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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Is there any good place on the internet that hosts monster playtests?

I've been a DM for a while for 3.5. I've run many NPC characters, however only a small fraction of monsters out of the books (comparatively). Also, I like to use templates liberally as well as advance ...
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Can a monster use its other actions during a Multiattack?

I'm running my first ever campaign as DM using the modified Starter Set (Mines of Phandelver). One of the monsters (Nothic) has a stat block (under Actions) that states that the monster has a ...
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Can a Creature Avoid an Overrun Attempt by an Unseen Opponent?

The Overrun maneuver in Pathfinder allows a creature to pass through an enemy's square as part of a charge or move action. If the attacker isn't detected by the target - if it's invisible or just ...
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Can a Familiar aid a Rogue's Sneak Attack?

A Rogue character with the Arcane Trickster archetype chooses Find Familiar as her non-enchantment, non-illusion, 1st level spell. How does that creature interact with the Sneack Attack feature? From ...
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How does Time Stop interact with “End of Turn” durations?

The spell Time Stop allows you take take extra rounds of action during your turn. For the purpose of effects that have the duration of "End of Turn", would buffing yourself with something that lasted ...
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Can I use a full attack and natural attacks in the same round?

I'm playing a 7th level monk variant in D&D 3.5e and I'm a werewolf. The variant has a 1 for 1 BAB. (level 1 = BAB+1) If I'm in hybrid form, Can I make my 2 standard attacks followed by 2 claws ...
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Can a creature designate as the target of a charge a foe the creature can't charge?

The game seems to assume ideal battlefield conditions with perfect intelligence. However, sometimes battlefield conditions aren't ideal and intelligence isn't perfect. The special attack charge says ...
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Can a Peryton Dive Attack and Multiattack in the same round?

The Peryton has the following ability: "Dive Attack. If the peryton is flying and dives at least 30 feet straight toward a target and then hits it with a melee weapon attack, the attack deals an extra ...
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Can a white-haired witch grapple multiple targets?

The white-haired witch needs to spend a standard action to maintain the grapple at the beginning of the next round, if she succeeded in hitting (and thus grappling) a target, and the target failed to ...
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How much damage does my monk's bonus attack do?

I'm playing a monk in our campaign. And at level one I can make an unarmed strike after each attack, but I don't know how to calculate its damage correctly. On a normal attack with a Quarterstaff ...
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How to prevent a stand-off because the player that moves opens himself up to attack

I am writing a RPG game handbook, and I am using an action point (AP) system for the game mechanics. Each turn, each character has 8 AP to spend in actions however he likes (moving costs e.g. 1AP per ...
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What would you roll for “attacking” an enemy with Lay On Hands?

The paladin ability lay on hands requires you to touch the target. However, it looks like there are no touch rules for AC in 5e. Would this then mean that laying hands on a hostile enemy counts as a ...
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Can a readied action come between an attack roll and its damage roll?

So, the rules for Hiding from the Player Basic Rules, p. 73: If you are hidden—both unseen and unheard—when you make an attack, you give away your location when the attack hits or misses. Let's ...
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Is there any limit to how often can you Smite in a round?

I have argued this with my group and we always come to no formal conclusion, as there are valid arguments on each side: In regard to smiting, is there a limit to how many you can perform in a round? ...
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Attacking a Swarm with a spell while it's in a players space

My players have walked into a Spider Lair and fought their first group of Spiderlings, or effectively a Swarm of Spiders from the MM. I didn't realize until after the encounter that they have a reach ...
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Can you dodge a grenade attack, or dive for cover?

Assuming a grenade or a fireball hits, and the roll is exactly 3 so it's on-target: Is there a Reaction+Intuition to "protect yourself"? (like a D&D reflex save) or do you auto-hit and proceed to ...
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Do you get disadvantage attacking a creature two sizes smaller than you?

Background I'm fairly new to D&D and I've only got the free Player and DM Basic rules from the website. Do you get disadvantage attacking a creature two sizes smaller than you? And conversely, ...
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How do natural and weapon attacks mix?

I have a level 1 Synthesist Summoner. Since he has the Quadruped base Eidolon, when fused, my Summoner has a bite attack (Primary). In addition, I have spent evolution points on a tentacle ...
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Handling many similar opponents in combat

I plan to send my players into a town of about 600 inhabitants. Overnight the town will be infested with zombies, with about 400 inhabitants turned. When my players awake, they will need to get out of ...
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How to make combat more tactical?

How can I help combat be more diverse? I'm a player, but I'm open to suggesting things to my DM. We are a party of 5th-level PCs. What we run into is the classic tactical situation every time: the ...
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How to prevent players from using guns in a particular combat?

I am running an adventure that is based on a Vampire-like universe, set in present-day Venice. It's a homebrew story telling system with just a bit of mechanics (the domains of vampires and k20 roll ...
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My party is struggling in every way!

I am new to Pathfinder, and after playing a few times all my friends voted for me to DM, so I cracked down and spent a week straight reading and learning everything. I started my first campaign ...
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How does a PC fight multiple creatures at the same time?

I'm assuming this should be a pretty easy question to answer! I'm basically a brand new player, me and a buddy of mine are running through a few of the One on One adventures, and one thing I have yet ...
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Throwing grappled creatures at walls, etal to damage them

So, I was DMing a one-shot test dungeon with some Vexgit Gremlins (backported from PF) in it, and the party mage (Wiz3, 0 STR mod, +2 DEX mod) grappled one of them easily as they're Tiny, then ...
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Can Pathfinder be played with a Dungeon World style combat system?

Could I play Pathfinder with a combat system that is fast-paced and lacks initiative like the one present in Dungeon World? The reason why I ask is because I'm trying to build a Dark Souls based ...
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Can I teleport adjacent to a moving enemy, and then take an attack of opportunity?

I was recently discussing interesting tricks that combat casters can use to control the battlefield, and the following scenario comes up. The party is defending something against advancing enemies. ...
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When do I announce my parry?

In Das Schwarze Auge (4.1), when do I have to announce that I want to parry my enemy's attack? Do I have to declare that before his attack is rolled and I know if he hits me or not, or can I wait to ...
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How are Attacks of Opportunity and Reactions explained in Narrative Time?

I'm not sure if the title is clear. I'll try my best to explain this problem. In Pathfinder, when an enemy moves out of a square within your melee reach, you can perform an Attack of Opportunity ...
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How to easily track combat in Feng Shui?

While incredibly fun, the Feng Shui combat system can get unwieldy when you have a large number of mooks and named characters fighting the players. Its hard to keep track of what shot each character ...
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Can a dagger be used as a melee weapon?

In the PHB1, daggers are indicated to be light-thrown weapons. But is it possible to use them also for melee attacks against adjacent opponents? That seems to be logistically possible, but I am not ...
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How do I make a gunslinger with a decent damage progression?

I am considering playing a Gunslinger when next we play Pathfinder (I am currently GMing a game, and we'll be switching off afterwards), and thumbing through the Ultimate Combat Playtest v. 2, and I'm ...
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What are the complete set of combat modifers for fighting in darkness?

I am slightly confused on combat in darkness. There are modifiers for blinded combatants and invisible combatants, but not specifically combatants who cannot see due to darkness. Are they all ...
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What weapon training is required to fire ship weapons?

When fighting against other ships, you must make a Ballistic Skill test to shoot your ship's weapons. Do these weapons require any sort of training? None of the "Weapon traning skills" mention ...
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When can a starship fire its weapons before making a maneuver action?

Starship combat in Rogue Trader works like this: Actions During each Strategic Round, each ship receives one Strategic Turn. Like regular combat, each ship can perform Actions during this ...
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Using skills in place of attacking - how can I contribute? [closed]

I'm trying to play a Rogue who doesn't fight directly, but I still want to help out in combat. I've asked my GM if he's ok with me attempting more creative or unusual actions, and he's said yes. (Side ...
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What penalties does Sensory Deprivation apply?

Description of the ability: The psyker has learned how to block the messages of the target’s senses. The psyker makes an Opposed Willpower Test against the target. If he succeeds, the target ...
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Is a concentration check required when temporary hitpoints absorb all the damage?

A spell caster with 6 temporary hit points is hit for 3 damage. Do they have to make a concentration check?
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How do I challenge my PCs who fight every battle like Mongol horse archers?

In my last few game sessions, my players have begun adopting a strategy which is working wonders in the campaign we are playing. In this Planescape campaign, we are on the Outlands, which has a lot of ...
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What swarm positionings in combat count as “contiguous”?

"Combat" section of swarm description says, it can occupy any four contiguous squares. What are contiguous squares? Should they touch each other with boarders? Should they go in a straight 20' line ...
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When restrained or unconscious do you lose your dex bonus to ac

If a character is restrained or unconscious/sleeping do they lose any bonus from dexterity for armor class and dexterity saves?
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Is there an optional rule that makes 4e's weapon attacks more realistic?

D&D 4e allows characters to do some extraordinary things with their weapons: You can hit a ghost without a magic weapon, and in fact having an enchanted weapon doesn't make a difference for ...
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How to design combat for an overpowered character in a normal party?

I'm running a Savage Worlds game in a rugged sci-fi genre (think Firefly or Guardians of the Galaxy), and I've got a problem. One of my player characters is wildly over-powered in combat, (multiple ...
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Can players “Ready” outside of combat?

Can players in 5e ready an action before combat begins? If so, does this impose any penalties? (I saw this, but it is written for 4e and IMO the answer left something to be desired)
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Is a character flat-footed if they end their turn mid-jump?

In 3.5, a character can end their turn mid-jump if they run out of movement for that round but they have not finished their jump. Is such a character considered to be flat-footed, as is a balancing or ...
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How to communicate to the players that an encounter can be solved also through diplomacy?

When you play D&D, you are not supposed to chat with the enemy during encounters. The system is made for fighting. However, in some circumstances, it would be nice to make the players conscious ...
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Swarms: Do they qualify for Flanking an enemy?

My druid wants to start summoning swarms for the rogue to use as a flanking buddy. Would this work?
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Does a off-hand weapon get added to a Coup de Grace attempt?

So, today in a game I was in, I ended up fighting against some Giant creatures, and they ended up giving me a hug (grapple). To free me, my friend put it to sleep, I climbed out and committed a Coup ...
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Can you use a Bonus Action on a turn other than your own?

The rules for Bonus Actions state; (PHB pg.189) You can take only one bonus action on your turn... Which to me can be read in two ways. 1. You can only take a bonus action if it is your turn. ...
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Is the rogue's Cunning Action plus a ranged weapon overpowered?

Cunning Action gives a rogue a bonus Dash, Disengage, or Hide, but if the rogue uses a bow to attack and the Cunning Action to Dash, how could a melee enemy ever reach them? Most enemies have speed ...
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How do you balance preserving the agency of other players with playing a character that him/herself is aggressive in combat in a freeform RP? [closed]

Background: Same community as before -- mostly-freeform online RP in a proto-MMO. This time, my problem concerns combat in particular. I have received quite a few accusations that my ...