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Can a zero-HP, unconscious and stable character be woken up prematurely?

The character can spend HD after an hour. (Now confirmed by Jeremy Crawford; as always, take twitter with a grain of salt.) Just read the "Resting" rules. A short rest is a period of downtime, at ...
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Can an unconscious person drink a potion?

Your players are right. An unconscious character can consume a potion administered by another player. This ruling is held up by the Sage Advice Compendium (p. 21): Can potions be administered to ...
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Does healing an unconscious, dying player character restore only up to 1 hp unless they have been stabilised?

No such rule exists. There is simply no rule that says healing a creature with 0 hit points only counts as 1 hit point. The rules do say this: The best way to save a creature with 0 hit points is to ...
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Does Evasion allow half damage even when unconscious?

Yes. RAW, Evasion means a character only takes half damage, even when unconscious. The relevant part of Evasion text, that you've quoted says: When you are subjected to an effect that allows you to ...
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Can you polymorph an unconscious creature that is at 0 HP to wake it up?

No. From the Polymorph spell description: This spell can't affect a target that has 0 hit points. Of note: this caveat was added in the Player's Handbook Errata, as pointed out by Thyzer, after the ...
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Does a PC who was KO'd earn experience for that combat?

No, as far as the rules are concerned, being knocked out does not affect whether you gain experience. The DMG has this to say about experience on page 260: Each monster has an XP value based on its ...
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How to handle initiative for a sleeping creature?

Since the goblin is sleeping, you could rule that the rogue surprises the goblin and gets a free round of actions before the goblin can react. In this case initiative is rolled as usual, but only the ...
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Is acid splash automatically a critical hit against an unconscious creature?

Sorry, but No The Key Word here is Attack. Attacks as defined in the PHB are D20 rolls against AC. From PHB, 194 If there’s ever any question whether something you’re doing counts as an attack, the ...
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If you succeed on all of your death saving throws, what happens?

If you succeed on a Death Saving Throws 3 times, you don't recover any hitpoints. Instead, you become stable: A stable creature doesn’t make death saving throws, even though it has 0 hit points, ...
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Can a Goodberry not be administered to an unconscious creature?

By RAW, you may not be able to administer a goodberry - by RAI, you most certainly can A very strict RAW reading would conclude that in order to gain the benefit of a goodberry, the consuming ...
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Does Disguise Self end if the caster falls unconscious?

Disguise Self does not end when you are incapacitated According to the rules on spell duration in the Player's Handbook A spell's duration is the length of time the spell persists. A duration can be ...
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Can unconscious characters be willing?

Jeremy Crawford gives an unofficial ruling here: Can you take a unconscious target with you using dimension door? Only a willing creature can travel with you via dimension door. You can't give ...
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When rolling a 20 for a Death Saving Throw, can you move and take Actions that turn?

The entry for Death Saving Throw says: Whenever you start your turn with 0 hit points.... So this just means that you make the throw at the beginning of your turn. However, nowhere in the ...
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If I am hit after I am reduced to 0 HP during this duel in the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, do I take 1 or 2 death save failures?

This is an exception to the general rule, the PC takes one death save failure. You've accurately quoted the relevant general rules. RAW two death save failures would normally be taken by a PC from an ...
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Do PCs roll saves for pre-existing effects while Unconscious?

Yes, unconscious creatures still roll saving throws. "Automatically fails Strength and Dexterity saving throws" implies that other saving throws do not automatically fail. The phrasing would be ...
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Does a petrified creature stay conscious (and sane)?

Not-Unconscious does not necessarily mean awake and aware. Sometimes the game just expects us to understand certain terms without giving explicit rules text about what they mean. Famously, 5e doesn't ...
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What do I do while throwing death saving throws?

Don't get knocked unconscious While this is not the answer you're looking for, it's about the best one we can give. An unconscious character can, by the plain English definition of the word, not act. ...
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Can an AoE spell crit an unconscious creature?

A fireball or a similar AoE spell would not crit The Unconscious condition does state that (from the SRD p. 359, emphasis mine): Any attack that hits the creature is a critical hit if the attacker ...
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Could a Dragon use an unconscious PC as a thrown weapon?

Certainly First of all, when you say it's a cool moment and you are the DM trying to design a compelling encounter, that is all you need. If it is cool, do it. The monsters don't have to play by the ...
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How does drowning work when you're already at 0 hp and fall into water?

In my PHB the full suffocation rule is (emphasis mine): A creature can hold its breath for a number of minutes equal to 1 + its Constitution modifier (minimum of 30 seconds). When a creature runs out ...
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What happens when a dying abjurer with an Arcane Ward active is attacked?

You would not fail a death saving throw from taking damage while the ward is up. The rules for Damage at 0 Hit Points say (PHB, pg. 197): If you take any damage while you have 0 hit points, you ...
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Does carrying/dragging a willing/unconscious creature cause half movement as per the grapple rules?

This is a slightly foggy area...but thankfully, Jeremy Crawford (official voice of rules for WotC) has weighed in on this in several (indirect) ways... Q: what are the rules for creatures carrying ...
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What is the impact of moving a fallen PC in the initiative order?

This rule helps avoid Healing ping-pong! I find it helpful to consider the inverse -- what might happen when the initiative order doesn't change. (Sadly, I mention this from personal experience ...
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Can the sleep spell wake me up?

This spell sends creatures into a magical slumber. Roll 5d8; the total is how many hit points of creatures this spell can affect. Creatures within 20 feet of a point you choose within range are ...
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Can a Creature at 0 HP Take Damage?

Yes. This is implied by the rules on death saving throws (PHB p.197), which state in part (emphasis added): If you take any damage while you have 0 hit points, you suffer a death saving throw ...
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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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If you fail a Pseudodragon's save by 5 or more, are you also Poisoned?

You are definitely Poisoned As PJRZ pointed out, failing the saving throw by 5 or more is an example of failing the saving throw. As such, you will both be unconscious (because you failed the save by ...
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How to handle initiative for a sleeping creature?

The answer to this is the combination of a few different rules, most which are found in the Player's Handbook ("PHB"), with a few extra notes found on page 77 of Xanathar's Guide to Everything ("XGE"),...
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What happens when you bring a creature down to 0 HP entirely by a "Sword of Wounding", but choose to deal nonlethal damage?

If we assume that all spells and items at your disposal restore your health by regaining hit points, and we also assume that all the damage dealt to our hypothetical character was dealt by the Sword ...
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Are there consequences to being reduced to 0 HP multiple times in combat?

Optional rule: Lingering Injury There are no rules in the PHB limiting how often a PC can get up after being knocked to 0 HP. For DMs who don't like there being few consequences for dropping to 0 HP, ...
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