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How does extra damage work for critical hits?

I'm a bit confused on how extra damage works for critical hits. Let's take the following example: A thief with sneak attack rolls a crit. I'm under the impression he rolls double his normal attack ...
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Weapon attacks compared with damaging cantrips?

Cantrips scale automatically with character level. Weapon attacks only scale with ability score and any extra attack features you might get. How could the damage of weapon attacks keep up?
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How much damage does Great Weapon Fighting add on average?

The Great Weapon Fighting fighting style states the following: When you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack you make with a melee weapon that you are wielding with two hands, you can reroll ...
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Does dealing 0 damage to a concentrating spellcaster require a saving throw?

Wizard is currently concentrating on a spell. Wimpling has a -1 Strength modifier, and makes a melee attack on Wizard. The attack hits, but Wimpling rolls a 1 on the damage roll, meaning that after ...
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Is there a minimum damage rule?

In D&D3e, if you successfully hit a target you always did at least 1 point of damage (before applying Damage Resistance), even if you had a Strength penalty. I can't find any mention of that rule ...
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Do you take falling damage after a high jump of over 10 feet?

I have a multiclass Monk / Druid (2 levels of monk). He cast jump on himself, wild shaped into a brown bear, activated step of the wind, then took a high jump with a height of 42': High Jump When ...
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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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Can massive damage knock out rather than causing instant death?

Suppose, as happened last night, a character intends to subdue rather than kill an opponent. She made a melee attack, hit, declared her intent to knock out. The damage roll was enough to reduce the ...
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Is a concentration check required when temporary hit points absorb all the damage?

A spellcaster with 6 temporary hit points is hit for 3 damage. Do they have to make a concentration check?
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If two Moonbeam spells are placed on a Large creature, does it take damage from both beams on its turn?

If two moonbeam spells are placed on different parts of a size Large (or larger creature), does it take damage from both beams on its turn? Or is this subject to the rule on combining magical effects ...
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Does a concentrating caster damaged by Ice Knife require two concentration checks?

As the ice knife spell can do damage in two separate ways, with one defined to happen after the other, would a caster damaged by both need to make multiple concentration checks?
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Does rolling a critical hit on a spell attack do double damage?

Does rolling a critical hit on a spell attack do double damage? Specifically, do you double the number of damage dice if the spell attack roll is a natural 20? This came up in a game with the Guiding ...
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How many times do you roll damage for Magic Missile?

The "Damage Rolls" section of the rules (PHB p. 196, also in the online Basic Rules) says this: If a spell or other effect deals damage to more than one target at the same time, roll the damage ...
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How does the Evocation wizard's Empowered Evocation feature work with the Magic Missile spell?

The Evocation wizard's Empowered Evocation feature (PHB 177) reads: Beginning at 10th level, you can add your Intelligence modifier to the damage roll of any wizard evocation spell you cast I have ...
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Is there an official rule that the minimum damage can't be negative?

A slightly humorous thought occurred to me (a recovering rules lawyer) after reading this question and answers. "None of the answers actually specify that 0 is the minimum damage." Logically it ...
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Interactions between unarmed strikes, negative strength and an unconscious target

Consider this improbable yet possible scenario (which nonetheless came up at our table last night): A PC is unconscious and currently making Death Saving Throws. A weak (8 Strength) and hostile NPC ...
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What happens when an unconscious but stabilised character is hit?

At the end of this answer to a different question ("If you succeed on all of your death saving throws, what happens?"), the answer states that: If an unconscious character is attacked, the attacker ...
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In what order should one apply max HP reduction and damage?

A character at 10/26 HP is hit by a Wraith and fails the Constitution saving throw. They take 21 damage and their maximum HP is reduced to 5. Are they unconscious because the 11 excess damage is less ...
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How do I figure the dice and bonuses for attack rolls and damage rolls?

I'm building my character, a Half-Elf Ranger, and I'm a little confused about how to work out the attack bonus and the damage bonus. So, please tell me if I've got this right: I'm proficient with a ...
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Is my Paladin stacking Smite spells correctly?

I am the DM for a level 2 Paladin. Today, he managed to pull off what the table found to be a very powerful, yet simple, combo. The two of us read over the rules and we both think it was by the book, ...
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What does "+6 to hit, Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4)" mean in a creature's stat block?

My friends and I are very new to D&D, played like 3 times. In a monster's stats next to weapon damage it says stuff like "+11 to hit" and "Hit: 5 (1d8+1)". For the premade ...
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Can a Werewolf actually hurt another Werewolf?

This came up today in Curse of Strahd. One of the werewolves wanted to aid the party in taking out some of her fellows. It occurred to me that a Werewolf in hybrid form does piercing (bite) and ...
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One PC doing too much damage

I just took over as DM for our group. The previous DM allowed our ranger to purchase a significant amount of Wyvern poison at the end of the last adventure to dip his arrows in. With this poison, the ...
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What's the maximum (average) damage that can be dealt in one round by a 20th level character with at least two levels of Fighter?

What is the most effective way to use a level 20 character's (with two or more levels in fighter for Action Surge ability) in order to maximize single target damage done in one round? Rules/...
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Does something count as "dealing damage" if its damage is reduced to zero?

An example of a feature where this sort of thing matters is the Optional Favored Foe feature for the Ranger from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (emphasis mine): [...] The first time on each of your ...
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What is the most DPR possible at level 1?

My question is fairly straightforward: What is the combination of feats/race/class/etc that gives the most damage per round at level 1? I'd also be interested to see the maximum possible damage, but ...
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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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Can massive damage kill you while at 0 HP?

The rules on "Instant Death" state: Massive damage can kill you instantly. When damage reduces you to 0 hit points and there is damage remaining, you die if the remaining damage equals or exceeds ...
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Can Mage Hand be attacked?

Mage Hand "can't attack, activate magic items, or carry more than 10 pounds." (PHB 256). Can Mage Hand be attacked? Part of me says that Mage Hand is simply unable to engage in combat as a combatant ...
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Are there situations where high-damage single attacks are better than multiple attacks that add up to more damage overall?

In 3.5e/PF/other games, there are significant numbers of abilities that reduce damage by a flat value (DR 5/magic etc). In 5E, very few abilities/monsters seem to have flat damage reducers, instead ...
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Which damage dice exactly does the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style allow you to reroll?

This has been a point of some controversy within our local AL community, with different DMs giving different rulings. From what I could see, this site has only touched on the Maneuver/Smite issue, ...
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How can I tell how many damage dice to roll for an NPC's cantrip?

For PCs, cantrip damage increases with their total character level and not their class level (see this question for reference: Do Cantrips use your character level or class level?). However, NPCs do ...
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How many concentration saving throws does a spellcaster moving through Spike Growth need to make?

The Spike Growth spell states that When a creature moves into or within the area, it takes 2d4 piercing damage for every 5 feet it travels. Say, the creature is also concentrating on a spell, and it ...
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Are getting hit and taking damage simultaneous events?

I'm unsure whether getting hit and taking damage happen at the same or different times. The armor of Agathys spell is an example of when this doesn't matter as it states: If a creature hits you ...
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How to halve the damage on a successful saving throw?

I'm new to DnD, though not new to rpgs in general. I'm a bit confused on the damage of spells. For example, the Fireball deals 8d6 fire damage on a failed saving throw, and half as much on a ...
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Pathfinder Damage Dice Steps

I am building a Human Gunslinger character who uses the Racial Heritage feat to get access to the Goblin Gunslinger feat so he can use a large double hack-but without penalty. Problem is, the the ...
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How do you handle simultaneous damage when one type is absorbed and not the other?

Say a wizard sees something a group of large figures lumbering towards him/her. The wizard is overly paranoid about being outnumbered so they drop a Meteor Swarm spell on them. However, it turns out ...
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What does "when it enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there" mean?

From When do you roll the damage for Cloud of Daggers?, it was suggested that some comments be made into a Q&A. So: From the Cloud of Daggers spell (others have similar wording) You fill the ...
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How much damage is dealt/taken when that damage also reduces a creature to 0 hit points?

The particular case where this question came up was when a Hobgoblin Warlord attacked my ally, who had 7 hit points remaining. The attack's damage was rolled for a total of 13, meaning they would fall ...
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How might the weight of a falling object affect the damage it causes?

Fall damage is 1d6 per 10 feet. What adjustments if any should I make for objects falling on a player character? (e.g. a bear) Assuming the objects are meaningful threats but not instant character ...
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How can I describe hit point damage without talking about wounds?

The PHB's description of hit points (p. 196) says: Hit points represent a combination of physical and mental durability, the will to live, and luck. Creatures with more hit points are more ...
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Handling critical hits easily when using average damage

I use average damage for my monsters almost exclusively. If a goblin's stat block says its weapon attack deals 5 (1d6+2) damage, it deals 5 damage. Critical hits come up often enough to need a way to ...
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Does a zero-damage attack still count as a hit?

Does an attack roll that 'hits' according to an the attack roll, but deals zero damage (perhaps through damage reduction or through poor rolls and resistances, as in this question about raging ...
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Can you wait to add optional damage dice that apply on a hit (such as Divine Smite) until after seeing if the roll is a critical?

Certain damage kickers are put into effect at the attacker's option after it is determined that an attack is a hit. Examples include: The Divine Smite of paladins and of several cleric domains The ...
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Is my Ranger doing more damage than they should?

My character is a level 5 ranger and can do on average 50 or so damage per round. I have the Venomous Bow and and some basic bane toxin. The bow has the following relevant traits: Poison Generation. ...
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Must I use all available damage, if I want to leave my target alive?

If I roll a successful attack roll, then a damage roll that is greater than the remaining HP of a monster, do I have to apply all of it or can I leave him at 1 or even 0 HP? It doesn't Instant Kill ...
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How is cantrip damage determined when cast by NPCs? [duplicate]

A Green Hag (MM, p. 177) has an Innate Spellcasting trait that includes the spell vicious mockery. The description of the vicious mockery cantrip states, in part: [The target] must succeed on a ...
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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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For spells that last several rounds, do I roll the dice once and keep the same damage every time, or do I roll the dice again each time?

When using spells that last several rounds (such as Create Bonfire or Flaming Sphere), should I roll the dice to determine damage just the first time (and keep doing the same damage every time someone ...
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What is negative damage?

I'm relatively new to TTRPGs and completely new to making Wizard characters. I'm currently trying to make a Wizard, and having trouble fully understanding the Grim Tendrils spell from the Pathfinder ...
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