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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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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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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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To What Extent Can The Keen Mind Feat Replace a Wizard's Spellbook?

Some of the feats in D&D 5e are seemingly less useful or otherwise not always as reliable relative to the other feats, although they are very flavorful. Keen Mind is one such feat, granting your ...
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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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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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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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Do the Tunnel Fighter UA fighting style and the Polearm Master feat combine to grant indefinite opportunity attacks?

Here's the scenario: The character in question has both the Tunnel Fighter fighting style from Unearthed Arcana: Light, Dark, Underdark!, which says: You excel at defending narrow passages, ...
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Can a 6th-level Totem Warrior barbarian (Eagle totem) with the Observant feat read the lips of a creature a mile away?

A level 6 Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian (PHB, p. 50) can choose the Eagle totem, which states: You gain the eyesight of an eagle. You can see up to 1 mile away with no difficulty, able to ...
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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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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 the DC on the Linguist Feat too low?

I am talking specifically about the DC to create a cipher. As written the DC is INT+Proficency. This means that as a level 14 wizard with a 20 INT, I can create a cipher with a DC of 10. This seems to ...
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How does the Durable feat work?

One of the benefits of the Durable feat is the following: When you roll a Hit Die to regain hit points, the minimum number of hit points you regain from the roll equals twice your Constitution ...
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Does the Resilient (Con) feat or the War Caster feat most improve the chances of maintaining concentration?

The Resilient feat (PHB, p. 168) allows you to increase one ability score by 1 and gain proficiency in saving throws using the corresponding ability. In essence, taking the Resilient feat and picking ...
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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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Would it hurt racial balance if every PC gets a bonus feat at level 1?

I am thinking of giving the PCs of my new campaign a bonus feat at level 1, to allow some more customization and to reflect the fact that they are graduating from a very stellar college of... ...
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Are these two methods of handling Elven Accuracy "Double Advantage" mathematically equivalent?

For context, part of the Elven Accuracy feat (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 74) states: Whenever you have advantage on an attack roll using Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma, you can ...
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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 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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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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What's so broken about Leadership?

The Leadership feat is so widely accepted as game-breaking that I feel no need to even source it. However, upon rereading the feat's description in the SRD, it's not immediately obvious to me that it'...
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If PC with Great Weapon Master reduces a polymorphed creature to 0 hp, can they attack again?

The feat Great Weapon Master (PHB, pg. 167) includes the following benefit: 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 ...
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Can the Actor feat allow a character to effectively speak a language they don't know?

I have a player in my game I'll call "Joe" running a Bard I'll call "Hansel." Hansel has the Actor feat, and does not speak Orc. Hansel listened to an Orc for 1 minute a few adventures ago, a 2nd PC ...
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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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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 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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Would allowing a Thief (with Fast Hands) to use the Healer feat's tending action as a bonus action be balanced?

Related: usable objects with Fast Hands The Healer feat states: [...] As an action, you can spend one use of a healer’s kit to tend to a creature and restore 1d6 + 4 hit points to it, plus ...
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Does the Heavy Armor Master feat reduce damage twice against a mixed damage attack?

Displacer Beasts have a Tentacle attack that does 7 (1d6 + 4) bludgeoning damage plus 3 (1d6) piercing damage. Does the bludgeoning and piercing damage reduction granted by Heavy Armor Master reduce ...
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Where does a dragon steed get summoned from, and where is its hoard kept?

A paladin's special mount ability says, in part, that Once per day, as a full-round action, a paladin may magically call her mount from the celestial realms in which it resides. This ability is the ...
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Would a monk with the Tavern Brawler feat have improvised weapons count as monk weapons?

Would a monk with the Tavern Brawler feat have improvised weapons count as monk weapons? It states in the monk's Martial Arts feature (PHB, p. 78) that: At 1st level, your practice of martial arts ...
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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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Hand Crossbow as Warlock Pact Weapon?

I have an idea for a DnD 5e (PHB-only) Warlock that takes a hand crossbow as his pact weapon. Here are my clarifications and assumptions: Race: Drow Elf (proficient in hand crossbows) Class: Warlock,...
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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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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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How does Savage Attacker interact with Great Weapon Fighting style?

The Savage Attacker feat states (PHB p169): Once per turn when you roll damage for a melee weapon attack, you can reroll the weapon's damage dice and use either total. The Great Weapon Fighting ...
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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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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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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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Can a character with the Extra Attack feature and the Crossbow Expert feat shoot a hand crossbow 4 times in the same turn?

In D&D 5e, can a 5th-level fighter shoot a hand crossbow 4 times per turn using the Crossbow Expert feat? The fighter's Extra Attack feature says (PHB, p. 72): Beginning at 5th level, you can ...
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How does the Dual Wielder feat interact with versatile weapons?

I have a level 4 Paladin with the Dual Wielder feat (PHB p. 165): You master fighting with two weapons, gaining the following benefits: You gain a +1 bonus to AC while you are wielding a separate ...
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Does the Eldritch Knight need the Warcaster feat to cast spells when using 2h or sword/shield?

Many of the spells that an Eldritch Knight can cast have a somatic component. If I am playing as an Eldritch Knight with a two-handed sword or weapon/shield combo, would I require the Warcaster feat? ...
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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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Is this homebrew feat, Wandslinger, balanced?

I'm playing a wandslinger-themed artificer (with an eye toward the Artillerist subclass) in an urban Eberron campaign. Given the predominantly close-quarters combat environments, it would be useful ...
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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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How unbalanced is it to hand out Feats/ASIs in place of Magic Items?

During a quest (probably at a point of narrative significance, like a god rewarding a player character with power for defeating some big bad or something like that) would it be unbalanced to reward a ...
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Is there a way to make the Elven Accuracy feat work with the second benefit of Great Weapon Master?

Is there a way to make the Elven Accuracy feat work with the second benefit of Great Weapon Master? Elven Accuracy (XGtE, p. 74) says: Whenever you have advantage on an attack roll using Dexterity, ...
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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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How does the Athlete feat affect the Centaur playable race?

The Athlete feat (PHB, p. 165) has a point that says: climbing doesn't halve your speed. The Centaur's Equine Build trait (GGtR, p. 16) says: any climb that uses both hands and feet is ...
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Does the advantage reroll of Elven Accuracy only apply to the ability you increased?

The Elven Accuracy feat, from Xanathar's Guide to Everything (pg. 74), says this: Increase your Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma score by 1, to a maximum of 20 Whenever you have ...
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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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