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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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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 ...
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Do you have disadvantage when attacking a small or tiny creature?

Background: I'm still somewhat fairly new to Dming, but I overall have a decent understanding of a majority of the rules and how gameplay works. During my last session a player mentioned that as my ...
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Can a Mageknight that selected Time Shift as her Spellsword ability make as many attacks with Relentless Pursuit as she has Spell Points?

The Mageknight has these abilities, relevant to the question: Relentless Pursuit (Requires Marked class feature) You may spend a spell point as a swift action to make a single manufactured or ...
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What does carrying capacity do in combat?

Does a good carrying capacity have benefits in combat, besides how much you can carry? For example, does it give advantage on picking things up or grappling?
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Can a Goblin boss redirect attacks to non allied goblins?

Goblin bosses can use their reaction to redirect a successful attack against them to another goblin within melee range by swapping places with the other goblin. (Source: MM) RAW this ability does not ...
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Is XP from solo kills during combat shared or not?

This scenario came up in a recent game I ran I and I'm curious on how it should be handled. If, during an encounter where everyone in the party takes a turn, a character kills one of the enemies ...
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Can an Aasimar use a Lance one-handed while flying?

As the title says... Can an Aasimar use a lance one-handed while flying? Lance: You have disadvantage when you use a lance to attack a target within 5 feet of you. Also, a lance requires two ...
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How can a disarmed foe be prevented from recovering the item?

The answer for the question "Can Mage Hand grab opponents' items?" says that "since it's assumed in 5e that picking up an object can be part of a creature's movement during its turn and can pick ...
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Missing players don't spend daily resources

Last year, my D&D group attendance was really good. All 6 non-DM players were frequently available on game-day and the campaign progressed quickly. Recently, 3 people with a nearly 100% ...
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What is the effect of abstaining from armor/weapons/common gear?

This is my first time in 5e (have played 3.5 before) so I have no judgement capabilities as to the effect of gear or the lack thereof. I am soon to be playing in a 5e campaign and am designing a ...
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Would a familiar be detected by a mummy lord in its lair? If not would this plan work to kill it?

For context our party used a bean from a bag of magic beans that created a Mummy Lord (ML) and its lair, we are all at level 5 and a Mummy Lord in it's lair has a challenge rating of 16. There is no ...
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When being Unaware ends after surprise round? [duplicate]

In D&D 5e we have surprise round effective until it is ended. On that first round characters that are not surprised can act as in normal round. Those unaware of them (thus surprised) grant them ...
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Should a PC get XP for assisting outside of combat?

Related, but about a PC not participating at all in a combat: Do people get XP for battles they weren't in? Generally, experience points for a combat encounter are divided equally among the ...
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Does a ranged attack around a corner incur cover penalties?

In case A attacks B with a ranged attack, does B get cover? I ask because it seems to me that he might not. In the image above I assumed that A has chosen the upper right corner of his square as ...
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How much damage does a weaponless skeleton do?

The Monster Manual lists skeleton damage for swords and short bows. If a skeleton is disarmed, how much damage does it do? Unarmed Strike is listed as a melee weapon on p.190 of the Player’s ...
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Does potion use as a bonus action speed up or slow down combat?

I've noticed that some DMs allow healing potions to be drawn and drank as bonus actions believing that this speeds up combat. Does allowing healing potions to be drawn/drank as bonus actions ...
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The Littles Go To War [closed]

I'm curious if anyone has seen or developed their own rules for combat with characters six inches tall in DnD5e? It seems to me that the UA Tiny rules don't quite cover it, at least to my ...
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Can an area of effect spell cause damage to the same target multiple times a round? [duplicate]

Yesterday, I asked a question regarding the spell Sickening Radiance. The most upvoted answer satisfied the question, but it also added this small line: Yes, forcefully moving enemies into the area ...
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Overcoming high (stacking) resistance skills with ranged weapons

In Star Wars D6 a character that was hit in combat rolls an resistance1) roll against the damage roll of the opponents weapon. The issue has come up that it seems to be a lot easier for characters to ...
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Does Sickening Radiance require the target to use their movement to deal damage?

I just picked up the spell Sickening Radiance and had a chance to try it out last session. The wording has caused some confusion and a disagreement between myself and my DM. The spell states: When ...
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Is a hand free to use a Gloves of Missile Snaring reaction if you used a bow during your last turn?

I've DM'd a 5e campaign for about a year and a half (with a decent number of arguments being settled by these boards), and I have a Ranger who's a bit of a drop-in/drop-out player, who recently found ...
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How do I scale up reach when designing a larger monster?

There is a creature I am designing for a 3.5e game, it has both weapon attacks and natural attacks. It also changes size as it gets more damaged. The reach for the weapon attack follows the reach for ...
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How does a gelatinous cube's special ability engulf work?

The gelatinous cube possesses the extraordinary ability engulf that says Although it moves slowly, a gelatinous cube can simply mow down Large or smaller creatures as a standard action. It cannot ...
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Are there any ways to increase weapon attack bonuses, besides, perhaps advantage? [closed]

After running a few combat encounters with my PCs, I've noticed that they appear to be missing their attacks more than I've expected. I was wondering if there are ways for them to increase the attack ...
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Can Unchained Monks using Unarmed Strikes benefit from combining Flurry of Blows and Two-Weapon Fighting?

I have an Unchained Monk at level 1 with the feat Two-Weapon Fighting. Using a full-round attack action with the Unarmed Strike Feat, do I get 3 attacks? (Main, FoB, TWF) How would the attack bonus ...
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Can a warlock ready an action to shatter an incoming arrow?

A warlock is flying above the trees, and an enemy shoots him with an arrow. Fully expecting another arrow, can the warlock ready his shatter invocation to destroy the next arrow mid-air before it hits ...
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Is a feat that allows one more swift/immediate action per round balanced?

The epic SRD has this feat: Multispell [Epic] Prerequisites: Quicken Spell, ability to cast 9th-level arcane or divine spells. Benefit: You may cast one additional quickened spell in a ...
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Attacks for toothy half-orc bear shaman druid [duplicate]

Taking the half-orc alternate racial feature Toothy grants me 1d3 primary natural bite attack. At level 2 a bear shaman can take a totem transformation granting the character a 1d6 bite attack and ...
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Help calculating attacks for UnMonk/Bear Shaman

UnMonk 1 Bear Shaman Druid 2 STR 18 (+4) Melee Attack Bonus 6 (BAB 2 + STR 4) Class features: Flurry of Blows/Totem Transformation Feats: Feral Combat Training (Bite), Weapon Focus (Bite), power ...
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Is the Oracle Metal Scarf revelation a free attack?

Is the whole use of the revelation a swift action, or just the hardening of the scarf? From the metal revelation (emphasis mine): Steel Scarf (Su): As a swift action, you can harden a scarf, ...
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Can a Battlemaster fighter get a bonus action on a crit when using riposte as his reaction

So last night our Great Weapon Master fighter using his riposte as his reaction, crit with his hit. Was he then able to get another bonus action from Great Weapon Master?
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Can an enemy facing someone with the Sentinel Feat and a Glaive move 5' then disengage?

Sentinel (pages 169–170, Player's Handbook) says Creatures within 5 feet of you provoke opportunity attacks from you even if they take the Disengage action before leaving your reach. So one ...
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Can one enemy in a group get a surprise attack before battle?

So my group and i are right at the entrance of a big room where there are a bunch of enemies. We were talking to one of the enemies, everybody's alert getting ready for initiative. While we're talking ...
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What exactly is “manipulating an item”

I have a player who is playing an animated treasure chest using the eldritch might complete handbook rulings on intelligent items. There is an ability that allows him to possess someone if they "...
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Using ranged weapons along with Air Genasi levitate ability

Can an Air Genasi shoot a bow while using their racial levitate? How do the components of this spell work? A bow is a two handed weapon. I'm having a hard time figuring out my options for this Air ...