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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).

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How do Primary and Secondary Attacks Work Together in Combat?

I'm a bit confused on how secondary attacks and primary attacks actually work, specifically how they work together. Can an Eidolon open up with a secondary attack? Or are they only used for follow ...
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Can characters attack flank squares without turning?

Using the combat rules supplied by Players Option: Combat and Tactics, creatures have an orientation on the map, with flanks and a rear defined based on their orientation. My question is, can a ...
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What is allowed (on a per round) basis for wand use? [duplicate]

Example: Melee character with two handed weapon and wand on belt. What is available in a round? Can this character draw the wand, use it, then stow it in one round? Effectively using the wand as a ...
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If a PC Levitates an opponent away, does the PC get an Opportunity Attack against them? [duplicate]

As we understand Levitation, even involuntary movement by an opponent can trigger an Opportunity Attack. Does that mean that even the wizard who cast the spell get an Opportunity Attack against an ...
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How can a wizard increase the damage of a Shield Guardian?

A recent Adventurers League adventure (spoiler link) holds the possibility of players obtaining a Shield Guardian. The Shield Guardian is CR7 and its combat effectiveness decreases substantially as a ...
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How can I prepare for creatures with damage resistances or damage immunities? [closed]

This is a broader version of this question about barbarians and slashing-immunity. There are many creatures that are immune and/or resistant to the normal sources of physical damage, such as a Black ...
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Pathfinder- familiar weapon finesse

One of my player's is curious about how weapon finesse applies to his weasel familiar, which deals 1d3–4 plus attach melee damage. The decrease is due to the weasel having a strength ability score of ...
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How does Blink work when not in combat?

The rules for Blink specify that you come back to the material world at the end of each turn and when the spell ends. So what happens if the spell is used out of combat, since there are no turns? Do ...
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For a gaming group with lots of players, what strategies can help make combat turns move faster? [closed]

My gaming group is large. I have 10 players, 5 or 6 of them show up every session, but most of the time I have 7 people sitting at the table. Almost all the time there are some NPCs with the party, ...
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How to design a boss fight for a large group without tons of minions?

My players next session will fight against a dragon opponent. The thing I am concerned is having the players gang up on the boss. I don't desire to flood in tons of minions, the ideal fight would be ...
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Attacking a target in dim light, from darkness, at great distance

Character A is in Darkness with no Darkvision Character B is in Dim Light a hundred feet away from A For further context, an ascii board (dashes indicate dimly lit area): -B-----...
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What level should my players be when they face mind flayers?

I'm running an adventure for 3 level 2 (at this time) players. They've come to a town that is overtaxed and starving, and the government hasn't made a move. It turns out that most of the leaders are ...
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Can you trip multiple times with iterative attacks?

Let’s say my BAB is +6/+1. I am using a spiked chain. I have the feat Improved Trip. Can you walk me through the process of a trip attack, or possibly attacks, if I use a full round action to ...
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Can a spellcaster choose to deal nonlethal damage with a touch weapon-like spell?

The rules for nonlethal damage state: You can use a melee weapon that deals lethal damage to deal nonlethal damage instead, but you take a –4 penalty on your attack roll. Does this allow for a ...
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When does a target respond to social interactions in battle?

Suppose we meet a patrol of three hostile goblins. The DM already called for initiatives. On the first round of combat, my turn comes first, and I decide to bribe the goblins to leave us alone. The ...
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Are there rules for switching between held items?

I'm playing a bard that uses a viol but it takes 2 hands to play it so how would I be able to quickly switch between spellcasting focus and my weapons? Does it take extra time or does it not matter?
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How hard is too hard for monster tactics?

Fairly straight-forward question: How good should you make your monsters' combat tactics? I recently came across a situation similar to this... Party attacked by monsters. Party is taken off guard, ...
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How do creatures moving on the same initiative handle the effects of Sleep and Hypnotic Pattern?

Imagine a small group of goblins moving on the same initiative that are hit by hypnotic pattern. When one goblin that was not affected uses its action (or an attack) to wake its ally that failed the ...
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Would an ally get an Opportunity Attack if I were to knock an enemy towards them? [duplicate]

Coming Sunday a party member and myself will be facing off against a wizard/warlock and some cultists. The session last week ended on the Paladin initiating combat by jumping towards the warlock by ...
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What weapons and armor can a Shield Guardian use?

Shield Guardians make two fist attacks at +7, are size large, strength 18(+4), CR7, and have an intelligence of 8. They can be commanded by the owner of their Master’s Amulet. Can a Shield Guardian ...
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What actions can a surprised PC with the Alert feat take against Hidden opponents?

A PC with the Alert feat cannot be surprised by Hidden opponents. According to "When does a hidden opponent become visible when attacking?" - opponents only become visible on their turn in the round ...
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When does a hidden opponent that is attacking become visible?

The PHB p.180 specifies that during a round of combat, there are all manner of actions occurring during combat: "In combat characters and monsters are in constant motion, often using movement ...
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Is there any way to remove Surprise?

At the beginning of an encounter, the DM determines which participants are surprised, then participants roll initiative. A feat like Alert allows a character to never be surprised while conscious. ...
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What rules allow you to crush a sufficiently small target?

We all know that a human can crush an insect in less than six seconds. How does one crush in pathfinder, given the size difference is substantial enough? Would it be considered a bull rush for a ...
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Can a player polymorphed as a hydra grapple a foe with each head?

Player A has improved grapple and polymorphs into a 7 HD hydra. If he takes a full attack action, can he grapple 7 enemies simultaneously? Things to consider: Once grappling, a player threatens no ...
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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 does great cleave interact with grapple

If a player with great cleave kills a creature while grappling it, can that player then make a grapple attempt against an adjacent creature and continue the carnage across the entire group of enemies? ...
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Can you use a limb that is constricting an enemy to make an attack on another enemy using the improved grab ability?

I am running a boss fight with a kraken this week. The Kraken has the constrict ability which allows it to do automatic constrict damage on a successful grapple check after it has grasped someone ...
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What moves do spellcasting enemies use in Dungeon World?

What kind of moves should I use with a spellcasting enemy!? I'm having a little trouble trying to wrap my mind on how do handle spellcasting creatures that deal things other then direct damage. How ...
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Will save method for ambushes

Players run a kingdom... Tiny kingdom. Pimple on the axe of their huge empire enemy. Only hope of victory is guerrilla warfare and forest ambushes. An effective ambush doesnt result in a fight. It ...
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Brontotherium Stat block Missing Damage

As the title states, the Brontotherium animal companion listing is missing something from its stat block. It states in its special abilities from 7th level advancement that it gets powerful charge (...
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How many spear/pike wielding enemies with Polearm Master feat can attack a single incoming enemy?

Imagine a hoplite phalanx formation where every spear/pike & shield wielding warrior has Polearm Master. While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, or quarterstaff, other creatures ...
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Are there specific rules for dual-wielding/two-weapon attacks in Infinity RPG?

I recently started playing Corvus Belli's Infinity RPG (based on their tabletop miniatures game IP). I was looking at the weapon sizes and trying to see if there were any rules in the Core book or ...
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Is 5th Edition D&D combat faster than in 3.5 at low levels?

I am trying to get a group together, and we cannot agree on an edition of D&D. An argument being made by the pro-5e side is that 5th edition D&D goes faster than in revised 3rd edition, all ...
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Does the Prone or Restrained condition invoke Advantage for other special melee attacks like Grapple?

The Prone condition is described as: A prone creature’s only Movement option is to crawl, unless it stands up and thereby ends the condition. The creature has disadvantage on Attack rolls. An ...
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How to resolve surprise and “instant actioning” initiating combat

DMed for the first time yesterday and one of the things I feel I need to sort out, among other comments, improvements, and similar, is how combat itself is actually initiated. The main example I ...
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Can a spellbreaker immune to conjuration be attacked by summoned monsters?

The spellbreaker inquisitor archetype has this nice capstone candy: Impervious (Ex) At 20th level, a Spellbreaker becomes immune to the effects of a single school of arcane magic. That school ...
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Can a creature using a movement ability that “does not cause AoO” forfeit the protection and draw the AoO?

There are some movement abilities that allow one to move without drawing an AoO (Attack of Opportunity). However, it may be tactically advantageous to draw that AoO, but one can be restricted only to ...
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Entangling Vines/Plants and False Appearance

There is some good insight on false appearance at "How should I implement False Appearance?" and "False Appearance, Movement, Surprise, and the Unseen Attacker bonus", however I still find myself ...
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Mechanics of moving and acting in a completely dark environment

Are there any mechanical consequences in the game for characters without darkvision when moving and taking actions in a completely dark environment (such as a pitch black forest)? Are there penalties ...
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How does battle map combat work in darkness and heavily obscured areas?

The question “Since advantage and disadvantage caused in a heavy obscured area cancel out, what effect does it have in combat?” notes that attacks in darkness or magical fog cause attacks to be cancel ...
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Can you attack a specific creature while blinded during combat?

When a character is blinded, they suffer the following drawbacks: A blinded creature can’t see and automatically fails any ability check that requires sight. Attack rolls against the creature have ...
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How can I balance encounters with a party consisting of a sorcerer, monk, rogue, and fighter?

Made a rookie mistake of letting my players (who have never played DnD) choose what class to play without discussing with me or each other, and we ended up with no healer. We've already played quite a ...
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Is the extra damage die from Orcish Fury affected by crits?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything, there is a racial feat called [Orcish Fury][1] on page 75 that reads: When you hit with an attack using a simple or martial weapon, you can roll one of the weapon’...
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How does one spread attack damage across low hit point creatures with a level 3 rogue?

We are looking at an encounter where a dozen or more 2 hit point creatures may be attacking a party of max level 3. Assuming as a DM we decide against using the “Cleaving through Creatures” optional ...
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How does one spread attack damage across low hit point creatures with a level 3 fighter?

We are looking at an encounter where a dozen or more 2 hit point creatures may be attacking a party of max level 3. Assuming as a DM we decide against using the “Cleaving through Creatures” optional ...
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Can you ready action a Ranger Hunter's volley class ability?

Straight forward question, I think. Can you ready action a volley? (Ranger Hunger archetype, 11th level class ability). I'm pretty sure the answer is "yes" but may be unaware of conflicts. Here's ...
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How to describe combat between NPCs, the Dungeon World way

I am a novice Dungeon World GM. In our last session my players almost lead an orc raiding party to a small village, which was preparing for a unrelated bandit raid at the same time. The party ...
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How long does it take to communicate with “trained” mounts?

In the PHB (p.198) mounts are either controlled or independent. Controlled mounts have only three actions, move, disengage, or dash. Combat is not an option. Uncontrolled mounts can take whatever ...
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Can you use the Great Weapon Master feat on an opportunity attack?

I'm new to DMing; have played a handful of sessions. This situation arose in our most recent one, and I wasn't quite sure how to handle it. There's a barbarian in the party, and he is playing with a ...