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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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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How much damage does a target take from the Assassin rogue's Death Strike on a failed save?

As I was reading about the Assassin rogue at higher levels, this question occurred to me. Does a surprised target (that fails the Constitution save from Death Strike) take 4 or 3 or 2 times the ...
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Can a Kenku Swashbuckler use the Panache feature?

I am the DM for a player character that is a Kenku Swashbuckler that is currently level 8 and will be level 9 within the next few sessions. The player has been following the advice in the sidebar of ...
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Can a Grappler Rogue Sneak Attack while grappling?

I don't believe that a Rogue can normally sneak attack when it grapples. This is why (let me know if I'm wrong): Under Sneak Attack in the Rogue section it states Once per turn you can deal an ...
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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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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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How to balance combat to promote the Fighter's role?

Our family game consists of Fighter-Rogue-Cleric, playing through Dragon of Icespire Peak. The characters have reached L4 now. In combat the Fighter typically does 1d6+3 bow damage per turn and the ...
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If I can just get Fleeting Ghost as a rogue at lvl 2, is there any point to taking Cunning Sneak?

Fleeting Ghost, as an At will move action, I can move up to my speed and make a stealth check to hide, and I take no penalty to ...
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Can I Apply Sneak Attack Damage Twice in One Attack?

Is there a rule that states sneak attack damage can't be applied more than once per attack? There are several instances of feats and weapon enchants that allow rogues to gain the sneak attack damage ...
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What spells can an Arcane Trickster Rogue choose from when gaining levels?

Trying to understand how an Arcane Trickster Rogue works with regards to spell selection. In the Player's Handbook, page 98, it says (emphasis mine): You know three 1st-level wizard spells of your ...
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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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Can you pick an advanced rogue talent with the Extra Rogue Talent feat?

If you are level 11 (or above) and you take the Extra Rogue Talent feat (as rogue), can you pick an advanced talent instead of just a normal rogue talent?
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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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Does the Thief rogue's Use Magic Device feature let them ignore class, race, and level requirements on attuning to magic items?

The Artificer's Magic Item Savant feature states (E:RftLW p. 58, WGtE p. 180; emphasis mine): [...] You ignore all class, race, spell, and level requirements on attuning to or using magic items. ...
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Can a rogue use Uncanny Dodge to halve the damage of a Spiritual Weapon?

Can a rogue reduce spirit weapon attacks and spells with Uncanny Dodge? The answer doesn't seem clear to me, based on the description of the feature.
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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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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. The Magic Initiate feat says: [...] Your spellcasting ability for these spells depends on the class you chose: Charisma for ...
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Can a rogue take the feat Extra Rogue Talent at level 1?

Can a rogue take the feat Extra Rogue Talent at level 1? They don't receive a rogue talent until level 2, but is that still considered a class feature?
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Would swapping the Assassin's Imposter feature for the Scout's Ambush Master feature be unbalanced?

Inspired by this question: Would allowing the Rogue sub-class (Assassin) to benefit from Supreme Sneak be unbalanced? The Assassin roguish archetype is considered by some to have very weak class ...
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Do I add an enchantment bonus to sneak attack damage?

I was looking over the Sneak Attack entries in D&D 4th Edition, as I am playing a rogue in a Planescape campaign. Anywho, I was wondering if a Short Sword +2 would add it's enhancement bonus to ...
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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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Does Assassinate come into play whenever the Rogue catches the target off guard?

The Assassinate ability under the Assassin subclass of Rogue states: Starting at 3rd level, you are at your deadliest when you get the drop on your enemies. You have advantage on attack rolls ...
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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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Does the Assassin rogue’s Death Strike feature double the damage from a poison that requires a saving throw?

Let’s say you coat your weapon with poison transmitted by injury from the DMG. As we know, the damage from these poisons are not tied to the attack roll but to a Con save, so the damage dice are not ...
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Rogue Talents and Feat Prerequisites

Does a rogue need to meet the prerequisites of a Combat Feat he or she gains via the Combat Trick talent? Could I, for example, gain Spring Attack without Dodge and Mobility?
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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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Rogue's Tumble PHB vs HotFL

Which version of Tumble is correct? The powers are exactly the same Level 2 Utility, Encounter, Req. Acrobatics training. The difference is in the effect. Player's Handbook (PHB) ~ Effect:You can ...
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How many arrowheads can I coat with one dose of poison?

I'm playing a rogue archer in a Dragon Age RPG campaign, and I was looking at ways to improve my damage. One possibility that I discussed with my GM was to coat my arrowheads in some form of poison, ...
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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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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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Rogue Talent: Offensive Defense

I've seen arguments going both ways on this so I don't know how to rule this. If a rogue with Offensive Defense gets multiple sneak attacks in one round does the bonus AC stack? Example: A level 5 ...
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How does the underhanded talent work?

I do not understand the rogue talent "Underhanded" from Ultimate Combat. It states that you are able to make a sneak attack for max damage during a surprise round with a hidden weapon. However when I ...
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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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Can a level 2 Warlock take one level in rogue, then continue advancing as a warlock?

I recently "upgraded" to D&D 5th edition. I decided to play a warlock. However, now I would like to be proficient in Stealth, and a warlock can not have this proficiency. I am Warlock level 2. Is ...
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Could a Thief rogue with the Use Magic Device feature use a wizard's spellbook to cast spells?

At 13th level, the Thief rogue gains the Use Magic Device feature, which states: By 13th level, you have learned enough about the workings of magic that you can improvise the use of items even when ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I use a torch to make a bonus action attack?

A torch has a melee attack which deals 1 fire damage. Torch: A torch burns for 1 hour, providing bright light in a 20-foot radius and dim light for an additional 20 feet. If you make a melee attack ...
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Would it cause balance issues to allow Sneak Attack damage on an attack made with a previously hidden weapon?

I've already asked a few questions on this topic (e.g. How to handle weapons having been hidden with sleight of hand?) but this one is a bit different. In one of my campaigns I have a player playing ...
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Is a missile deflected by a Monk/Rogue's Deflect Missiles eligible for Sneak Attack?

Is the ranged attack resulting from a monk/rogue's Deflect Missiles eligible to add sneak attack damage? For example, if the creature who made the initial ranged attack is engaged in melee as per the ...
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How to defend against a rogue's Sneak Attack?

In our last session a melee style rogue using Sneak Attack did more damage than the warrior. That seems pretty powerful especially at low levels. Is there no way creatures can defend against a Sneak ...
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Can a Rogue/Cleric multiclass doing sneak attack or using Rogue powers with an Radiant enchanted weapon?

I'm playing a Rogue in D&D 4.0 and I multiclass to Cleric in order to take the Radiant Servant Paragon Path. I have some questions about if some rogue features or powers still applies when using ...
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Is someone in an area of darkness vulnerable to sneak attacks?

I was recently faced with the following scenario: A rogue activates darkness (as the spell) in an area of dim light. The rogue has darkvision, whereas the target does not. Therefore, the target ...
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Can I ready a sneak attack?

As a pathfinder Rogue, can I move away from an enemy around a corner using a stealth check to gain stealth then ready an attack for when he pursues me? The trigger is when he is directly in front of ...
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Published adventures rewarding an athletic stealthy character

Probably largely inspired by all the time I spent fresh out of high school playing Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven, I put one of my players through a solo game in which I encouraged all the physical skills ...
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How do I deal with displacement or blink as a rogue?

Both blink and displacement give my opponent a chance to completely evade my attacks (regardless of my attack roll) and prevent me from ever dealing sneak attack damage. From 3.5e, I know that true ...
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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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How do rogues switch weapons?

We have started a game of Heroes & Treasure, a family-friendly tabletop RPG accessible to kids. Looking ahead, I notice that at level 5 rogues gain the ability to switch between weapons: Level ...

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