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Is there a way to prevent a Forge Cleric from using Divine Intervention to escape from custody?

The father is using divine intervention to get help... from his child! Of course the PC's father is seeking divine intervention from Moradin. And as a 10th level cleric, Moradin answers his call a few ...
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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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Is there a way to prevent a Forge Cleric from using Divine Intervention to escape from custody?

RAW, this is already part of the ability description. The description for Divine Intervention states: Imploring your deity’s aid requires you to use your action. Describe the assistance you seek, and ...
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Is it "RAW-Legal" to combine TCE and SCAG Bladesingers?

The most recent printing or publication replaces earlier ones In general, if there are multiple versions of the same thing, like a race or class description, the latest publication prevails. For ...
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Does the Dragon Hide feat count as Armor for the purposes of Monk’s unarmed movement?

The Dragon Hide feat does not count as wearing armor. The second bullet of the Dragon Hide feat says: While you aren’t wearing armor, you can calculate your AC as 13 + your Dexterity modifier. If ...
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If a paladin has a negative Charisma modifier, how many times can they use the Divine Sense feature (per long rest)?

Technically, negative modifiers apply unless otherwise stated. You’ve made the right observations: when a negative modifier does not apply, feature descriptions take care to set minimums to avoid ...
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Does the Wizard's Spell Mastery spells need to be prepared as a Wizard or can they be "known"?

A spell known/prepared through another class is not a wizard spell The multiclassing rules regarding spellcasting contain the following excerpt (emphasis added): You determine what spells you know ...
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What are the best non-wizard options for divination?

Bard, College of Lore The Bard has the ability to free-pick any spell from any spell list with Magical Secrets. A college of Lore Bard gets to pick two each at level 6, 10, 14 and 18. The Bard core ...
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Can you wait until a higher level to make a Magical Secrets selection?

No. You must select your spells when you get the Magical Secrets feature. The bard's Magical Secrets feature at level 14 states: At 14th level, you have plundered magical knowledge from a wide ...
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Can the Battle Master fighter's Know Your Enemy feature "see through" the Disguise Self spell, shapeshifting, or similar abilities?

You observe the current statistics of the creature Disguise self is an illusion that only changes your visible looks. Your actual game characteristics do not change. There are not even other ...
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Can a paladin stack Divine Smite, Thunderous Smite, and Wrathful Smite?

You can't use all three on the same attack Wrathful smite and Thunderous smite are both concentration, and both trigger "the first time you hit with a melee weapon attack during this spell’s ...
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Does Paladin Fighting Style: Defense count as a separately named feature from Fighter: Fighting Style Defense for stacking?

Both features have the same name, and do not stack. The combining game effects section in chapter 8 of the Dungeon Master's Guide states: ...when two or more game features have the same name, only ...
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Can a paladin use Divine Smite with unarmed strikes, but not Improved Divine Smite?

According to the Sage Advice Compendium, neither feature works with unarmed strikes Because of the awkward wording around this ability, the specific question of whether or not you can use Divine Smite ...
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Does the Flame Blade spell count as a melee weapon that can be used with the paladin's Divine Smite feature?

No Generally, flame blade is not considered a weapon and so doesn't work with spells and features which require one, such as green flame blade or opportunity attacks. For Divine Smite though there's ...
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Does a ranger with the Land's Stride feature ignore damage from the Spike Growth spell?

No. The text of Land's Stride reads the following (emphasis mine): Starting at 6th level, moving through nonmagical difficult terrain costs you no extra movement. You can also pass through nonmagical ...
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Does the Fog Cloud spell work in conjunction with the Blind Fighting fighting style the way I think it does?

That is the basic premise You missed the definition of heavily obscured: A heavily obscured area--such as darkness, opaque fog, or dense foliage--blocks vision entirely. A creature effectively ...
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Can the "dragon-like scales" from the Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's Draconic Resilience feature be used as the M component for Aganazzar's Scorcher?

Technically, no – but your DM might allow it You quote the description of resilience yourself, it provides "dragon-like scales". The material component for Aganazzar's Scorcher is listed as: ...
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If a prone Echo Knight fighter makes a ranged attack from the echo's space, and the echo is not prone, would the attack be made without disadvantage?

No. The Echo Knight is still making the attack; it's just coming from the Echo's Space. Per the phrasing of the Manifest Echo feature (emphasis mine): When you take the Attack action on your turn, ...
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What spell attack modifier does Eldritch Cannon use when multiclassing another casting class?

Use Intelligence. The rules for attack rolls state: The ability modifier used for a spell attack depends on the spellcasting ability of the spellcaster. (The corresponding section of the PHB adds, &...
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Can a Twilight Domain cleric wearing heavy armor still fly using the Steps of Night feature?

Yes, they can use it with heavy armour There is no general rules for interactions between flying speed and armour, the features that grant flight do what they say. The Steps of the Night feature ...
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Is there a way to prevent a Forge Cleric from using Divine Intervention to escape from custody?

An NPC doesn't have to follow player character rules You can create a custom stat block that has some, but not all Forge Cleric abilities. There's actually a lot of precedent here: Just look at MM ...
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Does the barbarian's 9th-level Brutal Critical feature deal one extra die of damage on a critical hit, or two extra dice?

The extra die from Brutal Critical is rolled once. The rules for determining the extra damage for a critical hit state: you get to roll extra dice for the attack’s damage against the target. Roll all ...
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Does the Wizard's Spell Mastery spells need to be prepared as a Wizard or can they be "known"?

It must be a wizard spell you have prepared; you can’t prepare sorcerer spells The text you reference from the Players Handbook is (emphasis mine): Before a spellcaster can use a spell, he or she ...
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What are the best non-wizard options for divination?

In summary, the base druid and cleric classes offer a good selection of thematic spells, with each class having one subclass in particular that is more on-brand than the others. Druid, with Circle of ...
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Can an Artillerist Artificer's arcane cannon walk without shooting?

“I made this walking cannon, but it can only walk while it’s firing” doesn’t make any sense. I don’t often do this, but sometimes the narrative implications of a ruling are silly enough that I think ...
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How does the Genie warlock's Bottled Respite ability from the Genie's Vessel feature interact with a Portable Hole that you bring inside the vessel?

You left the realm of rules and entered the realm of rulings when you allowed the portable hole to enter the vessel. In the Q&A Is it safe to bring an item like a Bag of Holding into a Genie ...
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How does Magical Inspiration interact with Magic Missile

You add it once to the damage. As you noted, Magical Inspiration says (emphasis added): If a creature has a Bardic Inspiration die from you and casts a spell that restores hit points or deals damage, ...
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Does the Wristpocket spell allow a bead from the Chronurgy wizard's Arcane Abeyance feature to last forever?

The bead will vanish after its hour is up The full text of Wristpocket is: You flick your wrist, causing one object in your hand to vanish. The object, which only you can be holding and can weigh no ...
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Does the Fog Cloud spell work in conjunction with the Blind Fighting fighting style the way I think it does?

This works even better than you think The fog cloud makes the area heavily obscured, which means (p 183 PHB): A creature effectively suffers from the blinded condition when trying to see something in ...
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When creating a high level bard, or leveling up a bard without choosing a Magical Secret, can I pick a spell of any level I can cast?

I think the key problem is; how are you creating a high-level bard? Every DM I've played with, and myself included, would say that you would create the character by going through the motions of ...
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