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Should my fighter really punch that werewolf?

This does not work. Your quote is outdated. The Monster Manual Errata shows that you no longer should reference weapons. Meaning it doesn't matter what you attack with so long as that attack, not ...
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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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Interactions between unarmed strikes, negative strength and an unconscious target

Unarmed attacks can crit, but do not do double damage Can an unarmed strike crit? - Yes If you roll a 20 on an unarmed strike, it is considered a critical hit. This means that it will ...
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What does losing a hand or arm to a crit mean if it was just a punch?

It is up to the DM. The rule for injuries in the Dungeon Master's Guide states the following: It's up to you to decide when to check for a lingering injury. A creature might sustain a lingering ...
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Is an Unarmed Strike considered a Weapon attack?

Yes, an unarmed strike is a melee weapon attack. From the official Sage Advice Compendium on page 10, under What does “melee weapon attack” mean: a melee attack with a weapon or an attack with a melee ...
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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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How do I balance combat encounters for an unequipped group?

Don't. The antagonists want the PCs alive--that's already been established. So let the players take a few runs at the guards; undoubtedly one time they will come up with something clever or amazing, ...
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What does losing a hand or arm to a crit mean if it was just a punch?

At Worst, Broken This is a perfect case of "the Rules submit to your Game, your Game does not submit to the Rules". D&D is a game where you can do literally anything. Since we cannot have a ...
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What are the restrictions of an unarmed strike?

The monk's Martial Arts feature reads: When you use the Attack action with an unarmed strike or monk weapon on your turn, you can make one unarmed strike as a bonus action. On page 195 of the PHB, ...
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Does a PC aarakocra add their Strength bonus to the damage roll for their unarmed strikes?

You add your Strength bonus to any melee weapon damage you do unless a rule specifically states otherwise. As per the rules on what Strength does for you: You add your Strength modifier to your ...
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How many unarmed strikes can a Monk make between Flurry of Blows and Martial Arts?

You can only either Flurry of Blows or take the unarmed strike from Martial Arts. Either the additional unarmed strike from Martial Arts or the two strikes granted by Flurry of Blows use a bonus ...
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How much damage does a punch deal?

1 + Str modifier, as the SRD says Instead of using a weapon to make a melee weapon attack, you can use an unarmed strike: a punch, kick, head--butt, or similar forceful blow (none of which count as ...
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Can a dragonborn bite enemies?

Unless otherwise specified, biting someone is an Unarmed Attack which does 1 pt of damage (+ Str bonus). Anyone can bite their enemies, and that's how much damage they do. The Dragonborn have their ...
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Do you add your strength modifier once or twice to an unarmed strike?

You only apply the strength modifier once because unarmed strikes don't involve a weapon Unarmed strikes are considered melee weapon attacks, but don't involve a weapon Unarmed strikes are melee ...
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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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For a basic unarmed strike, is only the proficiency bonus included in the attack roll, or is the Strength modifier also added?

Attack roll for unarmed strikes = d20 + proficiency bonus + Strength modifier. Unarmed strikes are, in fact, melee weapon attacks - even though they're not made with a weapon. This is clarified in the ...
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Does Improved Divine Smite trigger when a paladin makes an unarmed strike?

Improved Divine Smite will not trigger on an unarmed strike. (luckily for the other PC) Your conclusions are correct. As the rules state, an unarmed strike is not considered a weapon of any kind. ...
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Is there a magic weapon that a monk could use for unarmed strikes?

In Hoard of the Dragon Queen, there's a magic item that gives +1 to unarmed attack and damage rolls called the "Insignia of Claws". It's not in the free downloadable supplement PDF for Rise of Tiamat, ...
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Can a half-orc's Savage Attacks and a monk's unarmed strike work together?

The Savage Attacks trait says: Savage Attacks. When you score a critical hit with a melee weapon attack, you can roll one of the weapon’s damage dice one additional time and add it to the extra ...
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Can a Monk or a Tavern Brawler choose to deal weaker unarmed damage?

Monk: Yes. Monks can choose to use their attack's original damage or to use their Martial Arts damage dice. This often comes up since at lower levels, many monk weapons do higher damage than the ...
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How much damage does a weaponless skeleton do?

It should deal 1 damage. The +4 attack and +2 damage modifiers for the skeleton's shortbow (ranged) and shortsword (melee but finesse) attacks are consistent with its +2 DEX modifier and a ...
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Can a PC attack themselves with an unarmed strike?

The PC can try anything Let's get back to basics. The game flow goes like this. Case 1: the DM assesses that the outcome is not in doubt. The DM describes the environment. The DM describes the PC ...
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Are punches with Gauntlets of Ogre Strength magical, improvised weapon attacks?

Short RAW answers: no and no. A magic item's magical properties begin and end with the effects described in their writeup, plus some general properties that all magical items have; otherwise, they ...
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Can you use Thunderous Smite and other "Smite" spells with unarmed strikes?

You need a weapon for all the smite spells (except wrathful smite) Smite spells require a weapon Thunderous smite says: The first time you hit with a melee weapon attack during the spell's duration, ...
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Can a paladin use Divine Smite with unarmed strikes, but not Improved Divine Smite?

According to the Sage Advice Compendium, neither feature works with unarmed strikes Because of the awkward wording around this ability, the specific question of whether or not you can use Divine Smite ...
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Can a lizardfolk monk use their bonus action to make an unarmed strike using their Bite trait?

You can use your Bite with Martial Arts This is how an unarmed strike is described: Instead of using a weapon to make a melee weapon attack, you can use an un­armed strike: a punch, kick, head-...
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Does the Haste spell's hasted action allow you to make multiple unarmed strikes? Or none at all?

Haste allows one additional Unarmed Strike The reasoning is present in your own question; haste states that you can: take the Attack (one weapon attack only) And you point out that: weapon attacks ...
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Can a Monk use multiple Ki points to get more unarmed strikes from Flurry of Blows in a single turn?

You are right, your DM is wrong. The description of Flurry of Blows says: Immediately after you take the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ki point to make two unarmed strikes as a bonus ...
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Do unarmed attacks with silver gauntlets harm werewolves?

RAW Gauntlets ARE mentioned under various Armor types (Scale, Chain, Plate) in the PHB 144-5. Whether or not your DM will allow silver plating on those or armor of silver will be table dependent. As ...
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How does a Tabaxi or Tortle Monk's claws affect monk unarmed attack damage?

Both tabaxi and tortles use the following phrasing: Your claws are natural weapons, which you can use to make unarmed strikes. If you hit with them, you deal slashing damage equal to 1d4 + your ...
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