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Are a monster's innate melee/ranged spell attack abilities blocked by a target's Antimagic Field?

Certain creatures have abilities listed as being melee or ranged spell attacks, e.g. the Efreeti's Hurl Flame action. Are these considered magic that an antimagic field will block? Or are they ...
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Can a Fighter use his Extra Attack to draw a weapon as a free action?

The rules state: You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment for free, during either your move or your action. For example, you could open a door during your move as you ...
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Action Surge question [duplicate]

The Player's Handbook says that Action Surge grants one additional action on your turn, once per short or long rest. The Extra Attack section of the PHB says that at level 11 (for example) when ...
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Can summoned creatures wield magic weapons?

Can a Pit Fiend summon from an Infernal Hexblade's Greater Summon Warlock's Ally pick up (or be given) a magic sword and use it (without proficiency) as a basic attack, like characters from any class ...
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Does the Absorb Elements spell combine with a sorcerer's Distant Spell metamagic option?

According to the answers to the question "Is a melee spell attack also a melee attack?", a melee spell attack is a melee attack. Meaning that if I were to cast absorb elements after being hit by a ...
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How does the UA Sharpshooter fighter's Snap Shot feature interact with Extra Attack?

In an Unearthed Arcana, there is a fighter archetype: Sharpshooter. At level 18, they gain the following ability: Snap Shot Starting at 18th level, if you take the Attack action on your first ...
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Is the attack entry of the Yagnoloth (MM 2, p. 203) in error?

The Yagnoloth has the following attack entry Attack: Greatsword +9/+4 melee and claw +20 melee, or greataxe +9/+4 melee and claw +20 melee Damage: Greatsword 2d6/19-20, greataxe 1d12/x3., claw ...
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How and when do I use my spell save DC and spell attack modifier?

I'm struggling to understand when and how I would use my spell save DC and my spell attack modifier. Would I use my spell save DC as the DC that enemies need to beat when a spell calls for them to ...
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Does the Snap Kick feat apply to Attacks of Opportunity?

Does the Snap Kick feat work on Attacks of Opportunity (letting you make another attack)? If yes, is the -2 to attack rolls cumulative?
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When do I tell my players when they're under an NPC's class effects that cause disadvantage on attacks?

There's a pretty good chance that my PCs will enter a team-battle tournament soon. One of the characters that they might fight has an ability that would give disadvantage to attack someone other than ...
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If I'm playing a multiclassed Fighter 5/Hunter Ranger 5 with the Crossbow Expert feat, how many attacks can I make in a single turn?

I am theorycrafting a level 10 character. (If my math here checks out, there is actually a better build I could do for it at higher levels.) In this build we'll be taking 5 levels in Ranger and ...
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How do fiendish long arms affect this ettin's attacks?

As gifts from its master, an ettin (Monster Manual 106-7) gains two fiendish grafts, two long arms (Fiend Folio 211). Bearing in mind an ettin's extraordinary ability superior two-weapon fighting, ...
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Does the Protection from Evil and Good spell give an undead disadvantage to attacking itself?

If a zombie attempts suicide by attacking itself while under the effect of a protection from evil and good spell, would it have disadvantage on the roll to kill itself?
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When a solarian uses the Reflection revelation to reflect an attack, do they apply the original attacker's modifiers or their own?

The Reflection revelation states: You can reflect ranged attacks back at your enemies. If you took the total defense action on your last turn, or if you were fighting defensively and spend 1 ...
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In the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure, when does the Flameskull attack?

Note: I'm French, and while I'm quite fluent in English, sometimes I get stumped by a sentence. Does that mean that the flameskull only attacks if you try to cross the room? If someone takes a ...
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Can a Drunken Master monk use the Redirect Attack feature when the Mirror Image spell causes them to not be hit?

If you have mirror image active and a creature targets you with an attack and doesn't hit you due to your mirror image spell, does that allow you to use the Drunken Master monk's Redirect Attack ...
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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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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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Does reincarnating into a race with multiattack grant you bonus attacks if you're a fighter?

I'm a level 15 fighter and I have Extra Attack(2): Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. The number of attacks ...
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How do I account for attack distribution when calculating CR?

When calculating a monster's CR, how do I account for whether the monster deals all its damage in one attack or via several attacks? Based on the DMG, it doesn't matter how the damage is distributed, ...
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What counts as an attack for the Attack action of a Beast Master ranger's animal companion?

Monsters have attacks listed among their actions. From the Basic Rules: The most common actions that a monster will take in combat are melee and ranged attacks. [...] Any damage dealt or other ...
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What bonus applies to a longbow-wielding opponent when a sunder attempt occurs?

A Fighter with the Improved Sunder feat wielding a Greataxe is performing a sunder attack on a longbow-wielding opponent. PHB p113 indicates that a longbow is a projectile weapon and that most ...
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Does the Hunter ranger's Stand Against the Tide feature require a re-roll of the missed attack?

At 15th level, the Hunter ranger archetype of Ranger can choose the following feature: Stand Against the Tide. When a hostile creature misses you with a melee attack, you can use your reaction to ...
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Can an Unseen Servant create a distraction that grants you advantage on attack?

Whether via the Help action or the Use an Object action or just ordinary interaction with an object, can an Unseen Servant distract your enemy so as to grant advantage to your attack on that enemy? ...
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How does someone “simply avoid” an overrun attempt?

I have a question regarding Overrun special attack in D&D 3.5. The rule says that, the defender can "simply avoid me", but it doesn't clarify if he has to perform any action or roll in order to ...
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Can you miss an attack on purpose, and have it count as having made an attack?

For example, if one wanted to trigger the benefit of the Mobile feat, wherein you can move away from a creature you made an attack against without provoking an opportunity attack, can you choose to ...
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Can the Thaumaturgy cantrip be used to give advantage in combat?

Can Thaumaturgy be used as a kind of taunt? I understand D&D doesn't have taunts but it's the only way I know how to describe what I do with Thaumaturgy in this scenario. So, in theory, let's ...
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Do grapple/shove/disarm attempts count as attacks for the Redemption paladin's Emissary of Redemption feature?

The Oath of Redemption paladin's 20th-level Emissary of Redemption feature (XGtE, p. 39) gives you resistance to all damage dealt by other creatures and automatically does radiant damage to creatures ...
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Can the additional attack action granted by Haste be used to shove a creature?

Shoving (PHB p. 195) states: Using the Attack action, you can make a special melee attack to shove a creature Can the additional attack action granted by the haste spell also be used to shove a ...
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Does Elemental Weapon get applied to the Bonus Action attack of Polearm Master?

As mentioned in this question, Shillelagh and Polearm Master Interaction, Shillelagh appears to allow Wisdom-based fighting on the Bonus Action attack, but because Polearm Master specifies a d4 damage ...
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How are attack stats determined after re-gearing my Sprite Familiar?

The Sprite monster manual entry confuses me and I'm not sure how they calculated its attack and damage. A longsword normally uses strength. The Sprite has +2 to hit, and does 1 damage. With its -4 ...
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Can a gifted aetherborn monk use Drain Life with Flurry of Blows?

Plane Shift: Kaladesh has the Aetherborn race. At the DM's option, they can gain access to ability called Drain Life, a natural attack that deals 1d6 necrotic damage and heals the an amount of HP ...
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Can you attack multiple times a turn with a light/heavy crossbow and the Crossbow Expert feat?

It has been my understanding that since the first benefit of the Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, p. 165) is: You ignore the loading quality of crossbows with which you are proficient. ...Then you can ...
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If the Cavalier fighter's Strength changes, does the number of special attacks against marked creatures change as well?

The Cavalier fighter (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 30) gets the Unwavering Mark ability which lets you mark a creature and states (emphasis mine): In addition, if a creature marked by you ...
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What melee attack does a doppelganger use if it picks up a weapon while shapechanged? [closed]

The doppelganger has the following traits and actions: Traits Shapechanger: The doppelganger can use its action to Polymorph into a Small or Medium humanoid it has seen, or back into its ...
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Two-handed sword slash followed by unarmed attack

Partial spoilers for Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings ahead. I'm a GM preparing for the final encounter of the Adventure, Nualia. She has a mutated taloned hand and a bastard sword. In her ...
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Can a Battle Master fighter apply the Feinting Attack and Trip Attack maneuvers to the same attack roll?

Battle Master fighters (PHB, p. 73-74) can apply a number of maneuvers to their attacks, including Feinting Attack and Trip Attack. Feinting Attack is a bonus action and uses one manoeuvre here, ...
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Are there any issues with creating creatures that can make multi-target melee attacks?

The Issue Looking through plus-sized creatures in the 5e Monster Manual, I am unable to find any monsters that can target more than one creature with a single melee attack. I would think that a ...
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Do you need to be hidden to get advantage when attacking while unseen?

I always assumed you needed to be hidden to get advantage when attacking/disadvantage when being attacked, but after looking at the rules I'm fairly certain this is not the case. There's a chance I'm ...
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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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Can incorporeal creatures interact physically with other incorporeal creatures?

So say a ghost wants to shake hands with another ghost. Can they do that? Can they attack other incorporeal creatures with physical weapons in the same way ethereal creatures can?
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Can you make a bonus-action attack from Two-Weapon Fighting before you take your action?

The rules on Two-Weapon Fighting state: 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 attack with a different ...
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With Extra Attack, can I grapple an opponent and attack with offhand dagger?

I attack an enemy using a dagger with my right hand, drop it, then grapple the enemy using my right hand (Extra Attack). Using the Two-Weapon Fighting rule: When you take the Attack action and ...
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What mechanic allows you to “charge” an attack?

I've been looking for a while and haven't manage to find a way to do something like this: Round 1: you skip your attack Round 2: you perform an attack that is more powerful For example it could be ...
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Does Guardian of Nature in Great Tree form combined with Shillelagh give advantage for quarterstaff attacks?

If a druid wields a quarterstaff and casts shillelagh and afterwards casts guardian of nature, do the quarterstaff attacks count as Wisdom-based, so that the druid has advantage with them? Shillelagh ...
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Can a druid wild shaped as a huge earth elemental crush a foe by, stepping, sitting, or jumping on it?

Slam seems to be the only attack an earth elemental can do? Can a druid wild shaped as a huge earth elemental crush a foe by stepping, sitting, or jumping on it?
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Can a human fighter use an action to attack with a greataxe and then a bonus action to do an unarmed attack?

I'm a fairly new DM and we are playing through the Starter Set campaign (Lost Mine of Phandelver). One of my players, who chose the pregen human fighter, wanted to punch a goblin with his bonus ...
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How is a bonded mount's base attack bonus calculated?

A paladin can choose a bonded mount at level 5. It references the Animal Companion feature from the Druid class. This is the animal companion’s base attack bonus. An animal companion’s base attack ...
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Does the extra attack from Great Weapon Master apply to all melee weapons?

The Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, pg. 167) states: On your turn, when you score a critical hit with a melee weapon or reduce a creature to 0 hit points with one, you can make one melee weapon ...
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Do spells/abilities that do extra damage on a weapon attack apply to the damage of Steel Wind Strike?

The steel wind strike spell description (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 166) says: You flourish the weapon used in the casting and then vanish to strike like the wind. Choose up to five ...