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5E How often do you make OA’s

How often do you make OA’s when playing a melee PC [excluding PAM]?


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Probably around twice an encounter when specifically playing a Melee PC. I tend to play more tanks than melee DPS though, which probably slants my experience somewhat.
 


the Jester

Legend
It vary's wildly based on the tactical habits of the DM.
For me, this is true as a player; and as a DM, it varies wildly based on the tactical habits of the players. As a player, my current active character really likes to provoke- I have a good AC and several reactions available when hit- and as a DM, my monsters provoke when it's appropriate to their tactical acumen and the situation.
 

as a DM, my monsters provoke when it's appropriate to their tactical acumen and the situation.
This is definitely true. At my table, intelligent enemies will intentionally provoke to burn OAs from melee characters so squishier characters can move around. Slightly less often from players, but it does happen.
 

auburn2

Explorer
Wow I am only one who said less than once a day!

I use reactions a lot (more than 50% of combat turns), but rarely OAs, mostly because reactions are used for something else. For me to make an opportunity attack the planets need to align and the following 4 things need to be true:
1. I have a reaction available
2. I am not saving my reaction for something more important
3. I am in position to make an opportunity attack
4. The enemy does something that provokes an OA

It is rare that all four of those things line up at once for the melee characters I play. When they do line up most of the time it is because the enemy decides to flee and use dash action instead of disengage action.
 


When I saw OA, I was thinking Oriental Adventures or maybe Original Adventures...

Anywho, as a player I don't get opportunity attacks very often, because my primary DM seldom has enemies provoke them. He usually does so when there's a significant tactical advantage, or if an unintelligent creature is running away. I think this is a carryover mentality from 3E, where no one ever wanted to provoke an attack of opportunity if they could avoid it.

I'm more than willing to provoke an opportunity attack, both as a player and DM. In both cases it depends on what I tactically need to do (as a DM this is based on the creature's Int), and how dangerous I feel the opportunity attack will be. When fighting giants (or my party's paladin), I know that the potential damage is certainly not worth it. If facing something that doesn't deal that much damage (or my monster has a lot of HP), then an opportunity attack is often worth doing.
 

CubicsRube

Adventurer
Supporter
When I saw OA, I was thinking Oriental Adventures or maybe Original Adventures...

Anywho, as a player I don't get opportunity attacks very often, because my primary DM seldom has enemies provoke them. He usually does so when there's a significant tactical advantage, or if an unintelligent creature is running away. I think this is a carryover mentality from 3E, where no one ever wanted to provoke an attack of opportunity if they could avoid it.

I'm more than willing to provoke an opportunity attack, both as a player and DM. In both cases it depends on what I tactically need to do (as a DM this is based on the creature's Int), and how dangerous I feel the opportunity attack will be. When fighting giants (or my party's paladin), I know that the potential damage is certainly not worth it. If facing something that doesn't deal that much damage (or my monster has a lot of HP), then an opportunity attack is often worth doing.
Nothing scares a party more than a bunch of brute running past the front line straight to the casters!
 

My only long-term 5e PC is a dwarf fighter with the Sentinel feat. Nobody ever provokes opportunity attacks. Sometimes I get a free attack from Sentinel, because opponents don't know I have that ability, but opportunity attacks are a "known" quantity so nobody provokes. OAs are less common than in 3e and 4e; fewer things trigger them.
 

ccs

40th lv DM
Generally somewhere between once & more than once per encounter. So it probably averages out to once?
It also depends upon the DM, the encounter/foes, & the character I'm playing.
 

Azzy

Newtype
My players don't like to give their enemies OAs if it can be helped and, depending on the monster, mosters try to avoid granting OAs, too. So OAs are fairly rare in the games I've run or played in. There will be whole session where there are none.
 

Eltab

Hero
I don't play tanks, I play skirmishers. (Even as a Paladin, I kept moving around to cover the other PCs.) The last thing I want is to end my turn within melee range of a bruiser. Therefore I get few such Attacks due to lack of Opportunity.
 



My experience is that the melees (usually including me) average about 1 OA/encounter, barring Feats and weird situations and so on, in 5E. Some specific situations can massively boost it - i.e. to practically 1/round, but it's rare. More common is an encounter where no OAs happen.

This is a stark contrast to 3E and 4E, where spells and ranged attacks provoked OAs, as did a bunch of other stuff, and where you could have multiple OAs very easily, so many rounds had loads of them.
 

Retreater

Legend
I take them every time I can, which is usually less than once per session because my DMs play their monsters tactically and do not present the opportunity.
 

aco175

Hero
As the DM, I tend to have creatures run away based on their tactics and how intelligent they are. Bandits and such may give up or try to run away. Sometimes I make a morale check for a group and they all my try to flee leaving only one attack, but typically only one is left and he would get 3 attacks on him so he tries to disengage or kill the PC to allow him to flee.

The PCs themselves hate to give attacks to the monsters with the exception of the fighter who may flee from mooks to head to the mage or the BBEG. Generally 1/day the PCs do this and about the same for the monsters.
 

Iry

Hero
The threat of OA prevents provoking quite often, but low intelligence enemies provoke a fair amount. Also players/enemies who want to bypass a tank to get to someone squishier.
 

Istbor

Dances with Gnolls
Difficult to quantify like this.

I use a homebrew rule that combatants in melee that roll 1 on their attacks leave themselves wide open, and allow enemies within melee with them to make an OA.

Sometimes no one in melee rolls a 1, sometimes multiple 1s are rolled by multiple players/NPCs.
 

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