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Can you break up your Attack action for a bonus action?

You can do it to move: If you take an action that includes more than one weapon attack, you can break up your movement even further by moving between those attacks. For example, a fighter who can ...
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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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How to increase the attack bonus of an Arcane Trickster?

I'm starting to build an Arcane Trickster in Pathfinder. As you can imagine it would be hard to use weapons with a wizard attack bonus. I am already taking two levels of Unchained Rogue which gives ...
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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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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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How does the Gibbering Mouther's random-attack effect work against characters with multiple attacks?

I have a party of 13th level characters, one of which happens to be a fighter who loves to swing her dual hammers at anything within reach. Recently I've been experimenting with some custom monsters ...
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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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What decisions can a player make when performing a compelled attack?

Say a character is under the influence of the confusion spell and they roll a 7 or an 8 to determine their action. So they try to attack an adjacent character. Now say the character has at least 2 ...
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Are there rules for fights involving an armed fighter against an unarmed one?

Context: A player is engaged in a fight with a unarmed peasant in a tavern. The player had a hand weapon. There are rules for fights between two fighters who are both unarmed, but I don't know what ...
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Would the Slow spell block a Hunter ranger from using Volley or Whirlwind Attack?

The Slow spell includes this rule for any creature affected by it: Regardless of the creature's abilities or magic items, it can't make more than one melee or ranged attack during its turn. A ...
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Are there any consequences of a Critical Failure on attack rolls?

At "Attack rolls" on page 446 of CRB I could not find anything. For generic weapon attack rolls, is there a difference between Failures and Critical Failures?
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Would being hidden grant advantage on both Bracers of Flying Daggers attacks?

Assuming that I'm using the Bracers of Flying Daggers magic item (from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, p. 190): This armband appears to have thin daggers strapped to it. As an action, you can pull up to ...
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Can the Sidestep feat be used to avoid attacks?

The sidestep feat states the following: Once per round, when you make an attack of opportunity, you may take a 5- foot step after you attack. This 5-foot step doesn't count against your limit of ...
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If a feature has to be used before you know the result of an attack, what happens on a critical hit/miss?

This is inspired by the recent question: "Can I use the Enchantment wizard's Instinctive Charm feature after seeing the die roll?" where this is mentioned at the end, but to avoid having multiple ...
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Can the Deathlock Mastermind's Grave Bolts be used to attack a single target twice?

In Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (p. 129), the Deathlock Mastermind has the following attack: Grave Bolts. Ranged Spell Attack: +6 to hit, range 120 ft., one or two targets. Hit: 18 (4d8) necrotic ...
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Does poking yourself with a needle with the intent to do damage require the Attack action, or can it be done as a (free) object interaction?

Does poking yourself with a needle hard enough to cause damage require the Attack action, or can it be done as a free object interaction? This task is certainly no more involved than opening a door, ...
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Does attacking with an improvised weapon using a magic item count as a magical attack? [duplicate]

Inspired by the recent question: "Are there mechanics that will make improvised weapon attacks magical for a pure fighter?" Answers there are basically debating whether improvised attacks with magic ...
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If a creature has advantage against spells and magical effects, is it resistant to magical attacks?

My DM said that monsters that have advantage against spells and magical effects are extra resistant to damage. We fought some demons that have resistance to slashing, piercing, and bludgeoning damage ...
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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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Climb out of pit and use bow?

If a PC completes their move climbing out of a pit, is it reasonable to allow them to use their bow as an Attack? I.e. to clamber out, take the bow off their back, find an arrow, notch the arrow, ...
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Does a spell that requires an attack roll count as an “attack” for familiars?

In the subsection about attacking (as opposed to the subsection about spellcasting), it says: A few spells also involve making a melee attack. ... When you make a ranged attack, you fire ...
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Is there a reason this homebrew spell wouldn't work with the Attack action?

The spell in question: Sendak’s Lightning Lash 2nd-level evocation Casting Time: 1 action Range: 10 feet Components: V S Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute. You bring your ...
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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 does the Battle Master Fighter's Sweeping Attack Maneuver work if you would have (dis)advantage only against the first target?

The Battle Master Fighter can choose the Sweeping Attack Maneuver which states: When you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack, you can expend one superiority die to attempt to damage another ...
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Can you use the Telekinesis spell to attack with a weapon?

I'm looking over the rules for telekinesis, and it leaves me wondering based on the RAW. It says this: Object. You can try to move an object that weighs up to 1,000 pounds. If the object isn't ...
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What is a “Melee Spell Attack” and how does it differ from a regular spell?

In 5e a lot of the spells in both the Monster Manual and PHB talk about a spell being a "melee spell attack". Is this simply to do with the range of the spell or are there additional rules to rolling? ...
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Is it possible to use a Mordhau grip to deal bludgeoning damage?

I play in a short D&D 5e campaign, with many undead type monsters, like skeletons and the like. My character has a Longsword, which deals slashing damage. Now I would like if it would be ...
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Is the Hunter ranger's Volley feature considered a single attack or multiple attacks?

The Hunter ranger's 11th-level Multiattack feature has two options. One of them is Volley: You can use your action to make a ranged attack against any number of creatures within 10 feet of a point ...
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Can a barbarian keep raging if she shoves an enemy on her turn?

A barbarian has to stop raging if their turn ends and they haven't attacked a hostile creature since their last turn or taken damage since their last turn. (PHB 48) Can I shove an enemy on my turn (...
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Do you get to use the additional attack from the Extra Attack feature as well when you Ready an Attack action?

Do you get to use the additional attack from the Extra Attack feature as well when you Ready an Attack action? One of my players, a monk, decided to Ready an action as an earth elemental was about to ...
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Does the Slow spell limit the number of Eldritch Blast beams?

This question comes from something stated in an answer to another one of my questions: [Regarding eldritch blast] This spell allows you to make a single attack that targets multiple creatures, by ...
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How many attacks does using a net let you have?

I was reading over some of the weapons in the rules today when I came across the net: When you use an action, bonus action, or reaction to attack with a net, you can make only one attack regardless ...
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By the rules, how can you attack while jumping?

At the different tables I've played at, it has always been assumed that you can attack while jumping. After reading this answer I'm not so sure you can. By the rules, what ways can a character attack ...
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Can I attack with my move action?

I'm playing Pathfinder with a Dex-based warrior. My basic strategy is to use power attack mythic in my attacks to deal lots of damage per hit and try to attack as much as I can. In certain situations,...
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Are Rake, Rend and Constrict Natural Weapons?

Reference Information Rake states: A creature with this special attack gains extra natural attacks when it grapples its foe. Rend states: If a creature hits with both claw attacks, it latches ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Arcane Strike' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Astral Smash' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Battery' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Blade of Hate' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Blizzard Blow' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Caustic Cleave' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Vampiric Assault' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Viper Strike' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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How many attacks can a 3rd-level Hunter ranger using two-weapon fighting make in one turn?

Does a 3rd-level Ranger with the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style and Hunter (Horde Breaker) archetype get 3 or 4 attacks in a turn? The two-weapon fighting rule (PHB pg. 195) says: When you ...
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What are all the ways to damage more than one creature in a single attack? [closed]

The slow spell 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 realized that one way around this ...
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What happens if you miss with the Witch Bolt spell?

If you cast the Witch Bolt spell (PHB, p. 289) but miss with the attack, can you still maintain concentration to allow you to use your action next turn to retry the attack on the target if the target ...
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Can a level 20 Samurai fighter with the True Strike cantrip make 9 attacks in a turn, all with advantage?

The true strike cantrip can be cast as an action to grant yourself advantage on the first attack roll against the target on your next turn. The Samurai fighter's Fighting Spirit feature description ...
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What can a specter without Life Drain do?

I'll be running M.T. Black's Tower of the Mad Mage adventure in D&D 5e next week. On p. 8, there is a specter that, according to the description, has been weakened to where it can't use its Life ...
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What's the most amount of attacks that can be done per turn with barbarian as a base?

I'm thinking about DMing my first 5e campaign (I've GMed one Pathfinder one-off in the past). A player of mine was thinking about playing a female orc Barbarian that specializes in dealing as many ...