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Can a snake be prone?

Yes, Snakes can be prone Conditions Prone is a condition (PHB, 290). And the only way to avoid that condition is to have some form of immunity or something else mechanically that prevents a creature ...
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Can a petrified character drown?

No, you can't drown The first of the rules for the petrified condition states: A petrified creature is transformed, along with any nonmagical object it is wearing or carrying, into a solid inanimate ...
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Can a paralyzed creature targeted by an Evocation Wizard's Sculpt Spells feature actually succeed a Dex save?

While these are two contrary rules exceptions, and therefore ambiguous, from a story perspective, Sculpt Spell is intended to represent the evoker guiding their damaging spell to avoid the target, so ...
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Petrification at low levels

This pit-fall of Challenge Rating is anticipated in the Dungeon Master’s Guide. The DMG gives some guidance for designing encounters, and there is a sidebar on p. 82 that mentions exactly the problem ...
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How Much Does a Petrified Character Weigh?

A petrified character weighs 10 times their normal weight This is answered in the first bullet point of the petrified condition (emphasis added): A petrified creature is transformed, along with ...
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Since advantage and disadvantage caused in a heavily obscured area cancel out, what effect does it have in combat?

It levels the playing field Casting darkness will cancel out both advantage and disadvantage, due to the way they stack. If your opponent has advantage and you have disadvantage, then cancelling both ...
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Does the frightened condition provide supernatural knowledge of the location of the source of fear?

Not going RAW The player is not "willingly" moving closer to the dragon, they are unknowingly doing so. They can keep moving closer to the dragon up until they become aware of the dragon's ...
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Does death cure all ills?

It depends on which spell you use to bring back the dead. There are five different spells that you can use to bring a dead person back to life, and they all work a bit differently, as you might ...
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Is a character swallowed by a giant toad considered "unseen" on an attack against the toad, granting advantage (which cancels out disadvantage)?

Neither advantage nor disadvantage As you say, you have several sources of disadvantage and one source of advantage - being unseen. These cancel, leaving you with neither. Even if you don’t ...
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Can an incapacitated character still use bonus actions?

No, an incapacitated character cannot take bonus actions. From the rules for bonus actions: anything that deprives you of your ability to take actions also prevents you from taking a bonus action. ...
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If you are incapacitated, can you move?

Yes. The condition states everything you're not allowed to do: Actions (which also prevents Bonus Actions, per PHB p. 189: "anything that deprives you of your ability to take actions also ...
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Since advantage and disadvantage caused in a heavily obscured area cancel out, what effect does it have in combat?

If you cannot see your opponent then you cannot use any spell or feature that says "that you can see". For example, you cannot: Use Protection fighting style. Use Uncanny Dodge. Make Opportunity ...
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If a character is stunned but still has attacks remaining, can they still make those attacks?

I would say that Alex can no longer finish their turn, as they are immediately Stunned and therefore incapacitated. Stunned A stunned creature is incapacitated (see the condition), can’t ...
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Which Saves oppose which Conditions?

No, because it depends on the effect that is causing the condition. You cannot save against a condition, you save against an effect (a spell, item, monster, maneaver, etc) The same condition might be ...
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If you succeed on all of your death saving throws, what happens?

If you succeed on a Death Saving Throws 3 times, you don't recover any hitpoints. Instead, you become stable: A stable creature doesn’t make death saving throws, even though it has 0 hit points, ...
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Does Disguise Self end if the caster falls unconscious?

Disguise Self does not end when you are incapacitated According to the rules on spell duration in the Player's Handbook A spell's duration is the length of time the spell persists. A duration can be ...
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Does immunity to fear prevent a mummy's Dreadful Glare from paralyzing a character?

The lore given in the Monster Manual provides an answer The stat block of any monster is not given in isolation, the Source Book (in this case the Monster Manual) provides lore of each monster ...
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How can the petrification from the Flesh to Stone spell be removed?

Petrified is a condition, like sickened or poisoned. Many spells can remove harmful conditions — Greater Restoration lists petrification. It is currently the only one, short of Wish. Wish can either ...
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Does the beholder's charm ray really take a PC out of the fight like this?

That's correct: the beholder's Charm Ray does not have a repeating save. The other rays you've quoted show what it would look like if it were there, and it's not. You're also correct that while ...
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Can you negate the Frightened condition by not looking at the source of your fear?

If the source of the Frightened condition isn't within line of sight, you're still Frightened, but you don't suffer some of the effects of being Frightened. A frightened creature has ...
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How to tell a statue from a petrified creature in 5e?

Cast a long-duration spell on it, then identify First, is a petrified creature a creature? The petrified condition says: A petrified creature is transformed, along with any nonmagical object it is ...
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Unlisted effects of Incapacitated Condition

This answer only lists the otherwise unlisted effects of each condition that could apply to practically any character (that I could find, of course). It does not include class-specific examples, race-...
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Does being stunned interrupt concentration?

Being Stunned ends concentration by inflicting the Incapacitated condition One of the effects of the Stunned condition is this: A stunned creature is incapacitated (see the condition), can't move, ...
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Is there advantage on a non-adjacent attack against an unconscious creature?

The rules that you've quoted are pretty clear. You gain advantage when attacking unconscious creatures, and you gain disadvantage when attacking prone creatures from further than 5 feet away. If you ...
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Do PCs roll saves for pre-existing effects while Unconscious?

Yes, unconscious creatures still roll saving throws. "Automatically fails Strength and Dexterity saving throws" implies that other saving throws do not automatically fail. The phrasing would be ...
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Does a petrified creature stay conscious (and sane)?

Not-Unconscious does not necessarily mean awake and aware. Sometimes the game just expects us to understand certain terms without giving explicit rules text about what they mean. Famously, 5e doesn't ...
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Can You Use Teleportation to Stand Up?

The basic (but unwritten) rule is that spells do not do things that are not in their description. There is a price to pay for standing up and misty step and other similar spells do not waive it. But ...
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Can I use an Immovable Rod to Pin an enemy?

Mechanically... In order to attempt to pin an opponent, they must first be on the ground, or perhaps pressed flat up against a solid surface like a wall. In order to put them there, you'll need to ...
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Can You Use Teleportation to Stand Up?

Prone is a condition, and the Conditions section (page 290 of the PHB) says this: A condition lasts either until it is countered (the prone condition is countered by standing up, for example) ...
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How many opportunity attacks can you make per turn before becoming exhausted?

Usually a creature has only a single opportunity attack available To make an opportunity attack a creature needs to use their reaction to do so. From the rules on opportunity attacks (emphasis mine): ...
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