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Is the Inquisitive rogue's Ear for Deceit feature made useless by a character's Passive Insight score?

The Inquisitive rogue's Ear for Deceit feature (XGtE, p. 45) says: When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you develop a talent for picking out lies. Whenever you make a Wisdom (Insight) check ...
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Do summoned creatures, such as with Summon Lesser Demons, give experience points to the party?

I've looked at various conversations on here, Reddit, and other forums, but I can't seem to find any official ruling on this topic, so I figured I'd ask here and see if anyone knows of any. There are ...
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Is there a spell that can permanently freeze an area?

Is there any spell or magic item effect that can permanently freeze an area? (Freeze as in ice and snow).
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Does Evasion work against effects that don't target an area?

At 7th level, rogues gain the Evasion feature: Beginning at 7th level, you can nimbly dodge out of the way of certain area effects, such as an ancient red dragon’s fiery breath or an ice storm ...
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Does Enlarge/Reduce affect Stone golems?

Does the Enlarge/Reduce spell affect the Stone Golem? I had a player try to cast it on one, but I countered it because of the immutable form ability saying that counts as trying to change the form.
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How does the Shield Master feat interact with a Rogue's Uncanny Dodge and Evasion features?

How does the Shield Master feat interact with a Rogue's Uncanny Dodge and Evasion features? The Shield Master feat (PHB, p. 170) grants the following benefits: a) add the shield's AC to Dexterity ...
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Can you use Divine Smite while you are concentrating on a spell?

I am playing as a multiclassed Hexblade warlock 3/paladin 2 in a D&D 5e campaign. Can you use your paladin Divine Smite feature in melee while you are concentrating on a spell, such as shadow ...
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Duplicity spell [closed]

When using duplicate shouldn’t there be a disadvantage to incoming attacks when your duplicate is in both opponent and your melee? Could you disengage without the bonus action if your duplicate stayed ...
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Weighing up the combat benefits of 3 different multi-class builds: Druid/Rogue/Cleric

I will have a dilemma as to where to up my levels and I would like some advice with this. So far I have taken: 3 levels as a Druid (Circle of the Shepherd) 3 levels as a Rogue (Mastermind) 3 ...
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By RAW could I save a level 1 character that took damage exceeding twice its HP?

Yesterday I DMed a session with a party of four level 1 characters: druid, sorcerer, monk, barbarian, and a level 1 warlock whose player was absent. The sorcerer specifically is a new player (less ...
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What protects me better from damage: Plate armour and a Shield, or Dodge?

I am playing a Cleric mainly but I took one level in Rogue as it helped me with the Expertise and Stealth. I want to know what has more potential to reduce damage for my PC. In the party I tend to ...
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Can a wizard know what spell is being cast by another spellcaster? [duplicate]

We were playing the other time and the BBEG was casting a spell. Our wizard wanted to know what spell it was to know if it should cast Counterspell or not. The DM wanted him to use a reaction in order ...
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Does the race of half-orcs on Khorvaire in Eberron have its own name?

I recall that the half-elves of the continent of Khorvaire in the world of Eberron have their own name, the Khoravar. Is there a similar special name for the half-orcs of the continent of Khorvaire?
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What are the ramifications of changing Armor Class to be Constitution-based instead of Dexterity-based?

It's never made much sense to me that your Armor Class is based on your Dexterity modifier, which carries the implication that you're harder to hit because you're somehow nimbly moving out of the way ...
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Song of The Heart for Inspire Competence

I was building a Bard for a 3.5 campaign and I noticed that online, even in this Q&A it's suggested to swap inspire competence for Song of the Heart as a bonus feat (Eberron Campaign). Now, the ...
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What does a strength check of 24 actually mean?

In the 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons, barbarians receive this ability; Indomitable Might Beginning at 18th level, if your total for a Strength check is less than your Strength score, you ...
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How can I drop hints that a seemingly innocuous gnome village is secretly evil?

In the D&D 4e game I run, I am planning on soon having my players go to the Feywild on an adventure. Something I'd like to try to pull off during this is to have a subversion of expectations. ...
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What are the possible uses of Encode Thoughts? [closed]

I see a lot of confusion about what this spell can, and cannot do. Can anyone give some suggestions, on the possible in game uses of the spell? For example, I see many suggesting that the spell will ...
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Can Alter Reality give you arbitrarily high stats?

I've recently noticed a key line in the text of Alter Reality. The deity can render a magical or supernatural effect permanent. It seems obvious to me that this should allow for a non-Pun Pun ...
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In Dungeon World, can the Make Camp move be aborted or interrupted?

The Make Camp moves begins as follows: When you settle in to rest consume a ration. If you’re somewhere dangerous decide the watch order as well. If you have enough XP you may level up. When you ...
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What happens if a Cube of Force intersects with creatures?

The cube of force states that a barrier of invisible force springs into existence, forming a cube 15 feet on a side. And the effect of the 5th face says: Nothing can pass through the barrier. ...
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Can you Repeat, Empower, and Maximize Time Stop?

I'm aware of an FAQ-based argument against Persistent Time Stop that also rules out Extended Time Stop. However, is there any RAW argument against Repeated Empowered Maximized Time Stop? By my (...
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Can a Bard use Glyph of Warding even though they do not “prepare” spells? [duplicate]

Can a Bard use Glyph of Warding even though they do not "prepare" spells? In looking at the reasonable boundaries of using Glyph of Warding in the game, I came across a dilemma in the wording of the ...
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How does the Sleep spell work?

I just started playing AD&D 1E, and I am trying to understand how the Sleep spell works. I'm confused by the table and the DM's advice: HD/ Number Affected up to 1/ 4d4 1+1 ...
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Can Natural Weapons be Enhanced in Pathfinder?

I'm trying to build a class in Pathfinder with the Bloodline Class Feature. I need to know, could I Enhance my claws with for EX: Flaming, even if they're natural weapons?
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How do I keep lie-detection skills from ruining my game?

I play a smoothtalking scoundrel in a GURPS 4e game. In it, I have the Detect Lies skill. Because of the nature of our campaign, which is a murder mystery, I always suspect whoever I'm talking to is ...
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Can I use a beast's weapon attacks while polymorphed?

So I'm reading over the spell as I'm progressing through DnD, and I realized you can polymorph into a Tyrannosaurus Rex if you're of 8th level or beyond. In the PHB, it says: The new form can be ...
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Any known instances of friendliness or friendship between opposing dragons?

As known dragons are not necessarily enemies of each other despite different alignments. What I am wondering is are there any known instances of friendliness or friendship between chromatic and ...
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What is the most optimal level 20 build for keeping an infinite Crab Swarm apocalypse at bay?

My friends and I were discussing a meme we saw when our imaginations took us way too far, and now I'm curious about how many Crab Swarms it would take to kill the most efficient Crab Swarm killer, and ...
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What is the odds of rolling specific numbers on 4 d20s? [closed]

If I roll 1d20, then 1d20, then 1d20, then 1d20 (effectively 4d20), what are the odds that I'll roll specific numbers? For example, all 20's, or a combination of numbers such as (1, 16, 16, 1)?
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Can you use your off-handed weapon for your main attack action?

My friend is 2 weapon fighting a flesh golem. He has one sword that does lightning damage, and one sword that does fire damage. His right hand holds the lightning sword, and his left hand holds the ...
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What happens when you place an item inside of a creature while in the ethereal plane under the effects of the Etherealness spell, then end the spell?

This is a follow up to my question about whether items are carried with you into the Ethereal Plane while under the effects of the Etherealness spell Basically, my player wants to use his bonus ...
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Odds of rolling the same results twice on advantage rolls

I know that this has probably been answered before, but I couldn't find any specific threads on it. This happened in a tabletop game recently, where all dice rolls are rolled with advantage anyways ...
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How does Polymorph Any Object turn objects into creatures?

Polymorph Any Object, as the name implies, allows spell casters to polymorph objects into creatures. I thought I knew how that worked, but having now used the spell in a game, I am uncertain. So, how ...
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First time DM - Is it a good idea to use stock photos / images? [closed]

I don't think I'm particularly good at detailed poetic descriptions and I'm worried my imagination could be a bit on the slow side. I was thinking I could use something like a quick and dirty ...
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What's the most efficient way to add Dex to damage with an Elven Curved Blade?

I like the feat Dervish Dance, but it requires a scimitar. Although an Elven Curve Blade's flavor text says it is "essentially a longer version of a scimitar", I don't believe that's enough of a ...
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What Forms do coal and crude oil fall under?

In Ars Magica 5, what Forms would be suitable for working with coal? My initial assumption would be Terram, but I can see an argument for requiring Herbam as a prerequisite. Similarly, what Form ...
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Mage Spell Telepathy : Comunication with Intelligent Beings

After a Dungeon World Session a mage asked me if using telepathy enables him to speak to a lizardman (pyromancer character). The lizardman doesn't speak common language. So far, only the druid can ...
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What are the mechanical implications of allowing all expended hit dice to be regained on a long rest?

Are there any mechanical implications, short of the fact players can heal more on a short rest, to a house rule allowing them to restore all their expended hit dice after a long rest (instead of only ...
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What is the most damage that can be done in one round to a single target with spells?

I'm new here, but I scrolled through and did not see this question answered. I would love to see your theory-craft at work! What is the most damage you can do to a single opponent in one round, with ...
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Is the D&D Pantheon as invincible as it appears?

I've recently taking up the ill-advised task of skimming Deities and Demigods. Numerous times throughout this book, the idea of PCs killing off the gods is entertained. For example, page 31 says that ...
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Would this hit/miss houserule be balanced with bounded accuracy?

Would this houserule be balanced with the bounded accuracy system? If an attack roll is made and "misses" by one, the defender takes a glancing blow. This glancing blow does not count as a ...
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What happens to the target of a “permanent” True Polymorph spell when its caster dies?

The description of the spell says specifically that after the caster has maintained it's concentration for an hour, the spell can be dispelled. The transformation lasts for the duration, or until ...
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Is this houserule about hit points balanced?

As a D&D5e DM, I always feel that HP in D&D are somehow unrealistic. Either it's "there is no difference between 1 HP and 100% of my HP" or "I took too much damage in one hit, so I'm dead". ...
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Origin of Illusionism?

Now and then, I've seen people use the term 'Illusionism', used for describing a kind of railroad, such as in this answer and elsewhere. I'd like to learn the origin of Illusionism, both in the sense ...
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Can you pick up an item on the ground without a free hand?

I've been studying up on disarm interactions, and how you might be able to pick up a weapon after you disarmed your enemy of it. The issue I'm facing is: none of the threads I'm seeing mention ...
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Are There Names for Religions?

I've looked around and haven't found anything that satisfied my curiosity on this subject. IRL, we have names for our religions, Buddhism, Judaism, Taoism, etc. But in D&D the focus always seems ...
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Does Immunity/Resistance to a type of damage count as Damage Reduction?

Does Immunity to a type of damage or Resistance to a type of damage count as Damage Reduction?
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How can I become guaranteed to move first in an encounter?

3.5e is a very exploitable game and I am vaguely aware of a number of ways to make it highly probable that my character will be the first to move in any given combat encounter. To name just a few ...
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What happens if a creature eats food created by a College of Creation bard?

If a College of Creation bard uses their Performance of Creation to summon rations, and then eats the rations, will they still be hungry at the end of their next turn? What if they maintain the ...

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