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Does Water Walk include ice as a terrain it affects?

The rule clearly states that the effect applies to "any liquid surface", giving "water" as an example. Ice is a "solid substance produced by the freezing of water vapour or liquid water". It is not a ...
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Can you move over difficult terrain with only 5 feet of movement?

Yes, normally - but not when using the Playing on a Grid variant rules The basic rules say of difficult terrain: Every foot of movement in difficult terrain costs 1 extra foot. The default ...
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Are there any rules for digging out of a grave?

There are no general rules for digging speed There are no general rules for how quickly characters can dig, whether they're doing a proper excavation from outside the hole or if they're trying to dig ...
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Is a space containing the corpse of a dead creature considered difficult terrain?

Unconscious enemies are difficult terrain Jeremy Crawford points this out here: What about unconscious enemies? Would that be a difficult terrain, at least? The space of another creature is always ...
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Does pushing someone into difficult terrain require extra "movement"?

No, pushing distance does not interact with difficult terrain at all Difficult terrain states: Every foot of movement in difficult terrain costs 1 extra foot. However, pushing does not involve the ...
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Are there any rules for digging out of a grave?

The fancy unconscious/initial dig is not that important. Arguably the PC was awake after being dropped 5' into a pit, but prone, as being pushed 5' by wind then dropped 5' is a lot more impactful ...
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How many gallons of mayo does one need to pour on the ground to replicate the Grease spell?

Up to your DM* *(they mayo may not allow it) Shockingly, the spell does not say what kind of condiment-based equivalency would be needed to achieve the same effect (or even if it even could). Thus, ...
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What are the movement restrictions caused by natural webs?

The rules for webs are detailed in the Dungeon Master's Guide on page 105: ...web-filled areas are difficult terrain... a creature entering a webbed area for the first time on a turn or starting ...
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What favored terrain would be the most optimal for Storm King's Thunder (NW Faerun)?

Few "bad" choices, no obvious choices Player choice is heavily embraced in this story. The players will be faced with numerous ways to complete their objectives, which could require them to travel to ...
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Would the benefits of an aarakocra ranger's Natural Explorer feature apply when they are flying over their favoured terrain?

The ranger benefits still apply. Good question! A ranger's Natural Explorer feature is not an aura spell, but instead comes from their knowledge of the terrain. While certain skill checks would have ...
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Does Monk Unarmored Movement work on snow?

This works, the spell water walk defines snow as a liquid for mechanical purposes. Water walk says: This spell grants the ability to move across any liquid surface--such as water, acid, mud, snow, ...
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Wall of Sand on Difficult Terrain

Moving 1 foot costs 4 feet of movement There are two separate processes at play here. Moving a distance and expending movement. These are clearly separate by features such as the Tiger's Pounce which ...
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Are there any rules for digging out of a grave?

Under the condition that the GM decides that it works as depicted by OP: He's dead Jim Sorry to break this to you, but the character will be squished by up to 11.8125 metric tons (~13 US tons) of ...
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Is this how Natural Explorer works for long distance travel?

PHB Ranger: on the favored terrain and traveling for 1+ hours, the party's movement is not slowed Choose one type of favored terrain: arctic, coast, desert, forest, grassland, mountain, swamp, or the ...
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Grease spell: Can a creature with 10 strength or more jump over the greased area?

First we need to determine the Grease spells area: Slick grease covers the ground in a 10-foot square centered on a point within range Then we need to determine what "enters spell area" ...
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Are there official mechanics for how a climbing kit gets used in play, or is it DM discretion?

The rules for the climbing kit already describe how to use the gear: You can use the climber's kit as an action to anchor yourself; when you do, you can't fall more than 25 feet from the point ...
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Are there published rules for navigating and travelling through jungles?

There are rules for jungles The Dungeon Master's Guide has all kinds of rules that can be adapted for jungles. Hot temperatures (p. 110), quicksand (p. 110), diseases (p. 256-257), all these things ...
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What is the guidance for setting the damage done by unusual difficult/dangerous terrain?

There are no specific rules regarding this, and the DMG leaves it up the to the DM. Your 1d4 for shattered glass seems reasonable (on par with a dagger); I might even bump that to 1d6 (have you seen ...
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Assuming your PCs can breathe underwater with a spell, what is the maximum depth they can go without assistance?

In real life? Around 1,000 feet is the maximum done with scuba gear. In game as far as the GM will allow it. There is AFAIK no damage for depth. So you could say the magic allowing them to breathe ...
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Is the illusion created by Invoke Duplicity affected by difficult terrain?

No, it's an illusion with no speed. Difficult Terrain does not affect it. The Trickery Domain Cleric's Channel Divinity: Invoke Duplicity states: As a bonus action on your turn, you can move the ...
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Does Hold Person cast on a Spider Climbing NPC affect their ability stay on a vertical surface?

Hold person paralyses the NPC, so they fall According to the situation is: An NPC spell caster that is using spider climb This indicates that the NPC has cast the spider climb spell on themselves. ...
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How to map out and run an encounter set in a predominantly vertical area online?

Use isometric projection map, for example: Roll20 has a wiki page on how to use them: https://wiki.roll20.net/Isometric_Maps_in_Roll20 But if you're willing to use alternative applications, there ...
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Does Hold Person cast on a Spider Climbing NPC affect their ability stay on a vertical surface?

No, unless losing concentration terminates a critical spell. Nothing about being paralyzed would inherently cause a spider-climbing character to fall; they'd be paralyzed in place on whatever surface ...
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Is a space containing the corpse of a dead creature considered difficult terrain?

Difficult terrain due to a corpse is not an official rule. While it is impossible to prove a negative, there is no published rule stating that a corpse constitutes an obstacle for purposes of causing ...
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For the purposes of the ranger's Natural Explorer feature, what terrain type is Wave Echo Cave from Lost Mine of Phandelver?

Mountain and Underdark The terrains are not mutually exclusive - a boreal forest on an arctic coast is forest, arctic and coast terrain and a ranger with any of these favoured terrains gets the bonus....
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Does the Spike Growth spell inflict cumulative damage on Large (and bigger) creatures?

No. Consider the situation: Here, our big red creature moves five feet south. I repeat, our big red creature moves 5 feet south. If the creature had 30 feet of available movement before the move, the ...
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Specifically: what does the difficult terrain created by Mold Earth look like?

I only have a basic understanding of the principles of stone sculpting and any insights are appreciated. Use your imagination. What do you want it to look like? D&D 5e is not reality ...
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Can a creature grappling someone drop them off a cliff?

There is no general rule that grants the options that you've described. Unless that creature has flying, hover, or some other special feature, it's going to drop like a rock. That said, I'd treat ...
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Is a thrown net considered difficult terrain?

No, a thrown net cannot be difficult terrain RAW There is no RAW ruling on this that I can find. Certainly there is nothing in the description of the net item that would suggest that it has this ...
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