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What does upper-case-A-Attack action vs. lower-case-a-attack mean?
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The "Attack action" is a specific action; attacks are anything with an attack roll. What is the Attack action? The "Actions in Combat" section of the Player's Handbook (PHB, page ...

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Planning to use 1 arrow to hit a second target if it misses the first target
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This is not something the rules allow for This should not be allowed because it is imbalancing If this were allowed, ranged attacks (likely including spells) would become a great deal stronger while ...

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What is the maximum distance you can cause damage from?
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Depending on what you're asking, there may be no upper limit The Pact of the Chain Warlock gets the following feature: [...] Additionally, when you take the Attack action, you can forgo one of your ...

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Do things made of adamantine rust?
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Adamantine is a type of ferrous metal so it will be affected by Monster features which corrode and rust, including the Rust Monster's Antennae feature The "Adamantine Weapons" section of Xanathar's ...

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Would houseruling two or more instances of resistance to the same element as immunity be overly unbalanced?
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It allows for some explosive combat options and methods to gain extreme immunities For example, a Tiefling gains resistance to fire damage, they could walk into a group of enemies and cast fireball ...

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Is it possible to gain the benefits of lying prone without incurring disadvantage on attacks? If so, is this broken?
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This is possible and not broken No part of the rules prevents the scenario you've described so it does work. Now let's address why it isn't as strong as you think: This requires a very specific kind ...

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How can I use Charisma instead of Strength or Dexterity for weapon attacks without being a Hexblade warlock?
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One niche method of doing this is the shillelagh cantrip The shillelagh spell states: The wood of a club or quarterstaff you are holding is imbued with nature's power. For the duration, you can use ...

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Does the 'Protection from Evil and Good' spell protect from all listed entities, or just one?
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The use of the plural form "types" and the word "and" both indicate that the spell protects against the whole list The spell states (emphasis mine): Until the spell ends, one ...

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How can I shoot a bow using Strength instead of Dexterity?
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All I could find that might work was one specific weapon from Waterdeep There is a weapon in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist module (p. 201) whose description includes (Spoiler Alert!): Presumably this ...

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What does "Summoned creature has maximum hit points" actually mean?
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It means that the elementals will have 144 Hit Points If the designers instead wanted the air elementals to have rolled or average hit points they could have said: Summoned elementals have their ...

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Can you lower your AC on purpose?
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Technically, you can't do this There are not rules that support being able to choose to be hit or to choose to miss with an attack. In fact, there are even features that only activate when you are hit ...

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Why is Soulknife's second attack not Two-Weapon Fighting?
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Two-Weapon Fighting is a specific thing The Soulknife feature states: [...] After you attack with the blade, you can make a melee or ranged weapon attack with a second psychic blade as a bonus action ...

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What happens if you no longer meet the Strength requirement for your armor?
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You don't need the displayed Strength score to wear the armor; it prevents your speed from being lowered. Your speed will be reduced if at any time you do not meet the required Strength score. The ...

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Does being stunned interrupt concentration?
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Being Stunned ends concentration by inflicting the Incapacitated condition One of the effects of the Stunned condition is this: A stunned creature is incapacitated (see the condition), can't move, ...

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Unlisted effects of Incapacitated Condition
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This answer only lists the otherwise unlisted effects of each condition that could apply to practically any character (that I could find, of course). It does not include class-specific examples, race-...

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Does a cantrip need to be learned like level 1-9 spells as a wizard?
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Cantrips do not count against the two spells you learn when you level up The Wizard's Spellcasting feature states: Each time you gain a wizard level, you can add two wizard spells of your choice ...

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Are there concrete advantages for being proficient at social skills in a table that rewards roleplaying these interactions?
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It depends on your table, so ask your table; here are some different ways I've run it at my own There are a few different ways I've tackled the "RP vs. skill level problem" and I usually ...

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Could both an alive and an undead version of a creature exist?
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You can't have two Bobs at once, but that's not what you have here If we look at spells such as reincarnate, raise dead, true resurrection, and resurrection, we see that they all mention the soul. ...

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Do monsters with a Spellcasting trait get spell slots back after a long rest?
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Spell slots recover on a long rest The rules have a parenthetical supporting this The spellcasting rule for monsters states the following (Monster Manual, p. 10; emphasis mine): [...] A monster with ...

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Can Monk Unarmored Movement walk/run through the rain?
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You cannot move across the rain A definition for the English word "across" is: From one side to the other of (a place, area, etc.) To move across a liquid would thus require you to go from ...

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How do you handle simultaneous damage when one type is absorbed and not the other?
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Xanathar's Guide to Everything has guidelines for simultaneous effects; the person whose turn it is determines the order of simultaneous events The meteor swarm spell states: [...] A creature ...

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Can you move between the separate attacks of a spell?
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You cannot move between the attacks of an action unless those attacks are weapon attacks What we can see from looking at the rules is that there exists a section on "Moving Between Attacks" ...

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What happens if the Spare the Dying cantrip is cast on a Zealot barbarian using Rage Beyond Death?
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The spare the dying spell will set a character's number of failed and succeeded death saves to zero, even a Barbarian that is Raging Beyond Death; a character will start making new death saves if they ...

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In what ways can a Non-paladin access Paladin spells?
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The following is a list of the ways I could find The Bard's Magical Secrets feature allows them to gain spells from any class' spell list so this would work. At 10th level, when they gain this feature,...

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Can I cast Death Ward on additional creatures without causing previous castings to end?
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Casting Death Ward will not end prior castings The death ward spell does not require concentration and it states: You touch a creature and grant it a measure of protection from death. The first ...

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Can the Dread Helm make additional eyes (not the wearer's) that are attached to it glow red as well?
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The helm makes your eyes glow; somebody else's eyes are not your eyes Strictly speaking, whether or not somebody else's eyes that you've effectively stolen count as your own eyes is going to be up to ...

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Can a human variant take proficiency in initiative?
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You cannot do this. Initiative is not a skill; Jack of All Trades just applies to all ability checks. The section on "Skills" lists out all the skills: Strength Athletics Dexterity ...

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Is a Pact of the Blade Warlock proficient with all weapons of the same kind as their wielded pact weapon?
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You are only proficient in the specific weapon you summon The feature in question states: [...] use your action to create a pact weapon in your empty hand. You can choose the form that this melee ...

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How to handle a player wanting to use the (UA) Remote Access spell on an android player character?
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The remote access spell should not work here, or at least is hardly the best option The remote access spell states: You can use any electronic device within range as if it were in your hands. This ...

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Can a surprised monster use lair actions if they roll an initiative above 20?
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A surprised monster who rolls a 20+ on initiative can use lair actions because they are able to take actions, and their turn has passed As you've quoted, the rules on lair actions state: On ...

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