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Simultaneous attacks

Let's suppose there's just one PC and one monster. The monster has a no-action that triggers when he is bloodied. It hits, and the PC dies as a result. The PC has a free action that triggers when he ...
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Can summoned creatures wield magic weapons?

Can a Pit Fiend summon from an Infernal Hexblade's Greater Summon Warlock's Ally pick up (or be given) a magic sword and use it (without proficiency) as a basic attack, like characters from any class ...
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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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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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Can you cast a spell and use the attack action in the same turn? [duplicate]

Like with a fighter at level 20, you have 3 extra attacks. Can you cast a spell, such as firebolt, and also attack in the same turn?
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Can a Fighter use his Extra Attack to draw a weapon as a free action?

The rules state: You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment for free, during either your move or your action. For example, you could open a door during your move as you ...
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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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Blade Flourish: can we take Attack action when not in range of enemy?

Whenever you take the Attack action on your turn, your walking speed increases by 10 feet until the end of the turn [...] In all examples the bard has a speed of 30 feet and does not have Extra ...
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Do you get all your attacks if you ready an Attack Action? [duplicate]

Say I have a fighter who has three attacks and uses ready action/hold action to "Attack the next person to come through that door". If someone comes through the door, does he get his reaction to get ...
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Can you miss an attack on purpose, and have it count as having made an attack?

For example, if one wanted to trigger the benefit of the Mobile feat, wherein you can move away from a creature you made an attack against without provoking an opportunity attack, can you choose to ...
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How do I determine whether a spell attack hits?

Just starting D&D, with my kids, playing the Lost Mine of Phandelver from the Starter Set. For a spell attack — let's say on a goblin — it usually says "on a hit" then [xyz] happens to the goblin....
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Are AOE Melee attacks possible in E6?

The Basis of the Idea In a video game called "Guild Wars," they released their assassin class in their expansion pack "Factions." My favorite build was an AoE dagger build that chained Death Blossom ...
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Extra Attack + Horde Breaker = 3 attacks, total?

In considering the Ranger class, a fundamental question comes to mind that I wanted to run past the forum. Let's say a 5th level ranger has an Extra Attack and the Horde Breaker skill. Is he able to ...
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Does an Otyugh really have 3 melee attacks per round?

The Otyugh description reads: Tentacle, At-Will Attack: Melee 3 (one creature); +12 vs. AC The way I read it due to it mentioning "one creature" that its 3 attacks per standard action. Is ...
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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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Can one attack for damage after having grappled an opponent?

The grappling rules sure are... light. Supposing one has an Extra Attack: Assuming one has successfully grappled an opponent with one's first attack, can one then perform a normal attack action with ...
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Can I use the same weapon for a normal attack and Two-Weapon Fighting in the same turn?

Two-weapon fighting rules, per the Player's Handbook (page 195): 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 ...
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Does the marked condition affect Secondary Attacks?

More specifically, Deathrattle Viper on MM1 page 240 makes a secondary attack vs Fortitude. From my point of view this secondary attack should not be affected by Marked condition, since it's a ...
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Brilliant energy not all it's cracked up to be?

I have this sai and it's already a speed weapon. That character will be taking improved disarm. Am looking at the entry for brilliant energy. "A brilliant energy weapon ignores nonliving matter." ...
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Are there any issues with creating creatures that can make multi-target melee attacks?

The Issue Looking through plus-sized creatures in the 5e Monster Manual, I am unable to find any monsters that can target more than one creature with a single melee attack. I would think that a ...
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With Extra Attack, can I grapple an opponent and attack with offhand dagger?

I attack an enemy using a dagger with my right hand, drop it, then grapple the enemy using my right hand (Extra Attack). Using the Two-Weapon Fighting rule: When you take the Attack action and ...
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Can you shove (Attack Action), attack (Extra Attack) and use Polearm Master's bonus action attack?

Question about the Polearm Master Feat. The first bullet point says (PHB, p. 168, bold added): When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, or quarterstaff, you can ...
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Is there any way to “hit with an attack” without making an attack roll?

The PH is clear about what counts as an attack: If there's ever any question whether something you're doing counts as an attack, the rule is simple: if you're making an attack roll, you're making ...
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How many attacks per turn can a vampire with Celerity 3 make?

The wording of Celerity (Vampire: The Dark Ages 20th, p. 202) regarding attacks per turn seems ambiguous. How many attacks can a character with Celerity 3 make per turn?
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DnD Next (Final Playtest) Finesse + Ability Modifier Damage

The the How to play document says Weapon Attacks. If you’re attacking with a melee weapon, apply your Strength modifier to the damage, and if you’re attacking with a ranged weapon, apply ...
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Can I cover a whole room with my readied action?

Three allies and I are in a room and an enemy just went underground. Can I ready my action with my bow saying: "When he pops out from underground I attack"? What happens if he pops up behind me? Do I ...
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What's the attack of opportunity for a monk

What if a monk is allowed to do an attack of opportunity on a spellcasting enemy, is the monk only allowed to one attack, or use full attack like +10 / +5 for a level 14 monk?
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Order of actions in combat

Is there a specific order in which move / move-equivalent actions and standard actions should occur during a combat round? I know you can take the 5-foot step at the beginning or the end of the turn, ...
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Can you grapple/shove when affected by the Crown of Madness spell?

The crown of madness spell states: The charmed target must use its action before moving on each of its turns to make a melee attack against a creature other than itself that you mentally choose... ...
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Is a familiar allowed to drop rocks onto enemies?

In the description of the Find Familiar spell it says that they can't attack. I asked my DM during a fight if my familiar (owl) could pick up a stone and drop it on an enemy's head because I knew ...
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How many attacks does an Ettin get?

In D&D 3.5, the Ettin (Monster Manual p.65) has an ability to make offhand attacks without penalty. Its statline lists a full attack of "+12/+7" with two morningstars. My best guess is that this ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Blizzard Blow' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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How many attacks can an Olethrodaemon get with a full round attack?

I am a new DM having a little trouble understanding the monster stas blocks for higher level Pathfinder monsters. I get most of the lower CR monsters, but then I doubt myself when enemies seem to be ...
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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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Do you have disadvantage when attacking a small or tiny creature?

Background: I'm still somewhat fairly new to Dming, but I overall have a decent understanding of a majority of the rules and how gameplay works. During my last session a player mentioned that as my ...
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Do Giant Creatures have any RAW way of physically attacking in an area of effect pattern?

Are there any significantly large creatures that can physically attack in an area of effect pattern? (not looking for breath or spells) Say a giant swings a sword in a wide arc, and attacks in a 15ft ...
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Can an animal companion use all their primary attacks

I was pretty confident that animal companions could use all their primary attacks until I thought about it in the context of the Multiattack feat. Can an animal companion do so before obtaining this ...
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Is the attack entry of the Yagnoloth (MM 2, p. 203) in error?

The Yagnoloth has the following attack entry Attack: Greatsword +9/+4 melee and claw +20 melee, or greataxe +9/+4 melee and claw +20 melee Damage: Greatsword 2d6/19-20, greataxe 1d12/x3., claw ...
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Can a power with “target: one creature” be used on an empty square in an attempt to hit a hidden creature?

Say that I'm in the midst of a battle, and I know that there's an Invisible and Hidden creature somewhere. Am I allowed to use a power that says "Target: One creature" on a random square in an attempt ...
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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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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 use vital strike with slow-firing weapons?

If I am using a weapon that takes a full round to fire (such as slow-firing weapons), does it count as an attack action so I can use something like Vital Strike with it? Slow-Firing: A slow-firing ...
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If you have the Extra Attack feature, can you attack once, then ready your second attack as a grapple/shove?

Say you're a 5th level fighter. You take the regular Attack action on your turn and attack once. Can you then ready your other attack to grapple, instead of attacking on this turn, in case the enemy ...
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Can a character Attack and Dash in one turn?

Is Dashing and Attacking in the same turn possible without using a Bonus action? Everything I'm reading indicates a dash takes an entire turn and the entirety of the move.
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Can a single attack be a full attack action?

The haste spell grants an extra attack when a character makes a full attack. My DM says: If you do a single attack and can't continue into a full attack, it's a standard attack, even if you don'...
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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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What happens if multiple effects could be resolved upon being targeted with an attack?

In what order do effects that trigger "when a creature targets you with an attack" happen? In this specific case, I was looking at the interaction between the Undying warlock among the dead feature ...
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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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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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Does the bonus attack from Polearm Master receive ability modifier for damage?

PHB page 168 says: Polearm Master: [...] When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, or quarterstaff, you can use a bonus action to make a melee attack with the ...