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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Do ability modifiers grant a bonus to your saving throws?

Okay, so here are the circumstances. For the Rogue class in the PHB, p. 95, Dexterity and Intelligence are listed under Proficiencies > Saving Throws. Does this mean I am granted the proficiency bonus ...
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How do hit dice affect my attacks?

I'm a brand new player and I want to clarify my attack sequence as simple as possible. I'm a level 1 Rogue, so I have 1d8 "hit dice" according to the rules. How does that affect me if I'm making ...
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Player Character got jailed and may not be able to play next session, what to do?

The party reached a city and they decided to take some downtime. The party's rogue decided he would try to commit a crime and earn 200gp (following Xanathar's rules). He failed all 3 rolls and got ...
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Do I need advantage to sneak attack someone who is incapacitated?

Sneak attack needs to have advantage on attack except in these circumstances: Beginning at 1st level, you know how to strike subtly and exploit a foe’s distraction. Once per turn, you can deal an ...
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Two weapon wielding Rogue [duplicate]

Does a rogue wielding two weapons get two sneak attacks or is the sneak attack damage bonus only valid for the first attack?
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How Does Assassinate Work when Reinforcing a Fight that has already started?

The Rogue Assassin sub-class has the Assassinate ability as its first subclass feature at 3rd Level, with text that reads: Starting at 3rd level, you are at your deadliest when you get the drop on ...
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How visible is someone using Rogue's Hide in Plain Sight?

For disambiguation, I'm referring using Pathfinder's Rogue Talent from Ultimate Combat. An excellent answer might address if other form(s) of HiPS have a different answer, but it's not necessary. A ...
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Can I use Expertise on saving throws?

If I have a rogue, can I use expertise on Dex saving throws? Can I check off saving throw for expertise instead of a skill? Both are in the same area of my character sheet.
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What would happen if I attached Alchemists Fire to an Arrow? Could I Assassinate with it?

Alchemist's Fire is a kind of Adventuring Gear which you can throw to deal 1D4 points of Damage to a creature and set it on-fire, dealing 1D4 damage at the start of each of its turns. From Roll20 (and ...
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Can attacking someone with Card Sharp trigger Underhanded?

I'm building a rogue swindler, and taking the card sharp rogue talent at lvl 2. As far as I can tell, a deck of cards isn't a weapon, but a card becomes a weapon when thrown. I'd like to take the ...
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Can a Rogue Assassin stack Sneak Attack and Assassinate?

I have a Rogue that just reached level 3 and got to pick an Archetype. I picked Assassin. Now I’m trying to figure out how to roll against a target I sneak up on and surprise. Here is the ...
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Are there any published alternatives to sneak attack?

I like the idea of the Inquisitive rogue archetype combined with the City Watch feature for a Commander Vimes-type character concept. Maybe not Vimes exactly, but, y'know, in that line. But although ...
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Would a Rogue's Uncanny Dodge feature halve the damage of a Magic Missile spell?

This came up during a game this weekend where the rogue player claimed that, since she was taking damage from it and she could see where the "attack" was coming from, she could reduce that damage with ...
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Arcane archer's Piercing arrow and sneak attack

If a multi-class fighter(Arcane archer from XGtE)/rogue is using the piercing arrow arcane shot can he do sneak attack on one of the creatures damaged by the effect? Can he do it even if the creature ...
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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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What are advantages and disadvantages of a Sorcerer/Rogue multi-classed character? [closed]

I have recently joined a 5e campaign and I was thinking about making a Sorcerer Rogue multi-classed character. Before I commit to that character build, what are the pros and cons of multi-classing in ...
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Does the Rogue have to declare that they're using Uncanny Dodge before or after damage is rolled? [duplicate]

I've played a Rogue character in a few campaigns. At level 5, Rogues gain the Uncanny Dodge feature, described as follows: Starting at 5th level, when an attacker that you can see hits you with an ...
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Which of these two magic daggers is better for a my rogue?

My rogue with 34hp just found a new dagger for the first time. Being new to D&D, I was filled with excitement for my first new weapon. Then I really read the card and now I'm thinking my old store-...
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How Does Rogue's Reliable Talent Work?

So I'm making a Bard Rogue as a potential character for a D&D group I'm joining, and I was looking at Rogue at higher levels (debating between High Bard with Low Rogue or Low Bard with High Rogue) ...
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Number of Rogue Talents at level 10?

Do you get 1 or 2 rogue talents/advanced talents at level 10 of the unchained rogue? If 2, can you use both for advanced talents?
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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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If a penalty is reduced past 0, does it become a bonus?

Context: stealthy sniper advanced rogue talent reduces sniping check to -10. Expert sniper feat reduces the penalty by 10. The 5 rank skill unlock for stealth also reduces the penalty for sniping by ...
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Will these low-level sorcerer spells and abilities stay useful for a high-level Pathfinder rogue?

I am playing a Pathfinder rogue, currently at level 1 but soon to progress. The character backstory is that he has always thought he had "magical ancestors", even though he's just a street urchin ...
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When you get extra turns or dash actions, can you go faster?

The answer to the Amazing Lightspeed Horse exploit seems to indicate that no matter how many turns you get in a round (and thus no matter how many actions you get), you should only be allowed to move ...
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How sneaky is Mage Hand Legerdemain really?

Would the Arcane trickster casting the spell need to be unseen in order for an invisible Mage Hand Legerdemain to go unnoticed? Say for an example in a conversation a rogue wishes to pickpocket ...
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(How) does obscuring mist affect the caster inside it?

One of my players' characters can use his armor to cast obscuring mist in the square where he is. I'm pretty sure what happens to the enemy that wants to attack him while he stays in the fog, but I'...
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Does a Rogue's Blindsense let them fully perceive an obscured creature?

At 14th level, a Rogue gains the Blindsense feature, which states the following: if you are able to hear, you are aware of the location of any hidden or invisible creature within 10 feet of you. ...
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How does the Rogue's Blindsense handle obstructions?

At 14th level, a Rogue gains the Blindsense feature, which states the following: if you are able to hear, you are aware of the location of any hidden or invisible creature within 10 feet of you. ...
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Should a Bard's instrument cause psychic damage to a player that cast mage hand to play it?

In a D&D 5e game that I'm in, I play an arcane trickster rogue. We recently added a new player to the session, specifically a bard. In character, we try to one up each other all the time. It just ...
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Will allowing Monks more use out of Step of the Wind unbalance my game?

I'm considering a house rule that says that the level 2 monk's Step of the Wind can be used at will as long as the monk has at least 1 ki point remaining. Will this unbalance the game? I'm ...
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What is the rogue level for a crocodile druid's sneak attack vs improved uncanny dodge?

Crocodile druid: At 6th level, you gain sneak attack +1d6. This increase to sneak attack damage stacks with sneak attack damage you may have from other sources. This sneak attack damage increases ...
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Can I apply Expertise to a skill proficiency granted by background or racial?

Specifically related to 5E, can I use the Expertise ability granted by Rogue class ability to increase my proficiency in a skill that is granted by racial or background? Specifically, I am making a ...
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Benefit of Dual Daggers?

Question For a rogue, in this specific case a Thief, is there any reason to prioritize the use of dual daggers as opposed to dual short swords, or a rapier? Context I am running a campaign and the ...
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What is the maximum amount of Sneak Attack dice you can roll with 1 full attack?

Attempting an optimized build towards having the highest amount of sneak attack dice rolled on completion of a full attack. This will be assuming a level 20 character, attacking a wooden training ...
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Is this Path of War infinite loop combo a game breaker?

I'm playing a Hidden Blade (Rogue Archetype) with at least 3+ Maneuvers that can be readied. Is this loop broken within the Path of War rules?: Ready at least Swift Current twice and have Coward's ...
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Why do Rogues get more ability increases than other classes? [closed]

Why do Rogues get more ability increases than any other class apart from Fighters? As the mechanism of ability increases is an arbitrary boost, from the view point of class equality, why should a ...
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Can my Rogue learn to speak with the dead?

I want to create a rogue who at some point acquires Speak with Dead. His backstory is that he was raised by necromancers but fled when he was 14-15. Speak with dead is the only necromatic spell he ...
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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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Rogue Alternate Class Features: Spell Reflection

On PHB II, Spell reflection from Complete Mage is proposed as an alternative class feature for rogue's evasion. The question is about the use of the actual feature. It says: You gain the ...
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Assassin using Arcane Trickster's Mage Hand: Is it Unbalanced?

So a friend of mine for an upcoming campaign was going to be a rogue, specifically arcane trickster. However, he has changed his mind and now is going to be assassin and cross class to wizard. That's ...
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Can a Thief disarm an enemy using Sleight of hand as a bonus action?

One of my players rolled a Rogue Thief. At level three they get the following feature: Fast Hands: You can use the extra action granted by your Cunning Action to make Dexterity (Sleight of Hand)...
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Surprise, Assassinate, Dual Wield, Great Weapon Master loop and Skulker

I'm trying to find out if a particular surprise attack & assassination loop would work out: It is the rogue turn. He surprise attacks with 2 daggers at the same time. Does he get a surprise ...
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Which modifiers do you add to the roll when using Weapon Snatcher?

Roger is a lvl 12 rogue with the talent Weapon Snatcher. He is in melee fighting Badguy, both of them having a rapier, and it is Roger's turn to play. Roger has a Dexterity of 20 and maxed his ranks ...
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Do Wizard levels affect the Minor/Major Magic Rogue Talents?

I have a lvl 5 Kitsune scout. I was thinking about dipping some levels into Wizard (I really like the school of transmutation), however I already grabbed the Minor Magic and Major Magic Rogue talents....
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Can I combined a Sneak Attack with Volley and Assassinate as a Ranger 11/Rogue 9?

Am I able to combine the Sneak Attack (Rogue 9) and Volley (Ranger 11) class features to basically create a wall of arrows and death while hidden inside a bush, sneak attacking a mass of enemies, and ...
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Melee attack while hiding?

I play a lightfoot halfling rogue. An ally of mine, a fighter, is in melee combat with an orc. According to the rules I can move behind the fighter, use my cunning action to hide, and if my stealth ...
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Can Rogues get the Arcane Strike feat using Rogue Talents?

Can the following Rogue Talent chain allow them to get the Arcane Strike feat to use with Card Sharp Rogue Talent for Deadly Dealer build? Lv 6 Human Rogue: Lv1 Sneak Attack 1d6, Point Blank Shot ...
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Can a Rogue, with Rogue Crawl, charge while prone?

Can a Rogue with Rogue Crawl (Ex), charge while prone and crawling. Assume that there is just clear space and open ground between the rogue and the target. I think it comes down to the line in ...
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Can an Assassin rogue's Infiltration Expertise feature be used to create a false identity for another character?

Assassin rogues (PHB p. 97) get the Infiltration Expertise feature at level 9, which can be used to spend seven days and 25 gp to establish the history, profession, and affiliations for an ...
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Is it possible to double crit? [duplicate]

My question is related to rogue archetype assassin. On surprise rounds if I hit a creature it is automatically a critical hit. But what if I rolled a natural 20 on attack during surprise round? Does ...