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The only rule regarding this that I've managed to find is (PHB p190):

You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment for free, during either your move or your action. For example, you could open a door during your move as you stride toward a foe, or you could draw your weapon as part of the same action you use to attack.

If a PC has two weapons (dual wield), does he draw one or both?

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You can only draw one weapon

The rules state:

You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment for free, during either your move or your action. For example, you could open a door during your move as you stride toward a foe, or you could draw your weapon as part of the same action you use to attack.

When you choose to attack, you can draw a single weapon as part of that same action. Note how the rules specifically says "one object" and "your weapon". Also the sentence directly following this passage makes this more explicit:

If you want to interact with a second object, you need to use your action. Some magic items and other special objects always require an action to use, as stated in their descriptions.

Drawing one weapon is one interaction with one object. Trying to draw the second weapon would be a second interaction with a second object and thus it would require an action to perform.

There is a feat that will let you do this though

The Dual Wielder feat (PHB, p. 165) has a few benefits, one of which is:

You can draw or stow two one-handed weapons when you would normally be able to draw or stow only one.

If you had this feat, you would then be able to draw both of your weapons as part of a single Attack action.

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You can only interact with a single object for free on your turn. This means you can only draw a single weapon for free (unless you have the Dual Wielder feat) and drawing and sheathing 2 different weapons count as interactions with 2 objects.

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You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment for free. You can draw or stow two one-handed weapons when you would normally be able to draw.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to the site! Please take the tour when you get the chance. Can you add some more support for your argument that the cited rules allow a character to draw two weapons as part of an action? \$\endgroup\$ – Oblivious Sage May 27 at 10:47

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