I was playing with a Fighter Battlemaster. I used the Menacing Attack and hit a creature. The creature failed the saving throw and became Frightened of me.

The DM still had that creature attack me but with a disadvantage. I thought the creature would have to leave my area since it is frighted. Am I wrong?


The Frightened condition (PHB, pg.290) states:

  • A frightened creature has disadvantage on [ability checks and] attack rolls while the source of its fear is within line of sight.

  • The creature can't willingly move closer to the source of its fear.

It says nothing about the creature having to immediately leave the area or being unable to attack you so your DM was correct.

If a spell or ability requires the Frightened creature to run away from you or makes it unable to attack you it is specifically stated such as in the Fear spell:

While frightened by this spell, a creature must take the Dash action and move away from you by the safest available route on each of its turns, unless there is nowhere to move.

or a clerics Channel Divinity: Turn Undead feature:

A turned creature must spend its turns trying to move as far away from you as it can, and it can't willingly move to a space within 30 feet of you. It also can't take reactions. For its action, it can use only the Dash action or try to escape from an effect that prevents it from moving. If there's nowhere to move, the creature can use the Dodge action.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Worth mentioning that the aversion OP was expecting sounds much closer to a Turning than simple fear? \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Mar 13 '18 at 4:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ @nitsua60: or the effects of the fear spell. An easy thing to conflate with the frightened condition. \$\endgroup\$ – Rubiksmoose Mar 13 '18 at 4:05

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