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Is there a limit to how many enemies can be attacked using the Hunter ranger's Volley, Horde Breaker, and the second attack?

From other questions on here, I know that both Horde Breaker and Volley can be used together, as discussed here: Do the Hunter ranger's Horde Breaker and Volley features interact? Is there any ...
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Can an Otyugh use Tentacle Slam twice per turn?

The statblock for the Otyugh in the Monster Manual (p. 248) says: Multiattack. The otyugh makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its tentacles. Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to ...
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Can a monster attack with the same action/body part that it's using to hold a grapple? [closed]

I'm unclear on how attacks and grappling work with monsters as opposed to players. Let me elaborate my question. With PCs, it seems clear to me. Let's say a PC has two creatures grappled and thus has ...
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Can the Help action be used to give advantage to a specific ally's attack (rather than just the next ally who attacks the target)?

I am aware that usually one has to specify who is to benefit from one's Help action. However, when it comes to using it in combat, this comment by Jeremy Crawford says: If you use the attack-aiding ...
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Does the Help action grant advantage on an attack even if the helping creature is incapacitated or killed?

Say a Help action is performed, the helper is then removed in some way, then a party member attacks. Would the party member be able to take advantage of the Help if the helper is gone? For instance, ...
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Can a monster attack with the same action that it's using to hold a grapple? [duplicate]

I'm unclear on how attacks and grappling work with monsters as opposed to players. Let me elaborate my question. With PCs, it seems clear to me. Let's say a PC has two creatures grappled and thus ...
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Can you use readied actions to avoid being hit?

Can you use readied actions to avoid being hit? This came up in our game today; after I thought about it, it seems incredibly exploitable. Here are some examples of how you could avoid being hit. As ...
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Does this strict reading of the rules allow both Extra Attack and the Thirsting Blade warlock invocation to be used together?

The warlock's Thirsting Blade eldritch invocation cannot be normally used with the (non-warlock) class feature Extra Attack, since both feature explicitly say you attack twice instead of once. But it ...
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Does the playable UA Centaur's Charge racial feature affect both attacks if I have the extra attack feature?

The Centaur's racial feature "Charge" reads as follows: If you move at least 20 feet straight toward a target and then hit it with a melee weapon attack on the same turn, roll the weapon’s damage ...
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Does a mounted attacking Beast Master ranger cancel Charge/Pounce-like abilities?

Certain creatures have attacks like charge or pounce, which allows them to do something special after travelling a certain distance. For example, see the panther: If the panther moves at least 20 ...
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Can the Conjure Barrage spell stack with the Disarming Attack or Trip Attack Battle Master maneuvers?

I'm new to D&D 5e. I was thinking that someone with the Martial Adept feat (which gives them 2 of the Battle Master fighter's combat maneuvers) could use their superiority die to make a thrown ...
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How does the Ancestral Guardian barbarian's Ancestral Protectors feature work if you hit something before you start raging?

The Ancestral Guardian barbarian feature Ancestral Protectors (XGtE, p. 10) reads as follows: Starting when you choose this path at 3rd level, spectral warriors appear when you enter your rage. ...
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Does Polearm Mastery have a disadvantage on adjacent targets?

Does a character that has taken the Polearm Mastery feat have any trouble with targets closer than 10 feet? i.e. standing immediately in front of them (5ft). The feat wiki tells me this: Polearm ...
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How do I interpret a monster stat block's attack line? [duplicate]

I am running a game of D&D 5e. I am using an app to determine how a bandit does his attack against our group of players. The app says this in the bandit's statblock: Scimitar. Melee Weapon ...
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How do attacks with an underwater target and an attacker on land (and the reverse) work?

The Underwater Combat rules on attacking state: When making a melee weapon attack, a creature that doesn't have a swimming speed (either natural or granted by magic) has disadvantage on the attack ...
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Do ranged weapon attacks against creatures restrained in a Watery Sphere have advantage?

Creatures engulfed by a Watery Sphere are restrained, which grants advantage on all attacks against them. However, they may also be considered underwater, which would impose disadvantage on most ...
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Does the Thrown property mean I can attack with my DEX?

On page 194 in the PHB for D&D 5e, it says: The ability modifier used for melee weapon attack is Strength, and the ability modifier used for ranged weapon attack is Dexterity. Weapons that ...
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Can I use multiple hands for one attack, using this 6-Handed-Ones homebrew race?

I am playing D&D 5e, with some homebrew elements. I happen to have started a character with the 6-Handed Ones homebrew race by monrester. This race has the Multihands feature: You have 6 hands....
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How do the Sanctuary spell and the Sentinel feat interact?

The description of the Sanctuary spell (PHB p 272) says: You ward a creature within range against attack. Until the spell ends, any creature who targets the warded creature with an attack or ...
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If an enemy monster charms one PC and tells them to attack a second PC, and then the second PC charms the monster, what happens?

Consider the following example: Character A, Character B, and Character C are in one room. Character A is an eladrin (MToF p. 62) of 3rd level or higher. C is a succubus. Characters A and B are ...
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If an attacker targets a creature with the Sanctuary spell cast on them, but fails the Wisdom save, can they choose not to attack anyone else?

The Sanctuary spell reads: [...] any creature who targets the warded creature with an attack or a harmful spell must first make a Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, the creature must choose 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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How does the Sentinel feat work with the Extra Attack class feature?

How does the Sentinel feat work with the Extra Attack feature? Following this answer about Actions/Reactions etc, it says: Reactions are actions that you take out of turn (or possibly on your turn)...
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Magical attacks and overcoming damage resistance

I got hit with an argument from one of my players the other day, and it goes like this: He is playing a Monk and his unarmed attacks count as magical attacks. He was trying to punch a Web. I told ...
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Can melee weapons be used to deliver Contact Poisons?

A creature that touches a Contact Poison with exposed skin suffers its effects. Does a successful melee attack satisfy this “touching” requirement?
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Can you use the Shield Master feat to shove someone before you make an attack by using a Readied action?

Can you perform a Ready action with the condition being that you complete your bonus action, then do your bonus action, and then complete your readied action? For instance, say I have the Shield ...
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Is a fire with more oil flasks longer or more intensive or neither?

Say my party anticipates a mummy in that coffin in the back of the pyramid... (Yeah, I know, no one would suspect that, right?) So, before opening the lid, they decided to empty all their flasks of ...
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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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Can the Great Weapon Master feat's damage bonus and accuracy penalty apply to attacks from the Spiritual Weapon spell?

The Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, p. 167) says: Before you make a melee attack with a heavy weapon that you are proficient with, you can choose to take a -5 penalty to the attack roll. If the ...
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Does this Poltergeist's Telekinetic Thrust give away its location?

The Monster Manual's entry for the Specter (p. 279) includes the Poltergeist variant, which has the Telekinetic Thrust action. The part I'm considering is (emphasis mine): If the target is an ...
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Can I wait until after my first attack to activate the Power Attack feat's benefit for subsequent attacks?

When I make a full attack, can I choose to not activate the benefit of the Power Attack feat for the first attack, and then activate it on subsequent attacks? In other words, can I make an attack ...
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What is the longest distance a 13th-level monk can jump while attacking on the same turn?

Context During last session in a game that I GM, the party got ambushed by NPC monks leaping from the trees. They were hiding high up in very big Sawtooth Oak Trees, then jumped in a horizontal ...
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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 attack multiple times a turn with a light/heavy crossbow and the Crossbow Expert feat?

It has been my understanding that since the first benefit of the Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, p. 165) is: You ignore the loading quality of crossbows with which you are proficient. ...Then you can ...
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Can I make a line melee attack using melee multitargeting rule?

I intend to make a cool move by making attacks on enemies standing nearby each other by charging through them while attacking them. The melee multitargeting rule is: Melee Multi-targeting You ...
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Making attacks through a cage-shaped Forcecage

A PC traps an enemy inside a cage-shaped Forcecage: A prison in the shape of a cage can be up to 20 feet on a side and is made from 1/2-inch diameter bars spaced 1/2 inch apart. How should ranged ...
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Can I attack a specific spot on an enemy?

I'm starting a D&D 3.5e campaign this weekend as a rogue and have been thinking about not being able to make a sneak attacks on undead. I was thinking that I could at least slice its Achilles ...
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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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Can the Produce Flame cantrip be used to grapple, or as an unarmed strike, in the right circumstances?

With the wording of produce flame, it seems like you take the cast the spell action to make the flame appear. You can then attack with it later - it does use the wording "ranged spell attack." It ...
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Does Magic Circle prevent unarmed melee attacks from crossing the circle's perimeter?

The Magic Circle spell creates a circle that protects against certain types of creatures. The spell description states: Choose one or more of the following types of creatures: celestials, ...
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Can an attack be made without triggering combat? [duplicate]

This is a follow up question to: Does NPC engaging in combat remove penalty for re-stealthing? Is there a scenario when a surprise attack can be made without triggering combat? Maybe there is a ...
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Can a vampire attack twice with their claws using Multiattack?

In Monster Manual p. 295-298, it talks about PCs becoming Vampires. The Vampire stat block says: Multiattack. The vampire makes two attacks, only one of which can be a bite attack. (The Vampire ...
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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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Are there any limitations on attacking while grappling?

I've tried looking in other posts regarding my question, but couldn't find a definitive answer to my question. If a level 5 barbarian equipped with a 2-handed weapon attempts a grapple and succeeds, ...
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Can a monster with reach make an attack against a character in the space behind another character?

A monster has a 10-foot reach attack, and it has two characters within that reach, one within 5 feet and the second within 10 feet. Can that monster make a melee attack against the 2nd character? Is ...
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Can I draw a weapon between attacks?

Suppose a 5th level fighter with Extra Attack, armed with a greatsword and a javelin. Extra Attack: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack ...
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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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Can an Unseen Servant create a distraction that grants you advantage on attack?

Whether via the Help action or the Use an Object action or just ordinary interaction with an object, can an Unseen Servant distract your enemy so as to grant advantage to your attack on that enemy? ...
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Can mounted creatures be attacked instead of their mount, and which character(s) in mounted combat receive attacks of opportunity?

This is a question I brought up with my group and although I have made a ruling, I'm hoping to get a more authoritative answer (Sage Advice perhaps?). The rules for mounted combat don't seem to ...
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Can a multiclassed 2019 UA artificer/Pact of the Blade warlock use Thirsting Blade and Arcane Armament to make 3 attacks per Attack action?

I was reading up on the classes in D&D 5e. I saw that the 2019 UA artificer had a feature that allowed them to attack twice that wasn't the Extra Attack feature, called Arcane Armament. The ...