The ability of a hidden character to strike for extra damage when attacking from hiding.

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Do You Need to Have Advantage Against a Surprised Opponent to Use Sneak Attack?

The definition out of rules of the sneak attack is Beginning at 1st level, you know how to strike subtly and exploit a foe's distraction. But following the rules, you can only use sneak attack ...
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In Black Company, do ambush + sniper shot stack?

In the Black Company campaign setting, does a scout's ambush damage stack with their sniper shot damage, or does one take precedence?
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Can you be hidden when your opponent knows your general location?

I'm a sniper, and like to stay hidden during the fight to use my sneak attack, and bravely slay my enemies from afar. Stupid question: My party is about to slay a T-Rex from an aerostat. If I'm ...
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Can I use Silent Image as an adjacent enemy for Sneak Attack?

Sneak attack says: You don't need advantage on the attack roll if another enemy of the target is within 5ft of it, that enemy isn't incapacitated, and you don't have disadvantage on the attack ...
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Is it possible to use Sneak Attack with the Magic Stone cantrip?

From Sneak Attack: "...Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an attack if you have advantage on the attack roll. The attack must use a finesse or a ranged ...
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Can a hidden attacker shoot around the corner?

In our D&D 5e games, I am not sure how to handle the following situation relating to stealth: Enemies are in a room. The rogue stays outside, stepping to the side in order to be able to hide. ...
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What is required to be able to sneak attack with a spell or ranged attack?

I'm playing a 3rd level rogue, and I'm looking at at taking a few levels of sorcerer for the Draconic bloodline's claws, and as a prerequisite for the arcane trickster prestige class. Since I'm going ...
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Is your mount an enemy of your target in terms of triggering sneak attack?

I was working on building a Zorro character and this question came up: if a rogue is riding on a mount, is that mount considered an ally, or, specifically, an "enemy" of your target? One of the ways ...
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Can I Apply Sneak Attack Damage Twice in One Attack?

Is there a rule that states sneak attack damage can't be applied more than once per attack? There are several instances of feats and weapon enchants that allow rogues to gain the sneak attack damage ...
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Should a rogue be denied a hide attempt if he is around a corner of a hall and his position is known, and it is the only place to hide? [duplicate]

I am having trouble understanding why the hide and sneak attack rule is applicable to a rogue hiding at the corner of a long hall. If a rogue shoots an arrow down the hall and hits his target on the ...
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What type of damage is Sneak Attack?

I have a Barbarian in my party who will be fighting versus Sneak Attack damage. The Spy from page 349 of the MM to be precise. When he rages he takes half damage from piercing, slashing and ...
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How to sneak attack in the dark?

Backstabbing and darkness go together in most RPGs that I ever played. However, in Pathfinder you actually have to see what you're doing if you want your precision damage. How else are you going to ...
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If you make a ranged touch attack with an ongoing, visible spell can you benefit from being invisible?

The spell Defenestrating Sphere (Sor/Wiz 4, Duration: 1 rd./level) allows for a ranged touch attack as a move action: When you cast this spell, you create a violently swirling sphere of air. As ...
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Can you sneak attack with a move action with the spell Defenestrating Sphere?

The spell Defenestrating Sphere (Sor/Wiz 4) has a duration of 1 rd./level. The spell description reads: When you cast this spell, you create a violently swirling sphere of air. As a move action, ...
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Why can I not sneak attack with Magic Missile?

I have been brewing up a character build that uses Toppling Spell to knock creatures prone with Magic Missile. I stumbled across Kobold Style, specifically Kobold Groundling, and realized that if I ...
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What advantages does conceal weapon give?

I'm playing a backstabbing halfling rogue and I keep seeing Deft Palm, conceal weapon, Hide Blade, Underhanded etc. But I can't really see what benefits this gives besides hiding a blade from ...
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Does Mirror Image enable Sneak Attack?

This question is related to this other question and builds on that. From some of the answer provided in the linked question, it would seem that the RAI for proccing sneak attack is that the enemy ...
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Does skulker remove the attack penalty for targeting creatures in low-light? Also, does that stack with Darkvision?

I'm developing an NPC whose area of expertise is night assault. Variant Human Rogue (Assassin) with Goggles of Night and the Skulker feat. My reasoning is thus: Goggles of Night: Total darkness = ...
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Does an invisible ally adjacent to a rogue's target enable Sneak Attack?

Let's say a teammate is invisible and within 5' of a creature, but not attacking it (and therefore maintaining invisibility). Would a Rogue be able to deal sneak attack damage to that creature every ...
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Underground Chemist Rogue Archetype: Is Sneak Attack damage amplified by Energy Vulnerability?

Is the Sneak Attack damage dealt by a splash weapon multiplied by Energy Vulnerability? Underground Chemist is a Rogue archetype which swaps some Rogue abilities with Alchemist ones. Their "Precise ...
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Can a Swashbuckler use Sneak Attack every turn on an isolated target?

This question is somewhat related to Can you get Sneak Attack with any weapon as a Swashbuckler? One of my players is a Swashbuckler Rogue, and we debated if he could use the Sneak Attack on every ...
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Can I sneak attack after using Hide in Plain Sight?

I'm currently playing a TWF Rogue, and am looking to take a level in Shadowdancer for the HiPS ability. My line of thinking is I could sneak attack an enemy and use HiPS to effectively disappear ...
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Does damage reduction nullify sneak attack damage as a “special effect”?

The DMG states (p.292): "Whenever damage reduction completely negates the damage from an attack, it also negates most special effects that accompany the attack, such as injury type poison, ...
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Can I Sneak Attack with a bonus action, then Ready another Sneak Attack?

I have a twf rogue with throwing daggers. I use my bonus action to sneak attack an enemy. Can I Ready action after I use a bonus action? Does Readying action count as a separate turn? Can I attack ...
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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 Sneak Attack trigger off Commander's Strike? [duplicate]

So Sneak Attack can only be applied once per turn as per its entry in the PHB but does it trigger on another player other than the Rogue's turn, given other requirements for Sneak Attack to trigger ...
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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 Improved Precise Shot negate the need for the the Sniper's Eye rogue talent concerning sneak attack and concealment?

Since Improved Precise Shot allows your ranged attacks to ignore any concealment less than total concealment, does a creature with Sneak Attack and Improved Precise Shot have any need for the Sniper's ...
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Can you get Sneak Attack with any weapon as a Swashbuckler?

Basically, one of my friends says that you can get Sneak Attack with any weapon if you are a Swashbuckler. The swashbuckler ability says that you can get sneak attack with any weapon attack as long as ...
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Reckless Attack + Sneak Attack synergy?

I'm trying to help out one of my players optimize his character. His desired path is the Unofficial Drizzt Do'Urden build but tweaked it a little according to his taste by going Fighter 1 > Barb 1 ...
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Rogue using Dual Wield and Sneak Attack

I have heard that when a rogue dual wields, the rogue has one primary action which is used to attack main hand and a bonus action which is used to attack off hand. My question is: can the rogue ...
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Can a Rogue (D&D 3.5) use sneak attack on both the first and second attack?

I know this seems like a question you can simply Google but the answers vary and my clan is under the impression that I can only use it on my first attack (once per round) and not on my second attack. ...
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How many times can you sneak attack due to Invisibility?

It has come to my attention that I could be using sneak attacks wrong. I know how many times does sneak attack damage apply is similar, but its asked for 5th. It might word what Im asking better ...
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Does Invisibly Sneak Attacking a target with Tremorsense leave them Flat Footed?

I need to know how tremor sense works with sneak attack and invisibility. Normally when a something is invisible they have no problems walking upto someone else and getting a sneak attack. The thing ...
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How can a specialist contribute without dealing sneak attack damage?

In Maximum XCrawl (which uses the Pathfinder engine), the specialist class (basically a Pathfinder rogue) deals extra sneak attack damage when flanking. I play a specialist in a Maximum XCrawl ...
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If I take a feat that allows Critical Hits on undead, can I make sneak attacks too?

Maybe this question has a very simple answer, but I'm not sure how this works. The SRD says about the Rogue's Sneak Attack: "Any creature that is immune to critical hits is not vulnerable to sneak ...
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Feats to allow sneak attacks and critical hits against elementals

Are there any official (as in published by WoTC) feats that allow dealing critical hits and sneak attacks to elementals? I know of Swift Hunter for Scout/Ranger (if elemental is a favored enemy), but ...
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Can I create a Warlock that can Sneak Attack with Eldritch Blast?

Starting a DnD 4e game where I'm making a Halfling Warlock. I've given him a background where he used to be part of a Thieves' Guild and I thought I could perhaps flavour him as an ex-assassin. I've ...
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Does concealment allow a rogue to make sneak attack?

Can a rogue use cover or concealment in order to Hide, and thereafter make sneak attacks against enemies he is hidden from? For example: A rogue sneak attacks an ogre in melee, then runs behind a ...
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Can a creature hide from a foe affected by the feat Gloom Strike?

The ambush feat Gloom Strike (Drow of the Underdark 54) has as its benefit Your sneak attack creates an aura of magical darkness that impedes your target’s vision for 3 rounds. The target takes a ...
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Is someone in an area of darkness vulnerable to sneak attacks?

I was recently faced with the following scenario: A rogue activates darkness (as the spell) in an area of dim light. The rogue has darkvision, whereas the target does not. Therefore, the target ...
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Does move silently offer full attack?

Imagine a rogue beginning to move silently against a foe who has not yet spotted the rogue. The rogue approaches the foe from behind successfully, and the enemy is flat-footed against the rogue. How ...
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Do rogues get sneak attack damage added to attacks made outside their turn?

PHB says 'once per turn,' so, it would seem that a Rogue with Sentinel, for example, could "consistently" deal Sneak attack twice per round (whether the enemy triggers an OA or the melee weapon attack ...
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Can I use the Deadeye Shot feat with ranged-touch spells (rays)?

I was wondering if I can use the Deadeye Shot feat (Dragon Compendium) with a spell like scorching ray (ranged-touch) for example. The feat description says that you have to ready action a ranged ...
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Does sneak attack class feature apply for ranged touch attacks?

Player Handbook states that ranged attacks within 30 ft may use benefits of sneak attack. But what about ranged touch attacks? I paid attention to description part of the sneak attack rule. It seems ...
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Can I Coup de Grace and/or make a death attack with a touch spell?

This question has two components: firstly, can a character with Assassin levels trigger their Death Attack (after the three rounds of study, of course) by making a Coup De Grace against the helpless ...
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How to defend against a rogue's Sneak Attack?

In our last session a melee style rogue using Sneak Attack did more damage than the warrior. That seems pretty powerful especially at low levels. Is there no way creatures can defend against a Sneak ...
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Can a summoned rogue perform a sneak attack immediately after appearing?

I do not know if any other creatures summonable with Summon Monster spells have sneak attack, but the Summon Monster III alternate creature table has Human Natural Wererat Rogue 2 available. Would ...
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Could I make a sneak attack, move behind new cover and make a stealth check?

I have been searching for hours and it only caused me to be more confused. Say I was concealed in the beginning and made a range sneak attack, could I move to another area with cover, then make a ...