Questions about interpreting what a feat does or understanding specific feats, which are abilities of a character that provide small bonuses in specific circumstances in Dungeons and Dragons 3rd edition and higher, as well as Pathfinder.

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What happens when a creature loses its next move action?

The feat Undermountain Tactics allows the use of the tactical maneuver stair king, which says To use this maneuver, you must gain the high ground bonus on your attacks against an opponent. If you ...
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Ways to improve a Warlock's counterspelling capabilities

How do I make counterspelling more efficient for a 3.5 Warlock? I've looked over a few caster builds for counterspelling; however not much seems useful/useable for a Warlock. We are jumping into ...
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Threatend fields for a large person with a long spear

Situation: A human character with a long spear who uses the feat "Lunge" becomes enlarged (as per spell). Question: Which fields does he threaten? Are these the squares in 15', 20' and 25' distance?...
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sentinel vs burrowing and large creatures

Would a PC with the Sentinel feat have an opportunity attack against a Bulette which is trying to burrow? If so, would it able to burrow with 0 movement speed (In place in the same square)? Does size ...
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What happens when you swap out a required feature to get into a PrC? [duplicate]

Say a Human Warlock-6/Mindbender-1 was to gain another level in Warlock and decided to swap out his Charm invocation (required for Mindbender entry) for the Flee the Scene invocation. Is this a legal ...
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Tunnel Fighter & Polearm Master : Indefinite Attacks of Opportunity?

Here's the scenario: The character in question has both the Tunnel Fighter fighting style from Unearthed Arcana: Light, Dark, Underdark!: Tunnel Fighter You excel at defending narrow passages, ...
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Do you multiply the bonus damage from taking a -5 on attacks using the Sharpshooter feat?

Inspired by Can you crit with the minus 5 from sharpshooter?. It was asked if you could still crit with Sharpshooter's -5 to hit / +10 to damage option active, but that got me wondering -- do you ...
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Do you still need a free hand to reload if you take crossbow expert?

The crossbow expert feat states that you ignore the loading feature of crossbows, but does that mean you still need a free hand in order to reload it?
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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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How many attacks does a character with “Extra Attack” and the “Polearm Master” get at level 5?

I've got a PC who has the Extra Attack class feature, and he has polearm master. He is under the impression that every turn, he gets 4 attacks. Two regular attacks and two attacks with the "butt" of ...
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How does the feat Ranged Pin work?

The feat Ranged Pin has as its benefit the following: You can perform a ranged grapple attempt against an opponent by pinning a bit of its clothing to a nearby surface. The target must be within 5 ...
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Does the Heavy Armor Master feat reduce damage twice against a mixed damage attack?

Displacer Beasts have a Tentacle attack that does 7 (1d6 + 4) bludgeoning damage plus 3 (1d6) piercing damage. Does the bludgeoning and piercing damage reduction granted by Heavy Armor Master reduce ...
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What are Acceptable Small Mounts?

In my current Pathfinder campaign, I have been playing as a Gnome Cavalier that has earned enough experience to level up for the first time AND has successfully reared a wild Vulture. One of the feats ...
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Does a Polearm Master at reach count as adjacent for Sneak Attack?

The 5E rules allow the rogue to get his sneak attack when there's any ally adjacent (within 5') to the target enemy. Question about letter and intent of the RAW. If the party has a fighter with the ...
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Does the feat Pebble Underfoot allow a creature to trip oversized foes?

The benefit of the feat Pebble Underfoot (which has as its only prerequisite the feat Improved Trip) says When attempting to trip a creature at least two size categories larger than you, you gain ...
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What's the real benefit of the feat Owlbear Berserker?

The benefit of the feat Owlbear Berserker says When grappling, you can make an unarmed attack to deal 1d6 points of normal damage with a successful grapple check. You do not suffer the usual −4 ...
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Can you use a feat if your ability falls below the prerequisite?

My character's strength is normally 20. I had the feat Power Attack. My strength dropped to 6 due to poison. Does that mean I no longer can use Power Attack until I regain my strength?
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Do these Feats + Paladin Relentless Avenger = Redundant? [closed]

Forgive the awkwardness of this question, I'm not sure where to put it or how to flag this, as it's not pertaining to rulings but rather interactions. I'm currently using a Vengeance Paladin that ...
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Distant Spell and Familiars

I have a somewhat peculiar question inasmuch as a sorcerer in a game I am DMing took the 'Magic Initiate' feat because he desperately wanted to be able to cast Find Familiar (a wizard only spell). A ...
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Do monster stat blocks already include their feats' effects?

When looking up any monster in any manual, are the stat blocs modified relative their feats, or must you modify them yourself? (Example weapon focus gives +1 to att. roll) At the moment, I am DMing ...
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Is the feat Tough better to get early or later?

I am making a variant human barbarian and I'm wondering If I should get Tough as my 1st or 4th level feat? Which gives more Hp overall?
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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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Can you use charge-specific feats while mounted?

I am going to have my party face level 7 orc fighters mounted on worgs. I gave them leap attack, shock trooper and ride-by-attack. Can the orcs use their leap attack feat and the heedless charge ...
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Does Durable improve the Con of a Wild Shape form?

I am Durable. Durable. Hardy and resilient, you gain the following benefits: Increase your Constitution score by +1, to a maximum of 20. When you roll a Hit Die to regain hit points, the ...
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Do any feats carry over when in Wild Shape?

I'm wondering if any feats might carry over when a druid assumes a Wild Shape. I'm specifically looking at the Alert and Lucky Feats. PHB p.67 stipulates: Your game statistics are replaced by the ...
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What is the RAW of how Dodge works?

A few of my players think I am handling the Dodge Bonus incorrectly. I make all the dodge bonus apply only to a single designated target. After doing my research I am not so sure anymore. What is the ...
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How does “unlocking a sub-domain” work for the “Kobold Faith” feat?

I know that normally clerics must choose two domains that their deity supports, but I found something interesting concerning the Kobold Faith feat. The big staple of this feat is the "unlocking" of a ...
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Is there time after a free action triggers to use another free action before continuing?

I've got the following feat and power on my rogue. Slaying action: If you spend an action point to take an extra action and have already dealt Sneak Attack damage during this round, you can deal ...
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Does the feat Magical Training grant a spell list?

The benefit of the feat Magical Training says You can cast three 0-level arcane spells per day as either a sorcerer or wizard (your choice, so long as you have a score of at least 10 in the ...
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How are the followers and the cohort obtained with the Leadership feat?

When a character takes the Leadership feat, how are the followers and the cohort obtained? Do you have to actively recruit them during the game and hope the DM gives you some decent followers, or do ...
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Get instant Combat Advantage when attacking adjacent with crossbow?

There's a 4E feat called Opportunity Knocks found in Martial Power 2. It causes an enemy to grant combat advantage until the end of your next turn when they miss you with an opportunity attack. Is it ...
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Are Rake, Rend and Constrict Natural Weapons?

Reference Information Rake states: A creature with this special attack gains extra natural attacks when it grapples its foe. Rend states: If a creature hits with both claw attacks, it ...
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Can becoming a familiar make an improved familiar stupider?

The feat Improved Familiar (DMG 200) says that Improved familiars otherwise use the rules on page 52 of the Player’s Handbook, with two exceptions: If the creature’s type is something other than ...
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3.5e rules on racial feats at character creation [closed]

Racial Feats. Depending on the creature type of the character’s race, he begins with a number of feats. These feats may be used however the character likes, provided he meets the prerequisites ...
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Can a magus using spell combat use improved two weapon fighting with it?

Im working on a new character and have been reading up on some of the classes. I was reading the magus class and their spell combat ability. At 1st level, a magus learns to cast spells and wield ...
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Does Following Step provoke attacks of opportunity?

Suppose a fighter with the Step Up and Following Step feats is standing next to an ogre with ten-foot reach. On its turn, the ogre takes a 5-foot step away from the fighter. The fighter can now use ...
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Getting a new familiar with Improved Familiar

I'm a level 2 Wizard, soon-to-be level 3. I have a Hawk familiar, and I'm very interested in the idea of getting the feat Improved Familiar at level 3. I'm interested in a Celestial Hawk or Owl, which ...
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What circumstances make Heighten Turning worthwhile?

The feat Heighten Turning has the following as part of its benefit: When you turn or rebuke undead, you may choose a number no higher than your cleric level. Add that number to your turning check, ...
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Which feats should a weretiger take to best use its natural attacks?

Which feats should a weretiger take to fight at optimal efficiency using its bite and claws? Are there any claw-type weapons a weretiger can wear that improve his natural claw attacks? Which feats ...
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How sticky is Stick Together?

In Pathfinder, I have been looking through the vastly under appreciated Cavalier class and its Tactician abilities (causing any ally within 30 feet to adopt their selected Teamwork feat). One of the ...
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Can I be Wile E. Coyote, covering my tracks in bear traps?

I play a fighter who has the feat Quick Draw. After making the Str check to set a bear trap, there's no limit to the length of time the bear trap remains set. Dropping an item is a free action. Could ...
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Can clerics' Combat Feats be used with summoned Spiritual Weapons?

While looking at Pathfinder's Blibdoolboolp and the stats given to her clerics (for giggles), I noticed that her Holy Weapon was a Pincer Staff (which has grapple). So I'm wondering, are a clerics ...
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Familiar + touch spells

If my character chooses the ritual Caster for his Variant human first level feat. Gaining Find familiar. Can he use Cure wounds via the familiar due to it being a touch spell? Also can he move the ...
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Can a Great Diplomat have two cohorts?

The Dragon #318 article "Oriental Adventures Update: Eastern Flavor" (32-48) altered the benefit of the Oriental Adventures feat Great Diplomat (63) to the following: You gain a +2 bonus on ...
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Is variant human better than standard human if all my ability scores are odd? [closed]

So if I rolled stats of 17, 15, 15, 15, 14 and 13, is this one of those rare cases where the normal Human "+1 to everything" is going to be more useful than the Variant Human +1 +1 and a feat? I'm ...
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How does the Draconic Breath feat interact with the Animate Breath spell?

The Draconic Breath [Draconic] feat (Complete Arcane) allows a Sorcerer to spend a spell slot to use a breath weapon as a standard action. This is a supernatural ability and the damage and save DC is ...
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Does Font of Life grant a saving throw against enervation?

The general feat Font of Life has as its benefit the following: Whenever you are struck by an attack that drains energy or bestows negative levels, you gain an immediate saving throw to resist the ...
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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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Does the feat Extraordinary Spell Aim affect the creature's space or the creature?

Complete Adventurer contains the feat Extraordinary Spell Aim which has as its benefit Whenever you cast a spell with an area, you can attempt to shape the spell’s area so that one creature within ...
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Can I share a Hex with my familiar via the Share Spell class feature?

After looking through my abilities and spells, I believe that I found a way to enhance my cat to finally do damage by itself without changing its stats or actively casting spells. However, this would ...