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Questions tagged [weapons]

Equipment usable by characters to cause damage to other characters or creatures.

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What rules forbid this sequence of events in combat, if any?

After a fiery dispute with another player about why you shouldn't be able to cheese a magus to both use spell combat and 2-handed attack with only 2 arms, I came up with an equivalent for non-magic ...
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What is the difference between a “ranged attack” and a “ranged weapon attack”?

The core rules and Sage Advice Compendium both included "ranged attack" and "ranged weapon attack". Are these terms synonymous or interchangeable? If not, what is the delineation between them? ...
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Can the Great Weapon Master feat's damage bonus and accuracy penalty apply to attacks from the Spiritual Weapon spell?

The Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, p. 167) says: Before you make a melee attack with a heavy weapon that you are proficient with, you can choose to take a -5 penalty to the attack roll. If the ...
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What could you give to a Hawk animal companion to improve their battle effectiveness? [on hold]

An idea I had was poisoning their talons, but one would have to keep dapping their talons in poison each encounter. Anything else you can think of? For a Ranger with a Hawk/Falcon animal companion.
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Can melee weapons be used to deliver Contact Poisons?

A creature that touches a Contact Poison with exposed skin suffers its effects. Does a successful melee attack satisfy this “touching” requirement?
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Can I throw a longsword at someone?

In earlier editions of D&D, such as 3.5, a character could throw a melee weapon using feats like Throw Anything. In D&D 5th edition, is there any rule, ability, or method which would allow a ...
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How would it unbalance gameplay to remove the limitation “requires a free hand to load” for hand crossbows?

Crossbow Expert: hand crossbow & shield I'm working on stats for royal guards of a homebrew capital – using Guard Captain as template. I gave them a hand crossbow and the Crossbow Expert feat, ...
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How can I have a shield and a way of attacking at distance at the same time?

Apart from the Animated Shield, is there a way to fight with a shield (given that my character has proficiency with shields), and attacking at distance (I also have proficiency with some ranged ...
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Is it possible to build a custom weapon, and if so, how will my character be able to use it? [closed]

I plan to make a multiclass character with a Rogue and a Ranger. Since I want to stay at a distance when attacking, I want to use a shortbow (with the proficiency from Rogue), but I also want to use a ...
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What effect does the “loading” weapon property have in practical terms?

What effect does the “loading” weapon property have in practical terms? In the absence of the property, why would it be assumed that a PC could fire more than once per action (firing once would be ...
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Can a Kensai make his weapon glow like a magical weapon?

My Fighter has taken a level in Kensai recently, but I've yet to enhance his signature weapon (which is just a perfect greatsword for now) because I want to be sure that I can make it glow like a ...
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Does the War Caster feat let me cast a spell while wielding a weapon with two hands?

Does the War Caster feat let me cast a spell while wielding a weapon with two hands? More specifically, could I cast a spell with a somatic component while wielding an arcane focus staff as a ...
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Does a druid starting with a bow start with no arrows?

A druid's starting equipment consists of: (a) a wooden shield or (b) any simple weapon (a) a scimitar or (b) any simple melee weapon Leather armor, an explorer’s pack, and a druidic focus ...
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If a warlock makes a Dancing Sword their pact weapon, is there a way to prevent it from disappearing if it's farther away for more than a minute?

I currently have a Pact of the Blade warlock, and recently came across a dancing sword (a rapier). I am considering making it my pact weapon, but there is still a minor inconvenience. While the ...
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Can a Bladesinger Wizard use Bladesong with a Hand Crossbow? [closed]

I am asking for research to determine many class options and how I want to build a potential character. This concept has interested me for a while and I'd like to know. However, I could not help but ...
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How to create an artifact weapon linked to the progress of a mythic path?

I want to pump up the group I'm GMing for with Mythic rules. There is a warpriest in the group, and I wanted to have him earn the privilege of wielding the holy weapon of his church and make him a ...
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If a character can use a +X magic weapon as a spellcasting focus, does it add the bonus to spell attacks or spell save DCs?

My 5e College of Swords bard can use a weapon as a spell focus for their spell casting. If they have a +1 rapier and cast a spell requiring a spell attack roll, do they get the +1 added to their ...
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Can there be instruments with attack bonuses?

I'm looking into making a Bard. While looking at subclasses in the 3rd party supplement Xanathar's Lost Notes to Everything Else, I found that the College of Discord subclass feature Melodic Mayhem ...
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Can an armblade require double attunement if it integrates a magic weapon that normally requires attunement?

I'm pretty new to D&D, and right now I'm trying to make a character starting at a higher level for a campaign. The DM is allowing us to start with some magical items of our choice. Using the ...
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Can I draw a weapon between attacks?

Suppose a 5th level fighter with Extra Attack, armed with a greatsword and a javelin. Extra Attack: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack ...
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Where does a Javelin of Lightning land when it misses its target?

We were having an "argument" about what happens when the Javelin of Lightning misses its target. Here's the important text for the item: When you hurl it and speak its command word, it transforms ...
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What type of pike/spear is listed as it's own thing in the PHB? [closed]

After searching what defines many of the kinds of weapons in the PHB, I have found that the definition of pike and spear tends to be a placeholder for "pointed polearm" with their size being the only ...
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What properties make a magic weapon befit a Rogue more than a DEX-based Fighter?

We have an Assassination Rogue and a Dual-Wielding Champion Fighter in our party, and we often divide our items trying to maximize party damage output. One pattern that we have noticed is that any ...
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Are there rules for cutting/removing an enemy's bow string during combat? [duplicate]

If a Rogue gets into melee combat with another combatant wielding a bow, what actions are permitted to disable the bow? Could the Rogue use Sleight of Hand to unhinge the bow string? Could he make ...
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Does the attack bonus from a Masterwork weapon stack with the attack bonus from Masterwork ammunition?

Does the attack bonus from a Masterwork weapon stack with the attack bonus from Masterwork ammunition? For example, does the +1 attack bonus of a Masterwork Arrow stack with the +1 attack bonus of ...
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Does a lance qualify for the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style when wielded unmounted?

I'm devising a character that uses a jousting lance, but without a horse. Given that the rules for lances state you need to wield them with two hands while unmounted, does that meet the requirement ...
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When do I use the “Brace” special weapon feature?

I have a question regarding the weapon feature "Brace". Some weapons have the special weapon feature "Brace", for example a simple spear How to use it (how I understand it) On your turn, you take ...
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In Adventurers League, when a Weapon of Warning is found, is just that particular weapon unlocked? Or is Weapon of Warning unlocked in general?

Suppose I am playing an AL game wherein the party obtains a trident of warning. Is only the trident of warning unlocked? Or is weapon of warning unlocked in general? Same question could apply to ...
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How does the Weapon Champion's Favored Weapons feature interact with the Daisho Expertise feat?

The Daisho Expertise feat says: Prerequisites: Proficiency with the katana or wakizashi. Benefit: Increase the damage die of katanas and wakizashi you wield by one die step. In addition, you ...
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At what distance can a bugbear, holding a reach weapon, with the Polearm Master feat, get their Opportunity Attack?

I have crafted a Barbarian bugbear that uses a halberd weapon, and will take Polearm Mastery as a feat. Bugbears have the Long-Limbed trait: When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach ...
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What are the practical Opportunity Attack values for a bugbear, holding a reach weapon, with the Polearm Master feat?

I have crafted a Barbarian bugbear that uses a halberd weapon, and will take Polearm Master as a feat. Bugbears have the Long-Limbed trait: When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach ...
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What ability score modifier does a javelin's damage use?

I'm making a character, and this part always had me confused, so a friend helped me but never explained. When you do your weapon damage, like 1d12 + 4, you use your Strength modifier for the damage ...
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Can the “Two-Fisted Shooter” rogue feat give a Small creature the ability to use a crossbow?

Can the "Two-Fisted Shooter" rogue feat give a Small creature the ability to use a crossbow? You can treat the hand crossbow as an off-hand weapon, and you can reload it one-handed
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Can I take the the bonus-action attack from Two-Weapon Fighting without taking the Attack action?

So I wanted to do a dual wielder rogue and I had a question about the bonus-action attack. Can I take the bonus-action attack first and without taking an Attack action? Basically, if I'm face to ...
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Can you train your ranger to master different fighting styles?

I realize this is similar to How can I take multiple fighting styles? but it's been still a nagging question that I'd like to find a solution to without multiclassing. I like playing a Ranger who ...
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Spell combat in confined spaces, are there penalties?

I've got a Brute Vigilante who also enjoys taking an Enlarge Person potion now and then (we've ruled that the brute ability is not magical and can stack with the magical enlargement). I've read and ...
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Can Spellstrike be applied to Reach weapons?

Can a Magus deliver touch spells via Spellstrike(Su) while using a melee reach weapon such as the whip? At 2nd level, whenever a magus casts a spell with a range of “touch” from the magus spell ...
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Does an unattuned Frost Brand weapon still glow in freezing temperatures?

Frost Brand weapons have the following property, amongst others: In freezing temperatures, the blade sheds bright light in a 10-foot radius and dim light for an additional 10 feet. The other ...
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Can you benefit from a Hammer of Thunderbolts’s Strength increase by holding it with something else than your hands?

The Hammer of Thunderbolts, a legendary magic weapon, has the following property amongst others: While you are attuned to this weapon and holding it, your Strength score increases by 4 and can ...
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How can I mix up weapons for large groups of similar monsters/characters?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, there is an encounter that requires a large number of similar NPCs/monsters, based on the (slightly edited for spoilers) text block: the City Guard arrives and cordons ...
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Can you cast the Grease spell on an item (like a weapon)?

Can you cast the grease spell on an item (like a weapon)?
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Can a Pact of the Blade warlock use an existing thrown pact magic weapon so it functions as a “Returning” weapon?

In Pathfinder, a thrown weapon could gain the Special Ability of Returning. The weapon could be thrown, then fly through the air back to the creature that threw it. Can a warlock with the "Pact of ...
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Burrowing with weapons

Given the Trox multiple upper limbs and and burrow trait, does he need to sheathe/put down his weapon before burrowing, or can he burrow all the same?
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What happens when the wearer of a Shield of Missile Attraction is behind total cover?

The Shield of Missile Attraction, a rare magic item that requires attunement, has the following curse: Whenever a ranged weapon attack is made against a target within 10 feet of you, the curse ...
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Does an Eldritch Knight's Weapon Bond protect him from losing his weapon to a Telekinesis spell?

Eldritch Knight fighters have the ability to bond with a weapon, a ritual which gives the following property (PHB, p. 75): Once you have bonded a weapon to yourself, you can't be disarmed of that ...
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How do the feats “Shorten Grip” or “Short Haft” work on an awlpike?

The "Awlpike" from Dragon Compendium p.110 has the following entry: Built similarly to a longspear, the awl pike is almost 15 feet long. You can strike opponents 15 feet away with it, but you can't ...
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Is this homebrew ice axe weapon balanced? [closed]

I need some feedback on two weapons: the ice axe in this question, and the warhammer in this other question. Just to quickly explain as the DM, I am expecting from my players to put up a hard-fight ...
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How does Artisan's Blessing handle rusted and mistreated weapons?

My group and I are all brand new. We've just made it through several fight against goblins and hobgoblins and recovered a few rusty short swords, a few rusty daggers and a knackered spear. I'm playing ...
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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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Can you use an unattuned magic weapon (that requires attunement) as a Warlock pact weapon?

I was reading a recent question about Warlock Pact Weapons and Attunement, and it got me thinking. The answers there indicate "A Magic Weapon that is also a Pact Weapon still requires attunement." ...