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For questions about "sneak attacks", the ability of a hidden character to strike for extra damage. This ability is often applied when attacking from hiding or when the enemy is distracted by other targets.

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Can a rogue's sneak attack feature be used on objects?

The Rogue's Sneak Attack says Beginning at 1st level, you know how to strike subtly and exploit a foe’s distraction. Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an ...
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Can a rogue make a Sneak Attack with a wand?

Rogues' Sneak Attack ability states "The attack must use a finesse or a ranged weapon." For purposes of sneak attack, is a wand a ranged weapon? Specifically a wand that can cause a ranged spell ...
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Can a multiclassed Evocation wizard/rogue use the Overchannel feature on the Shadow Blade spell and maximize Sneak Attack dice as well?

A level 14 Evocation Wizard with 3 levels in Rogue, uses their Overchannel ability on a 5th level Shadow Blade spell and lands an attack against a creature dealing 4d8 + Dexterity modifier + 2d6 sneak ...
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Can a Rogue exploit a tiny familiar for automatic Sneak Attack in melee?

A Rogue's Sneak Attack can be triggered "if another enemy of the target is within 5 feet of it". This other enemy may be a familiar. Being tiny, a spider familiar can mount the Rogue without limiting ...
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How does sneak attack work with a fighter/rogue multi-class with an extra attack?

I have a level 12 rogue/fighter. Level 7 rogue with level 5 fighter. So I get the extra attack as the level 5 fighter. How does sneak attack work with that? Do I only get to apply it on one attack? ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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What is the highest number of sneak attacks that a Pure/High Level Rogue (Level 17+) can make in one round?

Rogues only get one sneak attack per turn. Which means that they can only get it once on their turn and once with their reaction (through Sentinel or a Battle Master's Commander's Strike or an Attack ...
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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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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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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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Can you use Sneak Attack tradeoffs on creatures immune to sneak attack?

Some feats/abilities allow you to trade off sneak attack dice for other effects. For Example, the Deep Poisoning feat description says: When making a sneak attack with a poisoned weapon, you may ...
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Does the Dragonfire Strike feat change the type of damage?

The Feat Dragonfire Strike has the following wording: When you gain extra damage from a sneak attack, sudden strike, or skirmish, you can choose for the extra damage to be fire damage. This makes ...
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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 a Rogue using one handed fire arm and Flick of the Wrist feat allow him to use his Sneak Attack?

Does a Rogue using one handed fire arm and the Flick of the Wrist feat (Races of the Wild, p. 150-151) allow him to use his Sneak Attack?
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Does “bow feint” apply to ranged touch attacks?

The feat "bow feint" from Dragon Magazine 350 allows you to use a ranged weapon to feint against an opponent within 30 ft distance. Would this feat apply to a ranged touch attack such as a Warlock's ...
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Would a Trickery Domain cleric's illusion from Invoke Duplicity allow an allied rogue to Sneak Attack?

The Trickery Domain Cleric gets access to Invoke Duplicity at 2nd level, which states: As an action, you create a perfect illusion of yourself that lasts for 1 minute, or until you lose your ...
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Can a rogue use sneak attack with weapons that have the thrown property even if they are not thrown?

For weapons like the spear that have the Thrown property, can a Rogue use sneak attack with them? Thrown is considered a ranged attack and Sneak Attack specifies that "The attack must use a finesse or ...
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Does NPC engaging in combat remove penalty for re-stealthing?

If a rogue uses ranged sneak attack, then another PC engages in melee combat with the same NPC, does the NPC disregard the sneak attacker? (Assume the melee attacker was the one who shot the arrow. ...
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Does re-stealthing gain a bonus on roll if the NPC is engaged in other combat?

In Pathfinder. As a rogue, if I make a successful ranged sneak attack and attempt to re-stealth (purpose I want to make another sneak attack) If that enemy is engaged in combat (let's say with other ...
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How does allowing Sneak Attack with improvised weapons imbalance gameplay at the table?

Context Following up on Can Sneak Attack be used when hitting with an improvised weapon? By RAW: Not unless you have an ability that allows Sneak Attack with an improvised weapon Or, at DM's ...
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Can Sneak Attack be used when hitting with an improvised weapon?

The Mastermind rogue in my game was well hidden when he threw a flask of holy water at a shadow demon that attacked his ally. In the moment, it made the most sense to me to allow him to use Sneak ...
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Can inspiration allow the Rogue to make a Sneak Attack?

I was creating a character for one of my players who has difficulty doing so. He is playing as a Rogue, but while I was reading the Sneak attack in the PHB, I noticed that it can be done any time the ...
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How to properly initiate combat when leading with an assassination as an Assassin Rogue? [duplicate]

I'm somewhat new to the game so sorry if this question is a stupid one and my english isn't the best either so pls excuse that as well ^^. That being said, I'm unsure how initiating combat with an ...
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Is sneak attack affected by resistance/immunity to weapon attacks?

Sneak attack says: 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. The attack must use a finesse or a ranged weapon. ...
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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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Do ranged spells count as attacks for purposes of a Rogue's Sneak Attack? [duplicate]

Our DM was saying that an Arcane Trickster Rogue casting a Firebolt does not get the sneak attack damage on a hit. Is that right?
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Can a part of the group remain stealthy when combat starts?

A group of 4 PCs roll Dexterity (Stealth) checks. They sneak around and 3 of them get noticed by the enemy (because of line of sight or just bad Dexterity (Stealth) rolls). Combat starts, everyone ...
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Can I defer Sneak Attack until after I've made all my Attack Rolls?

Normally, as a rogue, I'm allowed to apply Sneak Attack Damage to any one of my attacks made on my turn. Normally, it doesn't matter which attack I apply it to; often only one attack connects anyways, ...
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How do you deal with sneak attack if you multi-class in classes with sneak attack? [closed]

How do you deal with sneak attack if you multi-class in classes with sneak attack? I understand that for now the rogue is the only class with sneak attack, but i we're using 3rd party and home brew ...
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Does a Duergar Spy's Enlarge action double its damage dice from its Sneak Attack trait?

In the module The Forge of Fury (tiny spoiler) there is a Duergar Spy creature. Its statblock is on p. 234 of Tales from the Yawning Portal. I am interested in the way two of its features interact ...
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Damage roll on critical hit with multiple abilities/spells?

I have built a 5th Level Rogue Swashbuckler who took Magic Initiate feat at Level 4 to do some extra damage with Booming Blade and Green Flame Blade. When using a normal rapier with Booming Blade at ...
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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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Can Sneak Attack deal magical damage?

Premise Sneak Attack, like Divine Smite, is not weapon damage according to the ruling for the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style: Does the benefit of the Savage Attacker feat apply to ad-...
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Can the help action trigger a Rogue's sneak attack?

Let's say that I determined the best course of action is using the Help action to give my Rogue buddy an advantage on his attack instead of attacking by myself. Would that attack then gain the sneak ...
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When does a hidden opponent that is moving become visible?

Directly inspired by the question, When does a hidden opponent that is attacking become visible?. From the Player's Handbook, page 194: If you are hidden -- both unseen and unheard -- when you ...
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Is there a mechanic for an instant stealth kill?

I've read D&D 3.5 core books and haven't found anything useful in such a scenario - a player is approaching an unaware opponent (for instance with a dagger) and is trying to kill him by cutting ...
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Do flanking and sneak attack apply to a creature that is flanked by other characters?

This came up in a game recently in a 3.5 game. Two of our warriors were flanking a big-bad from either side. Then the party's Rogue attacked from another side of the big bad: \$\begin{array}{|c|c|...
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Does the Savage Attacker feat let you reroll Sneak Attack damage dice?

The Savage Attacker feat (PHB, p. 169) states: Once per turn when you roll damage for a melee weapon attack, you can reroll the weapon’s damage dice and use either total. Additionally, the rogue'...
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Is a Monk attack considered a finesse weapon attack? [duplicate]

Since the Monk Martial Arts feature grants the ability to choose either Str or Dex as the modifier would the unarmed and flurry of blows be considered as finesse? the mechanics are essentially the ...