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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Is there a guide on how to create a monster as a solo combat challenge for a PC?

I have read all about how to create an encounter or "boss" monster for a group of PCs to defeat based on challenge rating, but I have not seen any guidance on how to create/modify a monster to make it ...
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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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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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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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How does a Chivalry & Sorcery battle actually get resolved?

Years ago I purchased the Chivalry & Sorcery Sourcebook (2nd Edition) for its Battle System, but there's one basic thing I've never been able to figure out. On p 65 of the book, it has the ...
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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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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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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 using Speed Factor initiative affect the speed of play?

My players tend to carefully plan their actions in combat, leaning heavily on their knowledge of the combat rules. They take into consideration who will act when, and which enemies still have ...
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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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Combat with Shadow Jaunt and Shadow Stride

First, can I use Shadow Jaunt with a move action to appear next to an enemy? Next, can I use a standard action to attack or use a strike maneuver? Last, can I use Shadow Stride with a swift action ...
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How many weapons can I place on a ship?

I am DMing a new campaign and its going to be based mostly on naval battles, and piracy. The issue I am having is that in the DMG (page 119) it sets out the types of ship available. However since they ...
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What weapon training is required to fire ship weapons?

When fighting against other ships, you must make a Ballistic Skill test to shoot your ship's weapons. Do these weapons require any sort of training? None of the "Weapon training skills" mention ...
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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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In combat, do creatures have complete knowledge of the locations of all other non-Hidden creatures in the combat?

In my question about Hiding I realised in the comments that I was resting on the following assumption: In combat, every creature knows exactly (to the square) where every other creature in the ...
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Are the Player's Basic Rules the same as the Player's Handbook when it comes to combat?

I have seen quite a few threads that compare the free basic rules with the Player's Handbook for 5e, but none of them seem to mention combat. I have played a lot of 3.5, and I always felt the combat ...
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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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Are there ways other than Kensei Weapons or Hex Warrior to use an ability other than STR for non-finesse melee weapons?

Usually melee weapons (without the finesse property) use the character's STR modifier exclusively for attack rolls and damage. I am aware of two exceptions: The Monk (Path of the Kensei) gains the ...
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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 often can a PC check with passive perception during a combat turn?

Scenario: Players are fighting an invisible beholder and its Antimagic Cone. One player, with high passive perception, wishes to check to see if they are being effected by the cone every five feet ...
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Why “roll for initiative” in Pathfinder?

Perhaps related to this other question, what is the point in rolling for initiative in Pathfinder (so far the only RPG I've played)? It would seem that certain characters would "automatically" ...
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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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What can I do in combat when charmed?

So, recently our party went up against a Death Tyrant and it hit me with Charm Ray; even with an impressive WIS I failed and was charmed. The Charmed condition says: A charmed creature can't ...
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Move into nonhostile space attack and move

Moving Around Other creatures You can move through a nonhostile creature's space [but] you can't willingly end your move in its space. Is that "end your move" at the end of your turn or if you ...
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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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Can you jump in combat?

On page 182 of the PHB there are rules describing how far and high characters can jump. However, there is no mention of what type of action jumping is or how much movement it takes to initiate a jump. ...
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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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Can a Mind Flayer tentacle-grapple be broken by the grapplee?

I currently have a Mind Flayer that has successfully used its tentacle attack on a target.The target is a barbarian that is currently Grappled, as well as stunned since he failed the Int Save. ...
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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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Is my idea for handling space combat in my setting any good?

I've been using a homebrewed system and hard sci-fi setting (not originally designed for tabletop RPGs, but for writing stories and as my worldbuilding project) with a group of friends for a while now ...
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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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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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Does Warlock combat just equal Eldritch Blast spam?

Been looking over the warlock because I thought it would be cool to make a spellcaster that can also mix it up in melee combat. After all how awesome is it to conjure up a magical weapon and start ...
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Does using versatile weapons with 2 hands disqualify them as Monk weapons?

When using either the quarterstaff or spear as a Monk weapon, do you still gain the unarmed bonus action from Martial Arts if using 2 hands(1d8)? On pg.78 of the PHB under Martial Arts it states ...
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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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Does flanking always grant advantage, or is it up to discussion?

The rules packet does not provide any specific rules about flanking. However the rule does say that the DM has lots of leeway in deciding when to give advantage or disadvantage in combat. Should it ...
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What GM tasks can be delegated to players to speed up encounters?

My party's encounters (D&D4e - 13th level) take on average 3-4 hours. We chit chat a lot and are pretty easily distracted, and it's not a huge deal because we're all having fun. But lately we've ...
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Are there rules for dropping on an enemy as an attack?

In our current campaign, our ninja decided to try to drop on a monster from a ledge 25 feet up, blade first. I house ruled that it would require an extra 10 to the Tumble of falling without damage, ...
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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 ...