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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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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Do I have Disadvantage attacking with an off-hand weapon?

I'm pretty new to D&D and have a question. I am currently playing as a rogue swashbuckler (lvl 3) which encourages dual wielding. I love this mechanic and enjoy playing it so far but I'm confused ...
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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'...
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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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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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What is the overland travel pace of a rogue traveling alone and capable of dashing with Cunning Action?

The travel pace rules say they are meant to represent a group of travellers of differing capabilities. In effect, they are rules of averaging, in that they: assume that a group of travelers adopts ...
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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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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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How can Rogues maintain combat advantage?

I get that if you are hidden from an opponent, you gain combat advantage against them. I get that if you make a point of it, and you're not getting surprised by the opposition, you should be able to ...
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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 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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Great Weapon Master + Assassinate

One of my players brought this to my attention today and while it seems entirely legit, I wanted to present it to all of you. Great Weapon Master has 2 bullet points, the most popular of which allows ...
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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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Should rogues play stealth or tank on D&D?

I am arguing with my D&D group about the following: I, as a halfling rogue, want to play stealth, but some member of my group are arguing that I should play as a tank (which doesn't make any ...
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Can a rogue multiclass into druid?

My young son is stuck playing a 4th-level rogue when he really wants to play a druid. He inherited the character from me when he joined the game and the GM is saying he can't swap characters1 (the ...
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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 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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Do Rage and Uncanny Dodge stack?

Barbarian Rage grants resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage. On the other hand, Uncanny Dodge allows you to halve any single attack using your reaction. In the case of a ...
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Can a Swashbuckler use Sneak Attack every turn on an isolated target?

This question is somewhat related to Can you get Sneak Attack with any weapon as a Swashbuckler? One of my players is a Swashbuckler Rogue, and we debated if he could use the Sneak Attack on every ...
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Can you move your Mage Hand and use Versatile Trickster at the same time?

The Mage Hand spell states that You can move the hand up to 30 feet each time you use it. The Rogue Archetype Arcane Trickster gets Versatile trickster at 13th level, and it says You gain 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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Is it possible for a multiclassed monk/rogue to use Stunning Strike and Sneak Attack on the same attack, before making an extra attack?

I've made a character that is going to eventually put 17 levels into Monk's Way of the Shadow and 3 levels into Rogue's Assassin. I was looking at some of the abilities I get for attacking, such as ...
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Why is the wording different between Inquisitive and Swashbuckler Rogues' Sneak Attack-related subclass features?

Swashbuckler rogues' Rakish Audacity feature lets them attack a lone target with Sneak Attack, as long as they don't have disadvantage (XGtE, p. 47): You also gain an additional way to use your ...
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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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Half Orc Rogue sneak attack calculation

As a half-orc Fighter, I multi classed to rogue. At first rogue level with a rapier and shield, when applying the Savage Attack feature of a half orc, should do additional damage. Normal damage <...
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How to give a Rogue ways to shine

I'm DMing a pathfinder campaign and it's been going pretty well. The Barbarian is having a grand time cleaving hordes of weak enemies, the Cleric is doing fantastic in the undead segments, and the ...
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Will a rogue get their Sneak Attack dice if they charge from cover?

I'm about to start up a new 4e campaign, and my roommate is playing a melee rogue. They're going to have a warlord, so she took melee basic training(DEX) as a feat for melee attacks. She's been going ...
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Can a multiclassed druid/rogue benefit from Expertise while in Wild Shape?

The text concerning changing proficiency bonuses for a druid's Wild Shape feature is as follows: Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the beast, but you retain your alignment, ...
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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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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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Rogue using Dual Wield and Sneak Attack

I have heard that when a rogue dual wields, the rogue has one primary action which is used to attack main hand and a bonus action which is used to attack off hand. My question is: can the rogue ...
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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 a Arcane Trickster's Spell Thief return to the target on death?

My players fought an NPC that was a high-level Arcane Trickster Rogue. The NPC successfully used Spell Thief on one of them but was then killed. My question is, now the NPC is dead, does the spell ...
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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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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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Using Mage Hand to hold up a cloak and grant concealment

First off, Let me just say that I am a complete newbie. I have yet to play any DnD, but I am working on a character while me and some friends are getting things together to start our first game. Now ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Ex-wizard that pretends he still is a wizard

I am pondering creating an epic-level wizard character, who through excessive use of Mordenkainen's Disjunction on artifacts has permanently lost all casting ability as well as all his class levels ...
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Is the rogue's Cunning Action plus a ranged weapon overpowered?

Cunning Action gives a rogue a bonus Dash, Disengage, or Hide, but if the rogue uses a bow to attack and the Cunning Action to Dash, how could a melee enemy ever reach them? Most enemies have speed ...
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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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How can I improve damage for a 2e rogue? (Particularly a Kender handler)

I'm roleplaying a 2nd Ed. Dragonlance Kender Handler. I had no experience in roleplaying, and kender sounded like a great opportunity to do fun stuff. In particular, my hiding / sneaking stats are ...