Questions tagged [combat]

For questions primarily about combat, the systems used in roleplaying games to resolve conflict through violent means, often to the death of one or more characters. Combat often involves several subsystems that determine whether harm is inflicted (to-hit) and the extent of that harm (damage).

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Are there any rules about taking damage whilst holding your breath in combat?

Can't find any official rules about holding breath in combat in 5e. If there's a poisoned gas in the room, and party is fighting against some creature with poison immunity, like golem, and so this ...
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When do you roll for the confused condition?

Whenever a creature is confused... If a confused creature is attacked, it attacks the creature that last attacked it until that creature is dead or out of sight. At the same time... Roll on the ...
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Are there any rules on using a grappling hook in combat?

I came up with the idea of a "grappling hook" (just a 30-foot length of rope, and a hook on the end - not sharp, just to hook onto things), and was wondering about its use in combat. The tricky part ...
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Does Pack Tactics work for a swallowed creature?

Assume, a Giant Toad swallowed kobold A. Kobold B stands near this Giant Toad (inside 5 feets). Both kobolds have Pack Tactics feature, which says You have advantage on an attack roll against a ...
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How do you make a Gravity effect?

I've been doing character building exercises in M&M3e so I can have a better grasp on the Dos and Don'ts of the system. I was thinking of that one scene from Batman Beyond where the one villain ...
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What are the grappling rules for the caster of the spell Entangling Staff when it successfully grapples a creature?

The spell Entangling Staff (Spell Compendium p.83) states that once you are grappling from the effect of the spell: If your grapple check succeeds, your quarterstaff's vines constrict your foe, ...
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Can a character or monster move a grappled enemy to another space in its reach without dragging them? [duplicate]

The rules on "Grappling", specifically the "Moving a Grappled Target" section of the PHB (page 195) reads: When you move, you can drag or carry the grappled creature with you, but your speed is ...
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When a creature runs away from combat, when can it trigger surprise again?

I understand how surprise works, but one thing I’m curious about is clarification on when combat “ends”, if it doesn’t resolve in the defeat of either side. This might make a little more sense with ...
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Ruling for Grappling a Creature Underwater While you are on Land?

If a character is on the bank of a river and they want to reach into the water and grapple a creature in the water (assuming that they are within the size limit to be grappled) are there any special ...
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Can any ally benefit from the help action during a combat turn? [duplicate]

Party members Alex, Bart, and Caroline are in combat with a Drow, in that turn order (A, B, C, D). Alex uses the help action on the Drow, being within 5ft. If Bart chooses not to attack on her turn,...
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What happens when two creatures actually share the same turn?

Related to this Q/A ("Does a controlled mount share its rider's turn?") where there doesn't seem to be a consensus on whether or not the rider and their mount actually share a turn. I am left ...
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With the ‘extra attack’ feature, will a creature’s ‘help’ give advantage to both attacks? [duplicate]

Out in a foggy glade Agar is deeply focused on studying the local flora. While distracted, a poisonous snake creeps closer. Swoosh! As fangs begin to dig into Agar’s leg, his exceptionally trained ...
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Can you use Shapechange with character feats to Grapple the Tarrasque?

After I had read the Monster Manual's Tarrasque entry, I began thinking of ways to kill it. The first thing that came to mind is for 1 party member to become a creature that is Huge in size, then ...
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Can an actual attack instead of a feint be used as the distraction for a Help action?

The latter part of the description for the Help action says: Alternatively, you can aid a friendly creature in attacking a creature within 5 feet of you. You feint, distract the target, or in some ...
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How does setting ships on fire affect combat?

Appendix A of the Ghosts of Saltmarsh adventure, "Of Ships and the Sea", describes a number of common hazards during sea travel, one of which is fire (p. 201). Fire is presented as a hazard that ...
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What is the average expected rounds to 1 Wound, and how is it accurately calculated?

Take a character with Fighting skill d10 who does 2d6 damage, and a standardized bandit as the target. The bandit has d6 in all Traits and in Fighting, so has a Parry of 5, and wears leather armor ...
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End of combat / turn order dilemma

To keep things simple: In a party of adventureres, there are 2 rogues; we'll say one has an initiative of 20, the other of 10. The rogue with the initiative of 20 kills the second-to-last enemy ...
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Does a creature have cover when moving through an ally's space?

Suppose that creatures A, B, and C are positioned in a straight line, with A at the start, then an empty space, then B in the next space, and C in the space after that. A has a reach weapon (and is ...
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Does a grappled creature need to use an action to escape grapple if grappler is stunned?

Some creatures can grapple, others have a grapple built into their attacks. Taking the example of a roc's Talons attack: Talons. Melee Weapon Attack: +13 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 24 (...
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How do I run a game when my PCs have different approaches to combat?

Following on from the question How can I make sure my players' decisions have consequences?: I'm frustrated as a DM because I feel like the different players / PCs in my (level 5) group want ...
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What else can you do in the turn you ready an action?

Suppose that, on your turn, you ready an action to hit the enemy in front of you if he tries to hit your friend. What else can you do in the turn you ready the action? (I'm asking about the turn ...
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Which types of spells can damage vehicles? [closed]

When considering spells that require a target, and spells with area affect, which types of spells can also damage vehicles? My assumption for this question is that a vehicle is an object rather than ...
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If an encounter is already underway, can an enemy who joins combat surprise existing combatants?

If an encounter is already underway, can an enemy who joins combat surprise existing combatants? Suppose the party is fighting some gnolls a few rounds in. A stealthy lizardman sees the fight and ...
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Is there a guide on how to create a monster as a solo combat challenge for a PC?

I have read all about how to create an encounter or "boss" monster for a group of PCs to defeat based on challenge rating, but I have not seen any guidance on how to create/modify a monster to make it ...
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How many opportunity attacks can you make per turn before becoming exhausted?

I am not a new DM! I started with the starter set by Gary Gygax in the mid '70s. D&D 5e says you can make an opportunity attack when a creature leaves/moves out of your zone of control. So if ...
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Best way for a one armed character to wield guns? [closed]

My homebrew gunslinger7/sorcerer7 just got his arm cut off during some shenanigans last session. It was awesome. But he almost exclusively uses a revolver, which doesn't say it requires two hands to ...
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Does the Otyugh's Tentacle attack allow a saving throw to avoid being grappled if the attack hits? [duplicate]

Per the Monster Manual's statblock for the Otyugh (pg 248), a successful tentacle attack results in the following: If the target is Medium or smaller, it is grappled (escape DC13) and restrained ...
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How can I make a fight more than just a bunch of numbers?

There was an encounter in my most recent D&D 4e adventure in which the players fought several (16) minion skeletons. Because all of the skeletons were minions, the encounter was not difficult, but ...
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Can a wizard use the spell Levitate on a target and shoot him with attacking spells that don't require concentration?

Can a wizard use the spell Levitate on a target and shoot it with attacking spells that don't require concentration or can somebody else shoot the target?
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Ranged combat - warrior mage [closed]

Background We're a group of four players new to Pen & Paper with a seasoned game master. Up to now we haven't had any active contact with magic skills during combats. Due to a mixture of bad ...
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Can you take the Dodge action while prone?

I was wondering what the rules say about dodging while prone. I couldn't find anything from the PHB. I would imagine that rolling out of the way of attacks is possible but it would be kind of slow so ...
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When does a character's reaction reset, per turn or per round?

When does a character's reaction reset, per turn or per round? This happened last game and I'm just looking for clarification. My group has been playing (a 5e homebrew campaign) with an unspoken ...
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Is it OK to make an encounter too hard for your players? [closed]

My party is very good at combat since they just kill whatever is in front of them that looks at them wrong. I want to try and make an "encounter" that's harder than any fight they've had previously, ...
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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 a target have total cover from a ranged attacker positioned on an opposite corner of a hallway?

Consider the diagram below: N ******* * = Wall W E ....... . = Open Space S .A***T. A = Attacker T = Target Does the target have ...
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How often can a PC check with passive perception during a combat turn?

Scenario: Players are fighting an invisible beholder and its Antimagic Cone. One player, with high passive perception, wishes to check to see if they are being effected by the cone every five feet ...
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Does the loser of an Opposed Melee Test make Critical Hits against the winner?

On p. 159-60 of the Rulebook: Criticals Any successful Melee or Ranged Test that also rolls a double causes a Critical. This means you have dealt a significant blow, and it even happens ...
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How can I make battles in war interesting? [closed]

My party is leading an army into war and I was wondering how I could make the battles interesting and enjoyable. Thanks for any and all help.
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Do surprised enemies take damage from the Flaming Sphere spell?

If one enemy is surprised, and the mage casts flaming sphere next to this surprised enemy, does it have to make the saving throw and take damage for being adjacent to the flaming sphere when the ...
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How can I end combat quickly when the outcome is inevitable?

I'm DMing for a party of 6. In our next session, I'm planning on running four combat encounters. With such a large group, I've found that it usually takes an hour or two to get through a single battle....
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Do defenders who win an Opposed Melee Test in combat do weapon damage to the attacker?

In WFRP 4e, the rules aren't clear if a defender who wins an opposed Melee (any) test in combat will do damage to the attacker. A first reading of the combat rules on p. 158: 1: Roll to Hit ...
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How can I determine the outcome of off-screen combat between NPCs? [duplicate]

My players will get a choice as they are assaulting a castle. There will be three magical siege engines they will need to stop so their troops don't get slaughtered. Now knowing they have a fight ...
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I have 2 attacks. Can I shoot a light/heavy crossbow, then throw a dart in same turn?

I've tried to check Q&A before asking, but I haven't seen this question asked specifically. If the loading property restricts me to firing my crossbow once per turn, may I throw an improvised or ...
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Does the “6 seconds per round” rule apply to speaking/roleplaying during combat situations?

I've been thinking that it would be great to have more roleplay during combat situations - talk to NPCs and fellow players, exchange banter, find out more about enemies by talking to them, generally ...
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At what modifiers are the attacks from the Two-Weapon Fighting feats made? [duplicate]

I am aware that this may seem like a basic question or may have a duplicate (although I checked for both, and if this case I would happily remove the question) but I am curious about how many attacks ...
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Self-Preservation: How to DM NPCs that Love Living?

I have it in mind that humanoid NPCs do not "rage against the dying of the light" as much as they should. Combat encounters frequently result in a full-on massacre, when realistically a single ...
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Can Jaunter’s Hop or Jaunter's Strike be used as part of Sneak Attack?

Can Jaunter’s Hop or Jaunter's Strike be used as part of Sneak Attack? Jaunter's Hop assumes you got Dimensional Agility feat. If so, how can this work in the middle combat? I can see this as part of ...
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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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How does the Blink spell work on moving vehicles?

During a combat that takes place on top of a moving vehicle (let's say a bus moving at 60 feet per round), What happens if you use the spell blink? The blink spell description states that: At the ...
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How do the ranged combat rules work in this situation?

I’m using basic combat. I have player A and a thug. Both have a dice pool of 7. The are in ranged contest combat. They both roll 7 dice whoever is the highest wins and the margin is the damage. I ...