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Kineticist's searing flesh damage vs weapons

A Kineticist's searing flesh ability states the following Weapons that strike you also take this damage, though the damage is unlikely to penetrate the weapon’s hardness. By accepting 1 point of burn,...
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Kineticist and Caster level of SLA

Do items that increase CL affect the Kineticist's SLA? They seem to have CL on their SLA as their expanded element states "For wild talents of her element, the kineticist gains a +1 bonus on ...
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“Escalate” the other way around

Can escalation go the other way around? such as from gunshot to melee or from melee to just talking? For example, two players were having a shooting contest, and I called for acuity + will, at some ...
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Ice Troll (RotFM) Cold Aura vs. Wild Shape Fire Elemental

In Rime of the Frost Maiden, the Ice Troll has the following ability: While it's alive, the troll generates an aura of bitter cold that fills the area within 10 feet of it. At the start of the troll'...
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What is the origin of the terms used for 5e plate-based armors?

This question came to mind when I was searching for historical examples of "half-plate" and found the term conspicuously missing from reliable sources. As far as I can tell, "half-plate&...
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What is the Mage Hand spell lorewise and how did it change throughout the editions?

What exactly is a character conjuring? Is it a ghost, a construct made out of raw force, their astral/ethereal/etc body part? Do they choose the side of the hand (left or right)? Could they summon ...
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Can you upcast spells for Master Scrivener?

Magical Scrivener, the 10th level feature of Order of Scribes Wizards, says the following: At 10th level, whenever you finish a long rest, you can create one magic scroll by touching your Wizardly ...
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Can the Telekinetic feat from Tasha's be used to shove an object 5 feet?

RAW, the feat clearly states "you can try to telekinetically shove one creature," and we know there are no size limitations. You could attempt to shove a giant or a dragon. RAI -- is there ...
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number of attacks for Mythic Champion

Talking about Mythic: 2° tier common ability: Amazing Initiative (Ex): At 2nd tier, you gain a bonus on initiative checks equal to your mythic tier. In addition, as a free action on your turn, you ...
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What is the “strange platypus-like creature” referenced in abberant mind's origins?

I don't recall any “strange platypus-like” creature in D&D, let alone one appropriate for the Aberrant Mind. I can only think of Perry the Platypus from the Phineas and Ferb cartoon. Nevertheless ...
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Installing modifications on Battle Smith's Steel Defender (5e) [closed]

I'm currently playing an artificer in a homebrew campaign and looking at the SD's stat block, as well as other people's opinions. It's pretty much just a tank with its damage being negligible at best,...
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How is the Soul Knife Rogue's Bonus action attack affected by a multiclass with Monk?

The Soul Knife Rogue has a feature called Psychic Blades, which includes this ability: After you attack with the blade, you can make a melee or ranged weapon attack with a second psychic blade as a ...
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Cast shatter on the other side of a wall [duplicate]

I was wondering if you could cast shatter on the other side of a wall or on a point that you can't see. The spell description for shatter says that it is cast on a point that you choose. Other than ...
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Are the consequences of this Magic drug balanced with its benefits?

I'm planning to have my players deal with a drug ring in a city with a prominent magic university. I wanted to have a drug that would make sense as a drug to be a problem in this particular city and ...
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When using Magic Jar, what effects follow the user across bodies? [closed]

There's a similar question for 3.5e where the answer is 'unanswered', but I'm hoping there's something in 5e that's different. To set an example scene: You're a Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer with ...
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What is the highest armour class possible for an Ancient Green dragon?

This posts asks what the highest armour class may be for humanoids. Similar to this question, I would like to know what the highest AC would be for a monster. Narrowing this down, let us look at ...
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permanent strongholds for warlocks

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything, there are a series of spells, Druid Grove, Temple of the Gods, and Mighty Fortress for druids, clerics, and wizards respectively. However, there is no equivalent I ...
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Are Spellcasting Focuses inherently magical? [duplicate]

Im having a bit of a quarrel with my DM about if spellcasting focuses are magical. He believes that they are magical since it seems magical to him that you now dont need actual material components ...
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Where do dragon souls go after their deaths?

As far as I know, mortal souls go to the plane Fugue and after 100 years Kelemvor sends them to their gods' planes to serve. But where do dragon souls go? Do Chromatic and Metallic dragon souls go to ...
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Sleepless PCs and Exhaustion Rules

Xanathar's Guide to Everything gives the optional rule for "Going without a Long Rest" (emphasis added): Going without a Long Rest. A long rest is never mandatory, but going without sleep ...
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Can a Way of Astral Self Monk use wisdom related scores for jumping?

I have several questions on the interactions between the Arms of Astral Self and the Jumping mechanics. According to the 3rd level feature, Arms of the Astral Self: While the spectral arms are ...
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Evasion and Vulnerability to Energy precedence?

A creature has Evasion: 'If she makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, she instead takes no damage.' And also has Vulnerability ...
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Can your Hexblade patron be your pact weapon even though it's sentient?

I'm asking RAW, not "talk with your DM." Thank you for your help beforehand. Pact of the Blade says "You can't affect an artifact or sentient weapon in this way" in regards to ...
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How much damage should a Rogue lvl5/Monk lvl6 be able to do with unarmed strike in 5e?

One of the PC's in my campaign is playing a 5th lvl rogue/6th lvl monk. He uses unarmed strikes but has two magic items to boost his damage a bit: a set of bracers that add 1d6 slashing and a ring ...
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Can you summon a spiritual weapon into the bubble created by Bead of Force? Can whoever is inside cast charm person on someone outside the bubble? [duplicate]

The wording for Bead of Force says "Only breathable air can pass through the sphere's wall. No Attack or other Effect can." which obviously means that spells such as firebolt or ray of ...
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How do Blade of Disaster and Resilient Sphere interact?

Does the Blade of Disaster spell, which can "pass through any barrier", have the ability to enter a Resilient Sphere spell - a "barrier" that specifically mentions that other spell ...
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Can creatures attacked with Burn set other creatures on fire?

Small Fire Elementals (amongst others) have an attack called Burn: A fire elemental deals fire damage in addition to damage dealt on a successful hit in melee. Those affected by the burn ability must ...
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What is the interaction between “Touch of Death” and “Undead Fortitude”

The "Way of the Long Death" monk has a feature called "Touch of Death": Touch of Death Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, your study of death allows you to ...
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Why don't changelings reveal themselves?

I am preparing to run my first Changeling: The Lost game, and I just read over the rule book. One thing I don't understand is why the mortals don't know about the Changelings. Vampires have strong ...
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If I select Improved Natural Attack (Claws), does that apply to Rake attacks too?

Claws and Rakes are listed as separate attacks, but Rake's are extra attacks by the creature's claws. If I selected Improved Natural Attack for my Lion Animal Companion, do my Rake attacks also ...
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Do pouncing animal companions get STR modifier bonuses to Rake attacks?

I have a level 11 druid with a lion animal companion. He gets Pounce, Grab, and Multiattack. If I pounce and get five attacks (bite, 2 claws, 2 rakes), do I apply my STR mod to the rake damage?
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Applying templates to lion shaman Wildshape

I have a level 11 Lion Shaman druid. I like to wildshape into lion forms for obvious reasons... he’s into lions. So for lion shamans, my level 11 guy can shape into lions like a level 13 druid. I ...
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Are the Kobold Dragonshields ability scores typos?

The Kobold Dragonshield from the 4e Monster Manual has a bunch of ability scores that do not match the ability modifiers. For example, their Strength, is 14 (+3). Should it be 16(+3), or 14(+2)? Every ...
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Does Hexblade's Curse extra damage affect every die rolled? [duplicate]

The relevant part of Hexblade's Curse states (XGtE p.55): Starting at 1st level, you gain the ability to place a baleful curse on someone. As a bonus action, choose one creature you can see within 30 ...
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Does the Seeking Spell Metamagic work on a weapon attack caused by a spell?

The Seeking Spell Metamagic from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything reads: Seeking Spell If you make an attack roll for a spell and miss, you can spend 2 sorcery points to reroll the d20, and you must ...
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What pathfinder 2e features, if any, can be used to replicate / emulate the features of a 5e transmutation wizard?

I run a 5e campaign for a group of friends. I've recently suggested transitioning over to PF2e. One of the players is playing a transmutation wizard, and he's fond of his Minor Alchemy ability: ...
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Does the Wizard Order of Scribes' Manifest Mind fly?

According to the updated info in Tasha's: As a bonus action while the book is on your person, you can cause the mind to manifest as a Tiny spectral object, hovering in an unoccupied space of your ...
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Can only Wizards become Liches?

I am in the process of world building for a new game. My ultimate antagonist is going to be a lich, but the bit of research I have done so far all refers to liches having to be wizards, due to the ...
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Can you apply Hex damage when the target is immune to the initial damage?

The Warlock is fighting a Ochre Jelly. On his turn, he cast Hex on the Jelly as a bonus action, then hits it with his Short sword. The Ochre Jelly is immune to the slashing damage, so the attack ...
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At what distance can an Artificer Battle Smith command his Steel Defender?

The Tasha's Cauldron of Everything brings the most recent version of the Artificer and the Battle Smith subclass, who gains a companion called Steel Defender at level 3. In the description of the ...
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How to make monsters stat blocks?

Is there a way that I can turn a character sheet into a monster stat block? I am trying to make some monsters, but there are sections for class and paragon path that are obviously meant for a PC. I ...
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Does something count as “dealing damage” if its damage is reduced to zero?

An example of a feature where this sort of thing matters is the Optional Favored Foe feature for the Ranger from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (emphasis mine): [...] The first time on each of your ...
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Does Undead Fortitude work if you have only 1 HP?

Undead Fortitude. If damage reduces the zombie to 0 hit points, it must make a Constitution saving throw with a DC of 5+the damage taken, unless the damage is radiant or from a critical hit. On a ...
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Does using the Wish spell to resurrect a creature killed by the Disintegrate spell (or similar) trigger the “stress” penalties of the Wish spell?

Does using the wish spell to resurrect a creature killed by the disintegrate spell (or similar) trigger the "stress" penalties of the wish spell? The first thing that causes me to question ...
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Does damage reduction from Shadowfell Brand Tattoo stack with resistance?

Shadowfell Brand Tattoo, the new magic item from Tasha's has this effect: Shadowy Defense. When you take damage, you can use your reaction to become insubstantial for a moment, halving the damage you ...
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Can skeletal champions or other intelligent skeletons talk?

Can skeletal champions or other intelligent skeletons talk? I notice skeletal spell casters get silent spell as a bonus feat, but they also retain language and intelligence.
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Difference between a Magus Variant, and a Skeletal Champion variant

So, while looking through the template options for skeletons and animate dead, one of the listed options is the magus. Magus: These variant skeletal champions and zombie lords are minor spellcasters (...
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(Occult Adventures) When do I roll my saves when opening/maintaining Chakras?

https://www.d20pfsrd.com/alternative-rule-systems/occult-adventures/occult-rules/chakras/ As far as I can tell it isn't specified whether you make the save during the swift action but before ...
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Is there a standard way to handle spells that have willing creatures as targets but no ruling for unwilling ones?

Some spells allow to target willing creatures and specify what unwilling ones should do (usually, a saving throw) to avoid the magical effect (see Scatter, for example). Other spells use wording such ...
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Help! My PCs polymorphed my boss enemy! What do I do?

Our Druid has recently gotten access to the polymorph spell and has started polymorphing the opponents I so lovingly crafted for our (well, mostly my) enjoyment. (So far, he has been turning them into ...

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