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 to survive level 1 as a wizard?

At level 1, a wizard has a very small amount of hp compared to most classes, and lacks armour proficiencies meaning they must invest in Dexterity as well as constitution to have less AC than most ...
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Is there any monster with statblock changes during an encounter?

So I've been DMing D&D 5e for quite some time. My table enjoys long, challenging encounters. However many monsters end up repeating the same actions after a few rounds. I usually circumvent this ...
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What's the Perception DC to hear a creature dying from sneak attack?

I make a sneak attack against a lone target, with a spell or bow, killing the target in one hit. How difficult is it for the target's allies in the next room to notice? The Perception DC to hear the ...
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The GOD SLAP - Balancing for 5th edition

Question about balancing for 5th edition combat. I have this idea for a new attack. I call it the God Slap. A technique unique to monks that must be learned from studying at the feet of a master. The ...
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Can a monk use Stunning Strike on a creature that has already failed a save against their Stunning Strike in the previous round?

If a monk hits a creature and stuns it with Stunning Strike—thus stunning it until the end of the monk's next turn—can the monk then use another Stunning Strike on the same creature the next turn, ...
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Making disengaging interesting?

Let's set the scene; this is a Pathfinder 2e game. The PCs have recovered the target package from the area, they've fixed the carriage, they've looted everything, and they are ready to escape. ...
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Do siege weapons have a maximum rate of fire?

Siege weapons typically take a series of multiple actions to make an attack. Ballistae, for example, require the input of a load action, aim action, and fire action to make a single attack roll - ...
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False appearance and hiding mid combat

As per the title, I'm having a hard time to understand how these two abilities interact, more specifically in a case of a homebrewed monster that can blind creatures that failed a save. It goes as ...
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Is there any estimate of average damage output per turn for PCs by level?

For monsters, we have the guidance of how much damage they are expected to deal in a round based on their CR from the DMG on page 274. In contrast, there is no such explicit guidance for expected PC ...
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Can you use your action to take a bonus action? [duplicate]

During a game tonight, I had a DM state using an action to do a bonus action is allowed by RAW. I was always taught this is not the case. I understand it's the DM's table, but for my own knowledge for ...
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How many Reactions can a player get per round? [duplicate]

There's been some discussion lately around one of my tables about Reactions. Some are of the opinion that you only get 1 Reaction per round. Others say this is not necessarily true. According to the ...
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Is there a system for determining the difficulty of a combat encounter with a monster is in Call of Cthulhu 7e?

Is there a system to determine how difficult an encounter with a monster or group of monsters is in 7th edition?
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Countering a concentration spell while concentrating on darkness

I had a recent rules argument with a couple of fellow players during a spellcasting tournament. I'm a warlock/monk with the concentration spells silence and darkness, as well as the devil's sight ...
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Social interactions during combat?

I wanted to know if you can use social interactions during combat? e.g. Can you frighten(status) someone by using intimidation?
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Can Hunter's Horde Breaker be used against the same (huge) targer?

So I know that Horde Breaker descriptions clearly says different creature that is in within 5 feet of the original target But I am wondering what happens if you fight a giant creature, say Tiamat, ...
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Is a turn considered "taken" at its start or the end? (re: Assassinate and new bugbear PC features)

Looking at the rules for the 5e Assassin subclass (and similarly for the PC Bugbear Surprise Attack feature), Assassinate Starting at 3rd level, you are at your deadliest when you get the drop on ...
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Does every instance of losing your Dexterity bonus to AC count as flat-footed even if it's not explicitly said?

My swordsage just got the maneuver Hand of Death: This maneuver functions only against flat-footed opponents. As part of this maneuver, you make a melee touch attack against your opponent. If this ...
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Can a monk push a banshee?

Can an Open Hand Monk push/shove a Banshee using Flurry of Blows, in spite of all of the banshee's condition immunities and features (i.e.: grappled, prone, hover, incorporeal, etc.)?
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How to calibrate combat encounters for high level play?

The DMG contains recommendations for the XP values of encounters that are supposed to help you create engaging but survivable combat encounters (page 82). They work pretty well for low- and mid-level ...
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How is a creature's space defined?

What exactly counts as a creature's space, given that there are a lot of effects that care about an "unoccupied space"? Are a creature's space, its controlled space, and its occupied space ...
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In combat, does a hidden character lose half their speed?

Last session, my bard polymorphed a fellow party member into a T-Rex to fight another T-Rex. As concentration had to be kept, I made my bard take the hide action, which succeeded. My bard had no ...
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Balancing a conflict resolution system favouring players picking a spread of skills and attributes in a challenge, while rewarding some over others?

Introduction I'm hoping I can draw on the Game Designer experience of this stack to help be make a decision on a dice-based conflict resolution system I'm designing for an RPG that I've been ...
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How to run tactical combat on the Plane of Air?

My party recently got themselves accidentally transported to the Plane of Air by way of a cursed throne that once belonged to a cloud giant. While there, I intend to run at least one combat where ...
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Can you use your passive perception while actively doing something else? [duplicate]

Say a player with a 16 passive perception is busy talking, fighting or even picking a lock, would they be able to passively perceive someone coming behind them or walking away from them?
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Can an attacker with Greater Grapple or Rapid Grapple make a full attack action?

This is specifically for Pathfinder 1e. So, I haven't been able to find the exact answer I'm looking for. I'm a Druid with two ranks in Brawler (technically, it's a home brew Brawler called Beastial ...
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Making decapitation work [closed]

Often it comes up where a PC has knocked a NPC (for this question, call them Random Grunt) down, and is threatening them, with decapitation or some similar threat of imminent mortal peril. Let's ...
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How to have enemies that use tactics while also making sure that the encounter is fun for all players?

I am currently running a 5e game for a party of 5 players (level 3). I tend to make my enemies use tactics. My encounters involving a large number of low-CR enemies tend to have roles (so a tank, some ...
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How can we help our DM to keep things moving?

Our DM started to master for us about two years ago, using published materials. We played Lost Mine of Phandelver, then Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and now Dungeon of the Mad Mage. All of this is good. ...
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What to do when the monster is too strong for the players? [closed]

Good afternoon, I'm about to start an RPG campaign where the system has very strong monsters, and it's not to reveal that to the players either. I would like to know the following situation: What to ...
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Does the melee attack in Retributive Strike require an action?

The text for Retributive Stike says: You protect your ally and strike your foe. The ally gains resistance to all damage against the triggering damage equal to 2 + your level. If the foe is within ...
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How to communicate, in game, to a player that they are behaving sub-optimally in a specific section (that was designed for them)

So, I have a PC (Barbarian) who is having trouble hitting things. Even with advantage. They are just not rolling well, and can't hit above a 11 on the dice. The player has expressed some ...
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Does an Initiative Roll imply combat?

I am wondering if a initiative roll means combat started, for the purpose of perks like the Assassin rogue's Assassinate which states You have advantage on attack rolls against any creature that hasn'...
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What combat implications has this proposed alternative initiative rundown?

Combat in the WoD is notoriously lengthy. The git rundown is about this: Roll initiative Sort high to low Combat Round Start Announce spending of rage for extra actions & handle "pre round&...
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How to speed up combat by helping players to visualize the scene?

We play D&D 5e over Discord, using voice and chat channels, and use D&D Beyond for character sheets and most die-rolling. It generally works great, but sometimes combats lag, reasons for which ...
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Can multiple summoned creatures Help multiple allies gain Advantage through one verbal command? [duplicate]

If a player's character summons N creatures, say for example 10 Giant Centipedes using Giant Insect, and immediately uses his free action to verbally command them en masse to use their Help Action to &...
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When a character regains consciousness mid-fight after their initiative passed, do they get a turn?

I have a problem understanding regaining consciousness. From what I know, a creature that loses its consciousness during the battle needs to have its HP to be raised above 0 once again. But what if ...
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As a PC, which creatures should I attack first? [closed]

Specifically when you’re engaged in an encounter that includes some clearly larger threats and clearly weaker threats, which creatures should I attack first? Does it make the most sense to focus your ...
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Dungeon Mastering: How to dungeon master a game about non-heroic peasants living in a village [closed]

How would I engage the PCs? Say, I announced to them that a hurricane was going to blow over the village and destroy all the crops, kill a bunch of livestock, and ruin the whole thing. What would the ...
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What happens with multiple attacks with the same name?

To clarify, I am trying to understand the interaction that occurs in D&D 5e between features that all grant a similar attack. For example, if I took a Path of the Beast Barbarian that was a ...
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Does false life help vs. Power Word Kill? [closed]

We are playing D&D (high level wizard battles). We are going to fight a lich. Do you think False life would add to my maximum Hit Points and help vs Power Word Kill or no since the temporary hit ...
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How does "hold action" work in EABA?

For EABA ("End All Be All" game system), you can "hold action" (page 8 of the quickstart rules) to act preemptively to a specific trigger (e.g. shoot if they try to shoot). How ...
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What is a damage roll?

How do the rules define Damage Roll? Example, a Hexblade Rogue hits and rolls damage for attack with a short sword (1d6 piercing), as a sneak attack (2d6 piercing), while Hex spell is active on ...
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How can I use Animate Objects in combat, without slowing combat down for everyone?

My wizard has acquired the animate objects spell, and I'm discussing with my GM how I'm going to use it in combat. We are concerned that using the spell may slow down combat and make it less fun for ...
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How does Multiple Attack Penalty works with actions that allow multiple Strikes? [duplicate]

I was wondering how Multiple Attack Penaly works with actions like Adult Silver Dragon's Draconic Frenzy that reads: The silver dragon makes two claw Strikes and one tail Strike in any order At page ...
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Are there practical methods for dealing with indecisive players during combat?

Following up on How to deal with indecisive, overthinking players?. This question got closed, because it was not specific enough. I will offer a more detailed scenario from our play group. Context My ...
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Which conditions, if any, prevent or impede the afflicted caster from being able to attack with Spiritual Weapon?

The relevant text for Spiritual Weapon is: You create a floating, spectral weapon within range that lasts for the duration or until you cast this spell again. When you cast the spell, you can make a ...
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All-Out-Attack and All-Out-Defence against a single opponent are confusing

When a PC is up against multiple foes in Vampire: the Masquerade 5e they have the option to switch between their attack dice pool and their defence dice pool, this allows them to attack and/or defend ...
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What purpose does the quickling's Fade from View ability serve?

In Pathfinder 2e the Quickling has an ability called Fade from View which, as a free action, lets the quickling become invisible until it uses an attack, manipulate, or move action. The quickling can'...
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Does the weight of the grapplee factor into the speed the grappler can drag them? [duplicate]

Does the weight of the grapplee (the one being grappled) factor into the speed the grappler can drag them? Or conversely, is a low strength grappler limited by their dragging/listing capacity when ...
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Can I lead my mount/animal companion on foot during combat?

If my mount/animal companion has reins attached to them which I am holding, and I am on foot, how do I move and bring my mount with me? I can imagine it involves one or more of the following: ...

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