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    +2 and +5 modifier buttons

    New to 5e. I get the advantage and disadvantage rolls. The +2 and +5 modifier buttons, what are they used for? Is it situational things like for flanking in combat, you get a plus 2, so you press that? Or are they tied in to the advantage and disadvantage mechanic?
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    Typically they are used for cover. I forget if their are other cases that are listed in RAW, but they can be used anytime needed to apply the modifier to the next roll.

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    -2 and -5 for ranged weapons, Medium and Long ranges respectively iirc.
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    So this is pertaining to cover modifiers specifically?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnarGreybeard View Post
    -2 and -5 for ranged weapons, Medium and Long ranges respectively iirc.
    Not RAW in 5E, it only has normal and long range (which is at disadvantage).

    Cover is the only RAW use for them I know. But I'm sure there's something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordEntrails View Post
    Not RAW in 5E, it only has normal and long range (which is at disadvantage).

    Cover is the only RAW use for them I know. But I'm sure there's something else.
    Oops, yeah, you are correct, only 2 ranges in 5e.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Niles View Post
    New to 5e. I get the advantage and disadvantage rolls. The +2 and +5 modifier buttons, what are they used for? Is it situational things like for flanking in combat, you get a plus 2, so you press that? Or are they tied in to the advantage and disadvantage mechanic?
    To some extent these aren't needed in the 5e ruleset at all since you already have the cover and sup. cover modifiers in the Modifiers dialog. However they are useful for the DM to have at his disposal for off the cuff bonuses or penalties. For example you might decide to impose a -2 penalty for using an improvised weapon rather than creating a whole new weapon line in the character's action tab. They can also be used for cover or possibly for shooting into a melee with allies or any number of off the cuff scenarios. Generally though in 5e the advantage/disadvantage rule covers most anything like that (basically having advantage or disadvantage works out at approximately a +5 bonus or -5 penalty).
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordEntrails View Post
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    Won't work; they have immunity from that sort of thing.
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