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Do the Gauntlets of Flaming Fury infuse ranged weapon ammunition with magical properties?

The description of the Gauntlets of Flaming Fury says: While you wear both of these steel gauntlets, any non-magical weapon you grasp with either gauntlet is treated as a magic weapon. Does this ...
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Can I connect grenades with a detonator and use it as a ranged weapon in combat?

We've been dipping into Starfinder and I find myself playing a mechanic. I love the idea of using grenades to their fullest advantage, it's a fun, volatile weapon that turns up as loot too often not ...
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Throwing Divine Trident

Can the trident created via divine trident be thrown? Do you have to retrieve it or does it just materialize in your hand? Can other creatures wield it?
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Does Returning rune imply Reload 0?

I was experimenting with building a Thor-like Human Fighter in Pathfinder 2e. I'm picking a mixture of feats that fit well for both melee and ranged, because Thor likes to throw his hammer, Mjolnir. I ...
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Can multiple creatures completely block a ranged attack thus providing total cover?

I'm asking because we play on a grid and while DMG p.251 states that 3 or 4 lines blocked by an obstacle gives 3/4 cover if the attack can still reach the target, it doesn't state what happens if the ...
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If I get an ally to shoot me, can I use the Deflect Missiles monk feature to deflect the projectile at an enemy?

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. For example, say there's a wall that ...
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What does "no long range" mean for the Soulknife rogue's Psychic Blades feature?

One of my players just hit level 3, and is choosing the Soulknife rogue subclass from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything. The weapon granted by the Soulknife rogue's Psychic Blades has a weird ...
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Can you fire a pre-loaded hand crossbow one-handed?

I've always thought the answer was 'duh, obviously' but I'm hard-pressed to find RAW evidence all of a sudden. Assume you have a hand crossbow, loaded, in one hand, while your other hand is occupied (...
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Giant-kin bows, arrows and information (AD&D 2e)

I've looked online for information regarding Giant-kin bows and all I can find on the topic is the weight and weapon size for them. Per The Complete Book of Humanoids (PHBR10) giant-kin long bow ...
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Improvised weapons and proficiency

I would like to know if I utilize “use an object” on an acid vial or alchemist’s fire and they are treated as improvised weapons with the respective range attack up to 20 feet, can I add my ...
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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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Is there a mechanical benefit to using a light crossbow over a long bow or short bow?

A longbow (1d8, 150/600 range), and a shortbow (1d6, 80/320 range) benefit from "Extra Attack". A light crossbow (1d8, 80/320 range), or a hand crossbow (1d6, 30/120 range), do not benefit ...
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How do ranged unarmed attacks work in Pathfinder 2e? [closed]

I was looking at the Leshy Ancestry feats and found one where you make a ranged unarmed attack called Seedpod. I was wondering, how does a ranged unarmed attack work?
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Do crossbows and other noted exceptions miss past their long range underwater?

The rules is written as A ranged weapon attack automatically misses a target beyond the weapon’s normal range. Even against a target within normal range, the attack roll has disadvantage unless the ...
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Invisible target at long range

Scenario: An archer has two targets, both of which are at long range (i.e more than 80 feet and less than 320 feet for a shortbow). One of these targets is invisible. Is it correct that the archer has ...
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When the Shield of Missile Attraction changes the target of an attack, does the attacker have to make a new attack roll?

I got interested in the cursed item Shield of Missile Attraction, but I have some doubts about how it works. Consider the following scenario: Thurin the dwarven fighter is walking along the city ...
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Do Black Tentacles "protect" you from ranged attacks as creatures grappling you do?

If you are trying to shoot some creature, and your target is grappling, rules say: "roll randomly to see which grappling combatant you strike". Does Black Tentacles spell's effect count as a ...
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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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What happens to a thrown weapon after it hits or misses?

Patty the Chatty Monk throws her handaxe at a growling wolf. It hits! So... what happens? This question is asked for the intent of further understanding the Object Interaction rule and also to add ...
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Is there a way to deal damage to a target without them knowing?

I'm playing a sneaky Poison Dusk Lizardfolk who dabbles a lot in poisons. I want to use a blowgun to inflict poisons on my targets, but I don't want them to know they've been damaged. Basically, ...
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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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Can I build my level 6 Ranger so that his bow shots never miss? [closed]

Is it possible for me to make my Human ranger like Hawkeye, to where (1) I never miss and (2) I can use my Sharpshooter ability every shot. I'm currently a level 6 ranger. I want it so that the only ...
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Given several restrictions, what's the highest amount of ranged attacks a fighter can make in one turn consistently?

I've been working on a 20th level character concept for a while and trying to optimize it for use in a future game, the requirements would be as follows: Only 3.X WotC handbooks (No 3rd party books, ...
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Is there a way to knock a creature out from a distance?

Per the below rules, it looks like that a PC can only knock a creature out with a melee attack: Sometimes an attacker wants to incapacitate a foe, rather than deal a killing blow. When an attacker ...
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How do I determine the proper bonuses for my attack and damage rolls?

I am a half-orc monk at level 14. I am using a homebrew gun called "the demon of powder", which has 6 charges that it expends as ammunition instead of regular bullets. My stats are 14 20 14 ...
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Siege Weapons Ranged Attack and Melee Range

According to the PHB and the SRD for D&D 5e Ranged Attacks are defined as follows: You can make Ranged Attacks only against Targets within a specified range. If a ranged Attack, such as one made ...
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How can I allow my player to play a ranged paladin-style character?

I saw this question here. The way the questioner wrote it (at the time I am writing this one) was quite broad. I have been through a similar issue, which ultimately led me to homebrew a new class, and ...
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How does an NPC standing in the line of sight affect the attackability of a target by a ranged single-target attack?

Assuming in a battle in Savage Worlds (Adventure Edition) there are three Characters A, B, C standing in line: A -- B -- C Can A hit C with a ranged single-target attack? (E.g. Bolt, Bow, Pistol) If ...
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Can a lone non-magical human deal with flying targets without projectile/thrown weapons?

Say that for whatever reason, a martial character can't use any projectile (sling, bow, etc.) or thrown (javelin, bloodstorm blade's Throw Anything, etc.) weapons. The whole region is also covered in ...
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If an attack of opportunity is provoked by an enemy using a ranged weapon while in a threatened square, what order do the attacks happen in?

Character A is using a ranged weapon while he is within the threatened area of character B. For that reason, character B can make an attack of opportunity against character A. Regarding the order of ...
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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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How can Chromatic Orb ever miss the target?

The description for Chromatic Orb states (PHB, p. 221): You hurl a 4-inch-diameter sphere of energy at a creature that you can see within range. You choose acid, cold, fire, lightning, poison, or ...
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Is there a concise description of what 'special' damage is?

This may be somewhat a worthless question as I've looked diligently without success. I don't believe the information is physically present but I thought I'd give it a shot. In my games things have ...
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Can I double a single spell attack's range multiple times by taking multiple versions of the Spell Sniper feat?

I was looking at the Player's Handbook and I saw that there are 3 different types for Spell Sniper. Simply put, does choosing all three of them create an 8 times multiplier? For example, say that a ...
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Planning to use 1 arrow to hit a second target if it misses the first target

I've read a lot about "shooting the other enemy" and how enemies don't occupy the entire 5ft square; however what I can't find is the following scenario: I intentionally position my character to have ...
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Why do ranged weapons in D&D list two numbers separated by a slash to show their range?

Why do ranged weapons in D&D list two numbers separated by a slash to show their range? For instance, the light crossbow lists "80/320". As far as I know, you can use a ranged weapon at a range ...
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Do spells with the Attack trait have a range increment?

From Core Rulebook, p. 279: Range: Ranged and thrown weapons have a range increment. Attacks with these weapons work normally up to that distance. Attack rolls beyond a weapon’s range increment take ...
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Can I target a specific hit location with a ranged weapon attack?

A few sessions into our campaign and somebody noticed the Hit Location rules are in the Melee Attack Options section of the rules: Basic Campaigns, pg 369: Hit Location It is assumed that you ...
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Ranged-attack initiative and sequencing for monsters and NPCs

How interesting that after over 20 years of playing RPGs, new basic rule questions still crop up...: The PC group I'm DM-ing got into a fight with two bugbears and eight goblins in a long 10-foot ...
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When would you ever use a heavy crossbow over a hand crossbow if you have Sharpshooter and Crossbow Expert?

Imagine you are a level 5 Variant Human, selected a class with access to martial weapons and Extra Attack, and chose the Crossbow Expert and Sharpshooter feats. You are able to attack two times a ...
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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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Can a Familiar use "help" action to give advantage on ranged attacks? [duplicate]

According to this question, it appears a Familiar can take the Help action and grant advantage to an ally -- but can the same thing be said if I'm trying to hit with a ranged attack, such as eldritch ...
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Can ranged weapons ever count as melee weapons?

In Pathfinder, is it possible to use a ranged weapon with feats and abilities like Diva Strike which normally require a melee weapon, if the weapon is fired at melee range? It's fairly easy (albeit ...
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Do creatures on both sides of Blade Barrier benefit from 3/4 cover?

I was looking at the Blade Barrier spell, and I was wondering does the spell have a 'front' and a 'back'? The spell description states: The wall provides three-quarters cover to creatures behind it ...
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Two Weapon Fighting or Rapid Shot with Wrist Launchers

I have the rapid reload feat for the Wrist Launcher, Heavy weapon and since you can wear one of these weapons on each forearm and functions much like a hand crossbow, that free loading both would be ...
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Which of these two homebrew adaptations of the Elemental Weapon and Flame Arrows spells to work is more balanced?

Which of these two homebrew adaptations of the Elemental Weapon and Flame Arrows spells to work with ranged weapons is more balanced? I was thinking of adjusting a couple of existing spells, namely ...
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How can a ranged rogue sneak attack?

A player of mine started to play a rogue in pathfinder 2e, he was already playing a rogue in DnD 5e. He feels a bit frustrated that it was impossible to profit from the flanking rule to sneak attack. ...
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Is the UA Revived rogue's Bolts from the Grave ranged spell attack made at disadvantage if used after Cunning Action is used to Disengage?

In D&D 5e, if a Rogue playing the Unearthed Arcana The Revived subclass does a melee attack (without using sneak attack), and then uses Cunning Action to Disengage and get away to trigger Bolts ...
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How does the Battle Master fighter's Pushing Attack maneuver interact with ranged weapons?

I want to create a Battle Master fighter who uses a crossbow as his main weapon. By RAW, you can use a Battle Master maneuver with a ranged weapon as long as the description does not say the ...
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implementation of a ranged grapple attack for an artifact weapon

I have created a new artifact as part of a campaign I am running, with properties that seem a perfect match for the campaign, the items history and our party in general. I expect our dim-witted ...
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