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 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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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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If a Thief Rogue casts True Polymorph (Object into Creature), does the creature move on both of their turns from the Thief's Reflexes feature?

The Thief Rogue's Thief's Reflexes feature states: When you reach 17th level, you have become adept at laying ambushes and quickly escaping danger. You can take two turns during the first round of ...
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Is the Thief Rogue's Thief's Reflexes feature optional?

The Thief gets the Thief's Reflexes feature which states: When you reach 17th level, you have become adept at laying ambushes and quickly escaping danger. You can take two turns during the first ...
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Can you use Sneak Attack after using the Scout Rogue's Sudden Strike feature?

The Scout Rogue's Sudden Strike feature (XGtE, p. 47) states: Starting at 17th level, you can strike with deadly speed. If you take the Attack action on your turn, you can make one additional ...
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Does immunity to damage from nonmagical attacks negate a rogue's Sneak Attack damage?

My party came across an encounter against a creature that is supposed to be immune to damage from non-magical attacks. This isn't much of a problem for us, as we have magic weapons. But our rogue ...
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Can the Telekinetic Projectile spell be used with Sneak Attack?

Can the Telekinetic Projectile spell be used with Sneak Attack? Specially if you have low Dex or Str. Examples: Throw dagger, arrow, bolt, dart or spear.
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What would the balance implications be of removing the spell school restriction of learning spells for Eldritch Knights and Arcane Tricksters?

Both Eldritch Knights (a subclass of fighters) and Arcane Tricksters (a subclass of rogues) pull their spells from the wizard spell list, albeit in a limited way. The way in which they do this is by ...
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Swashbuckler rogue: does sneak attack fail if you have both advantage & disadvantage? [duplicate]

I am having a bit of an argument with my DM. The rules say that you can have sneak attack if "you don’t have disadvantage on the attack roll". If I have both advantage and disadvantage, that results ...
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What is my spell save DC as a level 1 Assassin archetype rogue? (I have no spells) [duplicate]

What is my spell save DC? I am a level 1 Rogue (going Assassin archetype) and have no spells. My stats are as follows: STR: +1 DEX: +3 CON: +2 INT: +1 WIS: +0 CHA: +2
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Can you Sneak Attack with spells?

Can you Sneak Attack with spells in PF 2nd ed? I get that spells and cantrips varies with heightened slots, but sneak attack dice also rank up slower so it cant too high of damage advantage to just ...
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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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Can a human Ruffian Rogue with the Unconventional Weaponry feat use Sneak Attack with the chosen weapon?

The Ruffian rogue racket says: You use whatever tools you have at hand to get the job done. You can deal sneak attack damage with any simple weapon, in addition to the weapons listed in the sneak ...
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Is there a basic list of ways in which a low-level Rogue can get advantage for sneak attack?

I'm looking through the PHB and I don't see any simple list of ways for a rogue to get advantage in combat. At high levels, a Rogue might have a special subclass such as Assassin that might allow ...
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Does a Rogue's proficiency with a Rapier apply to the Spiral Rapier?

Does a Rogue's proficiency with a Rapier apply to the Spiral Rapier?
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How viable is a rogue in Pathfinder?

Coming from traumatic experiences in 3.5 with rogues, I would like to ask you if sneak attack is viable in Pathfinder. In 3.5, at level 10 and above, one would hardly ever get a chance to do any ...
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How does Hand of the Apprentice interact with rogue abilities?

My Arcane Trickster took the Universalist School (as a wizard). Which has the Hand of the Apprentice ability. Since it does meet the 30 feet requirement for range, can he use his Sneak Attack with ...
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When, exactly, does the Rogue Scout get to use their Skirmisher ability?

As written, a Scout Rogue "can move up to half your speed as a reaction when an enemy ends its turn within 5 feet of you." What exactly constitutes when an enemy "ends its turn"? Does this mean the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Which of these two magic daggers is better for 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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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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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 Cunning Action be taken more than once per turn?

The rogue's Cunning Action feature states: Starting at 2nd level, your quick thinking and agility allow you to move and act quickly. You can take a bonus action on each of your turns in combat. ...
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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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How can a “typical rogue/thief build” justify being any non chaotic/neutral alignment? [closed]

So, if you're playing a generic "Monkey see, monkey take" type rogue who steals from everyone and gives to himself, is there any way you could justify being any alignment other than chaotic neutral? (...
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How should I handle a ruling that really hurts my character?

So I just started my first dnd session a couple weeks ago. The party needed a rogue, so I made a melee guy who used two-weapon fighting. As with all melee rogues, he was supposed to deal damage in ...
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Does the Magic Initiate feat give a Thief rogue a spell save DC?

The Thief archetype Rogue gets the Use Magic Device feature at 13th level: By 13th level, you have learned enough about the workings of magic that you can improvise the use of items even when they ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...