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Tree Stride. Once on her turn, the dryad can use 10 feet of her movement to step magically into one living tree within her reach and emerge from a second living tree within 60 feet of the first tree, appearing in an unoccupied space within 5 feet of the second tree. Both trees must be large or bigger. (MM p.121)

It's obvious that the dryad will get out of reach of a melee assailant. But is this considered a teleportation? Does this movement provoke opportunity attacks? Keep in mind that this ability is not listed as an action.

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Note that there is a Tree Stride spell that works almost identically. – Miniman Jan 31 at 1:33
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  1. (especially in science fiction) transport or be transported across space and distance instantly. "who needs a flying carpet if you can teleport yourself and your belongings?"



  1. noun form of teleport


The rules do not define "teleport" so its normal English definition applies.

If the dryad is within an opponents reach then by stepping into the tree they trigger an opportunity attack if they leave that reach because this is normal movement; a "step". The transfer from tree to tree is teleportation and would not trigger an opportunity attack.

Of course, normal opportunity attack criteria apply, if the dryad can't be seen or takes the Disengage action then no opportunity attack.

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Ah! The question in the title that appears nowhere in the body! – Dale M Jan 31 at 1:46

It Depends On What Else She's Doing and if She Has enough Movement Remaining

If she has taken an Action and then leaves someone's reach without using the Disengage action, she'll provoke an opportunity attack (per Dale M's answer).

PHB p. 192. Disengage

If you take the Disengage action, your movement doesn't provoke opportunity attacks for the rest of your turn.

Reviewing the Dryad description on MM Page p. 121, her Actions are listed as a Club (melee weapon attack) and a Fey Charm. That tree stride looks to be a subset of her movement.(Not an action, not a bonus action).

Therefore, if she takes the Disengage action (rather than an attack or an attempt at Fey Charm) and then uses 10' of movement (providing she has that much movement left for that turn) she'd be able to avoid the Opportunity Attack and go through the trees.

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