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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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Is a creature in the area of a Wall of Water spell trapped in ice when hit by the Ray of Frost cantrip?

Frozen This is a great combination! The rules for casting two spells with a bonus action and action simply state (PHB, 202): A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus ...
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Would wearing full plate armor cause slashing damage to be converted into bludgeoning damage?

As an addendum to Thomas Markov's excellent answer, I'd like to add the old adage that "HP are not meat points". 5 HPs of slashing damage does not directly translate to a slashing wound, and ...
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Is it possible to use a Mordhau grip to deal bludgeoning damage?

You can use the rules for Improvised Weapons Sometimes characters don't have their weapons and have to attack with whatever is at hand. An improvised weapon includes any object you can wield in one ...
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Does radiant damage work in magical darkness?

Radiant damage, despite its name, is not damage caused by light. Radiant damage simply happens to look like light. Look at the examples of radiant damage: a cleric's flame strike spell, or an angel's ...
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Would wearing full plate armor cause slashing damage to be converted into bludgeoning damage?

No, there is nothing in the rules indicating this is the case. If plate armor had this effect, we would find it in the item description or rules for armor, and we don’t. Weapons generally deal the ...
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What if I take an amount of necrotic damage from a wraith that's greater than my hit point maximum?

If a Wraith reduces your maximum HP to zero, you die The explanation you've been given seems to be a little mixed up - it's not that necrotic damage inherently cannot be healed, but that the Wraith's ...
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What type of damage is Sneak Attack?

While it doesn't seem to be explicitly spelled out anywhere, the Sneak Attack entry says: Beginning at 1st level, you know how to strike subtly and exploit a foe’s distraction. Once per turn, you ...
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What is "Force" Damage?

I think you're looking for additional detail where none exists. Damage Types says... Damage types have no rules of their own, but other rules, such as damage resistance, rely on the types. More ...
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What is negative damage?

It's negative energy damage The ability is talking about negative energy damage, which is the opposite of positive energy damage, and is simply another damage type like Fire, Cold, Electricity or Acid....
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Does every damage type have a way to deal nonmagical damage?

A player can gain access to all damage types non-magically Important ruling on what counts as magical While thedarkwanderer provides a great answer of monster attacks for each damage type, I wanted ...
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Are spells that do piercing, bludgeoning, or slashing damage considered magical damage?

For the purposes of the resistance/immunity example in the original question: "bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons that aren't silvered" The "weapons" ...
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What type of damage accounts for bleeding damage?

It doesn't need to have a damage type. Example from the Stirge Blood drain ability (MM 284): Blood Drain. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 5 (1d4 + 3) piercing ...
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Are there any RAW effects that give a flat damage reduction?

All I can think of is the Heavy Armor Master feat Besides Cutting Words that you already mentioned in your question, all I can think of that reduces damage by a number rather than halving it is this ...
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Is there any way to adjust the damage type of the Eldritch Blast cantrip so that it does fire damage?

There currently is no method for this While the Unearthed Arcana Lore Wizard created a method to change spell damage types, it only included spells that cost a spell slot, so cantrips like Eldritch ...
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Does every damage type have a way to deal nonmagical damage?

Yes, there's at least one for each. Force Incorporeal Movement: The ghost can move through other creatures and Objects as if they were difficult terrain. It takes 5 (1d10) force damage if it ends ...
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Can an attacker tell they're dealing non-lethal damage?

Yes, you can tell DMG p.26 When running a combat, make sure that you describe nonlethal and lethal damage differently. The distinction should be clear—both in the players’ imaginations and on ...
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How do you handle simultaneous damage when one type is absorbed and not the other?

Xanathar's Guide to Everything has guidelines for simultaneous effects; the person whose turn it is determines the order of simultaneous events The meteor swarm spell states: [...] A creature ...
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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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What reason did the designers have to make a spear not both piercing *and* bludgeoning?

Improvised Weapon Rules handle this well. To answer your first part: weapons don't have multiple damage types for simplicity sake, and because their damage type is based off of their original, primary ...
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What is the role of different damage types in D&D 5e

Damage types have no rules of their own, but other rules, such as damage resistance, rely on the types. (Basic Rules, Chapter 9, p.75) Damages type does not directly affect the damage you take. 3 ...
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Is there a distinction between magical damage and nonmagical damage?

A distinction exists In the rules on damage resistance, the following example is given: Multiple instances of resistance or vulnerability that affect the same damage type count as only one instance. ...
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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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Are there any RAW effects that give a flat damage reduction?

6th-level barbarians with the Ancestral Guardian archetype have the Spirit Shield feature (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 10): Beginning at 6th level, if you are raging and another creature you ...
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Does Force damage count as magical if the feature causing it doesn't?

Yes, it counts as magical. You already quote arguably the most specific reference - the definition of the force damage type: Force is pure magical energy focused into a damaging form. All force ...
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Would wearing full plate armor cause slashing damage to be converted into bludgeoning damage?

Not to take away from either of the other answers... Plate armor is NOT full body protection Having worked in ren faires, I've seen a fair share of "full armor reenactments". To which, there ...
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What is the difference between bludgeoning and piercing damage?

Skeletons are vulnerable to Bludgeoning damage and some oozes have abilities triggered by slashing. Split. When a pudding that is Medium or larger is subjected to lightning or slashing damage, it ...
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If a creature has resistance to bludgeoning damage, shouldnt it also have resistance to force damage?

Bludgeoning is physical, force is magical energy Bludgeoning: Blunt force attacks—hammers, Falling, constriction, and the like—deal bludgeoning damage. Force: Force is pure magical energy focused ...
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Is a golem immune to a Dread Necromancer's Charnel Touch?

Yes, it's immune. But only because Charnel Touch says so; not due to necromancy nor any of the other construct immunities. Charnel Touch (Su): [...] At will, but no more than once per round, she can ...
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