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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 the playable UA Centaur's Charge racial feature affect both attacks if I have the extra attack feature?

The Centaur's racial feature "Charge" reads as follows: If you move at least 20 feet straight toward a target and then hit it with a melee weapon attack on the same turn, roll the weapon’s damage ...
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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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How to calculate the attack rolls and ability checks for monsters?

Very new player here. Looking at the stat block of a goblin: for a shortbow attack it says +4 to hit and the goblin has a Dex modifier of +2. Does this mean I add 6 to the d20 roll or just the 4 and ...
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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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Which attack yields higher average damage?

I am playing a fighter in a (heavily homebrewed) D&D campaign. The way the DM and I have created my character she has the option of using her main weapon, a quarterstaff, either one handed or two ...
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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?
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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 fighter with Extra Attack use the Commander's Strike maneuver after 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 ...