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Questions tagged [attack]

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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Does a mounted attacking Beast Master ranger cancel Charge/Pounce-like abilities?

Certain creatures have attacks like charge or pounce, which allows them to do something special after travelling a certain distance. For example, see the panther: If the panther moves at least 20 ...
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Can the Conjure Barrage spell stack with the Disarming Attack or Trip Attack Battle Master maneuvers?

I'm new to D&D 5e. I was thinking that someone with the Martial Adept feat (which gives them 2 of the Battle Master fighter's combat maneuvers) could use their superiority die to make a thrown ...
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How does the Ancestral Guardian barbarian's Ancestral Protectors feature work if you hit something before you start raging?

The Ancestral Guardian barbarian feature Ancestral Protectors (XGtE, p. 10) reads as follows: Starting when you choose this path at 3rd level, spectral warriors appear when you enter your rage. ...
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How do I interpret a monster stat block's attack line? [duplicate]

I am running a game of D&D 5e. I am using an app to determine how a bandit does his attack against our group of players. The app says this in the bandit's statblock: Scimitar. Melee Weapon ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Viper Strike' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Vampiric Assault' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Caustic Cleave' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Blizzard Blow' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Blade of Hate' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Battery' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Astral Smash' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Arcane Strike' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Do ranged weapon attacks against creatures restrained in a Watery Sphere have advantage?

Creatures engulfed by a Watery Sphere are restrained, which grants advantage on all attacks against them. However, they may also be considered underwater, which would impose disadvantage on most ...
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Can I use multiple hands for one attack, using this 6-Handed-Ones homebrew race?

I am playing D&D 5e, with some homebrew elements. I happen to have started a character with the 6-Handed Ones homebrew race by monrester. This race has the Multihands feature: You have 6 hands....
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If an attacker targets a creature with the Sanctuary spell cast on them, but fails the Wisdom save, can they choose not to attack anyone else?

The Sanctuary spell reads: [...] any creature who targets the warded creature with an attack or a harmful spell must first make a Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, the creature must choose a ...
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If an enemy monster charms one PC and tells them to attack a second PC, and then the second PC charms the monster, what happens?

Consider the following example: Character A, Character B, and Character C are in one room. Character A is an eladrin (MToF p. 62) of 3rd level or higher. C is a succubus. Characters A and B are ...
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If an enemy is just below a 10-foot-high ceiling, are they in melee range of a creature on the ground?

We encountered a Vampire Spawn in the 10-foot-high basement of an old church. The first strike was mine, after which the creature attacked my ally and retreated onto the ceiling as the thundering roar ...
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Does the Arcane Archer fighter's Curving Shot feature require you to see the second creature if you missed the first?

When you miss an attack as an Arcane Archer fighter, the Curving Shot feature (XGtE, p. 28) lets you use a bonus action to reroll that attack against another creature within 60ft of the first. ...
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Can a barbarian keep raging if she shoves an enemy on her turn?

A barbarian has to stop raging if their turn ends and they haven't attacked a hostile creature since their last turn or taken damage since their last turn. (PHB 48) Can I shove an enemy on my turn (...
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Magical attacks and overcoming damage resistance

I got hit with an argument from one of my players the other day, and it goes like this: He is playing a Monk and his unarmed attacks count as magical attacks. He was trying to punch a Web. I told ...
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Can the Great Weapon Master feat's damage bonus and accuracy penalty apply to attacks from the Spiritual Weapon spell?

The Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, p. 167) says: Before you make a melee attack with a heavy weapon that you are proficient with, you can choose to take a -5 penalty to the attack roll. If the ...
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Can you use the Shield Master feat to shove someone before you make an attack by using a Readied action?

Can you perform a Ready action with the condition being that you complete your bonus action, then do your bonus action, and then complete your readied action? For instance, say I have the Shield ...
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Can melee weapons be used to deliver Contact Poisons?

A creature that touches a Contact Poison with exposed skin suffers its effects. Does a successful melee attack satisfy this “touching” requirement?
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Can I wait until after my first attack to activate the Power Attack feat's benefit for subsequent attacks?

When I make a full attack, can I choose to not activate the benefit of the Power Attack feat for the first attack, and then activate it on subsequent attacks? In other words, can I make an attack ...
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What is the longest distance a 13th-level monk can jump while attacking on the same turn?

Context During last session in a game that I GM, the party got ambushed by NPC monks leaping from the trees. They were hiding high up in very big Sawtooth Oak Trees, then jumped in a horizontal ...
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Making attacks through a cage-shaped Forcecage

A PC traps an enemy inside a cage-shaped Forcecage: A prison in the shape of a cage can be up to 20 feet on a side and is made from 1/2-inch diameter bars spaced 1/2 inch apart. How should ranged ...
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Can the Produce Flame cantrip be used to grapple, or as an unarmed strike, in the right circumstances?

With the wording of produce flame, it seems like you take the cast the spell action to make the flame appear. You can then attack with it later - it does use the wording "ranged spell attack." It ...
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Can I interfere when another PC is about to be attacked?

I have never played D&D, but I would very much like to play one day, when I'm not as busy, plus when I'll have a group to play with. (That's important I guess). My question for today is: when ...
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Can an attack be made without triggering combat? [duplicate]

This is a follow up question to: Does NPC engaging in combat remove penalty for re-stealthing? Is there a scenario when a surprise attack can be made without triggering combat? Maybe there is a ...
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Can a vampire attack twice with their claws using Multiattack?

In Monster Manual p. 295-298, it talks about PCs becoming Vampires. The Vampire stat block says: Multiattack. The vampire makes two attacks, only one of which can be a bite attack. (The Vampire ...
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Does Magic Circle prevent unarmed melee attacks from crossing the circle's perimeter?

The Magic Circle spell creates a circle that protects against certain types of creatures. The spell description states: Choose one or more of the following types of creatures: celestials, ...
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Are there any limitations on attacking while grappling?

I've tried looking in other posts regarding my question, but couldn't find a definitive answer to my question. If a level 5 barbarian equipped with a 2-handed weapon attempts a grapple and succeeds, ...
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Can a monster with reach make an attack against a character in the space behind another character?

A monster has a 10-foot reach attack, and it has two characters within that reach, one within 5 feet and the second within 10 feet. Can that monster make a melee attack against the 2nd character? Is ...
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Can I draw a weapon between attacks?

Suppose a 5th level fighter with Extra Attack, armed with a greatsword and a javelin. Extra Attack: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack ...
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Can I make a line melee attack using melee multitargeting rule?

I intend to make a cool move by making attacks on enemies standing nearby each other by charging through them while attacking them. The melee multitargeting rule is: Melee Multi-targeting You ...
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Can a multiclassed 2019 UA artificer/Pact of the Blade warlock use Thirsting Blade and Arcane Armament to make 3 attacks per Attack action?

I was reading up on the classes in D&D 5e. I saw that the 2019 UA artificer had a feature that allowed them to attack twice that wasn't the Extra Attack feature, called Arcane Armament. The ...
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Can mounted creatures be attacked instead of their mount, and which character(s) in mounted combat receive attacks of opportunity?

This is a question I brought up with my group and although I have made a ruling, I'm hoping to get a more authoritative answer (Sage Advice perhaps?). The rules for mounted combat don't seem to ...
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Are there rules for cutting/removing an enemy's bow string during combat? [duplicate]

If a Rogue gets into melee combat with another combatant wielding a bow, what actions are permitted to disable the bow? Could the Rogue use Sleight of Hand to unhinge the bow string? Could he make ...
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Is the Choice of Scale Effects Limited per Roll or per Conflict?

System Toolkit page 67 offers the Scale mechanics for attacks and defences between different-sized opponents, groups etc. However, I'm not sure how to interpret inner 'or' (i.e. the 'or' within each ...
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How does the Dueling Fighting Style interact with Shocking Grasp and Booming Blade?

Dueling When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon. Do I get 1d8+2 instead of straight 1d8 on my Shocking Grasp ...
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Two weapon fighting using double slice and power attack at same time

I am helping a new player create a character and he wants to use two weapon fighting. He is joining the campaign I am in and will be starting out as a 7th level slayer Assuming 18 strength and ...
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Does lightning bolt trigger wrath of the storm? [duplicate]

A enemy wizard cast lightning bolt while within five feet of a tempest domain cleric. The cleric inquired if the lightning bolt triggers the wrath of the storm feature since the enemy wizard was "...
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Does the bonus attack from Polearm Master receive ability modifier for damage?

PHB page 168 says: Polearm Master: [...] When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, or quarterstaff, you can use a bonus action to make a melee attack with the ...
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Would being hidden grant advantage on both Bracers of Flying Daggers attacks?

Assuming that I'm using the Bracers of Flying Daggers magic item (from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, p. 190): This armband appears to have thin daggers strapped to it. As an action, you can pull up to ...
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If the UA artificer casts an attack cantrip from a wand, is that considered an “Attack action made with a magic weapon”?

So I'm looking at the Artificer Revisited Unearthed Arcana (PDF direct link). The 5th-level Arcane Armament feature says if you make an Attack action using a magic weapon, you can attack twice in ...
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When you attack with more than one action, which attacks suffer the penalty from the Stone Power feat?

The Stone Power feat (ToB. p. 32) allows you to voluntarily take a penalty to your attack rolls in order to gain temporary hit points: When you use an attack action or a full attack action, or you ...
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Does a paladin have to announce that they're using Divine Smite before attacking?

I'm curious about the use of a paladin's Divine Smite. Does a player need to announce they are using it before they make the attack roll?
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How do I handle a blinded enemy which wants to attack someone it's sure is there?

Say my players blinded a goblin, through either magical or non magical means, and the goblin knew that there was someone within 5 feet of it from before it got blinded. That goblin decides to flail ...
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Can staggered creatures still make extra attacks from the haste spell?

Let's suppose a player gets staggered just like being target of the staggering critical feat for 3 rounds. But then she is hasted by a party member. The question is: could she make the extra haste ...
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If you have the Extra Attack feature, can you attack once, then ready your second attack as a grapple/shove?

Say you're a 5th level fighter. You take the regular Attack action on your turn and attack once. Can you then ready your other attack to grapple, instead of attacking on this turn, in case the enemy ...