To "grapple" is to wrestle — engaging in unarmed, nonlethal combat where the goal is often to incapacitate, restrain, or pin rather than kill one's opponent.

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Is a creature that used the 2nd option of Improved Grab grappling or not?

This question is related to another recent one, since I couldn't figure out the answer, even though I had all the resources. Let's have an owlbear character that uses Improved Grab after successfully ...
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Does having improved grab allow a character to deal unarmed strike + natural attack damage?

The SRD for improved grab states (emphasis mine): If a creature with this special attack hits with a melee weapon (usually a claw or bite attack), it deals normal damage and attempts to start ...
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Interaction of the Cold extraordinary ability and Grapples

According to the Cold[EX] ability of an Ice Golem An ice golem's body generates intense cold, dealing 1d6 points of damage with its touch. If a Golem were to initiate a grapple, would this ...
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Does the Chokehold feat only apply the penalty when you first establish the pin?

I'm looking into building a monk and I couldn't help but notice the feat Chokehold. It's fairly neat and allows you to suffocate an opponent you hold in a chokehold. Does the initial −5 ...
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Improved grab and moving a creature without grapple check

Improved Grab from The MM, page 310 states: When a creature gets a hold after an improved grab attack, it pulls the opponent into its space. This act does not provoke attacks of opportunity. ...
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Can a Grappler Rogue Sneak Attack while grappling?

I don't believe that a Rogue can normally sneak attack when it grapples. This is why (let me know if I'm wrong): Under Sneak Attack in the Rogue section it states Once per turn you can deal an ...
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Improved Grab and multiple Natural Weapons

Let us take a tiger as an example of a creature having solid chances of making full attack with multiple Natural Weapons each of which may be used to trigger Improved Grab. Let us also assume it hits ...
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Does grappling cause bludgeoning damage?

According to the grapple rules in the SRD: ...you deal damage to the target as if with an unarmed strike. When you look at the weapons table for unarmed strike you see: Would that mean ...
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How does a very small area spell with a movable area interact with grappling creatures?

A PC grapples an NPC. They remain in their own spaces because the NPC isn't pinned. If a flaming sphere or an aggressive thundercloud were moved into the NPC's space, does the spell's effect affect ...
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Can you fail checks made to escape a grapple while under the effects of Freedom of Movement?

Freedom of Movement: The subject automatically succeeds on any combat maneuver checks and Escape Artist checks made to escape a grapple or a pin. Does this mean that you are not required to ...
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Can you witch bolt the bad guy you're grappling?

If you have a Warlock that has the Warcaster feat, could you grapple the enemy, then Witch Bolt it the next round? You only need one free hand to cast with Warcaster, and only one free hand to ...
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How does movement with multiple grapplers work?

When a PC has someone grappled they are forced to move where the PC moves, I don't have the exact rules wording handy, I apologize. How does this interact with multiple PCs grappling the same target ...
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Can multiple creatures grapple a single target?

I'm creating a druid and came across an interesting tactic that seems to be both overpowered and allowed as the rules are written. (Our characters will be level 5 due to people wanting to keep their ...
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While flying with a grappled opponent, will they get a free grapple check any time they're above 10 feet?

In a game this weekend, we came upon an Iron Golem that was very difficult for our group to kill. I had the idea to have my Eidolon (Serpentine, large, wingless flight) grapple the golem, then fly him ...
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How do Contests and Saving Throws interact?

Say I have a Stunned opponent, and I roll to grapple them. Stunned says this: Stunned A stunned creature is incapacitated (see the condition), can’t move, and can speak only falteringly. ...
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Grappling size categories [duplicate]

In the 5e PHB in Grappling it states, "The target of the grapple must be no more than one size larger than you, . . ." Then, in the grapple feat in chapter 6, the last bullet point in that feat ...
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What happens after T-Rex Grapples a creature in its mouth?

The Tyrannosaurus Rex's Bite attack reads as follows: Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 33 (4d12 + 7) piercing damage. If the target is a Medium or smaller ...
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Can a serpentine eidolon use multiple natural attacks while grappling?

Can a summoner's serpentine eidolon with bite and 2 tails with tail slap(3 natural attacks) attack with both bite and 1 tail slam after it has grappled an opponent? The grappling rule states: ...
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Can you make a grapple attack as an Attack of Opportunity

This came up in a game I was in the other day, so I'm curious as to know what people think. A gnome was attempting to flee past us up the stairs and I declared that I'd like to try and stop him, by ...
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Tripping with a Natural attack that has Grab

The Grab special says: If a creature with this special attack hits with the indicated attack (usually a claw or bite attack), it deals normal damage and attempts to start a grapple as a free ...
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Throwing grappled creatures at walls, etal to damage them

So, I was DMing a one-shot test dungeon with some Vexgit Gremlins (backported from PF) in it, and the party mage (Wiz3, 0 STR mod, +2 DEX mod) grappled one of them easily as they're Tiny, then ...
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What is the effect of being dragged by a burrower and buried alive?

I'll be DMing an encounter in a couple of weeks that involves the party of PCs invading a den full of Asabi. The PCs are lvl 9-10, and the Asabi commander is similar level (RHD 3 / Rogue 3 / Hexblade ...
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Is a pinned character treated as having 0 Dex with respect to the pinning opponent?

Relevant Rules Grappling consequences: You lose your Dexterity bonus to AC (if you have one) against opponents you aren’t grappling. (You can still use it against opponents you are grappling.) ...
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Can a monster with a flying speed lift a Grappled PC and then drop them?

Can a monster with a flying speed grapple a PC, use half its movement to fly directly up then drop the player in the same turn? Would any 5th edition core book ruling prevent me from doing any part ...
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Can a creature who's been Swallowed Whole attack the creature it's in other than cutting its way out?

Can a creature swallowed by another creature with the Swallow Whole (Ex) ability try to damage the swallowing creature without trying to cut its way out? A swallowed creature keeps the grappled ...
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Are monks able to substitute Dexterity for Strength when making Grapple checks?

From the following excerpts: Monk class Feature - Martial Arts You gain the following benefits while you are unarmed or wielding only monk weapons and you aren’t wearing armor or wielding a ...
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Does Wild-Shaping break a grapple?

I had a halfling druid Wild Shape into a bear while being grappled by a roper. Would this have broken the grapple? I could see it breaking the grapple if he was being grappled by another small ...
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Can one attack for damage after having grappled an opponent?

The grappling rules sure are... light. Supposing one has an Extra Attack: Assuming one has successfully grappled an opponent with one's first attack, can one then perform a normal attack action with ...
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Grapple + Totemic Attunement (Eagle) = Zangief's Spinning Atomic Piledriver?

Could a Barbarian with Totemic Attunement (eagle) use grapple to perform the iconic move by dragging the enemy straight up as far as the fly speed allows and ending the turn in the air? If so, who ...
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Isn't getting control over a grapple better than trying to escape?

I'm looking at the Pathfinder rules for grappling, with the intent to use them instead of the usual D&D 3.X rules in future campaigns. A flowchart on the unofficial prd page about combat tells me ...
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Is it possible to grab a living enemy by the leg and use him as a club?

Inspired by the Stack o' Mounts question. The above situation actually happens more than you'd expect in Belgian comics: a really strong man grabs one of his enemies by the legs and uses him as an ...
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Does Grappling in D&D 5 have any rules other than preventing movement?

I seem to remember in previous versions of D&D, Grappling would grant bonuses to attackers and make grappling creatures harder to attack and such things. However, I'm reading the rules for ...
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Is grappling symmetrical?

Once a character successfully starts grappling a target, is there now any difference between the aggressor and the defender? Or do both characters get exactly the same mechanical effects, such as no ...
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How can I create a Cleric that uses grappling moves and martial arts?

I'm a complete newcomer to the RPG hobby. I was invited to a D&D session and when I was asked to create my character I was completely blanked. But when I came up with the idea of a martial-artist ...
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What Are the Movement Limits When Maintaining a Grapple?

Question When the grappler attempts to maintain the grapple (PH 156), how much movement can the grappler take to move into the target's space? Comments say this issue apparently goes unaddressed in ...
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Can you use someone as a human shield?

With human shield I mean grabbing someone like this and using him as a mobile cover while you can still shoot your enemies. I thought this would be covered in the Grapple rules, but to my surprise ...
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Synthesist, Combat Reflexes, Improved Grab and Bite

I have a player who want to make a "tanky" build with a Synthesist Summoner (from Pathfinder APG). The plan is as follows: The fused eidolon is a bipedal with dual claws. Evolutions are: Bite, ...
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Can you use spell-like abilities in a grapple?

The rules say you can cast spells as an in-grapple maneuver (subject to some strict limitations), but don't appear to expressly mention spell-like abilities. Yet in most ways spell-like abilities act ...
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Can an enemy creature who is grabbed and prone escape?

A PC in my campaign has an enemy grabbed and prone and is attempting to drown them. It's the enemy's turn. Can the enemy escape while grabbed? If so can he shift while prone if he succeeds on an ...
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Heart of Water and grappling threats

I have been making a new wizard lately and I have been trying to have many ways of avoiding statuses/effects that easily disable/endanger a caster. As many of you know, one of these is Grapple, and ...
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What are the rules for a flyby grapple?

I'm trying to create an encounter where PCs are climbing a vine or rope down a 100ft shaft. About half way down, a creature flies up and attempts to grab one of the PCs to fly away with her. The ...
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What kind of action is rake?

Rake descriptions are annoyingly unclear. Does winning a grapple check let you rake immediately as a free/triggered/no action, or Is winning a grapple check simply a prerequisite for being able to ...
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Can a creature use rake when you can't win a grapple check?

Creature A grapples creature B. Creature B has Rake. Creature B attempts to rake creature A. Can you rake when you did not start the grapple, and can't win a grapple check? Edit 1: In this case, ...
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Can a horse start a grapple?

I know it defies suspension of disbelief, but what official rule can I show a rules lawyer player that "proves" a horse can't start a grapple? If the answer needs to distinguish between animal ...
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What simplified house rule grappling systems exist for AD&D 2nd edition?

I've heard horror stories about various methods of resolving grappling attacks, and I've been in situations like that before. The grappling system in many games is so broken it's a long-running joke. ...
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Grappling interactions with Greater Grapple

A question came up at my last Pathfinder game: If a character has Greater Grapple, does it become possible to grapple and pin an opponent in one round? ( not tie up, though. That'd be 3 checks. ) ...
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What does “Pinned and Helpless” mean when an opponent has been successfully pinned?

I have a player that has pinned an opponent. What actions may third parties, other characters, take against this pinned individual? Do they still need to roll to hit? Do they get bonuses? The "Pinned ...
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How can I grapple someone?

I was reading the Player's Handbook I of D&D 4e and couldn't find any mention of grapple. How does grapple work, if at all? Please give examples.
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Who gets the “grappled” condition when multiple grapplers participate?

In our group, we are having problems with D&D 3.5's grappling rules (no wonder), so I tried to find out how Pathfinder handles that situation. The rules are much better and more clear, yet I still ...
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Can you Channel Energy while Grappled?

Can a Cleric (or other character with the Channel Energy class feature) Channel Energy while grappled? I read through the entry, and I did not see anything similar to a spell's concentration check, ...