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What features allow a character to maximize a damage roll?

Some abilities apply maximum damage to an attack that's made. One example of this is a Tempest Domain Cleric's Channel Divinity, which allows them to deal the maximum damage (or automatically have ...
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A cart plows into a Monster. What damage was done to the Monster?

I know the DMG has stats for Airborne and Waterborne Vehicles (largely thanks to this question), and I'm comfortable adapting that and the ships from Ghosts of Saltmarsh. While there's rules for HP ...
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Does damage taken from Warding Bond count as magical?

Let's say I am a cleric with the Heavy Armor Master feat which has this line: While you are wearing heavy armor, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage that you take from nonmagical attacks is ...
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What is the highest possible damage under these conditions in 5e [closed]

I want to make a punishment for my characters should they do something that’s too evil, even within the world of our campaign. But to avoid a “rocks fall you die” or divine intervention bc they’re ...
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What happens when a Topaz Dragon uses Essential Reduction on an Object?

The Ancient and Adult Topaz Dragon Statblocks in Fizban's Treasury have a Legendary Action called Essential Reduction which reads: The dragon targets a creature or an object [...]. The target must ...
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House rule for calculating attack and damage in one roll

I played many different RP systems and prefer faster and more narrative games. I have a new group I DM and we play D&D, because I love the lore. For combat do I use theater of mind combat with ...
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Does the Keenness of the Stone Giant feat's Stone Throw receive the ability mod to damage?

Pretty straightforward question-- the Keenness of the Stone Giant grants the ability "Stone Throw": Stone Throw. As a bonus action, you can take a rock and make a magical attack with it. ...
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How much damage does a Path of the Giant barbarian do due to being Large while raging?

At level 3, a Path of the Giant barbarian can become Large while raging. How does the damage change? It's just that creatures with the size of a large Troll or Ogre type inflict 2dX. I mean, the ...
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I need help calculating min/max damage possible with this character [closed]

I'm posting a link to the character's sheet because I'm not even sure I got all the attack options and damage additions I have or what order they need to go in to get the maximum possible damage out ...
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Do you roll once for hunters mark and hex? [duplicate]

Both hex and hunter's mark state extra 1d6 [necrotic for hex] damage to the target whenever you hit it with a weapon attack Recently a player stated that this means you roll 1d6 at the start of ...
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Is Spirit Shroud damage "owned" by the source of the attack, or the Spirit Shroud spell itself?

Until the spell ends, any attack you make deals 1d8 extra damage when you hit a creature within 10 feet of you. This damage is radiant, necrotic, or cold (your choice when you cast the spell). Any ...
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Is Gloom Stalker Ranger or Assassin Rogue better for round 1 damage?

I'm playing in a campaign, and my friend's character got eaten. He wants to make a new character who does maximum "ambush" damage. We are currently level four, and the campaign will go up to ...
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Does the Artificer's Explosive Cannon damage increase by 1d8?

At 9th level, the Artillerist gains the Explosive Cannon feature: The cannon's damage rolls all increase by 1d8. As an action, you can command the cannon to detonate [...] dealing 3d8 force damage [.....
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How can I deal damage on a miss with a Strike as a Thaumaturge?

Thaumaturges can use or cause weaknesses on enemies, but only against their own Strikes. Therefore it would be very beneficial to deal damage on a miss, any tiny amount can trigger the weakness. The ...
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How to model collateral damage in Cortex Prime

I'm running a superhero campaign in Cortex Prime. During a bank robbery scenario, one of my players decided to get into the bank by shattering the front window. In addition to looking cool, he hoped ...
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Total damage from a critical hit with a fatal + striking eidolon unarmed attack

The summoner in our party has an eidolon with a 1d6 (fatal d10) primary attack. Primary Attack: Choose from the following statistics for the more flexible primary attack. 1d8 damage (disarm, ...
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Can your character tell exactly how much damage they have dealt?

Say you make a melee attack, would your character reasonably be able to tell what a good hit is versus a mediocre one? One that hits for maximum damage, or even a critical hit, versus a minimum value ...
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At what level does average incoming damage exceed 21?

I am looking towards concentration saves, and getting to +9 means automatic success on a low damage check, or a check up to 21 damage. At some point I assume the average single hit may exceed 21, ...
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When is Animate Objects more effective than Fireball?

My wizard has both fireball, and animate objects. Animate objects at first sight is such a cool and flavorful spell. I was excited when I got it because it is considered one of the highest output ...
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What does the +1 to damage rolls of Inspire Courage apply on, exactly?

In Pathfinder 2, bards get the Inspire Courage cantrip which, among other things, provides a +1 status bonus to damage rolls. For the most basic scenarios, this is a no-brainer: hitting with a sword ...
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Does Freedom of Movement prevent damage from Spike Growth?

The D&D 5E spell Spike Growth includes: The ground in a 20-foot radius centered on a point within range twists and sprouts hard spikes and thorns. The area becomes difficult terrain for the ...
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Can vampires drain non-sentient beings or monsters?

D&D 3.5e vampires canonically don't need to eat, sleep or breathe. However, they also drain levels and Con (blood), and doing this can turn their victims into vampires or vampire spawn. I also ...
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What type of damage does Bond of Mutual Suffering deal to the attacker? [duplicate]

The Bond of Mutual Suffering feature of the Blood Magic Wizard from Tal’dorei Campaign Setting: Reborn says: At 6th level, when a creature you can see hits you with an attack, you can use your ...
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Can the damage taken from Blood Channeling cause you to lose concentration on the spell it's paying for?

The Blood Channeling feature of the Blood Magic Wizard from Tal’dorei Campaign Setting: Reborn says: When casting a wizard spell that requires a costly material component, you can forego the ...
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Can the Path of the Beast Barbarian match Path of the Zealot for damage?

The premise: Damage comparison between 2 different builds, with no prep, no help, no magic items, only standard equipment and class features. No class features that get expended and can't be used each ...
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Does the Path of the Giant barbarian's Elemental Cleaver damage increase by 1d6 each attack?

The description of the Path of the Giant barbarian's Elemental Cleaver feature (from Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants) says, in part: [...] While you wield the infused weapon during your rage, the ...
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Why do we need to halve superficial damage? [closed]

Why was this rule created with dividing superficial damage in half? I mean it's very confusing, why couldn't the number of hit points be multiplied by 2? Do I have to ask players to remember to divide ...
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How do I calculate the damage modifier for Bloodshed Blade?

In the book Bigby Presents Glory of the Giants, Page 111 has the magic weapon Bloodshed Blade where it states the following: "You can add your constitution modifier (minimum +1) to the damage ...
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Can a College of Swords bard use the Slashing Flourish option to apply a Smite spell to all creatures in range?

The description of the Wrathful Smite spell says (PHB, p. 289): The next time you hit with a melee weapon attack during this spell's duration, your attack deals an extra 1d6 psychic damage. ...
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Over time, how does doubling dice on a crit compare vs having another action? [closed]

Basic 5e rules for crits say that you double the values rolled on dice. I'm playing with a homebrew idea where instead of doubling the damage dice you instead get another action, which can also crit. ...
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Can a battlefist be broken by normal means?

I am playing an Artificer, Mastermaker subclass (from Keith Barkers Dread Metrol Ravenloft/Eberron crossover), and for roleplaying purposes want my character's battlefist be unrepairable owing to ...
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How do I maximize the damage of a single, unarmed attack?

I've noticed that monks favor many, smaller attacks which grow to a set limit of strength after a period of time, but I was wondering if you could somehow get a different build setup that favors a few,...
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What is the damage output of an average level 20 character in dnd 5e? [closed]

I would like to know how much an average level 20 character is capable of doing per turn and per ten turns, and how much a level 20 party is capable of doing per turn and per ten turns. I intend on ...
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Clarification Needed: Mechanics of 'Girallon's Blessing' Claw Attacks and Damage Calculation

Regarding the spell "Girallon's Blessing" from the Spell Compendium, I'm seeking clarification on how the attacks and damage are resolved. Suppose my character has a Strength modifier of +3, ...
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What's the exact RAW order of interaction between an Abjuration wizard with the Arcane Ward feature casting Absorb Elements in response to a Fireball?

What's the exact RAW order of interaction between an abjurer with the Arcane Ward feature casting absorb elements in response to a fireball? The curiosity comes up because you have two conflicting ...
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3rd level Thief's damage

I'm a player, not a DM. A 3rd-level Thief with shortbow, when his mates are fighting against foes, uses Stealth by bonus action and so he shot the enemy two times (advantage), he hit one of the target ...
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If a character could replace the result of weapon die rolls with their proficiency bonus, what's the average die result for weapons that use 2d6?

I'm trying to figure out how to calculate the above and keep getting stuck on the greatsword (mace too I suppose) average damage specifically. I'm trying to estimate how much each weapon would benefit ...
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Tiny Creatures Can't Kill Players, Right?

I remember reading somewhere that tiny creatures can't kill players/bring them down to 0 hp in normal conditions, which makes sense to me. A rat biting someone's toe and dealing that 1 damage would be ...
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Does splash from a bomb count as a separate source of damage?

Let's say Bob the Alchemist throws an Alchemist's Fire (1d8 damage, 1 splash damage) at an Arboreal Regent (who has a weakness 10 to fire), and manages to hit! Would this Arboreal Regent take, in ...
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What happens if the initial damage from the Feeblemind spell reduces the target to 0 HP (or kills them)?

The description of the feeblemind spell says: You blast the mind of a creature that you can see within range, attempting to shatter its intellect and personality. The target takes 4d6 psychic damage ...
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Why do these enemies add bonus damage to their longbow attacks?

This question contains minor spoilers for the Kingmaker adventure path I am using the new version of the Kingmaker adventure path (the one released for Pathfinder 2e). During the rushlight tournaments ...
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Is there a way to increase weapon damage for unarmed strikes, blowguns, and nets without magic? [closed]

I was wondering if there was a way to increase damage for the following weapons could obtain increased damage because they either do 1 or 0 damage. unarmed strikes blowguns nets I also want these ...
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How do multiple Star Spawn Hulk interact with zone psychic damage?

The Star Spawn Hulk has the following feature : Psychic Mirror. If the hulk takes psychic damage, each creature within 10 feet of the hulk takes that damage instead; the hulk takes none of the damage....
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Undead Fortitude and multiple damage types

So I know how Undead Fortitude works when it comes to the saving throw calculation (5+damage taken) but how exactly does it work against attacks that contain multiple damage types? Say we take 3 ...
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How to optimize existing PC for max level damage output

I have a multiclass character that I'm interested in optimizing for endgame (level 20) damage output. The character in question is basically an archer-type built around crit-fishing and dumping ...
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How Is Damage Determined For Sunlight Hypersensitivity?

So, as the title states, I'm curious about how the damage is determined with sunlight Hypersensitivity. I was looking through the monster manuals of DnD 5E and I came across a total of 4 monsters that ...
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Is armor invulnerable?

Since armor can't be the target of the special attack sunder, when would it ever take damage? Weapons and shields have listed hardness and hit points that may be adjusted by its material composition, ...
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Is there an official (or optional) rule for weapon damage vs. creatures in different size categories?

I thought I saw this rule in an official D&D 5e rulebook, but now that I'm looking for it, I can't find anywhere. I'm pretty sure it was an optional/alternative rule, like in a little sidebar in ...
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Difference between Sunbeam and Lightning Bolt

I was looking at some 5e spell effects and noticed that the 6th level spell Sunbeam does 6d8 radiant damage (average 27 damage). The 3rd level Lightning Bolt spell does 8d6 lightning damage (average ...
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What is the mechanical advantage of a Beast Barbarian's form?

What I am seeking here is the logic that makes the Form of the Beast so enticing. From what I understand, it would take a 2d6 greatsword attack and reduce it to a 1d8 bite/tail attack, or two separate ...
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