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 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 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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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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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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When creatures provide cover against attacks, can they be hit?

If one creature is providing cover for another, is it possible that it ends up taking the hit? If so, what are the mechanics for it? I see it like this: 2 goblins (AC 15) are standing in a row. An ...
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Throwing more than once per turn

How do thrown weapons interact with the Extra Attack feature? Can you throw more than one weapon per turn? How about two-weapon fighting? Do you need the Dual-Wielder feat to throw two weapons ...
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Firing into a melee combat

While running a session recently, one of the players chose to "assist" his companion who was in melee with a goblin, by firing an arrow at the pair of them. I couldn't find any particular rules for ...
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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 you still need a free hand to reload if you take the Crossbow Expert feat?

The Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, p. 165) states that you ignore the loading feature of crossbows, but does that mean you still need a free hand in order to reload it?
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Ranged attacks from hiding with Advantage?

In D&D 5e, if you are attacking from hiding (successful stealth check) with a bow or spell, do you get advantage? Assuming yes to the above, if during combat you successfully hide again (break ...
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How does the feat Ranged Pin work?

The feat Ranged Pin has as its benefit the following: You can perform a ranged grapple attempt against an opponent by pinning a bit of its clothing to a nearby surface. The target must be within 5 ...
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Crossbows or bows: which is better for sneak attack archery and why?

I apologize if this comes off as a subjective question as I know no other way to put it. But from a Purely Objective Standpoint, which one would be better if you plan to make a sneak attack archer and ...
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Can I threaten adjacent squares while using spiked gauntlets and a bow?

I have read many posts about using a spiked gauntlet(s) with a pole arm to threaten adjacent squares. My question is, would I still be able to threaten adjacent squares as an archer who uses a bow?
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Can I reuse missile weapons others have stuck into me?

If I get hit by an arrow, javelin, throwing axe or something similar, does it stay sticking out of me? Can I take it out and use it? Can a close enemy take it out and use it?
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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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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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Are ranged attack within melee reach disadvantaged if non-adjacent?

In D&D 5e, moving within reach of an opponent does not provoke any attacks of opportunity unless you leave the opponents reach. Ranged attacks have disadvantage if you're next to an opponent. ...
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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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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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Can this Heavy Crossbow fighter build actually shoot three times per turn?

I'm the DM of a 5e campaign and have a 5th level Fighter with a heavy crossbow. He has the crossbow expert feat, and at 5th level has extra attack feature. Using crossbow expert he is able to ...
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Is there a feat to make ranged attacks without provoking attacks of opportunity?

In D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder, is there a non-epic feat that allows you to make a ranged attack at an adjacent opponent without provoking an attack of opportunity?
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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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What Feats do I want to take to maximize my effectiveness with a crossbow?

I'm building a high-ish level Alchemist to jump into a campaign, and I'm thinking it'll be fun to build around being a master of infusing crossbow shots for high damage with Explosive Missile, using ...
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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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When using a Longbow from hiding with Extra Attack, can I nock 2 arrows and fire them at once to attack twice with advantage?

Today I was searching for some 5th edition rules to clarify attacking with a longbow from stealth and how the fighter's extra attack feature interacts with gaining advantage from attacking from ...
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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 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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Can liquid from the river Styx be weaponized?

Reference: According to Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss, page 111: Those who taste or touch the waters of the Styx must succeed on a DC 17 Fortitude saving throw or be affected by total ...
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Can a necklace of fireballs be used as ammunition?

What happens if the beads from a necklace of fireballs are used as ammunition for a firearm? Would loading count as throwing so that when the bead stops in the firearm's barrel, the bead explodes? If ...
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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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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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Do ranged attacks end Time Stop?

How do ranged weapons work in a time stop? 5e Time Stop ends when I directly affect another creature. In other words, if I cast a spell that affects another creature or try to hit somebody with a ...
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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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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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Attack of Opportunity with ranged weapons

Attacks of Opportunity with a ranged weapon seems like an insane concept. The way I understand it, if a creature were to move within range of a PC's light crossbow it would trigger an AoO. If so that ...
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How viable is shrink item and massive projectiles?

I'm sure it's been done many times in many variations over the spell's history, but I'm having trouble finding any reasonably conclusive ruling or argument as to whether or not it should work. Is it ...
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How large a deflected missile can I catch in one hand?

When using deflect missiles, how big must a weapon be to not be able to catch it in one hand? Javelins, for example, are thrown with one hand, so maybe can be caught with one hand.
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Missing with a splash weapon

RAW The Combat Rules concerning Splash Weapons go as follows: If you miss the target (whether aiming at a creature or a grid intersection), roll 1d8. This determines the misdirection of the throw, ...
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Do ranged attacks go through allies?

Often my group stands in a line and fire ranged attacks through each others' square to attack enemies ahead. Are there any rules for this, can ranged attacks like arrows and area-of-effect attacks ...
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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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Are there rules in 5e for shooting into combat? [duplicate]

What rules govern "shooting into combat" -- that is making a ranged attack on an enemy who is partially obscured by other creatures. I know that the rules regarding cover may give the enemy an AC ...
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When I make my attacks of opportunity with my X-laser, do I get to shoot a line?

So my 6th level scryer/slayer/gunslinger's bonded object is a masterwork X-laser. Our party has an awesome flowing monk with Greater Reposition. I have Snap Shot, Combat Reflexes, and a very high ...
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What's a reasonable range for the shoot skill?

The Shoot skills specifies Attack: This skill makes physical attacks. You can make them from up to two zones away, unlike with Fight. (Sometimes the range will change with the weapon.) The ...
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Does a heavy crossbow allow sneak attack damage?

Can a Rogue use a heavy crossbow with sneak attack if the rogue player has the ability to use a heavy crossbow?