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Questions tagged [fighter]

for questions about a game's Fighter class or character archetype. Typically a skilled martial warrior.

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When does a monowhip count as a whip?

So I am running a Steelbound fighter in an Iron Gods campaign who has chosen whips. Assuming i get a monowhip, what, if anything, can i use for the monowhip? Can i use it as my bonded weapon and/or ...
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How many spell slots should a Fighter 11/Ranger 9 have?

I've been DM for like 2-3 months and one player who's playing a Fighter (arcane archer) wants to multiclass into Ranger. Arcane Archer is not a spellcaster so assuming he will go Fighter 11/Ranger 9 ...
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Is there a way for a Battle Master to swap out maneuvers without taking more fighter levels?

I currently have an Ancestral Guardian barbarian 8 / Battle Master fighter 3. Some of the maneuvers I selected earlier in this character's career aren't working out as well in Tier 3. Battle Master ...
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How many variations of the fighter class are there? [closed]

Constraints Only considering the material in the Player's Handbook. Not considering variation in starting stats. Not considering variation in race. Level 12 Fighter. Premise Inspired by this ...
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Is the Fencer subclass for fighters from the Giger's website homebrew content?

So, I was looking up Fighter subclasses in D&D 5e, and I came across a website called Giger's 5e D&D. In it there is a subclass called Fencer, and I was wondering if it's Unearthed Arcana or ...
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How many spell slots should my level 1 wizard/level 1 fighter have?

I am working on making a wizard fighter multiclass character where the wizard is the original class. How many spells should I have in my spellbook if I am a level 1 wizard and level 1 fighter? I have ...
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Is an Elf Fighter 1 different from a Human Fighter 1 in terms of the level-up bonuses?

Is an Elf Fighter 1 different from a Human Fighter 1 in D&D 5e in terms of the level-up bonuses?
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Does multi-classing into Fighter give you heavy armor proficiency?

A lot of build guides I've seen suggest you should dip into Fighter in order to get heavy armor proficiency. But that doesn't seem right since the multi-class rules in the PHB (p164) does not list ...
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Does a lance qualify for the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style when wielded unmounted?

I'm devising a character that uses a jousting lance, but without a horse. Given that the rules for lances state you need to wield them with two hands while unmounted, does that meet the requirement ...
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Does the bonus damage from the Dueling fighting style apply when attacking with a shield as an improvised weapon, using the Tavern Brawler feat?

Does the bonus damage from the Dueling fighting style apply when attacking with a shield as an improvised weapon, using the Tavern Brawler feat? The scenario I am trying to work out is as follows... ...
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Does an Eldritch Knight's Weapon Bond protect him from losing his weapon to a Telekinesis spell?

Eldritch Knight fighters have the ability to bond with a weapon, a ritual which gives the following property (PHB, p. 75): Once you have bonded a weapon to yourself, you can't be disarmed of that ...
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Can I use an extra attack when using war magic for a bonus attack? [duplicate]

I’m nearly level 7 as an Eldritch knight. Because of that, I’m planning how to do the most damage as I can to defeat a very threatening and greedy party member so obviously being an Eldritch knight ...
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Very generally, what is the difference between an Eldritch Knight and a Sorcerer with a dip into Fighter?

I'm starting a new character in a D&D 5th game soon. The only D&D I've played is before 2nd edition, plus one session playing a sorcerer in (IIRC) D&D 3.5. We're starting at 3rd level, to ...
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What low-level arcane spells are directly relevant to combat where my spellcasting ability score doesn't matter?

I'm building a tough front-line Fighter maxed on CON and STR who is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I'm going with no higher than INT 13 (which I intend never to increase, and would love to let ...
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Can a buckler be dealt armored sacrifice damage while two-weapon fighting?

Armored Sacrifice (Ex): When damage would cause the fighter or an adjacent ally to be knocked unconscious or killed, the fighter can instead direct the damage to a suit of armor that he is wearing or ...
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Is my homebrew “Charger” fighter archetype balanced?

I was looking at the mounted fighter subclass and realized that none of them have anything to do with mounted combat. So I decided to make my own subclass and was wondering if I could get some good ...
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How to build a 4th-level Fighter in a Tier 3 party?

I got gifted a level-4 Fighter (freaking Toddy!) from a Deck of Many Things, and we're a level 10 party running through Doomvault. I'm not sure whether I should focus on raising his defense (so that ...
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How do the Arcane Archer fighter's Curving Shot and Magic Arrow features interact?

The Arcane Archer fighter (XGtE, p. 28-30) gains two features at 7th level. The first is Magic Arrow: At 7th level, you gain the ability to infuse arrows with magic. Whenever you fire a nonmagical ...
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What is the effect of the “attack's weapon” doing extra damage?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 30), the Cavalier Fighter's Unwavering Mark feature says: In addition, if a creature marked by you deals damage to anyone other than you, you can make a ...
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When optimizing for damage, is it better for a Dex-based crossbow fighter to go full Fighter or multiclass with Rogue?

I'm trying to build an optimized character for a 5th edition D&D campaign and I really like the crossbowman fighter concept, but I had considered dipping into rogue for at least 3 levels to pick ...
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Can a Fighter use his Extra Attack to draw a weapon as a free action?

The rules state: You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment for free, during either your move or your action. For example, you could open a door during your move as you ...
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Action Surge question [duplicate]

The Player's Handbook says that Action Surge grants one additional action on your turn, once per short or long rest. The Extra Attack section of the PHB says that at level 11 (for example) when ...
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What is the point of the Battle Master fighter's Evasive Footwork maneuver?

This is a followup to: How long does the AC increase from the Battle Master fighter's Evasive Footwork maneuver last? What is the point of the Battle Master fighter's Evasive Footwork maneuver? If ...
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How does the UA Sharpshooter fighter's Snap Shot feature interact with Extra Attack?

In an Unearthed Arcana, there is a fighter archetype: Sharpshooter. At level 18, they gain the following ability: Snap Shot Starting at 18th level, if you take the Attack action on your first ...
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Can I learn multiple fighting styles? [duplicate]

I just got a level in Fighter and I want to pick the archery fighting style. I'm already a level 4 Ranger with the dueling fighting style. Can I have two different fighting styles at once even ...
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What are the limitations of the bonding ritual performed by an eldritch knight?

I was wondering what the bonding process looks like or if you can decide it yourself. As an example: if the fighter goes into a museum or other public exhibit and sees a sword on display, can he then ...
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Would Brute Force interact with abilities that affect weapon damage dice?

The Brute fighter archetype from Unearthed Arcana: Three Subclasses has the Brute Force feature, which adds a bonus die to damage dealt by weapons you are proficient in. I want to know if abilities ...
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Is my multiclassed paladin/fighter/sorcerer built according to the rules? [closed]

I wanna preface this by saying I'm a D&D fanboy/wannabe, Baldur's Gate and Critical Role is the closest I've ever gotten to playing the game. One of the things I love about any game is character ...
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Does reincarnating into a race with multiattack grant you bonus attacks if you're a fighter?

I'm a level 15 fighter and I have Extra Attack(2): Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. The number of attacks ...
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How do attack rolls work with two-weapon fighting?

I have a champion fighter with two scimitars. This fighter took the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style and often uses both of them for higher damage output. Sometimes in our sessions, I have to make a ...
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Things that stack with the Champion's Improved Critical? [duplicate]

On the PHB p. 72 it just says: Improved Critical Beginning when you choose this archetype at 3rd level, your weapon attacks score a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20. So my assumption is ...
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Does this low-Str/low-Dex idea for a Fighter work out?

I've been playing around with the idea for a new character, but I'm curious whether I'm going to run into unforeseen problems at later levels. The idea is to take a Variant Human Fighter and pick up ...
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Would it be unbalanced for Dex-based Fighters to choose proficiency in Dex saving throws instead of Str saving throws?

Whilst building a Dex-based Fighter (an Arcane Archer), I decided to pick the Resilient feat at level 4 so that I could have proficiency in Dexterity saving throws, which makes sense given that they ...
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Does the Brute fighter's extra damage die get added to the monk's Martial Arts and Flurry of Blows attacks?

I am considering a build that would start with monk, then multiclass to fighter up to level 3 to get the Brute archetype (from Unearthed Arcana: Three Subclasses). Would the extra damage die from the ...
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How can I play a supportive-style Polearm Master Fighter?

This is a follow up to this question. I will start with the party context: We are playing Princes of the Apocalypse in a huge party, composed of: Tiefling Sorcerer, Human Dual-Wielder Ranger, High Elf ...
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When is the Battle Master fighter's Commander's Strike maneuver worth it?

I have been playing a Fighter with the Battle Master archetype (PHB, p. 73-74), and most of my companions in my party are new to the game. I was trying to play a supportive-type character, even if I'm ...
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If the Cavalier fighter's Strength changes, does the number of special attacks against marked creatures change as well?

The Cavalier fighter (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 30) gets the Unwavering Mark ability which lets you mark a creature and states (emphasis mine): In addition, if a creature marked by you ...
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Does Eldritch Knight grant 2 Cantrips known in addition to a High Elf's knowing 1 to begin with? [duplicate]

Starting as a High Elf lets me know a single wizard cantrip at level 1. By the time I hit level 3 and get my archetype, Eldritch Knight, I am supposed to know 2. I'm just a bit confused on whether ...
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Looking to optimize multiple melee attacks

I'm trying to find 2 classes to hybrid into that maximize the attack-shift-attack-shift-attack style powers. I already have the fighter powers of Tempest Dance and Storm of Blows, but what other class ...
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Drawing and firing a hand crossbow whilst wielding a rapier in one hand (Fighter/Duelist/Crossbow expert) [closed]

I'm currently making a Level 4 character for a new campaign we'll be entering. I've decided on a variant human dex based fighter. Fighting style: duelist Level 1 feat: defensive duelist Level 4 ...
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Is Extra Attack based on class level or character level?

If you had a rogue at level 4 and then multiclassed to a fighter at level 5, would the character then have 2 attacks since he has 5 total levels or would you have to level fighter to level 5 to gain ...
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How do I validate the Spell Selections in an Eldritch Knight Spell List?

This is a direct follow-up to this question for Sorcerers, which contains more context and examples of this problem. For pregenerated high-level Eldritch Knights, it's important to make sure that ...
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Can a Battle Master fighter apply the Feinting Attack and Trip Attack maneuvers to the same attack roll?

Battle Master fighters (PHB, p. 73-74) can apply a number of maneuvers to their attacks, including Feinting Attack and Trip Attack. Feinting Attack is a bonus action and uses one manoeuvre here, ...
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Can an Arcane Archer fighter use a Banishing Arrow to effectively get two surprise rounds?

The Arcane Archer fighter (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 28-30) gets a number of Arcane Shot options, allowing them to unleash special magical effects when they fire a longbow/shortbow. One of ...
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How does the Fighters possible bonus action from Action Surge work? [duplicate]

I'm playing a Fighter in my friends new campaign and I recently leveled up and gained Action Surge. When I was reading it, it said On your turn, you can take one additional action on top of your ...
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Can Eldritch Knights Use Spell Foci? [duplicate]

Can Eldritch Knights Use Spell Foci and if so what things do they use as them?
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Why is two-weapon fighting considered subpar for fighters?

I know this has been discussed before, but I've yet to find a mathematically sound explanation of why two-weapon is vastly inferior to two-handed. I could understand if there are ultimately negligible ...
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Does marking the same target with Hunter's Mark end the effect of the Cavalier fighter's Unwavering Mark on that target? [duplicate]

I'm the DM. During one of our games the party's Cavalier used Unwavering Mark on an enemy. Then the Ranger used hunter's mark (PHB, p. 251) on the same enemy. The Cavalier's Unwavering Mark feature (...
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Does Eldritch Strike apply to a spell cast before the attack?

Consider the following scenario: A level 10 Fighter with the Eldritch Knight (EK) archetype (PHB, p. 74-75) is facing a single opponent, and has hold person as a spell available. EK attacks with ...
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Is a stout halfling fighter with a shortbow less effective than a Medium creature with a longbow?

I'm building an archer fighter and have been considering making his race that of stout halfling because the halfling race gets +2 DEX and the "stout" subclass gets +1 CON, which seems perfect for an ...