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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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Does Bard's Jack of All Trades grant them greater initiative?

Yes, the Bard adds 1/2 proficiency to initiative. In 5e all checks are ability checks. This is why every check in published materials is listed as Ability (Name), such as Strength (Athletics). ...
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Does Bard's Jack of All Trades grant them greater initiative?

Yes! The initiative roll is a Dexterity ability check, and is intend to gain a benefit from "Jack of all Trades". Per Player's Handbook p. 177: At the beginning of every combat, you roll ...
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Can a Lore bard's Cutting Words feature cancel a critical hit?

Apparently, you cannot. At least not any more. Jeremy Crawford, the lead rules designer of D&D 5e, was asked in December 2015: @JeremyECrawford Can I cancel a "Natural 20 Critical Hit" ...
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I Roll To Seduce The Dragon! (or, Do doublings of proficiency bonus stack?)

Do they stack? RAW, no. Occasionally, your proficiency bonus might be multiplied or divided (doubled or halved, for example) before you apply it. For example, the rogue's Expertise feature doubles ...
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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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Can Vicious Mockery hit a target behind full cover?

Line of sight is needed The spell needs line of sight to work (PHB, p. 285): You unleash a string of insults laced with subtle enchantments at a creature you can see within range. "But that doesn'...
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What are the consequences if I allow a Bard to use Bardic Inspiration on himself?

Allowing a bard to inspire himself is giving him a close variation on the level 14 ability of the Lore bard (Peerless Skill). The timing is a bit weaker, but the bard would be able to use the die on ...
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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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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 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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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 College of Lore magical secrets be traded at level up?

Well, there's good news, and there's bad news. The good news is that you can trade away the spells from Magical Secrets. The bad news is that you can only trade them for bard spells. The rules on ...
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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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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 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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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 allow me to keep the bonus after I become proficient in the skill later?

You cannot gain the bonus from both Jack of all Trades and Proficiency, they are mutually exclusive. You're misunderstanding the way ability checks work. An ability check is: To make an ability ...
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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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Does a Bard benefit from their own Song of Rest?

Song of Rest: Beginning at 2nd level, you can use soothing music or oration to help revitalize your wounded allies during a short rest. If you or any friendly creature who can hear your performance ...
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Does Bard's Jack of all Trades increase passive checks?

Yup, you halve-and-add your proficiency bonus to even passive checks. Jack of all Trades. ...add half your proficiency bonus, rounded down, to any ability check you make that doesn't already include ...
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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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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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