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Can I make attacks non-lethal?

Sometimes my party is being incredibly stupid, and it makes me want to punch them in game for being stupid. An example of this is trying to use a party member as a live test subject for a mushroom ...
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Precisely when can/must the two weapon fighting bonus action and attack occur? [duplicate]

Complicators: "When", "Take", Composite condition + Extra Attack, Simultaneous events. Contrast: Immediately after (flurry of blows) When you take the Attack action and attack ...
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Does the Keenness of the Stone Giant feat's Stone Throw receive the ability mod to damage?

Pretty straightforward question-- the Keenness of the Stone Giant grants the ability "Stone Throw": Stone Throw. As a bonus action, you can take a rock and make a magical attack with it. ...
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Do Vampires have to make an attack roll in order to bite a willing target?

A Vampire's Bite action is described as: Bite. (Bat or Vampire Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one willing creature, or a creature that is grappled by the vampire, ...
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Is There Synergy With Primal Savagery and Grappler?

The grappler feat states that You have advantage on attack rolls against a creature you are grappling. And Primal Savagery states you Make a melee spell attack against one creature within 5 feet of ...
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How many melee attacks can a character make on turn one in D&D 5e? [duplicate]

I once spent close to 8 hours doing in-depth research on all the subclasses available to find this out for a level 12 character, and managed to find a build that could make 14 attacks on turn 1 ...
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Does Adamantine Armor protect your silver cord on the Astral Plane?

When using the spell astral projection, you gain a vulnerability: If your silver cord is severed, you die: If the cord is cut--something that can happen only when an effect specifically states that ...
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Can slam attacks be used to make attacks of opportunity and deliver at-will spell-like abilities? [closed]

Two questions. Can a creature with a slam attack use it whenever they are able to make an attack of opportunity? Can a creature with a slam attack deliver a at will spell-like ability with the slam ...
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Can you use Favored Foe multiple times on the same creature?

In D&D 5e (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything), if I hit a creature and use the Favored Foe feature to mark it and deal additional damage, would I be able to stop concentrating on the initial mark and ...
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Is there any reason to use the Battle Master fighter's Precision Attack maneuver before the attack roll?

The Battle Master fighter's Precision Attack maneuver states the following (PHB, p. 74): When you make a weapon attack roll against a creature, you can expend one superiority die to add it to the ...
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Devise a Stratagem and Swipe

With Swipe you can attack 2 enemies, Devise a Strategem (DaS) lets you know the result in advance against one enemy, how do these work together? option 0; does not work at all Devise a Stratagem says: ...
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Will using a weapon not as intended (improvised) still generate "on-hit" effects?

I found this question asking whether a net as a melee weapon would still trigger the restrained condition: Can you make a Melee Weapon Attack with a Net?. The highest voted response suggested that ...
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Flurry of Blows has to be done after the action. Why?

Monk's Ki feature Flurry of Blows is defined like this (PHB, page 78): Immediately after you take the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ki point to make two unarmed strikes as a bonus ...
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Clarification on semantics around melee attacks

The game uses various ways of describing a physical melee attack: Melee Weapon Attack melee attack with/using a weapon attack with/using a melee weapon, or attack with/using a weapon (without the ...
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Can a Gnoll Pack Lord target itself for Incite Rampage?

Incite Rampage (Recharge 5–6). One creature the gnoll can see within 30 feet of it can use its reaction to make a melee attack if it can hear the gnoll and has the Rampage trait. A Gnoll pack lord ...
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Can a creature chose different targets for each attack on a turn using information about the outcome of previous attacks? [duplicate]

A 4th-level ranger with a light melee weapon each hand and the Two Weapon Fighting fighting style can make 2 attacks in a turn (1 with the Attack action for the first hand, 1 as a bonus action for the ...
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Does Assurance bypass the MAP?

I was watching a YouTube channel that does P2E builds this morning. This one was for a grappler-type character, and it mentioned taking Assurance to avoid the Multiple Attack Penalty. That seems like ...
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Recursive combined probability for triggering a bonus attack?

I'm trying to determine the average damage per round for a homebrew fighting style, so that I can compare it to other types of combat choices, and see if thing will remain balanced, when we introduce ...
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Striking nothing

The core of this question is: Does pathfinder 2e include a mechanism to trigger "on strike" effects without a target in RAW? By hitting the ground, angrily shaking your fist at a cloud while ...
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Can a Devil variant of the Fiendish Spirit summoned by the Summon Fiend spell grapple a creature and also use its Hurl Flame action with multiattack?

Premise Can a Devil variant of the Fiendish Spirit summoned by the Summon Fiend spell perform a Grapple as one of its attacks on its turn, and also use its Hurl Fire ranged spell attack? Per the ...
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Can I shove a creature away from me in a particular direction?

This is related to this question, where it was a second question of mine. Let's say my party wants to walk across a narrow, straight, 5 ft wide bridge, but a pesky foe blocks the way RAW, I can use ...
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How does Form of the Beast work with the Two-Weapon Fighting?

When my Beast Barbarian reaches level 5, with one hand empty and the other holding a dagger, after making two claw attacks plus an extra attack, can I then use a bonus action to attack with the dagger ...
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Are a Beholder's Legendary Action Eye Rays Also Bound to the "Reroll Duplicates" Rule?

This is a balancing question as I am currently in the middle of homebrewing a Beholder-esque monster and I'm trying to use the Beholder's stat block as a template for how my new monster's challenge ...
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What are some use cases for attack rolls that target a location? [closed]

In D&D 5e, a location is effectively a space in a place or a point on a map, as opposed to constituting a discrete object (a location can be a point in midair, for instance). They are defined ...
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Does a Swords Bard's extra damage count as damage that the original attack inflicts for Vampiric Bite's HP gain and roll bonus?

I know that Slashing Flourish, and the rest of the options, deal extra damage to the original target, but I'm asking if the damage it deals to creatures of your choice within 5 feet of you counts as ...
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What attack table do we use to resolve a thrown weapons attack?

I cannot find in the rules what table should be used to resolve attacks when done with a thrown weapon. For example, if a character throws an axe at an enemy, should AT-1 (1-handed slashing) or AT-4 (...
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Are an Onyx Dog’s attacks magical? [duplicate]

The figurine of wondrous power is a magic item, and therefore by the definition in the SAC, magical in a game-mechanical sense, i.e. activating it would not work in an antimagic field, detect magic ...
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Ready Action and Bonus Action [closed]

In our weekly game we had a pretty typical question about a ready action, reaction and bonus action. I was DM and here is how it starte. The players decided to explore some ruins. As they explored, ...
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Clarification Needed: Mechanics of 'Girallon's Blessing' Claw Attacks and Damage Calculation

Regarding the spell "Girallon's Blessing" from the Spell Compendium, I'm seeking clarification on how the attacks and damage are resolved. Suppose my character has a Strength modifier of +3, ...
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Do I understand the mechanics of how Echo Knight works?

I would like to sketch out a combat encounter and ask if I understand mechanically how an Echo Knight works, particularly in conjunction with Polearm Master. Note I’m mentioning d10 in this encounter ...
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I pick up a rock and throw it at a fast-moving target. Do I roll a DEX save, or an unarmed strike?

For context, the rabbit happens to be host to the alien jackalope fungus that has just been vomited from a possessed NPC. Cairn, page 11: Saves: A save is a roll to avoid bad outcomes from risky ...
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If an otyugh's bite attack misses, does the target have to make a saving throw?

Let's consider the following example of an action that an enemy (Guardian Naga) can perform during its turn (emphasis mine): Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one creature. Hit: 8 (...
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Am I correctly understanding how the modern firearms from the DMG work?

I am having a bit of trouble in understanding how firearms work. Let's take for example the hunting rifle (DMG, page 268). It has the Reload property, and it has 5 shots. Now suppose a creature has ...
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Can a Gloom Stalker Ranger (potentially) make an attack roll five times in one turn via the Attack action?

As the DM, a player at my table is playing a Gloom Stalker Ranger, at level 11. This player was able to make an attack on their first turn of combat while utilising two-weapon fighting, per the PHB ...
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If you're mounted and forced to make a melee attack, do you attack your mount?

I'm a new DM running a 5e combat encounter in which the NPC attacker is mounted on a Riding Horse. One of the players' characters has just cast Confusion, which indicates that Each creature in a 10-...
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Multiclassing - Extra Attacks and Sneak Attacks

So, I'm playing a level 5 Fighter Battle Master. I'm thinking about multiclassing with Rogue, for the Sneak Attack. I'll use a rapier, since it has 1d8 damage and acuity. At level 5/1 (Fighter/Rogue) ...
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At what point is a character considered to have "taken the Attack Action"? [duplicate]

Per the rules of Bonus Action: You choose when to take a bonus action during your turn, unless the bonus action's timing is specified, and anything that deprives you of your ability to take actions ...
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Do magical enhancements that are not of the 'correct' melee/ranged weapon/damage type still apply to attacks made of some other sort?

Following on this question, what happens if you deliver an attack with a weapon that has a special property that can only be applied to weapons of type X - but, despite the fact that your weapon is ...
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Would the Disarm optional rule let a monk use Stunning Strike with it?

I'm playing a monk in a Tomb of Annihilation campaign. My game plan has been to keep our party alive as much as possible through debuffs, body-blocking opponents, and the like. I recently saw the ...
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Can a readied action that changes character's location be used for dodging attacks?

There's a PC claims, "Since I haven't moved in this turn, I ready my 5-foot-step after my full-round attack to move to the left (which is still within the enemy's reach) when the enemy attack or ...
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Can a pet (or friendly wild animal) throw a pebble with the Magic Stone cantrip cast on it?

Example scenario: A Forest Gnome Druid with the Urchin background equips their pet mouse with Magic Stones and asks it to throw them at enemies. The description of the Magic Stone spell says (EEPC, p. ...
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How does Arcane Cascade interact with Weakness/Resistance?

One of the basic effects of Arcane Cascade is While you're in the stance, your melee Strikes deal 1 extra damage.[...] The damage type is determined by the spell used before entering the Stance. If ...
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Can creatures attack during their jumping movement?

Can creatures, such as player characters, attack while in the air without a flying speed? For example, could a PC jump straight up in order to attack a monster, which would otherwise be out of their ...
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What area can a fathomless warlock's tentacle attack?

Are we to think of the tentacle as a coiled up spiritual weapon with reach which covers a 10 ft radius around a point, or is it like a 10 ft line, which can attack anything within 10 ft of this 10 ft ...
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Does the damage from Hexblade's Curse apply to attacks from summons?

The description for Hexblade's Curse states the following: You gain a bonus to damage rolls against the cursed target. The bonus equals your proficiency bonus. Say that a Hexblade Warlock uses this ...
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Does any published monster have a "toss creature" attack or similar?

I was inspired by this question, where the answers propose improvised weapon and unarmed strike rules to ajudicate the effect of a monster picking up and tossing a (in this case unconscious) creature ...
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How to reduce multiattack penalty for bombs?

Is there some way to reduce or avoid the multi-attack penalty when throwing weapons? So far the only thing I found is the Dual Thrower feat which is completely useless because it requires you to ...
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Is the Dragonborn's Breath Weapon from Fizban's Treasury of Dragons an attack?

Fizban's Treasury of Dragons presents an alternative version for dragonborns. One of the features that have been changed is the Breath Weapon: Breath Weapon. When you take the Attack action on your ...
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Can a Dragonborn from Fizban use a Breath Weapon and a net attack as one Attack action?

Because the Breath Weapon is not an "attack", maybe I can attack with a net on the same turn? When you use an action, bonus action, or reaction to attack with a net, you can make only one ...
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Hiding in combat in complete cover [duplicate]

We had a situation: Rogue broke line of sight to enemies by running around the corner in complete cover a round ago. Next round, the enemies move closer, two engage melee fighters and two stop in the ...
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