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Questions tagged [attack-roll]

A randomized event (usually performed with dice) that determines whether one character can strike another.

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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 with the exact number as well?
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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 ...
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Using the Hitting Cover variant rule, is it impossible to hit the covering creature if its AC is 2 higher than the target's?

After reading the optional rule of Hitting Cover, it strikes me that the rule is flawed. The Hitting Cover variant rule states (DMG p. 272): When a ranged attack misses a target that has cover, ...
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Unarmed Strikes for Monks as a Bonus Action Following an Attack? [closed]

My DM is arguing that I need to roll a hit as my bonus action to take an unarmed strike following an attack action (as per Martial Arts or Flurry of Blows). Is this true? I was under the impression ...
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Does adamantine armor protect you from being beheaded by a vorpal sword?

(Inspired by this question about adamantine armor) The item description for adamantine armor states: While you're wearing it, any critical hit against you becomes a normal hit. The item ...
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How much information should the defender have when deciding whether or not to cast Shield?

I'm playing a 5e campaign as a Fighter, planning on becoming an Eldritch Knight. Thus far (we're still level 1), the DM has been resolving attack rolls against us by telling us the result of the ...
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For a basic unarmed strike, is only the proficiency bonus included in the attack roll, or is the Strength modifier also added?

The Player's Handbook, Chapter 9, states about attack rolls: The ability modifier used for a melee weapon attack is Strength A bit later on it also states about melee attacks: Instead of using ...
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What are my chances of rolling a natural 19/20 critical if I roll 3d20?

The Oath of Vengeance paladin gains the Channel Divinity option "Vow of Enmity" at 3rd level (PHB, p. 88): As a bonus action, you can utter a vow of enmity against a creature you can see within 10 ...
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Does Fireball require a “to hit” roll against the target's AC?

I had a player try a mutiny tonight. We were running a battle against a bunch of Red Wizards of Thay, and I chose to cast fireballs by the boat load. We are all new to D&D and one proceeded to ...
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Do melee spell attacks with a range of touch bypass armor? [duplicate]

Short version: Do melee spell attacks take into account armor when the range is Touch? Longer version: Assuming a prepare an Inflict Wounds (PHB253) spell, that has the following properties: Range: ...
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Homebrew game-designing problem: Ranged unit attack roll in Large-scale Battle? [closed]

I've run into a little homebrew game-designing issue and maybe you may have just the creative solution I'm looking for. I'll try to explain this as best as I can! I've been trying to create an ...
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Can Lucky be used on an attack roll if the roll is a 'Nat 1'? [duplicate]

Crawford's answer as quoted below Rolling a 1 or 20, PHB pg 194 [...] If the d20 roll for an attack is a 1, the attack misses regardless of any modifiers or the target's AC. Lucky Feat, PHB ...
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How can a DM deal with abilities that affect how an attack roll is resolved?

Consider the following: An Orc takes the attack action against a PC with an AC of 18. The DM rolls in front of the screen and gets a 14. He silently adds the +5 bonus from the Orc and announces ...
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Are attack rolls, made by enemy creatures, made behind a screen in Adventurers League?

Are attack rolls, made by enemy creatures, made behind a screen in Adventurers League? Is it at DM's discretion? The answer would be useful in order to evaluate the usefulness of the feat Lucky.
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How do I roll the attack & damage for Violet Fungus?

I have an encounter with a few Violet Fungus clinging to the walls. I've read over their statblock a few times but still have concerns regarding how to roll attack and damage for their Rotting Touch ...
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Is there a penalty for off hand weapons when NOT two-weapon fighting?

I know that when using two weapons to attack, a PC takes a negative to the attack on the primary and off hand weapon. Let us imagine that a PC is holding a mace in one hand (his primary hand) and a ...
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Does a natural 20 always succeed on a check or attack?

I ran a season of 4th edition D&D Encounters, and I have the 1st 4th edition boxed set, the Red Box, and a few of the Essentials books, but I'm missing the Rules Compendium. For some reason, I ...
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How many attack rolls are needed for Flurry of Blows?

I'm currently playing monk with Open Hand Technique. When I use Flurry of Blows how many attack rolls are made: one or two? If it needs two, does one hit trigger Open Hand Technique? When I succeed ...
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How is attack bonus calculated with a Multiclassed Zen Archer Evangelist with flurry of arrows?

How is attack bonus calculated with a Multiclassed Zen Archer Evangelist with flurry of arrows? It seems that I am getting a double bonus with successive levels. I am outpacing my fellow adventurers....
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Maximum possible Attack Roll bonus? [closed]

I decided to attempt to figure out what the highest possible bonus to a single attack roll, given the proper magic items and spell buffs. From what I could tell, the best way to go about this would be ...
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Can the Robe of the Archmagi increase the DC and spell attack bonus of Cleric Spells?

In 5e, if a multiclass character with levels in wizard and cleric wears a Robe of the Archmagi would their cleric spells benefit by the spell save DC and spell attack bonus increase? More generally, ...
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Do you need to roll to hit for the offhand attack of Two-Weapon Fighting?

I'm playing a rogue, and cannot find the definitive answer to this question anywhere. I know all about the bonus action nature of the offhand attack, so that is not part of this question. I only want ...
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How do you calculate rolls for attacking?

I think you calculate your attack rolls as your Agility + Skill for the "roll" and "keep" 2. How do you increase the "keep"? A 6k2 rarely hits anything.
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Do you have to roll to cast a spell in D&D 5E? [duplicate]

So me and my friends are playing D&D 5E and my friend wants to cast magic missiles. Our DM says that he has to roll to cast the spell but my friend says he does not. So according to the rules of D&...
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How to determine attack roll [duplicate]

I believe that you are supposed to add the strength modifier or dexterity modifier depending on if it is a melee weapon or if it is a ranged weapon respectively. Then add the proficiency bonus if they ...
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Do auto-fail/auto-success rules apply to critical confirmations?

At a recent game, a character confirmed a critical hit with a natural 20 and there was a brief discussion whether natural 1s and natural 20s auto failed or auto succeeded (respectively) to confirm ...
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Does the size modifier affect touch and ranged touch attacks?

Since the rules are poorly described for touch and ranged touch attacks, should the size modifier apply when making these types of attacks? The attack roll section is really meant for weapons and not ...
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Can Bardic Inspiration make a natural attack roll of 1 into a hit?

PHB pg. 53 states: ...the creature can roll the die and add the number rolled to one ability check, attack roll, or saving throw it makes. Does this feature allow the creature to modify a "natural"...
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Is the attack roll how much damage I do? [closed]

When I roll the die on my turn to attack and roll 15 does that mean I do 15 damage? It confuses me because I see most people's characters only have around 10 hit points which would mean majority of ...
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How does Dead Shot interact with True Strike?

I have a character with levels in gunslinger and machinesmith. As a gunslinger, I have access to the Dead Shot deed : Dead Shot (Ex): At 7th level, as a full-round action, the gunslinger can take ...
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When using weapon property defending, do you add the masterwork bonus on the attack roll?

This applies to all weapons with the defending property. This question assumes you transfer ALL of the enhancement bonus. Weapons have access to a property called defending which lets you use switch ...
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What modifier is added to the Kinetic Blasts attack rolls?

While reading up on the Kineticist, I noticed it never expressly says what modifier you add to attack rolls with your kinetic blast. So, what are all the modifiers you add to a kinetic blasts attack ...
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Why does Beyond TableTop show my half orc barbarian's attack bonus as +7 when it should be +5?

I was using Beyond TableTop to create a new level 1 Half Orc Barbarian for my new 5e group. I have him using a greataxe with which he is proficient. The attack bonus should be +5, due to being ...
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Are immobile objects paralyzed?

Suppose we're trying to set a catapult on fire while defending a siege (and the nearby Kobolds firing it aren't strong enough to be able to move it). That catapult can't move or speak, and can't ...
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When does the player choose to apply effort to increase damage?

In Numenera, players can apply effort to increase their chance to hit with an attack and/or to increase the damage of the attack. Thus far, my group has been playing that they can apply the effort ...
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Have any of the designers of D&D explained why Strength increases Hit Chance?

This is a personal bias, but when I think high strength score, the imagery I get is: When it comes to accuracy of a muscle-bound and bulky person, the imagery I get is: Bruce Lee had stated he didn'...
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Natural 20 when rolling with disadvantage

If you are rolling with disadvantage and roll a natural 20 on one of those rolls, which die roll do you take? My question stems from the fact that natural 20s count as critical regardless of ...
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How many attack rolls are made when attacking with Flurry of Blows?

While playing 5e with my playgroup, I made a staff strike, along with Flurry of Blows with my monk going for the extra 2 unarmed strikes. For this, my DM made me take a total of 2 attack rolls, one ...
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What happens to divine power when you go epic?

Divine power (without capitalization) is a cleric spell that, among other things, sets your BAB to equal your level. Now, when you gain epic levels, you stop gaining BAB, you gain an epic bonus every ...
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Can you improve your attack modifier when using items?

Are there ways to improve you attack modifier with items? For example, Hrothmar's Gauntlets have an attack "Constitution or Charisma +4 vs. Reflex". This is made up of: 1/2 level + Con or Cha + 4 ...
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Can you reroll both dice or only one when Great Weapon Fighting with a Greatsword?

GWF let's you reroll the die if it's a 1 and 2, so in the instance of a Greatsword do you reroll only one of those die if both land on a 1 or a 2, or both? I imagine if you could reroll both it would ...
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Attack Rolls Before Damage

As a newcomer to DnD, I am a bit confused about the attack rolls. Say I am playing a rogue with Sneak Attack, and an offhanded shortsword (shortsword mainhand) So I first roll an attack roll to ...
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D&D 4e - attack rolls - “level +x vs. defense” - clarification

I noticed that in the Book of Vile Darkness, for example, there are a lot of powers/diseases defined as "level+x vs. defense". I want to be make sure I understand how these are rolled before I build ...
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Are Missile Attack bonuses added to Attack or Damage rolls?

I am playing with a group of relatively new players aside from one and the DM, and while another character and I seem to be contradicting each other, we have both been told we are right. What we don't ...