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Is a melee attack a Strength ability check, or a missile attack a Dexterity one?

Say a cleric enhances the Fighter's Strength — the spell effect says the Fighter now gets advantage on Strength checks. Does that apply to attacks, as they are a form of Strength check?

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No.

There are 3 basic d20 roll types in 5e:

  • Attack Rolls
  • Ability Checks
  • Saving Throws

None of these are the same and they are always called out when a roll is called for which kind of roll is called for.

So no, you don't get the bonus from Enhance Ability to attacks (or saves for that matter).

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