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How does the Battle Master fighter's Sweeping Attack maneuver interact with additional damage dealt on a “hit”?

How does the Battle Master fighter's Sweeping Attack maneuver work with extra damage, both rolled and static? The description of the Battle Master fighter's Sweeping Attack maneuver states (PHB, p. 74;...
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Can you cast a spell between extra attack attacks? [duplicate]

If I had the extra attack feature, could I make the 1st attack, cast a BA spell (or action surge to cast an action spell), and then make the 2nd attack?
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Does Advantage on a target only apply for the first of multiple attacks?

Any time you get Advantage on a target you roll 2 dice and keep the better roll, and do the opposite for Disadvantage. How does this affect attacks if you have multiple attacks such as from fighters/...
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Does Scorching Weapons stack with Elementalist Shifter?

Scorching Weapons is a feat that adds 1 fire damage to your held metallic weapons. This damage explicitly does not stack with certain other fire damage (emphasis mine): Scorching Weapons ...
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If you are staggered during a full attack, can you still finish your attacks?

Someone making a full attack might become staggered partway through their attack chain - for example, a fighter with a BAB of +11 is going to make 3 attacks with a longbow. The first shot provokes an ...
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Does a barbarian need to damage a target to keep Rage from ending, or just attack the target (whether or not it hits)?

I’m playing DND 5e, the rage ability states that the effect ends early if your turn ends and you haven’t attacked a hostile creature since your last turn or taken damage since then. Does this mean ...
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Is the Help action an example of, or an exception to, Working Together?

The Help action is described in Chapter 9 of the PHB (emphasis mine): You can lend your aid to another creature in the completion of a task. When you take the Help action, the creature you aid gains ...
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Interaction between Spirit Shroud and Animate Objects. Does animate Objects count as one of your attacks?

Animate Object Says: As a bonus action, you can mentally command any creature you made with this spell if the creature is within 500 feet of you. This command can be an attack. In effect you are ...
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How do you determine a druid's eligibility to use Elven Accuracy's reroll while in Wild Shape (assuming they do have advantage)?

Consider a druid who has the Elven Accuracy racial feat (available to Elves and Half-Elves). Among other things, this feat says: Whenever you have advantage on an attack roll using Dexterity, ...
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Why is it benificial to split initiative pool on Decisive attacks?

I have noticed a few charms that have some variation of the same mechanics, but I don't understand why it is beneficial. One example: Thousand Razor Wind (Dragon Blooded p278) The mechanic lets you do ...
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If a character can make multiple attacks as part of an Attack action, do all of them need to be done with a light weapon to use Two-Weapon Fighting?

The Two-Weapon Fighting rule states: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light ...
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Can an Unseen Servant be attacked?

The Unseen Servant spell creates a "shapeless force" that is not a creature: This spell creates an invisible, mindless, shapeless force that performs simple tasks at your command until the ...
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Do the Psychic Strike soulknife class feature and the Greater Psionic Shot feat work with the Manyshot feat?

Can the Manyshot feat work to allow you to apply the Psychic Strike soulknife class feature and the Greater Psionic Shot feat to all the arrows? The hang-up is that you are creating 3 arrows so you ...
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Sanctuary spell and Using magic Items that cause damage?

Currently have a character who has the Sanctuary spell and a wand of magic missile (also other damaging magic items) If a character uses a item e.g. wand of magic missile to damage a enemy does this ...
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Does a ghoul's claw attack need to hit for the target to be paralyzed?

I've been through an encounter that included something like 3 ghouls. While my character could evade most of the attacks because of the AC bonus (level 3 Path of the Beast barbarian, Tail ...
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Way of the Sun Soul, Radiant Bolt clarification

I'm struggling to interpret the way the rules are written for this monastic tradition, specifically this passage: When you take the Attack action on your turn and use this special attack as part of ...
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Does an attack against a mount that is redirected via the Mounted Combatant feat allow the mount to make use of its Sentinel feat?

Imagine a kobold who has the Mounted Combatant (PHB, page 169) feat. For this question, the relevant benefit will be: You can force an attack targeted at your mount to target you instead. The kobold ...
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How do Patterns and Cover Interact?

I am having trouble finding a confirmation one way or another in relation to how cover does or doesn't affect Pattern attacks, and if it does, when and how. I suspect that it's actually spelled out ...
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What kind of attack is required to take an Ioun Stone?

Various Ioun Stones include the following bit in their description: [...] Thereafter, another creature must use an action to grasp or net the stone to separate it from you, either by making a ...
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Is it normal for a level 2 character to have a +8 attack modifier?

I'm a new DM and it is my first time playing D&D 5th edition. One of my player's character is an archer elf with a +4 Dexterity modifier. When she uses her longbow, she gets the +2 poficiency ...
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Does Tenser's Transformation force damage work vs. Rakshasa?

Within D&D 5e rules system, Rakshasa has "Limited Magic Immunity" that makes it immune to level 6 spells and lower unless it wishes to be affected. Tenser's Transformation buffs the ...
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Do you add your modifiers to attack rolls when you fight with two weapons? [duplicate]

I plan on making a dual wielding barbarian/fighter, and in fighter's fighting style it says that this style allows me to add modifiers to damage rolls for second weapon. But do I get a bonus for the ...
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If I have the fighter's Extra Attack feature and the warlock's Thirsting Blade eldritch invocation, how many attacks can I make?

I am playing a half-orc fighter level 7 and warlock level 3. When I gain a warlock class level, I will gain an Eldritch Invocation, and I will pick Thirsting Blade. How many attacks can I make, since ...
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If a swashbuckler rolls a nat. 20 on Opportune Parry and Riposte, do they automatically parry attacks even if they do not beat the attack roll?

If a swashbuckler rolls a natural 20 when using Opportune Parry and Riposte, do they automatically parry attacks even if they do not beat the attack roll?
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When can I use the Polearm Master bonus action attack? [duplicate]

The first benefit of PAM says When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, quarterstaff, or spear, you can use a bonus action to make a melee attack with the opposite end ...
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Do I have to attack to use Extra Attack?

Do I have to attack to use Extra Attack? Or can I do something different with my action on my turn and use this feature to attack? So for example, say I use Dash, Disengage, or Cast a Spell; can I ...
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Trip Mechanic Question

Making a Trip Attack: Make an unarmed melee touch attack against your target. This provokes an attack of opportunity from your target as normal for unarmed attacks. If your attack succeeds, make a ...
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If I get access to a spell attack that's NOT part of a spell, can I use it when I take the Attack action?

Some creatures have entries in their stat block that are classified as 'melee spell attack', or 'ranged spell attack', without actually being tied to the casting of a spell. Some PC subclasses also ...
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Does Absorb Elements' additional 1d6 get doubled on a critical hit? [duplicate]

Absorb Elements, as part of its effects, has this line. [T]he first time you hit with a melee attack on your next turn, the target takes an extra 1d6 damage of the triggering type, and the spell ends....
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Can the attack granted by the Gloom Stalker Ranger's Stalker's Fury be forgone by features such as the Battle Master Fighter's Commander's Strike?

This is inspired by the following two related questions: Can my familiar use the bonus attack from two-weapon fighting to make its own attack? Can you use Commander's Strike to forgo an attack ...
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Does Aura of Invulnerability protect against spell attacks that are not delivered by casting a spell?

A hollyphant projects an Aura of Invulnerability, that protects it from spells. Dreb, a barbed devil, attacks the hollyphant using its Hurl Flame action, which is a Ranged Spell Attack. Can the flame ...
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is it possible to use a net and shove in the same turn? [duplicate]

My PC has multiple attacks. I would like to know if it is possible to hit with a net (first attack) and then shove the opponent (second attack). Apparently using a net prevents to make a second attack;...
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Can I make an unarmed strike while holding a two handed weapon? [duplicate]

My barbarian Gus uses a Greataxe, a two handed weapon. While raging in combat against harpies, a round passed without Gus taking damage. On his turn, all harpies were out of his melee range, and he ...
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Does the Piercer feat work with spells?

Does the Piercer feat (TCoE, p. 80) work with spells? The list of spells it would work with isn't long - thorn whip seems to be the only option, really - but does it work?
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When a melee fighting character wants to stun a monster, and the monster wants to be killed, can they instead take a fatal blow?

Mainly what was asked above. I know that a melee attack can stun an opponent by reducing them to 0 HP instead of killing them, but can a monster somehow lay down in such a way that the blow is fatal?
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How many attacks can I make with the Sudden Charge feat?

Braun is a young Dwarf Barbarian. He uses the Sudden Charge feat to get to the Kobold: With a quick sprint, you dash up to your foe and swing. Stride twice. If you end your movement within melee ...
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Does the Thrown Weapon Fighting Style apply to ranged, improvised attacks?

The Thrown Weapon Fighting Style states: [...] In addition, when you hit with a ranged attack using a thrown weapon, you gain a +2 bonus to the damage roll. My question is whether "a thrown ...
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Can you use Dyrrn’s Tentacle Whip to make a melee spell attack

Dyrrn’s Tentacle Whip is from Eberron: Rising from the Last War , pg. 276 The main question is does the tentacle count as a appendage of the player for the purposes of making a melee spell attack.
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If something happens “when an attack is made”, when does that something happen?

A select few features occur, not when an attack roll is made, but instead when an attack is made. Three examples are the Protection Fighting Style, the Arrow-Catching Shield magic item, and the ...
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Do named actions in monster statblocks use the Attack action?

This question is inspired by the following and stems from wondering whether the Steel Defender's "Force-Empowered Rend" action involves taking the Attack action: Can a hasted steel defender ...
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Can a rogue use the Steady Aim optional class feature with attack spells? [closed]

Can a rogue use the Steady Aim optional class feature (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, p. 62) with attack spells? Steady Aim Lv3 Rogue optional ability states you take a bonus act to gain advantage on ...
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Do the Gauntlets of Flaming Fury infuse ranged weapon ammunition with magical properties?

The description of the Gauntlets of Flaming Fury says: While you wear both of these steel gauntlets, any non-magical weapon you grasp with either gauntlet is treated as a magic weapon. Does this ...
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Spell Attack for Cantrips not of your tradition

This occured to me when reviewing the Kobold Sorcerer Grimmnir from the "Little Trouble in Big Absalom" Module. As a Sorcerer of the demonic bloodline, Grimmnir is a spontaneous divine ...
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How to let a steed make magical attacks?

This question is especially about a steed summoned by Paladin's Find Steed or Find Greater Steed spells, with the assumption that a DM shouldn't make their normal attacks magical. So it should apply ...
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Dhampir bite attack, does it add both STR and CON?

The Vampiric Bite, from the new Dhampir lineage race, says as follow (emphasis mine): Vampiric Bite "Your fanged bite is a natural weapon, which counts as a simple melee weapon with which you ...
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Can a creature react to being targeted by a missile attack from a non-Hidden foe?

Making an attack has the following structure: Choose a target. Determine modifiers. Resolve the attack (typically as a hit or miss) Consider a creature, standing near an ally, who could potentially ...
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Do I have to tell the DM wich creature I am attacking before rolling the d20?

Is there something in RAW that says if I have to speak out loud who I am attacking before rolling the d20? What rule says it?
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Can you choose not to add your proficiency bonus to an attack roll?

I'm building a very gimmicky multiclass crit-confirmation paladin, and as a part of my build I have a feature that lets me reroll a failed attack roll as a reaction. The idea is that I want to fail at ...
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Does the Defender magic sword's ability to transfer its bonus to AC activate before or after the first attack made with the sword?

The description for the defender magic sword mentions the following benefit (emphasis mine): You gain a +3 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon. The first time you attack with ...
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Is “a special melee attack” an actual game term?

PHB page 195 mentions "special melee attack" when talking about Grapple and Shove: you can make a special melee attack to shove a creature you can use the Attack action to make a special ...

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