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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Does the ability check DC of Dispel Magic scale with the slot level or the original level of the spell cast?

We just played our weekly game and one of our PCs cast dispel magic and we got confused with the wording of the DC to dispel. Is the rise in DC based on the spell slot level used or the normal level ...
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How should I set up and execute air battles in my session to avoid easy encounters? [duplicate]

I'm running the Storm King's Thunder campaign in dnd 5e, and we are at the portion where the PCs get an airship to travel around in. There are approximately 5-6 lvl 7 PCs, and they have 3 or 4 hard ...
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How should I set up and execute air battles in my session to avoid easy encounters?

I'm running the Storm King's Thunder campaign, and we are at the portion where the PCs get an airship to travel around in, the airship is about 1000ft in the air. There are approximately 5-6 lvl 7 PCs,...
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Can I connect grenades with a detonator and use it as a ranged weapon in combat?

We've been dipping into Starfinder and I find myself playing a mechanic. I love the idea of using grenades to their fullest advantage, it's a fun, volatile weapon that turns up as loot too often not ...
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Do weapon-based qualities always have to be used with the weapon that triggers them?

There are several qualities in the game that relate to specific weapon categories, most notably the "[weapon category] Fighter I-III" line. Some of these are pretty clear in that their ...
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How do I ditch combat mechanics? [closed]

How can I run combat encounters with the least amount of combat mechanics, while still keeping my players engaged? I'm very intentional with my GM-ing choices, and combat-mechanics as an extended ...
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How can I narrate combat without it getting repetitive? [duplicate]

Although I mostly run D&D games I like to try and distract players from numbers as much as possible and keep the game narrative flowing at a smooth pace. For the most part, this is fine: lots of ...
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What Counts as a Damage Modifier?

I was posting a homebrew/houserule here for critique (found here: Two-Weapon Fighting Mechanic Alterations ) and a point of confusion that came up was what exactly 5e counted as a damage modifier. The ...
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What is the penalty for fighting while blind?

What happens when an enemy is blinded and wants to fight? What penalty does the enemy get when he wants to attack? Is the enemy flat footed?
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How should one interpret the word “identical” in the initiative rule?

The rule for initiative in PHB read (emphasis mine) Initiative determines the order of turns during combat. When combat starts, every participant makes a Dexterity check to determine their place in ...
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Is this house-rule that has each monster/NPC roll initiative separately (even when there are multiple creatures of the same kind) game-breaking?

The rules for initiative in PHB read (emphasis mine): Initiative determines the order of turns during combat. When combat starts, every participant makes a Dexterity check to determine their place in ...
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How does the Interception fighting style interact with Uncanny Dodge?

If an enemy hits a Rogue with an attack, the Rogue uses Uncanny Dodge as a reaction, and at the same time a Fighter uses their reaction to use Interception to lessen the damage the Rogue takes: which ...
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How do damage types affect HP?

Played my first game of D&D5e last weekend, and the DM kept referring to different damage types (Necrotic, Slashing, Bludgeoning, etc.). Do these damage types affect HP differently, or do you just ...
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Can I consider darkness and dim light as cover in combat?

In D&D 5E, dim light only affects Wisdom (Perception) checks. If I'm interpreting the Player's Handbook correctly, for combat rolls, creatures that don't have darkvision, whose target is in dim ...
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Does the Aid spell affect creatures engaged in combat?

The Bless spell has this restriction: A blessing, however, affects only those not already engaged in melee combat. ...While the Aid spell doesn't directly say anything similar. It does, however, say ...
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Hideous Laughter while climbing

I found this question about hideous laughter being casted on someone who is flying. James Jacob’s answer in the exchange is more geared to what happens when a character who’s flying is knocked prone (...
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Multiple attacks with a ninja

I have rules questions related to feat selection in levelling a ninja up to 7th level. By combining the Flurry of Stars Ninja Trick with Two Weapon Fighting, how many attacks can a Ninja actually get ...
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Dex Save Vs Enemy Attack Roll

My party and I were battling a group of orcs and my character turns invisible but doesn't move. The orc I was facing starts randomly swinging his blades in my general direction. I was in range but my ...
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How does trample work with hide and hide in plain sight?

Let's say there is a treant shadowdancer who does not appreciate interlopers in its forest. Assuming it has enough hide skill to remain unseen, and as silly as it sounds, can this treant trample over ...
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Can the spell Water Walk help in the fight against a Water Elemental?

The spell Water Walk: grants the ability to move across any liquid surface--such as water, acid, mud, snow, quicksand, or lava--as if it were harmless solid ground (creatures crossing molten lava can ...
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What to do when I'm forced to make battle decisions by other players?

I've been playing a campaign in which there have been a few instances in battles where I feel like I'm being forced to make some non-optimal moves in battle by the rest of the PC group. For example me ...
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An archer firing through an arrow slit has improved cover. Do his targets have cover?

I'm running a module that features a fort with arrow slits and murder holes, and I'm trying to figure out what the cover rules are for people on each side of them. Under the Combat rules, the CRB ...
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Does interaction with a magic necklace count as an action in combat?

I'm playing in Curse of Strahd module, and there is an item named the holy symbol of ravenkind. This item hides behind the paladin’s shirt. When the paladin is in the a middle of the combat and has ...
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Does holding an action change your order in inititiative? [duplicate]

I play in a group that has different levels of D&D experience from first time players to those that have been playing since the inception of D&D. We are currently playing in 5th edition. When ...
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Does Hold Person cast on a Spider Climbing NPC affect their ability stay on a vertical surface?

An NPC spell caster that is using spider climb at the top of a 30' pillar where it meets the ceiling is magically held by hold person. I have two related questions: When Hold Person goes into effect, ...
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Does the Gloom Stalker ranger's Dread Ambusher feature apply only when the party actually engages in combat, or when initiative is rolled?

The Gloom Stalker ranger's Dread Ambusher feature says, in part (XGtE, p. 42; emphasis mine): At the start of your first turn of each combat, your walking speed increases by 10 feet, which lasts ...
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Can Alert prevent Surprise if you don't know the enemy exists?

Here's the situation: In a large dark temple, a player character with the Alert feat has darkvision out to 60 feet. However, 100 feet away, there is an enemy with 120 feet of truesight within the area ...
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Can Alert prevent Surprise if you don't know combat is occurring yet? [duplicate]

If part of the party enters combat with enemies but the rest of the party is not aware of the threat or aware there is combat happening yet, does a player with the Alert feat who rolls highest on ...
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Do NPCs get free attacks only on total Bullet Time failure or also on partial failure?

I have the original version of Ghost Ops (which uses Fudge dice), not the Savage Worlds version or the OSR version. This question is about that original version, but if you think the rules in one of ...
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What happens when Armour Level equals Penetration Level exactly?

I have the original version of Ghost Ops (which uses Fudge dice), not the Savage Worlds version or the OSR version. This question is about that original version, but if you think the rules in one of ...
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How does 'Standard Action Attacking' Work with the Big Cat animal companion?

I'm playing pathfinder with my friends as a hunter (ranged build) and I have an animal companion (the Big Cat animal companion archetype). We are currently level 5, and we started at level 4 and I am ...
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Would it be balanced to introduce an “Aim Action” that uses the same mechanics as True Strike?

There are few things in D&D 5E on which the consensus is as overwhelming as on the fact that True Strike is an extremely poor cantrip. As discussed in many places, the main problem is the action ...
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Does a monk get martial arts die damage on improvised thrown monk weapons?

The monk's martial arts ability states: Your practice of Martial Arts gives you mastery of Combat styles that use unarmed strikes and monk Weapons, which are shortswords and any simple Melee Weapons ...
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Does STRENGTH add to damage in Ben Milton's Knave?

The rules state: "Strength: Used for melee attacks and saves requiring physical power, like lifting gates, bending bars, etc." - I can find no mention of damage modifier. The main reasons I ...
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Elemental adept Vs Spell damage resistance trait

I'm playing DnD on this Westmarch server and I'm fighting a monster with "Damage resistances: Damage from spells" My question is. Does elemental adept break the damage resistance or is it ...
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Drop an Item Action [closed]

Interacting with one item is free. Interacting with two items is not. This leads to the odd case that if I have an apple in one hand and a flagon in the other I can drop either but not both. ...
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Do grappled/grappling creatures bypass Ballbearings/Caltrops?

Ballbearings/Caltrops requires a dex save or fall prone/take damage unless you move at half speed. Moving with a Grappled Creature your speed is halved. Mechanically, does this count as moving half ...
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Are there rules for tying up an awake enemy in combat? [duplicate]

I am looking for rules in D&D 5e that can clarify the process of tying up an enemy (someone that does not want to be tied up) fully capable of defending themself.
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Can the Create Bonfire cantrip damage a creature more than once per turn, by RAW? If so, how many times at most?

The description of the create bonfire cantrip says: You create a bonfire on ground that you can see within range. Until the spell ends, the magic bonfire fills a 5-foot cube. Any creature in the ...
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How do I manage combat situations without a physical map? [duplicate]

I am about to start running a new DnD campaign and for the first time in a long time I am running it at a table with pencil and paper, in recent years players have had there own laptops at the table, ...
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How to roll for avoiding damage when using Black Hack 1e with optional rule “Original armor”?

The Black Hack 1e has an optional rule called "Original Armour". It reads like this: Original armor The traditional concept of ascending AC bonuses can still be used with The Black Hack. ...
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Does a player character wielding a whip gain advantage if they are 10 feet away from the target? [duplicate]

We had an episode in combat tonight that I was not sure how to adjudicate. A player character (PC1) with a whip was 10 feet away from an enemy. In between PC1 and the enemy was another player ...
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Allowing Disengage for free

I'm the DM, and I'm concerned that combat feels pretty static. As I understand it in RAW: Once you've reached melee range, moving further away will provoke an opportunity attack, unless you disengage ...
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The Combat time vs Real time

So I was playing yesterday and our party had been wandering through tunnels and the DM said there was some noise in the distance. So one of the players illuminated an object and threw it down the ...
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Is it possible to combine using heavy weapons and light weapons in this way as a monk?

I had the idea of a character with levels battle master 3 and Kensei 8. I want to mainly use my greatsword to attack. However, I had the idea of using a dagger as a kensei weapon to benefit from the +...
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How do I model time passing differently for different characters?

I am the DM in this situation and a character has wandered into a small area which links to another plane. In this plane time passes differently, so 1 minute in that plane would be 1 hour in the real ...
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Order of resolution of several identical initiative Attacks

It sometimes happens that several identical monsters, all using the same initiative, attack a single character. In my games, this is often a volley of missile fire after a PC has shown themselves to ...
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How do you balance an NPC ally with regards to the DMG combat balancing?

My players want an NPC to fight alongside them. They don't like it when he is "cut out" of the fight and they don't want it to feel like he isn't being helpful at all since he's proven to be ...
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Do 10 second turns/60 second rounds make spellcasters horrible?

My DM insists on the combat being 10 seconds per turn and the round time to be the sum of all turn times (so a minute for 6 participants, for example). I am aware that this is not how turn/round time ...
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How do Dodge and Parry work?

More specifically, I'm confused about when to add weapon damage: if the defender rolls as many 6s as the attacker, does the defender still suffer weapon damage or is the attack neutralized altogether?

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