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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How many unarmed strikes can a Monk make between Flurry of Blows and Martial Arts?

The Flurry of Blows class feature allows the character to spend 1 ki point to make two unarmed strikes as a bonus action. Is this in addition to the bonus unarmed strike that monks get from their ...
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Are there benchmarks for the “in-game time” to “out-game time” spent in combat for different games? [on hold]

I'm searching a scientific study that evaluated different combat systems in regards to the in-game out-game ratio. Or if there is currently non a dataset that would allow to create such a study.
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Can the DM choose to always attack me instead of my mount?

I've been trying to work out the whole "Combat while mounted" thing in 5e. My biggest question is this, if I am up against a monster (or a few), does the DM roll to see if the monster will attack me ...
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Maximizing initiative [closed]

What non-magic item and non-spell options are available to characters for maximizing initiative? Things I am thinking: Race that boosts DEX Certain classes like Scout or Swordsage The Improved ...
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Deadly Defense/Critical Hit

When calculating damage on a successful critical hit, do you double the damage die from the feat Deadly Defense?
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How often should monsters act in combat?

I ran my first session of Dungeon World last night and my party of three third-level characters1 absolutely annihilated a troupe of six Hill Giants.2 I know (now) many things I could have done to ...
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Will Horde Breaker apply to a thrown weapon?

The feature states "a weapon attack" in general, What if the weapon attack is a thrown one like a spear or a javelin? The full text states: Once on each of your turns when you make a weapon ...
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Can Cloak of the Night be used in combat?

I master a campaign of Vampire and one of the players used Cloak of the Night (Obfuscate) to disengage during combat. I let him do it at first but I wonder if this works this way. After his round of ...
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How to handle modern-day weapons in D&D 5e?

My friend and I both recently started playing D&D 5e and we wanted to try out a Walking Dead apocalypse style campaign. I'm the DM so it's only him playing; I thought I'd include NPCs to help him ...
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Narrating a lopsided combat vs. rolling it out

If the PCs are so overwhelmingly more powerful than their foes and it wouldn't make sense for there to be backup / higher level foes around from a story standpoint (no "deus ex machina" for the ...
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Full Turn Attacks, Two Weapon Fighting, and Path of War questions

Okay, I have a few questions about how exactly things stack and what happens. I'm new to Pathfinder and so is pretty much everyone else playing. The GM has played a little before but isn't an expert. ...
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Where do I find a monster's AC bonus from high dexterity?

There are a couple of ways for a creature to lose its dexterity bonus to armor class. I am used to 3rd/4th/5th monster manuals, where dexterity values are given, but in AD&D 2e I can't find those ...
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How to make combat encounters terrifying?

I'm running a 5e, self-written, horror/psychological themed adventure for a group of experienced players this weekend. Noting that many players have the mindset of "meh, if this character dies I'll ...
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Do people get XP for battles they weren't in?

I'm a real new DM here. If a character does not participate in a battle, do they still get the XP from the fight? My main issue is that I had a character refuse to participate in a fight due to moral ...
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Is there any reason a charcter with enough movement should not always approach enemies from the rear, gaining +2 to attack rolls?

I am a little bit confused about the combat rule concerning rear attacks from the Player's handbook. If I have enough movement, why wouldn't I go straight to the rear side of an opposing creature to ...
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Combat Expertise/Readied Action

If one readies an attack using the combat expertise feat, does one immediately get the dodge bonus to AC, or only until after the attack is actually initiated?
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Is there an official rule for minimum damage on a landing hit? [duplicate]

As discussed here, a negative modifier should always be applied to a damage roll. However, it is suggested in the answer that the minimum damage should be 1. I'd like to know if there's an official ...
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Passing an item in combat

One player wants to pass a potion to another player in the middle of combat. What kind of actions are needed?
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Rules for Stranglers

Does anyone have any play-tested house rules for dealing with attempts to strangle a (not helpless) creature to death? Suffocating, per the rules As far as I see, the only guidance in the rules ...
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When does Fighting Defensively activate?

Let's say that I'm about to fight some monster. We both roll Initiative, and the monster wins. It can reach me and hit me on its turn. Can I declare that I'm Fighting Defensively right away (and incur ...
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Melee vs. short Blaster in SWEotE?

We had a situation where my blaster pistol wielding character was attacked by a opponent with a melee weapon. What ensued was that the opponent closed into melee range and attacked, then on my turn ...
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Is ranged attack broken when both attackers are in the dark? [closed]

Is ranged attack broken when both attackers are in the dark? As I read things, if both attackers are in the dark, but aware of the other ... both gain Advantage because they are Invisible to the ...
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Can a PC use a readied action to deflect a projectile?

Let's say that my party is fighting a bunch of kobolds outdoors. The kobolds are slinging a bunch of rocks at the party, and one player says, "I ready my action until a rock comes my way, and then I ...
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How does having monsters of the same type go at the same time affect balance?

I'm running a group of 6 PC's through HotDQ. All of them are new to 5e and we just started, so the combat is pretty slow, and some of them aren't all that excited about combat to begin with. I'm doing ...
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Breaking thumbs

After a humanoid enemy falls unconscious to negative hp in combat, can I break their thumbs? I want them alive but unable to physically hurt then after the fact. How would I go about just snapping ...
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Does Aggressive Striking Iron Body stack with Berserker Adrenaline Rush?

Berserker is from Armory Reloaded, World of Darkness 1e. I feel it would be a shame if it did not.
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What happens when you roll a critical on both advantage dice?

What happens if you have an advantage on attack and you get 20 on both rolls. Does it differ from regular critical or not? For example: - on virtual table, like roll20 when you score two criticals, ...
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What effect do nonmagical burning weapons have?

If a character soaks their weapon in oil and ignites it, what kind of damage does it do? Looking at the description of how oil & torches work my guess is that it does normal damage, +1 fire ...
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Can a knight (noble variant) buy a guard dog and give the leash to his squire?

The Knight variant of the Noble background grants three retainers — one of whom is a squire (PHB 136): One of your commoner retainers is replaced by a noble who serves as your squire, aiding you ...
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Is my Dodge bonus for Total Defense applicable in this situation?

Playing a play-by-post 3.5 homebrew campaign. The gist: my Warblade (with Uncanny Dodge) wants to climb on top of the barrels and see what's in the main chamber. He doesn't know how many or how they ...
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How can combats in small rooms be improved to make them more enjoyable?

It's a well known fact in D&D that small rooms favour outnumbered parties, as the opposition cannot bring their full force to bear upon them. Larger rooms favour the outnumbering party, as they ...
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How can I stop characters getting stuck in the corridor?

Imagine this situation, which has happened enough times now that I'm looking for a solution: The characters are walking down a corridor in their marching order. The corridor is only 5ft wide. ...
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How far away can dropped or disarmed weapons be kicked?

When you interact with an object, kicking away a dropped or disarmed weapon should be an obvious choice, landing somewhere between 'pick up a dropped axe' and 'kick a small stone,' however, there are ...
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How does the Ready action work in D&D 5e?

So from reading the Players Handbook it seems that the Ready action is taken instead of any other action as it is an action in its own right. However can you move on the same turn that you ready an ...
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Do You Need to Have Advantage Against a Surprised Opponent to Use Sneak Attack?

The definition out of rules of the sneak attack is Beginning at 1st level, you know how to strike subtly and exploit a foe's distraction. But following the rules, you can only use sneak attack ...
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Can All-Out Attack be used with Combination Blow?

They both cause the character to lose their Defense for the turn. Can they be used together though?
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Bleeding attack (Belier's bite) and non-lethal damage

Bleeding attack feat causes unarmed strikes to deal extra d4 bleeding damage. Does non-lethal bleeding damage exist? If the attacker chooses to cause non-lethal damage with the unarmed strike, is ...
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How can I apply the abstract range system used by 13th Age in my D&D 5e game to reduce reliance on diagrams and drawn maps?

I have been reading through some of the 13th Age rules on combat and I was particularly interested in the way that system handles combat range. While I am loving D&D 5e, tracking distance and ...
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Mechanics of how to kill a hydra

In a session where I was the DM, I made my players fight a hydra. In the end I had to end the battle by stating the hydra became unconscious. It was at 0 hitpoints for a good 4 turns before I made my ...
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Can a harpoon grapple at a distance?

The Harpoon has the grapple weapon quality. Does this allow the user to throw the harpoon and make a grapple attempt of a critical hit?
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How can a spellcaster effectively fight against a creature with magic resistance? [closed]

I would like to know how a wizard or some sort of spellcaster can fight against a creature or npc that has the following ability: You have advantage on saving throws against spells and other ...
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How do you make 4e combat less time consuming? [duplicate]

I have recently started DMing a DnD 4e campaign after a long break from the specific game and both me and my players have been having a lot of fun with it. However one thing that is diminishing our ...
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What happens to a help action when the character receiving help is incapacitated?

The help action in combat states: You can lend your aid to another creature in the completion of a task. When you take the Help action, the creature you aid gains advantage on the next ability ...
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Does an NPC's help action in combat help all PCs?

In Suits of Mist an NPC can help in combat. In particular: Alternatively, you can aid a friendly creature in attacking a creature within 5 feet of you. You feint, distract the target, or in some ...
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How does Undine weaponshaft resolve?

When a character activates the undine weaponshaft how does the order of actions play out between the successful melee attack and the activation of hydraulic push? As a full round action would the ...
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Reactive/responsive RPG combat systems? [closed]

I grow tired of "Roll to hit, then do damage" in RPG combat. As such I seek a system that gives the players and GM more freedom. For example, this is what I'm looking for: Round 1 Player A - ...
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Does Vow of Enmity guarantee Sneak Attack damage?

This has been hinted around at in some other threads, but what's the definitive answer? Player's Handbook- page 88: Vow of Enmity. As a bonus action, you can utter a vow of enmity against a ...
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Dual Wielding and Extra Attacks

From the Rules (EXTRA ATTACK) "Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn." If I have the EXTRA ATTACK feature (level 5), AND I ...
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How do the dual wield feat and versatile weapons interact?

I have a level 4 Paladin with the Dual Wield feat (he does not have the TWF style). He is wielding a longsword in one hand and a handaxe in his other (thrown weapon). Can the paladin throw the ...
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What is the expected damage per round on each level? [closed]

I'm trying to make a homebrew star wars setting using the 5e rules, in the Dungeon Master's Guide are guidelines for futuristic weapons, but the damage of those weapons looks like the perfect ...