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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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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 ...
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How can I adjudicate a character attempting a “shield crush” attack to pin a creature?

In a recent game at my table, the cleric wanted to use his shield to pin a ghoul against the wall in order to stop it hitting people and make it easier to hit. The player was thinking of it like a ...
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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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Is an attack made with an unheld Dancing Sword considered made by the character or by the sword itself?

A Dancing Sword can be launched by its controller to make melee attacks at range: You can use a bonus action to toss this magic sword into the air and speak the command word. When you do so, the ...
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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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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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How do I handle a blinded enemy which wants to attack someone it's sure is there?

Say my players blinded a goblin, through either magical or non magical means, and the goblin knew that there was someone within 5 feet of it from before it got blinded. That goblin decides to flail ...
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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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Can Bards attack while Performing?

If a bard is Performing and he's playing, say, the flute, can he attack during the Performance? At first, I'd say "no"; how do you swing a sword while playing? But then in this thread I read: ...
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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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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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Can I Two-Weapon fight after Two-Handed-Weapon fighting?

Pick a class that has access to the Extra Attack feature. For my example, I'll use my standby, Fighter McFighterson. Let us say that McFighterson is 20th level, and possesses the Dual Wielder feat. ...
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How does a bat have +0 modifier to attack?

I am quite new to playing DND and I'm struggling to understand how a bat has +0 to attack. I'm clearly missing something, but as per my calculations: A bat has a strength of 2 (-4 Modifier). This is ...
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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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Does the extra attack from Great Weapon Master apply to all melee weapons?

The Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, pg. 167) states: On your turn, when you score a critical hit with a melee weapon or reduce a creature to 0 hit points with one, you can make one melee weapon ...
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What exactly does the Attack Bonus on weapons apply to?

Completely new to D&D; myself and some similarly inexperienced players jumped in with D&D 5e, using the premade characters for the starter set that was released. We searched around but couldn't ...
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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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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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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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What is the purpose of a spell attack modifier?

In the 5e Player's Handbook, the Wizard Class on page 114 defines a spell attack modifier, but the spells I have looked at all specify attack damage without using this modifier or mentioning it. I can'...
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Is an attack a check, or only similar to a check?

The Barbarian's Rage ability gives advantage on Strength checks and saving throws. Does this mean that the Barbarian gets advantage to attack rolls as well? Is an attack a check, or since saving ...
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Does the DM choose the target for monster attacks?

Pretty much what the title says. Say 4 goblins attack the party of adventurers, who do the goblins attack? Can each goblin attack a different target? I guess in case of characters that fall ...
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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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Are getting hit and taking damage simultaneous events?

I'm unsure whether getting hit and taking damage happen at the same or different times. The armor of Agathys spell is an example of when this doesn't matter as it states: If a creature hits you ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to attack two characters at once in Fate Core?

Can you spend a single action to attack two opponents at once? Does Fate Core support this? Fate Core is supposed to be a toolkit for just about any kind of decision, so I think there's got to be a ...
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Can I cast a spell and attack in the same turn?

Specifically I am asking as a level 1 Half-elf Bard. As far as I know he doesn't have any dual wielding capabilities yet, or anything that states he has a bonus action to attack. So I'm wondering if ...
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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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If an enemy is just below a 10-foot-high ceiling, are they in melee range of a creature on the ground?

We encountered a Vampire Spawn in the 10-foot-high basement of an old church. The first strike was mine, after which the creature attacked my ally and retreated onto the ceiling as the thundering roar ...
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Can you really not move between grapples/shoves?

The rule on moving between attacks specifically says: 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. ...
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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 can I use Charisma instead of Strength or Dexterity for weapon attacks without being a Hexblade warlock?

I am building a level 2 character for D&D 5e. For story reasons (I just had to break ties with my patron, in a very fun way), I can no longer be a warlock. Is there a class (Unearthed Arcana is ...
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What is the maximum number of net attacks that one can make in a round?

I'm trying to net (ha) as many thrown attacks using the ever-so-special net. There's a big hurdle, however. [snip]... When you use an action, bonus action, or reaction to attack with a net, you can ...
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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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How do I know which attack a creature would use for an opportunity attack?

Take for example a Ruffian CR 1/2 creature, he has a Multiattack Action of 2 Shortswords both with a reach of 5 ft so when something provokes an Opportunity Attack against it, it is obvious that the ...
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What should happen in a legendarily successful attack against a mook?

Last night, I was GMing a game of Fate Accelerated Edition with my friends, and their characters were up against a gang of mooks: the mooks had only 2 stress boxes each and could not take consequences....
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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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Can monsters make multiple attacks in a single action?

In the bestiary for the new D&D Next playtest packets, some creatures look as though they get multiple attacks per round. e.g.: An owl bear gets Melee Attack: Claws +5/+5 (etc.) and Bite +5 (...
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How do multiple natural attacks work?

Okay, I need some clarification. The Pathfinder Core Rules state this about natural attacks: You do not receive additional natural attacks for a high base attack bonus. Instead, you receive ...
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Can you reroll an attack using the Lucky feat if you roll a natural 1?

If you are making an attack and you roll a natural 1 on the die, you immediately know this is a failure. But the Lucky feat (PHB, p. 167) says: Whenever you make an attack roll, an ability check, ...
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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 I interfere when another PC is about to be attacked?

I have never played D&D, but I would very much like to play one day, when I'm not as busy, plus when I'll have a group to play with. (That's important I guess). My question for today is: when ...
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Does the Absorb Elements spell combine with a sorcerer's Distant Spell metamagic option?

According to the answers to the question "Is a melee spell attack also a melee attack?", a melee spell attack is a melee attack. Meaning that if I were to cast absorb elements after being hit by a ...
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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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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 the Hex spell's damage apply to spell attacks?

The Hex spell increases the damage when you hit with an attack and Eldritch Blast is a spell which causes you to make a spell attack roll. Does any attack roll trigger the extra damage of Hex, or ...
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Why do the Starter Set characters have unexpected attack bonuses?

I am somewhat new to D&D 5e and had a question about attack bonuses of the pre-gen characters in the Starter Set. I was under the impression that attack bonus for a sword is strength bonus plus ...