[RPG] Using Dodge & Reaction Rolls


New DM here. Hosted a game this weekend for my kids who have never played (I have never DM and haven;t played for 20 +). I am trying to figure out Dodge and saving throws.

Dodge – Only used as an action on a turn, would then allow player to roll saving dex when attacked?

Saving throws – besides like a trap when else would they use these?

Thanks in advance.

Best Answer

Does dodge allow a player to do a Dexterity Saving Throw when attacked?

No, it doesn't. When you use the Dodge action, two things may happen:

  1. If you are attacked, the attacker has disadvantage.
  2. If something happens that causes you to do a Dexterity saving throw, you have advantage in that saving throw roll.

So using Dodge action don't make you roll a Dexterity saving throw when attacked, but it still make you harder to hit.

Besides avoiding trap effect, when would you do a Dexterity Saving Throw?

Mostly when you are subjected to spells that require you to do one. This depends solely on the spell.