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How many attacks does a character with “Extra Attack” and the “Polearm Master” get at level 5?

I've got a PC who has the Extra Attack class feature, and he has polearm master. He is under the impression that every turn, he gets 4 attacks. Two regular attacks and two attacks with the "butt" of ...
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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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Does a paladin have to announce that they're using Divine Smite before attacking?

I'm curious about the use of a paladin's Divine Smite. Does a player need to announce they are using it before they make the attack roll?
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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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What counts as an attack?

I was looking over the class feature of the 'fiend' patron warlock in 5e. I'm a bit confused on what actions the player needs to take before they can use the 'Hurl Through Hell' ability on an enemy. ...
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What is a slam attack?

Any number of monsters in D&D 5e (and previous editions, but 5e is my concern) have attacks labeled Slam. What, descriptively, does an attack of this kind entail? For example, doppelgangers have ...
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Can Thorn Whip fulfill the requirement for mobile?

As stated in the description for Thorn Whip, the caster makes a "melee spell attack" against the target. You create a long, vine-like whip covered in thorns that lashes out at your command toward a ...
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Can a Drunken Master monk use the Redirect Attack feature when the Mirror Image spell causes them to not be hit?

If you have mirror image active and a creature targets you with an attack and doesn't hit you due to your mirror image spell, does that allow you to use the Drunken Master monk's Redirect Attack ...
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Is a melee spell attack also a melee attack?

Absorb Elements says: The spell captures some of the incoming energy, lessening its effct on you and storing it for your next melee attack. You have resistance to the triggering damage type until ...
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How many attack rolls are made when attacking with Flurry of Blows?

While playing 5e with my playgroup, I made a staff strike, along with Flurry of Blows with my monk going for the extra 2 unarmed strikes. For this, my DM made me take a total of 2 attack rolls, one ...
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Can a Battle Master fighter apply the Feinting Attack and Trip Attack maneuvers to the same attack roll?

Battle Master fighters (PHB, p. 73-74) can apply a number of maneuvers to their attacks, including Feinting Attack and Trip Attack. Feinting Attack is a bonus action and uses one manoeuvre here, ...
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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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Does the saving throw for a Solar's Slaying Longbow occur before or after the damage roll?

A Solar's Slaying Longbow attack is unique in that it has the ability to instantly kill an opponent who has 100 hit points or less if they fail a constitution saving throw: Slaying Longbow. Ranged ...
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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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If my kobold uses a familiar to deliver Shocking Grasp, do I roll with advantage thanks to Pack Tactics?

Suppose I'm playing a kobold sorcerer with find familiar by way of ritual caster or a dip into lore bard. It's a lovely overcast day and I decide that what I'd really like to do with my turn is to ...
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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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Do I add my ability modifier to the damage of the bonus-action attack granted by the Crossbow Expert feat?

The Two-Weapon Fighting rule says: 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 you attack with different weapons using Extra Attack?

The fighter's Extra Attack feature (PHB, p. 72) says: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. Assuming I am holding two ...
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How does the Dueling Fighting Style interact with Shocking Grasp and Booming Blade?

Dueling When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon. Do I get 1d8+2 instead of straight 1d8 on my Shocking Grasp ...
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Does the Hunter ranger's Stand Against the Tide feature require a re-roll of the missed attack?

At 15th level, the Hunter ranger archetype of Ranger can choose the following feature: Stand Against the Tide. When a hostile creature misses you with a melee attack, you can use your reaction to ...
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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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Do you know the value of an attack or damage roll on you before the hit is resolved?

In D+D 5e, there are many effects that enable AC, attack rolls, or damage rolls to be modified after being rolled but before the hit is resolves. Examples are the Shield spell and the "Parry" Battle ...
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Would improvised weapons work with cantrips like Green-Flame Blade and Booming Blade?

Green-Flame Blade: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell's range, otherwise the spell fails. This ...
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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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How does the Company Attack action work?

I have the Reign Enchiridion book and the rules for Company Attack aren't clear enough for me to understand without either an example or additional explanation. My confusion comes down to how ...
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Can a dragonborn use his breath weapon as a weapon attack if he is hasted?

Let's say im a level 5 fighter dragonborn, and I have the potion of haste. Then I have one extra attack, action surge, and a breath weapon. Under the description of the potion of haste, it says you ...
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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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How many attack rolls do I need to make for an area attack?

I'm having trouble shaking this answer out of my PHB. Scenario: I cast a spell that affects a 3x3 area. How many attack rolls do I make? Do I make one per creature in the area (IE, like 4e), or one ...
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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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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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Does Flame Blade count as a weapon for Green-Flame Blade?

The description for the green-flame blade spell (SCAG, p. 143) says: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell'...
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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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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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Does Guardian of Nature in Great Tree form combined with Shillelagh give advantage for quarterstaff attacks?

If a druid wields a quarterstaff and casts shillelagh and afterwards casts guardian of nature, do the quarterstaff attacks count as Wisdom-based, so that the druid has advantage with them? Shillelagh ...
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Is Flurry of Blows limited to one target?

Monks get the Flurry of Blows ability as part of the Ki feature at 2nd level (PHB, p. 78): Immediately after you take the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ki point to make two unarmed ...
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How do Death Saves interact with Actions that have multiple Attacks?

Inspired by the efforts to kill a Vampire, the GM in me got in a fight with the engineer. Per the text from Death Saves, taking damage while you have 0 hit points will cause a death saving throw ...
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How to add only attack bonus to a homebrew magic weapon in D&D Beyond?

What Modifier and Modifier subtype can I use to give a weapon a +1 just to the attack/to-hit value in D&D Beyond? I don't want it to be +1 to-hit and +1 to damage, I just want the +1 to-hit. I ...
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When using a Longbow from hiding with Extra Attack, can I nock 2 arrows and fire them at once to attack twice with advantage?

Today I was searching for some 5th edition rules to clarify attacking with a longbow from stealth and how the fighter's extra attack feature interacts with gaining advantage from attacking from ...
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What mechanic allows you to “charge” an attack?

I've been looking for a while and haven't manage to find a way to do something like this: Round 1: you skip your attack Round 2: you perform an attack that is more powerful For example it could be ...
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Does Flanking grant advantage on melee spell attacks?

When using the optional rule, Flanking, do melee spell attacks gain advantage? Flanking is an optional rule we utilize in our game. When a creature and at least one of its allies are adjacent to ...
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What is the definition of “hitting” when a move misses but still deals damage

What is the definition of "hitting" when a move misses but still deals damage in relation to using consecutive powers. For example: Jaws of the Wolf Attack: Strength vs. AC (main weapon and ...
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Does an Eldritch Knight's War Magic feature allow Extra Attacks?

I am wondering about the wording here. On PHB p. 75, the description of the Eldritch Knight fighter's War Magic feature says: When you use your action to cast a cantrip, you can make one weapon ...
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What would you roll for “attacking” an enemy with Lay On Hands?

The paladin ability lay on hands requires you to touch the target. However, it looks like there are no touch rules for AC in 5e. Would this then mean that laying hands on a hostile enemy counts as a ...
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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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Is Booming Blade's range relevant without a reach weapon?

When looking at When does a readied action trigger on "when the enemy moves"? it occurred to me that I may not understand Booming Blade as well as I thought I did. Here is my point of ...
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Can a character power attack before making an attack of opportunity?

In a recent game, a scenario arose where a character lost initiative but subsequently was granted an attack of opportunity (had Combat Reflexes) by an enemy. There was a follow up discussion about ...
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How should an automated or environmental attack be handled in Fate?

Let's say a PC plants a proximity mine or magical rune or suicidal summon somewhere in a room he would expect some enemies to walk in later on, and then leaves to take care of something else or simply ...
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When attacking with Two-Weapon Fighting, can you break up your movement and attack a different target?

When you get the Extra Attack action, you can break up your movement and attack different targets at varying distances from your starting point. Does the same apply with TWF? As in, can I approach ...
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Can you move before using the bonus attack from the Great Weapon Master feat?

One of the benefits of the Great Weapon Master feat is: 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 ...
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What are the rules for attacking a creature inside a Wall of Fire?

If I cast wall of fire, surrounding the Ogres, in a ring shaped position, and my two fighter teammates attack them, will they succeed? You create a wall of fire on a solid surface within range. ...