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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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 ...
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How long does the loss of Dex to AC from running last?

A character takes a full-round action to run and loses his Dex bonus to AC. But does the character only lose his Dex bonus to AC until he stops running on his turn? Or does the character lose his ...
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Are there any morale rules that say when NPCs should flee?

In AD&D 2nd edition there were morale checks to determine whether an NPC or monster continues to fight, or tries to surrender or flee. In core D&D 3.5 there is nothing of that sort (if I've ...
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May a character switch from a druidic to an arcane focus without expending an action?

If a multiclass Sorcerer/Druid wielding a shield and an arcane focus decides to cast a druid spell, can they switch their focus and cast the spell in a single turn? Secondarily, is it reasonable for ...
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Are there rules for fleeing from combat?

Newbie GM here. Neither I nor any of my friends have played D&D for years. I recently found five 3e books at a second hand store, and we thought we'd start up again for fun. However none of us ...
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Are upper-level combat encounters still as complicated and time-consuming?

With level 10 and higher PCs, a lone Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 or Pathfinder combat encounter can take a long time, but I haven't heard if the same is true in Dungeons and Dragons 5E. Does a 5E upper-...
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Can a Magus use spellstrike with Path of war's maneuvers?

I would really like to know or will maneuvers conflict with the use of spellstrike? Pathfinder and path of war. My friends and I are planning a pathfinder game. I had intended to play a Magus and one ...
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Fighting an Invisible Stalker

I'm having trouble understanding the mechanics of invisibility, so I'd like to propose a scenario, as an example, which I don't know exactly how to handle as a GM. Let's say my group is about to ...
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Do characters provoke opportunity attack when they leave another character's reach who is not facing them?

"You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that YOU CAN SEE moves out of your reach." In 5E do you have to specify which way your character is facing at all times? If an enemy who ...
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In 13th Age, how many attacks of opportunity can a character make in one round?

I've been reading the core rulebook -and loving it-, and planning to run a game soon, and I'm guessing that if there's no mention of more than one attack of opportunity anywhere, it's because a player ...
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As a GM, how can I adjudicate de-escalating combat?

As a sister question to How can combat be de-escalated once started by a player? In a D&D 5e game, a player rushed into combat with an NPC that wasn't particularly hostile. As a player, I wouldn'...
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How can combat be de-escalated once started by a player?

In a D&D 5e game, a player rushed into combat with an NPC that wasn't particularly hostile. As a player, I wouldn't have started that combat immediately and the character didn't seem too hostile, ...
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What would the effect of removing death saves and just having characters die at 0HP be?

I am currently attempting to create a campaign, inspired both by West Marches, and earlier editions of D&D (mostly OD&D and 1e AD&D), but still keeping the 5e rules that my group are ...
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Does the spell blink work after you get knocked unconscious?

We are fighting a shadow witch and our wizard casted blink at the start of the encounter. Would she still go to the ethereal plane even though she's unconscious? (not too brag but I'm personally ...
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How does combat work underwater?

I've been a 5e player for the last 6 months or so and soon I'll be DMing for the first time, as short filler when our main campaign can't go ahead (for example, our paladin is on holidays). My ...
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Can one force-feed an opponent a potion in combat?

Is there a check by which a combatant can force-feed an unwilling target a potion? The question stems from several magic items, including the Potion of Diminution and Potion of Poison. I am seeking ...
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Are you still two-weapon fighting if you've thrown one of your two weapons and are no longer holding it?

In this question we see that two-weapon fighting with darts is not possible because they are not melee weapons. Let's replace the darts in that scenario with daggers, which are valid light melee ...
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Is it possible to snatch a weapon directly from an enemy/monster?

As a point of clarification for this post, I'm just trying to figure out if it's actually possible to take an enemy's item directly from them during combat, all in the scope of one turn. Since Disarm ...