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

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In what situations would a target be denied a Dex bonus to AC?

I have an encounter coming up where my PCs will face a high level rogue. Naturally, I'd like to use his sneak attack ability, but I've never played a rogue before so I'm light on experience. From the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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How does sneak attack add to a rogue's damage at each level?

Looking at the D&D 3.5 Player's Hand Book and seeing the progression of rogues, I saw: Level 1 ~ Sneak attack +1d6 Why do they need to put the plus there, to show that you are adding +1d6 ...
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What type of damage is Sneak Attack in D&D 5e?

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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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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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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How many times does Sneak Attack damage apply?

In 3.5e, I used to add Sneak Attack damages to all the attacks of my character as long as the target was flat-footed or flanked or... However, when discussing the feature with wax eagle he mentioned ...
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Rogue Talent: Offensive Defense

I've seen arguments going both ways on this so I don't know how to rule this. If a rogue with Offensive Defense gets multiple sneak attacks in one round does the bonus AC stack? Example: A level 5 ...
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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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Do I add an enchantment bonus to sneak attack damage?

I was looking over the Sneak Attack entries in D&D 4th Edition, as I am playing a rogue in a Planescape campaign. Anywho, I was wondering if a Short Sword +2 would add it's enhancement bonus to ...
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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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What type of action is hiding in plain sight

In the PHB it says that hiding takes no action and usually is performed as part of a move action. However if I'm playing a rogue/ranger or rogue/shadowdancer and I have the hide in plain sight ability ...
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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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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 snipe allow for multiple successive ranged sneak attacks?

If I have a rogue who fires a ranged weapon as a sneak attack, then passes his stealth-20 check to snipe, can he then make a second ranged sneak attack on the next round? If so (or if not), what is ...
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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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Precision damage and damage reduction

So reading through the rules on damage types and damage reduction they read as the following summary Bludge\Peirc\Slashing yadda yadda these can have damage reduction Then it says energy - Not ...
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Avoiding Sneak Attack

While reading this question: Can a Barbarian/Rogue Sneak Attack during a Rage? it made me think, Is there a "mundane" way to avoid sneak attack? Sneak Attack works when a rogue: "can catch an ...
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Can a Rogue gain sneak attack damage more than once per action?

When my Rogue uses Circling Predator, he gets to attack twice: Hit: 1[W] + Dexterity modifier damage. Effect: You can shift 1 square and must end adjacent to the target. Then make a secondary ...
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Can a Rogue/Cleric multiclass doing sneak attack or using Rogue powers with an Radiant enchanted weapon?

I'm playing a Rogue in D&D 4.0 and I multiclass to Cleric in order to take the Radiant Servant Paragon Path. I have some questions about if some rogue features or powers still applies when using ...
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How can a Rogue gets attacks in another player or monsters turn?

How can a Rogue gets attacks in another player or monsters turn? The Sneak Attack feature of the Rogue can happen Once per turn[ddi] SNEAK ATTACK When you make an attack with a light blade, a ...
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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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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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Can I ready a sneak attack?

As a pathfinder Rogue, can I move away from an enemy around a corner using a stealth check to gain stealth then ready an attack for when he pursues me? The trigger is when he is directly in front of ...
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Can sneak attack damage from Wracking Touch be used to power spellthief abilities?

As a druid, I am trying to achieve some synergy with a spellthief in my party. I would like to prepare Wracking Touch, then let the spellthief steal it so that she can use the sneak attack damage to ...
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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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Does a Slayer's Studied Target Bonus apply to the sneak attack dice as well?

The ability description states (emphasis mine): The slayer then gains a +1 bonus on Bluff, Knowledge, Perception, Sense Motive, and Survival checks attempted against that opponent, and a +1 bonus ...
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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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Do Duelist's Flurry and Sneak Attack stack?

Duelist's Flurry: Hit: Dexterity modifier damage, slide the target 1 square, and you shift 1 square. You may use your sneak attack damage even if you do not have combat advantage with this attack. ...
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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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Using Rot of Ages to enable sneak attacks

This is more a question about 3.5e stealth mechanics than anything else. The Rot of Ages spell grants all creatures concealment against the target. I would think this would enable a rogue to attempt ...
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How does Sneak Attack damage apply to Vampiric Touch?

Inspired by the question Does sneak attack class feature apply for ranged touch attacks? asked by ayvango. Under that question, it is made clear that in D&D 3.5 Sneak Attack damage indeed applies ...
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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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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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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 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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Do AOE attacks deal Sneak Attack damage to all targets?

There are attacks that target an area (bursts, blasts, etc.); if I use an AOE attack and hit multiple enemies that I have combat advantage against, do I deal sneak attack damage to all of them?
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Do Backstab and Sneak Attack stack?

Dose the Back-stab Rogue Utility (from Heroes of the Fallen Lands) and Sneak Attack Rogue Class feature damage stack? If so, does Back-stab also get the die boost from the feat Back Stabber? If so, ...
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Does a rogue get precision damage during an attack of opportunity if flanking?

In the Pathfinder rules here's what it says: If a rogue can catch an opponent when he is unable to defend himself effectively from her attack, she can strike a vital spot for extra damage. ...
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Slaying Action + Sniper's Action

Minor Action: Snap Shot Standard Action: Standard Action Attack + Sneak Attack Action Point - Minor Action: Ranged Basic Attack + Sneak Attack w/ Sniper's Action from Cloaked Sniper Minor Action: ...
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How could I get more from sneak attacks?

With Preparatory Shot power and Back Stabber feat, Heroic level PCs could constantly deal Dex mod + Int mod + 2d8 damage every round to targeted creature till they die? Are there better ways of ...
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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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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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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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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 ...