Questions tagged [critical-hit]

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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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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How bad an idea would it be to grant an additional action on a crit? [closed]

As an alternative to the standard crit mechanic, how bad an idea would it be to give the player an additional action after rolling a crit? It's kind of like a stunting mechanic (a la AGE system) but I'...
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What is the effect of a critical success on an attack roll?

Let's consider following example: Player roll 12 attack (shot from lase pistol). Then adds 2 from his DEX DM and Gun Combat (Energy). Now he has 14, so it's a critical success, since he needed to ...
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How do critical hits and bonus damage interact?

If you crit with a spell/attack you roll double the dice you normally roll. What happens with this example? Vicious Weapon When you roll a 20 with this magic weapon, the target takes an ...
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Does the feat “Channel Ray” allow you to crit with Channel Energy?

The Feat Channel Ray allows you to make channel Energy as a Ray attack. This of course means that there is an attack roll involved in resolving the attack. You must succeed at a ranged touch attack ...
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When did rolling a natural 20 on the d20 become a “critical success” in the history of Dungeons & Dragons?

I've only played Dungeon @ Dragons in its 5th edition, and I have only limited exposure to earlier editions from PC games, but never understood the rules behind them (or knew the calculations), so I'...
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Damage roll on critical hit with multiple abilities/spells?

I have built a 5th Level Rogue Swashbuckler who took Magic Initiate feat at Level 4 to do some extra damage with Booming Blade and Green Flame Blade. When using a normal rapier with Booming Blade at ...
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Does Fortification also ignore special effects?

Creatures and foes with higher level and CR offers additional effects on critical hits. Like: Attacks: Slam 31d6+5/19-20 (x2 + Disease on critical hit) A player with heavy fortification will ...
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How does the UA Centaur's Charge ability interact with critical hits?

The UA Centaur (from Unearthed Arcana: Centaurs and Minotaurs) has the Charge ability: Charge. If you move at least 20 feet straight toward a target and then hit it with a melee weapon attack on ...
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As a Swords bard, how do I determine my AC bonus from Defensive Flourish on a critical hit?

Let's say I'm playing a College of Swords bard, and happen to critically strike an enemy with a natural 20. I choose to use my Defensive Flourish at this time, so the dice look like this: 2d6 (...
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Things that stack with the Champion's Improved Critical? [duplicate]

On the PHB p. 72 it just says: Improved Critical Beginning when you choose this archetype at 3rd level, your weapon attacks score a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20. So my assumption is ...
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What happens when you set to receive charge and you get a critical hit?

A halberd does triple damage on a critical hit and double damage when set to receive charge. What happens when you set to receive charge and you get a critical? Is it double or triple damage?
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Is there a way to obtain improved critical before level 9?

Out of sheer curiosity: is there any build that makes you obtain the Improved Critical feat - and not an equivalent class feature or an enchanted weapon - before level 9 without limits to feats, magic ...
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How much extra damage does a vorpal sword give?

If a target survives beheading/it does not occur, vorpal sword deals additional damage instead. Such a creature instead takes an extra 6d8 slashing damage from the hit. On a crit, we are to double ...
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Do you roll an extra damage die for Hex if you crit with one beam of Eldritch Blast?

Eldritch blast (PHB, pg. 237) says: [...] Make a ranged spell attack against the target. On a hit, the target takes 1d10 force damage. The spell creates more than one beam when you reach ...
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Does adamantine armor protect you from being beheaded by a vorpal sword?

(Inspired by this question about adamantine armor) The item description for adamantine armor states: While you're wearing it, any critical hit against you becomes a normal hit. The item ...
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Does a natural 20 on the attack roll still automatically hit if the target is wearing adamantine armor?

My Fighter (Battlemaster) Warlock (Hexblade) build character has just acquired a suit of +1 adamantine plate armour. From the description of adamantine armor (DMG, p. 150): This suit of armor is ...
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Would treating critical hits as “called shots” have unintended consequences?

While running a session, I found that some of the players would like to "call shots". Now while I don't want to allow "crit on desire" by always aiming for the head/eyes/etc., I was thinking about ...
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Is there a way to turn off default crit damage rolls in roll20?

I have a crit table I use for random crit events. The table is recursive and triggers whenever a 20 is rolled, but the default programming in Roll20 also rolls the additional damage roll that's built ...
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Is the Spell Bombardment additional damage die subject to critical hit dice doubling?

Level 18 Wild Magic sorcerers have the following feature (PHB, p. 103): Spell Bombardment Beginning at 18th level, when you roll damage for a spell and roll the highest number possible on any ...
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What are my chances of rolling a natural 19/20 critical if I roll 3d20?

The Oath of Vengeance paladin gains the Channel Divinity option "Vow of Enmity" at 3rd level (PHB, p. 88): As a bonus action, you can utter a vow of enmity against a creature you can see within 10 ...
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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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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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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 ...