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Your mind is his, or rather, it was never yours to begin with.

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Rules Answers: July 2016

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:22
Type: Sage AdviceAuthor: Jeremy CrawfordSubtitle: Sage AdviceBanner: Thumbnail (869x490): Text: 

This month we dip into my Twitter archive for another round of questions and answers on all sorts of D&D topics.

If you have a D&D rules question, please reach me on Twitter (@JeremyECrawford), where I answer questions every week (please send the question to sageadvice@wizards.com if it’s too long for a tweet).

My rulings here and on Twitter don’t override the decisions of a Dungeon Master. The answers and information I provide are meant to assist a DM in adjudicating the game.

Class Features

For the barbarian’s Reckless Attack, do you grant advantage to all enemies, or only to the target of your attack? If you use the barbarian’s Reckless Attack, all attack rolls have advantage against you until the start of your next turn.

When a cleric uses the Destructive Wrath feature, does it maximize all damage getting rolled, as long as some of it is lightning or thunder? Destructive Wrath is meant to maximize lightning and thunder damage only.

Can a fighter have two fighting styles active at once? Dueling and Defense, for example. You can benefit from more than one Fighting Style option at a time, as long as they aren’t mutually exclusive, as Dueling and Great Weapon Fighting are.

For a Way of the Shadow monk, can their silence be dispelled? A spell is a spell, no matter its source. When you cast a spell through a feature, the spell is subject to the normal spellcasting rules, unless the feature says otherwise.

Can the monk’s Open Hand Technique push a Large or larger creature or knock it prone? The Open Hand Technique intentionally ignores creature size. A monk’s ki fuels many extraordinary effects! If a feature is limited by creature size, the feature tells you so.

Would a Paladin’s Divine Sense register a tiefling due to their infernal heritage? A tiefling is a humanoid, not a fiend, and therefore escapes the notice of Divine Sense. The feature detects creatures that have the celestial, fiend, or undead creature type.

For triggering the rogue’s Assassinate ability, when does a creature stop being surprised? After their turn in the round, or at the end of the round? The intent is that a surprised creature stops being surprised at the end of it’s first turn in combat.

If a sorcerer casts a spell with only verbal or somatic components using Subtle Spell, can an opponent use counterspell against it? Subtle Spell protects a spell without material components from counterspell, since you can’t see the casting.


Does heavy armor reduce Dexterity saving throws or ability checks other than Stealth? If you have proficiency with it, heavy armor doesn’t affect Dexterity saving throws or ability checks, other than Stealth.


Would a temporary stat bump fulfill a multiclass prerequisite, or does the base score have to meet the requirement? The intent is that your base score, not a temporary score, has to meet a multiclassing prerequisite.

Can a barbarian/cleric use spiritual weapon to attack while raging, if it is cast before entering Rage? A barbarian’s Rage makes concentration impossible but has no effect on spells, like spiritual weapon, that don’t require concentration.

Can a barbarian/fighter (Battle Master) use maneuvers while raging? Nothing in the barbarian’s Rage feature precludes the use of maneuvers.


Is Elemental Adept the only feat you can take more than once? Elemental Adept is the only feat in the Player’s Handbook that you can take more than once.

Class features and feats sometimes affect a shapechanged druid. Does the Tough feat have an effect while shifting? The intent is no. The Tough feat affects a druid’s hit points, which are replaced by the beast’s hit points while using Wild Shape.

Ability Checks

Can you get a critical on an ability check? For example, on a grapple attempt, does a critical win, or the highest number? Ability checks don’t score critical hits. Attack rolls do.

Is a 1 on an ability check an automatic failure? Rolling a 1 on an ability check or a saving throw is not an automatic failure. A 1 is an automatic miss for an attack.


Is there an intended way to get lost Intelligence back, such as after an intellect devourer zeroes it? The greater restoration spell can remove the reduction to an ability score.


Does a grapple or a shove trigger the Tempest cleric’s Wrath of the Storm or a Battle Master’s Riposte? The answer to both questions is no. The grappling and shoving options (PH, 195) don’t result in a hit or a miss.

I have a readied action. Can I stop readying to take an opportunity attack? Or is ready a full turn commitment? If you have an action readied, you can make an opportunity attack, which causes you to stop readying.

If a wizard casts a spell like fireball during a surprise round, do the enemies get disadvantage on their saving throw? Being surprised has no effect on saves. If you’re surprised, you can’t move or take an action on your first turn of the combat and you can’t take a reaction until that turn ends (PH, 189).

Are attacks with a net always made with disadvantage? Unless you have a special ability that says otherwise, any net attack has disadvantage because you’re either within 5 feet of your target (see PH, 149) or you’re attacking at long range, which is between 5 and 15 feet for a net.


Can a spellcaster cast spells off-target to minimize damage to party members from a spell like shatter? The spellcaster chooses where to place the point of origin of a spell like shatter and may, therefore, choose a position that is advantageous to allies.

Is a touch range spell considered a melee attack for purposes of subduing foes rather than killing? Having a range of touch doesn’t mean a spell is a melee attack. A spell tells you if it delivers such an attack.

Does casting a spell as a ritual require concentration if the spell doesn’t normally require it? Concentration is required when casting any spell, including a ritual version, for longer than 1 action (see PH, 202). Once the casting is complete, the spell requires concentration only if its duration entry says it does.

Can permanent magical effects be dispelled? Or are they no longer considered magical effects once permanent? If the effect of a spell becomes permanent, it can be dispelled, unless its description says otherwise.

Do spellcasters have to learn a ritual version of a spell apart from the normal version, or are they the same? To cast the ritual version of a spell you know, you need a feature, such as Ritual Casting, that gives you the ability to cast the spell as a ritual. You don’t need to also learn a special version of the spell.

Specific Spells

If the damage from disintegrate reduces a half-orc to 0 hit points, can Relentless Endurance prevent the orc from turning to ash? If disintegrate reduces you to 0 hit points, you’re killed outright, as you turn to dust. If you’re a half-orc, Relentless Endurance can’t save you.

What happens if a druid using Wild Shape is reduced to 0 hit points by disintegrate? Does the druid simply leave beast form? The druid turns to dust, since the spell disintegrates you the instant you drop to 0 hit points.

Does the heroes’ feast spell grant immunity to poison damage or just the poison condition? The heroes’ feast spell grants immunity to poison in any form—damage and the condition.

Could minor illusion create a fog cloud? If so, would shooting an arrow through it cancel the illusion? An illusory object made by minor illusion is meant to be like a stool or a rock, not an atmospheric effect.


Sage Advice Compendium

The Sage Advice Compendium gathers every installment of Sage Advice in one PDF. It’s been updated to include this month’s column.

Other Resources

Here are other D&D reference documents we’ve posted on this website.


Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons

D&D Spell List (version 1.01)

Monsters by Challenge Rating (version 1.0)

D&D Monsters by Type (version 1.0)

Magic Items by Rarity (version 1.0)

Conversions to 5th Edition D&D (version 1.01)

Character Sheets

About the Author

Jeremy Crawford is the co-lead designer of fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons. He was the lead designer of the fifth edition Player’s Handbook and one of the leads on the Dungeon Master’s Guide. He has worked on many other D&D books since coming to Wizards of the Coast in 2007. You can reach him on Twitter (@JeremyECrawford).

Publication date: 07/18/2016Introduction: Sage Advice is a monthly column that gives official clarifications of D&D rules. Sometimes it also provides reference documents to help your D&D game run more smoothly.Tags: FeaturesSage AdviceRelated content: Column_SageAdviceTexture banner: Show


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Baby Brass Dragon

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Now now, he's only a baby! He'll tarnish later.

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Ek-Ka'An Tamax-Chi' / The Oracle of the Starry Sky / traditional sketch / Dino Olivieri

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Chris Cocks, President of Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 11:30
Release date: 07/14/2016Description: The new head of Wizards of the Coast, Chris Cocks, comes to talk to Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble about his gaming history and where he thinks D&D will go from here. In Lore You Should Know, Chris Perkins and Matt Sernett jump into discussing the lore behind storm giants and their closest brethren in the ordning, the cloud giants.Thumbnail: Category: D&D podcastsBanner: Introduction: The new head of Wizards of the Coast, Chris Cocks, comes to talk to Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble about his gaming history and where he thinks D&D will go from here. In Lore You Should Know, Chris Perkins and Matt Sernett jump into discussing the lore behind storm giants and their closest brethren in the ordning, the cloud giants.Text: 

Subscribe to the Official D&D Podcast on iTunes to get updates for new episodes. Shelly and Greg are always talking to creative Dungeons & Dragons players like comedians and TV writers Mike Drucker (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) and Jared Logan (The Late Late Show with James Corden), as well as professional game masters Griffin McElroy (The Adventure Zone) and Matt Mercer (Critical Role) and actors like Rainn Wilson (The Office).

Listen to the podcast.

Podcast link: Chris Cocks, President of Wizards of the CoastSuscribe link: Official Dungeons & Dragons Podcast

Fire Elemental

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Fire Elemental

Some monsters just want to watch the world burn.

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Seaweed Siren

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Seaweed Siren

Its song is not as beautiful up close.

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Purple Worm

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These titanic beasts burrow through the earth and swallow their prey whole.

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Force Grey: Giant Hunters

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:00
Type: FeaturesAuthor: Greg TitoSubtitle: New weekly D&D series filmed at Meltdown Comics in HollywoodBanner: Thumbnail (869x490): Text: 

Starting on Monday, July 11th, you can tune-in and watch the episodes of the new weekly Dungeon & Dragons series, Force Grey: Giant Hunters, on the Nerdist YouTube channel. Co-produced by Legendary Digital, this hysterical series brings together an unlikely all-star cast of actors and comedians as they preview the new Storm King’s Thunder adventure, releasing fall 2016. The Force Grey cast will dive into a preview of the new D&D storyline and entertain fans by taking on the mantle of a team of do-gooders from the Forgotten Realms!

Look for new episodes every Monday on the Nerdist YouTube channel!

Episode 1: The Journey from Waterdeep! Episode 2: Giants, Ogres, and Goblins, Oh My! Episode 3: Frost Giants in the Swamp! Episode 4: Seeking the Sun Dragon! Episode 5: Awakening Calliope the Bard! Episode 6: Battling Displacer Beasts and Rogue Fails! Episode 7: Fighting the Golem and the Journey's End!

Meet the heroes of Force Grey:

Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick, founder of Nerdist and host of Talking Dead and @Midnight, will be joining the party to play the bookish elf wizard, Whil.

Chris Hardwick IMDB

Chris Hardwick Twitter

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Whil Wee-tawn (Sun Elf Wizard) feels like a stranger in this quaint, backward land of Faerûn. He would spend his days and nights reading books were it not for the gentle prodding from his pseudodragon companion, Marissa. She goads him to venture forth, explore the world, and discover new things. Now he finds himself among companions in dire need of his intelligence and boundless patience.

  Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson, known for her roles on NBC's Blindspot and Geek & Sundry's Critical Role, will take on a new persona as a half-orc cleric.

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Dagny Halvor (Half-Orc Cleric of Gond). A worshiper of the god of craft, Dagny has a mind for gizmos and gadgets that can build all sorts of tiny clockwork automatons. Dagny survives on her wits, so her adventuring gear is tailor made, everything from her modifiable flail, to her collapsible staff, to her holy symbol that is a multi-tool. As a cleric of Gond, Dagny not only fixes machines but also people.

Shelby Fero

Comedian and writer Shelby Fero (Key & Peele) will be playing a dwarf fighter with a floating shield and a crippling fear of heights.

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Brawlwin Chainminer (Dwarf Fighter) is a proud descendant of the Delzoun dwarves and hails from a long line of giant-slayers based in Waterdeep. The stability she craves is jeopardized whenever her old friend Hitch shows up, and Katya has helped him out of many sticky situations. Although her roots in the city run deep, Katya longs for adventure from time to time, and maybe slay a giant or two while she’s at it.

Jonah Ray

Jonah Ray, host of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail on Comedy Central, Hidden America and the new MST3K is playing a wise old monk who has a fishing metaphor for every occasion.

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Joppa (Human Monk) has an appreciation for the deeper meaning of life. Or he is a simpleton. No one can really tell. A fisherman extraordinaire, he has learned much by watching the rivers and tides, and by studying the fish that elude his lures. Quick to make friends and slow to make enemies, Joppa is happiest while sharing the benefits and techniques of proper fishing.

  Utkarsh Ambudkar

Actor, singer, rapper-extraordinaire, Utkarsh Ambudkar (The Mindy Project, Pitch Perfect), will be drawing on his many talents as he plays a wise-cracking scoundrel human rogue.

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Hitch (Human Rogue) started off life on the wrong foot and the wrong side of the wagon tracks. He tries to keep two steps ahead of his shady past, avoiding run-ins with the Zhentarim and other nefarious acquaintances. With his quick wit and roguish charm, Hitch plans to somehow land on his feet, on a pile of gold, with a treasure map in each hand, but until then he needs all the friends he can get.

Brian Posehn

Brian Posehn (The Sarah Silverman Program) is a long-time D&D player who hosts his own D&D games on the Nerd Poker podcast and he joins the group playing against type.

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Calliope (Half-Elf Bard) was raised on a pirate ship, and yes, that’s an excuse for her volatile behavior and colorful language. She’ll sing you a song, but you better listen or she’ll smash you with her lute. Calliope loves disguises and unravelling mysteries. Calliope can’t resist the lure of adventure or making new enemies, but it’s her friends who serve as the family she never had.


Matthew Mercer

Matthew Mercer

Matthew Mercer, veteran voice actor and leader of the popular series Critical Role, will be the Dungeon Master after working hand-in-hand with the team at Dungeons & Dragons to develop the adventure. 

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