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House rule for calculating attack and damage in one roll

I played many different RP systems and prefer faster and more narrative games. I have a new group I DM and we play D&D, because I love the lore. For combat do I use theater of mind combat with ...
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Does a Steel Defender's Force-Empowered Rend "involve Strength or Dexterity"?

I'm weighing the pros and cons of equipping armor and shield to a (5e Artificer's) Steel Defender and accepting the penalties due to lack of proficiency. The penalties: If you wear armor that you ...
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How can I make weapons of the same playstyle (reliable/risky) in my dice pool system (Feedback Loop) feel distinct mechanically?

I am currently making a sci-fi biopunk TTRPG system. In the system, attack rolls are made by rolling 4d6, then adding together either the 3 highest or the 2 highest rolls, depending on the weapon. If ...
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I need help calculating min/max damage possible with this character [closed]

I'm posting a link to the character's sheet because I'm not even sure I got all the attack options and damage additions I have or what order they need to go in to get the maximum possible damage out ...
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Successive, conditional opposed rolls (anydice)

I am trying to model some probabilities for a pretty basic tabletop RPG mechanic. I have been searching for two days and trying to make this work myself, but my function-fu is weak, so I seek the aid ...
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Is there any reason to use the Battle Master fighter's Precision Attack maneuver before the attack roll?

The Battle Master fighter's Precision Attack maneuver states the following (PHB, p. 74): When you make a weapon attack roll against a creature, you can expend one superiority die to add it to the ...
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When a Wild Shape'd druid uses his Attack Modifier, does the bonus from Potency runes work?

When a druid uses Wild Shape they can choose to use his own attack modifier +2 instead of the the form's default one. Does the attack modified include the bonus from the potency rune on the weapon ...
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With the optional Disarm rule, what happens if the target wins the contest?

The optional Disarm rule in the DMG says: A creature can use a weapon attack to knock a weapon or another item from a target's grasp. The attacker makes an attack roll contested by the target's ...
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If a special melee attack is successful, does it "hit"? [duplicate]

I have a Fighter PC, second level as of last night, who I would like to become a Battlemaster at third. One of the Maneuvers I am considering is Grappling Strike, which says: Immediately after you ...
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What are all the ways to change my attack roll's ability modifier? [duplicate]

Hexblade Warlock has this line in it: When you attack with that weapon, you can use your Charisma modifier, instead of Strength or Dexterity, for the attack and damage rolls. Battle Smith Artificer ...
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When making ranged spell attacks with a bow (The Ranger) do you use you dexterity or wisdom Mod?

So I started playing a Homebrew recently and the DM has a set of Ranged-spells attacks that require a bow (I already have one). One of the spells is as stated: For the duration of this spell you ...
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Is D&D Beyond correct in showing my ranger's attack bonus being higher than his Dex mod + bonus from Archery Fighting Style?

In a campaign I am joining, I am playing an Owlin Ranger. Since we're starting at level 3, my subclass is Gloom Stalker. Every time I create this character, D&D Beyond keeps saying I have an ...
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Statistically, when should you wait to use Sneak Attack on a second attack with advantage?

Assume you have a Fighter/Rogue with one Extra Attack and attack advantage. Your first attack hits, but doesn't crit. Should you apply Sneak Attack, or save it for the second attack which may crit but ...
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Would spells that modify your attack bonus, such as Bless also apply to Spiritual Weapon or Bigby's hand?

Would a spell or ability that affects a characters attack roll bonus be applied to spells that also make 'melee' attacks such as Spiritual Weapon or Bigby's Hand? As per the Bless spell: You bless up ...
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What spell attack modifier does Eldritch Cannon use when multiclassing another casting class?

The Artificer’s Eldritch Cannon features states, under Force Ballista: Make a ranged spell attack, originating from the cannon, at one creature or object within 120 feet of it. On a hit, the target ...
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If a hidden Order of Scribes wizard uses the Manifest Mind feature to cast a spell with an attack roll from the spectral mind's space, what happens?

Say I'm playing an Order Of Scribes wizard with the Manifest Mind feature (TCoE, p. 77-78). My wizard has successfully hidden from an enemy. I've already used Manifest Mind to make my spectral mind ...
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Can I get some help on calculating damage per round in my homebrew, that mixes d20s and d6s?

I am tweaking my homebrew RPG and trying to determine various Damage Per Round through an Excel spreadsheet. Here are the details: A single players always roll d20 system where 20 is a auto hit and 1 ...
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What is the interaction between "cannot make a roll with advantage" and disadvantage?

Picture the following scenario. A creature attacks me, and through any combination of features, spells, conditions and other effects (for example, I am a Recklessly Attacking barbarian being ...
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Is there any reason Temporal Shunt couldn't be house ruled to cover Grapple, Shove, Arcane Shots etc.?

The reaction for Temporal Shunt is taken: when a creature you can see makes an attack roll or starts to cast a spell But Grapples, Shoves and some Arcane Shot options of the Arcane Archer don't make ...
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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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Does Lightning Arrow work with an Arcane Archer's 'Piercing Arrow'?

The Arcane Archer arcane shot abilities 'Piercing Arrow' (and incidentally 'Seeking Arrow', which causes far fewer issues) say: When you use this option, you don’t make an attack roll for 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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How can I filter out spells that use attack roll on D&D Beyond?

I play a Cleric and plan to take the Elven Accuracy feat. Thus, my spells that use attack rolls would be greatly improved. But how do I find them? Is setting the Attack Type in the advanced filter the ...
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Do you add your modifiers to attack rolls when you fight with two weapons? [duplicate]

I plan on making a dual wielding barbarian/fighter, and in fighter's fighting style it says that this style allows me to add modifiers to damage rolls for second weapon. But do I get a bonus for the ...
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How does Whirlwind Strike interact with True Strike?

I have a Barbarian with Runescarred dedication. He is hasted and casts true strike and then makes a whirlwind strike. Whirlwind strike takes 3 actions but is essentially one strike (from feat name and ...
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If a swashbuckler rolls a nat. 20 on Opportune Parry and Riposte, do they automatically parry attacks even if they do not beat the attack roll?

If a swashbuckler rolls a natural 20 when using Opportune Parry and Riposte, do they automatically parry attacks even if they do not beat the attack roll?
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Immovable Object+net interaction

the situation: 2 characters are flanking an enemy, and one player holds an action to cast Immovable Object on a net if an enemy is entangled in a net, and then player 2 uses an action to attack with a ...
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How do I calculate attack rolls for creatures in WFRP 4e

I've just begun running WFRP 4e and I don't get the weapon or bite traits in the bestiary. I understand that the rating (for example bite+9) is the damage including the strength bonus. But do you also ...
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What is the expected hit chance?

(inspired by this answer) A cursory look thru the Bestiary has shown values ranging from 12 to 19 (plus level). Did anyone collect the data, or has seen any guidelines from the creators?
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Can a Kensei monk spend a bonus action to use the Kensei's Shot feature after they make an attack roll, and still do the extra damage on that attack?

The Way of the Kensei monk's Path of the Kensei feature grants several benefits, including Kensei's Shot. The wording of Kensei's Shot is as follows (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 34): You can ...
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Does making a melee weapon attack with Shillelagh still counts as a Strength-based attack?

Playing a melee Circle of Spores Druid and wanting to use that 1d6 extra damage I'd get if I cast Guardian of Nature and take the Primal Beast form. Here are the relevant texts from each spells: ...
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Do you do make multiple attack rolls when you hit multiple creatures with the same attack?

I was DMing a quest where the player was in a library getting attacked by 8 gnolls. He was at low health and outnumbered so he ran, but first knocked over a bookcase on 3 of the gnolls. In the future, ...
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Improvised weapons and proficiency

I would like to know if I utilize “use an object” on an acid vial or alchemist’s fire and they are treated as improvised weapons with the respective range attack up to 20 feet, can I add my ...
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How to create dice rolls for multi-attacks in a custom tabletop RPG system

I'm working on a simple tabletop RPG based in a sci-fi universe. The rule set is very basic, since I'll be playing with players with little experience and general tabletop know-how. Most of it appears ...
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When using Two-Weapon Fighting, are your bonuses still added to the offhand attack roll? [duplicate]

I understand how offhand attack works. However, when you roll to hit, would you still add your bonuses to the attack roll?
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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 affect a target on a successful melee attack and spells which affect a target on a failed saving throw. The fire bolt cantrip (...
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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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