ou've got questions—we've got answers! Here's how it works—each week, our Community Manager will scour all available sources to find whatever questions you're asking. We'll pick three of them for R&D to answer, whether about the making of the game or anything else you care to know about... with some caveats.
There are certain business and legal questions we can't answer (for business and legal reasons). And if you have a specific rules question, we'd rather point you to Customer Service, where representatives are ready and waiting to help guide you through the rules of the game. That said, our goal is provide you with as much information we can—in this and other venues.
How does the Lucky feat interact with disadvantage? How does the halfling’s Lucky trait interact with advantage/disadvantage and the Lucky feat?
When you spend a luck point, you roll an additional d20 and then choose which d20 to use, regardless of whether you have advantage, disadvantage, and so on. So, you can use luck points to effectively turn disadvantage into advantage, and then some. As for the halfling’s Lucky trait, you first roll all dice (regardless of whether you have advantage or disadvantage, or whether you spend luck points), figure out which die to use for the attack roll, ability check, or saving throw, and then, if the die you picked rolls a natural 1, you would reroll only that die and use the new roll. Thus, the halfling trait works best when you have disadvantage only, since when you roll that natural 1 you’re forced to take it no matter what the other die says; at that point, the halfling’s Lucky trait kicks in, allowing you to reroll it and take the second result.
How and when do bonuses from magic items stack? Does a bonus from a spell stack with a bonus from a magic item?
Right now, everything stacks unless something specifically says that it doesn’t. Of course, you can’t wear more than one of many types of magic items (for example, you can’t wear two sets of boots), so in that sense there is something in place to prevent stacking. As long as you can wear/wield/use it, though, magic items always stack, as do any other spells or effects in the game unless an exception is specifically called out.
How does damage on a miss interact with poison? Does the poison take effect as long as damage is dealt? How about Sneak Attack?
Dealing damage on a miss does not turn the miss into a hit; thus, anything that triggers on hitting the creature does not trigger when you miss them, even if you still deal damage. Poisons specifically require you to hit the creature, as does the Sneak Attack feature.
How can I submit a question to the D&D Next Q&A?
Instead of a single venue to submit questions, our Community Manager will be selecting questions from our message boards, Twitter feed, and Facebook account. You can also submit questions directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. So, if you'd like to have your question answered in the D&D Next Q&A, just continue to participate in our online community—and we may select yours!
Rodney Thompson began freelancing in the RPG industry in 2001 before graduating from the University of Tennessee. In 2007 he joined the Wizards of the Coast staff as the lead designer and developer for the new Star Wars RPG product line. Rodney is the co-designer of Lords of Waterdeep and is currently a designer for Dungeons & Dragons.