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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Is there ever a mechanic that causes advantage/disadvantage to stack and cause more than 2d20 to be rolled?

I am new to D&D 5th ed. I have purchased the books but not played in a group. One of the first big things I see is that advantage (or disadvantage) replace most of the die roll modifiers. Is ...
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How does Keen Sight affect Passive Perception?

From the Owlbear stat block: Keen Sight and Smell: The owlbear has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight or smell. Since the owlbear has a Passive Perception of 13 normally, ...
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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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Are attacks on characters stuck in a web at advantage?

When a character is stuck in a web (such as from a web spell) do attacks against them gain advantage in D&D 5e? The spell itself doesn’t say anything about attacks on the character, and in ...
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How does a Melee Spell Attack work if you are already touching your target (not fighting edition) [duplicate]

I recently asked this question about usage of a melee attack spell when you are already touching the target. although it's pretty must answered, I had a non-fighting situation in mind and ended up ...
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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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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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How does Guiding Bolt apply Advantage?

Spells like Guiding Bolt says: next attack roll made against target before the end of your next turn, has advantage. If there is a party of four, let's say, do all get advantage? Or just the next ...
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Can swashbucklers sneak attack with disadvantage?

The rules: Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an attack if you have advantage on the attack roll. The attack must use a finesse or a ranged weapon. ...
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Do monks have an off hand and disadvantage attacking with it?

My DM told me when I hit a guy with 2 unarmed strikes (punches) that I have disadvantage on one of my hands. Is this true? Does a monk have a weaker off hand in D&D 5e?
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Does Flanking grant advantage on melee spell attacks?

When using the optional rule, Flanking, do melee spell attacks gain advantage? Flanking is an optional rule we utilize in our game. When a creature and at least one of its allies are adjacent to ...
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Does throwing a net underwater have disadvantage?

I was looking at the rules for underwater combat, PHB 198, and noticed ...Even against a target within normal range, the attack has disadvantage unless the weapon is a crossbow, a net, or a weapon ...
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Can I get advantage against a monster when our characters are engaging it from two sides? [duplicate]

Yesterday I played a game in a new group. The Fighter (F) goes in and attacks the monster (M). Then it's my turn and I place my ...
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Do illuminated/glowing enemies grant advantage automatically?

Pretty straight forward. I couldn't find any rules on this so I thought I'd ask the internet. If an enemy is glowing for any reason (torch, spell effect, etc.) do you automatically give attackers ...
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Adding Precision Strike to an attack with advantage

I want to make sure I have the ruling on this correct. -Precision Attack- When you make a weapon attack roll against a creature, you can expend one superiority die to add it to the roll. You can ...
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Advantage on damage rolls - is it still balanced?

Something that bothers me about the advantage/disadvantage system is that it doesn't actually affect how much damage you do in a single attack, only the likelihood that the attack will hit. For ...
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When granted advantage on an attack, are spells that cause saving throws rolled with disadvantage?

The PHB states that for being granted advantage... Sometimes a special ability or spell tells you that you have advantage or disadvantage on an ability check, a saving throw, or an attack roll. ...
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How can I get advantage on a lock-pick check?

What can my player do to get advantage with picking a lock (or all locks) without relying on another PC's help action? Is there an item that grants this, or a scenario in which the DM should impose ...
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How does the "Handling Mobs" rule work with Advantage & Disadvantage?

How should I modify the "Mob attacks" table (DMG 250) when the attacking mob has an advantage? Isn't a flat +5 bonus too generous?
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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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Are there any abilities for a Spellcaster to attack with ranged spells in melee distance, without imposing disadvantage?

I know that there is Crossbow Expert. But, I'm looking for something more beneficial to spellcasters than the other perks of Crossbow Expert. Crossbow Expert Being within 5 feet of a hostile ...
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Which magical items impose disadvantage on attacking creatures?

I am currently trying to optimize my level 20 Barbarian character. I am aiming to be a tank, and to maximally penalize enemies for attacking other members of my party over myself. So far, I have: ...
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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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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 heavily 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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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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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 has the Elusive rogue class feature, 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 disadvantage, they ...
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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 the rogue's Sneak Attack)?

In a recent question - Does sneak attack work against an invisible enemy? - it was pointed out that you couldn't Sneak Attack an invisible opponent because the rules specifically state that you cannot ...
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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 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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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 ...