Questions tagged [ranged-attack]

For questions about ranged attacks: attacks in combat with a range beyond that of melee or hand-to-hand attacks. Examples include those made with javelins, bow and arrow, pistols, blaster rifles, or ranged spells.

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Can the bonus action Two-Weapon Fighting be used with a hand crossbow after making an unarmed attack?

I've started a Blood Hunter at level 3 and am using unarmed attacks. Since I'm not holding a weapon in my hand, could I strike with an unarmed attack, then use a hand crossbow in the other hand to ...
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Ranger Dread Ambusher and Hail of Thorns [closed]

Can Hail of thorns be cast as a bonus Action prior to taking an Attack Action as a Dread Ambusher with a longbow followed up by a second shot as the second attack with the Hail of Thorns extra damage ...
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What is the maximum distance you can cause damage from?

What is the maximum distance a creature can cause damage from, without moving? This can be via any method (making an attack roll, forcing a saving throw, using an item), aside from the Wish spell. ...
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Arrow types - when to use which

Disclaimer: I know this is a "just look into the rule-book" type of question - but I have no rule book at hand and want to come in prepared for my next session. So maybe someone has the rulebook at ...
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Which modifier shown in the D&D Beyond character sheet do I add to attack rolls with my longbow?

I'm a little uncertain what to add to my attack rolls. Can anyone confirm which of the below highlighted modifiers I should be adding to my D20 roll for attack with the longbow? I am proficient in ...
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Do the Dual Wielder and Crossbow Expert feats work together?

Can I attack 3 times with two hand crossbows if I have the Dual Wielder feat and the Crossbow Expert feat? The Crossbow Expert feat says: You ignore the loading quality of crossbows with which ...
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Can I catch arrows if I am not a monk?

Is there a way for someone who is not a monk to catch a projectile, similar to the monk's Deflect Missiles feature? Let's say there are some bad people with bows. Can I ready my character to catch an ...
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Can ammo be recovered?

I am unable to find anything in the rulebook that explains if mundane ammunition is recoverable, damaged, or destroyed after being fired. Are there any official rules on this?
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Can a 5th level fighter use a Extra Attack with a longbow?

I need a simple straight forward clarification. Can a fighter shoot a longbow twice in same turn using extra attack attained at 5th level? page 72 of PHB says the fighter gets an extra attack during ...
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Would it be imbalanced to allow these melee-enhancing cantrips to be used with ranged attacks?

The green-flame blade and booming blade cantrips both use the following wording: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon I was wondering what the ...
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Are there any spells that enhance ranged attacks, as the “blade cantrips” do for melee attacks?

I was looking though the spell lists and noticed that (as far as I could tell) there are no ranged variants to improving ranged attacks, as the "blade cantrips" do for melee attacks (e.g. booming ...
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Does anything grant proficiency with harpoons?

Is there any feat or ability that gives a PC proficiency with Harpoons in D&D 5th Edition? In Descent Into Avernus,
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Does using a crossbow with the Sharpshooter feat change its range in underwater combat?

The "Underwater Combat" section of the Combat chapter (PHB, p. 198) reads: A ranged weapon attack automatically misses a target beyond the weapon's normal range. Even against a target within normal ...
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How do you calculate the range of an attack when attacking diagonally?

I was recently in a situation where I had to make a crossbow attack on an enemy that is in the opposite corner of the room from where I was. It looked a bit like this: For the sake of simplicity, ...
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How does range affect ranged attack difficulty modifiers?

The standard difficulty for a ranged attack in Star Trek Adventures is 2. Is this modified as the range to the target increases?
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Ranged combat in close quarters

This is a more specified version of this question. Short background: I am rather new to Pen&Paper, thus my tactical knowledge is rather slim. Ranged attacks in Rolemaster are modified by ...
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How can I shoot a bow using Strength instead of Dexterity?

Is there some official mechanic in any class, feat, spell or magic item that allows someone to use strength for ranged attacks? As an example (but opposite) The Monk gets the feature Martial Arts ...
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For attacks with ranged weapons, is the attacker's Dexterity bonus added to the damage roll?

In 5th edition combat, does a character using a ranged weapon like a bow or crossbow get to add their dexterity to their damage? Such as a rogue with a 15 Dexterity using a light crossbow, would they ...
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Does firing a crossbow wielded in two hands prevent gaining a buckler's AC bonus?

The description of the buckler (Player's Handbook 123, 124) (15 gp; 5 lbs.), in part, says You can use a bow or crossbow without penalty while carrying [the buckler. I]f you use a weapon in your ...
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Ranged weapons without values for “short range” category

The handbook for AD&D2e has the following to say regarding the range of missile weapons (emphasis mine): The first step in making a missile attack is to find the range from the attacker to the ...
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If a 2019 UA artificer has the Repeating Shot infusion on two hand crossbows, can they use two-weapon fighting?

It's been established that an 2019 UA artificer infusing Repeating Shot on a hand crossbow does not need a free hand to reload it, as it produces its own ammunition (and the weapon itself is not two-...
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Melee or Ranged attacks by Monsters, no distinction in modifiers?

Weapons with the Thrown property can be utilised as both as Melee as well as Ranged weapons. When used as a Melee weapon, you base the attack+damage rolls on Strength, otherwise on Dexterity (unless ...
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How much damage does a magic stone cause when hurled from a sling?

There appear to be two plausible interpretations. The magic stone’s effect amplifies and thereby replaces the regular damage of the stone hurled by the sling. The sling is hurling the stone at high ...
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How to figure out the range penalty of Ranged Touch Attacks

A Ranged Touch Attack hit uses the formula: Base Attack Bonus + Dex mod + Size mod + Range penalty How do you figure out the range penalty?
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How can I improve my range with Attacks of Opportunity?

This question about Attacks of Opportunity with ranged weapons wasn't quite what I'm looking for. Aside from the feats Combat Patrol, Snap Shot, and Improved Snap Shot, what ways can I improve my ...
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Is it possible to create an “archer caster” who can infuse their arrows with magic elements?

I was wondering if it's possible to create an archer with the ability to infuse their arrows with magic elements to make different types of arrows (fire arrow, electric arrow, etc.) and use them in ...
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Are there any feat combinations that would let you fire two hand crossbows or two pistols as a standard action?

Are there any feat combinations that would allow a character dual-wielding hand crossbows or pistols to fire both as a standard action?
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Ranged combat - warrior mage [closed]

Background We're a group of four players new to Pen & Paper with a seasoned game master. Up to now we haven't had any active contact with magic skills during combats. Due to a mixture of bad ...
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Do winged kobolds carry a pouch of rocks?

In my adventure I want to add some winged kobolds, but I don't know how their "Dropped Rock" attack works. Do they carry a pouch of rocks, or they need to pick up larger rocks from the ground every ...
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Does a Hand Crossbow with the Repeating Shot Infusion still require a Free Hand to use?

Normally speaking, a Hand Crossbow has the Ammunition and Loading properties. Respectively, these properties mean that A free hand is required to use the crossbow and load it with its ammunition, ...
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What is the most damage that can be done in a single ranged attack?

While we have a question for melee attacks, ranged attacks always seem to get left out. What is the maximum damage that can be done in a single ranged attack? Any official character options as ...
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I have 2 attacks. Can I shoot a light/heavy crossbow, then throw a dart in same turn?

I've tried to check Q&A before asking, but I haven't seen this question asked specifically. If the loading property restricts me to firing my crossbow once per turn, may I throw an improvised or ...
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Can Flash Attack be used with Hand Crossbows and one-handed firearms?

Can Flash Attack be used with Hand Crossbows and one-handed firearms?
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How do the ranged combat rules work in this situation?

I’m using basic combat. I have player A and a thug. Both have a dice pool of 7. The are in ranged contest combat. They both roll 7 dice whoever is the highest wins and the margin is the damage. I ...
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Do ranged weapon attacks against creatures restrained in a Watery Sphere have advantage?

Creatures engulfed by a Watery Sphere are restrained, which grants advantage on all attacks against them. However, they may also be considered underwater, which would impose disadvantage on most ...
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Spiritual Weapon Range vs. LOS [duplicate]

There's plenty of discussion and even sage advice out there explaining that a caster need not have Line of Sight (LOS) on a target for their Spiritual Weapon to make an attack. I.e. a paladin can ...
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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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How can I fairly adjudicate the effects of height differences on ranged attacks?

My group is starting a sea-based campaign, and the gunslinger character (Matt Mercer's third-party fighter subclass) is asking about how being in the crow's nest will affect his range. Since he will ...
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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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What is the difference between a “ranged attack” and a “ranged weapon attack”?

The core rules and Sage Advice Compendium both included "ranged attack" and "ranged weapon attack". Are these terms synonymous or interchangeable? If not, what is the delineation between them? ...
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Does the ranger's Archery Fighting Style apply to the monk's Deflect Missiles feature, for a multiclassed monk/ranger?

I'm considering a multi-class of Monk and Ranger, and have been trying to decide which Fighting Style I'd like to pick. Two-Weapon Fighting and Defense are useless for a Monk, as they won't be ...
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How can I have a shield and a way of attacking at distance at the same time?

Apart from the Animated Shield, is there a way to fight with a shield (given that my character has proficiency with shields), and attacking at distance (I also have proficiency with some ranged ...
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What effect does the “loading” weapon property have in practical terms?

What effect does the “loading” weapon property have in practical terms? In the absence of the property, why would it be assumed that a PC could fire more than once per action (firing once would be ...
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Can a Gloom Stalker ranger benefit from the Stalker's Flurry feature with a ranged weapon?

The description of the Gloom Stalker ranger's 11th-level Stalker's Flurry feature (XGtE, p. 42) says: At 11th level, you learn to attack with such unexpected speed that you can turn a miss into ...
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Does Aegis Augment Weapon suit option affect ranged weapons they use?

Does Aegis Augment Weapon suit option affect ranged weapons they use? Augmented Weapon The astral suit coats the aegis’s weapon. The weapon is treated as if it was one size category larger for ...
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Is there a way to knock someone unconscious with a spell or ranged attack? [duplicate]

RAW: When an attacker reduces a creature to 0 hit points with a melee attack, the attacker can knock the creature out. The attacker can make this choice the instant the damage is dealt. The ...
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If I cast the Enlarge/Reduce spell on an arrow, what weapon could it count as?

If I (as a player character) cast the enlarge/reduce spell on an arrow, what weapon could it count as? Would it be a spear, pike, or staff if enlarged, and a dart, crossbow bolt, or just a twig if ...
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Are there rules for blocking ranged attacks with your body?

For my next Pathfinder session, the group might encounter a rat which mind controlled a child into his speaking puppet. However, when the group decides to attack the rat with a ranged attack I want ...
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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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Does a warlock using the Darkness/Devil's Sight combo still have advantage on ranged attacks against a target outside the Darkness?

I've seen a number of sources cite Darkness/Devil's Sight as a combo for Warlocks in which the Warlock's attacks get advantage and attacks on them have disadvantage, due to the heavily obscured effect ...