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Questions tagged [damage]

The mechanics for receiving and inflicting harm or injury.

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Do the Dueling fighting style, Divine Smite, and Oath of Devotion paladin's Sacred Weapon Channel Divinity option stack?

I was in DM'ing a game the other day when the party's Level 3 Paladin one-hit KO'd a minor boss. Here's how he did it: Total damage = two-handed longsword (1d10) + Str modifier (+2) + Dueling ...
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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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Would increasing the persistent damage of Witch Bolt be unbalanced?

Some People (myself included), feel that Witch Bolt is sub par. I was thinking of changing it so that increasing the spell level also increases the persistent damage, as well as the initial damage. ...
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How does the solarian's Starquake zenith revelation work?

For the Starquake zenith revelation, it states: As a move action, you can move up to your speed along the ground without provoking attacks of opportunity. Each creature you are adjacent to at any ...
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As a Kensei monk, can I use the Martial Arts feature to change the 1d4 extra damage from Kensei's Shot to my Martial Arts die?

Do a Way of the Kensei monk's kensei weapons count as monk weapons? If they do, since the weapon's regular damage can be replaced by a monk weapon die, can the extra damage from Kensei Shot also be ...
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How much total damage is dealt in this grappling scenario?

I'd like to preface this question with the info that our campaign has ruled that grapple attempts can be initiated from any melee attack including the touch attack granted when casting a harmful touch ...
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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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How can one use the Shape Water cantrip offensively? [closed]

The shape water cantrip description says: You choose an area of water that you can see within range and that fits within a 5-foot cube. You manipulate it in one of the following ways: You ...
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How much damage does an ogre do with a weapon?

The AD&D 2nd Edition Monstrous Manual entry for an Ogre Chieftain says: He inflicts 8-18 (2d6+6) points of damage per attack, +6 with weapon. Does this just mean I add another +6 to their ...
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After successfully hitting with an attack roll, when rolling for damage, if you roll a 1, is that a negative crit?

Our dm is treating our "1" damage rolls as a natural 1. So when you roll a 1d4 and you do 1 dmg (after succeeding hit dice) we get an especially bad outcome. Is this normal procedure?
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Does the Dueling fighting style add 2 to every damage die you roll?

One of my players is trying to say that if she smites as a paladin with the Dueling fighting style, she gets +2 to every damage die roll. This seems like a lot, as she could potentially be adding 40 ...
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Does non-elemental magic damage exist on offensive projectiles? [closed]

I'm thinking of creating an cantrip called mana bullet, similar in damage to fire bolt, that is made of pure mana - and as such is non-elemental, and can't be affected by elemental resistance. Of ...
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How do you do damage?

How do you do damage in D&D? What dice do you use and how do you know how much damage you've done after rolling the dice? When it says 1d10 does that mean you did one damage or ten?
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Does casting Beacon of Hope followed by Cure Wounds deal max damage against undead in the area?

If you cast beacon of hope and there are undead within the 30ft range, can you affect them and then cast cure wounds on them to deal a full 30 damage (3d10) to them?
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Stacking acid damage from weapon [closed]

My GM gave me a spear, which appears to be a homebrew item. It does 2d4 acid damage for 1d4 rounds in addition to the normal 1d8 base damage. If I attack a foe with this weapon each round how does the ...
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Does a monk's Unarmed Strikes deal 2d4 damage if they have the Tavern Brawler feat?

If a monk gets the tavern brawler feat, does his martial arts damage stack with the 1d4 damage given with tavern brawler? For example: could a 1st level monk deal 2d4 damage with his unarmed strikes ...
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How can I roll damage via chat?

I'm DMing a Pathfinder game on Fantasy Grounds where one of the players rolls a lot of damage via the text box using /die (For example, /die 1d4). I'd like to be able to drag the result of the rolls ...
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Is the Great Weapon Master feat's +10 damage bonus added on top of your ability score modifier?

Using the Great Weapon Master feat, do you add the 10 damage bonus on top of the strength modifiers or is it just add 10 without the strength modifiers?
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Does the Savage Attacker feat let you reroll Sneak Attack damage dice?

The Savage Attacker feat (PHB, p. 169) states: Once per turn when you roll damage for a melee weapon attack, you can reroll the weapon’s damage dice and use either total. Additionally, the rogue'...
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How does the Shield Guardian's damage transfer work when the bearer is immune/resistant to the damage type?

It's been asked before here what happens when a target is hit with damage a shield guardian is immune to. What about the other way around? Say a character is immune to a type of damage and takes ...
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Which of these scenarios involving advantage/disadvantage results in higher damage per round?

Considering a character is using the same weapon in both of the following scenarios, which would result in a higher damage per round? The character makes a single attack with advantage. The character ...
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This can't be right? 61 damage in one blow as a 3rd-level paladin? [closed]

I'm running a Curse of Strahd campaign and one of my players just hit level 3. He told me he could do a blow causing 61 damage. That just didn't feel right. This is how you could do it assuming his ...
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Does the Brute fighter's extra damage die get added to the monk's Martial Arts and Flurry of Blows attacks?

I am considering a build that would start with monk, then multiclass to fighter up to level 3 to get the Brute archetype (from Unearthed Arcana: Three Subclasses). Would the extra damage die from the ...
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Can you use a reaction while being brought to 0 HP?

Our GM threw enemies at us that had a reaction allowing them to counterattack when attacked. (I don’t know the reaction’s wording; he almost never shares such details.) Upon our killing one of them, ...
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How does the Twinned Spell metamagic option interact with the Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's Elemental Affinity feature?

The sorcerer's Twinned Spell metamagic option states: When you cast a spell that targets only one creature and doesn’t have a range of self, you can spend a number of sorcery points equal to the ...
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What is Strength Damage?

So if an enemy does 1d2 Strength damage through poison and I the DM roll a 2, does that mean that the player has to subtract 2 from their Strength statistic, or do they just take 2 damage, or both? ...
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Do dye arrows deal damage from additional sources?

There are a number of specialty arrows listed under the martial weapons ammunition for use with bows. One of these is the dye arrow which allows you to target touch AC. Dye Arrow Firing a dye ...
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Can you help me with the math on Great Weapon Fighting style on Greatswords?

I know there is already a question regarding the average damage impact on this style and I have been successful to calculate this damage increase myself. Yet I was more interested in knowing the ...
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How are attack stats determined after re-gearing my Sprite Familiar?

The Sprite monster manual entry confuses me and I'm not sure how they calculated its attack and damage. A longsword normally uses strength. The Sprite has +2 to hit, and does 1 damage. With its -4 ...
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Which features that increase damage contribute towards Alchemist Bomb Splash damage?

Alchemist bombs have splash damage equal to the minimum damage that the bomb can roll. The Point-Blank-Shot feat specifically calls out that it does not increase splash damage, and FAQs have said ...
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How does Elemental Affinity work with spells like Ice Knife?

According to the PHB Errata: Elemental Affinity (p. 102). The damage bonus applies to one damage roll of a spell, not multiple rolls. And there's the ice knife spell (XGE, p. 157): You create a ...
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When is +2 Dex better than Crossbow Expert?

This answer to a previous question about crossbow builds without Crossbow Expert is relevant to me; my Rogue is about to reach 4th level. If you only hit on a 20, the Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, p. ...
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Is there precedent for damage aura-type effects?

I'm on a homebrewing streak again, and part of the class features in question call for constant fire damage applied to creatures in range of the character in question. Are there any monsters or ...
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Consequences of having half damage on attacks that tie AC as house rule?

Typically if an attack roll equals the AC of a target then the attack does normal damage. I quite like the idea of making it a glancing blow, dealing half damage instead, this would help clue the PCs ...
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How does the repair downtime action work in Scum and Villainy?

If I understand correctly, the repair downtime action on page 188 lets you spend an action and 1 cred to clear 1 damage. However, in the “Downtime Activities in Play” section on page 194, Hayley uses ...
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Is there a mechanism for reducing and controlling the damage of a spell?

We're in between campaigns right now and I asked a player (my wife) what she was up to after the arduous adventuring of the last few months. We were in the kitchen together and she was making an ...
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Crushing a creature that is 2 sizes smaller

I was playing a 5 ft, 200lb dwarf, being attacked by 2 stirges (which are labeled Tiny). One was attached to the dwarf at the thigh, one was not. He attacked and killed the one that wasn’t attached ...
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Does the paladin's Improved Divine Smite do additional damage to fiends and undead?

The paladin's Improved Divine Smite 11th-level feature gives every melee weapon attack an extra 1d8 radiant damage. Their 2nd-level Divine Smite feature does 1d8 additional damage to fiends and ...
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Would crushing an NPC's testicle, as part of torture, reduce its hit points?

In this case, the crushing was done via a foot on the NPC's testicles, at first without pressure. When he continued to refuse us key information we gradually applied pressure until his testicle was ...
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What does the first number represent in the damage section of some monster/NPC attacks?

I understand most of what each number represents, but monster/NPC statblocks often have a number in the damage section before the damage roll in parentheses. For example, for a Sahuagin Priestess (MM, ...
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Death Ward with Polymorph

A sorcerer in our group is quite fond of using polymorph to change herself into a giant ape (MM page323). At one point in our game last night she managed to grapple a Bheur (Winter Hag), that was ...
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elemental damage on/of weapon [closed]

Does the elemental damage of a weapon replace or add to the damage of a weapon? I'm toying with the idea of making a magical quaterstaff with lightning damage for instance, which can be toggled on and ...
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Can healing be considered negative damage for the purpose of the Wild Magic sorcerer's Spell Bombardment?

Wild Magic sorcerers get the Spell Bombardment feature at 18th level (PHB, p. 103): When you roll damage for a spell and roll the highest number possible on any of the dice, choose one of those ...
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strong jaw doubling damage rules [closed]

For the spell strong jaw, when you double damage does it double dice or the total of what you rolled on the dice? Does strong jaw also double your damage modifiers like STR and can it double a double ...
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Does the Vrock Spores ability stack? If so, does a single saving throw end both?

Vrocks have a "Spores" action (with a recharge of 6) that releases a 15­-foot­-radius cloud of toxic spores: Each creature in that area must succeed on a DC 14 Constitution saving throw or become ...
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Where is weapon damage stated?

So I've read from multiple sources that weapon damage in the original D&D booklets is 1d6 regardless of weapon. However, reading through the books, I can't find reference to weapon damage at all. ...
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Do size effects and Vital Strike actually work in conjunction?

My group and I have recently ran into an issue with the spell Enlarge Person and the feat Vital Strike. We have two conflicting viewpoints based on a line from Vital Strike that states the following: ...
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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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If I punch someone and have a -2 Strength modifier, will I technically heal the target by 1 HP? [duplicate]

Unarmed strikes normally do damage equal to (1 + Str mod). If I punch someone and have a -2 Strength modifier, will I technically heal the target by 1 HP?
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How much damage for throwing rocks?

This question applies to either OSRIC or to AD&D 1st Ed. The scenario: A human fighter with strength of 17 has selected "grenade-like weapons" as one of his weapon proficiencies. He carries a ...