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Do the rules explicitly say that there can be no critical hit without an attack roll?

Critical hits are introduced in the PHB under "Attack Rolls": If the d20 roll for an attack is a 20, the attack hits regardless of any modifiers or the target's AC. This is called a ...
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When the Shield of Missile Attraction changes the target of an attack, does the attacker have to make a new attack roll?

I got interested in the cursed item Shield of Missile Attraction, but I have some doubts about how it works. Consider the following scenario: Thurin the dwarven fighter is walking along the city ...
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Is there an official variant rule where a natural 1 ends a full attack action?

In many 3.5 games that I have played, a roll of a natural one on an attack roll is basically just a miss, but you cannot make any more attacks that round. I thought this was an official variant rule, ...
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Ring of the Ram: what kind of attack does it make?

The Ring of the Ram (DMG p. 193) states the following: While wearing the ring, you can use an action to expend 1 to 3 of its charges to attack one creature you can see within 60 feet of you. The ring ...
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Can you use a bonus action in the middle of an attack (e.g. after the attack roll, but before the outcome is determined)?

Say you're a paladin, and you want to cast searing smite (PHB, p. 274). Can I roll my attack, see the result, and decide if I want to spend my bonus action on searing smite before the outcome is ...
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Tarokka effect for a given die roll and critical success/miss. Is this balanced?

I'm now setting up my first session as DM. I don't have the whole story yet, but I have a very simple first session that will introduce 3 players to the game (they are 4 in total). I'm thinking of a ...
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How high can the bonus to an attack roll get?

I was considering this Q&A: What is the highest possible AC? I was curious about whether any attack roll could ever get high enough to hit such an AC (short of scoring a critical hit, which ...
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Does “Claw at the Moon” require the character to make a normal attack roll in addition to the Jump check?

Claw at the Moon's description states the following: ToB p.86 As part of this maneuver, you attempt a Jump check to leap into the air and make a melee attack that targets your foe's upper body, ...
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Is it possible to use Athletics (or other skills) for/with attack or damage rolls?

I just started a game in 5e with a new human greatsword-wielding fighter, and rolled stats pretty well (I have a Strength score of 17). I chose the Brawny feat (from UA: Feats for Skills) and ...
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Does a Champion fighter automatically hit someone wearing Adamantine Armor if they roll a 19 (or 18 at higher levels) on the attack roll?

Without adamantine armor, a critical hit is an auto-hit regardless of AC. Though Jeremy Crawford once tweeted that a Champion fighter with the Improved Critical and Superior Critical features auto-...
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Does a Spectator need to make an attack roll to determine whether it hits a target with its Eye Rays?

The spectator is a D&D monster that can shoot rays out from its eyes with varying effects. The creature it targets has to succeed on a DC 13 saving throw (the ability of the save depends on the ...
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Are attack rolls or saving throws more consistent or predictable?

In D&D 5e, spellcasters often have to choose between spells which can affect a target on a successful melee attack. The fire bolt cantrip (1d10 to 4d10 damage depending on character level), for ...
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If my character exchanges a crossbow for a longbow, how do my attack and damage rolls change?

My fighter exchanged a crossbow for a longbow at a Weapons Workshop he came across. The character has proficiency with Simple and Martial Weapons, with the Dueling fighting style, and is Dexterity ...
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Is there a to-hit modifier for the Flame Blade spell's attack?

I'm not sure what to roll to hit with Flame Blade; is it just a straight d20? The description says: You can use your action to make a melee spell attack with the fiery blade. On a hit, the target ...
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What are my odds of a critical hit with my level 20 Champion?

I'm trying to calculate what my odds are as a level 20 Champion to score at least one critical hit on my turn, and how many I can expect. I make four attacks per attack action I take, and can Action ...
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Anydice formula to calculate hit percentage against AC 5-25

I'm trying to create what I think is a simple formula in Anydice and struggling to figure it out. I roll a 20-sided dice, add a number x, and want to know the odds that the number will be greater or ...
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What is the attack bonus with a Javelin of Lightning? [duplicate]

I have a lv3 Dragonborn Fighter, and I am still completing the sheet. I need to know the attack bonus for the Javelin of Lightning in order to use it. I usually just stick to what the DM says.
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How does a monster's THAC0 in AD&D/2e relate to +Hit bonus in D&D 5th Edition?

I want to adapt several creatures from AD&D/2e so I can use them in 5e. Is there an easy way to translate THAC0 (to hit AC 0) to the +Hit bonus in 5e? I'm looking for a formula or a chart if ...
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Do you add the proficiency bonus when throwing a pebble from the Magic Stone cantrip?

Would you add your proficiency bonus to a pebble from the magic stone cantrip? The spell description says nothing about it. The magic stone spell description states (EEPC, p. 20; XGtE, p. 160): ...
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Does the Deflect Attack reaction of a Battle Smith artificer's Steel Defender impose disadvantage on all attacks from the chosen creature?

In Eberron: Rising from the Last War, the artificer's Battle Smith subclass grants you a Steel Defender that can use its reaction to give disadvantage on a creature's attack roll. The Steel Defender ...
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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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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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Is the Kineticist's Aether Utility Talent: Dual Telekinetic Control a multiple attack?

Is the Kineticist's Aether Utility Talent: Dual Telekinetic Control a multiple attack? Dual Telekinetic Control Element(s): aether; Level: 1; Type: utility (Su); Burn — Prerequisite(s): telekinetic ...
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Can I use the Enchantment wizard's Instinctive Charm feature after seeing the die roll?

Multiple abilities can be used "after seeing the roll, but before knowing whether it hits or misses" (examples: a Lore bard's Cutting Words or a Valor bard's Combat Inspiration). However, in the case ...
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Is there an accepted likelihood of hitting that is consistent across tiers, and how has it been determined?

One can easily calculate DPR given a specific build (knowing proficiency bonus, ability scores, other relevant factors) and the AC of opponents, leading to spreadsheets with a matrix of customizable ...
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Which modifier shown in the D&D Beyond character sheet do I add to attack rolls with my longbow?

I'm a little uncertain what to add to my attack rolls. Can anyone confirm which of the below highlighted modifiers I should be adding to my D20 roll for attack with the longbow? I am proficient in ...
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Can the Circle Of Wildfire druid's Enhanced Bond be applied to attack rolls?

The UA Circle Of Wildfire druid has the feature Enhanced Bond, with this text: The bond with your wildfire spirit enhances your destructive and restorative spells. Whenever you cast a spell that ...
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How many dice are used when shooting double-barreled firearms?

The double-barreled pistol enables a special standard action to shoot both barrels at once by pulling both triggers with -4 penalty. Is it a single attack die, functioning similarly to the Manyshot ...
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Would getting a natural 20 with a penalty still count as a critical hit?

Since rolling a number up to 20 with modifiers (an example 17 + 3) is not counted as a critical hit, what happens in the following case? If I roll a natural 20 and because of penalties end up with a ...
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Can you apply the Monk's Martial Arts feature only to your attack roll but not your damage roll?

The Monk's Martial Arts feature states: You can use Dexterity instead of Strength for the attack and damage rolls of your unarmed strikes and monk weapons... Originally I thought this meant you ...
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If a creature with both the Faerie Fire and Mirror Image spells cast on it is attacked, when is the attack roll actually made?

According to answers on this question about how faerie fire and mirror image interact, the faerie fire spell only affects the creature, and the mirror image spell can change the target of an attack. ...
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Is it okay to roll multiple attacks that all have advantage in one cluster?

I am planning to make my first Ranger and going Hunter to eventually get Volley. If I get the preemptive strike from an unseen position, then RAW I get advantage on attack rolls. Let's say I am ...
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If I have multiple attacks, does the penalty from Combat Expertise apply to all attacks?

We're playing using the D&D 3.5 rules. In the rulebook for "Combat Expertise" it states that When you use the attack or full attack action in melee, you can take a penalty of -5 on your attack ...
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AnyDice: How to calculate the winner in opposed rolls over multiple rounds?

I am having some difficulty doing opposed rolls over multiple rounds. I am looking for a character vs. character statistics. I call them "Rookie" and "Enemy" respectively. I want to know what the ...
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How do I calculate my to-hit bonus when using the Great Weapon Master feat?

My barbarian is going to receive the Great Weapon Master feat. Looking over it, I have a question about the -5 to hit mentioned in the feat. The second benefit of the Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, ...
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In D&D, how do you calculate the attack bonus for a weapon? [duplicate]

I had my first character made for me, which was a big mistake. I am making a new lvl 6 druid/3 fighter/3 , and I'm stuck on this one part. So if I'm a drow druid/fighter with 2 short sword and 2 ...
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As a monk, can you make a melee attack roll using your Strength modifier, but roll damage with your Dexterity modifier?

I want to know if you can make an attack roll with one stat, but deal the damage with another. As a monk, can you make a melee attack roll using your Strength modifier, but roll damage with your ...
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Is there a way to avoid the buckler's penalty to attack rolls?

Buckler: Benefit: [...] You can also use your shield arm to wield a weapon (whether you are using an offhand weapon or using your off hand to help wield a two-handed weapon), but you take a –1 ...
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Does throwing a Bead of Force require a roll to hit accurately?

I gave an enemy three beads of force, one of which was used against the PCs, two of which they now have. The item says: You can use an action to throw the bead up to 60 feet. Is an attack roll ...
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Why does Slow not impose an attack penalty? [closed]

I have been struggling with the Slow spell in 5e. RAW it does not affect attacks aside from casting spells, but if Slow is essentially the opposite of Haste, Haste gives an AC +2 as the creature is ...
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Is there any way to get melee to-hit bonuses as high as ranged to-hit bonuses?

The Archery Fighting Style (PH 72) gives +2 to hit. Adding in a magic weapon +3 and magic ammunition +3 gives a whopping +8 bonus to hit in addition to the Dexterity and proficiency bonus. On this ...
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What ability modifier, if any, would apply to a firearm attack roll?

I'm playing D&D 5e, and I'm not sure what ability score applies to firearm attack rolls. (Using the stats from the DM's Guide.)
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Does an attack hit if it exactly matches the target's AC?

For an attack to successfully hit a given Armor Class, would it need to get a number higher than the Armor Class? Or does it hit if the total exactly equals the Armor Class value as well? Does the ...
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When a player character with the Lucky Feat is attacked, what information is given to the player before deciding to use the feat?

A player of mine just took the Lucky feat (PHB, p. 167), which is a very nice feat, but some questions have popped up. The Lucky feat allows a player to use a luck point on attack rolls that happen ...
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Can you reroll an attack using the Lucky feat if you roll a natural 1?

If you are making an attack and you roll a natural 1 on the die, you immediately know this is a failure. But the Lucky feat (PHB, p. 167) says: Whenever you make an attack roll, an ability check, ...
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Is the attack modifier of Green-Flame Blade or Booming Blade based on your spellcasting ability, or your weapon attack modifier?

Is the attack modifier of green-flame blade or booming blade based on your spellcasting ability, or your weapon attack modifier? For example, if my high-Charisma, low-Strength sorcerer were to use ...
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Is there a feat that allows you to subtract a number from your AC and add it to your attack roll?

Is there a feat that's the opposite of the Combat Expertise feat? I'm looking for a feat which would allow you to subtract a number from your AC and add it to your attack roll.
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How do attack rolls work with two-weapon fighting?

I have a champion fighter with two scimitars. This fighter took the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style and often uses both of them for higher damage output. Sometimes in our sessions, I have to make a ...
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How are attack bonuses calculated in dnd 5e? [duplicate]

I am new to dnd, and all of my other characters were told what the attack bonuses are for their weapons, but now that I am on my own, I need to figure out the attack bonus for the quarterstaff, and ...
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Does a creature with blindsight have disadvantage when attacking an invisible target?

As the question states, if a creature has blindsight, do they have disadvantage on a target that is within the range of their blindsight and not otherwise hidden/covered? The wording of the invisible ...