In combat, attacks with a range beyond that of melee or hand-to-hand attacks. Examples include javelin, bow and arrow, pistol, blaster rifle, and the magic missile spell.

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Attack of Opportunity with ranged weapons

Attacks of Opportunity with a ranged weapon seems like an insane concept. The way I understand it, if a creature were to move within range of a PC's light crossbow it would trigger an AoO. If so that ...
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Is ranged attack broken when both attackers are in the dark? [closed]

Is ranged attack broken when both attackers are in the dark? As I read things, if both attackers are in the dark, but aware of the other ... both gain Advantage because they are Invisible to the ...
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Is there any correlation between Strength and Throwing Range?

I've seen other RPG systems that base the thrown range of weapons and objects on Strength score. However, based on what I've seen in the core rules (Javelins and Handaxes, for example), I don't see ...
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Do Ranger's Horde Breaker and Volley interact?

Horde Breaker. Once on each of your turns when you make a weapon attack, you can make another attack with the same weapon against a different creature that is within 5 feet of the original target ...
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Is there any precedent for granting a circumstantial bonus to ranged attacks made from high ground in D&D?

I have been told that having the high ground is historically useful for military units in general but also ranged combatants in particular. I am the DM who has to make this call, but having never shot ...
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Penalty for shooting a falling target with a ranged attack?

TL;DR: Is there a to-hit penalty for attempting to hit a falling target with a ranged attack? I ask because: In our session last week, we were set upon by our Drow captors that we had escaped from, ...
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Improvised Ranged attacks in Melee + Belt of the Brawler

Ranged Weapons are capable of being used in Melee, as an Improvised Weapon as per P.268 in the Rules Compendium: ... A ranged weapon cannot be used with a melee power or a close power that has ...
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From where do you start counting distance when you have natural reach?

I encountered an odd situation. I am playing a naturally large(tall) character so I have a natural reach of 10. My character is also based using a bow for ranged attacks, I also have point blank shot ...
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Recovering ammunition (bolts, etc.) in Numenera

Suppose a ranged combat character in the Numenera setting, using a non-artifact ranged/thrown weapon. Say, a heavy crossbow. There is limited ammunition that players usually have to buy. After a ...
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If the Cordon of arrows spell is cast and the target is within range when it's cast would it activate when they move?

For context: the target was invisible and near death. So we cast spike growth on the entrance with her in it and followed it up with a cordon of arrows. Basically target became visible and as it's ...
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Does firing a ranged weapon through a doorway give cover?

I understand that cover works by the attacker deciding on a corner of their square and checking if a line to any of the defenders squares hits something that gives cover. But if the attacker is on ...
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How viable is shrink item and massive projectiles?

I'm sure it's been done many times in many variations over the spell's history, but I'm having trouble finding any reasonably conclusive ruling or argument as to whether or not it should work. Is it ...
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Clarification On Staying Hidden For Long Range Spell Snipers

If you have a Sorcerer with Spell Sniper and Distant Spell, you have just gained the ability to cast Scorching Ray at a 480ft range. Let's assume you found a sniper's perch at this distance, and ...
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Are there any ways for a Swift Hunter build to get Movement+Full Attack in a round besides Travel Devotion and Shadow Pounce?

I've been looking into this for quite a while, seen many different methods and builds regarding Shadow Hunter builds, and most of which at least mention Travel Devotion. Thus far I haven't been able ...
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Stealthing after a ranged attack

I have been trying to wrap my head around how stealth works in particular with a ranged character I am trying to build. I have a level 5 rogue, with one level in Shadow Dancer, so I have "Sneak ...
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What does this “+10 attack” mean?

I'm playing a level 5 Eladrin Ranger (I think it's a pre-gen) with 4e rules. On my character sheet under attacks it says: Longbow: +10 attack, 1d10+1 damage What is the +10? Do I add it to my ...
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Combat advantage with ranged attacks?

Just curious if ranged attacks gain combat advantage the same way melee attacks would from circumstances that would normally grant. In example, from status effects such as dazed or restrained. I ...
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Ranged attacks from hiding with Advantage?

In D&D 5e, if you are attacking from hiding (successful stealth check) with a bow or spell, do you get advantage? Assuming yes to the above, if during combat you successfully hide again (break ...
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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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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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Can liquid from the river Styx be weaponized?

Reference: According to Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss, page 111: Those who taste or touch the waters of the Styx must succeed on a DC 17 Fortitude saving throw or be affected by total ...
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How can a GM interrupt a PC archer's full attack barrage, or otherwise make it less reliable?

I am new to gming and I run a pathfinder game where I have a player that plays an archer (fighter) that just picks off the baddies with his full attack action. I saw on another forum (in a pretty old ...
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UnBEARable trap monk

While I was playing with different possible NPC bosses in Pathfinder, I came across the Monk and his humble "Throw Anything". So I am wondering, if a Monk has "Craft Trap" and makes a butt-load of ...
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How does the magus arcana “pool ray” interact with ranged spellstrike?

So I'm trying to build an archery centered magus using the myrmidarch archetype. The main relevant feature is ranged spellstrike, which allows the use of ranged weapon attacks to deliver ranged touch ...
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Firing a ranged weapon (gun) while in melee

So, I'm looking for both a RAW and RAI ruling here. General DM advice/houserules would be appreciated as well, especially if you have experience with similar scenarios. About to start a campaign, ...
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Are there rules in 5e for shooting into combat? [duplicate]

What rules govern "shooting into combat" -- that is making a ranged attack on an enemy who is partially obscured by other creatures. I know that the rules regarding cover may give the enemy an AC ...
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Can I reuse missile weapons others have stuck into me?

If I get hit by an arrow, javelin, throwing axe or something similar, does it stay sticking out of me? Can I take it out and use it? Can a close enemy take it out and use it?
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How large a deflected missile can I catch in one hand?

When using deflect missiles, how big must a weapon be to not be able to catch it in one hand? Javelins, for example, are thrown with one hand, so maybe can be caught with one hand.
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What damage die does a deflected missile do?

In the case of bolts and arrows, is it a fixed damage die or does it depend on the weapon used to fire the bolt or arrow?
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Catching poisoned arrows

When catching an arrow tipped with poison (like the ones used by yuan-ti) with an ability like the one the monk has or the one given by arrow catching gloves: does the ability reduce the poison damage?...
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Does a Hunter Ranger's Colossus Slayer feature affect ranged attacks?

Creating a nemesis group for my current party. Figured Id go with a WarForged Fighter, Wood Elf Ranger, and a human blue mage sorcerer at +1 the parties level. Was going to make the ranger a hunter ...
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Firing into a melee combat

While running a session recently, one of the players chose to "assist" his companion who was in melee with a goblin, by firing an arrow at the pair of them. I couldn't find any particular rules for ...
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Can I load a hand crossbow while holding a shield?

Can I load a hand crossbow if I am using a shield and the crossbow? Would I be able to get multiple attacks with Crossbow Expert if I am using a shield and a hand crossbow?
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The rules for manyshot/ rapid shot

In our campaign another argument has arisen. A fighter has the feats rapid shot and manyshot but he is using a rapid reload crossbow. The problem is the GM is confused as to whether this is even ...
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How can I create a D&D 4e Ranger that never misses ranged attacks?

I have a level 12 human ranger who relies mostly on ranged attacks. However I find his attack bonus to be too low. What are the best options to boost my chances of hitting ranged attacks? I was using ...
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When I make my attacks of opportunity with my X-laser, do I get to shoot a line?

So my 6th level scryer/slayer/gunslinger's bonded object is a masterwork X-laser. Our party has an awesome flowing monk with Greater Reposition. I have Snap Shot, Combat Reflexes, and a very high ...
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Can you attack multiple targets when you have a rate of fire greater than 1?

I'm DMing a campaign with OSRIC as the base rules and 1e AD&D as secondary rules where needed. One of our characters is using a bow that the rules say has a rate of fire of 2. I'm looking for a ...
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Can you dodge a grenade attack, or dive for cover?

Assuming a grenade or a fireball hits, and the roll is exactly 3 so it's on-target: Is there a Reaction+Intuition to "protect yourself"? (like a D&D reflex save) or do you auto-hit and proceed to ...
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Are called shots allowed with ranged touch spells?

This came up in an encounter where the players were going up against some "Romero" zombies that required destruction of the brain to kill. A wizard asked, "Can I make a called shot to the head with ...
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When creatures provide cover against attacks, can they be hit?

If one creature is providing cover for another, is it possible that it ends up taking the hit? If so, what are the mechanics for it? I see it like this: 2 goblins (AC 15) are standing in a row. An ...
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Can an Earth Kineticist (Pathfinder Society Occult Playtest) sunder at range?

I have an Earth Kineticist from the PFS Occult Playtest. I have in several modules helped save my party by diverting my kinetic blast attacks to target enemy weapons and or armor (Sundering). For ...
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What classes excel in ranged combat?

I've just started out playing DnD. I want to pick a class that plays well with long-range, and was wondering whether other classes besides ranger can fill in that role effectively. Are there are any ...
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Using a weapon to execute a combat maneuver

My character is a Marksman Finesse Style, and has the ability to use her ranged weapon to execute a combat maneuver. Once a Marksman has reached 2nd level, she may expend her psionic focus while ...
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Disadvantage on Range Attack Spell vs Range Spells?

When casting a ranged spell within melee reach of an enemy, if the spell doesn't require a ranged attack roll, are there any downsides (assuming the enemy doesn't have the Mage Slayer feat)? ...
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How much damage does a thrown tower shield deal?

Out of curiousity, I've been trying to create a sort of "Captain America" type character using the Tower Shield Specialist and the Throw Anything feat. Unfortunately, I've been having a lot of trouble ...
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Do ranged attacks go through allies?

Often my group stands in a line and fire ranged attacks through each others' square to attack enemies ahead. Are there any rules for this, can ranged attacks like arrows and area-of-effect attacks ...
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Are there any good Ranged Cleric options in 4e?

Clerics aren't a ranged class by default, but sometimes you need that adaptability, especially if you are pinned down or can't move. I have found some minor ranged Cleric at-wills (Lance of Faith ...
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What Feats do I want to take to maximize my effectiveness with a crossbow?

I'm building a high-ish level Alchemist to jump into a campaign, and I'm thinking it'll be fun to build around being a master of infusing crossbow shots for high damage with Explosive Missile, using ...
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Can subdual damage be used to Sunder?

If an archer with the Ranged Sunder feat shoots a blunt arrow (A&EG, p. 5), can he try to Sunder with it? Or is this not possible because blunt arrows deal subdual damage, with no way to deal ...
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Are there negative modifiers for moving and making a range attack?

If you take your move action before you use your standard action to fire a ranged weapon, do you suffer from some kind of penalty? And what if you do this via the Shot on the Run feat?