Crossbow Expert DnD 5E Feat

Hello adventurers of all shapes and sizes welcome to my website and thank you so much for choosing to the seventh episode of our feat series. Does your character have the passion, the desire, the drive, nay are they destined to wield the crossbow. Have beauty forged both mechanical and crude elements fire and forth a bolt that lightning fast speeds.

But today find it kind of sucks yeah if they want to use it you know you got to grab this feat. It makes it far better in so many ways i would make an argument that it actually makes it very useful. This is the dnd 5e crossbow expert feat and it is found in the players handbook. With that intro out of the way let’s take a quick look at the description so we know what we’re talking about.


Something i would like to point out there is no prerequisite for this. So anyone of any race, class, or skill set can grab it with no problems.

Thanks for extensive practice by the crossbow, and also you can gain the following benefits:

  1. You do ignore the loading quality of the crossbows by which you’re proficient.
  2. Actually, being within 5 feet of the hostile creature does not impose a disadvantage on some of your ranged attack rolls.
  3. Whenever you do use the attack action and even attack by using a one handed weapon and also you can able to use a bonus action to attack with the hand crossbow that you’re holding.

Really cool stuff. Let’s take a look at the walkthrough so you can kind of break this down a little bit and just get a better grasp on it.


So we’ll start with the first part the loading property.

So in the good old players handbook a loading is defined as the following:

Because of the time required to load this weapon you can only fire one piece of ammunition from it when you use an action, bonus action or reaction to fire from it. Regardless of the number of attacks you can only take so in order to do ignore that so long as you’re proficient with it that means if you’re not proficient you don’t gain access to that full top portion there.

Now the second part being within 5 feet of a hostile creature doesn’t impose disadvantage on your range of attack rolls. So that’s really cool because it kind of implies that it is impossible to impose this advantage so long as that advantage is coming from the hostile creature.

At least as written that’s what it looks like. So that means if the creature is prone then you still don’t get disadvantage which is really neat when you think about it.

And the third part when you use the attack action and attack with a one-handed weapon you can use a bonus attack or a bonus action story to attack with a hand cross but you’re holding. Very cool really does add a utility to it with old doobly older feet stuff like that.

That being said you can not make more than one attack with the hand crossbow like this. Reason being the hatter of that crossbow still has the ammunition tag attached to it and what that means is you need at least one hand free to load it.

So if you have a sword in one hand, your hand crossbow in another hand. There’s no way you can possibly load it without dropping your swords you’re still limited to the one shot.

It’s still really good though you as essentially gets you an extra attack when you think about it which is nice. With that out of the way let’s take a quick look at my personal thoughts.

Personal Thoughts

In terms of who benefits from this most anyone with multi attack should first sure get this it makes the crossbow far more usable because you can tag a more than once with it. If you have a magical crossbow that automatically loads itself and thus doesn’t have the ammunition proponent.

You can also essentially turn it into a machine gun. The art even while we’re holding another weapon. The artificer has a really cool subclass that lets you kind of do just that but since it’s not really can and yet. I can’t really recommend you use it.

So in terms of who benefits most from this fighters predominantly would depending on what kind of a character you’re playing your paladin might as well and anyone with multi attack.


Alright! that being said guys i hope you all have a great day and as always happy adventuring. If you have any cool uses for this feat or any cool stories belonging to it please put it down in the comments below. I love reading them and i know everyone else reading does as well. I’ll see you guys next time.

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