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Melee Attack

Fight hand-to-hand with someone within your reach. (95) This typically involves a handheld weapon (e.g., a sword) but can also use an improvised weapon or an unarmed strikeDMG 252 has optional facing rules. 

You make an attack roll to see if you hit and inflict damage. You have the option to knock out a foe. 

Instead of striking a foe you could:

  • grapple or shove a foe

  • use the Overrun action (DMG 272)

  • use the Help action to assist an ally attack a foe

  • use the Disarm action (DMG 271)

Use the Ready action to strategically delay your Attack action. ​​​

Multiple attacks. The Extra Attack feature of certain classes allows you to make more than one attack with the Attack action. (93) There are other ways to make multiple attacks.

Tactics to consider during a melee attack:

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