Hello battle master maneuvers of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 7th combat maneuver we’re looking at. Today we’re gonna be taking a look at dnd 5e lunging attack which is a perfect for those hard to reach enemies. You’ll understand what i mean in a little bit here.
This one has a decent amount of utility to it circumstantially and against certain foes. There’s a good chance it’s invaluable. This also stacks really nicely with a certain feat we’ve been talked about. But i’ll get into that a little bit later here. That being said, let’s take a look at the description. It reads as followed.
Whenever you make a melee weapon attack on your turn. Then you can expend a superiority die in order to reach for that attack by 5feet. If you hit, you add the superiority die to the attack’s damage roll.
Very very cool stuff there! A little bit unpack though. Let’s take a look at the overview and break it down a little bit for us. It essentially reads as followed.
Whenever attacking, expend a superiority die. The attacks range increases by 5 feet. Upon a hit add the superiority roll to the damage.
I really like this when it comes to dealing with hovering, floating or flying phones that are always kind of just out of reach. This worked incredibly well with sentinel two’s you might imagine kind of dropping their movement to zero and then having them fall to the ground.
That being said, it’s a little bit tricky in terms of how useful it is outside of that. Reason being is unlike a lot of these other combat maneuvers you still need to roll to hit. A lot of them say after you hit or when you hit but this one says when attacking.
What that means is there’s still transfer you to miss and ways to superiority die in the process. As cool as i think this is mechanically it’s a little bit lackluster. Not only is it a potential ways to its superiority die but it specifies that it can only be a melee weapon attack.
Which means you can use spells with it either to give it an extra boost. I’d homebrew it so you could but by raw you cannot. It’s for that, that i’m a little bit underwhelmed by it, it’s really cool thematically as are most of these but in terms of mechanical benefits it’s you’re better off carrying a whip with you. If that makes sense.
In any case that’s my thoughts and feeling on it. You may be of different ones, if you disagree or agree please put it down in the comments beneath as well as any uses, stories, opinions or questions you have and honestly we all love reading them, we all love participating. That being said, i hope you all have a wonderful day and as always happy adventuring.