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Do Bugbears' arms literally get longer when it's their turn?

They probably don't stretch The name of the feature: "long-limbed" seems to merely be referring to the length of the arms themselves. If stretchiness was an aspect of bugbear physiology, that is ...
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What are the consequences for a Warforged that does not spend 6 hours in its inactive state?

You will not receive any benefits of a long rest This includes Hit Die refresh, Hit Point recovery, spell slots, abilities that refresh on a long rest, etc. Basically, while you won't suffer the ...
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Can the spell Catnap affect elves?

RAW - Yes, catnap can affect elves Catnap is a bit deceptively named because, despite the name and the fact that one of its effects mimics a short rest, Catnap does not actually technically put ...
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How do I calculate my AC for a Tortle Draconic Bloodline sorcerer with a shield?

You must use one formula for calculating your AC If your character happens to have multiple given formulas for calculating their armour class, due to their combination of racial traits, class ...
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What is considered an enemy for an Orc's Aggressive trait?

Rules as written, an enemy is anything your DM allows you to consider an enemy. What is an Enemy? Enemy is not clearly defined, so there is no clear definition of what is and is not an enemy. It ...
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What's the point of a "once per combat" and a "on your first turn" clauses in the same feature?

It is not possible to have multiple "first turns in combat" in a single combat, but you could certainly hit with an attack multiple times during your first turn with the Extra Attack feature or ...
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Can an elf be magically put to sleep using a Wish spell?

It's up to the GM A wish like this falls under this section: You might be able to achieve something beyond the scope of the above examples. State your wish to the DM as precisely as possible. The ...
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How do the Death Ward spell and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance racial trait interact?

Death Ward will trigger the first time you drop to 0 hit points, and Relentless Endurance won't. Then next time you drop to 0, Relentless Endurance will be ready to go. Death Ward, emphasis mine: ...
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Can a kenku wizard use Expert Forgery when copying a spell scroll into their spellbook?

Your ruling is unlikely to break anything. However, the rules on their own (and the underlying fictional significance of the rules) appear to answer this with a No. The surface rules difficulty is ...
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What is a Centaur Thief's climbing speed?

From logic, one would arrive at: "Climbing for a thief no longer costs the thief extra movement," "Climbing for a centaur costs 4 extra feet," "4 extra feet is extra movement," (implied from "instead ...
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Is this modified version of the changeling's "Shapechanger" trait fair?

I would simply accept that I am not playing a changeling with this DM. “Fair” or not doesn’t come into it; it’s not worth the argument. But being able to change their appearance at will is literally ...
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If I become human, do I get retroactive skill points?

Probably yes. in D&D 3.5 this would definitely not be the case. There were no retroactive calculation of skill points, even if you spent an attribute increase on Int. But for pathfinder it is ...
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How do I balance a campaign consisting of four kobold PCs?

Don't nerf the players, buff the challenges If the entire party consists of kobolds, there is no reason to decrease their power level. Simply adjust the encounters to be a suitable challenge for the ...
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What does getting 'killed outright' mean for Relentless Endurance?

If you read the "Dropping to 0 Hit Points" section of the PHB/basic rules, you'll find the following paragraph under "Instant Death": Massive damage can kill you instantly. When ...
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Does a Firbolg’s Hidden Step count as a spell or cantrip?

Neither. The ability states that you magically become invisible. You do not have to cast the Invisibility spell to do so.
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How does the Athlete feat affect the Centaur playable race?

As of the 2018 Errata, the Athlete feat has been changed Athlete (p. 165). The third benefit should instead say climbing doesn't cost you extra movement. —Errata: Player's Handbook, 2018 Because of ...
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Can the DM override racial traits?

The Direct Answer The direct answer is yes, the DM can override racial traits and absolutely anything else they want to override. Your Specific Situation This would be an odd thing to override. First, ...
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Is the flight that a variant Tiefling (SCAG) has game breaking?

While it may not be "game breaking", it is unbalancing enough that it is disallowed for Adventurers League play (same as the Aarakocra PC race, which also grants flight): All sidebars and ...
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Does the kobold player race feature, Pack Tactics, give ranged attacks advantage?

Your reasoning is correct Indeed, Pack Tactics only requires that you have an ally within 5 feet of the target so this would work with any attack, including ranged spell or weapon attacks. If the ...
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Can the Half-Orc's Relentless Endurance trait protect them from things that would normally kill someone instantly?

No, Relentless Endurance cannot save you from instant death The half-orc feature specifically mentions this in the text of the Relentless Endurance racial feature (PHB, p. 41): Relentless Endurance. ...
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Does the Wisdom modifier apply on a lizard-monk's armor class?

The lizard-monk's armour class would be: 10 + Dexterity mod + Wisdom mod or 13 + Dexterity mod, not 13 + Dexterity mod + Wisdom mod. Page 14 of the PHB says: Some spells and class features ...
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Fey Ancestry - What spells and effects are covered by 'advantage against being charmed'

Charmed is a specific game condition. From Appendix A of the PHB (page 290): Charmed A charmed creature can’t attack the charmer or target the charmer with harmful abilities or magical ...
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Do the Zariel tiefling's subrace bonuses stack with the tiefling's regular racial bonuses?

Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes introduces tiefling subraces which have a special link to one of the Lords of the Nine Hells, one of which is Zariel. Below the Subrace Traits heading (MToF, p. 21), it ...
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What are the mechanical consequences of a Centaur's Fey trait?

Many small consequences, some with class features, others with spells. Mechanically speaking, yes, the only consequence of them having the Fey trait is that they cannot be affected by spells and ...
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What is a Centaur Thief's climbing speed?

The way to reconcile these, IMHO, is to realise that the Thief ability is written assuming that the character is an ordinary humanoid biped. They would pay one extra foot of movement for each foot of ...
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How to handle Sunlight Sensitivity (of Drow, etc.), especially for casters?

Since the drow racial abilities synergize well with being a Charisma-based caster, sunlight sensitivity is not such a harsh penalty as it might seem initially. You can get around the penalty by ...
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Does a PC aarakocra add their Strength bonus to the damage roll for their unarmed strikes?

You add your Strength bonus to any melee weapon damage you do unless a rule specifically states otherwise. As per the rules on what Strength does for you: You add your Strength modifier to your ...
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Can I change my choices for racial ability scores after play has started?

There are no written mechanics for doing this after character creation. Unfortunately, there aren't any mechanics (even optional ones) which allow for rearranging the racial ASI after character ...
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How to handle Sunlight Sensitivity (of Drow, etc.), especially for casters?

The easiest way to avoid the penalty of the Drow on prime material plane campaigns, is to only play Drow in campaigns which take place indoors, underground, or mostly at night. The second easiest way ...
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Can you cast a racial spell if you do not have access to the spell slot required?

Yes! A drow's darkness spell does not use spell slots (PHB, p. 24, emphasis mine): When you reach 5th level, you can also cast the darkness spell once per long rest. That's easy enough to overlook ...
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