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The Lunge feat allows you to extend your reach by five feet. Can Lunge be used to extend the reach of a grapple attempt? Can it be used to extend the reach of a trip attempt? If either case is true, and the opponent does not have reach, is it even possible to take an attack of opportunity (if allowed) against the attacker?

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You can't use Lunge with a grapple maneuver because initiating a grapple is a standard action (not usable as part of an attack action).

A trip attempt, instead, can replace a melee attack. In this case is not clear if it benefits from the same feats of a regular melee attack. If so, then Lunge can apply, but you still provoke an attack of opportunity unless you possess the Improved Trip feat.

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Agreed, and no reason the trip wouldn't benefit from the other usual feats. Other maneuvers that replace melee attacks and therefore can be used with Lunge - Disarm, Sunder. Most of the rest are standard actions. – mxyzplk Mar 31 '11 at 1:06

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