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One PC doing too much damage

I'm not sure this is a problem if you're actually reading and applying the rules for poisons in 5e. Poison is bought in single doses. How much were they allowed to buy? And how much did they buy them ...
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How does a Potion of Poison work?

You have to be poisoned to take the damage (he is correct) The description of the Potion of Poison says: If you drink it, you take 3d6 poison damage, and you must succeed on a DC 13 Constitution ...
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Can an ordinary whip be poisoned?

I just want to add some real world experience as a whip wielder in real life. One of the things we do for tricks is to dip the "popper", that's the cutting part of the whip, in ink. We do this to ...
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Can an ordinary whip be poisoned?

Yes, this works according to the rules. Whether it "makes sense" is up to you. You've already quoted the relevant parts of the rules. Poison, Basic. You can use this vial to coat one ...
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One PC doing too much damage

First of all, talk to the ranger's player. Point out that this is kind of disruptive to the game as a game, and taking countermeasures via opponent design would be unfair to the other characters. ...
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Are creatures with the immune to poisoned condition immune to poison damage?

No, but flesh golems are also immune to poison damage The poisoned condition and the poison damage type have no mechanical link beyond the fact that they are both poison derived. This is relevant for ...
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Does Uncanny Dodge halve poison damage?

Sometimes From the SRD, italics mine: ...when an attacker that you can see hits you with an Attack, you can use your reaction to halve the attack's damage against you In other words: Uncanny ...
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Does a Drow enemy’s poison expire if you wait 1 minute?

The Drow would still deal poison damage after a minute Creature statblocks only do what they say they do. In the statblock for a Drow, they are listed as having a crossbow attack that targets must ...
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If you fail a Pseudodragon's save by 5 or more, are you also Poisoned?

You are definitely Poisoned As PJRZ pointed out, failing the saving throw by 5 or more is an example of failing the saving throw. As such, you will both be unconscious (because you failed the save by ...
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How to handle when PCs taste a potion that is actually poison?

At your discretion a partial dose of poison may have (reduced) effects. The DMG (pages 257-258) distinguishes between different kinds of poisons and how they take effect, by contact, inhaled, by ...
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Can a single dose of poison applied to an edged weapon be used multiple times?

The poison remains until piercing/slashing damage is done, or until it is washed off. This appears to have been officially errata'd in 2015. Here is the relevant portion with the relevant sentence ...
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What happens with the Drow's poisoned weapons when picked up by a PC?

As you stated in your question, this is a creature ability, not a weapon bonus. You can think of this as an elite fighting style where the drow are trained to keep their weapons poisoned as part of ...
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Would a Periapt of Proof Against Poison nullify the effects of alcohol?

Both of these are DM calls. So I'm wondering if a character could get drunk while wearing a PoPAP? There's no "drunk" status condition in D&D 5e, but drunkenness is caused because you've ...
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What might I make a player roll if they ask a physical, self-awareness question?

Not everything requires a roll, but.... I agree with the other answers here, that not everything requires a roll. Perhaps your examples aren't really suitable, since if someone breaks a leg they are ...
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Is the 'Potion of Poison' detected by 'Detect Poison and Disease'?

An exception to the exception The crucial context your question is missing is the Identifying a Magic Item section of the DMG (p. 136) which says (emphases mine): Whatever a magic item's appearance, ...
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One PC doing too much damage

That's a perfectly acceptable solution. Other solutions include: Having the poison spoil due to improper storage (does your Ranger have a fridge?) Having the poison attract actual Wyvern's (he'll be ...
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If a poisoned arrow's piercing damage is reduced to 0, do you still get poisoned?

Yes Well, technically you don't get poisoned (which is a condition), but you take poison damage. You could argue that it doesn't make sense because the armor "absorbed the hit", but that is ...
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Can a single dose of poison applied to an edged weapon be used multiple times?

What is Regular Poison? There is no such thing as Regular Poison mentioned anywhere in the PHB or the DMG. Judging by the description the OP uses, the term Regular Poison in the question is most ...
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Can a Rutterkin's Bite poison a Paladin?

The Paladin is immune The fact that the saving throw is specifically against disease, and that Paladins are immune to disease means they should not have to make a save against this effect, regardless ...
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Does the Polearm Master attack work with poison?

As an edge case, the RAW technically allows this You can use the poison in this vial to coat one slashing or piercing weapon or up to three pieces of Ammunition. [...] A creature hit by the Poisoned ...
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How does a poisoned arrow combine with the spell Conjure Barrage?

Conjured ammunitions are not poisonous The poison is not part of the ammunition. The damage is not part of the weapon damage. "Make a save" damage never was. For instance, it is excluded from ...
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How long does the benefit of a successful saving throw against a poison last?

In general you'll need to look to the specific effect's rules. Most often you probably have something like this, from the Giant Poisonous Snake statblock: Hit: 6 (1d4 + 4) piercing damage, and the ...
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Would a Periapt of Proof Against Poison nullify the effects of alcohol?

The rules explicitly distinguish between alcohol and poison. The Periapt of Proof Against Poison says: While you wear it, poisons have no effect on you. So the question is, "is alcohol a poison?...
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If you fail a Pseudodragon's save by 5 or more, are you also Poisoned?

Yes, you are also poisoned. If you fail by 5 or more you fall unconscious, but no matter how much you fail by you have still failed and so suffer the normal consequences as well.
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Can a Rutterkin's Bite poison a Paladin?

It cannot poison the paladin. A disease, mechanically, is not a condition. It itself can impose conditions to PCs or provide other effects. The paladin is immune to disease and hence immune to its ...
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Can I apply multiple doses of Basic Poison to a weapon and get a cumulative effect?

Game effects, not just magical effects, of the same name don't stack. See the DMG errata: Combining Game effects (p.252) This is a new subsection at the end of the “Combat” section: ...
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Can the Midnight Tears poison be split into a handful of drinks to affect many targets?

A dose cannot be split unless the DM states otherwise. Consider p258 of the DMG (emphasis mine) in purchasing poisons. The pricing on that table is per dose. It also states that in order for the ...
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Can the Poisoner feat let you activate a Dagger of Venom as a Bonus Action?

Technically, probably not, but once per day isn't going to be a problem. It seems pretty clear that the poisoner feat is referring to poisons like those created with the poisoner's kit. And ...
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Does a Drow enemy’s poison expire if you wait 1 minute?

No, because the drow is counted as an NPC, and therefore, follows different rules than a player character. The drow poison is not specified to be something that the drow must apply to their weaponry; ...
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What might I make a player roll if they ask a physical, self-awareness question?

"I know what's wrong, but not why it's wrong!" Everyone can agree that the best person to tell you how your body feels is you. Knowing what hurts, how much it hurts, if you're feeling ...
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