Questions tagged [hit-points]

For questions about hit points, an abstraction of a character's health, used in many role-playing games. (See also: the [temporary-hit-points] and [hit-dice] tags.)

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How to handle a psychic damage roll

I’m playing a D&D solo adventure called "To Hell and Back Again", I've just had to roll a d10 for psychic damage, due to a 'trait' called 'fear of bony things'. I entered a vehicle which ...
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Do Constitution Changes affect Current hit points in D&D 5e?

I know that changes to Constitution retroactively affect Maximum Hit Points, but I'm not sure what to do about current hit points. Say a level 3 character has 12/20 hit points and their Con modifier ...
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If a mythic monster is reduced to 0 HP by a Mace of Disruption, what happens?

(My question was inspired by this answer to "Is it possible to kill a mythic monster without activating its mythic trait?".) Mythic Monsters (introduced in Mythic Odysseys of Theros) have a ...
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In E6, what happens about Hit Points after level 6? Do characters stop gaining HP?

Apologies if this is the incorrect way to ask a question or if it was already answered. In E6, what happens about Hit Points after level 6? Do characters stop gaining HP? I'm keen to try E6, and see ...
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How can I increase a Shield's HP?

What ways are there to increase the HP of a shield? I found Shield Boss', and I know enhancement bonuses will help as well. Are there any other options like making the shield thicker? It needs to be ...
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If a lizardfolk shaman is killed while in crocodile form, what is its HP after it reverts to its true form?

The lizardfolk shaman is a CR2 monster with druid spells. It has this ability: Change Shape (Recharges after a Short or Long Rest). The lizardfolk magically polymorphs into a crocodile, remaining in ...
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If a PC uses the Magic Jar spell to possess another PC, what happens to their HP?

My Necromancer is a level 13 player character, and he will use the magic jar spell on fellow 13th-level PCs. The issue is that HP for PCs is calculated and based on a class feature (monsters without ...
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What happens to a creature with maximum 1 hit point that gains level 4 Exhaustion?

The fourth level of exhaustion imparts this effect on a creature: Hit point maximum halved The Basic Rules make it clear that whenever you divide a number for any purpose, you round down: There’s ...
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What is the correct way to calculate Position in Dark Souls?

In the Dark Souls tabletop RPG, 5e’s Hit Points are replaced with “Position”, a more flexible resource. I found the rules for determining the Base Position of a character to be slightly confusing. For ...
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Does a synthesist eidolon actually take damage?

I'm asking myself if the eidolon of a synthesist actually takes damage. While fused with his eidolon, the synthesist uses the eidolon’s physical ability scores (Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution),...
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Can a Wall of Stone be made with 7200 hit points?

I was recently looking at the spell Wall of Stone and I was thinking about whether or not it would be possible to create an almost impenetrable cube using this spell. Here is my math: In the spell ...
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What trigger would I specify for the Contingency spell to use a contingent False Life spell to avoid being knocked unconscious by damage?

So, in our current game, the PCs are getting pwned by a couple of bad guys. We ended last session in the middle of combat and will pick up next session. My wizard is already pretty seriously hurt and ...
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How many hit points can a druid generate per day from Aid with Wild Shape?

Alice is a 2nd level druid with 10 hit points. She receives the benefit of an Aid spell, bumping her to 15 max and current hit points. She then has a run-in with a couple of goblins, who hurt her for ...
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What happens when a creature drops to 0 hit points without taking damage?

The rules on dropping to 0 hit points (PHB p. 197) almost entirely depend on taking damage. The section begins as follows: When you drop to 0 hit points, you either die outright or fall unconscious, ...
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Are there any rules preventing a creature's hit point maximum from being negative?

To illustrate the question, take the following example: a creature is under the effects of an aid spell, increasing its hit point maximum: (PHB p. 211) Each target's hit point maximum and current hit ...
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