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Can a Dragonborn monk with Way of the Ascendant Dragon and extra attack use more than one breath weapon per turn?

The Dragonborn breath weapons for the variant Dragonborns from Fizban's Treasury of Dragons vary a little between the subraces, but they all begin with the same section: When you take the Attack ...
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What can you do with a high level enemies [closed]

what do you do when you face much higher levels of enemies that are stronger than you are? if it can be avoided in a duel can you avoid it? or can you fight as best as you can and practice more?
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Can an Echo Knight fighter attack through their echo while using the Echo Avatar feature?

The description of the Echo Knight fighter's Echo Avatar feature says (EGtW, p. 183): You can temporarily transfer your consciousness to your echo. As an action, you can see through your echo’s eyes ...
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How does the critical hit positive feedback loop affect average damage?

In the One D&D Character Origins UA, it mentions that rolling a nat 20 on an attack roll grants inspiration. This can then be used to give the PC advantage on their next attack, giving them a ...
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Do siege weapons have a maximum rate of fire?

Siege weapons typically take a series of multiple actions to make an attack. Ballistae, for example, require the input of a load action, aim action, and fire action to make a single attack roll - ...
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Corporeal attacks againt the incorporeal

We're not sure how to handle certain things concerning incorporeal creatures. incorporeal (trait) An incorporeal creature or object has no physical form. It can pass through solid objects, including ...
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Can a siege weapon "see" its target?

In another question, I was considering the mechanics of siege weaponry (and Spelljammer's ship-to-ship weapons, more to the point). I considered use of the faerie fire spell as a way to gain advantage ...
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Are there any ways to improve a siege weapon's attack bonus?

I've just gotten started reading the new Spelljammer book for 5th Edition D&D. I see that shipboard weapons work the same way siege weapons work in the DMG: It takes multiple actions to load, aim, ...
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Does a player character's attack from the "Attack" action have a reach?

While discussing this answer I made to a recent question concerning the Bugbear's Long Limbed trait and how the reach bonus affects the character's other reach-related effects, this question naturally ...
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(Path of the Ancesteral Guardian Barbarian) Can you use Spirit Shield without activating Vengeful Ancestors?

If I'm reducing the Area of Effect damage dealt to a friendly NPC by a PC, can I opt to not cause the damage blowback dealt by the Vengeful Ancestors? Spirit Shield the guardian spirits that aid you ...
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Can an Echo Knight's Echo use a weapon with two hands if the Knight is grappling?

I am about to play an Echo Knight in a game, and have been doing my research. The gist of my understanding is that Echoes are unable to make grappling checks, and I am prepared to work with this. The ...
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Will green-flame blade damage bonus apply to multiple attacks made in the same turn?

One can only cast 1 cantrip per turn (at least, as a warlock). But does the bonus damage rolled by Green-Flame Blade apply to multiple attacks, such as those coming from Improved Pact Weapon?
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Does the Deep Impact feat apply to multiple attacks made as part of a full attack action?

I got a psychic warrior character who has taken the Deep Impact feat. This allows a character to make an attack vs touch AC by expending their psionic focus. Additionally, my character's base attack ...
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How does Dominate Person/Beast/Monster interact with Sanctuary?

The Sanctuary spell states: Until the spell ends, 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 ...
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Is Haste's "one weapon attack only text" a limitation on the action, or exactly what the action provides? [duplicate]

SRD, page 97 - Haste: That action can be used only to take the Attack (one weapon attack only), Dash, Disengage, Hide, or Use an Object action. SRD, page 27 - Fighter Extra Attack: Beginning at 5th ...
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What's the maximum number of damage types I can have in a single melee attack?

Inspired by these two questions. I am currently playing an Arcane Trickster that has a Flame Tongue Rapier and access to Booming Blade. So I have: Piercing Fire Thunder I am considering getting ...
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What kinds of attacks can the dhampir lineage's Vampire Bite trait empower?

I am playing a dhampir Grave cleric for an upcoming campaign. The description for the dhampir lineage's Vampire Bite trait says, in part (VRGtR, p. 16): When you attack with this bite and hit a ...
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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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Which Action is required to throw Alchemist's Fire?

The Alchemist's Fire item description states the following (PHB, p. 148): This sticky, adhesive fluid ignites when exposed to air. As an action, you can throw this flask up to 20 feet, shattering it ...
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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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