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 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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Is there a mechanic for a PC to learn the relative strength of an opponent, stat-wise?

TL;DR: It would be realistic for a PC to be able to evaluate how mechanically strong their opponent is, but I couldn’t find any RAW for this. Am I missing something? Certain skill checks in DnD, like ...
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Arrow types - when to use which

Disclaimer: I know this is a "just look into the rule-book" type of question - but I have no rule book at hand and want to come in prepared for my next session. So maybe someone has the rulebook at ...
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Why would a combat character advance anything but weapon skill?

We might return to our campaign soon that paused for unrelated reasons. I have not played version v3, so I can only compare the current version (v4) to v2. Why would a combat character put their ...
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By RAW, does jumping in combat need any special treatment? [closed]

Jumping is a special kind of movement. There doesn't seem to be special combat rules for jumping, so it behaves the same as walking. Is any special consideration needed when jumping in combat? These ...
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What can animated objects do in a fight?

Things affected by Animate Objects can be issued commands. When ordered to attack in combat, they will make a single melee attack. Grapple, Hold, Help, etc are not mentioned in the spell description. ...
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What is the standard ruling for critical hits?

Who doesn't love rolling a critical in combat? There are plenty of ways to run them, but I hate the way my DM does so. To me, a critical hit should be an incredible shot, an arrow to the knee, a ...
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Is 20d6 sonic damage every turn overpowered compared to other 5th- to 7th-level character abilities?

The question is born from: Does taking the form of a Muse using Fey Form gain you the Sound Strike attack?. Is 20d6 sonic damage every turn overpowered compared to other 5th- to 7th character-level ...
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What happens to extra attacks after you kill your declared target

Say I decide I want to attack a Gnoll Pack Lord 10 feet away from me and I have 3 attacks. I roll 3 times and each roll is a hit. If my first two attacks kill the Gnoll, can I use the third on one of ...
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Is there a way to auto-resolve a fight and account for resource consumption?

Sometimes the result of an encounter is easily seen even before the fight starts. If I let the PCs automatically win the fight, are there rules to determine how much resources it would cost them? I.e. ...
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What can players do while waiting for a troll to regenerate?

Can players do anything while waiting for a troll to regenerate its hp on its next turn? For example: Player A drops troll’s hp to 0. Player B and Player C go before troll goes. Do I just skip their ...
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What abilities can the Hex spell target on an adult white dragon?

The hex spell description says (PHB, p. 251): You place a curse on a creature that you can see within range. Until the spell ends, you deal an extra 1d6 necrotic damage to the target whenever ...
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How do we kill what we can't see?

Large party, level 6 Storm Sorcerer, Shadow Sorcerer, Lore Bard, Dual wielding DEX fighter, Thief, Moon Druid, Forge Cleric We are repeatedly running into a problem encounter, that we've had to run ...
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Moving through the space of an invisible enemy creature in combat

In my last session the party was fighting some Wyverns. When one got near the sorcerer, he became invisible and moved out of its reach, but stayed between the Wyvern and the warlock. On its next turn, ...
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What are the ramifications of a disarmed creature having to take the Search action to find their weapon in combat?

Disarming in D&D seems to be very trivial, as explained in this question. Rules as Written, disarming a creature does not prevent them from attacking you with that weapon on their turn as they can ...
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Does an savethrow-type attack cause critical damage for an unconscious creature? [duplicate]

The unconscious state description says Any attack that hits the creature is a critical hit if the attacker is within 5 feet of the creature. Situation Target ...
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How many times per round can I use the goblin racial feat Roll With It?

How many times per round of combat can I use the Goblin racial feat Roll With It? The feat itself does not specify once per turn; however, I have had it ruled both ways in the past, and am simply ...
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What can damage a lich in an antimagic field?

An antimagic field spell makes magical weapons into normal weapons for purposes of attack. Magical spells also lose their effects. A lich is listed as having damage immunities to: Poison, Bludgeoning,...
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What damaging options does a lich have while in an anti-magic field?

Magical and magical effects are rendered ineffective in an antimagic field spell. The lich's Paralyzing Touch is described as a Melee Spell Attack. Disrupt Life and Frightening Gaze are listed as ...
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How can I counter my players' Focus Fire tactics as a DM?

My Problem is split in two parts: Realism and Counterplay. I am the DM (we play Rule of Cool's Legend, which is pretty similar to D&D, and D&D 3.5e). Every fight my Party take one target and ...
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Is it possible for both sides of an encounter to be surprised?

Is it possible for both sides of an encounter to be surprised and if so what would happen? This is a hypothetical idea I just came up with but it made me wonder what would happen. Would the surprise ...
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How does a Barbarian's rage resistances interact with magic weapons? [duplicate]

In monster statblocks that include resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing it is stated that you can overcome that resistance with magical weapons or sometimes silvered weapons. In the ...
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How do I design balanced encounters when one PC vastly out-performs the rest of the party?

I'm having some serious balancing issues with my current campaign. Mostly due to the Barbarian. My entire party consists of the Barbarian, a Bard, and a Druid, all recently turned lvl 6. So one ...
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Is there a scenario where a gnoll flesh gnawer can move at least 45 feet during its Rampage bonus action?

The base movement speed of a gnoll flesh gnawer is 30 feet, and if it activates rampage by bringing a creature to 0 hit points, it can move an additional 15 feet for a total of 45 feet during "normal" ...
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Are there any rules about taking damage whilst holding your breath in combat?

Can't find any official rules about holding breath in combat in 5e. If there's a poisoned gas in the room, and party is fighting against some creature with poison immunity, like golem, and so this ...
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When do you roll for the confused condition?

Whenever a creature is confused... If a confused creature is attacked, it attacks the creature that last attacked it until that creature is dead or out of sight. At the same time... Roll on the ...
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Are there any rules on using a grappling hook in combat?

I came up with the idea of a "grappling hook" (just a 30-foot length of rope, and a hook on the end - not sharp, just to hook onto things), and was wondering about its use in combat. The tricky part ...