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Is there a standard way to handle spells that have willing creatures as targets but no ruling for unwilling ones?
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Spells only do what they say they do A spell's description lists everything that the spell does. The spellcasting section on targets reads: A typical spell requires you to pick one or more targets to ...

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Is there an ability, spell or magic item that lets you detect an opponent's intelligence stat?
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Insightful Manipulator accomplishes this Insightful Manipulator is a 9th-level subclass feature for the Mastermind rogue, the ability is as follows (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, page 46): Starting ...

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Are creatures that are immune to disease unaffected by the Harm spell?
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They are immune to the spell I will begin with the statement that all spell descriptions are rules, the text is not merely flavor text. In fact, the spellcasting rules refer to everything in the spell'...

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Playing on a grid, is this situation 1/2 or 3/4 cover?
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Three-quarters cover As stated above, the rules for determining cover on a grid read: To determine whether a target has cover against an attack or other effect on a grid, choose a corner of the ...

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What is the utility of the magic item Unbreakable Arrow?
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It doesn't (really) provide utility This item is from the section on "Common Magic Items" in Xanathar's Guide to Everything which states this (XGtE page 136, emphasis mine): The Dungeon ...

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Are the ranger subclasses from Xanathar's Guide to Everything compatible with the UA revised ranger?
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They are not compatible The Player's Handbook/Basic Rules version of the ranger gets a Ranger Archetype at level 3, while the Unearthed Arcana version of the ranger gets a different class feature ...

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When blinded, could I use Detect Evil and Good to target an enemy?
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You would still have disadvantage on attack rolls The rules on Unseen Attackers and Targets state (emphasis mine): When you attack a target that you can’t see, you have disadvantage on the attack ...

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How does multiclassing work for an artificer?
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The artificer is treated as a (slightly modified) 1/2 spellcaster How many spells per level? Eberron: Rising from the Last War includes instructions on how to use the artificer class with the ...

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Do reactions that trigger on saving throws give knowledge of saving throws that would otherwise be secret?
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How it reads, Rules-As-Written Nothing in the rules for reactions indicates that the trigger must be perceptible: Certain special abilities, spells, and situations allow you to take a special action ...

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The Inquisitive rogue's Eye for Detail feature allows bonus-action Perception checks. Would that negate disadvantage on attacks when heavily obscured?
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Unfortunately, it does not quite work that way The rules for unseen attackers and targets state (emphasis mine): Combatants often try to escape their foes' notice by hiding, casting the invisibility ...

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Is the clothing listed in your equipment intended to be the clothes you're wearing or extra clothes that you've packed?
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The extra clothing is worn separately from armor The descriptions of the armor in the equipment section include information like: Padded. Padded armor consists of quilted layers of cloth and batting. ...

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Is there a class ability, spell or other, that lets you share spells with your familiar?
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In addition to the answers already presented: Glyph of warding will allow this The glyph of warding spell has an option that allows you to store a spell within it to be triggered at a later time. The ...

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If one of the platinum rings that serves as a component of the Warding Bond spell is removed and then replaced, do the effects of the spell resume?
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The spell ends if the ring is removed Warding bond has a very specific material component. The section on material components states: ...if a cost is indicated for a component, a character must have ...

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Can the Thorn Whip cantrip fulfill the requirement for the third benefit of the Mobile feat?
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A melee spell attack is a melee attack The Player's Handbook and Basic Rules have the following description in the Combat section on melee attacks (emphasis mine): Used in hand-to-hand combat, a ...

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How do you distinguish between magic effects that bypass immunity and those that don't?
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Improvised attacks with a magic item will overcome resistance As of a 2018 errata to the Monster Manual, and books from the 10th printing on, monster vulnerabilities/resistances were changed from ...

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If I have a single diamond worth more than 300 gp, does Revivify consume the whole diamond?
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There are no rules for breaking down a material component into pieces The rules do not give us much information on how a spell consumes an item. The section on material components tells us: If a ...

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What skill proficiencies can a Variant Human choose from at character creation?
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The Variant Human optional rule includes the following text (Player's Handbook pg. 31): Skills. You gain proficiency in one skill of your choice. It is a skill of your choice, it can be any skill ...

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Invisible target at long range
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The attack roll is the same either way You are correct that both of these cases would roll to attack the target at disadvantage. The section on unseen attackers and targets states (emphasis mine): ...

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Can a ghost enter a Resilient Sphere?
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The ghost cannot enter the sphere from the ethereal plane. Here is the full spell text for the 4th-level spell Otiluke's resilient sphere (emphasis mine): A sphere of shimmering force encloses a ...

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Does a Small race do extra damage when enlarged by the Enlarge/Reduce spell?
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The enlarged player would attack with extra damage The Heavy property for a weapon reads (emphasis mine): Creatures that are Small or Tiny have disadvantage on attack rolls with heavy weapons. A ...

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How do you use the spell tracker on Lamentations of the Flame Princess character sheet?
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I am not sure which official character sheet these fields appear in. In the character sheet that I have seen, those fields look like this: The free rules include a section at the end that describes ...

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Can I use the Illusionist's Bracers and the Twinned Spell metamagic to cast a twinned Booming Blade as both an action and a bonus action?
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Yes, you can use two castings of twinned booming blade Booming blade is a cantrip that targets only one creature, and as such it is eligible for the Twinned Spell Metamagic option. As long as there ...

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Which downtime activities cover lifestyle expenses?
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Lifestyle expenses are paid unless specified otherwise I will go into detail below, but the conclusion is that unless a downtime activity explicitly states otherwise, lifestyle expenses should be paid....

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Overlapping Proficiencies From Leveling?
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The DM may rule that you get a different tool proficiency In the Backgrounds portion of the rules there is a section on proficiencies that contains the following: If a character would gain the same ...

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Can the automatic damage from the Witch Bolt spell be repeatedly activated using an Order of Scribes wizard's Manifest Mind feature?
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It doesn't seem to work that way The Order of the Scribes wizard's Manifest Mind feature reads (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything page 78, emphasis mine): Whenever you cast a wizard spell on your turn, ...

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Is the Adult Gold Dragon's Weakening Breath considered a curse, disease, or poison?
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The Panacea does not cure the effect of the Weakening Breath The Panacea effect from the Master Transmuter ability states (Player's Handbook, page 119): You remove all curses, diseases, and poisons ...

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Does the Pyromancer sorcerer's Fiery Soul feature totally bypass immunity to fire damage?
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The wording leaves a lot open to interpretation There are two ways to read this ability: Creatures with fire resistance are treated as having no resistance, and creatures with fire immunity are ...

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How much damage does the NPC assassin do in the first two rounds to a sleeping creature?
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Your numbers are correct if all attacks hit Assuming that your given #1 NPC Assassin attacking first in a round (two shortswords, Multiattack) means the assassin is first in initiative order, he ...

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What happens to an invisible stalker when it's killed?
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It is no longer under its summoner's command The Monster Manual entry for the invisible stalker reads (MM page 192, emphasis mine): An invisible stalker is an air elemental that has been summoned ...

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What is the point of knacks like animal-lore or dodge at level 1?
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They can change the difficulty of a check You are correct that the Knacks you listed seem to give you abilities that you already have. You can already spend an Intelligence chip to boost skill for a ...

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