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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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 Fancy Footwork affect opportunity attacks if your attack misses?

The Fancy Footwork ability of a rogue Swashbuckler (a subclass from SCAG/XGtE) says: At 3rd level, during your turn, if you make a melee attack against a creature, that creature can't make ...
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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 a Thief Rogue use a Goodberry as a bonus action?

What action is it to use a Goodberry? As with many things in 5e, the devil is in the details. Considering that a Thief Rogue’s Fast Hands (using objects as a bonus action instead of an action) work ...
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Can a shortsword-wielding monk/rogue use the Martial Arts damage die and still qualify for Sneak Attack?

I am playing a shortsword-wielding monk/rogue. I know unarmed strikes do not qualify for Sneak Attack. My question is: At later levels, can I sub in my monk damage die from Martial Arts (which will ...
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Does the Ixalan vampire race's Bloodthirst attack qualify for Sneak Attack?

I am playing a Vampire rogue (the race is from the Plane Shift: Ixalan supplement, p. 14). I'm intrigued by the many uses of the Bloodthirst ability. Can you apply Sneak Attack to the bite?
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Can an arcane trickster/wizard multiclass use an arcane focus for their arcane trickster spells?

By default, an arcane trickster cannot use an arcane focus to cast their spells, as they lack the class feature that wizards and warlocks have that allows them to; this forces them to use a component ...
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Roll20 macro for Sneak Attack showing only crits

I'm trying to automate my sneak attack with my weapons. Currently I have the following ...
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How will a rogue fight against a kraken?

In the current arc of my homebrew campaign, I--as the GM--am planning on having my party go against a giant sea dragon/kraken, somewhat akin to the sea dragon leviathan from Subnautica (using the ...
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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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What is the spell save DC and spellcasting modifier for a Rogue with Magic Initiate?

As a rogue I'm planning to take Magic Initiate with warlock class. [...] Your spellcasting ability for these spells depends on the class you chose: Charisma for warlock [...] cantrip 1: Booming ...
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Can an Arcane Trickster use Mage Hand Legerdemain to steal the bolt out of a crossbow?

(inspired by this question.) This is a question about the Arcane Trickster using Mage Hand Legerdemain to steal weapons. It looks like there's a pretty solid answer there that Mage Hand ...
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Can an Arcane Trickster use Mage Hand Legerdemain to attempt to steal an unheld weapon? [duplicate]

It's pretty obvious a straight-up disarm would not work, as this requires an attack roll and the mage hand can't attack, but can they grab a bow, hand crossbow, etc. while the opponent is wielding ...
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How does a fighter beat a rogue with polearm master wielding a reach weapon?

Here's the scenario. Assume an endless empty plain. A rogue with Polearm Master is armed with a reach weapon. A fighter is armed with a nonreach weapon. Both have speeds of 30 ft. The rogue moves 30 ...
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Can a ranged rogue effectively stand back and sneak attack opponents every turn with a ranged weapon while their allies fight on the front line?

Rogues can use ranged weapons to make sneak attacks. Also, the rogue rules state that: You don’t need advantage on the attack roll if another enemy of the target is within 5 feet of it, that enemy ...
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Does a multiclassed rogue/barbarian get sneak attack almost always? [duplicate]

The rogue gets a sneak attack on attacks where you have advantage. Barbarians have advantage on attacks using strength with the reckless attack feature, which doesn't seem to have a limit on usage. ...
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What happens if the original target of chain lightning evaded?

If a rogue is targeted by chain lightning and successfully evades the spell (with evasion) what happens to the other three bolts?
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How do I allow the Rogue opportunities to be stealthy with a Druid in the party?

My party is currently level 6, and consists of a Halfling Rogue, Human Druid, Halfling Barbarian, and Half-Elf Monk. They're all excellent players who play tactically and know their class well. I'm ...
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Can an Arcane Trickster's Mage Hand be used in closed containers?

In the question Do you need to be able to see the Mage Hand to use it?, Mage Hand is described as being able to reach into containers: Arcane Trickster level 3: Mage Hand Legerdemain PHB 98 .......
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Interaction of Master of Intrigue and Tongue of Sun and Moon re: NPC perceptions

First of all, our group assumes that Tongue of the Sun and Moon is similar to Tongues, and that both abilities produce an audible effect that mimics the function of language but does not replicate it. ...
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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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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 my Arcane Trickster learn a different cantrip if I already know Mage Hand?

Let's say I am a spellcaster with the Mage Hand cantrip. Then I multiclass into Rogue for 3 levels and pick up the Arcane Trickster subclass. Cantrips: You learn three cantrips: Mage Hand and two ...
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Can the Rogue Talent Cloying Shades be used selectively?

Does an Unchained Rogue have to use the Rogue Talent Cloying Shades if they have it? It doesn't use any language such as "may" or "can", but it would make sense to me if a talent like this could be ...
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Does being forced to make a Saving Throw count as a “Hit” for the purpose of Assassinate? [duplicate]

Let's say we have a multiclass Rogue (Assassin) + Sorcerer named Adam. Adam manages to attack a Surprised Target, and chooses to cast Fireball instead of making a Ranged Attack. Assassinate is worded ...
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Rogue assassin, potential for double crit? [duplicate]

Let's assume a rogue assassin level 5 with the 5thE Assassinate. When an enemy hasn’t taken a turn yet, you get advantage and, if they are surprised, any hit is critical. I am wondering if you roll ...
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How viable is a Swashbuckler/Bard? [closed]

I will be playing a new campaign in a bit, which will have the characters start at Level 1, presumably going up to about 11 or 12 before it ends. I have only single-classed so far, but with Xanathar's ...
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Does Rakish Audacity improve or change your Initiative bonus?

The Swashbuckler Rogue's Rakish Audacity (found in Xanathar's Guide to Everything) says: You can give yourself a bonus to your initiative rolls equal to your Charisma modifier. Is this meant to ...
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Dealing with new rules as a new Player [closed]

So I'm a beginner to D&D. I like the character creation and stuff. My DM keeps changing around things and I'm getting a bit confused. Example: Advantage/Disadvantage is now +5 and -5 ...
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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 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 ...