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3 attacks, that's the answer. It could go up to five with Action Surge, though. Let's detail it: Two-Weapon Fighting (PHB, page 195) When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you’re holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light melee weapon that you’re holding in the other ...


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Anyone wielding two light weapons can attack with one weapon and use a bonus action to make an offhand attack. The Rogue's having Cunning Action as an option does not prevent them from instead choosing other bonus actions. The restriction only applies to Cunning Action itself - if the Rogue chooses to use Cunning Action, only Dash, Disengage, and Hide can ...


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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 disadvantage on the second one you attack with (referred to as the off-hand, but either hand can be your off-hand depending on which weapon you swing first), rather ...


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You can wield & attack with two weapons without any special class feature or feat. Like most contests, however, some restrictions may apply. From the PHB, p195 (emphasis mine): Two-Weapon Fighting When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a ...


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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 smaller and easier to conceal, lighter, throwable, cheaper, and a little easier to use. (Cf. wizards who, as a class, can use daggers but not short swords.) I ...


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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 already superior to Greataxe, but it becomes even better with GWF, when the probability of rolling 1s and 2s is higher. For reference, the average damage from ...


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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 Fighting style, while fighting against AC 10, 14 and 18. Criticals are also included in the final DPR. Base DPR: Damage 2 x (1d6+3) = 13 AC10: Hit chance 80%, 10.75 ...


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The misconception here is that you don't have "a bonus action" just lying around that you "fill" with a Bonus Action. When something says that you can use a bonus action, that means you have that bonus action lying around. Any time a rule talks about having or using a bonus action, that is both making it available and permission to use it, not just ...


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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 Attack [...] action. (PHB, p. 250) This is pretty straight-forward. Haste doesn't grant you an additional attack, but a real action, which you can use to do ...


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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 someone from trying to use two-weapon fighting with one weapon. The dual-wielder feat does supply circumstantial evidence for this when it says: You can use ...


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Extra Attack, player's basic rules, page 25: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. Note that it specifically says 'whenever you take the Attack action'. Not whenever you attack. From Two-Weapon Fighting, page 74: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee ...


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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 property you mentioned. However, an enchanted dagger is usually better than a mundane shortsword, so it is possible for a determined dagger user to keep up if they ...


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Yup. 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 weapon and can attack with it. He can either make a melee attack or throw it, per the last line of TWF. If he could not attack because he's only holding one weapon, the ...


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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 weapon against one creature within the spell's range This means that these cantrips do not require you to take the Attack action, they require you to take the ...


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The rule for Two Weapon Fighting is as follows: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you’re holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light melee weapon that you’re holding in the other hand. The errata for the PHB states that unarmed strikes are not weapons, so you can't use ...


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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. Dropping the greatsword doesn't cost an action, drawing a weapon is considered interacting with an object, and drawing a second weapon is included in the object ...


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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 use Two-Weapon Fighting with one-handed weapons, and not game the system by attacking with a versatile weapon while holding it in two hands, arguing that it ...


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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, unless you have a feat or ability saying otherwise, both weapons you're using must be Light weapons, limiting the size of weapons you can use with it. You might ...


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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 neither weapon is light. So far so good, however: The Two-Weapon Fighting rules state: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee ...


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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 light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light melee weapon that you're holding in the other hand. ...


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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" (PHB, p. 190): You can also interact with one object or feature from the environment for free, during either your move or your action. For example, ... you ...


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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 bonus action potentially one reaction Mess with this at your peril In a combat, the side that can consistently make the better choices for the use of these limited opportunities to ...


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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 you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light melee weapon that you're holding in the other hand. You don't add your ...


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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 bonus action to attack with a different light melee weapon that you’re holding in the other hand. You don’t add your ability modifier to the damage of the ...


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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 that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light melee weapon that you're holding in the other hand. So RAW, ...


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Yes It does not matter for Colossus Slayer where the damage had come from and when. The enemy does not have to be missing HP at the start of your turn, but when you deal damage to him. It can certainly come from your own previous attack. Do not forget that you can still only deal the extra damage once a turn.


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You can't attack with both, but you can hold both. It's not entirely clear to me, on second read, what you mean by "wield," so I'll just walk through the whole thing: "Regular" two-weapon fighting requires two light melee weapons, each in one hand. (PHB p.195) The second attack uses the relevant ability modifier for to-hit rolls, but not for damage rolls. ...


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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 Fighting" (PHB 195) when anyone does that with a light, one-handed weapon they can make a second attack as a bonus action with another light, one-handed weapon in ...


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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, holding one in each hand means you aren't held down to the one-attack-per-round drawback the Heavy and Light crossbows suffer due to the Loading property. ...


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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 action (in which you attack with a one-handed light weapon), because the bonus-action attack is conditional upon you taking that action. Jeremy Crawford ...


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