Sneak Attack 5e (5th Edition) in D&D

When I first started as a Dungeon Master, I had only played 5e in a short-lived project as a druid. But when my brand-new team wished to start playing, I was -somehow- one of the most skilled. This meant that I had to become the dungeon master. As I soon figured out, It can be challenging DM for a class that you have never ever played. Because you might be completely uninformed of their class abilities the experience really feels a whole lot like drinking from a fire tube. I composed this as a type of “overview” for Dungeon Masters who might not have actually managed rogues prior to. This will tell you every little thing you require to know for successfully dealing with these existing, back-stabbing, thieving bastards.

Sneak Attack 5E

Sneak Attack 5E

In this write-up, I supply a standard introduction we well as my basic ideas on the following:

  • Sneak Attack
  • Shrewd Action
  • Remarkable Dodge

Class Features

Hit Points

Hit Dice: 1d8 per rogue level
Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + your Constitution modifier
Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + your Constitution modifier per rogue level after 1st

Proficiencies

Armor: Light armor
Weapons: Simple weapons, hand crossbows, longswords, rapiers, shortswords
Tools: Thieves’ tools
Saving Throws: Dexterity, Intelligence
Skills: Choose four from Acrobatics, Athletics, Deception, Insight, Intimidation, Investigation, Perception, Performance, Persuasion, Sleight of Hand, and Stealth

Equipment

You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:

(a) a rapier or (b) a shortsword
(a) a shortbow and quiver of 20 arrows or (b) a shortsword
(a) a burglar’s pack, (b) a dungeoneer’s pack, or (c) an explorer’s pack
Leather armor, two daggers, and thieves’ tools

Things you’ll just have to Deal With

Sneak Attack

The number one function of rogues that you will have to deal with is a sneak strike. This allows the rogue to do incentive damage under certain situations.

Sneak Attack uses under two key circumstances:

  • If the rogue has advantage on the strike for any type of reason, or
  • If the target is 5ft from an ally of the rogue.

In this case, the target cannot be immobilized and also the assailant cannot have disadvantage.

Additionally, attacks are only qualified for sneak attack if they are made with a varied or skill weapon.

I’ve never seen this to be a concern given that rogues often tend to be using these types of weapons anyhow (as they are Dex based). Nevertheless, truthfully I would entirely let this policy slide. If among my gamers is a rogue and they happen to be utilizing a greataxe, somehow, I would certainly still let them have sneak attack damages. I assume it’s fucking funny envisioning a personality stealthily making use of a gigantic weapon.

Sneak Attack can be utilized when per turn.

This is especially not limited to the rogue’s turn. There can be instances when a rogue offers sneak attack damage more than once in a round.

Instance:

A rogue and their teammate, a competitor, are flanking a kobold. On the rogue’s turn, they will certainly obtain sneak attack damages since the target is within 5ft of their ally. On the kobold’s turn, the kobold determines to transform as well as flee from the rogue and also past the fighter. The rogue can utilize their response to get an Attack of Opportunity. On a successful hit, they will get sneak attack damages again due to the fact that the kobold is still within 5ft of the fighter.