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A character class or type that specializes in killing individual targets without warning, often from a position of stealth or secrecy.

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What is my spell save DC as a level 1 Assassin archetype rogue? (I have no spells) [duplicate]

What is my spell save DC? I am a level 1 Rogue (going Assassin archetype) and have no spells. My stats are as follows: STR: +1 DEX: +3 CON: +2 INT: +1 WIS: +0 CHA: +2
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When a creature runs away from combat, when can it trigger surprise again?

I understand how surprise works, but one thing I’m curious about is clarification on when combat “ends”, if it doesn’t resolve in the defeat of either side. This might make a little more sense with ...
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Does flanking a creature make it a surprise attack, meeting the requirement for the Assassin rogue's Assassinate feature?

The optional rule on flanking (DMG, p. 251) says: Flanking on Squares. When a creature and at least one of its allies are adjacent to an enemy and on opposite sides or corners of the enemy's space, ...
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Does Assassinate grant two attacks?

I am playing a level 4 almost 5 Rogue Assassin. I have been trying to find out if Assassinate grants 2 attacks, say in the circumstance I fire my shortbow at a surprised enemy and Assassinate comes in ...
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How to properly initiate combat when leading with an assassination as an Assassin Rogue? [duplicate]

I'm somewhat new to the game so sorry if this question is a stupid one and my english isn't the best either so pls excuse that as well ^^. That being said, I'm unsure how initiating combat with an ...
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How to Fairly and Consistently Handle Silent Sentry Removal / Assassinations / etc.?

The Situations Fiction is full of moments when instead of facing an enemy head-on in an open Conflict, an attacker prefers a sneaky approach that, if fully successful, bypasses combat. Whether it's ...
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Does invisibility end for opportunity attack for Assassin's “Vanish” or “Slayer's Escape” power?

In DND 4e, does the invisibility effect of an Assassin's "Vanish" or "Slayer's Escape" power end if the assassin makes an opportunity attack before the start of their turn? Most other powers I've ...
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Maximizing Assassin damage

I have a plan on how to get a lot of damage out with the assassin from Dnd 5e but I wanted to run the order of actions by you guys to see if it is correct or not. Assassin 17/warlock 3 Apply serpent ...
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Rogue assassin, potential for double crit? [duplicate]

Let's assume a rogue assassin level 5 with the 5thE Assassinate. When an enemy hasn’t taken a turn yet, you get advantage and, if they are surprised, any hit is critical. I am wondering if you roll ...
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How Does Assassinate Work when Reinforcing a Fight that has already started?

The Rogue Assassin sub-class has the Assassinate ability as its first subclass feature at 3rd Level, with text that reads: Starting at 3rd level, you are at your deadliest when you get the drop on ...
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Can a Rogue Assassin stack Sneak Attack and Assassinate?

I have a Rogue that just reached level 3 and got to pick an Archetype. I picked Assassin. Now I’m trying to figure out how to roll against a target I sneak up on and surprise. Here is the ...
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Can a 7th-level Slayer activate Assassinate via a swift action Study, or must it still be a standard action?

I just got to 10th level for my Dwarven Slayer and I can choose a new Advanced Slayer talent. I want to take Assassinate but I wanted something clarified. At 7th level you can Study a target as a ...
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Are Assassins the only Class/Archetype that have the ability to create fake identities?

Are Assassins the only Class/Archetype capable of creating fake identities? I know that the Charlatan Background grants you a False Identity with the proper identification to establish it as real, but ...
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Can this Fighter/Assassin build and setup allow 2 assassinate auto critical sneak attacks on round 1?

Suppose I'm playing in combat as a 2nd level fighter/3rd level rogue assassin, and at least one more party member surprises the enemy. We have higher initiative. Can the assassin use his action to ...
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Can an Assassin stack critical hits?

Is the 5e Rogue Assassin's Assassinate feature affected by rolling a natural 20? My fellow players and DMs have different opinions. The Rogue Assassin's Assassinate feature on page 97 of the PHB ...
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Can an executioner choose a guild from the original assassin class?

Specifically I'm curious if a hybrid executioner can choose a guild for the original (pre-Essentials) assassin, Bleak Disciple or Night Stalker. The assassin guilds do not come with any at-will ...
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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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Can studied strike meet death attack requirements?

When an investigator/assassin studies a foe for the purposes of the special ability studied combat can this time spent studying a foe also count as time spent studying a foe for the purposes of the ...
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Building an assassin

I'm starting a new D&D campaign. I'm still fairly new to D&D and I want to build a Rogue/Assassin that dips into Swordsage for the assassin stance. I have read on other sources that this is ...
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Can an Assassin use Assassinate with ranged spell attacks?

From the PHB (page 97): Assassinate Starting at 3rd level, you are at your deadliest when you get the drop on your enemies. You have advantage on attack rolls against any creature that ...
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Assassins using the Questionable Int stat

I'm working my way through trying to create my first PF character idea (to try and get a small grip on the system). Of note for the answer: I am considerably not an optimizer and care more for RP ...
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Porting 4e Assassin to 5e [closed]

My DM and I are trying to port a Drow Night Stalker Assassin, as released on Dragon magazine 379, from 4e to 5e, but we're having some troubles. As we see it, using the Pact of Blade Warlock as bases ...
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How much damage does a target take from the Assassin rogue's Death Strike on a failed save?

As I was reading about the Assassin rogue at higher levels, this question occurred to me. Does a surprised target (that fails the Constitution save from Death Strike) take 4 or 3 or 2 times the ...
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Does rogue's Assassinate + surprise allow critting with Magic Missile?

My 5e group just finished playing through the 5e Starter Set. I am currently a level 4 rogue that has specialized at level 3 as an Assassin. In the starter set I was able to pick up a Wand of Magic ...
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What's a good build for a halfling rogue/assassin? 3.5 [closed]

My character is a halfling rogue lv5 and going to multiclass as a PrC assassin. I've gone over it with my DM and most likely going to level up next campaign, so he has some content written (involving ...
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What are the ramifications of waiving the Evil requirement for the assassin class?

Would being able to be a Good assassin mess up the game or something? Have the designers ever explicitly stated why they added that requirement to the class? Secondly, is there an alternative?
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Can a character with Ghost of the Rooftops climb like Spider-Man?

One of my players has the following power, which comes from Heroes of Shadow: Ghost of the Rooftops Assassin Utility 6 At-Will (Special), Martial Move Action, ...
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How can I assassinate someone and make it look like an accident? [closed]

I was recruited by an Assassin's guild when my party of five was out of town, and now I have to assassinate someone and make it look like an accident. The problem is that my party has to contact my ...
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What's the Fastest Way to Reload an Off-Hand Hand Crossbow

As was pointed out in answers to a related question of mine, you need to have a free hand to reload a hand crossbow. There's an Assassin (Executioner) in my group who wields a rapier and a hand ...
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What Happens When an Assassin Shrouds a Target?

Currently I have a player who has made an assassin. As many assassins do, he loves to hide around in the shadows, and pop out on an unsuspecting enemy and do as much damage as possible before ...
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Assassin multiclass feat for Shade Form

Is there an Assassin multiclass feat that grants Shade Form? I found one for Assassin's Shroud and Shadow Step but I can't find one for Shade Form.
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Does the Assassin take damage when he uses Vanish?

The 4th Edition Assassin class has a Level 6 Utility Power Called Vanish: Encounter - Immediate Reaction Personal Keywords: Shadow, Teleportation Trigger: You are hit by an attack. Effect: ...
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Twilight Assassin daily power understanding

The assassin's level 5 daily power Twilight Assassin(DDI) is also a conjuration power. I had to look at the conjuration rules to make sure I understand what is going on here. The questions I have ...
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How should I interpret Assassin's Death Attack conditions?

The Assassin presige class feature called Death Attack says: While studying the victim, the assassin can undertake other actions so long as his attention stays focused on the target and the target ...
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Do Sly Flourish and Night Stalker stack?

Two-part question, roughly in the same category. Since Guild Training is a Hybrid feat for Rogue/Assassins, is it legal or fair to take both Guild Training abilities burning two feats? Sly Flourish ...
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How to make a Dark Brotherhood-esque Job Request System in D&D 3.5 E6

The Goal In a E6 campaign I am playing in I want my character to start an assassins guild similar to The Dark Brotherhood from The Elder Scrolls games. The Problem/Question I am stuck on how to set ...
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Web of the Spider Queen Executioner Optimization

I'm currently playing an assassin executioner in this season's enounters and was wondering if anyone with any knowledge of the drow (and other monsters I'll likely find in the underdark) could chime ...
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Optimizing an Executioner for Lair Assualt: Spiderkiller

For an upcoming Lair Assault I am building an Assassin(Executioner). I tried to focus on upping damage and maximizing the utility of my poison attacks as much as possible with some lip service to ...
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How can I disrupt a Gnome Rogue/Assassin Hybrid?

In my campaign, one of my players is a hybrid rogue/assassin gnome. (Some of you can see my issue already.) He's level 2 and dishing out 30 damage. He gets hit and triggers the gnome racial ability ...
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Is the Assassin class non-functional?

I play a 4e Drow Assassin ( Night Stalker ). I find that the class while a striker does not do much damage. Would it be better if I play a hybrid or keep to pure Assassin.
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What are some options to break out of the Executioner's Garrote Strangle?

Last night we were having a Battle Royale. Everyone had characters and we were fighting to the death. It was a good time. But we did end up having about a 20 minute argument on the Garrote Strangle. ...
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Is the extra damage from Assassin's Strike maximized on a critical?

The executioner assassin has the following power Encounter No Action Trigger: You hit an enemy within 5 squares of you with an attack using a weapon. Effect: The target takes 1d10 ...
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How many shrouds do I get?

was just wondering with playing my assassin. I normally get to put up to a maximum of 4 shrouds on a target. If I take the feat Crimson Eye Action which says When you spend an action point, you also ...
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Using the Shadow Jack encounter power, do I get an opportunity attack?

My assassin has an encounter power called Shadow Jack, it reads like this: Hit: 2[W] + Dexterity modifier damage, and you shift 1 square into the target’s space and remain there until the start of ...
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Using a Scavenger Bird Ki Focus

I recently picked up the Scavenger Bird Ki Focus for my assassin. Does the ki focus' enhancement bonus to attack and damage rolls get applied to any weapon that I am wielding? Also, when I use its at-...