A randomized event (usually performed with dice) that determines if one character can strike another.

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Why does Beyond TableTop show my half orc barbarian's attack bonus as +7 when it should be +5?

I was using Beyond TableTop to create a new level 1 Half Orc Barbarian for my new 5e group. I have him using a greataxe with which he is proficient. The attack bonus should be +5, due to being ...
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Are immobile objects paralyzed?

Suppose we're trying to set a catapult on fire while defending a siege (and the nearby Kobolds firing it aren't strong enough to be able to move it). That catapult can't move or speak, and can't ...
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When does the player choose to apply effort to increase damage?

In Numenera, players can apply effort to increase their chance to hit with an attack and/or to increase the damage of the attack. Thus far, my group has been playing that they can apply the effort ...
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Have any of the designers of D&D explained why Strength increases Hit Chance?

This is a personal bias, but when I think high strength score, the imagery I get is: When it comes to accuracy of a muscle-bound and bulky person, the imagery I get is: Bruce Lee had stated he ...
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Natural 20 when rolling with disadvantage

If you are rolling with disadvantage and roll a natural 20 on one of those rolls, which die roll do you take? My question stems from the fact that natural 20s count as critical regardless of ...
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How many attack rolls are made when attacking with Flurry of Blows?

While playing 5e with my playgroup, I made a staff strike, along with Flurry of Blows with my monk going for the extra 2 unarmed strikes. For this, my DM made me take a total of 2 attack rolls, one ...
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What happens to divine power when you go epic?

Divine power (without capitalization) is a cleric spell that, among other things, sets your BAB to equal your level. Now, when you gain epic levels, you stop gaining BAB, you gain an epic bonus every ...
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Can you improve your attack modifier when using items?

Are there ways to improve you attack modifier with items? For example, Hrothmar's Gauntlets have an attack "Constitution or Charisma +4 vs. Reflex". This is made up of: 1/2 level + Con or Cha + 4 ...
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Can you reroll both dice or only one when Great Weapon Fighting with a Greatsword?

GWF let's you reroll the die if it's a 1 and 2, so in the instance of a Greatsword do you reroll only one of those die if both land on a 1 or a 2, or both? I imagine if you could reroll both it would ...
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Attack Rolls Before Damage

As a newcomer to DnD, I am a bit confused about the attack rolls. Say I am playing a rogue with Sneak Attack, and an offhanded shortsword (shortsword mainhand) So I first roll an attack roll to ...
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D&D 4e - attack rolls - “level +x vs. defense” - clarification

I noticed that in the Book of Vile Darkness, for example, there are a lot of powers/diseases defined as "level+x vs. defense". I want to be make sure I understand how these are rolled before I build ...
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Are Missile Attack bonuses added to Attack or Damage rolls?

I am playing with a group of relatively new players aside from one and the DM, and while another character and I seem to be contradicting each other, we have both been told we are right. What we don't ...
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Do I know in advance whether a bonus to attack roll will help hit?

Adept's Insight says: Noble Adept Feature Adept's Insight With a mental focus, you enhance the undeniability of your actions. Encounter Psionic Free Action Close burst 5 Trigger: You or ...
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In D&D 3.5, are Ability Checks, Attack Rolls, and Damage Rolls mechanically distinct?

I've seen answers to this question for Pathfinder and D&D 5, but I cannot seem to locate any explicit statements for D&D 3.5. Essentially, I'm looking for a reference that explains whether or ...
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Which items can I use to boost my hit chance?

I'm a vryloka cosmic sorcerer. I choose to start with a 16+2 Charisma to get some extra Dex from the point buy and my first three feats were almost entirely focused on boosting defenses and damage ...
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I'm confused about combat; how can I hope to hit anything?

Me and my friends are pretty new to D&D and are likely getting the majority of the rules wrong. I believe I understand AC: an AC of 16 means you must roll a die (+modifier) of 16 or greater to ...
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A fast rule to replace iterative attacks

In D&D 3.5, higher-level players and monsters get iterative attacks. This can slow down the game sometimes. Therefore, I am looking for an alternative rule that fulfills the following requisites: ...
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Do all spells require an attack roll?

I know if I cast a touch spell like Chill Touch, I have to roll a d20 to see if I hit against their touch AC, and I can potentially crit. What if it's a spell like Entangle that has a range of long, ...
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Base Attack Bonus vs. actual bonus on attacks?

When I reach level 6 my BAB will be +6/+1. When I make my actual attack with weapon focus (+1) and strength mod (+3) does it make it +10/+5?
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Do implement attacks made through a weapon get the weapon's proficiency bonus?

I am making a bard in 4e and am using a +2 Songbow (Superior Crossbow). If I become proficient with Superior Crossbows (+3 to attack) and that weapon is my implement, would essentially get +5 to ...
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/roll formula for critical hit damage in roll20

I posted this over on the Roll20 support forums but I figured I'd ask here as well. Basically I want to incorporate bonus damage dice in my attack macros. Right now I've got this line: /roll ...
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How to calculate attack roll for a monster?

I'm a total Pathfinder newb and I have a question that will probably reveal just how "newb" I am. According to the Core Rulebook, to calculate an attack roll, you use the following formula: d20 + ...
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Dropping an object on an enemy using Mage Hand

My DM wasn't sure how to handle this so I figured I'd ask here and see what people think. I used Mage Hand to pick up a burning log from a fire and drop it on an enemy. Because it was a magical ...
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When exactly is the reroll for Elven Accuracy done?

Trigger: You make an attack roll and dislike the result. Effect: Reroll the attack roll. Use the second roll, even if it’s lower. Specifically, is the player entitled to know if the attack ...
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How do you determine your attack?

For instance: a spell says "Int vs AC" Do you roll raw int + d20 vs AC? Do you roll Int bonus + d20 vs AC? Do you roll int bonus+weapon accuracy +d20 vs AC? (This is a question about swordmage, so ...
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Average attack bonus of a 30th level character in DnD 4e

What is the average attack of 30th level D&D character? (Of course this number must be calculated without uber-strong homebrew items). My real question is this: What is the average chance of ...
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How does __(Dexterity) vs. AC work?

I'm working through the new Red Box, and have ended up with a character with the at-will Bump And Run power. The attack is listed as __ (Dexterity) vs. AC Is this just a straight comparison of ...
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What are the Players and the DM supposed to be permitted to know in regards to rolls/defenses during combat?

What are the Players and the DM supposed to be permitted to know in regards to rolls/defenses during combat? I've only played 4th Ed. D&D, so I don't know how it's handled in other editions. ...