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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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How to increase Dragon Disciple's DC?

If a Kobold1 Fighter takes Dragon Disciple and then Breath of the Dragon, its DC falls behind quite quickly2, as you only get trained in arcane spell DCs. The only way I see for increasing it is also ...
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What are the conditions for a Bon Mot retort?

The Bon Mot skill feat imposes a minute long status penalty on a foe with a successful Diplomacy check. This penalty can be ended in the following circumstance: The target can end the effect early ...
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Natural Medicine with Battle Medicine

If I have Natural Medicine, can I use Nature instead of Medicine for Battle Medicine? Natural Medicine: [...] You can use Nature instead of Medicine to Treat Wounds [...] Battle Medicine: [...] ...
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How do I make a phalanx fighter?

I have been toying with running Red Hand of Doom again (I last ran it about eight years ago). One thing I found unsatisfying then was that the hobgoblin foot soldiers are described as professional ...
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Does the Deep Impact feat apply to multiple attacks made as part of a full attack action?

I got a psychic warrior character who has taken the Deep Impact feat. This allows a character to make an attack vs touch AC by expending their psionic focus. Additionally, my character's base attack ...
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Compare Double Slice Damage with normal Damage for a Rogue's Sneak Attack

If I read Double Slice correctly I can conduct two attacks but the precise damage is only applied once. Let us say I fight with a Rapier in the primary and a Short Sword in the secondary hand. If I ...
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Can Assured Identification be used to identify items with traits you are trained in (not expert) once you have the feat?

This skill feat states: Prerequisites: expert in Arcana, Nature, Occultism, or expert in Religion. You rarely misidentify an item. When using Arcana, Nature, Occultism, or Religion checks to Identify ...
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Crossbow expert + hand crossbow + buckler [duplicate]

Like the title says can you use a hand crossbow with a buckler on the other arm and still fire twice with crossbow expert? Crossbow expert allows you to ignore the loading quality.
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Is Gift of Alacrity legal in Adventurers League?

I'm creating a character for D&D Adventurers League and wanted to make a warlock with the Fey Touched feat, which states: You learn the Misty Step spell and one 1st-level spell of your choice. ...
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Can you rend with bludgeoning weapons?

Playing DnD 3.5e. On the Two weapon fighting tree is Two weapon rend. Can you rend with bludgeoning weapons? or is it just with slashing attacks. We have a guy bashing with shields and he has the ...
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Which feat is most likely to boost wizard survival?

Assume you used the first two ASIs to maximize the intelligence for a Wizard (Divination). Then, on level 12 you have the choice for another feat. The primary goal is to maximize the survivability (i....
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How does the Firbolg’s Speech of Beast and Leaf trait interact with the Telepathic feat?

The Telepathic feat (TCoE, p. 81) gives you the ability to: [...] speak telepathically to any creature you can see within 60 feet of you. Your telepathic utterances are in a language you know, and ...
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Does the Poisoner feat interact with Druid's Wildshape?

Specifically, I'm looking for an answer to the first effect of the Poisoner feat: "When you make a damage roll that deals poison damage, it ignores resistance to poison damage." Tasha's ...
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Does Draji Palatial Practice require a hit?

Does Draji Palatial Practice (4e) apply regardless of whether the attack hits or misses? The phrasing is "when you use", not "when you hit". From Dark Sun Campaign Setting, page ...
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Is it possible to get the Sentinel and Polearm Master feats at 1st level?

Is there a way to get the Polearm Master and Sentinel feats at 1st level?
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Does knowing the Mage Hand cantrip before getting Telekinetic extend your shove range as well?

The Telekinetic feat from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything (p. 81) has this benefit: You learn the mage hand cantrip. [...] If you already know this spell, its range increases by 30 feet when you cast ...
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Blood Hunter's Aether Walk with Mobile feat interaction

The Aether Walk skill states the following: Upon reaching 7th level, at the start of your turn, you can magically step into the veil between the planes as long as you aren’t incapacitated. You can ...
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Does this allow Shillelagh to be cast using Constitution?

At first level select cleric, with the nature domain using the feature Acolyte of Nature to select Shillelagh. At 1st level, you learn one druid cantrip of your choice. This cantrip counts as a ...
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How can I double damage, other than path of the grave?

We're playing D&D 5e. I can't multiclass Grave cleric for roleplay reasons, so is there anything (feats, potions, other class features, spells, items, etc.) that has the same or similar effect as ...
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If a character with 4 main-hand attacks and the Perfect Multiweapon Fighting epic feat, does using the Haste spell grant them a 5th offhand attack?

A character, without using haste, has 4 attacks on main hand, and the epic feat Perfect Multiweapon Fighting: You can make as many attacks with each extra weapon as with your primary weapon, using ...
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Can I use Polearm master with a spear and a whip to hold opponents at 10ft away? [duplicate]

RAW + This errata states: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, quarterstaff, or spear, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when they enter your reach. Say an opponent ...
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Feat that allows you to use your full strength modifier to offhand weapon damage?

I seem to remember having seen a feat that allows you to use your full strength modifier when dealing damage with your offhand weapon when you two-weapon fight but I can't find it now, in Pathfinder ...
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Can a rider with both mounted combatant feat and saddle of the cavalier be forceably dismounted by attack actions?

If a rider was successfully grappled by an opposing threat, who had both mounted combatant feat and saddle of the cavalier would this dismount them from their steed? Context: my character with both ...
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Is the attack from Razortooth Goblin a separate action or can I add it to my normal attack?

The Razortooth Goblin Heritage give a jaws unarmed attack that deals 1d6 piercing damage. Can I add this to my normal attack or do I have to spend a separate action for it? E.g. First Action: Attack ...
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Does the Defensive Duelist feat work with Psychic Blades from the Soulknife Rogue subclass?

I'm making a Soulknife Rogue and was wondering if the feat Defensive Duelist would work with the Psychic Blades or if I'd need a regular dagger to gain benefit from it. Defensive Duelist: When you ...
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Does the Dragon Hide feat count as Armor for the purposes of Monk’s unarmed movement?

The second bullet of the Dragon Hide feat (XGtE, p. 74) gives a way to calculate AC: While you aren’t wearing armor, you can calculate your AC as 13 + your Dexterity modifier. Does this feature ...
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Is there a lower limit on range of a thrown weapon?

Specifically, as a fighter with a javelin, would I be able to throw it at a target in melee range, rather than using it as a melee weapon? I’m curious if I could get the extra damage from a Javelin of ...
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Does this nerf to the Sharpshooter Feat make it too weak or unbalanced?

I'm getting pretty close to wrapping up a campaign where the highest damage dealing character in the party was a Sharpshooting Fighter, who in combination with the Crossbow Expert feat, was regularly ...
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Can a character use their sorcery points from the sorcerer's Font of Magic feature on a Metamagic option they learned from the Metamagic Adept feat?

The Metamagic Adept feat (TCoE, p. 80) lets you "learn two Metamagic options" and gives you "two sorcery points to spend on Metamagic". The 2nd-level sorcerer feature Font of Magic ...
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How does the poison from the Poisoner feat work?

I've seen in previous discussions that "basic poison" from the PHB can be interpreted RAW to last for the full minute regardless of if you hit a creature, as opposed to the injury poison ...
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What is the Performance DC for feats with the "Combat Performance" tags?

What is the Performance DC for feats with the "Combat Performance" tags? Example: Dramatic Display feat What is the Performance DC that you add the +2 to skill check from the feat that ...
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Does partial immunity to fear disqualify one for Craven?

The feat Craven (Champions of Ruin 17) gives a character -2 to saves vs. fear effects, and requires that the character "cannot be immune to fear." This question discusses how immunity to ...
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How does the Magic Initiate feat interact with the guild spells from the Ravnica backgrounds?

I was creating a character for a Ravnica setting when I came up with a variant human fighter for the Golgari with the Magic Initiate (Warlock) feat. When selecting my spells, I wanted to take Entangle ...
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Superior Will vs Auras that daze/stun, or: Order of Operations for Start of Turn effects

Monsters that have auras often have text that says "If a creature starts their turn within the aura, then {something happens}." In this case, the monster's aura dazes or stuns anyone who ...
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What are all of the abilities like 'Reliable Talent'?

In D&D 5E, the Rogue has the eponymous Reliable Talent (any roll of 9 or lower counts as 10 for skill checks you're proficient in), the Eloquence Bard has 'Silver Tongue' (similar but only for ...
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Is the damage of a higher-level Monk's unarmed strike reduced by the Heavy Armor Master feat?

At 6th level, Monks get the Ki-Empowered Strikes feature which states (emphasis mine): Starting at 6th level, your unarmed strikes count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and ...
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Cheapest way to get Spring Attack?

Spring Attack requires Dodge and Mobility, so the regular way to get it requires spending 3 feats. I want to take the elocater prestige class as my 6th level in an E6 game. It requires Mobility and ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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