Questions tagged [arcane-archer]

For questions about the Arcane Archer, a character archetype that typically represents a kind of ranged warrior who uses specially enchanted ammunition (typically arrows). In particular, character options using this name exist in several editions of Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
11
votes
3answers
668 views

What counts as full cover for a seeking arrow?

The the Seeking Arrow Arcane Shot option of the Arcane Archer says: [...] When you use this option, you don’t make an attack roll for the attack. Instead, choose one creature you have seen in the ...
12
votes
2answers
581 views

Does an Arcane Archer fighter's Piercing or Seeking Arrow pass through a Wind Wall spell?

The spell Wind Wall is pretty handy for deflecting projectiles: Arrows, bolts, and other ordinary projectiles launched at targets behind the wall are deflected upward and automatically miss. But the ...
13
votes
4answers
1k views

Does seeking arrow travel its weapon's long or short range before disappearing?

If I fire an arrow from a short bow, which has a range of 80/320, and apply the Seeking Arrow Arcane Shot option from the Arcane Archer, which of these ranges is the 'maximum distance'? This matters ...
7
votes
3answers
1k views

If my next attack roll is subject to a condition like 'disadvantage' can I avoid that by deciding to use an arcane shot after the attack roll?

If my 'next attack roll' is subject to a condition like disadvantage does avoiding the attack roll 'use up' that condition? An example rules text, snipped from Vicious Mockery: [...] the target [...] ...
8
votes
2answers
142 views

Does Lightning Arrow work with an Arcane Archer's 'Piercing Arrow'?

The Arcane Archer arcane shot abilities 'Piercing Arrow' (and incidentally 'Seeking Arrow', which causes far fewer issues) say: When you use this option, you don’t make an attack roll for the attack. ...
4
votes
0answers
143 views

Would giving the Arcane Archer the Spellcasting feature (from the Eldritch Knight) be overpowered?

The Arcane Archer is generally acknowledged to be underpowered or unfun (Would these changes to the Arcane Archer be imbalanced?). Suggested improvements usually focus on increasing the number of uses ...
8
votes
1answer
280 views

What counts as damage by an ammunition when using Arcane Shot in regards to poison?

I am currently building DnD-5e Arcane Archer (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything) character and considering how beneficial it is to take the Poisoner feat (from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything ). In ...
8
votes
2answers
728 views

Arcane Archer - Piercing Arrow Half Damage

For Arcane Archer, when a creature is hit by piercing arrow but passes their save do they take arrow damage (1d8,1d10,etc) + half of 1d6 + modifiers or does it take half of arrow damage + 1d6 + ...
3
votes
1answer
557 views

Would these changes to the Arcane Archer be imbalanced?

The Arcane Archer seems to be pretty underwhelming, mostly because of its limited uses of the Arcane Shot feature. Would it be imbalanced to increase its number of uses per rest to match the number of ...
8
votes
6answers
2k views

Can an Arcane Archer choose to activate arcane shot after it gets deflected?

Inspired by Can I use deflect missile if I get an ally to shoot me? and Can a monk catch and throw an Arcane Archer's active Arcane Shot back at them with Deflect Missiles?, can a (friendly) ...
-8
votes
3answers
202 views

Can an Arcane Archer fighter's Shadow Arrow be used like a Wand of Enemy Detection?

Magic exists which can divine the intentions of other creatures toward me. For instance, the description of the wand of enemy detection magic item says, in part: While holding it, you can use an ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

What happens if an Arcane Archer fighter's Banishing Arrow hits a mounted combatant?

I’ve an Arcane Archer character who chose the Banishing Arrow option for the Arcane Shot feature. In our campaign, we often come across hobgoblins riding worgs. I’m having trouble interpreting what ...
7
votes
1answer
728 views

If an Arcane Archer fighter misses with an Arcane Shot, does that expend a use of the feature?

For example; if a third level Arcane Archer fighter chose to fire a 'Bursting Shot' and missed the target, is one of his uses of the Arcane Shot class feature expended?
7
votes
2answers
587 views

How do Dimensional Shackles interact with an Arcane Archer fighter's Banishing Arrow?

An Arcane Archer fighter hits a creature with a Banishing Arrow, and they vanish into the Feywild. A man in the middle places dimensional shackles on the target (in the Feywild) for 10 minutes. ...
9
votes
1answer
744 views

How does the Arcane Archer fighter's Piercing Arrow interact with magical ammunition such as +3 arrows?

A +3 arrow loses its magical property once it hits a target, but the description on the Arcane Archer fighter's Piercing Arrow (XGtE, p. 29) says that the target takes damage as if it was hit by the ...
11
votes
1answer
6k views

How do the Arcane Archer fighter's Curving Shot and Magic Arrow features interact?

The Arcane Archer fighter (XGtE, p. 28-30) gains two features at 7th level. The first is Magic Arrow: At 7th level, you gain the ability to infuse arrows with magic. Whenever you fire a nonmagical ...
12
votes
1answer
6k views

Can a multiclassed rogue/Arcane Archer fighter use Sneak Attack on a Piercing Arrow?

If a multi-classed rogue/Arcane Archer fighter (XGtE) is using the Piercing Arrow option for Arcane Shot, can he use Sneak Attack on one of the creatures damaged by the effect? Can he do it even if ...
8
votes
2answers
12k views

Would allowing a Ranger to take the Arcane Archer archetype be OP/UP?

There are some cool new additions to 5e coming with Xanathar's Guide To Everything, especially the Arcane Archer. In the game I'm running, the Wood-Elf Ranger just hit level 3 and found the playtest ...
2
votes
1answer
207 views

Arcane Archer "within range"

I was reading the arcane archer class because of another post, and while reading the abilities it kept referring to using them "within range". How do they define within range? Clearly the weapon focus ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

What is an Arcane Archer's spell progression?

I have a character that is going to be a level 4 Arcane Archer (3 levels Draconic Sorcerer, 5 levels ranger), and I am a little confused on the wording in the Pathfinder Corebook. At the indicated ...
4
votes
2answers
9k views

How to optimize an 'arcane archer'-ish half-elf sorcerer?

I'm not normally an optimizer, but my group is switching from Pathfinder to 5e, at least temporarily. My plan for the character in Pathfinder was to become an Arcane Archer (prestige class) at level ...