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Do monks have an off hand and disadvantage attacking with it?

No. There is no handed-ness in D&D, so characters do not have a dominant and weak hand. (Unless the player narrates them as such) In addition, even when wielding two weapons, you don't have ...
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Can you use your off-handed weapon for your main attack action?

5e does not have a concept of offhand weapons, there is no defined "main hand" or "offhand". Two-Weapon Fighting allows you to take a bonus attack with a different weapon in the other hand, after you ...
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Benefit of Dual Daggers?

In terms of dealing lethal damage, a dagger is strictly inferior to a short sword--to a user proficient in both. Daggers, however, have all the benefits in-game that they enjoy in real life: they are ...
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When is an ASI better than the Dual Wielder feat?

Ability Score Improvements are almost always better for DPR Calculation On 4th level you could raise your attack stat from 16 to 18, or take Dual Wielder. I will assume you have the Two-Weapon ...
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Why is two-weapon fighting considered subpar for fighters?

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 ...
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Does an attack granted by Haste trigger two-weapon fighting?

Yes Two-Weapon Fighting When you take the Attack action [...] (PHB, p. 195) Haste The target [...] gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the ...
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Can you combo attacks with the Booming Blade cantrip?

No, You cannot combine attacks with booming blade. Both Booming Blade and Green Flame Blade say the following: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a ...
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Must I two-weapon fight with different weapon types or can they be matching?

Just a different instance of a weapon Weapons can be of the same type (ie two short swords), but you must have two actual weapons to use two weapon fighting. The wording is only there to prevent ...
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Are you still two-weapon fighting if you've thrown one of your two weapons and are no longer holding it?

Yup, this works. He takes the Attack action, and meets all of the prerequisites of TWF. Check. He throws a dagger, as TWF allows. Check. Now, as you describe, he's holding a light, one-handed, melee ...
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Can any creature other than PCs use Two-Weapon Fighting?

Yes, if you want it to be able to NPCs in D&D 5e are designed differently from, and often do not follow the same rules as, the player characters - but in this case the same rules should apply. ...
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Why is Soulknife's second attack not Two-Weapon Fighting?

Two-Weapon Fighting is a specific thing The Soulknife feature states: [...] After you attack with the blade, you can make a melee or ranged weapon attack with a second psychic blade as a bonus action ...
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How to play as a dual-wielding monk?

Have you considered visiting Flavor Town? What I mean is the base monk already does what you want mechanically, and just needs a little adjustment thematically. The monk already gets four attacks at ...
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Does removing the bonus action requirement of two weapon fighting make it unbalanced?

Unequivocally: Yes The single biggest limitation on PCs (or any creature) is the restriction imposed by the action economy, specifically: one move one action potentially one interaction (free) ...
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Benefit of Dual Daggers?

Tactical analysis Rules-wise, there is no inherent benefit in choosing dual daggers over dual shortswords, apart from the usually negligible differences in monetary cost and weight and the thrown ...
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Can I Two-Weapon fight after Two-Handed-Weapon fighting?

Yes, you may. There is no limitation built into the Two-Weapon Fighting rule to deny that. It only requires taking the Attack action, and making at least one melee attack with a one-handed weapon. ...
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How does the Dual Wielder feat interact with versatile weapons?

No But the argument is not so straightforward. The problem with this question is that the RAW are murky enough to allow for some leeway in interpretation. Going by RAI, the intention was clearly to ...
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What's the point of a hand crossbow?

There are a variety of reasons to use hand crossbows! Combat practicality. The Crossbow Expert feat grants that sweet Bonus Action shot with an already-loaded hand crossbow. Even without that, ...
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Do I have Disadvantage attacking with an off-hand weapon?

This seems to be a houserule created by your DM. By the rules, you don't have Disadvantage on attacks with your off-hand weapon, you just don't add your ability modifier to the damage it deals. And, ...
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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?

Booming blade is a spell and thus does not use the Attack action The core misunderstanding here, as far as I can tell, is that booming blade is a spell and thus uses the Cast a Spell action and not ...
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Does two-weapon fighting give any penalties to the offhand attack?

No, there is no concept of offhand attack (or related penalties) in 5e Here are the general rules for two-weapon fighting: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that ...
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Could I use a greatsword and a longsword in one turn with Two-Weapon Fighting and the Dual Wielder feat?

You need to be holding both weapons when you Attack in order to use Two-Weapon Fighting - and attacking with a greatsword requires both hands. You have the Dual Wielder feat, so it doesn't matter that ...
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Dual wielding two +1 Longswords, do they stack?

Your attack roll uses a specific weapon; when dual-wielding you will use one weapon and then the other The rules on Two-Weapon Fighting state: When you take the Attack action and attack with a ...
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What would be the effects of allowing dual Pact Weapons?

Something similar can already be achieved RAW You mention that you're playing a Hexblade Warlock, with the Pact of the Blade pact boon. Whilst Pact of the Blade only allows the single weapon, this is ...
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Can you make a bonus-action attack from Two-Weapon Fighting before you take your action?

You can't take the bonus-action attack before the Attack action, because the bonus-action attack is conditional upon you taking that action. You can't take the bonus-action attack before the Attack ...
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Can I stow and draw the same weapon in a single turn?

Dual Wielder only allows drawing/stowing a second weapon Your plan would fall over at the last step because you only get one free object interaction per turn. From "Other Activity on Your Turn&...
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Can you combo attacks with the Booming Blade cantrip?

That combo will not work, for a number of reasons First, you cannot cast both Hex and Hunter's Mark. Both require concentration, and both require a Bonus Action to cast, of which you only get one per ...
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Is there a penalty for switching targets?

There is no such penalty The Two-Weapon Fighting section states (in its entirety): When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you’re holding in one hand, you can use a ...
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Can a monk use a shortsword for the bonus action attack of Martial Arts?

No attribute-to-damage with the second weapon, unless you have the appropriate fighting style. I suspect you're seeing the first bullet point of Martial Arts... You gain the following benefits while ...
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How many attacks exactly do I get if I combine the Dual Wielder feat with the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style?

You can take the Attack action once and make another attack as a bonus action. (Note the uppercase-A vs. lowercase-a attacks, there.) You can take the Attack action, as one does. Per "Two-Weapon ...
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When two-weapon fighting, can a Battle Master fighter use a maneuver on the Attack action and another on the bonus-action attack?

PHB says, regarding Maneuvers that: You can use only one maneuver per attack. In regards of two-weapong fighting, PBH says: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon ...
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