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How to explain Bard getting College education suddenly?

Bardic Colleges are not modern Colleges. A "college education" means something specific in the modern world: it means that someone has gone to a specific kind of educational institution to get a ...
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If a College of Creation bard created 829 tons of iron on top of a guard shack, how much damage would it to do to people inside?

Either 0 damage, or you cannot create the object. The Performance of Creation feature states: The item must appear on a surface or in a liquid that can support it. Therefore, either the guard house ...
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Bards acting as rogues?

Class names and in-universe terms don't need to be the same What, really, is a 'bard'? It's somebody who earns their living by entertaining people with music and song. This doesn't require any form of ...
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Can a bard cast Vicious Mockery without passersby thinking it's an attack?

Debatable: but it's still insulting The general rules for spellcasting suggest that when a spell has a verbal component, this may be more than any common speech you must make to cast the spell. As an ...
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Is Bard level 20 utterly worthless, mechanically?

Yes, it is particularly underwhelming. Suppose your table actually runs what the Dungeon Master's Guide calls The Adventuring Day: Assuming typical adventuring conditions and average luck, most ...
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WotC Pre-rolled Level 1 Bard Character - Can't get it right in D&D Beyond

It looks to me like you may have missed out adding character background A 'background' adds two extra proficiencies to your character, so missing that out would account for the shortfall you've ...
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How does Jack of All Trades interact with Reliable Talent?

As of 2019, the new Sage Advice Compendium clearly states that they don't interact. These aren't allowed to work together on a single check. Can the rogue’s Reliable Talent feature be used in ...
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Do Bard and Rogue expertise stack?

No, they specifically do not stack From the basic rules: Occasionally, your proficiency bonus might be multiplied or divided (doubled or halved, for example) before you apply it. For example, the ...
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How many spells does a Bard have at 20th level?

Magical Secrets is a base bard ability that grants you two choices at level 10 , 14 and 18. You are missing this important part of 'Magical Secrets' "....the chosen spells count as bard spells and ...
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Is Bard level 20 utterly worthless, mechanically?

It's useless, if you mainly use Inspiration in combat This might seem like a strange statement, since Superior Inspiration triggers upon entering combat, but it's important to keep in mind how this ...
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Can a bard use a greatsword?

Well technically you could wield anything as a weapon, you just wouldn't have much success with it (you do not add your proficiency bonus to attacks, which is a +2 at 1st level). To be competent with ...
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Can Zombies be Inspired?

Yes. As you point out, the text of Bardic Inspiration does not exclude any creature types, which means that RAW, zombies can be inspired. This is not weird The MM entries for zombies explicitly ...
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How does multi-classing Sorcerer/Bard total spell slots work at lv 20/20?

You're on homebrew territory Multiclassing a character to maximum level in multiple classes is not possible under the base rules. The maximum character level is 20, so the total levels you have in ...
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Can a bard cast Vicious Mockery without passersby thinking it's an attack?

Everyone knows that bardic tongues get vicious. It would entirely reasonable to figure that Vicious Mockery could be done without obvious spellcasting, but by the same token, in a world where that was ...
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Does a kenku bard need an instrument, or can they use Mimicry for one?

Your DM does not get to make determinations like this in Adventurers League play. The rules are quite clear on spell components. As far as material components goes: Casting some spells requires ...
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How many skill proficiencies do I choose as a Triton Bard?

You should have 5 There are three possible sources to skill proficiency upon character creation: race, background, class. Tritons don't give proficiency in any skills, so aren't relevant. The folk ...
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Does Jack of all trades affect AC?

No. Armor Class is not an ability check. The PHB does not describe armor class(AC) as an ability check. Armor class is its own in-game thing. Armor protects its wearer from attacks. The armor (and ...
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Are you saving 'against' an effect if that effect applies when you successfully save?

A really strict reading of just the stats block implies that countercharm cannot help in this case. A Bard's countercharm grants advantage to saving throws against being charmed or frightened. The ...
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Vicious Mockery on non-humanoid targets?

By the rules, you are correct. The spell affects a creature (a rat qualifies) you can see (which you could) that can hear you (which it could). However, DMs do have the ability to change the rules ...
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Can a Bard use the Spell Glyph option of the Glyph of Warding spell and cast a known spell into the glyph?

Yes, if it's a Bard spell. For Bards, learned spells are prepared spells, according to the general rule for Spells Known and Prepared: Before a spellcaster can use a spell, he or she must have the ...
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Possible issues of a player switching Bard archetypes randomly with long rests?

Mechanical complexity Even playing a normal caster, the mechanical complexity of the spell library is not trivial to manage. With the subclass swapping, one'd effectively be doubling the difficulties ...
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Can a Valor bard Ready a bard spell, then use the Battle Magic feature to make a weapon attack before releasing the spell?

Yes. The Ready action specifies that When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy, which you release with your reaction when the trigger occurs. So when you take the Ready ...
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Can Bardic Inspiration be used on a roll replaced by Portent?

Yes, in fact you can. 5e rules designer Jeremy Crawford, gives an unofficial ruling in this tweet: @IgnatiusJRiell The portent die is intended to replace a d20 roll only, not any modifiers applied to ...
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Can a multi-class Bard/Wizard write spells known from Bard, into Wizard spellbook?

No, you can't write the spells you know as a Bard into your spellbook. There are 2 ways (outside of levelling as a Wizard) that a Wizard can add spells to their spellbook. The first is by finding ...
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How much does a bard know when they decide to use Cutting Words?

According to Jeremy Crawford in this conversation... If a player character ability relies on knowing a monster's roll, a DM may say what the roll is or show it. When asked to confirm that "[the] ...
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Can a Wizard 14/Bard 3 copy bard scrolls into the wizard spellbook?

No; you can only copy wizard spells into your spellbook The "Your Spellbook" sidebar states the following about copying spells into your spellbook (emphasis mine): When you find a wizard ...
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If a character can use a +X magic weapon as a spellcasting focus, does it add the bonus to spell attacks or spell save DCs?

No they do not. D&D 5e is a game where things only do what the rules covering them say they do. Magic items each have their own description and they only do what that description specifically says,...
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Can a Glamour bard maintain concentration on another spell while using Mantle of Majesty?

No, not without breaking concentration on Mantle of Majesty Here is clarification from Xanathar’s Guide to Everything: CONCENTRATION As soon as you start casting a spell or using a special ability ...
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Can a 10th Level Bard use Magical secrets to gain 5th level Paladin spells?

Magical Secrets lets you choose spells of a level you can cast. By 10th level a bard can cast 5th level spells. Banishing Smite and Destructive Wave are both 5th level spells... There's nothing ...
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