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Is an unarmed human with STR 7 incapable of killing someone? [duplicate]

A human has no natural attacks, so I'll use him, but any humanoid character without damage features works too. No magic. Let's exclude any character class that can earn a damage bonus. Monk, ...
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Is there an official rule for minimum damage on a landing hit? [duplicate]

As discussed here, a negative modifier should always be applied to a damage roll. However, it is suggested in the answer that the minimum damage should be 1. I'd like to know if there's an official ...
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Can an attack do 0 damage if the hit creature is not immune? [duplicate]

I'm going to use the Giant Fire Beetle (CR0) as an example. On a hit, it does 1d6-1 damage. If it rolls a 1 on damage, the -1 would reduce that to 0. Would this attack actually do 0 damage, or would ...
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Is there an official rule that the minimum damage can't be negative?

A slightly humorous thought occurred to me (a recovering rules lawyer) after reading this question and answers. "None of the answers actually specify that 0 is the minimum damage." Logically it ...
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Does an attack without a damage die get double damage on a critical hit?

A critical hit allows you to roll all damage dice twice. Critical Hits When you score a critical hit, you get to roll extra dice for the attack's damage against the target. Roll all of the attack's ...
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Can a monster with no melee attack make an Opportunity Attack?

Specifically, in D&D 5e is the Flameskull allowed to take opportunity attacks against enemies that move away from it? It has spells and one at-will spell attack (Fire Ray), but no melee abilities ...
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Does something count as "dealing damage" if its damage is reduced to zero?

An example of a feature where this sort of thing matters is the Optional Favored Foe feature for the Ranger from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (emphasis mine): [...] The first time on each of your ...
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How much damage does my weak wizard's dagger do?

My wizard's strength is 5 which means his mod is -3, and I don't add proficiency to my damage/type section, so am I correct in stating my damage with a dagger is 1d4-3? I have never played a ...
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If you have a negative spellcasting ability modifier, how much damage does the Green-Flame Blade cantrip do to the second target below level 5?

The description of the green-flame blade cantrip (SCAG, p. 143) says: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell'...
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Do I have to apply a negative modifier to the damage roll?

I'm converting the characters for my party from D&D4E to D&D5E, and I have a question about the Cleric (level 1). He has a Dexterity of 8, and also has a Light Crossbow (which he is ...
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Do the effects of the "beard" attack from a bearded devil interfere with recovering from the infernal wound from its "glaive" attack?

A bearded devil's beard attack stipulates that a character poisoned by the attack can't regain hit points (there's a save and the duration is fixed at one minute). The same creature's glaive attack ...
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If I punch someone and have a -2 Strength modifier, will I technically heal the target by 1 HP? [duplicate]

Unarmed strikes normally do damage equal to (1 + Str mod). If I punch someone and have a -2 Strength modifier, will I technically heal the target by 1 HP?
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