical items worth no more than 100gp. Raw materials ...
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Are there any balance issues with allowing thrown Javelins to be drawn for free like ammunition weapons?

Weapons that have the ammunition property, such as bows and crossbows, can be used without having to worry about the action economy with regards to the ammunition itself (such as arrows or bolts) as ...
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Why are Anagathics so expensive in character creation?

They costs about Cr 700,000 each term! How can anyone afford this from benefits (or be in great Medical Debt)? Or maybe it is a mistake in PDF? It's not worth it at all. Also it requires a SOC10+ ...
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How can I use AnyDice to simulate rolling 6d6, and dropping the 2 lowest and 1 highest dice?

I'm running a new D&D 5e campaign soon and I'd like to try rolling for stats with some guardrails. Doing some test throws at the table, I liked the look of rolling 6d6, then dropping the highest ...
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Is there a way to stun a creature without using a Save DC?

A (homebrew) greatsword has this feature: Heavy Blow. [...] If you hit with this very powerful attack, the target must make a contested Athletics check. If the target loses, it is stunned until the ...
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What would the 5e phrasing be for combining multiple attacks into a single attack?

A (homebrew) magic greatsword has this feature: Heavy Blow. When you take the Attack action on your turn, you may choose to forfeit your attacks for one very powerful attack. The powerful attack ...
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Are expensive material component costs too specific?

Reality Revision requires a crystal worth 25,000 gp. Wish requires a diamond worth 25,000 gp. "Grand Jewels" in the treasure tables peak at 5,000 gp. Perhaps there is a work around for Reality ...
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Can a PC cast cantrips without being in a spellcasting class?

I am a new player creating a rogue tiefling which gives me the thaumaturgy cantrip. From my understanding you can't cast spells or cantrips without being something like a wizard. Can I cast this ...
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Can an Actual Cognizance Crystal be used as Reality Revision's Material Component?

From Reality Revision: Manifesting reality revision requires channeling psionic power through specially-treated crystals similar to cognizance crystals that cost 25,000 gp. Does "same" overpower "...
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Jorasco's Blessing and spellcasting ability [duplicate]

The Mark of Healing Halfling has Jorasco's Blessing, which is described as You know the cantrip spare the dying. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for this. Spare the dying has no mention of ...
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How would a player character pay for an item that costs less than 1cp?

For reasons too complex and stupid to go into, I've recently been looking at item values and the 5e currency system. As I understand it, 1pp = 10gp = 20ep = 100sp = 1000cp, which places 1cp as the ...
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When are the material components for Forbiddance consumed?

The components section for forbiddance says: V, S, M (a sprinkling of holy water, rare incense, and powdered ruby worth at least 1,000 gp) This does not explicitly state that the spell consumes ...
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When does combat end? [duplicate]

This answer says that the (enemy) bugbear is part of the combat when he knows about it. This answer says you can only be surprised at the beginning of combat. Could the unnoticed bugbear wait until ...
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Is there a complete list of unusual skills?

The SRD lists the core skills, as well as the skills added by Expanded Psionics Handbook (Autohypnosis, Knowledge (psionics), Psicraft, Use Psionic Device). There is also, in the SRD but hidden, the ...
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Can I draw 2 weapons with the same hand (throwing one and then drawing another) using the Dual Wielder feat?

I had an idea for a level 5 fighter with the Dual Wielder feat that used a melee weapon in the off-hand (whip) and used a thrown weapon (javelin) in the main hand. My question is: With the main hand ...
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Is this homebrew Sky Barbarian subclass balanced against other barbarian paths?

This Sky Barbarian path is loosely based on the Path of the Storm Herald barbarian and the Way of the Four Elements monk. It is designed to give barbarians a way to deal damage on range without ...
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Can you use an unattuned magic weapon (that requires attunement) as a Warlock pact weapon?

I was reading a recent question about Warlock Pact Weapons and Attunement, and it got me thinking. The answers there indicate "A Magic Weapon that is also a Pact Weapon still requires attunement." ...
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What are the Technical Characteristics of the Thrust Vector Mobility?

Various morphs and morph upgrades have or add the Thrust Vector mobility type, apparently sometimes also referred to as Thrust-Vector and as Vectored Thrust. But due to the way things are written, I'm ...
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Repeated Reality Revisions Inherent Bonus To Attribute Material Component Cost?

In the text for Reality Revision as follows: Grant a creature a +1 inherent bonus to an ability score. Two to five reality revisions manifested in immediate succession can grant a creature a +2 to +...
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What does the “bulky” trait mean in Traveller 2ed?

I'm playing Mongoose Traveller 2ed and I'm using the Core Book. Could you explain to me what the Bulky trait means for a weapon? I haven't found any explanation in the book.
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Power adjustments needed for D&D 5E characters facing Pathfinder NPCs? [closed]

I have a Pathfinder homebrew campaign that I want to run for 5th edition D&D players. Naturally, I will swap out monsters as needed (though I templated a lot of them, so that will get interesting)....
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Optimizing a Crossblooded Sorcerer 1/Admixture School Savant Arcanist X

Introduction One of the members of our PFS party is Ash, a blaster mage. Her player’s requirement for the character was “I WANT TO BURN”, so I started to google and found this build. However, I ...
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How does invisibility and blur interact with ongoing visual spell effects that are not light?

How does invisibility and blur interact with ongoing visual spell effects that are not light? A character in my campaign often uses slipstream to move around because they are a merfolk, and likes the ...
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If a magic weapon requires attunement, and a warlock makes it their pact weapon, does it still take up an attunement slot?

Player characters normally have an attunement limit of 3 items. As a warlock, if I have a weapon that normally requires attunement, will it still take up one of my attunement slots after I make it ...
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When a wildshaped Druid is affected by a Ghost's Horrifying Visage, which form ages?

So this came up in yesterday's game; the Druid, while Wildshaped into a dinosaur, rolled a 1 on his save against a Ghost's Horrifying Visage and then aged 20 years. There was some confusion about ...
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Does the Bugbear’s “Surprise Attack” feature apply on its first round of combat or the players'?

The Bugbear's Surprise Attack feature reads: Surprise Attack: If the bugbear surprises a creature and hits it with an attack during the first round of combat, the target takes an extra 7 (2d6) ...
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At what point in a creature's movement does an opportunity attack take place?

The specific situation is as follows: My warlock with War Caster has a bonfire from Create Bonfire the tile in front of them, and a hostile creature in the bonfire. On my warlock's turn, I ...
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Would the spell Purify Food and Drink remove physical hazards like bone shards from otherwise normal food?

In a session of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, our characters were sitting down to a campsite meal provided by the chuck wagon. Being aware that they were being hunted/stalked, the cleric of ...
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Do magical items have a school of magic associated with them?

In a question about the Robe of Eyes detecting someone using an amulet of nondetection, the consensus was that the magical effects of the Robe of Eyes was not considered divination magic. However, it ...
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Necromancer PC Insisting On “Disguising” Undead Minions [closed]

I have a player who is a necromancer and insists on always keeping their risen dead "concealed" by use of large cloaks and masks. Generally, this includes 4 skeletons and 4 zombies. The PC is very ...
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Can I pick up and drop a person in one turn?

I am playing a level 6 Barbarian (I have 2 attacks). I picked up a person as one attack and walked him over to a well, and with my second attack I want to drop him. Can I do that all in one turn? ...
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Is a Medium-sized Paladin allowed to use a summoned Mastiff as their mount?

The Paladin spells Find Steed (Player's Handbook pg.240) and Find Greater Steed (Xanathar's Guide to Everything pg.156) list the following creatures that are valid targets to be summoned as mounts: ...
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How does the Misty Step spell interact with a mount?

While riding a mount, would you be able to cast misty step and have the mount teleport with you? Or would the mount be left where you cast the spell? And, if it was used with a mount from find ...
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If I use Extend Spell on Lesser Vigor, does it extend the maximum number of rounds it can last?

Lesser Vigor lasts for 10 rounds + 1 round/level, up to 15 rounds. If I use Extend Spell on it, is the limit still 15 rounds?
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Do you have to be attuned to an Instrument of the Bards in order to cast the spells granted by the item?

Do you have to be attuned to an Instrument of the Bards in order to cast the spells granted by the item? It is a bit unclear from the item's description if you need to be attuned in order to cast ...
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How much does adding the Pack Tactics trait to this homebrew monster affect its CR?

I am using this Beowolf homebrew monster as a basis to create a Large Mountain Wolf. It currently has a CR of 3, if I add the Pack Tactics trait (as listed below) to this monster, how does that ...
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Is it possible for a swallowed caster to cast Fireball outside of a Giant Toad?

I had a situation last week where my DM and I completely disagreed how the following situation should have been ruled: I'm a Circle of the Moon druid wild-shaped into a Giant toad and I had swallowed ...
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Which spells or tactics allow a low-level non-blaster Arcanist to deal with creatures immune to mind-affecting spells or who have a lot of HD?

I played The Confirmation yesterday, and it was a rather interesting experience. Our party consisted of: 2 Arcanists with Grease and Color Spray prepared and Quick-Study (my friend and me) A party ...
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Can an angel in Cover Discorporate?

The Materialization Manifestation is different from angelic Cover. The first is an effect activated by an angel by her choice to achieve some goal; the second is a state created and maintained by the ...
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Will an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location protect an invisible character from being observed by True Sight or Robe of Eyes?

Will an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location protect an invisible character from being observed directly with divination magic? I get that the Amulet would prevent the wearer from being ...
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Considerations for homebrew races/classes? [duplicate]

I have seen many people ask if their homebrew race is overpowered (myself included). What items should be considered when making a homebrew race or class?

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