Can chain lightning (and perhaps, spells with similar wording) target worn or carried equipment?

Chain lightning can specifically target objects and does not specify that the object must be unattended; spells like fireball or lightning bolt do. Does this mean its secondary targets can be objects worn or carried by the initial target creature? Can the initial target be an object worn or carried by a creature? What about any combination of these?

You create a bolt of lightning that arcs toward a target of your choice that you can see within range. Three bolts then leap from that target to as many as three other targets, each of which must be within 30 feet of the first target. A target can be a creature or an object [no specification unattended or otherwise] and can be targeted by only one of the bolts.

A target must make a Dexterity saving throw. The target takes 10d8 lightning damage on a failed save, or half as much on a successfully one. (PHB p. 221, emphasis mine.)

Dealing 10d8 damage to up to three worn or carried objects after zapping the creature seems to be a really effective way to use this spell; it would probably break things you don’t want your enemy to use and deal him a good chunk of damage. This potential use of the spell, its expected damage output, and the comparatively low HP of objects suggested in the DMG make for a potentially pretty electrifying attack.


Related, though I couldn’t find an answer here.

How does the Chain Lightning spell target?

This one’s accepted answer does address areas of effect, though I think chain lightning is different enough to warrant my question.

What qualifies for the target of a spell?

Equipment and Software for a Student

I am a high school student wanting to go into a career of information security/cyber security and I was wondering what some good equipment is to get for some practice out side of school. I currently made my old computer into a windows server and set up a domain and all that. I am in a networking class, so I have some knowledge on all of this. I would also appreciate some suggested software to get. I currently have wireshark.

Nikon Equipment Upgrade Recommendation (for wildlife)

Forgive me if these kinds of questions are not permitted here, I have no local photography experts/shops so am left with very few options…

I am currently in the process of upgrading all of my camera equipment in preparation for my next African safari trip in a month. I have done a lot of research, however, before I purchase each of the items, I would really appreciate another person’s opinion on my proposed selection.

Update – the reason I am looking to upgrade my equipment is a) my current equipment is very out of date, and b) I would quite like to move to Nikon lenses instead of third party brands such as Sigma, Tamron…

Just a few notes before I list my equipment;

  • Most pictures will be taken whilst in a game vehicle (i.e. no tripod, only monopods and freehand).
  • I will be photographing wildlife, the occasional critter, and the occasional landscape
  • I can afford to spend around £3K (approx $ 4k), but cannot really afford to exceed this unless absolutely necessary.

Old Equipment

  1. Nikon D90
  2. Large Zoom – Sigma 150-500mm (see here)
  3. Small Zoom – Tamron 55-200mm (see here)
  4. Macro Lens – Sigma 105mm (see here)
  5. Wide Angle Lens – Sigma 10-20mm (see here)

Proposed New Equipment

  1. Nikon D500 (already purchased, exclude from budget)
  2. Large Zoom – Nikon 200-500mm (see here)
  3. Small Zoom – Nikon 28-300mm (see here)
  4. Macro Lens – Nikon DX Micro 85mm (see here)
  5. Wide Angle Lens – not upgrading
  6. New – Teleconverter – Nikon TC-14E (see here)

Does anyone have any alternative recommendations or is the above a good selection?

In addition, I have never found the need, nor would I deem it considerate to the animals, to use a flash. However, are there any circumstances whereby a flash would be appropriate, and if so, should I upgrade my old SB-600 speedlight? I was looking at the SB-700 or the SB-5000…

What equipment did film photographers obsess over?

I found a box of old camera stuff in my in-law’s house while helping them move and it got me thinking, “what equipment did film photographers obsess over back in the day?”

For example, with modern day digital photography, the sensor seems to be the most expensive and most sensitive part of the camera body. Keeping it clean and safe is critical to good photos. There are countless articles and how-to’s online for cleaning, maintaining and preventing damage to the sensor. However, with a film camera, the imaging surface is not a majorly expensive part of the system. Scratching the film would ruin your photo but it wouldn’t ruin your camera body.

So what do you think, what equipment and maintenance questions do you think would fill up the forums back in the day?

XP & CR for Monsters with magic equipment?

Suppose I have a monster. OK he’s not really a monster, he’s just Knight like the one on page 347 of the monster manual. Only this particular Knight has a Spellguard Shield as described on page 201 of the Dungeon Master’s Guide. Obviously he’s going to be more hearty an adversary, but how do I calculate the appropriate Challenge Rating and Experience Points for this Knight? And more generally, how does one calculate the CR & XP of NPCs with magic gear?

Thanks in advance for any assistance.