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How much material silver is required to silver a greataxe, if the time and expertise is being provided as a favour?

Suppose I own a greataxe, and a blacksmith owes me a favour. The Smith knows how to craft silvered weapons, and has agreed to do the work as a favour if I provide the raw silver. The rules on silvered ...
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Is it possible to recover precious materials from a weapon to use for crafting other weapons?

My players have found low-grade silver swords and I was wondering if they could get the silver from the swords to craft other weapons with it?
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Can the Mage Hand cantrip be used to operate a Ballista?

DMG page 255-256 describes several siege weapons which are actually objects. The siege weapons require actions to load, aim, and fire them. For the ballista, for example, it says: It takes one action ...
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Can you use sleight of hand to hide a larger weapon?

Can you use the sleight of hand skill to hide a larger weapon, such as a longsword, dragoon pistol, or light crossbow? Or is it only usable for lighter weapons?
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Are Shadow Assassins proficient with Sawtooth Sabre?

Are Shadow Assassins proficient with Sawtooth Sabre? In RAW, how proficient is the shadow assassin with the sawtooth sabre? Weapon and Armor Proficiency A shadow assassin is proficient in all simple ...
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Does a Pact of the Blade warlock need to make a roll when summoning their pact weapon?

My DM and I are having a disagreement over how the pact weapon from Pact of the Blade (PotB) is summoned. Specifically, as a Hexblade with PotB, when I choose to summon my pact weapon as whatever - ...
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Can a Pact of the Blade warlock with the Thirsting Blade invocation make one attack with their pact weapon and one with a different weapon?

If you have a weapon in each hand (neither of which has the light property) and you have the Extra Attack feature, you can use Extra Attack to attack with each weapon once using your action. However, ...
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Can a weapon be a holy symbol?

So I'm being part of a DnD campaign soon, and I'm making a tempest cleric that worships Thor. Since Thor's weapon is a Warhammmer, and I also use a Warhammer, could the hammer count as a holy symbol ...
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Can monsters use weapons they took from player characters via Disarm?

Without necessarily getting into whether or not Disarm is a waste of time or not, if a monster Disarms a PC, (page 271, DMG) can that monster use the weapon if it picks it up? Example... A Bandit ...
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What is the weapon attack damage of a tentacle rod?

The tentacle rod's description includes the following (emphasis added): Made by the drow, this rod is a magic weapon that ends in three rubbery tentacles. While holding the rod, you can use an action ...
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Is it possible to combine using heavy weapons and light weapons in this way as a monk?

I had the idea of a character with levels battle master 3 and Kensei 8. I want to mainly use my greatsword to attack. However, I had the idea of using a dagger as a kensei weapon to benefit from the +...
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Character size and weapons

Can a Goblin use a Greataxe, or two Battleaxes? How much damage does he do with them? I found a section (CRB p295) about the bulk and price differences of weapons of different sizes, but not about the ...
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Can I have a magic bow as my pact weapon without getting the Improved Pact Weapon Eldritch Invocation?

The Warlock's Pact of the Blade feature specifies that you can only create melee weapons, but you can also turn a magic weapon into your pact weapon (without specifying that it's only melee weapons). ...
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How to increase weapon strength with the player

I've got a player who's character has a home-brew weapon that's supposed to grow in strength alongside the character so it can be used through the whole campaign. I get that, normally, throughout the ...
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Are Darts sold separately?

This might sound like a silly question, but it seems oddly placed in the PHB. Looking simply on what characters get regarding starting equipment, every item listed, regardless of class, seems to ...
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Does the Great Weapon Master feat grant wizards proficiency with heavy weapons?

Does the feat Great Weapon Master (PHB, p. 167) grant wizards proficiency with heavy weapons? The feat says: Before you make a melee attack with a heavy weapon that you are proficient with, [...] ...
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What does Detect Magic show for different Warlock special weapons?

For reference, Detect Magic snippet: you can use your action to see a faint aura around any visible creature or object in the area that bears magic, and you learn its school of magic, if any. ...
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General questions on channeling magic through daggers in 4e

When a sorcerer uses an a dagger to channel a power with the implement key word, what bonus does the dagger give them? The phb 2 says you don't add the proficiency, but it also says you are proficient ...
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Are light hammers broken/underpowered, and would adding the finesse property fix this?

When playing RAW, the only simple melee weapon with the finesse property is the dagger (PHB page 149). Most other thrown weapons of this type (hand axe, javelin, and spear) all do 1d6 damage with a ...
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What are the limits of the Purrodaemon's Weapon Steep ability?

The Daemon, Purrodaemon ability "Weapon Steep" states: If a weapon remains sheathed in its body for at least 24 hours, the weapon absorbs some of its essence and gains magical enhancements. ...
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How to make a handaxe return to my hand after being thrown?

I'm playing D&D 5e and my character is a dwarf fighter. He has two throwable handaxes, and I thought it would be really cool if they could come back to me just after throwing them on someone (like ...
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Can any of the found greater steeds benefit from the weapon proficiencies granted by Tenser's Transformation?

The mount summoned by the 4th level Paladin spell find greater steed has this interesting ability: While mounted on it, you can make any spell you cast that targets only you also target the mount. ...
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What happens to a thrown weapon after it hits or misses?

Patty the Chatty Monk throws her handaxe at a growling wolf. It hits! So... what happens? This question is asked for the intent of further understanding the Object Interaction rule and also to add ...
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Is this homebrewed shield weapon balanced?

Relatively new player here who likes to theorycraft. Currently playing a homebrew campaign, and I'm thinking of making a backup character for if my current one (a Ranger, who AFAIK are known to be ...
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What is the rarity of my homebrew Glass Sword?

I was writing up some magical weapons and had a fond remembrance of the "Glass Sword" from Ultima VII (apparently V/VI/IX as well). While I didn't want to preserve the "save or die&...
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Does elf weapon training do anything useful at character creation?

Working just with the basic game (read: PHB, no expansions), I was trying to outfit an elven cleric, but the starting equipment only includes simple weapons (or war hammer, with which dwarves are ...
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Does this artifact from Descent Into Avernus prove that magic weapons resize?

The accepted answer to Are there any guidelines in place governing the extent to which magic items can resize to different-sized users? only shows that "worn" magic items are supposed to resize to fit ...
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Can you disarm a solar’s Flying Sword?

In 5e D&D, the solar has the ability to release its sword and control it remotely. The description of its Flying Sword action says: Flying Sword. The solar releases its greatsword to hover ...
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Daggerspell guardians - anyone seen/created stats for (3.5) “The emerald knives of seven truths”

In the 'Complete Adventurer' the Daggerspell Guardians are seeking a pair of daggers called the emerald knives of seven truths. "Lore of the Guild: Many of the greatest treasures of the ...
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Is there any official DM guidance on how to treat especially long weapons out of combat?

In D&D 5e, there are several advantages to wielding a Heavy Two-Handed weapon in combat. However, historically, all six of the ones in the Weapons table were quite inconveniently long. You ...
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Does an Adamantine greatclub always deal critical damage like other Adamantine weapons?

In general adamantine weapons always deal critical damage on a hit: Whenever an adamantine weapon or piece of ammunition hits an object, the hit is a critical hit. - Xanathar's Guide to Everything,...
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Building and Pricing a Collapsible Lance

I have a player who has specced out to use lances while riding as one of his preferred methods of fighting. He has an efficient quiver and would like to be able to store his lance in the third slot (...
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If I fire a laser weapon with the Aurora property, does the damage (or lack thereof) occur before or after the target's invisibility is negated?

Laser weapons cannot do damage to invisible creatures (Core Rulebook, p. 184; emphasis mine): Laser weapons emit highly focused beams of light that deal fire damage. These beams can pass through ...
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Balancing an Enchanted weapon [closed]

I'm a relatively new Dungeon Master and am currently running my first campaign with a couple of friends. I am asking about some advice for balancing a home-brewed weapon. The player is a silver ...
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How does the extra fire damage from the Helm of Brilliance item interact with the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style?

The item Helm of Brilliance includes a feature that reads (DMG, 173): You can use an action and speak a command word to cause one weapon you are holding to burst into flames. [...] When you hit ...
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Do the attunement requirements of the Hammer of Thunderbolts make it situational?

The properties of the hammer of thunderbolts seem to suggest to me that (for the vast majority of the time) the player owning this item will not have it attuned. How do you rule on the current ...
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How do rogues switch weapons?

We have started a game of Heroes & Treasure, a family-friendly tabletop RPG accessible to kids. Looking ahead, I notice that at level 5 rogues gain the ability to switch between weapons: Level ...
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Does an angel's Angelic Weapons trait apply to any weapon used by the creature?

In particular, the planetar's Angelic Weapons trait says: The planetar's weapon attacks are magical. When the planetar hits with any weapon, the weapon deals an extra 5d8 radiant damage (included ...
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Can the Shillelagh cantrip be active on two clubs at the same time?

My Druid uses two clubs. Can I have the shillelagh cantrip active on both clubs at once?
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Are there special rules for using weapons while flying?

I’m making an Aarakocra fighter and I was curious about how combat works while flying. My character has dual Morningstars and a longbow; I was wondering if both weapons were functional midair. The ...
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What PHB weapon would be closest to a Patta (Gauntlet Sword)?

I found an image of various historical weapons and one caught my eye. It is a Patta from India between the 15th and 18th centuries. It is between 10 and 44 inches in length and is a slashing weapon. ...
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How does the Slashing Grace feat interact with the Swashbuckler Finesse ability?

The posts I have read indicate that it is possible to take the Slashing Grace feat as a Swashbuckler in order to get DEX to damage with a slashing weapon. As much as I like the idea I see the ...
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Does hurling a thrown weapon change the weapon's category for determining proficiency?

On Weapon Categories says, "A melee weapon with the heavy thrown or the light thrown property counts as a ranged weapon when thrown" (Player's Handbook 215). (Similar text is absent from the Rules ...
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Is there a concise description of what 'special' damage is?

This may be somewhat a worthless question as I've looked diligently without success. I don't believe the information is physically present but I thought I'd give it a shot. In my games things have ...
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Do Kellid barbarians from Numeria have a typical / trademark weapon?

I am going to play the Iron Gods Adventure Path soon and I am rolling a Kellid tribesman. I'd like to be as faithful to the existing lore as possible, using some traditional weapon, but I have no ...
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Melee two handed vs melee polearm

After looking through the WFRP 4E core rulebook I cannot find any information on the difference between the melee specializations polearm and two handed and all the weapons listed under the polearm ...
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Do you add your proficiency bonus when attacking with the Sun Blade if you're proficient with shortswords only?

The Sun Blade mentions proficiency twice in its description on D&D Beyond. The first one is about being proficient with shortswords or longswords: If you are proficient with shortswords or ...
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Why do ranged weapons in D&D list two numbers separated by a slash to show their range?

Why do ranged weapons in D&D list two numbers separated by a slash to show their range? For instance, the light crossbow lists "80/320". As far as I know, you can use a ranged weapon at a range ...
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If a Pact of the Blade warlock transforms an existing magic weapon into their pact weapon, are they proficient with it?

The Pact of the Blade feature of the Warlock reads (emphasis mine): You can use your action to create a pact weapon in your empty hand. [...] You are proficient with it while you wield it. [...] ...
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Can you use martial weapons while untrained?

Can you use martial weapons while untrained? For example, alchemical bombs are martial ranged weapons. Can an untrained character buy and throw these? If so, what modifiers apply to the attack roll?

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