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Can you cast a spell learned from the Magic Initiate feat using spell slots?

Can you cast a spell learned from the Magic Initiate feat using spell slots? Say I play a wizard who learns cure wounds by taking the Magic Initiate feat. Could I cast that spell using the Wizard's ...
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Shield Master - Can the shield push be taken before an attack?

Can the shield push from the Shield Master feat be taken before an attack? i.e. Push prone, follow up with an attack while they're down. Shield Master You use shields not just for protection ...
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How is the "Lucky" Feat affected by Advantage/Disadvantage?

If I have the Lucky feat1, it allows me to choose to take a re-roll, to see if I might do better on a d20 check: Whenever you make an attack roll, an ability check, or a saving throw, you can spend ...
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Do the Alert and Lucky feats carry over when in Wild Shape?

I'm wondering if the Alert and Lucky feats carry over when a druid assumes a Wild Shape. PHB p.67 stipulates: Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the beast... So I would tend to ...
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Are features that allow −5 to attack to get +10 to damage mathematically sound?

Some class features, monster traits, and feats allow you to take a −5 to your attack roll in order to gain a +10 to your damage roll. At first glance this looks really good, but when will it deal more ...
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Are spells learned from feats considered to be associated with your class?

The multiclassing spellcasting rules (PHB p. 164, or here in the basic rules) state: Each spell you know and prepare is associated with one of your classes, and you use the spellcasting ability of ...
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What is a "spellcaster" for the purpose of magic item attunement?

Several wands and other magic items in the DMG cite "spellcaster" as an attunement requirement, specifically "requires attunement by a spellcaster" while others list multiple ...
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Do you have to take the Attack action before you can make the bonus-action attack from the Crossbow Expert feat?

The third benefit of the Crossbow Expert feat says (PHB, p. 165): When you use the Attack action and attack with a one-handed weapon, you can use a bonus action to attack with a hand crossbow you are ...
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Do Booming Blade and the Spell Sniper feat stack?

If you have the spell sniper feat (doubles range of spells), and you use a weapon with reach, can you cast booming blade and hit a creature at 10ft? Can you also combine this with the feats Polearm ...
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Can Ability Score increases caused by magic items qualify me for feats?

As far as I know, only a player character's non-temporary ability scores are considered for taking feats, taking prestige classes, etc. Meanwhile, any ability bonus that comes from spells, or magic ...
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Are weapons with the "Thrown" property considered a "Ranged Weapon" for the purpose of sharpshooter?

For example a Dagger is listed in the "Melee" section of the weapons list, but has the "light", "Finesse" and "Thrown" properties. If I throw the dagger (assume ...
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Can I use spell slots to cast the spell granted from the Fey Teleportation feat additional times?

I have a high-elf wizard with the Fey Teleportation feat. According to the feat "You learn the Misty Step spell, and can cast it once without expending a spell slot. You regain the ability to cast it ...
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Does wielding a shield as an improvised weapon count for Dual Wielder and Two-Weapon fighting style?

Let's say I am wielding a dagger and shield, and I am using the shield as an improvised weapon. Would Dual-Wielder Feat and the Dual Wielding fighting style be in effect while I am using these as ...
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Can You Two-Weapon Fight With Thrown Ranged Weapons?

A spin-off question from an earlier post, can you two-weapon fight with a dart or other thrown ranged weapons? Two-Weapon Fighting When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee ...
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How are caster levels determined in concert with the feat Master Spellthief?

The first and third benefits of the feat Master Spellthief from page 79 of Complete Scoundrel are pretty straightforward (although the first's a little sad in that it only affects the level of spell ...
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War Caster, a whip and a dagger, and provoking Opportunity Attacks

This related question gives an answer about provoking opportunity attacks when wielding a dagger and a whip. I am interested how this interacts with the feat War Caster (5e PHB p170): When a ...
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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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When is an ASI better than the Dual Wielder feat?

Many people ask questions about dual wielding (even though two-weapon fighting is subpar for everyone after level four). Most of them seemingly can't wait to pick up the Dual Wielder feat (PHB, p. 165)...
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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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What's the best magic item for punching monsters in their stupid faces?

My character, a barbarian with the feat Improved Unarmed Strike,1 occasionally eschews his greataxe and punches monsters. After reading this 2009 thread and this 2009 thread, I don't know what works ...
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Does Monkey Grip allow wielding 2 handed weapons in 1 hand?

As typical in D&D a friend and I are having a debate, this time about whether or not Monkey Grip (3.5 complete warrior feat) allows a medium creature to wield a 2-handed medium weapon with one ...
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Can you retrain the Magic Initiate spell using the Spellcasting feature?

This question got me thinking about the mechanics of the Magic Initiate feat when you have class levels in the class into which you were inducted. Among the classes you can pick with this feat are ...
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Does the Martial Adept superiority dice scale up alongside the Battle Master fighter's superiority dice if you acquire the subclass after the feat?

Assume two 1st level Rogues, Alice and Beatrice. Alice gained 3 levels of Rogue and on her 4th level of Rogue, instead of an ability score increase she picked up the Martial Adept feat. She later ...
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How do you load a hand crossbow?

The Crossbow Expert feat states that as a bonus action, you can "attack with a loaded hand crossbow you are holding." However, nowhere in the rules does it specify a "loaded" versus "unloaded" state ...
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Can you take the same feat multiple times?

Can the same character take a given feat multiple times to gain the benefits all over again? It seems obviously stupid that you can't, but I can't find anywhere in the RAW that actually states that. ...
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Do you lose racial feats when Reincarnated out of your race?

Xanathar’s Guide to Everything introduces racial feats (ex: Bountiful Luck for halflings). My understanding of the Reincarnate spell is that if you were a variant human and become something else, you ...
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Does the Produce Flame spell trigger the Flames of Plegethos feat's ability to cause flames to wreathe you?

I have a player in my campaign who took the Flames of Phlegethos tiefling racial feat (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 74-75). One of its benefits is: Whenever you cast a spell that deals ...
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Does the War Caster feat grant ranged spell attacks in melee range without disadvantage?

An opportunity attack is described this way (PHB, p. 195): You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that you can see moves out of your reach. To make the opportunity attack, you ...
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Can the reaction attack from the third benefit of the Sentinel feat interrupt the triggering attack by the enemy?

The third benefit of the Sentinel feat (PHB, p. 169-170) allows a melee attack when an enemy within 5 feet of you makes an attack against a target other than you (that doesn't have the feat). If you ...
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Could a Wild Magic Surge be triggered by a Wild Magic Sorcerer using a Magic Initiate spell?

Under Wild Magic Surge it states: Immediately after you cast a sorcerer spell of first level or higher, the DM can have you roll a d20. Since Magic Initiate has you choose spells from a specific ...
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Does the Durable feat improve the Constitution score of a druid in Wild Shape?

My druid has the Durable feat (PHB, p. 166): Hardy and resilient, you gain the following benefits: Increase your Constitution score by +1, to a maximum of 20. When you roll a Hit Die to regain hit ...
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With how many of his buddies can a meldshaper share his soulmelds?

The feat Share Soulmeld (Magic of Incarnum 41) has as its prerequisite the "[a]bility to shape soulmelds and a familiar, animal companion, or mount with whom you can share spells." The feat's ...
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Do negative levels bestowed by Death Devotion work like energy drain?

The feat Death Devotion says Once per day as a swift action, you can cause one of your melee weapons to radiate negative energy for 1 minute. When you make a successful attack with this weapon, the ...
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Unchained Flurry of Blows with Natural Weapons and Feral Combat Training using natural attacks as primary

I know the question of whether adding your natural attacks after you finish a Flurry of Blows (As secondary nat attacks at −5) has been asked many times (Monks, natural and unarmed attacks, and Feral ...
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Which spells trigger the second benefit of Shield Master?

The Shield Master feat includes the following benefit: lf you aren't incapacitated, you can add your shield's AC bonus to any Dexterity saving throw you make against a spell or other harmful ...
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How important is it for a spellcaster to increase primary ability scores quickly to 20 to remain at "party level"?

One can increase ability scores at 4th and 8th level, or take a feat instead with the optional rule. Assuming player-characters are built with point-buy rules, one is probably going to start with a ...
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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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Shillelagh and Polearm Master Interaction

Shillelagh imbues a quarterstaff with magic for a minute. This allows a caster to attack with the quarterstaff using his casting ability. Polearm Master allows a player who attacks with a ...
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Build Advice For Pathfinder Oracle

I've made an Oracle, 1st level, Mystery of Lore, Haunted Curse, and I took Sidestep Secret as my first revelation. I'm trying to decide if I should focus on melee combat and take relevant feats for ...
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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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How to make sense of having one's passive Perception better than the active one? (e.g. when one takes the Observant feat)

Doesn't the Observant feat make you see more, when you're not actually looking? Or if you'd like me to rephrase that: doesn't it make you notice more, where you're not actively trying to notice ...
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Does the extra attack from Great Weapon Master apply to all melee weapons?

The Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, pg. 167) states: On your turn, when you score a critical hit with a melee weapon or reduce a creature to 0 hit points with one, you can make one melee weapon ...
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What can I do with an existing feat that I later get free as a class feature?

I took the feat Weapon Finesse with a rogue. I later on multiclassed into Swashbuckler which gives me Weapon Finesse for free at 1st level. What happens with the feat I already have? Is there a way ...
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Why does Quick Draw not apply to alchemical items?

From the Quick Draw feat description: Benefit: You can draw a weapon as a free action instead of as a move action. (...) Alchemical items, potions, scrolls, and wands cannot be drawn quickly using ...
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Does Psionic Meditation allow a psion to psionically focus his psicrystal as a move action?

The feat Psicrystal Affinity grants the psion a psicrystal. The feat Psicrystal Containment allows the psion to take a full-round action to make a Concentration skill check (DC 20) to have the ...
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Can high level Eldritch blast be used with War Caster?

The final test of the Warcaster Feat is the following The spell must have a casting time of 1 action and must target only one creature. (PHB 170) The question I have is whether a spell like Eldritch ...
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Does Sentinel work against creatures who can avoid Opportunity Attacks?

Sentinel states: Creatures within 5 feet of you provoke opportunity attacks from you even if they take the Disengage action before leaving your reach. Does this mean any creature at any time ...
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Does Spell Sniper and Distant Spell quadruple your range on attack spells?

Spell Sniper says When you cast a spell that requires you to make an attack roll, the spell’s range is doubled. Distant Spell says When you cast a spell that has a range of 5 feet or greater, ...
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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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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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