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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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While just the neh-thalggu's mouth is corporeal can it be attacked normally?

Long one of my favorite monsters if only for its unique language, in an upcoming adventure I finally get to run an encounter with a neh-thalggu (EL 206–8). However, the creature is not without issues. ...
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(How) does obscuring mist affect the caster inside it?

One of my players' characters can use his armor to cast obscuring mist in the square where he is. I'm pretty sure what happens to the enemy that wants to attack him while he stays in the fog, but I'...
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What are 5e actions to dispatch a creature with the incapacitated condition from Hypnotic Gaze?

Is there really anything one can do to expedite vanquishing or neutralizing a victim in an incapacitated condition from Hypnotic Gaze? The Wizard School of Enchantment gives the skill Hypnotic Gaze ...
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Does a sole natural weapon attack count as two handed when using power attack?

Does a sole natural weapon attack count as two handed when using power attack for the purpose of determining damage? For the dnd 3.5 system? Power attack states: On your action, before making ...
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Synergy with Rage / Ranger’s Focus / Overhand Chop

I have this multi-class warrior: Superstitious Barbarian, Guide Ranger, and Two-Handed Fighter. Can I effectively combine Rage, Ranger’s Focus, and Overhand Chop into one fabulous attack?
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Can a paladin use his oath spells multiple times

My friend is trying to build a lawful neutral paladin, who has an oath with a god of death. (the raven queen specifically) and was looking through the PHB. OATH SPELLS Each oath has a list of ...
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How to make Fate combat fast & fun?

I love the Fate system, both Core and FAE. However, I have been having a really hard time making combat fun for my players. It is hard to explain the combat in Fate to my players in a non-abstract ...
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Is it possible to delay an action to a later initiative turn?

In our AD&D 2e campaign we first roll for initiative and then, according to the roll, announce our actions. The actions each get resolved before the next person has their go. (This might actually ...
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Is a 10 HP black pudding immune to slashing and piercing?

Black puddings have this rather unique split power: Split (Ex) Slashing and piercing weapons deal no damage to a black pudding. Instead the creature splits into two identical puddings, each ...
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What is the rogue level for a crocodile druid's sneak attack vs improved uncanny dodge?

Crocodile druid: At 6th level, you gain sneak attack +1d6. This increase to sneak attack damage stacks with sneak attack damage you may have from other sources. This sneak attack damage increases ...
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Drawing and sheathing weapons as one item interaction

In PHB, page 190, it explains about the free item interaction: You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment for free, during either your move or your action. For example, you ...
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Overrun hoof attack for non-horse mount

Overrun states: If you attempt an overrun while mounted, your mount makes the Strength check to determine the success or failure of the overrun attack (and applies its size modifier, rather than ...
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Can a caster using Bigby's Interposing Hand still be attacked in melee?

Bigby's Interposing Hand doesn't fill its space. However, the hand does move between the caster and a target to provide them with half cover against that target, and the target can't move through the ...
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Can you throw a hand axe upwards over a wall and into a group of enemies?

Can a player character throw a hand-axe upwards over a wall, into an enemy group that is on the opposite side of the wall? If so, what penalties would apply?
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Is there a penalty for off hand weapons when NOT two-weapon fighting?

I know that when using two weapons to attack, a PC takes a negative to the attack on the primary and off hand weapon. Let us imagine that a PC is holding a mace in one hand (his primary hand) and a ...
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Can a willing creature lower its damage reduction?

The entry for damage reduction does not state that the creature can voluntary lower its own damage reduction, like it says for spell resistance. Can a creature choose to be harmed by an attack its ...
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Does a Ranger with dual daggers and Two-Weapon Fighting make four attacks at full strength plus Hunter's Mark at level 5? [duplicate]

We have a Ranger who has taken Two-Weapon Fighting and wields dual daggers. He is saying that this allows him to attack with both weapons as part of his Attack action. He says that each of those ...
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When is dual-wielding beneficial?

According to the Rulebook section on "Multi-Weapon Fighting" (p. 139), any character can dual-wield any pair of weapons (as long as doing so is "not physically impossible", p. 136). The only caveats ...
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Does ride by attack multiply damage like charge?

Ride by attack states you charge at an opponent, is this just flavor text or an actual charge attack which can be multiplied when using a lance? I think it is flavor but a player is asserting it ...
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How does Vow of Peace weapon protection work?

Vow of peace confers some protection to manufactured weapon attacks: If a creature strikes you with a manufactured weapon, the weapon must immediately make a successful Fortitude save (DC 10 + one-...
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Does Stag's Leap allow a Full Attack afterward?

The Skirmisher ability Stags Leap is: Stags Leap: As a free action, the Ranger can attempt a running jump without moving 10 feet before the jump. This is a 10 ft pounce but I am wondering if it ...
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Is the dragon fouling the horse-monster's attack?

A is a Large (tall) creature armed with a longspear, giving the creature a reach of 20 ft. B, a Small creature that's hovering 5 ft. above the ground, has 10 ft. between him and the the Large (tall) ...
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What happens if a creature is killed between its attack and damage rolls

Came across a scenario that’s a little odd: A creature hits a character with an attack. The character has an ability that deals damage when he is hit. Based on other rulings the damage from the ...
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Are there any ways to balance combat in WFRP 2nd ed.?

I know that combat in this game is supposed to be unpredictable, and while this may be fun during a session, as a GM I find myself a bit puzzled when I have to design an interesting combat encounter. ...
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How loud is combat? (How far away can you expect it to be heard?)

The title is a generalisation, but nonetheless... Our group (consisting of three third-level PCs and me DMing) is using the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure module. Or to phase it without ...
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Does Merthuvial's BAB deduction apply before or after Divine Power sets BAB to level?

I'm using the legacy weapon Merthuvial (Barrow of the Forgotten Kings, pgs. 19-21) which requires, in part, one to pay a personal cost in the form of loss to BAB (Weapons of Legacy, p. 9). However I'...
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Can a PC target the monster with the highest initiative?

One of my players just started a combat (having the highest initiative overall) by saying that he wanted to target the monster having the highest initiative. Can he do that ? Isn't that pure ...
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How to track persistent area effects with TotM?

My group is trying theater of the mind (TotM) battles instead of using a mat with miniatures. A challenge we're having is when someone casts a spell like entangle, which affects a location. On a map, ...
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What do I do when the enemy has an AC higher than 20?

I'm very new to this game and am wondering, If the enemy has say 30 AC with all his equipment and buffs, what would I have to roll to hit him since I have to roll a 20 sided die to determine if I hit ...
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Saving against secondary effects of poison

If a character is successful in a saving throw against poison do they have to roll to save against the secondary effect?
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How does a Melee Spell Attack work if you are already touching your target?

I came to think about some situations where it would be almost impossible to miss a melee spell attack (target is grappling you or vice versa, target is holding you or is close to you, your character ...
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Using shields with versatile/two-handed weapons?

There are several members of my 5E party who use versatile weapons, such as the warhammer, which does 1d8 damage normally but can do 1d10 damage if wielded with both hands. One of these members also ...
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Is an unarmed human with STR 7 incapable of killing someone? [duplicate]

A human has no natural attacks, so I'll use him, but any humanoid character without damage features works too. No magic. Let's exclude any character class that can earn a damage bonus. Monk, ...
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Shooting multiple bullets in Shadowrun 5e

How does shooting multiple bullets work? Do you roll to see if each bullet hits? Would you also roll each bullets damage seperatlly? Thanks in advance
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How does an NPC guess where an invisible PC is when attacking?

How does the DM have an NPC guess where to attack me if my PC is invisible, since the DM always already knows? Unseen Attackers and Targets says: When you attack a target that you can't see, you ...
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Does Stunning duration stack?

Last session the party was confronted by a hammerclaw which has a rather devastating sonic attack which can stun for 1d4 rounds and deals 4d6 dmg. My question is this: If the hammerclaw stuns someone ...
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1 vs 2 combat in FATE

FATE system explains how to handle combat, but it mainly focuses on 1v1 (or so I understand). My question here is, how should combat 1v2 be handled, under "Exchange Base Fights" and "Dramatic Weapons ...
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How should I adjudicate the order of readied actions, when they seem to happen all in the same turn?

If more than one creature readies an action and their triggers happen all in the same turn, which one comes first? For example, let's say a character walks into a room full of enemies. He readies a ...
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When can I make a perception check to detect new enemies entering a combat?

If my party and I are engaged in combat with a group of foes, and more enemies join into the fight by emerging from out of the nearby woods to attack my party, when and at what distance from the new ...
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Can I drag someone off a cliff while I have him grappled? [duplicate]

After I grapple a foe can I drag him off a cliff or do I have to push/shove him at the end?
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Does performing bardic music while in a threatened square provoke an attack of opportunity?

Using a bardic music ability is a standard action, if the bard performs his bardic music while in a threatened square does he provoke an attack of opportunity as if casting a spell?
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Can I attack with Bigby's hand while grappling someone with Bigbys hand?

Can I grapple someone with Bigbys hand, and then on the next turn attack a different target with Bigbys hand,while still grappling the first target.
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How do I get an idea of the number of rounds encounters are expected to take? [duplicate]

In a campaign I am starting I want to make use of an encounter where the players could lose a device that will make it easier for them to pass a puzzle later on. The idea is the following: In order ...
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Do you cause Sneak Attack damage on all Natural Attacks?

I had recently been playing in a campaign, still at fairly low levels (4), and one of our players had rolled a new character for a plethora of reasons. The new character is an unchained rogue with 4 ...
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Can I cast multiple Battle Magic spells in one 12 strike rank round?

I am just starting to play 2nd Edition Runequest after 20 years since I played it last time, and it's all coming back to me. The question I cannot seem to find an answer to is about Battle Magic ...
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Can a Thief disarm an enemy using Sleight of hand as a bonus action?

One of my players rolled a Rogue Thief. At level three they get the following feature: Fast Hands: You can use the extra action granted by your Cunning Action to make Dexterity (Sleight of Hand)...
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For Druid 2/ Sorcerer 4 “midfielder”, is the feat Polearm Master, Dual Wielding, Charger, or Savage Attacker most damaging in combat?

My primary question is: Which of the following builds deals the most damage on average: Dual-Wielding Twinned-Shillelagh Quarterstaff and Club, Polearm Master Shillelagh Quarterstaff with Shield, ...
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How can PCs keep up when maneuver DCs increase so quickly?

Lots of maneuvers call for a DC of [some number]+2×[the ship's tier]. Yet as your character levels up (and your ship's tier with it), your max ranks in a given skill only increase by 1/level. Thus, ...
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Is the way my GM is using smite correct?

This is for the game Advanced Fighting Fantasy (2nd Edition). From the book: Smite This power allows the Priest to do greatly increased damage against the enemies of the God, specified for ...
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Adjucating a 5e sunder attempt [duplicate]

Rotgarth the Orc Barbarian wants to break Anne the Purple Dragoon's halberd (he's probably tired of all those polearm master's AoO). Looking up the rules for objects, Rot can see that the halberd's ...