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What do I do with a player who's always trying to go out on their own to farm XP?

The easiest way is to stop giving out XP at all. D&D very prominently features the so-called milestone rule in their Hoard of the Dragon Queen/Tyranny of Dragons adventures. They later refined ...
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Why is there no non-combat XP in D&D 5e?

The premise of your question is flawed because the system allows for non-combat XP. Your question assumes that there is no non-combat XP in 5e, but this is not true. The DMG (pg 261) leaves the door ...
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Can I defer levelling up after reaching the XP threshold?

This is a bit of an XY Problem. The title of the question is 'can I defer leveling up?' but the actual problem is expressed in the second sentence: I'm not yet ready to pick what archetype would fit ...
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What can I do about players who "cheat" when answering the end of session questions?

You're part of the group You say in your question that "the GM has to ask the players 3 questions". That's not true, though. The End of Session move says the following: (emphasis mine) Then ...
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My players think they found a loophole that gives them infinite poison and XP. How can I add the proper challenges to slow them down?

No. Just, No. Mechanically, the duration of the spell is instantaneous. Nothing in the description of the spell even hints that the poison lingers after the instantaneous duration. So it doesn't. ...
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Do PCs understand the leveling system and its experience requirements?

Not really, but that doesn't leave them entirely in the dark The concept of experience points is an abstraction. As said in the 5e basic rules and on dndbeyond (emphasis mine): As your character goes ...
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How much XP can the Wish spell grant?

Well there's no base rule on that, but there are several issues with the idea, mainly with how the DM decides the outcome of your wish. If player tried to have their character say "I wish to be ...
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How much XP does a monster created by Animate Objects add to an encounter?

Zero XP If your boss can cast Animate Objects, that’s already factored into the boss’s own CR. Spells are always part of the caster’s CR, including spells that can add new opponents, whether by ...
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My players want to grind XP but we're using milestone advancement

Let me summarize: You have a group that prefers Milestone XP, but isn't interested in creating any new stories. And you don't seem interested in making a story of your own unrelated to the characters. ...
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I erased an obstacle from having ever existed. Should I get any experience for it?

It's up to the DM. Whether or not you agree with him, your DM has the final authority in deciding which actions yield XP and which do not: (DMG 261) You decide whether to award experience to ...
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Is leveling up mandatory?

You can't refuse to level up... From the Players Handbook, "Experience and levels" p 58: Advancing a Level: When your character’s XP total reaches at least the minimum XP needed for a new ...
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Are there any quick, reliable ways to level up in D&D 5e?

Levels are just a tool for enjoying the game No one will come barging to your RPG table to check if the levels are "legit" in any way - the only thing that matters with the leveling pace is that you ...
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How can I add encounters in the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign without giving PCs too much XP?

I'm going to challenge your premise a bit - why not drop XP-based levelling altogether and use milestone levelling instead? In my time as a DM and a player, I've found milestone has a few advantages: ...
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My players think they found a loophole that gives them infinite poison and XP. How can I add the proper challenges to slow them down?

This "loophole" does not work There is a principle that spells only do what they say they do. Poison Spray targets a creature: You extend your hand toward a creature you can see within ...
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How can I raise concerns with a new DM about XP splitting?

By the Book I'd start by suggesting she review Chapter 8: Running the Game, Experience Points. Hopefully, the part she'll realize what she's doing wrong after reading this: Each monster has an XP ...
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The GM ruled that we didn't get XP for killing the boss because an enemy caster's spell killed them. Is this allowed?

The rules don't say that player characters need to kill enemies to earn XP. From the Core Rulebook, chapter 12 "Gamemastering" gives an overview of how to run combats and combat rewards. The text ...
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What do I do with a player who's always trying to go out on their own to farm XP?

Two possible solutions: If the problem player continues to hunt ahead of the party on his own, sooner or later he'll get in over his head and run into a large Troll or band of Orcs. At which point he'...
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Does a PC who was KO'd earn experience for that combat?

No, as far as the rules are concerned, being knocked out does not affect whether you gain experience. The DMG has this to say about experience on page 260: Each monster has an XP value based on its ...
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How should XP be awarded for an encounter when enemies flee, get intimidated, or are convinced to help?

Award XP for the types of play that you want to encourage. RAW, XP is awarded for defeating / overcoming encounters, but it's left up to DM discretion as to what that entails. Some (rare) groups ...
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I am using milestone leveling, what happens when a character dies?

Ignore the level loss. It was a bad idea to begin with. D&D 3.5e handles split-level parties extremely poorly. The power gained in a single level can be unbelievably immense (typically, when a ...
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Can you earn endless XP using a Flameskull and its self-revival feature?

No The DMG says: Each monster has an XP value based on its challenge rating. When adventurers defeat one or more monsters — typically by killing, routing, or capturing them — they divide the total ...
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Why does the experience-to-next-level not change between some levels?

According to the game designer Mike Mearls the change in xp needed to the next level after 10 dips on purpose. The goal is that since according to their research most previous campaigns tended to stop ...
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My players want to grind XP but we're using milestone advancement

Why do they think they need to be stronger to complete a plot point? This is based on your comment: ... their goal is specifically to get stronger to go back and complete a plot point. They don't ...
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Should PCs receive XP for enemies that die to friendly fire?

Experience is awarded for winning the encounter, whatever that looks like. The guidance for experience points in the Dungeon Master's Guide (pg. 260) states: Each monster has an XP value based on its ...
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Should a PC get XP for assisting outside of combat?

Per the SRD (pg 258); Emphasis mine Experience Points The number of experience points (XP) a monster is worth is based on its challenge rating. Typically, XP is awarded for defeating the monster, ...
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Milestone leveling for a party of players who drop in and out?

Missing a session sucks. Falling behind because I missed a session sucks even more. When I DM for a group, at Session Zero I lay out this crucial principle: We all want to be there, so missing a ...
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Do PCs understand the leveling system and its experience requirements?

The rules don't say. Specifically, let's note that "Beyond 1st Level" (PHB p.15) is really inconsistent in whether it's addressing the character ("increase your ability scores," ...
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What do NPCs do with gained XP?

NPCs do not gain from earned experience points The first part of the section on Experience Points (DMG p.260) says: Experience points (XP) fuel level advancement for player characters ... The ...
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My players think they found a loophole that gives them infinite poison and XP. How can I add the proper challenges to slow them down?

“No, this is not how it works” Just shut it down. You say that you don’t want to say “no” to them, I as a DM generally agree with the sentiment and only very, VERY rarely shut down players’ ideas ...
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