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Melee Attack

Used in hand-to-hand combat, a melee attack allows you to attack a foe within your reach. A melee attack typically uses a handheld weapon such as a sword, a warhammer, or an axe. (95)

  • See the optional facing rule of DMG 252

Knock out a foe instead of killing it.


You can also grapple or shove a foe or use an unarmed strike (punch, kick, head-butt, or similar forceful blow). (95-96)

GM Companion note: You can increase the number of attacks you make in a round a number of ways. Examples include: 

GM Companion note: Tactics to consider during attack

  • With an ally flank an enemy. 

  • Instead of using the Attack action:

    • use the Help action to help a nearby ally attack a foe. 

    • use the Disarm action (DMG p. 271).

    • use the ​Overrun action (DMG p. 272).

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

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