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Questions tagged [advantage-and-disadvantage]

The advantage/disadvantage mechanic is a mechanic in 5th edition D&D that replaces most numerical bonuses and penalties with rolling twice and taking the higher or lower value.

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Can I Help a try to heal another character if my character doesnt have a healing spell? [on hold]

One of our party members got hit badly, so our cleric tried to heal him. I wanted to help him but someone noted that since I dont have medicine skills or positive modifier (had a -1) me helping ...
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Does the Warforged Resilience racial trait apply to saving throws against poison damage?

The Warforged Resilience racial trait (WGtE, p. 68) states: You have advantage on saving throws against being poisoned, and you have resistance to poison damage. If an attack deals poison damage ...
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If an animal companion wears barding without armor proficiency, do they incur the penalties? [duplicate]

Suppose a ranger puts barding on their animal companion to boost its AC. Does wearing the armor cause this creature to have disadvantage on its attacks, ability checks, and saving throws? Or does the ...
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Can Shadow Demons hide in melee combat to gain advantage on attacks?

Shadow Demons (MM, p. 64) have two abilities that seem to want to work in conjunction with each other: Shadow Stealth - While in dim light or darkness, the demon can take the Hide action as a bonus ...
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Does a warlock using the Darkness/Devil's Sight combo still have advantage on ranged attacks against a target outside the Darkness?

I've seen a number of sources cite Darkness/Devil's Sight as a combo for Warlocks in which the Warlock's attacks get advantage and attacks on them have disadvantage, due to the heavily obscured effect ...
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Can inspiration allow the Rogue to make a Sneak Attack?

I was creating a character for one of my players who has difficulty doing so. He is playing as a Rogue, but while I was reading the Sneak attack in the PHB, I noticed that it can be done any time the ...
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Would being hidden grant advantage on both Bracers of Flying Daggers attacks?

Assuming that I'm using the Bracers of Flying Daggers magic item (from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, p. 190): This armband appears to have thin daggers strapped to it. As an action, you can pull up to ...
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Does the kobold player race feature, Pack Tactics, give ranged attacks advantage?

On page 119 of VGtM, the description of the Kobold playable race's trait, Pack Tactics, reads: Pack Tactics. You have advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of your allies ...
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Are there benefits of having advantage on attacks against yourself? [closed]

In the UA Raven Queen warlock patron, it is stated that you get advantage against creatures that kill your raven. If it is slain by a creature, you gain advantage on all attack rolls against the ...
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Does advantage on Strength checks grant advantage on grappling?

I’m playing a grappling Eldritch Knight, and wanted to know if advantage on Strength checks (from the enlarge/reduce spell) would make my grapple check - which is an Athletics check - have advantage.
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Does the Protection from Evil and Good spell give an undead disadvantage to attacking itself?

If a zombie attempts suicide by attacking itself while under the effect of a protection from evil and good spell, would it have disadvantage on the roll to kill itself?
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What issues could arise with this Advantage/Disadvantage Variant?

Background In the Player's Handbook, it is specified that Advantage and Disadvange sources effectively "cancel out" regardless of how many there are of each: If circumstances cause a roll to have ...
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If the party is hidden prior to attacking enemies, do they surprise the enemies and/or get advantage on their attacks?

Our adroit heroes tracked the goblins back to a small camp in the woods. Completely unaware of the threat around them, the goblins sit around a fire, easy prey to the hidden band of adventurers ...
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Can an Unseen Servant create a distraction that grants you advantage on attack?

Whether via the Help action or the Use an Object action or just ordinary interaction with an object, can an Unseen Servant distract your enemy so as to grant advantage to your attack on that enemy? ...
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Does a demon with the Magic Resistance trait have advantage on saving throws against the Summon Greater Demon spell?

Assume I use summon greater demon (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 166) and choose a demon with the Magic Resistance trait. Does Magic Resistance grant the demon advantage on the Charisma saving ...
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Can Thaumaturgy be used to give advantage in combat?

Can Thaumaturgy be used as a kind of taunt? I understand D&D doesn't have taunts but it's the only way I know how to describe what I do with Thaumaturgy in this scenario. So, in theory, let's ...
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Does a creature with blindsight have disadvantage when attacking an invisible target?

As the question states, if a creature has blindsight, do they have disadvantage on a target that is within the range of their blindsight and not otherwise hidden/covered? The wording of the invisible ...
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Fighting in darkness spell. How does it work?

I play a shadow sorcerer in a group with an arcane trickster. I have been thinking about casting darkness onto the blade of a dagger then sheathing/covering it and giving it to the rogue. The rogue ...
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Do attack rolls against a blinded character with the Alert feat have advantage?

Premise A character with the Alert feat (PHB, p. 165) has been blinded and is being attacked. One of the benefits of Alert is: Other creatures don’t gain advantage on attack rolls against you ...
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Do Steel Wind Strike's attacks have advantage or disadvantage against distant prone targets?

Any attack against a prone target either has advantage if within 5 feet or disadvantage otherwise. Suppose I cast steel wind strike (XGtE, p. 166) and one of the targets is prone and not within 5 feet ...
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Which of these scenarios involving advantage/disadvantage results in higher damage per round?

Considering a character is using the same weapon in both of the following scenarios, which would result in a higher damage per round? The character makes a single attack with advantage. The character ...
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What is the difference between giving advantage on a roll and reducing the DC?

I run a 5e campaign, and I like rewarding my players for thinking outside the box, roleplaying well, etc. Suppose we have the following scenario: Violet is a bard, and is attempting to intimidate a ...
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Do attacks without proficiency have disadvantage? [duplicate]

Do attacks without proficiency have disadvantage or do they just use the modifier for the weapon? ie. dex or str
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Does the advantage reroll of Elven Accuracy only apply to the ability you increased?

The Elven Accuracy feat, from Xanathar's Guide to Everything (pg. 74), says this: Increase your Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma score by 1, to a maximum of 20 Whenever you have ...
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Does an invisible enemy within 5 feet of you still impose disadvantage on ranged attacks?

PHB, p. 195 says, under "Ranged Attacks in Close Combat": Aiming a ranged attack is more difficult when a foe is next to you. When you make a ranged attack with a weapon, a spell, or some other ...
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RAW, does Truesight negate the Disadvantage component of attacking an Invisible Target?

The Invisible condition expressly states that it causes Disadvantage on Attackers trying to attack them, but in doing so, doesn't adjacently make reference to whether the creature in question can see ...
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Is being blind and attacking an unseen target two sources of disadvantage or just one?

I'm working on house rules for advantage/disadvantage that makes the number of each matter, instead of any amount of each cancelling out. For this project I need to know how blindness and unseen ...
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Does a dual-wielder get advantage on both attacks if hidden? [duplicate]

If my rogue attacks while hidden and dual-wielding shortswords, do I have advantage on both of my attacks (from Two-Weapon Fighting) or only on the first attack?
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What are my chances of rolling a natural 19/20 critical if I roll 3d20?

The Oath of Vengeance paladin gains the Channel Divinity option "Vow of Enmity" at 3rd level (PHB, p. 88): As a bonus action, you can utter a vow of enmity against a creature you can see within 10 ...
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Can a PC regularly impose disadvantage on enemies' saves? If so, how?

There are many ways to get advantage/disadvantage on attacks: the Dodge and Help actions are specifically designed for this in combat, and 10 of the 14 conditions in Appendix A have at least one ...
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Balance implications of removing unseen-attacker advantage when mutually unseen

The rules for unseen attackers (PHB p. 194-195) specify that attacking a creature that cannot see you = advantage, and attacking a creature you cannot see = disadvantage: When you attack a target ...
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Do GOO warlocks decide whether to use Entropic Ward before or after the attack roll is made?

The Great Old One warlock patron grants the Entropic Ward feature at 6th level (PHB, p. 110): When a creature makes an attack roll against you, you can use your reaction to impose disadvantage on ...
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If you have dis/advantage on a roll, do you have dis/advantage on a reroll?

This might be a duplicate but I can't find it. To be clear this has nothing to do with Halfling Luck trait. Or similar abilities that allow the reroll of a die that rolls a natural 1. (I was ...
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If you are grappled by a creature with 10'+ reach, can you make a ranged attack without disadvantage?

The rules for grappling require: The target of your grapple must be no more than one size larger than you, and it must be within your reach. (PHB, p. 195, italics added) Normally, this would ...
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Does a ranged attack against an adjacent enemy still have disadvantage even if you have the Crossbow Expert feat?

Part of the Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, p. 165) says: Being within 5 feet of a hostile creature doesn't impose disadvantage on your ranged attack rolls. This is relevant because of the rule on ...
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What's the benefit for Saving Throws of rerolling vs. advantage?

Relevant: Does Indomitable let you reroll Saving Throws with Advantage? There's a line that comes up a lot in class abilities that seems out of place, and I don't know what the difference is between ...
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Does Fey Ancestry give advantage on saves to break an existing charm effect?

My group left the game last week in a tight spot. At the beginning of the encounter, a half-elf PC failed her save against a Vampire's charm - even with advantage, thanks to the half-elf's racial Fey ...
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Should a character get advantage on a roll for attacking someone with a spell from behind?

I was playing my weekly D&D game this weekend with my friends and we are kinda new. I ended up fighting my party and was engaged in combat with all 3 of them. The wizard in front of me cast ...
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Are ranged attacks into an area of heavy obscurement made without disadvantage?

Facing a large group of enemy archers, I cast a spell such as Darkness or Fog Cloud which creates heavy obscurement around me and my companions. The next turn is that of one of the enemy archers. ...
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Instantaneous multi-hit spell and advantages

I know that attacking an enemy with multiple attacks and advantage only gives the advantage to the first attack since it hits consecutively. But, since Scorching Ray is an instantaneous spell with ...
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What are the balance effects of counting instances granting Advantage and Disadvantage to determine Advantage?

This is based on the text in Page 5 of Xanathar's Guide to Everything: Even if more than one factor gives you advantage or disadvantage on a roll, you have it only once, and if you have ...
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Does using Sharpshooter really remove Advantage?

I was browsing an older question recently thanks to a duplicate, and I found that the accepted answer for that question said something odd: Sounds obvious. When you have advantage, there is a good ...
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Mathematically, is an AC+2 better than attackers having disadvantage?

Mathematically speaking, I'm trying to determine if Bracers of Defense (AC+2) is better than a Cloak of Displacement, which causes all attackers to have disadvantage on attack rolls against you. If ...
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Can Drunkard's Luck let someone gain advantage if he has advantage and disadvantage?

If I am a Drunken Master Monk and I have one source each of both advantage and disadvantage, can I still use Drunkard's Luck to remove the disadvantage as per the class feature: When you make an ...
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Must I pick the higher die when I roll with advantage?

I was reading the question and answers at Can someone decide to be hit?, and the answers spoke of using the rule of Advantage/Disavantage. Which got me thinking... We had a situation a few weeks ...
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Can an advantage roll be a critical hit? [closed]

Can advantage rolls result in critical hits? There were two attacks, they both had advantage. The first attack (D20+6) resulted in a 24 (18+6). Then, I rolled a second time for the advantage and got ...
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Can you reckless attack and choose to hit a limb?

I'm a DM playing D&D 5e and have a barbarian in my game. He is using the usual advantage on attack with reckless attack. But then he says he chooses to "hit a limb" like a headshot which, he says, ...
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Advantage or Disadvantage mechanic for “great advantage”

I am new to D&D 5th ed. I have purchased the books but not played in a group. One of the first big things I see is that advantage (or disadvantage) replace most of the die roll modifiers. Is ...
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How does Keen Sight affect Passive Perception?

From the Owlbear stat block: Keen Sight and Smell: The owlbear has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight or smell. Since the owlbear has a Passive Perception of 13 normally, ...
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Use of Mage Hand during combat to gain advantage?

In the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure module, our party (consisting of three second-level PCs, a fighter, wizard, and cleric, with me DMing) was fighting a singular ogre. We had already taken some ...