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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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How does a gelatinous cube's special ability engulf work?

The gelatinous cube possesses the extraordinary ability engulf that says Although it moves slowly, a gelatinous cube can simply mow down Large or smaller creatures as a standard action. It cannot ...
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Is a melee spell attack also a melee attack?

Absorb Elements says: The spell captures some of the incoming energy, lessening its effct on you and storing it for your next melee attack. You have resistance to the triggering damage type until ...
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Can a Battle Master with Extra Attack do a Commander Strike when he throws a net?

When a character uses the Attack action to throw a net, he can only make one attack, regardless of the number of attacks he normally has (ex: 2 from the Level 5 Fighter's Extra Attack). A Battle ...
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Is spell attack bonus added to hail of thorns? [closed]

When using hail of thorns is the spell attack bonus added to the roll?
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Can you apply multiple net effects to a single target?

Yesterday, our group was fighting a boss, and I had successfully thrown a net to restrain him (a condition which he could end by either using an Action to make a DC 10 Strength check, or by doing 5 ...
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Is a Bugbear's Long Limbed reach also applied to shoves and grapples?

In this question, I have been told the difference between a "melee attack" (which, if I understand correctly, Shoves and Grapples are) and a "melee weapon attack" (which they are not). A Bugbear's ...
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Can one enemy in a group get a surprise attack before battle?

So my group and i are right at the entrance of a big room where there are a bunch of enemies. We were talking to one of the enemies, everybody's alert getting ready for initiative. While we're talking ...
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What is the most damage that can be done in a single melee attack?

So, I was attempting to theory-craft a character that could deliver a massive amount of damage in a single melee attack. I know that there are builds to deliver a massive amount of damage in a single ...
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Can my wolf attack when I’m riding her? [duplicate]

There are some question arising from my animal companion. We are using the Unearthed Arcana version of the ranger and I chose the beast master. I have this wolf and I can ride it because I’m small (I’...
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What are the rules for attacking a creature inside a Wall of Fire?

If I cast wall of fire, surrounding the Ogres, in a ring shaped position, and my two fighter teammates attack them, will they succeed? You create a wall of fire on a solid surface within range. ...
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Do Giant Creatures have any RAW way of physically attacking in an area of effect pattern?

Are there any significantly large creatures that can physically attack in an area of effect pattern? (not looking for breath or spells) Say a giant swings a sword in a wide arc, and attacks in a 15ft ...
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Does the attack from a Mystic's Bestial Claws take an action?

This question is about the UA Mystic (v3). The Bestial Form Immortal Discipline has this possible effect: Bestial Claws (1-7 psi). You manifest long claws for an instant and make a melee weapon ...
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Does Primal Strike work with melee weapons, or only natural attacks?

If a druid where to turn into an ape and use a longsword to attack, would his Primal Strike ability allow that attack to overcome resistance and Immunity to non-magical attacks and damage, or does ...
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Does Stag's Leap allow a Full Attack afterward?

The Skirmisher ability Stags Leap is: Stags Leap: As a free action, the Ranger can attempt a running jump without moving 10 feet before the jump. This is a 10 ft pounce but I am wondering if it ...
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Can you Ready an attack using the Cleave feat(s)?

If I use the Ready action stating 'I use a Cleave attack when an enemy comes within range' for... You can ready a standard action, a move action, a swift action, or a free action. To do so, ...
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Does the Thrown property mean I can attack with my DEX?

On page 194 in the PHB for D&D 5e, it says: The ability modifier used for melee weapon attack is Strength, and the ability modifier used for ranged weapon attack is Dexterity. Weapons that ...
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When using a Longbow from hiding with Extra Attack, can I nock 2 arrows and fire them at once to attack twice with advantage?

Today I was searching for some 5th edition rules to clarify attacking with a longbow from stealth and how the fighter's extra attack feature interacts with gaining advantage from attacking from ...
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Are Spells “Attacks” that Mesmerists can damage boost?

The Mesmerist class ability "Painful Stare" reads as follows: Painful Stare (Su) When an attack that deals damage [my emphasis] hits the target of a mesmerist’s hypnotic stare, the mesmerist ...
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Does the saving throw for a Solar's Slaying Longbow occur before or after the damage roll?

A Solar's Slaying Longbow attack is unique in that it has the ability to instantly kill an opponent who has 100 hit points or less if they fail a constitution saving throw: Slaying Longbow. Ranged ...
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Do creatures with multiple arms (4+) get to make a standard attack with each pair?

I am working on a character design who will have 4+ arms. I am planning on having the character wield multiple weapons and was going to focus on full attacks and two weapon fighting. Then I read a ...
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Clarification on Powerful Shape feat and attacks

I am playing a druid who has the improved unarmed strike feat. Soon I will be able to take the feat Powerful Shape but I am unsure as to what exact abilities it will function with. Powerful Shape ...
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Can I attack with Bigby's hand while grappling someone with Bigbys hand?

Can I grapple someone with Bigbys hand, and then on the next turn attack a different target with Bigbys hand,while still grappling the first target.
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How does vital strike work with magus spellstrike?

The magus class allows them to do two very special things, add weapon damage to spells that normally would not benefit, and have higher crit ranges. However it occurs to me that it might also allow ...
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Do I add my ability modifier and Sharpshooter's extra damage when I hit with the Lightning Arrow spell?

The lightning arrow spell says: The next time you make a ranged weapon attack during the spell’s duration, the weapon’s ammunition, or the weapon itself if it’s a thrown weapon, transforms into a ...
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Thorn Whip, polearm mastery and attack of opportunity [duplicate]

What about this scenario: I pull the monster towards me with thorn whip BUT I have the polearm mastery that says "While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, or quarterstaff, other creatures ...
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How do I determine whether a spell attack hits?

Just starting D&D, with my kids, playing the Lost Mine of Phandelver from the Starter Set. For a spell attack — let's say on a goblin — it usually says "on a hit" then [xyz] happens to the goblin....
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Do unarmed attacks with silver gauntlets harm werewolves?

Exactly like the title says, do silver gauntlets count as a weapon and do damage for the purpose of lycanthrope immunity to non-silver, non-magical attacks?
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What does upper-case-A-Attack action vs. lower-case-a-attack mean?

What exactly is the difference between Attack action and attack? It seems each time a question regarding this pops up, there's always somebody arguing they are not different. I feel there should be a ...
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Are AOE Melee attacks possible in E6?

The Basis of the Idea In a video game called "Guild Wars," they released their assassin class in their expansion pack "Factions." My favorite build was an AoE dagger build that chained Death Blossom ...
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Does the monks extra flurry attack ki attack stack with haste/speed?

If a monk has a hasted/speed monk weapon and performs a flurry of blows, are they able to spend a ki point to gain another attack in addition to the one granted by haste/speed? Haste When making a ...
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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 ...