Questions tagged [rogue]

For questions about the rogue, a common character class in RPGs that is stealthy and dexterous. Rogues are often capable of finding and disarming many traps and picking locks. Some even have the ability to "sneak attack" to inflict extra damage.

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Explain how the Thief Rogue's Use Magic Device isn't overpowered

I've been looking at the Rogue class lately, and although the Arcane Trickster archetype is really interesting, the Thief archetype, which is the only class to get Use Magic Device, seems also very ...
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How best to roleplay an agent of the crown tasked with aiding the party [closed]

I am playing an inquisitive rogue joining a level 17 party. The party is already well established, having their own business ventures or terraforming land for their clan and whatnot. My idea for my ...
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How can I trigger Sneak Attack without other melee combatants?

I am a Soulknife Rogue with a two-level dip in GOO-lock (Soulknife 6/Warlock 2). I'm taking the Armor of Shadows and Mask of Many Faces invocations. In combat situations, I find myself in both ranged ...
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Rogue Feats & Damage: Elven Accuracy vs Mobile

Purely in terms of potential damage, am I better off taking Elven Accuracy, or Mobile, as a first feat at Level 4? Question Conditions: The option to disengage after making melee attacks is crucial ...
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Increasing number of any-school spells for an Arcane Trickster by a strict RAW reading?

A single-class Arcane trickster typically gains spells in the schools of Illusion and Enchantment. They are permitted a single "any-school" spell at 3rd level (upon choosing the Arcane ...
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How do the Soulknife's psychic blades function in underwater combat?

Psychic Blades The Soulknife from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything gains the Psychic Blades feature at level 3. These are described as "shimmering blades of psychic energy . . . that you can ...
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Can you revive someone after using the Phantom Rogues "Tokens of the Departed" ability?

As a phantom rogue when someone dies you can make them into a soul trinket as a reaction, to use later for a few abilities. At 9th level, when a life ends in your presence, you're able to snatch a ...
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Can a 6th level rogue select Investigation for their Expertise feature even if their Intelligence modifier is +0?

So I started playing d&d a while ago, but when I was building my first character ever I didn’t completely know what I was doing so I assigned my rolls to abilities I didn’t totally need to have ...
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Wizard/Arcane Trickster learning 2nd level spells [duplicate]

I am a 3rd level Rogue/Arcane Trickster considering multiclassing into a Wizard. I understand, however, that this may cause some issues with my higher level spells and just want to make sure I don't ...
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Can I use Booming Blade and Sneak Attack, and then use Disengage (if the first attack hit) or Two-Weapon Fighting (if it missed) on the same turn?

I am building a rogue-warlock multiclass in D&D 5e. I get advantage using my familiar's Help action. And because it is near me, I can use Sneak Attack as well. I am thinking about using booming ...
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Arcane Trickster Mind Thrust spell clarification

My first question is: am I reading correctly that Mind Thrust UA is a "2nd-level enchantment" available in the wizard spell list (i.e. the Arcane Trickster can get this spell). No one really ...
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Muffling sounds during attack (booming blade cantrip)

My character is a Rogue Arcane Trickster casting Booming Blade. Unfortunately the setting is very adverse to large noises, particularly magical noises/effects. What are my options for muffling or ...
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Is there a canonical source for the Arcane Trickster's magic?

I've been curious about the source of the Arcane Trickster's magic. All the player's handbook offers about the source of magic for this subclass is as follows: PHB p. 97 Some rogues enhance their ...
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If my Arcane Trickster's owl familiar is within 5 ft of the enemy, can it both give advantage to the next attacker and trigger Sneak Attack?

My character is an Arcane Trickster and I'm trying to figure out what his owl familiar can and can't do. I know that if the owl is within 5 feet of the target, it can use the Help action on its turn ...
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My level-5 rogue with crossbow expert feels overpowered; how can I make combat more varied?

I took the Crossbow Expert feat for my 5e 5th-level Rogue/Arcane Trickster (Dex 20). It’s made him incredibly effective . . . and kind of boring to play in combat. A hand crossbow attack as an action +...
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D&D 5e - Ready as Bonus Action [Custom Feat] [closed]

I'm looking to make a custom feat in D&D. I'm building a hyper-mobility focused Rogue subclass that can teleport to an attuned object. I obviously don't want them to be able to teleport to it ...
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When would it be most effective to multiclass into warlock as a 3rd level swashbuckler rogue?

I am currently playing a level three Satyr Swashbuckler Rogue with the Sailor (Pirate) Background. I want to multiclass into Warlock, but I still want to be at least okay in combat with my mostly min-...
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Does use of a Fireball Necklace count as 'casting a spell'?

I'm playing an Arcane Trickster Rogue and I need to know whether using the Necklace of Fireballs counts as casting a spell in order to work out how it interacts with my Magical Ambush and any use of ...
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Can a rogue with the 'assault leader' talent provoke an attack on a flanked opponent when using ranged weapons?

So I'm wondering if a rogue that has the assault leader talent can use it to provoke an attack from an ally like the talent states: Assault Leader Benefit: Once per day, when the rogue misses with an ...
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Which Rogue archetype does the highest damage for my Highwayman build?

Concept A single-classed Rogue who fits the Highwayman (Stand and Deliver!) archetype / trope. Not to be named Dennis Moore The Highwayman is both clever and bold. He will either attack from ...
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Can a rogue use Sneak Attack when an ally has been swallowed by the target?

Our delightful barbarian decided to get swallowed by a Behir. Our Scout rogue decided to stick an arrow in the unfortunate beast and claimed that they qualified for Sneak Attack, as the barbarian was ...
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Is this homebrew Enforcer rogue subclass balanced?

This is my first attempt at a homebrew subclass, and I am doing my best to follow all best practices. Concept Origin I first started to think of designing a rogue subclass when I was looking for ...
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Can a Swashbuckler Rogue use sneak attack on an isolated target at OVER five feet(Ranged)?

There are a few questions SIMILAR to this that I've found on the website, but none cover this exact issue. Can a Swashbuckler Rogue use their Rakish Audacity feature to sneak attack with a ranged ...
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Damage calculation for a multi-typed sneak attack? [duplicate]

I play a level 7 Arcane Trickster Rogue with a Shadow Blade equipped which deals 2d8 Psychic damage. In addition I used Absorb Elements with which I absorbed an Ice Mephit's Frost Breath on me, which ...
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Can a rogue use the Steady Aim optional class feature with attack spells? [closed]

Can a rogue use the Steady Aim optional class feature (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, p. 62) with attack spells? Steady Aim Lv3 Rogue optional ability states you take a bonus act to gain advantage on ...
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Can you silence a spell? (i.e. Eldritch Blast, Thunderwave)

I'm going to multiclass as a Rogue Warlock, and I thought it'd be fun to use Eldritch Blast (Eldritch Spear) as a sort of sniper weapon. Is there some ability/item that allows you to silence spells, ...
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Are Arcane Tricksters still limited to Enchantment/Illusion spell schools when multiclassing with a Wizard at higher levels?

Please help me with Arcane Trickster Wizard multiclass spell options? I have a Rogue-Arcane Trickster Lvl 10, Wizard-Bladesinger Lvl 6. I understand they use the other spell slot chart in the ...
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What kind of creatures are subject to Phantom Rogue's Tokens of the Departed?

This might get a little fiddly, but I was curious how people would rule on this aspect of Phantom Rogue's level 13 feature, "Tokens of the Departed" When a life ends in your presence, you’...
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The descriptions of the Swashbuckler rogue's Rakish Audacity feature in XGTE and SCAG disagree. Which is correct?

In the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide (p. 136), the second paragraph of the Swashbuckler rogue's Rakish Audacity feature description reads: In addition, you don't need advantage on your attack roll ...
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If a thrown weapon has only normal range, does it have unlimited range? [duplicate]

As i was reading the Soulknife Rogue feature "Psychic Blades" from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything: ...This magic blade is a simple melee weapon with the finesse and thrown properties. It ...
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How is the Soul Knife Rogue's Bonus action attack affected by a multiclass with Monk?

The Soul Knife Rogue has a feature called Psychic Blades, which includes this ability: After you attack with the blade, you can make a melee or ranged weapon attack with a second psychic blade as a ...
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Use Magic Device with Robe of Stars

I'm playing a Rogue, archetype Thief, approaching level 13 which is when I'll gain the ability "Use Magic Device". My character inherited a Robe of Stars as a family heirloom. Can I use this?...
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About Unchained Rogues and Standard Rogues?

Can Unchained Rogues use all Rogue Talents available to Standard Rogues? If not is it ok to multiclass an Unchained Rogue with a Standard Rogue?
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Why is Soulknife's second attack not Two-Weapon Fighting?

I know the question Do you add your ability modifier to damage for the Soulknife's second attack? with a reply being "Yes you do because it is not two weapons fighting". This is not if, but ...
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Can another player benefit from the Phantom Rogue's soul trinkets?

At level 9, the Rogue's Phantom subclass (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything) gets the 'Tokens of the Departed' feature, allowing them to create 'soul trinkets' When a life ends in your presence, you’re ...
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Do you add your ability modifier to damage for the Soulknife's second attack?

Normal Two-Weapon Fighting lets you use your bonus action when you've used your action to attack. It says: You don't add your ability modifier to the damage of the bonus attack, unless that modifier ...
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Can the Soulknife's psychic blades be used with extra attack as a thrown weapon?

The Soulknife (p63 TCoE) has the ability to manifest Psychic Blades Whenever you take the Attack action, you can manifest a psychic blade from your free hand and make the attack with that blade... .....
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How does a Rogue's Expertise feature interact with the Phantom subclasses's "Whispers of the Dead"?

The Rogue's Phantom subclass from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything has the following feature at 3rd level: Whispers of the Dead Whenever you finish a short or long rest, you can choose one skill or ...
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Why does the rogue's Greater Weapon Specialization specify legendary proficiency?

The rogue's level 15 class feature specifies: Your damage from weapon specialization increases to 4 with weapons and unarmed attacks in which you’re an expert, 6 if you’re a master, and 8 if you’re ...
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Can an undead rogue activate Resiliency at exactly 0 HP?

Last week, my unchained rogue got killed; rather than kill me outright, as well as for story purposes, the DM brought me back as undead: I retain my class and skills but apply the "undead" ...
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Strictly RAW, is punching someone with a crossbow a melee attack with a ranged weapon? [duplicate]

I’m exploring ways to combine the Crusher feat with a melee rogue-paladin, and have come into a conundrum- without using my busy bonus action to two-weapon-fight with a club, is there a way to get ...
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Can an NPC rogue (who pretended to be allied) use Sneak Attack against a character, even without advantage or another hostile creature nearby?

Our DM had an NPC who essentially "joined our party", but was actually an enemy rogue. In the middle of combat, the NPC ran up and attacked a party member (i.e. a player character); the DM ...
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The Inquisitive rogue's Eye for Detail feature allows bonus-action Perception checks. Would that negate disadvantage on attacks when heavily obscured?

The Inquisitive rogue subclass allows Perception checks as a bonus action. Would that remove or affect disadvantage on attacks in a heavily obscured area during combat? Let's say an Inquisitive rogue ...
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If your target has an enemy within 5ft, can you sneak attack without using a finesse or ranged weapon? [closed]

A rogue and fighter are engaged in melee combat with a goblin. The rogue is unarmed. Can the rogue activate Sneak Attack? The rules for Sneak Attack state: Beginning at 1st level, you know how to ...
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Would a multiclassed Arcane Trickster rogue 3 / wizard 1 have only three 1st-level spell slots? [duplicate]

I am new to multiclassing and new to spells with 5e. Currently I am a Level 3 Rogue (Arcane Trickster) and just leveled up to level 4. For my fourth level, I was going to put a level into the wizard ...
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How can a rogue use Dash as a regular action, if actions and bonus actions aren't interchangeable?

I've found two chains of Twitter posts by Jeremy Crawford that I can't seem to make sense of. According to a Crawford tweet from August 2018: Actions and bonus actions aren't interchangeable. ...
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How can a low-level rogue reduce a target's Constitution modifier?

I want to play a rogue that relies heavily on poisons and other utility flasks (e.g. alchemist's fire). We're starting out at level 1, and the story arc should take us to roughly level 11. To make ...
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Does the Swords bard's Slashing Flourish work with the Swashbuckler rogue's Fancy Footwork to prevent opportunity attacks by any affected target?

The Fancy Footwork feature of the Swashbuckler rogue says (XGtE, p. 47; SCAG, p. 135): At 3rd level, during your turn, if you make a melee attack against a creature, that creature can't make ...
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For a UA Revived rogue, when using Cunning Action to Dash, is there a minimum amount of movement needed to trigger Bolts from the Grave?

I am playing a Rogue with The Revived archetype from Unearthed Arcana (UA): Fighter, Ranger, and Rogue. One of the Revived rogue's 3rd-level features is Bolts from the Grave, which procs (triggers) ...
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How does a rogue's Sneak Attack interact with a target under the effect of the spell Sleep?

If an enemy is put to sleep using the sleep spell and then attacked by a rogue, does the rogue get the full attack bonus (auto crit, sneak attack, etc.) even if other enemies are fully aware of the ...

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