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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How does eldritch blast interact with being hidden?

A level 5 goblin warlock moves behind a large tree and uses their bonus action to Hide. Their Stealth check beats the enemy's passive Perception. The hidden warlock then casts eldritch blast and rolls....
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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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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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Can attacks against an Echo gain advantage for unseen attacker?

Usually, when two creatures can't see each other, and one makes an attack roll against the other, we roll a straight single D20-- advantage from unseen attacker cancels out with disadvantage from ...
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The Armorer artificer's Infiltrator Armor Model negates disadvantage on Stealth from armor; can you still gain advantage on the check by other means?

The Armorer artificer's Armor Model feature (TCoE, p. 16) lets you customize your Arcane Armor into the Infiltrator or Guardian armor models, each of which grants several benefits. The Infiltrator ...
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Is it possible to gain the benefits of lying prone without incurring disadvantage on attacks? If so, is this broken?

PHB p. 190 says: You can drop prone without using any of your speed. Standing up takes more effort; doing so costs an amount of movement equal to half your speed... You can't stand up if you don't ...
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Does Advantage on a target only apply for the first of multiple attacks?

Any time you get Advantage on a target you roll 2 dice and keep the better roll, and do the opposite for Disadvantage. How does this affect attacks if you have multiple attacks such as from fighters/...
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When Perception contests Stealth, how do you know which side gets advantage or disadvantage?

When we run skill contests, especially Stealth contested by Perception, we sometimes struggle to work out whether to apply advantage to one skill or disadvantage to the other. It matters for two ...
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'Advantage' or 'Disadvantage' on damage rolls

I am looking at creating a few new categories of weapons just to add a bit more reason to spend money on mundane equipment in the early game. Poor, and Masterwork. My initial idea is that poor weapons ...
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Can I use Booming Blade and Sneak Attack, and then use Disengage (if the first attack hit) or Two-Weapon Fighting (if it missed) on the same turn?

I am building a rogue-warlock multiclass in D&D 5e. I get advantage using my familiar's Help action. And because it is near me, I can use Sneak Attack as well. I am thinking about using booming ...
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Can you have advantage/disadvantage on your Initiative check?

From the rules, it seems that an initiative check is just an ability check. There are numerous effects that give Disadvantage on ability checks, and some that give Advantage. I don't see it called ...
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Can anyone mimic a sound or speech and what do they roll?

The Actor feat gives the benefit: You can mimic the speech of another person or the sounds made by other creatures. You must have heard the person speaking, or heard the creature make the sound,...
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If I make a ranged attack at a paralyzed creature within 5 feet of me, do I have advantage on the roll?

If I cast guiding bolt at a paralyzed creature while standing within 5 feet of it (so it counts as a critical hit), do I have advantage on the roll? The rule on "Ranged Attacks in Close Combat&...
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Do you have disadvantage in dim light on attack rolls?

On p183 of the PHB under Vison and light it says: The most fundamental tasks of adventuring— noticing danger, finding hidden Objects, hitting an enemy in Combat, and targeting a spell, to name just a ...
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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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Does a Wizard's Familiar grant advantage on every roll?

We're a new group playing DnD 5e. Three of us have no prior experience (and I'm one of them, never played the earlier editions) whilst two of us have some to good experience with other editions. I'm ...
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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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When is casting Blade Ward better than taking the Dodge action?

I'm considering Blade Ward for a character's cantrip selection. It takes an action to cast, resulting in the following effect: Until the end of your next turn, you have resistance against ...
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Does the Faerie Fire spell give advantage on attacks against invisible creatures?

The description of the faerie fire spell states: Any attack roll against an affected creature or object has advantage if the attacker can see it, and the affected creature or object can't benefit ...
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How does the Divination wizard's Portent feature interact with Advantage and Disadvantage?

The School of Divination wizard's Portent feature says, in part (Player's Handbook, page 116): You can replace any attack roll, saving throw, or ability check made by you or a creature that you can ...
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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 stunned creature roll Initiative with disadvantage?

Part of our group got stunned before Initiative was rolled: Stunned A stunned creature is incapacitated (see the condition), can’t move, and can speak only falteringly. The creature automatically ...
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How to increase monk's chance to land a Stunning Strike?

My monk is a multi-class character (Monk 9/Paladin 8) in a homebrew 5e campaign and clearly does not have too many ki points as level 17 character. I also find it inconsiderate and boring when burning ...
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Is this Homebrew Advantage rule broken?

I know about this suggestion. Mine is an even further extension of that, and I'm asking about whether there are any further issues and whether I've fixed Lucky. I find the way 5e handles multiple ...
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Does Blink grant advantage on the first attack roll after you return?

When you Blink you leave the normally visible area. Because the attacker doesn't see you coming when you blink back in, would you have advantage on the first attack roll?
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How does rolling two d20 and taking the higher affect the average outcome?

D&D 5E has an "advantage" concept where instead of rolling 1d20, you roll 2d20 and take the higher. Likewise, disadvantage means rolling 2d20 and taking the lower. How does this affect the ...
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Can a 3rd-level Faerie Fire spell be seen in magical darkness from the Darkness spell?

The relevant part of the description of the darkness spell reads: Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within range to fill a 15-foot radius sphere for the duration. [...] nonmagical ...
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How is the "Lucky" Feat affected by Advantage/Disadvantage?

If I have the Lucky feat1, it allows me to choose to take a re-roll, to see if I might do better on a d20 check: Whenever you make an attack roll, an ability check, or a saving throw, you can spend ...
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Is the Clockwork Soul Sorcerer's Restore Balance feature a visible effect?

If a Clockwork Soul Sorcerer is in a social situation and has disadvantage on a persuasion check, then uses their Restore Balance feature, would anyone be able to see that?
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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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Do I get advantage if I have the high ground?

If my character is elevated above a creature (on a table, rock, etc.), is there anywhere in the Player's Handbook or Dungeon Master's Guide that states I gain advantage for my attacks? Do attacks ...
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Do you get advantage on the Steel Wind Strike spell's attacks because you "vanish"?

The spell steel wind strike (XGtE, p. 166) says that you: vanish to strike like the wind. (Emphasis added) At first glance you might read this as an inconsequential part of the description. But ...
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Would this house-rule that treats advantage as a +1 to the roll instead (and disadvantage as -1) and allows them to stack be balanced?

I've been playing Open Legend RPG and I love that the Advantage in that game can be stacked. I love it when players try to strategize and stack as much advantage as possible. I want to do this in D&...
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How does a Cloak of Displacement interact with a tortle's Shell Defense?

The cloak has a property that causes creatures to have disadvantage on attack rolls against the one wearing it (emphasis mine): While you wear this cloak, it projects an illusion that makes you ...
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Does the duration of the invisibility from the Firbolg's Hidden Step trait allow me to make an attack roll with advantage on the following turn?

The firbolg's Hidden Step trait (VGtM, p. 107) is described as being active "until the start of your next turn" at most: As a bonus action, you can magically turn invisible until the start ...
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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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Chronurgist Wizard's Chronal Shift at advantage/disadvantage [duplicate]

During my session a player come under the effects of the Dominate Monster spell during a combat. The player, rolled at advantage as written in the spells description, but failed the Wisdom DC both ...
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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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How does the Dissonant Whispers spell interact with advantage from the halfling's Brave trait?

If someone casts the dissonant whispers spell on my halfling, how does it interact with the halfling's Brave trait? I roll 2d20 for the advantage, and this "succeed or fail the save" result ...
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The Inquisitive rogue's Eye for Detail feature allows bonus-action Perception checks. Would that negate disadvantage on attacks when heavily obscured?

The Inquisitive rogue subclass allows Perception checks as a bonus action. Would that remove or affect disadvantage on attacks in a heavily obscured area during combat? Let's say an Inquisitive rogue ...
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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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Is there any way to actually impose disadvantage (not just cancel advantage) on saving throws against spells for a creature with Magic Resistance?

Many creatures in D&D 5e have a feature called Magic Resistance. One such is the Archmage: Magic Resistance. The archmage has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects. ...
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Does an effect that imposes disadvantage on saving throws remove the advantage from a creature's Magic Resistance trait?

How would the Magic Resistance trait interact with effects that impose disadvantage on saving throws (e.g. the sorcerer’s Heightened Spell Metamagic option, the first bullet point from the bestow ...
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Do Steel Wind Strike's melee spell attacks have advantage if the caster is under the effect of the Invisibility spell?

The Invisibility spell (PHB, p. 254) says: A creature you touch becomes invisible until the spell ends. Anything the target is wearing or carrying is invisible as long as it is on the target's ...
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Does Indomitable let you reroll Saving Throws with Advantage?

Fighters get the Indomitable ability at level 9. Beginning at 9th level, you can reroll a saving throw that you fail. Should the Fighter fail a saving throw made with Advantage and use Indomitable ...
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How does the secondary effect of the Heat Metal spell work?

The heat metal spell description states: If a creature is holding or wearing the object and takes the damage from it, the creature must succeed on a Constitution saving throw or drop the object if it ...
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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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Can I get Advantage on attacks or spells by using the Time Stop spell?

According to the description of the time stop spell, it ends if I affect another creature or their stuff. But suppose that I cast time stop, and during my next turn, I attack an opponent or cast a ...
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How else can I get Advantage on Death Saving Throws?

I am trying to determine what conditions will create Advantage on a Death Saving Throw for a player character who drops to 0 hit points during combat. Thanks to the "Lucky" racial feature, a ...
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Does the Grappler feat give advantage on a subsequent shove attempt vs. your grappled target?

The Grappler feat says it gives advantage on attack rolls against a creature you are grappling. Does this include attempts to shove the grappled creature?

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