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5th Edition rules clarifications

This document is based on J. Crawford rulings (RAW and RAI) that have appeared on Twitter or in the monthly Sage Advice columns. 

Sage Advice gives official clarifications of D&D rules. Sometimes it also provides reference documents to help a D&D game run more smoothly.

Google "Sage Advice Compendium" to obtain the latest pdf document that compiles these rules clarifications (and much more). Latest version of the Sage Advice Compendium was version 1.13 (September 2016).

Please leave a comment if you spot an error, typo, or imprecision.

Document is "Pay What You Want"; contribution goes for the compilation and editing work 

You can follow the "live" updates and obtain the document for free at the web address:

I'm a moderator for the 5th RAW Facebook group and a D&D player and DM since 1986. Follow me on Twitter @benmorrier.


v.3.0 : Added Hiding rules clarification

v.3.1 : Corrects errata of v.3.0 (hiding) : Stealth check must *exceed* Passive Perception score (not "meet or exceed", as previously stated in 3.0). Error came from conflicting sources, but rule designer as clarified this issue on Dragon Talk "Sage Advice" podcast segment.  

v.3.2 : June 2017 - added "attack" definition; minor editing

v.3.3 : November 2017 - corrections to match current official rulings; printer-friendly pdf

v.3.4: May 2018- minor additions based on recent Sage Advice tweets

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Jake H May 22, 2018 1:57 am UTC
Is this still being updated every so often? Dates from last discussion and dates in description are from 2016
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Ben M May 22, 2018 10:04 pm UTC
Hi Jake. I try to update it now and then. Funny enough, I updated the document today before I read your comment.
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Arvo H October 15, 2016 9:30 pm UTC
Thanks for this! It was nicely formatted, clear and concise.
I've been running 5th ed since the basic rules came out, and had completely missed the thing about reactions and extra attack. Also, good job on the examples for spellcasting (fireball, counterspell, counterspell) – made me laugh.
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Ben M October 18, 2016 8:00 pm UTC
Thanks :) Glad you like it! A newer version is now available. You can also follow the "live" changes made to the document here:
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