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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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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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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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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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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5e Sentinel Opportunity Attacks

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 reads: Sentinel You have mastered techniques to take ...
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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 ...
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Can an Oracle with Heavens mystery use FlyBy Attack

If an oracle with the heavens mystery chooses the Lure of Heavens revelation, does the supernatural fly give you a fly speed to qualify for the feat Flyby Attack?
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Is there a spear that is considered a light weapon?

I would like for followers of one of my characters to be a Phalanx Fighting army. However, the feat Phalanx Fighting text states: If you are using a heavy shield and a light weapon... If I ...
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How do Wild Magic and Practiced Spellcaster Interact?

Wild Magic, a Wild Mage class feature (Complete Arcane, p69) states She reduces her caster level by 3 for all spells she casts from now on. However, every time she casts a spell, her use of wild ...
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Can you stack Combat Expertise and Power Attack?

Are you allowed to stack the feats of Power Attack and Combat Expertise in a single round?
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How does Elemental Adept change the damage dice?

The Elemental Adept feat says that I can treat any 1 on the damage dice as a 2. Does that meant that, if I've chosen fire, when casting the Fire Bolt cantrip I can roll 2d20 instead of 1d10?
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How to make sense of having one's passive Perception better than the active one? (e.g. when one takes the Observant feat) [closed]

Doesn't the Observant feat make you see more, when you're not actually looking? Or if you'd like me to rephrase that: doesn't it make you notice more, where you're not actively trying to notice ...
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In order to use a Genasi racial power, must I be in the appropriate manifestation?

I am a Firesoul Genasi with Extra Manifestation (Water) and Extra Manifestation II (Earth). As I understand it, in order to get the passive bonuses that come with each manifestation (i.e. +1 Reflex ...
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Does the Eldritch Knight need the Warcaster feat to cast spells when using 2h or sword/shield?

Many of the spells that an Eldritch Knight can cast have a somatic component. If I am playing as an Eldritch Knight with a two-handed sword or weapon/shield combo, would I require the Warcaster feat? ...
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For the purposes of Two Weapon Fighting, are pistols considered light weapons?

In the entry for firearms in Ultimate Combat, pistols are not explicitly given a classification of light weapon or otherwise, so I'm unsure how the Two Weapon Fighting feat would apply to ...
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Can Improved Natural Attack apply to Animal Devotion's serpent's strike?

Using the serpent's strike special ability of the feat Animal Devotion (Complete Champion 54-55), it's possible for a character to get for at least 1 minute 1/day a bite natural attack that deals only ...
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How does the Durable feat work?

One of the benefits of the Durable feat is the following (page 166 in the PHB, emphasis mine): When you roll a Hit Die to regain hit points, the minimum number of hit points you regain from the ...
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How early can I gain a cohort with the Leadership feat?

So I'm struggling to figure out the table on page 106 of the DM guide for 3.5 about how many cohorts you can have and at what level you can have them. If you have a Leadership score of 9 or below, can ...
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Balancing encounters for faster feat progression

I'm DMing a group right now in Eberron (so I already have to take Action Points into account for encounter design), and my players, who are fairly new, are super intrigued by all of the interesting ...
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Divine Metamagic — do you need the base metamagic feat in a feat slot already?

When applying Divine Metamagic to a metamagic feat -- by RAW, do you need to have the base metamagic feat in a feat slot and then use a second feat slot to apply Divine Metamagic to it, or does the ...
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Is Psionic Body underpowered?

Compared with, say, oh, I don't know... Toughness... this feat seems to cover the same territory (assuming a feat every two levels) pretty exactly, but you absolutely have to take psionic feats to ...
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What Feats for a Hellfire Ur-lock Disciple?

Looking to make a Warlock, Hellfire Warlock, Binder, Ur-Priest, Eldritch Disciple thing for a new campaign, and I have no clue what to do feat wise as I have never ran a warlock based class before. ...
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Is there a way to gain a an Oracle Revelation or for an Oracle to take a Revelation from a mystery they don't have?

There are three revelations I know of that would let me swap Dex mod to AC for Cha mod to AC somehow, and I'd like to do that and will have levels in Oracle, however I can't take those mysteries for ...
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Does 'World Serpent's Grasp' trigger on non-damaging attacks and item attacks?

"World Serpent's Grasp: Whenever you hit a slowed or immobilized target with an attack, you can knock it prone" 1: If I use an attack power such as Charisma vs Will on a nearby slowed enemy, and the ...
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Lingering Injury and Speed

One of the characters in my party lost her foot to a Kobold. I am using the rules that any character that is knocked down gets a lingering injury as per the Dungeon Masters Guide PG 272. Her character ...
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Is there a way to do slashing damage with a mace?

I play a double light-mace fighter, and I want to make a lot of attacks every turn. I took a look at the dervish (CW 25) prestige class, and they can take a full attack action and move up to their ...
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What does Black Marketeer do?

Ok, so the feat gives you a resource pool which is apparently worth a certain amount of money. You can also contribute non-monetary things to said pool. Does said pool refresh? How often does it ...
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Does the animal provided by the Wild Cohort feat count as an Animal Companion?

Feat in question: Wild Cohort [General] Benefit: You gain an animal cohort. The animal cohort is generally friendly to you and is willing to follow you and adventure with you. If given proper ...
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Are the feats from Essential supposed to be used with the older classes? [duplicate]

As far as I can see, the feats from Essentials are way more powerful than their older counterparts. On the other hand, I see the Essential classes as weaker versions of the older ones (specially ...
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Can Clerics take Spell Focus?

Can Clerics use the Spell Focus feat by RAW? The Summoner advice Brian linked me to in his answer mentions that Augment Summoning is a good feat for summoning focused characters, but it requires Spell ...
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What feats are useful for a Dragonfire Adept build?

I'm building a Human Dragonfire Adept (from Dragon Magic) with the Draconic template (as presented in Races of the Dragon), as well as a feat for Draconic Tail, but I need a bit of help picking out ...