Shoving (PHB p. 195) states:

Using the Attack action, you can make a special melee attack to shove a creature

Can the additional attack action granted by the haste spell also be used to shove a creature?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Surely you're better to use your "normal" attack to shove, then use the hasted action to attack the enemy on the floor (now with advantage) ? \$\endgroup\$ – ErosRising Oct 30 '18 at 13:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ErosRising If you have Extra Attack, then wouldn't you want to use your hasted action to shove them, and then your "normal" attack to attack the enemy on the floor multiple times with advantage? \$\endgroup\$ – Admiral Jota Oct 30 '18 at 14:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AdmiralJota Shove can replace one of your Extra attack-attacks, so using the haste-attack last still allows you to attack twice with advantage. Or I dunno, Grapple then shove with your normal/Extra attack then weapon-attack with haste now you're pinning the enemy to the ground by their neck. Haste doesn't enforce at what point in your turn you must take the extra action. \$\endgroup\$ – ErosRising Nov 1 '18 at 15:59

Haste states:

[...] it gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (one weapon attack only) [...] action.

Shoving a creature is a:

[...] special melee attack [...]

but it's not stated to be a weapon attack.

Therefore, you cannot use your hasted action to shove a creature.

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    \$\begingroup\$ While this is definitely the RAW, I feel the "one weapon attack only" was to prevent abuse with Extra Attack and the like. But since there's no proof of RAI, this is the better answer. I would definitely rule it differently, though. \$\endgroup\$ – Jason_c_o Oct 30 '18 at 9:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ It could be read as "if you use the Attack action to make a weapon attack then you only get one" rather than "you can only use the Attack action to make one weapon attack" (plus the other actions it states). It is a bit ambiguous. On the one hand, it specifically lists other actions such as Dodge etc but does not list Shove. On the other hand, it probably wouldn't hurt to allow it. \$\endgroup\$ – PJRZ Oct 30 '18 at 10:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ @PJRZ It lists other actions such as Dodge because Dodge is its own action, whereas shoving replaces an attack and is not its own distinct action. \$\endgroup\$ – Jason_c_o Oct 30 '18 at 19:22

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