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Questions tagged [attack]

For questions about attacks. An attack is generally defined as an action to cause damage or some other debilitation, though specific RPGs may define the term more specifically.

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Can I use the same weapon for a normal attack and Two-Weapon Fighting in the same turn?

Two-weapon fighting rules, per the Player's Handbook (page 195): When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to ...
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Does Flame Blade count as a weapon for Green-Flame Blade?

The description for the green-flame blade spell (SCAG, p. 143) says: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell'...
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Can you attack with different weapons using Extra Attack?

The fighter's Extra Attack feature (PHB, p. 72) says: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. Assuming I am holding two ...
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Does this Poltergeist's Telekinetic Thrust give away its location?

The Monster Manual's entry for the Specter (p. 279) includes the Poltergeist variant, which has the Telekinetic Thrust action. The part I'm considering is (emphasis mine): If the target is an ...
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For Whirlwind Attack feat what is a melee attack?

Whirlwind Attack Feat (WWA) When you use the full-attack action, you can give up your regular attacks and instead make one melee attack at your highest base attack bonus against each opponent ...
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If I can impose an effect on the enemy on a hit, can I use a Battle Master maneuver after the target has made the save against the other effect?

Can I use Battle Master maneuvers to force a second save after I have seen the target succeed on the first one? Situation 1 My Moon Druid has 3 levels of Battle Master fighter, and he can use Trip ...
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How does the Beast Master Ranger's Extra Attack work?

According to the PHB, the Beast Master's companion acts on your initiative but can't attack, dash, disengage, dodge, or help unless you consume your action to command it to do so. That said, there is ...
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Can monks move between their Attack action and bonus-action unarmed strike?

Every question I have seen includes flurry of blows, or readied actions, or whatever. But I am talking about level 1 monk, using just an attack action, and just the martial arts feature. You can ...
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How does a Gloom Stalker's Dread Ambusher's timing interact with Extra Attack?

This is a follow-up to this question. The Gloom Stalker Ranger from Xanathar's Guide to Everything gets the Dread Ambusher feature at level 3, which says (pg. 42): At the start of your first turn ...
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How many attacks and other techniques can I make with the actions I have as a multiclassed Monk 6/Fighter 2/Rogue 3?

I am playing a multiclassed wood elf with the Charlatan background; my class levels are Monk 6, Fighter 2, and Rogue 3. Does this mean on my turn this can happen: Attack 1: Shortbow 2d6 + dex ...
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Does a Monk's bonus-action unarmed strike qualify for the Kensei's Agile Parry feature?

For reference, part of the monk's Martial Arts feature states: When you use the Attack action with an unarmed strike or a monk weapon on your turn, you can make one unarmed strike as a bonus action....
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Is there a reason this homebrew spell wouldn't work with the Attack action?

The spell in question: Sendak’s Lightning Lash 2nd-level evocation Casting Time: 1 action Range: 10 feet Components: V S Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute. You bring your ...
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Is it possible to attack from the Ethereal Plane to the Material Plane?

The caster starts a battle casting blink upon himself. On his next turn, he uses ready action: he will cast banishment on himself while he is in the ethereal plane, thus returning to the material ...
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How does a Gloom Stalker's Dread Ambusher interact with Extra Attack?

The Gloom Stalker Ranger from Xanathar's Guide to Everything gets the Dread Ambusher feature at level 3, which says (pg. 42): At the start of your first turn of each combat, you walking speed ...
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If my kobold uses a familiar to deliver Shocking Grasp, do I roll with advantage thanks to Pack Tactics?

Suppose I'm playing a kobold sorcerer with find familiar by way of ritual caster or a dip into lore bard. It's a lovely overcast day and I decide that what I'd really like to do with my turn is to ...
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How are attacks against illusions, in particular one made by Major Image, resolved?

A School of Illusion wizard (PHB p. 118) uses major image in combat to create an illusion of a monk to draw attacks from an orc. He says it takes the Dodge action and stays out of reach of the orc's ...
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Beyond Athletics and action economy, what are the limitations to grappling? [closed]

I remember reading somewhere how the grappling rules are easily abused with the right character. Something like: 2 levels into Moon druid 1 level into barbarian Transform into Brown Bear Multiattack ...
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Does Wand of the War Mage bonus apply to spells like GFB and Booming Blade?

Does Wand of the War Mage bonus apply to spells like green-flame blade and booming blade? I could make an argument for this either way. On the one hand, these spells "Make a melee attack with a ...
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Can the Dancing Sword be attacked?

DMG p161 describes the Dancing Sword. However it only talks about the sword attacking, not defending. Can a character attack the sword? I'm picturing a situation with a narrow (one person wide) ...
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Does the Horde Breaker feature work on the attack granted by Haste?

The haste spell, as well as the Potion of Speed which mimics it, grants an additional attack on each of the creature's turns. The wording says "one weapon attack only", but... There's a 3rd-level ...
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How can attacking disrupt concentration when it already takes up your action?

I'm sure this is a simple matter but I'd love some clarification. I'm pretty new to the game (2nd session, first campaign) and I'm playing a bard with the Charm spell on 5e. As far as I can tell, ...
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Can you shove (Attack Action), attack (Extra Attack) and use Polearm Master's bonus action attack?

Question about the Polearm Master Feat. The first bullet point says (PHB, p. 168, bold added): When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, or quarterstaff, you can ...
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Can any attack be used with bloodthirst?

Plane Shift: Ixalan includes the race vampire that possesses the trait bloodthirst that, in part, says You can drain blood and life energy from a willing creature, or one that is grappled by you, ...
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Does a Full Attack against Sanctuary require one save or multiple?

The spell Sanctuary says Any opponent attempting to directly attack the warded creature, even with a targeted spell, must attempt a Will save. Is a Full Attack one attack for the purpose of this ...
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Penetrating Vision, TK, and choke

My character has Penetrating Vision 1 and Telekinesis 10. How would I handle the following situations? Could I use TK to squeeze the internal organs of an opponent to do damage, or would I have to ...
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Can you stay invisible by readying an attack instead of attacking?

The Invisibility spell reads thus: A creature you touch becomes invisible until the spell ends. Anything the target is wearing or carrying is invisible as long as it is on the target's person. The ...
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Does a fighter's Action Surge trigger Extra Attack?

Context A player in my game will play a fighter with a greatsword. At 5th level he has Extra Attack and the option to use Action Surge. PHB p.72 states: Action Surge. Starting at 2nd level, you ...
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Does Kensei's Shot affect Spell attacks?

I'm designing a monk/warlock character and am wondering how the Kensei's Shot ability interacts with spell attacks: Kensei’s Shot. You can use a bonus action on your turn to make your ranged ...
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Given the below constraints what is the maximum number of attacks in a round for this character in AD&D 2e?

A former DM has had the same recurring NPC/GMPC since I started playing in his game. This was 20+ years ago and we started in 1st edition and slowly made our way through the years and editions. We ...
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What is the maximum number of attacks given the below constraints for AD&D?

A former DM has had the same recurring NPC/GMPC since I started playing in his game. This was 20+ years ago and we started in 1st edition and slowly made our way through the years and editions. We ...
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Extra Attack Questions [duplicate]

Can A level 11 Fighter multiclass into a ranger and level up to level 6 to get the most extra attacks before level 20? I’m pretty sure when multiclassing doesn’t stack the extra attacks, but I just ...
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Is Booming Blade's range relevant without a reach weapon?

When looking at When does a readied action trigger on "when the enemy moves"? it occurred to me that I may not understand Booming Blade as well as I thought I did. Here is my point of ...
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Can a charmed person harm their charmer with Burning Hands?

If a creature is under the condition Charmed, can they cast the spell Burning Hands and orient the cone such that their charmer is within the area of effect? The argument I've seen for "yes" is that ...
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Can someone decide to be hit?

In this question, I asked about whether a character could willingly not use their shield or Dex bonus on certain attacks due to wanting to be hit. This raises the greater question- Can someone decide ...
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Is it possible to make multiple grapple attempts while falling?

Situation: A PC with Extra Attack is standing on a raised platform. Below and slightly to the side is a Wizard NPC floating mid-air under the effects of Fly. The PC wants to (on their turn) jump off ...
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If a monk reduces damage to 0 using Deflect Missiles, does the attack still hit?

If a monk catches an arrow, does the attack still hit? The monk's feature Deflect Missiles says: you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon ...
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Blade Flourish: can we take Attack action when not in range of enemy?

Whenever you take the Attack action on your turn, your walking speed increases by 10 feet until the end of the turn [...] In all examples the bard has a speed of 30 feet and does not have Extra ...
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Can I make a melee attack with a ranged weapon?

Are there any rules that preclude this action? I know weapons with the Ammunition property are treated as improvised weapons per this line and this question: If you use a weapon that has the ...
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Using a ranged weapon with the Ammunition property for a melee attack

Under the section on Improvised Weapons, this rule shows up: If a character uses a ranged weapon to make a melee attack, or throws a melee weapon that does not have the thrown property, it also ...
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Would a cantrip like firebolt count as an attack to be able to use Extra Attack? [duplicate]

I am currently a level 5 fighter going with Eldritch Knight in a campaign. My friend says that when I use a spell like firebolt to attack an enemy, it does not count as an attack and I cannot use my ...
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How do hit dice affect my attacks?

I'm a brand new player and I want to clarify my attack sequence as simple as possible. I'm a level 1 Rogue, so I have 1d8 "hit dice" according to the rules. How does that affect me if I'm making ...
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Can you purposely hold back and deal less damage?

Can you choose to do less damage on melee attacks? For example a random fighter can deal 2d6 +9(strength) +2 (Weapon Enhancement) +1 weapon training with his two handed sword. Can the fighter choose ...
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How to add only attack bonus to a homebrew magic weapon in D&D Beyond?

What Modifier and Modifier subtype can I use to give a weapon a +1 just to the attack/to-hit value in D&D Beyond? I don't want it to be +1 to-hit and +1 to damage, I just want the +1 to-hit. I ...
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Is a familiar allowed to drop rocks onto enemies?

In the description of the Find Familiar spell it says that they can't attack. I asked my DM during a fight if my familiar (owl) could pick up a stone and drop it on an enemy's head because I knew ...
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Are all d20 rolls either attacks, saves or ability checks?

In D&D 5e, there are attack rolls (rolls to hit something's AC, usually with a weapon), saving throws (rolls to avoid something) and ability checks (including skill checks). Do all rolls of ...
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The charger feat as it pertains to combat actions

I am currently playing a Swashbuckler Rogue 5th level. The DM is allowing to pick feats as a variant instead of stats when we level up. I'm thinking about choosing the Charger feat. My question is: ...
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Is there any way to “hit with an attack” without making an attack roll?

The PH is clear about what counts as an attack: If there's ever any question whether something you're doing counts as an attack, the rule is simple: if you're making an attack roll, you're making ...
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Why are spells considered an attack for shield spell but not extra attack?

Sifting through the threads I can't make heads or tails of it. From my understanding the shield spell can somehow trigger from a spell that uses an attack roll (the spell being considered an "attack" ...
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Do you have disadvantage when attacking a small or tiny creature?

Background: I'm still somewhat fairly new to Dming, but I overall have a decent understanding of a majority of the rules and how gameplay works. During my last session a player mentioned that as my ...
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Can someone using Water Walk attack a creature just below the water's suface?

Particularly, I want to know if a creature using the Water Walk spell can make a melee attack against a creature just under the water's surface. For that matter, what about a melee attack with reach?