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What is included after Hit: in monster attacks? [duplicate]

So, in the most recent session our DM sicced a hobgoblin tribe on us, and it was controlling a souped up hellfire engine (it was immune to force damage, had a speed 80 so we could not outrun it, and ...
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Does attacking with a Dragon Wing Hand Crossbow require one hand or two?

A hand crossbow is a one-handed weapon that ordinarily takes two hands to fire, due to the loading portion of the Ammunition property. Ammunition: Drawing the ammunition from a quiver, case, or other ...
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In determining the average damage of a single-turn string of two handed attacks, how should I add the average damage of my Sneak Attack?

The question relates to statistics, and how you add up odds. I'll spare you my function for determining the odds of a die roll. Assume for the sake of simplicity that the foe's AC is 11, and my attack ...
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Dream Vestige attack bonus

Dream Vestige, a monster from Libris Mortis, has a Tendril attack: Attack: Tendril +15 melee touch In my understanding the attack bonus consists of: +8 base attack bonus +5 dexterity modifier -2 ...
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What are the mechanics for attacking a creature grappled by someone else?

I've successfully grappled a creature. What are the mechanics for someone else attacking said creature? Do they get advantage on the attack? Is there a higher chance that they hit me? Or do I just ...
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Are there situations where high-damage single attacks are better than multiple attacks that add up to more damage overall?

In 3.5e/PF/other games, there are significant numbers of abilities that reduce damage by a flat value (DR 5/magic etc). In 5E, very few abilities/monsters seem to have flat damage reducers, instead ...
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Do monsters need to switch weapons?

Do monsters, like bandits, have to switch their weapon before they can attack with it, like PCs do or is it included in the action? I am asking as a new DM and I am not entirely sure how to run ...
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If I'm using the Form of the Exotic Dragon III spell, do I get the Crush special attack?

I have a quick question for a Pathfinder 1e campaign. If I'm using Form of the Exotic Dragon III, do I get the Crush special attack? There's nothing stating I do in the spell, per se, but Wild Shape ...
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What is considered a "normal melee attack" for Adept Cheap Shot?

In the Symbaroum Advanced Player's Guide, the novice ability Cheap Shot reads as follows: Active. Cheap Shots like a “gutter-kiss” (head-butt) or a “goblin-squeeze” (groin kick) comes naturally to ...
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Base attack bonus of a character who acquires outsider levels

I'm attempting to represent a character who is a 12th level Wizard / 4th level fighter who then acquires 15 HD of outsider levels. Which base attack bonus is correct? 12th level Wizard / 4th level ...
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Is it mathematically better to roll one attack or two with disadvantage?

Rolling one attack with advantage is worse than rolling two normal attacks (because we have two attack rolls either way, but only one vs two chances of dealing dmaage). However, what of the inverse ...
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For the Horizon Walker ranger's Distant Strike feature, can you teleport, then move, then attack? Or must the attack immediately follow the teleport?

I have yet to find clarification on when exactly the teleportation from the Horizon Walker ranger's Distant Strike feature must occur relative to the actual attack. The description of the feature says ...
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If an effect allows you to roll an additional damage die on a critical hit, can you choose the die? [duplicate]

Let’s say I am playing a Half-Orc Ranger. The Ranger, we’ll call him Bob, fights with a dagger. Bob is fighting a monster and has cast hunters mark on the monster. Bob rolls to hit, and gets a natural ...
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Does the Psychic Blades second offhand attack gain the attack roll bonus? [duplicate]

Does the Psychic Blades second offhand attack gain the attack roll bonus as the text says the original weapon disappears and that the only thing that changes is the damage dice. Also at 3rd level, ...
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Are there any items that give you an extra attack?

Are there any items that give you an extra attack?
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Use casting modifier for attack bonus with attack spell action

As an example, Snowball is a spell that requires you to make a ranged touch attach. This attack is the standard d20 + dex. Is there any feat or something (specifically for Sorcerer if possible) that ...
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What if the rules for corporeal creatures and incorporeal were symmetrical?

I previously asked this question in regards to the asymmetry between corporeals attacking incorporeals (having a miss chance of 50%) and incorporeals attacking corporeals (no miss chance) as per the ...
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Do all incorporeal PCs have a 50% miss chance when attacking a corporeal creature?

In our D&D 3.5 campaign, for years, we have followed the rule provided in the Monster Manual 1 on the incorporeal subtype. Summarizing: corporeals that hit an incorporeal have a 50% chance to miss,...
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Is the reaction attack from Voice of Authority still limited by the weapon's range?

In a game with my friends, we were in combat and our Cleric used Voice of Authority to have our Fighter/Barb attack an enemy over 30ft away with a melee weapon. Thinking that the line of sight from ...
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If I cast Green-Flame Blade but my attack misses, and I use an extra action from Haste to attack again, does GFB's effect apply if that attack hits?

Let us assume that my wizard has the Haste spell cast on him, granting him an additional action on each turn. He casts Green-Flame Blade as his first action, attacking as part of the spell, but that ...
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What happens with multiple attacks with the same name?

To clarify, I am trying to understand the interaction that occurs in D&D 5e between features that all grant a similar attack. For example, if I took a Path of the Beast Barbarian that was a ...
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The Merfolk Salvager's melee attacks don't specify that they're "Weapon Attacks". Is there a reason for this?

I noticed that both of the two attack actions a Merfolk Salvager (GoS, p.244) has do not specify that they are Weapon attacks: Coral Rapier. Melee Attack: +4 to hit, etc. Inject Toxin (2/Day). Melee ...
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Are damage dice from features such as Sneak Attack considered part of "the attack's damage" for the purposes of features such as the Piercer feat?

This question stems from looking at the rules on Critical Hits: When you score a critical hit, you get to roll extra dice for the attack’s damage against the target. Roll all of the attack’s damage ...
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How do the multiple attack rolls of Whirlwind Attack work with Lunging Attack's bonus to the attack's damage roll?

At 11th level the Ranger subclass Hunter can get Whirlwind Attack: 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 ...
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Does the caster of Steel Wind Strike trigger effects based on the position they attack from or to?

The spell Steel Wind Strike (XGE, p. 166) says: You flourish the weapon used in the casting and then vanish to strike like the wind. Choose up to five creatures you can see within range. Make a melee ...
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Haste's action interaction with Bladesinger's Extra Attack feature and Green-flame Blade/Booming Blade [duplicate]

As a Level 6 Bladesinger Wizard, can you use the extra action granted by the spell Haste to cast a Cantrip? What if that Cantrip has you make a weapon attack as part of the Cantrip, such as Green-...
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If my next attack roll is subject to a condition like 'disadvantage' can I avoid that by deciding to use an arcane shot after the attack roll?

If my 'next attack roll' is subject to a condition like disadvantage does avoiding the attack roll 'use up' that condition? An example rules text, snipped from Vicious Mockery: [...] the target [...] ...
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Which conditions, if any, prevent or impede the afflicted caster from being able to attack with Spiritual Weapon?

The relevant text for Spiritual Weapon is: You create a floating, spectral weapon within range that lasts for the duration or until you cast this spell again. When you cast the spell, you can make a ...
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How does the Haste spell's extra action interact with the Bladesinger's Extra Attack feature and with cantrips that do "one weapon attack only"?

The description of the Haste spell says, in part (emphasis mine): Until the spell ends, [the target] gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (...
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Does a natural 20 on an attack roll still crit if it was forced to be rerolled?

Does a natural 20 on an attack roll still crit if it was forced to be rerolled? Say a creature attacks me, and gets a nat. 20 on the attack roll (which would be a critical hit). However, I use the ...
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Can a conga line of creatures cursed by the same Shield of Missile Attraction transport ammunition instantaneously across the globe?

Let's say I have a single Shield of Missile Attraction: Whenever a ranged weapon attack is made against a target within 10 feet of you, the curse causes you to become the target instead. Let's say I ...
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Can a familiar attack with Magic Stone?

Find Familiar says: Finally, when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. Your familiar must be within 100 feet of you, and it must ...
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Can a Bladesinger attack once but still cast a cantrip with that attack?

Level 6 Bladesinger Wizards have a unique Extra Attack feature: You can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. Moreover, you can cast one of your cantrips in ...
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Can you use the Assassin's Assassinate with grenades or thrown area of effect weapons? [duplicate]

Can you use the Assassin's Assassinate with grenades or thrown area of effect weapons? Assassinate: Starting at 3rd level, you are at your deadliest when you get the drop on your enemies. You have ...
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Can a character choose to do minimal damage when attacking a target under "Fiendish Charm" in order to allow a saving throw to end the charm?

Playing D&D 5e, but this Fiendish Charm was located in the DMsGuild adventure "The House of the Midnight Violet". My party will soon be fighting a Fiend who has the "Fiendish Charm&...
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If you drink a Potion of Invisibility, do you become visible if you are hit?

If you drink a Potion of Invisibility and then are hit by someone, do you become visible? I don't see anything in the PHB that says that. Neither do I see anything like that for someone that is hiding....
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Path of the Beast: Can I shove then make the bonus claw attack?

One of Path of the Beast feature is: Each of your hands transforms into a claw, which you can use as a weapon if it’s empty. It deals 1d6 slashing damage on a hit. Once on each of your turns when you ...
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Do the UA thri-kreen's 4 arms enable any higher-damage weapon combinations?

The Travelers of the Multiverse Unearthed Arcana includes a playable insectoid race called the thri-kreen that has 4 arms, each of which is capable of wielding weapons, albeit with some limitations: ...
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Can a Tiger get two attacks in a round and a possible third with pounce?

Tigers get a bite attack and a claw attack along with this: Pounce. If the tiger moves at least 20 feet straight toward a creature right before hitting it with a claw attack, the target must succeed ...
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What happens when Witch Bolt misses?

According to the Witch Bolt spell description: Make a ranged spell attack against that creature. On a hit, the target takes 1d12 lightning damage, and on each of your turns for the duration, you can ...
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How do the Spirit Shroud and Green-Flame Blade spells interact?

The description of the spirit shroud spell says (emphasis mine): any attack you make deals 1d8 extra damage when you hit a creature within 10 feet of you. The description of the green-flame blade ...
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Does Fire Bolt require that you can see the creature in order to target it? [duplicate]

Fire Bolt makes no mention of seeing the creature in order to target it in the spell text . Fire Bolt says "creature or object within range". Ray of Frost has very similar language - no ...
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Can a Dhampir echo knight's echo use vampiric bite to restore hit points to the echo knight?

The Vampiric Bite ability of the Dhampir race can be used as an attack, so RAW the Dhampir Echo Knight's Echo can bite. But would this be able to Empower the Echo Knight?
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Can you grapple or shove a non-creature?

The rules for grappling and shoving clearly apply to creatures: Grappling. When you want to grab a creature or wrestle with it, you can use the Attack action to make a special melee attack, a grapple....
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Is the special attack granted by Righteous Might a Strike?

Casting Righteous Might gives the caster a special attack: A special attack with a righteous armament version of your favored weapon, which is the only attack you can use. Your attack modifier with ...
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Balancing around Eldritch Cannon's use as a bonus action

I am fairly new to DM'ing and I am going to be running a simple one shot soon. I intend to start the players at level 3 so they can enjoy the more entertaining class features and not be so squishy ...
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Are there any weapon attacks that are not considered to be either melee or ranged?

I'm creating a new cantrip to be used that would allow several targets to be hit in a line, with diminishing damage (half the damage of the target hit before it), and my initial idea was to word it ...
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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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