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Does advantage negate disadvantage (for things such as the rogue's Sneak Attack)?

Yes, advantage would negate disadvantage for purposes of Sneak Attack. According to the rules on advantage and disadvantage (PHB 173, emphasis mine): If circumstances cause a roll to have both ...
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Can a rogue/Kensei monk use Sneak Attack with a Kensei weapon?

No, this is a converse error Your logic is something like this: Sneak Attack […] The attack must use a finesse […] weapon. (Player’s Handbook, pg. 96) Finesse. When making an attack with a finesse ...
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Are there any published alternatives to sneak attack?

Keep the mechanic, change the name There is actually nothing “sneaky” about “Sneak Attack” - the name is a holdover from earlier editions when it was sneaky. Indeed, in really early editions it was ...
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How can a DM make a low-level melee rogue feel useful in combat when the party has no tank who triggers sneak attack for her?

For Druid + Rogue at level 1; combat is not necessarily required. Focusing on the rogue's DPR is, IMO, you as DM viewing this party through a very narrow lens. I suggest that, since (1) you only ...
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Can unarmed strike work with a rogue's sneak attack?

Strictly by Rules as Written and Intended, no. By RAW, no. What you ruled doesn't work. Let's look at the important passages from the skills involved. Martial Arts: You can use Dexterity instead of ...
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Does limiting Sneak Attack to the Dexterity choice on Finesse Weapons imbalance anything?

Removing balanced player options is unfair (and unfun). The reason that sneak attack requires finesse (or ranged) weapons is less to do with the Ability (Strength or Dexterity) and more to do with the ...
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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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Do I need advantage to sneak attack someone who is incapacitated?

You don’t need advantage on the attack roll if another enemy of the target is within 5 feet of it, that enemy isn’t incapacitated, and you don’t have disadvantage on the attack roll (emphasis mine) ...
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What is the statistical difference, if there is one, between attacking twice (action and bonus action) and attacking once with advantage?

It depends on your situation (typically, getting Sneak Attack is key) Let's get something out of the way first: in the simple analysis, attacking twice is usually much better than attacking once with ...
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Can the rogue repeatedly hide in combat to sneak attack the same enemy?

No, this doesn't work in melee. At least not the important second half. Yes, they can duck behind the corner and hide. All they need to do to be allowed to hide is break line of sight. No, they can'...
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Can a rogue use sneak attack with weapons that have the thrown property even if they are not thrown?

Sneak Attack does not work with melee weapons that have the thrown property, but lack the finesse property The Rogue's Sneak Attack feature states: The attack must use a finesse or a ranged weapon. ...
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Can Siege Weapons trigger Sneak Attack and other weapon-based class features?

I've read the rules quite extensively and will try to compile an answer to my own question. No, they can't be used for those skills. Siege Equipment are objects, not weapons. They are classified as ...
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Can inspiration allow the Rogue to make a Sneak Attack?

Inspiration grants Advantage, and Advantage enables Sneak Attack. There are no requirements or specifications in Sneak Attack for how the advantage is gained, so yes... by RAW, Inspiration enables ...
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Can I sneak attack with Green-Flame Blade or Booming Blade?

So as long as you qualify for Sneak Attack, it applies. In your example, the melee attack would trigger Sneak Attack. You can even get sneak attack on an opportunity attack later in the round because ...
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Can a Rogue Assassin stack Sneak Attack and Assassinate?

You are correct. You deal 8d6 + ability mod damage if both attacks hit Let's go through how we get there: On a crit, you double all of the dice you would have rolled, including sneak attack, then add ...
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Can a rogue use Sneak Attack in a Darkness spell cast by another player?

By RAW, the rogue can sneak attack as long as the target has an enemy within 5 ft of it From the Rogue's Sneak attack: You don’t need advantage on the attack roll if another enemy of the target is ...
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Do I need advantage to sneak attack someone who is incapacitated?

The "incapacitated" doesn't refer to the target. It refers to the other combatant who helps you to gain an advantage-free sneak attack. Here is an illustrated example. A Fighter (F) and a Rogue (R) ...
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Does the Savage Attacker feat let you reroll Sneak Attack damage dice?

No, it would not The Weapon's damage dice is different from the total damage dice. Savage Attacker works with allowing reroll on the weapon's damage dice. Sneak attack and it's associated dice are a ...
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Can unarmed strike work with a rogue's sneak attack?

The Sage Advice Compendium provides a direct, official answer to this question, which requires no interpretation: Can a rogue/monk use Sneak Attack with unarmed strikes? The Sneak Attack feature ...
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Is it possible to use Sneak Attack with the Magic Stone cantrip?

Yes. You can sneak attack with any ranged weapon. Throwing by hand, no. A pebble is not a finesse or ranged weapon. Hurling with a sling, yes. See Sneak Attack in the PHB: Sneak Attack (PHB p.96, ...
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Do rogues get sneak attack damage added to attacks made outside their turn?

Your Rogue can Sneak Attack on an Opportunity Attack. Sneak Attack. ...Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an attack... [some restrictions may apply]. (PHB p....
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Can the rogue repeatedly hide in combat to sneak attack the same enemy?

Yes, but not without penalty There is advice from Mike Mearls on this topic on Twitter. I recognise that the designers have not always been consistent, but on this issue they do seem to be. The ...
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Does limiting Sneak Attack to the Dexterity choice on Finesse Weapons imbalance anything?

To answer your question directly: No, making this change would not be game breaking This would impact the damage done by certain character builds - that is true. It very well may make certain ...
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Can I defer Sneak Attack until after I've made all my Attack Rolls?

You cannot defer the decision. You must decide whether or not to apply Sneak Attack immediately after making a successful Attack Roll. Official Ruling Jeremy Crawford, voice of Sage Advice and the ...
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Does immunity to damage from nonmagical attacks negate a rogue's Sneak Attack damage?

Sneak attack damage is magical if the weapon used is magical. The Sneak Attack feature says that the rogue adds extra damage to the weapon attack. Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage ...
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Do Smoked Goggles Proc Sneak Attacks

In short: No, they do not. And an explanation of why: I think you are reading Shadow Strike incorrectly. I'll go through each of the effects that are interacting here, and how they build together. ...
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If I have Extra Attacks, when can I decide which one is a sneak attack?

You can choose which hit to apply the sneak attack damage to The Sneak Attack feature states (among other things): Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an ...
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Can a shortsword-wielding monk/rogue use the Martial Arts damage die and still qualify for Sneak Attack?

Yes, this is possible Sneak attack's requirements state that: The attack must use a finesse or a ranged weapon. While the Martial Arts monk features changes the dice of the weapon or unarmed ...
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Is there any way to sneak attack oozes?

Deathstrike Bracers Also in the Magic Item Compendium, on page 93, you will find the deathstrike bracers, which have the effect that: When activated, deathstrike bracers allow you to use melee ...
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Can a rogue use Sneak Attack when an ally has been swallowed by the target?

RAW, you would get Sneak Attack, but I would agree with your DM in my ruling. You have outlined the proper rules as written argument. The Behir's swallowing causes the ally to be Blinded and ...
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