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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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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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Can someone figure out the damage equation in this game? [on hold]

So there's this pretty obscure turn based RPG game called Gods Lands of Infinity. So there's a melee power of each character in this game. In this case, the Melee Power is 132. Each weapon also has a ...
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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, ...
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Are there rules for falling in water vs. diving vs. just jumping in for various depths of water?

Just realized that in DMing 5e I have unconsciously used a falling-in-water rule-of-thumb that I inherited from somewhere (maybe 2e or AD&D or maybe even Pathfinder). The ruling I've been using is ...
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Could a character lose hit points when spending hit dice? [duplicate]

The rules allow a character to spend hit dice during a short rest to recover hit points. The rule is that you roll the die matching the hit die you wish to spend, add your constitution modifier, then ...
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Does “flat” damage count as a “damage roll”?

Hexblade's Curse has several bonuses applied to when an enemy suffers a damage roll from you. Does damage from something like Armor of Agathys, or an unarmed strike, count as a "damage roll", despite ...
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Does the Catapult spell do damage based on weight or spell level?

I have seen a fair amount of catapult + folding boat questions and it seems like people are just looking for solutions for when players find out that is a thing. However, I am more curious as to ...
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Do I add my Strength modifier to the damage of unarmed strikes if I have the Tavern Brawler feat?

Do I add my Strength modifier to the damage of unarmed strikes if I have the Tavern Brawler feat? From my understanding, the attack roll would be 1d20 + Proficiency + Str modifier. My question is ...
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What damage spells can wizards use at spell level 1-4 that are not evocation/necromancy/divination? [closed]

In a campaign I am playing, I am a wizard who has had a permanent baleful polymorph effect on me, but I didn't take of Hit Dice. I focus on illusion, and for all the amazing things that illusion can ...
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Which is better: casting Witch Bolt, or spamming Fire Bolt?

In a scenario of 5 rounds in level 1, where spell range doesn't matter, and the enemy's AC gives you a hit chance of 50%. Which is better: casting Witch Bolt, or spamming Fire Bolt for 5 consecutive ...
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Weaknesses: Vulnerability against X. What about DR or Hardness? [duplicate]

I'm currently in a campaign and and we've been fighting constructs a lot. I'm saving up for an Adamantine Greatsword which would bypass the +10 Hardness, according to our GM. During a fight, he let ...
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Does the Polearm Master attack work with poison?

Will poison work on Polearm Master feat's bonus action (second)attack when using a poisoned halberd? Poison can be applied only to slashing or piercing weapons, but it's not applied directly to the ...
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Is upcasting the Chromatic Orb spell (for fire damage) at 2nd level ever better than casting Scorching Ray?

Is upcasting the chromatic orb spell (PHB, p. 221) for fire damage at 2nd level ever better than casting scorching ray (PHB, p. 273)? I am mainly asking this since both are attack roll based fire ...
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How do I calculate the damage of a Wild-Shaped Giant Squid with Powerful Shape and Strong Jaw?

What would the damage be for a 10th level druid with Powerful Shape and Strong Jaw active when Wildshaping into a giant squid? Strong Jaw: Each natural attack that creature makes deals damage as ...
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What is the effect of the “attack's weapon” doing extra damage?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 30), the Cavalier Fighter's Unwavering Mark feature says: In addition, if a creature marked by you deals damage to anyone other than you, you can make a ...
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Booming Blade or Green Flame Blade: Utility against creatures with immunity to non-magical damage?

Both Booming Blade and Green Flame Blade have the following text: You make a single melee weapon attack against a creature you can see within the spell's range. If the attack hits... Reading this ...
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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 ...