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The Horizon Walker ranger archetype from Xanathar's Guide to Everything gains the Spectral Defense class feature at 15th level (p. 43):

At 15th level, your ability to move between planes enables you to slip through the planar boundaries to lessen the harm done to you during battle. When you take damage from an attack, you can use your reaction to give yourself resistance to all of that attack's damage on this turn.

Say an enemy attacks a Horizon Walker ranger with a flame tongue longsword and uses Divine Smite, giving the attack 3 different damage types.

If the ranger uses their reaction to use Spectral Defense, does that mean that for the rest of that turn, they have resistance to all 3 types of damage? If the enemy tries to do the same thing again, does the ranger still have resistance, since it says for the turn?

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The resistance does not last for the rest of your turn

The Spectral Defense feature states:

At 15th level, your ability to move between planes enables you to slip through the planar boundaries to lessen the harm done to you during battle. When you take damage from an attack, you can use your reaction to give yourself resistance to all of that attack's damage on this turn.

Compare this to something like the shield which states:

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

It explicitly states that you have the AC boost until the start of your next turn, which the Spectral Defense feature does not.

That said, the Spectral Defense feature does have incredibly unusual wording as it includes "on this turn". The only time I can see this having an effect if the same attack that damaged you later does more damage on that same turn. It also prevents future damage from the same attack that occurs on later turns from being resisted. I don't know when these niche scenarios would occur.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ for the resistance to apply to future damage the future damage would have to be part of the original attack's damage note how it says "that attack's damage" \$\endgroup\$
    – ninjahX
    Oct 8, 2019 at 0:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ninjahX I believe I mentioned that: "It also prevents future damage from the attack that occurs on later turns from being resisted". I'm emphasized the relevant text now \$\endgroup\$ Oct 8, 2019 at 0:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ Does poison damage dealt after a venomous attack get resisted too? \$\endgroup\$
    – Vylix
    Oct 8, 2019 at 9:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Vylix that sounds like a great question to open up \$\endgroup\$ Oct 8, 2019 at 11:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ The only situation I can think of where a character would take damage twice from the same attack on the same turn is very niche: the horizon walker moving away from a character with Warcaster and Booming Blade. The way it is worded, the character would be resistant to the initial impact damage and the penalty-for-moving damage, because it's all one attack and it all happens on the same turn. \$\endgroup\$
    – T.J.L.
    Oct 8, 2019 at 13:34

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