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Do Hexblade warlocks with Pact of the Blade ignore the limits on the type of weapons summoned?

I play Hexblade warlocks a lot. I, of course, usually take Pact of the Blade to go with it. It says you can only summon melee weapons. Do Hexblades ignore this rule? Would I be able to summon a ...
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Does switching between using a versatile weapon one-handed to two-handed cost anything with regards to the action economy?

The versatile weapon property says (PHB, p. 147): Versatile. This weapon can be used with one or two hands. A damage value in parentheses appears with the property–the damage when the weapon is ...
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Is a Pact of the Blade Warlock proficient with all weapons of the same kind as their wielded pact weapon?

According to the Warlock class, the Pact of the Blade Pact Boon feature allows a Warlock to use your action to create a pact weapon in your empty hand. You can choose the form that this melee ...
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How can a new DM deal with having given out overpowered weapons at a low level?

I am in a few campaigns, one of them has a DM who's never been a Dungeon Master before. Their grasp of the rules and how the game is played is sound but they are a bit of a pushover when it comes to ...
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If a character has a light weapon that is made one size larger, is it treated as a one-handed weapon or a two-handed weapon?

If a character has a light weapon that is made one size larger, would it be considered a 1-handed weapon, or a 2-handed weapon? (I.e Weapons type being: Light, One Handed, Two Handed.)
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Would a Sun Blade be considered to be made of metal, for the purposes of the Heat Metal spell?

As the title states, would a Sun Blade be considered to be an item made of metal? I'm trying to work out if the Heat Metal spell would be effective against it. A regular long sword would almost ...
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Can magic weapons grant (Great) Cleave or similar effects?

I want to make a melee weapon whose main purpose is mowing down large numbers of low-level creatures. I can't find magic weapon special abilities that grant Cleave, though the specific weapon Sylvan ...
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Would declaring a sworn enemy using an oathbow cause disadvantage when attacking with a spiritual weapon?

The oathbow allows you to make the target of its ranged attack your "sworn enemy", which grants a number of benefits to your attacks with the oathbow against that enemy. However, it also states: ...
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How can a tiny-sized gunslinger increase the base die when we use houserules that favor larger creatures?

I plan to go dwarf gunslinger with dual revolvers. So in our game, size class rules have the following changes, size classes scale closer to what an IRL human would 4' 1" is the highest end of tiny ...
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By what factor does the weight of a melee weapon change if created for a creature with a size class other than Medium?

So it's safe to assume that a Small creature will have a lighter weapon than a Medium creature, and a Large creature will have a heavier weapon than a Medium creature, since the amount of material ...
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What is the criteria for light weapon?

So when I was researching a stealth-based ninja I came across weapon finesse and piranha strike which mention light weapons. I know there's the light weapon property but what would the criteria for ...
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What adds up to the damage of a high crit weapon?

I'm seeking for the swarm intelligence of this forum because I couldn't find rules for it: I have a high crit weapon (scimitar) which is magically enhanced (+1) and for which I have a weapon ...
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Bilethorn weapons

In 4th edition dungeons and dragons, when you use the daily power of a Bilethorn Weapon (Adventurer's Vault, p, 64), does it repeat the damage dealt by sources like sneak attack and poison, or just ...
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Would modifying the “Polearm Master” feat to work with a longsword be overpowered?

On of my players (an Eldritch Knight) wants to make a modification to the "Polearm Master" feat by replacing the weapons given with a longsword. So it would be written as such Longsword Master ...
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Can I wield a Saw-tooth Sabre with my tail as a Ratfolk using the Versatile Design weapon modification while being a Red Mantis Assassin?

I started playing a Rogue Ratfolk and have brought myself to the RMA prestige class. I used to wield a ratfolk Tailblade to maximise sneak potential, but it didn't work out because the attacks kept ...
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Do unarmed strikes count as “weapon attacks” for purposes of features like Enlarge and Brute Force?

According to this tweet by Jeremy Crawford: Unarmed strikes have always been weapon attacks. Here's where the confusion comes in: your unarmed strike (fist, elbow, knee, butt, etc.) is not ...
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Is there an equivalent to the Monkey Grip feat in D&D 5e?

While I was DMing a D&D 3.5 adventure, one of my players played a character with the Monkey Grip feat (because he liked the manga Berserk, where the hero has a giant sword). And it turned out that ...
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If using a weapon as an improvised weapon, are any of its properties retained?

I'm unsure what happens to a weapon's properties when used to make an improvised attack. What happens if you were to use any of the following as improvised weapons to make either melee or ranged ...
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Can you use Tavern Brawler to wield a 2 handed sword with one hand as an improvised weapon?

So I'm wielding a two handed sword. Can I grapple with one hand and use the 2hd sword as a improvised weapon? Obviously the damage dice would be less.
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Is this whip master feat balanced?

One of my players wants the ability to grapple other creatures at range when using a whip (think Indiana Jones wrapping his whip around things). I think this is a reasonable ability to have, but ...
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Are lances and nets and versatile weapons considered one-handed weapons?

The Bladesinging Wizard gets the Training in War and Song feature, which states (SCAG, p. 142; emphasis mine): [...] You gain proficiency with one type of one-handed melee weapon of your choice [......
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Can an armblade be a lance?

In Eberron: Rising from the Last War, an Armblade is a magic item that can be "any one-handed melee weapon". With there not being an actual one-handed trait, it's assumed that melee weapons that don't ...
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How does the Overkill weapon tag interact with critical hits?

The Overkill weapon tag is defined on page 105 of the Lancer Core Book First Edition PDF as follows: OVERKILL: When rolling for damage with this weapon, any damage dice that land on a 1 cause the ...
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Dual wielding two +1 Longswords, do they stack?

In my campaign, my character has the opportunity to dual wield two +1 longswords. I'm just wondering if it's effective to do so or just a flex for my character. Would it make sense to do this? Would ...
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How much damage does a stolen Merrow’s harpoon do if you have Powerful Build?

Can a PC use a Merrow's Harpoon? says that a Merrow’s harpoon’s damage changes based on the PC’s size. The answer mentions that because PCs are usually medium sized that the damage changes from ...
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Is the Artillerist artificer's Eldritch Cannon a carryable weapon?

In Eberron: Rising from the Last War, the Artillerist subclass for the Artificer gets a feature called Eldritch Cannon. When you summon the cannon you can choose to summon it as either a Small object ...
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How does the double-bladed scimitar compare to using two weapons with the Dual Wielder feat and Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style?

I've often felt that having a consistent bonus-action attack (or other mechanic) is 'optimal' in builds during combat. The more actions/options you have, the 'better' you are able to handle different ...
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Can the Magus cast a spell using the Spell Combat feature while holding a one-handed weapon with two hands?

The Magus' Spell Combat feature says in part: To use this ability, the magus must have one hand free (even if the spell being cast does not have somatic components), while wielding a light or ...
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Can any player character features alter the base stats of weapons?

Some spells, like Elemental Weapon and Magic Weapon, change base stats of weapons. Are there any player character features that are not spells that alter the base stats of weapons? Stats being any ...
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Is it possible to use a Mordhau grip to deal bludgeoning damage?

I play in a short D&D 5e campaign, with many undead type monsters, like skeletons and the like. My character has a Longsword, which deals slashing damage. Now I would like if it would be ...
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What action is changing your grip on a weapon with the two-hand poperty?

The Fighter feat Dual-handed Assault (CRB p146) lets you grip your weapon with 2 hands, strike, and release it with one of your hands, all in one action. How many actions would it be without the ...
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If the UA Wild Soul barbarian's Wild Surge table causes a greatsword to gain the light property, can it be dual-wielded?

The playtest Wild Soul barbarian subclass (from Unearthed Arcana: Barbarian and Monk has the Wild Surge feature at 3rd level, causing magic to erupt from the barbarian when they rage. Row 7 in the ...
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How much damage does a Pick do on a critical hit?

If I have critical specialization with Picks, how much damage do I cause? Pick critical specialization: 2 additional damage per weapon damage die. However, Picks also have the Fatal property: ...
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How can a Human Druid achieve expert proficiency with a weapon?

How can a Human Druid achieve expert proficiency with a weapon? It would be nice to have a feat for that, but I could not find any. I would prefer a procedure that works for any weapon, but more ...
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Does the Green-Flame Blade cantrip work if I've cast the Shillelagh cantrip on my staff?

The Shillelagh cantrip says that your attacks become magical, but the green-flame blade cantrip (SCAG, p. 143) says it works with a melee attack. As part of the action used to cast this spell, you ...
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Does the damage bonus from the new UA “Thrown Weapon Fighting” fighting style stack with that of the “Dueling” fighting style?

The description of the Dueling fighting style (on PHB p. 72, and in other class descriptions) says: When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to ...
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Does the Dueling fighting style work with versatile weapons while wielding them with two hands?

The Dueling fighting style states that: When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon. I know that the versatile ...
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Do you need both Firearm Proficiency and Martial Weapon Proficiency to use a gun proficiently?

My friends and I were discussing whether or not you need both firearms proficiency and martial weapon proficiency to wield a gun as they say that they are: The DMG pg 268 states Firearms [Era ...
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What is the maximum number of weapons you can draw in one turn?

I was thinking about ways to replicate that movie scene where somebody begins taking out tons and tons of weapons. In this endeavor I am wondering: What's the greatest number of weapons you can draw (...
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Does Overhand Chop override the damage bonus from wielding a two handed weapon?

I was showing a GM friend of mine a build I was making that uses the Two-Handed Fighter Archetype and we are both unsure of how it interacts with the damage bonus you get from two-handed weapons (...
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Is homebrew Martial Spear as balanced as the Chultan spear (yklwa)?

During a discussion at GiTP it appeared to me that there is a gap in the weapons table for spears: there is no martial spear, one handed/versatile, but there is a pike, which is both heavy and two ...
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What are the pitfalls of granting a weapon with at-will Benign Transposition?

I am running a game of 3.5 D&D which includes a melee fighter who refuses to do anything other than melee (will not pick up a bow, etc.). That’s fine, and he’s doing great with the non-combat ...
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How can I implement Yondu's Yaka Arrow? [closed]

I'm a neophyte DM and currently running a homebrew. One player in the group wants to incorporate the Yaka Arrow from Guardians of the Galaxy (as seen here). How I should implement it and is there any ...
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How can I use Charisma instead of Strength or Dexterity for weapon attacks without being a Hexblade warlock?

I am building a level 2 character for D&D 5e. For story reasons (I just had to break ties with my patron, in a very fun way), I can no longer be a warlock. Is there a class (Unearthed Arcana is ...
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Oathbow: does the first attack count as being against your Sworn Enemy?

The Oathbow, a magic weapon from the DMG, allows you to choose a target as your Sworn Enemy: When you use this weapon to make a ranged attack, you can, as a command phrase, say, "Swift death to you ...
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Do purchased weapons come with a sheath?

A sheath, found in the adventure gear table on pg.288 of the core rules, cost 1cp. It is described on pg.291: A sheath or scabbard lets you easily carry a weapon on your person Many of the Class ...
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How exactly does the “Tearing” property work?

There is some ambiguity in the Tearing property. The Dark Heresy Rulebook states that: These weapons roll two dice for Damage and choose the highest. Rogue Trader, Deathwatch and Only War are ...
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I need some help with understanding damage types and damage added to damage dice [duplicate]

I’m super new to DnD and I was hoping to get some clarification on a few things. My character has a long bow and a short sword. For the longbow it has an ATK bonus of +5 and damage/type of 1d8 +3 ...
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Are a monk's fists considered weapons for the purpose of being targeted with weapon-empowering spells?

I've read that a monk's fists are considered monk weapons. Does that enable a paladin to cast Holy Weapon on a friendly monk? For clarification, I am not asking if an unarmed attack is a weapon ...
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What are the ramifications of a disarmed creature having to take the Search action to find their weapon in combat?

Disarming in D&D seems to be very trivial, as explained in this question. Rules as Written, disarming a creature does not prevent them from attacking you with that weapon on their turn as they can ...