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 Vow of Enmity guarantee Sneak Attack damage?

This has been hinted around at in some other threads, but what's the definitive answer? Player's Handbook- page 88: Vow of Enmity. As a bonus action, you can utter a vow of enmity against a ...
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Dual Wielding and Extra Attacks

From the Rules (EXTRA ATTACK) "Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn." If I have the EXTRA ATTACK feature (level 5), AND I ...
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How does shield bashing work?

I've looked in the DMG and the PHB, but have only found ancillary uses of the shield. The Shield Master feat (PHB, p.170) gives you neat perks, but doesn't act as a weapon (beyond the bonus shove ...
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How do the dual wield feat and versatile weapons interact?

I have a level 4 Paladin with the Dual Wield feat (he does not have the TWF style). He is wielding a longsword in one hand and a handaxe in his other (thrown weapon). Can the paladin throw the ...
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What is the expected damage per round on each level? [closed]

I'm trying to make a homebrew star wars setting using the 5e rules, in the Dungeon Master's Guide are guidelines for futuristic weapons, but the damage of those weapons looks like the perfect ...
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How long does the loss of Dex to AC from running last?

A character takes a full-round action to run and loses his Dex bonus to AC. But does the character only lose his Dex bonus to AC until he stops running on his turn? Or does the character lose his ...
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Are there any morale rules that say when NPCs should flee?

In AD&D 2nd edition there were morale checks to determine whether an NPC or monster continues to fight, or tries to surrender or flee. In core D&D 3.5 there is nothing of that sort (if I've ...
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May a character switch from a druidic to an arcane focus without expending an action?

If a multiclass Sorcerer/Druid wielding a shield and an arcane focus decides to cast a druid spell, can they switch their focus and cast the spell in a single turn? Secondarily, is it reasonable for ...
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Are there rules for fleeing from combat?

Newbie GM here. Neither I nor any of my friends have played D&D for years. I recently found five 3e books at a second hand store, and we thought we'd start up again for fun. However none of us ...
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Spaceship Combat in Fate Core

I'm trying to run a space-opera RPG in Fate Core, and ship-to-ship combat is a central focus. I'm looking to emulate the kind of fighting we see in Star Wars, Wing Commander, FreeSpace, etc, but ...
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Are upper-level combat encounters still as complicated and time-consuming?

With level 10 and higher PCs, a lone Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 or Pathfinder combat encounter can take a long time, but I haven't heard if the same is true in Dungeons and Dragons 5E. Does a 5E ...
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How many spears can fit in one pincushion

In The Riddle of Steel on page 77 it notes that the maximum number of combatants that can surround a single opponent is three, except "groups of spearmen and the like, who may gather tightly together ...
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What's the advantage to kicking instead of punching?

I can understand that, situationally, there are reasons one might want to punch instead of kick or vice versa. But what mechanical advantage is there to kicking instead of punching, if any? It seems ...
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What ways exist to consistently and reliably grant my allies advantage on the attack roll? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to build and/or play a proper Tank/supporter, with the focus of my support lying on helping my friends getting advantage, for example by: Creatively using Feats or core ...
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Moving diagonally across the corner of enemy space

The PhB states You can move through a hostile creature's space only if the creature is at least two sizes larger or smaller than you. If a PC has 4 enemies surrounding him on the north, south, ...
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Do characters provoke opportunity attack when they leave another character's reach who is not facing them?

"You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that YOU CAN SEE moves out of your reach." In 5E do you have to specify which way your character is facing at all times? If an enemy who ...
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Can a Magus use spellstrike with Path of war's maneuvers?

I would really like to know or will maneuvers conflict with the use of spellstrike? Pathfinder and path of war. My friends and I are planning a pathfinder game. I had intended to play a Magus and one ...
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Fighting an Invisible Stalker

I'm having trouble understanding the mechanics of invisibility, so I'd like to propose a scenario, as an example, which I don't know exactly how to handle as a GM. Let's say my group is about to ...
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In 13th Age, how many attacks of opportunity can a character make in one round?

I've been reading the core rulebook -and loving it-, and planning to run a game soon, and I'm guessing that if there's no mention of more than one attack of opportunity anywhere, it's because a player ...
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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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As a GM, how can I adjudicate de-escalating combat?

As a sister question to How can combat be de-escalated once started by a player? In a D&D 5e game, a player rushed into combat with an NPC that wasn't particularly hostile. As a player, I ...
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How can combat be de-escalated once started by a player?

In a D&D 5e game, a player rushed into combat with an NPC that wasn't particularly hostile. As a player, I wouldn't have started that combat immediately and the character didn't seem too hostile, ...
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What would the effect of removing death saves and just having characters die at 0HP be?

I am currently attempting to create a campaign, inspired both by West Marches, and earlier editions of D&D (mostly OD&D and 1e AD&D), but still keeping the 5e rules that my group are ...
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“Epic Level” Shadowrun

Recently I've run into an issue with my Shadowrun campaign for a number of reason, the most key of which is that my players have hit the 180-250 karma level where they've started to ascend to levels ...
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Does the spell blink work after you get knocked unconscious?

We are fighting a shadow witch and our wizard casted blink at the start of the encounter. Would she still go to the ethereal plane even though she's unconscious? (not too brag but I'm personally ...
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How does combat work underwater?

I've been a 5e player for the last 6 months or so and soon I'll be DMing for the first time, as short filler when our main campaign can't go ahead (for example, our paladin is on holidays). My ...
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How to adjust Hoard of the Dragon Queen for a 1st-level party?

TL;DR: I've already 'cheated' a lot to help the group survive the first mission, and it seems like I'll have to cheat even more if they'll make it to the Keep. Did I do something wrong? What can I do ...
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Can one force-feed an opponent a potion in combat?

Is there a check by which a combatant can force-feed an unwilling target a potion? The question stems from several magic items, including the Potion of Diminution and Potion of Poison. I am seeking ...
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Is it possible to snatch a weapon directly from an enemy/monster?

As a point of clarification for this post, I'm just trying to figure out if it's actually possible to take an enemy's item directly from them during combat, all in the scope of one turn. Since Disarm ...
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Does Dual Wielder let an Eldritch Knight summon two bonded weapons?

Background I'm trying to make a master thrower character, and the fighter class seems to be the best option. However, since thrown weapons don't follow the same rules as ammo-based weapons, I've been ...
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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?"