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Does seeking arrow travel its weapon's long or short range before disappearing?

"Range" is never defined without the qualifiers "normal" and "long". You have quoted the definition of the Range property: Range. [...] When attacking a target beyond ...
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If an Arcane Archer fighter misses with an Arcane Shot, does that expend a use of the feature?

(Xanathar's Guide to Everything, page 28) Under Arcane shot, when first describing the feature it says: Once per turn when you fire an arrow from a shortbow or longbow as part of the Attack action, ...
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Would allowing a Ranger to take the Arcane Archer archetype be OP/UP?

It would likely be underpowered. Let's compare the benefits of the arcane archer against the Hunter archetype. As an Arcane Archer Ranger, you get free +1 ammo, an extra attack if you miss, a single ...
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If my next attack roll is subject to a condition like 'disadvantage' can I avoid that by deciding to use an arcane shot after the attack roll?

You must decide to use Piercing Arrow before you make an attack roll. Arcane Shot says: Once per turn when you fire an arrow from a shortbow or longbow as part of the Attack action, you can apply one ...
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Can a multiclassed rogue/Arcane Archer fighter use Sneak Attack on a Piercing Arrow?

You can't make a Sneak Attack with the Piercing Arrow Sneak Attack description is: Beginning at 1st level, you know how to strike subtly and exploit a foe’s distraction. Once per turn, you can deal ...
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Can an Arcane Archer choose to activate arcane shot after it gets deflected?

RAW, it seems this works. This works as written, but is almost certainly not intended and is an abuse of language. You have emphasized the key portion of the Arcane Shot ability: You decide to use ...
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What happens if an Arcane Archer fighter's Banishing Arrow hits a mounted combatant?

When the mount and rider are charging into combat, and the rider is hit with an banishing arrow, what may happen? The rider is banished if they fail the save. Does the mount keep moving without the ...
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What counts as full cover for a seeking arrow?

It only counts as total cover if there is no unobstructed path for the arrow to move through. First, I want to establish that measuring the level of cover with respect to the Archer can't be the ...
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Can an Arcane Archer fighter's Shadow Arrow be used like a Wand of Enemy Detection?

In context, "your foe" is whoever you're shooting with the arrow. You're attacking someone with a deadly weapon; almost by definition, this makes them your enemy. If they weren't before, ...
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Is the Arcane Archer's feature "Banishing Arrow" redundant for a Curse of Strahd character?

You are right The Feywild is another plane of existence (see the DMG p. 49). The arrow causes an effect that would banish a creature to another plane of existence. Hence it would not work, and would ...
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Arcane Archer - Piercing Arrow Half Damage

Half of (arrow + 1d6 + modifier). The text of piercing arrow says: On a failed save, a creature takes damage as if it were hit by the arrow, plus an extra 1d6 piercing damage. On a successful save, a ...
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Can an Arcane Archer choose to activate arcane shot after it gets deflected?

No The arcane archer's Arcane Shot ability reads in part: Once per turn, when you fire an arrow [...] you can apply one of your Arcane Shot options to that arrow. You decide to use the option when ...
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How do the Arcane Archer fighter's Curving Shot and Magic Arrow features interact?

Curving Shot can potentially be used every round thanks to Magic Arrow Jeremy Crawford, official 5e rules designer, clarifies the interaction of the two features here on Twitter: Arcane Archer; ...
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Does an Arcane Archer fighter's Piercing or Seeking Arrow pass through a Wind Wall spell?

A Seeking/Piercing Arrow is certainly not an "ordinary projectile". Wall of wind conveniently identifies for us what projectiles it stops: Arrows, bolts, and other ordinary projectiles ...
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How do Dimensional Shackles interact with an Arcane Archer fighter's Banishing Arrow?

I would say that if interpreting the banishing arrow as a means of movement between the planes (in this case both forward and back), the Dimensional Shackles would prevent the secondary trip back to ...
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How does the Arcane Archer fighter's Piercing Arrow interact with magical ammunition such as +3 arrows?

All creatures take the same [base] damage 5th Edition D&D doesn't stipulate that there's an "order" to which creatures get hit first by Area-of-Effect effects, and the effect of the Piercing ...
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What counts as full cover for a seeking arrow?

The total cover rule doesn’t apply here. Remember that total cover means the target can’t be targeted. That’s what total cover does, nothing else. So if a spell or effect provides a more specific rule ...
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Would allowing a Ranger to take the Arcane Archer archetype be OP/UP?

I'm going to offer a frame challenge: Instead of assessing how a Ranger progression would work with Fighter/Arcane Archer archetype progressions, it may be simpler to allow a rebuild as a Fighter. As ...
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Can an Arcane Archer fighter's Shadow Arrow be used like a Wand of Enemy Detection?

The wording makes your question moot The creature hit by the arrow takes an extra 2d6 psychic damage, and it must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw... The creature hit by the arrow suffers two ...
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How do Dimensional Shackles interact with an Arcane Archer fighter's Banishing Arrow?

The creature remains in the Feywild According to Dimensional Shackles: the shackles prevent a creature bound by them from using any method of extradimensional Movement The only "return clause" ...
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If my next attack roll is subject to a condition like 'disadvantage' can I avoid that by deciding to use an arcane shot after the attack roll?

Not exactly. If the effect is written like Vicious Mockery, you haven't met the conditions it's watching for (next attack roll) so while using arcane shot to guarantee a hit without a roll will work, ...
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Does Lightning Arrow work with an Arcane Archer's 'Piercing Arrow'?

The text is unclear, by RAW. The specific ability (Piercing Arrow) calls what it is doing an attack. The way you use the ability heavily implies it is an attack (Arcane Shot does not specify that you ...
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Does an Arcane Archer fighter's Piercing or Seeking Arrow pass through a Wind Wall spell?

Plain text is the key. Let's look at the text. The description of Piercing Arrow says: You use transmutation magic to give your arrow an ethereal quality. The the most relevant property of being ...
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Does Arcane Archer's "Magical Arrow" Ability work against antimagic field?

Antimagic field supresses the arrow's magic As you cite, antimagic field means that A magic weapon's properties and powers are suppressed if it is used against a target in the sphere and also ...
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Does Lightning Arrow work with an Arcane Archer's 'Piercing Arrow'?

Piercing Arrow is not a ranged weapon attack The word "attack", more specifically, "ranged weapon attack", has a specific definition in 5e. Piercing Arrow (and Seeking Arrow) deal ...
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What counts as damage by an ammunition when using Arcane Shot in regards to poison?

The effects of the poison happen after the effects of an Arcane Shot Arcane Shot options are applied "when the arrow hits a creature" meanwhile the poison happens "when a creature takes ...
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Can an Arcane Archer choose to activate arcane shot after it gets deflected?

No, you can't use Arcane Shot after the arrow is deflected Looking at the requirement for this ability: Once per turn when you fire an arrow from a shortbow or longbow, you can apply one of your ...
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Does seeking arrow travel its weapon's long or short range before disappearing?

The description seems to assume the use of the weapon's long range Notice what happens if you use Seeking Arrow on a target is not in range (emphasis added): The arrow flies toward that creature, ...
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What counts as full cover for a seeking arrow?

The same cover that would block a giant Fireball spell Some spells, such as Fireball, have an area of effect that spreads around corners, which means even if there is total cover between you and the ...
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