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How does Flurry of Blows interact with the Multiple Attack Penalty?

As a monk, I can make a Flurry of Blows action that lets me make two unarmed strikes with one action. According to the Multiple Attack Penalty section, The second time you use an attack action ...
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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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Can a multiclassed sorcerer/warlock use Quickened Spell to cast Green-Flame Blade and then use the Thirsting Blade feature to get 3 attacks on a turn?

Can a multiclassed sorcerer-warlock use the Quickened Spell metamagic to cast a spell like green-flame blade as a bonus action, and then use the Thirsting Blade warlock feature to make 2 more attacks ...
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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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Can a Pact of the Chain warlock forgo their Attack action to have all familiars from the Flock of Familars spell make an attack?

The Pact of the Chain warlock gets the following benefit: Additionally, when you take the Attack action, you can forgo one of your own attacks to allow your familiar to make one attack with its ...
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How to flavor my narration of a fight in a creatively plausible way without affecting mechanics?

I'm DMing a recently-started campaign with 5 new players. They are completely new to RPGs and roleplay. In a combat, they often phrased their attacks in ways such as "I aim at the eyes in order to ...
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Can I kneecap an enemy instead of killing it?

Let's say that an enemy goblin is escaping from battle and a ranged Ranger wants to stop him without killing him (e.g. by hitting him to the leg). How is this managed? I am interested both in the case ...
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Can a character use the Misty Step spell to stab someone without attacking?

One time, my sorcerer and my warlock were fighting. The warlock then used their Pact of the Blade and Hexblade ability to summon a rapier as an action, then as a bonus action used misty step to ...
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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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Would anything change if Opportunity Attacks only allowed you to make melee weapon attacks?

This question was inspired by discussions regarding Whirlwind Attack, as well as this answer to the Q/A "Can I use the War Caster feat to cast Vampiric Touch as a reaction?", which mentions using a ...
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Can you grapple/shove with the Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack?

The Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack feature states: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target....
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Can my 2019 UA Artificer hit 4 times in a turn by combining the Arcane Armament feature with the Dual Wielder feat?

I'm having an argument with the DM as usual. My UA Artificer (2019) reached level 8, and I have a new set of goodies. I want to dual-wield maces. Looking at the Arcane Armament feature I received at ...
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Can you grapple/shove when affected by the Crown of Madness spell?

The crown of madness spell states: The charmed target must use its action before moving on each of its turns to make a melee attack against a creature other than itself that you mentally choose... ...
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Does an enemy lose its Dex bonus to AC if it has a miss chance against me?

If I am invisible, the enemy loses its Dex bonus against me, and has a 50% miss chance. If I use Displacement, it also has 50% miss chance against me. Does it also lose its Dex bonus against my ...
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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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Can you use a melee spell attack with the Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack?

The Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack feature states: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target....
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Does a Spores druid's extra damage from Symbiotic Entity apply to a creature hit by the secondary damage of Green-Flame Blade?

For a Circle of Spores druid, they are able to add 1d6 Poison Damage to their melee weapon attacks while their Symbiotic Entity feature is active. At 2nd level, you gain the ability to channel ...
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How many unarmed strikes can a Monk make between Flurry of Blows and Martial Arts?

The Flurry of Blows class feature allows the character to spend 1 ki point to make two unarmed strikes as a bonus action. Is this in addition to the bonus unarmed strike that monks get from their ...
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If an attack causes additional damage after a saving throw, is it counted as a separate source of damage for the purpose of failed death saves?

If an attack causes additional damage after a saving throw, is it counted as a separate source of damage for the purpose of failed death saving throws? In other words, does it cause another failed ...
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Does the Green Flame-Blade cantrip work with the Zephyr Strike spell?

Does the Green-Flame Blade cantrip work with the Zephyr Strike spell? Specifically, I am unsure as to whether the Zephyr Strike spell (XGtE, p. 171) requires you take the Attack action. Its ...
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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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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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Would getting a natural 20 with a penalty still count as a critical hit?

Since rolling a number up to 20 with modifiers (an example 17 + 3) is not counted as a critical hit, what happens in the following case? If I roll a natural 20 and because of penalties end up with a ...
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Are getting hit and taking damage simultaneous events?

I have found this Q/A ("Does damage from Armor of Agathys take place before or after a character takes damage from an attack that hits?") and also this Q/A ("What happens if a creature is killed ...
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Can a Battle Master fighter with Extra Attack use the Commander's Strike maneuver before he throws a net?

A long time ago, I had asked this question about whether a Battle Master fighter with Extra Attack can do a Commander's Strike after he throws a net. It got answered in the negative (you can't give ...
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Can you really not grapple/shove using the Haste spell's Attack action? [duplicate]

The haste spell's description states: it gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (one weapon attack only), Dash, Disengage, Hide, or Use an ...
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Does the Haste spell's hasted action allow you to make multiple unarmed strikes? Or none at all?

The Haste spell states that you can take the Attack (one weapon attack only), Dash, Disengage, Hide, or Use an Object action. (emphasis mine) But we know that "weapon attacks" and "melee weapon ...
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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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Does using the Lucky Feat to tranform disadvantage into super-advantage still work with a net? [duplicate]

In this question, it can be seen that using a luck point when doing something at a disadvantage essentially transforms it into super-advantage. Does this specific strategy still works when throwing a ...
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If you know the location of an invisible creature, can you attack it?

Let's say a barbarian named Boomtar is in a room with stalkers and can’t see them because they are invisible and stealthy. Boomtar bravely lunges forward and happens to run into the stalker. May ...
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For a UA 2019 Battle Smith artificer, does the Iron Defender's attack bonus increase with the artificer's proficiency bonus?

Does the to-hit bonus of the Iron Defender's Bite increase when the proficiency of a Battle Smith Artificer (from the 2019 artificer UA) increases? The starting bonus is +4 (which I assume is the ...
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With the ‘extra attack’ feature, will a creature’s ‘help’ give advantage to both attacks? [duplicate]

Out in a foggy glade Agar is deeply focused on studying the local flora. While distracted, a poisonous snake creeps closer. Swoosh! As fangs begin to dig into Agar’s leg, his exceptionally trained ...
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Can a PC attack themselves with an unarmed strike?

Let's say a PC attempts to punch herself. Can she do so? If the PC is willing and deliberate, can she miss? Does she make an attack roll? If so, what AC is she trying to hit? How much damage would it ...
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Is it possible to hit multiple enemies with a two-handed weapon?

My players want to hit multiple enemies with two handed weapons, like cleave, but I can't find anything in the rules. The most I've given them so far is on a critical roll; They can hit the enemies if ...
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Can an actual attack instead of a feint be used as the distraction for a Help action?

The latter part of the description for the Help action says: Alternatively, you can aid a friendly creature in attacking a creature within 5 feet of you. You feint, distract the target, or in some ...
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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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Does two weapon fighting's qualifying “attack” have to be part of the “Attack” action?

The rules for 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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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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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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What is the range of a Drunken Monk's Redirect attack?

One thing that came up in a session I was playing was when our Drunken Monk was fighting three enemies, one in front and two behind. The one in front missed and the Monk used redirect to hit an enemy ...
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Can the additional attack from a Samurai fighter's Rapid Strike feature be made at advantage?

The Samurai fighter archetype (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 31) gains the Rapid Strike class feature at level 15, which says: If you [...] have advantage on an attack roll against one of ...
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Do I apply my proficiency bonus to a cantrip attack for a Sorcerer? [duplicate]

I decided to through the Firebolt cantrip into the "Attacks and Spellcasting" box on the character sheet. I understand I use my Char modifier, but do I also apply a proficiency bonus as well to the ...
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Do you have to cast Shield prior to your opponent's attack roll?

The entry for Shield says that the reaction is triggered by being hit by an attack, which would tend to imply that you can wait to see if your opponent actually succeeds on their attack roll (...
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Is it imbalancing to have unarmed strikes count as weapons? [duplicate]

Unarmed strikes already count as "attacks", "melee attacks", and even "melee weapon attacks" as the Sage Advice Compendium, version 2.3, states this on page 11: For example, an unarmed strike ...
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Does a Drunken Master monk have to attack twice to activate Drunken Technique and its Disengage benefit?

Does a Drunken Master Monk have to attack with one of their flurry of blows attacks to activate the disengage benefit?
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Are there attacks that are neither melee nor ranged?

I was looking at the slow spell and realized its description states: Regardless of the creature's abilities or magic items, it can't make more than one melee or ranged attack during its turn... I ...
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Does the Cavalier fighter's usage limit on the Unwavering Mark feature apply to the creatures you can mark, or just the bonus attacks you can make?

Does the Cavalier fighter's usage limit on the Unwavering Mark feature apply to the creatures you can mark or just the bonus attacks you can make? Basically I'm curious if just the attacks are ...
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What action is used to throw a javelin of lightning?

When you use a javelin of lightning, exactly what kind of action are you performing? I'd initially assumed it would just be using your entire action, but it doesn't specifically state so. If anything,...
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What rules turn any attack that hits a given target into a critical hit?

As the title says, what rules are there that make any attack that hits a given target deal damage as if it were a critical hit? I thought I remembered hearing something about that and the prone ...
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How many creatures can attack (melee) a single creature at once (assuming all creatures are medium sized)?

Regarding a hypothetical scenario where you have a party of 8 PC's and one enemy. Can all of those 8 PC's surround and attack the enemy creature (following a square 5x5 feet square grid) in one round? ...