Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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).

10
votes
3answers
183 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
61 views

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 ...
10
votes
3answers
1k views

What kind of action are dodge and disengage?

Question about Actions vs Bonus Actions, vs Reactions: In a game I was DMing recently, the cleric had 2 ghouls on him. He took his reaction to dodge the attacks of the ghouls, and on his turn, he ...
22
votes
4answers
2k views

Does this “yield your space to an ally” rule my 3.5 group uses appear anywhere in the official rules?

I play D&D 3.5 with a group of folks. One of the rules they use in combat allows Alice, on Alice's turn, to ask Bob to yield his space to Alice. Bob chooses a space to move to, Alice moves into ...
8
votes
2answers
472 views

Does a surprised creature stop being surprised after its first turn, even if nothing happened? [duplicate]

Surprised creatures are no longer surprised after they took their first turn in combat. But it feels counter-intuitive to apply this to a situation like the one below. A group successfully sneaks up ...
12
votes
4answers
2k views

How does this change to the opportunity attack rule impact combat?

My DM has introduced a house rule affecting opportunity attacks, and I am trying to understand the implications of this change. The new rule is this: You can make an opportunity attack when a ...
19
votes
2answers
2k views

If an enemy is just below a 10-foot-high ceiling, are they in melee range of a creature on the ground?

We encountered a Vampire Spawn in the 10-foot-high basement of an old church. The first strike was mine, after which the creature attacked my ally and retreated onto the ceiling as the thundering roar ...
17
votes
1answer
576 views

Can you ready an action to attack a monster's natural weapon (a part of its body) with reach?

In my current OOTA Group my party fought against a rocktopus. They attacked them from the ceiling out of reach for melee attacks. Is it possible for the players to ready an attack with the trigger "...
4
votes
2answers
200 views

Which saving throws are low-level enemies most likely to succeed/fail at?

Related to this question: What are the most and least-resisted damage types? I'm wondering which saving throws low level enemies are the most likely to succeed at and/or fail in encounters. For an ...
8
votes
4answers
2k views

Initiative: Do I lose my attack/action if my target moves or dies before my turn in combat?

I am new to 5E. Something I am wondering about is if I declare that this turn I am going to move X feet and attack target A and then move X feet and attack target B, what happens if my target moves or ...
0
votes
1answer
247 views

How can I protect myself as a flying archer? [closed]

I will soon play an Aarakocra Arcane Archer (the custom class) and I am wondering how I can protect myself from mages / other archers as a flying archer. I am specifically looking for ways to impose ...
28
votes
4answers
4k views

What is the best way to deal with NPC-NPC combat?

I'm about to run a premade adventure, and reading through it I see a potential situation where one group of monsters could, though PC actions, end up fighting each other. As a PC, I hate seeing my ...
3
votes
4answers
140 views

Does Bleed damage break the Fascinate effect?

I'm running an arena combat game online with occasional PVP. One of my players just got hit by euphoric cloud and is fascinated. He is currently bleeding from a previous attack and wants to know if ...
2
votes
1answer
163 views

If I cast the Friends cantrip on an enemy, can I Hex/Hexblade's Curse them without provoking combat?

If I cast the friends cantrip on an enemy, can I hex/Hexblade's Curse them without provoking combat? I'm assuming that I won't be able to remain unseen/unheard while casting, but I suppose the meat ...
16
votes
2answers
3k views

Will it cause any balance problems to have PCs level up and gain the benefits of a long rest mid-fight?

I am planning an encounter for 4 level 2 players and I am planning to have them level up mid combat. I wanted to describe it sort of like a power within awakening like many popular animes have. To do ...
8
votes
4answers
993 views

How does initiative work when teleporting into combat?

A Wizard PC Teleports their party from a safe place directly to the location of a group of foes, who the party intends to attack. If the foes did not know this was about to happen, they should be ...
17
votes
2answers
2k views

Can you lasso down a wizard who is using the Levitate spell?

My character is a Level 3 wizard who used the levitate spell on herself to avoid some ground enemies. Since she is able to use non-concentration spells during its duration, the DM began to think up ...
0
votes
1answer
81 views

Can an attack be made without triggering combat? [duplicate]

This is a follow up question to: Does NPC engaging in combat remove penalty for re-stealthing? Is there a scenario when a surprise attack can be made without triggering combat? Maybe there is a ...
24
votes
4answers
4k views

What mechanic is there to disable a threat instead of killing it?

Is there a built-in mechanic in D&D5e for when the players choose to disable or neutralize a threat as opposed to kill outright?
4
votes
1answer
73 views

How do I handle overlapped/stacked suppressive fire damage?

The rules about suppressive fire in the core rulebook explain that you can use suppressive fire from 2 guns, simply add the rounds of both to the save formula (Save = number of rounds / width of fire ...
3
votes
1answer
45 views

Adding Gymnastic dice to Defence Test

In combat a character can always take a REA+INI test to avoid an incoming attack. However, the 'Dodge' Interupt Action allows the character to add their Gymnastic Skill dice to the REA+INI defence ...
7
votes
2answers
260 views

How can I combine numbers of low CR creatures so that using them doesn't bog the combat down?

I have a whole series of encounters built around various kinds of spiders, controlled by some significant baddies in service to Lolth. At the bottom of this arachnid hierarchy is a large number of ...
0
votes
0answers
82 views

What information about a monster can a PC expect to know (be told really) if this is the 1st ever encounter with this type of monster? [duplicate]

As an example, I’m considering vulnerabilities, resistances and immunities. If a pc is unfamiliar with a monster and asks for this information, is it reasonable to provide this. Another way to ask ...
2
votes
1answer
113 views

Do perception checks to locate Invisible / Hiding creatures auto fail? [duplicate]

The Invisibility condition states: For the purpose of Hiding, the creature is heavily obscured. Rules for The Environment state: A heavily obscured area—such as Darkness, opaque fog, or dense ...
4
votes
2answers
263 views

In this scenario, how do I determine whether the enemies are surprised?

Being new to D&D and planning to do some DM'ing in the near future, I found myself struggling with "Surprise" in combat. To educate myself on this topic, I first want to understand the surprise ...
2
votes
2answers
54 views

Can magical intensities damage energy?

Let's say I'm fighting somebody who can only be damaged by energy, and because of either an oversight or rampant pacifism, all I have are the Create [Intensity type goes here] spells to attack with. ...
1
vote
0answers
51 views

When does combat begin and end during a dungeon? [duplicate]

I am a first-timer trying to prepare to host my first D&D night as DM with a bunch of curious friends (also first-timers in roleplaying). I got the Starter Set so I'll be trying to play the Lost ...
9
votes
1answer
236 views

If the DM rolls initiative once for a group of monsters, how do end-of-turn effects work?

A wizard rounds a corner to find two kobolds brandishing their weapons. Roll initiative! The DM determines that neither side is surprised. The DM then makes a single initiative roll (10) for the two ...
1
vote
1answer
100 views

Can I drop concentration on a damaging spell before it affects an ally in combat? [duplicate]

If on my turn I cast a damage spell that requires concentration, can I keep it up on subsequent enemy turns then drop it before it damages an ally at the start of their turn? For example, this is ...
3
votes
1answer
51 views

Do counterattacks count against your total attacks per turn?

As per title - If you achieve a counterattack result, does that counterattack require that you have attacks remaining, or just that you be able to attack/take active actions?
5
votes
1answer
64 views

What happens if an attacker and defender have exactly equal (net difference 0) final values for their attack and defense rolls?

The title somewhat says it all... What happens if an attacker and defender roll exactly equal values? This actually happened to me in a test combat. The other player and I mutually agreed nothing ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

Can the damage from a Talisman of Pure Good (or Ultimate Evil) be non-lethal?

This is a direct follow-up to this other question of mine and assumes that, indeed, one may wield a Talisman of Pure Good (or a Talisman of Ultimate Evil) as an improvised weapon and apply both the ...
4
votes
1answer
91 views

Can a magus use spellstrike on an attack of opportunity?

A magus casts Shocking Grasp, uses the arcane pool (for +1) and walks into battle. The baddie runs past the Magus, and the Magus gets an attack of opportunity, can he use Spellstrike and deliver the ...
7
votes
3answers
202 views

When do I use the “Brace” special weapon feature?

I have a question regarding the weapon feature "Brace". Some weapons have the special weapon feature "Brace", for example a simple spear How to use it (how I understand it) On your turn, you take ...
5
votes
2answers
193 views

How do shotguns actually work in Cyberpunk 2020?

Everyone at my table has read the rules for shotguns in Cyberpunk 2020 and yet none of us understand how they are supposed to work. The closest I can come to understanding is that they are AoE ...
4
votes
3answers
200 views

Spell combat in confined spaces, are there penalties?

I've got a Brute Vigilante who also enjoys taking an Enlarge Person potion now and then (we've ruled that the brute ability is not magical and can stack with the magical enlargement). I've read and ...
15
votes
5answers
2k views

Can you earn endless XP using a Flameskull and its self-revival feature?

Flameskulls have the following traits (Monster Manual, p. 135): Eldritch Rejuvenation. A flameskull's shattered fragments reform unless they are splashed with holy water or subjected to a dispel ...
9
votes
1answer
474 views

Does 5e have a free item interaction?

Does 5e have an item interaction? I could really have some help in understanding how the item interactions work and how they are used during combat.
70
votes
12answers
8k views

What is the purpose of easy combat scenarios that don't need resource expenditure?

This is something I've been thinking about as a DM in my encounter design: Why have easy/medium/etc combat encounters that don't really require resources to successfully complete? Given the limited ...
1
vote
1answer
108 views

How many BAB-based grapple actions does a creature get when initiating with a natural attack?

Assuming a full-attack action, if a creature, especially one with improved grab, initiates a grapple with a natural attack, how many grapple actions does that creature get based on its base attack ...
35
votes
4answers
2k views

How do I fight with Heavy Armor as a Wizard with Tenser's Transformation?

Tenser's Transformation is a rather unique, gish-y spell that lets wizards toss their spellbooks aside and take up arms like their Fighter counterparts. One aspect of this spell that disappoints me ...
-4
votes
7answers
328 views

what changes can be made to the combat and health mechanics which will nerf healing word [closed]

I'm currently running a campaign and I have two casters that can cast healing word. And whenever I had a big melee enemy reduce them to zero HP by pounding them into the ground, they bounce back up ...
3
votes
1answer
54 views

Can a creature with improved grab re-grapple a creature with another attack per the rules on multiple grapplers?

Let's take everyone's favorite party-killer, monstrous crab. If said creature attacks an opponent with claw #1 and initiates improved grapple, can the crab then attack the same opponent again with the ...
49
votes
6answers
6k views

How can I make my enemies feel real and make combat more engaging?

As a newer DM, I have trouble making some of the more routine combats feel unique or urgent. I believe this is because the enemies my PCs are fighting tend to act like an AI, or just attack until they ...
3
votes
1answer
262 views

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.
1
vote
0answers
72 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
89 views

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) "T", throwing her splash weapon at a target "X" that is within T's weapon'...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

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, ...
27
votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
6
votes
5answers
153 views

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 ...