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Is a pregnant creature considered a single entity for spells such as Banishment?

This kind of situation is up to the DM. D&D 5E isn't designed to handle these sort of situations. The system doesn't have any built-in mechanics for pregnancy, or whether pregnant creatures can ...
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Can a creature take turns as normal if they are inside an Antimagic Field while another creature casts Time Stop?

Tim does not get to take turns The key here is that time stop has Range: self Which means that the one under a spell here is the caster, not everyone else. If they remain outside of the antimagic ...
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Is a pregnant creature considered a single entity for spells such as Banishment?

Let's set pregnancy aside for a moment and consider some other aspects of this issue. If you have harmful microbes in your body, does this spell leave them behind? If so, then it's effectively a ...
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Can wizards really cast spells in armor?

Yes. Any character who is proficient with a particular type of armor can cast spells while wearing that type of armor with no penalty. There are two primary reasons for this. There are better ways ...
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How do I keep spellcasters from casting while in jail?

There are a number of different strategies one can take (besides the possibly obvious: remove material spell components/focuses/holy symbols/etc.): Make the jail special Suppress sound (e.g., ...
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Can a 6th level monk choose to not deal magical damage with unarmed strikes?

Ki-Empowered Strikes aren't magical attacks to begin with! Ki-Empowered Strikes state this explicitly: your unarmed strikes count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity ...
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How do I know if an ability is magical?

Until recently, the answer has been very much the province of the DM's judgement. Some things are very obvious, like a fireball or a magic missile. Some things are not, like ki-powered effects or a ...
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Creating a city made of illusion that won't be quickly figured out

First of all: Welcome to DMing! It can be super fun and rewarding, and I hope you enjoy it. One of the things that most DMs learn when they're playing a game that works like 5e is that you don't ...
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How do I keep spellcasters from casting while in jail?

Going in a slightly different direction: don't go overboard. Most small-time prisons probably have a few minor defenses against spellcasters. They'll have their stuff taken, they'll be behind iron ...
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Is a pregnant creature considered a single entity for spells such as Banishment?

The pregnant creature and its unborn progeny remain together because as DMs, we strive to keep our games Humane There are a number of questions that we would be forced to ask and resolve if we ...
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How are spells made permanent in 5e?

Make it a Downtime Activity More on less on par with Crafting a Magic Item. This is how I approach permanency in the Eberron game that I run, and my players have been happy with it so far. The initial ...
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What's the "magic similar to the Knock spell" referenced in the Dungeon of the Mad Mage adventure?

It's referencing any spell, item, class feature, monster ability, or effect that allows you to magically unlock a door. In part, this is future-proofing -- you don't want some spell or magic item ...
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How can an NPC replace some pages of a book with different pages, without leaving a trace of manipulation?

Re-bind the book If your NPC cuts the page from the book and joins it this might be quite obvious. However, if they pull the book apart, remove the entire signature (which will usually be several ...
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Does ki count as magic for the purpose of an antimagic field, or is it only fluff?

"Magical Effects" and "multiverse" are keywords / themes to resolve this Short Answer: Ki creates magical effects that are subject to Antimagic Field's effects. Discussion In the boxed section ...
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If a creature has advantage against spells and magical effects, is it resistant to magical attacks?

Resistance and advantage are two separate mechanics Advantage has to do with rolling the dice, resistance has to do with reducing damage in half. Easy illustrative example is a Dwarf Dwarven ...
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Does hitting a creature with a magical creature count as magical damage?

Sadly, this wouldn't work RAW Taking your quote (from the Couatl stat block; MM, pg. 43): Magic Weapons: The couatl's weapon attacks are magical. It only says that the weapon attacks made by the ...
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How to handle a warlock with the detect magic invocation?

Eldritch Sight (PHB 110) allows you cast detect magic without expending a spell slot An illusion is magic, so they will detect its presence automatically within 30', and will also be able to use ...
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Are there any magical contraceptive birth control options available?

There aren't any DnD 5e is a high-fantasy tabletop game with its roots deep in the wargaming scene. The bulk of its rules concern combat and adventuring. It's not a simulator of any realistic world ...
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Does Forgotten Realms setting count as “High magic”?

The primary question here, to me, is, what exactly constitutes “high magic”? D&D itself supplies a definition—but I don’t think it’s a good one, it doesn’t capture, to me, what people mean when ...
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How can I make crime meaningful for rich players?

Resurrection doesn't absolve anyone of a murder already committed I may be getting a little close to real world religion here, but absolution comes from without, from the agency of another, not from ...
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What happens if you get over 20 on a death save?

You get a success and nothing more Only rolling a natural 20 or a natural 1 has any predetermined effect when making a death save throw. When one of those is rolled, you follow the rule below: When ...
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Is there a functional reason for wizards to live in towers so often?

There is no functional reason, it's a trope You have tagged your question specifically for dnd-5e and dungeons-and-dragons. 5e does not have any functional rules mechanics (that I am aware of) that ...
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Is future technology that is almost indistinguishable from magic considered a "Magical Effect"?

Technology is not considered to be a magical effect unless it is powered by magic A player's perception of what appears to be magical or not has no bearing on the rules for whether it actually is ...
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Are Warlocks Arcane or Divine?

5th Edition doesn't have a [mechanical] distinction between Arcane and Divine spellcasting Each spellcasting class has different rules regarding what is allowed to be used as their spellcasting focus, ...
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Player using charm spells on party players

If you are not enjoying the game, stop playing. On the surface this seems like some bullying enabled by the DM. It may not be though, and the DM and players simply like a bit of player-vs-player ...
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What are the official opposing schools of magic?

It changes between Editions But the standard idea of "Opposed Schools of Magic" only exists in 2E. Let's walk through them... First Edition In 1E, there were no restrictions on schools of ...
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How are spells made permanent in 5e?

This is how 3.5 broke We even had a term for it: CoDzilla The fundamental premise of such builds was that they were powerful because they could stack an insane number of magical buffs on top of each ...
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What if a revenant (monster) gains fire resistance?

Nothing changes, except that the Revenant takes half damage from fire. The Regeneration trait states: If the revenant takes fire or radiant damage, this trait doesn't function at the start of the ...
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Is there a one-word replacement for resistance to magic?

Resistance is a perfectly fine word by itself, so long as you do not end up with other types of resistance (energy resistance, for instance). Willpower would work if your magic is primarily mental, ...
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Do teleportation spells conserve momentum?

There is no velocity in D&D 5e and therefore no acceleration, momentum or kinetic energy. "Speed" is a resource you expend to change your position and "movement" is the act of doing this. If you ...
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