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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How do you make encounters totally lethal [closed]

I'll take 5 answers for this one and then combine all of them to make the world's most lethal encounter.
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Attack Range to Movement per Turn Ratio; Dunnigan's Ratio?

TL;DR What is the less-obscure replacement to the term 'Dunnigan's Ratio' - the range of ratios of weapon ranges to typical distances moved in a single combat turn that produce tactically interesting ...
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Can a Harbinger use Dark Claim on an animated object?

In the case of animated objects, is there any reason a Harbinger wouldn't be able to use Dark Claim? Party members are trying to claim that since animated objects are not sentient I cannot claim them.
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What ability check is the most appropriate for disarming a weapon from a creature grappled by another party member?

It's my first post here. I am a DM running a 5e campaign for my friends. During our last session, the characters were surprised by a creature polymorphed to look like a friendly NPC. The creature ...
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How does Whirlwind Attack interact with Travel Devotion or other swift action movement?

Since swift actions can be used during other actions, what happens if one uses a swift action movement (for example under the effect of Travel Devotion) in the middle of a Whirlwind Attack? Would the ...
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In the Ubiquity RPG system, what is the advantage of using continuous combat?

In the Ubiquity RPG system (as used in Hollow Earth Expedition or Space 1889), an alternative initiative system ("continuous combat", where actions take place continuously, without use of combat turns)...
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When determining the DC to notice an invisible enemy during combat, what counts as “in combat” or “not moving”?

What modifiers should be applied when when determining the Perception DC to locate an invisible creature during common combat situation? As per the Core Rulebook, the base DC is 20, and to pinpoint ...
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Should the DM describe NPC spellcasting so that players can use Counterspell?

Going into battle, standing in front of a medusa and 2 nagas. I have line of sight on all 3. The DM says to make wisdom saving throw, without describing why. After failing the saving throw, I'm mind ...
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Does Charm Person break if the charmed person's minions are attacked?

I'm trying to clarify with my players what is the effect of charm person on a very particular situation: Combat starts, player engage some zombies in battle and kill one of them via arrows. Fighter ...
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How would combat work without opportunity attacks?

Opportunity attacks have a long history in the world of tabletop games and D&D in particular. 3.5e/PF both had an exhaustive list of actions which can or can not trigger an OA. Various games have ...
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Can I get my friends weapon in combat as my object interaction?

Can I get the weapon of another friendly character (with his permission) during combat after he performed his action? I mean, in my turn. If possible, would it be object interaction?
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Does the target choose which side they move to for Wall of Ice?

The description for Wall of Ice states "If the wall cuts through a creature's space when it appears, the creature within its area is pushed to one side of the wall and must make a Dexterity saving ...
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Does haste's extra attack get triggered when you cast haste on yourself?

My question here is what is the right combination of the answers from these two questions: Does Extra attack stack with haste? Can you get an extra attack after casting a spell whilst hasted? ...
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Do wound penalties apply to soak as well?

Running a brief combat and it occurred to us that an opponent had a soak that would only ever allow light wounds to be accrued. Consulting the combat rules in Ars Magica p. 178, we concluded that it ...
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Can I target a specific hit location with a ranged weapon attack?

A few sessions into our campaign and somebody noticed the Hit Location rules are in the Melee Attack Options section of the rules: Basic Campaigns, pg 369: Hit Location It is assumed that you ...
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How can I best run a cinematic battle with three opposing factions?

I am running a game of 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. Due to the players' manipulations of events, it is becoming clear that I will have to run a climactic battle that has three factions- one will ...
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Can characters Ready an action with the trigger “when the target stops benefiting from Dodge and before they use their action”?

I ran into a situation with ready action that I feel goes against the spirit of the game and maybe the rules but I'm unsure. I'm running a homebrew game. I made this Bladesinger NPC that I gave a ...
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Is 'cover' simply about being out of sight? What IS cover?

The thread 'What's my most efficient use of spell slots to maximize my AC' sparked this line of thought: Is a curtain 'cover', even if enemy spell casters, archers (etc.) know a PC is behind it? ...
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How to narrate initiative in Ironsworn?

I'm trying to convert my mindset from DnD, and I'm especially confused when facing initiative in Ironsworn. I get it that the side with initiative is meant to be winning in combat and pressuring the ...
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Can a Drunken Master monk spend a ki point to use Flurry of Blows, but use the Disengage benefit to move before attacking a different target with it?

Can a Drunken Master Monk spend a ki point to use flurry of blows, but use the disengage part from the Drunken Technique feature to move to a different target before attacking with the flurry of blows?...
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How can we make combat with slow weapons more satisfactory?

I have been in the following situation as a player in the past and now as a GM I have a player facing the same problem: The Character in question is using a weapon with a relatively high WGS of 12. ...
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Can an aboleth enslave three player characters in one encounter?

The entry on the aboleth (MM p.8) says about Enslave (SU) Three times per day, an aboleth can attempt to enslave any one living creature within 30 feet. Does that mean it could enslave three ...
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Are readied items/abilities expended or lost when the Ready action's trigger is not met?

I have been searching for an answer to the question as to whether a spell slot is lost or not if readied but not triggered. The rules as written does not explicitly state this but that appears to be ...
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Can Cleric-zilla work without antimagic fields?

For a long time I have been under the impression that, as the Internet says, clerics (and druids) are better fighters than the fighter. They have a plethora of spells they can use to buff themselves, ...
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What protects me better from damage: Plate armour and a Shield, or Dodge?

I am playing a Cleric mainly but I took one level in Rogue as it helped me with the Expertise and Stealth. I want to know what has more potential to reduce damage for my PC. In the party I tend to ...
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Are creatures in combat aware of the effects of others turns' in the same round before they begin their own turn?

I have never played tabletop D&D before. Lots of NWN and BG on my PC though, so I know the basics. I got a 5e D&D "Essentials Kit" for my birthday and I'm going to try to run a beginner module ...
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How to make combat with a lot of NPCs more interesting and more manageable?

I am a DM for a D&D 4e campaign. During a recent encounter, my players took some NPC allies along with them. I allowed this, because there were only two PCs on that particular adventure, and I ...
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Deadhand Style Feat Stacking Fear Effect

As written, this feat has some undefined qualities and I'm interested in knowing more specific details. As of right now, I am unaware of any errata or comments from the devs' that clarify. Deadhand ...
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Deadhand Style Feat Duration

As written, this feat has some undefined qualities and I'm interested in knowing more specific details. As of right now, I am unaware of any errata or comments from the devs' that clarify. Deadhand ...
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How Should Speed and Range Affect Hit Probability? [closed]

If one were to go for an increased degree of realism, and try to build a probability curve that produces most sensible results (but simplified, of course, since there is no such thing as a perfect ...
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What happens when you are hidden and a new enemy joins initiative?

If you're surprised, you can't move or take an action on your first turn of the combat, and you can't take a reaction until that turn ends. A member of a group can be surprised even if the other ...
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What is the current status of official 5e Naval Combat?

In May of 2019, Ghosts of Saltmarsh was released bringing official rules for naval combat in the form of Appendix A: Of Ships and the Sea. This appears to be the culmination of the published "...
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Pros and Cons of Different Action/Turn Frameworks [closed]

I would like to have a clearer understanding of the pros and cons of various frameworks of turn composition and action economies. That is, I would like to see the relative benefits and drawbacks of ...
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How does surprise work when both sides of an encounter are attempting to surprise the other?

I an a total noob in D&D and just started LMoP (the Starter Set adventure). We are now in a room before Klarg's cave (the Twin Pools, I think). One goblin escaped to tell Klarg that there's an ...
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Does the target of sanctuary lose the effect of the spell if they attack an illusion?

This question is inspired by on this question but is focused on the sanctuary spell instead of the rage feature. The last line of the Sanctuary spell is - If the warded creature makes an attack or ...
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Realistically, can Epic spells be cast during combat?

I've been thinking a lot about Epic spells recently and I've noticed the following: It has commonly been observed that without heavy mitigation, the DCs and costs for developing and casting an Epic ...
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How does melee combat work between fighters with different weapon ranges?

Let's say in a classic fantasy medieval world there are two warriors fighting, one with a spear and the other with a sword or one with a halberd and the other using martial arts with bare hands. I ...
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Help with 3D combat

I recently asked this question, in which one of the comments mentioned there might be problems with 3D combat. My campaign will be nearly entirely underwater, in the deep sea where 3 dimensional ...
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Underwater Druidic Spellcasting

I've recently started building an underwater campaign, where most of the action will take place underwater. One of my players has brought to my attention the druidic spell list. They start at level 10,...
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Can a weapon be “unsheathable”?

I've been reading a lot of questions and answers concerning the action economy ramifications of sheathing and unsheathing of weapons in combat. The unstated assumption in those posts is that the ...
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LONG POST - First time playing, long time fan, should I just ditch this group? [closed]

I will try to keep it as brief as possible. Our group is a bunch of friends that met online in an MMORPG (wow classic). Me and one other dude are long time fans of DND, been reading books, following ...
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What is the max damage I can do with a 20th-level greatsword-wielding melee Hexblade Warlock?

I'm looking for a highly-optimized endgame (20th level) melee build, abusing Elven Accuracy and Hexblade's Curse to deal as much damage in a single turn as possible. Criteria are as follows: Assume ...
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How does ambushing / surprise work?

I have perused the Core rulebook to figure out how to handle an ambush. What I found seems very underpowered, and I am not sure if I have missed something or this is intentional and all there is to it....
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What damaged a creature that is in an antimagic field from which it is excluded?

I read a lot about this topic, more precisely I base myself on what is stated here: Does the feat Extraordinary Spell Aim affect the creature's space or the creature? (and other linked discussion) ...
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What's the largest creature a swarm of stirges could kill in one round?

I have been working on the challenge of designing encounters that must be passed with other talents besides combat. One of those potential encounters is an area like a cave filled with hundreds of ...
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Can two Cloud of Daggers be cast in the same area by different spell casters?

Quick overview of the situation, the party is 3rd level and the warlock and the bard can now both cast cloud of daggers. We were in a lizardfolk den and they saw us and came running down a 5-foot ...
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How to deal with a player that prioritizes combat over roleplay in a roleplay heavy campaign?

How can I deal with a player that prioritizes combat over roleplay in a roleplay heavy campaign? They all knew what they were getting into and agreed during the session 0. He tends to try and rush ...
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How should I handle a player attacking from the top of a tree?

There is a player in my group whose character is developed around staying in trees, climbling, Athletics, Acrobatics, and such. He likes to climb trees and then leap down onto enemies from the tree ...
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How can I improve combat so my players don't always use the strategy of collectively focusing fire on one enemy at a time until it's dead?

I'm DMing a campaign on 5e with a group of four players. We're all experienced in RPG in general but not specifically on 5e. Players are Level 4. Wizard, Fighter, Rogue and Druid, Circle of the Moon. ...
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Is Move/Action Order Meant to Be Restricted?

I would like to confidently know whether the order in which the free movement and the non-movement action should be taken (i.e. move+act vs. act+move) is meant to be restricted in the base ruleset. ...

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