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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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Does the ST bonus from Lifting ST apply to two-handed unbalanced weapons?

A Great Axe has a minimal ST 12‡. This means that after an attack OR parry, it becomes unbalanced and requires a ready manoeuvre. In effect, it means it can only be used once every two turns. But if ...
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Can the Dual-Balanced weapon modification be applied to double weapons?

The Dual-Balanced weapon mod description says, Price +2,000 gp; Weight — Dual-balanced weapons are balanced to be wielded in tandem. Only melee weapons can be dual-balanced. When wielding ...
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What is the action-economy cost of drawing a weapon? What about two?

What does it take to draw a weapon if you start combat with it away? Is it an Interact? If so, you trigger Reactions including Attack of Opportunity. Part of a Stride (as it was in P1e)? Free? What if ...
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How can I make a character that wields only daggers as good as other characters?

I want to make a character that uses two daggers, but I know that a character using daggers would not be as good as a character using shortswords or almost any other weapon. By "good", I mean ...
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Is there a way to get Decisive Strike with a non-Monk weapon? [duplicate]

I'm working on a Darth Vader build for a competition. To represent the light saber, I would really like to use mind blade (from the 3.0 Soulknife prestige class, which is actually pretty cool, ...
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Magic weapons and Rods of Metamagic

If a magic weapon (+1 or more) leaves the hand free, it's still possible for an enchanter to use in that hand a rod of metamagic? The case is this one: the character it's equipped with a Claw bracer ...
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What happens when you attack with a non-attuned cursed weapon?

Cursed weapons often have a flat bonus such as a +1 associated with them, however the negative effects of a cursed weapon tend to only be associated with being attuned to said item. Could a player (...
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What weapons are there besides simple and martial?

I was reviewing the 2017 PHB Errata v. 1.22 and I saw something interesting. Under Feats, it says for Weapon Master the chosen weapons must be simple or martial. What does this mean? Aren't all ...
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When would you ever use a heavy crossbow over a hand crossbow if you have Sharpshooter and Crossbow Expert?

Imagine you are a level 5 Variant Human, selected a class with access to martial weapons and Extra Attack, and chose the Crossbow Expert and Sharpshooter feats. You are able to attack two times a ...
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At what distance can I throw daggers?

What are the penalties for each range section? Where are those rules?
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How does weapon proficiency work?

This is my 2nd session of AD&D 1e as a magic-user, and I'm a bit confused I checked in the player handbook and I'm supposed to be proficient in 1 weapon at level 1 and I read somewhere else about ...
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Can a character wield a two-handed or large weapon in one hand? [duplicate]

Some class and race features allow a character to "count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift." (Eberron warforged Juggernaut) or "Your ...
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If my character exchanges a crossbow for a longbow, how do my attack and damage rolls change?

My fighter exchanged a crossbow for a longbow at a Weapons Workshop he came across. The character has proficiency with Simple and Martial Weapons, with the Dueling fighting style, and is Dexterity ...
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Can you reload two crossbows with Aegis Greater Extra Arms or having multiple arms and Crossbow Mastery feat in the same round?

Can you reload two crossbows with Aegis Greater Extra Arms or having multiple arms and Crossbow Mastery feat in the same round? Extra Arms, Greater: The extra arms on the aegis’s astral suit ...
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Can an ordinary whip be poisoned?

I'm running a whip-wielding ranger/rogue, and I'm wondering if it's possible to poison a whip, both from a rules standpoint and as a practical matter. Rules-wise, there's this from the DMG: Injury....
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I am working on making an RPG Game with an end of the world storyline [closed]

I am working on making an RPG Game with an end of the world storyline, I want it to be like a huge asteroid is coming to hit earth. I got inspiration from an asteroid map damage simulator website, you ...
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What are the consequences of a crossbow without the loading property?

Years ago efforts were made to discuss use of two hand crossbows/dual wielding. It was determined that loading was a problem and such gear would not work past the first shot. Interestingly, rapid ...
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How many times can dancing double weapons attack?

Let's assume my character has 6 BAB. He can make two attacks per turn with a basic one handed sword. His wizard friend wants to create an Urgrosh with the dancing property. As far as I know, dancing ...
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Can you use your off-handed weapon for your main attack action?

My friend is 2 weapon fighting a flesh golem. He has one sword that does lightning damage, and one sword that does fire damage. His right hand holds the lightning sword, and his left hand holds the ...
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Does an Eldritch Knight fighter's Weapon-Bonded net free a restrained creature when summoned?

The Eldritch Knight fighter's Weapon Bond feature (PHB, p. 75) says: At 3rd level, you learn a ritual that creates a magical bond between yourself and one weapon. [...] If it is on the same plane ...
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How does the “Burst” trait work?

A handful of explosives, as well as the rules on explosive charges, and some explosive munitions, reference the "Burst" trait, as if it where similar (but distinct from) the "Blast" trait. Does anyone ...
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How would one go about creating a sorcerer that uses a sword in D&D 5e?

I really want to make a Sorcerer that uses a sword, but I don't know how that could be accomplished in D&D when creating a lvl 1 character. How would I go about accomplishing this?
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A Thri-Kreen wielding two long swords two handedly, damage bonus calculation

A Thri Kreen has multiple limbs according to page 15 of the expanded psionics handbook: Multiple Limbs thri-kreen have four arms and thus can take the Multiweapon Fighting feat page 304 of the ...
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Thri-Kreen multi-attack total attack bonus calculation

Would you mind casting an eye over this and check my understanding is correct? This question refers to an NPC I'm modelling from AD&D Pegasus magazine #8. It's a 5th level Thri Kreen fighter and ...
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Is this homebrew trident weapon and associated feat balanced compared to the published weapons and Feats for Weapons?

Currently, the martial weapon trident is strictly inferior to the simple weapon spear. Here is my homebrew fix for it: Trident (Martial Meelee Weapon) Cost: 15 GP Weight: 5 lbs Damage: 3d4 ...
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Is it possible to wield a 'greatsword'? [closed]

Whenever I play a fighter or barbarian wielding a greatsword, I imagine them wielding a sword like this: Later I discovered that a greatsword is not that big, but it's more like a longer sword. The ...
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Is this a doable character build in this particular instance? [closed]

I've been debating this for a couple weeks now and I was wondering if this is a doable build, and if a DM would even be likely to allow this considering it is almost entirely home brewed. I am ...
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What's the significance of different laser weapon types?

What is up with all the different types of laser weapons? There's Zenith, Parallax, Corona, and others, but I can't seem to find the significance of these subtypes of laser. I am assuming there are ...
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Is there a character build that allows or optimizes using two-handed weapons with one hand?

I was recommended to post this here because I didn't realize at the time that I was side tracking from a previous question with a new one. This is my question and reasoning behind it. Can I use a ...
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Are lances in 5e a one-use item?

I cannot find a single bit of info on this subject. My group shares around the DMing between our three different on-going and concurrent campaigns, and twice now this issue has come up. Granted there ...

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