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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 ...


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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 ...


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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.


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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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Tome of Battle includes maneuvers that may help fighting against high AC, especially in the Diamond Mind school: the Emerald Razor (2) strike targets Touch AC instead of AC, making it effective against highly armored targets the Nightmare Blade strikes: Sapphire Nightmare Blade (1), Ruby Nightmare Blade (4), Diamond Nightmare Blade (8), hits using a ...


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Have Your Opponent Cower Before You Scaring the bejesus out of someone doesn't consider their Armor Class as a means of defense. Getting a way to make them frozen solid from fear would render many armor classes much lower. A half-orc with half-orc paragon is really good with intimidation. They get Rage without having to be a barbarian, and get a +4 to ...



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