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Are there rules for the attacker to grapple multiple defenders? Can that attacker, with more than two arms, attack a new defender each round, or grapple many defenders as a full round action? I am looking for a RAW answer; if I have to I'll house rule it.

The creature I am making resembles a displacer beast, with six tentacles and a mouth like a lamprey. I would like to use the bite feature only if the defender is grappled; defenders breaking grapple will free themselves from the bite. While it can only bite one at a time, should a defender break free it can then bite another.

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Yes, some monsters can do this.

Check out the Kraken.

It can Multiattack for three tentacle attacks in one action, each of which can grapple a different target, until all of its ten arms are full.

An ability like this would have to appear on a monster's stat block; it's not really generalizable.

Since you’re creatung the monster, you can give it a Multiattack action that says how its multiple grapples work.

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    \$\begingroup\$ A Roper (MM., p 261) would be a good lower level example of this, as well. \$\endgroup\$ – Red Orca Aug 6 '18 at 5:00

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