A mechanic used to indicate an extraordinary hit, generally rewarded with an increase in damage dealt.

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How do you heal a crippling critical?

Note: Follow up to: Can permanent critical damage be healed/prevented? SWEotE has one specific entry in the Critical Injuries table: Crippled: One of the target's limbs (selected by the GM) is ...
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Can permanent critical damage be healed/prevented?

I'm trying to understand how healing critical damage /critical injuries in SWEotE works. The rulebook is clear for the easy stuff: if you get a scratch, or are stunned e.g., the effect is (...
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What happens when you roll a critical on both advantage dice?

What happens if you have an advantage on attack and you get 20 on both rolls. Does it differ from regular critical or not? For example: - on virtual table, like roll20 when you score two criticals, ...
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Does a critical hit from an expanded crit range always hit regardless of AC?

This question is in respect to the Champion's increased critical hit range. On a roll of 18 or 19 (when this class feature becomes available), is the attack automatically a hit as it would be with a ...
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Weapon damage bonuses and critical hits

If a player has a +1 Dagger (example), and then he score a critical hit, is the "+1" thing doubled too or just the damage dice? Will the damage be 2d4 +1 +ability mod or 2d4 +2 +ability mod? If a ...
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Looking for an alternative to my DM's favorite fumble table

I've been playing in a new D&D 3.5 game for a few weeks, and it's going pretty well, with one major exception. The DM is a huge fan of critical hits and critical fumbles, and he has found the ...
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Can you wait to add optional damage dice (such as Divine Smite) until after seeing if the roll is a critical?

Certain damage kickers are put into effect at the attacker's option after it is determined that an attack is a hit. Examples include: The Divine Smite of paladins and of several cleric domains The ...
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How does extra damage work for critical hits?

I'm a bit confused on how extra damage works for critical hits. Let's take the following example: A thief with sneak attack rolls a crit. I'm under the impression he rolls double his normal attack ...
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Is Superiority Dice Damage Doubled Due To Assassinate? [duplicate]

Critical hits double all the dice rolls. Since Superiority Dice are dice rolls too, do they get doubled on a crit? That is, if a Fighter attacks, rolls a 20, and decides to use a combat maneuver, do ...
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Does a spell critical do double damage?

Specifically, do you double the damage dice if a spell attack is a natural 20? This came up in a game with Guiding Bolt, which seemed really powerful with twice the damage dice. (I saw this, but ...
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Improving crit chance for a non-evil fighter

I'm looking to build a fighter that fights with a scythe and want to maximize his crit and damage, with more crit then damage if they conflict at any point. I read that the best thing out there for a ...
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What if a critical “hit” misses?

A natural 20 is automatically a hit, and threatens to be a critical, then you re-roll for confirming the critical (for which it has to be higher than the enemies AC to a maximum of 20). Now if you'...
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Critical hits with different weapons [duplicate]

Last night our adventure league group ran into an issue. Our barbarian who wields I think great swords (the damage dice were 2d6, that I remember for sure). He rolled a critical hit and I and we here ...
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Is the Vicious Weapon enchant compatible with the Champion archetype's Improved Critical feature?

The Champion's (a Fighter Archetype) "Improved Critical" feature says that he can score a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20. However, the vicious Weapon enchantment specifically says that you need to ...
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Does a Critical Hit when tripping also double the Superiority die?

During our game, the fighter PC rolled a critical hit. After he made the critical hit, he wanted to use a superiority die to trip the enemy. Based on the below rules, is the superiority die also ...
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Can I increase the Critical Threat Range of my Animal Companion's natural weapons?

Is there any way to increase the threat range of an animal companion from the base value of 20? The only thing I can find is two types of animal companions that have a special bite. But this is ...
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Can Cutting Words cancel a critical hit?

If a creature hits with a natural 20, can a Lore bard use his Cutting Words ability to substract an inspiration die from the result, thus preventing a critical hit? Cutting Words: When a creature ...
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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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Crit Fighter in DnD 3.5

I had a friend tell me about a DnD 3.5 specialization for a fighter class, the crit fighter. Somehow, using the int score, this class would lower the die needed for a crit, and could, for instance, ...
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Enlarge Spell with Critical. Which dice do I count?

The Enlarge Spell feat allows you to increase your at-will/encounter burst and blast attacks by 1 if you take a -2 damage penalty per die. Enlarge Spell Before using a wizard at-will or ...
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Can you crit with the minus 5 from sharpshooter?

I'm pretty new to the game and can't find this question answered anywhere. I'm looking at the feat sharpshooter and I saw that you can take a -5 to the attack roll for a +10 damage. I'm curious if you ...
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Can Bardic Inspiration make a roll a Critical Hit?

It has been confirmed by Jeremy Crawford that Cutting Words can cancel out an enemy's critical. As Dale M explained in his answer to the issue, Cutting Words does not apply a modifier to the roll. ...
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Does rolling a 1 with Advantage cancel out the higher roll?

Probably a simple question with a simple answer: When a player has Advantage - rolls twice and one is a 1, does this critical fail overrule the advantage roll?
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How do larger critical threat ranges work?

When a weapon has a greater critical range than a natural 20, how do the additional critical numbers work? A natural 20 is always a hit (not counting things like concealment). Does the additional ...
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Do reroll and dice-adding abilities work on critical hits and critical failures?

Several features like the Lucky feat, the divination school, and bardic inspiration can change the outcome of a roll by adding or changing the result. The lucky feat states: You can choose to ...
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Vorpal and Warshaper, immune or not?

I have a question regarding Vorpal and the Warshaper ability, morphic immunities. Let's first look at Vorpal (SRD, emphasis mine): Vorpal: This potent and feared ability allows the weapon to sever ...
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Feats to allow sneak attacks and critical hits against elementals

Are there any official (as in published by WoTC) feats that allow dealing critical hits and sneak attacks to elementals? I know of Swift Hunter for Scout/Ranger (if elemental is a favored enemy), but ...
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True strike and critical confirmation

So last night, our party's wizard casted on himself true strike, so his next round's scorching ray would be a direct hit. He rolled on his round and rolled a natural 20. So It was a threat. My ...
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Rogue Assassin Critical Hits

As I was reading about the Rogue at higher levels I came across this question. Does a surprised target (that fails the Constitution save from death strike) have 4 or 3 or 2 times the damage vs. it? ...
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Does rogue's Assassinate + surprise allow critting with Magic Missile?

My 5e group just finished playing through the 5e Starter Set. I am currently a level 4 rogue that has specialized at level 3 as an Assassin. In the starter set I was able to pick up a Wand of Magic ...
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Calculating critical hit damage

How do you determine the critical hit damage done by a dagger? I'm a new player to D&D the board game, and don't have a campaign yet.... Anyway, I don't understand "19-20/x2" (as said on the ...
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How can I implement injuries on crit?

We are well on our way in a 5e campaign, but everyone getting fully healed after a long rest takes some of the sense of danger out of the game. I am looking for a set of rules that would give ...
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At which moment does the 'Surprised' state disappear?

I am trying to figure out if the surprised state ends on a creature after the first attack of a surprise round, or if the surprised state (which I would then see almost as an unofficial condition) ...
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Does reducing a roll change a critical?

This came up in our game last night. An enemy attacks and rolls a critical hit. The target uses the Luckbender paragon power "Even the Odds" and reduces the roll by the d6 roll. Is the result still ...
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Critical combat maneuver?

When you attempt to perform a combat maneuver, make an attack roll and add your CMB in place of your normal attack bonus. Combat maneuvers are apparently attacks, and rolls made to attempt a combat ...
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Short Swords or Hand axes?

I'm building a dual wielding+archery character as a "recommended" build for a friend. I don't know whether it would be better for him to build for handaxes/throwing axes or short swords. I know this ...
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Does an unarmed strike get double damage on a critical hit?

A critical hit allows you to roll all damage dice twice. Critical Hits When you score a critical hit, you get to roll extra dice for the attack's damage against the target. Roll all of the ...
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What effects do critical and fumble tables have on D&D 3.5?

Just getting some extra damage, and just missing, seem pretty boring. A lot of people like to spruce things up by having critical hits and natural-1 fumbles result in a roll on a special table, which ...
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Enhancement Bonus = Crit Threat Improvment? [closed]

In the AD&D Second Edition book Player's Option:Combat and Tactics, an enhanced weapon (+1 bonus or better) also improved the critical range by that much. So if I had a +2 Longsword (19-20 x2) it ...
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Interaction between Bane and critical hits

The first level spell Bane allows you to curse a creature so that each saving throw or attack roll is reduced by 1d4 for the duration: Whenever a target [..] makes an attack roll or saving throw ...
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Does a Barbarian get an extra 1d6 or 2d6 if they are using a Greatsword?

At 9th level, the Barbarian has a class feature that reads: you can roll one additional weapon damage die when determining the extra damage for a critical hit with a melee attack. (PHB 49) The ...
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What is the largest possible melee critical range in Dungeons and Dragons 3rd or 3.5 edition?

I've been discussing critical strikes with a friend. He states that there is no way to get more than 11-20 range in any D&D version, but he refuses to explain how he gets there, and it's based on ...
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Does Assassins Strike deal Max damage on a Critical hit? [duplicate]

My friends and I are debating whether the Assasin's Strike power is maxxed on a crit roll. Since it is not declared until after the hit we weren't sure on the ruling. As I understand it it is either:...
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Did I Calculate this Crit Damage Correctly?

Based on the questions below, I think I probably did: Does sneak attack damage do max damage on a critical hit? Is extra damage from free actions maximized with a critial hit? Is the extra damage ...
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Are there critical hits for spells?

According to PHB p.194 you always score a critical hit on any attack roll. Does this rule also apply to magical attacks, e.g. the Inflict Wounds spell.
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Is additional damage from a spell counted as part of the same attack?

For specifics let's look at Witch Bolt (page 289 PHB), there may be others but I am far too lazy to look through each and every one for other examples. Witch Bolt Make a ranged spell attack ...
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For the bleeding critical feat, what stacks exactly?

The Pathfinder Bleeding Critical feat has the following benefit: Whenever you score a critical hit with a slashing or piercing weapon, your opponent takes 2d6 points of bleed damage (see ...
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Power Critical. I need an explanation

Now in the Complete Warrior book in version 3.5 there is a feat called, "Power Critical." That states. "When using the weapon you selected, you gain a +4 bonus on the roll to confirm a threat." Now ...
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Critting with a Thrown Melee Weapon

Using a melee weapon (eg, gougeDDI) which has been turned into a thrown weapon (eg, with Hungry SpearDDI enchantment), do I gain the benefit of Assault BootsDDI (knock target prone when critting with ...
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I'm looking for a good Coup de Grace weapon for my sneaky dude for when he needs to get up close and personal with someone, any suggestions?

Of particular interest are weapons that can be used one-handed, hidden relatively well, and are light, but I'll take a look at everything that's suggested. Weapon proficiency is not a problem for me ...