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Questions tagged [ranged-attack]

In combat, attacks with a range beyond that of melee or hand-to-hand attacks. Examples include javelin, bow and arrow, pistol, blaster rifle, and the magic missile spell.

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What ability modifier, if any, would apply to a firearm attack roll?

I'm playing D&D 5e, and I'm not sure what ability score applies to firearm attack rolls. (Using the stats from the DM's Guide.)
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Does the Wind Wall spell affect you and your allies' projectiles?

The wind wall spell description includes the following line: Arrows, bolts, and other ordinary projectiles launched at targets behind the wall are deflected upward and automatically miss. Does "...
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Which spells benefit from the Spell Sniper feat?

Looking at the Spell Sniper feat (PHB, p. 170), it seems to be potentially useful - but when I started looking for spells that could be used with it, the choices seem really limited. This makes me ...
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What is an effective system for a random shot from a ranged weapon in 3 dimensions? [closed]

A couple of times in my current campaign (D&D 5e), one of my players has elected, due to blindness, or darkness, to make a random shot in a random direction (including vertically, not just ...
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Do the Pact of the Blade warlock's Eldritch Smite and Lifedrinker eldritch invocations work with ranged pact weapons?

It is possible for a Pact of the Blade warlock to have a ranged weapon as a pact weapon. The description of the Improved Pact Weapon eldritch invocation (XGtE, p. 57) includes the following: ...
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Can a druid wildshaped into a giant spider use the Sharpshooter feat on its web attack?

If a Moon Druid is wildshaped into a Giant Spider, which has a web attack (which is classified by the MM as a ranged weapon attack), can he then use the Sharpshooter feat to gain a +10 to damage since ...
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How does the Ranged Disarm feat work?

D&D 3.5, Complete Warrior, Ranged Disarm feat. It only says that we can attempt a disarm attempt with a ranged weapon, but not much else. So, two questions: Does the enemy still have an attack ...
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Can Sneak Attacks with Rakish Audacity be done with Ranged Attacks?

Can Sneak Attacks with Rakish Audacity can be done with Ranged Attacks? Cause RAW it mention You SA within 5ft of foe, no ally within 5th of the Rogue, and not disadvantaged. I don't know if these are ...
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Heavy Crossbow vs (unmodded) 5th level Eldritch Blast, which would be more reliable?

Which of these two would be more reliable at least in terms of consistently dealing damage? I'm not going to take the Agonizing Blast Invocation because I'm planning to take other Invocations, so I ...
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Is it possible to smite with ranged weapons using either Branding Smite or Banishing smite?

Most of the paladin's smite spells start out with The next time you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack... or The first time you hit with a melee weapon attack... Neither Branding smite ...
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How can an archer beat a foe that cuts all his arrows out of the air?

My PC is an archer—a human no-archetype fighter 4/hawkguard warder 5—who has taken only feats that let him make more ranged attacks and deal more damage with ranged attacks. My PC doesn't even have a ...
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Do dye arrows deal damage from additional sources?

There are a number of specialty arrows listed under the martial weapons ammunition for use with bows. One of these is the dye arrow which allows you to target touch AC. Dye Arrow Firing a dye ...
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Eldritch Archer / Ranged Spellstrike - is a ray cast in this way subject to armor now?

I have a Magus using the Eldritch Archer archetype. If I cast Ray of Enfeeblement (which is normally a ranged touch attack) using the Ranged Spellstrike feature, does my opponent now get the benefit ...
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Are there viable crossbow-using builds without Crossbow Expert?

I like crossbows as a concept. There's just something about the loading and the aiming and the thunk. What I don't like as much are rapid-firing automatic crossbows or the kind of machinegunning that ...
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How do you load a crossbow?

I know how you load a crossbow IRL but in the game you need a free hand to load them, and crossbows are two handed weapons (except the hand crossbow, but even that is sort of a two handed weapon ...
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Why is a hand crossbow light if you need both hands to use it? [duplicate]

The hand crossbow has to properties, ammo, and light, but you need a free hand to load the crossbow so how is it light if you need both hands.
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Does an invisible enemy within 5 feet of you still impose disadvantage on ranged attacks?

PHB, p. 195 says, under "Ranged Attacks in Close Combat": Aiming a ranged attack is more difficult when a foe is next to you. When you make a ranged attack with a weapon, a spell, or some other ...
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Is there such a thing as a ranged unarmed attack?

So I haven't had much time to create a character for playing D&D and thought I'd try my luck using a character generator for 4e, so I had something to tinker with before game. Mind you I am a ...
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Can the College of Swords' Blade Flourish features be used entirely with ranged attacks?

Is there any reason I couldn't just play a bard with a bow and use the Blade flourishes? I'm pretty sure I missed a word somewhere, because after reading through the whole thing, I came to the ...
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If you are grappled by a creature with 10'+ reach, can you make a ranged attack without disadvantage?

The rules for grappling require: The target of your grapple must be no more than one size larger than you, and it must be within your reach. (PHB, p. 195, italics added) Normally, this would ...
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Does a ranged attack against an adjacent enemy still have disadvantage even if you have the Crossbow Expert feat?

Part of the Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, p. 165) says: Being within 5 feet of a hostile creature doesn't impose disadvantage on your ranged attack rolls. This is relevant because of the rule on ...
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Does 2E AD&D specify a change in scale for missile and spell ranges from outdoors to indoors?

In 2E AD&D, ranges for missiles and spells are by default given in yards. Does this ruleset ever specify a different conversion when used indoors/underground? Citation/reference desired.
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If I cast Hail of Thorns and then Conjure Volley, would the effect of Hail of Thorns apply to the duplicate arrows created by Conjure Volley?

The description of hail of thorns (1 minute duration, 1 bonus action casting time) says: The next time you hit a creature with a ranged weapon attack before the spell ends, this spell creates a ...
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Homebrew game-designing problem: Ranged unit attack roll in Large-scale Battle? [closed]

I've run into a little homebrew game-designing issue and maybe you may have just the creative solution I'm looking for. I'll try to explain this as best as I can! I've been trying to create an ...
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Precise Shot and Improved precise shot

If I have the Improved Precise Shot feat through the Ranger's Archery Combat Style, but don't have Precise Shot, do I still incur the -4 penalty to ranged attacks for firing into melee?
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Is a stout halfling fighter with a shortbow less effective than a Medium creature with a longbow?

I'm building an archer fighter and have been considering making his race that of stout halfling because the halfling race gets +2 DEX and the "stout" subclass gets +1 CON, which seems perfect for an ...
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Does thunderous throw permit iterative attacks with two-handed thrown weapons?

The Player's Handbook on Thrown Weapons says, "Throwing a light or one-handed weapon is a standard action, while throwing a two-handed weapon is a full-round action" (113). The prestige class ...
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Can a giant that takes Quick Draw make iterative attacks with thrown rocks?

Giants typically have the extraordinary ability rock throwing: A giant of at least Large size can hurl rocks weighing 40 to 50 pounds each (Small objects) up to five range increments. The size of ...
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What's a good method of giving a certain monster resistance to ranged attacks made against it?

I'm creating a monster of my own and I ran into this problem. So, the monster is a giant, venomous Starfish, largely inspired by the Crown of Thorns starfish in real life. It's about 20-30 feet in ...
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Can I pre-load my ranged weapon (e.g. a crossbow)?

Are ranged weapons assumed to be unloaded until the Attack action or is it possible (within the rules) to enter a fight with a loaded weapon?
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Can you shoot goodberries from a blowgun?

Is it possible to shoot a goodberry from a blowgun using the rules as written? The reason for my hesitation is because a blowgun hole might be too small for the goodberry to fit in, but then ...
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Instantaneous multi-hit spell and advantages

I know that attacking an enemy with multiple attacks and advantage only gives the advantage to the first attack since it hits consecutively. But, since Scorching Ray is an instantaneous spell with ...
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Stack ranged attack and abilities?

Is it possible to stack Manyshot, Deadeye Shot and Ranged Precision Attack against one target? For example, imagine I ready a ranged attack to occur when my ally strikes an enemy. That target ...
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Can a ranged rogue effectively stand back and sneak attack opponents every turn with a ranged weapon while their allies fight on the front line?

Rogues can use ranged weapons to make sneak attacks. Also, the rogue rules state that: You don’t need advantage on the attack roll if another enemy of the target is within 5 feet of it, that enemy ...
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Shooting at larger creature behind the smaller creatures crowd

In a recent gaming session the PCs were shooting a Medium-size slaver ghoul over the heads of Small-size kobold crowd (say, a dozen of them). The Ghoul was obviously an enemy but the kobolds were ...
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How much damage is added from Str when throwing a two-handed weapon?

What's added to damage when throwing a two-handed weapon, the thrower's Strength modifier or the thrower's Strength modifier ×1.5?
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Attacking a target in dim light, from darkness, at great distance

Character A is in Darkness with no Darkvision Character B is in Dim Light a hundred feet away from A For further context, an ascii board (dashes indicate dimly lit area): -B-----...
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Can a monk catch and throw an Arcane Archer's active Arcane Shot back at them with Deflect Missiles?

Can a monk use their Deflect Missiles feature to catch an Arcane Archer fighter's Arcane Shot and then throw it back with the Arcane Shot magic still in use? I looked at Arcane Shot and it doesn't ...
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Can blade flourish be used with ranged attacks?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything under the Bard College of Swords Blade Flourish feature (page 15) it says "Whenever you make an attack action...". Was this meant for strictly melee attacks or can ...
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Do large creatures adjacent to any creature have cover vs ranged attacks?

If a large creature has a medium creature besides him, does he always have cover to all ranged attacks? A player in my game pointed out that: "the way ranged attacks work is you pick one corner of ...
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Multi-attack with Snap Shot, Improved Snap Shot and Combat Reflexes?

What I Understand: Snap Shot & Improved Snap Shot feat allow you to threaten up to 10 feet from you or 2 squares on combat. You can make an attack of opportunity to any hostile entering and ...
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Does a ranged attack around a corner incur cover penalties?

In case A attacks B with a ranged attack, does B get cover? I ask because it seems to me that he might not. In the image above I assumed that A has chosen the upper right corner of his square as ...
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How are range increments calculated?

I'm reading the Gunslinger page and the Deadeye deed says: the gunslinger can resolve an attack against touch AC instead of normal AC when firing beyond her firearm’s first range increment. I've ...
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Is there a way to increase a ranged weapon's maximum range?

Some ranged weapons have a pretty short maximum range, like nets, for example (15 feet). Is there a way to increase a ranged weapon's maximum range? Any increase, as little as 5ft, interests me.
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Can I shoot an enemy through a keyhole or small crack of a door with sharpshooter?

In a game last week there were two enemies trying to break down a door to get to us. We were at the end of the hall and our Sharpshooter archery Ranger was trying to hit them through a small crack in ...
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Using ranged weapons along with Air Genasi levitate ability

Can an Air Genasi shoot a bow while using their racial levitate? How do the components of this spell work? A bow is a two handed weapon. I'm having a hard time figuring out my options for this Air ...
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Do Ranged (Thrown) weapons benefit from natural reach?

Greg the Ogre is setting up an ambush for a party of adventurers, and is trying to find out where the best spot to hide is. He's collected a stack of javalins from previous meals, he knows he can ...
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Do weapons enchanted with elemental damage count their normal damage as magical?

In the 5e session I am playing a level 7 ranger was given a shortbow. The bow works as follows: Any arrow shot from the bow turns into a force arrow, adding 1d4 force damage to the attack. This ...
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Can You Fire A Loaded Crossbow as a Reaction?

If you have a light crossbow and it is loaded with a bolt, can you fire it as a reaction? Loading: Because of the time required to load this weapon, you can fire only one piece of ammunition from ...
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How much damage does a small crafted bomb do? [closed]

If I were to make a bomb using nails, a small wooden barrel of gunpowder, a wick, and wax to seal the whole thing, about how much damage would it do? No buffs, no mods, just a bomb. any ideas? Would ...