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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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Do the new lineages in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft work with Variant Human?

The lineages in Van Richten's Guide (Dhampir, Hexblood and Reborn) all can now carry over certain aspects of their race (Swimming and Climbing speeds as well as any proficiencies). What I am curious ...
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Crossbow Expert Feat... for Spells?

I was thinking about creating a wizard character. Reviewing the spellcasting rules, I saw this: Most spells that require attack rolls involve ranged attacks. Remember that you have disadvantage on a ...
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Are damage dice from features such as Sneak Attack considered part of "the attack's damage" for the purposes of features such as the Piercer feat?

This question stems from looking at the rules on Critical Hits: When you score a critical hit, you get to roll extra dice for the attack’s damage against the target. Roll all of the attack’s damage ...
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Can the reaction attack from the third benefit of the Sentinel feat be triggered by a shove or grapple?

The third benefit of the Sentinel feat says (PHB, p. 169-170; emphasis mine): When a creature within 5 feet of you makes an attack against a target other than you (and that target doesn't have this ...
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Playing a PC with lycanthrope abilities [closed]

I have a player who wants to play a Lycanthrope (werewolf). But that is technically against the rules. Using only the 5e official rules form hardcover books, what is the best combination of race/...
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How many methods to swap feats are there?

Specifically I'm interested in retraining feats that are PrC requirements, which is legal, as per this topic: Do you lose your prestige class features when you no longer meet its requirements? Problem ...
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How does Sap Life work on a Dhampir?

The Sap Life feat provides you HP when you damage a living creature with Harm. There is just one requirement, you need to be a living creature. If you have the Dhampir heritage, you are "half ...
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Elemental adept Vs Spell damage resistance trait

I'm fighting a monster with "Damage resistances: Damage from spells" Can the feat Elemental Adept overcome this damage resistance?. For reference, I was using scorching ray with Elemental ...
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How does Elemental Adept and Oath of Ancients' Aura of Warding interact? [duplicate]

Elemental Adept allows a spell to ignore resistance to the damage type that is chosen when the Feat is taken. Let's say a Draconic Sorcerer chose Fire when taking the Feat. An Oath of Ancient's ...
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Does a Grapple or Shove count as a "melee attack" for the third benefit of the Mobile feat?

The third benefit of the Mobile feat (PHB, p. 168) enables you to not provoke opportunity attacks by creatures you try to make a melee attack against. Does it still apply if the attack you made was a ...
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If my cleric takes the Ritual Caster feat (choosing the cleric list), can I copy all known ritual spells into my ritual book to cast them at any time?

I would like to have access to my class’s ritual spells all the time without having them prepared. I might be about to justify taking the Ritual Caster feat if I can make it do what I want it to. If I ...
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What weapon properties do the natural weapons (claws) from the Dragon Hide racial feat have?

The Dragon Hide racial feat (XGtE, p. 74) gives you claws. It states that The claws are natural weapons, which you can use to make unarmed strikes. In general, unarmed strikes aren't considered ...
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What conditions are necessary to combine Vicious Mockery with Message to create an "Insult Sniper"?

Vicious mockery requires you to "see the target" within range (60 feet) and the target must "hear you". Message has a range of 120 feet, does not require line of sight, and the ...
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What is the lowest character level at which a binder can take the anima mage prestige class?

The Tome of Magic has the Binder class and the Anima Mage prestige class. Let's assume a Binder/Sorcerer wants to take the Anime Mage prestige class as soon as possible. Probably he would want the ...
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I know I can't choose to take a feat multiple times; can I gain a feat multiple times via other means?

Now we know we cannot take the same feat multiple times. What about when something else gives it to us? Imagine you are a Human who took the general feat Adopted Ancestry (Halfling). Then on level 5, ...
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In dnd-5e, is there any way to start a level 1 player character with any racial feat found in Xanathar's Guide to Everything? [duplicate]

From the PHB on page 31, variant human traits allow starting a level 1 player character with a feat. In Tasha's Cauldron of Everything on page 8, custom lineage allows starting with a feat, but lists ...
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Experiment with Two-Weapon Fighting Alteration: Is it Balanced?

I've been working on an alteration to how one engages in Two-Weapon Fighting, which I've disliked the vanilla version due to various well known, or at least heard, problems. Here are a couple spots ...
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Are there any practical reasons for choosing proficiency in Intelligence saving throws?

Are there any practical reasons for choosing proficiency in Intelligence saving throws? It was suggested to me to take the Resilient feat (PHB, p. 168): Choose one ability score. You gain the ...
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Does Catfolk's ancestry feat Lucky Break work with the Grapple action?

For reference: Grapple action Lucky Break feat I argue that when grappling with the Lucky Break feat, you are able to reroll the Grapple attack action (when failing or critical failing), because the ...
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Can I take Kobold Breath with Adapted Ancestry?

Kobold Breath does not list any prerequisites, but it talks about your draconic exemplar: You channel your draconic exemplar's power into a gout of energy that manifests as a 30-foot line or a 15-...
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How does Brawler's Martial Training affect the Advanced Armor/Weapon Training feats?

If I take 3 levels of Fighter to get Armor Training, I'm qualified to take the Advanced Armor Training feat: Benefit(s): Select one advanced armor training option. If I then take levels in Brawler, ...
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Can an Unseen Servant benefit from the Inspiring Leader feat?

Say a fighter with the Inspiring Leader feat is inspiring his companions, and the wizard's unseen servant is listening while doing their laundry. Does the servant feel inspired (i.e. gain temp hp)?
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Can a wizard with the Artificer Initiate feat upcast a Cure Wounds spell that they learn using the feat?

The description of the Artificer Initiate feat states, in part (TCoE, p. 79): You’ve learned some of an artificer’s inventiveness: You learn one cantrip of your choice from the artificer spell list, ...
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Can the Crusher feat push enemies off cliffs?

One of the benefits of the Crusher feat from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 79) reads as follows: Once per turn, when you hit a creature with an attack that deals bludgeoning damage, you can move ...
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Can I take a feat multiple times?

Taking some feats like Adopted Ancestry or Adapted Cantrip multiple times might be beneficial. I could not find anything against taking feats several times in the Feats section, but some feats ...
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Which classes grant the Bonus Feats feature at level 1, letting me pick a feat of my choice?

Other than the fighter and the generic classes, is there any other class that lets you pick a bonus feat at level one? My DM said I can choose from 3.5e and Pathfinder 1e classes, Base classes and ...
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Can I use my best spellcasting ability for Eldritch Adept?

Suppose I am a multiclass character that has "Spellcasting" from multiple sources and I take the Eldritch Adept (Tasha, p.79) feat. Can I then use my best Spell Save DC for spells that that ...
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Does adding "+1 Str" to the "Medium Armor Master" feat break the balance?

There are 5 "armor" feats in PHB: Lightly/Moderately/Heavily Armored, Medium Armor Master, and Heavy Armor Master. Four of them add +1 Str, of those some allow +1 Dex instead; Medium Armor ...
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Is this recommendation for a fighter to take the Weapon Master feat entirely useless?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything includes some recommendations for building a Battle Master fighter. The introduction to the section says: Below are recommendations for how you might build a Battle ...
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How does Silvery Barbs interact with other "reroll" effects?

This other question discusses how silvery barbs interacts with advantage and disadvantage. But there are some effects that let someone reroll a d20 without using the advantage/disadvantage mechanic, ...
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A ghost with Ghostly Grasp making a strength check?

A ghost is incorporeal and thus has no strength and normally cannot manipulate things on the material plane, however with the Ghostly Grasp feat ( Libris Mortis: The Book of Undead, p. 27) You can ...
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Does Racial Emulation grant you the traits of the emulated subtype?

I have a changeling character with the Racial Emulation (Races of Eberron 110) feat, whose benefit says: When you use your minor change shape ability to assume the form of a humanoid creature, you ...
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How does the Goliath's "Natural Intimidator" interact with skill challenges where the use of intimidate automatically fails?

If a goliath takes "Natural Intimidator" which notes that they only fail intimidate rolls if they fail by more than 5, and tries to intimidate someone in a skill challenge where intimidation "...
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Does Ghostly Grasp work on all objects?

The feat Ghostly Grasp (Libris Mortis p. 27) says: You can wear, wield, and otherwise use corporeal items as though you were not incorporeal. Does this include being able to open a door, load a ...
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From how far away can I attack an opponent, after dismounting and using Shield Master?

I have a lvl 6 Half Orc Paladin with the Shield Master feat riding a worg. The paladin has a speed of 30ft, the worg has 50ft. I move forward \$x\$ft and attack the opponent with my lance, dealing ...
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Homebrew Feat for Close-Quarters Casting

On again/off again with limited experience (never really ran anything past level 4), but getting back to DMing again after a long break. I never tried to homebrew really, but I wanted to figure out a ...
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If the only spellcasting you have is from the Magic Initiate feat, can you take the Metamagic Adept feat?

The Metamagic Adept feat has "Spellcasting or Pact Magic feature" as a prerequisite. If the only spellcasting you have is from the Magic Initiate feat, can you take Metamagic Adept? I'm ...
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If a cleric has the Gift of the Metallic Dragon feat, can they cast the Cure Wounds spell without preparing it?

The description of the Gift of the Metallic Dragon feat provided in the Fizban's Treasury of Dragons sourcebook states, in part (my emphasis): Draconic Healing. You learn the cure wounds spell. You ...
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RAW, can you use the Sharpshooter and Great Weapon Master feats to make an improvised weapon attack with a longbow?

Occasionally when looking through posts I see people talk about taking Sharpshooter and Great Weapon Master so that they can make an improvised weapon attack with a longbow at -10 to hit +20 damage. ...
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Can Sharpshooter be applied to improvised ranged weapon attacks, and if so do you still need Tavern Brawler?

Sharpshooter (PHB p.170) has a host of effects on your ranged weapon attacks: Attacking at long range doesn't impose disadvantage on your ranged weapon attack rolls. Your ranged weapon attacks ignore ...
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Can you replace Mage Hand with another cantrip after taking the Telekinetic feat and still benefit from the increased range?

If an Artificer who knows the cantrip "Mage Hand" takes the "Telekinetic" feat, and then later exchanges "Mage Hand" for another cantrip after they level up, do they keep ...
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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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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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Would the Sharpshooter feat work with Eldritch Blast if combined with a Ruby of the War Mage and a bow? [duplicate]

I was trying to think of a new Warlock build and was trying to think of a creative way to boost damage output, and came up with a crazy idea. The Sharpshooter feat says: Before you make an attack ...
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Does a Melee attack with a Hand Crossbow allow you to make another Hand Crossbow attack with your bonus action using the Crossbow Expert Feat?

A Human Fighter takes the Crossbow Expert Feat at level 1. In combat, he runs out of ammunition before he runs out of enemies. Could he make a Melee attack with his Hand Crossbow, (using it as an ...
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If a character gains the Telekinetic feat from their race, does that mean they can't get the feat's extended range for the Mage Hand cantrip?

Choosing either the Variant Human (PHB, p. 31) or Custom Lineage (TCoE, p. 9) racial options allows you to take a feat during character creation. The relevant portion of the Telekinetic feat's ...
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Does my warlock get the close combat benefits of Crossbow Expert, by using Feinting Attack?

After my first combat playing D&D 5E, I noticed how much trouble spellcasters can get into when making ranged spell attacks, vs ranged spells: Aiming a ranged attack is more difficult when a foe ...
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Is there a way for an oracle to gain or take a revelation from a mystery not his own?

At least two oracle mysteries contain revelations letting an oracle use his Charisma modifier instead of his Dexterity modifier to compute his AC (the mystery lore has the revelation sidestep secret ...
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Strictly RAW, does Desna's Shooting Star add full Charisma bonus with Two-Weapon Fighting?

Desna's Shooting Star is a Divine Fighting Technique. Here is what it does: You can add your Charisma bonus to attack rolls and damage rolls when wielding a starknife. If you do so, you don’t modify ...
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Does the Keen Mind feat allow a Wizard to have prepared all his spells?

The question is different from this one. Disclaimer: I want to clarify something. My question is not meant to find a way of breaking the class or whatnot. My question is because I am curious of if it ...

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