The Savage Attacker feat (PHB, p. 169) states that you can reroll a melee weapon's damage dice "once per turn".

If I used Savage Attacker on my turn, and then I get an opportunity attack when an enemy moves away from me, can I also use the Savage Attacker feat to reroll my damage on the enemy's turn?


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Yes, you can use it again on someone else's turn

As you note, Savage Attacker can be used to reroll damage "once per turn". In a given round, each creature gets a different turn (PHB p. 189, "The Order of Combat"):

The game organizes the chaos of combat into a cycle of rounds and turns. A round represents about 6 seconds in the game world. During a round, each participant in a battle takes a turn.

Provided the creature is moving on its own turn (not on your turn), you can use this feature again even if you used it during your turn.

This is a very similar reasoning to the rogue using Sneak Attack outside their turn, as it uses similar wording.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Note that this is definitely on purpose, not an accident. The prior version of D&D (4e) had things like rogue sneak attack be once/round, and they later explicitly changed it to once/turn as they felt "being able to be nasty on an opportunity attack" made sense. This lesson carried forward to 5e. \$\endgroup\$
    – Yakk
    Jan 17, 2019 at 14:20

Yes you can

Since the Feat allows you to reroll the damage once per turn, you can indeed use it for Opportunity attacks and other attacks multiple times during a round, up to once per turn. You understood the rule correctly.

An interesting consequence is that characters who have access to the Fighter's Action Surge class feature can use it to get a second action, use that action to Ready an Attack action in a manner that triggers quickly after their turn, and get more damage out of their second action this way.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Note that you can't use Extra Attack when readying, so this move is going to be useful for only a very short amount of time. \$\endgroup\$
    – Erik
    Jan 17, 2019 at 12:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Erik Not necessarily, the Action surge might be from a multiclass dip from a main class that doesn't have Extra attack. I could see this having a potentially workable synergy with Sneak Attack. \$\endgroup\$
    – kviiri
    Jan 17, 2019 at 13:08

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