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For questions about critical hits, a mechanic used to indicate an extraordinary hit that is generally rewarded with an increase in damage dealt.

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Do negative modifiers change a critical hit? [duplicate]

I want to play a champion fighter and am considering whether or not to get the Great Weapon Master Feat which states: Before you make a melee attack with a heavy weapon that you are proficient with, ...
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How do criticals interact with degrees of success for attacks?

Let's say my character Strikes an enemy with AC 35. My attack bonus is only +10. I roll a natural 20, making my total 30 vs his 35 AC. Is this attack treated as a regular hit, because it would have ...
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Do attacks that do a fixed amount of damage (rather than rolling a damage die) do extra damage on a critical hit?

For reference, the rule on Critical Hits says (PHB, p. 196): When you score a critical hit, you get to roll extra dice for the attack’s damage against the target. Roll all of the attack’s damage dice ...
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Do the rules explicitly say that there can be no critical hit without an attack roll?

Critical hits are introduced in the PHB under "Attack Rolls": If the d20 roll for an attack is a 20, the attack hits regardless of any modifiers or the target's AC. This is called a ...
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Does the Piercing Arrow of a multiclassed Arcane Archer fighter/Assassin rogue crit against surprised creatures?

My character has 3 levels in Fighter and chose the Arcane Archer archetype. That allows him to use the Arcane Shot option Piercing Arrow (XGtE, p. 29): Piercing Arrow. You use transmutation magic to ...
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Assassinate ability and two-weapon fighting [duplicate]

I have been reading about this and am finding a lot of questions similar to what I'm asking, but they also all have extra components and I just want a simple answer. I think I already know but I am ...
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Natural 1 on critical confirmation roll

If you roll a natural 20 to hit (for a potential critical hit), then roll a natural 1 on the confirmation roll, can you still confirm the critical hit?
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Counterspelling or legendarily resisting a Critical hit spell attack in D&D 5e

I was wondering about something in D&D 5e: About Counterspell If my sorcerer casts a spell Rolling 20 against a magic user (normal npc or a boss), can they counterspell it? Or is this dependent on ...
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Will using Convergent Future give you a critical success if the minimum number you need to hit is 20?

Convergent Future (p185 EGtW) States: When you or a creature you can see within 60 feet of you makes an attack roll, an ability check, or a saving throw, you can use your reaction to ignore the die ...
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Is it possible to craft a crystal similar to the Truedeath one, but for creatures with the Plant type? [closed]

Is it possible to craft a crystal similar to the Truedeath one, but for Plants? Truedeath Crystal (Greater) and Demolition Crystal (Greater) are Weapond Augment Crystals (Magic Item Compendium, p.65-...
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Is the damage to the second target from the Green-Flame Blade cantrip also doubled on a critical hit?

I'm thinking of a concept of a spellcaster that fight in melee from the moment I re-read the "blade" cantrips (green-flame blade and booming blade), and realized that they can deal a lot of damage. ...
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Do effects that activate on a critical hit still activate when the hit is against an opponent wearing adamantine armor?

I know from the question "Does a natural 20 on the attack roll still automatically hit if the target is wearing adamantine armor?" that a critical hit against adamantine armor will still hit, but I ...
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Does a Champion fighter automatically hit someone wearing Adamantine Armor if they roll a 19 (or 18 at higher levels) on the attack roll?

Without adamantine armor, a critical hit is an auto-hit regardless of AC. Though Jeremy Crawford once tweeted that a Champion fighter with the Improved Critical and Superior Critical features auto-...
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Is the damage from the Swords bard's Blade Flourish feature doubled on a crit?

The College of Swords bard's Blade Flourish feature (XGtE, p. 15) says, in part: Whenever you take the Attack action on your turn, [...] if a weapon attack that you make as part of this action ...
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Is there a difference between confirming a critical hit vs scoring a critical hit in 3.5?

For the sake of this question and my answer is there a mention in the rules somewhere, in the FAQ maybe? because in PF it is confirmed to be the same thing here. Scoring VS Confirming, are they the ...
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Does Blood in the Water work if I score a critical hit on something immune to critical hits?

Blood in the Water (Tome of Battle, p. 86) states: While you are in this stance, you whip yourself into a terrible rage. When you score a critical hit against an opponent, you enter a near frenzied ...
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Does Barbarian Rage stack with crit range improvements?

The Barbarian's Rage class feature allows the Barbarian to roll melee and thrown attack rolls as 2d20 instead of 1d20 and use the higher result, and in addition, get an extra crit if the higher result ...
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What is the maximum possible chance to critically hit?

What is the highest possible chance to critically hit? This can include content from any official source as well as Unearthed Arcana. For example the level 15 Champion Fighter can critically hit on a ...
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What should be the rarity of this Homebrew Critical Chance Item?

Several classes have access to features that improve the likelihood of rolling a Critical Hit, such as the Improved Critical feature of the Champion Fighter. All of these abilities, however, are ...
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What are my odds of a critical hit with my level 20 Champion?

I'm trying to calculate what my odds are as a level 20 Champion to score at least one critical hit on my turn, and how many I can expect. I make four attacks per attack action I take, and can Action ...
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Damage of duration spells (like acid arrow) on critical hits?

During the planning process of a new character I came across the following question. What is the damage when you get a critical hit with acid arrow? Lets take a look at acid arrow cast at CL3, and ...
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How do we deal with my DM's house-rule about critical damage?

In the campaign I'm playing in, our DM has set a house-rule for critical damage. So, we do maximum damage for one set of dice, roll the second set and add modifiers at the end instead of the ...
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Which is better? Improved critical or extra damage die?

One of the players in my party wants to play a multiclass Barbarian/Fighter, and is on the fence regarding which Fighter archetype to choose. He is using a Greataxe (no dual-wielding). He wants to get ...
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Does a Nat 20 hit on a dodge action? [duplicate]

If a player uses Dodge every attack made against it gets disadvantage, but a Nat 20 is considered an auto hit. Would this mean that the 20 would have to be rerolled or would the attack make it ...
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Is the additional damage from weakness doubled on a critical hit?

In Pathfinder 2e, some creatures have weakness. When they take damage matching their weakness, they take additional damage. Is this damage from weakness doubled on a critical hit? For example, the ...
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What adds up to the damage of a high crit weapon?

I'm seeking for the swarm intelligence of this forum because I couldn't find rules for it: I have a high crit weapon (scimitar) which is magically enhanced (+1) and for which I have a weapon ...
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Is there any way to mitigate crits?

When I ran a testround the tank char of the group (8 soak!) got hit by a 4 dice attack with a pistol that managed to do 9 damage and due to rolls got 2 triumphs (npc was attacking). Now that resulted ...
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Magic Weapon Critical Hit Houserule

My DM runs his game without allowing players access to homebrew options - including Unearthed Arcana - but something came up last season that gave me pause for thought. A player’s character - a 4th ...
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How does the Overkill weapon tag interact with critical hits?

The Overkill weapon tag is defined on page 105 of the Lancer Core Book First Edition PDF as follows: OVERKILL: When rolling for damage with this weapon, any damage dice that land on a 1 cause the ...
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If a feature has to be used before you know the result of an attack, what happens on a critical hit/miss?

This is inspired by the recent question: "Can I use the Enchantment wizard's Instinctive Charm feature after seeing the die roll?" where this is mentioned at the end, but to avoid having multiple ...
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How do critical hits work with static monster damage?

If I use static damage from monsters, how do I calculate the value on critical hits? I can't just double the value, because that includes the static modifier. Should I recalculate the damage on the ...
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What is the standard ruling for critical hits?

Who doesn't love rolling a critical in combat? There are plenty of ways to run them, but I hate the way my DM does so. To me, a critical hit should be an incredible shot, an arrow to the knee, a ...
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Is the extra damage from an Oathbow doubled on a critical hit?

Does the extra 3d6 piercing damage of an Oathbow get doubled if the attack on the declared enemy is a critical hit?
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Does an savethrow-type attack cause critical damage for an unconscious creature? [duplicate]

The unconscious state description says Any attack that hits the creature is a critical hit if the attacker is within 5 feet of the creature. Situation Target ...
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Do infernal war machines count as objects?

Specifically in regard to the effects of a hit with an adamantine weapon, would a hit with one turn into a critical hit? I know it's a vehicle but it's powered by souls and has a stat block like a ...
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Does the Reduce option from the Enlarge/Reduce spell cause a critical hit to do 2d4 less damage?

The rule for critical hits states: When you score a critical hit, you get to roll extra dice for the attack’s damage against the target. Roll all of the attack’s damage dice twice and add them ...
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Are objects subject to critical hits?

Say you attack an object with a normal non-magical weapon to damage an object, and you roll a natural 20. Do you roll double damage against the object's hit points? Or are objects immune to critical ...
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Does the Temple of the Gods spell nullify critical hits?

I am already aware of this other question "Can a Lore bard's Cutting Words feature cancel a critical hit?" And do not believe it answers my question as this spell specifically mentions the d20. The ...
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Would getting a natural 20 with a penalty still count as a critical hit?

Since rolling a number up to 20 with modifiers (an example 17 + 3) is not counted as a critical hit, what happens in the following case? If I roll a natural 20 and because of penalties end up with a ...
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Do these spell-like abilities, from the prestige class Holy Vindicator, provoke opportunity attacks?

The prestige class Holy Vindicator (in the Advanced Player's Guide) has three spell like abilities. Divine Wrath and Divine Retribution (which can be triggered by a done or received critical hit) and ...
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What rules turn any attack that hits a given target into a critical hit?

As the title says, what rules are there that make any attack that hits a given target deal damage as if it were a critical hit? I thought I remembered hearing something about that and the prone ...
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Is a house-rule to increase crit range via the Bless spell balanced?

Here's the situation. In the campaign that I am DMing, I have ruled that if a blessed creature (via the Bless spell) gets a total of 20 (or more) on the sum of the d20 and the d4 on an attack roll, ...
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Does the loser of an Opposed Melee Test make Critical Hits against the winner?

On p. 159-60 of the Rulebook: Criticals Any successful Melee or Ranged Test that also rolls a double causes a Critical. This means you have dealt a significant blow, and it even happens ...
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Can the Grave cleric's Sentinel at Death's Door feature turn a critical hit into a miss, while adamantine armor does not?

I have asked a question before about this Grave Cleric feature in the past, and was inclined to believe that you are able to turn critical hits into misses by way of the feature, but upon looking into ...
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Is the Keen enchantment better than an enhancement bonus on a rapier?

What weapon has a greater damage per attack: +1 Keen Rapier or +2 Rapier? Here are the base numbers we can use: STR 14 DEX 18 (uses Weapon Finesse for attack) BAB +8 +1 Rapier Crit: 18/x2 Single ...
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Battlemasters strikes clarification [duplicate]

In the Player's Handbook for DND 5e some of the maneuvers (distracting, disarming, menancing strike etc.) for the battlemaster fighter have this writen at the start: When you hit a creature with a ...
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What are my comprehensive options for auto-critting?

I'd like to know all the ways to auto-crit. The only ways I know are through the paralyzed and unconscious conditions, and the Assassin rogue's Assassinate ability. The only ways I know to impose the ...
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Do these rules for Critical Successes and Critical Failures seem fair?

I'm thinking about implementing the following houserules at my table to try to bring back the concept of "Critical Successes" by piggybacking off the Advantage/Disadvantage system. Critical Success ...
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If I score a critical hit on an 18 or higher, what are my chances of getting a critical hit if I roll 3d20?

I have Elven Accuracy so with advantage on an attack roll using Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma, you can reroll one of the dice once. So what are my crit chance with a crit range of 18/...
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Can Sentinel at Death's Door and Cutting Words combine to make a critical hit miss?

We already know from Sage Advice and other answers to other questions that by RAI, (and I guess RAW too), Cutting Words (and Bane) don't work on critical hits, though in the case of Cutting Words they ...

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