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How exactly does underhanded maneuvers function?

Rogue archetype Skulking slayer specific for orcs and half-orcs has the following ability: Underhanded Maneuvers (Ex) At 1st level, when she could normally make a sneak attack, a slayer may instead ...
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'Sneak attack' using AOE spells

In Pathfinder a level 10 Arcane trickster gains a Surprise spells feature: Surprise spells At 10th level, an arcane trickster can add her sneak attack damage to any spell that deals damage, if the ...
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How to decide the type of precise damage?

The easier examples are quite easy to understand: when a character attacks with a weapon, precise damage like sneak attack will use the same type of damage of the weapon. For example, sneak attack ...
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Can a Rogue Inquisitive use their passive Insight with Insightful Fighting?

Can a Rogue Inquisitive use their passive Insight with Insightful Fighting? Insightful Fighting short version: as a bonus action, make a Wis (Insight) check contested by target's Cha (Deception) ...
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Can Scorching Ray inflict Sneak Damage multiple times on the same target? [duplicate]

The feat Manyshot makes it clear that it only applies precision-based damage once (for one of the arrows). Since Scorching Ray does not have that description, and all of its rays can aim at the same ...
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How to use AnyDice to properly calculate using Sneak Attack with multiple attacks?

I am trying to create a damage percentage study on AnyDice.com for a 5e Rogue using both an Attack and a Bonus Action attack with two different weapons. Most of this is pretty straightforward, in that ...
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Can a rogue/Kensei monk use Sneak Attack with a Kensei weapon?

The 3rd-level feature of the UA Kensei Monk subclass, Path of the Kensei, reads as follows: You gain proficiency with three martial weapons of your choice. A martial weapon is considered a kensei ...
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Can a rogue sneak attack another rogue?

Say a 20th lvl Rogue is fighting a solo fight with a 15th lvl Rogue. Can a Rogue sneak attack another Rogue? Or does Uncanny Dodge prevent the sneak attack? If they can sneak attack each other, do all ...
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Can you Sneak Attack without advantage?

The rules for rogue state that Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an attack if you have advantage on the attack roll. You don't need advantage on the attack ...
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As a rogue, what are the most reliable ways to gain advantage on attacks?

I am making a very specific Ranger/Rogue multiclass that heavily relies on getting sneak attacks. What are some reliable ways to gain advantage on attacks in combat, especially at early levels?
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Can a Path of Wild Magic Barbarian/Rogue use a greataxe for sneak damage? [duplicate]

Sneak attack reads The attack must use a finesse or a ranged weapon... The ranged weapon property reads A weapon that can be used to make a ranged Attack has a range in parentheses after the ...
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Statistically, when should you wait to use Sneak Attack on a second attack with advantage?

Assume you have a Fighter/Rogue with one Extra Attack and attack advantage. Your first attack hits, but doesn't crit. Should you apply Sneak Attack, or save it for the second attack which may crit but ...
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Is there any option that allows sneak attack against someone your allies are flanking?

Sneak attack requires that either your foe has lost their Dexterity bonus to AC, or that you personally are flanking that target. A foe flanked by your allies, but not by you personally, isn’t subject ...
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Compare Double Slice Damage with normal Damage for a Rogue's Sneak Attack

If I read Double Slice correctly I can conduct two attacks but the precise damage is only applied once. Let us say I fight with a Rapier in the primary and a Short Sword in the secondary hand. If I ...
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How does the Wind Demon's Arrow Bane ability (from the Creature Codex) interact with the rogue's Sneak Attack feature?

Creature Codex for 5th Edition is a non WoTC bestiary written by Kobold Press with over 400 new foes. The Wind Demon (Creature Codex, p. 93) has an ability called "Arrow Bane", which states: ...
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Is it impossible to spot an invisible character from farther than 30 feet?

The Rule Compendium, page 76 (invisibility) introduces the concept that it is possible to spot an invisible character within 30 feet (with a spot check that would be minimum 20+20= DC40). Does this ...
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Does a rogue need to Hide after every attack of a full round attack ranged? [closed]

Based on the answer from KRyan to my previous question about full round attacks done by a rogue hiding in plain sight I know that the rogue needs to roll for hide after every melee attack. so if the ...
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Does touch attack ignore any armor bonuses?

Reading the touch attack description it says that it ignores any armor bonus. Does this mean they also ignore magical properties of the armor? Example: Does this mean that a creature attacking with ...
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What are the mechanics of an Arcane Trickster using an Owl familiar's Flyby ability to gain Sneak Attack?

I'm coming from a 5e campaign where there were house rules for a lot of things, including familiars, and I'm trying to understand exactly how an Arcane Trickster would use an Owl familiar's Flyby ...
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Does moving after becoming hidden stop the enemy from being flat footed for the purposes of a sneak attack?

If I hide successfully the rulebook says that the enemy is flat-footed for an attack. But let's say the enemy is 10 ft away so that I would first go to it. Action: Hide Action: Move Action: Attack ...
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Ways to become dazzled

The Dazzled Condition is quite useful for my rogue since if a creature is dazzled I am concealed. So I can make a Hide Action to become Hidden and so I can make a Sneak Attack. My question would be ...
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For how many attacks is a creature flat footed when attacking from concealment?

I am behind a tree (considered hidden) and attack my enemie. According to the rules he is considered flat footed. ...
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Is the attack from Razortooth Goblin a separate action or can I add it to my normal attack?

The Razortooth Goblin Heritage give a jaws unarmed attack that deals 1d6 piercing damage. Can I add this to my normal attack or do I have to spend a separate action for it? E.g. First Action: Attack ...
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Sneak Attack after the first Attack while flanking

In Pathfinder 2e it is possible to make 3 attacks each round. Let us say I flank with my other party member. Can I sneak the second and third attack as well?
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Does a rogue need to Hide after every attack of a full attack action in melee?

After reviewing various topics (see below for reference) I was unable to find an answer. A rogue shadowdancer approaches their target using Hips to hide, is now in front of the target. Attacks melee ...
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How does the Perfect Wight prestige class's Improved Legerdemain feature work?

The Perfect Wight prestige class from the Epic Level Handbook (page 34) gains the Improved Legerdemain feature at 2nd level. Could the perfect wight use this to touch a device that is inside a force ...
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How does Skullclan Hunter's Divine Strike work?

The skullclan hunter, found in the Miniatures Handbook, p. 21, gets the ability Divine Strike at level 2. Divine Strike (Ex): Due to his specialized skill, training, and connection with the forces of ...
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Can I sneak attack in melee range with a ranged weapon by flanking with another weapon?

If a rogue can catch an opponent when he is unable to defend himself effectively from her attack, she can strike a vital spot for extra damage. The rogue’s attack deals extra damage anytime her target ...
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Are damage dice from features such as Sneak Attack considered part of "the attack's damage" for the purposes of features such as the Piercer feat?

This question stems from looking at the rules on Critical Hits: When you score a critical hit, you get to roll extra dice for the attack’s damage against the target. Roll all of the attack’s damage ...
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Can the Artificer: Artillerist's Arcane Cannon (tiny hand sized variation) be used with Sneak attack?

Can an artificer with the artillerist subclass' Arcane Cannon (tiny hand sized variation) be used with Sneak attack? Granted common sense should say a cannon of any sort short of books/films is a ...
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How can I trigger Sneak Attack without other melee combatants?

I am a Soulknife Rogue with a two-level dip in GOO-lock (Soulknife 6/Warlock 2). I'm taking the Armor of Shadows and Mask of Many Faces invocations. In combat situations, I find myself in both ranged ...
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What is the statistical difference, if there is one, between attacking twice (action and bonus action) and attacking once with advantage?

In our 5e campaign, I'm playing an 8th-level Rogue (Arcane Trickster) with the Crossbow Expert feat, which (among other things) means I can shoot twice in one turn: once as a bonus action and once as ...
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Can a multiclassed artificer/rogue use Sneak Attack with spells that use a ranged weapon as a spellcasting focus?

So, according to a tweet by Jeremy Crawford, it is possible to Sneak Attack with a magic stone when using a sling, even though it is a ranged spell attack. That got me thinking: if an artificer imbues ...
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Rogulock: Pact Of Chain and Sneak Attack [duplicate]

I am building a rogue-warlock multiclass in 5e DnD and I have a question. I am using Pact of the Chain and I chose an imp familiar. If I remember correctly, an imp can cast Invisiblity infinitly. And ...
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Spellthief, Steal spell and Sneak attack immunity

Simple question. It's never clear if you can use the Steal Spell feature of the SpellThief on targets immunised to Sneak Attack. Since you have to trigger a Sneak Attack in order to be able to trade ...
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What determines if a Wild Shaped Druid/Rogue can use a finesse weapon to gain Sneak Attack?

A Druid/Rogue multiclass gains access to Wild Shape and Sneak Attack. While Wild Shaped, a character gets access to most features it has normally. Sneak Attack is one of those features. I am aware ...
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What is the rule preventing a Sneak Attack + Ice Darts combo?

I recently noticed this line in The Unseen Seer handbook. Note: This guide is built on the incorrect assumption that you are able to apply Sneak Attack on each attack made with spells like Scorching ...
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Can a rogue use Sneak Attack when an ally has been swallowed by the target?

Our delightful barbarian decided to get swallowed by a Behir. Our Scout rogue decided to stick an arrow in the unfortunate beast and claimed that they qualified for Sneak Attack, as the barbarian was ...
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Can a Swashbuckler Rogue use sneak attack on an isolated target at OVER five feet(Ranged)?

There are a few questions SIMILAR to this that I've found on the website, but none cover this exact issue. Can a Swashbuckler Rogue use their Rakish Audacity feature to sneak attack with a ranged ...
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Can a standard Kobold Warrior make a Sneak Attack with a spear?

The standard Kobold Warrior has the Sneak Attack ability, which specifies: The kobold warrior deals an extra 1d4 precision damage to flat-footed creatures. But the general description of the Sneak ...
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Damage calculation for a multi-typed sneak attack? [duplicate]

I play a level 7 Arcane Trickster Rogue with a Shadow Blade equipped which deals 2d8 Psychic damage. In addition I used Absorb Elements with which I absorbed an Ice Mephit's Frost Breath on me, which ...
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How does Shadow Sneak Attack Progress? Will it work with Strategic Strike?

I am currently playing an Investigator in a Pathfinder 2e game. I am thinking about taking the Shadowdancer archetype, but I am unsure how Shadow Sneak Attack works: How does Shadow Sneak Attack ...
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Does rogue's vest bonus damage apply separately for each precision damage source?

Rogue's vest (MiC 130) grants users with "the skirmish, sneak attack, or sudden strike ability" an extra 1d6 damage "when making such an attack" Does this mean that, for example, a ...
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How to get your first 1d6 sneak attack without class levels?

There are numerous ways to get additional d6’s worth of sneak attack, but almost all of them require that you have 1d6 (or more) sneak attack before you can take them. How does one get +1d6 sneak ...
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The descriptions of the Swashbuckler rogue's Rakish Audacity feature in XGTE and SCAG disagree. Which is correct?

In the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide (p. 136), the second paragraph of the Swashbuckler rogue's Rakish Audacity feature description reads: In addition, you don't need advantage on your attack roll ...
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Acid arrow and sneak attack damage

For spells that deal damage over time such as acid arrow, Contagious Flame, or Holy Javelin, how does sneak attack damage work with them? This question assumes the attack hits, and all requirements ...
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Can an NPC rogue (who pretended to be allied) use Sneak Attack against a character, even without advantage or another hostile creature nearby?

Our DM had an NPC who essentially "joined our party", but was actually an enemy rogue. In the middle of combat, the NPC ran up and attacked a party member (i.e. a player character); the DM ...
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If your target has an enemy within 5ft, can you sneak attack without using a finesse or ranged weapon? [closed]

A rogue and fighter are engaged in melee combat with a goblin. The rogue is unarmed. Can the rogue activate Sneak Attack? The rules for Sneak Attack state: Beginning at 1st level, you know how to ...
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Does the Sneak Attack class feature of the Generic Classes stack with the improved and greater versions of it?

Generic Classes have the possibility to gain different class features in exchange of a bonus feat: For the purposes of these classes, the following class features can be selected in place of bonus ...
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How does a rogue's Sneak Attack interact with a target under the effect of the spell Sleep?

If an enemy is put to sleep using the sleep spell and then attacked by a rogue, does the rogue get the full attack bonus (auto crit, sneak attack, etc.) even if other enemies are fully aware of the ...
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