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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Can Cleric-zilla work without antimagic fields?

For a long time I have been under the impression that, as the Internet says, clerics (and druids) are better fighters than the fighter. They have a plethora of spells they can use to buff themselves, ...
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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 to make combat with a lot of NPCs more interesting and more manageable?

I am a DM for a D&D 4e campaign. During a recent encounter, my players took some NPC allies along with them. I allowed this, because there were only two PCs on that particular adventure, and I ...
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Are readied items/abilities expended or lost when the Ready action's trigger is not met?

I have been searching for an answer to the question as to whether a spell slot is lost or not if readied but not triggered. The rules as written does not explicitly state this but that appears to be ...
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Does a short combat or casting one spell interrupt a Long Rest?

D&D Basic Rules v0.1 says on page 67 that a long rest is interrupted by "at least 1 hour of walking, fighting, casting spells". So does that mean that 59 minutes of combat doesn't interrupt the ...
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What protects me better from damage: Plate armour and a Shield, or Dodge?

I am playing a Cleric mainly but I took one level in Rogue as it helped me with the Expertise and Stealth. I want to know what has more potential to reduce damage for my PC. In the party I tend to ...
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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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Are there other modifiers to AC?

My knowledge of D&D is primarily 3.5. In that edition, there were many modifiers that affect AC, Natural Armor, Deflection Modifier, Dodge Bonus, Insight Bonus, Luck Bonus, and Sacred Bonus. I ...
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Does taking the option to ignore a Ready trigger waste it, or let you use it on a later trigger?

When the trigger occurs, you can either take your reaction right after the trigger finishes or ignore the trigger. (PHB, Ch9, Actions in Combat) Does that mean that by ignoring the trigger you don't ...
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Can the rogue repeatedly hide in combat to sneak attack the same enemy?

One of my players is a rogue and has been, on his turn, using Cunning Action to hide as a bonus action and immediately afterwards attacking. I have been ruling that this does work to grant him ...
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How can I end combat quickly when the outcome is inevitable?

I'm DMing for a party of 6. In our next session, I'm planning on running four combat encounters. With such a large group, I've found that it usually takes an hour or two to get through a single battle....
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Can a defender defend against any number of attacks?

In non-group combat the defender rolls a defend roll against the attacker's attack. So far pretty basic and clear. Now our group was wondering what happens if multiple, say 3, attackers all go for one ...
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Attack with combat expertise and then move

The PHB states that when using combat expertise "the changes to attack rolls and Armor Class last until your next action." So when you attack with combat expertise and then use a move action that ...
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Are creatures in combat aware of the effects of others turns' in the same round before they begin their own turn?

I have never played tabletop D&D before. Lots of NWN and BG on my PC though, so I know the basics. I got a 5e D&D "Essentials Kit" for my birthday and I'm going to try to run a beginner module ...
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Headshot (but don't aim for it please)

Apologies for not using the perfect English wording, I only own the books in my native language. But I think it will become clear what actions I'm talking about. In combat, you can take aim. This is ...
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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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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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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 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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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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