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How much damage does Great Weapon Fighting add on average?

The Great Weapon Fighting fighting style states the following: 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 ...
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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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Does the Dueling Fighting Style prevent using a shield?

The Dueling fighting style doesn't seem to state anything about shields, stating that the character can only wield one weapon while fighting to gain the benefit. Does a shield count as a weapon or ...
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How can I take multiple fighting styles?

For a fighter in D&D 5e, I can take one fighting style as part of the character creation. At third level, I can choose a martial archetype (Champion) which can then allow me to choose an ...
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What are the advantages to fighting with a 1-handed weapon and a free hand?

So, in a melee combat situation in D&D 5E, I am to understand that there are 4 options as to the variants of weapon-wielding a person can use. Two-handed. A character wields a single, usually ...
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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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Can you benefit from the Defense fighting style while not using armor AC calculation?

Let's assume a Lizardfolk fighter, with the Defense fighting style, wearing leather armor. Lizardfolk, per Volo's p. 113, get Natural Armor: You have tough, scaly skin. When you aren't wearing ...
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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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What exactly does Great Weapon Fighting allow you to reroll?

This has been a point of some controversy within our local AL community, with different DMs giving different rulings. From what I could see, this site has only touched on the Maneuver/Smite issue, ...
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Does Dueling Fighting Style apply to thrown weapons?

PHB p. 72 (and others) Dueling 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. PHB p.147 Thrown. If a weapon ...
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Can the Polearm Master 1d4 bonus attack be used with Great Weapon Fighter/Master?

Until recently, I've been thinking of the extra love tap from Polearm Master as basically no better than dual wielding a dagger, but now I found out that not only does it benefit from ability bonus to ...
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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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How would it unbalance gameplay to rule that Weapon Master allows for picking a fighting style?

Context For a new campaign I'm building a protector aasimar kensei. We're using the Point Buy system, so being an unarmored monk I managed to raise my default AC to 15 (17 with Agile Parry), at level ...
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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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Any tips for two-weapon training in LARP?

At my local LARP I have a character with a skill called Ambidex, which lets him swing two weapons round like a boss. It doesn't however help me with fighting, and I'm just not that great. I've seen a ...
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Does two-weapon fighting give any penalties to the offhand attack?

I understand that you have to use the two weapon fighting style to add your ability modifier to damage, but I was wondering if there were any penalties to the offhand attack modifier?
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Does the Dueling fighting style add 2 to every damage die you roll?

One of my players is trying to say that if she smites as a paladin with the Dueling fighting style, she gets +2 to every damage die roll. This seems like a lot, as she could potentially be adding 40 ...
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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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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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What are the benefits of using a lance in 5e?

Can the benefits from dueling/great weapon fighting styles apply when using a lance while mounted/unmounted respectively? Are Lances a DEX or STR weapon in 5e? What other perks are provided by ...
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Can a fighter with the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style reroll his damage many times?

A situation arose yesterday wherein a player with a fighter that had the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style rolled a '1' on his damage. He re-rolled and got a '2'. He re-rolled AGAIN and got a '4'. ...
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Does the Tavern Brawler Feat mean you have to choose between Shield or Duelist?

Tavern Brawler Accustomed to rough-and-tumble fighting using whatever weapons happen to be on hand, you gain the following benefits: [...] You are proficient with improvised weapons. [...
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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 the damage bonus from the new UA “Thrown Weapon Fighting” fighting style stack with that of the “Dueling” fighting style?

The description of the Dueling fighting style (on PHB p. 72, and in other class descriptions) says: When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to ...
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Does the Bracer of Flying Daggers benefit from the Dueling fighting style?

The Dueling Fighting style description 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. The Bracer of Flying ...
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Is the Tunnel Fighter stance once per enemy, or how often does it trigger?

Does the Tunnel Fighter fighting style (from UA: Light, Dark, Underdark!) trigger multiple times on an enemy who is, for example, running in circles around the character? If yes, does it trigger ...
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Can a dual-wielder have something like the “protection” fighting style?

I'm new to D&D and am playing a 5e campaign as a Paladin with a focus on Dex rather than Str; I am considering multi-classing into Fighter to get the two-weapon fighting style, per some of the ...
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What might be the downside of taking the Dueling fighting style over Great Weapon Fighting?

Taken from the Player's Handbook - Fighter's Fighting Styles (p. 72) Dueling When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that ...
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How do flat modifiers (like those from magic weapons) affect DPR comparison in GWF vs TWF?

This question has some answers with fantastic calculations comparing the Great Weapon Master feat to the Dual Wielding feat. I'm interested in comparing Great Weapon Fighting and Two Weapon Fighting ...
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Does the same fighting style stack with itself?

Suppose I have a ranger with the style Archery, and I take a one level dip into fighter and also pick Archery. Do I get an additional +4 to my attack rolls, or just +2? More generally, does the same ...
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How do natural weapons interact with the Dueling fighting style?

Many creatures in D&D have natural weapons. Player characters can often get natural weapons themselves - whether simply by picking a race that has a natural weapon as part of a racial trait (so ...
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Do ranged attacks with improvised weapons get the bonus from the Archery fighting style?

Do flasks like oil and alchemist's fire benefit from the Archery fighting style? Archery: You gain a +2 bonus to attack rolls you make with ranged weapons. Oil (flask): Make a ranged attack ...
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What imbalance might arise from this alteration to the two-weapon fighting style?

It's generally accepted that the two-weapon fighting style is considered a subpar option. It's disappointing when going by the numbers, the mechanics (just add a small bonus to your one extra attack), ...
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How does the UA Tunnel Fighter fighting style's reaction attack interact with the Sentinel feat's speed-reduction effect?

So lets say I'm a Fighter (F), and a Creature (C) is standing to my side, within my reach (*), like this: o o o o o o * * * o o * F * o o * C * o o o o o o If ...
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Can a Barbarian use Defense Fighting Style while raging?

I have not found any rule that prevents it, but to me the spirit of the Rage ability is attacking with no time to think about self-defense, just focus on doing the most damage possible. So: Does a ...
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How can large weapons be used in a small forest?

My main LARP character has a honking great 6'6" Dire Mace as his paladin weapon (Read; attuned to so cannot be replaced with a smaller weapon). Our LARPs are commonly in small forested areas making ...
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Combining Dueling and Two Weapon Fighting styles

When a champion fighter, with "Two Weapon Fighting" fighting style and the "Dual Wielder" feat, picks up "Dueling" for his 2nd fighting style... Is he able to make use of the +2 to damage rolls with a ...
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Do bonuses from proficiency and Fighting Style stack?

One of the pregen fighters in the Starter Set has proficiency in simple & martial weapons, giving a +2 bonus, but also has the Archery fighting style, giving a +2 bonus. I don't see these added ...
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How many attacks exactly do I get if I combine the Dual Wielder feat with the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style?

It says in the Two-Weapon Fighting attack option (PHB, 165): When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to ...
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Does the Weapon Master feat grant you a fighting style?

Does the Weapon Master feat grant you a fighting style? I've heard this, and even seen this somewhere, but I cannot find the right source/book for this. Maybe my PHB is just outdated? My confusion ...
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Does using the Paladin Protection Fighting Style move the characters involved?

The Protection fighting style is described (SRD, p. 24) as: When a creature you can see attacks a target other than you that is within 5 feet of you, you can use your reaction to impose ...
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Is Count Dracula's fighting style too powerful?

Found in the future White Wolf PDF for Count F****** Dracula is the following fighting style: Legacy Fighting Style: Dirty Fighting (• to ••••• ) Prerequisites: Strength (•••), Brawl (•••) ...
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What are the pros and cons of the Two-Weapon Fighting option for fighters?

I've been seeing discussions about how great weapon fighting and even dueling, when reaching a certain point, are stronger than Two-Weapon Fighting. What are the advantages & disadvantages of the ...
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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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Multiple Styles During a Full Round Attack

I have a 16th Level Unchained Monk designed and ready to play. However, I'm getting a little caught up with the Style Feats. I have three different styles (Mantis, Wolf, and Pummeling) along with ...
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Can a Tunnel Fighter Polearm Master hit the same incoming enemy twice?

You have a Fighter with the "Tunnel Fighter" fighting style (bonus action to get attacks of opportunity without using reaction & reaction to hit enemy moving more than 5ft while inside reach) and ...
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Is there a combat style that works with disarming opponents?

I am currently playing a brawler that just reached 3rd level. I am playing him as an unarmed strike, disarm combat maneuver specialist. I know that is somewhat limiting, especially in regards to ...
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Does Dual-Wielder require to have Two-Weapon Fighting as a prerequisite?

Reading from PHB 5e, I like to know if I choose a Fighter class and pick Two-Weapon Fighting as my fighting style and later in the game if I choose the feat Dual-Wielder. Is picking Two-Weapon ...
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Can you train your ranger to master different fighting styles?

I realize this is similar to How can I take multiple fighting styles? but it's been still a nagging question that I'd like to find a solution to without multiclassing. I like playing a Ranger who ...