What are some offensive actions that are not attack actions?


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The Take Cover action says that its benefits "lasts until you...use an attack action..."

This got me thinking: What are some offensive spells or actions that a spellcaster or other character might be able to take advantage from a position of cover that are not considered attack actions (actions with the attack trait)?


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Demoralize comes to mind


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Gargs454 wrote:
Demoralize comes to mind

The idea of someone hiding behind cover while throwing insults is hilarious to me.

Liberty's Edge

The Boulder Roll feat of Dwarves is not an attack.


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Command a minion I think.


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Bizzarely, Magic Missile.


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mrspaghetti wrote:
Bizzarely, Magic Missile.

Most spells, to be honest.

A quick glance at the attack trait on AoN only lists 18 spells that count as attacks.


from the maneuver side of things: Thrash for barbarian and whirling throw for monk are not Attack actions


I think common sense is a better approach here. I don't think the use of the attack attribute as a definitive marker is reasonable here. Perhaps it means the more general definition of attack action from page 12.

If I were GMing, I wouldn't allow any targetting spell to be cast on your enemy without breaking cover.

Mayber demoralise from behind cover could work but I would be giving you a penalty.


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Gortle wrote:
Perhaps it means the more general definition of attack action from page 12.

There's nothing there that contradicts the established definition of attack though.

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