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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Does Martial Arts Damage Apply to Ranged Attacks with Monk Weapons?

Inspired by an answer to What is the Attack Roll for Deflect Missile?. The Monk's Martial Arts feature states that monk weapons are, "...short swords and any simple melee weapons that don't have the ...
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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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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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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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Does the kobold player race feature, Pack Tactics, give ranged attacks advantage?

On page 119 of VGtM, the description of the Kobold playable race's trait, Pack Tactics, reads: Pack Tactics. You have advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of your allies ...
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How do you load a hand crossbow?

The Crossbow Expert feat states that as a bonus action, you can "attack with a loaded hand crossbow you are holding." However, nowhere in the rules does it specify a "loaded" versus "unloaded" state ...
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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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Using Ammo with Throwing Daggers

How does using Throwing Daggers interact with the Ammo system? The throwing dagger does not have the "ammo" tag. However, it is still thrown using Volley, which has a risk of expending additional ...
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How do I promote the use of crossbows instead of bows in LARP?

Preamble Around my area (Russia), the bow and crossbow energy in LARP is mostly limited by their draw weight, which is around 16 kg for bows and 18 kg for crossbows. However, bows usually have a lot ...
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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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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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Do the Gloves of Missile Snaring work in conjunction with the Monk's Deflect Missiles ability?

The monk's Deflect Missiles feature description says: Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. When you do so,...
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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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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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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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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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As a monk, can I use Deflect Missiles to intentionally catch a projectile?

The description of the monk's Deflect Missiles feature says: [...] you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. If the attacker misses with ...
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Do thrown weapons in monsters' stat blocks have ammunition?

While reading the Monster Manual, I came across Ammunition A monster carries enough ammunition to make its ranged attacks . You can assume that a monster has 2d4 pieces of ...
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Recovering ammunition (bolts, etc.) in Numenera

Suppose a ranged combat character in the Numenera setting, using a non-artifact ranged/thrown weapon. Say, a heavy crossbow. There is limited ammunition that players usually have to buy. After a ...
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Are attacks with nets always made with disadvantage?

In the weapons table the net has a listed range of 5/15. This means that any attack made against a target more than 5 feet away has disadvantage. But the net is also a ranged weapon so any attack made ...
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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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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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Can a PC use a readied action to deflect a projectile?

Let's say that my party is fighting a bunch of kobolds outdoors. The kobolds are slinging a bunch of rocks at the party, and one player says, "I ready my action until a rock comes my way, and then I ...
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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 You Two-Weapon Fight With Thrown Ranged Weapons?

A spin-off question from an earlier post, can you two-weapon fight with a dart or other thrown ranged weapons? Two-Weapon Fighting When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee ...
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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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Crossbow Expert feat second clause clarification [duplicate]

The Crossbow Expert Feat has three clauses: Thanks to extensive practice with the crossbow, you gain the fol lowing benefits: • You ignore the loading quality of crossbows with which you are ...
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Do the Hunter ranger's Horde Breaker and Volley features interact?

The Hunter ranger gets the Hunter's Prey feature at 3rd level, one of the options for which is: Horde Breaker. Once on each of your turns when you make a weapon attack, you can make another ...
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Is it possible to use Sneak Attack with the Magic Stone cantrip?

The description of the rogue's Sneak Attack feature says: Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an attack if you have advantage on the attack roll. The ...
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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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Are weapons with the “Thrown” property considered a “Ranged Weapon” for the purpose of sharpshooter?

For example a Dagger is listed in the "Melee" section of the weapons list, but has the "light", "Finesse" and "Thrown" properties. If I throw the dagger (assume I am proficient), can I use the ...
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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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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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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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Are there non-magical utility arrows?

I come from playing Pathfinder, which has a laundry list of mundane arrow varieties you can stick in your quiver. Is there an equivalent list of arrows in 5E? If so, where can I find it?
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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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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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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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Are there any balance issues with allowing thrown Javelins to be drawn for free like ammunition weapons?

Weapons that have the ammunition property, such as bows and crossbows, can be used without having to worry about the action economy with regards to the ammunition itself (such as arrows or bolts) as ...
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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 ...