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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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How does the Drow House Captain's whip attack work?

The Drow House Captain (MToF, pg. 184) has a whip attack with the following description (bold for emphasis): Whip. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d4 + 4) slashing ...
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Can Opportunity Attacks by a mounted PC with the Mounted Combatant feat be made with Advantage?

Can Opportunity Attacks have Advantage? For instance, if a character with the Mounted Combatant feat was to perform an attack of opportunity on a smaller creature while mounted, would that attack have ...
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Does the grapple escape DC of a vampire change when it has disadvantage on Strength ability checks?

When a vampire hits a creature with its Unarmed Strike attack and chooses to grapple it instead of dealing damage, the creature has an escape DC of 18. However, if I cast Hex on the vampire and ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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,...
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Does Sunlight Sensitivity affect special melee attacks (such as grappling)?

I'm currently playing a Duergar Barbarian who I'm playing as a grappler, great fun, but neither me or the DM are entirely sure how the Duergar's sunlight sensitivity affects a special melee attack. It ...
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Does a 3rd-level Wolf Totem barbarian get advantage against enemies when an ally is within 5 feet of the enemy?

The Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian's 3rd-level Wolf Totem Spirit feature (PHB, p. 50) says: While you're raging, your friends have advantage on melee attack rolls against any creature within 5 ...
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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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Does the Help action grant advantage on an attack even if the helping creature is incapacitated or killed?

Say a Help action is performed, the helper is then removed in some way, then a party member attacks. Would the party member be able to take advantage of the Help if the helper is gone? For instance, ...
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How does attacking a target affected by the sleep spell work? [duplicate]

The sleep spell description says: Starting with the creature that has the lowest current hit points, each creature affected by this spell falls unconscious until the spell ends [...] So an ...
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Would it be fair to use 1d30 (instead of rolling 2d20 and taking the higher die) for advantage rolls?

Would it be fair to use 1d30 - in place of 2d20 and taking the higher die - for advantage rolls? Recently I have acquired several d30 dice in a bag of factory seconds. I want to offer my players the ...
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How do I compare the result of “1d20+x, with advantage” to “1d20+y, without advantage”, assuming x < y?

I roll a d20. If I have a choice between d20+x with advantage, or d20+y without advantage, what choice do I make to maximise the result? What are the values of x and y where the choice changes (if it ...
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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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Is the attack roll to splash holy water or oil on a target within 5 feet of you made with disadvantage?

The description of holy water (flask) states: As an action, you can splash the contents of this flask onto a creature within 5 feet of you or throw it up to 20 feet, shattering it on impact. In ...
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Does an attack redirected to an invisible target have disadvantage?

An interesting combo came up in gameplay: An invisible party member chose to defend another party member using their non-spell, non-attack reaction (arrow catching shield.) In the description for the ...
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When the Haste spell ends on a creature, do attackers have advantage against that creature?

The rules for the haste spell state the following: When the spell ends, the target can’t move or take actions until after its next turn, as a wave of lethargy sweeps over it. --- Player's ...
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Do I have Disadvantage attacking with an off-hand weapon?

I'm pretty new to D&D and have a question. I am currently playing as a rogue swashbuckler (lvl 3) which encourages dual wielding. I love this mechanic and enjoy playing it so far but I'm confused ...
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Do these rules for Critical Successes and Critical Failures seem fair?

I'm thinking about implementing the following houserules at my table to try to bring back the concept of "Critical Successes" by piggybacking off the Advantage/Disadvantage system. Critical Success ...
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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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If you attempt to grapple an opponent that you are hidden from, do they roll at disadvantage?

Quick and to the point, I'm aware that if you make an attack (which a grapple is) against an opponent you are hidden from you gain advantage, but since a grapple also is a contest roll, does the ...
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Can I Help a try to heal another character if my character doesnt have a healing spell? [closed]

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 ...