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D&D is a rules set, not a setting. Therefore details like this are never RAW, but they may be described in a setting. For example, if you play in the Forgotten Realms, there may be some canon as to the availability of banking there. If it's your/your GM's own world, then it is completely up to you. In most fantasy worlds there's not widely available ...


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A ration weighs two pounds, but a character only needs to consume one pound (half a ration) per day. The key word in this case is need and how this is very different from should. A character, at a bare minimum, needs be consuming one pound of food per day, but very rarely will anyone want to get by on the bare minimum amount of food unless it's a survival ...


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According to the Monster Manual, the earth elemental's head and body are dirt and stone, while its arms are stone. The specific density of an elemental depends on the type of stone and the ratio of dirt to stone, but a rough guide is that dirt has twice the density of a human, while stone has two to three times the density. At Large size, the earth ...


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Yes Yes, a familiar can carry loads if it can properly grip or support them, including a willing creature if they fall within this weight limit. However, a hawk can only carry 37.5 pounds, as it is a Tiny creature, and thus its carry capacity is halved (PHB 176 'Size and Strength').


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There's a factor you missed out on: the square-cube law. As Wikipedia describes it: When an object undergoes a proportional increase in size, its new surface area is proportional to the square of the multiplier and its new volume is proportional to the cube of the multiplier. Let's consider the implications of this for a moment with a cube of water: it ...


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What makes you think that a well or stream costs money to use, by default? The DM is able create any sort of water monopoly he likes, but in general streams, wells, and lakes are plentiful and unguarded. DnD has a history of heavily implying that while Ale costs money at an Inn, the water is free. As for its weight. When it is not explicitly discussed, 5th ...


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Carrying another PC, speed reduction Depending on which version of the encumbrance rules your table is using, if you end up in a situation where one PC has to carry another PC (for example, when fleeing a horde of creatures when you are low on resources) then the weight will allow the DM and the Player to determine the level of encumbrance, and thus ...


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It's a common myth that Medieval people didn't drink water. Actually they did, just didn't drink from a bad source. And, when it came to sources, yes, there were plenty of unpolluted sources of water, because they weren't children and made an effort not to contaminate their own water sources with poop. (Plus, when it came to rivers, they did not often drink ...


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Yes, these abilities should stack fully. While previous editions had rules around stacking multipliers, 5e doesn't, and even if it did, Powerful Build doesn't directly multiply your carrying capacity - it just makes you count as Large. Your carrying capacity as a Str 20 character = 20 × 15 = 300. Then being a Large creature (from Powerful Build) doubles ...


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It's hard to say In the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron, the specific subraces have guidance on build and weight difference. That being said, only the Juggernaut subrace lists a weight ("up to 450 pounds") out of the three subraces provided in the book. The Skirmisher mentions that they are "lean and designed for speed." The only other weight references I ...


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There are many items left undefined; they are left up to the GM There are several items in the Player's Handbook which are left undefined, such as the Mess Kit, Grappling Hook, Hammer, and Chain; and others from various modules such as garlic, and salt from Curse of Strahd. Some items we learn their weights or prices, but many we don't. Amongst only the ...


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Take the rules at face value The simplest answer is: it becomes part of the Druid while in the Wild Shape form, and returns to its normal condition (loot, equipment, whatever) once the Druid reverts to humanoid form. It otherwise has no other impact. (As written). Is this a potential loophole or added benefit of the Wild Shape form? Yes. Is it game ...


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Your rations weigh two pounds, the food inside them is one pound. This would be because your rations are wrapped in packaging to prevent them from spoiling and the elements (such as weather). So the rations weigh two pounds because there's packaging and preservatives (such as salt) and then there's one pound of food within them.


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There's no ambiguity here, it's just awkwardly worded Let's put together what we know from the two sources, and see if we can make sense of it. The Equipment list tells us: A day's ration weighs 2 pounds Page 185 tells us: A character needs 1 pound per day (eg this is the minimum a person can survive on) A character can make food last longer by ...


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Specific Over General The Food subsection quote you provide goes into depth into how 1lb of food is what you will eat in a single day. As it is so specific, it is the rule you should be following. Furthermore, this other mention of ration size could easily be, and likely is, a single character typo. Rations (1 day) ------------- 5 sp ------------- 2 ...


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It's almost entirely up to the DM. Let's start with the assumption that you cast the spell on the platform with the party already standing on it (which is already problematic). Further down, I'll address what happens if you cast the spell when the platform is empty and the party later climbs aboard it (which is even more problematic). From the text of the ...


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How can I adjudicate one character attempting to jump off a party member's shield at the enemy? Well, I read about a DM who "called for a DC 10 Dexterity (Acrobatics) check for the rogue, and a DC 10 Constitution check for the fighter" and that seemed to work out so, how about that? If it were me (and it isn't) I would have had the fighter take the Help ...


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Usually, weight does next to nothing A PC's weight is largely a flavor thing that doesn't affect combat or other gameplay by default in the vast majority of cases. Being light or heavy has no effect for attack or damage rolls, fall damage, shoves or grapples, nor for the forced movement of spells such as thunderwave. In addition, none of the GMs I've played ...


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Yes you can The main question is if an container counts its content weight towards its own weight. There is no explicit rule that says that a container is considered to count as it's weight plus its content but I would consider it logical. Especially that the exception to this have it specifically noted see Bag of holding. Considering this I would say ...


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1 gram / 50 gp of diamond dust, or 1 lb / 22680 gp of diamond dust While this uses 3.5e for the calculation it seems likely to hold in pathfinder. Reddit user Sarlax noted that the 3.5e Nondetection spell is the only one to use both a cost, and volume, of diamond dust giving us a starting point that a pinch of diamond dust is worth 50gp. A pinch is 1/16 ...


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Problem 1 - rations are listed by weight, while barrels are listed by volume Problem 2 - D&D uses American units, which makes the math less obvious. So, step 1, gather data. 1 pound ≅ 0.45 kg 1 gal ≅ 3.8 liters food tends to run a specific gravity between 0.8 and 1.5, with some exception on both ends. So, with a 2 lb ≅ 0.9 kg; 2.2 lb ≅ 1 kg At a ...


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An iron defender is likely to weigh around 150 to 220 pounds. We know its size class, approximate shape, height, and material. According to the Monster Manual, p. 29, a Small creature weighs at most 60 lbs, and probably more than the maximum for Tiny creatures, which is 8lbs—however, those figures are for animals, and iron according to one online ...


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It seems that an astral suit that's like armor is identical to that armor in all ways—armor check penalty, speed reduction, weight, and more On Astral Suits on Astral Suit Types on Astral Armor, in part, says When formed into astral armor, an astral suit resembles masterwork chainmail and is treated as such for all mechanical purposes. And Astral ...


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Generally speaking, spells only do what they say they do. The minute meteors only do two things: orbit you, and streak off to explode somewhere via the initial launch or a bonus action. There's no mention made of being able to physically manipulate the meteors the way there is for, say, Otiluke's freezing sphere, and certainly the spell doesn't imply they're ...


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I heard that a lot of people will "float" them. Get a glass of salt water, with enough salt to make the water dense enough to make the dice bouyant. Then float the dice and see if they just spin randomly, or if a certain side always turns to the top. I think it's an old golfer's trick.


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DnD 5e does not contain information on the weights of jewelry. In fact, the PHB has a 5gp Signet Ring listed as negligible weight. As far as I know this is consistent with previous additions as well. Tracking encumbrance for individual items generally isn't worth it (a lot of work, you ruin a lot of fun, and don't really get anything in return), ...


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I do basically what mxyzplk does for my campaigns. Having some enough coin on you and high value stuff with you really helps with greasing the wheels (it's how one lvl2 PC character managed to arrange a wrestling match as payback for another PC). But, I'm also providing money lenders and banking systems in my campaign. Just because it wouldn't make sense ...


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Let's take a look at a historical trend: The 3.5 PHB has: Rations, trail (per day) - 5 sp - 1 lb. The 4e PHB has: Rations, trail (10 days) - 5 gp - 10 lb. which sets a clear precedent for rations costing 5 sp per day and weighing 1 lb per day. Considering this, along with the text you quoted about characters needing 1 lb. of food per day, it seems far ...


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A Giant Wolf Spider can climb upside down while being mounted. The Giant Wolf Spider (MM 330): Spider Climb. The spider can climb difficult surfaces, including upside down on ceilings, without needing to make an ability check. Doesn't have to make ability checks. If you are curious about whether the rider makes ability checks, you may find guidance here....


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How Much Does Water Cost? I don't know if there is a RAW listing of the price of water. The thing is, there are so many skills / spells that are provided to players to find or conjure up a source of water that the game's designers simply assumed that in the Forgotten Realms setting, water is too cheap to assign a price to it. But, do not fret - we can give ...


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