Questions tagged [rogue]

For questions about the rogue, a common character class in RPGs that is stealthy and dexterous. Rogues are often capable of finding and disarming many traps and picking locks. Some even have the ability to "sneak attack" to inflict extra damage.

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Can a Rogue PC teach an NPC to perform Sneak Attack?

Important Note: I am aware of this post regarding NPC training but it failed to answer my question and the top answer has some holes. I want to run a heavily player-based, sandbox campaign (I am ...
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Does Swashbuckler's Fancy Footwork apply if the attack was made with Booming Blade?

The Roguish Archetype Swashbuckler (SCAG/XGtE) has the following feature: Fancy Footwork When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you learn how to land a strike and then slip away without ...
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Are there any other rule mechanics that could grant Thieves' Cant?

Thieves' Cant is a class feature of Rogues in 5e. As it is a method of communication, can it be taken as a language? If not, is it mechanically equivalent to something that can be swapped so that ...
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Is Sneak Attack damage halved on a successful Will save if a Wand of Cure Light Wounds is used to trigger the Sneak Attack?

Suppose, a Rogue with Use Magic Device wants to attack an Undead, perhaps an Incorporeal one. They can use a Wand of Cure Light Wounds for that since it does require an attack roll. The Rogue somehow ...
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If an arcane trickster rogue uses his mage hand and makes it invisible, does that mean anything the hand picks up is also invisible? [duplicate]

From the PHB (emphasis mine): Starting at 3rd level, when you cast Mage Hand, you can make the spectral hand invisible, and you can perform the following additional tasks with it: • You ...
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Does a Rogue's Evasion work for spells?

The Rogue class at level 2 gain the ability Evasion: At 2nd level and higher, a rogue can avoid even magical and unusual attacks with great agility. If she makes a successful Reflex saving ...
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As a DM of a 4-player group, would it be appropriate for me to run a private 1-on-1 session so that one PC can act secretly?

I'm currently running a campaign with a fairly typical group of 4 players. Everyone gets along pretty well, however one of my player's Rogue has been struggling to find his niche in the party. To ...
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Does the Bracer of Flying Daggers really let a thief make 4 attacks per round?

The Bracer of Flying Daggers (from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist) lets you use an action to activate the item to make two normal thrown dagger attacks. There's no limit to the number of times the item can ...
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Do rogues get extra damage from Trickery if the boon is canceled out?

In Shadow of the Demon Lord, the rogue's Trickery feature reads: Once per round, you can make an attack roll or challenge roll with 1 boon. If you attack with 1 boon from this talent, your attack ...
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Can an arcane trickster use a scroll of find familiar [duplicate]

Can an arcane trickster use scrolls of find familiar? According to Xanathar's Guide To Everything, page 133, a wizard proficient in arcana with the spell known and prepared with the required ...
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Why would an Inquisitive rogue choose to use Insightful Fighting as opposed to using their Cunning Action to Hide?

Inquisitive rogues get access to a new bonus-action option, Insightful Fighting (XGtE, p. 46): At 3rd level, you gain the ability to decipher an opponent’s tactics and develop a counter to them. As ...
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Does flanking a creature make it a surprise attack, meeting the requirement for the Assassin rogue's Assassinate feature?

The optional rule on flanking (DMG, p. 251) says: Flanking on Squares. When a creature and at least one of its allies are adjacent to an enemy and on opposite sides or corners of the enemy's space, ...
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Is this 3rd level rogue feature a balanced replacement for the Inquisitive rogue's Insightful Fighting feature?

The Inquisitive rogue's 3rd-level Insightful Fighting feature (XGtE, p. 46) originally states: At 3rd level, you gain the ability to decipher an opponent’s tactics and develop a counter to them. As ...
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Can an Arcane Trickster/Wizard multiclass write down AT spells into its spellbook? [duplicate]

It is said, AT are half-wizards who know their spells so well they don't need a spellbook to cast them. Wizards can read and write down spells, make Scrolls or copy them. Can these perfect entities ...
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If my Scout rogue has used his full movement on his turn, can he later use the reaction from the Skirmisher feature to move again?

Here is the situation I am wondering about: My Rogue is in melee with an opponent. On his turn he disengages, and moves his full movement away from his opponent. The opponent, on their turn, uses ...
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Can a rogue use Sneak Attack in a Darkness spell cast by another player?

I was having debate with one of my players about a possible upcoming scenario and I would love some input. He is a multi-classed Sorcerer/Warlock and at some point soon hopes to use the darkness/...
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Does Assassinate grant two attacks?

I am playing a level 4 almost 5 Rogue Assassin. I have been trying to find out if Assassinate grants 2 attacks, say in the circumstance I fire my shortbow at a surprised enemy and Assassinate comes in ...
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Do Rogues become Tier 3 by removing restrictions on sneak attack?

I enjoy playing Rogues, but they generally have a hard time keeping pace in a 3.5 game and are only Tier 4* per this answer. I've personally found one of the biggest hindrances to Rogues is the absurd ...
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Can you hit two different targets with Lethal Acrobatics and deal sneak attack damage to both?

Can you hit two different targets with Lethal Acrobatics and deal sneak attack damage to both? We came a cross this problem when one our players a Rogue/Soulbolt used Lethal Acrobatics by moving in ...
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Can a rogue effectively triple their speed by combining Dash and Ready, spreading it over several turns?

This question is a follow-up to: Can you move on your turn, and then use the Ready Action to move again on another creature's turn? The answer to that question is yes. Acting according to the ...
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Can Jaunter’s Hop or Jaunter's Strike be used as part of Sneak Attack?

Can Jaunter’s Hop or Jaunter's Strike be used as part of Sneak Attack? Jaunter's Hop assumes you got Dimensional Agility feat. If so, how can this work in the middle combat? I can see this as part of ...
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Is there an optimal choice for multiclassing with the aim of optimizing an Arcane Trickster for front-line melee?

The general setting: I want to play a rogue. My party needs me in melee. I want to choose the Arcane Trickster archetype. XGtE and SCAG are allowed. I am aware that these basic assumptions conflict ...
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What is the difference betweens the Rogue Talent Lethal Acrobatics and the “Scout” Rogue Archetype's Scout's Charge?

What is the difference betweens the Rogue Talent Lethal Acrobatics and the "Scout" Rogue Archetype's Scout's Charge? Lethal Acrobatics (Ex): When a rogue with this talent successfully uses ...
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What is a Centaur Thief's climbing speed?

The Thief archetype Rogue's Second-Story Work (PHB, p. 97) feature states: [...] you gain the ability to climb faster than normal; climbing no longer costs you extra movement. However, the ...
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Can a tabaxi rogue with the Criminal background start with 8 skill proficiencies?

Assuming: If a character would gain the same proficiency from two different sources, he or she can choose a different proficiency of the same kind (skill or tool) instead. (PBR, p. 36; PHB, p. 126) ...
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Can a multiclassed Kensei monk/Swashbuckler rogue use an offhand finesse weapon to trigger Sneak Attack, without using a bonus action?

Context For a relatively new campaign I've built a kensei (monk). At level 7, 8 and 9 (we're level 4 now) I'm planning on taking three levels in swashbuckler (rogue). Now I'm exploring my options for ...
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Can an Arcane Trickster rogue use Gloves of Thievery with the Mage Hand Legerdemain feature?

The description of the Gloves of Thievery (DMG, p. 172) says: These gloves are invisible while worn. While wearing them, you gain a +5 bonus to Dexterity (Sleight of Hand) checks and Dexterity ...
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Does the Rogue's Reliable Talent feature work for thieves' tools, since the rogue is proficient in them?

Does the Rogue's Reliable Talent work for thieves' tools, since the rogue is proficient in them? On PHB, pg. 96, it says when Reliable Talent is applicable: Whenever you make an ability check that ...
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Can you pick an advanced rogue talent with the Extra Rogue Talent feat?

If you are level 11 (or above) and you take the Extra Rogue Talent feat (as rogue), can you pick an advanced talent instead of just a normal rogue talent?
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Mounted Combat and Sneak Attack [duplicate]

Would a halfling rogue mounted on a War Dog get to apply sneak attack damage to a melee attack made while mounted? The Sneak Attack text states "You don't need advantage on the attack roll if another ...
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How does a Swashbuckler rogue “fight with two weapons while safely darting away”?

The description for the Swashbuckler rogue (SCAG, p. 135; XGtE, p. 47) says: A Swashbuckler excels in single combat, and can fight with two weapons while safely darting away from an opponent. How? ...
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Can a level 2 Warlock take one level in rogue, then continue advancing as a warlock?

I recently "upgraded" to D&D 5th edition. I decided to play a warlock. However, now I would like to be proficient in Stealth, and a warlock can not have this proficiency. I am Warlock level 2. Is ...
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Can you stand up from being prone using Skirmisher outside of your turn?

Using the Rogue Scout's Skirmisher feature, which states: You can move up to half your speed as a reaction when an enemy ends its turn within 5 feet of you. Additionally: Being Prone, PHB pg ...
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Can a multiclassed druid/rogue benefit from Expertise while in Wild Shape?

The text concerning changing proficiency bonuses for a druid's Wild Shape feature is as follows: Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the beast, but you retain your alignment, ...
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Do I have Disadvantage attacking with an off-hand weapon?

I'm pretty new to D&D and have a question. I am currently playing as a rogue swashbuckler (lvl 3) which encourages dual wielding. I love this mechanic and enjoy playing it so far but I'm confused ...
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Can a rogue use sneak attack with weapons that have the thrown property even if they are not thrown?

For weapons like the spear that have the Thrown property, can a Rogue use sneak attack with them? Thrown is considered a ranged attack and Sneak Attack specifies that "The attack must use a finesse or ...
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Does a crit fail trigger a reaction or opportunity attack? [closed]

The rogue in my party had a question on if he could evasion to "escape the consequences" of rolling a 1. I'm not really sure what they mean. They said that they can dodge an attack if it's a ...
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How to counter a rogue that is 4 levels higher than the rest of the PCs? [closed]

So I'm running a homebrew campaign and one of my players somehow got 4 levels higher and about 40 extra hit points than they should. I don't want to call him out on it and waste precious time ...
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How can my rogue act like a thief when everyone knows everyone? [closed]

Like many rogues, my character likes to cheat at cards and steal from NPCs if he thinks they deserve it. However, the vast majority of D&D towns are small enough that everyone knows everyone. I'm ...
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Can Sneak Attack be used when hitting with an improvised weapon?

The Mastermind rogue in my game was well hidden when he threw a flask of holy water at a shadow demon that attacked his ally. In the moment, it made the most sense to me to allow him to use Sneak ...
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Can the “Two-Fisted Shooter” rogue feat give a Small creature the ability to use a crossbow?

Can the "Two-Fisted Shooter" rogue feat give a Small creature the ability to use a crossbow? You can treat the hand crossbow as an off-hand weapon, and you can reload it one-handed
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How can I introduce myself to a party without saying that I am a rogue?

I just started playing Dungeons and Dragons again. The group I'm playing with has characters that were already at 3rd level. I came in early to the session, so the DM and I could get my character (...
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How to properly initiate combat when leading with an assassination as an Assassin Rogue? [duplicate]

I'm somewhat new to the game so sorry if this question is a stupid one and my english isn't the best either so pls excuse that as well ^^. That being said, I'm unsure how initiating combat with an ...
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How can I gain proficiency in medium armour as a rogue?

I am a level 3 rogue only proficient in light armour. Is it possible for me to become proficient in medium armour eg by multiclassing or some other means?
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Is there a way to add your proficiency bonus to a generic ability check for use with Reliable Talent?

I was looking into maximizing the effectiveness of the rogue feature Reliable Talent which says: Whenever you make an ability check that lets you add your proficiency bonus, you can treat a d20 ...
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What's a good site for sorting spell on class lists [closed]

I am currently counting and comparing all of the known spells of classes, and have hit a brick wall with Arcane Trickster Rogue and Eldritch Knight Fighter. What Site can sort spells down to type ...
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Is sneak attack affected by resistance/immunity to weapon attacks?

Sneak attack 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 attack must use a finesse or a ranged weapon. ...
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Would it cause balance issues to allow Sneak Attack damage on an attack made with a previously hidden weapon?

I've already asked a few questions on this topic (e.g. How to handle weapons having been hidden with sleight of hand?) but this one is a bit different. In one of my campaigns I have a player playing ...
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Do ranged spells count as attacks for purposes of a Rogue's Sneak Attack? [duplicate]

Our DM was saying that an Arcane Trickster Rogue casting a Firebolt does not get the sneak attack damage on a hit. Is that right?
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When optimizing for damage, is it better for a Dex-based crossbow fighter to go full Fighter or multiclass with Rogue?

I'm trying to build an optimized character for a 5th edition D&D campaign and I really like the crossbowman fighter concept, but I had considered dipping into rogue for at least 3 levels to pick ...