Crossbow Expert 5e

Published on March 12, 2022, Last modified on April 4th, 2022

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One of the more hotly debated feats (before the Errata), Crossbow Expert is still a worthwhile feat to pick up. Ignoring the “loading” property on crossbows enables Rangers, Fighters, and any other class with an extra attack to attack multiple times with a crossbow on a turn.

The second part of the feat, being able to make a ranged attack within 5ft, is also solid when ranged builds inevitably get encroached upon.

The third section is also a nice bonus action for light crossbow users, who will get to attack an extra time. 

Artificer: If firearms aren’t available in your setting and you want to build a ranged Artificer, this will be needed to outpace cantrip damage.

Fighter: It’s like the Two-Weapon Fighting feat but you can add your DEX modifier to the offhand attack. If you are a DEX build this is an extremely tempting option.

Paladin: You will likely not be a ranged build with paladins.

Ranger: This can provide a ton of damage for any DEX-based class. The ranger’s hunter’s mark makes this even more effective. This is a great pick-up even before you max your DEX.

Rogue: This is a tricky one. Crossbow Expert gives you a second chance at landing your Sneak Attack, but rogues also want to maximize their DEX as soon as possible and there are better feats available. This one really depends on your playstyle and personal preferences.

Mike Bernier

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