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's the best magic item for punching monsters in their stupid faces?

My character, a barbarian with the feat Improved Unarmed Strike,1 occasionally eschews his greataxe and punches monsters. After reading this 2009 thread and this 2009 thread, I don't know what works ...
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What item creation feats should an Alchemist take?

I'm trying to plot out an alchemist build with the Clone Master archetype, particularly the feats. I'd like to keep this character somewhat mirrored to another: the wizard in the party, and the ...
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When casting a spell with War Caster feat reaction does it use up a spell slot?

War Caster When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature rather than making an opportunity attack. ...
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Bard Feat Optimization: Buff/Control/Face

I'm building a bard for DND 3.5. I am trying to plan my feats out into the future. We expect to play this campaign to level 20 over the course of 5-6 years. Roleplaying wise, my character is the ...
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Would the Shield Wall feat grant a shield bonus for each adjacent ally, or just one adjacent ally?

Situation: I am believing the feat limits the benefit to only one adjacent ally, but friends state that it should include an additional adjacent ally due to the wording: Benefit: When you and an ...
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Does the feat Ironheart Aura benefit the feat's possessor?

The feat Ironheart Aura says While you are in any Iron Heart stance, adjacent allies gain a +2 morale bonus on saving throws. (Tome of Battle 31) The Player's Handbook in the Glossary defines ...
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Could Fearless Destiny or Tempting Fate affect the Leadership feat?

I'm currently playing a luck-based character in a mixed DnD 3.5/PF setting. I'm thinking of investing in the leadership feat, but I'm worried about a few abilities I have. My character has three ...
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Does White Lotus Dueling Expertise apply to basic melee attacks?

I have a Skald (bard) that just hit level 2. I wanted to pick up White Lotus Dueling Expertise, but when I add it in the character builder, I don't see a change in my my melee basic attack accuracy. ...
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Would a torch be considered a weapon when using a light shield and the Weapon and Torch feat?

According to the Weapon and Torch feat (Dungeonscape, p. 47) I can: Attack once with your melee weapon. If the attack hits, you also sweep your torch across your foe's eyes, dealing ld6 points of ...
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How does a creature's size affect their ability to use different sized weapons?

The idea that my Warrior character could take advantage from a greater size came when our Druid transformed him into a huge creature (Giant Ape) via the Polymorph spell. In this case his gear was ...
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Replacing a Samurais “Mounted Archer” class feature

Following up on my question about replacing a samurais mount, I took a look at the features a samurai has and thought about his Weapons Expertise, which allows him to choose a weapon from a very ...
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Will both Mage Slayer and Sentinel together reduce an enemy's speed to 0?

If I have both the Mage Slayer feat and the Sentinel feat, will the reaction given to me by Mage Slayer reduce an enemy's speed to 0? Mage Slayer: When a creature within 5 feet of you casts a ...
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Can Saving Shield and Bodyguard stack?

The two feats Saving Shield And Bodyguard allow you to grant bonuses to adjacent allies who are being attacked. If a character with both feats is defending an adjacent ally would both feats apply? One ...
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Does Sentinel's opportunity attack trigger when I shove someone?

Alright, so me and my pal are working through making a 5e fighty Cleric. He wants to take the Sentinel and Shield Master feats. Sentinel and Shield Master's relevant pats read: Sentinel You ...
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What are the two weapon fighting penalties for a Large creature with the Lighten Weapon feat?

I have a Strix, a size Large creature, who wields a bastard sword in his main hand and a long sword in his off-hand. He has the two weapon fighting feat, Strength 20, and Dex 23. Do these weapons ...
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War Caster, a whip and a dagger, and provoking Opportunity Attacks [duplicate]

This related question gives an answer about provoking opportunity attacks when wielding a dagger and a whip. I am interested how this interacts with the feat War Caster (5e PHB p170): When a ...
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Can a Monk use/trigger Defensive Duelist while wielding a monk weapon (or unarmed)?

Defensive Duelist requires wielding a finesse weapon, yet one of Monks' abilities is to treat Monk weapons (including staves and unarmed strikes) as "having finesse" (in all but name: it allows monks ...
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Nonlethal damage up to max HP instead of current HP, as feat or item?

I am playing a Kineticist from the Occult Adventures Playtest, and am looking for a specific effect to help with the Burn class feature: the ability to take nonlethal damage up to my maximum HP, ...
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Does Wild Shape actually allow [Monster] feats?

Background I have never had a problem with Druids in my games take things such as, Multiattack, Improved Multiattack, and Improved Natural Attack. However, I reached a 'scratch my head' moment ...
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What does the Benefit of Catfolk Exemplar mean?

I am helping a player to construct a catfolk and we have a question about Catfolk Exemplar. d20pfsrd reads, Prerequisite: Catfolk. Benefit: You can take the Aspect of the Beast feat even if ...
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Can a Ranger's Fighting Style be a prerequisite for the feat Two-Weapon Defense?

My Player's Handbook, in French, as well as this other source, describes Combat Style (two-weapon fighting) as follows: Si le rôdeur choisit le combat à deux armes, il peut se battre comme s'il ...
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Can my one-handed or hook-handed ex-pirate use Dervish Dance?

So I'm making a character for a pathfinder game and I'm wanting to give her Dervish Dance, but there are a few questions I have about the feat. First of all, Dervish Dance says, "You cannot use this ...
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Is there a feat to make ranged attacks without provoking attacks of opportunity?

In D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder, is there a non-epic feat that allows you to make a ranged attack at an adjacent opponent without provoking an attack of opportunity?
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Is choosing a different class feature too good as a (house rule) replacement for a redundant feat?

In the group I DM for there was a player playing a 5th level Rogue / 4th level Assassin. He gained another Assassin level and he would have received Improved Uncanny Dodge, but he already had the ...
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What feats should I take with my Constructor Psion?

I've been playing a Metacreativity (Constructor) Psion for a few months, and I'm worried that my feat selection is not very good. I've been told by multiple sources that some of the feats that I've ...
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Build Advice For Pathfinder Oracle

I've made an Oracle, 1st level, Mystery of Lore, Haunted Curse, and I took Sidestep Secret as my first revelation. I'm trying to decide if I should focus on melee combat and take relevant feats for ...
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How does the Charger feat work with multiattack?

If I wildshape into a bear form and have the Charger feat (I'm a human druid with feat variant), can I then use Charger, charge as a bear, use the attack action granted to take a bear's multiattack, ...
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Alchemist using splash weapon feat to attack square and redirect to invisible creature

I'm running a Pathfinder game and we have a 7th-level Alchemist. Recently, they were in an area of magical darkness and were blind. They attempted to attack the square where they had last seen an ...
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Does Cunning Stalker work if you're not adjacent to your target?

There is a feat on page 312 of Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms called Cunning Stalker. It says: You gain combat advantage against enemies that have no creatures adjacent to them other than you. ...
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Does Elemental Adept pierce immunity?

The Elemental Adept feat causes a single damage type pierce any resistance to that type. Does this effect spread to immunity as well? For instance, if I cast Fireball on a Fire Elemental, would it ...
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What can I do with an existing feat that I later get free as a class feature?

I took the feat Weapon Finesse with a rogue. I later on multiclassed into Swashbuckler which gives me Weapon Finesse for free at 1st level. What happens with the feat I already have? Is there a way ...
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Does the Brawl feat chain stack with the Combat Martial Arts feat chain?

I've come across this situation a few times: do the Brawl and Combat Martial Arts feat chains stack? I've always ruled that no they do not stack with each other, but there always seems to be one ...
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Is there a feat for acquiring class features?

I was curious as to whether there was a feat or trait for gaining a class feature for a class without having that class. Like a feat giving you bloodrage at some level-4
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Does Overwhelming Impact replace all instances of slow, or just from one source?

So I'm levelling up a Knight for a friend, who's very Hammer Lock-down and I was looking at taking Overwhelming Impact. The basic question is if he's slowing opponents via both Defend the Line and ...
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Must all attacks be melee touch attacks when using Combat Rhythm?

The tactical feat Stormguard Warrior (ToB 36) grants the use of the tactical maneuver Combat Rhythm, which says To use this option, you can choose to make melee touch attacks in place of normal ...
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Can a monk combine Martial Arts with Dual Wielding?

I want to get a clearer ruling of unarmed strike. The way I've read/imagined it is using any part of a humanoid creature's body to hit something else. Fists, kicks, elbows, knees, headbutts, whatever. ...
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Can Ability Score increases caused by magic items qualify me for feats?

As far as I know, only a player character's non-temporary ability scores are considered for taking feats, taking prestige classes, etc. Meanwhile, any ability bonus that comes from spells, or magic ...
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Can you take the same feat multiple times?

Can the same character take a given feat multiple times to gain the benefits all over again? It seems obviously stupid that you can't, but I can't find anywhere in the RAW that actually states that. ...
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Does a creature with Improved Trip get a free attack against Driving Attack's victim?

The feat Driving Attack has as its Benefit If you use a full-round action to make a single melee attack with any piercing weapon and succeed in hitting, you can initiate a special bull rush ...
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With the training from the DMG can I receive any feat in any level?

DMG p.231 A character who agrees to training as a reward must spend downtime with the trainer. In exchange, the character is guaranteed to receive a special benefit.Possible training benefits ...
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Shield Master - Does the reaction to block a Fireball happen before or after the Dexterity saving throw?

The Shield Master feat (PH p.170) grants the following ability: If you are subjected to an effect that allows you to make a Dexterity saving throw to take only half damage, you can use your ...
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How does increasing a creature's darkvision range interact with the feat Deepsight?

Does the feat Deepsight limit the creature's darkvision range to 120 ft. even if the creature has one or more ways to increase its darkvision beyond this range? Deepsight Your senses are ...
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Shield Master - Can the shield push be taken before an attack?

Can the shield push from the Shield Master feat be taken before an attack? i.e. Push prone, follow up with an attack while they're down. Shield Master You use shields not just for protection ...
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Does a Daily gained from a feat count against my current 3/day limit?

I am playing a tiefling level 9 Rogue and I learned the Diabolic Soul feat that gives me the Diabolic Transformation daily feat power. Right now I can use only 3 daily powers in one day. Will Diabolic ...
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Does Monkey Grip allow wielding 2 handed weapons in 1 hand?

As typical in D&D a friend and I are having a debate, this time about whether or not Monkey Grip (3.5 complete warrior feat) allows a medium creature to wield a 2-handed medium weapon with one ...
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What is a “spellcaster” for the purpose of magic item attunement?

Several wands and other magic items in the DMG cite "spellcaster" as an attunement requirement, specifically "requires attunement by a spellcaster" while others list multiple spellcasting classes ...
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How can I get a feat at level 1 in D&D 5e?

I was wondering about the magic initiate feat. Because I want to know if you can take it first level because I'm making a human warlock who's always been in-tune with magic even before making the pact ...
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What feats expand the set of weapons one can use weapon finesse with?

I know that Dervish Dance adds scimitar to the list. Are there other feats that expand the set of weapons one can use finesse with? I'm particularly curious I'd there are ways to get a bastard sword ...
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Does Elemental Focus affect spells modified with Elemental Spell?

I take Elemental Focus (fire) to add +1 to the DC for all of my spells that deal fire damage. If I also take Elemental Spell (fire), then cast an elemental lightning bolt, does it receive the DC bonus ...
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Do I get back the feat slot spent on proficiency if I get it from a class level later?

If I take Medium Armor Proficiency feat and Martial Weapon Proficiency feat, then later take a level in barbarian, what happens to the feats? Do I "get them back" so I can reuse them? Did I just waste ...