Questions tagged [improvised-weaponry]

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How to calculate D&D 5e challenge ratings when party has improvised weapons and no armor

I'm running a game where the players are planning to attend a grand ball. At this ball, the players will not be able to wear their armor with their finery or smuggle in their weapons. The players are ...
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Can Sharpshooter be applied to improvised ranged weapon attacks, and if so do you still need Tavern Brawler?

Sharpshooter (PHB p.170) has a host of effects on your ranged weapon attacks: Attacking at long range doesn't impose disadvantage on your ranged weapon attack rolls. Your ranged weapon attacks ignore ...
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How much damage does a collapsible bathtub do?

So the title asks it all - I have a bit of backstory if your interested into why I want to know how much damage a collapsible bathtub does it doesn't really mater but I'm curious as to people's ...
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Can I use an instant bridge as an improvised weapon?

Assuming 40+ strength with shikigami manipulation, could one use an instant bridge as an improvised weapon? Penalties are fine. I've built a goliath druid / hinyasi brawler, so I do have a secondary ...
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How does Enlarge affect improvised weapons?

This question was sparked by a couple of other questions/answers around the effect of Enlarge on an artificer's cannon and an arrow where the wording of "weapon" in the enlarge spell is ...
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Is a Blade Pact Warlock proficient when wielding their pact weapon in an improvised fashion?

The Pact of the Blade Warlock is proficient with their pact weapon while they wield it. Suppose that a Blade Pact warlock is wielding a longsword as their pact weapon (either because they created a ...
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Are there rules I should follow to create a non-traditional weapon for one of my players?

One of my Barbarian players created a hat that has a bladed "tail" (like a raccoon hat, but in the shape of a dragon's tail) and I'd like to make this into an improvised martial melee weapon ...
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Are there any rules pertaining to using extremely heavy weapons, either standard or improvised?

I haven't found any rules related to this subject. Nothing about weight changing the damage of any weapon was seen anywhere, and neither was there anything on the improvised weapon. Have anyone seen ...
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Are the Book of Shadow or Genie's Vessel granted by Warlock features considered as magic items?

Basically the title. If a Warlock fights by wielding their Book of Shadow or Genie Vessel in one hand as a spell focus and keeps the other one empty to meet the requirement of somatic component, they ...
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Does the Thrown Weapon Fighting Style apply to ranged, improvised attacks?

The Thrown Weapon Fighting Style states: [...] In addition, when you hit with a ranged attack using a thrown weapon, you gain a +2 bonus to the damage roll. My question is whether "a thrown ...
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Can one use the spell Goodberry as a weapon?

The spell Goodberry produces ten berries that heal one hit-point each. It has a few other uses in terms of nutrition. Have some RAW berries: Up to ten berries appear in your hand and are infused with ...
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Strictly RAW, is punching someone with a crossbow a melee attack with a ranged weapon? [duplicate]

I’m exploring ways to combine the Crusher feat with a melee rogue-paladin, and have come into a conundrum- without using my busy bonus action to two-weapon-fight with a club, is there a way to get ...
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Do you do make multiple attack rolls when you hit multiple creatures with the same attack?

I was DMing a quest where the player was in a library getting attacked by 8 gnolls. He was at low health and outnumbered so he ran, but first knocked over a bookcase on 3 of the gnolls. In the future, ...
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Improvised weapons and proficiency

I would like to know if I utilize “use an object” on an acid vial or alchemist’s fire and they are treated as improvised weapons with the respective range attack up to 20 feet, can I add my ...
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Does a monk get martial arts die damage on improvised thrown monk weapons?

The monk's martial arts ability states: Your practice of Martial Arts gives you mastery of Combat styles that use unarmed strikes and monk Weapons, which are shortswords and any simple Melee Weapons ...
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Can I use Holy Water for an "additional weapon attack"?

With my 3rd level Gloomstalker, can I make a regular attack and then use Holy Water for my Dread Ambusher additional attack? The crux of the issue is the description of Holy Water and Improvised ...
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Using a hot chain as an improvised weapon

Given the mathematics discussed in this physics.stackexchange question , how would a DM handle a PC placing 5ft of a 10ft chain (the kind used by goblins to shackle a wolf) in a campfire, then ...
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Does Green-Flame Blade benefit from the Alchemist artificer's Alchemical Savant feature if they use alchemist's supplies as an improvised weapon?

The Alchemist artificer's 5th-level Alchemical Savant feature states (WGtE, p. 180; E:RftLW, p. 58): Whenever you cast a spell using your alchemist’s supplies as the spellcasting focus, you gain a ...
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Can I use a spiked shield in my primary hand as a weapon? If so, does it count as a simple or martial weapon?

Can any humanoid PC use a Spiked Shield in their 'primary hand' as a Weapon? and Is it a Simple or Martial Weapon? The Lizardfolk entry in the MM (p. 204) has a statblock that includes the ...
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How do improvised weapons work?

I know what an improvised weapon is — a shard of glass or a tree branch used as a weapon — but what damage do they do? Is it up to the DM to decide what dice is thrown to determine the damage or is ...
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What happens when a player uses another PC as an improvised weapon?

One of my players in a beginner party in the Lost Mines of Phandelver asked about improvised weapons and how they work. After I explained it, they asked if they could use one of their fellow PCs as an ...
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If using a weapon as an improvised weapon, are any of its properties retained?

I'm unsure what happens to a weapon's properties when used to make an improvised attack. What happens if you were to use any of the following as improvised weapons to make either melee or ranged ...
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Can you use Tavern Brawler to wield a 2 handed sword with one hand as an improvised weapon?

So I'm wielding a two handed sword. Can I grapple with one hand and use the 2hd sword as a improvised weapon? Obviously the damage dice would be less.
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Can a UA Rune Knight inscribe a rune on an improvised weapon?

The Rune Knight fighter subclass from this UA has a class feature allowing them to inscribe runes on objects. However, To be eligible, an object must be a weapon, a suit of armor, or a shield. ...
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Does attacking with an improvised weapon using a magic item count as a magical attack? [duplicate]

Inspired by the recent question: "Are there mechanics that will make improvised weapon attacks magical for a pure fighter?" Answers there are basically debating whether improvised attacks with magic ...
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Are there mechanics that will make improvised weapon attacks magical for a pure fighter?

I'm looking at the Tavern Brawler Feat and realizing that it is likely going to drop in effectiveness as a character levels up and encounters more monsters resistant/immune to non-magical attacks. ...
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Does the Tavern Brawler feat grant proficiency when the character is not proficient otherwise?

This is a bit challenging to phrase, so I'll use an example. A human wizard with the Tavern Brawler feat gets fed up with a unruly Gnome and snaps off a heavy gate post to stab him with. The DM ...
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Can you count an improvised weapon as a melee weapon and a ranged weapon? Can you add an enhancement to an improvised weapon?

I want to make a character that specializes in throwing cards. I took 2 levels in Brawler, which gives me proficiency in Improvised Weapons. It also lets me choose Improvised Weapons as my weapon ...
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Do the Gauntlets of Flaming Fury make Improvised Weapons magical?

The Gauntlets of Flaming Fury, a magic item from the WoTC adventure Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus, have the following property amongst others: While you wear both of these steel gauntlets, ...
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How long does the additional fire damage of an oil flask last? [duplicate]

Here's the description of an oil flask: Oil usually comes in a clay flask that holds 1 pint. As an action, you can splash the oil in this flask onto a creature within 5 feet of you or throw it up ...
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Are there any rules on using a grappling hook in combat?

I came up with the idea of a "grappling hook" (just a 30-foot length of rope, and a hook on the end - not sharp, just to hook onto things), and was wondering about its use in combat. The tricky part ...
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How much damage does a coffin do?

I've been looking through various supplies to buy for my campaign as a Bloodrager/Fighter and I found that coffins are a thing. So I'm wondering how much damage would it do? would it be like a ...
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What ability modifier do I use to chuck a dead goblin?

I know I can use a dead goblin as an improvised weapon (and I'm just using the goblin as example of such) and that if I use it in melee I use my Strength for the attack. I also know that when ...
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Do thrown breakable items (like oil flasks) do damage when they hit?

Some items, specifically acid vials, alchemist's fire, holy water, and oil flasks, allow you to throw them at enemies for various effects. To do this, you make a ranged attack, treating the object as ...
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Is it unbalanced to allow a monk with the Tavern Brawler feat to use improvised weapons as monk weapons?

A friend of mine wants to play a variant human monk with the Tavern Brawler feat. He asked me if he could use improvised Weapons as monk weapons. I personally haven't played a monk, or a character ...
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Can a Flame Blade be used as an improvised weapon?

Flame Blade creates a blade of fire in your free hand: You evoke a fiery blade in your free hand. The blade is similar in size and shape to a scimitar... Can that blade of fire be used for an ...
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Is this attack type chart correct?

I am wondering if this chart showing the types of attacks in 5e-dnd and what things they can count towards is correct: (source1) The chart works by listing on the y-axis different ways of making an ...
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Do the Improvised Weapon Mastery and Shikigami Style feats stack?

The Improvised Weapon Mastery feat says: Increase the amount of damage dealt by the improvised weapon by one step (for example, 1d4 becomes 1d6) to a maximum of 1d8 (2d6 if the improvised weapon is ...
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Is the attack roll to splash holy water or oil on a target within 5 feet of you made with disadvantage?

The description of holy water (flask) states: As an action, you can splash the contents of this flask onto a creature within 5 feet of you or throw it up to 20 feet, shattering it on impact. In ...
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Does a kensei monk gain the benefits of Martial Arts features for an improvised melee attack with a ranged kensei weapon?

Since the Kensei's Path of the Kensei weapon choices include ranged weapons, making them count as monk weapons for the purposes of applying Martial Arts features, do these features apply even when ...
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How can I model explosives with secondary effects?

In my campaign, there is a crazy old shopkeeper NPC who has some arcane knowledge. In preparation to defend the town against an incoming zombie horde, the party paid him to make twenty one-pound small ...
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How does allowing Sneak Attack with improvised weapons imbalance gameplay at the table?

Context Following up on Can Sneak Attack be used when hitting with an improvised weapon? By RAW: Not unless you have an ability that allows Sneak Attack with an improvised weapon Or, at DM's ...
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Can Sneak Attack be used when hitting with an improvised weapon?

The Mastermind rogue in my game was well hidden when he threw a flask of holy water at a shadow demon that attacked his ally. In the moment, it made the most sense to me to allow him to use Sneak ...
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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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Can the damage from a Talisman of Pure Good (or Ultimate Evil) be non-lethal?

This is a direct follow-up to this other question of mine and assumes that, indeed, one may wield a Talisman of Pure Good (or a Talisman of Ultimate Evil) as an improvised weapon and apply both the ...
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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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As a Hexblade Pact of the Blade warlock, if I use my pact weapon bow as an improvised melee weapon, which benefits carry over?

As a Hexblade Pact of the Blade warlock with the Improved Pact Weapon eldritch invocation, what effects carry over using a bow from Pact of the Blade for melee attacks (e.g. if an enemy is too close ...
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Can the Shield Master feat's bonus-action shove be used to make an improvised weapon attack?

Do the rules allow the bonus action shove (special melee attack) from Shield Master to be "converted" to a regular attack for use as an improvised weapon attack? Since a shove is a special melee ...
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RAW, can you use the Sharpshooter and Great Weapon Master feats to make an improvised weapon attack with a longbow?

Occasionally when looking through posts I see people talk about taking Sharpshooter and Great Weapon Master so that they can make an improvised weapon attack with a longbow at -10 to hit +20 damage. ...
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At what point is the Tavern Brawler feat better than a stat bump to Str or Dex?

At what point is it statistically better to take Tavern Brawler over an increase to Str or Dex if 1/3 of all your attacks are made with an improvised weapon? Example: A Thief rogue 4/Champion fighter ...