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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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Can you use Primal Savagery as an off-hand attack?

Can you use Primal Savagery as an off-hand attack, or main-hand attack then off-hand with another weapon?
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How does the Drow House Captain's whip attack work?

The Drow House Captain (MToF, pg. 184) has a whip attack with the following description (bold for emphasis): Whip. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d4 + 4) slashing ...
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How does the reaction from rank I of the Heavy Gunner talent, Covering Fire, work with area-of-effect attacks?

Rank I of the Heavy Gunner talent, Covering Fire, is described on page 97 of the Lancer Core Book First Edition PDF as follows (emphasis mine): As a quick action, choose a character within line of ...
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Order of attacks when using Two Weapon Fighting and Extra Attack

Both Two Weapon Fighting and Extra Attack give additional attacks in a turn, but in what order do those attacks take place? Is it up to the player, or must it be a specific order? My initial ...
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Does a barbarian's rage end if they are trying to attack an invisible creature they don't know the location of?

The barbarian rage ability includes this rule stating when it will end: Your rage lasts for 1 minute. It ends early if you are knocked unconscious or if your turn ends and you haven't attacked a ...
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Does a barbarian's rage end if they attack an illusion of a creature?

Here is the pertinent wording of the Rage feature: Your rage lasts for 1 minute. It ends early if you are knocked unconscious or if your turn ends and you haven't attacked a hostile creature ...
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Does an opportunity attack proc. Polearm Master's bonus action?

Does Polearm Master's bonus attack action proc. on an opportunity attack of a monster entering my reach?
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Can I use the bonus action granted by the Charger feat to cast Booming Blade?

Is it possible to use Booming Blade as part of my charger feat attack? Or is it separate? If so, what would my attack damage calculation be (assuming I'm using a greatsword and have Great Weapon ...
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Would declaring a sworn enemy using an oathbow cause disadvantage when attacking with a spiritual weapon?

The oathbow allows you to make the target of its ranged attack your "sworn enemy", which grants a number of benefits to your attacks with the oathbow against that enemy. However, it also states: ...
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Does being slowed prevent using multiple shoves/grapples during an attack action?

If a creature has been slowed either from the slow spell or a stone golem's slow ability, it can't make more than one attack per turn. If a character can make multiple attacks per turn however (eg. ...
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What is the spell attack modifier for a 9th-level Spellcaster? [closed]

From the PHB Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your intelligence modifier So shouldn't this Mage https://roll20.net/compendium/dnd5e/Mage#content have +7 Spell attack (rather than +6 ...
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Is Two-Weapon Fighting the only way for a Horizon Walker ranger to use the Distant Strike feature to attack two different creatures?

It says under the description for Distant Strike: At 11th level, you gain the ability to pass between the planes in a blink of an eye. When you use the Attack action, you can teleport up to 10 feet ...
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Dealing Hex damage when a familiar delivers a touch spell

Per the rules of Find Familiar, familiars can deliver touch spells on behalf of their owner: Finally, when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had ...
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Can I Haste, booming blade, green flame blade and smite?

So I am new to Dungeons and Dragons, and for a one shot my DM is planning on a battle royal. What I want to do is a level 10 divine soul sorcerer and 2 levels in paladin. First round I cast haste ...
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Do unarmed strikes count as “weapon attacks” for purposes of features like Enlarge and Brute Force?

According to this tweet by Jeremy Crawford: Unarmed strikes have always been weapon attacks. Here's where the confusion comes in: your unarmed strike (fist, elbow, knee, butt, etc.) is not ...
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What are the rules for attacking a willing target? [duplicate]

I will give an example. My ally is in a grapple that they do not want to be in and they keep failing the checks to escape. I am a Druid with a 30' speed and I am 50' away. I can not reach them to ...
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How does the Gibbering Mouther's random-attack effect work against characters with multiple attacks?

I have a party of 13th level characters, one of which happens to be a fighter who loves to swing her dual hammers at anything within reach. Recently I've been experimenting with some custom monsters ...
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What decisions can a player make when performing a compelled attack?

Say a character is under the influence of the confusion spell and they roll a 7 or an 8 to determine their action. So they try to attack an adjacent character. Now say the character has at least 2 ...
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Would the Slow spell block a Hunter ranger from using Volley or Whirlwind Attack?

The Slow spell includes this rule for any creature affected by it: Regardless of the creature's abilities or magic items, it can't make more than one melee or ranged attack during its turn. A ...
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Are there any consequences of a Critical Failure on attack rolls?

At "Attack rolls" on page 446 of CRB I could not find anything. For generic weapon attack rolls, is there a difference between Failures and Critical Failures?
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Can the Sidestep feat be used to avoid attacks?

The sidestep feat states the following: Once per round, when you make an attack of opportunity, you may take a 5- foot step after you attack. This 5-foot step doesn't count against your limit of ...
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If a feature has to be used before you know the result of an attack, what happens on a critical hit/miss?

This is inspired by the recent question: "Can I use the Enchantment wizard's Instinctive Charm feature after seeing the die roll?" where this is mentioned at the end, but to avoid having multiple ...
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Can the Deathlock Mastermind's Grave Bolts be used to attack a single target twice?

In Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (p. 129), the Deathlock Mastermind has the following attack: Grave Bolts. Ranged Spell Attack: +6 to hit, range 120 ft., one or two targets. Hit: 18 (4d8) necrotic ...
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Does attacking with an improvised weapon using a magic item count as a magical attack? [duplicate]

Inspired by the recent question: "Are there mechanics that will make improvised weapon attacks magical for a pure fighter?" Answers there are basically debating whether improvised attacks with magic ...
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Climb out of pit and use bow?

If a PC completes their move climbing out of a pit, is it reasonable to allow them to use their bow as an Attack? I.e. to clamber out, take the bow off their back, find an arrow, notch the arrow, ...
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Are there rules for fights involving an armed fighter against an unarmed one?

Context: A player is engaged in a fight with a unarmed peasant in a tavern. The player had a hand weapon. There are rules for fights between two fighters who are both unarmed, but I don't know what ...
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Is it possible to use a Mordhau grip to deal bludgeoning damage?

I play in a short D&D 5e campaign, with many undead type monsters, like skeletons and the like. My character has a Longsword, which deals slashing damage. Now I would like if it would be ...
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Does poking yourself with a needle with the intent to do damage require the Attack action, or can it be done as a (free) object interaction?

Does poking yourself with a needle hard enough to cause damage require the Attack action, or can it be done as a free object interaction? This task is certainly no more involved than opening a door, ...
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How does the Battle Master Fighter's Sweeping Attack Maneuver work if you would have (dis)advantage only against the first target?

The Battle Master Fighter can choose the Sweeping Attack Maneuver which states: When you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack, you can expend one superiority die to attempt to damage another ...
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If a creature has advantage against spells and magical effects, is it resistant to magical attacks?

My DM said that monsters that have advantage against spells and magical effects are extra resistant to damage. We fought some demons that have resistance to slashing, piercing, and bludgeoning damage ...
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How many attacks can a 3rd-level Hunter ranger using two-weapon fighting make in one turn?

Does a 3rd-level Ranger with the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style and Hunter (Horde Breaker) archetype get 3 or 4 attacks in a turn? The two-weapon fighting rule (PHB pg. 195) says: When you ...
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Can a level 20 Samurai fighter with the True Strike cantrip make 9 attacks in a turn, all with advantage?

The true strike cantrip can be cast as an action to grant yourself advantage on the first attack roll against the target on your next turn. The Samurai fighter's Fighting Spirit feature description ...
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What can a specter without Life Drain do?

I'll be running M.T. Black's Tower of the Mad Mage adventure in D&D 5e next week. On p. 8, there is a specter that, according to the description, has been weakened to where it can't use its Life ...
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By the rules, how can you attack while jumping?

At the different tables I've played at, it has always been assumed that you can attack while jumping. After reading this answer I'm not so sure you can. By the rules, what ways can a character attack ...
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Does the Slow spell limit the number of Eldritch Blast beams?

This question comes from something stated in an answer to another one of my questions: [Regarding eldritch blast] This spell allows you to make a single attack that targets multiple creatures, by ...
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What's the most amount of attacks that can be done per turn with barbarian as a base?

I'm thinking about DMing my first 5e campaign (I've GMed one Pathfinder one-off in the past). A player of mine was thinking about playing a female orc Barbarian that specializes in dealing as many ...
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Monk's Deflect Missiles vs. Assassin's poisoned weapons

I found this question on poisoned arrows and the Monk's deflect missiles ability. What I'm wondering about is slightly different. The Assassin has poisoned weapons which do half damage if the target ...
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Does a Melee spell attack count as a Weapon attack?

I'm relatively new to D&D and I've been thinking through on some builds when I thought about something I strangely hadn't thought of for a while; Ranger, specifically Horizon walker, Planar ...
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Can a Hunter Ranger under the effects of the Shapechange spell use Whirlwind Attack with a Monster's attack?

The Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack feature states: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target....
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What are all the ways to damage more than one creature in a single attack? [closed]

The slow spell states: [...] Regardless of the creature's abilities or magic items, it can't make more than one melee or ranged attack during its turn [...] I realized that one way around this ...
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Does the slow effect affect all attack types?

The Stone Golem has an ability called Slow: Slow (Recharge 5-6): The golem Targets one or more creatures it can see within 10 ft. of it. Each target must make a DC 17 Wisdom saving throw ...
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Can a vampire use its slam attack while full-handed?

Suppose a vampire is two-weapon fighting. Does it have to drop a weapon to use its slam attack or can it use other body parts - kicking or elbow striking for example - to attack with a slam? I ask ...
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How can I use Charisma instead of Strength or Dexterity for weapon attacks without being a Hexblade warlock?

I am building a level 2 character for D&D 5e. For story reasons (I just had to break ties with my patron, in a very fun way), I can no longer be a warlock. Is there a class (Unearthed Arcana is ...
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Can creatures use the Attack action without attacking?

Suppose a creature gets some benefits when they take the Attack action. For example, the Horizon Walker ranger's Distant Strike lets them teleport at will, but only when they take the Attack action. ...
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Can you run, jump and flip and still attack?

A player the other night wanted to run, jump off a wall, flip over the other characters in front of him, land in front of the monster, and attack it — all in one turn. Is that actually doable?
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Can a Horizon Walker ranger use the Distant Strike feature to teleport out of the Forcecage spell?

Distant Strike is a Horizon Walker ranger feature which states (XGtE, p. 43): At 11th level, you gain the ability to pass between the planes in a blink of an eye. When you use the Attack action, ...
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Oathbow: does the first attack count as being against your Sworn Enemy?

The Oathbow, a magic weapon from the DMG, allows you to choose a target as your Sworn Enemy: When you use this weapon to make a ranged attack, you can, as a command phrase, say, "Swift death to you ...
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Is 20d6 sonic damage every turn overpowered compared to other 5th- to 7th-level character abilities?

The question is born from: Does taking the form of a Muse using Fey Form gain you the Sound Strike attack?. Is 20d6 sonic damage every turn overpowered compared to other 5th- to 7th character-level ...
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Is the extra damage from an Oathbow doubled on a critical hit?

Does the extra 3d6 piercing damage of an Oathbow get doubled if the attack on the declared enemy is a critical hit?
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What happens to extra attacks after you kill your declared target

Say I decide I want to attack a Gnoll Pack Lord 10 feet away from me and I have 3 attacks. I roll 3 times and each roll is a hit. If my first two attacks kill the Gnoll, can I use the third on one of ...