If I use the Ready action stating 'I use a Cleave attack when an enemy comes within range' for...

You can ready a standard action, a move action, a swift action, or a free action. To do so, specify the action you will take and the conditions under which you will take it.

...which, if any, of these Feats would/not be usable as a Ready Action:


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(Great) Cleave specifies using a standard action, and as per the text you quoted that is valid for Readying an action.

Benefit: As a standard action, you can make a single attack at your full base attack bonus against a foe within reach.

(Improved) Cleaving Finish is a passive effect that procs on any melee attack, so would be valid for a readied attack, supposing you meet the prerequisites of reducing an opponent to 0 up.

Benefit: If you make a melee attack, and your target drops to 0 or fewer hit points as a result of your attack, you can make another melee attack using your highest base attack bonus against another opponent within reach.

Note: I don't think that Improved Cleaving Finish would apply to a readied action attack, but only because I don't see how you'd be able to wreak so much carnage from just one standard!

Cleave Through is, also, a passive effect that procs from a (Great) Cleave attack, so would also be valid if used from a readied action.

Benefit: When using Cleave or Great Cleave, if your initial attack hits, you may take a single 5-foot step as a free action before making your additional attacks.

All emphasis my own.

So long as the attacks you are making all stem from the one standard action, I see no reason why you can't cleave through a horde of enemies: It's not that much different from a Fireball, after all!

  • \$\begingroup\$ Fireball isn't a dwarf whose avererage dpr is around 46 per target with no limit per day. =P fair point though. Asking for a 13th level one-shot. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ifusaso
    Oct 17, 2017 at 4:17

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