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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Does the fighter's Action Surge feature reset the free attack from the Gloom Stalker ranger's Dread Ambusher feature?

It doesn’t “reset” anything, but rules as written, you can make an extra attack as part of each Attack action taken that turn. The wording of the ability is (emphasis mine): If you take the Attack ...
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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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Does Indomitable let you reroll Saving Throws with Advantage?

No; you choose one of the two dice to reroll From "Advantage and Disadvantage" (PHB, p. 173): When you have advantage or disadvantage and something in the game, such as the halfling's Lucky ...
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Does Weapon Focus feat chain really suck?

TL;DR: Weapon Focus does suck, because by the time you have gotten your build’s mission-critical feats (which will never include Weapon Focus unless you need it as a prerequisite), its static +1 bonus ...
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If your fighter casts Green-Flame Blade or Booming Blade, do you still get extra Attacks?

No, because Cast a Spell and Attack are different actions. Green-flame blade says, As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack... When you cast this spell, you ...
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Can this Heavy Crossbow fighter build actually shoot three times per turn?

Crossbow Expert Ignore Loading Quality on Crossbows you are proficient with (This allows for the extra attack). No 5ft Disadvantage When you use the attack action and attack with a ...
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Can a creature that is frightened of you still try to attack you?

The Frightened condition (PHB, pg.290) states: A frightened creature has disadvantage on [ability checks and] attack rolls while the source of its fear is within line of sight. The creature ...
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Does multi-classing into Fighter give you heavy armor proficiency?

What you've missed is that if you take a Fighter level first, it gives you heavy armour. Likewise, one of the main reasons people recommend Fighter dips is that if you take it at first level, you get ...
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