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For questions about interpreting what a feat does or understanding specific feats, which are abilities of a character that provide small bonuses in specific circumstances in Dungeons and Dragons 3rd edition and higher, as well as Pathfinder.

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Can you use a Smiting Spell as a normal touch spell?

The Smiting Spell feat from PHB2 lets you transfer a touch spell into a weapon or ammunition and then the next time you attack with the weapon the spell discharges, applying its effects. My question ...
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What are the benefits to casting without the need for somatic components?

I am playing a Shadowcaster in a 3.5e Forgotten Realms campaign and I took Still Mystery at 1st level, which lets me cast mysteries without the use of somatic components. What is the benefit of being ...
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How can Combat Expertise gained from the Passive Way fighting style be replaced?

I took 2 levels of monk for mainly to get at level 2 the alternative class feature invisible fist and the feat Improved Trip as a bonus feat from the monk fighting style Passive Way. However, at level ...
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Could I use a greatsword and a longsword in one turn with Two-Weapon Fighting and the Dual Wielder feat?

I am a 5th level fighter with an extra attack and I have TWF and the Dual Wielder feat. In theory, could I use my first two attacks with a greatsword and then make a bonus action attack with a ...
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Is it possible to chain the Dissonant Whispers spell if multiple characters have the War Caster feat?

The Dissonant Whispers spell description (PHB, p. 234) states: The target must make a Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, it takes 3d6 psychic damage and must immediately use its reaction, if ...
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Do I have to use the same weapon for Improved Trip?

Assume I have a longsword and an empty off hand, the Improved Trip feat, and a BAB of 6. Can I attack on 6 with my longsword, attempt to trip on 1 with my hand, and if I succeed, follow up with my ...
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How does the Eldritch Heritage feat function if you're already a Sorcerer?

How does the Eldritch Heritage feat function if you're already a Sorcerer? I'm a sorcerer with Celestial bloodline. Eldritch Heritage finishes by saying: You do not gain any of the other ...
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What balance pitfalls result from this house rule modifying the Shield Master feat?

For an upcoming game, I'm weighing Shield Master as a feat selection. The closer I look at it (and recent rulings on it), however, the more lackluster I find it in comparison to other choices like ...
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Is it unbalanced to allow a monk with the Tavern Brawler feat to use improvised weapons as monk weapons?

A friend of mine wants to play a variant human monk with the Tavern Brawler feat. He asked me if he could use improvised Weapons as monk weapons. I personally haven't played a monk, or a character ...
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Are there any balance issues in allowing two half-feats to be taken without the Ability Score Increase instead of a feat?

Some feats such as Actor and Keen Mind provide a single Ability Score increase along with some other benefits. These feats are sometimes called half-feats (and I am using this definition for this ...
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To what extent would a wizard be able to combine feats to learn to mimic unknown spells?

Searching for how to give a rogue I'm building a sort of eidetic memory, I came across many posts throughout the net about using the feat Keen Mind as a way for wizards to negate having to worry about ...
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Are there any feat combinations that would let you fire two hand crossbows or two pistols as a standard action?

Are there any feat combinations that would allow a character dual-wielding hand crossbows or pistols to fire both as a standard action?
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If I take the Magic Initiate feat and choose a different class, but pick a spell that's also on my class's list, can I cast it using spell slots?

If I take the Magic Initiate feat and choose a different class's spell list, but pick a spell that's also on my class's spell list, can I cast it using my class's spell slots? I have read this ...
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Does a caster need a free hand to cast a spell from a spell scroll?

Does a caster need a free hand to cast a spell from a spell scroll? What if they have the War Caster feat?
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Can I use the Split Ray metamagic feat on the Ray of Exhaustion spell like this?

Does this sequence work? I use the Split Ray metamagic on the Ray of Exhaustion spell With the first ray, I hit enemy A If he does not fail the Fort save, I hit him with the second ray; now he is ...
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Does the Defensive Duelist feat stack with the AC calculation from the Warforged's Integrated Protection trait?

The warforged integrated protection uses your proficiency bonus as part of the calculation for your AC at all 3 levels if you are proficient in that armor type. The Defensive Duelist feat allows you ...
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If I have the War Caster feat, can I use the Thorn Whip cantrip to stop an enemy caster from escaping using the Dimension Door spell?

Assume I am playing a druid or warlock with the War Caster feat, which allows me to cast single target spells in place of using a melee attack of opportunity. I also know the thorn whip cantrip. A ...
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How to determine if using the Great Weapon Master feat will increase DPR?

If I have the Great Weapon Master feat, how do I work out if using the -5 to hit and +10 damage gives more damage overall, given a certain AC, to hit, and damage bonus? For example: I’m an Aasimar ...
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If I cast Booming Blade learned via the Magic Initiate feat, and use it on my druid's Flame Blade spell, what spellcasting modifier do I use?

This question was brought up in my intense scheming against a D&D boss my DM created in my off-hours. I'm playing a druid, so I was thinking of all the broken ways I could use my spells. Then it ...
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If I have multiple attacks, does the penalty from Combat Expertise apply to all attacks?

We're playing using the D&D 3.5 rules. In the rulebook for "Combat Expertise" it states that When you use the attack or full attack action in melee, you can take a penalty of -5 on your attack ...
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How does the War Caster feat interact with a Hydra's Reactive Heads trait?

The War Caster feat gives the following property: When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature, rather than ...
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Can a character who is immune to mind-affecting effects benefit from the Craven feat?

The Craven feat, which provides bonus damage on sneak attacks, has an unusual prerequisite: Cannot be immune to fear If a character is immune to mind-affecting effects (such as via a Mind Blank ...
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Does the monk's Step of the Wind feature activate the benefit of the Mobile feat?

The Mobile feat (PHB, p. 168) says: When you use the Dash action, difficult terrain doesn't cost you extra movement on that turn The monk's Step of the Wind feature says: You can spend 1 ki ...
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How can a sword-swinging PC immediately animate a killed foe?

I'd like a PC in my campaign to slay his foes by using a melee or ranged weapon like a sword or spear then have those foes rise immediately to join him in the fight as zombies or some other kind of ...
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Does the feat Fire God's Blessing provide magical healing or mundane healing?

Does the feat Fire God's Blessing provide magical healing or mundane healing? I can't find any references as to which kind of healing this is. When in combat, if you deal fire damage to an enemy, ...
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How could you gain a ritual book for the Ritual Caster feat, from a storytelling perspective?

I wanted to add the Ritual Caster feat to my character. I talked about this with my DM and they said that I would need a way to acquire a ritual book in order to make use of the feat. I suggested that ...
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Do you only get one attack with the Mobile feat?

I was in a game and I just got the Mobile feat so I go up to the enemy and I hit him like a wrecking ball (I have a Flame Tongue Greatsword infused into my body which is only for flavor reasons). The ...
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Can a character with the Polearm Master feat make an opportunity attack against an invisible creature that enters their reach?

The second benefit of the Polearm Master feat (PHB, p. 168) says: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, quarterstaff, or spear, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when ...
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Can you attack with a two-handed weapon, drop it, and then use Crossbow Expert's bonus action via an Extra Attack with a hand crossbow?

The Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, p. 165) says: When you use the Attack action and attack with a one-handed weapon you can use a bonus action to attack with a loaded hand crossbow you are holding. ...
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Does the Sharpshooter feat work on spells cast through a ranged weapon being used as a spellcasting focus?

I'm asking as a player: Does the Sharpshooter feat's 3rd clause (-5/+10) work on spells cast through a ranged weapon being used as a spellcasting focus? Specifically, does the Sharpshooter feat work ...
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How does the Sharpshooter feat interact with the Hunter ranger's Volley feature?

This question follows from this one: Is the Hunter ranger's Volley feature considered a single attack or multiple attacks? The Sharpshooter feat (PHB, p. 170) reads, in part: Before you make an ...
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If a Variant Human is Reincarnated, would they lose the feat and skill proficiency they started with?

The reincarnate spell states that you lose racial traits, but do feats and skill proficiencies count as racial traits? For example, would a half-elf lose the skills they had when the character was ...
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Is there a difference between provoking an Opportunity Attack (OA) and being the target of an OA?

Based on this question regarding the interaction of Mounted Combatant and Mobile Feats, there seems to be a possible loophole regarding provoking an OA and being the target of an OA. Does the ...
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How do the Mounted Combatant and Mobile feats interact with opportunity attacks?

In short, when a Mounted Combatant & Mobile feat user redirects an attack from their mount, does that attack fail? Obviously, all the conditions that allow a mobile user to avoid opportunity ...
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Ranger with Practice Caster Feat

A PHB Ranger has access to spells starting at level 4 with caster level of 1/2. So for a level 4 Ranger we have a caster level of 2. Lets say this Ranger takes the feat Practiced Caster at level 6. ...
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Will Conceal Spell or Cunning Caster let me use Oracle’s Burden undetected?

I want to use Oracle’s Burden on unsuspecting Non Player Characters, for roleplay purposes. Knowing this is a Curse I want to use the spell with one of the two feats: Conceal Spell Cunning Caster ...
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At what modifiers are the attacks from the Two-Weapon Fighting feats made? [duplicate]

I am aware that this may seem like a basic question or may have a duplicate (although I checked for both, and if this case I would happily remove the question) but I am curious about how many attacks ...
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Can a class take a different class's spell in their ritual book?

If I am a warlock and I take the Ritual Caster feat, can I take spells from a different class and put it into my ritual casting book? The feat says: When you choose this feat, you acquire a ritual ...
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How does Knock-Down work with reach weapons?

Knock-Down is one of my favorite feats in 3.5, letting you make a trip attempt after dealing enough damage with a melee attack. But does that work if you're using, say, a glaive? You can't trip with a ...
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Do the touch attacks made to trip count as hits for Knockback?

Knockback is an interesting feat: If you score a hit while you are using the Power Attack feat, you can make a free bull rush attempt against the foe you hit, applying the number by which you ...
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Do I add my ability modifier to the damage of the bonus-action attack granted by the Crossbow Expert feat?

The Two-Weapon Fighting rule says: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different ...
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Can Flash Attack be used with Hand Crossbows and one-handed firearms?

Can Flash Attack be used with Hand Crossbows and one-handed firearms?
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Would a Dragon be able to use the Fleet of Foot feat while flying?

Fleet of Foot from Complete Warrior: Would a Dragon be able to use the Fleet of Foot feat while flying? The feat states: "When running or charging..
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How is the Power Attack feat's bonus damage calculated?

I'm a little confused with how Pathfinder explains Power Attack. I get the feat allows melee weapons to deal +2 damage, plus another 2 for every increment of 4 BAB and an additional 50% more for two-...
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If a warlock with the Book of Ancient Secrets invocation swaps it out and takes the Ritual Caster feat, can they cast already-copied rituals?

I have a player that is playing a warlock. He wants to go Pact of the Tome and take the Book of Ancient Secrets eldritch invocation at level 3, but then replace it at a later with a different ...
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What Armor Optimization applies to a Mithral full plate?

The Description of Mithral Armor describes this effect: Most mithral armors are one category lighter than normal for purposes of movement and other limitations. Heavy armors are treated as medium, ...
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Can a character with the War Caster feat call a bolt with Call Lightning instead of making an opportunity attack?

One of my players has a 6th level druid character, and he asked me if, as long as he had the War Caster feat, he could invoke an active Call Lightning spell and use a reaction to call down a new bolt ...
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Does the Dragonfire Strike feat change the type of damage?

The Feat Dragonfire Strike has the following wording: When you gain extra damage from a sneak attack, sudden strike, or skirmish, you can choose for the extra damage to be fire damage. This makes ...
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Can Vital Strike be used when firing a light ballista?

I am aware of this question regarding feats that can be used when firing a ranged siege engine and this question regarding whether Vital Strike can be used when firing slow-firing weapons. The ...
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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.