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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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When exactly does combat start and surprise take effect?

So say I'm going to ambush an orc. I successfully sneak up on him and I attack. The DM determines that the orc is surprised. The orc happens to get an initiative roll of 19, while I get a 10. How ...
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How does combat start when one PC is not seen as a threat?

Imagine a party of four - three honest characters standing face to face against three evil bandits, one sly, backstabbing type some 30 ft behind the bandits' backs; the bandits may know he's there, ...
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Can you dual wield two hand crossbows? [duplicate]

I have a player (who is a Bard/Rogue) who wants to fire both weapons but while I'm not seeing any rules against it I'm consulting for additional opinions. Is there anything to consider when doing ...
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How many CR 1/4 does it take to challenge a level 3 party?

I'm running my first campaign and I'm confused about the CR of monsters. I started out with five level 2 characters. I have a few encounters that work so far, but theres one I'm confused about. If the ...
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How do I adjudicate a player trying to sweep kick an enemy's legs to knock them down?

I'm new to D&D. I already read both the Player's Handbook and Dungeon Master's Guide (I'm mastering) and I would like to know how I could handle this situation: A player wants to do a sweep kick ...
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Can creatures use Grab on a Charge attack?

My reefclaws are attacking the players underwater. They charge the oracle/monk. Reefclaws have Grab and 2 Claw attacks. If I charged, am I correct in thinking that: The reefclaw would get one claw ...
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Can you provoke an AoO as a free action?

Big Ooze threatens all. Warlock is unconscious. Warblade is standing tall. Warblade took his turn already. Paladin heals Warlock. Can Warblade take a free/immediate action to “lower defenses” to ...
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Class ability can be used “When you make your first attack”; is it before or after rolling the dice? [closed]

Barbarian Reckless Attack is one of them: When you make your first attack on your turn, you can decide to attack recklessly... When exactly "you make your first attack"?? When you declare the ...
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Can magic missile be used to propel objects?

Magic missile is a force type and other force types spells typically involve some kind of physical manifestation. See: Blade Barrier → force weapons Clenched Fist → big, punching hand Crushing ...
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Holding a longbow (or other 2H weapon) and attacking with a shortsword (or other 1H weapon)?

I have a question about how the rules handle holding a two-handed weapon and then drawing and attacking with a one-handed weapon. You are able to drop a weapon (or in the case of a two-handed weapon, ...
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How to implement more moderate long-term consequences after numerous PCs are knocked out? [closed]

I ran a session a while back in which the players were fighting a griffon boss. The griffon had KO'd 6 of the 7 pcs, when the last PC finished off the monster. The PC helped up everyone and all was ...
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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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Can a rogue use Two Weapon Fighting to wield a shortsword and a pistol?

My game has renaissance firearms (Chapter 9: DMG, Firearms) and the rogue is proficient with a Pistol (1d10 piercing, 3lb, Ammunition (range 30/90), loading. He has a custom feat that works similar ...
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What is the history of creatures having Multiattack versus multiple attacks?

In D&D 5th edition, Multiattack for creatures makes it so that all of its attacks are treated as a single action. As a result, one of the attacks cannot be used for grappling. So, for example, a ...
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If you misty step 30 feet straight up do you have time to attack a foe next to you before you start falling?

On your turn, you misty step 30 feet straight up. Can you make an attack before you start falling, or will you immediately begin to fall? For example, a player wants to reach a flying enemy to knock ...
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What is combat or an encounter?

From the comments it seems I havent quite asked the correct question. For the purposes of some abilities, largely related to path of war but also relevent in regular pathfinder, what is an encounter ...
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How to survive as a support character with low AC?

I'm currently playing curse of strahd as a college of whispers bard, our party just hit level 5. During our last encounter, I was getting swarmed by multiple ghouls and getting paralyzed every turn, ...
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Does using Spellsong to conceal casting prevent attacks of opportunity?

I'm adjacent to an opponent that threatens me. I use the feat Spellsong to conceal that I'm casting a spell. My Perform check result bests my opponent's Perception or Sense Motive skill check. Do I ...
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Does Telepathy allow me to control a Ranger's Companion mount?

I'm trying to get as much use out of the Halfling Ranger/Pteranodon strategy as I can, so I'm trying to use it as an independent mount while also being able to give it commands. I'm playing this ...
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Dropping a 1000 lb anvil on a foe with telekinesis [duplicate]

One of my players wants to drop a 1000 lb anvil on top of an enemy, using the telekinesis spell. How should I adjudicate?
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Saint template and Holy Touch (Su) damage

The supernatural ability Holy Touch from the Saint template reads: A saint's entire being is suffused with holy power, which likewise flows into any weapon the saint wields. A saint's melee attacks ...
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How can I make 1v1 (small group) combat more interesting? [closed]

I will be running a DnD 5e Campaign for my girlfriend (+ her pet dog) and possibly her sister as well. Considering it will only be 2 real PCs I feel that combat will be very linear and boring. Most ...
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How do we phrase a Suggestion to fight unarmed to be reasonable? [closed]

Our party is about to fight an ogre and his allies. If we could convince the ogre to fight unarmed - that would (theoretically) drop its damage to just 1 point of unarmed damage (per the PHB) plus ...
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Medium PC, Huge Mount: Where do I sit?

So, most people who have dealt with mounts and specifically "Large" mounts always reference these two sentences: A horse (not a pony) is a Large creature and thus takes up a space 10 feet (2 squares) ...
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How can I create encounters that encourage players to use non-Attack actions?

In D&D 5e, the players have lots of actions they can take within combat encounters besides attacking. I'm trying to figure out how to encourage them to use a greater variety of actions, especially ...
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What does HP represent? [closed]

What is HP? Of course we are all familiar with it just being a numerical value that counts down when you take "damage." But, how much of your HP is fighting spirit or the will of a character to stay ...
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What qualifies as “in combat” for the purposes of Protective Spirit?

Protective Spirit (an Oath of Redemption feature) says: you regain hit points ... if you end your turn in combat with fewer than half of your hit points remaining What qualifies as a combat in ...
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How to handle falling down during LARP combat?

I am currently working on writing the combat rules for a Dishonored LARP with a team, and we are stuck on how to proceed with a certain point: handling falling. Sometimes during LARP melee combat my ...
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How does a fighter beat a rogue with polearm master wielding a reach weapon?

Here's the scenario. Assume an endless empty plain. A rogue with Polearm Master is armed with a reach weapon. A fighter is armed with a nonreach weapon. Both have speeds of 30 ft. The rogue moves 30 ...
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Shooting at larger creature behind the smaller creatures crowd

In a recent gaming session the PCs were shooting a Medium-size slaver ghoul over the heads of Small-size kobold crowd (say, a dozen of them). The Ghoul was obviously an enemy but the kobolds were ...
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Is allowing Shot On The Run with a net to bag and drag a target in one turn overpowered?

So I am running a 9th-level 3.5e campaign for a mix of new and old players. Since not everyone has a handbook, I've been keeping generally to the SRD rule base, since all my players can look them up. ...
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Can a Martial Adept Superiority die be used on a melee/ranged spell attack?

Say, you have a Hexblade Warlock, or a War Magic Wizard - or a melee/combat focused bard, any caster will do - and you take the feat Martial Adept, granting you a superiority die. If you use a spell - ...
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What is the role of an objective combat system in story telling? [closed]

A weird Frankenstein role playing games are. They are often described as 'a group of players gathers to tell a story'. In telling a story, the protagonist(s) dying from a roadside bandit's crossbow ...
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Ground glass to the eyes

There is a Combat Maneuver called dirty trick which allows a character to - amongst other things - throw sand at another character's face to blind them for some time. A player wanted to throw ground ...
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When a feat refers to dealing your unarmed strike damage, does that include modifiers?

Multiple style feats, such as; Djinni spin, Efreeti touch, Marid coldsnap, and Shaitan earthblast, all say to deal 'unarmed strike damage' as part of their effect. Does that include modifiers to your ...
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Obscurement encounter advice with size differences

I would like to run a 5e encounter in a grassy plains, with tall grass about 3–4ft high. Based on the RAW in the PHB, I am taken to thinking that small creatures (goblins) are effectively under heavy ...
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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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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 ...