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How Does Surprise Work in D&D 5E?
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The unexpected attack is a common trope in D&D: Ambushes set by goblins to rob travelling merchants; Assassins sneaking into bedchambers to kill a sleeping mark; Treasure chest mimics, waiting to...
How Do Curses Work In D&D 5E?
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Curses are a staple of the fantasy genre, and in D&D 5E they are usually encountered in one of three ways: Bestow curse (a spell) Cursed magic items Monsters! This is the part of a weekly series...
How Do Death and Resurrection Work in D&D 5E?
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In D&D 5E, character death is a persistent threat, but it’s not nearly as punishing as it may initially seem. When your character’s current hit points are reduced to 0, your character becomes...
How Does Multiclassing Work in D&D 5E?
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Multiclassing has been in D&D since before WotC bought TSR, but different editions have handled the nuances of it differently. Third Edition favored it to the extent that single-classed...
How Does Counterspell Work in D&D 5E?
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Counterspell is a 3rd-level abjuration spell on the sorcerer, warlock and wizard spell lists, which allows you to attempt to interrupt the casting of a spell. Its description can be found in the...
How Does Mounted Combat Work in D&D 5E?
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Mounted combat in D&D is often a point of confusion because unlike past editions, the systems for it are fairly slim. This is the part of a weekly series of articles by a team of designers...
How Does Stealth Work in D&D 5E?
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Stealth is a complex skill. The rules can be found in the Player’s Handbook, largely on page 177. On the surface, it seems simple: it is a Dexterity (Stealth) check opposed by a Wisdom...
How Does Exhaustion Work in D&D 5E?
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One handy element of D&D 5th Edition is the concept of conditions. By codifying specific ways that a creature can be hampered, the designers took a significant cognitive load off of designing...
How Does Concentration Work in D&D 5E?
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Some spells (and, more rarely, abilities) require active concentration in order to maintain their magic effects. If you lose concentration, the effect ends. The rules outlining concentration...
How Do Opportunity Attacks Work In D&D 5E?
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An often-misunderstood element of 5E D&D, opportunity attacks allow combatants to strike fleeing combatants before they can leave. An opportunity attack, generally, follows these rules: A...

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