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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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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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