Questions tagged [fighter]

For questions about a fighter class or character archetype that commonly appears in RPGs. The fighter is typically a skilled martial warrior.

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Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying “I attack”?

Recently I heard a friend saying that melee combatants had fewer options than 4e or 3.x: Ranged combat was somewhat interesting in that you could deal with cover, aiming, and so forth. Fighters ...
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How are Fighters Linear but Wizards Quadratic?

The phrase "Linear Fighters, Quadratic Wizards" gets bandied about a lot, but I've found I don't have a good way to explain it to newer players. The tier system post has some examples of how wizards ...
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How many attacks can a fighter with two-weapon fighting make at 5th level?

I have a 5th level fighter with the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style. What is the number of attacks I can make? I say 4 attacks, but others say 3 because they say the rule on page 72 states that ...
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Is an Unarmed Strike considered a Weapon attack?

For the purposes of the fighter Battle Master archetype, whenever a maneuver calls for a "weapon attack" does that include an unarmed strike?
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Does a fighter's Action Surge trigger Extra Attack?

Context A player in my game will play a fighter with a greatsword. At 5th level he has Extra Attack and the option to use Action Surge. PHB p.72 states: Action Surge. Starting at 2nd level, you ...
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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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Does an Action Surge grant a second bonus action?

We were trying to understand how the "Action Surge" rule works, and after some discussion we came to a standstill. Starting at 2nd level, you can push yourself beyond your normal limits for a ...
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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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Would a level 18+ Champion Fighter recover HP outside of combat?

At level 18 a fighter with the Champion archetype gains the Survivor feature, which lets them recover HP at the start of each turn provided they have more than 0 HP: Survivor At 18th level, ...
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Can a PC cast additional spell using Action Surge?

Can a spellcasting Fighter use the Action Surge ability to cast two spells (not cantrips) in one turn? Answers to this question assume they can not, however, nothing in the rules explicitly restricts ...
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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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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 you make a weapon bond with an improvised weapon?

The Eldritch Knight Fighter archetype has the ability Weapon Bond where they bond with a weapon, making it summonable and you cannot be disarmed of it. My question is, can you make a bond with an ...
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How does an Fighter (Eldritch Knight) 20 compare to a Fighter 10/Wizard 10 for both damage dealt and durability?

With the release of the PHB we have the Eldritch Knight fighter archetype as an innate, class-driven way for the fighter to compete with the wizard in the AoE department. This prompted a discussion ...
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Can you Ready two actions using Action Surge

The title really says it all. Are you able to Ready an action and then use Action Surge to Ready another? If so, can you be waiting for either of two different triggers to occur? Action Surge: ...
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What's the maximum (average) damage that can be dealt in one round by a 20th level character with at least two levels of Fighter?

What is the most effective way to use a level 20 character's (with two or more levels in fighter for Action Surge ability) in order to maximize single target damage done in one round? Rules/...
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Twin hand crossbow Fighter: is this build valid?

The Sharpshooter feat includes an interesting feature: you can choose to take -5 penalty to hit with a ranged weapon attack to increase its damage by 10. Normally, I'd dismiss the trade-off as too ...
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Can the Eldritch Knight bond with his shield?

Basically title. I'm a shield master who frequently uses his shield to slam people down prone. I want to minimize my chances of having my shield taken away from me. Jeremy Crawford states something ...
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Can I switch out my Level 1 any-school spell as an Arcane Trickster or Eldritch Knight?

The Arcane Trickster gains access to Wizard spells, primarily limited to the enchantment and illusion schools of magic. Four of the spells he knows can come from any school, however: one of his ...
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Can a fighter two-weapon fight unarmed?

I want to make a fighter whose primary weapons are his unarmed attacks using the Tavern Brawler feat. If I take the Two Weapon Fighting style would that work with 2 unarmed strikes? In the weapons ...
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Can the Protection fighting style be used in this way?

One of the players in a party I DM is an Eldritch Knight and he uses "Protection " in every single battle. Here's what Protection is: Protection When a creature you can see attacks a target ...
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How can I consistently deal bludgeoning damage with DEX, WIS, INT, CHA?

Inspired by the newly introduced UA I am considering an build where my character randomly gets into a "precision-flow". So I aim for critical chance, high number of attacks and advantage. ...
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How does forgoing advantage interact with Elven Accuracy?

Can an Elven Samurai still benefit from Elven Accuracy if it uses Rapid Strike? Elven Accuracy [...] Whenever you have advantage on an attack roll using Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma, ...
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Does Indomitable let you reroll Saving Throws with Advantage?

Fighters get the Indomitable ability at level 9. Beginning at 9th level, you can reroll a saving throw that you fail. Should the Fighter fail a saving throw made with Advantage and use Indomitable ...
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Can an Eldritch Knight fighter throw a bonded weapon, then summon it to their hand, and throw it again?

Consider an Eldritch Knight fighter that has a bonded thrown weapon. Once the Knight gets Extra Attack, can they throw the weapon, use a bonus action to retrieve it, and then throw it again? Or does ...
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Are Battle Master maneuvers usable once per attack, or per attack action?

It says in the PHB that you can use only one maneuver per attack. If that's per attack, not per attack action, that seems somewhat powerful, since after 5th level you get multiple attacks per attack ...
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Is an equipped shield considered “wearing armor” for gaining benefit from the Defence fighting style?

The Defence fighting style reads: While you are wearing armor, you gain a +1 bonus to AC Is a shield considered armor for this purpose?
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Can an Eldritch Knight use the bonus-action attack granted by War Magic before casting the spell as an action?

A Fighter with the Eldritch Knight martial archetype gets the feature War magic at 7th level (and Improved War Magic at 18th level). The War Magic feature (PHB, p. 75) states: Beginning at 7th ...
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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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Does Great Weapon Fighting allow extra damage from a Battle Master fighter's Superiority Dice to be rerolled? [duplicate]

Great Weapon Fighting states: When you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack you make with a melee weapon that you are wielding with two hands, you can reroll the die and must use the new ...
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Can a character shove an enemy who is already prone?

Imagine a 5th level fighter, Battle Master archetype. He uses the Trip Attack maneuver with the first attack of his Attack action and knocks the enemy prone. With his second attack, he hits the ...
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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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Which is better? Improved critical or extra damage die?

One of the players in my party wants to play a multiclass Barbarian/Fighter, and is on the fence regarding which Fighter archetype to choose. He is using a Greataxe (no dual-wielding). He wants to get ...
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Can other party members wield a warlock's pact weapon?

Lets say the group's Great Weapon Fighter and Bladelock have their weapons confiscated. Can the Warlock call his pact weapon and, assuming it is the type of weapon the Fighter uses mostly, give it to ...
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Which Fighter (TWF Fighter vs. Great Weapon Fighter) is better optimized for Dealing Damage?

With Basic's release the Fighter is given six different Fighting Styles to choose from at level 1. Each fighting style offers a solid mechanical benefit to the fighter, but both Great Weapon Fighting ...
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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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Is the Purple Dragon Knight archetype as underpowered as it looks?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide includes a new martial archetype for fighters, the Purple Knight of Cormyr. Comparing its traits to the fighter archetypes in the PHB, it seems really underpowered. ...
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Crit Fighter in DnD 3.5

I had a friend tell me about a DnD 3.5 specialization for a fighter class, the crit fighter. Somehow, using the int score, this class would lower the die needed for a crit, and could, for instance, ...
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Could a Duelist Fighter wield Alchemist's Fire in their offhand and retain the Benefits of the Dueling fighting style?

So, under the Fighter's fighting styles, Dueling says "When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon." I was ...
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How do I model the fighter's Great Weapon Fighting fighting style in Anydice?

I was trying to create an AnyDice function to model the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style (which lets you reroll 1s and 2s), but I couldn't get it to work on any arbitrary dice. I've found this ...
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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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How does Come and Get it work with forced movement reduction

The L7 fighter Power Come and Get It specifies that you can pull enemies in a burst 3 up to 2 squares, but mandates that they become adjacent to you. How does this interact with creatures that can ...
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As a half-orc Barbarian, is it worth it to dip some levels into the Fighter class?

TL;DR: as a Great Weapon Master, half-orc Barbarian, is it worth it to take 3-4 (or more?) levels of Fighter, in order to deal more damage? I'm going to play a half-orc Barbarian in a soon-to-begin D&...
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Darts are awesome? Seriously? Darts?

It's my understanding that the dart is the optimized fighter's weapon of choice. In a traditional Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, 2nd Edition campaign that's run as much as it can be by the rules-as-...
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Can a Fighter use their Action Surge while Surprised to get an Action?

I was reading Rules Answers: November 2015 | Dungeons & Dragons and in the Combat section and someone had asked "Does surprise happen outside the initiative order as a special surprise round?". ...
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Can more than one Battle Master maneuver be used in the same attack?

Some of the battle master maneuvers can be used whenever you make a weapon attack. My question is, could I use multiple superiority dice and do multiple maneuvers with a single strike?
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If your fighter casts Green-Flame Blade or Booming Blade, do you still get extra Attacks?

If you're a high-elf fighter who has the Extra Attack feature, when you cast green-flame blade or booming blade, do you get to make your additional attacks? If so, can you cast the spell again on ...
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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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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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Is a Fighter/Wizard/Thief viable in Pathfinder?

I'm looking for a decent build for a Fighter/Wizard/Thief in Pathfinder. The goal is to have a "jack of all trades" PC. I'd like to enhance these aspect if possible: Fighter: melee dps Wizard: ...

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