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The definition of Uncanny Dodge covers this for you: Uncanny Dodge Starting at 5th level, when an attacker that you can see hits you with an attack, you can use your reaction to halve the attack’s damage against you. Fireball is not an attack anymore than spike growth is. This is supported in the PHB pg. 195: If there’s ever any question ...


From the Player's Basic Rules v3.4, page 73: If there’s ever any question whether something you’re doing counts as an attack, the rule is simple: if you’re making an attack roll, you’re making an attack. A fireball involves no attack roll, so it isn't an attack.


This is another example of specific beats general in the D&D 5e rules. The General Rule From pp. 193-194 of the PHB, the general rule for an attack is: Making an Attack Whether you’re striking with a melee weapon, firing a weapon at range, or making an attack roll as part of a spell, an attack has a simple structure. Attack Rolls ...


DMG p. 237 Remember that dice don't run your game- you do. Dice are like rules. They're tools to help keep the action moving. At any time, you can decide that a player's action is automatically successful. and DMG p. 242 RESOLUTION AND CONSEQUENCES You determine the consequences of attack rolls, ability checks, and saving throws. In ...

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