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Can I cast the Light cantrip on an 11-foot pole?

No, you can't cast light on it. If the spell intended to say "an object that fits within a 10-foot cube", it would say that, or something like it. The phrase "no larger than 10 feet in ...
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How does Shatter damage objects, if objects are immune to con-save effects?

The spell doesn’t give objects a save — it just deals the damage directly. Only the paragraph about how it affects creatures gives a save. This circumvents the object immunity rule, since it’s not ...
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How can "mimic phobia" be cured or prevented?

Embrace the madness: that genie's out of the bottle Mimics are an iconic monster/trap in D&D, and have been for about four decades. There are a variety of memes and jokes associated with them, ...
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How can "mimic phobia" be cured or prevented?

I try to add a mundane description to every scene. If your "odd" descriptions are normal for your scenes, then they won't be suspicious. You leave the forest, slightly the worse for wear, ...
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What is considered an object?

From DMG p. 246 (which, by the way, is where Crawford tells us to look at if we want to see "What counts as an object in D&D") or here in the DM's basic rules: For the purpose of these ...
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Does a fluid substance (a beer), created with Minor Conjuration, disappear from one's body after drinking it when this class feature is used again?

Fake brews: They won't get you drunk Liquids generally aren't considered valid objects, so you can't even make beer Minor conjuration works to create a small object. The argument could be made that ...
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How to open a door with AC 15, 18 hit points?

The locked door you have cited has basically four ways you can open it. Here's the describing paragraph... The wooden door to the cabin is locked and has AC 15, 18 hit points, and immunity to poison ...
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Can I cast the Light cantrip on an 11-foot pole?

RAW: No, you can't cast light on an 11-foot-long pole. It appears to be pretty straightforward. The description of the light cantrip says: You touch one object that is no larger than 10 feet in any ...
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Can the Magic Missile spell attack objects (like bowstrings)?

Can only target creatures The spell description spells this out fairly clearly (emphasis mine): Each dart hits a creature of your choice that you can see within range. Most spells that do target ...
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Are objects structures and/or vice versa?

A structure is not an object, but is made of objects From page 246 of the DMG and the basic rules: For the purpose of these rules, an object is a discrete, inanimate item like a window, door, ...
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What is considered an object?

An object is any physical thing that is not a creature: ... targets creatures, objects, or a point of origin for an area of effect... Chapter 10. Spellcasting, pg. 204 of PHB The above description ...
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How should damage thresholds be assigned?

Page 119 in the DMG has damage thresholds (and other statistics) for Airborne and Waterborne Vehicles. Ship Damage Threshold Airship — Galley 20 Keelboat 10 Longship 15 Rowboat — Sailing ship ...
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Can I make an object, so that when the characters touch it they are teleported somewhere else?

Short Answer: Yes, you can. I'm not familiar with the D&D5 rules in particular, but even if there wouldn't be any mention of a teleporting item or spell, nothing prevents you as a GM from making ...
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Does an object count as "being moved" when placed in a Bag of Holding before its wielder moves, and then after moving they take the object out again?

This won't work, for several reasons It's debatable whether a bag of holding's interior counts as a separate plane of existence in the way a portable hole does. If the bag doesn't open into a ...
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By a strict reading of RAW: does Revivify work?

No, you're splitting hairs. You write in your first block [a creature that has died], while then bolding a creature that has died. There's a difference there. The phrase "a creature that has ...
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How can "mimic phobia" be cured or prevented?

Don't give the players anything to fear Part of what causes mimic-phobia is the constant threat of things like animated armor, gargoyles, mimics, skeletons that animate from the floor, etc. I had a ...
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What does a strength check of 24 actually mean?

Ah! A hard one but not a very hard one From the DMG p.238: When you do so, think of how difficult a task is and then pick the associated DC from the Typical DCs table. Typical DCs \$ \...
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If I am concentrating on Spirit Guardians when I am True Polymorphed into a copper piece, can I continue to concentrate to maintain the spell?

You lose concentration on a spell if you are incapacitated. There is nothing that explicitly says you are incapacitated while you are an object, but it is quite clear that you are. The incapacitated ...
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Are you considered to be "wearing or carrying" a restraining net/rope/etc. for the purpose of fire-based spells?

The rules don't strictly adjudicate this. In my opinion, it seems the intent is that worn/carried objects are things you have "equipped" or are in your bags/packs. It would seem the intent was to ...
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Are items within a bag of holding that is itself within a chest of preserving kept from rotting?

No, they are not kept from rotting The items in the bag of holding are not inside the bag. They are in an extradimensional space -- that is, in another dimension. The bag of holding itself does not ...
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Does a petrified creature count as an object?

RAW a petrified creature is still a creature because petrified doesn't say otherwise The Petrified condition (PHB p. 291) lists the effects of being petrified. All of the effects talk about "A ...
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When is an object made of other objects?

When the DM says so It's up to DM when to divide one big object into smaller ones. DMG page 247 suggest to do it when the object size is Huge or Gargantua: If you track hit points for the object, ...
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Can you target gases and liquids with the Animate Objects spell?

Nope. From the DMG at "Objects" (p.246): For the purpose of these rules, an object is a discrete, inanimate item like a window, door, sword, book, table, chair, or stone.... Your gases and ...
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Would the breath of a red dragon set anything on fire?

Yes, when it’s important to the narrative. The rules don’t spend much time talking about objects. The Dungeon Master’s Guide provides some guidance on damaging objects, but provides some important ...
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Is a dead creature's body considered an "object"?

A creature is a creature, dead or not There are various spells meant to target creatures, dead creatures. Revivify states that it targets a creature that has died: You touch a creature that has ...
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Does picking up an item while under the effects of the Invisibility spell turn it invisible?

As written, items carried or worn are invisible. The effect of invisibility for the duration of the spell is: A creature you touch becomes invisible until the spell ends. Anything the target is ...
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Can the Magic Missile spell attack objects (like bowstrings)?

You must target a creature Magic Missile states in it's description: Each dart hits a creature of your choice that you can see within range. This spell requires a target to be a creature, so you can ...
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Can a rogue's sneak attack feature be used on objects?

Sneak Attack only works against creatures The Sneak Attack feature states: Beginning at 1st level, you know how to strike subtly and exploit a foe’s distraction. Once per turn, you can deal an extra ...
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What is considered an object?

The answer: The Use an Object action is a catch-all that should be used generically when no other rule or action can be taken to interact with or otherwise use an object. The reasoning: The ...
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Is there anything that is simultaneously a creature and an object?

A dead creature The spells Raise Dead and Resurrection both use the term 'dead creature' True Ressurection targets "a creature that has been dead" Revivify "a creature that has died" Reincarnate "a ...
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