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Questions tagged [feats]

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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Will temporary Dex penalties prevent you from getting the benefits of the “Two Weapon Fighting” feat if your Dex score falls below the prerequisite?

Our fighter is exhausted and is suffering a -6 to Dexterity as a result, bringing his Dexterity from 15 to 9. He has the feat Two-Weapon Fighting, which reduces the penalty for fighting with two ...
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How would it unbalance gameplay to rule that Weapon Master allows for picking a fighting style?

Context For a new campaign I'm building a protector aasimar kensei. We're using the Point Buy system, so being an unarmored monk I managed to raise my default AC to 15 (17 with Agile Parry), at level ...
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Can a Wizard take the Magic Initiate feat and select spells from the Wizard list?

If a Wizard takes the Magic Initiate feat (PHB, p. 168), can he select 2 cantrips and a level 1 spell from the Wizard list? Or does he have to take them from a different class?
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Can you use the Improved Two-Weapon Feint feat in tandem with the Sword and Pistol feat?

I've been trying to find a viable way to use the Sword and Pistol feat, and I thought about using the Two-Weapon Feint feat (more specifically, its improved version). Two-Weapon Feint states that you ...
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Can the Great Weapon Master feat's damage bonus and accuracy penalty apply to attacks from the Spiritual Weapon spell?

The Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, p. 167) says: Before you make a melee attack with a heavy weapon that you are proficient with, you can choose to take a -5 penalty to the attack roll. If the ...
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How many times does Dangerous Sorcellery apply when the spell rolls several times for damage?

I'm confused regarding the interaction between Dangerous Sorcellery and spells like Magic Missiles. Dangerous Sorcellery: When you cast a non-cantrip spell that deals damage and that doesn't have ...
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Does the Weapon Master feat grant you a fighting style?

Does the Weapon Master feat grant you a fighting style? I've heard this, and even seen this somewhere, but I cannot find the right source/book for this. Maybe my PHB is just outdated? My confusion ...
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Can I cast a Magic Initiate spell using my own spell slots if the spell is also in my class spell list? [duplicate]

yes, I know, this question is very similar to others I've found. Can you cast a magic initiate spell using spell slots? The above post concludes that if the caster does not choose their own class, ...
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Can you use the Shield Master feat to shove someone before you make an attack by using a Readied action?

Can you perform a Ready action with the condition being that you complete your bonus action, then do your bonus action, and then complete your readied action? For instance, say I have the Shield ...
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Does “bow feint” apply to ranged touch attacks?

The feat "bow feint" from Dragon Magazine 350 allows you to use a ranged weapon to feint against an opponent within 30 ft distance. Would this feat apply to a ranged touch attack such as a Warlock's ...
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Does the “Pierce Magical Concealment” feat allow a character to see magically concealed characters?

One of the players of the oneshot campaign that I'm writing chose the feat Pierce Magical Concealment (Complete Arcane, p.81), as a DM I'm not sure how it would work in an encounter I am planning. ...
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Can I wait until after my first attack to activate the Power Attack feat's benefit for subsequent attacks?

When I make a full attack, can I choose to not activate the benefit of the Power Attack feat for the first attack, and then activate it on subsequent attacks? In other words, can I make an attack ...
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Does Double Move allow you to cast spells or activate abilities that require swift or standard actions without changing weapon set up?

Can a character that, for example, holds a weapon in each hand, use its move action to sheathe one of them, cast a spell (a divine spell with the Quicken Spell metamagic feat which is a swift action) ...
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Does Shield Master make Two-Weapon Fighting obsolete?

I need a clarification between these two answers: 1 2 The first answer argues that Shield Master removes only the penalties from attack rolls made with a shield. So for example a character that has ...
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How would it unbalance gameplay to remove the limitation “requires a free hand to load” for hand crossbows?

Crossbow Expert: hand crossbow & shield I'm working on stats for royal guards of a homebrew capital – using Guard Captain as template. I gave them a hand crossbow and the Crossbow Expert feat, ...
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How do I apply the Mark of Making dragonmark to a variant human in Eberron?

I am confused on how to apply the dragonmark variant on a human in Eberron, specifically the Mark of Making from the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron. Do the dragonmark features (from p. 101) completely ...
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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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Can one use the reaction spell from the War Caster feat to cast Bigby's Hand?

My friend and I are having a debate about this. The War Caster feat (PHB, p. 170) says: When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to ...
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Is this homebrew feat, Beast of Burden, balanced?

I'm working on a homebrew feat for a player with a specific agrarian background. I developed the following feat based on Squat Nimbleness racial feat from XGtE. Is this feat balanced as compared to ...
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Movement during Combat Patrol

I wonder about this section of the Combat Patrol feat: You may move as part of these attacks, provided your total movement before your next turn does not exceed your speed. It is not stated if the ...
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Does the War Caster feat let me cast a spell while wielding a weapon with two hands?

Does the War Caster feat let me cast a spell while wielding a weapon with two hands? More specifically, could I cast a spell with a somatic component while wielding an arcane focus staff as a ...
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Does War Caster allow you to cast the Shield spell with a rod in one hand and a wand in the other?

By default, you must have a completely free hand to cast a spell that has somatic components but does not have material components. That free hand may not even be holding a spellcasting focus. A ...
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Can a monk's single staff be considered dual wielded, as per the Dual Wielder feat?

If a monk uses a staff and has the Dual Wielder feat, can they use a 1d6 attack for one hand then 1d6 attack bonus for the other, plus gaining +1 to AC for holding a melee weapon in each hand? Seems ...
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Lucky Feat: How can “more than one creature spend a luck point to influence the outcome of a roll”?

Lucky (PHB, p. 167) is a feat that only targets either you or something that's attacking you. How would there be more than one creature that can manipulate the outcome of the roll? Is this only ...
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How does the Monk's Crushing Blow feat work?

The Stunning Fist feat says: You must declare that you are using this feat before you make your attack roll (thus, a failed attack roll ruins the attempt). Stunning Fist forces a foe damaged by ...
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Does the Vanguard Style bonus stack with itself?

The Vanguard Style feat states : While using this style, when an adjacent ally is required to make a Reflex saving throw, you can expend a use of an attack of opportunity to attempt the aid another ...
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Is this Spell Mimic feat balanced?

While working on a character concept around using an opponent's strength against them, I thought of an ability that would make this cool for magic users. Initially, I thought it would be a bard ...
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How does the War Caster feat interact with opportunity attacks? [closed]

When an enemy disengages one of your allies in combat, does this provoke an opportunity attack for all PCs that can see the enemy and respond (i.e. weapon ready) including with long-range attacks like ...
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If a character with the Alert feat rolls a crit fail on their Perception check, are they surprised?

A Druid in my campaign has the Alert feat, which stops her from being surprised. If she rolls a critical failure on her Perception check, would: She get surprised because she crit-failed? The ...
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Where does the bonus feat in the cleric starting package come from?

I am creating a human cleric. While doing so, I noticed that in the starting package for cleric (PHB I, p. 33), there is a "Bonus feat": Feat: Scribe Scroll. Bonus Feat: Alertness. Deity/...
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When multiclassing, are caster levels from each class added together to meet the requirements for crafting feats?

I am building a mystic theurge, and as such my starting levels are going to be alternating between cleric and wizard. I do not want to miss out on taking the Craft Wondrous Items feat at the first ...
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How do Stylized Spell (Metamagic) and Rakshasa Bloodline Arcana interact?

Both mechanisms are all about lying on what you are casting. Bloodline Arcana: Add half your sorcerer level to the Spellcraft DC for others to identify spells you cast. If their checks fail by 5 ...
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Does the Crossbow Expert feat's extra crossbow attack work with the reaction attack from a Hunter ranger's Giant Killer feature?

I'm planning on making a Goblin Ranger (Hunter subclass). I was reading over the Hunter ranger's Giant Killer option at 3rd level: When a Large or larger creature within 5 feet of you hits or ...
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Are the Conceal Spell and Cunning Casters feats for hiding spellcasting meant for use in a certain context, or intended for general use?

I am making a liar character. He has False Priest archetype, Rashasa bloodline, Charisma pumped up as far as I could and as his first feat racial Realistic Likeness. So far so good. Now, sometimes ...
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Does the Elemental Adept feat apply to the spell Dragon's Breath?

The Elemental Adept feat (PHB, p. 166) states: [When] you roll damage for a spell you cast that deals damage of that type, you can treat any 1 on a damage die as a 2. The dragon's breath spell (...
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How do caster level prerequisites for item creation work for multiclassed characters?

In order to qualify for certain item creation feats you have to have a certain caster level. For example: Forge Ring [Item Creation] Prerequisite: Caster level 12th. Benefit You ...
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Using multiple different Boon Focus II, can I invoke multiple boons in one turn?

Part of the description of Boon Focus II is: If the invocation time for a boon is 1 minor action, it can be invoked only once as a minor action. My confusion comes from the last sentence. It seems ...
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Does the Quick Draw & Flick of the Wrist feat work with Unarmed Strikes?

Does the Quick Draw & Flick of the Wrist feat work with Unarmed Strikes? Flick of the Wrist from Song and Silence makes a target flat-footed if you use the Quick Draw feat as part of the attack, ...
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Can Boon Focus II be combined with Heightened Invocation to neutralize the increased invocation time?

Boon Focus II gives this benefit: Additionally, you may invoke the boon one time increment faster, as follows [...] While Heightened Invocation increases the invocation time: When invoking a ...
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What happens when my attribute score is level 9 and I have the Extraordinary Focus feat?

In Open Legend, Extraordinary Focus is a feat that heightens your power and for the purposes of determining your attribute dice for action rolls, you treat the chosen attribute as if it was ...
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How does the Weapon Champion's Favored Weapons feature interact with the Daisho Expertise feat?

The Daisho Expertise feat says: Prerequisites: Proficiency with the katana or wakizashi. Benefit: Increase the damage die of katanas and wakizashi you wield by one die step. In addition, you ...
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At what distance can a bugbear, holding a reach weapon, with the Polearm Master feat, get their Opportunity Attack?

I have crafted a Barbarian bugbear that uses a halberd weapon, and will take Polearm Mastery as a feat. Bugbears have the Long-Limbed trait: When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach ...
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Can the “Two-Fisted Shooter” rogue feat give a Small creature the ability to use a crossbow?

Can the "Two-Fisted Shooter" rogue feat give a Small creature the ability to use a crossbow? You can treat the hand crossbow as an off-hand weapon, and you can reload it one-handed
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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 False Focus replace costly focuses just as it replaces costly components?

The False Focus feat says: By using a divine focus as part of casting, you can cast any spell with a material component costing the value of that divine focus (maximum 100 gp) or less without ...
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Friendly Switch with a Medium and Large (or more) characters

The Friendly Switch feat says : As part of your movement or as a 5-foot-step, you can move into the space occupied by an ally of your size or smaller, which displaces the ally into the space you ...
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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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Can you combine War Caster, whip, and Warlock Features to Eldritch Blast enemies with reach?

So, Whip is a one-handed martial weapon with reach. Reach is a feature that, among other things, lets you make opportunity attacks with that weapon out to 10 feet instead of just five. Equipment ...
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How does Duskblade's Channeling interact with Improved Trip?

How does Duskblade's Channeling interact with Improved Trip? To be more specific: how does it interact with Duskblade's 13th level perk, that allows to make full-attack channels? (Since before the ...
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Taking out levelling and classes - Replacements [closed]

So, my RPG isn't going to use levels or classes to determine advancement. I'm trying to keep it open as possible, and also I realize that if a character levels up, and then they fight slightly tougher ...