I'm trying to help out one of my players optimize his character. His desired path is the Unofficial Drizzt Do'Urden build but tweaked it a little according to his taste by going

Fighter 1 > Barb 1 > Barb 2 > Fighter 2 >Ranger 1> Ranger 2> Fighter maxed.

He is a Human variant Dual-wielder using 2 Rapiers with Str, Dex, and Con maxed out at 1st-level and he plans on a Strength-maxed build with his future ability score increases.

He is getting Barb 2 for Reckless Attack which states:

Reckless Attack

... you can decide to attack recklessly. Doing so gives you advantage on melee weapon attack rolls using Strength during this turn...

During our discussion, we came up with a way for him to not need the 2 ranger levels to get Hunter's Mark and the concentration needed by it (since he will be facing challenges in melee). That was to get 1 level of Rogue for Sneak Attack. We decided not to go for it but it still left a question in mind since Sneak Attack states:

Sneak Attack

...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 ranged weapon...

Now, my question is, given that Reckless Attack only gives advantage if you use strength, and Sneak Attack requires only a finesse weapon or ranged, it doesn't say you have to use Dexterity:

Can Reckless Attack activate Sneak Attack?


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The Finesse property allows you to choose between using strength or dexterity when making an attack. As such, so long as you're making a melee weapon attack and choose to use strength for the attack roll than yes, Sneak Attack can be used in conjunction with Reckless Attack.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Related: Rage bonus damage also has the same requirement as benefiting from Reckless: melee weapon attack using Strength. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 7:05

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