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Can the Telekinetic Projectile spell be used with Sneak Attack? Specially if you have low Dex or Str.

Examples: Throw dagger, arrow, bolt, dart or spear.

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Yes, if you have the right feat.

In the first printing Telekenetic Projectile has a typo.

The wording of Telekenetic Projectile requires you to:

Make a ranged attack against the target

However, ranged attacks do not exist in the rules. There are ranged spell attacks, and ranged strikes.

Thankfully errata has clarified that it is a Ranged Spell attack.

As a ranged spell attack, Magical Trickster will allow you to use it to make sneak attacks if your target is flat footed.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Note: this has been fixed with recent errata; Telekinetic Projectile is now formally a spell attack. \$\endgroup\$
    – ESCE
    Jan 5, 2021 at 17:03
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Yes, With Magical Trickster

Errata has updated the spell description of Telekinetic Projectile to (emphasis mine):

Make a spell attack...

Therefore Sneak Attack would work with Magical Trickster.

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No

The description for Sneak Attack lists the requirements for taking effect as

If you Strike a creature that has the flat-footed condition (page 620) with an agile or finesse melee weapon, an agile or finesse unarmed attack, or a ranged weapon attack

And the Telekenetic Projectile spell requires you to

Make a ranged attack against the target

This is not a ranged weapon attack as required by Sneak Attack. Further, it is not a spell attack as required by Magical Trickster

When you succeed at a spell attack roll against a flat-footed foe’s AC and the spell deals damage

and so will not even benefit from Sneak Attack if you have that feat.

However

From the General Rules section on pg 446

Attack rolls take a variety of forms and are often highly variable based on the weapon you are using for the attack, but there are three main types: melee attack rolls, ranged attack rolls, and spell attack rolls

Which seems to indicate that you can't really have an un-typed "ranged attack" roll. So it then makes the most sense to assume that the reference to "ranged attack" in the Telekenetic Projectile entry means a ranged "spell attack", since the damage component benefits from your spellcasting modifier. If this is the case (and I would rule this way as a GM), then you would be able to benefit from Sneak Attack if you had the Magical Trickster feat.

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