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Which damage dice exactly does the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style 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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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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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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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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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 I draw a weapon before making a bonus-action attack and get the damage bonus from the Dueling fighting style?

I've got a character with the Dueling fighting style who fights with a rapier while keeping their other hand free. They also have a dagger sheathed. The way I see it, my character can perform a ...
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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 will later (at 10th level) allow me to ...
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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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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 you benefit from the Dueling fighting style for one weapon, then draw a second weapon as part of Extra Attack to qualify for Two-Weapon Fighting?

Say a Champion fighter has the "Two-Weapon Fighting" fighting style and the "Dual Wielder" feat. At 10th level, they pick up "Dueling" (+2 to damage rolls when wielding a ...
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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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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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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 does the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style interact with critical hits and the half-orc's Savage Attacks trait?

We know that the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style allows the rerolling of all 1 and 2s that come from a weapon taking the new roll. If a player using a Greatsword gets a critical hit and rolls ...
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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 the Dueling damage bonus not apply to Two-Handed Weapons?

The Dueling fighting style is defined as following (PHB p 72): "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" Can I ...
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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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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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Is this change to the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style balanced?

Here is my modified version of the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style. Two-Weapon Fighting Once per attack, when you engage in two-weapon fighting and before rolling, you can take a -5 to hit for ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Can you reroll both dice or only one when Great Weapon Fighting with a Greatsword?

GWF let's you reroll the die if it's a 1 and 2, so in the instance of a Greatsword do you reroll only one of those die if both land on a 1 or a 2, or both? I imagine if you could reroll both it would ...
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How does the extra fire damage from the Helm of Brilliance item interact with the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style?

The item Helm of Brilliance includes a feature that reads (DMG, 173): You can use an action and speak a command word to cause one weapon you are holding to burst into flames. [...] When you hit ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does the Dual Wielder feat require me to have the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style as a prerequisite?

Say I choose the fighter class, and pick Two-Weapon Fighting as my fighting style; later in the game, I choose the Dual Wielder feat. Does the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style become obsolete, if ...
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Two-Weapon Fighting Mechanic Balance

A while ago I put up a question for a balance pass on a homebrew fix for the Two-Weapon Fighting Style found here: Is this change to the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style balanced? A lot of people ...
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In D&D 5e, does the superiority dice from the new superior technique fighting style become a d8 if you are a battlemaster? [duplicate]

I was just wondering if it functions the same as the martial adept feat's dice, which do become d8s as confirmed by Jeremy Crawford. https://twitter.com/jeremyecrawford/status/1250815333331382274?lang=...
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Is Additional Fighting Style underpowered as the only class feature at a given level?

This question is inspired by considering minor homebrew improvements to the Champion subclass, which is frequently but not universally considered a weak subclass. Looking at the class features, the ...
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Does turning around count as moving for triggering Brace?

My fighter took Superior Technique as Fighting Style. This gives me the the Combat Maneuver Brace, which says (emphasis mine): When a creature you can see moves into the reach you have with the melee ...
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Does the Dueling fighting style work with versatile weapons while wielding them with two hands?

The Dueling fighting style states that: 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 know that the versatile ...
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Is the Protection fighting style considered subpar?

I do not see Protection recommended in many places. It seems like it might be considered in the community to not be as good as other options. Is it actually subpar, and if so, why? Is disadvantage on ...