Hello battle masters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 14th option on your maneuvers list. Today we’re going to be taking a look at dnd 5e riposte maneuver thematically and this is probably one of my favorites. However mechanically i find it’s only mediocre.
You may agree, you may disagree but in order to form a great opinion on this we’ll have to look in-depth into this combat maneuver. That being said, let’s take a look at the description here so you know what we’re talking about. The description reads as followed.
Whenever a creature misses you with a melee attack, you can use your reaction and also expend one superiority die in order to make a melee weapon attack against the creature. Suppose, if you hit, you do add the superiority die to the attack’s damage roll.
Very interesting stuff! Once again thematically i really like it. Let’s go through the overview and let me kind of explain to you i feel like it’s kind of underwhelming mechanically.
Essentially let’s after a creature misses expend a reaction the superiority die, make a weapon attack and add your superiority die to the damage roll.
So a couple criticisms i have of this is, it has to be a melee attack that you get hit by which means you’re already within melee range form which means there’s a host of other things you can use your reaction for it. So reactions are quite valuable when you’re playing any melee class simply due to attacks of opportunity.
So you gotta ask yourself is it worth using my reaction to get one additional attack in. Even though they’ve already missed and i really don’t have to worry too much or my better saving that reaction for something a little bit more important and pressing such as maybe an attack of opportunity.
Ultimately it is not lost on me that there is some benefit to this. I think its peak benefit really shows off when you’ve either multicast into a rogue and you can actually stack this with sneak-attack i think that’d be great use for it. Or if the target is close to death and it has multi attack.
I think those are the two best circumstances to use. Outside of that, there are class abilities and there are other maneuvers and feats that i should do a much better job of what this is attempting to do. A great one, although a little bit different in terms of how its activated but hellish rebuke for example, uses a reaction.
I understand it’s on a hit. But if they have multi attack and they miss and they still have a decent chunk of health would it not be worth waiting for them to attack you again and should they hit unload a full blast hellish rebuke versus whatever your damaged die is plus an additional superiority die.
Ultimately it’ll come down to your personal preference in your play style but i’m not super sold on this one. You might disagree with me, if you do i encourage you to voice it. Please take all of your thoughts, feelings, ideas or cool and interesting stories down in the comment section below, i love reading them, i love to hear you what you guys have to say. That being said, thank you so much for checking out, have a great day and as always happy adventuring.