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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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If you have the War Caster feat and cast Booming Blade as a reaction, does it count as an opportunity attack for the UA Blade Mastery feat?

The third benefit of the Blade Mastery feat (from Unearthed Arcana: Feats) says: You master the shortsword, longsword, scimitar, rapier, and greatsword. You gain the following benefits when using ...
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Is there any in-text justification for limiting Reserves of Strength?

Dragonlance Campaign Setting has a feat called Reserves of Strength. This is the complete text of its benefit: When you cast a spell, you can decide to increase your caster level with that spell by ...
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Where does the Stand Still feat stop movement?

Stand Still lets you stop somebody's movement when you make an attack of opportunity against them. If an adjacent opponent moves out of a square adjacent to you (without withdrawing or otherwise ...
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Is this homebrew “Throwing Weapons Master” feat balanced?

I'm trying to create a Fighter/Warlock character based on Kratos in the newest God of War game, who wields a two-handed axe which he can throw and summon back to his hands. Pact of the Blade Warlock ...
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When are prerequisites checked for the Variant Human's feat?

The steps to generate a character are: Choose a Race Choose a Class Determine Ability Scores ... A player choosing Variant Human as race gets a feat in step 1. However many feats have prerequisites ...
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How balanced is a feat that lets players round up instead of down, and win contest ties?

Saw someone on FB with this idea, and wanted to get some input. Feat: Mathematician Whenever an ability tells you to round up or tells you to round down a value, you can choose whether to ...
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What HD and Size does a Vampire's “Become the Swarm” Feat give?

The question is quite simple but I've looked and can find no clear answer. Lets say a 10HD vampire has the Become the Swarm feat; do you calculate the damage and size via the Swarm Damage by Size ...
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What is the benefit of Monkey Grip?

Monkey Grip enables you to wield a larger weapon at the cost of -2 to attack. In the best case, a larger weapon gives you 3.5 extra damage: Greatsword 2d6 -> large Greatsword 3d6. The increase is ...
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Is this homebrew “Acrobatic Grappler” feat balanced?

I find it unusual how a particularly dextrous adventurer is unable to hold on to and keep still a target purely because they lack the strength to do so, when there are cases in real life where ...
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Is this homebrew feat for bards balanced (or even useful)?

I've been toying with the idea of a feat for a bard to allow for more sneaky play with things like mass suggestion. I think it could be fun and I was thinking of suggesting it to my DM for the bard I ...
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When a player character with the Lucky Feat is attacked, what information is given to the player before deciding to use the feat?

A player of mine just took the Lucky feat (PHB, p. 167), which is a very nice feat, but some questions have popped up. The Lucky feat allows a player to use a luck point on attack rolls that happen ...
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Can you reroll an attack using the Lucky feat if you roll a natural 1?

If you are making an attack and you roll a natural 1 on the die, you immediately know this is a failure. But the Lucky feat (PHB, p. 167) says: Whenever you make an attack roll, an ability check, ...
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Can I use the Living Rune feature from the UA Rune Scribe prestige class to take a feat?

The Rune Scribe prestige class (from Unearthed Arcana: Prestige Classes and Rune Magic) grants the Living Rune feature at 4th level: At the end of a long rest, you can choose to increase one ...
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Are feat extraordinary abilities? [duplicate]

I have not seen anything document in in the rules stating that a feat is an extraodinary ability. I have seen it being categorised as a 'special feature' of the character. This question has already ...
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Is there a feat that allows you to subtract a number from your AC and add it to your attack roll?

Is there a feat that's the opposite of the Combat Expertise feat? I'm looking for a feat which would allow you to subtract a number from your AC and add it to your attack roll.
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What feats work with an unchained summoner's SLA?

The unchained summoner has the spell-like ability to cast a summon spell, with increasing strength as they level up. Starting at 1st level, a summoner can cast summon monster I as a spell-like ...
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Does a missed Green-Flame Blade trigger Flames of Phlegethos wreath? [duplicate]

Similar to this question but replace produce flame with a missed melee attack with green-flame blade. If I cast green-flame blade but miss the melee attack with the weapon, does the benefit of Flames ...
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Can you apply Combat Expertise/Deadly Defense after a trip attempt?

I have a trip-build swordsage with Improved Trip and a spiked chain. Is this legit: Trip attempt at full attack modifier. Trip succeeds. Free melee attack on prone target. Take -2 off attack to ...
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What are racial bonus feats that are gained from polymorph?

I am trying to determine what exactly constitutes a racial feat for the polymorph spell. The spell states that in many ways it functions like alter self, which states You acquire the physical ...
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Will it cause any balance issues if I grant a character a free feat to balance out their low ability scores?

One of my players rolled up a character with extremely low stats even after applying all his class and race bonuses: +3, 0, 0, -1, -2 and -3. The player chose Bard as their class. Considering that ...
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Does the Devoted Tracker feat allow you to take an unconventional animal companion?

The paladin mount allows the character to take unconventional creatures as their mounts, such as dragons, magical beasts and things like that. The druid/ranger animal companion must be an animal. ...
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Can a warlock summon an Improvised Weapon as its pact weapon?

I'm brainstorming a character concept, a tavern brawler specialist that summons a variety of random items usually found in a bar (just because he is more familiar with those than regular weapons). He ...
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If the target of Staggering Strike already started an action, can it do anything else?

With Staggering Strike, if an enemy moves and provokes an attack of opportunity, I hit it, and it fails the save, it becomes staggered. Staggered: A staggered character may take a single move ...
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Can Fade Away be Counterspelled?

Does the racial feat Fade Away count as a spell cast by the user or is it a racial trait activation such as a dragon's fire breath and therefore can't be counterspelled?
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Does the Fade Away gnome racial feat require concentration?

Does the invisibility that the Fade Away racial feat (for gnomes) grants require concentration or would using it drop any spells the user is currently concentrating on? The wording doesn't ...
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Can I cast a spell as a reaction when a creature enters the reach of my quarterstaff if I have the Polearm Master and War Caster feats? [duplicate]

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 they enter the reach ...
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Can you cast a spell learned through the Magic Initiate feat with your regular spell slots? [duplicate]

The Player's Handbook states that: Once you cast it this way [with the feat], you must finish a long rest before you can cast it in this way again. With the new errata for the PHB, it says: ...
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Does having both Magic Initiate and Ritual Caster combine to let you use spell scrolls?

Could a character with both the Magic Initiate and Ritual Caster feats understand magical writings enough to use spell scrolls? The rules for spell scrolls say if the spell is on your class's list ...
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Is there a way to increase an inquisitor's judgments per day?

I am playing a 6th level inquisitor in Pathfinder, and would like to take better advantage of their judgement and bane abilities. I know that you can increase the bane abilities rounds per day with ...
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How does the Great Weapon Master feat's bonus-action attack work against a zombie that survives thanks to Undead Fortitude?

I was thinking about the Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, p. 165), part of which reads: On your turn, when you score a critical hit with a melee weapon or reduce a creature to 0 hit points with one, ...
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Does a monk's Unarmed Strikes deal 2d4 damage if they have the Tavern Brawler feat?

If a monk gets the tavern brawler feat, does his martial arts damage stack with the 1d4 damage given with tavern brawler? For example: could a 1st level monk deal 2d4 damage with his unarmed strikes ...
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Sorcerer with Scribe Scroll feat

We're wondering if a Sorcerer that has the feat Scribe scroll is capable to write a scroll from a mage book without consuming the spell from it.
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Is War Caster's spell still considered an Opportunity Attack?

The feat War Caster allows you to cast a spell when an enemy provokes an Opportunity Attack from you. The spell must target only the provoking creature, and can only have a casting time of 1 Action. ...
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Is the Great Weapon Master feat's +10 damage bonus added on top of your ability score modifier?

Using the Great Weapon Master feat, do you add the 10 damage bonus on top of the strength modifiers or is it just add 10 without the strength modifiers?
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Do attack rolls against a blinded character with the Alert feat have advantage?

Premise A character with the Alert feat (PHB, p. 165) has been blinded and is being attacked. One of the benefits of Alert is: Other creatures don’t gain advantage on attack rolls against you ...
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Would the Spell Sniper feat add to the range of a Dragonborn's breath weapon?

I was looking at feats for my backup character, and was wondering: Would the Spell Sniper feat affect the range of a Dragonborn's racial breath weapon?
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Can Magic Initiate feat spells be swapped?

For example, a character takes the Magic Initiate feat into Wizard at level 4 because they have been researching and learning all they can about magic (such as a Sorcerer studying their inborn magic ...
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Does the Savage Attacker feat let you reroll Sneak Attack damage dice?

The Savage Attacker feat (PHB, p. 169) states: Once per turn when you roll damage for a melee weapon attack, you can reroll the weapon’s damage dice and use either total. Additionally, the rogue'...
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Do archetypes count as the base class?

Only point I am asking this is for the feat weapon specialization. It has a requirement of fighter level 4. So does that mean only fighters are allowed to take the feat, or are archers, armor masters, ...
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Does the Boon of Spell Mastery benefit someone with Magic Initiate but no spell slots?

As a Fighter with an above-average Intelligence score, I've chosen to take the Magic Initiate feat (PHB, p. 168), and as my 1st-level wizard spell, I've chosen to learn burning hands, which I'm now ...
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Does a Monk have any reason to take the Mobile feat?

I am currently playing the Curse of Strahd adventure and we just leveled to 8. I was thinking about taking the Blade Mastery feat (from Unearthed Arcana: Feats) or the Healer feat (PHB, p. 167). A ...
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What are the mechanical consequences of adding the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style to the benefits of the Dual Wielder feat?

I've been reviewing the Two-Weapon Fighting information, and I don't understand why Dual Wielder doesn't grant a benefit like the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style does. The description of the feat ...
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Is this runecaster feat balanced? (Third Iteration)

Quite simply (and similarly to my other questions about previous versions of this feat 1 and 2) I want to know if this feat is balanced and if not then what should be done to improve it? Since the ...
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Is this runecaster feat balanced? (Second Iteration)

This is the second iteration of this question about the first iteration of this feat (I have now made a third iteration) I have now added in some of the suggestions given by linksassin such as ...
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Is this runecaster feat balanced?

This feat is intended to allow characters to store a spell in a rune (like you see in many dungeons) with activation conditions. It is intended to scale with the party as the party gets better spells. ...
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Selective Alignment Channel / Elemental Channel: Specialization or overcoming resistance?

Building an oracle and looking through the Channel related feats I see stuff like Selective Alignment Channel (Channel can harm/heal Outsiders of a given alignment sub-type) and Elemental Channel (...
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When is +2 Dex better than Crossbow Expert?

This answer to a previous question about crossbow builds without Crossbow Expert is relevant to me; my Rogue is about to reach 4th level. If you only hit on a 20, the Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, p. ...
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When using the Lucky feat to reroll an attack against me, do I add any modifiers to the reroll?

Part of the Lucky feat (PHB, p. 167) says: You can also spend one luck point when an attack roll is made against you. Roll a d20, and then choose whether the attack uses the attacker's roll or ...
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Can you attack multiple times a turn with a light/heavy crossbow and Crossbow Expert?

It has been my understanding that since the first benefit of the Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, p. 165) is: You ignore the loading quality of crossbows with which you are proficient. ...Then you can ...
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How does the Dimensional Dervish feat work?

I'm a bit confused about the wording of the Dimensional Dervish feat from Pathfinder: Ultimate Combat and its exact working. Link: https://www.d20pfsrd.com/feats/general-feats/dimensional-dervish/ ...