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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 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? ...
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Does a “melee spell attack” use my spellcasting ability, or my Strength? [duplicate]

The spell "Flame Blade" makes a fire sword that you can perform a melee spell attack with. As a druid with higher Wisdom, I would rather have it be based on that than my Strength, but I'm not sure if ...
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Does the Bracer of Flying Daggers really let a thief make 4 attacks per round?

The Bracer of Flying Daggers (from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist) lets you use an action to activate the item to make two normal thrown dagger attacks. There's no limit to the number of times the item can ...
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What is the range of the Defensive Throw feat?

The benefit of the Defensive Throw feat (Complete Warrior, p. 97) says: If the opponent you have chosen to use your Dodge feat against attacks you and misses, you can make an immediate trip attack ...
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Does Holy Water deal damage on a failed attack roll?

The text of Holy Water states: As an action, you can splash the contents of this flask onto a creature within 5 feet of you or throw it up to 20 feet, shattering it on impact. In either case, make ...
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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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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 ...
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Does a cockatrice actually need to land a bite for the initial DC 11 Con saving throw?

According to the cockatrice's statblock on Roll20: The target must succeed on a dc 11 constitution saving throw against being magically petrified On a failed save, the creature begins to turn ...
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What can Strahd do in this form?

In the published module Curse of Strahd, Strahd (p. 240) can However, when he does this, However, it seems ridiculous to me that he would be unable to attack when doing so, I mean it's still My ...
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If a creature with both the Faerie Fire and Mirror Image spells cast on it is attacked, when is the attack roll actually made?

According to answers on this question about how faerie fire and mirror image interact, the faerie fire spell only affects the creature, and the mirror image spell can change the target of an attack. ...
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Can a Beast Master ranger have its beast chase down and attack enemies?

I have two related questions. I'm looking for RAW answers, as I play in Adventurers League. Say you are outside: Can a Beast Master Ranger command their pet to chase down enemies? Like having a ...
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Tempest Cleric: when does Wrath of the Storm trigger?

I had a question regarding this ability and what causes it to trigger. It says a 'hit' but does a hit necessarily include a damage roll or does this include when an attack is above the character's ...
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How does the weapon attack as a bonus action mentioned in the Eldritch Knight's War Magic feature work?

How does the weapon attack as a bonus action mentioned in the Eldritch Knight's War Magic feature work? As an example, if I have a longsword in my main hand and cast a cantrip (or higher-level spell, ...
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Do the Hunter ranger's Extra Attack, Whirlwind Attack, and/or Horde Breaker features work together?

At level 5, all rangers get the Extra Attack feature: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. At level 3, the Hunter ranger ...
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How does the cloaker's Phantasms action work?

It may just be me, but there's 2 things I don't understand about it: What happens to the phantasms when the cloaker attacks? I know it says they mimic its actions, but I can't imagine 4 cloakers ...
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How many attacks does an Adaptive Shifter get when using the ranged ability from Spiked Form?

The Adaptive Shifter Archetype can select a reactive form called Spiked Form, which when taken twice, grants the Shifter the ability to shoot their spines as a ranged thrown natural weapon multiple ...
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How do nets work with Extra Attack?

Part of the net's "special" property states: When you use an action, bonus action, or reaction to attack with a net, you can make only one attack regardless of the number of attacks you can ...
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Can you move between the attacks of a Twinned Booming Blade?

Under "Moving Between Attacks" it 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..." If you ...
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How does a Gloom Stalker's Dread Ambusher's timing interact with Extra Attack?

This is a follow-up to this question. The Gloom Stalker Ranger from Xanathar's Guide to Everything gets the Dread Ambusher feature at level 3, which says (pg. 42): At the start of your first turn ...
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When exactly have you “taken/used the Attack action”?

There are several features with phrases similar to "When you take the Attack action" and I am wondering when exactly you have "taken the Attack action", I have found several questions and features ...
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Are the Gray and Death Slaad's Bite and Claw attacks magical?

The Gray and Death Slaadi from the Monster Manual have the Magic Weapons trait: The slaad's weapon attacks are magical. And they have a Multiattack action: The slaad makes three attacks: one ...
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Can I attack an object that is being worn or carried by a creature during combat?

Some enemies depend heavily on an object they wear or carry to be an effective combatant and so it may be advantageous to attack and destroy the object first, but I can't tell whether this is allowed. ...
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What's the difficulty to hit when the target is not defending (not surprise round)?

Building on this question about attack/defence: My players have decided that dog-piling one opponent at a time is the way to go in hand to hand combat. So using the example of Katarina and her 3 ...
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Does this specific build to use Booming Blade at a range of 20 feet work?

It has already been shown here that the booming blade cantrip and the Spell Sniper feat do work together, and here that the Sorcerer's Distant Spell Metamagic option and Spell Sniper also stack. I am ...
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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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Does the attack with a light melee weapon required for Two-Weapon Fighting have to be part of TWF's required Attack Action? [duplicate]

Two-Weapon Fighting states: "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 light melee ...
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How do multiple attacks by a monster work?

In B/X, monsters have more various attacks. For example, an Owlbear has: 2 claw/1 Bite that deals 1d8 damage each. But how does this work? Can they use one attack per turn or all their attacks in one ...
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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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Do you only get one attack with the Mobile feat?

I was in a game and I just got the Mobile feat so I go up to the enemy and I hit him like a wrecking ball (I have a Flame Tongue Greatsword infused into my body which is only for flavor reasons). The ...
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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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Do Proficiency Bonus apply to enemies/monsters/NPC? [duplicate]

I'm reading the basic books but this doesn't get explained. Let's have an example: a PC is attacking an AC16 orc with a sword (he's proficient in swords). He rolls a 13 + STR bonus (+ 2) + Proficiency ...
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Can you attack with a two-handed weapon, drop it, and then use Crossbow Expert's bonus action via an Extra Attack with a hand crossbow?

The Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, p. 165) says: When you use the Attack action and attack with a one-handed weapon you can use a bonus action to attack with a loaded hand crossbow you are holding. ...
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Does the special thrown attack of a Hammer of Thunderbolts deal damage?

The Hammer of Thunderbolts has a special thrown property: The hammer also has 5 charges. While attuned to it, you can expend 1 charge and make a ranged weapon attack with the hammer, hurling it as ...
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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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Is this attack type chart correct?

I am wondering if this chart showing the types of attacks in 5e-dnd and what things they can count towards is correct: (source1) The chart works by listing on the y-axis different ways of making an ...
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Can I full-attack with a Two-Handed Weapon and then attack with a Spiked Gauntlet off-hand?

I'm about to be starting a campaign as a Warblade, and I've been trying to figure out the answer to this question, but so far I haven't seen it specifically addressed anywhere: If I'm wearing a ...