I'm a little uncertain what to add to my attack rolls. Can anyone confirm which of the below highlighted modifiers I should be adding to my D20 roll for attack with the longbow? I am proficient in archery. Do I add all three or just some?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Related: "How do I figure the dice and bonuses for attack rolls and damage rolls?" \$\endgroup\$ Nov 6, 2019 at 0:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ Possible duplicate of How do I figure the dice and bonuses for attack rolls and damage rolls? \$\endgroup\$
    – mullac
    Nov 6, 2019 at 0:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ @mullac I'd say these aren't duplicates because this one includes the bonus from the Archery fighting style (as the answers to this question point out). The accepted answer from the other question would not explain at all why, for this question, they add +7 to their attack roll. \$\endgroup\$
    – NathanS
    Nov 6, 2019 at 16:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ Further to Nathan's point, this question also touches on presentation in D&D Beyond, another distinguishing factor from the other question. This is similar/related, but not a duplicate. \$\endgroup\$
    – T.J.L.
    Nov 6, 2019 at 21:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ As a side note, you'd probably be better off if you turned those odd numbers into even numbers. Assuming that you're playing a non-variant human, you should be able to drop your Intelligence and Wisdom down a point to increase your Constitution up a point. \$\endgroup\$
    – nick012000
    Nov 7, 2019 at 5:35

2 Answers 2


The +7 that D&D Beyond shows next to your Longbow attack is what you should add to your attack roll.

D&D Beyond adds the +3 Dexterity modifier that you circled, the +2 Proficiency Bonus that you circled, and an additional +2 (probably from Archery fighting style) to come up with the total +7.


The two upper values you've circled both factor into the lower value that you've circled, which is the correct one.

In general, attack bonus = relevant ability modifier + proficiency bonus (if proficient) + other bonuses (if applicable).

In this case you have a +3 Dex modifier and you're proficient with bows (another +2). The value you've circled in the "Actions" tab is +7, so you're getting +2 from "other bonuses". In this case, you've picked "Archery" as your Fighting Style, which provides the final +2.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Ok thanks heaps. makes total sense. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 6, 2019 at 0:04

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