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AC protects against taking damage. It does not tell whether you were hit or not, merely whether you were hit effectively. Now, we can assume that the difference between the rest of your AC and your DEX bonus is largely due to avoiding the blow. This creates a buffer zone in which you can determine the entire blow was avoided; eg if the monster missed ...


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Armor Class has historically represented your ability to avoid taking the brunt of a hit, not your ability to avoid the hit. When your characters are in melee, don't assume they're all standing still staring at each other. They're constantly in a state of brawl, swinging blades, trading jabs, parrying, shifting around, etc. This is why there are penalties ...


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There are several different ways to be "Attacked" in 5e. The first and most common is attacks against AC. These are anything that refers to an "attack roll" so in that sense, the answer to your question is "Yes, attacks only target your AC." However, if by "Attack" you mean "things that can potentially damage your character," then there are three different ...


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Yes, if the attack is using an attack roll. Some "attacks" may require an ability roll from the defender to at least partially mitigate the attack effect (like a spell effect or something). The dodge action forces an attacker to roll its attack with disadvantage, representing an increased difficulty to hit the defender. There are also plenty of feats and ...


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Once someone takes a swing at you the only way to not get hit is to have a higher AC than the attack roll. However before that happens there are things you can do. Ready a move action to move out of range if someone moves towards you, preventing the attack (assuming you can get out of range.) Use the dodge action to impose disadvantage on any attacker, ...


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If we are talking physically only, anything that would break the line of effect would prevent you from taking damage irregardless of AC. Hiding/dodging behind a rock before a creature can get in range prevents an attack entirely. Breaking line of sight for an archer is also much more effective than just standing there letting them attempt to hit your AC. ...



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