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Questions tagged [combat]

Combat refers to 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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Can a character take a reaction before their turn? [duplicate]

Can a character use his reaction in the first round of combat before their turn? There is no surprise involved here.
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Is being unseen an equivalent to being hidden? [duplicate]

For example, if I am using a longbow, and my party is ~50ft in front of me, and I have made no actions other then getting up to a high point, am I able to shoot with advantage, and if so, can I use ...
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Missing with a splash weapon II - Target against a wall / water / pit

(This is kind of a follow-up to Missing with a splash weapon) Situation There is an alchemist (or other splash weapon user) "X", throwing her splash weapon at a target "T" that is within X's weapons ...
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Missing with a splash weapon

RAW The Combat Rules concerning Splash Weapons go as follows: If you miss the target (whether aiming at a creature or a grid intersection), roll 1d8. This determines the misdirection of the throw, ...
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If a Gnome is riding a Dragonborn who is riding a horse, who can be targeted when the horse provokes an opportunity attack?

We have a gnome fighter and a dragonborn bard in our campaign. The gnome sometimes gets in a makeshift sling on the dragonborn's back to shoot arrows at enemies during combat. Thus far I've considered ...
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How to Interpret Defending Others vs. Shoot Attacks?

A situation occurred in which the party needed to defend a 'sitting duck' in the form of a small robot against ranged enemy attacks. There was the consideration for party members to take the bullets ...
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How to differentiate various guns with adding as little mechanic as possible? [closed]

Currently I'm creating a setting which includes real firearms models (no limitations, any gun I know about or find in the internet can appear) and I aim for each gun to be different from each other, ...
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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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Is there any mechanic for one creature taking a hit for another?

I was reading the UA Raven Queen warlock and saw that the sentinel raven gives you advantage to the killer of your raven for 24 hours. I was wondering if there is a way for the raven to take a hit ...
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How should I handle movement when one character isn't engaged in combat yet?

How should I handle movement when one character isn't engaged in combat yet? Our house rule is that if you're not in combat or if the DM isn't having you move at your character's speed (like in a ...
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Rolling for Movement in Theatre of the Mind

From D&D 5e and "Theatre of the Mind" in combat, mxyzplk had the second highest answer about running combat in theatre of the mind. He mentioned: Same thing with movement. I have all ...
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How can I dual-wield two daggers? [duplicate]

I'm currently playing as a Lizardfolk Warlock (Dungeons & Dragons 5E) and my character started with two daggers. Is there anyway to simultaneously attack with them while in combat? If I were to ...
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Trading wands back and forth in combat

Long story short, our party (4 members) was in a combat against a couple of magical creatures. The only thing that we had that could deal damage was a wand of magic missiles (because of previous ...
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On a multiattack, if the first hit imposes a specific condition, is the second attack affected by that condition?

On a multiattack, if the first hit imposes a specific condition, does the second attack need to be adjusted based on the condition from the first? For example: A Carrion Crawler can make a multi-...
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Can a defender defend against any number of attacks?

In non-group combat the defender rolls a defend roll against the attacker;s attack. So far pretty basic and clear. Now our group was wondering what happens if multiple, say 3, attackers all go for one ...
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Would this house rule make sources of light useable in combat without taking away from how other usable combat items work?

Lately my players have been venturing without light sources such as torches, lanterns. They've been making up for it by casting light on rocks and throwing them ahead, but they still often don't ...
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Can enemies use both their actions to perform attacks? [closed]

So a couple of friends and I are playing a campaign we created for fun. Issue is we are working on balancing characters out. The problem is we aren't sure if enemies may use both actions (not the ...
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Can I use Acrobatics to jump over an enemy that missed me?

Whether or not a character hits is determined by a roll of a die. Say that they roll low so they failed to hit me, and I want to flip over top of the enemy to get behind them. Is this legal, and what ...
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How effective in combat regarding damage output could a Dexterity-based Barbarian be?

The Barbarian is a MAD (Multiple Ability Dependent) class. They require a good Strength stat for their attacks, good Constitution due to their need for a large amount of HP, and good Constitution and ...
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How do I handle initiative and turns for a group of monsters?

A monster group consists of three kobolds. Firstly, as DM do I roll initiative once for the whole group? Secondly, when it is the kobolds turn, do I roll a separate attack for each kobold? If so ...
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Can a part of the group remain stealthy when combat starts?

A group of 4 PCs roll Dexterity (Stealth) checks. They sneak around and 3 of them get noticed by the enemy (because of line of sight or just bad Dexterity (Stealth) rolls). Combat starts, everyone ...
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What's the dice penalty if you attack AND defend against multiple opponents?

On page 125 of the core rules (Basic Conflict section) there is an example of Katarina defending against 3 attackers. She uses her regular dice pool to defend against the first, is at -1 die to defend ...
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How does surprise work in Vampire combat?

Making this a separate question from this VTM question which was too broad One side in a fight has achieved Surprise (p300). Call them Janet & John. The rules say that they make the surprise ...
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Is my interpretation of Vampire The Masquerade 5th ed combat correct? [closed]

I’ve read the Vampire the Masquerade 5th Edition rules, and even begun typing a cheat sheet, but I’m still confused about the combat system. Mainly because they have no examples of how a whole combat ...
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Can a two-weapon combatant draw both weapons at once?

The only rule regarding this that I've managed to find is (PHB p190): You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment for free, during either your move or your action. For ...
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How to handle attacking a ship from underwater?

In a campaign I'm running, I have players who want to attack an enemy ship. Their current plan is to use Water Breathing and swim along the bottom of the body of water the ship is in to get under the ...
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How to handle initiative for a sleeping creature?

Imagine a rogue PC sneaks into a room where a goblin -- who ought to be standing watch -- is instead taking a nap. The PC's stealth roll is enormously high (as befits a rogue), such that the goblin ...
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Would throwing pocket sand at an opponent's eyes count as a free object interaction or an action?

In "Other Activity On Your Turn" (PHB 190) the rule states... "You can also interact with one object [...] for free, during either your move or your action." While in combat, if I throw "pocket sand" ...
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Can my Small Aether Elemental summon throw my very small PC ally around?

Can my Small Aether Elemental summon throw my very small PC ally around in Pathfinder? And if so how far? In other words, how does Telekinetic Throw work with willing creatures?
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How does the simic hybrid's Manta Glide racial trait work during combat?

Consider a Simic Hybrid with the Manta Glide trait: You have ray-like fins that you can use as wings to slow your fall or allow you to glide. When you fall and aren't incapacitated, you can ...
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How to mechanically handle damage-over-time Stunts (or similar attack-modifying effects)?

There are many character concepts whose attacks don't hit all at once, but rather have a form of delayed gratification - they seem weak or even negligible when they hit, but then they keep hurting and ...
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Can I use strike maneuvers while polymorphed?

I have a level 7 Swordsage equipped with a Cape of Vipers from the Magic Item Compendium. He is currently in tiny viper form. I assume he is proficient with his natural bite attack. I have the Tiger ...
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Can a Warblade use Wall of Blades to counter an attack from an invisible foe?

My Warblade is battling a vampire. The vampire is invisible. My Warblade is level 8, and has Uncanny Dodge, letting him keep his DEX bonus to AC. He has Wall of Blades readied. Can he use that ...
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What saving throw would you use for avoiding opportunity attacks when fleeing?

As a player new to D&D to avoid an attack of opportunity from someone when sprinting away from combat, would you use a Dexterity saving throw or a Strength saving throw? I was thinking I would ...
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Can you use swift actions as other action types?

Let’s say I am playing a Tome of Battle class that utilizes many stances and boosts. Can I ‘slow down’ a swift action and have it count as a move or standard action? Example: Swift action: use a ...
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Can you apply Combat Expertise/Deadly Defense after a trip attempt?

I have a trip-build swordsage with Improved Trip and a spiked chain. Is this legit: Trip attempt at full attack modifier. Trip succeeds. Free melee attack on prone target. Take -2 off attack to ...
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How can an archer beat a foe that cuts all his arrows out of the air?

My PC is an archer—a human no-archetype fighter 4/hawkguard warder 5—who has taken only feats that let him make more ranged attacks and deal more damage with ranged attacks. My PC doesn't even have a ...
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Is it possible to eat an object affected by Allfood while in combat? If so, how is the damage handled?

I realize this is a very strange and seemingly useless question, but hear me out on this. I've recently been assessing more creative uses of spells that seem useless in combat but may be made useful ...
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What are the mechanics for tackling / charging attacks without using the Charger feat?

I'm trying to find the mechanics for a running tackle / charging attack, but can't seem to find one in the PHB or the DMG. I'm looking for something that allows players to run towards a creature and ...
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Can I use a spell out of combat?

Can I use a spell out of combat? Another form of putting it would be using spells meant for battle during a non-combat scenario. If so, what are the rules for doing so for casting the spell? An ...
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Time equivalent of a day in Dungeons & Dragons [closed]

How long is a typical day in Dungeons & Dragons in terms of time in our real world? I'm using the 3.5 player's handbook, and I know a round lasts 6 seconds.
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How close is 5ft? [duplicate]

While this sounds kind of silly, I'm a DM and trying to settle on a question a player asked me. In the game I use a battlemat and place all creatures in melee adjacent to each other. However a player ...
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Moving “out” vs moving “through” a threatened square with acrobatics

If I begin my turn in a creature's threatened area, can I use acrobatics to leave the threatened area without provoking an attack of opportunity? My GM argued that I can't since the acrobatics skill ...
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Can players decide at the start of combat what order to act in when planning an attack on a known enemy?

What keeps a player from deliberately planning their own initiative action themselves by choosing to act in a predefined sequence and waiting until a monster has acted? If all the players do this, ...
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Is initiative order affected by a player volunteering to begin combat? [duplicate]

In the campaign I run, it is frequently the case that one player will make an attack against an unsurprised enemy to start combat. For example: DM: "At the end of the long hall, you see a large ...
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How to break the “Death Loop” resulting from unfortunate initiative order

In a recent session, an encounter with a single particularly tough Orc (who was my doppelganger, trying to kill me) left the party dealing chip damage a few rounds at a time while they attempted to ...
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How might this undead player character type unbalance combat?

In a recent session, a player character in my game died. Due to events involved in the player's backstory and their attachment to the character, I offered to have the character rise from death as ...
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Could a strong character wield an object that gives them full cover?

My question is mostly in the title, but here's an example. Jeff, a STR 19 Bear Totem Barbarian wants cover as he advances towards enemies. To do so, he rips a heavy wooden door off its hinges, and ...
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How should I run an encounter involving scouting out an area then setting an ambush afterwards?

Currently, I am designing a campaign in Mouse Guard 2nd Ed involving the patrol delivering the mail to all of the minor settlements in the territories and stumbling into huge conflicts through doing ...
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How does the Dimensional Dervish feat work?

I'm a bit confused about the wording of the Dimensional Dervish feat from Pathfinder: Ultimate Combat and its exact working. Link: https://www.d20pfsrd.com/feats/general-feats/dimensional-dervish/ ...