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A mechanic used to indicate an extraordinary hit, generally rewarded with an increase in damage dealt.

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Is sweeping attack damage doubled on a crit to the 2nd target?

Battle Master fighters have the Sweeping Attack maneuver (PHB, p. 74), which lets the user use a superiority die to hit another nearby target. If the original attack roll would have hit the second ...
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Is this critical hit damage calculation correct?

I am a Half Orc Fighter (Battle Master) 4/Paladin (Oath of Conquest) 5, wielding a Greataxe (d12) Using a wish, I have gained the Brute trait as it appears in the Gladiator from the Monster Manual: ...
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Can a Barbarian choose which weapon die to add for his Brutal Critical?

Our Barbarian has a Flame Tongue longsword. While the sword is ablaze, it deals an extra 2d6 fire damage to any target it hits. When the Barbarian crits, he doubles all the weapons damage dice, ...
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Critical Dice Damage Removal alternatives [closed]

First-time poster, I actually have a multipart question. So, our DM got upset when my Paladin crit with my smite ability while having a hunter's mark on this Werewolf encounter. So in the end it was ...
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Can an AoE spell crit an unconscious creature?

To give an example, if a PC was knocked unconscious and someone was to throw a fireball at them, they would automatically fail the Dex Saving throw and take full damage. If the spell caster was ...
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Handling critical hits easily when using average damage

I use average damage for my monsters almost exclusively. If a goblin's stat block says its weapon attack deals 5 (1d6+2) damage, it deals 5 damage. Critical hits come up often enough to need a way to ...
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Do Attack Penalties Affect Critical Hits?

This question came up in my last session. The group is all pretty new to D&D, and as such we're not very clear on how the rules all work. I don't recall exactly why, but I (a Level 2 Gnome ...
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How many rolls for POW Murderous Insight and critical hits?

The stalker has the following ability Murderous Insight (Su): The stalker designates his combat senses towards ending the lives of his opponents and gains momentary flashes of insight in how to ...
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How does Lightning Arrow benefit from a critical hit?

When I cast Lightning Arrow and roll a critical hit, does the target take 8d8 lightning damage? And does the splash damage to creatures within 10 feet of the target change to 4d8?
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Double critical with hold person and nat 20 [duplicate]

So I recently looked into "Hold Person" spell and read the effects of paralysis and have seen the following: Choose a humanoid that you can see within range. The target must succeed on a Wisdom ...
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Psionically Augmented Power and a High Crit weapon - how do they work together?

I'm playing an Ardent and I have psionic points to augment my at-will powers. My weapon is a Falchion, a high crit weapon. If I augment for example "Psionic Shield" with 2 psionic points and then roll ...
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Does being forced to make a Saving Throw count as a “Hit” for the purpose of Assassinate? [duplicate]

Let's say we have a multiclass Rogue (Assassin) + Sorcerer named Adam. Adam manages to attack a Surprised Target, and chooses to cast Fireball instead of making a Ranged Attack. Assassinate is worded ...
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Rogue assassin, potential for double crit? [duplicate]

Let's assume a rogue assassin level 5 with the 5thE Assassinate. When an enemy hasn’t taken a turn yet, you get advantage and, if they are surprised, any hit is critical. I am wondering if you roll ...
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Exactly what parts of a weapon-like spell or ability are doubled with a critical hit?

When a weapon-like spell or ability critically hits, exactly what parts do double damage? Here are some examples of such things with increasing levels of complexity: ray of frost (Player's Handbook) ...
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How do you resolve the additional attack when you crit with Chaos Bolt?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything, the spell Chaos Bolt includes the following: If you roll the same number on both d8s, the chaotic energy leaps from the target to a different creature of your ...
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Critically Hit while Paralyzed

I understand the Rogue Surprise Attack PLUS a Critical Hit results in extra dice and double dice as these are different effects, but what about a Critical Hit on a Critical Hit? Paralysis renders: ...
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How can giving skill checks critical fails and successes affect game balance?

At my table there is the house rule that skills can crit on a natural 1 and 20. At least I think a natural 20 would be treated special over a 19. But I do know that 1's give harsh consequences. In ...
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How does removing crit damage for divine smite and sneak attack affect balance?

At my table, there is a house rule that divine smite and sneak attack do not recieve critical hit bonuses. I'm worried this would heavily affect the balance of the game and am trying to petition for ...
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What are the consequences of removing the potential for critical hit extra damage on spell attacks?

Current table has a house rule that spells attacks can not deal extra damage through critical hits. They have the rule that you can critically succeed or fail on a natural 20 or 1 on saving throws. ...
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Can an advantage roll be a critical hit? [closed]

Can advantage rolls result in critical hits? There were two attacks, they both had advantage. The first attack (D20+6) resulted in a 24 (18+6). Then, I rolled a second time for the advantage and got ...
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Critical damage on magical bow [duplicate]

By the rules of 5e, if i have a +3 bow that do 1d8 +1d8 of necrotic damage, the crit works for both dices? Will be 2d8 crit plus modifiers?
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For which rolls are natural 20's considered automatic success?

For some rolls in Pathfinder, such as attack rolls and saving throws, a natural 20 is an automatic success and a natural 1 is an automatic failure. The weakest character always has a 5% chance of ...
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Can a Rogue Assassin stack Sneak Attack and Assassinate?

I have a Rogue that just reached level 3 and got to pick an Archetype. I picked Assassin. Now I’m trying to figure out how to roll against a target I sneak up on and surprise. Here is the ...
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Critical Hit from Thrown Dagger

I am trying to find out if a dagger can threaten a critical hit on a 19 when thrown as its crit range is 19-20. I am making a Flying Blade Swashbuckler and am interested in throwing daggers as my ...
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How do I calculate DPR under my DM's crit house rule?

In 1st edition AD&D, my DM uses a system where on crit you do max damage and roll an additional die, i.e., if you crit with long sword you do 8 points of damage plus another d8 and whatever bonus ...
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Is there any way to score an automatic natural 20?

My character recently obtained a vorpal weapon. I was wondering whether I could enchant it with an effect similar to the Surge of Fortune spell (from D&D 3.5 edition).
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Can spells with attack rolls crit? [duplicate]

Do touch spells like shocking grasp or ranged spells like freezing ray get extra damage from rolling a natural 20 on their attack roll?
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Interactions between unarmed strikes, negative strength and an unconscious target

Consider this improbable yet possible scenario (which nonetheless came up at our table last night): A PC is unconscious and currently making Death Saving Throws. A weak (8 Strength) and hostile NPC ...
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How is Power Attack damage multiplied when a critical is performed?

I stumbled on this old FAQ entry which contains this sentence: If it's a confirmed critical hit on a sneak attack while employing Power Attack with a flaming greataxe, the single damage roll is ...
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How does a Zealot Barbarian's critical hits interact with Divine Fury? [duplicate]

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything, the Path of the Zealot feature Divine Fury has been changed from an aura potentially affecting multiple creatures to an effect triggered when the first creature is ...
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Does rolling all 6's on an attack roll with a Failure Prone weapon result in an Upgraded Success or does the weapon explode?

Normally, rolling all 6's on a skill check results in an Upgraded Success if your total is high enough to hit, doubling damage. However, weapons with the Failure Prone quality will explode on triples. ...
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Is it always a crit when you're hit by a trap while unconscious?

Recently, my PC was brought to 0 hp by a trap—hit by three huge blades erupting from walls and ceiling—, leaving my PC unconscious in the centre of the area of effect. In a bid to rescue my PC, a ...
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Double extra damage from the “save-for-half-damage” part of a critical hit? [duplicate]

Miatog's answer to my question about critical hits included the following information from Sage Advice: Critical poison damage. Any damage dice delivered by a critical hit—as opposed to a ...
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Do you double the delayed damage for Melf's Acid Arrow after a critical hit?

The spell Melf's Acid Arrow does 4d4 on hit and 2d4 next turn (I'm ignoring what happens for a miss). If you roll a 20 for your spell attack roll, you double the 4d4 to 8d4. What about the 2d4 next ...
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Fortification enhancement vs a confirmed critical sneak attack

If a creature wearing an armor with the fortification enhancement is struck with a sneak attack that was a confirmed critical, does the PC roll percentile dice to resist for both critical and sneak ...
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Does a [Weapon] Of Spell storing's spell crit if the attack does?

If I am wielding a [Weapon of Choice] Of Spell Storing, and I hit, I can cast the spell as an immediate action, and from what I understand, It just auto-hits, as if it used my attack roll. Now, If I ...
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How to apply a negative strength modifier to a critical hit?

Considering a character with a strength modifier of -2 with a weapon that deals 1d3 damages, how to calculate the damages in case of critical? I can see the following possibilities: 2d3-4 (minimum 1 ...
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How would changing critical hits like this affect my game?

Everyone gets excited when they see that dice roll turning up a 20. A 20 on a test means that you succeeded on what you were trying to do in the best way possible — it's a rewarding situation that ...
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How does Great Weapon Fighting interact with Critical Hits and Savage Strike?

We know that GWF allows the rerolling of all 1 and 2s that come from a weapon taking the new roll. If a player using a Greatsword critical hits and gets 4d6, does the GWF count for all 4d6 or just ...
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What are all the ways to increase the chance of a critical hit with kicks?

This assumes that the user is a Brawler, Monk or has the Improved Unarmed Strike Feat. Cestus are gauntlets which deals 1d4 damage and has Critical Treat Range of 19-20×2. Improved Unarmed ...
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Is acid splash automatically a critical hit against an unconscious creature?

For Critical hits, the PHB states When you score a critical hit, you get to roll extra dice for the attack's damage... for acid splash ... A target must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw... ...
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Sword of Sharpness Critical Hit Resolution

The Sword of Sharpness states: When you attack an object with this magic sword and hit, maximize your weapon damage dice against the target. It also has a secondary feature: When you attack a ...
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Is it possible to double crit? [duplicate]

My question is related to rogue archetype assassin. On surprise rounds if I hit a creature it is automatically a critical hit. But what if I rolled a natural 20 on attack during surprise round? Does ...
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Great Weapon Master Critical Hit Resolution

My apologies if my unfamiliarity with the rules makes this an easy question to answer... I am considering taking Great Weapon Master, but was curious how this would affect my critical hits. I am ...
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Does a githyanki's silver sword instantly kill an astral traveler on a critical hit?

DMG 47 states, Only the severing of a character's silver cord while on the Astral Plane (or the death of his or her helpless physical body on the Material Plane) can result in the character's true ...
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What are all the ways to increase the chance of a critical hit?

A natural 20 is a critical hit. Some builds aim for these crits. But how can a player maximize their chance of scoring a crit? I know a few, some more reliable than others: A champion fighter gets ...
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Are there rules about massive weapons and critical threats?

For example, suppose that the BBG is a Fighter that uses an oversized (Large) Estoc (threat range 18-20) and has taken Improved Critical to make it 15-20/x2. Entering said BBG's appropriately ominous ...
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In Pathfinder, does Shank (and its Minor/Major variant) stack with Improved Critical/Keen?

Specifically, Shank, Minor states: "When using a light melee weapon with which he is proficient, the slayer may replace its normal base damage with 1d6 (1d4 if the weapon is Small, 1d8 if it is ...
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Is there any way to get expanded critical range or higher critical multipliers?

Is there currently any way to get an expanded critical range (allowing a critical hit on a 19 on the die, or even lower) or a higher critical multiplier (at least x3) on weapon attacks?
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Can an Assassin stack critical hits?

Is the 5e Rogue Assassin's Assassinate feature affected by rolling a natural 20? My fellow players and DMs have different opinions. The Rogue Assassin's Assassinate feature on page 97 of the PHB ...