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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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Rogue Assassin: Am I doing this right?

I have a Rogue with the Assassin Archetype in a campaign I am playing. Our DM allowed us an additional feat which I chose Piercer as I am using a longbow as my main weapon (rapier for close quarters). ...
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Warped Constriction & Grasp of the Deep Interaction

In PF2E, there is an Archetype called Living Vessel, and one of the features you can pick up is listed as the following: Warped Constriction The entity inhabiting your body is an aberrant being with ...
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If my wizard learns Dissonant Whispers from Fey Touched, is it a Wizard Spell?

Note: This is a possible duplicate of Are spells learned from feats considered to be associated with your class?, but I couldn't find any relevant answers there. ===================== I'm playing an ...
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Is this half-feat version of sharpshooter balanced?

I am considering letting my players pick an altered version of the Sharpshooter feat, or replacing the existing one. The idea is to remove the -5/+10 mechanic and make it into a half-feat. We don't ...
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Can you use combat maneuvers on attacks granted by Polearm Master but not made with the Attack action?

Been enjoying the Battle Master Fighter, but have a question about the use of maneuvres with the two parts of Polearm Master: Polearm Master You can keep your enemies at bay with reach weapons. You ...
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Should I Remove the +1 ASI from fey and shadow touched and give them one more use per spell

I think that for what they give, fey and shadow touched seem a lot better than the +1 to an ability score you sacrifice for them, but not quite good enough to justify sacrificing a +2, do you think ...
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Cataphract—homebrew martial adept base class

This is a defensively-minded Tome of Battle martial adept. As with most of my work, I strive to make it stand-alone: ideally, this class should just work, as-is, without any meta commentary, and fit ...
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How would these buffs to underpowered prerequisite feats affect game balance?

Like many people who enjoy 3.5, I find that the issue of "feat tax" is incredibly pervasive - which is to say, there are a lot of feats that just feel like dead weight on a character sheet. ...
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What is the point of Feinting from a distance?

This question states that being able to Feint from 30 feet with Grovel is an "unambiguous and clear advantage". I do not see it. Yes, you can make the target flat-footed from afar, but only ...
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What is the cheapest way to damage myself and trigger the effects of the Fade Away gnome racial feat?

The Fade Away gnome racial feat says (XGtE, p. 74): Immediately after you take damage, you can use a reaction to magically become invisible until the end of your next turn or until you attack, deal ...
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Does the War Blessing feat allow clerics to choose from any domain associated with their deity?

I'm new and this is my very first campaign. My character is a PF1e cleric following Ptah. I chose the Travel domain and Ash subdomain during character creation. Ptah is associated with the Artifice, ...
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Does Cartomancer's Hidden Ace require you to expend a spell slot?

The new Cartomancer feat from The Book of Many Things has a feature, Hidden Ace, that says "when you finish a long rest, you can choose one spell from your class's spell list and imbue that spell ...
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Can a spell cast using the Cartomancer feat's Hidden Ace feature be Counterspelled?

The Cartomancer feat includes the Hidden Ace feature (The Book of Many Things, p. 49), which lets you imbue a spell into a card and later cast it. Of course, there’s dissension about whether or not ...
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In dnd 5e, can the Charger feat's bonus damage crit? [duplicate]

The wording in the feat's description is "gain a +5 to the attack's damage roll", while for crits we "roll all of the attack’s damage dice twice". This suggests to me that the ...
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Does the Cartomancer feat's Hidden Ace benefit require the imbued spell's components at the time of casting and/or imbuing?

The new Cartomancer feat from The Book of Many Things (p. 49) states that "You can use a card deck as your spellcasting focus." It also has a feature, Hidden Ace, that says "when you ...
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How does 'Enlarge Spell' affect Area of Effect?

I would like to understand the impact of the feat Enlarge Spell on spells such as: Laogzed's Breath Level: Clr 3, Sor/Wiz 3 Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) Area: Cone Duration: Instantaneous ...
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Fire Immunity as a racial feat

I want to give one of my players a racial feat for his custom race (basically a goliath). The race is heavily influenced by the ifreet/efreet of Final Fantasy - and therfore it seems appropriate to ...
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Divine Defiance Feat Mechanics: Spell Slot Expenditure Clarification

Regarding the Divine Defiance feat from Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells (p. 83), the text states: You can spend one of your turn or rebuke undead attempts as an immediate action to ...
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Why would I put an ASI into Con instead of taking the Tough feat?

I know that raising your Constitution modifier increases your maximum health. However, the Tough feat also does this, but gives twice as much health. What other benefits does a +2 to Con give, and ...
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Gift of Metallic Dragon Protective Wings duration

How long do the protective wings from the feat Gift of the Metallic Dragon last? The description of the Gift of the Metallic Dragon feat provided in the Fizban's Treasury of Dragons sourcebook states, ...
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Can you select a feat that increases an attribute by 1 for an attribute that is already at 20?

This is a bit of a convoluted question with several parts that didn't fit in the title. The Telepathic feat gives +1 in either Int, Wis or Cha to a maximum of 20. There is no question here, one ...
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How can I use Taste Blood on level 5?

Taste Blood is a 5th level ancestry feat for Dhampirs. It has one hard prerequisite, and a soft one if you do not want to commit an evil act; your last action must have been a fangs Strike. However, ...
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Would "Final Embrace Master" work for a dragon character and could it combo with "Vital strike"?

A little context for my character, I am currently playing a kobold Sorcerer with the Gold Dragon, Efreeti, and Phoenix bloodlines and my DM gave be the Gold Dragon Mythic path from Wrath of the ...
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Is a character with the Polearm Master and Sentinel feats unbeatable in a duel?

One of the benefits of the Polearm Master feat (PHB, p. 168) is: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, or quarterstaff, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when they ...
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Can General Feats be used for either ancestry or class feats?

I am working on a character concept for a rogue that needs more class feats and ancestry feats than the normal progression grants. At 3rd level and every 4 levels after, my character gains a General ...
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Devise a Stratagem and Swipe

With Swipe you can attack 2 enemies, Devise a Strategem (DaS) lets you know the result in advance against one enemy, how do these work together? option 0; does not work at all Devise a Stratagem says: ...
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Does the Sharpshooter feat work on ranged spells that require an attack roll?

I had a player ask me whether the Sharpshooter feat (PHB, p. 170) works on spells, but I wasn't entirely sure. It says “ranged weapon attacks”, but I'm not sure if an eldritch blast cantrip counts as ...
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Tavern Brawler + Arms of the Astral Self + Grappler = 10' Grapples/Pins?

Am I correct that specific beats general in this use-case, or is there an interaction/exclusion I'm overlooking that prevents this scene from playing as described? If I'm correct, what rules ...
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Replacing one of multiple instances of innate damage resistance in 5e? [closed]

Since damage resistance doesn't stack in D&D 5e, is there a consistent ruling or general consensus for replacing one damage resistance with another in the event that multiple instances of the same ...
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Can someone Invent formulas of any level?

Alice took the Inventor feat. Their PC is currently level 10 and have months of downtime. Can they use this downtime to invent the formula to any common item including one that is of a level higher ...
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What instruments are wind instruments for purposes of being a Windsinger?

In the game I am running, there are several characters who are bards with the Windsinger feat (Stormwrack p94). The players and I have been debating what qualifies as a wind instrument for purposes ...
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What if your character is both trained in category and group of a weapon, does your character get 2 bonuses because of its proficiency when attacking?

I am making a dwarf barbarian character and as a barbarian he is trained in simple, martial and unarmed attack. I also choose dwarven weapon familiarity as its ancestry feat so now he is also trained ...
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Can a Tumor Familiar become an Improved Familiar?

An Alchemist can obtain a Tumor Familiar. There's also the feat Improved Familiar, which is accompanied by a table which lists Arcane Spellcaster Level in one of the columns and has the prerequisite: ...
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How many times does Dangerous Sorcery apply when the spell rolls several times for damage?

I'm confused regarding the interaction between Dangerous Sorcery and spells like Magic Missiles. Dangerous Sorcery: When you cast a non-cantrip spell that deals damage and that doesn't have a ...
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Building a Cleric (Persist and Turn Undead Optimization)

I'm looking to develop the progression for my cleric character. The concept involves a cleric with multiple domains (Sovereign Speaker and an additional 1-level dip into Divine Disciple, Contenplative ...
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Do the Friends cantrip and War Caster feat allow a PC to heal another PC as a reaction?

The Friends cantrip turns a creature hostile. When the spell ends, the creature realizes that you used magic to influence its mood and becomes hostile toward you. Opportunity attacks can be made ...
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Possibility to gain magic items as feats, class features, or background

Besides the three "default" ways of getting a magic item by finding, buying, or crafting, are there other ways for a player to gain them? I found the second level artificer feature "...
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What's the benefit of choosing Cartomancy over Metamagic Adept?

I was looking at Cartomancer as a handy way to use normally tactically unwieldy spells in the heat of a fight. Here's the relevant quotes: Card Tricks. You learn the Prestidigitation cantrip and can ...
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Can a psion with Metamorphosis and Assume Supernatural Ability create an army of Scythers of Thoon under his command?

Metamorphosis yourself and your psicrystal into Madcrafters of Thoon. Use Assume Supernatural Ability: Launch Spawn to create as many Scythers of Thoon you want. Use some form of infinite healing to ...
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Does the Leshy Ancestry Feat Grasping Reach reduce Deadly/Fatal damage dice?

The Leshy ancestry feat Grasping Reach allows the Leshy to use most two handed weapons as Reach weapons, in exchange for reducing the weapons damage die by one step. Does this reduction apply to the ...
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If a bard has two instruments can they cast regularly still?

If a bard, say has War Caster, and has two magical instruments, like say the Rhythm Maker's Drum, and a Reveler's Concertina, can they cast spells that have somatic parts? I had a player ask, and ...
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Is this verstatile fighting style and feat combination well balanced?

(original title: "How to artfully min-max the hell out of this verstatile fighting style and feat?") So, given all the answers to my previous question, we have come up with what we think ...
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Does Psicrystal Containment prevent a Psicrystal with the Wild Talent feat from psionically focusing itself?

You can spend a full-round action attempting to psionically focus your psicrystal. At any time when you need to expend your psionic focus, you can expend your psicrystal’s psionic focus instead, as ...
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Can battle medicine feat work together with the ward medic feat?

I have made a character that has the Medic dedication and has both the battle medicine and the ward medic feats. See below for description. Can my character heal multiple allies during combat ...
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What is the logic or fallacy behind the Perpetual Power Point trick?

The Perpetual Power Point trick uses two feats. The first is Azure Talent (which grants 1:2 ratio of incarnum in for double the power points out) per point of incarnum invested. When essentia is ...
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Is it a standard action to obtain/replace a psicrystal?

Psicrystals have no penalty on death. Literally none. Which stands to reason, unlike familiars, have no cooldown or have no xp loss. Psicrystal Affinity, being a Psionic feat, is a supernatural ...
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Is the Moderately Armored Feat really the only way for my dwarf to get shield proficiency without multiclassing?

I really enjoy working out rather unusual character builds, or taking a subpar character concept and try to make it work using min/maxing, point buy and having every level from one to twenty planned ...
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Does the Vital Sacrifice feat cause Fireball or Magic Missile to deal additional damage? If so, to whom?

The Vital Sacrifice feat from Tal’dorei Campaign Setting: Reborn says you can expend a blood boon to gain the following benefit: When you hit with an attack or spell, you deal an additional 2d6 ...
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Does the Remarkable Recovery feat cause you to regain hit points when you stabilize as a result of rolling your third successful death saving throw?

The Remarkable Recovery feat from Tal’dorei Campaign Setting: Reborn says: When you are successfully stabilized while dying, you regain hit points equal to [...] It's unclear to me whether this ...
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Does Cartomancer's Hidden Ace allow you to cast a spell you normally couldn't prepare?

The new Cartomancer feat from The Book of Many Things has a feature, Hidden Ace, that says "when you finish a long rest, you can choose one spell from your class's spell list and imbue that spell ...

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