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Is a frog intelligent enough to issue telepathic commands?

A wizard in my party has cast polymorph on an opponent that has control of a Shield Guardian. The wizard turned them into a frog before it was their turn to act. Can that opponent still issue ...
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Can you upgrade warforged with the rock gnome's Tinker ability/Wonder Maker feat?

Since warforged are robots, can rock gnomes tinker with them to upgrade them, like adding a built-in fire starter?
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Why don't we roll stats for monsters as well?

I noticed that the Monster Manual tells you the racial bonuses that monsters have if you consider the starting point as the standard array. For BBEG and the like we roll ability scores for them etc. ...
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Do “health on death” effects stack? [on hold]

So, I have a player who through some multiclassing and the like, gained two abilities that both said that when he kills someone he gains health equal to half his level + his Charisma mod. Does he gain ...
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Magical attacks and overcoming damage resistance

I got hit with an argument from one of my players the other day, and it goes like this: He is playing a Monk and his unarmed attacks count as magical attacks. He was trying to punch a Web. I told ...
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What are natural weapons?

I am seeing some magical items that refer to natural weapons, but I can't find information about what they actually are. I don't remember seeing it in the Player's Handbook, and googling it isn't ...
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Does the damage from the Absorb Elements spell apply to your next attack, or to your first attack on your next turn?

The description of the absorb elements spell says: The spell captures some of the incoming energy, lessening its effect on you and storing it for your next melee attack. [...] Also, the first ...
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What happens if the item that created a magical effect ceases to exist?

Let us assume that I have an item bearing two charges of Imitate (Creation 30) as an Automatic Spell (Prometheum Exxet). Using one charge of Imitate, I duplicate the object. Using the charge of ...
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What is the most expensive material in the world that could be used to create Pun-Pun's lute?

I want to create a magic item that would be basically a lute left by the almighty Pun-Pun. I highly doubt that he would lower his standards to use pitiful materials like adamantium or platinum. I am ...
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What mechanical options do player characters have to desecrate a surface? [duplicate]

Following up on: What are the mechanical consequences that arise for a PC with the undead creature type? How might this homebrew undead hybrid character type unbalance combat compared to non-undead ...
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If a single attack does multiple types of damage, which type does the Absorb Elements spell give resistance to?

If my character is attacked by a Flame Tongue Maul for example, which does an additional 2d6 fire damage on top of its 2d6 bludgeoning, and then I use my reaction to cast the Absorb Elements spell, do ...
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What does it take to build [on hold]

Well to me this really complicated. I want to create an online text based game, mainly as an app and from my research, Html and Css was listed for the Game display/UI. PHP for Page generation and ...
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How does the mezzoloth's teleportation work?

We fought a Mezzoloth (MM, p. 313) last game and in the same turn he could use its Teleport action and then attack, or use magic (like dispel magic) and then attack. As I understand from the Monster ...
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Can a level 2 Warlock take one level in rogue, then continue advancing as a warlock?

I recently "upgraded" to D&D 5th edition. I decided to play a warlock. However, now I would like to be proficient in Stealth, and a warlock can not have this proficiency. I am Warlock level 2. Is ...
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Is this homebrew arcane communication device abusable?

My group will be performing some undercover scouting in restricted territory that will limit participants to just a few members of the group. I don't want to force a complete party split, however, so ...
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Character Optimization: highest DPR with the Shillelagh cantrip

I'd like to optimize my character concept: I want my main damage source to be a Shillelagh'd weapon and squeeze that source for all it's worth. Table character limitations: Character is level 5 ...
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How can I protect myself as a flying archer? [on hold]

I will soon play an Aarakocra Arcane Archer (the custom class) and I am wondering how I can protect myself from mages / other archers as a flying archer. I was thinking about putting myself right ...
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Can conjured creatures act in the round they're conjured in?

Specifically, if someone casts the Create Homunculus (Creation 26) spell, could the homunculus created thusly act immediately? Taken to extremes, this could well set up a budget grey goo scenario: ...
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How do I rule on a character who cooks food? [on hold]

I have a player who's character wants to preserve and enhance the dwarven culture by learning new cooking techniques and ingredients. As such she has taken Profession (Cooking) as a skill (she's a 1st-...
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What is the average point buy of a stat array from a 6x6 matrix of “roll 4d6, drop the lowest die”?

For character creation my group sometimes uses a weird method to generate stats. We roll 6 stat arrays using 4d6d1 (rolling 4d6 and dropping the lowest), and arrange them on top of one another to make ...
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How does the mezzoloth's “1/day” Cloudkill spell work?

I'm fairly new to D&D 5e, but I have played some Pathfinder and 3.5e, so I have some experience with D&D. We are playing our current game in 5e by the rules as written. Our DM had our party ...
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Can a bard perform underwater?

We were underwater this past session and ran into an issue with the bard, who is a vocalist, and despite being able to breath underwater via the water breathing spell ran into an issue when we ...
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What ability score does a Hexblade's Pact Weapon use for attack and damage when wielded by another character?

I read this question about other PCs using pact weapons and realized that I'm not sure if the weapon would use the warlock's Charisma, or the other character's Strength/Dexterity for attack and damage ...
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Is it safe to handle a denarian coin indirectly?

I'm currently a new player in a campaign which does have a Denarian in it and has OOC had jokes made about my PC being tricked into touching one of their coins, which has made me curious and want to ...
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Can a 5th-level or higher Adventurer's League character join a new faction?

The document Renown Benefits v1.01 states: Characters are free to join a faction as their membership allows. While most have no special requirements, some do (for example, members of Bregan D'...
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What is the best way to deal with NPC-NPC combat?

I'm about to run a premade adventure, and reading through it I see a potential situation where one group of monsters could, though PC actions, end up fighting each other. As a PC, I hate seeing my ...
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By RAW, is the Giant Rocktopus from the Out of the Abyss adventure unable to breathe while out of the water?

The description of the Giant "Rocktopus" random creature encounter in the Out of the Abyss adventure (p. 28) provides the following details: This creature is a giant octopus that has evolved to ...
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Can you stand up from being prone using Skirmisher outside of your turn?

Using the Rogue Scout's Skirmisher feature, which states: You can move up to half your speed as a reaction when an enemy ends its turn within 5 feet of you. Additionally: Being Prone, PHB pg ...
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What are the maximum heights and weights of the PHB races?

What are the maximum heights and weights for the races found in the Player's Handbook, including the subraces?
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Will the paladin's Cleansing Touch or the Arcana cleric's Spell Breaker feature end the Feeblemind spell?

The Feeblemind spell provides a list of things that can end the spell, but it may or may not be exhaustive. Can the effects of the spell be ended by the Paladin's Cleansing Touch feature or the ...
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Does Bleed damage break the Fascinate effect?

I'm running an arena combat game online with occasional PVP. One of my players just got hit by euphoric cloud and is fascinated. He is currently bleeding from a previous attack and wants to know if ...
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What happens to psykers when a black ship doesn't collect them?

Allegedly a planet is only visited by a black ship once every 100 years or so. So what happens to psykers found when there is no ship slated to come by anytime soon? After all, they can't just let a ...
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Does Feeblemind produce an ongoing magical effect that can be dispelled?

Feeblemind has a duration of instantaneous. However, it also produces an ongoing effect, and the spell's text describes when this effect ends (emphasis added): At the end of every 30 days, the ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of DMs showing a map of the city to the players?

I am going to start DMing Tomb of Annihilation soon; my question is mostly about the cities of Baldur's Gate, Nyanzaru, and Omu. I see two options on how I can introduce the city to them: I could ...
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Do you need a weapon for Thunderous Smite, and the other 'Smite' spells?

Since unarmed strikes are considered melee weapon attacks, and the 'smite' spells don't have the same restriction as booming blade or green flame blade (the part where it requires "a weapon" in ...
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Is it possible to consistently get spell levels faster than Clerics or Wizards?

In reference to mixing theurge classes with fast-progression classes like the Apostle of Peace, Blighter, or Ur-Preist this answer mentions that "Any time you get a spell level before a Cleric or ...
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Can I have an infinite ability score if I live long enough? [duplicate]

There are very rare magic items that increase your stat score by two, such as the Manual of Bodily Health. these items say once you use them they lose their magic until a century passes. I can't find ...
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How to open locks without disable device?

Our party encountered a locked chest holding fragile loot. Nobody could use disable device skill, neither had the tools. Smashing the chest open wasn't possible. Carrying it out wasn't an option ...
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Would it be suitable for the Zhentarim to order a PC who is in the Zhentarim to find Artus Cimber in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

I am gonna to start DMing the D&D 5e adventure Tomb of Annihilation for a group of 5th-level PCs who just finished the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure. One of them (an undead gnome ...
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Can one “theurge” prestige class cause four different progressions?

After reading a level-up table that mixed theurge classes, I've become confused about how said classes work. Lets say that I'm a multi-classed Bard/Wizard/Cleric/Paladin/Mystic Theurge of some level ...
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Is this homebrew racial feat, Stonehide, balanced?

Is this homebrew racial feat, Stonehide, balanced? This feat uses the Dragonborn racial feat Dragonhide and the UA Stone Sorcerer Stone's Durability feature as a basis. Stonehide Prerequisite:...
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How to stat out an awakened player character [on hold]

I am thinking of creating a character who is an awakened animal. How would I convert the creature's statblock into one for a player?
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What are the different “costs” to magic in different settings? [on hold]

Different RPG settings (and different fantasy books) have a cost to magic. Some examples are: draining the lifeforce of living things around you weakening yourself every time you cast a spell using a ...
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How do I handle milestones for levels?

I understand the concept behind milestones, and what the DMG recommends. I was planning to use old fashioned XP-per-encounter for my campaign, but the more I read the more I prefer milestones. My ...
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How much XP should you award if the encounter was not solved via battle? [duplicate]

I have created an encounter with monsters, with their relevant CR and XP. Normally, when the party kills everyone, they are rewarded the XP. If the party chooses to, and succeeds in, resolving the ...
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How Do Core and Accelerated Resolution Mechanics Differ?

The differences between the two versions of the game are quite noticeable, and also spelled out in the conversion guide. Differences in various resolution mechanics seem subtler, and easier to ...
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Is the Archfey warlock's Fey Presence feature a non-spell version of Charm Person that doesn't give you away?

The effects of the Archfey warlock's Fey Presence feature and those of the charm person spell seem very similar; they both can induce the charmed condition on targets who fail their saving throw. ...
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How does the Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's Elemental Affinity feature interact with the Scorching Ray spell? [duplicate]

The Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's Elemental Affinity feature description (PHB, page 102) says: ...when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, you can ...
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What is a fair amount of damage for a spiked shield? [on hold]

I had a shield commissioned in game. Semi large round shield, with essentially shortsword blades in the form of an asterisk on the face. My friend argues that it would still be a basic improvised ...
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How can I make initiative useful as a stat, when I'm removing it from combat?

I'm running a D&D 3.5e game over a private forum. In order to keep combat moving, I've decided that each combat round will be "resolved" once a day (or more often if everyone posts). The players' ...

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