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Does Power Word Kill kill druids in wild-shape?

By RAW, the Druid dies. Wild Shape protects you from a few specific things: When you revert to your normal form, you revert to the number of hit points you had before you transformed (and then take ...
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Why do druids use scimitars?

It Isn't Based in History You won't find the answer to this element of your question in that form: ... rather an outside source that shows the historical connection) to show the origin of ...
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Why would a druid use a sickle instead of a scimitar?

The shortest answer is, assuming the druid has the best-case scenario available to them, they wouldn't. The scimitar is all-around a better weapon than the sickle, assuming you're proficient in both (...
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Can a Circle of the Stars Druid roll a natural d3 (or other odd-sided die) to bias their Cosmic Omen roll?

The rules assume you only have a standard polyhedral set. It seems abundantly clear to me that the intent is for the die to have an even numbers of sides. The feature’s outcomes are based on odd or ...
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Are druids considered "shapechangers" and thus unaffected by the Polymorph spell?

They are not shapechangers. Shapechanger is a Tag (Monster Manual p.7) given to certain creatures. Becoming a druid doesn't change you from Humanoid (elf) to Humanoid (elf, shapechanger) in the same ...
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Are Moon Druids overpowered at levels 2-6? If so, by how much?

Your analysis is correct but one sided You have accurately pointed out many of the advantages of the Moon Druid. It is true that it is one of, if not the strongest subclass in the game. But you have ...
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Is the shapeshifting druid an original D&D invention?

Druids have been shapeshifters from the beginning The D&D Druid ability to shapechange showed up originally in their first appearance in the game, as a monster in the Greyhawk supplement for ...
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Does natural armor stack with unarmored defense?

Sort of, but no. Unarmored Defense does not provide a bonus to AC. It provides an alternate means of calculating it. So, your druid has two AC calculations available to him: AC provided by beast form....
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Can a Druid Wild Shape into a Swarm or "Giant"?

Note the uses of the word Beasts in the description of what Wild Shape does. Beasts is a defined term; from page 2 of the Dungeon Master Basic Rules: Beasts are nonhumanoid creatures that are a ...
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Why are Clerics and Druids Wisdom-based?

Wisdom: Prime Requisite versus Spell Casting Ability The thing that originally made Clerics different was the prime requisite being the Wisdom score. Druids, being a sub-class of Cleric, were along ...
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Does a druid starting with a bow start with no arrows?

By a literal reading of the rules, then no you do not start with ammunition (possibly just because Druids aren't really associated with ranged weapons). Compare with the Ranger starting equipment ...
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Can a druid's 2 uses of wild shape be used consecutively?

Like most other answers, I would say yes, two shapeshifts in a combat is legit; no, you did not make a mistake by allowing your player to wolf out and; no, you shouldn't try to claw back the ability. ...
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How reliable is Druidcraft weather prediction?

It's very reliable. According to the description, it "predicts what the weather will be". No ifs, ands, or buts. This suggests perfect accuracy. That said, it's not very precise. (Precision is not ...
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If I multiclass from ranger into Druid, can I still wear metal armor?

In the PHB pg 164 it gives you the multiclass table for what proficiencies you gain once you place 1 level into Druid (or any other class). Note on this table it also reminds you that Druids will NOT ...
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When did Druids make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

1975—Original D&D, but not playable The original Greyhawk supplement included druids, but they weren’t playable characters. They had a shape-changing ability. 1976—Original D&D, as cleric ...
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Why would a druid use a sickle instead of a scimitar?

Because it's Cool! Remember D&D is a role playing game first and a war game second. If the player imagines her Druid as a sickle wielding bad ass, reaping the foes of nature: fan-bloody-tastic. ...
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Can a druid wildshape again whilst still in animal form?

Yes. First off, let's note that there's nothing in the Druid description that specifically precludes the WS1 → WS2 transformation you're contemplating. Second, consider this line of "Wild Shape&...
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Can Yew Wands be used as a focus for both druids and wizards?

You might say something like: "Oh, well, a wizard can use a wand to cast spells, and a druid's yew wand is a wand, so the wizard can use that." But a wizard's arcane focus isn't just any old ...
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Can the druid cantrip Thorn Whip really defeat a water weird this easily?

Yes. The rules do not indicate that the thorn whip spell uses a grapple (which the weird would be immune to). The water weird has no immunity to the effect of thorn whip. Very clever use of a spell ...
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What in-universe reasons exist that explain why a druid can use metal weapons but not wear metal armour?

The explanation varies between editions of D&D According to the AD&D 1st edition Players Handbook, wearing metal armor interferes with the druid's supernatural abilities, but merely carrying ...
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Can a Circle of the Moon Druid still use Wild Shape as an action?

The phrase "gain the ability" means that it doesn't replace anything. In addition to your previous ability to wild shape as an action, you now also have the ability to wild shape as a bonus action. ...
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Is there anything stopping a druid from combining animals to form a new wild shape?

Yes, the rules stop this simply by how the ability works. The ability just doesn't provide any way to choose two forms. It specifies one ("a beast that you have seen"). Without something giving a ...
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Is creating a custom land circle for the Land Druid making him too versatile?

There's nothing inherently imbalancing about creating your own Circle, and it can be a great way to give your Druid a theme of your choosing. This was covered in some depth in this question. However, ...
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Do the Alert and Lucky feats carry over when in Wild Shape?

Feats, generally, aren't supplanted by beast statistics. (Though your ability to make use of them may be supplanted.) Alert and Lucky, specifically, still apply in their entirety. Your game ...
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Can a rogue multiclass into druid?

Optional Rule Unfortunately, multiclassing is an entirely optional rule, so there is no way to force your DM to allow it. If the DM allows for it, the character needs to have a 13 in the relevant ...
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Can a druid who is wild shaped into an ape cast spells that only have somatic components (e.g. Thunderclap)?

Not until level 18 Wildshape's 3rd bullet point is quite clear: You can't cast spells [....] A druid that shifts into Wildshape can't cast any spells, regardless of their VSM components. This ...
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Are the natural weapon attacks of a druid in Wild Shape magical?

Only the Moon Druid after level 6 While it's not specifically stated that they aren't magical, it is clear that they aren't due to the class feature of the Circle of the Moon Druid at level 6: Primal ...
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How can I give a druid better armor?

Dungeon Master Guide, page 165 Dragon Scale Mail Armor (scale mail), very rare (requires attunement) While wearing this armor, you gain a +1 bonus to AC, you have advantage on saving throws ...
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Can truesight see through a druid's Wild Shape?

Yes, truesight will see through Wild Shape. As you mentioned in the question, truesight can perceive the original form of a creature transformed by magic. And the first line of Wild Shape says that: ...
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Can Polymorph be used to give a druid new Wild Shape forms?

This is unclear, and it's ultimately the DM's call. Beyond the general "what the DM says goes", it's not spelled out what exactly it means to have seen an animal. There's plenty of room for the DM to ...
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