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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Does taking more damage than you have HP remaining result in a death saving throw failure?

Here are the rules for damage taken while at 0 HP (Player’s Basic Rules Version 0.3, Page 76): Damage at 0 Hit Points. If you take any damage while you have 0 hit points, you suffer a death saving ...
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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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Can I move to retrieve thrown weapons (Spears/Javelins) in combat?

I have a simple questions about throwing weapons specifically Javelins/Spears in DnD 5e. If I throw my Javelin at a enemy (regardless if it hits or miss and barring it falls off a cliff or something), ...
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Can You Two-Weapon Fight With a Dart?

A spin-off question from an earlier post, can you two-weapon fight with a dart or other thrown ranged weapons? Two-Weapon Fighting When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee ...
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Monk Proficiency with Spears/Javelins

I have some questions about monks in DnD 5e. I want to make a monk that uses dual spears/javelins, one in each hand so he can have the option to throw them when necessary. Because Spears/Javelins are ...
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Making a combat-ready familiar?

I got a really funny idea for a character after looking at the Improved Familiar feat the other day. The idea is a young feminine witch who takes Improved Familiar to get a Almiraj (it's basically a ...
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How does Wind Damage actually work?

The rules say that in combat, for every wound you take, you take 1D6 times wound in wind damage. That seems pretty silly or I'm doing it wrong. If people have an average of 12 wind for example, a ...
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How to attack an opponent's weapon with rusting grasp

The spell description says that you can make a melee touch attack against a weapon held by an enemy in order to affect it with the spell. However I can't find rules anywhere about making such an ...
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Can Bag of Holding + Portable Hole Turn Enemies Inside-Out?

First, the player is swallowed by a large monster, such as the Tarrasque or a Dragon. Next, the player puts a bag of holding into a portable hole. This opens a gate to the Astral plane inside the ...
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How to handle initiative when a new force joins a combat in progress

I am DMing a small hunger-games-like adventure where there are multiple parties of NPC who also are participating. It is pretty likely that the PCs will happen upon some of the NPCs fighting some ...
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How exactly do multiple attacks work in 3.5?

So I seem full of questions, but one thing we've never fully understood in our group is how do multiple attacks work in 3.5 D&D? I mean when you start getting fighters and such at level 6+ and ...
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Does Dueling Preclude Use of Two-Handed Weapons?

The Dueling fighting style is defined as following (PHB p 72): "When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon" Can ...
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How do Berzerk and Shaken interact?

If a character with the Berzerk edge takes damage and goes berzerk, they cannot perform any actions that require concentration. Is the Spirit test to recover from being Shaken considered to be a task ...
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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 you knock out Animated Armor and/or Zombies?

When making a melee attack against a creature that reduces it to 0 HP the attacker can declare the attack incapacitating rather than lethal: "the attacker can make this choice the instant the damage ...
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How do I design exciting, fun boss fights for my players?

So I've DM'd three separate games, of which one that I'm largely happy with. However, one consistent problem I run into is designing fun, exciting, and interesting boss fights. I've run into two major ...
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What are the rules for ramming a person with a vehicle?

I have been running a few groups, and in three of them people have attempted to run NPCs down in certain types of vehicles. I have looked in the core rule book and couldn't find anything to cover ...
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Can massive damage knock out rather than causing instant death?

Suppose, as happened last night, a character intends to subdue rather than kill an opponent. She made a melee attack, hit, declared her intent to knock out. The damage roll was enough to reduce the ...
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How do Two-Weapon feats apply to ranged weapons?

I was looking over the weapons lists and found the Hand Crossbow among the options. Thinking of the possibilities, I looked over the Two-Weapon fighting feats and a number of them sounded like they ...
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Is there a mechanism to cast, as a single action, a spell with a 10 minute cast time?

What methods there are to use Prayer of Healing (or similar long casts) in combat? This question follows a comment on "Does casting a 10 minute spell really take 100 rounds of combat?"
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Are there any ways for a Swift Hunter build to get Movement+Full Attack in a round besides Travel Devotion and Shadow Pounce?

I've been looking into this for quite a while, seen many different methods and builds regarding Shadow Hunter builds, and most of which at least mention Travel Devotion. Thus far I haven't been able ...
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Does casting a 10 minute spell really take 100 rounds of combat?

I am new to D&D and have recently bought the started set for 5E (Lost Mines of Phandelver). So I was looking through the spells and I see some spells that can be used in battle can take minutes to ...
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Can a character power attack before making an attack of opportunity?

In a recent game, a scenario arose where a character lost initiative but subsequently was granted an attack of opportunity (had Combat Reflexes) by an enemy. There was a follow up discussion about ...
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When attacking with Two-Weapon Fighting, can you break up your movement and attack a different target?

When you get the Extra Attack action, you can break up your movement and attack different targets at varying distances from your starting point. Does the same apply with TWF? As in, can I approach ...
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Are there other ways of knocking someone out besides bringing them to 0 hit points?

In the PHB it says that if a melee attack you make reduces an enemy to 0 hitpoints, you can chose to knock them out. My question is, is there any way to knock out an enemy with out hurting them to ...
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How can I run fights involving large groups of creatures without slowing combat to a crawl?

Earlier today, I stumbled upon this question. As I often do around RPG.SE and another sites, I initially misread the title, and contemplated for a second why someone would look for a way to raise ...
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What exactly can an animal companion do when you succeed or fail the Attack trick check?

I'm a level 1 Druid with +8 on handle animal checks (4 ranks + 4 animal companion bonus + 0 Cha bonus) which gives me a 10% chance on failing a 10 DC check. When failing the "Attack" trick check in ...
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Can a weapon be braced while mounted?

Can a weapon with the "brace" special quality be used to gain the advantage against charges when: A. User is mounted, Target is on foot? B. User is mounted, Target is mounted?
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How do you jump-attack?

My players like to improvise a lot, which I enjoy, and I often have to improvise modifiers in response, which they're generally fine with. Recently, my players fought a bunch of creatures with a fly ...
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Can an illusionist be competitive in an average encounter? [closed]

I'm thinking of playing a sorcerous Illusionist in a DnD 5E campaign. There may also be a combat mage in the party. I was just wondering if clever use of illusions could be on par, combat-wise with a ...
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Can D&D 3.5 edition Class Defense Bonus and Armor as Damage Reduction rules be converted to 5e?

The D&D 3.5 edition supplement Unearthed Arcana offered optional rules for Class Defense Bonus and Armor as Damage Reduction. Can I drop either or both rules directly into 5th edition without ...
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Move into nonhostile space attack and move

Moving Around Other creatures: You can move through a non-hostile creature's space, but can't willingly end your move in that space. Is the "end your move" at the end of your turn or if you stop to ...
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Moving through allies in Combat

In our campaign we are currently in the sewers, with most of the rooms being corridors in which only 2 PC of medium size can stand side by side, and dire rats (small creatures) are commom enemies. ...
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In Pathfinder, does the free Trip from Hammer to the Ground also provoke?

Normally, when using Bull Rush you provoke an attack of opportunity from your target. Hammer to the Ground lets you make a Trip combat manuver after a successful Bull Rush. Will that trip also ...
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How does decapitation work?

Does anyone know how the decapitation mechanics work in nWoD? I checked all books and didn't find it.
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Some combat questions about the rod of ropes

Is making a ranged attack with a rod of ropes a move action, an attack, or a standard action? The description of the second function of the rod of ropes (Complete Scoundrel 116) (4,000 gp; 4 lbs.) ...
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Does a Magic Staff count as a magic weapon?

Many creatures have resistance to weapons that aren't "magic weapons". A Magic Staff can be used as a quarterstaff, but (usually) doesn't have a bonus to hit (a "plus"). Is it considered a Magic ...
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Does taking the option to ignore a Ready trigger waste it, or let you use it on a later trigger?

When the trigger occurs, you can either take your reaction right after the trigger finishes or ignore the trigger. (PHB, Ch9, Actions in Combat) Does that mean that by ignoring the trigger you ...
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Have any RPGs used an Action Point system? [closed]

Are there any RPG systems out there that handle Action Points, or Time Units? Instead of having simple action types, handling turns more like Xcom UFO Defense or Xenonauts. If so, what are the main ...
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How to create a useful bird companion?

I am playing PFS and I wonder what could make a bird companion for a human druid useful. Right now I have thought about the following: It has 10 STR, so it has 0 damage modifiers on any of his ...
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How do I resolve my move if I can move farther than I can see?

If I use a dash action on my turn it will allow me to move 70 feet in that round, but I can only see 60 feet in the dark. We use Roll20.net with the dynamic lighting feature. So, sometimes I can't ...
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Can I cast a spell and attack in the same turn?

Specifically I am asking as a level 1 Half-elf Bard. As far as I know he doesn't have any dual wielding capabilities yet, or anything that states he has a bonus action to attack. So I'm wondering if ...
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May I describe my character's Mobile feat as parkour or freerunning?

Let's say in 5th ed D&D I take the Mobile feat, then use the Dash and Cunning Action. My PC's base speed is now +10, and I ignore difficult terrain, moving twice my new and improved base speed. ...
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Can a Druid/Monk make unarmed strikes while Wild Shaped?

Can a Druid/Monk who is Wild Shaped perform Unarmed Strikes?
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Exactly when can a player “on hold” interrupt another character?

It says you can interrupt the "Action" of a character when you are on hold--for simplicity let's assume the interrupting character was dealt a joker. Here are a few increasingly unlikely-to-be-legal ...
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How are “non-damage” attack rolls determined?

In 5e, I have not found a system that works with "non-damage" attacks. Eg, throwing sand in someone's face, to temporarily blind them. Because this is not an attack that involves their AC, does it go ...
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How to create battles in a war [closed]

I've been creating my own campaign loosely basses on the Eberron campaign setting (as in very loosely, I've only been using the names of countries & cities to create my own map). I was planning ...
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Does a Monk need to see an incoming attack to use the deflect missile ability?

I play in a 5e game, and a monk was getting shot in the back of the head. One of the monk's abilities is Deflect Missiles: "Starting at 3rd level you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the ...
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How does a Chivalry & Sorcery battle actually get resolved?

Years ago I purchased the Chivalry & Sorcery Sourcebook for its Battle System, but there's one basic thing I've never been able to figure out. On p 65 of the book, it has the procedure for dealing ...
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Can my Warcaster Cleric use a mace to deliver Inflict Wounds?

My Cleric has the Warcaster feat, a mace in his right hand, and a shield in his left. He casts inflict wounds, which requires a touch attack to be executed against an opposing enemy, a goblin for ...