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Do Lizardfolk unarmed attacks have a weapon specialization group?

The Lizardfolk ancestry grants an unarmed attack, and two more can be gained with ancestry feats. These three attacks are described as follows: You have a claw unarmed attack that deals 1d4 slashing ...
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Does the bane magic weapon property work like greater magic weapon or weapon enhancement for DR

The weapon property bane is a wonderful boost to a weapon on the occasions where its the right bane. One effect is that the weapon enhancement is +2 than what the weapon states, so a +1 bane (human) ...
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Can Booming Blade be cast with an Improvised Weapon without a cost? [duplicate]

In a bar brawl, the Eldritch Knight picks up a stool and smacks a nearby patron. Can they cast Booming Blade while doing so? The Material Components of the spell state: Components: S, M (a melee ...
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If you make a magic weapon your pact weapon, can you still summon other weapons?

The Pact of the Blade states: You can use your action to create a pact weapon in your empty hand. You can choose the form that this melee weapon takes each time you create it. You are proficient with ...
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Do weapon-based qualities always have to be used with the weapon that triggers them?

There are several qualities in the game that relate to specific weapon categories, most notably the "[weapon category] Fighter I-III" line. Some of these are pretty clear in that their ...
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Can I draw a weapon as a part of a Melee Spell Attack?

A spell like Steel Wind Strike requires a melee spell attack. Use an Object (PHB pg193) states, "...such as draw a sword as part of an attack." This doesn't clarify a spell or weapon attack. ...
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Does a hit with a projectile from a ranged weapon count as being “hit with a weapon”?

As stated in the title: is an arrow, bolt, or other object that is generally used as ammunition, count as a weapon when determining bonus effects from other feats/abilities? For example: Dreadful ...
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Can archers bypass partial cover by arcing their shot?

There are two basic ways an archer fires at a target. In close quarters engagements, archers (and anyone using a projectile weapon) would likely use "direct fire", ie. fire at an angle ...
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Given their huge variety, why is it so often concluded that the penalties needed to use a Weapon of Legacy are never worth it?

A common trend when discussing Weapons of Legacy is to compare their benefits to that of normal magical items, notice that they pretty much match up, and then conclude that because the Weapons of ...
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Kineticist's searing flesh damage vs weapons

A Kineticist's searing flesh ability states the following Weapons that strike you also take this damage, though the damage is unlikely to penetrate the weapon’s hardness. By accepting 1 point of burn,...
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How does Free-Hand work with Titan Mauler?

I am a small or medium Giant Instinct Barbarian with a large Free-Hand weapon, such as a large gauntlet. How does the Free-Hand trait work with the Titan Mauler ability? The Titan Mauler ability ...
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What happens when Adamantine strikes Adamantine?

I'm going to cut to the chase, in D&D 5e, if a player wearing adamantine armor gets hit with an adamantine weapon, what happens?
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Two Weapon Fighting with two light weapons?

Do the penalties for the Feat Two Weapon Fighting stop at -2/-2 while holding a one-handed weapon in your primary hand and a light one in your off-hand? What about while dual wielding light weapons ...
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Does a non-magical +1 weapon get a +1 bonus added to the attack roll only, or the damage roll as well?

This question pertains to D&D 5e. I visited a bladesmith in a solo adventure as an EVENT. He improved my Battleaxe to a +1 non-magical weapon. Is this +1 bonus added to the attack roll only, or ...
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Can you fire a pre-loaded hand crossbow one-handed?

I've always thought the answer was 'duh, obviously' but I'm hard-pressed to find RAW evidence all of a sudden. Assume you have a hand crossbow, loaded, in one hand, while your other hand is occupied (...
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Giant-kin bows, arrows and information (AD&D 2e)

I've looked online for information regarding Giant-kin bows and all I can find on the topic is the weight and weapon size for them. Per The Complete Book of Humanoids (PHBR10) giant-kin long bow ...
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Strictly RAW, is punching someone with a crossbow a melee attack with a ranged weapon? [duplicate]

I’m exploring ways to combine the Crusher feat with a melee rogue-paladin, and have come into a conundrum- without using my busy bonus action to two-weapon-fight with a club, is there a way to get ...
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How do I build an unmounted Goliath cleric who dual-wields lances?

I have an idea for a Goliath character. Basically I want it to dual-wield lances without a mount and just charge in and hit with both weapons. I’m newer to the game so I’m not so sure how to do this. ...
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What's the best weapon for disarming?

Just like the title says. I'm working on a funny build based on disarming (typically suboptimal, yes, but this one'll be hilarious). What's the best weapon for this character? I assume it'll be a two-...
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When is a Scimitar better than a Longsword?

The longsword deals 1d8 slashing or piercing damage. The scimitar deals 1d6 slashing damage with the forceful and sweep traits. At first glance, it seems that the scimitar might break even for damage ...
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How can I design a magical weapon that grants an advantage against fire-base creatures without using water and choking effects? [closed]

The party I am DM'ing is going for an adventure to the Elemental Plane of Fire. I want to design a magical weapon that can grant an advantage against fire-based creatures. I see that Fire Elementals ...
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Can a monk use a quarterstaff for the attacks from Flurry of Blows?

I have a Level 3 Air Genasi Monk with a quarterstaff. When I take Flurry of Blows, do I have to attack without a weapon, are there certain weapons I can use, or can I use any monk weapon as my Flurry ...
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Is there a mechanical benefit to using a light crossbow over a long bow or short bow?

A longbow (1d8, 150/600 range), and a shortbow (1d6, 80/320 range) benefit from "Extra Attack". A light crossbow (1d8, 80/320 range), or a hand crossbow (1d6, 30/120 range), do not benefit ...
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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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