Hot answers tagged

167 votes
Accepted

Given powerful low-level Clerical healing, how can sick, crippled or otherwise unhealthy people exist?

You need not change anything about the default setting in order to have people "left out" of the benefits of clerical magic. I don't think that clerical spellcasting is as easy to come by as ...
user avatar
  • 98.9k
108 votes
Accepted

Can clerics use swords?

Any character can use any weapon; there are no limitations (except size - a medium creature can't use a storm giant's axe or a pixie's dagger). If they are proficient in that weapon they get their ...
user avatar
  • 189k
67 votes
Accepted

How can a Cleric be proficient in warhammers?

Two cleric domains get proficiency with martial weapons in DnD 5e, and dwarves have a racial proficiency Cleric Domain PHB p. 62 and 63 identify Tempest and War Domains as having martial weapon ...
user avatar
60 votes
Accepted

Can you cast spells with a Somatic component if you're holding a two-handed weapon?

Taking your hand off the weapon should not require any action expenditure - you are just letting go of it, same as if you dropped it. You can then use your free object interaction to restore your ...
user avatar
  • 27.1k
59 votes

How might a character transport hundreds of thousands of gold inconspicuously?

The only way to do this inconspicuously is to convert all that money into gems. A mundane backpack could easily carry 500,000 gp worth of gems with room left over for camping gear. Upon arrival, gems ...
user avatar
  • 27.2k
59 votes

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 ...
user avatar
58 votes

Can clerics create holy water?

Under "Chapter 5: Equipment" in the Player's Basic Rules and Player's Handbook: A cleric or paladin may create holy water by performing a special ritual. The ritual takes 1 hour to perform, uses 25 ...
user avatar
  • 7,364
57 votes
Accepted

How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work?

Things are different now. The Wizard and Sorcerer from prior editions have now combined into one class, called... the Wizard. Also, the Cleric picked up the same mechanics. (Meanwhile, something ...
user avatar
57 votes
Accepted

How does anyone ever die with a Cleric

Dying in Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition very rarely occurs by chance. Importantly being reduced to 0 HP only renders a player character unconscious. Finishing off Unconscious Players An intelligent ...
user avatar
  • 5,439
55 votes
Accepted

How many spells can a cleric learn?

How many spells can a Cleric learn? None, because Clerics 'Prepare' their spells without having to learn them. Clerics, Paladins, and Druids are unique spellcasters in that, unlike every other ...
user avatar
  • 18.2k
55 votes

What happens when I can prepare more spells than I have slots to cast them with?

There is a big difference between 'Spells Prepared for the Day' and 'Spell Slots.' The spells you prepare is the library of options you have to pick from when you go to cast a spell. A Spell Slot is ...
user avatar
  • 60.9k
52 votes
Accepted

How much health will a Life Domain cleric regain from the Blessed Healer feature using the Mass Healing Word spell?

If the Cleric casts Mass Healing Word, targeting each of the 4 party members, how many times would the Cleric gain HP equal to 2 + Spell Level? I would argue only once, because the trigger for ...
user avatar
  • 3,374
52 votes

How does anyone ever die with a Cleric

D&D 5e combat is low stakes At least, in the sense that anyone is at serious risk of dying in any given combat. Each edition of D&D has progressively made dying less likely. However, ...
user avatar
  • 189k
51 votes
Accepted

How can a jailer prevent the Forge Cleric's Artisan's Blessing from being used?

The cleric can't just transform their metal cell door to escape It seems that your concern is that, should a Forge Domain cleric be imprisoned in a jail cell made of metal, they could use Artisan's ...
user avatar
47 votes
Accepted

Can a spell be prepared once and cast multiple times?

Yes. In 5e, prepared spells remain available as long as they're prepared. From the D&D Basic Rules (e.g. from the cleric's or the wizard's Spellcasting feature): Casting the spell doesn't remove ...
user avatar
47 votes
Accepted

How might a character transport hundreds of thousands of gold inconspicuously?

A Portable Hole 10,000 lbs of gold is about a 24-inch cube (0.235 m^3) and a Portable Hole doesn't have a weight limit. Since the interior of a portable hole is 6ft by 10ft, it can easily hold 500,...
user avatar
  • 1,409
47 votes
Accepted

Would a cleric's domain ever preclude them from casting a general cleric spell?

Are there any official sources that these rules are based off? Not that I know of. This does indeed seem to be a homebrew approach. You might want to ask your DM to write down the full Cleric spell ...
user avatar
  • 77.9k
45 votes
Accepted

Why are Clerics and Druids Wisdom-based?

Wisdom: Prime Requisite versus Spell Casting Ability The thing that originally made Clerics different was the prime requisite being the Wisdom score. Druids, being a sub-class of Cleric, were along ...
user avatar
44 votes
Accepted

Why would I use Scorching Ray?

The pros of Scorching Ray are: Assuming no attacks miss, it does more damage than Guiding Bolt. You have the option to attack multiple targets when using Scorching Ray. Eventually, when you have ...
user avatar
  • 4,118
44 votes
Accepted

How does Augury work exactly?

I'm going to take a markedly-different approach from many of the others; hopefully this perspective is useful, too. Start by looking at the nearest-neighbor spell to augury: aura of life. 30' radius, ...
user avatar
  • 98.9k
42 votes
Accepted

Are there examples of priests/clerics having water creation abilities that predate D&D?

Numbers, Chapter 20, Verses 1 to 11 20 In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried. 2 Now ...
user avatar
  • 13.8k
42 votes
Accepted

How can a Forge Cleric obtain proficiency with swords at first level?

Through your race, or possibly background The easiest way to get the proficiency would be through a race that gives you proficiences, or through a background which might, with DM permission, grant you ...
user avatar
  • 35.4k
41 votes

Given powerful low-level Clerical healing, how can sick, crippled or otherwise unhealthy people exist?

True Clerics are rare The Player's Handbook points out that not all a deity's clergy are "clerics" who have magical healing powers. Not every acolyte or officiant at a temple or shrine is a cleric....
user avatar
  • 24.5k
40 votes

Does a Life Cleric casting Goodberry at higher spell levels get more potent Berries?

Yes! This is a very interesting synergy that is viable. Disciple of Life states: Also starting at 1st level, your healing spells are more effective. Whenever you use a spell of 1st level or higher to ...
user avatar
  • 122k
40 votes
Accepted

Redundant bonus spells for cleric peace domain

Domain Spells are always prepared and don’t count against your total prepared spells. The rules for Domain Spells state: Each domain has a list of spells — its domain spells — that you gain at the ...
user avatar
39 votes

Is there an official way to effectively carry a holy symbol without breaking Vow of Poverty?

Pick your deity carefully One of St Cuthbert's holy symbols is a wooden club, which you could take as your cheap simple weapon pick. It is possible that there are other deities with similar options.
user avatar
  • 24.8k
39 votes

How often do I need to hand out spell scrolls as the DM in order to balance the Wizard's spell list with the Cleric's?

The wizard, without needing anything, is the most powerful* class in the game. They do NOT need handouts. There are several things that I think are wrong about your question, but primarily you seem to ...
user avatar
  • 26.3k
38 votes
Accepted

How do I figure out how to roleplay my Cleric's faith?

As a Cleric I would have thought that piety and an overwhelming urge to do right would define my character's behaviour. The onus of the Cleric class is to serve and represent their deity. Like all ...
user avatar
  • 43.9k
37 votes
Accepted

Casting Spells at close range as a Cleric

Aiming a ranged attack is more difficult when a foe is next to you. When you make a ranged attack with a weapon, a spell, or some other means, you have disadvantage on the attack roll if you are ...
user avatar
  • 472
35 votes

Do Cleric's domain spells add slots?

The domain spells do not count against your number of prepared spells per day; they are extra, and always prepared (PHB, p. 58): Once you gain a domain spell, you always have it prepared, and it ...
user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible