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What is the greatest amount of temporary hit points you can have at once?

1030 Blackrazor (DMG, p. 216) will give you temp hp = to the max of any creature you kill. So in theory as high as you can find. The Tarrasque (MM, p. 286) has the most potential hit points of any ...
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Is there anything that can bypass temporary hit points?

To my knowledge, no attack bypasses temporary hit points when dealing damage. However, some spells have effects based on the targets' hit points, and cannot be countered by having temporary hit points....
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Do temporary hit points from the Heroism spell keep a troll alive?

Temp HP can't save the troll (or anyone else) from the consequences of having 0 hit points. The rules are clear that temporary hit points aren't "real": Temporary hit points aren't actual hit ...
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Does damage that "can't be reduced" bypass temporary hit points?

Temporary HP do not reduce damage Therefore, they work in this case. The feature description says: The damage you take <...> can't be reduced in any way. Temporary hit points increase your HP ...
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Can you gain Temporary Hit Points when unconscious?

No - Temp HP will not allow you to become conscious at 0 HP There is no rule that prevents an unconscious creature from gaining temporary hit points. Thus, any method that normally allows one to gain ...
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Should I just assume that a Warlock with the Fiendish Vigor invocation starts every combat with 8 temporary hp?

Sure, it can't hurt. Assuming that the player agrees (and I see no reason for them not to), yes, you can just assume that a warlock with that invocation starts with their buffs on. I played a 3.5 ...
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Do temporary hit points count as part of the HP for resisting certain magical effects?

No; temporary HP is not actual HP. The rules distinguish temporary hit points as separate and distinct from actual hit points (emphasis mine): Some spells and special abilities confer temporary hit ...
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How do you get temporary hit points?

You get temporary hit points from spells, feats, or features; you don't start with any Every Player Character has hit points which they get at level 1 and represent their general well-being. How you ...
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Do temporary hit points from heroism accumulate?

No, they do not accumulate. When granted new temporary hit points, you can choose to take the new "stack" or the old one. Healing can't restore temporary hit points, and they can't be added ...
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What is the greatest amount of temporary hit points you can have at once?

Maximum temporary hit points is 1810 TheFiddlerWins' answer missed some things even at the time it was released. Again we use Blackrazor's Devour Soul feature (DMG 216) but we will also use the ...
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Can an Unseen Servant benefit from the Inspiring Leader feat?

Unfortunately, it will not The Inspiring Leader feat (PHB, 167) requires you to select creatures: ...choose up to six friendly creatures... But an unseen servant (PHB, 284) is not a creature, it is ...
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Can spent hit die give a character hit points beyond their maximum?

This cannot be done If you review the section of using Hit Dice, you will not find any text that shows that roll conferring Temporary Hit Points(THP) on a creature. That would need to be included for ...
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Can a wizard use False Life and Life Transference to heal someone else?

None of what your DM said is a rule from any rulebook. Damage is the same, no matter the source (barring specific special rules). There is no general rule about damage inflicted upon yourself. ...
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Do I still gain temporary HP if the target of a Sword of Life Stealing is reduced to 0 HP even before the necrotic damage is applied?

You also gain 10 temporary hit points. If the target has less than 10 hit points, then you gain more temporary hit points than the target has hit points. The damage dealt and the temporary hit points ...
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How do you get temporary hit points?

You do not get temporary hit points, unless an effect specifically tells you that you gain them. They are not a default thing that characters have. If an effect tells you to gain temporary hit points, ...
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Do I lose the benefit of the Spores druid's Symbiotic Entity feature if I gain Temporary Hit Points from a different source?

You can keep Symbiotic Entity or get new temp HP, but not both The rules for temporary hit points explain what happens when you gain new temp hp when you already have some: If you have temporary hit ...
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What is the greatest amount of temporary hit points you can have at once?

Up to 240 temp HP From Xanathar's spell Mass Polymorph (page 161) Each target gains a number of temporary hit points equal to the hit points of its new form. The Giant Ape has 15d12+60 HP, which ...
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Does a new source of temporary HP instantly end the effects of motivational speech?

Yes, assuming the player chooses the new temporary hit points over the ones granted by Motivational Speech The spell is very explicit about this: Once an affected creature loses the temporary hit ...
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Do animals summoned by the Conjure Animals spell get extra HP from the Circle of the Shepherd druid's Bear Spirit Totem?

Conjured animals would gain temporary hit points The Bear Spirit option of the Shepherd Druid's Spirit Totem feature states (XGtE, p. 23): The bear spirit grants you and your allies its might and ...
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What happens to Temporary Hit Points when you Wild Shape?

You retain all temporary hit points when using wild shape. There is nothing in the rulebook that addresses this directly, however I think we can figure this out using what we do know. Temporary HP ...
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Can a Vampire bite's HP drain deal extra damage to a creature with temp HP?

Yes, a vampire's bite can sometimes effectively deal extra damage due to temporary hit points Damage to temporary HP still counts as damage Per this Jeremy Crawford Tweet: When temporary hit points ...
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Is there anything that can bypass temporary hit points?

The biggest threat to these temporary hit points as you purport to use them is time There are several offensive effects that are limited to opponents with no more than a certain number of hit points, ...
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Do the temporary hit points from the Battlerager barbarian's Reckless Abandon stack if I make multiple attacks on my turn?

The Battlerager's Reckless Abandon feature says: Beginning at 6th level, when you use Reckless Attack while raging, you also gain temporary hit points The Reckless Attack feature says: Starting ...
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Can I regain some of my normal hit points while I have a buffer of temporary hit points?

Yes, healing is unaffected by temporary hit points When you have Temporary Hit Points nothing prevents you from healing your actual hit points. The rules for temporary hit points say (emphasis mine): ...
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How long do the temporary HP gained from the Aberrant Dragonmark feat last?

This is answered on page 198 of the PHB or here in the basic rules: Temporary Hit Points ... Unless a feature that grants you temporary hit points has a duration, they last until they're depleted or ...
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When stabilized, will receiving temporary hit points prevent failed Death Save when hit?

Temporary Hit Points Do Protect from Failing Death Saves tl;dr temporary hit points protect the stabilized PC from having to start rolling death saves again if the damage is less than the temporary ...
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Does repeatedly using the Long Death monk's Touch of Death feature let you stack up temporary hit points?

Sorry but... Temporary Hit Points Do Not Stack If you have temporary hit points and receive more of them, you decide whether to keep the ones you have or to gain the new ones. For example, if a spell ...
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If you lose all Temporary HP from the Tenser's Transformation spell, does the spell end?

Losing the temporary HPs granted by the spell does not end it. The description of the Tenser's Transformation spell states: You endow yourself with endurance and martial prowess fueled by magic. ...
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What is the greatest amount of temporary hit points you can have at once?

You can go up to 200 with the eldritch invocation Tomb of Levistus: You gain 10 temporary hit points per warlock level (XGtE 57)
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Which absorbs damage first: temporary hit points or Arcane Ward?

The ward takes the damage first regardless of what order they apply The following Q/A establishes that damage to your temporary hit points still counts as you taking damage and with that knowledge, ...
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