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How to describe very damaging natural weapon attacks from a weak creature

Precision. Describe your character as hitting the weak points of an enemy - e.g. sliding his claws like a dagger through the joints of an armoured character, or going for tendons, organs, eyes, etc. ...
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Can a dragonborn bite enemies?

Unless otherwise specified, biting someone is an Unarmed Attack which does 1 pt of damage (+ Str bonus). Anyone can bite their enemies, and that's how much damage they do. The Dragonborn have their ...
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Can an Eldritch Knight bond with a natural weapon?

Yes, but why? A weapon in 5e is defined in the basic rules under the monsters section as A manufactured item or a natural weapon such as a claw or tail spike used to make attacks. The Weapon Bond ...
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How to enchant my Dhampir's face

Become a Way of the Kensei Monk (though your bite is not an unarmed strike) The Dhampir's bite counts as a simple melee weapon. As such, effects that can make a simple melee weapon magical will apply ...
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How do natural weapons interact with the Dueling fighting style?

The Dueling fighting style doesn't benefit natural weapons The description of the Dueling fighting style says: When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 ...
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What happens if a character gains natural weapons they already have?

You can only make one attack with a given natural weapon using the same part of your body. This is covered on a FAQ item: Half-Orc--Toothy: Does this alternate racial trait stack with the Razortusk ...
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Can an Eldritch Knight bond with a natural weapon?

No. First, as with everything, pushing the limits of wording or definitions in the rules to gain some kind of advantage is subject to the approval of your DM. It's a fundamental part of D&D as a ...
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Are the attacks of a Wild Shaped druid considered weapon attacks?

Yes When you are transformed you are using the stat block of the beast you are transformed into. The attacks a beast makes are melee weapon attacks. Using an example from the humble badger: Bite. ...
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How to enchant my Dhampir's face

There isn't an enchantment mechanic for conventional weapons, much less your face, but there are a couple things that get us where we want to be. The Insignia of Claws There is a magic item published ...
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Lycanthrope's natural weapons and two-weapon fighting?

PC lycanthropes don't have multiattack The rules on PC lycanthropes are on Monster Manual page 207, and make no mention of the character gaining the Multiattack action. The characters are said to be ...
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Do natural melee weapons (from racial traits) trigger Improved Divine Smite?

Yes, if the racial rule calls them weapons (This answer has been updated to reflect the apparent shift in the wording of the rules since Explorer's Guide to Wildemount. The original answer is below ...
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Do natural weapons work with the Booming Blade spell?

Weapons are weapons Natural weapons are weapons They work with booming blade. Unarmed strikes are not weapons even though they make melee weapon attacks They do not work with booming blade. For ...
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If an Eldritch Knight has a Weapon Bond with cat claws, when summoned, does the cat teleport with their claws?

No, because those claws aren't a valid target in the first place Natural weapons count as weapons for the creature they are attached to, it doesn't mean they're suddenly a valid weapon for everybody ...
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Can I choose natural weapons for the Weapon Master feat?

No. Weapon Master (as amended in the PHB Errata): You gain proficiency with four weapons of your choice. Each one must be a simple or a martial weapon. The natural attacks of beasts are not made ...
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Can natural weapons be simple or martial weapons?

D&D 5e lead rules designer Jeremy Crawford has issued a clear clarification on this one: Natural weapons are neither simple nor martial weapons. They're their own thing. The rule you quoted ...
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If a Lizardfolk druid is in Wild Shape, and uses his Hungry Jaws trait, does he use the damage from the beast's bite or the lizardfolk's bite?

You get to choose The rule on Wild Shape states You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them if the new form is physically capable of doing so. What ...
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What are natural weapons?

Natural weapons are just weapons that are a part of the body and have no special rules Natural weapons are most commonly found on monsters and the best description for them in general is found in the ...
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Do you cause Sneak Attack damage on all Natural Attacks?

All of a creature's natural attacks can potentially deal sneak attack damage A creature normally deals sneak attack damage to a foe that's vulnerable to sneak attack damage whenever the requirements ...
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What happens when you sunder a natural weapon?

Natural attacks are typically immune to sunder The combat maneuver sunder says, in part, that a creature "can attempt to sunder an item held or worn by [an] opponent." Natural attacks—"attacks made ...
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Can natural weapons be used for unarmed strikes?

No, except where a trait or feature explicitly allows it. The question you linked addresses the definition of a natural weapon: they are "natural" body parts that function as weapons. As ...
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Do natural weapons count for two weapon fighting?

I'm directly copying kviiri's answer to what is functionally a duplicate question. This question deals with the subject more cleanly and directly than the other one, however. Natural weapons aren't ...
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Are PC Natural Weapons particularly useful?

Generally speaking when looking at racial balance, a good starting point is the Detect Balance sheet. It's designed for people making their own races, to get a feel for how strong something is (or isn'...
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With Two-Weapon Fighting, can the second attack be a bite attack?

Nope I assume by "dual wielding" you mean the Two-Weapon Fighting mechanic. You can find the rules for this mechanic in the free basic rules on DnD Beyond here. It requires your character to be ...
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What weapon properties do the natural weapons (claws) from the Dragon Hide racial feat have?

Natural weapons are a kind of weapon... There are almost no general rules on natural weapons in the PHB or Basic Rules describing what they are and how they interact with other rules. Some game ...
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Can the Magic Weapon spell be cast on a natural weapon?

RAW: yes Intended or not, the rules define natural weapons as weapons. The most common actions that a monster will take in combat are melee and ranged attacks. These can be spell attacks or weapon ...
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Can an Eldritch Knight bond with a natural weapon?

Not the way you're thinking. If you're a minotaur, you don't need to bond with your horns. They're already permanently bound to you. You can't be disarmed of them except by major trauma, which would ...
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Do natural weapons, such as claws, count as weapon attacks or unarmed attacks?

In general, natural weapons, including claws and bites, are not unarmed strikes. This is confirmed by Jeremy Crawford here. However, in Volo's Guide to Monsters, the Tabaxi and Lizardfolk races both ...
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If a Lizardfolk druid is in Wild Shape, and uses his Hungry Jaws trait, does he use the damage from the beast's bite or the lizardfolk's bite?

Hungry Jaws should be available First, let see how the traits are defined : Wild Shape: You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them if the new form ...
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Can a spellcaster use a natural weapon attack to deliver a touch spell?

Not in the same action Attacking a creature is an Action. Bestow curse, the example you linked, also requires an Action to cast. Your character cannot do both at once.1 This is a matter of adhering ...
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With Two-Weapon Fighting, can the second attack be a bite attack?

No, it cannot. Two-Weapon Fighting (PHB, p. 195) works as follows (emphasis mine): When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you’re holding in one hand, you can use ...
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