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Player Characters all picking on one other PC

Tell them to stop The characters are not picking on Bob’s character: the players are picking on Bob. That’s called “bullying” and it’s not acceptable in any social setting. Blaming bad player ...
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PCs want to hire help for fighting a dragon. Will it cheapen the fight if I let them?

Given how dangerous a young dragon's breath attack can be to low level players, I think you should let them do it. If anything having a couple of cannon fodder NPCs can help liven up the experience ...
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Does Scorching Ray being fired at a single target count as one attack for the purpose of the Help Action?

Unfortunately, only one ray will gain advantage from the Help action Scorching ray says (PHB, p. 273): Make a ranged spell attack for each ray. So each ray involves an attack roll. Each attack is a ...
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Can an actual attack instead of a feint be used as the distraction for a Help action?

No, it's not a loophole. On their turn, PCs either Attack or Help Your Turn On your turn, you can move a distance up to your speed and take one action. (Basic Rules, p. 72) Actions in ...
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Can a familiar use a Help action to grant advantage on an attack to a near by ally?

Yes, familiar can be used for gaining advantage for allies. From Find Familiar spell description (PHB, p240), emphasis mine: Your familiar acts independently of you, but it always obeys your ...
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Can I interfere when another PC is about to be attacked?

No and yes. The short story is that you can't act out of turn unless you have a specific feature or rule that allows you to do so. You do have a few options for what you want to do, however: The ...
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Can a familiar use the Help action on an ally within 5 feet without being within 5 feet of the enemy the ally is attacking?

It is not you can aid a friendly creature [ in attacking a creature ] within 5 feet of you but you can aid a friendly creature in attacking [ a creature within 5 feet of you ] You must be ...
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Can I Help my Bigby's Hand shove a creature off of a ledge?

You can not Help your Bigby's Hand: it is an object, not a creature. The description of the spell says (emphasisi mine): [...] The hand is an object that has AC 20 and hit points equal to your hit ...
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Is the 5-foot range of the Help action my range to the ally, the enemy, or both?

You must be within 5ft of the Enemy As it states: You feint, distract the target... The action of helping is performed by affecting the enemy and not the ally. It could be ruled that either would ...
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Can a character move after using the Help action in combat?

Yes: the Help Action does not preclude movement You can break up your movement on your turn, using some of your speed before and after your action. For example, if you have a speed of 30 feet, you ...
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When performing a group check, is it better to have an even number of creatures?

You are trying to kill a fly with a cannon. This answer established that when 3 people make a group check, you need two successes to call it a successful group check. We don't need a deep statistical ...
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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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PCs want to hire help for fighting a dragon. Will it cheapen the fight if I let them?

Per the SRD, Adventurers can pay nonplayer characters to assist them or act on their behalf in a variety of circumstances. Most such hirelings have fairly ordinary skills, while others are masters ...
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How can I make my paladin alive again without his whole body?

One option is to use the Limited Wish to cast Reincarnate, which creates a new body. Granted, you might be getting back a Paladin that looks different from the original, but at least he'll be back ...
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Is it possible to repeatedly give someone else the Help Action for an eventual Initiative roll?

It's unlikely What you are asking for is to be able to perform an action before combat begins. That's effectively granting a free, or even a surprise, round to that creature. Whether you are using an ...
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Can the target of a Sanctuary spell use the Help action in combat?

Yes; the Help action doesn't end sanctuary The Help action is not an attack or a spell and doesn't deal damage, so none of the ending conditions for the sanctuary spell are met. It is consistent with ...
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PCs want to hire help for fighting a dragon. Will it cheapen the fight if I let them?

Let me introduce you to a hireling by the name of bromwyn*. The adventures decided to hire some help to hunt down the fierce dragon, but none of the mercenaries wanted to. They feared that they ...
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If someone uses the Help action on an enemy and that enemy moves outside 5 feet, do allies still get advantage on attacks?

Yes - it only matters where the enemy is at the moment you take the Help action As already clarified in your linked tweet, it doesn't matter if you move away from a target after distracting it - your ...
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Does Scorching Ray being fired at a single target count as one attack for the purpose of the Help Action?

Scorching ray counts as multiple attacks for the purposes of the Help action As you quoted the Help action rules text states: If your ally attacks the target before your next turn, the first attack ...
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What type of action is the Help action?

If something can be performed using a bonus action, it is always explicitly stated in the description. The lack of such a statement indicates that it can only be used as an action. Concentration is ...
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Can I Help my Bigby's Hand shove a creature off of a ledge?

Use Cutting Words Beside the matter of the Hand being an object, not a creature, per Eddymage's excellent answer, Cutting Words as an option is a similar but different way to peel this onion. This ...
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Do I choose the target or the ally when using the Help action in combat?

For ability checks, target ally. In combat, distract enemy instead of targeting ally. According to the 5e Dungeon Master's Screen Reincarnated, it's both. You help one creature with a task, giving ...
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How can players work together to take actions that are otherwise impossible?

You seem to be misunderstanding the meaning of attempt To attempt something does not means you have to be able to succeed. A character with a Strength of 2 can attempt to kick down a door with a ...
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When do individual ability checks become group ability checks?

Use group checks when an individual failure would mean the group fails. First, the rules for group checks: When a number of individuals are trying to accomplish something as a group, the DM might ask ...
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Can a collective of creatures add their Strength together to move or lift a heavy object?

Yes, creatures can combine their strength to move an object The rules for moving and lifting are not based on a check. They are automatically successful, if the character has sufficient strength to ...
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Can a Mastermind Rogue use the Master of Tactics feature to grant themselves advantage on an attack using the Help action?

No The Help action clearly states You can lend your aid to another creature in the completion of a task. Even if you read it separated from the second paragraph Alternatively, you can aid a ...
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Can the help action trigger a Rogue's sneak attack?

Sneak Attack says: Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an attack if you have advantage on the attack roll. The Help action says: If your ally attacks ...
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Can a Pact of the Chain warlock's sprite familiar use the Help action and stay invisible?

Since the question on whether or not a sprite can remain invisible and use its help action has already been answered, I'll jump to the one bit that hasn't been answered so far: "My only concern ...
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Can an Unseen Servant create a distraction that grants you advantage on attack?

RAW, I believe that the Unseen Servant cannot take Actions, but can drop plates. This spell creates an invisible, mindless, shapeless, Medium force that performs simple tasks at your command until ...
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Can a character provide help with a Persuasion check?

Yes they can Anyone can attempt to persuade somebody alone, even if they are not proficient in Persuasion, so anyone can help with the check. There are also ways one can think of how a second ...
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