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Statistically, when is wielding a Large weapon worth it for a Medium-sized character?

In D&D 5e, according to p. 278 of the Dungeon Master's Guide, if a Medium-sized character uses a Large weapon, its damage dice are doubled, but it causes them to suffer disadvantage on their ...
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Can a loxodon trunk be used to reload a sling, blowgun, or hand crossbow?

A player with a loxodon artificer wants to wield a shield and use a sling, blowgun, or hand crossbow, where the loxodon's trunk grasps the weapon and frees one hand to load the ammunition. Is this ...
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Trying to throw a large harpoon by a medium character?

A harpoon is an exotic two handed weapon that deals 1d8 when the medium size. If a medium PC was to pick up an enemies large harpoon to throw and was proficient with harpoons, would it be possible as ...
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With starting equipment, do crossbow bolts come with a case, like arrows come with a quiver?

I have been creating a warlock character, and I noticed that the list of starting equipment states (emphasis my own): You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by ...
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Can an Armorer artificer using the Guardian armor model wield a shield or weapon in one Thunder Gauntlet, and still attack with the other gauntlet?

This question is about the Armorer artificer's Armor Model feature. The description of the Guardian armor model's Thunder Gauntlets says (TCoE, p. 16): Thunder Gauntlets. Each of the armor's ...
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Can a sniper scope be mounted on a solarian's solar flare, like on other small arm weapons?

This is a weird one, but nobody seems to have asked about it. The Character Operations Manual (p. 84) adds the Solar Flare option for the solarian's Solar Manifestation feature. Its description says, ...
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Are there any rules pertaining to using extremely heavy weapons, either standard or improvised?

I haven't found any rules related to this subject. Nothing about weight changing the damage of any weapon was seen anywhere, and neither was there anything on the improvised weapon. Have anyone seen ...
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Are the Book of Shadow or Genie's Vessel granted by Warlock features considered as magic items?

Basically the title. If a Warlock fights by wielding their Book of Shadow or Genie Vessel in one hand as a spell focus and keeps the other one empty to meet the requirement of somatic component, they ...
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What are the rules for the size of weapons?

According to Items and Sizes Small and Medium creatures seem to be able to use Small and Medium weapons interchangeably without any penalty, and they can use Large weapons but they gain the Clumsy 1 ...
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Do Doubling Rings work on a Gauntlet?

Doubling Rings: When you wield a melee weapon in the hand wearing the golden ring, the weapon’s fundamental runes are replicated onto any melee weapon you wield in the hand wearing the iron ring. ...
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For the specific campaign of “Odyssey of the Dragon Lords”, can a javelin be considered a “ranged Weapon” for the purpose of using DEX to hit/dam?

In core 5e RAW rules, Javelins are simple melee weapons (STR based). However in this particular players guide they talk about Ranged weapons, which Javelins are mentioned. On Page 20 of the "...
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how do range increments work?

I have seen range increments before in the player's handbook, but I'm not sure if they are how far the weapon can be used from, or if they are actual increments. can someone tell me?
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Can you use Dyrrn’s Tentacle Whip to make a melee spell attack

Dyrrn’s Tentacle Whip is from Eberron: Rising from the Last War , pg. 276 The main question is does the tentacle count as a appendage of the player for the purposes of making a melee spell attack.
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Is a Chakram a ranged or Melee weapon?

For the purposes of using Sharpshooter (-5/+10 Dam) can I use a Chakram? The weapon is from the Odyssey of the dragon lords campaign with a description of: Thylean Weapon: Chakram Martial Weapon. ...
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Do the Gauntlets of Flaming Fury infuse ranged weapon ammunition with magical properties?

The description of the Gauntlets of Flaming Fury says: While you wear both of these steel gauntlets, any non-magical weapon you grasp with either gauntlet is treated as a magic weapon. Does this ...
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If I'm proficient with a bastard sword, does that qualify as being proficient with a martial weapon?

My character is a Kensai, which means he is only proficient with simple weapons, and one martial or exotic weapon of his choice. He has chosen proficiency with the bastard sword. A bastard sword is ...
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What is the reason for the stone giant's 15' reach with the greatclub? [closed]

The standard stone giant stat block has a reach of 15' with its greatclub melee attack. However, I can see no reason from the rules or description for it to be so, instead of the standard 10' reach of ...
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What weapons have the Reach property?

Is there a comprehensive list of all weapons with Reach? The PHB lists a few however I have heard rumors that a spear and or staff had an errata to add Reach, but I cannot find a source for that.
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Buckshot mechanics in D&D? [closed]

I want to create a special slingshot that would allow a PC to load 3 pieces of ammunition and fire all 3 at once. As the player levels up they can load more ammo to the sling and subsequently fire ...
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Pact of the Blade and Weapon Bond with Magic Ammunition

While I was reading the Players Handbook, I had a definite idea with reloading magic ammunition (given that this ammunition is one). It's not like from view of optimization, more like game-mechanic ...
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Can you benefit from the Dueling fighting style after having thrown a light weapon?

So, the PHB has this to say about unsheathing a weapon (page 190) You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment for free, during either your move or your action. For example [......
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Defender Sword: do I use its property before or after the 1st attack?

In dnd 5e, the description for the Defender sword is (emphasis mine): You gain a +3 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon. The first time you attack with the sword on each of ...
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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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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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