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Rolling a D10 (0-9) for hitpoints. What do I get with a zero?

A zero on a d10 counts as 10. This isn't clearly specified in the 5th edition rules, but is clearer in earlier editions of the game, and widely understood among long-time RPG players. However, we can ...
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Why would I ever choose rolling hit points?

Because it's "more fun". To many roleplayers the fun is on the dice. They enjoy every roll, and they like to take risks. If another game's example is allowed, in MERP hitpoints were also rolled (for ...
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Do monsters rolled with 0 HP get a minimum of 1 HP?

1 is the minimum Jeremy Crawford tweets that the intended minimum hit points for a given HD is 1, not 0. So your gas spore would have 1 hp. But it doesn't matter Although when I get "fencepost&...
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Rolling a D10 (0-9) for hitpoints. What do I get with a zero?

You are correct. Many old school d10s are marked 0-9 but you count the 0 as 10. If he doesn’t listen to reason, next level use one of the d10s marked 00-90 instead and demand your 45 or so hit ...
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Can a zero-HP, unconscious and stable character be woken up prematurely?

The character can spend HD after an hour. (Now confirmed by Jeremy Crawford; as always, take twitter with a grain of salt.) Just read the "Resting" rules. A short rest is a period of downtime, at ...
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Is this houserule preventing effects from dropping creatures to below 1 HP if they make their save exploitable or broken?

This is going to be a poor idea As other answers point out, this is going to make save-targetting spells significantly weaker, but there's also another problem you might not have thought about. Being ...
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Are commoners actually this squishy?

The game is really designed and balanced towards heroic roleplay - and not towards a realistic simulation. When heroes are in the heroic tier they've got dozens of hitpoints. When you look at the ...
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Death by leveling? The effects of 0 max HP and leveling with negative CON

You're not gonna die when you level With the following release of PHB errata it has been clarified that you will gain a minimum of 1HP when you level: add the total (minimum of 1). This new rule ...
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Do negative Hit Points exist in D&D 5e?

According to the Basic PDF (page 74) A creature's current hit points (usually just called hit points) can be any number from the creature's hit point maximum down to 0. So no, negative hit points ...
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Why would I ever choose rolling hit points?

History It's a Gamble It's presented as the default. The first of these points might be the strongest of them all. Older editions had you always roll your hit points which means that people who are ...
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Are commoners actually this squishy?

5th Edition D&D is built with a couple assumptions (the DMG helpfully points out what several of those assumptions are right in the first chapter, under "Core Assumptions"), one of the big ones ...
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Is Con modifier × level added to HP every level-up?

Each level, you get Hit Die + Constitution modifier additional Maximum HP. You always take the maximum of the Hit Die at 1st level; afterward, you may roll the Hit Die or take its average rounded up. ...
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Can you cast Hellish Rebuke as a reaction to damage that reduces you to zero hit points?

Unfortunately, as awesome as this sounds, by the rules, it doesn't work. Hellish Rebuke is a reaction that you take in response to being damaged Not "in response to being hit", or "in response to ...
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Can massive damage kill you while at 0 HP?

Yes, Massive Damage can kill you at 0 HP Damage at 0 Hit Points. If you take any damage while you have 0 hit points, you suffer a death saving throw failure. If the damage is from a critical hit, you ...
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Are hit points non-fungible?

Option 2 This is what the description of the sword says: “Hit points lost to this weapon's damage can be regained only …”. It does not affect hit points lost in other ways, they can be healed normally....
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Can you polymorph an unconscious creature that is at 0 HP to wake it up?

No. From the Polymorph spell description: This spell can't affect a target that has 0 hit points. Of note: this caveat was added in the Player's Handbook Errata, as pointed out by Thyzer, after the ...
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Do Life Drain attacks from wights stack?

Yes, it "stacks". There is a ruling on combining game features, but that is only talking about ongoing continuous effects. i.e. the effect that is causing ongoing damage rather than the damage itself....
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Starter Set Cleric's Hit Points don't add up

The cleric is a Hill Dwarf. Page 13 of D&D Basic Rules v0.1 describes the Dwarven Toughness racial trait that Hill Dwarves have, which grants +1 hp each level, including 1st.
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Are undead and creatures immune to charm excluded from the HP count of Sleep?

Looking at those two fragments: Creatures within 20 feet of a point you choose within range are affected(...) A creature’s hit points must be equal to or less than the remaining total for that ...
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If an elf is stable with 0 HP, do they regain all hit points after a long rest of 8 hours or 4?

A stabilized elf can finish a long rest in 1d4+4 hours. The rules for “Stabilizing a Creature” state (emphasis mine): A stable creature doesn't make death saving throws, even though it has 0 hit ...
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Does a gargantuan creature still die if only the feet are ever attacked?

Yes, the creature is dead when it reaches 0 hit points. Basic Rules (p. 79) When you drop to 0 hit points, you either die outright or fall unconscious... This can be modified for a monster, but ...
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Is it possible to lose HP on gaining a level?

No You apply your character's Constitution modifier to: Each roll of a Hit Die (though a penalty can never drop a result below 1—that is, a character always gains at least 1 hit point each time he ...
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Should players know other creatures' HP? How do you deal with players not knowing the opponent's HP if not?

The DMG section on running combat (p.247-248) has this to say: Most DMs track damage in secret so that their players don't know how many hit points a monster has remaining. Whether you choose to be ...
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Would striking someone at 0 hit points with an entire Magic Missile spell automatically kill them?

Death by many Magic Missiles Let's start with when to make Death Saving Throws (PHB, 197) If you take any damage while you have 0 hit points, you suffer a death saving throw failure. So any time ...
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Can you roll for HP at levelup in Adventurers League?

I found it, page 5 of version 7.0 of the AL players guide. When you gain a level, use the fixed hit point value in your class entry. You can’t roll your hit points. Missed that but easily fixed.
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Should players be allowed to be more effective in combat through more specific attack choices

No Never Not under any circumstances D&D is not a simulationist game Baked into D&D is the concept of hit points - an arrow through the eye that does 5hp damage is in every way eqivalent ...
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How does one calculate effects of damage over time if one is taking a long rest?

Frame challenge: don’t let them benefit from a long rest at all. The rules for a long rest say: A long rest is a period of extended downtime, at least 8 hours long, during which a character sleeps ...
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Are Constitution changes retroactive when calculating max HP?

CON changes apply retroactively, so it doesn't matter when you increase it. PHB 177: If your Constitution modifier changes, your hit point maximum changes as well, as though you had the new ...
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What does "Summoned creature has maximum hit points" actually mean?

It means that the elementals will have 144 Hit Points If the designers instead wanted the air elementals to have rolled or average hit points they could have said: Summoned elementals have their ...
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How do hit points work in 5E at low levels?

Here's an excerpt from the D&D 5e Basic Rules v0.3: Hit Points and Hit Dice At 1st level, your character has 1 Hit Die, and the die type is determined by your class. You start with hit ...
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