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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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If an Echo Knight fighter makes an attack from their echo's space and hits a paralyzed enemy, is it automatically a critical hit?

The Manifest Echo feature lets the Echo Knight fighter create an echo, and attack from the echo's space (EGtW, p. 183): When you take the Attack action on your turn, any attack you make with that ...
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Can the Grave Domain Cleric's “Sentinel at deaths door” cancel the autocrit from hitting an unconscious person?

The Grave Domain Cleric's Sentinel at Death's Door class feature has the following wording: At 6th level, you gain the ability to impede death’s progress. As a reaction when you or an ally that you ...
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Critical hit with Acid Splash: how much damage?

Telekinetic Projectile does list that it does double damage on a critical hit. Compare this to Acid Splash: On a critical success, the target also takes 1 persistent acid damage. Should this "...
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Can a Constructed Pugilist's Vicious Blades modification be affected by the Keen enchantment?

From Constructed Pugilist: Vicious Blades: Razor-sharp blades on the surface of the limb cause it to deal bludgeoning and slashing damage and increase its critical threat range to 19–20. A ...
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Does Absorb Elements' additional 1d6 get doubled on a critical hit? [duplicate]

Absorb Elements, as part of its effects, has this line. [T]he first time you hit with a melee attack on your next turn, the target takes an extra 1d6 damage of the triggering type, and the spell ends....
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How does the Artillerist's Arcane Firearm d8 bonus work with Crits? [duplicate]

When you cast an artificer spell through the firearm, roll a d8, and you gain a bonus to one of the spell's damage rolls equal to the number rolled. It reads like it's adding to an existing roll, and ...
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Is a natural 20 always a critical hit? [duplicate]

Critical Hits agree: When you make an attack and succeed with a natural 20 (the number on the die is 20), or if the result of your attack exceeds the target's AC by 10, you achieve a critical success ...
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Is there a magic item in 5e dnd that increases crit range and if not would it be op? [closed]

I’m very new to 5e but I’ve played pathfinder and 3.5 for quite a while so I was wondering is there an item that increases crit range for melee or ranged weapons and if not how powerful would a magic ...
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Are there creatures that are immune to critical hits?

My thinking behind this is to do with the property of Adamantine Armour which states that "While you're wearing it, any critical hit against you becomes a normal hit" (DMG, p.150). I ...
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How exactly Power Attack and critical hit works together for 2-hand fighter?

I tried to follow the rules and check FAQs but now I need a help: I got a 13° liv THF (two-hand fighter) and 6° liv Aegis (BAB=19) and 5° Mithic tier, with Power Attack and Mithic Power Attack (but ...
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When extra damage dice are listed in a critical effect, do they apply to crit-immune targets?

In the immunity rules, we read: Immunity to critical hits works a little differently. When a creature immune to critical hits is critically hit by a Strike or other attack that deals damage, it takes ...
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Can you choose not to add your proficiency bonus to an attack roll?

I'm building a very gimmicky multiclass crit-confirmation paladin, and as a part of my build I have a feature that lets me reroll a failed attack roll as a reaction. The idea is that I want to fail at ...
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What's the highest critical hit damage a level 1 character can do?

What's the highest critical hit damage a level 1 character can do? Rules: The character must be level 1 The character cannot have any magical items The character's starting equipment must be ...
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Is the Blood Fury Tattoo's damage doubled on a critical hit? [duplicate]

The question is as the title says, is the 4d6 necrotic damage doubled if you critted the attack that you then use the item's ability on. The item text in question is below. When you hit a creature ...
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Is the Psi Warrior's Psionic Strike ability affected by critical hits?

The new Psi Warrior Fighter subclass has the feature Psionic Power which has the following option: Psionic Strike. You can propel your weapons with psionic force. Once on each of your turns, ...
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Do players know if a hit from a monster is a critical hit?

There are a few different abilities that PCs can get where once they are hit with an attack they can decide to use to potentially turn the hit into a miss. Examples include the spell Shield or a ...
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Natural 20 vs higher AC

If a character or creature has an AC that with all bonuses requires a 20 to hit does that mean that every hit is a crit? Or alternately the creatures AC is so high that with all bonuses no hit would ...
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What are the ways by which an alchemist can access the alchemical bomb crit specialisation?

See the title. What methods are open to an alchemist that allow them to gain access to the alchemical bomb's critical specialisation effect (increasing the splash radius to 10ft)? This includes ...
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Does Ocular spell make every eligible damage spells have a critical chance since it becomes a ranged touch attack (ray)?

So for some spells that do indeed have targets other than self (and also have a target entry) would Ocular spell make it now possible to score a critical? Ocular spell states: (...)When you release ...
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Do I still gain temporary HP if the target of a Sword of Life Stealing is reduced to 0 HP even before the necrotic damage is applied?

The entry for sword of life stealing says: When you attack a creature with this magic weapon and roll a 20 on the attack roll, that target takes an extra 10 necrotic damage if it isn't a construct or ...
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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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If you can only hit an enemy by rolling a natural 20, will using the Chronurgy wizard's Convergent Future feature result in a critical hit?

The description of the Chronurgy Magic wizard's Convergent Future feature states (EGtW, p. 185): When you or a creature you can see within 60 feet of you makes an attack roll, an ability check, or a ...
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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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