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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At which moment does the 'Surprised' state disappear?

I am trying to figure out if the surprised state ends on a creature after the first attack of a surprise round, or if the surprised state (which I would then see almost as an unofficial condition) ...
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Do rogues get sneak attack damage added to attacks made outside their turn?

PHB says 'once per turn,' so, it would seem that a Rogue with Sentinel, for example, could "consistently" deal Sneak attack twice per round (whether the enemy triggers an OA or the melee weapon attack ...
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Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying “I attack”?

Recently I heard a friend saying that melee combatants had fewer options than 4e or 3.x: Ranged combat was somewhat interesting in that you could deal with cover, aiming, and so forth. Fighters ...
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Can the rogue repeatedly hide in combat to sneak attack the same enemy?

One of my players is a rogue and has been, on his turn, using Cunning Action to hide as a bonus action and immediately after attacking. I have been ruling that this does work to grant him advantage as ...
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How far does a rogue move when dashing twice using Cunning Action?

A rogue receives a bonus Cunning Action, and one option is to Dash. My understanding is a Dash allows a player to move up to twice his speed for his turn. If a rogue is using a regular action to Dash ...
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What items can a Thief use as a bonus action with his Fast Hands?

At 3rd level, the Thief archetype for rogues grants a feature called Fast Hands that allows: [...] the bonus action granted by your Cunning Action to make a Dexterity (Sleight of Hand) check, use ...
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Can a Rogue (D&D 3.5) use sneak attack on both the first and second attack?

I know this seems like a question you can simply Google but the answers vary and my clan is under the impression that I can only use it on my first attack (once per round) and not on my second attack. ...
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Do Bard and Rogue expertise stack?

If you multiclass correctly so you get expertise from both bard and rogue(e.g. Rogue 1 and Bard 3), and if in both classes you put the expertise into Deception, does it stack on an ability check? ...
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In what situations would a target be denied a Dex bonus to AC?

I have an encounter coming up where my PCs will face a high level rogue. Naturally, I'd like to use his sneak attack ability, but I've never played a rogue before so I'm light on experience. From the ...
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What is the spell attack bonus and spell save DC of a Thief using the Use Magic Device feature?

A 13th level Rogue with the Thief archetype has the following feature: Use Magic Device By 13th level, you have learned enough about the workings of magic that you can improvise the use of ...
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Can an arcane trickster use a spell scroll from the wizard spell list?

Basically, we have a haste scroll, 2 warlocks, a druid, a cleric, and me, an arcane trickster. To use the spell scroll it must be on your spell list. The arcane trickster gets his spells from the ...
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How can I roleplay multiclassing to explain new class features?

A nice broad question to set the scene I'm fairly new to roleplaying and I'm struggling with a valid reasons for both why and how a character would multiclass into another class independently - that ...
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Can an Assassin stack critical hits?

Is the 5e Rogue Assassin's Assassinate feature affected by rolling a natural 20? My fellow players and DMs have different opinions. The Rogue Assassin's Assassinate feature on page 97 of the PHB ...
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Reckless Attack + Sneak Attack synergy?

I'm trying to help out one of my players optimize his character. His desired path is the Unofficial Drizzt Do'Urden build but tweaked it a little according to his taste by going Fighter 1 > Barb 1 >...
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Can I use Silent Image as an adjacent enemy for Sneak Attack?

Sneak attack says: You don't need advantage on the attack roll if another enemy of the target is within 5ft of it, that enemy isn't incapacitated, and you don't have disadvantage on the attack ...
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What does Assassinate mean by “surprised”, and can it be used multiple times?

I need some elaboration on what is covered by "surprised". The Assassin Rogue’s special feature “Assassinate” states: …In addition, if you (...) hit a creature that is surprised, you score a ...
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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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Is a spell with an attack roll “an attack” for the purpose of Sneak Attack?

Sneak Attack says: When you attack a creature and hit, you can deal extra damage to that target if you have advantage against it or if another enemy of the target is within 5 feet of it and that ...
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Can you use Freedom of Movement with the Rogue Skirmisher Reaction?

Freedom of Movement states: The target can also spend 5 feet of movement to automatically escape from nonmagical restraints, such as manacles or a creature that has it grappled The Rogue Scout can,...
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Does sneak attack damage do max damage on a critical hit?

I have been trying to find an official ruling on this. In our campaign currently the DM says that one of the sneak attack die will do max damage, and I roll for the other one.
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(How) Can a Rogue use Use Magic Device to cast spells from Scrolls?

Thief Rogues can get the Use Magic Device feature at 13th level, which lets them ignore all class, race, and level requirements on the use of magic items. Spell scrolls are an unintelligible cipher ...
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Does a Rogue using Use Magic Device for a scroll or wand also need to emulate a class feature?

I'm confused about Rogues and Use Magic Device. I've searched the core book and the Internet for the past 4 hours and can't find the answer to my simple question. Since a Rogue doesn't have any ...
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How do Expertise and the Acrobat feat proficiency effects combine? [duplicate]

Scenario : I make a character (rogue) and put proficiency in acrobatics, at level 1 I get expertise and double my acrobatics proficiency buff. (text from roll20): Your proficiency bonus is doubled ...
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How to decide which of my intended classes to start as when multiclassing in D&D 5e?

I'm putting together a Shadow Monk/Assassin Rogue character concept for a new game of D&D 5e but I have little experience with multi-classing. So, what should I consider when deciding which class ...
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Can an Arcane Trickster copy a Wizard spell from a scroll into their “spellbook”?

Page 200 of the DMG says that a wizard scroll can be copied into a spellbook A wizard spell on a spell scroll can be copied just as spells in spellbooks can be copied. When a spell is copied from a ...
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Evolution of the Rogue in D&D

How and why has the concept of the "rogue" evolved over D&D's history? It seems that what the general perception of what people think of with a "rogue" or "thief" has changed drastically over the ...
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Does a rogue's Uncanny Dodge halve each type of damage individually or the total?

The rogue has the Uncanny Dodge class feature, which says this (PHB, pg. 96): Starting at 5th level, when an attacker that you can see hits you with an attack, you can use your reaction to halve ...
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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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Does an Arcane Trickster's Invisible Mage Hand Conceal Objects It Carries?

I've been playing D&D 5e since it came out but this is my first time playing an Arcane Trickster. While thinking about some creative ways to use my invisible mage hand, I encountered something ...
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Can a Barbarian/Rogue Sneak Attack during a Rage?

Can you sneak attack and rage at the same time? Honestly, I only ask because it seems like one of those things that you just shouldn't be able to do, but I can't find any rule preventing it. Am I ...
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Can you use Uncanny Dodge against extra damage effects?

When a Rogue activates their Uncanny Dodge against extra damage effects, does the feature halve all of the damage or only the weapon's damage? To exemplify, if struck by a Planetar's great sword, the ...
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Can you get Sneak Attack with any weapon as a Swashbuckler?

Basically, one of my friends says that you can get Sneak Attack with any weapon if you are a Swashbuckler. The swashbuckler ability says that you can get sneak attack with any weapon attack as long as ...
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How many times does Sneak Attack damage apply with several attacks?

I've designed for a campaign a duo of rogues. My character is as Sniper, and his follower is a Knife Mistress. Couple of questions about them. Our party is about to ambush several trolls. My Sniper ...
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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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How to optimize a rogue for highest attacks/round and damage/attack?

Using only the 3.5e Player's Handbook and Dungeon Master's Guide, how can I make my rogue the most powerful possible? What I have so far: Professor Peppy Littleman - Halfling rogue, level 5 ...
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How does the Evocation wizard's Potent Cantrip feature interact with an enemy rogue's Evasion feature?

A 7th-level Evocation wizard hits a 7th level rogue with a cantrip that requires a Dex saving throw, like acid splash. The wizard has the Potent Cantrip feature that means any creature that succeeds ...
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How does one stop the rogue from trap checking every five feet

In our fourth edition game, our party's rogue has gained the habit of checking for traps whenever he moves anywhere. I find this annoying, not only because it stops traps from ever coming into effect,...
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Does Uncanny Dodge halve poison damage?

Related: Can you use Uncanny Dodge against extra damage effects? In the cited question, the consensus is that Uncanny Dodge halves all damage from an attack including damage inflicted by elemental ...
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Can I pick up a willing Tiny creature with Mage Hand Legerdemain?

I play an Arcane Trickster rogue, and I'm a Forest Gnome, so I'm already Small, weighing in at 55lbs with my gear. I'm wondering whether, if I cast enlarge/reduce on myself to make myself smaller, I ...
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If a character has Expertise in more skills than they have skill proficiencies, is the extra Expertise wasted?

Let's say I take 10 levels of Bard and then 10 levels of Rogue. This would give me the following skill proficiencies: 2 from my background 3 from Bard level 1 1 from Rogue level 1 This is a total ...
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Do you need to be able to see the Mage Hand to use it?

One of the characters is an Arcane Trickster who has Mage Hand. She's been pretty creative in using the spell, and I wanted to know what restrictions the spell had. The PCs were in a castle and were ...
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Given the following constraints what is the maximum number of attacks in a round for 3.X edition?

A former DM has had the same recurring NPC/GMPC since I started playing in his game. This was 20+ years ago and we started in 1st edition and slowly made our way through the years and editions. We ...
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When does Bleeding Attack effect apply?

I've designed for a campaign a duo of rogues. My character is as Sniper, and his follower is a Knife Mistress. Couple of question about them. Our party is about to ambush several trolls. My Sniper ...
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Achieving highest Rogue DPR at 3rd level using PHB+1

I think this is a straight-forward optimization question. The restrictions are: Assume enemies have 16~18 AC 1. Saving Throws have +5 bonus. Rogue is ranged (i.e. it has to fight from a decent range, ...
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Can an Arcane Trickster Rogue learn all of the wizard spells from the low levels it has slots for?

My take on this is as follows: Arcane Trickster level 17 class ability allows for stealing spells somebody is casting (this isn't restricted to wizard spells). Skill is located on PHB pg. 98, ...
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What are the limits of Mage Hand Legerdemain?

I'm honestly shocked I couldn't find this, I swear I've seen it before and if I overlooked it and this is a duplicate, by all means tell me, but otherwise here it goes. We recently started a thief ...
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Does the Rogue's Assassinate feature grant criticals on multiple attacks?

Does the Rogue's Assassinate feature (auto-crit on surprised targets) allow for multiple crits if you make multiple attacks that round, either through two-weapon fighting or extra attacks gained ...
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Would allowing a Thief (with Fast Hands) to use the Healer feat's tending action as a bonus action be balanced?

Related: usable objects with Fast Hands The Healer feat states: [...] As an action, you can spend one use of a healer’s kit to tend to a creature and restore 1d6 + 4 hit points to it, plus ...
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Can I switch out my Level 1 any-school spell as an Arcane Trickster or Eldritch Knight?

The Arcane Trickster gains access to Wizard spells, primarily limited to the enchantment and illusion schools of magic. Four of the spells he knows can come from any school, however: one of his ...
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Does a Rogue's Expertise Apply to Passive Perception?

As per the rogue feature Expertise, you can choose two skills to double your proficiency bonus in. Obviously this works for active perception checks, but is there anything that says this does or doesn'...