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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How does Magic Stone interact with the Two-Birds Sling?

D&D 5e's Mythic Odysseys of Theros includes a magic item called the two-birds sling. The item provides a +1 to attack and damage rolls made with it, and further provides: When you make a ranged ...
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Does the Creature Sense ability of ulitharids grant them partial immunity to the invisibility spell and unseen attacker penalties?

According to Volo's Guide to Monsters, the elder brain and ulitharid have the following ability, with the main difference between the two being the effective range (2 miles for the ulitharid, 5 for ...
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How problematic is this Exhaustion Pulse ability on a ~CR 30 monster?

I'm homebrewing an aberration monster to serve as a major BBEG and endgame threat for the campaign I'm running. The monster theme is "avatar of a sealed elder God". It should be able to, at ...
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Exp reward vs player power

I have a set of players whose characters I think are great, unique, and powerful. I dont find it hard or impossible to balance around, but they hit way above their weight class. They are a group of 3, ...
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If I start combat by making an attack, does a high-initiative enemy see it coming?

This is a follow-up question I had after reading the accepted answer in this related question. A player is talking to an NPC and then decides to stab the NPC. Let's assume the tension is high enough ...
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How do asymmetric PC exhaustion levels affect the difficulty of an encounter?

As a DM, I have planned a medium encounter for my party of 5 characters. Before this encounter, as a consequence of some non optimal choices, one of them suffers from 4 exhaustion levels, and there ...
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Do the smaller Black Puddings have their reactions in the same round as the original Black Pudding split?

The Split reaction available for the Black Pudding monster goes as follows: Split. When a pudding that is Medium or larger is subjected to lightning or slashing damage, it splits into two new ...
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Can a mounted combatant utilize the pouncing charge maneuver from their mount's charge?

As related to this question, can a creature utilizing a mount take advantage of pouncing charge from page 88 of Tome of Battle: The Book of Nine Swords? The relevant rules for pouncing charge are: As ...
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Does a lance deal double-damage for all attacks made when using the pouncing charge maneuver?

Pouncing Charge, From Tome of Battle: The Book of Nine Swords, page 88: As part of initiating this maneuver, you make a charge attack. Instead of making a single attack at the end of your charge, you ...
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Is there a limit to how many allies can use the help action, to help you in combat?

I have three attacks this round. Let's assume I have access to many tiny free thinking minions who obey my command, but don't require an action to do so on my part. Can each minion use the ready ...
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Rules for intercepting attacks and protecting others

Both the Guardian Ars Magnus and Bodyguard combat module in Dominus Exxet imply that you can intercept an attack directed at other creatures, but I simply cannot find the rules that explain it. I have ...
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Can you cast a spell between extra attack attacks? [duplicate]

If I had the extra attack feature, could I make the 1st attack, cast a BA spell (or action surge to cast an action spell), and then make the 2nd attack?
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How do the effects of the Charm Person spell apply during combat? [duplicate]

On success, the spell Charm Person has the following effects: The target is charmed by the caster: it can't attack or harm the caster The target regards the caster as a friendly acquaintance The ...
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How does fighting underwater increase the encounter difficulty of combat?

I am in the process of designing an encounter in which a party of 8 level 3 players will fight a group of Chuul. The CR calculation shows that 3 Chuul will cause a hard encounter, but I intend that ...
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Can Shape Water be used to hurt Vampires?

Shape Water Says: You instantaneously move or otherwise change the flow of the water as you direct, up to 5 feet in any direction. This movement doesn’t have enough force to cause damage. Vampire - ...
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Fighter with Aggressive Block & Flinging Shove & Powerful Shove

I would like to use these three feats, but I'm not sure how they work together. Aggressive Block You push back as you block the attack, knocking your foe away or off balance. You use your shield to ...
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Can the Dual Wielder feat be used to free a hand for casting somatic spells, while two weapon fighting?

Dual Wielder Says: You can draw or stow two one-handed weapons when you would normally be able to draw or stow only one. Use an Object Says: You normally interact with an object while doing ...
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Speeding up combat inside a Darkness spell

So I'm a bit of a jerk when playing 5e. Last game, I was the warlock who cast darkness on the battlefield. I can see in the dark obviously, no one else could. It did help us survive, but it dragged on ...
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Can I move a grappled creature so that they precede me towards a destination, rather than following behind?

Background In a comment on this answer, user V2Blast suggests that you could circumnavigate* a creature, then push them into a hazard. This would enable moving a grappled creature into a hazard ...
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I'm building a cannibal barbarian. With a natural bite attack, will I only be able to use one attack with bite or weapons?

So I'm building an evil half-orc barbarian with a rage tree on biting and eating an opponent still alive. When I get multiple iterative attacks from a high BAB, will I only be able to make a single ...
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what are the issues with rolling initiative every round, looking for mechanical reasons rather then opinion [closed]

A friend of mine has mentioned he is thinking of trialing rolling initiative at the start of every round in combat, vs 1 roll at the start of combat for his table. This sounds like a really bad idea ...
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Can Misty Escape be used out of combat?

DnD 5e: What if my character is not in combat when using Misty Escape? For example, she could be imprisoned in a cell and use it to escape the cell. In that case, she teleports, but is not in combat ...
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Can one do a trip attempt while wielding a heavy shield?

I am unable to find a clear ruling about the following. A PC (let's call him Bob) is wielding a spiked heavy shield with one of his hands and is threatening an opponent. As a matter of fact, Bob uses ...
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My level-5 rogue with crossbow expert feels overpowered; how can I make combat more varied?

I took the Crossbow Expert feat for my 5e 5th-level Rogue/Arcane Trickster (Dex 20). It’s made him incredibly effective . . . and kind of boring to play in combat. A hand crossbow attack as an action +...
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Should PCs receive XP for enemies that die to friendly fire?

Should player characters receive XP for enemies they're in combat with who die to friendly fire? For example, say an archmage and two berserkers are fighting a party of three. The archmage casts ...
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Multiple attacks against unaware targets

Searching for how to handle all surprise scenarios, I still have one question. Say that the PC is sneaking up on enemies/enemy and silent-cast Dissonant whispers. You whisper a discordant melody that ...
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Can you stack the martial discipline "weretouched" in the living weapon monk subclass?

The living weapon monk subclass has the "Martial discipline" class feature, where you can choose a martial style. And one of them say as follow: Weretouched. Once per turn, when you hit a ...
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How do Patterns and Cover Interact?

I am having trouble finding a confirmation one way or another in relation to how cover does or doesn't affect Pattern attacks, and if it does, when and how. I suspect that it's actually spelled out ...
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How should a GM go about handling a combat encounter against an enemy team of runners?

I have a group that is about to encounter another runner team in combat. They both want to do the same job and are going to be fighting for the package. The two thoughts I had were to make some of ...
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When you have multiple reaches, are you free to use any of them? [duplicate]

This question is prompted by the Eldritch Claw Tattoo which can allow your attacks to "reach a target up to 15 feet away from you..." and specifically relates to Attacks of Opportunity. You ...
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Can you lower your AC on purpose?

For roleplaying reasons I would like to make a NPC appear weaker than it actually is. When the players first fight it, it should seem to have a very low AC and miss many attacks. Is this possible in ...
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If I get access to a spell attack that's NOT part of a spell, can I use it when I take the Attack action?

Some creatures have entries in their stat block that are classified as 'melee spell attack', or 'ranged spell attack', without actually being tied to the casting of a spell. Some PC subclasses also ...
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Power Attack, Rage and Bite Attack together

We are looking at a Lvl4 Unchained Barbarian (BAB: +4, no multiple attacks yet) STR Bonus +3 Dwarven Longhammer-esque weapon that does not have the Reach Special Weapon Feature Animal Fury Rage Power ...
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Can I use Mage hand as a third hand for casting spells or receiving item buffs?

I want to use both a "Staff of the Magi" and "Arcane Grimoire" at the same time receive the benefits of each while casting spells. How can I cast spells with Somatic Components ...
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How should my Warlock player use their familiar during battles?

One of my players has a Warlock character and is using Pact of the Chain for their Pact Boon. They most often cast a pseudodragon as their familiar, but neither of us are sure about how they should be ...
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Can a player character grapple a ship?

Background: The situation contemplates engaging with a huge or gargantuan ship, by means such as an 18th level Rune Knight using the Runic Juggernaut feature as described in Tasha's Cauldron of ...
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How does moving silently with Greater Invisibility after taking an action work?

This question could be simplified with "How does moving silently away from enemy on same turn after casting Invisibility work", but I'll present the full scenario in case it makes a ...
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How does anyone ever die with a Cleric

I'm relatively new to the game and DMing a group who are all also new to the game, so maybe this is something obvious that we just don't know. Last session the party was beset upon by a group of ...
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Can you take elven accuracy twice? [duplicate]

I was hopeful someone could tell me if you can take elven accuracy twice. The wording doesn’t oppose it from happening, but I didn’t know what people thought.
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How does Steel Wind Strike interact with Heated Body special trait? [duplicate]

Eddy the mage is facing 3 Azors, which are 15, 25 and 10 ft far away from him. Azors have the special trait Heated Body (emphasis mine): Heated Body. A creature that touches the azer or hits it with ...
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Interaction between Telemechanics and a Glitter Boy Power Armor, what would happen?

A Mind Melter finds a functioning and unattended suit of Glitter Boy Power Armor. The Mind Melter decides to use Telemechanics on it in order to pilot it. The Glitter Boy OCC states that non GB pilots ...
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Can I use Zephyr Strike outside of combat to increase my running speed?

The spell Zephyr Strike, from XGE, has the following text: You move like the wind. Until the spell ends, your movement doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks. Once before the spell ends, you can give ...
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Choosing the Ability for a Hex

The Hex spell allows afflicting a target with a Disadvantage on Ability checks. I'm having a hard time deciding which Ability to target when hexing a target. What factors are there that should ...
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What kind of action is it to put away a shield without dropping it?

I am currently playing a sword and board slayer how likes to switch his warhammer to two-handed or back in a pinch. However, it is not clear to me how I can do this without dropping the shield. He is ...
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Will it break the game if healing in combat heals the max instead of rolling?

In the next week I will start a new campaign where I will be the DM. The players will be totally new to the DnD World. I want to let them to freely choose the class and race which they want to play, ...
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Can Engulfed creatures be targeted with non-area spells without hitting the transparent or translucent Engulfing creature?

Oozes like gelatinous cubes can use the Engulf ability. If a caster can see an Engulfed creature since the ooze is transparent or translucent, can the caster target the Engulfed creature with a non-...
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Are oozes overpowered for their levels due to the Engulf ability?

Background Early in my campaign, there was a combat encounter where three level 2 PCs fought a single gelatinous cube. The cube was the standard level 3, and there were no special outside ...
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Does the ability check DC of Dispel Magic scale with the slot level or the original level of the spell cast?

We just played our weekly game and one of our PCs cast dispel magic and we got confused with the wording of the DC to dispel. Is the rise in DC based on the spell slot level used or the normal level ...
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How should I set up and execute air battles in my session to avoid easy encounters? [duplicate]

I'm running the Storm King's Thunder campaign in dnd 5e, and we are at the portion where the PCs get an airship to travel around in. There are approximately 5-6 lvl 7 PCs, and they have 3 or 4 hard ...
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How should I set up and execute air battles in my session to avoid easy encounters?

I'm running the Storm King's Thunder campaign, and we are at the portion where the PCs get an airship to travel around in, the airship is about 1000ft in the air. There are approximately 5-6 lvl 7 PCs,...

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