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Given powerful low-level Clerical healing, how can sick, crippled or otherwise unhealthy people exist?

You need not change anything about the default setting in order to have people "left out" of the benefits of clerical magic. I don't think that clerical spellcasting is as easy to come by as ...
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Does Healing Restore Blood?

Hit points are a poor abstraction for blood loss Here's the full description of hit points in the Basic Rules, with the most relevant phrases highlighted in bold face: Hit points represent a ...
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Are alcoholism and drug addiction curable diseases?

Tread carefully As with any topic that intersects with real world behaviors and beliefs, you need to be both careful and considerate in using your game to explore topics of alcoholism or drug ...
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Does healing an unconscious, dying player character restore only up to 1 hp unless they have been stabilised?

No such rule exists. There is simply no rule that says healing a creature with 0 hit points only counts as 1 hit point. The rules do say this: The best way to save a creature with 0 hit points is to ...
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How can I protect an NPC's death scene from interfering PCs with cure magic?

Exhaustion kills The game has a mechanism for modeling exhaustion. It's the exhaustion condition, and it's 6th level has the rather simple effect: "Death". Not reduction to 0 hit points, ...
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Is Healing Word's effect visible?

There is no visible effect upon casting Healing Word Healing word has no language in the spell description that would suggest a visible effect upon casting. In contrast, a spell like Fireball (PHB, ...
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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 much health will a Life Domain cleric regain from the Blessed Healer feature using the Mass Healing Word spell?

If the Cleric casts Mass Healing Word, targeting each of the 4 party members, how many times would the Cleric gain HP equal to 2 + Spell Level? I would argue only once, because the trigger for ...
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Can an unconscious PC or NPC reject healing from a potion?

You cannot choose to abstain from a potion effect Potion of Healing states: You regain hit points when you drink this potion. In that language, there is no choice. Just cause and effect. You drink ...
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Does the Cure Wounds spell damage undead?

Nope, this is no longer the case! Spells (and all features etc) do only what they say they do. Cure wounds very specifically says: This spell has no effect on undead or constructs So in fact it ...
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Given powerful low-level Clerical healing, how can sick, crippled or otherwise unhealthy people exist?

True Clerics are rare The Player's Handbook points out that not all a deity's clergy are "clerics" who have magical healing powers. Not every acolyte or officiant at a temple or shrine is a ...
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Can you cast a bonus-action spell, then Ready a leveled spell on the same turn?

No, because the Ready Action requires you to cast the spell as normal and then hold it, releasing it with your reaction later. You are using your action to cast the spell on your turn. PHB pg. 193 ...
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What if I take an amount of necrotic damage from a wraith that's greater than my hit point maximum?

If a Wraith reduces your maximum HP to zero, you die The explanation you've been given seems to be a little mixed up - it's not that necrotic damage inherently cannot be healed, but that the Wraith's ...
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Can a Goodberry not be administered to an unconscious creature?

By RAW, you may not be able to administer a goodberry - by RAI, you most certainly can A very strict RAW reading would conclude that in order to gain the benefit of a goodberry, the consuming ...
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Can Lay on Hands be used to both heal hit points and remove diseases/poisons with the same action?

Unfortunately not. RAW, the use of Lay on Hands is heal HP, or cure disease. The keyword in the phrase is "alternatively" (emphasis mine). Alternatively, you can expend 5 hit points from ...
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Would a level 18+ Champion Fighter recover HP outside of combat?

According to Jeremy Crawford, yes Per a tweet from Jeremy Crawford, lead designer of the game, the answer is yes. The benefit of the Survivor feature happens at the start of each of your turns, ...
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Is there a real use for the Medicine skill?

The answers that are anti-Medicine seem to only be looking at applications during combat. Most of the use in practice seems to be in the exploration/social interaction pillars, not so much in combat (...
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How can indefinite madness be cured?

You can't be insane.... if you don't have a brain! One of the methods I prefer to utilize to curing madness involves the following steps: Attack party member until rendering them unconscious. ...
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How can indefinite madness be cured?

From the DMG 260: A calm emotions spell can suppress the effects of madness, while a lesser restoration spell can rid a character of a short-term or long-term madness. Depending on the source of ...
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What is the reason to use the Heal skill assuming that other means of healing are not prohibited?

There is nearly-zero return on investment in Heal This answer is all about cost–benefit analysis. That is, how much good does Heal do you, compared to what costs you have to pay to get those benefits. ...
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Are there really no healing spells available to a wizard?

No, you're not missing anything. Wizards have never had healing abilities in this edition.* Lacking any more concrete designer reason for this, here's a quote from the DMG (page 283), under the "...
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Are alcoholism and drug addiction curable diseases?

They most likely are character flaws There is no definition of what counts as a disease in 5e, but from the text in the DMG and from the sample diseases, it is clear that the game thinks more of ...
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Can Goodberries heal a Life cleric when consumed by another?

No. As others have noted, if Blessed Healer were triggered by Goodberry, it would happen when you cast the spell and not when one of the berries is consumed. However, casting Goodberry does not ...
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What level of bodily damage can the Raise Dead spell repair?

Take a look at the full detail of what it actually says (my emphasis): This spell closes all mortal wounds, but it doesn’t restore missing body parts. If the creature is lacking body parts or ...
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Can you take actions after being healed at 0hp?

The Fighter must wait until round 3 During round two in your scenario, when the Cleric heals the Fighter, the Fighter's turn has already ended for that round, so they would need to wait until the next ...
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Will it break the game if healing in combat heals the max instead of rolling?

It won't break the game, but you should not do it Guaranteed healing is not fun, and the players will probably abuse this mechanic instead of finding clever ideas of avoiding damage. There are report ...
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Is there a way to stabilize a PC with Medicine check?

Yes, you can stabilize a dying creature with a Medicine check. The chapter Using Ability Scores includes examples of what each type of ability check is used for. This is one of the only listed ...
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What spells could cure a stroke?

Non-disease illnesses are not modeled in the rules The mechanics of D&D are mainly focused around combat, exploration, and social interaction, not to mention magic. While infectious diseases are ...
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Can Sanctuary save our party from a wipe-out if I cast it on myself as a healer?

No, this way you just save yourself Your idea only works if NPCS and players are only fighting because...well... they're fighting. Realistically, there's something both sides are trying to accomplish, ...
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