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Questions tagged [touch-attacks]

Touch attacks are used for actions that require merely touching a target, often ignoring the target's armor.

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Does Chill Touch combine with a natural touch attack?

In Pathfinder, a lich has a natural touch attack that deals negative energy damage. If a lich casts Chill Touch and touches an enemy, does he deal his normal touch attack damage plus the 1d6 damage ...
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Can a mount with flyby be used to allow the rider to deliver a touch spell without provoking?

If a spellcaster is riding a flying creature with flyby (peryton, for example), can the caster deliver a touch spell to a target along the flyby path and then get out without provoking an opportunity ...
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How much total damage is dealt in this grappling scenario?

I'd like to preface this question with the info that our campaign has ruled that grapple attempts can be initiated from any melee attack including the touch attack granted when casting a harmful touch ...
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Can you release a readied spell with a range of touch while not touching the target?

For example, can a wizard ready an invisibility spell with a range of "touch" and trigger it later on while not touching the target?
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Pouring acid in a creature’s mouth while grappling

What would happen if an adventurer poured acid down a creatures’s mouth, while in a grapple? Say, the creature had the adventurer in its open mouth, who then pours acid down its throat. Just normal ...
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Can a spellcaster use a natural weapon attack to deliver a touch spell?

Forgive me if this has already been asked, but I've been through pages of searching various combinations of "attack", "touch", "spell", "melee", "bite", "weapon", and a few others. Most touch spells ...
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Can charnel touch be used in place of a natural attack?

One PC is a darfellan from Stormwrack that's taken levels in the class dread necromancer from Heroes of Horror. A darfellan has a natural bite attack that can be used as a secondary natural weapon ...
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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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Do melee spell attacks with a range of touch bypass armor? [duplicate]

Short version: Do melee spell attacks take into account armor when the range is Touch? Longer version: Assuming a prepare an Inflict Wounds (PHB253) spell, that has the following properties: Range: ...
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Holding charges on touch attacks with multiple targets

Lets look at Chill Touch as an example. Its description states that it can be applied once per caster level among one or more creatures. Therefore, as a 5th level sorcerer, I can use Chill Touch 5 ...
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Do melee Spell-Like Abilities count as holding a charge?

Suppose a character activates a spell-like ability that requires a melee touch attack, such as the Lore Keeper ability of the Knowledge domain. Can that spellcaster forfeit the touch attack and be ...
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What happens to a unconscious character with a held touch spell and someone touches them?

My spellcaster was brought down while they had a held touch spell. This means that they are now laying on the ground, out cold, with a held touch spell that should still be active. If the touch spell ...
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Melee Touch Attack + Natural Weapons

So, I have a character that will be making many, many melee touch attacks. The melee touch attacks come from the dread class (Unleashed Psionics). This is the ability: Devastating Touch (Su): A ...
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Touch/Reach Optimizing Build Ideas

This is an odd question, but one I'd like to ask. I'm building a char for a very unusual campaign. A resource we're allowed to use is the Eberron/Pathfinder conversion, so I'm playing a Daelkyr Half-...
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Is a ghoul's paralysis a touch based effect?

In the monster entry for ghouls they have a paralysis ability. This is applied to both their claws, and their bite, which makes me believe this effect is applied on touch. Similarly the spell Ghoul's ...
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Can a spell caster use vital strike with touch spells?

If a spellcaster, let's pick a wizard, decided to take vital strike, would they be able to use that feat to increase the power of their touch spells, provided that they where used in melee combat (so ...
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Does it require a free hand to use a Touch spell?

Assuming a player has War Caster to cover Somatic components and is holding both a weapon and shield, can they still use spells with a Touch range, such as Shocking Grasp, or do Touch spells imply a ...
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Can you cast a touch spell on multiple targets in D&D 5e?

In D&D 3.5e there was a rule that would allow the caster of a touch spell to cast it on six different individuals if they used a full round action to do so (emphasis added): Holding the Charge ...
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Can supernatural abilities delivered by touch be mixed with a touch spell's held charge?

Can a creature cast the spell shocking grasp and hold that spell's charge then, next round, use the reserve feat Clap of Thunder (Complete Mage 40) to make a touch attack that deals the shocking grasp ...
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Can a long whip with Staff spell be used to “touch” closer hexes?

One of my play-by-post characters uses a whip enchanted with the Staff spell (requires once-living material, which leather assuredly is). For tactical reasons, the whip he currently uses is only two ...
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Does the Amulet of Mighty Fists apply to spell touch attacks?

Does the bonus from an Amulet of Mighty Fists apply to touch attacks made with spells, such as Shocking Grasp?
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Can an incorporeal creature execute a touch spell against a corporeal creature?

I am going by the definition of the incorporeal subtype from Monster Manual Ⅴ (page 213) and have a hard time coming to a definitive answer. I believe that incorporeal creatures should be able to ...
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Magus Spellstrike and Missing Target

Touch spells, even those specifically channeled through a weapon for purposes of Spellstrike, are retained if the spell does not make contact with the target. d20pfsrd Spellstrike entry: At 2nd ...
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Must a soul eater take a standard action to use its energy drain?

The prestige class soul eater (Book of Vile Darkness 66-7) gains at level 1 the supernatural ability energy drain, which says A soul eater gains the ability to drain energy, bestowing negative ...
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How can a sacred fist warpriest make unarmed strikes into touch attacks?

My character, a warpriest with the archetype sacred fist, wants to beat up enemies with his fists but ignore their bonuses to AC from armor and shield. Is there a feat, magic item, spell, or something ...
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How does missing touch attacks affect chill touch remaining “attack charges”?

If you are casting chill touch and using attacks to inflict the spells effects on enemies, does missing the enemy cause you to lose one of the allowed attacks? A touch from your hand, which glows ...
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Touch Spells and Slam Attack

Druid takes shape of an Earth Elemental, Casts Produce Flame, and attacks opponent: If the druid succeeds vs Touch AC he inflicts spell damage, but if the druid succeeds against full AC, does he ...
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Does the Shackle Spell allow for Held Charge?

Shackle Does the Shackle Spell allow for held charges? The way the spell is worded, my GM believes that the way the spell is worded, I'd only be able to use the touch attack option during the turn it'...
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How to convert ranged touch/target spells into melee touch attack spells?

Duskblades of 13th level or higher gain the ability to channel a touch-range spell they know into their weapon, and make a full attack with it. However, they know very few touch-range spells! The ...
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Touch spells and unarmed damage, and Magus, touch spells, and spell strike weapon damage

I am working on a Magus and keep getting myself confused over the rules, where they concern attacks with touch spells. When attacking with a touch spell using unarmed strike (how most spell casters ...
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Can I use Poisoner's Gloves to make a touch attack on myself during a Full Attack?

I'm a Warpriest with an Alchemist in the party. Being able to let the Alchemist give me an Enlarge Person infusion without eating up his action would be pretty neat. Is it legal for me to make a Full ...
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If I keep missing, do I get infinite free action to retry attacks with touch spells in the first round cast?

The following are the rules for making an attack with a touch spell from touch spells in combat. I have bolded the statements which I wish to focus on. Many spells have a range of touch. To use ...
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Where do you find the rules which detail what makes up bonuses to the attack for touch attacks?

I feel really silly asking about this, but I cant seem to locate the rules for what bonuses you get when attacking with touch attacks or ranged touch attacks. I have always played in pathfinder that ...
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How does a Witch Hunter's Spellbane ability work? [closed]

Rogue Genius Games created a neat Pathfinder class called Witch Hunter (link). This class gains the following ability at 1st level: Spellbane (Su) At 5th level the witch hunter can attempt to ...
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Can I use a held spell as part of a full round attack?

Say I am fighting a zombie with an oracle. I have a sword in one hand and have Cure Light Wounds in the other. Can I strike the Zombie with the sword then touch them with the Cure Light Wounds spell ...
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Natural weapons with multi-turn touch attack spells

Some spells use touch attacks to deliver their effects to the target. For many of these (like shocking grasp), the touch attack is discharged the first such time that happens. These clearly fall under ...
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Detecting a Held Charge Touch Attack

Touch spells have the ability to Hold the Charge. Meaning that they can be cast ahead of time and then held onto for use whenever after without the need to speak the verbal components again or make ...
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What spells can familiars use?

I have a question regarding familiars gained through Find Familiar for non-Warlocks. Finally, when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast ...
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Magic User moves, then touches (spell attack), then moves again

If a magic user wants to move 10 feet toward a monster, touch it for a spell attack, and then move back 10 feet, does the monster get an opportunity attack when the magic user moves back? Or can the ...
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Does Intuitive Attack work with melee and ranged touch attacks?

The feat Intuitive attack has as its benefit With a simple weapon of your size or a natural weapon, you may use your Wisdom modifier instead of your Strength modifier on attack rolls. (Book of ...
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How to attack an opponent's weapon with rusting grasp

The spell description says that you can make a melee touch attack against a weapon held by an enemy in order to affect it with the spell. However I can't find rules anywhere about making such an ...
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Can a shocking grasp spell be delivered with a melee weapon?

I'm playing a wizard in a D&D 3.5 campaign and I normally use the "shocking grasp" spell with unarmed attack (basically, touching the target). Occasionally tough were encounter enemies that it's ...
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Improving my familiar's touch attack bonus

I have a Celestial Bat familiar (Improved Familiar feat) which I use to deliver touch-range spells for me. This animal has no attack on its own, but we have ruled that having a charged touch spell ...
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Holding a touch spell and moving a held item from one hand to the other, does it discharge?

You are holding something in you hand and you cast a touch spell and hold it. Nothing happens. But what happens if you move the item into your other hand for whatever reason? Does the spell discharge ...
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How can one continue to make touch attacks round after round?

Please help me understand this sentence in D&D 3 : "You can continue to make touch attacks round after round." It is in "Touch Spells in Combat". I don't understand how is it possible to make ...
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Can Touch of Destiny (Sp) be self cast? [duplicate]

The Sorcerer's Destined Bloodline gave at level 1 the Touch of Destiny ability. Touch of Destiny (Sp): At 1st level, you can touch a creature as a standard action, giving it an insight bonus on ...
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Does a Rust Monster's Rust (Su) apply to other kinds of touch attacks it makes?

I have a rust monster with the Greater Trip and Fury's Fall feats and the ability to cast a handful of spells, which opens up some situations I've not seen before. If I make a trip attempt with a ...
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Spell Strike + Touch Injection?

Spell Strike (Su): The blade adept can deliver touch spells with her bonded weapon. This works as the magus ability of the same name. Touch Injection Range personal Target you [...] ...
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Can Touch Injection discharge unintentionally, or only willfully?

While the spell lasts, you can deliver the substance with a mere touch. To do so to an opponent, you must make a successful melee touch attack. If you hit, the substance takes effect immediately, ...
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Can any creature elect to make touch attacks or ranged touch attacks?

Can a creature lacking a special ability to make either touch attacks or ranged touch attacks nonetheless make against his foes—without provoking attacks of opportunity—touch attacks or ranged touch ...