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How can I explain to my player that Alchemist's Fire is safe to carry?

It is probably possible to come up with in-game reasoning, but to my ears they sound contrived and might have adverse effects on the rest of your game, so I won't bother. ("But wait, if that's true, ...
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What's the point of quivers?

They answer the question of “where did you put your arrows such that they’re easily accessible?” If you tell me, as DM, that you have 20 arrows but no quiver, then I’m wondering where the arrows are ...
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What is the point of a shield proficiency?

The disadvantages are the same as wearing regular armor you lack proficiency with (Note, I used the basic rules pg.44 as a reference, but the information should be the same as in the PHB, pg. 144) You ...
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Are purchasable animals overpowered?

The part you're missing is (ignoring story consequences). I've played with a party who were really amused about the idea that they could buy an Elephant, and then did (and named it Bongo) and ...
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What benefits does a tent give a character?

It does what a tent does: provides temporary shelter from rain, snow, wind, cold, sunlight, and so on. Depending on the severity of these conditions, the lack of such shelter could create a situation ...
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What is the point of lowering the hood on a hooded lantern?

There's very little point in an open field, but in a dungeon reducing the light radius to 5ft can easily be enough to make sure it doesn't shine across the next corner.
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Would a centaur benefit from snowshoes?

First, the rules for snowshoes don't actually exclude their use by horses or centaurs; the rules make no mention of needing to have humanoid feet to wear them. I personally feel it would be poor DMing ...
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Do rations contain loose salt?

In this specific instance, I'd think the question is moot. The effect of a handful of salt on an ordinary slug is devastating because the slug is so small. The effect of a handful of salt on anything ...
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Do rations contain loose salt?

Theoretically, they could be included, but it's incredibly unlikely that rations would contain any type of additional seasoning for a couple reasons. As a preface, this answer applies to the standard ...
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How can I explain to my player that Alchemist's Fire is safe to carry?

Why not let them play their character authentically? That's a great personality trait to use as part of a plot development. Their hyper vigilance and over-concern for minor issues can be a great ...
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Can Mage Hand pour out a vial of acid?

Mage hand can pour out a vial of acid. Pouring a vial of acid in this way will (generally) not damage an enemy. It's exactly as the rules you quoted say. You can pour out the contents of a vial. Per ...
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Does splashing a flask of Holy Water consume it?

The contents means "what's in the flask" you can splash the contents of this flask onto a creature within 5 feet of you The contents, not modified by "some of" or "a fraction of" implies all of ...
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What is the point of lowering the hood on a hooded lantern?

I realized my comments were better suited as their own answer. You are absolutely correct that a hooded lantern would be visible in the dark from any distance. Assuming you had direct line of sight ...
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Is the Healer feat overpowered?

No, it's not overpowered Healing in the game isn't expensive. In fact, most of the time, it's entirely free - a long rest will completely restore all your lost hit points, a short rest will usually ...
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How do I incentivize my players to fight and upgrade their weapons/armors?

Have a Session 0 Seriously, have a session 0 and discuss what kind of game you're wanting to run versus what kind of game they're wanting to play. There's a clear stylistic mismatch between you and ...
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How to destroy a spellbook when the wizard dies?

Thanks to the resources of his organization, this wizard has a contingent fireball cast upon the spellbook. (This makes use of the 6th level contingency spell). The contingency spell is keyed to go ...
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In Out of the Abyss, one character requires an item yet starts with it confiscated. What should I do?

There are quite a few things that the Cleric can do ... This cleric requires his holy symbol to really do anything. That's not quite true. What cantrips does the cleric have? The following ...
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How to handle inventory and story of a player leaving

To me the problem seems to be that the other players think that they gained treasure as a team and divided it up according to some measure of 'fairness' and 'need.' So when one player leaves, they ...
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Do wizards' spells gained per level just appear in their spellbook?

Yes, as soon as the wizard levels up, those two spells are found in one of his spellbooks and he can prepare them the next time he prepares his spells. They do not require time or money to scribe, ...
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What do a minotaur's rations consist of, and can a dragonborn eat them?

As far as I'm aware, there are no official rules regarding the diet of either of these two creatures. As such, it would depend on the DM, as usual. However: If you insist on using real world logic, ...
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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 I throw dynamite from inside the effects of sanctuary?

God knows what you did. When sanctuary was originally published, it was available only to Clerics and Paladins. This gives some insight into the original intent for the spell's function. The question ...
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Can a player put a torch mount on their shield to hold a torch without using a hand?

It would probably make the shield unusable. The hot part of the torch is going to have to be kept away from the shield; a wooden shield risks catching on fire, and a metal shield will simply transfer ...
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Can I wear as many magic items as I want?

You may equip as many magic items as you can properly wear, only three of which can be requiring attunement. Many magic items require attunement, which is a process that lets a specific character ...
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Does a Wizard's spellbook need to be a book?

No, it doesn't need to be a book. From the "Your Spellbook" sidebar in the wizard's Spellcasting feature (PHB p. 114): Your spellbook is a unique compilation of spells, with its own ...
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Is a Scythe an official weapon?

Scythes do not have a stat block in 5th Edition D&D Whether you're a DM looking to issue a Scythe to a player, or a player trying to convince your DM to permit your character to use one, you'll ...
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Do Cobbler's Tools work on Horseshoes?

No, cobbler's tools aren't used to craft/maintain horseshoes A cobbler, by dictionary definition, works on shoes for humans. Traditionally, this would be primarily leather work. Farriers do work on ...
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Is there an official way to effectively carry a holy symbol without breaking Vow of Poverty?

Pick your deity carefully One of St Cuthbert's holy symbols is a wooden club, which you could take as your cheap simple weapon pick. It is possible that there are other deities with similar options.
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What's the starting wealth for higher levels?

There is a table is on page 38 of the Dungeon Master's Guide. However, the text says: Starting equipment for characters above 1st level is entirely at your discretion, since you give out treasure ...
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Does a wizard need to hold a component pouch or focus in one hand in order for it to work?

The rules for spellcasting spell this out clearly: A spellcaster must have a hand free to access a spell’s material components—or to hold a spellcasting focus—but ...
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