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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To what extent is a lower DC skill check with disadvantage harder than a higher skill check without?

I'm wondering how mechanically I could calculate a lower DC challenge with disadvantage as a middle-ground between a higher skill DC and that same DC with disadvantage. I'd like to describe a ...
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Is gaining 1 AC in exchange for disadvantage on Perception checks a balanced trade?

Inspired by this answer, and to avoid lengthy back and forth comments, I decided to make this a question in itself. You can put on your helmet for +1 AC and disadvantage on Perception checks. In ...
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Does being invisible grant advantage on stealth checks by RAW?

A few DMs I play with all seem to believe that being invisible (such as via the invisibility or greater invisibility spells) grants advantage on stealth checks. However, I could not find any support ...
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Can the Fog Cloud spell effectively increase archer range by canceling disadvantage at long range?

Longbow archers can attack targets (that are not in fog cloud) up to 600 feet away, but would do so at disadvantage for targets greater than 150 feet away. However, if the archer first walks into a ...
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Would I have neither advantage nor disadvantage when attacking a grappled creature when opting to restrain via the Grappler feat?

The Grappler Feat states: You’ve developed the Skills necessary to hold your own in close-quarters Grappling. You gain the following benefits: You have advantage on Attack rolls against a ...
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Does a Gloom Stalker making ranged attacks while in darkness have advantage on every attack?

I am trying a Gloom Stalker ranger for the first time. The Umbral Sight feature (XGtE, p. 42) states: While in darkness, you are invisible to any creature that relies on darkvision to see you in ...
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It seems like every skill check should always be made with advantage due to the 'Working Together' rules. Is this accurate?

My group just started playing 5th last night, and we immediately ran into issues with the 'Working Together'/'Skill Assist'/'Skill Help' rules. By the rules it seems like nearly every single skill ...
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Is there anything in the rules giving Loxodons disadvantage on Stealth checks?

I'm curious if there is a ruling on this topic. Specifically the debate was over whether a Loxodon Way of the Shadow Monk could benefit from the massive stealth advantages and ninja-teleportation. ...
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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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Mathematically, is a +2 bonus to AC 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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Ranged attacks from hiding with Advantage?

In D&D 5e, if you are attacking from hiding (successful stealth check) with a bow or spell, do you get advantage? Assuming yes to the above, if during combat you successfully hide again (break ...
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How does the Battle Master Fighter's Sweeping Attack Maneuver work if you would have (dis)advantage only against the first target?

The Battle Master Fighter can choose the Sweeping Attack Maneuver which states: When you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack, you can expend one superiority die to attempt to damage another ...
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How many times can I benefit from Advantage if I attack multiple times while not seen?

A hidden ranger with Extra Attack attacks a surprised creature. Do both attacks benefit from Advantage, or just the first one? If the ranger used Horde Breaker on another creature, would this attack ...
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How does one convert disadvantage on the attack of a attacker, into a bonus to AC for a target, in particular for a Cloak of Displacement?

Question: How does one convert disadvantage on the attack of a attacker, into a bonus to AC for a target Assume a monster is attacking with disadvantage, the target is a level 12 PC with an AC of 16....
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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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Is there anything that cancels out Small creatures' disadvantage to attack when using Heavy weapons?

A party member in a D&D 5e game I'm in is playing a halfling paladin. It occurred to me (for whatever reason) to ask what weapon they were wielding, and they said their main weapon was a maul, and ...
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If multiple sources grant advantage do you have advantage multiple times but still roll +1d20?

Multiple Advantages When multiple situations give you Advantage, the rules for Advantage and Disadvantage do not say you only have Advantage once, they say you only roll one additional d20: If two ...
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Would using the Thaumaturgy cantrip give advantage on an Intimidation check?

Let's say I used the thaumaturgy cantrip to create a booming voice, make the ground tremor, and start a rumble of thunder while suggesting someone to do something in an attempt to intimidate them. ...
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Does flanking always grant advantage, or is it up to discussion?

The rules packet does not provide any specific rules about flanking. However the rule does say that the DM has lots of leeway in deciding when to give advantage or disadvantage in combat. Should it ...
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Can a level 20 Samurai fighter with the True Strike cantrip make 9 attacks in a turn, all with advantage?

The true strike cantrip can be cast as an action to grant yourself advantage on the first attack roll against the target on your next turn. The Samurai fighter's Fighting Spirit feature description ...
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By RAW: when attacking while hidden, what does it mean to “give away your location”?

A creature is Hiding by taking the Hide action. The rules on unseen attackers and targets state: When you attack a target that you can't see, you have disadvantage on the attack roll. This is true ...
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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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How would this House Rule for combined Advantage/Disadvantage Impact Rolls?

According to the rules for Advantage/Disadvantage: If circumstances cause a roll to have both advantage and disadvantage, you are considered to have neither of them, and you roll one d20. This ...
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How does fighting in an area covered by the Darkness spell 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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Does advantage negate disadvantage (for things such as sneak attack)?

In a recent question, it was pointed out that you couldn't sneak attack an invisible opponent because the rules specifically state that you cannot have disadvantage for the attack. However, it would ...
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Swashbuckler rogue: does sneak attack fail if you have both advantage & disadvantage? [duplicate]

I am having a bit of an argument with my DM. The rules say that you can have sneak attack if "you don’t have disadvantage on the attack roll". If I have both advantage and disadvantage, that results ...
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When do I tell my players when they're under an NPC's class effects that cause disadvantage on attacks?

There's a pretty good chance that my PCs will enter a team-battle tournament soon. One of the characters that they might fight has an ability that would give disadvantage to attack someone other than ...
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Is there a basic list of ways in which a low-level Rogue can get advantage for sneak attack?

I'm looking through the PHB and I don't see any simple list of ways for a rogue to get advantage in combat. At high levels, a Rogue might have a special subclass such as Assassin that might allow ...
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Can the Thaumaturgy cantrip 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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Can any ally benefit from the help action during a combat turn? [duplicate]

Party members Alex, Bart, and Caroline are in combat with a Drow, in that turn order (A, B, C, D). Alex uses the help action on the Drow, being within 5ft. If Bart chooses not to attack on her turn,...
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Does using the Lucky Feat to tranform disadvantage into super-advantage still work with a net? [duplicate]

In this question, it can be seen that using a luck point when doing something at a disadvantage essentially transforms it into super-advantage. Does this specific strategy still works when throwing a ...
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With the ‘extra attack’ feature, will a creature’s ‘help’ give advantage to both attacks? [duplicate]

Out in a foggy glade Agar is deeply focused on studying the local flora. While distracted, a poisonous snake creeps closer. Swoosh! As fangs begin to dig into Agar’s leg, his exceptionally trained ...
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Can an actual attack instead of a feint be used as the distraction for a Help action?

The latter part of the description for the Help action says: Alternatively, you can aid a friendly creature in attacking a creature within 5 feet of you. You feint, distract the target, or in some ...
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Can the additional attack from a Samurai fighter's Rapid Strike feature be made at advantage?

The Samurai fighter archetype (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 31) gains the Rapid Strike class feature at level 15, which says: If you [...] have advantage on an attack roll against one of ...
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Can the Minor Illusion cantrip be used to create advantage? [duplicate]

If I use Minor Illusion to create the image of a brick wall filling the square in front of me, do I have advantage for my attacks with Fire Bolt? I can see through it, but my enemies cannot. Assume ...
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Can you be given a disadvantage on a saving throw if you are surprised?

I have an odd inquiry, this happened during a D&D 5e session. We were travelling in a cavern hunting a necromancer, as myself and a party member parted to a path further exploring away from the ...
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How does the secondary effect of the Heat Metal spell work?

This question is a more straightforward combination of my two previous questions here and here. The heat metal spell description states: If a creature is holding or wearing the object and takes ...
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Do I get advantage if attacking from behind?

On pg 195 of the PHB it states: When a creature can't see you, you have advantage on attack rolls against it. So, does this mean I have to successfully hide from the creature, or if it was ...
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Can you negate disadvantage on throwing a net by using the Lunging Attack maneuver of the Battle Master fighter?

The Battle Master fighter's Lunging Attack maneuver (PHB, p. 74) increases reach of a weapon by 5 feet. Could you choose to increase the short range of the net from 5 feet to 10 feet? This would allow ...
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Are attacks with nets always made with disadvantage?

In the weapons table the net has a listed range of 5/15. This means that any attack made against a target more than 5 feet away has disadvantage. But the net is also a ranged weapon so any attack made ...
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How does burrowing interact with surprise and attacks from hiding?

I'm running a campaign that the players are about to encounter several burrowing creatures. The creatures in question do have Tremorsense so they'll be able to tell where the players are and with ...
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Avoiding the lance disadvantage when mounted on a large creature

This question begins the same as this question: Is weapon reach measured from the edge of the mount's space or the rider's? However Rubiksmoose's answer (the currently accepted answer) seems ...
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Is it okay to roll multiple attacks that all have advantage in one cluster?

I am planning to make my first Ranger and going Hunter to eventually get Volley. If I get the preemptive strike from an unseen position, then RAW I get advantage on attack rolls. Let's say I am ...
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Is giving one side advantage always equivalent to giving disadvantage to the opponent?

Sometimes, players get advantage; sometimes, monsters get disadvantage. Sometimes it's not clear whether to give someone advantage or his opponent disadvantage, especially in improvised contests (PHB ...
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Does the Wild Magic sorcerer's Tides of Chaos feature grant advantage on all attacks, or just the first one?

I have a question regarding the D&D 5e Wild Magic Sorcerer's Tides of Chaos feature, specifically regarding attacking multiple targets with or without advantage. The Wild Magic sorcerer's Tides ...
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Does the UA Oath of Treachery paladin's Cull the Herd ability (from the Aura of Treachery feature) have a limit on the number of times it can be used?

The UA Oath of Treachery paladin (from Unearthed Arcana: Paladin) gets the Aura of Treachery feature at 7th level, which gives them this benefit (in addition to another one, Treacherous Strike): ...
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If an Oath of Devotion paladin uses Sacred Weapon on the Shadow Blade spell, do they lose advantage from attacking a target in dim light?

The Oath of Devotion paladin gets the Sacred Weapon Channel Divinity option at 3rd level: As an action, you can imbue one weapon that you are holding with positive energy, using your Channel ...
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Hypnotic Pattern - Advantage Rolls and Group Attacks [closed]

A Wizard in my group likes to use Hypnotic Pattern. It's quite overpowered in its own right, but the way he made it sound is as follows: Targets that fail are incapacitated and can't move, attack, ...
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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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If the gunslinger uses Dazing Shot on a readied attack for when an enemy is about to attack, would it affect the target for 2 turns?

I noticed this when reading Matt Mercer's Gunslinger fighter subclass and specifically the Dazing Shot Trick Shot (emphasis mine): Dazing Shot When you make a firearm attack against a creature,...