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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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Spell attacks while hidden

I've had a thought experiment regarding spellcasting, targeting, and hiding. It's known that casting a non-attack spell while unseen is not perceptible by the target, regardless of whether the spell ...
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Are there any magic weapons that return when thrown?

As someone who's ended up throwing quite a lot of daggers at enemies, it would be nice to find one that magically comes back to me, so I don't have to worry about retrieving them or running out. I ...
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Are defenders behind an arrow slit attackable?

I'm creating a game for my friends but was wondering if they would be able to shoot through the arrow slits at monsters, with ranged attacks, would they be able to do that, and have the defenders have ...
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What is the range of a Flaming Skull's spitfire attack?

In pathfinder 2, a Flaming Skull has a ranged attack called spitfire: Ranged [one-action] spitfire +10 [+6/+2] (agile, fire), Damage 1d12+2 fire What is the range increment for this attack?
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How to encourage melee combat when ranged is a stronger option

I'm playing in a 5E campaign based on the Grim Hollow guide. My character is Level 3 Rogue Assassin multiclassed with Level 3 Ranger Gloom Stalker, with all future levels going into Rogue. I had ...
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Am I correctly understanding how the modern firearms from the DMG work?

I am having a bit of trouble in understanding how firearms work. Let's take for example the hunting rifle (DMG, page 268). It has the Reload property, and it has 5 shots. Now suppose a creature has ...
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At what distance can I throw daggers?

What are the penalties for each range section? Where are those rules?
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Does the Sharpshooter feat work on ranged spells that require an attack roll?

I had a player ask me whether the Sharpshooter feat (PHB, p. 170) works on spells, but I wasn't entirely sure. It says “ranged weapon attacks”, but I'm not sure if an eldritch blast cantrip counts as ...
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How do the range modifiers work in ranged combat?

The rules: Sample Missile Weapons: Weapon Plus to Hit Damage Range Rock -1 1 3 Hex Dagger 0 2 4 Hex … Rifle 1 3 10 Hex No missile weapon may be fired at an opponent in the attacker's ...
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How do I get back my Helmsman's Recourse after throwing it?

Helmsman's Recourse is a specific shield from Treasure Vault, that is based on a Meteor Shield. The only benefit of a Meteor Shield over a Steel Shield (that I can see) is that it can be thrown to 30 ...
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Is there a way for a Zen Archer to enchant arrows?

Is there a feat to let a Zen Archer use his Ki to enchant an arrow to have the same property as Monk Ki strike of the same level? If not is there a class a Zen Archer can multiclass into to be able to ...
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What to do when I shoot a target without AC at long range?

I'm creating some D&D 5e homebrew items based on the magic seeds from Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Ages. Similar to the Sling Bullets of Althemone from the Theros handbook, they're sling bullets with ...
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Will anything break if prone crossbow-wielders get advantage instead of disadvantage?

Being prone imposes disadvantage on attacks, which makes sense for melee weapons and traditional bows. However, for things like crossbows and firearms, laying prone seems like it should have the ...
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Attack Range to Movement per Turn Ratio; Dunnigan's Ratio?

TL;DR What is the less-obscure replacement to the term 'Dunnigan's Ratio' - the range of ratios of weapon ranges to typical distances moved in a single combat turn that produce tactically interesting ...
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Are all 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 ...
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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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How much damage is added from strength 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 as for in melee?
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Druid, Circle of Stars "Archer Starry Form" and Lvl 10 Twinkling Constellations form change: How many Luminous Arrow attacks can you make in one turn?

Starry Form At 2nd level, you gain the ability to harness constellations' power to alter your form. As a bonus action, you can expend a use of your Wild Shape feature to take on a starry form, rather ...
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Ranged attack with touch range for powers like Blast

I am confused about the use of a touch range for an attack (like Blast) that is ordinarily ranged. For instance, in the source book Freedom's Most Wanted (p. 100), the villain Sandstone has a power ...
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I pick up a rock and throw it at a fast-moving target. Do I roll a DEX save, or an unarmed strike?

For context, the rabbit happens to be host to the alien jackalope fungus that has just been vomited from a possessed NPC. Cairn, page 11: Saves: A save is a roll to avoid bad outcomes from risky ...
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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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Does bonus damage from Thrown Weapon Fighting affect the ability Deflect Missiles?

All Monks of level 3 and higher have the trait "Deflect Missiles". A Monk can multiclass into one of the classes that offer a fighting style, and take the fighting style "Thrown Weapon ...
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Adaptive special property with Strength Penalty

Question: When an archer wielding an Adaptive composite longbow's strength is reduced below 10, should the archer suffer a -2 penalty to attacks for using a composite bow with a strength rating that ...
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Are two free hands required to throw a two-handed ranged weapon?

I have a character who routinely uses a shield. He has an Efficient Quiver and there are some spears in the quiver. Spears are two-handed melee weapons and have a range increment of 20 feet. Can I, ...
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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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How much damage can a character deal in a single round using a ranged weapon?

Rules and restrictions: Spells are allowed, as long as it doesn't deal damage on their own (e.g shooting one arrow and using your bonus action to deal damage with a Blade of Disaster); Damage can't ...
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Are the 'Rules of the Game' web articles for using special attacks as attacks of opportunity corroborated by any other source?

To provide some context, I am prepping a new direction for my players in to the the worlds of H.P Lovecraft for a change of pace. So I would like to use the D20 rules for that and I had a mind to try ...
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Can players mitigate the curse from a Shield of Missile Attraction by using thrown weapons?

The Shield of Missile Attraction states (emphasis mine): This shield is cursed. Attuning to it curses you until you are targeted by the remove curse spell or similar magic. Removing the shield fails ...
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How does Shield of missile attraction work with friendly fire?

Let's say the tank is attuned to the shield of missile attraction and a fellow team member fires a bow/crossbow at an enemy within 10ft of said tank. Does the team member's projectile hit the tank ...
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Does a weapon thrown with Giantkind Gloves gain weapon benefits?

Giantkind Gloves possess the following power: Power    (Standard Action) Strength + 2 vs. AC; ranged 6/12; you throw an object 30 lb. or less; 2d6 + Strength modifier damage.     Level 14: Strength + ...
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Dual wielding hand crossbow and full attack

Could a rogue (level 30) do 8 attacks in a full attack using two hand crossbows? We had player in our campaing using this mechanic, but it was not clear how she was doing this. She had all the two ...
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An archer firing through an arrow slit has improved cover. Do his targets have cover?

I'm running a module that features a fort with arrow slits and murder holes, and I'm trying to figure out what the cover rules are for people on each side of them. Under the Combat rules, the CRB ...
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When making ranged spell attacks with a bow (The Ranger) do you use you dexterity or wisdom Mod?

So I started playing a Homebrew recently and the DM has a set of Ranged-spells attacks that require a bow (I already have one). One of the spells is as stated: For the duration of this spell you ...
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How much damage does a pebble from the Magic Stone cantrip cause when hurled with a sling?

A sling normally does 1d4 bludgeoning damage on a hit (PH, p. 149). However, the Magic Stone cantrip (EEPC, p. 20; XGtE, p. 160) imbues pebbles with magic, which can then also be hurled with a sling: ...
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If the drow shadowblade uses Shadow Sword as a ranged attack, does it throw a sword (that it then has to retrieve before using it again)?

The drow shadowblade (Monsters of the Multiverse version, p. 105) has a "Shadow Sword" action that can be a melee or ranged weapon attack. Is this ranged attack done by throwing the sword? ...
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Damaging illusion area effect

I am new to M&M (3rd edition) and am creating a mystic character whose primary powers are mental. I have taken the illusion power (all senses) at rank 5 (the maximum) and made it independent. I ...
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How is shooting into water handled?

I'm running a D&D Next Campaign and it does seem that there must be some kind of mechanic that would in-game handle these problems, but I just don't know where to look. I've gone into a few forums ...
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how to increase the range increments of ranged unarmed attacks?

Some unarmed attacks have range, but the increment is never more than 30 feet. Is there a way to increase it? Far Shot only doubles your weapon's range, but "an unarmed attack isn't a weapon"...
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What options exist to remove (not just cancel out) disadvantage on ranged attacks at short range?

Spelljammer is out, and with it, the long awaited rerelease of my favorite hippo-homies, the Giff! The Giff racial abilities give them most of the advantages of the Gunner feat, as well as some great ...
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Is this really how armor works?

In Heroes Unlimited, revised second edition, ranged attacks miss on a 7 or below. Armor increases the minimum Strike result necessary to bypass SDC and affect hit points directly. Does this mean that, ...
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Does a Gloom Stalker making ranged attacks while in darkness have advantage on every attack?

I am trying a Gloom Stalker ranger for the first time. The Umbral Sight feature (XGtE, p. 42) states: While in darkness, you are invisible to any creature that relies on darkvision to see you in that ...
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What is the definitive max range of a Kineticist?

I am currently planing to build an air kineticist for our Kingsmaker campaign. I really like the flavor and the "Avatar" feel of it, despite being a quite unliked class in forums. While ...
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What classes excel in ranged combat?

I've just started out playing DnD. I want to pick a class that plays well with long-range, and was wondering whether other classes besides ranger can fill in that role effectively. Are there are any ...
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manyshot/ arrowsplit and damage

If a character with a +6 Strength comp. bow uses the talent manyshots and throws 3 arrows at the same time with one attack, does the character add the strength bonus of the bow to each arrow? If the ...
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Does the Defensive Duelist feat work when wielding ranged finesse weapons?

The description of the Defensive Duelist feat says (PHB, p. 165): When you are wielding a finesse weapon with which you are proficient and another creature hits you with a melee attack, you can use ...
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How does "ranged" work for effects that don't have an attack roll?

Normally, ranged attacks have 3 range categories (short/medium/long) with different penalties to the attack roll (-0/-2/-5). Which one do you use if an effect doesn't have an attack roll? E.g. an area ...
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Ranged attacks in close range

In D&D, when using a ranged attack within 5 feet of an enemy, you gain disadvantage. Does Mutants and Masterminds have a similar rule?
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Do arrows count as trinkets for Prestidigitation?

I am playing a ranger and planning to take magic initiate for a few bonuses. I am wondering whether I could create temporary arrows during one turn and use them the next turn, in case I'm out of ...
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How does range interact with the Arcane Archer's Curving Shot?

One of the features of the Arcane Archer fighter subclass is Curving Shot: At 7th level, you learn how to direct an errant arrow toward a new target. When you make an attack roll with a magic arrow ...
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Is there a lower limit on range of a thrown weapon?

Specifically, as a fighter with a javelin, would I be able to throw it at a target in melee range, rather than using it as a melee weapon? I’m curious if I could get the extra damage from a Javelin of ...

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