Questions tagged [melee-combat]

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What is the most damage that can be done in a single melee attack?

So, I was attempting to theory-craft a character that could deliver a massive amount of damage in a single melee attack. I know that there are builds to deliver a massive amount of damage in a single ...
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Are there any melee alternatives to Power Word Kill?

The 9th Level Enchantment spell Power Word Kill outright kills any creature with less than 100 hitpoints. I've had a look, but I can't see anything that would be similar via any melee action of feat, ...
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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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If Booming Blade or Green Flame Blade are counterspelled, does the attack still go through?

Booming Blade says: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell's range. Counterspell reads: You attempt to ...
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Is a melee spell attack also a melee attack?

The absorb elements spell says: The spell captures some of the incoming energy, lessening its effect on you and storing it for your next melee attack. You have resistance to the triggering damage ...
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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 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,...
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Does Armor of Agathys work for melee spell attacks like Spiritual Weapon?

Armor of Agathys (PHB 215) states: If a creature hits you with a melee attack while you have these hit points, the creature takes 5 cold damage. Since it doesn't specify that it has to be a weapon ...
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Can the Thorn Whip cantrip fulfill the requirement for the third benefit of the Mobile feat? [duplicate]

As stated in the description for the thorn whip cantrip (PHB, p. 282), the caster makes a "melee spell attack" against the target. You create a long, vine-like whip covered in thorns that ...
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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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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 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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How does grappling interact with the Armor of Agathys spell?

The description of the Armor of Agathys spell says (PHB 215, emphasis mine): A protective magical force surrounds you, manifesting as a spectral frost that covers you and your gear. You gain 5 ...
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How to encourage melee combat when ranged is a stronger option

I'm playing in a 5E campaign based on the Grim Hollow guide. My character is Level 3 Rogue Assassin multiclassed with Level 3 Ranger Gloom Stalker, with all future levels going into Rogue. I had ...
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How to balance combat to promote the Fighter's role?

Our family game consists of Fighter-Rogue-Cleric, playing through Dragon of Icespire Peak. The characters have reached L4 now. In combat the Fighter typically does 1d6+3 bow damage per turn and the ...
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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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How do I make a phalanx fighter?

I have been toying with running Red Hand of Doom again (I last ran it about eight years ago). One thing I found unsatisfying then was that the hobgoblin foot soldiers are described as professional ...
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Are there any Feats for / ways to use spears that reflect its dominance over shorter melee weapons?

Spear are wildly effective weapons, in small-ish Combat Groups. In particular, when used defensively, they can keep melee attackers at bay with no ability to retaliate relatively easily. You would, ...
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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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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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When a melee fighting character wants to stun a monster, and the monster wants to be killed, can they instead take a fatal blow?

Mainly what was asked above. I know that a melee attack can stun an opponent by reducing them to 0 HP instead of killing them, but can a monster somehow lay down in such a way that the blow is fatal?
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When is a reasonable level range for Gurt's Greataxe to be offered to a player?

As suggested in the title, I ran into Gurt's Greataxe. I was looking up magic items in my free time since I was curious, and I thought why not search for magic items related to greataxes, since my ...
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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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Can we ignore cover with melee weapons?

There are a number of feats that allow a ranged attack to ignore cover, most notably Improved Precise Shot. However, ranged attacks aren’t the only ones that are subject to cover. Melee attacks with ...
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What is the maximum static positive modifier to a melee attack's damage?

I’m currently building up a Level 20 Warlock to have the absolute maximum static damage (by static, I mean damage not reliant on a roll) on a melee attack. A level 20 Hexblade Warlock with a 20 in ...
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What is the most damage that can be done in a single melee attack without features that double damage?

I've been trying to come up with builds that maximise burst damage recently, but I'm not much of an optimiser, usually preferring themes and/or roleplay. I'd come up with something along the lines of ...
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How far down can I attack when standing on the ceiling?

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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For a 1st level human warpriest, what is the point of using a melee weapon if I can cast Divine Lance cantrip spell?

I am trying to familiarize myself with Pathfinder 2e, which is also my first role-playing game in which I will be actively participating in live sessions. I am interested in creating a 1st level human ...
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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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Wall of Fire - Melee Attack with Reach

A huge creature, having melee attacks with a 15-foot range, can attack a target (the red target in the picture) on the opposite side of the wall of fire without necessarily going through the wall. In ...
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Is melee attacks' reach always written?

So, a group of mine made this doubt pop up: do huge creatures have reach just because of their size? From what I understand, a creature has reach on a melee attack only if it's written as this one (an ...
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Can a player begin and end its movement inside a swarm's space and not incur an opportunity attack?

Dirk, Hermes, Necryx, Jomil and Sing Lore- avert your eyes, or incur the wrath of Spuggroth the Humbled and Aflame! I'm designing an encounter where the party is trying to confront some foes in the ...
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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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How does the bite attack from the 'fangs' talent work, with other abilities, actions and features?

The species hybrid—lupine has the special talent fangs that says: Once per round, the agent may declare he is making a bite attack against his opponent as a free action. This attack inflicts 1d4 ...
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How to fight a Balor as a melee character (reduce fire damage on hit?)

In my party we have a ranger, a sorcerer and a monk. We recently had a fight with a Balor and I had to keep introducing things in order for the monk to feel like he was contributing in any way. For ...
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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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Does the multiplier for wielding a weapon two-handed apply to my Dex mod if I have the Weapon Finesse feat?

I have a rogue with the Weapon Finesse feat: When making a melee attack with a light weapon or rapier, you may use your DEX Mod instead of your strength Mod on the attack roll. Since a rapier's ...
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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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Melee two handed vs melee polearm

After looking through the WFRP 4E core rulebook I cannot find any information on the difference between the melee specializations polearm and two handed and all the weapons listed under the polearm ...
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How does melee combat work between fighters with different weapon ranges?

Let's say in a classic fantasy medieval world there are two warriors fighting, one with a spear and the other with a sword or one with a halberd and the other using martial arts with bare hands. I ...
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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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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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Is there a way to leave melee combat without provoking an opportunity attack?

Is there a way for a character to leave melee combat without causing opportunity attacks? Do they have to make an Athletics or Acrobatics check to do so?
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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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Could I cast a range spell as a melee attack?

I'm wanting to make a sorcerer that throws a little flare in his spell attacks. I was wondering if I could use a range spell attack as a melee attack. Like casting firebolt, but punching with it ...
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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 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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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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Wand with Melee Spell for noncaster

In a DND 5e campaign, my party has received a Wand of Shocking Grasp. It's currently in the hands of a non-caster. Shocking Grasp is a touch melee spell. I have 2 questions: When the spell is cast, ...
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What is the interaction between Empowered Spell and Booming Blade or Green-Flame Blade?

Can you reroll the damage dice that come as part of the melee weapon attack? That is, is the melee weapon attack part of the damage for the spell? Empowered Spell reads: When you roll damage for a ...