I'm converting the characters for my party from D&D4E to D&D5E, and I have a question about the Cleric (level 1).
He has a Dexterity of 8, and also has a Light Crossbow (which he is proficient with). The attack roll when he uses the crossbow should then be +1 (+2 proficiency -1 dex mod), and the damage roll should then be 1d8-1. Is this correct ?
Does a negative modifier (Strength/Dexterity) also apply to the damage roll ?
The rules just state that the modifier has to be added to the damages, but there is nothing specified for negative modifiers.. (that why I assume it should be 1d8-1). It does look a but weird, though.
From the Basic Rules (p. 75):
When attacking with a weapon, you add your ability modifier—the same modifier used for the attack roll— to the damage.
PS: I know the crossbow is not the first thing a Cleric should use so this is not a critical issue.. but still, I'd like to know how the rules work for this situation :-)