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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Where are the one-handed grappling rules?

The feat Grabbing Style says it's possible to grapple with one hand (at −4 without the feat). The feat Grabbing Master says it's possible to grapple two different foes (and maybe more if the grappler ...
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Increasing utility of the Grappler feat

Without Grappler, grapplers use grapple + shove to prone. (Possibly prone->grapple with Shield Master). The enemy now has disadvantage, and melee users have advantage. By applying restrained instead ...
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Is it Possible to Sneak Attack while being grappled with Gang Up feat?

So my group ran into an interesting situation last week where the Rogue with the Gang Up feat became grappled by the monster. The monster in question was also being attacked by the Cleric and the ...
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The grapple hit and different possibilities

When you are controlling a grapple, you have the ability to deliver an automatic hit to whats being grappled. There are a few things I am wondering about this. Is it possible to crit on this hit? If ...
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Can I injure someone by slamming them into a wall?

The answer to this question says that movement speed doesn't let you piledrive your target into the ground - no bonus damage to hitting an enemy into the ground. I'm interested in finding RAW for a ...
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Failing a controlling grapple check, what actions remain?

When you are grappling a creature, and you make the 2nd round check to maintain the grapple, and fail. What actions do you have left? Because if you succeed you have the ability to make a attack which ...
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Is It Possible To Lift A Grappled Opponent Multiple Times On The Same Turn?

This question follows from this question: What Are The Minimum Stats To Cause Fall Damage When Grappling Plus Jumping? In my answer to that question, I came up with the following minimum stats to ...
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Drowning in Dirt / Grapple + Burrow Speed

The Giant Badger has a burrow speed of 10'. Since your movement speed while dragging an enemy is halved, this means you can put your enemy 5' underground without using an action. This addresses what ...
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Is being pinned the same as helpless?

When a creature is pinned, is the creature considered helpless and thus vulnerable to coup de grace? Under the rules for helpless it says A helpless character is paralyzed, held, bound, sleeping, ...
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Does Grappling Halve Your Remaining Speed?

This question acts as a clarification to another question on this site. Here's the scenario: You have 60' of movement at the start of your turn You move 30' to any direction You grapple someone at ...
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Does the grappling movement speed penalty stack?

In 5e, a player who is grappling has their movement speed halved. However, a player with two hands can grapple two opponents. As the wording seems to indicate that the movement speed penalty applies ...
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Can you shove your way out of a grapple?

The [grappled] condition also ends if an effect removes the grappled creature from the reach of the grappler... What's stopping the grapplee from shoving the grappler? I've read that you can ...
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Can a Monk use their Shadow Step ability while grappling?

Specifically, I'm wondering if a Way of Shadow Monk can use Shadow Step, while being the controlling creature in a grapple, in order to move the target of the grapple. Secondly, is the 60' range of ...
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Does forced movement, as in Thunderwave, necessarily break a grapple?

Consider the situation with three characters: Gary the Grappler, Casey the Caster, and Victor the Victim. Gary has Victor grappled. Suddenly, Casey shows up to help Victor escape. He isn't strong ...
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How Do Grapplers Stand If Prone?

It's clear how a creature both grappled and prone can stand - they can't. But what about the one doing the grapple? Assuming both grappler (speed of 60 feet) and grappled are prone*, how does the ...
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Is escaping a grapple an action or an attack action?

GRAPPLING When you want to grab a creature or wrestle with it, you can use the Attack action to make a special melee attack, a grapple. If you're able to make multiple attacks with the Attack ...
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Would flying a grappled character hard into the ground deal them extra falling damage?

Trying to figure out the mechanics of a certain situation. PC grapples enemy and uses a move that doubles movement speed. Following that, a stacked move allows the PC to carry grappled enemy 60 ft ...
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How can a character escape after being engulfed by a shambling mound?

A shambling mound will be attacking the party I DM for during tonight's session, and I am unsure about how to deal with the monster's Engulf feature. The shambling mound's multiattack action states (...
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Can you retrieve a potion while grappling?

The Rules Compedium explicitly limits the options while grappling to a certain list. Retrieving a potion is not on this list, retrieving a spell component (full round action) and drawing a light ...
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Can a surprised creature contest a grappling attempt?

We know a suprised creature can't move or take an action on it's first turn of the combat, but can it actively try to contest a grappling attempt by making a Strength (Athletics) or Dexterity (...
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Does increasing size stop the grapple if it has been initiated with Improved Grab?

A Huge reptile bit my Medium character and started a grapple using Improved Grab. My character activated a Polymorph item and transformed into an elefant - which is Huge. Improved Grab says: "...
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Can a grappled character be prevented from attacking the grappler?

For example, an Otyugh uses its Tentacle attack against a PC that's 10 ft. away from the Otyugh, and that PC is a melee barbarian with a greataxe. If the attack hits and the barbarian is grappled, Is ...
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Does forced movement on a creature suffering the Grappled condition break the grapple?

If someone is suffering the Grappled condition and is then moved by another means what happens to the person providing the Grappled effect? In a situation the fighter had grappled with the scary bird ...
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Can you cause harm through (Crush) while clinching?

I've recently started in a game of Exalted 2nd Edition and one of the other players is min-maxed to clinches. I read through the core book regarding clinches, which speaks of not being able to do ...
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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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Does the Blink spell break grapples?

If I am grappling someone while I have the Blink spell activated, does that person travel with me or is the grapple broken?
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Would Your Speed Be Reduced If You Drag A Grappled Opponent Through Difficult Terrain?

Consider this situation: you are facing an opponent who is standing on the border of difficult terrain. You are on a square directly in front of the opponent, but you are not standing on difficult ...
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Can you drag a grappled target through rough terrain while staying out, yourself?

(Inspired by discussion on this question.) Suppose you grapple and drag a target. Can you, without suffering a speed modification or incurring increased movement costs due to rough terrain--that is, ...
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What Are The Minimum Stats To Cause Fall Damage When Grappling Plus Jumping?

I came across an interesting guide to combat grapplers. At the second-to-last paragraph, it says this: This particular build is just an introduction to all the other terrible things you can do to an ...
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Can you grapple a swarm?

While it doesn't make sense from a rules as intended perspective, I haven't seen anything in the Grapple section or your average swarm's stat-block that protect it from being grappled.
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Can you voluntarily stop at step 3 of Grappling?

Considering a lvl 1 monk with improved grapple, can he perform a Grapple only until the step 3? For example, a small size creature against a medium size human with improved grapple, the monk would ...
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Is an Otyugh's grapple different from a standard grapple?

In 5e to escape a Grapple check, I know you roll athletics (str) or acrobatics (dex) opposed by an athletics (str) check. In the Otyugh entry in the Monster Manual it doesn't say there's any check, ...
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How do I set DCs for attempted grappling kills?

What would be the DC be for crushing a creature of the same size category to death during a grapple? What about choking another character to death during a grapple? How do I determine DCs and what ...
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Actions after a Grapple [closed]

I'm playing a Goliath Barbarian, focusing on the inherent grappling advantages. I'm trying to pull as much benefit from Powerful Build as possible. My specific questions are: Considering my Goliath ...
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How does the Giant Constrictor Snake grapple damage work?

From the Monster Manual, p. 325, the Giant Constrictor Snake can grapple a target. That grapple inflicts 2d8 + 4 damage. Up to here, no problem. Now, let's assume the grapple works and the target ...
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How does the feat Ranged Pin work?

The feat Ranged Pin has as its benefit the following: You can perform a ranged grapple attempt against an opponent by pinning a bit of its clothing to a nearby surface. The target must be within 5 ...
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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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What's the real benefit of the feat Owlbear Berserker?

The benefit of the feat Owlbear Berserker says When grappling, you can make an unarmed attack to deal 1d6 points of normal damage with a successful grapple check. You do not suffer the usual −4 ...
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Does grappling an enemy into an AOE also subject the grappler to the AOE?

Suppose the Fighter is successfully grappling an Orc. The Fighter then drags the Orc into the area of his Druid friend's Moonbeam so that, grid-wise, the Orc's space is fully inside the Moonbeam's AOE ...
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How can I move an enemy? Grappling & Shoving in D&D 5e

In close combat I often want to flip or trip enemies across my body. For instance last night I wanted to flip an enemy that was in front of me into a fire that was burning behind me. This seems in the ...
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Can a grappled opponent still move?

Can a grappled opponent still move? What if multiple people are grappling it? This situation came up today when our hunter cell managed to grapple a Garou with it only having two dice to try and ...
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Improved grab while being grappled

I was doing a small thought experiment yesterday in regards to what would happen if a grappling orientated creature (with the improved grab ability) is grappled himself. The rules for improved grab ...
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Can a creature grappling someone move them into the chasm

The situation is like this. PCs having a fight on a battlefield with several very deep chasms. One of the PCs attempt to grapple an enemy, then moves with him into one of the chasms (bringing himself ...
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Is there currently a feat enabling dextrous grappling?

In The Grappler's Manual, it is stated that there is no feat available to enable a grappler to use Dexterity for grappling checks. It has been 14 months since then -- are there any dextrous grappling ...
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Optimizing a grappler druid build

I am about to start on a pre-made adventure, for which I intend to use a grappling druid. We are allowed only to use core books & the complete series, I have the following concept in mind and ...
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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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Thunderbolt strike vs grapple

What happens when a creature has grapple as part of their attack (e.g. Constrict from a yuan-ti) attempts to use that on a cleric with the thunderbolt strike ability and has a successful hit? Does ...
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Can I get Improved Grapple without having Improved Unarmed Strike?

I want to have Improved Grapple for my character, but a prerequisite is to have Improved Unarmed Strike. Is there any way to get IG without having the IUS feat? I know some classes / archtypes gets ...
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Can Spiritjaws hold a manifested ghost or an incorporeal creature?

Can Spiritjaws be used to grapple a manifested ghost or an incorporeal creature? On the one hand incorporeal subtype says that incorporeal creatures can't be grappled. On the other hand force effects ...
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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 ...