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For questions about attack rolls, a randomized event (usually performed with dice) that determines whether one character can strike another character or entity.

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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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Does a Barbarian in rage get advantage on attacks with melee weapons [duplicate]

The Barbarian rage ability in 5e says that the character gets advantage on all strength checks. Does this mean that a Barbarian in rage gets advantage on melee attack rolls and melee thrown ranged ...
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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 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"...