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 Moon Bow Invocation fire Magic Ammunition?

The Warlock Invocation, Moon Bow, allows you to go around without ever carrying a weapon. You can summon your bow as an action, and then knock back the string and create an arrow instantly that you ...
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Crossbow Expert + Mobile Feat

I’m having some troubles interpreting the wording of these two and the ways in which I can combine them. The basic idea would be: Load and equip a hand crossbow before combat, along with a rapier in ...
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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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Why are arrows automatically destroyed? [closed]

In the 3.5 SRD, it describes arrows thusly: An arrow that hits its target is destroyed; one that misses has a 50% chance of being destroyed or lost. Why is this the case? Missed the target I get ...
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Will modified arrows awaken sleeping allies?

A caster cast sleep on the party so some brutes can come in and kill them. The party's elf ranger is unaffected. Because "[s]lapping or wounding awakens an affected creature, but normal noise does ...
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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 to convert ranged touch/target spells into melee touch attack spells?

Duskblades of 13th level or higher gain the ability to channel a touch-range spell they know into their weapon, and make a full attack with it. However, they know very few touch-range spells! The ...
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Are there any methods for a Dex based archer to add damage to their attack?

I am looking for methods, for a character with no strength to add damage to their archery. The only methods I've found were sneak attack and Knowledge Devotion. Are there any other ways for a ...
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Other than taking the Adamant Arrow Style feat, how can I use powers in place of a ranged basic attack?

I am playing Ranger in D&D 4e and I built myself around Flying Steel and other attacks that let you make a ranged basic attack when (trigger). I want to know if there is a way that I could use ...
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What does a weapon's ROF mean and how do I use it when shooting?

The rulebook of Cyberpunk 2020 says: Attack up to your weapon's maxi rate of fire (ROF), or make a melee attack. For example my PC has ...
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What tactics/abilities can help a sneak attack archer survive in 30ft range or increase sneak attack range?

Many of the feats I've seen involving archery require you to be within 30 feet of the target. But based on my experience most archer characters don't want to be that close to combat. Why would ...
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Star Wars Saga Edition; Cover and blocking LoS

My group encountered a big problem. Our DM made us fight some enemies (level 5 or so) that used to take cover behind crates/walls/even cars, and used the following order of actions: -move to cover -...
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Melf's Slumber Arrows with crossbow bolts

Would there be anything in the rules stopping someone from using this spell with bolts instead of arrows?
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Ways to get Full attack with heavy crossbow?

As far as I am aware, there is no way to get more then a single attack off per turn with the heavy crossbow. Is this true or not?
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Can you use Dwarven Thrower for extra attacks?

It's not clear to me how the extra attack feature works with this weapon. I understand that the weapon's description states that the weapon returns to the wielder's hand after thrown, but at the same ...
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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 many thrown weapons need to be strapped to a Blinkback Belt to allow full BAB/with GTWF?

The scenario: a level 11+ Fighter has the Feats: Two-Weapon Fighting Improved Two-Weapon Fighting Greater Two-Weapon Fighting Quick Draw Point Blank Shot Precise Shot Rapid Shot How many weapons do ...
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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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How is the total range of a weapon calculated when the Distance property and Improved Far Shot are involved?

The Distance magic weapon ability doubles the range increment of a ranged weapon and the Improved Far Shot feat increases the range increment of ranged and thrown weapons the character wields by 50%. ...
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How much ammo does an area burst weapon attack use?

While I was perusing a CharOp guide for the Seeker class, I saw a suggestion of a Hybrid Seeker|Executioner build. While my first thought was to the use the Seeker at-will powers that count as basic ...
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Can you use a crossbow with Arrow Storm?

Can a crossbow be used for Arrow Storm, or do you have to have a short/longbow?
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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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5e: Catapult Spell: Does my enemy gain advantage Dex Save within 5'

Just wondering if there are any disadvantages to casting the spell Catapult within melee range of an opponent. Latest DM I had argued that the enemy would gain advantage on their DEX save to make it ...
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Better throwing weapon class?

I'm trying to compare a throwing specialist rogue (I'm thinking Two Weapon Fighting Knife Master) and Hurler Barbarian, but I'm having trouble visualizing them actually functioning. Which class is ...
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Is it possible to wield inapproriately large ranged weapons with feats?

Is there any feat that allows wielding inappropriately large ranged weapons? There are a few feats that allow one to wield inappropriately large weapons, but all of them are obviously intended for ...
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Does a ranged weapon's size affect the weapon's range?

I want to introduce my group to a Large creature that uses a bow. Does this Large creature's Large bow have a longer range than the typical bow? Does an official rule cover this, or must I make a ...
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Volley using thrown weapons?

Two people who DM for me say that the Hunter Conclave Ranger's Volley, gained at 11th level, can't be used with thrown weapons, since they don't have ammunition. Can't it be done? Can't you just count ...
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Is there a penalty on ranged attacks against fast moving targets?

I can't find anything about this in the PHB, but it seems to me that it would make sense to include some kind of penalty when making a ranged attack against a moving target, especially if it is moving ...
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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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Is it possible to use a Cleric's Melee power with a Non-Melee weapon?

So I'm still pretty new to 4e and I had a concept for a primarily "spellcaster" Human Cleric that uses a bow instead of a regular melee weapon. (A close comparison is Kikyo/Kagomae from Inuyasha.) ...
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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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Is it possible to create a magical ranged weapon that shoots fireballs or lightning bolts without the need of ammunition?

Back in the day when I played D&D 3.5 with friends, we once looted a bow that could shoot arrows of pure shadow energy as ranged touch attacks and didn't need ammunition. Let's say that our ...
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What's the unit of measurement for weapon range?

How is range measured in D&D 5e? Is it by feet, like the movement speed, is it squares, like 4e, or something else entirely? I'm asking to calculate the range of a rifle.
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What's the point of a hand crossbow?

I have seen the following information a few different places, and it raises the question for me: If the hand crossbow requires two hands to use--one for shooting, one for loading--then is there any ...
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What good is Adamantine for arrows aside from sundering?

In what scenario, aside from a ranged sunder Combat Maneuver, would having an adamantine arrow be useful? Weapons fashioned from adamantine have a natural ability to bypass hardness when sundering ...
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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 ranged attack broken when both attackers are in the dark? [closed]

Is ranged attack broken when both attackers are in the dark? As I read things, if both attackers are in the dark, but aware of the other ... both gain Advantage because they are Invisible to the ...
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Is there any correlation between Strength and Throwing Range?

I've seen other RPG systems that base the thrown range of weapons and objects on Strength score. However, based on what I've seen in the core rules (Javelins and Handaxes, for example), I don't see ...
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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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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 there any precedent for granting a circumstantial bonus to ranged attacks made from high ground in D&D?

I have been told that having the high ground is historically useful for military units in general but also ranged combatants in particular. I am the DM who has to make this call, but having never shot ...
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Penalty for shooting a falling target with a ranged attack?

TL;DR: Is there a to-hit penalty for attempting to hit a falling target with a ranged attack? I ask because: In our session last week, we were set upon by our Drow captors that we had escaped from, ...
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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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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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Improvised Ranged attacks in Melee + Belt of the Brawler

Ranged Weapons are capable of being used in Melee, as an Improvised Weapon as per P.268 in the Rules Compendium: ... A ranged weapon cannot be used with a melee power or a close power that has ...
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From where do you start counting distance when you have natural reach?

I encountered an odd situation. I am playing a naturally large(tall) character so I have a natural reach of 10. My character is also based using a bow for ranged attacks, I also have point blank shot ...
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If the Cordon of arrows spell is cast and the target is within range when it's cast would it activate when they move?

For context: the target was invisible and near death. So we cast spike growth on the entrance with her in it and followed it up with a cordon of arrows. Basically target became visible and as it's ...
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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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Improvised throwing weapon - lantern

Is my interpretation of these rules correct? Throwing a lantern to attempt to hit a specific spot on the ground 50ft away. 4 to attack because it's improvised 10ft range increment, so -8 to attack ...
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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 ...