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Can I knock myself prone? Do I have to spend any movement to do so?

You can drop prone for free From the Basic Rules and Player's Handbook (page 190) on being prone: You can drop prone without using any of your speed.
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Can a paladin decide who is considered "friendly", and thus gets the benefit of their aura(s)?

There is no official rule, nor was there ever meant to be one It is, frankly, incorrect to analyze every time Wizards of the Coast used the word “friendly” in the text in an attempt to determine what “...
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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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Is this Order of Scribes wizard combo with the Elemental Bane and Faithful Hound spells a legal exploit?

Awakened Spellbook does not change which damage types you may choose as the trigger for elemental bane. This is neat question, but due to the wording of the feature and spell, it does not work the way ...
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Does the paladin's Lay on Hands feature cure parasites?

Many types of internal parasite, including the egg of the red slaad and the worm of the spawn of kyuss, are explicitly described as being killed by any effect that removes disease. However, pubic lice ...
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Does an opportunity attack allow a monk to use their unarmed bonus attack if they still have it and it’s still their turn?

Oportunity attacks are reactions, not normal actions, so this won't work You can only use Martial Arts with the Attack action: When you use the Attack action with an unarmed strike or a monk weapon ...
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How much light do psychic blades give off?

None There are no secret rules. The rules don’t say it emits usable light, so it doesn’t. Things can shimmer in reflected light.
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Does the rogue's Reliable Talent feature apply to a harengon's initiative checks (thanks to the Hare-Trigger trait)?

Yes, Reliable Talent applies to a harengon's initiative rolls An initiative roll is a Dexterity ability check. The Harengon's Hare-Trigger racial trait allows you to add your proficiency bonus to ...
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Can a Rogue Inquisitive use their passive Insight with Insightful Fighting?

This is not the right use for a passive check Passive Checks (p. 175, PHB) defines when to use a passive check A passive check is a special kind of ability check that doesn’t involve any die rolls. ...
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Can a Gloom Stalker Ranger (potentially) make an attack roll five times in one turn via the Attack action?

Yes, they can make 4 attacks (5 if they miss) Attack Action, due to Extra Attack = 2 attacks Use Bonus Action to make 2-Weapon Fighting attack when taking the Attack action (with appropriate weapons; ...
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Can my Order of Scribes wizard gnome with the Mark of Scribing cast Silence to survive her 120 ft fall?

Silence has no damage When you are a Scribes wizard casting a wizard spell you can "temporarily replace its damage type with a type that appears in another spell in your spellbook … of the same ...
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Would Fey Ancestry affect Cutting Words?

No There are no secret rules Fey Ancestry: You have advantage on Saving Throws against being Charmed, and magic can’t put you to sleep. There is no saving throw for Cutting Words and it doesn’t put ...
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Can Cutting Words be used while in an area of Silence?

Using Cutting Words needs the bard to be able to produce sounds. The description of Cutting Words reports (emphasis mine): When a creature that you can see within 60 feet of you makes an attack roll, ...
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Can a Hexblade warlock use their Accursed Specter feature as a pseudo-Speak with Dead spell?

Per rules as written, the specter knows nothing of their previous life. The relevant part of the description of the Accursed Specter feature tells us that: When you slay a humanoid, you can cause its ...
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What character options (except spells) increase AC as reaction?

Besides the shield spell, there are a few additional options: Defensive Duelist feat (PHB, p. 165) – When you are hit with a melee attack and are wielding a finesse weapon, use a reaction to add your ...
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Can you still use Commander’s Strike if the only attack available to forego is an attack against an ally?

Yes I think "you can't forgo an attack you can't make" is a bit too blithe -- the rule is you have to have an attack that you are choosing to give up, not that you need to have an enemy ...
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Would Fey Ancestry affect Cutting Words?

No Cutting words says: ...When a creature that you can see within 60 feet of you makes an attack roll, an ability check, or a damage roll, you can use your reaction to expend one of your uses of ...
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What character options (except spells) increase AC as reaction?

Several subclass abilities do this War wizard's Arcane Deflection: +2 to AC; when you use this feature, you can’t cast spells other than cantrips until the end of your next turn. Lore bard's Cutting ...
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Can the Wildfire Druid ability Blazing Revival prevent Instant Death due to massive damage or disintegrate?

No, your druid will die. The text of Blazing Revival states: ...reduced to 0 hit points and thereby fall unconscious... Emphasis mine. Since massive damage states that you instantly die, you ...
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Does a barbarian benefit from the fast movement ability while wearing medium armor?

Medium armor typically reduces the wearer's speed. A barbarian's extraordinary ability fast movement mitigates but does not obviate the medium armor's speed reduction. The barbarians in the examples ...
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Does using the Archer ability with Circle of the Stars Druid require a free hand?

When a feature requires a free hand, there will be something in the rules to tell you that. We know that casting a spell with somatic components requires a free hand because there is a rule for that: ...
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Does bonus damage from Thrown Weapon Fighting affect the ability Deflect Missiles?

Only if the missile is a thrown weapon Even though you are making a ranged attack with the missile, it is not necessarily considered a thrown weapon for that attack. The thrown weapon property is ...
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What's the price of blood?

Packaged blood won't work here Tainted Sorcerer says: She has two choices for a source of blood: herself or someone else. If she uses her own blood, the minor knife cut to draw the requisite blood is ...
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How many times can a creature be affected by the Avenging Angel Aura of Menace?

It's neither - each creature is affected only once. The "the first time" refers to the first time during a battle (combat) the condition in the ability is fulfilled, which can happen in one ...
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For the artificer's Magical Tinkering feature, do you need to touch the object with your tool?

RAW there is no need to touch it with the tool, and you must touch it yourself The language on how you accomplish the task is vague to the point that I suspect they kept it that way intentionally: To ...
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Can a Knowledge cleric using the Channel Divinity: Read Thoughts feature to cast the Suggestion spell be perceived, for the purposes of Counterspell?

It can be perceived In D&D 5e there are no hidden / secret rules. The feature says: and cast the suggestion spell on the creature without expending a spell slot. Thus, under no secret rules ...
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Explain Like I'm 5 How Oath Spells Work (D&D 5e)

You've misread something. Paladins do not receive "over leveled" spells. Sanctuary is a first level spell, received at paladin level 3. I recommend finding a PHB to confirm the information ...
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A question about paladin oath spells

The spell description tells you what the spell’s level is. Lesser restoration is a 2nd level spell, as stated in the spell description. Every spell description tells you what level it is. Here is a ...
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When does a character get temporary HP from the Shepherd druid's Bear Spirit Totem?

The timing is pretty clear: “when the spirit appears”. The feature description seems pretty clear about when you can gain these temporary hit points: Each creature of your choice in the aura when the ...
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Turn Undead vs. Champion Challenge

The key words here are willingly and must. Champion's Challenge: a creature can't willingly move more than 30 feet away from you Note that Champion's Challenge does not mandate that the target must ...
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