Combat refers to the systems used in roleplaying games to resolve conflict through violent means, often to the death of one or more characters. Combat often involves several subsystems that determine whether harm is inflicted (to-hit) and the extent of that harm (damage).

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What swarm positionings in combat count as “contiguous”?

"Combat" section of swarm description says, it can occupy any four contiguous squares. What are contiguous squares? Should they touch each other with boarders? Should they go in a straight 20' line ...
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When do I announce my parry?

In Das Schwarze Auge (4.1), when do I have to announce that I want to parry my enemy's attack? Do I have to declare that before his attack is rolled and I know if he hits me or not, or can I wait to ...
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How to set up a battle with a God?

I have a campaign (D&D 2nd Edition) that has been running on and off for about 22 years (real life). Characters have finally reached super-high levels (some are 30, multi-classes are lower). I'm ...
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How to design combat for an overpowered character in a normal party?

I'm running a Savage Worlds game in a rugged sci-fi genre (think Firefly or Guardians of the Galaxy), and I've got a problem. One of my player characters is wildly over-powered in combat, (multiple ...
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When restrained or unconscious do you lose your dex bonus to ac

If a character is restrained or unconscious/sleeping do they lose any bonus from dexterity for armor class and dexterity saves?
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Is there an optional rule that makes 4e's weapon attacks more realistic?

D&D 4e allows characters to do some extraordinary things with their weapons: You can hit a ghost without a magic weapon, and in fact having an enchanted weapon doesn't make a difference for ...
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Is a concentration check required when temporary hitpoints absorb all the damage?

A spell caster with 6 temporary hit points is hit for 3 damage. Do they have to make a concentration check?
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Is a character flat-footed if they end their turn mid-jump?

In 3.5, a character can end their turn mid-jump if they run out of movement for that round but they have not finished their jump. Is such a character considered to be flat-footed, as is a balancing or ...
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Swarms: Do they qualify for Flanking an enemy?

My druid wants to start summoning swarms for the rogue to use as a flanking buddy. Would this work?
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How do I make an unwinnable fight fun?

In one of my campaigns, it's possible that I'm going to have to pull off a Hopeless Boss Fight depending on the choices of my player (we're playing one-on-one). The gist is that they're interfering ...
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Does a off-hand weapon get added to a Coup de Grace attempt?

So, today in a game I was in, I ended up fighting against some Giant creatures, and they ended up giving me a hug (grapple). To free me, my friend put it to sleep, I climbed out and committed a Coup ...
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Is the rogue's Cunning Action plus a ranged weapon overpowered?

Cunning Action gives a rogue a bonus Dash, Disengage, or Hide, but if the rogue uses a bow to attack and the Cunning Action to Dash, how could a melee enemy ever reach them? Most enemies have speed ...
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Can you use a Bonus Action on a turn other than your own?

The rules for Bonus Actions state; (PHB pg.189) You can take only one bonus action on your turn... Which to me can be read in two ways. 1. You can only take a bonus action if it is your turn. ...
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Is there something like a (readied) charge in 5e?

We're moving from D&D 3.5e to 5e. In 3.5 games there usually was a lot of charging going on, and DMs would also (as a house rule) allow partial charges as readied actions (nothing more dramatic ...
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Are Battle Master maneuvers usable once per attack, or per attack action?

It says in the PHB that you can use only one maneuver per attack. If that's per attack, not per attack action, that seems somewhat powerful, since after 5th level you get multiple attacks per attack ...
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How do you balance preserving the agency of other players with playing a character that him/herself is aggressive in combat in a freeform RP? [closed]

Background: Same community as before -- mostly-freeform online RP in a proto-MMO. This time, my problem concerns combat in particular. I have received quite a few accusations that my ...
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Can you add your athletics score to defense multiple times?

Under "defensive do-over", it states that you can spend one legend point to add half your athletics score to your defense retroactively. Can you activate this multiple times on one attack until you ...
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Do large creatures have reach?

Does a large creature (ogre) have reach with their weapons (club) or can they only hit opponents directly adjacent to them? The Monster Manual says the ogre has a 5' reach. Does that mean it only ...
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Does Monkey Grip allow wielding 2 handed weapons in 1 hand?

As typical in D&D a friend and I are having a debate, this time about whether or not Monkey Grip (3.5 complete warrior feat) allows a medium creature to wield a 2-handed medium weapon with one ...
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A game with a combat system based on standard playing cards?

I am searching for a combat system based on standard playing cards (aka the French 52-card deck) instead of dice. The system should include melee combat and modern firearms, so that it can be used for ...
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Can you attack with spells while concentrating on another?

On page 203 of the Player's Handbook it says that you can attack while concentrating on a spell. Does that include spell attacks like Magic Missile, or is it just physical melee attacks?
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Can someone immediately pick up their weapon after being Disarmed?

So disarm can make someone drop a weapon at their feet. Only advantage is if others want to dash away or you need to remove a reaction parry from the opponent before they get their own turn. When the ...
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Can a Druid/Monk make unarmed strikes while Wild Shaped?

Can a Druid who is Wild Shaped perform Unarmed Strikes?
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Combat With a Focus on Momentum

As some of you may know, Exalted 3E is on its way, but isn't released yet. In some of the preview/teaser info, the Devs were talking about combat in the following way: ...in the epics, and in ...
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How does a fight started by a Sucker Punch get handled?

How should I handle starting combat that starts from a sucker punch? a punch made without warning, allowing no time for preparation or defense on the part of the recipient. This happened in a ...
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Can players “Ready” outside of combat?

Can players in 5e ready an action before combat begins? If so, does this impose any penalties? (I saw this, but it is written for 4e and IMO the answer left something to be desired)
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What would being able to split the move action do to combat?

In D&D5e a player can choose to do his standard action while moving. So a character (who can normally move 30 feet) may move 10 feet, then attack, and then move again in any direction up to his ...
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Fighting defensively penalty (penalty on attack rolls, damage rolls or both?)

Greetings fellow adventures! A little query in regards to fight defensively You can choose to fight defensively when attacking. If you do so, you take a –4 penalty on all attacks in a round ...
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Can you dodge a grenade attack, or dive for cover?

Assuming a grenade or a fireball hits, and the roll is exactly 3 so it's on-target: Is there a Reaction+Intuition to "protect yourself"? (like a D&D reflex save) or do you auto-hit and proceed to ...
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How does power attack interact with multiple attacks from a high BAB?

Let's say that I'm a level 13 bloodrager with +13/+8/+3 BAB. When I make a full attack, do I calculate the effects of Power Attack on each attack that I make, or only the first one? Just to make ...
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Action in Combat , Can I make a full attack with touch attacks for a trigger spell?

Myself and the other characters have 10 levels for templates or monster class and 8 levels for class levels, with Divine Power I gain a bab equal my character level. (18 right?). I cast Shivering ...
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Can you use a readied action to act on a different round?

From the PHB, page 193: Sometimes you want to get the jump on a foe or wait for a particular circumstance before you act. To do so, you can take the Ready action on your turn so that you can act ...
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How does concealment work?

I'm confused about how concealment in combat works in D&D Fifth Edition. If there are environmental effects that make it difficult to see a character, but do not grant physical cover, how does ...
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What happens if the effects of two different damage types contradict each other?

A flesh golem has the extraordinary ability immunity to magic, which says that A flesh golem is immune to any spell or spell-like ability that allows spell resistance. In addition, certain spells ...
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Looking for a versatile but reasonably fast combat system for hard sci-fi setting

I am looking for a Sci-Fi combat system that is versatile and reasonably fast-paced. I'd like it to be as streamlined as possible, but won't be to scared by complexity if it's well justified. ...
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Are there rules for called shots in D&D 4e?

i'm DM to a 4th edition campaign. Been a DM for about 13 years through 2nd and 4th edition and never had to deal with this. We have a kind of new player into the party, a rogue from PHB1. During ...
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How does one avoid a bottleneck of enemies in a doorway?

As a new DM I'm still learning how to control the monsters in a battle. A situation came up last game and although it was fine and fun, I wonder if there are better strategies for a DM to avoid a ...
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Can a character target multiple enemies with multiattack? Can they be separated?

The actual term "multiattack" only shows up in the PHB a few times, but it never indicates whether the subsequent attack is restricted to the same target as the first one. Because it is never ...
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How do I let players know that not every encounter has to be hack and slash? [duplicate]

My players kind of have a habit of, "If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, WE MUST KILL IT!" Recently they came across a small goblin camp and one of them (who speaks goblin) verbally ...
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Using Dodge (Mythic) as an Immediate Action

Dodge (Mythic) The bonus to AC from Dodge increases by 1. As an immediate action, you can expend one use of mythic power to grant yourself an additional +10 dodge bonus to AC against one attack. ...
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If a mount without a saddle dashes does the rider need a saving throw?

If a mount without a saddle dashes does the rider need a saving throw? Specifically if the mount is a player controlled dire wolf and another character hops on his back. The mounted combat rules are ...
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How do ranged weapons work

I am running a 1dm/1pc game where the pc is a ranger and I am having a bit of trouble understanding the specifics for ranged combat (Specifically long bow). I was under the impression that bows had a ...
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What rules should I employ for conflict in Dread?

I'm just about to run a game of Dread (the Jenga RPG) and I'm really confused about conflict within it. Do I create a combat order from who I deem most suited to this particular combat from both the ...
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Finding a system which allows the setting of SWAT / hostage rescue

I am currently working on an idea where a team of elite SWAT members (the group) is at the right time at a wrong place. It is a hostage situation, but something about the whole situation is deeply ...
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Full Attack Bonus With numerous attacks

I have a Barbarian using the Lesser Beast Totem. According to the effect: While raging, the barbarian gains two claw attacks. These attacks are considered primary attacks and are made at the ...
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What is a “Melee Spell Attack” and how does it differ from a regular spell?

In 5e a lot of the spells in both the Monster Manual and PHB talk about a spell being a "melee spell attack". Is this simply to do with the range of the spell or are there additional rules to rolling? ...
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How does dungeon world combat work? [closed]

I don't understand what dice I'm supposed to roll or anything. Do I roll my damage dice? I've never actually played a tabletop RPG so this'll be my first, so I guess my confusion is understandable.
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Is your character's ability to avoid attacks based solely on AC?

I'm new to D&D. I was wondering about a character's ability to dodge attacks that target them. Is AC the only way for a character to avoid being hit, or is there something else that I've ...
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Confused about fighter's Two Weapon Fighting Style

A fighter in a campaign I am running has the Two Weapon Fighting Style and I am having some trouble with finding details on how it works. Does he have to wield two light weapons? Or can he use (for ...
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When, how and in which order does equipment break?

I'm wondering in which situations equipment can break and how this occurs. Sunder is the first option that I know of, and is also the most obvious one, but if for example a dragon breath weapons a ...