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Do I understand the difference between the two versions of Symbol, and why would anyone ever choose the second one?

The idea is that the surface option doesn’t move. When the spell describes the surface option, the idea is that you are inscribing the glyph on an immovable or mostly immobile surface: such as a ...
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Why would anyone buy a Pony over a Mule?

The saying goes "stubborn as a mule". You are thinking about this out of character while looking at game mechanics. Yeah, the mule is better-by-the-numbers, and if that's all you ever ...
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Why does the kobold inventor in Tomb of Annihilation reference Appendix A?

It is referring to “Appendix A: Assorted Beasts” in Volo’s Guide to Monsters. The Kobold Inventor was first published in Volo’s Guide to Monsters (pg. 166), and the stat block there references “...
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Are these two potentially-overpowered (or unintended) uses of Fabricate overpowered?

This is by no means overpowered Thomas' answer covers the ambiguities of what counts as raw material in depth: this is not further defined and hence up to your DM. I'd like to focus on the body of ...
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Can the spell Spirit Shroud heal a zombie?

In 5e, necrotic energy does not heal undead Your DM is right in their ruling. While in earlier editions of D&D, necrotic (or "negative" as it was called then) energy did heal undead, ...
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Herbalism Kit: Identify Poison (Potion?) - XGE Typo?

It's likely that this is not a typo. The DMG says: Potions are an exception; a little taste is enough to tell the taster what the potion does. And while it's not clear if tasting a poison actually ...
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Can "minor conjuration" create a 50 ft rope?

An argument could be made either way, but what's reasonable? Technically speaking, a fifty foot length of rope is fifty feet long regardless of how it's coiled, and if you allow creating arbitrarily ...
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Do wizards not cast spells in their free time?

There are passive ways to protect yourself and convenience yourself in your own 'lair'. Unlike many PCs, NPCs are not continuously on the move. NPC wizards within their famous towers will have the ...
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Do I understand the difference between the two versions of Symbol, and why would anyone ever choose the second one?

Moving either version should break the spell, at a DM's discretion As Jack points out, Glyph of Warding used to have the same language. The designer intent of this language (for Glyph of Warding) as ...
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Can spells that target creatures affect (damage) the layers of a Prismatic Wall spell?

Strictly RAW, no, it can't, and yes, that's stupid, so ignore it Cone of Cold strictly damages creatures. The wall is not a creature, so it can't deal cold damage to it. That's what the rules say ...
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Is this homebrew "Sign Letter" spell balanced?

Aside from the other answer given, there are a couple of notes: You probably intend the ink to be used up (as it's ink), if that's the case you need to specify that they are as per Are normal spell ...
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What's the difference between Innate and At-will spell casting in D&D 5e

Innate spellcasting Innate Spellcasting is a special trait used in monster stat blocks to designate that a creature has some spellcasting abilities "innately", literally meaning it was born ...
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Will green-flame blade damage bonus apply to multiple attacks made in the same turn?

It will only apply damage once Green-Flame Blade says: You brandish the weapon used in the spell's casting and make a melee attack with it against one crea­ture within 5 feet of you. On a hit, (...
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Can "minor conjuration" create a 50 ft rope?

You as the DM can decide how you handle this The Minor Conjuration feature (p. 116 pHB) says: You can use your action to conjure up an inanimate object in your hand or on the ground in an unoccupied ...
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Can Hunter's Horde Breaker be used against the same (huge) targer?

It means what it says. Horde Breaker does exactly what it says it does. You can target a different creature. Not the same one, no matter how big the creature is. You're asking, "If I can shoot ...
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Can the spell Spirit Shroud heal a zombie?

Spells only do what they say they do. The spell description of Spirit Shroud states: Until the spell ends, any attack you make deals 1d8 extra damage when you hit a creature within 10 feet of you. ...
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Is this homebrew "Sign Letter" spell balanced?

This is barely stronger than a cantrip like Message, so making it a level 1 spell (like Identify, Illusory script, Alarm, Detect Thoughts) is fine. Freezing the contents creates some odd situations, ...
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Can a cleric of the grave's god be Sarenrae?

Personally, I'm a big fan of the "this is fun for me" argument. You asked for arguments you could make to convince your DM to let you be a grave cleric with your chosen deity. As a DM, one ...
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Can a cleric of the grave's god be Sarenrae?

Pathfinder Lore Supports This Sarenrae was originally created for the world of Golarion in the Pathfinder RPG, and with Pathfinder 2e she has an Anathema to 'create undead' that could match well with ...
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How long can my character survive without sleep?

I think you're thinking about this slightly wrong Dream doesn't replace the mechanic for going without sleep, it forces into effect. That is, if you fail the saving throw against dream, you then still ...
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Do wizards not cast spells in their free time?

This may matter less than you should think First, I think in a typical day, there is no need for a wizard to cast a lot of spells. I know that the most my wizard typically casts on downtime days is ...
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What Demons/Devils have trident attacks?

You’re likely thinking of either a bearded or a horned devil. The bearded and horned devils are the only monsters with an “infernal wound” mechanic. The horned devil in particular appears to carry a ...
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Is this homebrew "Sign Letter" spell balanced?

This is balanced I think the spell is correctly placed on second level. Yes, it is extremely niche and has no combat applications, but it also creates a permanent effect. Other such niche, non-combat ...
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How can I add a layer of meaning to an evil campaign?

Take advantage of shared motivations We have played a chaotic evil campaign. In my experience, the problem is not primarily the campaign story, it is keeping the players from murdering each other's ...
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What is the functionality of Eyes of the Eagle?

Being able to see things a long way away in fine detail is useful, because it gives you information, and knowledge is power. How much power depends on the knowledge and what opportunities you'll have ...
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What Demons/Devils have trident attacks?

Mezzoloths There are two Mezzoloths1 mentioned on page 169 that will leave their tridents behind: Opening the wardrobe reveals two mezzoloths, which teleport into the room and attack. When a ...
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Can the Deathlock Mastermind's Grave Bolts be used to attack a single target twice?

Yes it can, given the update in Monsters of the Multiverse. The Deathlock Mastermind was updated in Monsters of the Multiverse, and Modenkainen's Tome of Foes is now obsolete. With this update, ...
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Are these two potentially-overpowered (or unintended) uses of Fabricate overpowered?

No A) Fabricate requires the materials and 10 minutes to cast. That means you need a large rock and 10 minutes. However, if all you need is a large rock in under 10 minutes you can probably have your ...
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Can a cleric of the grave's god be Sarenrae?

This is going to be a long shot Serenrae is described as associated with Healing and the Sun, her portfolio of domains in Pathfinder is Sun, Redemption, Honesty, Healing, with subdomains Day, Heroism, ...
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Herbalism Kit Activity: Identify Poison - Applicability

It would refer to all poisons Potions of poison aren't the only kind of poison an adventurer might encounter. The basic rules includes a number of them. You might need to test if an item, or food, has ...
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