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 Dual Wielder be used with Tavern Brawler?

Here's the logic: You have a level 4 Fighter who has Tavern Brawler and Dual wielder. He is using the shield as an (improvised) melee weapon and his empty main hand as the other. That logic leads me ...
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What about “Save-or-Die” spells makes them so powerful? Are they balanced as is, or require tweaking?

On reading guides on classes, most notably caster classes, near every guide recommends that the player take the "Save-or-Die" or "Save-or-Suck" spells. Usually, these end up being status effects. I ...
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What damaging options does a lich have while in an anti-magic field?

Magical and magical effects are rendered ineffective in an antimagic field spell. The lich's Paralyzing Touch is described as a Melee Spell Attack. Disrupt Life and Frightening Gaze are listed as ...
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Does D&D 5th edition need a board to play on? [duplicate]

I am aware that some books in the 5th edition of d&d needs board to be played on, but the cashier of the shop I was buying the adventure book (Hoard of the Dragon Queen) said that the adventure ...
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Was psionic combat removed from Pathfinder?

I have the 3.5 edition of the Psionic Handbook that covers psionic combat. But reading through the Pathfinder I have found nothing so far. If changing to Pathfinder, will I no longer need psionic ...
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Does Dual Wielder let an Eldritch Knight summon two bonded weapons?

Background I'm trying to make a master thrower character, and the fighter class seems to be the best option. However, since thrown weapons don't follow the same rules as ammo-based weapons, I've been ...
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How long does the loss of Dex to AC from running last?

A character takes a full-round action to run and loses his Dex bonus to AC. But does the character only lose his Dex bonus to AC until he stops running on his turn? Or does the character lose his ...
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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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Underwater tug-of-war

The question: My friend's character is helpless underwater (a sea hag reduced his STR to 0), and is being dragged away by an octopus (that just inked the area) and has him grappled. Can my character ...
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How long does “Joker” initiative in Savage Worlds apply?

I'm trying to learn enough Savage Worlds to start running a little experimental game. I keep feeling like the rules are explained poorly, but it may just be that my brain is not ready to learn. The ...
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Can you jump in combat?

On page 182 of the PHB there are rules describing how far and high characters can jump. However, there is no mention of what type of action jumping is or how much movement it takes to initiate a jump. ...
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Are there rules for using manacles in combat?

I can't quite find in the PHB or DMG how to slap manacles onto someone during combat. PHB 152 describes how to break out of mundane manacles, while DMG 165 shows how Dimensional Shackles work (they ...
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What do you do when there's nothing to do in combat?

There are a lot of situations in D&D combat where characters seem to be left without anything to do that round. For example, a bard out of inspires and without slashing weapons beset by zombies, ...
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When does a hidden opponent that is attacking become visible?

The PHB p.180 specifies that during a round of combat, there are all manner of actions occurring during combat: "In combat characters and monsters are in constant motion, often using movement ...
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How many iterative attacks does an epic creature with class levels get?

A naztharune rakshasa (MM3 136-7) has from its Hit Dice a Base Attack Bonus of +11, 8 levels of rogue granting a Base Attack Bonus of +6, and 6 levels of scout (CW 10-13) granting a Base Attack Bonus ...
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Does a flaming axe's full damage bypass damage reduction?

During a session the GM's dwarf launched an attack with a +2 flaming axe at the PC barbarian with DR 4/—, somehow dealing 40 damage on a critical hit. The GM says that because the axe is flaming, all ...
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Action in Combat , Can I make a full attack with touch attacks for a trigger spell?

Myself and the other characters have 10 levels for templates or monster class and 8 levels for class levels, with Divine Power I gain a bab equal my character level. (18 right?). I cast Shivering ...
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How should a stealthy attack start combat?

Say, a PC fires a longbow at an enemy without their knowledge before combat has begun, how should combat start? Should there be a stealth/perception opposed check? Should a successful/unsuccessful ...
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How exactly does lighting affect combat?

I understand that there are different types of lighting (dim, bright, complete darkness), but I haven't been able to find anywhere in the DMH or PHB that specifically describes how these different ...
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Large Two-handed Weapons Penalties

Can you normally use Large Two-handed Weapons? How does the penalty for wielding them works? The Titan Fighter's Giant Weapon Wielder(Ex) says that "He takes an additional –2 penalty on attack rolls ...
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Is my interpretation of Vampire The Masquerade 5th ed combat correct? [closed]

I’ve read the Vampire the Masquerade 5th Edition rules, and even begun typing a cheat sheet, but I’m still confused about the combat system. Mainly because they have no examples of how a whole combat ...
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What is the purpose of easy combat scenarios that don't need resource expenditure?

This is something I've been thinking about as a DM in my encounter design: Why have easy/medium/etc combat encounters that don't really require resources to successfully complete? Given the limited ...
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How do I make an unwinnable fight fun?

In one of my campaigns, it's possible that I'm going to have to pull off a Hopeless Boss Fight depending on the choices of my player (we're playing one-on-one). The gist is that they're interfering ...
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How do I challenge my PCs who fight every battle like Mongol horse archers?

In my last few game sessions, my players have begun adopting a strategy which is working wonders in the campaign we are playing. In this Planescape campaign, we are on the Outlands, which has a lot of ...
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How can I make my enemies feel real and make combat more engaging?

As a newer DM, I have trouble making some of the more routine combats feel unique or urgent. I believe this is because the enemies my PCs are fighting tend to act like an AI, or just attack until they ...
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What is a good combat tracker for D&D 4th Edition?

As my players go up levels there are more and more variables in combat. I need help. What solutions exist out there and what makes them good?
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Windows application for Pathfinder combat [duplicate]

Is there any good application for Windows, where can I have combat map, something like figures and maybe some tracker (HP, initiative, etc.) where can I try out some combat situations in Pathfinder ...
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Handling many similar opponents in combat

I plan to send my players into a town of about 600 inhabitants. Overnight the town will be infested with zombies, with about 400 inhabitants turned. When my players awake, they will need to get out of ...
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What can I do in one round?

I'm still little confused about actions in Pathfinder. There are standard actions, move actions, full round actions, free actions, etc. I need to know which combinations of these actions I can use in ...
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Does rolling AC to oppose an Attack Roll impact game balance?

I really like the concept of rolling d20 against each other during ability checks like grappling, etc. I want the same thing for normal attacks, so the defender would also roll a d20 + (AC-10). Would ...
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How can I use improvised consequences to make combat more interesting?

In DnD 4e, the consequences for being hit by basic attacks are a simple loss of HP, and narration is what gives the basic attacks their 'spice'. The use of encounter and daily powers is the main ...
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How to make combat deadlier?

I was thinking of reducing all hit points by 1/2 (pc, npc and monster) to make combat deadlier and less Hp crunching. Is this a good approach or is there a better way to do this or would it be better ...
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How does combat work underwater?

I've been a 5e player for the last 6 months or so and soon I'll be DMing for the first time, as short filler when our main campaign can't go ahead (for example, our paladin is on holidays). My ...
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How exactly do multiple attacks work in 3.5?

So I seem full of questions, but one thing we've never fully understood in our group is how do multiple attacks work in 3.5 D&D? I mean when you start getting fighters and such at level 6+ and ...
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Confused about fighter's Two Weapon Fighting Style

A fighter in a campaign I am running has the Two Weapon Fighting Style and I am having some trouble with finding details on how it works. Does he have to wield two light weapons? Or can he use (for ...
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Can I use a spell out of combat?

Can I use a spell out of combat? Another form of putting it would be using spells meant for battle during a non-combat scenario. If so, what are the rules for doing so for casting the spell? An ...
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Aerial combat in 3.5e

I have a player who is using a homebrew flying race to add to his heal/buff cleric's survivability. He's promising not to use it too much to his advantage, especially because none of us have any ...
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Is grabbing an opponent's arms to prevent casting within the “scope” 5e's combat?

Recently, my players faced off against an enemy spellcaster. During the fight, the barbarian stated that it was his intention to grab the spellcaster in a bearhug, pinning his arms to his sides to ...
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How can combat be de-escalated once started by a player?

In a D&D 5e game, a player rushed into combat with an NPC that wasn't particularly hostile. As a player, I wouldn't have started that combat immediately and the character didn't seem too hostile, ...
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Handing a weapon to another player during combat

The players in my game recently came across a fairly powerful magic sword as the first magic item they found. Shortly after that, they wound up in a boss fight. The players came up with the ...
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How can I determine alternatives to inapplicable critical-hit table results?

In a recent session of ours, one of the players scored a critical hit on a very scary wolf. The random critical-hit bonus rolled was "disarm opponent." Our GM was kind and clever enough to announce ...
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How do you alter the difficulty of a challenge/fight in the middle of it?

I've run a bunch of times with players that took very diverse characters. I made them use their own rolls (which often ended up giving them awesome stats for some reason). Eventually I had to ...
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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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Are swift actions allowed during surprise round

I know that normally you are only allowed either a standard or move action during a surprise round. Also you are allowed a free action. The book says nothing about swift actions during the surprise ...
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Attacking multiple enemies in Dungeon World

Is it possible to attack multiple enemies with a single strike in Dungeon World? All of the examples give the player only damaging a single enemy even if they end up hacking and slashing with ...
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How do I handle a PC who likes to move allies out of danger during his turn?

I have a player who loves to just grab other PCs or NPCs to get them out of danger in the middle of combat. He's got the highest DEX mod in the party so he's usually at the top of the initiative ...
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How far away can dropped or disarmed weapons be kicked?

When you interact with an object, kicking away a dropped or disarmed weapon should be an obvious choice, landing somewhere between 'pick up a dropped axe' and 'kick a small stone,' however, there are ...
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Can you pick up an object in another creature's space for free?

There are various options that let you make your enemy drop a held object. For example the "Disarm"-Action Option from the DMG or the "Disarming Attack"-Maneuver from the Battle Master subclass. ...
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Does moving into an opponent's square generate an Attack of Opportunity when you do so with a 5-foot step?

This question is relevant specifically to creatures with a reach equal to 0', as they have to go into opponents' squares in order to attack. From Big and Little Creatures in Combat: Tiny, ...
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How do I scale up a monster for a large party?

I am DMing a game for 6 PCs who are currently level 5. During gameplay, even high-CR monsters have been easy pickings for them due to their advantage in numbers. They are starting to underestimate ...

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