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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Can an attacker tell they're dealing non-lethal damage?

While reviewing regeneration I was reminded that "damage dealt to the creature is treated as nonlethal damage". This made me wonder if the attacker can tell (before regeneration happens) that the ...
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How to make combat more tactically interesting for me as a DM?

For me, I find it very difficult to enjoy DMing combat encounters. Combat is generally very dry and monotonous. What can I do to make combat more enjoyable for me as a DM? Some of the issues I have ...
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How do I calculate the chance to hit a given AC?

My current level 2 variant Ranger has the Sharpshooter Feat. His hit modifier is normally +7, but with Sharpshooter it's +2 (due to the −5). I am wondering what the % based chance to hit is ...
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Bracing Against a Charge and Reach

If I were to set myself up to brace for a charge with a Longspear, do I get both my readied attack for double damage when they move into reach and my attack of opportunity for normal damage (or would ...
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What are the best ways to move and full-attack in the same round?

One of the most important things for any physical fighter to accomplish is to maximize the amount of time you spend full-attacking. Once you have BAB +6, not full-attacking halves your potential ...
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Navigating through magical darkness

This issue came up when the party's warlock cast Hunger of Hadar upon some enemies. She argued that because they were within magical darkness, and blinded, that they should not be able to immediately ...
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How long does a D&D battle usually last? How can length be reduced? [closed]

I was a bit astonished when I noticed that battle in my last game ran for 1h30. That was for a party of 4 6th-level characters, played by 2 players. It was a mechanical battle, with minimal, if any, ...
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Can I trip with the melee attacks from Whirlwind Attack?

I am in the process of building a character to play in an Iron Heroes game, and I was wondering if it was possible to make a whirlwind attack, and with the melee attack provided by whirlwind attack ...
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Do I get my proficiency bonus with Shillelagh?

I am considering picking up the Shillelagh cantrip as part of my book of shadows pact boon as a level 3 Warlock. The spell description states that I get to use my spell casting modifier (Cha + 3) ...
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Can Battle Master's maneuvering attack choose to move the Battle Master (self) who is using the maneuver?

Taken from the Player's Handbook (p. 74) Maneuvering Attack. When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you can expend one superiority die to maneuver one of your comrades into a more ...
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Is giving one side advantage always equivalent to giving disadvantage to the opponent?

Sometimes, players get advantage; sometimes, monsters get disadvantage. Sometimes it's not clear whether to give someone advantage or his opponent disadvantage, especially in improvised contests (PHB ...
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How to deal with combats where the enemies cannot damage the PCs?

I recently ran a session where the enemies listed in the pre-made adventure did 2 damage with a light weapon (a dagger). The PC had 2 points of armour, so unless the player rolled a natural one on the ...
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False Appearance, Movement, Surprise, and the Unseen Attacker bonus

Related to How should I implement False Appearance? but that does not answer my questions about surprise and movement... A Darkmantle has the "False Appearance" property which allows it to be ...
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Wielding two weapons without “Two-Weapon Fighting” or “Dual Wielder”?

We have a Barbarian on our team that very much likes to switch up his weapons; he goes from a Dwarven Hammer, to a pair of Hand-Axes, to occasionally just going bare-fisted. No issues there, he's ...
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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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Can I Use Sickening Grasp [Reserve Feat] During a Full Attack with a Two-Handed Weapon?

Could a duskblade with vampiric touch as his first third level spell take the reserve feat sickening grasp, full round attack with his two handed weapon, then take a hand off and touch attack with ...
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How can I implement Cinematic Fencing (à la “The Princess Bride”)?

Like most people, I'm utterly entranced by the fencing scene between Westley and Inigo in The Princess Bride, but trying to replicate their style in a tabletop RPG has never really worked out. I've ...
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Charm spells in combat [closed]

This question and the reception of my answer got me thinking about the usefulness of charms spells in combat. Their usefulness is quite different based on the situation and the specific spell. A ...
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How can I speed up D&D 3.5e combat?

I'm looking for ways to speed up the combat in my D&D 3.5 game. It seems that turns - both player and non-player - simply take too long. I have thought about giving everyone a 30 second timer, but ...
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Homebrewing a small character with a heavy weapon

So, as per D&D 5E rules, a small character has disadvantage when using a heavy weapon to attack. As DM, would there be some condition I could come up with, to allow a small character to wield a ...
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Can I extend my bonus from Fighting Defensively by delaying?

I have an initiative of 10 and do a full-round defensive fighting to get +4 to by AC. My enemy has an initiative of 8. Next turn at initiative phase 10, I decide to delay my action to 7. At initiative ...
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Do light weapon penalty reductions count for Improved and Greater TWF as well?

I am a bit confused about the wording of the two weapon fighting feats Two weapon fighting section in chapter 8 First, if your off-hand weapon is light, the penalties are reduced by 2 each The ...
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Is the Fighter the only one who gets more attacks per round now?

So, looking at the classes, I see that the Fighter is the only one who lists Extra Attack in his table. I notice the Monk also gets one as a bonus action, and possibly two more by spending a ki point ...
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How do I make a fair boss when one character is twice as powerful as the others? [closed]

So I'm running a game as GM, however most of the players are entirely unfamiliar with the game an are using lvl4 pre-gens... this would not be an issue except for how the way I'm getting them used to ...
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High ground combat modifier and how it applies to fly and spider climb

I'm confused when it comes to the high ground combat modifier and fly or spider climb effects. Its clear that any ranged attack does not gain a high ground bonus. But just what exactly gives you high ...
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How do I map a 15' cone to a 1" grid?

I've been playing 5e for a while now, and mercifully this hasn't come up yet, but it's definitely on it's way. When a caster casts burning hands, how is that properly mapped onto a standard 1" battle ...
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Does hostile juxtaposition work on my attacker?

Hostile juxtaposition will let me essentially swap places with another creature when attacked, allowing the attack to damage that creature instead. If the target of my hostile juxtaposition was the ...
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How should I describe a near miss? [closed]

Ok this is a combat storytelling question: Say a monster has an AC of 15. Player character rolls to hit it with a melee attack. 1d20 + X... player gets a 14. When I tell the player what happened, ...
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What is an appropriate encounter in Deathwatch [duplicate]

I am wondering how to judge what kind of encounter will be right for my group. I would like to design challenging encounters, but not ones which will be impossible or far too easy. How will I know if ...
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Can Telekinesis be used to Bull Rush someone more than 5 feet?

I'm running a D&D 3.5 campaign with a BBEG who has telekinesis. During one particular encounter he tried to bull rush the fighter into a pit. The fighter's player then pointed out that since he ...
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How does combat with weapon and shield work?

In Ars Magic 5th I am not able to find how combat works for a character with weapon and shield. Attack total is: Dexterity + Combat Ability + Weapon Attack Modifier + Stress Dice Defense total ...
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How is a Servo-Arm used as a weapon?

My player has a Techmarine with a Servo-Arm, but I can't find statistics for it or what kind of action it takes to use in combat. In the talent description of Mechadendrite Use on page 123 it states: ...
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How to make and set up Army scale battles

I am nearing the climax of a nearly year and a half story, and before the final boss I wanted to have a massive army scale battle. This is a 3.5 game, the armies will be mostly using martial weapons, ...
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Headshot (but don't aim for it please)

Apologies for not using the perfect English wording, I only own the books in my native language. But I think it will become clear what actions I'm talking about. In combat, you can take aim. This is ...
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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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Should a monk be allowed to use acrobatics to “shove”?

One of my players wished to "trip" an opponent with his quarterstaff attack, so at the time I allowed to play out as a "shove" but using dexterity instead of strength, as that was how he was attacking ...
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May I end my turn in the square of an unconscious creature?

One of my opponents or allies dropped to 0 hit points. May I willingly end my movement in the square where 'e fell? Does the answer depend on animosity/alliance? (If it matters, my motivation is to ...
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Does using versatile weapons with 2 hands disqualify them as Monk weapons?

When using either the quarterstaff or spear as a Monk weapon, do you still gain the unarmed bonus action from Martial Arts if using 2 hands(1d8)? On pg.78 of the PHB under Martial Arts it states ...
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What happens when player-controlled NPCs concede and get taken out?

Let's say I'm using Companions, virtually any variation of Stormcaller, or any other way of being in command of NPCs in-game. How do you handle conceding and getting taken out with player-controlled ...
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Is a damage die replaced by the DoS if they are higher than that roll?

I'm using Wolph42's framework for RT, and on the settings there's an option to turn that rule on or off. In that option's description it states that it's rules as written for all FFG40k systems except ...
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Can a chainsword's discarded die trigger righteous fury as well?

So here's an issue that came up in a campaign I'm running. A party member is using a chainsword with the tearing rule. This rule states that you roll an additional die for damage and discard the ...
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How is a character's soak value calculated? [closed]

In Star Wars: Age of Rebellion, how do you calculate a character's soak value? Is it just brawn?
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Is there a playtested house rule for prone that makes its usefulness less dependent on initiative order?

As discussed somewhat in Is knocking someone prone worth it? the advantages of knocking prone are rather situational, and in particular, depend a lot on where you and the enemy you want to knock prone ...
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May I end my turn in mid-air? [duplicate]

Inspired by Can you jump in combat?, along with answers and comments, where the assertion made by many seems to be "yes, you drop to the ground at the end of your turn." However, I'm not so sure it's ...
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Does a flaming axe's full damage bypass damage reduction?

During a session the GM's dwarf launched an attack with a +2 flaming axe at the PC barbarian with DR 4/—, somehow dealing 40 damage on a critical hit. The GM says that because the axe is flaming, all ...
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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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Can I use Extra attack to cast two spells

I'm a 5th level monk and a level 1 sorcerer and I'm just wondering if I can use the Extra attack from my monk class feature to cast a spell instead of a melee attack.
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How does Wind Walk interact with combat?

The spell Wind Walk makes you "insubstantial" as per the spell Gaseous Form, which gives you DR 10/Magic, some immunities, and your armor doesn't contribute to AC. During this time you can fly at 10ft ...
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Is this Paladin overpowered?

My friends and I are playing a 5e campaign. My other friend is the DM for the group. We have been playing for about a week (we're at level 5). All this time we've had a Paladin who is able to do more ...
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Looking for a versatile but reasonably fast combat system for hard sci-fi setting [closed]

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. ...