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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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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? [duplicate]

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,...
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How can I make a Beorning Shapechanger in MERP?

My friends and I are starting a MERP campaign and only I have experience with MERP. One of my friends wanted to be a shape-changer, but my Second Edition MERP book does not cover how to use Martial ...
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Can natural weapons be used for unarmed strikes?

While there are several similar questions they all seem to deal with 3.5 or Pathfinder. This question may contain the key to the answer for this, but focuses on Wildshape, doesn't have an accepted ...
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Do you need a weapon for Thunderous Smite, and the other 'Smite' spells?

Since unarmed strikes are considered melee weapon attacks, and the 'smite' spells don't have the same restriction as booming blade or green flame blade (the part where it requires "a weapon" in ...
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Does Magic Circle prevent unarmed melee attacks from crossing the circle's perimeter?

The Magic Circle spell creates a circle that protects against certain types of creatures. The spell description states: Choose one or more of the following types of creatures: celestials, ...
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Does the Quick Draw & Flick of the Wrist feat work with Unarmed Strikes?

Does the Quick Draw & Flick of the Wrist feat work with Unarmed Strikes? Flick of the Wrist from Song and Silence makes a target flat-footed if you use the Quick Draw feat as part of the attack, ...
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Does Improved Divine Smite trigger when a paladin makes an unarmed strike?

Context The paladin in my game frequently uses his backhand to "correct" the ranger/assassin/warlock. The table enjoys these social interactions, as part of their bromance. It mostly happens out of ...
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Do I add my Strength modifier to the damage of unarmed strikes if I have the Tavern Brawler feat?

Do I add my Strength modifier to the damage of unarmed strikes if I have the Tavern Brawler feat? From my understanding, the attack roll would be 1d20 + Proficiency + Str modifier. My question is ...
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Can a monk use Flurry of Blows without meeting the requirements of the Martial Arts feature? [duplicate]

The Martial Arts feature gives a monk the ability to use Dexterity instead of Strength with unarmed strikes and monk weapons. It also gives the monk the ability to make an additional unarmed strike as ...
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Are there any ways for a core race PC to start a grapple with an unarmed attack instead of a touch attack?

To start a grapple, the attacker specifically must use a touch attack. Are there any feats or other methods that would allow the attacker to start the grapple with a successful unarmed melee attack ...
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Can I use unarmed attacks to deliver touch attacks?

I know you can use unarmed strikes to deliver spells that need a touch attack. However, is it also possible use unarmed strikes with spells that allow for several touch attacks, like Darkfire (SP, ...
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Unarmed strikes with Monk/Aarakocra [duplicate]

I am playing a Level 5 Monk/Aarakocra with the monk I get 1d6 + 5 (20 dex) but with Aarakocra’s talons I get 1d4 + 5. Does it become 1d6 + 1d4 + 5?
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What are the mechanics of attacking with a Talisman of (Pure Good / Ultimate Evil)?

Both the Talisman of Pure Good and the Talisman of Ultimate Evil deal damage to creatures of the wrong alignment who touch them (6d6 to neutrals and 8d6 to the exact opposite alignment). Here is the ...
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How does a lizardfolk monk's Bite attack work? [duplicate]

I got an idea to build a lizardfolk sun soul monk for some cool RP with praise the sun, sunrays from reptile jaws and stuff. But then I see bite can be used as unarmed attack. From this point I have ...
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Can a lizardfolk monk use their bonus action to make an unarmed strike using their Bite trait?

I'm gonna be playing my very first D&D game pretty soon and I'm really excited. I'm playing a Lizardfolk monk, and I just finished my character sheet, but I was confused about something. We're ...
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Is this houserule about unarmed creatures balanced?

I'm fairly well-acquainted with 5e rules, and realised recently that, as far as I know, being unarmed in melee combat imposes no penalty at all to AC, nor confers any advantage to an armed attacker. ...
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If I multiclass my unarmed monk into rogue, which archetype is best suited for unarmed combat?

Goal: Battlefield controller able to zip around stunning casters and offering help to Assassin/fighter and Barbarian/fighter melee. The strategy I plan on using is having my Monk run to the back and ...
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How does Cutting Hand affect grappling?

Cutting Hand (SC, p.57) changes your hand so that it does more damage and has a +2 enhancement bonus, but he enhancement bonus does not apply to touch attacks. My question is this: When grappling, ...
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Should my fighter really punch that werewolf?

A werewolf from the MM has the following in its stat block: Damage Immunities: Bludgeoning, Piercing, And Slashing Damage From Nonmagical Weapons That Aren't Silvered And as established in the ...
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After an unarmed creature disarms a foe, can the creature keep the weapon?

I'm playing a brawler who uses unarmed strikes and who specializes in disarming foes. Can an unarmed brawler retain a weapon after he disarms an opponent since his hands are free when he makes the ...
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Can you attack while you have two targets grappled?

The scenario: Fighter McFighterson has found himself between two opponents. He decides that he is best-off by grappling both of them so that his team can fire away. Maybe he'll pin them later with ...
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Unarmed Strikes for Monks as a Bonus Action Following an Attack? [closed]

My DM is arguing that I need to roll a hit as my bonus action to take an unarmed strike following an attack action (as per Martial Arts or Flurry of Blows). Is this true? I was under the impression ...
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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 brass knuckles be combined with Brawler/Martial Artist edge? Would it be unbalanced to allow it anyway?

I was wondering whether brass knuckle can be combined with the brawler and martial artist edges from the Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition. Both edges imply in their description, that they are meant to be ...
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Gauntlets In Regards to Negating Damage Resistance on Unarmed Strikes

Currently playing a Brawler in a campaign where demons are a common enemy and I'd like to use cold iron gauntlets to overcome damage resistance using my brawler's unarmed strikes. However, I've read ...
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Buffing Unarmed Attacks [duplicate]

In D&D 5e after the errata it was clarified that monks unarmed attacks are not weapons. But in saying that, they are melee weapon attacks which is a form of a weapon attack. My question is for ...
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Can unarmed strikes benefit from the Blood Hunter's Crimson Rite feature even if they do not choose the Order of the Lycan subclass?

The Order of the Lycan's Hybrid Transformation feature (for the homebrew Blood Hunter class by Matt Mercer) says: Predatory Strikes. Your unarmed strikes are considered a single weapon in regards ...
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For a basic unarmed strike, is only the proficiency bonus included in the attack roll, or is the Strength modifier also added?

The Player's Handbook, Chapter 9, states about attack rolls: The ability modifier used for a melee weapon attack is Strength A bit later on it also states about melee attacks: Instead of using ...
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If I punch someone and have a -2 Strength modifier, will I technically heal the target by 1 HP? [duplicate]

Unarmed strikes normally do damage equal to (1 + Str mod). If I punch someone and have a -2 Strength modifier, will I technically heal the target by 1 HP?
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Is there such a thing as a ranged unarmed attack?

So I haven't had much time to create a character for playing D&D and thought I'd try my luck using a character generator for 4e, so I had something to tinker with before game. Mind you I am a ...
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Can a human fighter use an action to attack with a greataxe and then a bonus action to do an unarmed attack?

I'm a fairly new DM and we are playing through the Starter Set campaign (Lost Mine of Phandelver). One of my players, who chose the pregen human fighter, wanted to punch a goblin with his bonus ...
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Do Natural Attacks count as Unarmed?

Several spells and powers, e.g. Dinosaur Form, give you: natural melee attacks, which are the only types of attacks you can use. Items such as the Handwraps of Mighty Fists: give your unarmed ...
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Is Rolemaster Classic Martial Arts as weak as it seems?

So I rebooted my pen&paper career after almost 20 years with Rolemaster Classic 5.0 (RMC). (20 years ago I think I played 2.0, not sure what exactly that German translation was ...) Martial Arts ...