5e SRD:Traps

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Traps can be found almost anywhere. One wrong step in an ancient tomb might trigger a series of scything blades, which cleave through armor and bone. The seemingly innocuous vines that hang over a cave entrance might grasp and choke anyone who pushes through them. A net hidden among the trees might drop on travelers who pass underneath. In a fantasy game, unwary adventurers can fall to their deaths, be burned alive, or fall under a fusillade of poisoned darts.

A trap can be either mechanical or magical in nature. Mechanical traps include pits, arrow traps, falling blocks, water-filled rooms, whirling blades, and anything else that depends on a mechanism to operate. Magic traps are either magical device traps or spell traps. Magical device traps initiate spell effects when activated. Spell traps are spells such as glyph of warding and symbol that function as traps.

Sample Traps

The magical and mechanical traps presented here vary in deadliness and are presented in alphabetical order.

Item Type Subtype
Collapsing Roof
Falling Net
Fire-Breathing Statue
Poison Darts
Poison Needle
Rolling Sphere
Sphere of Annihilation (Trap)

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