# Questions tagged [two-weapon-fighting]

For situations where a character fights with one weapon in each hand, or one of the feats / class abilities which (partly) overcomes the penalties associated with this fighting style.

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### How many attacks can a fighter with two-weapon fighting make at 5th level?

I have a 5th level fighter with the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style. What is the number of attacks I can make? I say 4 attacks, but others say 3 because they say the rule on page 72 states that ...
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### Two-Weapon Fighting & Bonus Actions

During the latest gaming session our level 3 Rogue was Two-Weapon fighting with a Rapier in the main-hand and a scimitar in the off-hand. At the completion of our gaming session I contested the ...
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### Does Two-Weapon fighting work if you aren't holding both weapons when you take the Attack action?

I have a question regarding two-weapon fighting (5e). My player group had a discussion about this, and answers on the internet seem to yield different interpretations. Suppose the first (light) weapon ...
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### Why is two-weapon fighting considered subpar for fighters?

I know this has been discussed before, but I've yet to find a mathematically sound explanation of why two-weapon is vastly inferior to two-handed. I could understand if there are ultimately negligible ...
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### When is an ASI better than the Dual Wielder feat?

Many people ask questions about dual wielding (even though two-weapon fighting is subpar for everyone after level four). Most of them seemingly can't wait to pick up the Dual Wielder feat (PHB, p. 165)...
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### Can a fighter two-weapon fight unarmed?

I want to make a fighter whose primary weapons are his unarmed attacks using the Tavern Brawler feat. If I take the Two Weapon Fighting style would that work with 2 unarmed strikes? In the weapons ...
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### Are you still two-weapon fighting if you've thrown one of your two weapons and are no longer holding it?

In this question we see that two-weapon fighting with darts is not possible because they are not melee weapons. Let's replace the darts in that scenario with daggers, which are valid light melee ...
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### Do natural weapons count for two weapon fighting?

Do natural weapons such as those granted by being a Tabaxi or an Aarakocra count for the purposes of two weapon fighting? Would they have the light property to allow it and if not what about if you ...
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### Does it matter which weapon I attack with first when two-weapon fighting?

The PHB on p. 195 (or the corresponding section of the basic rules) says: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you’re holding in one hand, you can use a bonus ...
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### Wielding two weapons without "Two-Weapon Fighting" or "Dual Wielder"?

We have a Barbarian on our team that very much likes to switch up his weapons; he goes from a Dwarven Hammer, to a pair of Hand-Axes, to occasionally just going bare-fisted. No issues there, he's ...
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### Can you combo attacks with the Booming Blade cantrip?

I understand that so long as conditions are met, you can Sneak Attack as part of the melee attack from the Booming Blade cantrip. Can you dual wield and attack with both weapons after casting Booming ...
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### Can I Two-Weapon fight after Two-Handed-Weapon fighting?

Pick a class that has access to the Extra Attack feature. For my example, I'll use my standby, Fighter McFighterson. Let us say that McFighterson is 20th level, and possesses the Dual Wielder feat. ...
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### Does two-weapon fighting give any penalties to the offhand attack?

I understand that you have to use the two weapon fighting style to add your ability modifier to damage, but I was wondering if there were any penalties to the offhand attack modifier?
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### Order of attacks when using Two Weapon Fighting and Extra Attack

Both Two Weapon Fighting and Extra Attack give additional attacks in a turn, but in what order do those attacks take place? Is it up to the player, or must it be a specific order? My initial ...
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### Can I use the same weapon for a normal attack and Two-Weapon Fighting in the same turn?

Two-weapon fighting rules, per the Player's Handbook (page 195): When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to ...
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### Can you make a bonus-action attack from Two-Weapon Fighting before you take your action?

The rules on Two-Weapon Fighting state: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you’re holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different ...
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### How does the Ranger's Extra Attack feature work with Two-Weapon Fighting?

I think I know the answer to this one but I'm double checking. At the 5th level the Ranger gets Extra Attack, which lets them attack a second time during the Attack action. If they are fighting with ...
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### Can you use your off-handed weapon for your main attack action? [duplicate]

My friend is 2 weapon fighting a flesh golem. He has one sword that does lightning damage, and one sword that does fire damage. His right hand holds the lightning sword, and his left hand holds the ...
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### Can any creature other than PCs use Two-Weapon Fighting?

The rule on Two-Weapon Fighting (PHB, page 195) states: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with ...
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### Dual Wielding and Extra Attacks [duplicate]

From the Rules (EXTRA ATTACK) "Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn." If I have the EXTRA ATTACK feature (level 5), AND I ...
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### Can you benefit from the Dueling fighting style for one weapon, then draw a second weapon as part of Extra Attack to qualify for Two-Weapon Fighting?

Say a Champion fighter has the "Two-Weapon Fighting" fighting style and the "Dual Wielder" feat. At 10th level, they pick up "Dueling" (+2 to damage rolls when wielding a ...
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### Does two weapon fighting's qualifying "attack" have to be part of the "Attack" action?

The rules for two-weapon fighting state: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different ...
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### Is this change to the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style balanced?

Here is my modified version of the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style. Two-Weapon Fighting Once per attack, when you engage in two-weapon fighting and before rolling, you can take a -5 to hit for ...
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### Can I dual wield two-handed weapons?

I've been looking into this for a while now. I have a level 4 Dragonborn Paladin with the Dual Wielder Feat. I currently have two warhammers, but I'd like to use two mauls for the extra dice. After ...
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### Does an attack granted by Haste trigger two-weapon fighting?

I'm a level 6 Bladesinger Wizard. I have Haste cast on myself. I am wielding two shortswords. If I use my action to Cast a Spell, such as Booming Blade, and use my additional action granted by Haste ...
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### Is an improvised weapon treated as similar enough to a weapon to use its properties still considered "improvised"?

In PHB, the 2nd paragraph of the description of Improvised Weapons (p. 147) states: In many cases, an improvised weapon is similar to an actual weapon and can be treated as such. For example, a ...
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### When attacking with Two-Weapon Fighting, can you break up your movement and attack a different target?

When you get the Extra Attack action, you can break up your movement and attack different targets at varying distances from your starting point. Does the same apply with TWF? As in, can I approach ...
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I want to use two short swords but I am not sure if I can. It sounds like the Bladesong might end in the case of dual wielding: Starting at 2nd level, you can invoke a secret magic called the ...
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### Can I stow and draw the same weapon in a single turn?

I play a level 4 Eldritch Knight who is going use a longsword and whip with the dual wielder feat, which I took at level 4. As it turns out I can't cast spells with 2 weapons in my hands so I had to ...
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### Could a Monk holding two weapons still allow for the bonus Unarmed action?

If a Monk was to hold two weapons with the light property (specifically in this instance two Sickles), but only attack with the primary hand, would they still be able to use a kick to perform an ...
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### What are the pros and cons of the Two-Weapon Fighting option for fighters?

I've been seeing discussions about how great weapon fighting and even dueling, when reaching a certain point, are stronger than Two-Weapon Fighting. What are the advantages & disadvantages of the ...
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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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### Lycanthrope's natural weapons and two-weapon fighting? [duplicate]

I plan on making a druid character who later accepts the curse of lycanthropy into his body in order to control it, something like a shapeshifter from Baldur's Gate. Am I able to use the multi-attack ...
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### Does the second attack from the Dual Wielder feat require an additional action, or a bonus action, to carry out?

I am looking at taking the Dual Wielder feat (PHB, p. 165), but I am not entirely sure as to how it works specifically. It includes the following benefit, among others: You can use two-weapon ...
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### What is monk off-hand str damage bonus when using unarmed two-weapon fighting

With regard to this question, assuming it is decided that a monk can use unarmed attacks "off-hand" in two-weapon fighting, does a monk using the standard rules for two-weapon fighting with &...
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### How does two-weapon fighting work when using an off-hand triple dagger?

The triple dagger (Arms and Equipment Guide 6, 10) (10 gp; 1 lb.) is—with some minor adjustments due to the Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 revision—a light exotic melee weapon that deals 1d4 points of ...
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### Does Crossbow Expert override the light weapon requirement for Two Weapon Fighting?

Two-Weapon Fighting (PHB, pg 195) says the following: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with ...
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### Can I draw 2 weapons with the same hand (throwing one and then drawing another) using the Dual Wielder feat?

I had an idea for a level 5 fighter with the Dual Wielder feat that used a melee weapon in the off-hand (whip) and used a thrown weapon (javelin) in the main hand. My question is: With the main hand ...
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### Do you add your ability modifier to damage for the Soulknife's second attack?

Normal Two-Weapon Fighting lets you use your bonus action when you've used your action to attack. It says: You don't add your ability modifier to the damage of the bonus attack, unless that modifier ...
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### Does Crossbow Expert let me fire a hand crossbow as a bonus action after using a one-handed weapon's versatile property?

The Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, pg. 165) says: When you use the Attack action and attack with a one-handed weapon, you can use a bonus action to attack with a hand crossbow you are holding. The ...
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### How do flat modifiers (like those from magic weapons) affect DPR comparison in GWF vs TWF?

This question has some answers with fantastic calculations comparing the Great Weapon Master feat to the Dual Wielding feat. I'm interested in comparing Great Weapon Fighting and Two Weapon Fighting ...
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### With Two-Weapon Fighting, can the second attack be a bite attack?

My son is keen to use a lizardfolk with bite attack as a character. We are assuming the second attack can be a bite as the offhand attack, which seems reasonable. But then he also wants to use a ...
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### Why is Soulknife's second attack not Two-Weapon Fighting?

I know the question Do you add your ability modifier to damage for the Soulknife's second attack? with a reply being "Yes you do because it is not two weapons fighting". This is not if, but ...
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### When two-weapon fighting, can a Battle Master fighter use a maneuver on the Attack action and another on the bonus-action attack?

The Battle Master fighter's Combat Superiority feature states that “you can use only one maneuver per attack” (PHB 73), but I’m unsure how that applies in the case of two-weapon fighting. Is ...
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### What imbalance might arise from this alteration to the two-weapon fighting style?

It's generally accepted that the two-weapon fighting style is considered a subpar option. It's disappointing when going by the numbers, the mechanics (just add a small bonus to your one extra attack), ...
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### How can I keep up with the rest of my party as a dual-wielding finesse fighter?

I'm new to D&D, and currently playing as half-elf lvl 5 fighter. I took the "two weapon fighting" and "Dual wielder" feats. My ability scores are: Str: 8 (-1) Dex: 16 (+3) Con: 16 (+3) Int: 8 (-...
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### Can a Thri-kreen character make a bonus action attack through two weapon fighting using their secondary arms?

Can a PC of the thri-kreen race make a bonus action attack through two weapon fighting? Example: A thri-kreen fighter holding a shield and scimitar in their main hands, and a dagger in their smaller ...
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### Is a dual-wielding Eldritch Knight fighter workable?

As I understand it an Eldritch Knight has the ability to cast a spell and attack as a Bonus Action. Two-weapon fighting allows you to attack normally with one hand and take a Bonus Action to attack ...
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### How does the barbarian's bonus damage from Rage interact with two-weapon fighting?

Some days ago, I created for someone a barbarian dwarf character sheet. Everything went well, and the sheet is complete. As I'm very new to D&D, I decided to read through the barbarian class to ...
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