Questions tagged [unarmed-combat]

Questions about fighting without weapons, whether that be through the use of kicks, punches, and the like, or through the use of fangs, claws, and similar.

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What's the furthest possible range that an unarmed strike could have?

From what I have seen, the furthest that I could get it was 20 feet, however, I'm sure it's possible to increase it further, so, how far can an unarmed strike truly reach?
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As a monk, if I throw a dart with my action, can I make an unarmed strike using my bonus action?

As a monk, after failing to hit someone with a dart throw, can I make an unarmed strike against an enemy close to me using my bonus action?
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Can a Way of the Astral Self monk grapple with its Arms of the Astral Self?

In the Unearthed Arcana version of the Way of the Astral Self, the monk's Astral Arms were treated as monk weapons. Under that wording, the monk probably couldn't grapple/shove with them because ...
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Attacker's AC effect on pummeling attacks

On page 72 of the DMG under Pummel - Base Score to Hit, it says Attacker's AC, per point, with negative AC being treated as positive by type* +1% ... * Magical protections such as rings ... do not ...
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Is Stumbling Feint a misprint?

Luce Bri is a human fighter, who decided to take the Martial Artist archetype dedication. This means Luce doesn't have access to Flurry of Blows, as it's only available if Luce instead takes the Monk ...
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Are monks only allowed to use non-unarmed weapons as off-hand when two-weapon fighting?

Do the special rules regarding monks' unarmed strikes prevent monks from using unarmed strikes as off-hand weapons when using two-weapon fighting? The monk class' unarmed strike section states: There ...
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Can a monk use a quarterstaff for the attacks from Flurry of Blows?

I have a Level 3 Air Genasi Monk with a quarterstaff. When I take Flurry of Blows, do I have to attack without a weapon, are there certain weapons I can use, or can I use any monk weapon as my Flurry ...
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Can a Monk use multiple Ki points to get more unarmed strikes from Flurry of Blows in a single turn?

In a recent session of 5e, our monk (4th level, Way of the Drunken Master) was using unarmed strikes, and the DM claimed that she could use any number of available Ki points to increase the amount of ...
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Can produce flame do damage on unarmed strike? [duplicate]

So I have seen previous questions regarding this situation, but all of them appeared to be for fun and silly one shots. What’s different in this case is I’m trying to run a long and intense campaign. ...
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How do ranged unarmed attacks work in Pathfinder 2e? [closed]

I was looking at the Leshy Ancestry feats and found one where you make a ranged unarmed attack called Seedpod. I was wondering, how does a ranged unarmed attack work?
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What Happens When You Have Multiple Unarmed Strike Dice? [duplicate]

So, while flipping through the PHB, I've noticed that in 5th edition, multiple abilities can give you a buff on your unarmed strike, such as a monk's Martial Arts ability, the Tavern Brawler feat or ...
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Can I use both flying kick and Dragon Style in the same round?

So I am a level 8 unchained monk with haste. That gives me 4 attacks. I've selected the Dragon style feat tree and Flying kick as style strike. Can I use both Dragon Ferocity and Flying Kick in the ...
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Can one use Shadowblade's “Unseen Weapon” on unarmed strikes?

Unseen Weapon (Su): As a standard action, you can wrap any melee weapon you wield in a layer of shifting shadows. This causes the weapon to darken, become less distinct, and leave a trail of shadow ...
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Is the “Way of the Astral Self” Monk's extra punch useless?

Martial arts for monks states that when you take the attack action you can make 1 unarmed strike as a bonus action. However UA 2019 Astral monks at third level says the same thing: “you can make 1 ...
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What would the attack modifier be for an unarmed strike while wildshaped?

I know from a well voted for answer in Is a Wild Shape attack considered an unarmed strike? that it is possible for a druid to make an unarmed strike while wildshaped, just instead of the beast's ...
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Do unarmed strikes work with the Great Weapon Master feat?

A new player told me he wants to use the Great Weapon Master feat and choose 'Unarmed Strikes' as his weapon. I told him no because Unarmed Strikes are not considered weapons. He argued with me and I ...
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Unarmed strikes in mutants and masterminds

I have looked for how to perform unarmed strikes, but i can’t find it. I have looked in weapons and attacking but it does not say anything
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Creature “Armed” Unarmed Attacks and Attacks of Opportunity

Ok, I'm stuck in a rules question, and I can't decide on the answer. This is from a Rise of the Runelords campaign that's reached Fort Rannick. My players went up against the Ogre Fighters and one of ...
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Does the Blood Hunter's Order of the Lycan work well with the Fighting Styles included in the class?

I've been trying to wrap my head around the Order of the Lycan for Matt Mercer's Blood Hunter class. It looks to me like its designed around fighting unarmed in hybrid form, with a large number of its ...
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Deadhand Style Feat Stacking Fear Effect

As written, this feat has some undefined qualities and I'm interested in knowing more specific details. As of right now, I am unaware of any errata or comments from the devs' that clarify. Deadhand ...
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Deadhand Style Feat Duration

As written, this feat has some undefined qualities and I'm interested in knowing more specific details. As of right now, I am unaware of any errata or comments from the devs' that clarify. Deadhand ...
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Do unarmed strikes count as attacks with “weapons” for purposes of features like Enlarge/Reduce and Brute Force?

According to this tweet by Jeremy Crawford: Unarmed strikes have always been weapon attacks. Here's where the confusion comes in: your unarmed strike (fist, elbow, knee, butt, etc.) is not ...
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What are the ways my non-monk character can improve their unarmed damage?

My Goliath Barbarian / Fighter / Rogue hybrid killed somebody accidentally in a rage in their past, and has sworn an oath to never again wield a weapon to prevent accidentally killing somebody again ...
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What is the cost of Multiattack on Unarmed Attacks?

It may be a newbie question but nontheless... How much does the Multiattack Extra cost on Unarmed Strikes, if it is even possible? I have a Unarmed Attack based character, with the current strength of ...
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Scaling for Powerful Fist

Given the description for Monks' powerful fist: You know how to wield your fists as deadly weapons. The damage die for your fist increases to 1d6 instead of 1d4. Most people take a –2 circumstance ...
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Are there any cool weapons that a monk can use while still being considered an unarmed attack?

So I’m a lvl 20 tiefling monk and I was wondering is there anything that can upgrade my unarmed strike damage. My DM gave me a "Monk" book, and when I rolled for the reward, I got a natural 20, which ...
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What interactions apply to a Monk/Druid Multiclass when attacking in wildshape?

The Setup Moon Druid: 2nd Level Monk: 6th Level Wildshaped as: Brown Bear The wildshape rules state: You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them if ...
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Can the bonus action Two-Weapon Fighting be used with a hand crossbow after making an unarmed attack?

I've started a Blood Hunter at level 3 and am using unarmed attacks. Since I'm not holding a weapon in my hand, could I strike with an unarmed attack, then use a hand crossbow in the other hand to ...
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How much damage does an unarmed bugbear deal?

The 5th edition Monster Manual gives Bugbear stats for morning star and javelin attacks, but not for unarmed attacks. I improvised 1d4 +2, but how much damage can an unarmed bugbear actually deal?
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By RAW, do monks include their ability modifier in the damage roll of their unarmed strikes?

By default, an unarmed strike deals 1 + Strength modifier damage. If a character has one or more levels in Monk, the class's Martial Arts ability gives them the following benefit (among others): ...
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Do natural weapons work with the Booming Blade spell?

As far as I can tell, there are three different ways that "natural weapons" are described: Aarakocra: Talons: You are proficient with your unarmed strikes, which deal 1d4 slashing damage on a hit. ...
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Can you use an unarmed strike with the Hunter Ranger's Horde Breaker feature?

The Hunter Ranger's Horde Breaker feature states: Once on each of your turns when you make a weapon attack, you can make another attack with the same weapon against a different creature that is ...
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Is there a way to increase the damage done by the claw attack for a Tabaxi?

Is there a way to increase the damage taken by tabaxi's claws? For example, increasing the die number/number of dice or something of the sort?
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Are a monk's fists considered weapons for the purpose of being targeted with weapon-empowering spells?

I've read that a monk's fists are considered monk weapons. Does that enable a paladin to cast Holy Weapon on a friendly monk? For clarification, I am not asking if an unarmed attack is a weapon ...
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How do you determine the reach of a Monster's unarmed strikes?

This is inspired by the question "Does a Stone Giant get an attack of opportunity if I move only 5 feet away from it?". The question "Can a monster with no melee attack make an Opportunity Attack?" (...
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Can you make non-fist unarmed attacks?

The section for Unarmed Strikes says you can make attacks with your fists, or other body parts, however the Equipment section only lists "Fist" as an available Unarmed attack. Does this mean that ...
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Seeking clarification on unarmed attacks and brawling weapons

For Dungeons the Dragoning, I have some confusion about unarmed attacks versus brawling weapons. The description of the "Brawling" tag for weapons (203 of the core book) is as follows: The damage ...
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Do you add your strength modifier once or twice to an unarmed strike?

Post-errata, page 195 of the PHB contains the text: On a hit, an unarmed strike deals bludgeoning damage equal to 1 + your Strength modifier. Moreover, page 196 says: When attacking with a ...
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Can you combine the feats Iron Palm Technique and Dragon Style?

A party member of my campaign wants to get both Iron Palm Technique and Dragon Style. However, it is unclear for us if it is possible to combine these two feats and what the result will be. Iron ...
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RAW, Is the “Finesse” trait incompatible with unarmed attacks?

Pathfinder draws a strict distinction between unarmed attacks and weapons. Does this distinction invalidate the benefits of the "Finesse" trait, when applied to unarmed attacks? Almost all ...
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What how much damage does an unarmed melee attack deal?

We played the Shadowrun 6th world beginner set earlier this week and could not find the relevant damage anywhere in the included rulebook or tool cards. We do not have access yet to the full rules, so ...
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Can this multiclassed character build combine the Symbiotic Entity feature with unarmed strikes?

I accidentally stumbled upon what seems like an incredibly resource-heavy but incredibly powerful monk build. The mechanics seem to work together, but I want to get clarification on whether I’m ...
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Stances vs Flurry of Blows

I'm making a Goblin Monk with the background of being a poor farmhand at the sides of the monk. My level 1 build would be to use Tiger Stance to deal 1d8+2 + potential 1d4 bleed. When comparing to ...
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Does the Haste spell's hasted action allow you to make multiple unarmed strikes? Or none at all?

The Haste spell states that you can take the Attack (one weapon attack only), Dash, Disengage, Hide, or Use an Object action. (emphasis mine) But we know that "weapon attacks" and "melee weapon ...
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Can a PC attack themselves with an unarmed strike?

Let's say a PC attempts to punch herself. Can she do so? If the PC is willing and deliberate, can she miss? Does she make an attack roll? If so, what AC is she trying to hit? How much damage would it ...
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Is it imbalancing to have unarmed strikes count as weapons?

Unarmed strikes already count as "attacks", "melee attacks", and even "melee weapon attacks" as the Sage Advice Compendium, version 2.3, states this on page 11: For example, an unarmed strike ...
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Grappling and overbearing creatures only vulnerable to magic weapons

If a character is attacking a creature that is corporeal, but only vulnerable to special weapons, say a wight or werewolf, are they able to grapple or overbear effectively? If so, is the creature able ...
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Maximum average damage from a single unarmed strike

What is the maximum average damage that can be delivered by a single unarmed strike from a Dungeons and Dragons 5e character? A few qualifications for preferred answers: The damage must be a direct ...
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For non-monks, what is the interaction between mighty wallop on gauntlets and unarmed strike damage?

If a character is not a monk, and therefore their base unarmed attack is considered to be neither a manufactured nor natural weapon, does casting mighty wallop or greater mighty wallop on their ...
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How can I increase the reach of unarmed strikes (and only unarmed strikes)?

I'm working on a build that uses the feats Great Throw and Knock-Down, so even with the errata'd version of Knock-Down I can still deal unarmed strike damage again with almost every attack. Problem is,...