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Does Weapon Focus feat chain really suck?

I see people are continuing to complain about the strength of this feat chain: Weapon Focus => Weapon Specialization => Greater Weapon Focus => Greater Weapon Specialization, and most builds ...
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What kind of attack is a Tailblade?

Slightly related: Do you cause Sneak Attack damage on all Natural Attacks?, which assumes it as a secondary natural attack; explaining why would be off-topic for that question, but it's basically what ...
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Do one-handed weapons become two-handed when wielded in two hands?

While exploring the possibility of combining the Two-Hand or Fatal Aim traits with the Thaumaturge's Implement's Empowerment feature, I came across several assertions that one-handed weapons become ...
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Specialized explosives stats in WoD games

Like the title, I'm looking for stats of specialized explosives weaponry in oWoD games (any splat, since weapon stats are consistent across splats, and if there are no sources for that in oWoD sources,...
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Allowing Magic Arrow and Bow to stack?

Is there any downside to allowing the Magic Arrows bonus to stack with a Magic Bow bonus, other than it is not rules-as-written?
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What is the die progression for a Champion wielding a Great Sword?

At 1st level, Champions gain the Deific Weapon feature, which states: You zealously bear your deity’s favored weapon. If it’s uncommon, you gain access to it. If it’s an unarmed attack with a d4 ...
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Can a Pact of the Blade warlock summon any weapon?

With the Blade boon, can a warlock summon any weapon, or does it have to be from the Weapons table? If it has to be a weapon from the Weapons table, can you do things like change the weight?
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Is there a way to use a shield with a glaive?

I'm making a character for a Halloween one-shot, and want to use a glaive and a shield. Glaives have the two-handed property, which requires the use of two hands to attack ... but your attack is only ...
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Can a mind smith's materialized weapon be of large size?

Would materializing a large-sized axe - for a giant instinct barbarian to use - be legal? For reference the mind smith dedication says that: The overall shape and design of your mind weapon can be of ...
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How do I know which damage dice to roll with magic items?

I’m new at D&D and just trying to DM my first game with some friends. I don’t know which dice should I roll if, for example, I use the magic sword dragon slayer. All it says is it adds a bonus to ...
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Can a siege weapon "see" its target?

In another question, I was considering the mechanics of siege weaponry (and Spelljammer's ship-to-ship weapons, more to the point). I considered use of the faerie fire spell as a way to gain advantage ...
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Are there any ways to improve a siege weapon's attack bonus?

I've just gotten started reading the new Spelljammer book for 5th Edition D&D. I see that shipboard weapons work the same way siege weapons work in the DMG: It takes multiple actions to load, aim, ...
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How powerful are these homebrew firearms? [closed]

I am basing the structure off of this post about homebrew. Problem One of the players in my game is very interested in playing a character with guns. We talked about which aspect of such a character ...
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Does a silvered weapon overcome resistance to non-magical attacks?

My friends and I had a question about silvered weapons. Will it overcome the resistance to non-magical weapons? For example, Rakshasa is resistant to non-magical attacks. Will an attack with a ...
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On D&D Beyond, as a DM, how can I make custom weapons available to all of my players in a specific Campaign?

From what I've found online, it looks like it may not be possible to add homebrew nonmagical weapons. I could not, however, find information that was more recent that 2020, nor do I know the homebrew ...
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Is it possible to utilize the "light" property of hand crossbows without crossbow feats? [duplicate]

I am making a bard and noticed they have proficiency in hand crossbows. Upon looking at hand crossbows, they have the light property, which apparently means they can be used in the off-hand without ...
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Stowing and drawing weapons?

"I'd probably say they can throw one axe, while holding their polearm in their other hand, and be ready to use it again next turn. I don't think it's reasonable to allow a character to stow their ...
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Damage of an High Explosive/Incendiary Armor Piercing Anti-Materiel Rifle (HEIAP AMR)

Let's face it, mankind is evil. We invented means to destroy one another under the guidance of mages since the dawn of time. We shed off the yoke of the werebeasts during the Impergium and made them ...
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Do different disciplines actually require different weapons? [duplicate]

Under each different discipline in Tome of Battle there is a list of associated weapons. Are these weapons flavour-based, or do you actually need a weapon on the list to use stances and maneuvers of ...
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Can I stab through two enemies using a spear?

In RPG video game (Final Fantasy Tactic, for instance), a spear user can attack two enemies in a line at once. I want to transfer this to my character using 5e mechanic with as little homebrew as ...
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Can PCs cause thunder damage or a related condition with simple purpose-built non-magic items?

I would like one of my player characters (I am the player, and I will collaborate with my DM on this) in D&D 5e to craft (or possibly buy) a device that is intended to cause damage or a harmful ...
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Does the Flame Blade spell count as a melee weapon that can be used with the paladin's Divine Smite feature?

With the release of the new Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse, the revamped Fire Genasi trait "Reach to the Blaze" now allows the race access to the flame blade spell: [...] ...
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Can monks use a Sun Blade as monk weapon?

Rules as written, can monks use a Sun Blade as a monk weapon? Sun Blade Weapon (longsword), rare (requires attunement) Properties: Versatile, Finesse
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What rarity is the Shadowsong bow in AL play, after the Content Catalog v9 update?

The published Dungeons &Dragons 5th Edition adventure DDEX3-07 Herald of the Moon awards a magic item called Shadowsong. In the original adventure, Shadowsong is a very rare modified Oathbow (bold ...
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Can you make a giant sized weapon using 'Creation'?

I want to create a weapon out of thin air to be used temporarily. My idea would be, As a 14th-level bard, to cast tenser's transformation into a glyph. Then polymorph into a Giant Ape (a Huge creature)...
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Which magic weapon deals the most damage?

Which magic weapon deals most damage at each rarity tier? (I am not asking about Artifacts, just normal rarity scale magic items). For the sake of defining weapon damage: Direct expected damage from ...
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How does the Shadowsong bow deviate from the attunement standards?

Original Item There is an adventure from the 3rd season of Dungeons and Dragons Expeditions called DDEX03-07 Herald of the Moon. It awards a very rare longbow as the main quest reward, called ...
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Does attacking with a Dragon Wing Hand Crossbow require one hand or two?

A hand crossbow is a one-handed weapon that ordinarily takes two hands to fire, due to the loading portion of the Ammunition property. Ammunition: Drawing the ammunition from a quiver, case, or other ...
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How do damage resistances work with regards to magical weapons?

When a monster has resistance to a physical damage type (or physical damage in general), how does this interact with magical weapons? For example, a Skeletal Soldier has resistance 5 against piercing ...
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Is it possible for a warforged to make a magical weapon into their integrated weapon?

Is it possible for a warforged to make a magical weapon into their integrated weapon? I wanted to make a ruidium weapon (Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep, p. 216) my integrated weapon, but I don'...
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If an Echo Knight fighter has a bow equipped, can they make an opportunity attack from the echo's space with a dagger, then use the bow on their turn?

One of my players is playing a level 5 Echo Knight fighter with the Thrown Weapon Fighting fighting style. Their primary source of damage is their bow. However, they utilize the ability to draw a ...
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Do monsters need to switch weapons?

Do monsters, like bandits, have to switch their weapon before they can attack with it, like PCs do or is it included in the action? I am asking as a new DM and I am not entirely sure how to run ...
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What deals more damage on a weapon, +1 to hit or +1 to damage?

Background: I'm introducing masterwork items for 5e as a homebrew rule, both to help players spend surplus gold on something useful when they cannot buy magic items, and to make shopping a bit more ...
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Is this weapon suitable for a 2nd tier Barbarian?

I created a new weapon for the barbarian of the party I am DMing. They are in the 2nd tier of playing, they are all at level 7, in a couple of session they will level up. I would like to give the ...
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Do adamantine short swords, daggers, rapiers...etc keep their finesse properties?

I remember that in past editions adamantine is a heavy and sturdy metal. It allows the creation of excellent armors and even better weapons. I just want to know that if the finesse property still ...
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In Lancer, what are valid targets for weapons that do not require line of sight?

Weapons with the seeking or arcing tags can target enemies to which you do not have line of sight. But if you don't have line of sight, how would you know where the enemy is? Obviously you can use the ...
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If knives and fists are all considered light weapons, what's the benefit of picking up such weapons?

If weapons like knives, small guns, and a fist punch are all considered light weapons, why would a player ever pick up a knife if they drop it in a fight (from a bad roll, for instance)? Sure, they ...
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How does a line-pattern weapon interact with the Seeking tag?

If a Lancer weapon has both a line pattern and the Seeking tag, how does its attack work? For example, suppose a pilot equips the Death's Head Railgun (which normally attacks in a 20 space line) and ...
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Does a creature immune to all magic have immunity to +1 Weapons? [closed]

We were fighting a magic creature, and it was immune to all magic attacks. I have a +1 shortsword, but the DM said that it had no effect on the creature since it's a magic weapon. Is this correct? ...
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Does the Psychic Blades second offhand attack gain the attack roll bonus? [duplicate]

Does the Psychic Blades second offhand attack gain the attack roll bonus as the text says the original weapon disappears and that the only thing that changes is the damage dice. Also at 3rd level, ...
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Does the Defensive Duelist feat work with Psychic Blades from the Soulknife Rogue subclass?

I'm making a Soulknife Rogue and was wondering if the feat Defensive Duelist would work with the Psychic Blades or if I'd need a regular dagger to gain benefit from it. Defensive Duelist: When you ...
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If the Eldritch Knight fighter's bonded weapon hits a creature, could that creature teleport with the weapon?

The Eldritch Knight fighter's Weapon Bond feature states (PHB page 74): [...] If it is on the same plane of existence, you can summon that weapon as a bonus action on your turn, causing it to ...
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What is the hardness and hit points of a magical +2 rapier?

Pathfinder system, enchanted rapier with +2 enhancement. What is the hardness and hit points of the sword?
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Is the double-bladed scimitar considered a "sword"?

Is the double-bladed scimitar considered a "sword" for the purpose of magic items (e.g. the Mind Blade or Vorpal Sword)?
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Can I use Basic Poison on an arrow with this Venomous Bow magic item to create a double-poisoned arrow?

I am in a game where my DM just gave me the Venomous Bow. This bow is similar to the Dagger of Venom, such that it automatically applies poison to any arrows that are that touch it. This bow also gave ...
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An epic weapon with non epic special abilities

According to the SRD a weapon with a weapon enhancement bonus of +6 is an epic weapon and has a market price of 720,000 gp. Supposing a non epic special ability is added to the weapon, say for example ...
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Is a weapon proficiency also a skill proficiency, or are the two things completely distinct from each other?

A simple question to answer, I thought, but so far I've been unable to find a reference that really clarifies it. The context for it is the Skill Expert feat in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything. Part of ...
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If a paladin that used sacred weapon on a two handed weapon takes one hand off the weapon does sacred weapon dispell?

I realise it sounds strange but, if a paladin were to cast sacred weapon on a two handed great sword then use one hand to cast another spell would sacred weapon stop working? I am having a discussion ...
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Would clawed gauntlets be considered simple weapons?

A few sessions ago, my group killed a T-Rex and made its claws into gauntlets which they forced upon my monk. I was trying to figure out what kind of weapon they’d be classed as (simple or martial, ...
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Haste's action interaction with Bladesinger's Extra Attack feature and Green-flame Blade/Booming Blade [duplicate]

As a Level 6 Bladesinger Wizard, can you use the extra action granted by the spell Haste to cast a Cantrip? What if that Cantrip has you make a weapon attack as part of the Cantrip, such as Green-...
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