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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When do you receive a bonus action and reaction?

When you start combat, after determining surprise and establishing positions; you roll for initiative. At this point, do all combatants have a reaction or bonus action even if they are not first? For ...
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How do you handle Reach in Dungeon World?

How does reach actually work? If I am wielding a long spear against a goblin with a dagger ("Staying far out of its reach, I make quick thrusts at the goblin's head!"), do I roll Hack and Slash? Do ...
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Explosive and Incendiary ammunition on vampires

In the game we are playing right now, a character was a sniper who tried to kill a criminal, but failed because the criminal was actually a vampire. Now, the sniper is a vampire too, and he's ...
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How does using Speed Factor initiative affect the speed of play?

My players tend to carefully plan their actions in combat, leaning heavily on their knowledge of the combat rules. They take into consideration who will act when, and which enemies still have ...
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Does each “strike” of a multiattack require a new attack roll?

This is in regards to creatures that have the multiattack ability and PCs, like monks, who have flurry of blows and multiple strikes per attack. Each time the creature attempts to make a new strike in ...
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How can I GM for more tactically-minded players?

I've been GMing a Dungeon World campaign for about a year now, and consider myself an intermediate at understanding the system. My group has recently told me that they miss D&D's tactical combat. ...
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Switching between sword and shield and crossbow [duplicate]

Can a character all in one turn make his or her full movement, and switch from sword and shield to light crossbow, and load it and fire, and/or vice versa?
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Must I use all available damage, if I want to leave my target alive?

If I roll a successful attack roll, then a damage roll that is greater than the remaining HP of a monster, do I have to apply all of it or can I leave him at 1 or even 0 HP? It doesn't Instant Kill ...
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With Extra Attack, can you bite twice in Wild Shape?

Dire Wolf for example only has Bite listed as Actions, not Attacks. If it is not a general attack, but a special type of Action, it can only be used on the Wolf's turn. So it can not make an ...
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Can any attack action trigger Flurry of Blows?

Reading over the Monk I saw that for Martial Arts: When you use the Attack action with an unarmed strike or a monk weapon on your turn, you can make one unarmed strike as a bonus action. This ...
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Can you Multiattack twice with the Extra Attack Feature?

Assume the character build Any Monk 5/Moon Druid 2, wildshaped into a Brown Bear: On their turn, can they use their attack action twice to multiattack?
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What does “+6 to hit, Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4)” mean in a creature's stat block?

My friends and I are very new to D&D, played like 3 times. In a monster's stats next to weapon damage it says stuff like "+11 to hit" and "Hit: 5 (1d8+1)". For the premade characters it just says ...
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Does one have to confirm a critical hit?

In D&D 3.5, one scored a critical threat, and then had to confirm the crit by hitting the monster's armor class again. In D&D 5th edition, it does not explicitly state that crits have to be ...
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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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How do I calculate a suitable combat encounter under 5e based on the CR values in the Monster Manual?

In my 3rd ed book, there is a table of CR against the number of monsters a party can fight based on their level. In 5e I cannot find this table. There is some mention of encounters being based on the ...
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Can “Phantasmal Force” be used as a flanking buddy?

If someone casts "Phantasmal Force" (2nd level illusion) on a foe, in a campaign that uses the optional flanking rules, and it renders to the foe as another attacking creature from a flanking ...
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Fighting against a Spirit - Only 1 Mage

I'm pretty new to P&P of any kind. Next round we will fight against a Spirit. We have 1 Mage, Rigger, Hacker, and me the Melee fighter (not Adept). We know there is an "Air Spirit" in the next ...
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If I am using 2 weapons, can I trip with one and attack the tripped target in the same round?

I'm playing a dual wield fighter and I was wondering is it possible to, when using a full round action to attack and you have more then one strike, can you trip with your first hit and then proceed to ...
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What happens when your “Statement of Intent” becomes invalid in BRP?

In D&D and similar games, the "Statement of Intent" step of combat occurs on each player's turn when their actions are announced and is resolved immediately. BRP has everyone performing this step ...
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Is combat supposed to be this quick?

This question is a follow-up to the comments in this answer What ways exist to consistently and reliably grant my allies advantage on the attack roll? I was confused about timing terms and effects ...
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Does a gargantuan creature still die if only the feet are ever attacked?

A group of PCs without ranged weapons is facing a gargantuan creature (e.g. Tolkien's Oliphaunts). Obviously, if they don't climb the creature, they can only hit a small and non-lethal part of it ...
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How to force enemies to attack the tank?

I am having a group, in which I play as a Crusader. I specialised to be a support tank - I can shrug off respectable amounts of damage all the while improving the rest of the group's fighting ...
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How can I damage or break a foe's weapon?

Can someone provide a step-by-step walkthrough of how to make an attack against a foe's weapon? I wasn't able to find the specifics maneuvers and descriptions on official L5R 4E material (only some ...
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How does the “Directed Bull Rush” from Shock Trooper work?

The feat Shock Trooper allows an "Directed Bull Rush" to push the opponent to the left or right. CW p.112: To use this maneuver you must make a successful bull rush attempt as part of a charge. ...
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How does Stealth work with Sneak Attack?

So, in Pathfinder, it seems that being able to use stealth in order to gain sneak attacks only works in the surprise round, with the rules as written. So, imagine a scenario where we have a sniper ...
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Does an Evocation shield have a reactive utility to it?

Say that Player X is 2nd in the initiative. 1st is the Black Court vampire that is in a rage and taking a swing at Player X. Player X gets a built in defense [Athletics/Fists + 4dF] but can Player X ...
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Does an NPC provoke an AOO when he attacks one of two adjacent PCs?

I've read the table which lists the various actions that do and do not provoke an AOO and know that an attack doesnt. But I'm unsure of what happens in the following situation. If two PCs are ...
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How does two-weapon fighting work?

I'm quite confused about attacking with two weapons in both hands and wondering what is required to be able to do to (in Pathfinder). 1. Base Attack Bonus Looking at the base attack bonus tables for ...
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What order are individual attacks taken in during a full attack action, and does it differ between editions?

What rules apply to the order in which individual attacks are taken during a full attack action in D&D 3.0, 3.5, and Pathfinder? I am specifically interested in RAW requirements on the order in ...
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Does Warlock combat just equal Eldritch Blast spam?

Been looking over the warlock because I thought it would be cool to make a spellcaster that can also mix it up in melee combat. After all how awesome isn't it to conjure up a magical weapon and start ...
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Sniping: How Does It Work?

The Player's Handbook says the following about sniping: Sniping: If you’ve already successfully hidden at least 10 feet from your target, you can make one ranged attack, then immediately hide ...
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NPCs detecting (greater) invisible PC after he attacks their ally

Is there a ruling in any of the Pathfinder books (either RAW or RAI, excl 3rd party material) that would allow an NPC to target the square of an invisible foe after seeing his fellow NPC receiving ...
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Do opportunity attacks end the target's movement?

Reading over chapter 9 (Combat) of the PHB, I stumbled across the following text, under the Opportunity attacks entry : The attack interrupts the provoking creature's movement, occuring right ...
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Would multiple actions really completely unbalance Pathfinder?

Time and again I have read about houserules that grant multiple actions via feats or special circumstances and then people saying that it would completely and utterly destroy pathfinders combat rules. ...
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Game Over in RPGs?

Me and my friends are novices in TRPG. Recently, we've played Anima Prime. The game's quite simple so we could play it right away with short prep. But one thing came in my friend's mind. What happened ...
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Dual Wielding With an Instrument?

I am playing a bard in 5e and would like to know if it's possible to use an instrument to cast spells while holding a weapon in each hand. (if I am correct that you need the instrument to cast bardic ...
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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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Written Example of Pure AD&D 1e Combat

I would genuinely appreciate it if someone could demonstrate to me here what an encounter using 1e's combat rules would look like. I have read ADDICT, but I am looking for more information. Could you ...
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Where can I find rules for Revolver Fanning?

Wikipedia definition of Fanning Fanning is a revolver shooting technique in which one hand holds the trigger and the other hits the hammer repeatedly. This turns the cylinder and hits the firing ...
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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 ...