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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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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 ...
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Do my Aarakocra's Talons really have a 150ft reach?

So, I just made an Aarakocra character in D&D Beyond, and the Unarmed Strike has a reach of 5 ft, but the Talons racial trait attack has a reach of 150 ft for some reason. Is this correct, or is ...
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Can monks move between their Attack action and bonus-action unarmed strike?

Every question I have seen includes flurry of blows, or readied actions, or whatever. But I am talking about level 1 monk, using just an attack action, and just the martial arts feature. You can ...
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Does a Monk's bonus-action unarmed strike qualify for the Kensei's Agile Parry feature?

For reference, part of the monk's Martial Arts feature states: When you use the Attack action with an unarmed strike or a monk weapon on your turn, you can make one unarmed strike as a bonus action....
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Goblin PC Natural Attack

If a Goblin PC has the "Hard Head, Big Teeth" racial trait, do they modify their bite attack modifier to deal x1.5 damage or leave it at x1. Example: STR Mod=2 Bite +5. Deals 1d4 + 2 Or Bite +5 ...
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How much damage does a level 1 monk's unarmed strike do?

If a Monk fights only with their fists at level 1 and has only one attack during their Attack action, do they do 2d4 damage because they're using both hands? Or is it only one hand per attack? Meaning ...
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What does losing a hand or arm to a crit mean if it was just a punch?

In the DMG on page 272, there are rules of injuries if you take a critical hit, drop to 0 hp, or fail a death saving throw by 5 or more. The table that is used gives different things that could happen ...
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Maximum effective enhancement bonus to Unarmed Attack

Supposing, as a monk, I come into vast amounts of money and, heh, lack the wisdom to spend it otherwise... If I have both a Body-Wrap of Mighty Fists and an Amulet of Mighty Fists, both enchanted to ...
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What is a Hill Giant's reach for unarmed attacks and grapples?

The Hill Giant is Huge (occupies a 15'x15' space). It has a Greatclub weapon attack with reach 10'. What is the Giant's unarmed reach? What is his reach for grappling?
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Can a multiclassed Hexblade warlock/monk use their Hex Warrior class feature on their Martial Arts unarmed strike?

Can a multiclassed Hexblade warlock/monk use their Hex Warrior class feature on their Martial Arts unarmed strike? How about the Pact of the Blade feature to make their unarmed strikes magical?
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Where can I find a bigger unarmed attack scaling table?

I'm playing an Unchained Monk, and I eventually plan on acquiring Monk's Robes, Stonefist Gloves/Strong Jaw item of some kind, and Enlarge Person perma-cast on myself. So with all of those stacked ...
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What rules allow you to crush a sufficiently small target?

We all know that a human can crush an insect in less than six seconds. How does one crush in pathfinder, given the size difference is substantial enough? Would it be considered a bull rush for a ...
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Can a dragonborn bite enemies?

One of my players is a dragonborn and wants to know if he can bite enemies. I didn't see anything in the rules about this, does anyone know how it works?
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Is there a magic weapon that a monk could use for unarmed strikes?

I am co-DM'ing a campaign, and in our party we have a monk. Everybody has magical weapons that work with their class, but I feel the monk is a bit left out since he doesn't get any magic weapons since ...
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How can a pugilist deal with flying enemies?

I started playing D&D a couple of months ago and I'm getting used to my pugilist character in my GM's homebrew campaign. But I always have a problem when we face flying opponents, and I know for ...
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Interactions between unarmed strikes, negative strength and an unconscious target

Consider this improbable yet possible scenario (which nonetheless came up at our table last night): A PC is unconscious and currently making Death Saving Throws. A weak (8 Strength) and hostile NPC ...
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How much damage does a weaponless skeleton do?

The Monster Manual lists skeleton damage for swords and short bows. If a skeleton is disarmed, how much damage does it do? Unarmed Strike is listed as a melee weapon on p.190 of the Player’s ...
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Can a caster use an unarmed strike to deliver a melee spell attack?

So could I cast Vampiric Touch (this last 1 minute) and using my unarmed attack bonus do Vampiric Touch damage + unarmed strike damage? I know I would only gain health from the Vampiric portion of the ...
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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 ...