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For questions about attacks. An attack is generally defined as an action to cause damage or some other debilitation, though specific RPGs may define the term more specifically.

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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?
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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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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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In term of game balance, what repercussions should players expect if DM wouldn't count Grapple and Shove as “an attack”?

This is how Player's Handbook (p. 194) describes what counts as an attack: If there's ever any question whether something you're doing counts as an attack, the rule is simple: if you're making an ...
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Does the Hunter Ranger's Giant Killer allow you to grapple or shove with the reaction?

The Hunter Ranger's Giant Killer feature says: When a Large or larger creature within 5 feet of you hits or misses you with an attack, you can use your reaction to attack that creature immediately ...
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What Counts as a Damage Modifier?

I was posting a homebrew/houserule here for critique (found here: Two-Weapon Fighting Mechanic Alterations ) and a point of confusion that came up was what exactly 5e counted as a damage modifier. The ...
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Can you draw a weapon as part of a spell attack?

This is inspired by the following question which seems to only ask about steel wind strike, while this question is more general: Can I draw a weapon as a part of a Melee Spell Attack? The rules on &...
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Does Brace trigger when an enemy enters my echo's reach?

The subclass feature Manifest Echo explicitly covers attacking from the Echo's location when taking the Attack action or when taking a specific reaction: When you take the Attack action on your turn, ...
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Which is better, AC 17 and disadvantage on attacks against you, or AC 19?

I am playing in an Epic tier PvP. I have the option of a +2 studded leather, with max Dex, for AC 19, or normal studded leather and a cloak of displacement. Since everybody has +3 weapons, all the ...
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Does the distinction between left and right hand matter when making an off-hand attack? [duplicate]

Clara the Fighter finds herself facing a huge undead, the Frost Giant Skeleton. She attacks twice with her scimitar, and again with her light hammer! The undead reels back as it takes bludgeoning ...
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Can the Fathomless warlock's Tentacle of the Deeps be attacked?

I started playing a Lurker in the Deep warlock (from UA: Sorcerer and Warlock), and have now updated it to a Fathomless warlock (TCoE, p. 72) due to the recent update. In a session, we encountered a ...
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How does the Extra Attack class feature impact Two-Weapon Fighting? [duplicate]

A level 11 Fighter makes 3 attacks per Attack action as per: Extra Attack Beginning at 11th level, you can attack three times, instead of twice, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. ...
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How does the Hunter ranger's Horde Breaker feature interact with the Mounted Combatant feat's ability to redirect an attack to the rider?

Roger is a Hunter ranger that has chosen the Horde Breaker option for the Hunter's Prey class feature (Player's Handbook, p. 93): Once on each of your turns when you make a weapon attack, you can ...
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Do players know if a hit from a monster is a critical hit?

There are a few different abilities that PCs can get where once they are hit with an attack they can decide to use to potentially turn the hit into a miss. Examples include the spell Shield or a ...
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Are the natural weapon attacks of a druid in Wild Shape magical?

The description for the druid's Wild Shape feature declares that the transformation is magical: Starting at 2nd level, you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have ...
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For an attack against a target with the Blink spell cast on them, does Spirit Sensing Stance reduce the miss chance to 20%?

The description of the blink spell says, in part: Physical attacks against you have a 50% miss chance, and the Blind-Fight feat doesn’t help opponents, since you’re ethereal and not merely invisible. ...
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Does a Rogue with Cardsharp (Deadly Dealer) need the Quick Draw feat to keep throwing cards if he is holding the deck of cards?

Does a Rogue with Cardsharp (Deadly Dealer) need the Quick Draw feat to keep throwing cards if he is holding the deck of cards if he has more attacks per round?
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How does the altered Extra Attack feature of the Bladesinger (Tasha's Cauldron version) interact with Fighter's additional Extra Attacks?

As an example, a level 6+ bladesinger wizard/11+ fighter character takes the Attack action. Are they able to use a cantrip? How many attacks do they get?
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How does the Fighter's Interception style work against attacks with multiple damage types? [duplicate]

The Fighter's Interception fighting style reads: When a creature you can see hits a target, other than you, within 5 feet of you with an attack, you can use your reaction to reduce the damage the ...
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If a Shadow sorcerer's Hound of Ill Omen “can use its action only to attack its target”, what exactly is it allowed to do?

I have a few questions regarding what falls under the category of "attack[ing] its target" for the Shadow Magic sorcerer's Hound of Ill Omen feature, which summons a hound to target a single ...
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What features grant extra attacks besides the Extra Attack feature?

The Tenser's transformation spell states (emphasis mine): [...] You can attack twice, instead of once, when you take the Attack action on your turn. You ignore this benefit if you already have a ...
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Can you attack while jumping? [duplicate]

The section on Movement gives the following rules for long jumping: Jumping Your Strength determines how far you can jump. Long Jump. When you make a long jump, you cover a number of feet up to your ...
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How many times do you roll damage for Scorching Ray?

The rules for damage rolls say: If a spell or other effect deals damage to more than one target at the same time, roll the damage once for all of them. So for the spell magic missile, it seems quite ...
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The Inquisitive rogue's Eye for Detail feature allows bonus-action Perception checks. Would that negate disadvantage on attacks when heavily obscured?

The Inquisitive rogue subclass allows Perception checks as a bonus action. Would that remove or affect disadvantage on attacks in a heavily obscured area during combat? Let's say an Inquisitive rogue ...
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If your target has an enemy within 5ft, can you sneak attack without using a finesse or ranged weapon? [closed]

A rogue and fighter are engaged in melee combat with a goblin. The rogue is unarmed. Can the rogue activate Sneak Attack? The rules for Sneak Attack state: Beginning at 1st level, you know how to ...
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Does the Mage Slayer feat impose disadvantage on concentration saves from all damage you deal, or only if damaged by the feat's reaction attack?

According to my character sheet on D&D Beyond, the Mage Slayer feat says: When a creature within 5 ft. of you casts a spell, you can use your reaction to make a melee weapon attack against that ...
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When using Two-Weapon Fighting, are your bonuses still added to the offhand attack roll? [duplicate]

I understand how offhand attack works. However, when you roll to hit, would you still add your bonuses to the attack roll?
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What exactly is a Flurry of Blows?

What part of attacks a monk makes during a full-attack routine constitutes a Flurry of Blows class-feature? I was recently pointed out, Flurry of Blows says: A monk must use a full attack action to ...
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How many primary/secondary attacks does a voidmind half-illithid/half-farspawn get?

Leaving aside how template stacking makes it unclear what the actual race/base creature should be--being half-illithid gives a creature four tentacles; being half-farspawn gives it up to four more, ...

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