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Does the frightened condition provide supernatural knowledge of the location of the source of fear?

Not going RAW The player is not "willingly" moving closer to the dragon, they are unknowingly doing so. They can keep moving closer to the dragon up until they become aware of the dragon's ...
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Can you teleport closer to a creature you are Frightened of?

Yes, technically. By RAW, teleportation does not count as movement. What counts as movement is implied in the Basic Rules in the section on Adventuring: Movement. Though not necessarily an exclusive ...
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Does immunity to fear prevent a mummy's Dreadful Glare from paralyzing a character?

The lore given in the Monster Manual provides an answer The stat block of any monster is not given in isolation, the Source Book (in this case the Monster Manual) provides lore of each monster ...
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Can you negate the Frightened condition by not looking at the source of your fear?

If the source of the Frightened condition isn't within line of sight, you're still Frightened, but you don't suffer some of the effects of being Frightened. A frightened creature has ...
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How can I play a character who is scared without disrupting the gameplay?

You seem to indicate that his fear is so overwhelming, that it is drowning everything else out at the moment. But that is solely your decision. Just as his actions, his emotions are also in your hands....
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What is the source of the fear in the Hallow spell's extra Fear effect?

RAW: Unclear As written, the Hallow spell does not specify any of this, as you noted. I can't find any mention of Hallow in the Sage Advice Compendium or the PHB Errata, and I couldn't find any ...
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Does the frightened condition provide supernatural knowledge of the location of the source of fear?

The Frightened condition isn't supernatural at all. "Frightened" means the character is overcome with fear, the way people and animals sometimes are. Spells and magical creatures' abilities can cause ...
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Does immunity to fear prevent a mummy's Dreadful Glare from paralyzing a character?

The conditions are linked so the Barbarian would be neither paralyzed nor frightened The Dreadful Glare feature simply states: [...] If the target fails the saving throw by 5 or more, it is also ...
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Can a frightened creature freely circle the source of its fear?

Yes, a frightened creature can circle the source of its fear. There are no secret rules and I'm not sure this needs that much more clarification. If you are 10' away from a creature you are frightened ...
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Are you saving 'against' an effect if that effect applies when you successfully save?

A really strict reading of just the stats block implies that countercharm cannot help in this case. A Bard's countercharm grants advantage to saving throws against being charmed or frightened. The ...
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Can a creature that is frightened of you still try to attack you?

The Frightened condition (PHB, pg.290) states: A frightened creature has disadvantage on [ability checks and] attack rolls while the source of its fear is within line of sight. The creature ...
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What happens if you become frightened of yourself?

Both bullet points take effect, but the second one is vacuous. In its title and in its body text, the question explicitly asks about what happens if you are frightened of yourself. This is exactly ...
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How can I frighten my enemies besides using spells?

Fear-causing magical items Besides casting spells yourself and the Conquest paladin's Conquering Presence feature, the most obvious option available to you is to avail yourself of the great number of ...
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Does a Mace of Disruption's Frightened effect override some undead's immunity to the Frightened condition?

Immunity to Frightened condition prevails The mace doesn't say anything about ignoring condition immunities, so it doesn't. Any undead that is immune to the condition is not affected by the mace in ...
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Does the paladin's Aura of Courage feature remove an existing frightened condition from a frightened ally who enters the aura?

Rules As Intended are that the Condition is Suspended Jeremy Crawford answered this question about Aura of Devotion that has the same type of wording problem. Aura of Courage: [Y]ou and friendly ...
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Is it possible to use the Silent Image spell to give the Frightened condition?

No People do not make a saving throw against fear when they see a dragon because they see something scary, they do so because the dragon has the Frightful Presence feature; something an illusion of a ...
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Fear: Can it kill?

Short answer: no Nothing in the text states that fear kills. Usually, fear creates the Frightened Condition (PHB. Appendix A) Frightened • A frightened creature has disadvantage on ability ...
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How can I frighten my enemies besides using spells?

Multiclassing There are a few class features which allow you to frighten enemies. Path of the Berserker Barbarian, Intimidating Presence: 10th level. Use your actions to frighten a creature within ...
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Can you teleport closer to a creature you are Frightened of?

If you are subject to being Frightened then you should be role playing being frightened, not trying to rules-lawyer an argument that teleportation is not specifically listed in the PHB section on ...
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How can I play a character who is scared without disrupting the gameplay?

Communication What some tables may find disrupting other tables won't even flinch. There are tables where you can role play a useless, comedic-relief type of character, while other tables ask for ...
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Does a creature have to see to be affected by the Fear spell initially since it is an illusion?

No, they can be affected even if they can not see. The description of the spell does not require that the target(s) have to be able to see for being affected: You project a phantasmal image of a ...
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What is "closer" for the purposes of the frightened condition?

Closer is physically closer I think you may be reading more into this than necessary, but the language of can't move closer is really as simple as can not get physically closer. If at any point in the ...
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How can a frightened creature affected by the Fear spell attack the spellcaster normally?

I believe there are two effects that are being confused here: the frightened condition, and the Fear spell. The frightened condition, as you quoted, specifically prohibits moving towards the source ...
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If someone intimidates another person, does the person affected gain the Frightened condition?

The rules on the Intimidation skill state: Intimidation. When you attempt to influence someone through overt threats, hostile actions, and physical violence, the GM might ask you to make a Charisma ...
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If you save to become immune to a creature's trait/ability, are you immune to that trait/ability from all such creatures?

Only if the feature says you are immune to the effect from all creatures of that type. The Pit Fiend’s fear aura ability reads: If a creature's saving throw is successful, the creature is immune to ...
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Can you move a creature you're grappling but frightened of?

The frightened creature can keep moving the caster. The creature being frightened is already adjacent to the source of the fear so there is no way he can move closer. He can keep pulling the caster ...
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Does a Paladin's Aura of Courage prevent or suspend frightened effects?

A) Do nothing - I am immune to this effect as a result of the aura. From Crawford's Twitter: RAW is unclear. RAI is that [the condtition] is precluded/suspended while you're in the aura. ...
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Can frightened creatures stand up without "moving closer to the source of their fear"?

This is not addressed in the rules because the rules do not allow your scenario. The problem is that creatures cannot willingly end their turn in another creature's space (PHB 191): Whether a ...
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What constitutes a 'safe route' for the Fear spell?

The victim has to take the "safest available", even if it is not "safe" In all the circumstances you describe, none of the routes are safe but they are each the "safest available". If the victim has ...
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Can you use your bonus action while under the effects of the Fear spell?

Yes, you can use your bonus action Fear requires you to take the Dash action. You can use your action to do this, or your bonus action (e.g. the Rogue’s Cunning Action), or even a magic item that ...
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