Is a natural melee weapon an unarmed strike?

Things designated as weapons by the rules, including natural weapons, are indeed weapons. In contrast, unarmed strikes are not weapons. They are something you do with an unarmed part of your body.

Are natural weapons Considered unarmed strikes?

Claws, Horns, and other natural weapons: natural weapons, make melee weapon attacks, and also count as unarmed strikes. Therefore they can be used with just about everything as they count as weapons and unarmed strikes … so they would work with both Divine Smite AND as the bonus attack for Martial Arts for the monk.

Do unarmed strikes count as melee weapons?

The rule on unarmed strikes should read as follows: “Instead of using a weapon to make a melee weapon attack, you can use an unarmed strike: a punch, kick, head-butt, or similar forceful blow (none of which count as weapons). On a hit, an unarmed strike deals bludgeoning damage equal to 1 + your Strength modifier.

Are Natural attacks melee weapon attacks?

No. Regardless of whether or not unarmed strikes with natural weapons count as attacks with weapons, Two-Weapon Fighting requires that you be holding the weapons in question. If you want to make unarmed strikes as a bonus action, play a monk.

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Is a natural weapon a melee weapon?

And the rules simply call it a “melee weapon attack” since there’s no difference in rules that would make it necessary to point it out. When you see a natural weapon, you simply treat it exactly the same way as any other weapon for the purposes of attacking.

Can natural weapons be used for two weapon fighting?

Natural weapons aren’t light

Rules as written, there is no mention of the natural weapons being light, and hence they’re ineligible for two weapon fighting.

Does Dueling work with natural weapons?

The Dueling fighting style doesn’t benefit natural weapons. The description of the Dueling fighting style says: When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon.

Can you smite with an unarmed strike?

Short Answer: Yes. You can perform Smites with unarmed attacks and they count as melee weapon attacks, but unarmed strikes are not melee weapons.

Do fists count as melee weapons?

Unarmed strikes count as melee weapon attacks, but there is no way to make your fists into melee weapons for spells or the like.

Can you smite with a thrown weapon?

You have your answer right here: “Thrown. If a weapon has the thrown property, you can throw the weapon to make a ranged attack”, because it’s a ranged attack, and not a melee one, you can’t use Divine Smite on it. It has to be a melee weapon attack. Not an attack with a melee weapon.

Can you smite with natural weapons?

As the other comment points out though, “natural weapons” are considered to be melee weapons and things like divine smite can be used.

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Is a natural weapon a weapon attack?

All attacks made with unarmed strikes and natural weapons are weapon attacks. Unarmed strikes are melee weapon attacks, however natural weapons and hands/other body parts do not count as weapons.

Can monks use natural weapons?

Only some simple weapon or shortsword can qualify as a monk weapon (ignoring kensei) for increased damage. So you can’t buff them as natural weapons.

Are Natural attacks light weapons?

Special: Natural weapons are considered light weapons.

What is a natural weapon?

Natural weapons are weapons that are physically a part of a creature. A creature making a melee attack with a natural weapon is considered armed and does not provoke attacks of opportunity. Likewise, it threatens any space it can reach.

Are natural weapons light weapons 5e?

Even ignoring the light property, your natural weapons do not count as weapons, rather they are variants of unarmed strikes. You cannot use two weapon fighting rules for unarmed strikes by RAW.

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