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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Since advantage and disadvantage caused in a heavy obscured area cancel out, what effect does it have in combat?

The rules say that creatures in a heavily obscured area "effectively suffer from the blinded condition". The blinded condition states: Attacks rolls against the creature have advantage, and the ...
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How is the “Lucky” Feat affected by Advantage/Disadvantage?

If I have the Lucky feat, 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 ...
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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 I use Minor Illusion to create a wall, hide behind it, and attack with advantage?

Minor Illusion allows the creation of a 5-foot illusory object: can I hide behind this object (wall/crate/anything) and gain advantage vs. creatures who can't see past the illusion? If so, given that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do you have advantage when multiple sources give advantage and only one gives disadvantage?

As I understand it: if you have Advantage from two different sources, you simply have Advantage (no stacking) if you have advantage from one source, and disadvantage from one source, they cancel out. ...
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How does a Melee Spell Attack work if you are already touching your target?

I came to think about some situations where it would be almost impossible to miss a melee spell attack (target is grappling you or vice versa, target is holding you or is close to you, your character ...
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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 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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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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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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Is there advantage on a non-adjacent attack against an unconscious creature?

The unconscious condition states the following two effects (PHB 292): The creature drops whatever it's holding and falls prone. Attack rolls against the creature have advantage Under the prone ...
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When rolling with advantage do halflings get to apply their Luck trait and reroll a 1?

For example, a halfling has advantage on an attack and rolls an 8 and a 1. The 8 misses. Does he get to re-roll the 1 using Luck?
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Can the Help action be used to give advantage to a specific ally's attack (rather than just the next ally who attacks the target)?

I am aware that usually one has to specify who is to benefit from one's Help action. However, when it comes to using it in combat, this comment by Jeremy Crawford says: If you use the attack-aiding ...
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When making multiple attacks, does advantage from being unseen apply to all attacks? [duplicate]

When you dual-wield or multiattack somebody who can't see you, are both/all attacks with advantage? We are using facing rules, so attacking silently from behind is a common situation I expect to bring ...
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Can I stop this homebrewed Lucky Coin ability from being exploited?

My group has a cleric of Tymora (goddess of good fortune) and I am considering giving them a custom magic item that ties in with the idea of luck. The item is a coin with Tymora on one side, and ...
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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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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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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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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 rolling a 1 with Advantage cancel out the higher roll?

Probably a simple question with a simple answer: When a player has Advantage - rolls twice and one is a 1, does this critical fail overrule the advantage roll?
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Can level 3 Faerie Fire be seen in Magical Darkness?

Darkness reads: Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within range to fill a 15-foot radius sphere for the duration... nonmagical light can’t illuminate it... If any of this spell’s ...
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Are ranged attack within melee reach disadvantaged if non-adjacent?

In D&D 5e, moving within reach of an opponent does not provoke any attacks of opportunity unless you leave the opponents reach. Ranged attacks have disadvantage if you're next to an opponent. ...
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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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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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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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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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Do ranged weapon attacks against creatures restrained in a Watery Sphere have advantage?

Creatures engulfed by a Watery Sphere are restrained, which grants advantage on all attacks against them. However, they may also be considered underwater, which would impose disadvantage on most ...
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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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Does the opportunity attack granted by War Caster have disadvantage? [duplicate]

I am going to start a new 5e campaign, nobody having played it before. I was asked whether it would be sensible to take the War Caster feat and stumbled over the problem of whether its opportunity ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How does replacing Advantage with a flat +2 affect Champion critical hit damage output?

My DM does not like Advantage/Disadvantage. While I disagree with his reasons on this, he has decided to replace it with a +2/-2 rule and I respect him (mostly) enough to follow his rules. I recently ...
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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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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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When using a Longbow from hiding with Extra Attack, can I nock 2 arrows and fire them at once to attack twice with advantage?

Today I was searching for some 5th edition rules to clarify attacking with a longbow from stealth and how the fighter's extra attack feature interacts with gaining advantage from attacking from ...
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Can one circumstance give both Advantage and Disadvantage?

Assigning advantage and disadvantage is the purview of the DM. Page 239 of the DMG reads, in part: you [the DM] decide whether a circumstance influences a roll in one direction or another, and you ...
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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 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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Forcing a disadvantage on an enemy's saving throw? [closed]

Is it correct that the only on-demand ability that can instantaneously undercut a targeted creature's Saving Throw is Bend Luck? Or am I missing any? Cutting Words cannot be used on Saving Throws. ...
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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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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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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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Would an attacker have advantage over someone who is stabilizing an unconscious creature?

Asked in a different way: Can I still protect myself while taking an action that requires some focus on what I am doing? (i.e. it is probably not limited to stabilizing someone) So the scenario would ...