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Questions tagged [attack]

An action to cause damage or some other debilitation.

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Does Flanking grant advantage on melee spell attacks?

When using the optional rule, Flanking, do melee spell attacks gain advantage? Flanking is an optional rule we utilize in our game. When a creature and at least one of its allies are adjacent to ...
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Are specific natural attacks always primary or secondary or do they depend on the monster?

I am working on my character sheet for a druid, and on all my attacks for a wild shape form. When I looked at the list under universal monster rules each of the attacks is listed as primary or ...
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Do players resolve each attack first before moving onto additional attacks within an action?

The scenario is I have a level 6 fighter in 5E that has two attacks per Attack action. When there are multiple targets (say 2 orcs) and he wants to attack, he feel that PHB states he would announce ...
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How do attack rolls work?

Where is the page in the 5e core rulebook that states how attack rolls function, specifically in meatspace?
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When attacking while invisible, when exactly does invisibility break?

When using spells such as Invisibility and Mislead, and features or abilities such as the One with Shadows invocation and Misty Escape, you may become invisible and remain invisible until certain time ...
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Would improvised weapons work with cantrips like Green-Flame Blade and Booming Blade?

Green-Flame Blade: 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's range, otherwise the spell fails. This ...
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Can Thorn Whip fulfill the requirement for mobile?

As stated in the description for Thorn Whip, the caster makes a "melee spell attack" against the target. You create a long, vine-like whip covered in thorns that lashes out at your command toward a ...
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How many attacks when two weapon fighting when hasted or speed property?

How does haste, a weapon with the speed enhance, or both weapons with a speed enhancement work when someone is two weapon fighting? Does haste only grant a single attack, and if so does the player ...
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What happens when you roll a 1 on a spell touch attack?

I rolled a 1 on a spell touch attack. Game is Pathfinder. I am a cleric (Divine magic). What happens?
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How can the attack modifier or damage of hosts of creatures be increased?

My level 10 necromancer is trying to boost his skeletons. Usually I opt for skeletal archers, as mechanically it is easy and quick for me to roll 8d20's and not worry about them much (until the ...
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Can you attack with a weapon when you grapple? [duplicate]

After a successful grapple, can you make an attack with melee weapons, ie dagger(s) or shortsword(s)? Or are you left with continuing the grapple vs ending it? I'm not sure how best to describe it so ...
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What is the maximum number of attacks a single character can make themselves during their turn?

In a recent D&D game, I believe a member of the party was able to make six attacks during his turn (I actually lost count, so it might have been 5-7). Other characters seemed able to consistently ...
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What happens when a weasel attaches?

The dire weasel (MM 65) and the weasel (MM 282) have the special attack attach, which says If [the creature] hits with a bite attack, it uses its powerful jaws to latch onto the opponent’s body and ...
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Must the Flurry of Blows attacks occur after the initial (and extra) attack?

Looking at the wording of Flurry of Blows, I may be overthinking it, but the description of the feature (PHB, p. 78) says: Immediately after you take the attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ...
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Huge elementals attacks

In DnD 3.5, huge elementals have a Base Attack Bonus (BAB) above 6. For example, Huge Air has +12 and Greater Air has +15. This means that they can hit above 1 time and, in particular, the greater can ...
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Do you get all your attacks if you ready an Attack Action? [duplicate]

Say I have a fighter who has three attacks and uses ready action/hold action to "Attack the next person to come through that door". If someone comes through the door, does he get his reaction to get ...
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Can a player split up attacks like they can movement?

I didn't think so, but I've read a couple postings elsewhere that make me think otherwise. Ex. A fighter with 'Extra Attack' from the PHB: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of ...
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Can multiple enemies in one round pass by a PC, attack, and keep moving?

Can multiple creatures go through a 5' space next to a PC and deliver attacks as they pass the PC? (The creatures all have the same initiative, if that matters.) i.e.: Move Attack PC Move to the ...
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Can 'Enhance Ability' grant targets advantage on attack rolls? [duplicate]

Enhance Ability (PHB 237) is a 2nd level spell granting either temporary hitpoints or advantage on any one of the 5 core skills (Str,Dex,Int,Wis,Cha). It has already been answered several times that ...
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Can I cover a whole room with my readied action?

Three allies and I are in a room and an enemy just went underground. Can I ready my action with my bow saying: "When he pops out from underground I attack"? What happens if he pops up behind me? Do I ...
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Can creatures in the Monster Manuals make melee basic attacks?

Are creatures in the monster manuals (and other official sources) limited only to actions in their stat block, or can they use the options available to characters? If they can, then the Melee Basic ...
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How can I attack an enemy's weapon?

I want to hit enemy's axe to break it. How this is properly played in D&D 5e? And what about shield or armor? Can I attack these items to break it?
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Can you combo attacks with the Booming Blade cantrip?

I understand that so long as conditions are met, you can Sneak Attack as part of the melee attack from the Booming Blade cantrip. Can you dual wield and attack with both weapons after casting Booming ...
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Is the Mesmerist's stare considered an attack for the purpose of breaking invisibility

We have a player who wants to be a mesmerist, and we have been trying to decide if hypnotic stare would break Vanish, however most of the wording we have been able to find has been ambiguous at best, ...
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Can a creature use both its melee and ranged natural attacks during a full attack?

I know this sounds really obvious, but it also seems a little crazy in context, so I'm confirming just in case my players call me on it. The PCs will soon face an anaxim which has the following ...
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Does a zero-damage attack still count as a hit?

Does an attack roll that 'hits' according to an the attack roll, but deals zero damage (perhaps through damage reduction or through poor rolls and resistances, as in this question about raging ...
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Simultaneous attacks

Let's suppose there's just one PC and one monster. The monster has a no-action that triggers when he is bloodied. It hits, and the PC dies as a result. The PC has a free action that triggers when he ...
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Green Flame Blade With a +1/+2/+3 Weapon

When you make the melee spell attack roll, if you are using a magical weapon, do you gain the extra attack bonus on top of your spell attack bonus. "You have a bonus to attack and damage rolls made ...
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Can a Dragonborn with an Extra Attack use both their breath weapon and their melee attack?

My Dragonborn character is about to get the Extra Attack ability and I'm curious if it can be used with the breath attack. Since a Dragonborn can only use the attack once per short rest I know he can'...
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Can I use vital strike with slow-firing weapons?

If I am using a weapon that takes a full round to fire (such as slow-firing weapons), does it count as an attack action so I can use something like Vital Strike with it? Slow-Firing: A slow-firing ...
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How can a Wizard benefit from extra attacks?

My Wizard is Level 12 now and gets a second attack. Are there any spells he can use these extra attacks for? I just could not find any and have not seen any Wizard using something like that.
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What do you add to damage rolls? (5e) [duplicate]

Say you have a level 1 character (so a proficiency bonus of +2) and that character is proficient in ranged martial weapons and they have a dexterity of 16 (+3). If they attack using a longbow then ...
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Does pounce grant rake regardless of everything else?

In the game I am running, we have a 10th level druid who likes to wildshape into one of the cats which has a bite, and two claw attacks all with grab. It also has rake. New information, the cat is a ...
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Can you use Dwarven Thrower for extra attacks?

It's not clear to me how the extra attack feature works with this weapon. I understand that the weapon's description states that the weapon returns to the wielder's hand after thrown, but at the same ...
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What happens if multiple effects could be resolved upon being targeted with an attack?

In what order do effects that trigger "when a creature targets you with an attack" happen? In this specific case, I was looking at the interaction between the Undying warlock among the dead feature ...
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Does an Eldritch Knight's War Magic feature allow Extra Attacks?

I am wondering about the wording here. On PHB p. 75, the description of the Eldritch Knight fighter's War Magic feature says: When you use your action to cast a cantrip, you can make one weapon ...
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Does Vital Strike apply when firing both barrels of a double-barreled firearm?

Because a double-barreled musket, for example, can be used to make two attacks as a standard attack action, do both attacks realize the benefit of the feat Vital Strike?
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With Improved Critical, can a critical hit still miss? [duplicate]

The Fighter archetype "Champion" lists the skills "Improved Critical" and "Superior Critical", which state that my weapon attacks score a critical hit on natural 19-20 and natural 18-20, respectively. ...
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Can a half-orc's Savage Attacks and a monk's Unarmed strike work together?

I want to make a half-orc monk and I was wondering if the racial feature Savage Attacks from the half-orc race and unarmed strikes from the monk's Martial Arts feature work together. Or, is there some ...
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How do I read the Black Fang’s melee attacks from the Pathfinder Beginner’s Box?

I recently bought the Pathfinder Beginner’s Box and we (all new to RPGs) were discussing the Black Fang’s melee attacks. Black Fang’s attack is described as follows: MELEE (standard action) bite +...
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Natural weapons with multi-turn touch attack spells

Some spells use touch attacks to deliver their effects to the target. For many of these (like shocking grasp), the touch attack is discharged the first such time that happens. These clearly fall under ...
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How many attacks per turn can a vampire with Celerity 3 make?

The wording of Celerity (Vampire: The Dark Ages 20th, p. 202) regarding attacks per turn seems ambiguous. How many attacks can a character with Celerity 3 make per turn?
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Do I need to hit, or just attack, to trigger Defensive Rebuke?

How does the Defensive Rebuke crusader maneuver from the Tome of Battle trigger? Do I need to hit my enemy to trigger the effect, or does even rolling the attack dice and failing to touch the enemy ...
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If I cast a spell through my Vulture familiar, do I attack with advantage thanks to its Pack Tactics trait?

The find familiar spell description states: When you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. Your familiar must be within 100 feet o ...
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Is a character's third attack considered a secondary attack?

I'm playing a fiend totem barbarian so he gets a gore attack. He also gets a 3rd attack at level 11. If he uses this gore attack as his third attack, does he still make that attack at his base attack ...
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Are there any rules for sundering natural weapons?

Many monsters have very dangerous natural attacks (like scorpion's poisonous sting, for example). Sometimes players come to a decision to severe the natural weapon first and then deal with a much less ...
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Can a familiar use a Help action to grant advantage on an attack to a near by ally?

Can a familiar use a Help action to grant advantage on an Attack to a near by ally? As I understand it, a familiar can aid in any action it can take itself. But by the spell Find Familiar, a normal ...
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Are there rules (official or homebrew) for specifically targeting body parts of enemies during combat in D&D 5E? [duplicate]

I'm a player (fighter) trying to help my DM make combat more interesting...something more than hack & slash. Are any of you aware of rules, whether official or home-made (but play tested) for ...
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White Lotus Master Riposte and AOE at wills

The feat White Lotus Master Riposte reads: Prerequisites: 11th level, any arcane class, White Lotus Riposte feat Benefit: When an enemy you hit with an arcane at-will attack power attacks you ...
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Can I mix ranged and melee attacks in a Full Attack?

I am playing a Zen Archer Monk. I have a question about using my full attack. A monks unarmed strike is defined as At 1st level, a monk gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat. A monk's ...