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I'm thinking about playing a fallen samurai in a D&D 5e campaign.

If the character multiclasses into rogue, can the Samurai fighter's Fighting Spirit feature be used to trigger the rogue feature Sneak Attack?

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Yes. Fighting Spirit gives you advantage, letting you Sneak Attack.

The Rogue's Sneak Attack feature says:

Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an attack if you have advantage on the attack roll. The attack must use a finesse or a ranged weapon.

Since the Samurai fighter's Fighting Spirit feature (XGtE, p. 31) gives you advantage on the attack roll, it will allow you to add Sneak Attack damage, as long as you're using a finesse or ranged weapon.

Fighting Spirit specifies weapon attack rolls, but doesn't restrict itself to melee weapons - this works just as well with a bow as a shortsword.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ That's what I thought it just seems like it makes it too easy for a rogue to get a sneak attack. \$\endgroup\$
    – Adenine2k
    May 11, 2020 at 21:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Adenine2k But you need to put three levels into fighter, so not so easy! Although I usually find it's pretty easy to get sneak attack anyway... \$\endgroup\$ May 11, 2020 at 22:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Adenine2k a rogue should be getting sneak attack 90%+ anyway. Having an ally within 5 feet of the target is almost a given. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dale M
    May 11, 2020 at 22:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ I almost addressed that in the answer, but I decided to keep it simple! Losing three levels of sneak attack progression and competing for the bonus action isn't nothing, and the fact that it's a limited number of uses per day mean I think it's far from broken. \$\endgroup\$
    – LizWeir
    May 12, 2020 at 6:53

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