Amulet of Quizzening +3 — The Dungeons & Dragons Quiz

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Amulet of Quizzening +3 — The Dungeons & Dragons Quiz
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Dungeons & Dragons players have been taking on the roles of mighty heroes on magical quests for more than 40 years. Level up your D&D knowledge with this Dungeons & Dragons quiz.
What is another name for dark elves?
svirfneblin
sub-elves
drow
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Drow primarily worship Lolth, a demon who appears to be half drow, half gigantic spider.

What does THAC0 stand for?
to hit armor class zero
true heroes always crit orcs
table hierarchy adjustment core zero
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THAC0 was the number you needed to roll on a D20 to hit an enemy with an Armor Class of zero in some editions of D&D. It wasn't the most intuitive system ever.

The campaign setting the Forgotten Realms depicts adventures occurring mainly on which fictional continent?
Faerûn
Glorantha
Ourupe
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There are other continents in the Realms, but the primary focus is on Faerûn.

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The two people credited with creating Dungeons & Dragons are Dave Arneson and …
Gary Gygax
Michael Moorcock
Johann Christian Ludwig Hellwig
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Arneson and Gygax developed the original D&D rules in the early 1970s after playing in miniature war games set in medieval times.

In most editions of D&D, the barbarian class has a unique ability that lets them inflict extra damage. What is that ability called?
fury
intimidation
rage
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A barbarian can rage a limited number of times each day. The tradeoff for the extra damage is a reduced armor class.

What is the name of the massive dungeon complex that exists beneath the city of Waterdeep?
Elderdeep
Undermountain
Martyrdelve
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Undermountain is a legendary dungeon partly created by the mad wizard Halaster.

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What was unique about the AD&D 2nd Edition Monstrous Compendium?
All of the monster images were photos of painted miniatures.
It was only released digitally, as a CD-ROM.
The books were three-ring binders that allowed players to add additional monster pages as they were released.
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Instead of bound hardcover books, the 2nd Edition Monstrous Compendium was an expandable binder system.

The five main classes (not counting sub-classes) in 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons were Cleric, Fighter, Magic-User, Thief and …
Monk
Barbarian
Elf
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1st Edition monks were masters of unarmed combat, and gained a grab-bag of abilities like immunity to disease, faking death and speaking with plants.

The measure of a character's current health in D&D is called what?
vitality
hit points
armor class
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If your hit points reach zero, you're in serious trouble (though not necessarily dead).

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There are two main types of dragons, metallic and …
chromatic
aberrant
abyssal
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While metallic dragons generally have good alignments, the chromatic dragons are all evil.

What 9th level spell, which has appeared in every edition of D&D, allows magic-users to do pretty much anything?
Deify
Wish
Ascension
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Casting Wish can usually get you what you want, but sometimes it'll cost you.

What classic D&D monster terrified players not because it might kill their characters, but because it would destroy their equipment?
rust monster
hook horror
blue dragon
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The bizarre, insectile rust monster could even destroy magic weapons.

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What is the only way to permanently kill a troll?
trick it into staying out in the sun
cast Remove Curse
finish it off with fire or acid
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Trolls regenerate, so you have to use acid or fire to keep one down.

What realm does Strahd von Zarovich rule over?
Greyhawk
Ravenloft
Winterfell
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The vampire lord Strahd rules Ravenloft, D&D's gothic horror setting.

What is a gazebo?
an aberration from the outer planes with a deadly gaze attack
an open-sided outdoor pavilion
a type of polearm with a curved blade and hook
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A gazebo is a nice place to have a picnic. A dire gazebo, on the other hand…

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What company published D&D from the game's creation until it was purchased by Wizards of the Coast in 1997?
TSR
Games Workshop
Penguin
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TSR stands for Tactical Studies Rules.

STR, DEX, INT, WIS, CHA. What's missing?
SAV
WIT
CON
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CON (constitution) is the missing ability score.

A wizard is basically useless without…
a spellbook
a pointy hat
an entourage
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Without a spellbook, a wizard can’t memorize spells to cast, and they're not good at much else.

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The heaviest, most protective type of armor in D&D is…
scale
ironwood
full plate
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Fighters and paladins look forward to the day they find (or can afford to buy) their first set of full plate.

What is another name for a mind-flayer?
illithid
kuo-toa
malcanthet
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Mind-flayers are also known as illithid.

How do clerics get their spells?
by doing elaborate ritual dances
clerics can only read spells from scrolls
by praying to a deity of some kind
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Clerics derive their magic from whatever divine beings they pray to.

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What wizard is known for creating a variety of spells involving illusory hands and fists?
Halaster
Bigby
Mordenkainen
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Bigby's hand spells have appeared in almost every edition of D&D.

What was the name of the miniature war game that D&D grew out of?
Greyhawk
Chainmail
Axis & Allies
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The later editions of Chainmail added rules for fantasy themes, which eventually evolved into Dungeons & Dragons.

Which of these seemingly unpronounceable names is an actual D&D demon lord?
Ak'Lak'Latrl
Nrshbrkr
Zuggtmoy
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Zuggtmoy is a demon of rot and fungus.

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Which D&D module introduced science-fiction elements to the game?
"Expedition to the Barrier Peaks"
"The Temple of Elemental Evil"
"In Search of the Unknown"
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In "Expedition to the Barrier Peaks," the players explore a crashed spaceship populated by robots.

What alignment is a character who doesn't care for rules or regulations, but tries to help others and do the right thing?
Lawful-Neutral
Chaotic-Good
True Neutral
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Of the nine possible alignments, this description best fits Chaotic-Good.

What monster has multiple eyes, each of which can cast a different spell effect at enemies?
shambling mound
black pudding
beholder
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Beholders have one large eye and several smaller eyes, each on an "eye-stalk."

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What is the name of the five-headed dragon (who is also a demon) that is a frequent D&D archvillain?
Jörmungandr
The Iron Duke
Tiamat
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Turning Tiamat into a giant evil dragon is an odd interpretation of an ancient Mesopotamian sea goddess, which is where the name comes from.

A monster hits you with a magical attack. To avoid some of the effects, you might have to make a…
knowledge (monsters) check
counterspell
saving throw
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The detailed saving throws of early editions have been pared down to simple ability score rolls these days.

What is the most basic method for generating a D&D character's ability score?
divide 90 points among the six abilities however you want
roll a d20 and subtract two
roll 3d6 and add them together
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The basic character creation ability roll is 3d6, though there are lots of variations if you want more powerful characters.

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