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What is the maximum amount of melee weapon attacks a character can make reliably every turn?

Partially inspired by (but distinct from) this question: What is the maximum number of attacks a single character can make themselves during their turn? I have a character concept for a character ...
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Does cover affect melee attacks?

In what circumstances would cover affect melee attacks? If three characters are lined up as shown in the diagram, and the bottom-right man in armor makes a melee attack against the frog creature in ...
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Can you use a reach weapon to make the bonus-action attack granted by the Charger feat?

The Charger feat (PHB, p. 165) says: When you use your action to Dash, you can use a bonus action to make one melee weapon attack or to shove a creature. If you move at least 10 feet in a ...
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What how much damage does an unarmed melee attack deal?

We played the Shadowrun 6th world beginner set earlier this week and could not find the relevant damage anywhere in the included rulebook or tool cards. We do not have access yet to the full rules, so ...
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When affected by the Crown of Madness spell, can I choose what type of melee attack to make?

This question is inspired by this question about grappling/shoving when affected by the same spell. The crown of madness spell states: The charmed target must use its action before moving on each ...
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Do these spell-like abilities, from the prestige class Holy Vindicator, provoke opportunity attacks?

The prestige class Holy Vindicator (in the Advanced Player's Guide) has three spell like abilities. Divine Wrath and Divine Retribution (which can be triggered by a done or received critical hit) and ...
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Does a “melee spell attack” use my spellcasting ability, or my Strength? [duplicate]

The spell "Flame Blade" makes a fire sword that you can perform a melee spell attack with. As a druid with higher Wisdom, I would rather have it be based on that than my Strength, but I'm not sure if ...
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Did I just find a new build? 5 weapon attacks at lvl 6

According to this - Is it possible to Twin Spell Dragon Breath or Booming Blade? We can Twin the booming blade spell Now if I pick 2 lvls in Fighter to get action surge 3 lvls in Sorcerer to get ...
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Question about vertical attack range from one character to another

I have a character using the Spider Climb spell and a whip in a dungeon with 20 foot ceilings. Character is 6 foot tall. Average Medium sized creature is 4+ feet tall. Average Human 5'9". If PC is on ...
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Is there an optimal choice for multiclassing with the aim of optimizing an Arcane Trickster for front-line melee?

The general setting: I want to play a rogue. My party needs me in melee. I want to choose the Arcane Trickster archetype. XGtE and SCAG are allowed. I am aware that these basic assumptions conflict ...
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Can a Beholder use rays in melee range?

Can the Beholder use Eye Ray in melee range (RAW)? I can't find any restrictions of the sort, yet I've seen posts with people saying that the Beholder will use Bite on melee targets.
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Can you use the Improved Two-Weapon Feint feat in tandem with the Sword and Pistol feat?

I've been trying to find a viable way to use the Sword and Pistol feat, and I thought about using the Two-Weapon Feint feat (more specifically, its improved version). Two-Weapon Feint states that you ...
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How should I respond to a player wanting to catch a sword between their hands?

How should I respond to a player wanting to catch a sword between their hands? I'm taking into account that this is impossible in real life (TV Tropes link warning), but also that we are talking ...
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What is the optimal race choice for maximum melee damage for my pure Hexblade build?

Stat rolls 18, 14, 16, 8, 10, 12 Pure Hexblade build, no multiclass. We start at level 4, probably play to level 10 at most. I have two choices: One a classic Vuman with PAM, GWM + 18 CHA on level ...
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Can a monster with reach make an attack against a character in the space behind another character?

A monster has a 10-foot reach attack, and it has two characters within that reach, one within 5 feet and the second within 10 feet. Can that monster make a melee attack against the 2nd character? Is ...
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Can Shadow Demons hide in melee combat to gain advantage on attacks?

Shadow Demons (MM, p. 64) have two abilities that seem to want to work in conjunction with each other: Shadow Stealth - While in dim light or darkness, the demon can take the Hide action as a bonus ...
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While flying, can I be in melee with the wolf rider, but not with the wolf mount?

My medium-sized character has a flying speed. I would like to attack a Halfling Beast Master with my shortsword. My reach is 5 feet, because I’m not a bugbear or have other crazy features that would ...
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I have no magic weapon; why might I melee a target who is immune? [closed]

Let's say I have a character with a non-magical weapon, and I find myself in melee with a target immune to non-magical bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage. What reason might I have for making ...
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Is there any way to get melee to-hit bonuses as high as ranged to-hit bonuses?

The Archery Fighting Style (PH 72) gives +2 to hit. Adding in a magic weapon +3 and magic ammunition +3 gives a whopping +8 bonus to hit in addition to the Dexterity and proficiency bonus. On this ...
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Would it be possible to grab my Spiritual Weapon and make a melee attack with it?

If I cast spiritual weapon, would it be possible to grab it and make a melee attack with it? Of course the attack would take my action and I would have to use my strength modifier to hit because I am ...
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What feats give maximum melee damage per round for wild-shaped druid? [closed]

Building a level 11 druid. Plan to be in most combat situations while wild-shaped. What feats can I take to maximize melee damage/per turn? Already looking into Eldritch Claws to ensure that the ...
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Is War Caster's spell still considered an Opportunity Attack?

The feat War Caster allows you to cast a spell when an enemy provokes an Opportunity Attack from you. The spell must target only the provoking creature, and can only have a casting time of 1 Action. ...
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Does the Savage Attacker feat let you reroll Sneak Attack damage dice?

The Savage Attacker feat (PHB, p. 169) states: Once per turn when you roll damage for a melee weapon attack, you can reroll the weapon’s damage dice and use either total. Additionally, the rogue'...
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Can you make a Melee Weapon Attack with a Net?

A thrown melee weapon is considered a ranged attack. However, the Net has a throwing range, is listed as a Martial Ranged Weapon, but doesn't inherently state that it requires you to throw the net in ...
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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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Are there any issues with creating creatures that can make multi-target melee attacks?

The Issue Looking through plus-sized creatures in the 5e Monster Manual, I am unable to find any monsters that can target more than one creature with a single melee attack. I would think that a ...
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Is it impossible to flank a large creature on a hex grid?

DnD 5e has optional rules for flanking that includes guides for how it works when using a hex-grid tactical map: On hexes, count around the enemy from one creature to its ally. Against a Medium or ...
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Can you combine Polearm Master with War Caster to cast Booming Blade as enemies approach?

The Polearm Master feat (PHB, p. 168) says: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, or quarterstaff, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when they enter your reach. The ...
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From the melee classes (barbarian, fighter, monk, paladin), what subclasses are the most complex to play? [closed]

As the topic states, I'm interested in playing more melee (tanks are hard to find sometimes) but I don't want to run a character like the Champion that does nothing but stand there and hit hard. ...
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Is there a melee equivalent for Clustered Shots?

The Clustered Shots feat says: You take a moment to carefully aim your shots, causing them all to strike nearly the same spot. Prerequisites: Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot, base attack bonus +...
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Can I make a melee attack with a ranged weapon?

Are there any rules that preclude this action? I know weapons with the Ammunition property are treated as improvised weapons per this line and this question: If you use a weapon that has the ...
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Using a ranged weapon with the Ammunition property for a melee attack

Under the section on Improvised Weapons, this rule shows up: If a character uses a ranged weapon to make a melee attack, or throws a melee weapon that does not have the thrown property, it also ...
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How does deafness affect melee combat?

The ears are very much related to balance and dizziness. Balance is maintained not only by the vestibular system found in your ears but also by your visual and sensory systems. If any one of these ...
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Can you attack a foe outside of melee when you are in melee with someone else?

Say that I am in melee with enemy A. Enemy B is farther away, but within my range. Can I attack B? The only rules I see are about Ranged Weapons in Ranged Weapons in Close Combat No ranged ...
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Can the monk's Stunning Strike feature be used with Martial Arts?

The monk's Stunning Strike feature reads as follows: Starting at 5th level, you can interfere with the flow of ki in an opponent’s body. When you hit another creature with a melee weapon attack,...