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Dual wield and sneak attack with rogue?

I have heard when you dual wield with a rogue you have one primary action which is used to attack main hand and you have a bonus action which is used to attack off hand. My question is can you attack ...
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Does a Cleric with high Wisdom get all their bonus spells? [duplicate]

How do bonus spells work? Bob is a Level 2 Cleric with a 16 Wisdom. The class table grants him the following spells per day [O:4] [L1:2+1] But his high casting stat grants him the following Bonus ...
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Does “Shield Specialization” apply to an unwielded “Winged Shield”?

Will I get the feat bonus if I am using both hands to wield a two-handed weapon and having the Winged Shield float near me? The feat: Shield Specialization Benefit: You gain a +1 feat bonus ...
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When advantage isn't enough. Other circumstantial bonuses in 5e?

As noted in this question in many cases a party is going to be able to reasonably gain advantage on a check due to simply working together. However what happens when the party also gets some extra ...
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Duration of feather fall for very long distances

Let's say a character has to go down into a vertical gulf of about ten miles. A helpful NPC (wizard, character level of about 10) who does not want to join her on the way down casts feather fall on ...
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Can a Sorcerer with an Int of 2 still cast spells?

Our Sorcerer was hit by massive Int drain, to the point that she had an effective Int of 2. Between then and the time we could fix her Int drain, could she cast spells? There are two obvious factors: ...
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Can brawler fighters sustain grabs from their powers?

The brawler fighter attack powers that enable grabbing contain the following line: ... The grab ends automatically at the end of your next turn. Can players sustain these grabs with a minor ...
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Does “Immune to sleep” affect the Sleep power?

This seems like a silly question at first, but I am not clear how this works with rules as written. The 1st level spell Sleep has the keywords Arcane, Charm, Enchantment, and Implement. It previously ...
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How do Contests and Saving Throws interact?

Say I have a Stunned opponent, and I roll to grapple them. Stunned says this: Stunned A stunned creature is incapacitated (see the condition), can’t move, and can speak only falteringly. ...
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What does Assassinate mean by “surprised”, and can it be used multiple times?

I need some elaboration on what is covered by "surprised". The Assassin Rogue’s special feature “Assassinate” states: …In addition, if you (...) hit a creature that is surprised, you score a ...
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Great Old One Warlocks: Ways to Counter Create Thrall

PHB page 110, Warlock, Otherworldly Patrons, Great Old One Create Thrall At 14th level, you gain the ability to infect a humanoid’s mind with the alien magic of your patron. You can use your ...
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Two-Weapon Fighting & Bonus Action in 5e

During the latest gaming session our level 3 Rogue was Two-Weapon fighting with a Rapier in the main-hand and a scimitar in the off-hand. At the completion of our gaming session I contested the ...
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What happens if a wizard uses Command Undead to command an undead to keep fighting even though it has been Turned by a Cleric

The cleric's turn undead ability sends undead fleeing, but the wizard's spell Command Undead enables him to give orders to the same undead. What happens when a Wizard uses Command Undead to force a ...
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Can you light magically created grease on fire?

I have a forum-based Pathfinder campaign where one of the players would like to light grease created by a Grease spell on fire. Can this type of grease be lit?
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How does the Diviner's Portent ability interact with Advantage and Disadvantage?

The portent ability says, in part, You can replace any attack roll, saving throw, or ability check made by you or a creature that you can see with one of these foretelling rolls. You must choose ...
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Can a creature designate as the target of a charge a foe the creature can't charge?

The game seems to assume ideal battlefield conditions with perfect intelligence. However, sometimes battlefield conditions aren't ideal and intelligence isn't perfect. The special attack charge says ...
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Can I make unarmed strikes without exceptional ability?

It seems to me like you're supposed to be able to try to attack people while unarmed in Pathfinder, but I'm not sure you actually can. Threatened Squares You threaten all squares into which ...
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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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Is there any way I can doff armor in a single turn?

Lets say I'm a sorcerer disguised as a fighter and I'm wearing that fighter's plate armor. According to RAW, I can't cast spells because I'm not proficient in heavy armor. Is there any way (in RAW) I ...
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Can Detect Magic reveal illusions?

In 5th edition, would Detect Magic reveal illusions such as Invisibility, Disguise Self, etc? While it would not reveal the nature of the illusion, it would reveal that one is present I believe. I ...
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Can I two-weapon fight unarmed?

I want to make a fighter whose primary weapons are his unarmed attacks using the Tavern Brawler feat. If I take the Two Weapon Fighting style would that work with 2 unarmed strikes? In the weapons ...
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Grappling size categories [duplicate]

In the 5e PHB in Grappling it states, "The target of the grapple must be no more than one size larger than you, . . ." Then, in the grapple feat in chapter 6, the last bullet point in that feat ...
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Is this how to overrun?

Below is a summary of the combat maneuver overrun. After checking that for accuracy, I have a few questions. Overrun A creature can attempt an overrun combat maneuver under the following conditions: ...
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Do hydras breathe X times or once?

Hydra (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/monsters/hydra.htm) text includes "...can breathe jets of fire 10 feet high, 10 feet wide, and 20 feet long. All heads breathe once every 1d4 rounds. Each jet deals ...
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Do you have to finish one action to start another one?

The question is about action economy. I want to know whether you need to finish a continuous action to start an instant action. I am only interested in RAW answers and combat applications, where you ...
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Can a white-haired witch grapple multiple targets?

The white-haired witch needs to spend a standard action to maintain the grapple at the beginning of the next round, if she succeeded in hitting (and thus grappling) a target, and the target failed to ...
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Can a Light domain cleric's Warding Flare be used in response to an Attack of Opportunity?

Say a Light domain cleric is adjacent to a hostile creature, and attacks the enemy as its action. After the action, the cleric moves away from the creature, provoking an attack of opportunity, which ...
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Can Clerics be Death Domain and Neutral?

Basically, me and my friend have been arguing for 2 months over Death domain cleric alignment. He keeps referencing the DMGs quote of "The gods of death domain embody murder" and the fact it is a ...
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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 making an animal more intelligent automatically make them a magical beast

Inspired by this question Most animals have an intelligence of 1-2 in PF. But should you cast Fox's Cunning on one and raise it's int to (say) 6, does it become a magical beast automatically (with ...
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Do I have to save once or multiple times vs. grades of Shaken?

In Spycraft, the rules state that a Will save is made whenever a character takes stress damage and their current total damage exceeds a certain threshold. I have heard conflicting rulings, however, ...
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How are statistics determined for an awakened animal?

Do published awakened creatures exist? Is there a stat block in any official text—including Dragon and Dungeon magazines—for a creature that's been the target of the 5th-level Drd spell awaken ...
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Can a PC cast a Floor of force?

The PRD entry for environment states: Transparent Floor: Transparent floors, made of reinforced glass or magic materials (even a wall of force) [...] The PRD entry for Wall of Force states: ...
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What does “possession” mean in the context of Swift Ready?

I'm running a D20 Modern game in which my players have access to D&D spells. This situation though could easily come up in a standard D&D game. One of my players is playing a Duskblade and ...
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Ways to remove exhaustion

We have a player in the game I am in playing a frenzying barbarian. Whenever they frenzy, it ends with them gaining a level of exhaustion. The penalties from exhaustion stack up quickly. Quickly ...
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How much damage do torches used as improvised weapons do?

I'm trying to get to the bottom of using a torch as an improvised weapon in 5e D&D. Moving from the more to the less certain: If you make a melee attack with a burning torch and hit, it deals ...
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Are there rules as written for counter tracking?

I recall running a pre-generated mod years ago, where the NPCs were performing tracking (survival) checks to make their tracks more obscure to the party hunting them. I have been using this since ...
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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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Tripping with a Natural attack that has Grab

The Grab special says: If a creature with this special attack hits with the indicated attack (usually a claw or bite attack), it deals normal damage and attempts to start a grapple as a free ...
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Optimizing the single target blast

The monster is coming. You hear it pounding on the door outside, and you have perhaps a moment before it breaks through, and you need to put it down hard and fast. Fortunately, you're a spellcaster. ...
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Does an unconcious creature automatically fall prone?

While looking for the answer to another question, I have stumbled upon a weird curiosity in the Pathfinder (and presumably 3.X as well) RAW. Unconscious Unconscious creatures are knocked out ...
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Natural attacks against electricity-subtype creatures and AoO or AoO-like behavior

So, I was working through an electricity-based dungeon I had written up rather off-the-cuff -- I was the DM, with the party consisting of a human Wiz3 and a wolverine (yes) Rogue3. One of the ...
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Typing non-lethal damage and its interaction with DR

In this answer, bacrossland suggests that throwing enemies should inflict non-lethal damage on them. While this is an eminently reasonable suggestion, it leaves one thing open: by RAW, what type is ...
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Determining Rounds out of combat

I want to run a module that focuses a lot on time related traps and encounters. Example: There are four candles in a room if they are extinguished in anyway, or burn out in 2d6 rounds, the trap will ...
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Can Detect Magic detect prepared spells?

Inspired by a recent question about discerning divine and arcane spellcasters, of like to hear the case for and against detecting spellcasters of either style with Detect Magic. I think you can ...
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Can a potion affect others?

When an imbiber is the target of a spell effect because he consumed a potion, is only the imbiber the target of that spell's effect, no matter the spell's usual target entry? The section on Creating ...
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How can I keep the Tarrasque “dead”?

From PFSRD: No form of attack can suppress the tarrasque's regeneration—it regenerates even if disintegrated or slain by a death effect. If the tarrasque fails a save against an effect that would ...
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Is a spell considered to “end” if it is re-cast?

Several spells, including many of the Exalted spells, have a penalty or sacrifice that applies at the end of the spell's duration. If the spell is re-castcast before the duration ends, does the ...
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When do I announce my parry?

In Das Schwarze Auge (4.1), when do I have to announce that I want to parry my enemy's attack? Do I have to declare that before his attack is rolled and I know if he hits me or not, or can I wait to ...
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Mechanics of Stygian Slayer's Shadowy Mist Form

I am GMing a Pathfinder game and one of the players is playing a Stygian Slayer. I found the section in the Advanced Class Guide describing the Shadowy Mist Form class feature to be too brief and, ...