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Questions tagged [sneak-attack]

The ability of a hidden character to strike for extra damage when attacking from hiding.

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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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Can I choose to have a cold Sneak Attack when using Frost Brand? [duplicate]

Frost Brand has this property: When you hit with an attack using this magic sword, the target takes an extra 1d6 cold damage. Since Jeremy Crawford states that the cold damage is part of its ...
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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 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 ...
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Can a Dazzled rogue Sneak Attack?

In Pathfinder 1st edition, Sneak Attack has the following condition: The rogue must be able to see the target well enough to pick out a vital spot and must be able to reach such a spot. A rogue ...
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Do Deathstrike Bracers work with thrown melee weapons?

The Magic Item Compendium features the deathstrike bracers, a magical item which allows a character to critically hit or sneak attack many enemies that would otherwise be immune: When activated, ...
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Rogue and Investigator multi-class—Do Studied Combat and Sneak Attack stack?

I am building a level 8 character that has 4 levels of Rogue Unchained and 4 levels of Investigator. The classes have a similar, but not identical, feature: Studied Strike (Ex) - At 4th level, an ...
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How does sneak attack work with spellstrike?

If you hit someone with a sneak attack that has a touch spell on it would both instances of sneak attack go off or would just one?
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Is there any way to sneak attack oozes?

Playing a rogue/wizard one of my important tasks is to improve my opportunities for sneak attack. While undead, constructs, plants and oozes are normally immune to being sneak attacked there are ways ...
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Would this homebrew Eldritch Invocation allow you to add Eldritch Blast damage to a sneak attack?

NOTE: Homebrew must be allowed for this to work! Take 1 level in Rogue to get Sneak Attack. Take 5 levels in Warlock (this is preferably your starting class). Take Agonizing Blast at the second ...
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Does Precision Damage apply to Harpoons?

Frostburn p.76 introduces the harpoon as an exotic ranged weapon. It has some special rules attached to it. If it deals damage, the harpoon lodges in an opponent who fails a Reflex saving throw (...
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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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What's the best offensive spell at each level for a Arcanist//Full Sneak-attacker at each spell level?

Inspired by Effective sneak attacks with spells. Sneak attacks with spells are pretty unusual, changing the expected damage of many spells, and thus their expected value, drastically. An sneak-...
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Effective sneak attacks with spells [closed]

I am trying to build a caster who also does sneak attack damage with their spells. This is for a gestalt game but would like help on accomplishing it if it was normal. The problems that I have ...
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Can I use both damage bonuses with Telling Blow Feat if I already qualify for one another way?

In Player's Handbook 2 (D&D 3.5), there's a feat called "Telling Blow": When you strike an opponent's vital areas, you draw on your ability to land crippling blows to make the most of your ...
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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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If Wracking Touch applies multiple times on the same attack, does that mean the sneak attack damage is dealt multiple times as well?

The Wracking Touch spell from the Spell Compendium says this: "You lay your hand upon a creature and deal 1d6 points of damage +1 point per caster level (maximum +10). In addition, if you have the ...
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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 limiting Sneak Attack to the Dexterity choice on Finesse Weapons imbalance anything?

Inspired by this question "Reckless Attack + Sneak Attack synergy?". This question brought my attention to something that seems odd. I was about to make a house ruling that in order to be able to ...
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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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I've stolen your fireball, now what?

So, for the first time ever, I have someone in my group playing a spellthief. (woohoo!) However, it got me thinking, and the answer doesn't quite spell itself out (wow, the pun). When a spellthief ...
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If I have Extra Attacks, when can I decide which one is a sneak attack?

So, if a character multiclasses to a point where they have multiple attacks in a round, I assume you can decide once the hit has been confirmed by the DM, but before you roll damage, whether you make ...
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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 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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Is this homebrew Monk archetype with sneak attack too overpowered?

So I came across a homebrew archetype for Monk called Way Of The Lynx. The abilities at the higher levels are completely okay, but the one in question is the third level, Sneak Attack: Starting at ...
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How can unarmed strike be made to work with a rogue's sneak attack?

The question Can unarmed strike work with a rogue's sneak attack? explores whether a multi-classed monk/rogue's sneak attack and unarmed strike can be used together. I want to explore a variation ...
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Can unarmed strike work with a rogue's sneak attack?

So a situation came up last night where a player with a monk/rogue was flanking (I use the optional flanking rules to grant advantage) an enemy. He was armed with a shortsword, but even with advantage,...
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Can Siege Weapons trigger Sneak Attack and other weapon-based class features?

The criteria for a Rogue's Sneak Attack is The Attack must use a Finesse or a ranged weapon. The criteria for an Eldritch Knight's soulbound weapon is Over the course of 1 hour short rest, you ...
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Is there anything that can maximize sneak attack damage dice?

Over in Pathfinder there is this ability Benefit: A rogue with this talent gains a +4 circumstance bonus on all Sleight of Hand checks made to conceal a weapon. Furthermore, if she makes a Sneak ...
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Fortification enhancement vs a confirmed critical sneak attack

If a creature wearing an armor with the fortification enhancement is struck with a sneak attack that was a confirmed critical, does the PC roll percentile dice to resist for both critical and sneak ...
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What is the maximum amount of Sneak Attack dice you can roll with 1 full attack?

Attempting an optimized build towards having the highest amount of sneak attack dice rolled on completion of a full attack. This will be assuming a level 20 character, attacking a wooden training ...
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Is this Path of War infinite loop combo a game breaker?

I'm playing a Hidden Blade (Rogue Archetype) with at least 3+ Maneuvers that can be readied. Is this loop broken within the Path of War rules?: Ready at least Swift Current twice and have Coward's ...
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Can Kineticist Rogue use Sneak Attack with a Delayed Kinetic Blast?

Can A Kinetic Blast delivered via the feat Delayed Blast trigger Sneak Attack damage? Delay Blast You can delay your kinetic blasts. Prerequisite(s): Base attack bonus +3, kinetic blast ...