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Our group role plays them as timing and techniques that the fighter can exploit for extra effect. Maybe the goading attack is him yelling insults about the enemy's lineage or maybe it's a series of quick motions that almost hypnotize the enemy or a move that puts the enemy into an off balance position so he has a hard time attacking someone else. Commander'...


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They are special nonmagical techniques based on being a scholar of combat. This is explained in the Battle Master entry: Those who emulate the archetypal Battle Master employ martial techniques passed down through the generation. To a Battle Master, combat is an academic field... Individual maneuvers explain what you're actually doing: Commander's ...


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If you have the Improved Unarmed Strike feat, you do not get the -4 penalty. When the game rules talk about being unarmed, they talk about not wielding a weapon. Improved Unarmed Strike means that you know how to handle yourself in an unarmed fight and in effect are Armed (are wielding a weapon) because you have a weapon on hand (even if it is literally ...


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In addition to the factors mentioned in firedraco's answer, being forced to use your one free object interaction on picking up the dropped weapon prevents you from being able to use that free object interaction on something else, like pulling a healing potion out of your backpack. So it really doesn't "cost... nothing in the grande scheme of the combat ...


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•Have I missed any rules that would clarify this? No. Nothing in the description describes them as a magical effect, nor as having verbal, somatic, nor material components as a spell does. •Have the developers provided any RAI insight into the maneuvers? This question would be a good stand alone question by itself. (The entirety of dev tweets does ...


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It counts only the actual enhancement bonus, not the enhancement-equivalent special properties. The actual enhancement bonus is limited to +5 (barring Epic), which effectively caps the hardness improvements you can get from it as well.



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