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Why would I put an ASI into Con instead of taking the Tough feat?

Constitution is not only good for hit points You will have to weigh how important all of the following are for your character, compared to the 1 extra maximum hit point per level. The PHB points out ...
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What stat would I use for a crossbow if I throw it rather than shooting it? (Specifically using Elemental Cleaver)

You throw an improvised melee weapon When you throw something as an attack, you either throw a melee weapon, or use a deliberate thrown weapon, like a dart. A crossbow is neither of that, so the only ...
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Why would I put an ASI into Con instead of taking the Tough feat?

HP are just one thing that Constitution affects You are correct that your Constitution affects hp, and that the Tough feat affects your hp twice as much as raising your Constitution modifier does. ...
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What is the significance of Headband of Intellect et al setting the stat to 19?

There are occasional benefits of 19 over 18 Interestingly, the only examples I've found involve Strength, but other stackers found some more; here are the benefits: The long jump 19 Strength gives a ...
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If a monk increases their dexterity or wisdom modifier, does their AC increase as well?

Yes, their AC is adjusted Per the rules of Unarmored Defence Beginning at 1st level, while you are wearing no armor and not wielding a shield, your AC equals 10 + your Dexterity modifier + your ...
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What does it mean for plague to "continue until the victim reaches Constitution 0"?

As the parenthetical says, you have to read the Dungeon Master’s Guide rules about disease for this to make sense. Unfortunately, “page 304” is incorrect, at least for my printing of the 3.5e Dungeon ...
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Can I create a creature with a high Charisma score even if it can't speak?

Charm without speaking is easily possible For example, the Beholder, one of the game's most iconic monsters, has a charm ray with this effect: Charm Ray. The targeted creature must succeed on a DC ...
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What is the significance of Headband of Intellect et al setting the stat to 19?

You're safer from Intellect Devourers Intellect Devourers (MM, p. 191) have an action that requires you to roll 3d6, and if the total equals or exceeds your INT score, you drop to zero INT and are ...
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Can you select a feat that increases an attribute by 1 for an attribute that is already at 20?

You can but it won't work the way you seem to think it will If your Charisma is already at 20 and you pick it for the Telepathic feat, it will remain at 20 but the feat will allow you to use Charisma ...
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Can you select a feat that increases an attribute by 1 for an attribute that is already at 20?

Yes but it will not increase beyond the maximum of 20 Telepathic has three distinct effects. The first one says: Increase your Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma score by 1, to a maximum of 20. So ...
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Can I put all points in one ability with customized origins?

Sort of a bug You are not allowed to stack the ability scores, and this is documented in the Origin Manager on DnDBeyond. So while it doesn't validate that you follow the rules, but it does say that ...
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Why would I put an ASI into Con instead of taking the Tough feat?

Improving your Con by 2 also gives you +1 to constitution saving throws. These are commonly used to resist many spells, as well as diseases, poisons, and conditions imparted by some monster attacks. ...
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Does D&D have any sort of interaction that affects Constitution saves similar to how Evasion affects Dexterity saves?

The magic item Mizzium Armor (from Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica, p. 179) works for both Strength and Constitution saves, but only completely reduces half damage to null on a success, so you still ...
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What is the significance of Headband of Intellect et al setting the stat to 19?

Movement in the Astral Plane There may be other cases, but the only one I know of is that a creature's movement speed (while in combat) on the Astral Plane is 3 times it's Intelligence score - so this ...
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Do the "set ability score to 19" magic items function while using Wild Shape?

Depending on the shape, yes For the item to function, the wild shape must be able to wear it (emphasis mine): Your [ability] score is 19 while you wear this [item type]. When the druid assumes their ...
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What is the significance of Headband of Intellect et al setting the stat to 19?

These magic items have been around forever. They started out with items like "Gauntlets of Ogre Power", that set your strength to the exact strength of an Ogre from the Monster Compendium. ...
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Is it possible to exchange ability scores (i.e. reducing one ability score and increasing another) during character creation?

No, there is not. When written, Patta's answer was correct. There was previously a rule that allowed a player to decrease two stats in order in increase a third. However, as of approximately January ...
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What stat would I use for a crossbow if I throw it rather than shooting it? (Specifically using Elemental Cleaver)

Dexterity, since it's a ranged weapon attack. Only melee weapons with the Thrown property allow you to make a ranged attack using Strength. Firstly, the default rule is as follows: The ability ...
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Is there any way to use Dexterity for spellcasting or as a named spellcasting ability?

In Eberron: Rising From the Last War the variant Human with the Mark of Passage gains the innate ability to cast Misty Step with Dexterity as the spellcasting ability. Magical Passage. You can cast ...
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Do rangers have any features that would encourage them to fight with Dexterity instead of Strength?

There are a few You are asking two questions: if rangers have specific class features (except ranged combat) that would encourage them to fight with dexterity (in the title), and more generally, if ...
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Can a catatonic creature (0 charisma) be controlled via domination magic?

It can be targeted, but not controlled. The rules state that a creature with 0 Charisma is unconscious. From the SRD: A character with Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma 0 is unconscious. ...
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What NPC skill or ability should be used to oppose a PC's Intelligence check made when using the Disguise Kit?

Intelligence (Investigation) or Wisdom (Perception) may be used to discern disguises. I looked for examples in the rules where an ability check is used to detect a disguise. In the spell disguise self,...
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What beasts have the lowest Con, Wis, and Cha saves?

Constitution Beasts are a healthy lot with an all-natural diet, there's no Constitution modifier lower than -1. Constitution 8 beasts bat frog hawk owl raven scorpion sea horse spider weasel ...
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AnyDice - Complicated Stat Distribution

You can return an empty die d{} from a function to reject results. They will be removed from the probability space, which is equivalent to rerolling such results ...
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AnyDice - Complicated Stat Distribution

HighDiceRoller has already posted a very good AnyDice program for modelling this stat rolling method, so let me just amend their excellent answer with some analysis of the results. Comparing the ...
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How are Constitution-based checks and saves differentiated in these circumstances?

Attempts to achieve vs. attempts to avoid The list of examples of things covered by Con checks is indeed confusing, because of the six things (counting food and water separately), it seems like four ...
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What stat would I use for a crossbow if I throw it rather than shooting it? (Specifically using Elemental Cleaver)

Ranged Weapons Use Dex Chapter 9 (Combat) has the rules for attacks, which say: Ability Modifier. The ability modifier used for a melee weapon attack is Strength, and the ability modifier used for a ...
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