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Can the spell Catnap affect elves?

RAW - Yes, catnap can affect elves Catnap is a bit deceptively named because, despite the name and the fact that one of its effects mimics a short rest, Catnap does not actually technically put ...
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If an elf is stable with 0 HP, do they regain all hit points after a long rest of 8 hours or 4?

A stabilized elf can finish a long rest in 1d4+4 hours. The rules for “Stabilizing a Creature” state (emphasis mine): A stable creature doesn't make death saving throws, even though it has 0 hit ...
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Can an elf be magically put to sleep using a Wish spell?

It's up to the GM A wish like this falls under this section: You might be able to achieve something beyond the scope of the above examples. State your wish to the DM as precisely as possible. The ...
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How do I build a character with multiple races?

There aren’t rules for doing that: the rules offer “half-elves” (and “half-orcs”) as a race, but in both cases they aren’t mix-‘n’-match options, but static races that always offer (more or less) the ...
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Can elves trance in armor without any downsides?

No negative effects Including the details on the Elven Trance feature here: Trance: Elves do not need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply for 4 hours a day. (The Common word for such ...
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Fey Ancestry says "Magic can't put you to sleep" and Brass Dragon has the ability to "exhales sleep gas". Does the breath weapon affect elves?

An elf is not immune to the Dragon's Sleep Gas Jeremy Crawford has clarified in a tweet that Fey Ancestry only protects against magical sleep. Nonmagical sleep gas/poison/etc. can knock an elf ...
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Should a high elf wizard use weapons instead of cantrips?

You don’t give us a criterion for “should” If your criterion is damage potential - maybe. The long bow has a higher average damage on a hit than a Fire Bolt (6.5 vs 5.5). However, if her Intelligence ...
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Is there a way to make the Elven Accuracy feat work with the second benefit of Great Weapon Master?

The most optimal way to do this would be to play a Half-elf Hexblade. Drow (PHB) & Shadar-Kai (UA Elf Subraces) come in second (+1 to Cha vs Half-Elf's +2), and other elves are still viable (just ...
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Why do hobgoblins hate elves?

They have diametrically opposed cultures Hobgoblins, though generally opposed to most other races besides their fellow goblinoids, have been described as having a specific hatred of elves since the ...
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How can the Starter Set's pre-made elf have 5 languages?

While elves get Common and Elvish, high elves get an additional language of their choice. Extra Language. You can speak, read, and write one extra language of your choice. (PHB p.24, "High Elf") ...
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Are elves native to Faerun/Toril, or are they immigrants from elsewhere (like the Feywild)

5E Realms lore does not specifically address this. 4E Realms lore, on the other hand, does. Their exact origin is subject to some debate, even among the elves. Collectively, the elves are known as ...
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How does forgoing advantage interact with Elven Accuracy?

Reading the rules as written for both, Elven Accuracy does not apply. Elven Accuracy states "Whenever you have advantage on an attack roll", not "Whenever circumstances would grant you advantage". If ...
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What happens to a Bladesinger reincarnated as a Human?

They're still a Bladesinger If you take a real persnickety reading of the rules, the SCAG says specifically that: Only elves and half-elves can choose the bladesinger arcane tradition. In the ...
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Is the offspring of an elf and a half-elf an elf or a half-elf?

XGtE suggests the result is a Half-Elf This book includes a table (p. 62) for determining parent races when your character is a half elf. It includes the possibility of: One parent was an elf and ...
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Can elves maintain concentration in a trance?

Yes Elves are able to maintain concentration during a long rest if they use their Trance trait. Concentration is only broken by: Casting another spell that requires concentration. You lose ...
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Do High Elves have the "Keen Mind" feat naturally?

Nope. The mechanical effects for each race, the racial traits, are laid out after the description of each race/subrace. The traits of High Elves are Ability Score Increase, Elf Weapon Training, ...
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Elf (adjective) vs. Elvish vs. Elven

Elvish is the language, elven is the adjective Are there rules on when to use elf (as an adjective) versus elvish versus elven in D&D? In D&D 5e, at least, there actually are! The official D&...
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Is my homebrew elf subrace feature balanced?

You should be okay but be careful of stepping on the druid's toes There is nothing particularly unbalanced about the feature. You can sort of compare it to gaining a bit less than 1/3 of the Magic ...
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Is there any major mechanical advantage to playing a Drow Elf (full) rather than a Drow Half-Elf?

Superior Darkvision is the major advantage The most significant mechanical advantage that a Drow has over a Half-Drow, and indeed most other races, is their 120-foot darkvision. Drow can see in the ...
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Does an age of an elf equal that of a human?

Physically yes, up to a point - but that’s not all elves care about While you can easily make this work for your game, the default assumptions about how elves age both physically and culturally are ...
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Must 5e elves take a long rest?

The long rest mechanic is used for the purposes of restoring resources (spell slots, hit points, class feature uses, etc) to party members. Outside of this there is no reason, mechanically, for any ...
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Could an elf PC start adventuring at the age of 20?

This is a question that is probably more about the world your campaign is located. Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms (in numerous novels) indicate that elves at the age of 20 would appear to our ...
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Sleep's hp total and (half-) elf targets

You have it exactly correct. A (half-)elf in the area of the spell is affected in ascending HP order and sucks up the appropriate amount of the 'payload', it's just going to have no effect, and ...
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Can a human assist on darkness perception checks?

The Working Together rule suggests that the human won't be much help A character can only provide help if the task is one that he or she could attempt alone. (PHB p. 175) ... if the perception ...
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Can dim light be used to activate the wood elf's Mask of the Wild trait?

It's questionable; your DM is free to rule on this. It's not clear that shadows in general are a viable source of obscurement for mask of the wild. All the given examples are A) natural events or ...
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Does an elf's daily trance require 4 consecutive hours?

The answer you linked answers your question as well. A: If an elf meditates during a long rest (as described in the Trance trait), the elf finishes the rest after only 4 hours. A meditating elf ...
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How long is an Elvish generation?

100 to 200 years According to Races of the Wild (2005), p.13: Though an elf reaches mental and physical maturity at the age of 25, very few elves become parents until much later in life. Elves ...
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Can an Elf grow a beard?

Elves cannot naturally grow a beard Elves do not grow facial hair, according to the D&D 5th edition's Player's Handbook (p.21): Elves have no facial and little body hair. The item description ...
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How effectively can a trancing Elf serve night watch?

What the book says Jeremy Crawford was asked about sleeping perceptions, where Crawford said that sleeping people are unconscious. Elves, as far as I see, don't have an answered tweet from the ...
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Sleep's hp total and (half-) elf targets

I disagree. Magic can't put the half-elf to sleep; he is immune to magical sleep. The sleep spell will act as if he is not there. A normal human who is unconscious doesn't get his HP subtracted ...
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