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Does a Mundane Arrow Fired From a Magical Bow Count as a Magical Weapon Attack?

YES, a mundane arrow fired from a magical bow overcomes the resistance In the D&D 5e Errata, this issue is addressed: Magic Weapons (p. 140). The section ends with a new paragraph: “If a magic ...
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Planning to use 1 arrow to hit a second target if it misses the first target

This is not something the rules allow for This should not be allowed because it is imbalancing If this were allowed, ranged attacks (likely including spells) would become a great deal stronger while ...
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What is the maximum distance you can cause damage from?

Depending on what you're asking, there may be no upper limit The Pact of the Chain Warlock gets the following feature: [...] Additionally, when you take the Attack action, you can forgo one of your ...
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How can I allow my player to play a ranged paladin-style character?

Choose Cleric and use the War Domain. The War Domain supports ranged weapons just as well as a front-line approach. It gives proficiency with martial weapons (such as the longbow) and has a number ...
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Is there a mechanical benefit to using a light crossbow over a long bow or short bow?

Lack of martial weapon proficiency Just by their stats, a longbow does seem strictly better than a light crossbow. However, longbows are martial weapons, and light crossbows are simple weapons. (PHB, ...
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Can a character with the Extra Attack feature and the Crossbow Expert feat shoot a hand crossbow 4 times in the same turn?

You can attack three times. Your first ambiguity isn't really ambiguous at all. The distinction between an Attack action and an attack is pretty clear. Heck, both of the quotes in your question make ...
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Are weapons with the "Thrown" property considered a "Ranged Weapon" for the purpose of sharpshooter?

No, you can't take the -5/+10 while throwing a dagger. Thrown: If a weapon has the thrown property, you can throw the weapon to make a ranged attack. Throwing a dagger is a ranged weapon attack, ...
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Can a ranged rogue effectively stand back and sneak attack opponents every turn with a ranged weapon while their allies fight on the front line?

Yes, rogues can sneak attack at range pretty effectively. You're reading the rules right, and all a ranged rogue needs for sneak attack is an ally's adjacency. (Actually, an enemy-of-my-enemy's ...
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How can I shoot a bow using Strength instead of Dexterity?

All I could find that might work was one specific weapon from Waterdeep There is a weapon in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist module (p. 201) whose description includes (Spoiler Alert!): Presumably this ...
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Can the Fog Cloud spell effectively increase archer range by canceling disadvantage at long range?

Yes, that is the rules-as-written. It's worth noting, additionally, that there's actually no need for the archer to step out of the fog cloud in most circumstances: despite being effectively blinded, ...
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What is the maximum distance you can cause damage from?

Infinite A bag of caltrops costs 1 gp. It can, if properly used, deal 1 piercing damage to any number of creatures at any number of later times regardless of the distance between caltrop-deployer and ...
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Are attacks with nets always made with disadvantage?

Net attacks RAW are made perpetually with disadvantage. They act as a normal ranged attack, so you are either always throwing them at long range (10-15 feet) and incurring disadvantage, or you are ...
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Can a PC use a readied action to deflect a projectile?

The action you described is not really a readied action. It's more like a "colorful" Dodge Action. Either dodge or a readied action will cost one action - they are equivalent in game mechanics. If ...
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Do the Gloves of Missile Snaring work in conjunction with the Monk's Deflect Missiles ability?

According to the description of reactions (PHB 190): When you take a reaction, you can't take another one until the start of your next turn. Both use your reaction. As you only have 1 reaction ...
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Disadvantage on Range Attack Spell vs Range Spells?

No. There are no downsides at all (again provided the enemy doesn't have Mage Slayer or some other specific feature) to casting in melee if the spell does not have an attack roll. For all intents and ...
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Does the kobold player race feature, Pack Tactics, give ranged attacks advantage?

Your reasoning is correct Indeed, Pack Tactics only requires that you have an ally within 5 feet of the target so this would work with any attack, including ranged spell or weapon attacks. If the ...
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Are there viable crossbow-using builds without Crossbow Expert?

How about a Rogue? Since Sneak Attack damage only applies to one hit per turn, there's only limited benefit to getting additional attacks (namely getting a second chance to hit), but rogues get lots ...
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How to encourage melee combat when ranged is a stronger option

Introduce roleplaying You said your character wants to do a bit of both, so just have them do it because that is who they are and what they enjoy doing. Yes ranged is better, and you aren't likely to ...
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Do ranged attacks pass through Web?

As a general rule...spells do exactly what they say they do, and no more. In regards to ranged attacks, anything on the other side (or inside) of a Web Spell will be Lightly Obscured. Lightly ...
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Do the Pact of the Blade warlock's Eldritch Smite and Lifedrinker eldritch invocations work with ranged pact weapons?

"Hit" is the general term used for "You made an attack roll and equalled or beat the target's AC". So this would work just fine. If an ability was restricted to being used only with Melee weapons (...
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Which modifier shown in the D&D Beyond character sheet do I add to attack rolls with my longbow?

The +7 that D&D Beyond shows next to your Longbow attack is what you should add to your attack roll. D&D Beyond adds the +3 Dexterity modifier that you circled, the +2 Proficiency Bonus that ...
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How do you load a hand crossbow?

You load as part of any attack with a crossbow. You can draw the ammunition as part of the attack, so loading it is implied to be part of the attack as well. "Loaded" in this case means only that you ...
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How do you calculate the range of an attack when attacking diagonally?

Let's get one thing out of the way first: Playing on a grid is a variant to the normal rules. These variant rules can be found in the green insert/sidebar on page 192 of the Player's Handbook. To ...
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Why do ranged weapons in D&D list two numbers separated by a slash to show their range?

The first number is the weapons' normal range I think you've misunderstood slightly how ranged weapons work. Quoting from the Basic Rules (freely available online; the above table extract is on p. 48)...
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Planning to use 1 arrow to hit a second target if it misses the first target

While the other answers correctly identify this as being imbalanced, I also need to bring up the third, and missing, option. Option 3: You actually hit the target but in a way that did not do damage. ...
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Can I double a single spell attack's range multiple times by taking multiple versions of the Spell Sniper feat?

Multiple Spell Sniper Feats is an artifact of dndbeyond In the PHB (170), the Spell Sniper feat is a single feat. At the end of the description it states: Choose the cantrip from the bard, cleric, ...
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How can I allow my player to play a ranged paladin-style character?

For ranged attacks and a holy feel, Celestial Warlock fits well Eldritch Blast has a variety of invocations that makes it useful in a lot of situations. The 90' range makes it applicable in a lot of ...
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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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Shooting at larger creature behind the smaller creatures crowd

There is an optional rule in the DMG about hitting other creatures that are providing cover for something, on page 272. It says that if your attack misses due to the cover provided and the attack ...
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Would it be alright to house-rule in my game that Paladins can use Divine Smite on attacks with ranged weapons?

My Experience with Ranged Smiting I have created a magic item for my players that allows for ranged smiting. They are magical arrows that cost gold (I give my PCs the ability to craft magic items), ...
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