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What are the most and least-resisted damage types?

The forum post referenced in András's answer gives a quick overview of the the damage types but misses many important details about how those damage types are distributed. Dragons contribute ...
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What are the most and least-resisted damage types?

Unsurprisingly Poison and Force, respectively Here is a nice summary of Monster Manual. I shall transfer the relevant parts of the chart here in case of link rot: Resistance Immunity Vulnerability ...
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Can you make armor with multiple elemental resistances using only wool and copper? And how much time and money would it cost?

No, this scheme does not work. Elemental magic is primarily magical rather than primarily elemental For the same reason you can successfully cast Fireball underwater you can't expect wool and copper ...
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What happens when a creature with vulnerability to a damage type has resistance to the same type imposed on it, or vice versa?

They Both Apply (ALMOST 1x damage) On page 197 of the Player's Handbook, it states (bolds added): Resistance and then vulnerability are applied after all other modifiers to damage. This means that ...
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Would houseruling two or more instances of resistance to the same element as immunity be overly unbalanced?

It allows for some explosive combat options and methods to gain extreme immunities For example, a Tiefling gains resistance to fire damage, they could walk into a group of enemies and cast fireball ...
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If a creature has advantage against spells and magical effects, is it resistant to magical attacks?

Resistance and advantage are two separate mechanics Advantage has to do with rolling the dice, resistance has to do with reducing damage in half. Easy illustrative example is a Dwarf Dwarven ...
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Does a barbarian's damage resistance from Rage apply to damage from magical weapons?

The exclusion of any mention of magical weapons isn't accidental, Barbarians are resistant to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage whether it's magical or otherwise as it's key to their ability ...
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Can a Paladin use Divine Smite when attacking (with a natural 20) a creature immune to the weapon's damage type?

Divine smite only requires you to hit, which immunity does not prevent Some creatures have vulnerability, resistance, or immunity to certain types of damage. Particular creatures are even resistant ...
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How is a damage rounded for damage resistance?

You always round down unless told otherwise. In the very beginning of the Player's Handbook it lays down some ground rules for everything that follows. Along with the "how dice are used" and "...
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What does the Vorpal Sword ignoring resistance to slashing actually mean?

Magic weapons do not automatically bypass anything There is no general rule for magic weapons and resistances or immunities. It is hard to prove a negative, but you can look in the DMG at page 140 for ...
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What if a revenant (monster) gains fire resistance?

Nothing changes, except that the Revenant takes half damage from fire. The Regeneration trait states: If the revenant takes fire or radiant damage, this trait doesn't function at the start of the ...
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Does +1 armor give resistance to damage?

The armor itself has resistance to damage, it does not confer this to the wearer As you've quoted, the magic item itself has resistance to damage, but there is nothing that states it gives whomever ...
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Damage reduction and damage resistance: how to calculate?

PHB p.197 Resistance and then vulnerability are applied after all other modifiers to damage. For example, a creature has resistance to bludgeoning damage and is hit by an attack that deals 25 ...
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Do a Barbarian's different damage resistances stack or just overlap?

The reference you're looking for is on page 197 of the Player's Handbook, under, naturally enough, Damage Resistance and Vulnerability. Specifically the third paragraph states: Multiple instances ...
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Can a bear totem barbarian gain damage resistance while wearing heavy armor?

Yes. Counter to Airatome's point (which relies on a designer's input without errata), the rules as written are quite clear. In battle, you fight with primal ferocity. On your turn, you can enter a ...
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What is the point of weapon type resistances?

Not everyone has a magic weapon The type of loot and magic items to hand out is largely dependent on the GM. While your campaign might have magical weapons for all PCs, in mine usually only one ...
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When specifically stated "this weapon is magical for overcoming resistances" does that mean it does full damage against a character in rage

Generally speaking, such a feature would not overcome the barbarian's resistances from their Rage feature. First, for an example of such a feature, let's refer to the (NPC) archdruid's Wild Shape ...
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Can you make armor with multiple elemental resistances using only wool and copper? And how much time and money would it cost?

It wouldn't work even if D&D was a physics simulator I second everything that Upper_Case and ThomasMarkov have said, but there's another problem. Even if D&D were a physics simulator, this ...
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How do saving throws for half combine with damage resistance?

You take 1/4 the total damage. You are looking at two separate events. The first event is whether or not you are hit with the 'full force' of the attack (your saving throw determines this). You can ...
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Do resistances stack?

Nope, they don't stack. Page 197 of the PHB: Multiple instances of resistance or vulnerability that affect the same damage type count as only one instance. For example, if a creature has resistance ...
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Are your resistances optional?

By RAW, No. 5E generally uses a plain-English approach to explaining things. When it speaks of optional abilities, it uses words like Can or May. When it speaks of things that are non-optional, it ...
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Is there a way around a vampire's Sunlight Hypersensitivity?

There are only 3 ways for you to reduce radiant damage: A Ring of Resistance Armor of Resistance Potion(s) of Resistance None of the spells which give resistance to a damage type include radiant as ...
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Are Flameskulls resistant to magical piercing damage?

It is resistant to all piercing As you've noted in the flameskull, they are resistant to: Lightning, Necrotic, Piercing Because there is no qualifier for only piercing from a non-magical source, it ...
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Does damage from an enchanted weapon automatically count as magical damage?

The mace provides a magical attack that does bludgeoning damage. The term "magical attack" is defined as: ... a magical attack is an attack delivered by a spell, a magic item, or another magical ...
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How does resistance work?

Resistance is a game term which means that a creature takes half damage from a specific source. From the Player's Handbook (pg. 197) If a creature or an object has resistance to a damage type, ...
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Are there creatures that are resistant/immune to falling damage?

Yes, Demon Lords In the recently released Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, there are several extremely powerful enemies. Amongst them are the Demon Lords, creatures of near-deity level power. An example ...
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Does the Pyromancer sorcerer's Fiery Soul feature totally bypass immunity to fire damage?

No, it doesn't completely bypass immunity When a feature is designed to ignore both immunity and resistance to a damage type, rather than "reduce/step down" one level of protection, it is ...
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Is there a cantrip or spell that grants resistance to damage from natural attacks in the way Blade Ward does for weapon damage?

Blade ward already works for natural attacks It may not seem obvious, but Blade Ward already does this. A claw or bite attack (etc) are classed as Melee Weapon Attacks. This can be seen if you look ...
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Do magic items lose their magical durability in an Antimagic Field?

Regular Magic Items? Yes. You've already provided the only relevant quote from Antimagic Field: Magic Items. The properties and powers of magic items are suppressed in the sphere. For example, a +1 ...
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Is there a way to bypass resistance/immunity to fire damage?

You have a few not very good options for overcoming resistance, and only one option for overcoming immunity, albeit drawn from "unofficial" content. Your best option is probably the ...
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