Published on March 12, 2022, Last modified on April 6th, 2022
Slawomir Maniak - Wizards of the Coast - Bassara Tower Archer
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What is Sharpshooter in 5e?
Bows are a longtime mainstay in any fantasy setting, with the iconic imagery of mighty longbows held by beautiful elven creatures, or dastardly foes with short bows. In D&D, these are even more common since so many creatures prefer bows to other ranged weapons.
One of the more fun parts of playing a ranged character is the ability to hit targets under crazy circumstances. And luckily enough, there’s a feat that allows you to do just that: Sharpshooter!
How does Sharpshooter work?
If you pick up this feat, you get three brand new features for your character:
- Your ranged weapons will now ignore half cover, and three-quarters cover.
- If you make an attack at long range, you no longer get disadvantage on the attack roll.
- When you make an attack roll with a ranged weapon, you can choose to subtract five from the attack roll, and if you hit, you deal +10 damage.
Of course, these benefits apply to any ranged weapon, meaning you can get pretty creative than just using a bow (darts anyone?).
Is Sharpshooter Good?
We gave Sharpshooter an S Tier rating in our 5e Feats Tier List, making it among the most potent feats in D&D 5e.
Attacking at long range without disadvantage and ignoring cover is great for any ranged builds. Throw in the same ability from Great Weapon Master (GWM) and take a -5 on your roll to do +10 damage and you have an amazing feat.
This ability is usually even more viable than GWM because of the Archery fighting style, which is available to a number of builds. Granting an automatic +2 to all attack rolls with ranged weapons enables builds to utilize Sharpshooter’s -5 ability at much earlier levels and with more reliability than GWM.
Naturally, there are a few fun caveats to using this feat. However, I couldn’t find a lot of interactions with this particular feat, aside from a rules interpretation: Thrown weapons (daggers, spears, handaxes) can work. This isn’t accurate according to the Rules As Written (RAW) but was confirmed by Mike Mearls.
Which classes make the most of Sharpshooter?
The color code below has been implemented to help you identify, at a glance, how good the Sharpshooter feat is for a specific class/subclass.
- Black is typically ineffective or doesn’t work well with this feat.
- Red is usually detrimental or entirely useless for a character build.
- Orange is an OK option.
- Green is a good option.
- Blue is an excellent option, and you should probably pick up this feat if you choose this class.
- Sky Blue is a fantastic option, and this is among the best choices if you want to make the most optimal build.
Target Practice Is Over
Anyone who has dreams of being Legolas or Katniss Everdeen in their D&D games will want to pick this feat up. Sharpshooter can absolutely make certain subclasses shine, and it accentuates the fun of other character builds.
How do you feel about Sharpshooter? Is there an interaction you want to know about that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments!