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Questions tagged [damage]

For questions about damage, and the mechanics for receiving and inflicting harm or injury.

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Should breaking down something like a door be adjudicated as an attempt to beat its AC and HP, or as an ability check against a set DC?

It is not uncommon for players to encounter a door that resists being opened - the door may be stuck, barred, locked, barricaded, etc. A locked door could be unlocked by finding a key or passing a ...
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Can the Levitate spell be used to cause damage by slamming a creature?

One of my players suggested using the levitate spell as a weapon in our last session. Following his logic, he’ll levitate an enemy 20 feet up and then slam it into a wall or the ground or keep ...
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Does the monk's Martial Arts feature replace the damage die type, the die number, or both?

I'll get more into the question's details, but the reason I ask this is the Kensei Monk. Kensei monks cannot use Heavy weapons, which results in them being unable to use all Two-Handed weapons, but ...
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How do the rules handle dropping an extremely heavy object from far up to create an explosive effect? [duplicate]

The situation is as follows: Boris is a 13th level Illusion Wizard. Boris and his party have proximity to BBEG's hideout city and want to do as much damage as possible to both the city (buildings &...
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Are there any feats that could increase damage output of spellfire's damage?

Using spellfire is a supernatural ability. Are there any feats to increase its damage output? Materials from Dungeon and Dragon magazines are welcome.
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What would be the game balance implications for using the Gygax method for applying falling damage?

According to the rules, at the end of a fall, a creature takes 1d6 bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet it fell, to a maximum of 20d6. However, way back in Dragon Magazine #69, D&D co-creator ...
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Does immunity to ability damage also mean immunity to ability drain?

In the SRD section on Special Abilities, ability damage and ability drain are both grouped under Ability Score Loss, and states that one is temporary while the other is permanent. Are drain and ...
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If a Lizardfolk druid is in Wild Shape, and uses his Hungry Jaws trait, does he use the damage from the beast's bite or the lizardfolk's bite?

Lizardfolk have a feature that gives them natural weapons in the form of their jaws. This bite deals 1d6+Str damage. Hungry Jaws. In battle, you can throw yourself into a vicious feeding frenzy. As ...
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When does the attacker choose the damage type dealt by a weapon with multiple damage options?

Take a longsword, for example. Does the attacker choose piercing or slashing before they make the attack roll, after the attack roll is made but before the damage roll, before they make the damage ...
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What happens when you roll zero or negative damage?

If a Kobold Dragon Mage (Pathfinder Playtest Bestiary, p. 83) hits a character with its staff, it does 1d4–2 damage. If a 2 is rolled on the die, how much damage is dealt? What if a 1 is rolled on the ...
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How do I interpret a monster stat block's attack line? [duplicate]

I am running a game of D&D 5e. I am using an app to determine how a bandit does his attack against our group of players. The app says this in the bandit's statblock: Scimitar. Melee Weapon ...
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Do the Improvised Weapon Mastery and Shikigami Style feats stack?

The Improvised Weapon Mastery feat says: Increase the amount of damage dealt by the improvised weapon by one step (for example, 1d4 becomes 1d6) to a maximum of 1d8 (2d6 if the improvised weapon is ...
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Does the damage from the Eldritch Smite invocation get a bonus from the Hexblade's Curse feature, the Hex spell, or Fighting Style: Dueling?

I'm making a Hexblade warlock with Polearm Master, and I'm thinking about getting a level of fighter for the Dueling Fighting Style. I have some questions about how these interact with the Eldritch ...
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Does Flaming Sphere do fire damage and/or radiant damage?

Looking at the Flaming Sphere spell (p. 242 PHB), the spell description uses the phrase “sheds bright light in a 20ft radius”. Can it be inferred that this does radiant damage?
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Character Optimization: highest DPR with the Shillelagh cantrip

I'd like to optimize my character concept: I want my main damage source to be a Shillelagh'd weapon and squeeze that source for all it's worth. Table character limitations: Character is level 5 ...
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How does the Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's Elemental Affinity feature interact with the Scorching Ray spell? [duplicate]

The Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's Elemental Affinity feature description (PHB, page 102) says: ...when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, you can ...
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Does the Black Tentacles spell do damage twice at the start of turn to an already restrained creature?

The spell Black Tentacles (listed as Evard's Black Tentacles on PHB p. 238) has the following text: When a creature enters the affected area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, ...
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Does the Wall of Fire spell damage creatures on both sides of the wall?

The spell Wall of Fire has the following text: One side of the wall, selected by you when you cast this spell, deals 5d8 fire damage to each creature that ends its turn within 10 feet of that ...
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How does the secondary effect of the Heat Metal spell interact with a creature resistant/immune to fire damage?

This is the description for the spell heat metal: Choose a manufactured metal object, such as a metal weapon or a suit of heavy or medium metal armor, that you can see within range. You cause the ...
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For creatures that have a death burst ability, is it triggered if they are summoned and reduced to 0 HP?

Certain creatures have a death burst ability that applies when they die eg. steam mephits. If the creature is only present on the battlefield due to a spell like conjure minor elementals, does the ...
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How many damage die should my natural attacks be doing?

Alright, so I'm basically a new roleplayer. We’re playing Pathfinder on Discord. All the rules, combat and everything else comes from the d20pfsd site. So Pathfinder ruleset, feats, etc. My character ...
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If a poisoned arrow's piercing damage is reduced to 0, do you still get poisoned?

I have created a fighter, who is using heavy armor and has the Heavy Armor Master feat. The Heavy Armor Master feat (PHB, p. 167) states that: While you are wearing heavy armor, bludgeoning, ...
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What is the maximum damage you can do per missile with the Magic Missile spell? [duplicate]

I’m currently working on a Magic Missile-centered build and want to make sure I’m not missing anything. As far as I can tell, using Hexblade’s Curse (XGtE 53) and Empower Evocation (PHB 117) are the ...
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What is the optimal race choice for maximum melee damage for my pure Hexblade build?

Stat rolls 18, 14, 16, 8, 10, 12 Pure Hexblade build, no multiclass. We start at level 4, probably play to level 10 at most. I have two choices: One a classic Vuman with PAM, GWM + 18 CHA on level ...
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Can you repair magical equipment that has been damaged by a Zorbo?

Zorbos (from Tomb of Annihilation, p. 41) have the following Destructive Claws attack (emphasis mine): Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (2d6+1) slashing damage, and ...
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Where does the Saber-Toothed Tiger's static +5 damage bonus on her Bite and Claw attacks come from?

From the description in the Monster Manual, one can clearly see the Saber-Toothed Tiger has a Proficiency Bonus of +2. She has +3 in Perception which is 2 + her Wis modifier (+1). She has +6 for ...
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How can I model explosives with secondary effects?

In my campaign, there is a crazy old shopkeeper NPC who has some arcane knowledge. In preparation to defend the town against an incoming zombie horde, the party paid him to make twenty one-pound small ...
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How do I handle overlapped/stacked suppressive fire damage?

The rules about suppressive fire in the core rulebook explain that you can use suppressive fire from 2 guns, simply add the rounds of both to the save formula (Save = number of rounds / width of fire ...
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Can a flying creature avoid falling damage by flying just before impact?

Say a creature with a flight speed starts their turn 500 feet above the ground. They then stop flying and plummet towards the ground. 5 feet before impact they use 5 feet of their flight movement to ...
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What type of damage would be used for an incompatible blood type? [closed]

For my campaign there is an option at higher levels to take a blood transfusion with a half orc half hobgoblin and I want the creature to take damage if they aren't either of those races, what damage ...
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How do Concentration checks interact with damage that is not lethal damage?

Odd question came up in a game today and that was how is a concentration check affected by damage that is not lethal damage. So these other sources are non-lethal damage, ability score damage, and ...
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Are automatic death saving throw failures from damage at 0 HP unbalanced against large groups of small enemies?

Since taking damage while at 0 hp counts as a failed death save, wouldn't a larger group of enemies potentially be more lethal than a smaller group of equal CR total? It doesn't matter how much damage ...
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Is it possible to stack the damage done by the Absorb Elements spell?

The absorb elements spell says The spell captures some of the incoming energy, lessening its effect on you and storing it for your next melee attack. You have resistance to the triggering ...
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How can I turn nonlethal damage done to an enemy into lethal damage?

I'm looking for ways to ensure an enemy dies on the exact blow I want them to, and one of the solutions I came up with was to drop them with nonlethal damage, then convert it to lethal. Is there any ...
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As a monk, can you make a melee attack roll using your Strength modifier, but roll damage with your Dexterity modifier?

I want to know if you can make an attack roll with one stat, but deal the damage with another. As a monk, can you make a melee attack roll using your Strength modifier, but roll damage with your ...
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Does the Bracer of Flying Daggers benefit from the Dueling fighting style?

The Dueling Fighting style description says: When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon. The Bracer of Flying ...
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How much attack damage does the AC boost from a shield prevent on average?

Statistically, how much attack damage does the AC boost from a shield prevent on average? I've seen claims it results in a 10% reduction in damage taken, is that accurate?
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What ability score modifier does a javelin's damage use?

I'm making a character, and this part always had me confused, so a friend helped me but never explained. When you do your weapon damage, like 1d12 + 4, you use your Strength modifier for the damage ...
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How much damage should a beholder take if my character jumps onto it and slams it into the ground? [duplicate]

I was wondering how to rule something in my friend's campaign. We were fighting a modified beholder boss as a level 13 druid and a level 12 warlock. The fight was at a large summoning circle at the ...
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What is the number before an attack's damage roll? [duplicate]

I am very new to dungeons and dragons and for our group of friends I was picked to be the DM, I read the rules and understood them for the most part but some attacks have me stump for example if a ...
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Two weapon fighting using double slice and power attack at same time

I am helping a new player create a character and he wants to use two weapon fighting. He is joining the campaign I am in and will be starting out as a 7th level slayer Assuming 18 strength and ...
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Does the bonus attack from Polearm Master receive ability modifier for damage?

PHB page 168 says: Polearm Master: [...] When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, or quarterstaff, you can use a bonus action to make a melee attack with the ...
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Does the UA Artillerist Artificer's Wand Prototype feature increase cantrip damage once per damage roll, or per casting?

Does the UA Artillerist Artificer's Wand Prototype feature increase the damage of a cantrip like fire bolt by an amount equal to their Intelligence modifier once per damage roll, or once per casting? ...
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Does the damage from the Dream spell only apply on a failed save?

The 5th-level spell Dream at first glance seemed really flavorful, but now it looks like an absolute nightmare after a second comb through. Is the damage from the spell tied to the save? Or does it ...
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Which Armor Class values should be used as controls when making damage calculations?

It is known that occasionally questions will pop up that are about attempts to optimize a character's damage output (sometimes shorthanded as DPR, or Damage-per-Round), and veterans of this game know ...
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Can an attached stirge deal no more than 10 HP of damage before it detaches?

An attached stirge deals 5 (1d4+3) HP of damage at the start of its turn each round. The statblock states: The stirge can detach itself by spending 5 feet of its movement. It does so after it ...
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Does the double-bladed scimitar's special attack let you use your ability modifier for the damage of the attack?

I am using the double-bladed scimitar with the Revenant Blade feat from Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron. The double-bladed scimitar's special feature (p. 74): Special. When you take the attack action ...
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How much damage would be appropriate for a creature pushed into a wall to take?

In our current D&D 5e game, one of the players created a Variant Human Monk that gains one feat in exchange of only having two ability score increases. The player chose the Martial Adept feat, ...
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If my character is psychically linked to an Elder Brain, does it also take any psychic damage my character takes?

My PC is currently Psychic Linked to what I believe is an Elder Brain. If I were to take psychic damage on purpose, would that affect the Elder Brain? Also, could the actual determination to go ...
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Matching TWF to GWF DPR output with magic item

I'm new to D&D. I currently have one character built: a human fighter. I've given him the Two-Weapon Fighting (TWF) fighting style, as it sits nicely with his character. I'm currently at Level 3, ...