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Why do Warlocks only have spells up to 5th level? What's the correct progression for their slots?

The book is correct. For the reason why level 6-9 spells exist for the warlock when their Pact Magic slots cap at 5, check the Mystic Arcanum class feature on PHB p.108. Mystic Arcanum At 11th level, ...
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Why would I ever choose rolling hit points?

Because it's "more fun". To many roleplayers the fun is on the dice. They enjoy every roll, and they like to take risks. If another game's example is allowed, in MERP hitpoints were also rolled (for ...
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Mechanically speaking, why does level 1 seem so different from level 2?

Welcome to Rusty Dagger Shanktown! What you have noticed is very widely commented upon—1st level is often called “rusty dagger shanktown.” It’s hyper-lethal, rather than the kind of heroic fantasy ...
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Can I defer levelling up after reaching the XP threshold?

This is a bit of an XY Problem. The title of the question is 'can I defer leveling up?' but the actual problem is expressed in the second sentence: I'm not yet ready to pick what archetype would fit ...
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My players want to grind XP but we're using milestone advancement

Let me summarize: You have a group that prefers Milestone XP, but isn't interested in creating any new stories. And you don't seem interested in making a story of your own unrelated to the characters. ...
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Why would I ever choose rolling hit points?

History It's a Gamble It's presented as the default. The first of these points might be the strongest of them all. Older editions had you always roll your hit points which means that people who are ...
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Can a character gain two levels with the same encounter?

As Ceribia referenced, RAW does not allow this. However, in this case I would consider it for four reasons. First, the Deck of Many Things is an artifact. Artifacts generally give the big flaming ...
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Is leveling up mandatory?

You can't refuse to level up... From the Players Handbook, "Experience and levels" p 58: Advancing a Level: When your character’s XP total reaches at least the minimum XP needed for a new ...
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What is the reason behind "one level at a time" level advancement in D&D?

I am not particularly fond of playing one game session and going up a level. That hardly qualifies as "earned," to my way of thinking. (E. Gary Gygax as Col_Pladoh on Dragonsfoot forum) The ...
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Are there any rules on how characters go from 0th to 1st level in a class?

There is no 0th level D&D 5e expects players to start at level 1. NPCs don't have player class levels, so there's never such a thing as a 0th level character. A NPC fighter doesn't actually have ...
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How does a character know when she's leveled up?

Character levels are an abstraction of continuous growth The characters themselves know that they are getting stronger, but they don't experience discrete jumps in power within the game. Instead, ...
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Can you take the same feat multiple times?

The general rule is that you can only take each feat once From page 165 of the Player's Handbook (under "Feats"), or here in the basic rules: You can take each feat only once, unless the feat's ...
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How do you quickly build a player character during a session without interrupting the game or leaving out important information?

1. Carry pre-generated characters. 2. Allow character changes after-the-fact. Pregenerated characters can save you a lot of time. It's not the ideal solution for immersive role-playing, but it'll ...
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Are racial stat bonuses every level or just once at creation?

Racial ability score adjustments are only added once at character creation. The Player's Handbook is explicit about how ability scores improve. The ability score improvement class feature says: ...
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What are the consequences of giving an ASI or feat every 4 character levels instead of every 4 class levels?

It tips balance towards multiclassing Delaying the ASI or feat bonus is one of the detriments of multiclassing. It balances out the benefits of multiclassing. Giving ASI or feat for every 4 total ...
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Does a Wizard copying a spell count as one of their two new spells for a level?

Copied spells and the two free spells are separate Note the full wording1 of the Learning Spells of 1st Level and Higher section (emphasis mine): Each time you gain a wizard level, you can add two ...
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Can you roll for HP at levelup in Adventurers League?

I found it, page 5 of version 7.0 of the AL players guide. When you gain a level, use the fixed hit point value in your class entry. You can’t roll your hit points. Missed that but easily fixed.
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Are Constitution changes retroactive when calculating max HP?

CON changes apply retroactively, so it doesn't matter when you increase it. PHB 177: If your Constitution modifier changes, your hit point maximum changes as well, as though you had the new ...
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Multiclassing: How do Ability Score Improvements work?

Ability score improvements are a class feature, and are only gained when the class level grants it. Different classes gain these advances at different levels (the Fighter is the clearest example of ...
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Can a character gain two levels with the same encounter?

No PHB p.58: A character can advance only one level at a time. If, for some extraordinary reason, a character's XP reward from a single adventure would be enough to advance two or more levels at ...
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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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My players want to grind XP but we're using milestone advancement

Why do they think they need to be stronger to complete a plot point? This is based on your comment: ... their goal is specifically to get stronger to go back and complete a plot point. They don't ...
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What are the most important things magic items do for the players into higher levels of the campaign?

5th edition was designed to not require magical items. A party of level 20 characters can win a fight against a CR 20 dragon with no magical items whatsoever. That said, one very important aspect of ...
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When do a wizard's new spells appear after leveling?

By RAW, they are free The rules for leveling up a wizard state that you can add two wizard spells of your choice to your spellbook for free. The rules for gaining a level (PHB p. 15) state that a ...
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How can a GM subtly guide characters into making campaign-specific character choices?

Don’t be subtle My preferred approach: “This is me, the DM. I see you have an empty language and favoured enemy slot. Word to the wise: giants.” The advantage of this is that it has about a 55% of ...
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Why would I ever choose rolling hit points?

Rolling dice is part of the game, but rolling dice only once is also very unbalancing. When you miss an attack roll, you can try again next round. When you roll low for attributes, your character will ...
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Do you improve your ability score at every level?

No: you do not gain an Ability Score Improvement at each level. I know there's something called Ability Score Improvement, and I think that means you get to improve 2 ability scores by 1 (or you ...
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Can a wizard delay learning new spells from leveling up, and instead learn different spells later?

Spells are learned upon level up From the wizard class features: Learning Spells of 1st Level and Higher Each time you gain a wizard level, you can add two wizard spells of your choice to your ...
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Is a character obligated to advance in level?

The Adventurer's League FAQ states that characters with sufficient experience must advance at the next opportunity. When do characters advance in level? [...] Characters with sufficient experience ...
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What character growth happens beyond level 20?

The 20th level is the highest you can achieve. Characters who reach 20th level have attained the pinnacle of mortal achievement. Their deeds are recorded in the annals of history and recounted by ...
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