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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 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 attack while prone?

In D&D 3.5 edition, there were penalties to armor class and attacks while you were prone. I read a Dragon magazine article that had a domain which allowed you to mitigate the AC penalties while ...
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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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Does the Rogue's Assassinate feature grant criticals on multiple attacks?

Does the Rogue's Assassinate feature (auto-crit on surprised targets) allow for multiple crits if you make multiple attacks that round, either through two-weapon fighting or extra attacks gained ...
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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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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 ...
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When I use my short sword to Inflict Wounds, do I use my Dex or Wis mod?

When making a melee attack with inflict wounds, do you use your Strength (or Dexterity, if you're using a finesse weapon), on the attack roll or do you use your Wisdom mod? I'm playing a rogue/cleric ...
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How similar to normal attacks are attacks made with a telekinetic violent thrust?

The 5th-level Sor/Wiz spell telekinesis [trans] (PH 292) allows the caster to move objects or creatures by concentrating on them.… [T]he spell can… exert a single short, violent thrust [allowing] ...
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When do you make bonus attacks from haste?

When things such as haste, speed, or the ki ability for an extra attack. I know under combat rules that you take your attacks in order of base attack bonus, does that apply in this case as well or ...
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Weakening Spell Resistance with melee attacks

For the life of me I can't remember where, but I remember reading somewhere, maybe under runes or Magus that there was a way that melee attacks would weaken a target's Spell Resistance? Can anyone ...
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Can you interpose an Action Surge Dash between two attacks?

If a fighter has Extra Attack giving them two attacks, and they want to use one attack on one creature, and the next attack on a different creature that is farther than they can move using their ...
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Can a character Attack and Dash in one turn?

Is Dashing and Attacking in the same turn possible without using a Bonus action? Everything I'm reading indicates a dash takes an entire turn and the entirety of the move.
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Does a wand count as a 1-Handed Weapon or using one count as an attack?

I have a Fighter in my game trying to use a Magic Missile Wand as a One-Handed Weapon Attack to get the benefit of the Crossbow Expert Feat. The Crossbow Expert Feat requires that the player make an ...
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Monk Proficiency with Spears/Javelins

I have some questions about monks in DnD 5e. I want to make a monk that uses dual spears/javelins, one in each hand so he can have the option to throw them when necessary. Because Spears/Javelins are ...
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When attacking with Two-Weapon Fighting, can you break up your movement and attack a different target?

When you get the Extra Attack action, you can break up your movement and attack different targets at varying distances from your starting point. Does the same apply with TWF? As in, can I approach ...
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Can a character power attack before making an attack of opportunity?

In a recent game, a scenario arose where a character lost initiative but subsequently was granted an attack of opportunity (had Combat Reflexes) by an enemy. There was a follow up discussion about ...
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Can sunder be used on non-objects?

According to the sunder special attack entry in the Player's Handbook, page 158, "You can use a melee attack with a slashing or bludgeoning weapon to strike a weapon or shield... (Attacking held ...
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Is it possible to execute a Multi-Attack with two or more different weapons? [duplicate]

For example: if you are using a Maul, can you make an attack with it, sheath it, and then make an attack with a Greatsword, potentially doing this with four different weapons when unlocking the ...
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Can a character take both the great weapon fighter and frenzy bonus actions on the same turn?

If my character goes into a frenzy rage and as a bonus action I make an attack that reduces a creature to 0 HP, does the great weapon fighter feat activate allowing for a additional attack? Just ...
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Can any Attack action by a monk trigger Flurry of Blows?

Reading over the Monk I saw that for Martial Arts: 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. This ...
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Multiple Attacks with a Two-Handed Weapon and Off-Hand Spells [closed]

If I have a high-enough BAB to earn two attacks per round as a full-round action, can I attack with a two-handed weapon (1st attack), remove one hand from the weapon (free action) and, say, make a ...
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Can I draw a weapon before making a bonus action attack and get my Duelist bonus?

I've got a character with the Duelist fighting style that fights with a rapier while keeping my other hand free. I also have a dagger sheathed. The way I see it, I can perform a regular attack with ...
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How do I figure the dice and bonuses for attack rolls and damage rolls?

I'm building my character, a Half-Elf Ranger, and I'm a little confused about how to work out the attack bonus and the damage bonus. So, please tell me if I've got this right: I'm proficient with a ...
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How do Death Saves interact with Actions that have multiple Attacks?

Inspired by the efforts to kill a Vampire, the GM in me got in a fight with the engineer. Per the text from Death Saves, taking damage while you have 0 hit points will cause a death saving throw ...
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Aiming at specific body parts

My players have been asking to improvise specific combat actions, mostly the archer wanting to aim at specific body parts. I haven't been able to find anything in the DMG or the PHB on the subject so ...