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Are alcoholism and drug addiction curable diseases?

Tread carefully As with any topic that intersects with real world behaviors and beliefs, you need to be both careful and considerate in using your game to explore topics of alcoholism or drug ...
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What mechanical effects would the common cold have?

I think that the common cold should be kind of trivial to adventurers whose constitutions are likely several standard deviations above the mean. In the context of D&D diseases, getting a cold ...
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Are alcoholism and drug addiction curable diseases?

They most likely are character flaws There is no definition of what counts as a disease in 5e, but from the text in the DMG and from the sample diseases, it is clear that the game thinks more of ...
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Would Spawn of Kyuss worms infesting a Paladin die?

(these answers, IMO, also apply to the Monk's Purity of Body) RAW: Paladins are probably susceptible to Kyuss Worms Because of… Reasons. 5th edition did away with a lot of verbose text present in ...
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Would Spawn of Kyuss worms infesting a Paladin die?

Not likely, but a case could be made for it This is a bit of a tricky area, but in general we have go with the idea that things do what they say they do and no more. As with all things 5e, a DM can ...
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Does a Paladin with the Divine Health feature destroy a Green Slime?

Immunity to disease is not the same thing as curing a disease. It's just an innate ability that prevents any diseases from affecting the creature. A paladin's Lay on Hands ability used to cure ...
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What happens if I try to use Lay on Hands to cure disease when there is in fact no disease?

Guidance can be taken from Xanathar's rules on Invalid Targets While abilities aren't stated to be included in this, the Optional Rules covered by Xanathar's about Invalid Targets (pages 85-6) can ...
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Does my character know he's ill while incubating a disease?

Disease When a character is injured by a contaminated attack, touches an item smeared with diseased matter, or consumes disease-tainted food or drink, he must make an immediate Fortitude saving throw. ...
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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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What might I make a player roll if they ask a physical, self-awareness question?

Not everything requires a roll, but.... I agree with the other answers here, that not everything requires a roll. Perhaps your examples aren't really suitable, since if someone breaks a leg they are ...
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Does the paladin's Divine Health feature make them immune to the curse of lycanthropy?

Paladins aren't immune, because lycanthropy isn't a disease. Lycanthropes and lycanthropy are described in the Monster Manual (p. 206): One of the most ancient and feared of all curses, lycanthropy ...
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What mechanical effects would the common cold have?

Given the overall "heroic" tone of modern D&D (doesn't even account for reasonable maiming due to battle wounds, infection from same, etc.), I'd be strongly inclined to leave out piddly stuff like ...
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Can a Rutterkin's Bite poison a Paladin?

The Paladin is immune The fact that the saving throw is specifically against disease, and that Paladins are immune to disease means they should not have to make a save against this effect, regardless ...
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Are creatures that are immune to disease unaffected by the Harm spell?

They are immune to the spell I will begin with the statement that all spell descriptions are rules, the text is not merely flavor text. In fact, the spellcasting rules refer to everything in the spell'...
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Can I invent a disease for the sake of my character's backstory?

In D&D, anything can happen. The books are there to be used as tools to help push your game forward, not to limit it. There are a variety of times, places, and reasons to stick faithfully to them ...
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Can a Rutterkin's Bite poison a Paladin?

It cannot poison the paladin. A disease, mechanically, is not a condition. It itself can impose conditions to PCs or provide other effects. The paladin is immune to disease and hence immune to its ...
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What might I make a player roll if they ask a physical, self-awareness question?

"I know what's wrong, but not why it's wrong!" Everyone can agree that the best person to tell you how your body feels is you. Knowing what hurts, how much it hurts, if you're feeling ...
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Are there examples in WotC publications of a disease that's "a more complicated outbreak"?

Outbreaks and disease are different things As Obie commented, you don't need a disease that is harder to break for "a more complicated outbreak", it can be the same disease that you can cure ...
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What does it mean for plague to "continue until the victim reaches Constitution 0"?

As the parenthetical says, you have to read the Dungeon Master’s Guide rules about disease for this to make sense. Unfortunately, “page 304” is incorrect, at least for my printing of the 3.5e Dungeon ...
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Is the Adult Gold Dragon's Weakening Breath considered a curse, disease, or poison?

It wouldn't help :( Unfortunately, there is nothing in Weakening Breath (MM, 114, Basic Rules, 299) that says it is either a curse, disease, or poison. Since there is no explicit statement that it is ...
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Does the Contagion spell infect the target immediately on a melee attack hit?

As per 2018 PHB Errata, Contagion now applies poison before it applies disease; RAW, the disease is only applied after 3 failed Constitution Saves. New Contagion: Your touch inflicts disease. Make a ...
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If a vampire drinks blood of a sick human, does the vampire get infected?

HIV and other bloodborne contagions are known to be transmitted by vampires since 1st Edition. It simply makes a Vampire HIV positive. He won't ever show all the usual symptoms of AIDS, but he will ...
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Does a Paladin with the Divine Health feature destroy a Green Slime?

No. A Green Slime is destroyed by "an effect that cures disease". A Paladin is immune from disease. This effect is preventative (prophylactic), not curative.
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How can you undo a Slaad infection?

Prior to chestbursting, any feature which cures disease will work. The slaad inflicts a disease. Ergo, any effect which cures disease will remedy our issues: The lesser restoration spell The heroes' ...
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How does a character proficient in the Medicine skill help other characters recover from diseases, injuries, or similar effects?

Your DM would have to make a house rule. A character with Medicine proficiency should in theory be able to help another character more easily recover from injury, disease, or poison. There are ...
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Does the paladin's Lay on Hands feature cure parasites?

You know how in D&D, the "solar system" is surrounded by Crystal Spheres immersed in phlogiston? It seems that what we consider naive medieval scientific "theory" is, in the D&...
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Paladin gaining Divine Health while they have a disease

The rules as written don't say specifically. "Immune" doesn't carry any special meaning in 5e. An ordinary language interpretation of "immune" would be that a character immune to ...
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How to slowly kill someone tended by a 13th level cleric

Greater Bestow Curse, Spell Compendium (pg. 27). It isn't listed on the normal effects of the spell but it says "You can also invent your own curse, but it should be no more powerful than those ...
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If a player gets Lycanthropy, does it start immediately? Or does it take a while?

You're looking for this rules text (from the section on Lycanthropes from p. 206 of the Monster Manual): Some individuals see little point in fighting the curse and accept what they are. With time ...
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