Rykara
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What spells could a Bard identify from a Pact of the Tome Warlock's Book of Shadows?
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Legally, the book is useless to the Bard. How that manifests lore-wise is up to the DM A Book of Shadow only contains cantrips: Your patron gives you a grimoire called a Book of Shadows. When you ...

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Does a Beast Master Ranger's animal companion gain more actions when its master becomes incapacitated?
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I think it's telling that the Revised UA Ranger was updated to more closely match the wording for familiars: The companion obeys your commands as best it can. It rolls for initiative like any ...

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How does targeting work when casting the Call Lightning spell through Glyph of Warding?
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I don't think Call Lightning works with Glyph of Warding Glyph of Warding's Spell Glyph feature states that the spell you select: The spell must target a single creature or an area. Call Lightning ...

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How do ball bearings and difficult terrain stack?
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Difficult Terrain generally negates the need to make a save for Ball Bearings The rule for moving through difficult terrain states is actually found in 2 places (both Combat and Adventuring). I've ...

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Do the Shadow Magic sorcerer's Strength of the Grave feature and the half-orc's Relentless Endurance trait work together?
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Yes, they do The Shadow Magic sorcerer's Strength of the Grave feature (XGtE, p. 51) reads: When damage reduces you to 0 hit points, you can make a Charisma saving throw (DC 5 + the damage taken). On ...

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Does a warlock using the Darkness/Devil's Sight combo still have advantage on ranged attacks against a target outside the Darkness?
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The warlock has advantage This is a notorious combo and it works because of the rules for Unseen Attackers and Targets (PHB 194): Unseen Attackers and Targets When you attack a target that you can’t ...

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How would Banishment on a gelatinous cube affect an engulfed creature?
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The engulfed creature would be freed Banishment reads: A creature you can see must pass a Charisma save or be banished to another plane of existence. Banishment's effect applies to a single target, ...

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How does Spiritual Weapon work against Mirror Image?
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The spiritual weapon attacks would follow normal rules per mirror image. The spiritual weapon spell description says: When you cast the spell, you can make a melee spell attack against a creature ...

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Do areas of effect affect creatures in three dimensions or in a plane?
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Spells affect the space they are described to affect. In the case of an ability like Champion's Challenge, it's a sphere (3D). From the description of spell (in this case ability) area of effects: ...

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Can a Level 6 Kensei Monk make an improvised weapon magical?
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In your scenario, yes, a table leg can be treated as a Kensai weapon and thus overcome magical resistance. Improvised Weapon [...] In many cases, an improvised weapon is similar to an actual ...

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Can Warforged doff Cast-Off Armor in a single action?
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I would argue that Warforged's Integrated Protection takes priority. Armor normally takes a certain amount of time to don/doff. Magical armor that features the Cast-Off Armor feature is much quicker ...

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Does the Shield spell block the Jim's Magic Missile spell, the same way it blocks the Magic Missile spell?
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The spell Shield does not completely nullify Jim's Magic Missile The spell Jim's Magic Missile from the Acquisitions Incorporated source book reads in part: Any apprentice wizard can cast a boring ...

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How many "8-hour" travel periods can a horse travel in one day?
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Only one 8 hour period. Any additional travel would require checks to avoid exhaustion You are asking if a character/party can alternate 8 hours of travel with 8 hours of resting but, unforunately, a ...

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Accidentally let party wander into a high level situation, how do I help them get out without cheesing?
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Gestalt Henchmen are an option In addition to the other good answers, I've run into similar situations as a DM (darn those adventurous players!). It's not always possible, but you might be able to ...

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If an attack causes additional damage after a saving throw, is it counted as a separate source of damage for the purpose of failed death saves?
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According to the lead rules designer, it seems the answer is that they are different sources. The general rules on how to apply damage from an attack are a little vague in this situation: 3. Resolve ...

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How would Gaseous Form affect a player inside a collapsing tower?
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It depends on how the DM would have handled the damage inflicted by the collapsing tower. Gaseous form gives you resistance to damage, not immunity. Presumably, you would have taken literal tons of ...

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How can Flameskulls cast fireball without fingers?
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Any way the DM wants Spells all have text that says what sort of verbal, gestural, or material elements are required to cast them. As you point out, some spells elaborate on how cast spells are ...

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Do pocket watches exist, and how much do they cost in D&D in the worlds of classic fantasy?
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Yes, they exist in the larger D&D universe In the Curse of Strahd campaign for D&D's 5th edition, one of the random trinkets that an adventuring party may find (from page 210) is: A pocket ...

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Is there a limit on the number of Proficiency Swaps as part of Customizing Your Origin in Tasha's?
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The only limit is the DM's approval The optional rule from Tasha's states: You can replace each of those proficiencies with a different one of your choice, following the restrictions on the ...

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Does this specific build to use Booming Blade at a range of 20 feet work?
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Yes Battlemaster's Lunging Strike requires a melee weapon attack: When you make a melee weapon attack on your turn, you can expend one superiority die to increase your reach for that attack by 5 feet....

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What is the status of the nation of Tashalar in the Forgotten Realms as of 5e?
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As of writing, not that I can see From page 120 of The Grand History of the Realms, the 3.5 edition sourcebook, we know: 1142 DR Year of the Sword’s Oath [...] Rage of Wizards: After centuries of ...

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How does haste interact with the heavy armor penalty?
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Their speed becomes 40 The general rule for speed/movement begin by stating: Every character and monster has a speed, which is the distance in feet that the character or monster can walk in 1 round. ...

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What mechanic would be used for taking an opponent's weapon from its sheath on his belt in combat?
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This is exactly the kind of thing I would want to see if I were your DM. I would let you do something as a reaction using The Rule of Cool (or Rule Zero): I would handle it as opposed Dexterity checks ...

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How does an attacker's reach interact with the Mounted Combatant feat's ability to force an attack against the mount to target the rider instead?
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You are probably correct... The second bullet point of the Mounted Combatant feat reads (PHB, p. 168): You can force an attack targeted at your mount to target you instead. This does not provide ...

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What happens if a player asks to roll an Ability Check?
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Players ask for checks all the time. You say you're a new DM but then also say "nobody at the table had [asked for a check before]." and then go on to say they asked for another check later ...

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Can the Twinned Spell metamagic be used on a spell cast as a reaction from the War Caster feat?
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Probably not You select the Twinned Spell target at the same time you select your primary target for the spell from War Caster. It says "When" you cast the spell. In other words, there are ...

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How do the Haste spell and Turn Undead interact?
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An action is an action is an action. A hasted undead would have it's normal action and a haste action. The action granted by Haste is still an action except that it has some limitations imposed on how ...

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Does a Drunken Master monk have to attack twice to activate Drunken Technique and its Disengage benefit?
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No. The benefits of an ability are not its costs/requirements. Drunken Technique states: At 3rd level, whenever you use Flurry of Blows, you gain the benefit of the Disengage action, and your walking ...

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Can you cast the Darkness spell on an in-flight arrow using the Ready action?
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It depends on how the DM interprets the rules XGtE says: If you’re unsure when a reaction occurs in relation to its trigger, here’s the rule: the reaction happens after its trigger completes, unless ...

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Does casting a spell that scares/lies to an enemy count as "affecting them" for the purpose of Sanctuary?
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There are multiple considerations here Is the target an enemy? Sanctuary (PHB, p. 272-273) specifies that an enemy may not be affected. It says nothing about neutral or allied characters: If the ...

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