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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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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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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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Create the most broken race that is 'balanced' according to Detect Balance

Offsetting Vulnerability and Resistance traits allows you to start with -236 points for almost no net effect. Rather than submit an actual build here, I will sketch the start of a build upon which you ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Is a mount considered an "ally" for the purpose of Pack Tactics?

Yes, as long as the mount is within 5 feet An ally is not clearly defined in 5e, so we can use the English definition: a person, group, or nation that is associated with another or others for some ...
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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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Can you effectively store an Air Genasi in a Bag of Holding?

If you can fit it through the opening, you can put it in there. This would effectively make your Bag of Holding a wonderful trap/container for your Genasi. As for opening it from the inside, rules do ...
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How does the Dissonant Whispers spell interact with advantage from the halfling's Brave trait?

You do not apply advantage separately to the effects of a single saving throw, but you do not get advantage in this case Most spells require only a single saving throw. This is explicit from the way ...
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Is the eladrin missing racial features?

At your DM’s option, you can select eladrin as the subrace for an elf character, instead of one of the elf subraces in the Player’s Handbook. (same UA article) Members of a subrace have the ...
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Can a lizardfolk using Cunning Artisan build a club I can cast Shillelagh on?

The club has to be wood Not every weapon is made of the same material. Since shillelagh specifically mentions a the wood of a weapon as the target, a club or quarterstaff made of a different material ...
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What are the mechanical consequences that arise for a PC with the undead creature type?

Most forms of healing will not work on undead The primary drawback to playing an undead is that you are unaffected by the spells Cure Wounds, Heal, Healing Word, Mass Cure Wounds, Mass Heal, Mass ...
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