PHB_Errata

This document corrects or clarifies certain
rules in the fifth edition Player’s
Handbook. Recent printings of the book
include revised text that reflects the explanations
here.
Races
Dwarven Combat Training (p. 20).
Dwarves are proficient with the light hammer,
not the throwing hammer.
Drow Magic (p. 24). Here “once per
day” means you must finish a long rest to
cast the spell again with the trait.
Infernal Legacy (p. 43). Here “once per
day” means you must finish a long rest to
cast the spell again with the trait.
Bard
Song of Rest (p. 54). A creature regains
the extra hit points only if it spends one or
more Hit Dice at the end of the short rest.
Fighter
Feinting Attack (p. 74). The advantage
is lost if not used on the turn you gain it.
Monk
Deflect Missiles (p. 78). The range of
the monk’s ranged attack is 20/60 feet.
Eternal Mountain Defense (p. 81). A
monk must be 17th level, not 11th, to learn
this discipline.
Water Whip (p. 81). This discipline requires
an action, not a bonus action.
Paladin
Divine Smite (p. 85). You can expend
any spell slot, not just a paladin spell slot.
Ranger
Ranger’s Companion (p. 93). If you
are incapacitated or absent, your beast
companion acts on its own, focusing on
protecting you and itself. It never requires
your command to use its reaction, such as
when making an opportunity attack.
Bestial Fury (p. 93). When you command
the beast to take the Attack action,
the beast can attack twice or take the Multiattack
action if it has that action.
Sorcerer
Flexible Casting (p. 101). The created
spell slots vanish at the end of a long rest.
Twinned Spell (p. 102). To be eligible
for Twinned Spell, a spell must be incapable
of targeting more than one creature at
the spell’s current level.
Elemental Affinity (p. 102). The damage
bonus applies to one damage roll of a
spell, not multiple rolls.
Wild Magic Surge (p. 103). If a Wild
Magic effect is a spell, it’s too wild to be
affected by Metamagic. If it normally requires
concentration, it doesn’t require
concentration in this case; the spell lasts
for its full duration.
Warlock
Quick Build (p. 106). Ray of sickness
should be charm person.
Pact of the Chain (p. 107). When you
let your familiar attack, it does so with its
reaction.
Pact of the Tome (p. 108). Any cantrip
you cast with this feature is considered a
warlock cantrip for you.
Eldritch Invocations (p. 110). A level
prerequisite in an invocation refers to warlock
level, not character level.
Book of Ancient Secrets (p. 110). The
rituals needn’t be from the same spell list.
Wizard
Your Spellbook (p. 114). The spells copied
into a spellbook must be of a spell level
the wizard can prepare.
Spellbook (p. 114). A spellbook doesn’t
contain cantrips.
Empowered Evocation (p. 117). The
damage bonus applies to one damage roll
of a spell, not multiple rolls.
Overchannel (p. 118). The feature
doesn’t benefit cantrips.
Equipment
Ammunition (p. 146). Loading a onehanded
weapon requires a free hand.
Reach (p. 147). This property also
determines your reach for opportunity attacks
with a reach weapon.
Two-Handed (p. 147). This property
is relevant only when you attack with the
weapon, not when you simply hold it.
Weapons (p. 149). Unarmed strike
doesn’t belong on the Weapons table.
Multiclassing
Class Features (p. 164). You gain the
starting equipment of your first class only.
Feats
Athlete (p. 165). The third benefit
should instead say climbing doesn’t cost
you extra movement.
Grappler (p. 167). Ignore the third benefit;
it refers to a nonexistent rule.
Magic Initiate (p. 168). The feat’s limit
on casting the 1st-level spell applies only
to the casting given by the feat.
Martial Adept (p. 168). The superiority
die is added to any others you have, no
matter when you gain them.
Polearm Master (p. 168). The bonus attack
uses the same ability modifier as the
main attack.
Sentinel (p. 169). Ignore “within 5 feet
of you” in the second benefit.
Tavern Brawler (p. 170). The feat
doesn’t give you proficiency with unarmed
strikes, since you’re already proficient.
Weapon Master (p. 170). The chosen
weapons must be simple or martial.
Using Ability Scores
Hiding (p. 177). The DM decides when
circumstances are appropriate for hiding.
Also, the question isn’t whether a creature
can see you when you’re hiding. The question
is whether it can see you clearly.
Adventuring
Suffocating (p. 183). If you run out of
breath, you can’t regain hit points or be
stabilized until you can breathe again.
Vision and Light (p. 183). A heavily
obscured area doesn’t blind you, but you
are effectively blinded when you try to see
something obscured by it.
Long Rest (p. 186). You regain at least 1
Hit Die when you finish a long rest.
Combat
Ready (p. 193). You have until the start
of your next turn to use a readied action.
Melee Attacks (p. 195). The rule on
unarmed strikes should read as follows:
“Instead of using a weapon to make a
melee weapon attack, you can use an unarmed
strike: a punch, kick, head-butt, or
similar forceful blow (none of which count
as weapons). On a hit, an unarmed strike
deals bludgeoning damage equal to 1 +
your Strength modifier. You are proficient
with your unarmed strikes.”
Spells
Paladin Spells (p. 209). The spell is destructive
wave, not destructive smite.
Wizard Spells (p. 211). Trap the soul
shouldn’t appear on the spell list.
Mass Cure Wounds (p. 258). This
spell’s school is evocation, not conjuration.
Mass Heal (p. 258). This spell’s school
is evocation, not conjuration.
Phantasmal Killer (p. 265). The frightened
target makes a save at the end of its
turns, not the start.
Polymorph (p. 266). This spell can’t
affect a target that has 0 hit points.
Revivify (p. 272). This spell’s school is
necromancy, not conjuration.
True Polymorph (p. 283). This spell
can’t affect a target that has 0 hit points.
Weird (p. 288). The frightened target
makes a save at the end of its turns, not
the start.
Creature Statistics
If in doubt, the Monster Manual version of
a creature’s stat block is authoritative.

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