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Does one good STR saving throw free the monster from being restrained both by Entangle and Ensnaring strike?

One way you can technically have two rolls, but keep the action and narrative moving, is to have them roll at disadvantage. I think the players would accept without much thiught, and it assists the ...
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Balancing Command while taking into account languages

Session 0 might be a good time to talk about that In the end, this is a situation where the rules cannot give guidelines, especially since there's so many languages and ways of interpreting "one ...
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Balancing Command while taking into account languages

Command's one word limit is already semi-arbitrary. Although the spell indeed limits the commands to one word, the list of typical commands included make it clear the commands work more like (...
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Does one good STR saving throw free the monster from being restrained both by Entangle and Ensnaring strike?

Even if this would not require an action to free yourself, each spell calls for its own check This is explained in the spellcasting rules on page 205 PHB: Combining Magical Effects The effects of ...
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What can disrupt the Sympathy effect of the Antipathy/Sympathy spell?

The "Sympathy" portion of the Antipathy/Sympathy spell states: [...] You target something within range, either a Huge or smaller object or creature or an area that is no larger than a 200-...
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What can disrupt the Sympathy effect of the Antipathy/Sympathy spell?

We have options Immediate disruption Clearly, Dispell Magic could/would work. Dispell Magic's target list includes a magical effect, which the spell describes itself as being ("Ending the Effect&...
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Does one good STR saving throw free the monster from being restrained both by Entangle and Ensnaring strike?

It would take a separate action for each restraint The rules for each spell specifically states the restrained creature has to use their action to make a strength check against the spell DC. You can't ...
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Does the Catapult spell do damage based on weight or spell level?

First thing we need to address is that using physics to break D&D's damage per level isn’t creativity... it’s just stupid. This isn’t creative, people have been trying to do this since the objects ...
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What level should this Burning Words spell be?

The tradeoff is too large to justify using at any level As mentioned in other answers, hit points are a very valuable resource in this game. If you're going to use them for offensive purposes (which ...
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How to build a necromancy Druid?

Consider a Wildfire Druid. If your story is that your Druid wants to bring back their dead sister, then I would suggest a perhaps somewhat unorthodox approach: eschew necromancy spells entirely. ...
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What level should this Burning Words spell be?

This is not attractive at any tier of play Your chance to die: If it backfires, you take 9d10 damage, on average 49.5. You still have 1% chance to take 70 or more and could take up to 90. A typcial ...
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What counts as a word for the purposes of Sending?

D&D was written by English speakers. The Shannon entropy (information) of an English word is about 10 bits; so a 25 word message carries about 250 bits of information. This is almost certainly ...
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What level should this Burning Words spell be?

I would never use this, no matter the level The design of this spell is highly problematic. The risk you undertake when you cast this spell is too great. If you lost the contest, you take a total of ...
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Does Reverse Gravity affect creatures with Flight?

Flying creatures will not fall Creatures with flight are able to escape gavity's pull and stay aloft. If you flip the direction of gravity with reverse gravity, they will be affected by the spell but ...
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What counts as a word for the purposes of Sending?

Whatever the definition of "word" it's well established that Sending works much better if you're playing in German, or Deutschsendingverbesserung as they say. Flippancy aside, your ...
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What counts as a word for the purposes of Sending?

Use the dictionary definition Since word is not a defined game term, you use the common English meaning of the term. Merriam Webster defines word as: a unit of language, consisting of one or more ...
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At what point does a caster define the target of a spell?

A caster defines the target of a spell while resolving the spell's effects, after the casting of the spell has completed. The rules for casting a spell indicate that all text that's not part of a ...
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What counts as a word for the purposes of Sending?

The DM rules Since "word" is not defined in the spell, it means what it means in standard English: "a single unit of language that has meaning and can be spoken or written" The DM ...
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What counts as a word for the purposes of Sending?

"Word" isn't defined as a D&D game term. "Word" isn't defined as a game term in D&D 5th edition. As such, it's interpreted as the common English meaning of the word, as ...
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What counts as a word for the purposes of Sending?

Depends which definition you use There isn’t one in the rules. The common usage in English is a string of letters that has a dictionary definition (or will have one - new words get created all the ...
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Can the Command spell force a character to Teleport?

Yes, command them to “Teleport!” Teleport is also a verb. It does not violate any of the spell's conditions. If “Flee!” would force them to teleport I find less clear. Teleporting is not really “...
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How to build a necromancy Druid?

RAW you can't be a spellcasting hamster. This is because they didn't want spellcasting bears. The idea being, you either get to be a big scary bear with claws, or, you get to be an elf that casts ...
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How to build a necromancy Druid?

How much DM buy-in do you have for your idea? Within the 5e rules, a druid's wild shape has the following limitation: You can’t cast spells, and your ability to speak or take any action that requires ...
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If you do additional necrotic damage from other effects, do you get boosted healing from a Blood Fury Tattoo?

You likely gain from both, but you'll need DM sign off The wording states: When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you can expend a charge to deal an extra 4d6 necrotic damage to the target, ...
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If you do additional necrotic damage from other effects, do you get boosted healing from a Blood Fury Tattoo?

You heal from both, but ask your DM The text says: When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you can expend a charge to deal an extra 4d6 necrotic damage to the target, and you regain a number of ...
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How to build a necromancy Druid?

You'll not be able to realize this concept with rules as written You can build a druid/necromancer that is able to wild shape and to cast necromantic spells, but not both at the same time. The druids'...
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How to build a necromancy Druid?

I have bad news about spellcasting hamsters Casting spells while in wild shape requires 18 levels in druid, when you get the Beast Spells feature: Beginning at 18th level, you can cast many of your ...
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Earliest access to 3 action Harm while sustaining Animate Dead

Undead Master, level 4 It's not Animate Undead, but it's very thematically similar: the Undead Master archetype essentially gives you an Undead version of an animal companion. At Level 4, you can grab ...
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Earliest access to 3 action Harm while sustaining Animate Dead

Level 4, once per encounter (but it is very far from optimal) On level 2 you take Witch Dedication, on level 4 Basic Witchcraft for the Cackle feat. Cackle can sustain a spell as a free action for a ...
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How would a permanent shrink item spell work on a group of items?

The spell requires you to toss a single item The spell itself does not say what happens if you take the object apart, but the intent of the spell is to treat its target as a single object. You are ...
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Can a wizard use False Life and Life Transference to heal someone else?

Life Tranference is unique. You take 4d8 necrotic damage, which can’t be reduced in any way Your DM is within reason to rule that "losing temporary HP instead of normal damage" is "...
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Is this homebrew "Sign Letter" spell balanced?

This is barely stronger than a cantrip like Message, so making it a level 1 spell (like Identify, Illusory script, Alarm, Detect Thoughts) is fine. Freezing the contents creates some odd situations, ...
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Fabricate + Epic Ignore Components = Creation?

The materials are the component, but they're also the target; eliminating the target of the spell would mean fabricating nothing. The text of the spell is explicit that you're converting existing ...
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Is this homebrew "Sign Letter" spell balanced?

This is balanced I think the spell is correctly placed on second level. Yes, it is extremely niche and has no combat applications, but it also creates a permanent effect. Other such niche, non-combat ...
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Is this homebrew "Sign Letter" spell balanced?

Aside from the other answer given, there are a couple of notes: You probably intend the ink to be used up (as it's ink), if that's the case you need to specify that they are as per Are normal spell ...
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Is this homebrew "Sign Letter" spell balanced?

This is illusory script in reverse, make it a 1st level spell. The spell illusory script lets you hide messages: To you and any creatures you designate when you cast the spell, the writing appears ...
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Can the spell Spirit Shroud heal a zombie?

In 5e, necrotic energy does not heal undead Your DM is right in their ruling. While in earlier editions of D&D, necrotic (or "negative" as it was called then) energy did heal undead, ...
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Can the spell Spirit Shroud heal a zombie?

Spells only do what they say they do. The spell description of Spirit Shroud states: Until the spell ends, any attack you make deals 1d8 extra damage when you hit a creature within 10 feet of you. ...
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Are these two potentially-overpowered (or unintended) uses of Fabricate overpowered?

No A) Fabricate requires the materials and 10 minutes to cast. That means you need a large rock and 10 minutes. However, if all you need is a large rock in under 10 minutes you can probably have your ...
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Do I understand the difference between the two versions of Symbol, and why would anyone ever choose the second one?

One would choose the second option if one wants to prevent an object from leaving an area. As a very circumstantial example: a wizard has a tome inside a 10-ft square room, they cast Symbol (Death or ...
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Can you make a giant sized weapon using 'Creation'?

In a strict RAW reading of the polymorph spell your new form can't use weapons, but this means it can't throw rocks, either. It is reasonable to permit some weapon use to Giant Apes Let's assume you ...
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Are these two potentially-overpowered (or unintended) uses of Fabricate overpowered?

This is by no means overpowered Thomas' answer covers the ambiguities of what counts as raw material in depth: this is not further defined and hence up to your DM. I'd like to focus on the body of ...
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Are these two potentially-overpowered (or unintended) uses of Fabricate overpowered?

It's up to the DM. We have visited this question a few times on this stack before, in the form of "can I use fabricate on [material] to make [object]?": Can coins count as raw materials for ...
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Volume of Darkness (spell) interaction with Enlarge creature

It emanates from the corner of a square you chose Darkness is emanating from a point, which can be on an object and moves with the object: Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within ...
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Do I understand the difference between the two versions of Symbol, and why would anyone ever choose the second one?

Moving either version should break the spell, at a DM's discretion As Jack points out, Glyph of Warding used to have the same language. The designer intent of this language (for Glyph of Warding) as ...
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Do I understand the difference between the two versions of Symbol, and why would anyone ever choose the second one?

The idea is that the surface option doesn’t move. When the spell describes the surface option, the idea is that you are inscribing the glyph on an immovable or mostly immobile surface: such as a ...
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Do I understand the difference between the two versions of Symbol, and why would anyone ever choose the second one?

The spell is poorly worded. Note that glyph of warding uses the same language. If you assume the surface be unmovable and exposed while the object is something small enough to be moved and closed, ...
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What level would you say this homebrewed spell, Shifting Shadows, should be?

Probably level 2 The benchmark to compare against is Hypnotic Pattern. Same area, same save, same range, same duration, also concentration, same component types, both illusion, but it does not allow ...
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Can spells that target creatures affect (damage) the layers of a Prismatic Wall spell?

How do you want your spells to work? In the PHB section on Spellcasting, we see that: A typical spell requires you to pick one or more targets to be affected by the spell’s magic. A spell's ...
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Can spells that target creatures affect (damage) the layers of a Prismatic Wall spell?

Strictly RAW, no, it can't, and yes, that's stupid, so ignore it Cone of Cold strictly damages creatures. The wall is not a creature, so it can't deal cold damage to it. That's what the rules say ...
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