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Imagine you have a friend who roleplays in Second Life. There are all kinds of emoting macros there to supplement the textual channel they use to weave their stories. Now put that person on the stage. "This has so few options, I can't do anything except stand here and talk!" That would be obviously ridiculous, right? The situation is the same in D&D (...


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3 attacks, that's the answer. It could go up to five with Action Surge, though. Let's detail it: Two-Weapon Fighting (PHB, page 195) 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 different light melee weapon that you’re holding in the other ...


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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 before he gets eaten. Ambuscade! The earl's men have the party cornered, and demand they surrender - only execution awaits if they do. Wizard casts ...


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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 get the extra from an afternoon nap). 3-4 cantrips. Generally the wizard has the most combat options. They have more daily spells than the cleric and they have ...


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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 a possible bonus action. There is no restriction on what this action can be used for. Using it to take the Attack action would indeed then trigger Extra ...


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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 can be particularly special, each level would involve the same bonuses as the one before it, and growth only happens because of the accumulation. For ...


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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 are needed for only 21 of the spells in 5e, mainly to avoid forced movement, falling prone or be restrained. Such spells include Dust Devil, Earthbind, and ...


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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 already superior to Greataxe, but it becomes even better with GWF, when the probability of rolling 1s and 2s is higher. For reference, the average damage from ...


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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 'whenever you take the Attack action'. Not whenever you attack. From Two-Weapon Fighting, page 74: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee ...


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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 to take three attacks. Thus, because the Multiattack action is not equivalent to the Attack action, Extra Attack does not trigger. Additionally, you do not get ...


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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 use its stats as-is on top of your existing class features. The distinction between monsters and PC races is not arbitrary. Mechanically, monsters are designed ...


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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 weapon?: For example, an unarmed strike counts as a melee weapon attack, even though the attacker’s body isn’t considered a weapon. As another answer ...


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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--even when playing a Great Weapon Master--that someone else's attack is expected to do more damage. Like when you can direct your Sharpshooting ranger to take a ...


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Naetuir is right – Bard is exactly what you're looking for here, even to the point of being a bit of a joke. Using "Fighter: melee dps Wizard: buffing Thief: skills" as the main set of requirements, lets see what we can do to build a straightclass Bard Elan, as compared to his needlessly complicated twin brother Nale. (Who's a wizard, not a sorcerer, as per ...


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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 you choose to forgo advantage, you no longer have advantage on the attack roll. So Elven Accuracy does not apply. Consider this; If I would have advantage on ...


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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 the Ready action qualifies. Taking the Ready action spends one action but there is nothing preventing the use of a second action to take another one on the ...


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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 → Bonus Action → AS Action Action → AS Action → Bonus Action Source To quote the rules: You can take only one bonus action on your turn, so you must choose which ...


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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 lack of armor choices; there is literally nothing that having Wisdom for a Battlemaster will benefit (beyond skills) However, as a Monk, your AC is increased, ...


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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 don't require you to have a good casting stat. My suggestion would be that, rather than going Wizard, you go Sorcerer, with the Divine Soul sorcerous origin (...


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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 Twitter that ...[The melee attack errata] lets melee weapon attacks use unarmed strikes, despite those strikes not being weapons. So when using a Melee Weapon ...


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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. Wizards can be very good at grappling, so can fighters. Wizards can deal very large amounts of damage, so can fighters. Wizards can be good at ranged attacks, ...


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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 different light melee weapon that you’re holding in the other hand. The errata for the PHB states that unarmed strikes are not weapons, so you can't use ...


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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 find one already accepted archtype that it is comparable to. We're going to use Champion because it is broadly similar and it's abilities make an for easy ...


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No 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 deliberately different.


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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 are taking the "Cast a Spell" action. As part of that action, you make a melee attack. On the other hand, you must take the "Attack" action in order to use your ...


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No, not with a "single strike", which the PHB would call an attack. Quoting from the Player's Handbook, p.73 (emphasis mine): Many maneuvers enhance an attack in some way. You can use only one maneuver per attack. If you have additional attacks, from a feat, from the Extra Attack class feature or from some other source, you can use one additional ...


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Both of those modifiers do add to the attack roll; the combined modifier is then relevant ability mod (DEX, +3) + proficiency bonus (+2) + Archery bonus (+2), yielding the +7 you see in the "Attacks & Spellcasting" section of the pregen character sheet (available from Wizards here). (Note that the +4 attack bonus for greatsword is just the relevant ...


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No, wearing a shield does not count as Armor Shields are in the Equipment section (Chapter 5) of the PHB, but are not classified under the Armor section when determining Light, Medium, or Heavy Armor. The posted Sage Advice also contains some details differentiating Shields from Armor: These methods—along with any others that give you a formula for ...


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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 the enormously useful Constitution saving throw proficiency. So when a guide recommends a Fighter dip, it's generally recommending starting with a level of ...


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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 one-handed weapon you can use a bonus action to attack with a loaded hand crossbow you are holding. So no Heavy Crossbow 3rd attack, nor a hand-crossbow ...


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