Questions tagged [rogue]

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Rogue Sneak Attack with Dual-Wield [duplicate]

I am aware that this question is quite similar to another posed on this site, but I specifically need to understand whether you declare you are using the Sneak Attack on a given attack or whether it ...
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Does a “Thief Racket” Rogue gain an ability score boost to Dexterity at character creation?

At character creation, the rogue class says under Key Ability: Dexterity or Other At 1st level, your class gives you an ability boost to Dexterity or an option from rogue’s racket. Now, the ...
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How do rogues switch weapons?

We have started a game of Heroes & Treasure, a family-friendly tabletop RPG accessible to kids. Looking ahead, I notice that at level 5 rogues gain the ability to switch between weapons: Level ...
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Does the Thief rogue's Use Magic Device feature let them ignore class, race, and level requirements on attuning to magic items?

The Artificer's Magic Item Savant feature states (E:RftLW p. 58, WGtE p. 180; emphasis mine): [...] You ignore all class, race, spell, and level requirements on attuning to or using magic items. ...
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Can a Thief rogue use the Fast Hands feature to draw something from a magic item as a bonus action?

My DM gave me a magic little bag, Heward's handy spice pouch, which has the description: Someone holding the pouch could reach into it and speak the name of any type of nonmagical seasoning—salt, ...
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What is my rogue's Stealth modifier?

What is my rogue's Stealth modifier? Here's my attempt to calculate it: My Dexterity modifier is +4. I have proficiency in Stealth and Dex saving throws, so I think that’s another +4 (+2 and +2). ...
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Can a rogue use Uncanny Dodge to halve the damage of a Spiritual Weapon?

Can a rogue reduce spirit weapon attacks and spells with Uncanny Dodge? The answer doesn't seem clear to me, based on the description of the feature.
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Is this homebrew roguish archetype Shadowdancer balanced compared to the other archetypes? [Version 2]

This is a follow up to my previous question: Is this homebrew roguish archetype Shadowdancer balanced compared to the other archetypes? In short, I want to convert the 3.5e prestige class ...
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Combining Flash of Genius and Psi Bolstered Knack?

Long story short I am rolling up a level 13 Soul Knife UA Rogue / Armorer Artificer. Can I use Soul Knifes Psi Bolstered Knack with the Artificers Flash of Genius add both my Intelligence modifier ...
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Is my alternative to UA Revived Rogue's Bolts from the Grave suitably powered?

The October 2019 Unearthed Arcana introduced the Revived archetype for Rogues, which while not being the most mechanically powerful archetype, has some fun flavour that fits very well into the gothic ...
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Is it reasonable to let Inquisitive Rogues get advantage on Perception and Investigation outside combat?

I am DM in a campaign and recently my players reached level 3. The Rogue chose to take the Inquisitive archetype. I am looking at the Eye for Detail feature, which allows the rogue to make a ...
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Is this homebrew roguish archetype Shadowdancer balanced compared to the other archetypes?

Introduction The Shadowdancer is a prestige class from 3.5e. Since, in 5e, prestige classes were replaced by class archetypes (for example, the Assassin prestige class from 3.5e is now represented by ...
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Does attacking from your echo knight while hidden give you advantage/Reveal your position? [closed]

The title says it all. If I'm a rogue/fighter multiclass, and I attack with my echo knight while hidden, does the attack have advantage?
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Is the Finesse Striker still a rogue class feature, or was it playtest-only?

I'm preparing to demo Pathfinder 2e using the Torment and Legacy Demo Scenario for new players. 2e is new to me as well. I'm using the pre-gen characters included with the scenario. The Rogue ...
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Can a Soulknife use the Dueling fighting style with both Psychic Blades attacks?

Soulknife is available as a rogue subclass in Unearthed Arcana: Psionic Options Revisited. One of its 3rd-level features is Psychic Blades, which states: When you are about to make a melee or ...
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How can a DM make a low-level melee rogue feel useful in combat when the party has no tank who triggers sneak attack for her?

I'm going to DM a short adventure for two players who have little experience with pen and paper role-playing games. One will be a druid, one will be a dual wielding melee rogue, and it was their ...
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How to balance combat to promote the Fighter's role?

Our family game consists of Fighter-Rogue-Cleric, playing through Dragon of Icespire Peak. The characters have reached L4 now. In combat the Fighter typically does 1d6+3 bow damage per turn and the ...
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Is there any way to increase rogue's sneak attack range to more than 30 ft for a warlock with rogue subclass?

In our new campaign, our DM allowed us to start at level 3 with two classes so I picked rogue/warlock even though I am going to pursue Warlock beyond level 3. As a level 3 rogue, I am getting sneak ...
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What Rogue class features can be used in Wild Shape?

This is a question about what Rogue class features are available in Wild Shape, for a druid/rogue multi-class character. In the Player's Handbook it states that class features are usable in Wild ...
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Would swapping the Assassin's Imposter feature for the Scout's Ambush Master feature be unbalanced?

Inspired by this question: Would allowing the Rogue sub-class (Assassin) to benefit from Supreme Sneak be unbalanced? The Assassin roguish archetype is considered by some to have very weak class ...
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Would letting the Assassin rogue replace its 9th-level Infiltration Expertise feature with the Thief's Supreme Sneak feature be unbalanced?

I wanted to ask about allowing the Rogue sub-class (Assassin) to benefit from Supreme Sneak. I have a player in my campaign who plays as an Assassin Rogue and would like to have access to the Supreme ...
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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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Does the Hunter's Mark spell stack with the Rogue's Sneak Attack feature?

Wondering if when multi classing a ranger and a rogue, can the spell hunters mark stack with sneak attack on damage roll? For reference, hunter's mark states: You choose a creature you can see ...
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Is the Inquisitive rogue's Ear for Deceit feature made useless by a character's Passive Insight score?

The Inquisitive rogue's Ear for Deceit feature (XGtE, p. 45) says: When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you develop a talent for picking out lies. Whenever you make a Wisdom (Insight) check ...
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How does the Shield Master feat interact with a Rogue's Uncanny Dodge and Evasion features?

How does the Shield Master feat interact with a Rogue's Uncanny Dodge and Evasion features? The Shield Master feat (PHB, p. 170) grants the following benefits: a) add the shield's AC to Dexterity ...
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What protects me better from damage: Plate armour and a Shield, or Dodge?

I am playing a Cleric mainly but I took one level in Rogue as it helped me with the Expertise and Stealth. I want to know what has more potential to reduce damage for my PC. In the party I tend to ...
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Which originally published items would meaningfully benefit a 'Thief' Rogue that had Use Magic Device?

This class feature seemed to me to be dead-on-arrival when published. It's unclear exactly which items originally presented in the DMG that this feature was intended to work with. Exactly which ...
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D&D 5e I want to create my own Thieve's Guild [closed]

So my character is level 8(Rogue3/Fighter2/Ranger3) and I just bought a big house with a basement and 2 floors and I was thinking to create my own theive's guild in a big city. My group and I are ...
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In what ways can a PC gain advantage on Wisdom checks other than being a Wildhunt Shifter?

I am making an Inquisitive Rogue and since it depends a lot on the Wisdom Score for its main abilities, I was thinking of using the Wildhunt Shifter's shifting ability to gain advantage on Wisdom ...
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Is One with Shadows eldritch invocation possible after certain bonus/free actions?

I'm currently playing a Warlock/ Rogue multiclass character and I'm curious about the limitations of the One With Shadows invocation. One with Shadows Prerequisite: 5th level When you are ...
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Could a Thief rogue with the Use Magic Device feature use a wizard's spellbook to cast spells?

At 13th level, the Thief rogue gains the Use Magic Device feature, which states: By 13th level, you have learned enough about the workings of magic that you can improvise the use of items even when ...
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How does a Mastermind rogue's Master of Tactics feature work when trying to Help an allied spellcaster in combat?

The Mastermind rogue's Master of Tactics feature (SCAG, p. 135; XGtE, p. 46) states: Starting at 3rd level, you can use the Help action as a bonus action. Additionally, when you use the Help action ...
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Bards acting as rogues?

In a campaign I recently played, I encountered a NPC that could do everything a lvl 7 Rogue could do, for instance he was able to pick locks but he didn't even roll for it. Later in the storyline, he ...
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Would there be any major balance implications for swapping the Soulknife rogue's daggers to deal fire damage as opposed to psychic?

I have a specific character concept in mind but for it to work I would need to change the UA Psionic Rogue's Psychic Daggers into Fire Daggers. I plan to ask my DM about it but before I do I want to ...
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How does the UA Variant Class Feature “Cunning Action: Aim” affect flying?

Cunning Action: Aim contains the following: You can use this bonus action only if you haven't moved during this turn, and after you use the bonus action, your speed is 0 until the end of the ...
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Can a rogue's sneak attack feature be used on objects?

The Rogue's Sneak Attack says Beginning at 1st level, you know how to strike subtly and exploit a foe’s distraction. Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an ...
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Does the Assassin rogue’s Death Strike feature double the damage from a poison that requires a saving throw?

Let’s say you coat your weapon with poison transmitted by injury from the DMG. As we know, the damage from these poisons are not tied to the attack roll but to a Con save, so the damage dice are not ...
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Is it possible to write a message in Thieves' Cant?

If a Rogue is in an alleyway and wants to recruit a group of NPC thieves to rob an enemy, could they use chalk to write a message in Thieves' Cant for anyone who can read it who comes by, or is ...
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Can a rogue make a Sneak Attack with a wand?

Rogues' Sneak Attack ability states "The attack must use a finesse or a ranged weapon." For purposes of sneak attack, is a wand a ranged weapon? Specifically a wand that can cause a ranged spell ...
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Can an Rogue Assassin 13/GOO Warlock use their Impostor feature and Awakened Mind in conjunction?

Rolling up a Warlock Rogue for a new campaign, I found a possible synergy between the Assassin's Impostor ability and the GOO Warlock's Awakened mind feature: Could they impersonate someone else in ...
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Can I wield a Saw-tooth Sabre with my tail as a Ratfolk using the Versatile Design weapon modification while being a Red Mantis Assassin?

I started playing a Rogue Ratfolk and have brought myself to the RMA prestige class. I used to wield a ratfolk Tailblade to maximise sneak potential, but it didn't work out because the attacks kept ...
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Thieves cant across different languages [duplicate]

All rouges know thieves cant. If one rouge in the party is talking to an enemy in a language that an ally rouge in the party does not understand, would the speaking rouge be able to use thieves cant ...
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Can a Kenku Swashbuckler use the Panache feature?

I am the DM for a player character that is a Kenku Swashbuckler that is currently level 8 and will be level 9 within the next few sessions. The player has been following the advice in the sidebar of ...
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Does a Thief rogue's Fast Hands allow you to drink a potion as a bonus action?

A recent D&D Beyond article, Epic House Rules: Potion Toxicity and Quick Drinking, mentioned this houserule: Variant: Quick Potion Drinking You can use a bonus action, instead of an action,...
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How are spell slots for an Eldritch Knight fighter 3/Arcane Trickster rogue 3 determined?

The multi-classing rules subsection on spell slots says: Spell Slots. You determine your available spell slots by adding together all your levels in the bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, and wizard ...
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Is 33 the minimum skill check result for a multiclassed 11 rogue/9 artificer using Reliable Talent, Expertise, Guidance, and Flash of Genius?

Any proficient ability check d20 roll of lower than 10 is set to 10 with the Reliable Talent rogue feature. +17 from the Expertise rogue feature (12 + ability modifier of +5). +a minimum of 1 from the ...
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Arcane Trickster(9)/Wizard(2) Multiclass Unlocked Spell Levels [duplicate]

This is something that came up at my last game, hoping someone can set the record straight. I'm a Lvl 9 AT Rogue who has just dipped 2 lvls in Wizard. According to the Multiclassing spell slot rules,...
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Would the Unearthed Arcana Revived Rogue subclass have its hit point maximum reduced in Tomb of Annihilation?

I've been playing Tomb of Annihilation lately and asked my DM for his thoughts on using Unearthed Arcana material. He said he was cool with it which got me thinking. I've been interested in trying out ...
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Does Assassinate come into play whenever the Rogue catches the target off guard?

The Assassinate ability under the Assassin subclass of Rogue states: Starting at 3rd level, you are at your deadliest when you get the drop on your enemies. You have advantage on attack rolls ...
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Outside of Sabotage, how could a Rogue damage items?

While reading through the class feats in Pathfinder 2e I came across this one for Rogue: Sabotage. It allows a rogue to deal damage to a carried or wielded item with moving parts (such as a shortbow) ...

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