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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Does mimicking creatures with the Actor feat always enjoy advantage?

The Actor feat gives a point of Charisma and these two benefits: You have advantage on Charisma (Deception) and Charisma (Performance) checks when trying to pass yourself off as a different ...
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Does using an inspiration point give you automatic advantage, overriding even disadvantage?

I ran into this in my current campaign, in which I am the DM. My players were fighting a half-orc and one of them decided to use his Inspiration point to gain advantage on an attack roll. At the time, ...
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How does advantage/disadvantage work when controlling a creature that can not see but you can?

I am new to D&D 5e, but everything I have read so far doesn't really clarify this for me. Context: There is total darkness, essentially making all characters "hidden". None of the characters can ...
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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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How does advantage work at the edge of darkness or fog?

If a spell like darkness or fog cloud covers two melee combatants, effectively not much happens. They both suffer the blinded condition, but as that gives them both advantage and disadvantage on ...
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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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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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Can 'Enhance Ability' grant targets advantage on attack rolls? [duplicate]

Enhance Ability (PHB 237) is a 2nd level spell granting either temporary hitpoints or advantage on any one of the 5 core skills (Str,Dex,Int,Wis,Cha). It has already been answered several times that ...
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How does dim light affect passive perception?

A group of adventurers enters a dimly lit room. Suddenly monsters lurking in the semi-darkness attack. How do I find out whether the players are surprised? Dim light in 5E creates a "lightly obscured"...
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If I have both advantage and disadvantage, and my target is Elusive, do I have disadvantage on the attack?

At level 18, Rogues get the Elusive class feature, which says: No attack roll has advantage against you while you aren’t incapacitated. However, if you have both advantage and ...
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When rolling with disadvantage what is the chance to get a 1? [duplicate]

When you roll with disadvantage is the chance to get a 1 5+5 for 10% or 5X5 for 25%? Just sat down and rolled 100 times with disadvantage got 18 natural 1s and 0 natural 20s. Still don't know.
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How does advantage interact with Cutting Words?

If a creature makes an attack roll or an ability check with advantage, how is it affected by the bard's Cutting Words? a) The number rolled by the bard is substracted from the highest of both d20, ...
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Does the escape DC of a Vampire's grapple decrease in sunlight?

When using its Unarmed Strike Action, a Vampire can grapple instead of dealing damage, with an escape of 18. It also has Sunlight Hypersensitivity: While in sunlight, it has disadvantage on attack ...
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Does Polearm Mastery have a disadvantage on adjacent targets?

Does a character that has taken the Polearm Mastery feat have any trouble with targets closer than 10 feet? i.e. standing immediately in front of them (5ft). The feat wiki tells me this: Polearm ...
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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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How do the Assassinate feature and the Revised Ranger's first turn advantage operate differently, if they do?

Although the Rogue/Assassin's Assassinate feature and the UA Revised Ranger's Natural Explorer both grant advantage on certain attack rolls early in combat, the wording of the condition that grants ...
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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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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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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 a kenku wizard use Expert Forgery when copying a spell scroll into their spellbook?

The kenku player race introduced in Volo's Guide to Monsters has the Expert Forgery feature, defined as follows. You can duplicate other creatures' handwriting and craftwork. You have advantage on ...
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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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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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When do you have neither Advantage nor Disadvantage?

I'm a new DM (my party just finished the Lost Mines of Phandelver and I'm homebrewing a Skyrim campaign) and was wondering about Advantage and Disadvantage. Is there ever a situation where a player ...
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Does Faerie Fire give advantage against invisible creatures?

The rules for Faerie Fire state: 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 from being ...
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Does the grappled creature gain advantage or suffer disadvantage when attacking the grappler? [closed]

If a fighter grappled another fighter, it seems to me that both should lose any benefit of dexterity to armor class when attacking each other within the grapple. A grappled character could have ...
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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 Bestow Curse overrule advantages

If a player was to cast bestow curse and apply it onto a creatures wisdom ability score as written they would have disadvantage on ability checks and saving throws made with wisdom. Although if the ...
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What happens when you roll a critical on both advantage dice?

What happens if you have an advantage on attack and you get 20 on both rolls. Does it differ from regular critical or not? For example: - on virtual table, like roll20 when you score two criticals, ...
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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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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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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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When can I grant advantage/impose disadvantage?

As a DM I wonder, what conditions if any must be met to impose an advantage or disadvantage on a roll. Example - the PC's are tracking a wolf, but the entire party wandered over the tracks several ...
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Guidence for applying Advantage/Disadvantage to attack rolls vs. contests and saves vs. checks

If a PC is attacking with advantage does that mean that they also have advantage when taking a special attack action that does not use an attack roll like shoving or grappling? If a PC has ...
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Do multiple attacks get advantage for both attacks if the creature is under the effects of Faerie Fire?

My bard's first action (if possible) in combat is to cast Faerie Fire. In our last D&D session, I was quite successful (for a change) and 5 of the six creatures in my 15 ft cube failed their saves ...
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Does using an Instrument of the Bards impose disadvantage on the saving throws against Compulsion?

From instrument of the bards which can be used as a bardic focus: When you use the instrument to cast a spell that causes targets to become charmed on a failed save, the targets have ...
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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 ...
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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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Natural 20 when rolling with disadvantage

If you are rolling with disadvantage and roll a natural 20 on one of those rolls, which die roll do you take? My question stems from the fact that natural 20s count as critical regardless of ...
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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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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 many times can a player spend Advantage on a specific action?

While running the Beginner Adventure some of my players were rolling a lot of advantage symbols (but without a success) and trying to maximize the chance of success for other players by using their ...
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Mitigating drow light sensitivity on Perception to avoid getting ambushed [duplicate]

I created a Drow rogue and my Roguish Archetype is an assassin for 5e. I have been running into the problem of disadvantage rolls on Perception. This wouldn't bug me as much, but since there's only ...
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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 Ready action give advantage if I attack while not seen?

As in the title, does the Ready action gives advantage if the prepared reaction is an attack performed while not seen (for example, while I am hidden)?
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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 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 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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Can I get Advantage on attacks or spells by using Time Stop?

According to the Time-Stop description, 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 spell at them. ...
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How can you get advantage from Invisibility if attacking ends it?

Monsters or players can have the ability to become invisible, as per the Invisibility spell. In the rules, it's said that an invisible/unseen creature gets advantage on its attacks, and enemies ...
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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. ...