New answers tagged

0

By RAW, it is a tactic you choose as part of a standard action or full round action, thus the tactic is chosen on your turn when you attack as a standard action or full round action and effective until your next turn. Since you haven't had a turn when surprised or flat-footed, you haven't had the opportunity to start the tactic. In practice, I require ...


-2

Fighting defensively activates upon taking an attack action as you said. Furthermore, @gatherer818 gives a great explanation of flat-footedness and not being able to react. However, I would like to point out two things that will achieve the desired affect. Fighting Defensively is not the only defensive combat action. There is also Total Defense, a standard ...


12

You're not surprised, but you are caught flat-footed, which basically means that while you did see the enemy, you didn't react first. You're not actively dodging attacks yet (marked by the loss of your Dexterity bonus to AC), and you haven't assumed a defensive stance (fighting defensively) - you're not even waving your weapon around (no attacks of ...



Top 50 recent answers are included