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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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 ...
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Is there something like a (readied) charge in 5e?

We're moving from D&D 3.5e to 5e. In 3.5 games there usually was a lot of charging going on, and DMs would also (as a house rule) allow partial charges as readied actions (nothing more dramatic ...
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Do two weapon attack penalties still apply when attacking with only one hand?

I understand that you only get your bonus offhand attack (or multiples with improved/greater feats) when using a full round attack. So my question is, if you're just making a standard action attack ...
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Realistic modern day combat system to model real life ambush

I came across a video (helmet camera) of an Taliban force ambushing US infantry troops in Afghanistan. This is a link to the video of ambush: Combat in the First Person, Spc.Michael Gannon guides us ...
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Can you add your athletics score to defense multiple times?

Under "defensive do-over", it states that you can spend one legend point to add half your athletics score to your defense retroactively. Can you activate this multiple times on one attack until you ...
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How can keepers be optimized?

I don't know what to do with these guys. I liked their fluff enough that I put them in the campaign and now, when it's time to use them, I'm at a loss. The Keeper One of the power groups the PCs ...
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Do large creatures have reach?

Does a large creature (ogre) have reach with their weapons (club) or can they only hit opponents directly adjacent to them? The Monster Manual says the ogre has a 5' reach. Does that mean it only ...
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Vampiric Touch/Inflict wounds Spell target Overlap

This came to me while planning out a Cleric/wizard multiclass 5e character with a necromantic bent. If I were to cast Vampiric Touch (which affects a target when I make a melee spell attack on said ...
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Can I Coup de Grace and/or make a death attack with a touch spell?

This question has two components: firstly, can a character with Assassin levels trigger their Death Attack (after the three rounds of study, of course) by making a Coup De Grace against the helpless ...
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Is a touch spell's charge sufficient to hit an incorporeal creature?

Abel wants to affect a shadow (MM 221-2) with the 3rd-level Clr spell spark of life [necro] (SpC 196). The shadow has the subtype incorporeal, and the spell spark of life is Range: Touch and doesn't ...
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Can I cast Elemental Touch and Shocking Grasp?

Can I cast Elemental Touch in one round, and then cast Shocking Grasp afterwards? Do they stack? If so, could I cast elemental touch and choose lightning for even more lightning damage?
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Melee touch attack with two weapons?

I have a Rogue/Swordsage that fights with 2 daggers and has Two Weapon Fighting (TWF). I'm considering taking Fire Riposte (Tome of Battle, 53) which grants the ability to do an immediate melee touch ...
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Elemental Touch Questions

I have 2 question about the spell Elemental Touch. I'm running a suli magus that specializes in electricity so the spells seems appealing to me, but I need to figure out some things first. The first ...
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Can you attack with spells while concentrating on another?

On page 203 of the Player's Handbook it says that you can attack while concentrating on a spell. Does that include spell attacks like Magic Missile, or is it just physical melee attacks?
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Combat With a Focus on Momentum

As some of you may know, Exalted 3E is on its way, but isn't released yet. In some of the preview/teaser info, the Devs were talking about combat in the following way: ...in the epics, and in ...
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How can I discharge a touch spell on an attack without provoking an AoO?

Is there a way to basically hit someone in the face with a charged spell in hand, without provoking an attack of opportunity? In the core rules it says that you can perform an unarmed strike or ...
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How does one determine damage when using the feat Leap Attack?

Just so nobody has to find it, the Complete Adventurer errata says that in the feat Leap Attack that the second sentence of the Benefit paragraph should read as follows: If you cover at least 10 ...
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How does a fight started by a Sucker Punch get handled?

How should I handle starting combat that starts from a sucker punch? a punch made without warning, allowing no time for preparation or defense on the part of the recipient. This happened in a ...
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Fighting Withdrawal vs Retreat in Moldvay's Basic D&D

This pertains to Moldvay's edition of D&D Basic from 1981. I've never understood the rules behind meleed movement options. The rulebook says that a player in melee combat with a monster has only ...
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Fighting defensively penalty (penalty on attack rolls, damage rolls or both?)

Greetings fellow adventures! A little query in regards to fight defensively You can choose to fight defensively when attacking. If you do so, you take a –4 penalty on all attacks in a round ...
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What would being able to split the move action do to combat?

In D&D5e a player can choose to do his standard action while moving. So a character (who can normally move 30 feet) may move 10 feet, then attack, and then move again in any direction up to his ...
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Is there a step-by-step combat flowchart for L5R, 2e?

OK, so I played Legend of the Five Rings (2nd edition) years ago and enjoyed it. When asked what he wanted for a present he replied: "an rpg campaign! But it should be different, not one of the one's ...
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Readying an action before combat

Suppose the party suspects that combat is imminent, and some of the PCs ready actions (attack nearest hostile creature, attack first thing that moves). Then combat erupts. Some of the PCs are ...
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How does power attack interact with multiple attacks from a high BAB?

Let's say that I'm a level 13 bloodrager with +13/+8/+3 BAB. When I make a full attack, do I calculate the effects of Power Attack on each attack that I make, or only the first one? Just to make ...
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What happens if the effects of two different damage types contradict each other?

A flesh golem has the extraordinary ability immunity to magic, which says that A flesh golem is immune to any spell or spell-like ability that allows spell resistance. In addition, certain spells ...
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Action in Combat , Can I make a full attack with touch attacks for a trigger spell?

Myself and the other characters have 10 levels for templates or monster class and 8 levels for class levels, with Divine Power I gain a bab equal my character level. (18 right?). I cast Shivering ...
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How does concealment work?

I'm confused about how concealment in combat works in D&D Fifth Edition. If there are environmental effects that make it difficult to see a character, but do not grant physical cover, how does ...
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Can you use a readied action to act on a different round?

From the PHB, page 193: Sometimes you want to get the jump on a foe or wait for a particular circumstance before you act. To do so, you can take the Ready action on your turn so that you can act ...
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Is your character's ability to avoid attacks based solely on AC?

I'm new to D&D. I was wondering about a character's ability to dodge attacks that target them. Is AC the only way for a character to avoid being hit, or is there something else that I've ...
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What about “Save-or-Die” spells makes them so powerful? Are they balanced as is, or require tweaking?

On reading guides on classes, most notably caster classes, near every guide recommends that the player take the "Save-or-Die" or "Save-or-Suck" spells. Usually, these end up being status effects. I ...
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Are there rules for called shots in D&D 4e?

i'm DM to a 4th edition campaign. Been a DM for about 13 years through 2nd and 4th edition and never had to deal with this. We have a kind of new player into the party, a rogue from PHB1. During ...
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Need clarification on 1 on 1 combat in Sword Noir

I think I understand how combat works, but I just ran it recently and I am not sure. I need a action flow for the following 2 round situations, if the PC's beat NC combat tests be less than 5 when ...
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How do I let players know that not every encounter has to be hack and slash? [duplicate]

My players kind of have a habit of, "If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, WE MUST KILL IT!" Recently they came across a small goblin camp and one of them (who speaks goblin) verbally ...
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Can a character target multiple enemies with multiattack? Can they be separated?

The actual term "multiattack" only shows up in the PHB a few times, but it never indicates whether the subsequent attack is restricted to the same target as the first one. Because it is never ...
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Using Dodge (Mythic) as an Immediate Action

Dodge (Mythic) The bonus to AC from Dodge increases by 1. As an immediate action, you can expend one use of mythic power to grant yourself an additional +10 dodge bonus to AC against one attack. ...
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How do ranged weapons work

I am running a 1dm/1pc game where the pc is a ranger and I am having a bit of trouble understanding the specifics for ranged combat (Specifically long bow). I was under the impression that bows had a ...
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If a mount without a saddle dashes does the rider need a saving throw?

If a mount without a saddle dashes does the rider need a saving throw? Specifically if the mount is a player controlled dire wolf and another character hops on his back. The mounted combat rules are ...
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With a negative Strength value, how much damage can I do?

When skipping through the All Flesh Must Be Eaten rulebook, I noticed that you can create PCs with negative strength values (e.g., children). As hand weapons do damage based on that strength value, ...
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Finding a system which allows the setting of SWAT / hostage rescue

I am currently working on an idea where a team of elite SWAT members (the group) is at the right time at a wrong place. It is a hostage situation, but something about the whole situation is deeply ...
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What rules should I employ for conflict in Dread?

I'm just about to run a game of Dread (the Jenga RPG) and I'm really confused about conflict within it. Do I create a combat order from who I deem most suited to this particular combat from both the ...
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Full Attack Bonus With numerous attacks

I have a Barbarian using the Lesser Beast Totem. According to the effect: While raging, the barbarian gains two claw attacks. These attacks are considered primary attacks and are made at the ...
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Does using Combat Expertise count as fighting defensively?

The wording of the combat expertise feat states... Normal A character without the Combat Expertise feat can fight defensively while using the attack or full attack action to take a -4 penalty ...
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How does dungeon world combat work? [closed]

I don't understand what dice I'm supposed to roll or anything. Do I roll my damage dice? I've never actually played a tabletop RPG so this'll be my first, so I guess my confusion is understandable.
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Confused about fighter's Two Weapon Fighting Style

A fighter in a campaign I am running has the Two Weapon Fighting Style and I am having some trouble with finding details on how it works. Does he have to wield two light weapons? Or can he use (for ...
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Is rolling Stealth in Combat an Action?

This was the subject of much discussion during the Savage Worlds session I ran last night, since 3 out of 5 members of my group are rules lawyers, counting me. Having read through the relevant ...
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When, how and in which order does equipment break?

I'm wondering in which situations equipment can break and how this occurs. Sunder is the first option that I know of, and is also the most obvious one, but if for example a dragon breath weapons a ...
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What is Spell DC?

My group is new to table top RPGs, and one thing we haven't figured out is Spell DC. One player was a cleric, and channel energy does force the undead monsters to make a saving throw, but I don't ...
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How does one dispatch a helpless opponent?

There is no coup de grace mechanic in D&D 5e like there is in previous editions. So how is a helpless opponent dispatched quickly, mechanically? Is it just a matter of giving the opponent ...
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What penalties do shields have?

Shield description says "Attacks made with a shield suffer a -20 penalty" Shields also have "defensive" quality, which increases +15 to parry but attacks made by such weapons suffer -10 penalty. Do ...
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How is a tranquilizer gun used?

A tranquilizer gun doesn't give any health damage, but I'm assuming once damage given equals to size the victim falls unconscious (stun rule). Is the damage dealt proportional to the tranquilizer ...