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Roll Xd6, keeping highest value and adding +1 for each duplicate of that value?

I'm trying to set something up on Anydice, but I'm having some trouble wrapping my mind around some of the language Anydice uses. What would I need in order to roll a set of dice, keep the highest ...
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Statistically, when is wielding a Large weapon worth it for a Medium-sized character?

In D&D 5e, according to p. 278 of the Dungeon Master's Guide, if a Medium-sized character uses a Large weapon, its damage dice are doubled, but it causes them to suffer disadvantage on their ...
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Do weapons looted from creatures that are larger than Medium in size retain their damage when wielded by Medium-sized PCs?

We know, thanks to the DMG (p. 278), that a creature has disadvantage with a weapon sized for a creature larger than itself - but the wording is less clear concerning the damage. Do weapons looted ...
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Appropriate way to account for readied-action movement time and time to attack

Context I want to play a character that is a Kobold race and make good use of their Pack Tactics. Pack Tactics. You have advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of your allies ...
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Where and when does lingering auras resonate in when using detect magic(or greater)?

I want to know if the effects of magic have lingering magic auras on their targets and in the places they were cast from/into. Where and when does lingering auras resonate in cases of the following ...
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How to handle when a player wants the DM to hard-bend the story for his/her epic idea of outcome?

I'm a DM. My level 11 player, at the first stepping stone of a Paragon Tier, started to fantasize, moreover, insist on a particular outcome for him for level 21 (Epic Tier). In short: he wants to die, ...
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Is the damage from Snap Kick fixed like, for example Insightful Strike or can you add any more bonuses to it?

Snap Kick states the following (emphasis mine): When you make a melee attack with one or more melee weapons (including a standard attack, full attack, or even a strike maneuver), you can make an ...
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Should I show the health of enemies?

This is my first time hosting a PnP session, and one issue I've run into is whether to let players know the health of their enemies. Should I show them the monster's HP number, or describe in varying ...
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Is there some limit to Spellwrought tattoo? Isn't this thing broken?

Spellwrought tattoos are similar to the spell scrolls but extremely more powerful. There's no restriction to casting time, while a spell scroll needs an action to be cast. It doesn't require an action ...
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How many actions does a Bida need to use to sustain its Improved Grab on multiple creatures?

A Bida has grabbed three people with its tail via its Eight Coils and Improved Grab ability. How many actions does it need to use to keep all three of those people grabbed? 1? 3? I'd guess it works ...
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How can I convince new players to read and learn the basic rules before sitting down to play?

Everyone in this story works mostly together. Some work friends and my wife were talking about playing D&D, and I was appointed the DM. I've played the game once 20 years ago, so I've spent the ...
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What types of obstacles would hinder the Echo Knight fighter's Manifest Echo movement? [closed]

I would like to know that map or terrain elements would impact the movement of an Echo Knight's Manifest Echo. Can an Echo be moved through walls? Can an Echo be moved through an hostile creature's ...
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Is it safe to bring an item like a Bag of Holding into a Genie Warlock's Bottle?

Since the Genie's Vessel is described as an object/vessel and never as an item, is it safe to bring a Portable Hole, Bag of Holding, or Heward's Handy Haversack into the bottle? If your vessel is a ...
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Can wizards really cast spells in armor?

I've just read the D&D 5e basic rules, and I'm not sure I'm up to speed regarding casting spells while clad in armor. The only mention I can find about this (page 79): Because of the mental ...
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Is this Medusa homebrew race balanced?

I've been wondering if this homebrew Medusa race me and my friends thought up was balanced compared to official races. Here are the stats: +2 Dex, +1 Cha Darkvision: Not all the medusa’s curse offers ...
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Evaluation of homebrew powerattack feat for one-handed attacks

All questions of flavor aside, how balanced do you think this feat is compared to Great Weapon Master and Sharpshooter? Adept Weapon User (AWU) Before you make a melee attack using the Attack action ...
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Homebrew: Path of the Titan Barbarian

I feel there is design space in 5e for player characters that use "great" weapons in more interesting ways, and one such way would be to allow exceptionally strong characters to dual-wield ...
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Why are knives and fists slower than swords and other weapons? [closed]

I was going over the D6 System Book on a whim to learn a new system, just to see how it handled things compared to systems I do understand, and while I was looking through it was largely simple... ...
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Is a Dexterity-based paladin build competitive with a Strength-based paladin as a front-line fighter?

After the release of Volo's Guide to Monsters, I was bantering with some friends about character concepts with the new races. One that came up was a Kobold Paladin—and once that seed was planted, the ...
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Is there a RAW way to resurrect the dead as an undead slave without changing its stats?

The trivial answer, of course, would be "Wish", but perhaps there is something more specific that I overlooked. I'm asking for a plot-device in my homebrew campaign. The idea is that the big ...
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Does anyone know a good system for building a city? [closed]

We're beginning a Geist game and we talked about how interesting it would be to build a city together as a group so we really felt like it was our home town. I've heard Damnation City is good, but ...
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Who is pictured on the cover of Dragonlance Adventures?

Who are the characters depicted on the cover of the Dragonlance Adventures hardcover? The painting was done by Jeff Easley, and I'm pretty sure it's depicting Tanis taking the crown from Emperor ...
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Does “Changing a skill” of Tasha allows me to changing a skill proficiency from the background for one offered by the class?

Does "Changing a skill" from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything allows me to change a skill proficiency from my background, by one offered by my class? I think it works, but my DM does not. It ...
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Do Player Characters with a powerful build deal more melee damage like a monster would? [duplicate]

I have a player in one of the games I'm running that's a Goliath Paladin. He uses a greataxe and recently asked me if he could deal more damage like a "Large" monster could since he has a ...
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Does the Tasha's Mind Whip spell prevent bonus actions if you take away an action?

The description of the Tasha's mind whip spell states (TCoE, p. 115): You psychically lash out at one creature you can see within range. The target must make an Intelligence saving throw. On a failed ...
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When does using a Shield help?

Going over the rule about Conflict regarding Action/Defense Dice, it's not clear when Shields (which grant Defense Dice against physical attacks) are useful. Do you always roll Shield Dice when you ...
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Does the Mind Blank spell protect against the secondary effects of the Tasha's Mind Whip spell?

The description of the mind blank spell says: Until the spell ends, one willing creature you touch is immune to psychic damage, any effect that would sense its emotions or read its thoughts, ...
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Can a creature use the Banishment spell to free itself from the Maze spell?

The maze spell (Player's Handbook, page 258) states: You banish a creature that you can see within range into a labyrinthine demiplane. The target remains there for the duration or until it escapes ...
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Can you use meta-magic/sorcery points twice in a turn? [duplicate]

Example: You use Quicken Spell to cast a leveled spell or cantrip as a Bonus Action, you then use your Action to cast a cantrip along with using Transmute Spell to change the cantrip's damage type. Is ...
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How would you challenge a party of 8 players characters without killing them?

I have a party of 8 players, and more continue to join (against my wishes). How would you recommend challenging low-level (4 or lower) players that are in a large group? How do I give everyone a ...
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Do you need to know the creature to use Polymorph to change someone into that creature?

Does a character need to know a creature to use Polymorph? If yes, is a little information found in an old book enough, or does it have to be an encounter with said creature? If no, does the ...
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Compared to the other Epic Feats that are readily available at level 21, is Multispell as obviously imbalanced as it appears?

It seems obvious to me that Epic Feats are imbalanced - that is to say, that there is a great disparity in the relative power of feats with comparable requirements - but a lot of this is made hard to ...
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Can an animated sword, made of adamantine, take damage via magical fire?

During our game, the DM claimed that a sword forged of adamantine would not take any damage from a spell's magical fire. In this instance, it was an animated sword that attacked us, and therefore a ...
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Is there some mechanic that prevents multiple copies of a spell in a ritual book when you have Ritual Caster?

The Feat Ritual Caster doesn't seem to prohibit copying spells multiple times into the ritual book. Is there some other mechanic at play that would prevent multiple copies of the same spell from being ...
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Does an Ooze (Gelatinous Cube) float?

If I have a situation where an ooze, such as a Gelatinous Cube, is near a source of water, like a small pond or underground stream, is there source material somewhere that says whether the ooze floats ...
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What is the mechanic of the check when using detect magic, Greater to identify magical signature?

Detect magic, greater says: You can recognize this signature if you succeed at a Spellcraft check when later identifying a spell to determine whether or not that spell was cast by the same individual....
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How does the Durable feat work?

One of the benefits of the Durable feat is the following: When you roll a Hit Die to regain hit points, the minimum number of hit points you regain from the roll equals twice your Constitution ...
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Who is that demon on the cover?

One of the most enduring and iconic images from the history of D&D is Trampier's cover for the 1ed AD&D Player's Handbook. You know the one: orange demon idol with the thieves prying out the ...
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If you're undead and you use turn undead do you turn yourself?

Title says it all: if you've somehow become undead, as a ghost or other undead, and you turn undead, as a cleric or paladin, do you also need to make a saving throw for turn undead? Answers can be ...
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Can you retrain a feat acting as a prerequisite if you get a different ability that fulfills the prerequisite?

From Retraining: You may change one feat to another through retraining. Retraining a feat takes 5 days with a character who has the feat you want. The old feat can’t be one you used as a prerequisite ...
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Can the continuous effect of Power Word Pain be negated?

The level 1 Sor/Wiz spell power word pain [ench] (Races of the Dragon 116) includes among its characteristics: allowing no saving throw, and... dealing an average of 38.5 points of damage over an ...
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What could a semi-malicious npc do with a player characters voice in a jar? [closed]

A merchant npc has been selling wares to my pc's. In their most recent encounter, one of the pc's was just a little short of the gold required to purchase a magical item he really wanted. ...
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Can a Huge bird (STR 15, <1000 lbs) really fly off with a Gargantuan Brontosaurus (>30000 lbs)?

I am a druid shaped into a Quetzalcoatlus, a Huge flying creature. I see a Brontosaurus and know I can grapple a creature up to one size larger (up to gargantuan). To everyone's surprise, I succeed in ...
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Closest non-Homebrew class to Potions Master / Salve-Maker?

I've been searching for a character build where it focuses on Potions crafting. To be specific, a character that would be able to craft potions as an (in-combat) action, and where the potions crafted ...
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Does a countered spell cost a spell slot?

When a spell caster is interrupted by a counterspell, does the countered spell use a spell slot? The spell description reads, in part: You attempt to interrupt a creature in the process of casting ...
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Does the Bracer of Flying Daggers benefit from the Dueling fighting style?

The Dueling Fighting style description says: When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon. The Bracer of Flying ...
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Can a loxodon trunk be used to reload a sling, blowgun, or hand crossbow?

A player with a loxodon artificer wants to wield a shield and use a sling, blowgun, or hand crossbow, where the loxodon's trunk grasps the weapon and frees one hand to load the ammunition. Is this ...
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Can I Feint while Swallowed Whole?

Sethix the Swashbuckler has been Swallowed Whole by a T-Rex. In order to help cut his way out, Sethix wants to Feint to gain Panache, since he is a Fencer Swashbuckler. Is this something Sethix can do?...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of Wand of Cure Light Wounds and Wand of Infernal Healing compared to each other?

Every party in Pathfinder and every character in Pathfinder Society need some healing source, and the two most common ones are a Wand of Infernal Healing and a Wand of Cure Light Wounds. It is often ...
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Where are aquatic elves defined?

Aquatic elves are mentioned under the sahuagin entry in the Monster Manual, and also in Ghosts of Saltmarsh, but I don't see them defined anywhere. Is there a stat block or other description of them ...

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