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Normally, you would be correct; if a level 2 Rogue (or level 3 rogue of any other Archetype except Assassin) catches an enemy by surprise or takes their turn before the start of the targets initiative count, they would also need Advantage on the attack for it to apply Sneak Attack. A level 3 Rogue with the Assassin Archetype get's the Assassinate feature, ...


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To get a Sneak Attack, you require either advantage on the attack roll or an ally within 5 feet of the target. An Assassin Rogue gets advantage when attacking a foe who has not yet had a turn in this combat (Assassinate feature) so you can choose to use Sneak Attack if you hit. If an Assassin Rogue scores a hit on a surprised foe then the hit is ...


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Sneak Attack (Usually) Requires Advantage You can add sneak attack damage, "…if you have advantage on the attack roll…" or "…if another enemy of the target is within 5 feet of it, that enemy isn't incapacitated, and you don't have disadvantage on the attack roll," (PH96). Surprised Doesn't Grant Advantage When you're surprised, "you can't move or take an ...



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