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Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying "I attack"?

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How many attacks can a fighter with two-weapon fighting make at 5th level?

3 attacks on your turn (if you don't use Action Surge). (It could go up to five with Action Surge, though.) The Two-Weapon Fighting rule states (PHB, page 195): When you take the Attack action and ...
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How are Fighters Linear but Wizards Quadratic?

Breadth of Option Unexpected monster rears out of the darkness, clearly well beyond the battered party's ability to handle? Wizard teleports home. Fighter manages to kill the thing half to death ...
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Can the Protection fighting style be used in this way?

Protection does not grant additional opportunity attacks The Protection is one of the options for a Fighter's fighting style. It allows, exactly as you quoted, to use one's reaction to impose ...
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Does a fighter's Action Surge trigger Extra Attack?

Yes, a fighter gets their extra attack when using action surge Action surge gives you an extra action on your turn: On your turn, you can take one additional action on top of your regular action and ...
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Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying "I attack"?

Yes...sort of. More at L1 than at other levels though. For a brief look at this, let's look at the 4 basic L1 characters and see what their defined combat options are. Wizard: 3 L1 spells/day (they ...
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Is an Unarmed Strike considered a Weapon attack?

Yes, an unarmed strike is a melee weapon attack. From the official Sage Advice Compendium on page 10, under What does “melee weapon attack” mean: a melee attack with a weapon or an attack with a melee ...
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Would it be unbalanced for Dex-based Fighters to choose proficiency in Dex saving throws instead of Str saving throws?

Yes, it would be unbalanced. Dex, Con, and Wis are the major saving throw types, of which each class has one. Str, Int, and Cha are minor saving throws, which don't come up as often. Str saving throws ...
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Can the Protection fighting style be used in this way?

You only have one reaction per round The bottom line here is that a PC only has one reaction, as kviiri's answer also states. From the rules of Reactions: When you take a reaction, you can't take ...
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How are Fighters Linear but Wizards Quadratic?

Strictly speaking, it’s not actually true The terms “linear” and “quadratic” come from mathematics. Linear growth is one in which the rate of change is constant. Notably, this means that no one level ...
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Why is two-weapon fighting considered subpar for fighters?

Okay, so, let's start from your wrong premises Max Damage does not matter - average does And you are using the wrong weapon for GWF based on that - Greatsword is better than Greataxe. Greatsword is ...
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How many attacks can a fighter with two-weapon fighting make at 5th level?

Extra Attack, player's basic rules, page 25: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. Note that it specifically says '...
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Does an Action Surge grant a second bonus action?

No it doesn't give you another bonus action. The optional part is that if you haven't used your bonus action that turn you can still use it after the Action Surge (AS). So it could be: Action → ...
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Would a level 18+ Champion Fighter recover HP outside of combat?

According to Jeremy Crawford, yes Per a tweet from Jeremy Crawford, lead designer of the game, the answer is yes. The benefit of the Survivor feature happens at the start of each of your turns, ...
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Can you Ready two actions using Action Surge

Yes, but you can only act on one of them Action Surge allows you to: take one additional action on top of your regular action There are no restrictions on what you can do with this action, so taking ...
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When is the Battle Master fighter's Commander's Strike maneuver worth it?

When another's attack would do more damage/be more impactful than yours. Not going to lie: I don't feel like going through your party and doing the math, but suffice it to say that there are times--...
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Can a fighter with the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style reroll his damage many times?

The fighter can reroll (at most) once. The Great Weapon Fighting style says the following (emphasis added by me): When you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack you make with a melee weapon ...
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Does reincarnating into a race with multiattack grant you bonus attacks if you're a fighter?

No. You quoted the relevant text. Extra attack specifically only triggers when the Attack action is taken, not on any attack. By contrast, the Multiattack racial feature is an action that allows you ...
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Does reincarnating into a race with multiattack grant you bonus attacks if you're a fighter?

An Erinyes is a monster, not a race This means two things: one is that you're not actually supposed to be playing as one, and the other is that if you REALLY want to be playing as one, you shouldn't ...
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If an Echo Knight fighter turns invisible, do their echoes also turn invisible?

The Echo Knight fighter's Manifest Echo feature description says (EGtW, p. 183): Your echo has AC 14 + your proficiency bonus, 1 hit point, and immunity to all conditions. And strangely, "...
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How does forgoing advantage interact with Elven Accuracy?

Reading the rules as written for both, Elven Accuracy does not apply. Elven Accuracy states "Whenever you have advantage on an attack roll", not "Whenever circumstances would grant you advantage". If ...
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Does this low-Str/low-Dex idea for a Fighter work out?

Lots of things going against you...why not Monk? As a Battlemaster Fighter, you will find lots of hurdles to get past. Its not just having few weapon options, few maneuvers to choose from, or severe ...
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Can a fighter two-weapon fight unarmed?

The rule for Two Weapon Fighting is as follows: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you’re holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a ...
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How are Fighters Linear but Wizards Quadratic?

Three reasons, in order of increasing importance: flexibility, narrative agency, and expectations. Flexibility: A well-built fighter can compete with a wizard in pretty much any combat-specific area....
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What low-level arcane spells are directly relevant to combat where my spellcasting ability score doesn't matter?

Don't be a Wizard. Be a Divine Soul Sorcerer. If you're explicitly not going for any of the utility spells, then you correctly see that there aren't that many good offensive or defensive spells that ...
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Is an Unarmed Strike considered a Weapon attack?

No, unarmed strikes aren't considered weapons. An official erratum has stated that Weapons (p. 149). Unarmed strike doesn’t belong on the Weapons table. But Jeremy Crawford has clarified via ...
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Does an Eldritch Knight fighter's War Magic feature benefit from the Extra Attack feature?

No, War Magic doesn't allow multiple bonus-action attacks. War Magic gives you one weapon attack as a bonus action. Extra Attack can be used when you use the Attack action. The two are completely and ...
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Can a PC cast additional spell using Action Surge?

It would appear that Crawford's weighs in on the cantrip rule is only with relation to spells that are cast with the bonus action, this also made it into the Sage Advice Compendium. Crawford confirms ...
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Is this recommendation for a fighter to take the Weapon Master feat entirely useless?

It's almost useless. Option 1: If you're taking a feat instead of an Ability Score Improvement (ASI), the ASI is always better than this particular feat. You already have proficiency with all weapons, ...
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Is the Purple Dragon Knight archetype as underpowered as it looks?

It's fine unless you're level 18 To see how Purple Dragon Knight (PDK) stacks up let's compare it to a fighter archetype from the PHB. Since we're worried about PDK being underpowered we only need to ...
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