13
\$\begingroup\$

The Unearthed Arcana Paladin class ability "Channel Divinity: Guided Strike" says:

Guided Strike. You can use your Channel Divinity to strike with supernatural accuracy. When you make an attack roll, you can use your Channel Divinity to gain a +10 bonus to the roll. You make this choice after you see the roll, but before the DM says whether the attack hits or misses.

When a paladin strikes an opponent who is able to cast Shield, who has to announce first whether Guided Strike/Shield is used? I am assuming I cannot wait until the DM announces whether he uses Shield or not to announce my own Guided Strike?

\$\endgroup\$
25
\$\begingroup\$

The Paladin calls it first

Guided Strike has to be used before the attack is declared a hit or miss. The Shield spell can be used after the attack hits (so it will always turn a hit into a miss, if used correctly).

Shield

Casting Time: 1 reaction, which you take when you are hit by an attack [...]

You use Shield after the DM has declared the hit. Contrast this with Guided Strike:

You make this choice after you see the roll, but before the DM says whether the attack hits or misses.

\$\endgroup\$
14
\$\begingroup\$

Casting Time: 1 reaction, which you take when you are hit by an attack... - PHB, p275, emphasis mine.

You cannot wait until after the Shield is announced, because your decision has to come before the hit is announced, and Shield comes after.

Until the start of your next turn, you have a +5 bonus to AC, including against the triggering attack...- ibid

Shield is retroactive, guided strike is not.

\$\endgroup\$

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.