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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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Does a grapple end the Invisibility spell?

I was looking through the Sage Advice Compendium when I noticed this: When you make a Strength (Athletics) check to grapple or shove someone, are you making an attack roll? Again, the answer ...
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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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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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Would declaring a sworn enemy using an oathbow cause disadvantage when attacking with a spiritual weapon?

The oathbow allows you to make the target of its ranged attack your "sworn enemy", which grants a number of benefits to your attacks with the oathbow against that enemy. However, it also states: ...
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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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With Improved Critical, can a critical hit still miss? [duplicate]

The Fighter archetype "Champion" lists the skills "Improved Critical" and "Superior Critical", which state that my weapon attacks score a critical hit on natural 19-20 and natural 18-20, respectively. ...
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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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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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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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Does the Arcane Archer fighter's Curving Shot feature require you to see the second creature if you missed the first?

When you miss an attack as an Arcane Archer fighter, the Curving Shot feature (XGtE, p. 28) lets you use a bonus action to reroll that attack against another creature within 60ft of the first. ...
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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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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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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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Can you run, jump and flip and still attack?

A player the other night wanted to run, jump off a wall, flip over the other characters in front of him, land in front of the monster, and attack it — all in one turn. Is that actually doable?
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How many effects can an Open Hand monk impose with the Open Hand Technique feature using Flurry of Blows if all attacks hit?

Concerning the Open Hand Technique, if I have a level 6 Monk and I use Flurry of Blows on a single target and I hit with all attacks, can I apply a Str save to all attacks to possibly push a mob back ...
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Is there a penalty for switching targets?

I'm playing a fighter with the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style. Several times in the game tonight, I killed my target with my first attack, and so I wanted to use my bonus attack to go at one of ...
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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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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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Can you attack with more than one weapon when using Extra Attack?

When one uses the Extra Attack class feature, must it be done with only one weapon? If I had, for example, one throwing axe and sword, couldn't I throw the axe and attack with the sword as part of ...
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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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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. ...
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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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Can a Pact of the Chain warlock forgo their Attack action to have all familiars from the Flock of Familars spell make an attack?

The Pact of the Chain warlock gets the following benefit: Additionally, when you take the Attack action, you can forgo one of your own attacks to allow your familiar to make one attack with its ...
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Must the Flurry of Blows attacks occur after the initial (and extra) attack?

Looking at the wording of Flurry of Blows, I may be overthinking it, but the description of the feature (PHB, p. 78) says: Immediately after you take the attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ...
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Attacking to maim

I've recently been DMing a completely novice party through the 5e starter set - The Lost Mines of Phandelver. I'm the most experienced tabletop player out of the group, but that's not saying much as I ...
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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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Can a charmed person harm their charmer with Burning Hands?

If a creature is under the condition Charmed, can they cast the spell Burning Hands and orient the cone such that their charmer is within the area of effect? The argument I've seen for "yes" is that ...
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Can I use one of my attacks to cast a cantrip?

In the D&D campaign I am currently participating in, I am playing as a level 5 high elf champion (I actually just reached level 5 at the end of the last session). As a High Elf, I got a free ...
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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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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 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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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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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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If I'm playing a multiclassed Fighter 5/Hunter Ranger 5 with the Crossbow Expert feat, how many attacks can I make in a single turn?

I am theorycrafting a level 10 character. (If my math here checks out, there is actually a better build I could do for it at higher levels.) In this build we'll be taking 5 levels in Ranger and ...
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Does the Horde Breaker feature work on the attack granted by Haste?

The haste spell, as well as the Potion of Speed which mimics it, grants an additional attack on each of the creature's turns. The wording says "one weapon attack only", but... There's a 3rd-level ...
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When is a reasonable level range for Gurt's Greataxe to be offered to a player?

As suggested in the title, I ran into Gurt's Greataxe. I was looking up magic items in my free time since I was curious, and I thought why not search for magic items related to greataxes, since my ...
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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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Can you interpose an Action Surge Dash between two attacks?

If a fighter has Extra Attack giving them two attacks, and they want to use one attack on one creature, and the next attack on a different creature that is farther than they can move using their ...
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Should I pay attention to the defenses targeted when choosing my powers?

I'm building a 1st level human wizard for my first 4e campaign. As of now, my at-wills are Winged Horde (targets Will), Unraveling Dart (targets Fortitude) and Arc Lightning (targets Reflex). I was ...
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Does a Spores druid's extra damage from Symbiotic Entity apply to a creature hit by the secondary damage of Green-Flame Blade?

For a Circle of Spores druid, they are able to add 1d6 Poison Damage to their melee weapon attacks while their Symbiotic Entity feature is active. At 2nd level, you gain the ability to channel ...
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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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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 you grapple/shove with the Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack?

The Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack feature states: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target....
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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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Does the Giant Elk receive a bonus Hooves attack vs a Prone foe?

The Giant Elk entry says: Charge. If the elk moves at least 20 feet straight toward a target and then hits it with a ram attack on the same turn, the target takes an extra 7 (2d6) damage. If the ...
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Standard attack vs full attack at low level

At a low enough level that a character only has one BAB, is there any incentive to using a full attack, or is it more advantageous to hang on to the move action and use a standard attack?

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