Can a Rogue use a heavy crossbow with sneak attack if the rogue player has the ability to use a heavy crossbow?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't understand the down-votes for this question. It's basic, but it's something that has changed from previous versions. This question could settle arguments for tables. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tim Grant
    Jul 22, 2017 at 17:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ The down votes are because the sneak attack description is extremely clear about this. "The attack must use a finesse or a ranged weapon." That's why people are downvoting this. It's a question that says, "Read me the basic rules." I don't want to get too offensive, but this is the same as asking if a Paladin can use a Longbow to trigger Smite. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 22, 2017 at 19:59

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Sneak Attack requires conditions to be met in order to apply. They can be found in PHB page 96 or in the SRD.

There is no reason for Sneak Attack not to trigger with a ranged Heavy Crossbow attack, if all requirements are met.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Unless you hit someone with it. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dale M
    Jul 22, 2017 at 8:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Dale M - Unless you hit someone with the crossbow itself as a melee weapon attack. - Fixed for accuracy. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 22, 2017 at 20:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ @LinoFrankCiaralli Does throwing the crossbow at them count as a ranged attack? :p \$\endgroup\$ Oct 10, 2018 at 3:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ @DavidHarkness - Technically, yes. Improvised weapon attack and less effective than firing, but definitely doable. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 10, 2018 at 4:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ @DavidHarkness if you have another question, go ahead and ask a new one. \$\endgroup\$
    – daze413
    Oct 10, 2018 at 8:02

Sneak attack (PHB p.96):

The attack must use a finesse or a ranged weapon.

A heavy crossbow is a ranged weapon and so may be used to sneak attack when used as such (rather than an improvised weapon for instance).


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