My group is currently in a combat situation, and one of my PCs used the ready action to say, "I ready an attack if there is any hostile action towards me."

Now from a previous post I read, it said it's ultimately up to DM discretion, and I am of the mind that the two examples given for ready action are rather specific, giving a specific trigger for a specific reaction, but I am hearing differing opinions from across the board. I have heard that one should be able to be as broad as to say that you can ready an attack without having to specify how you are attacking, but I am not sure.

I would like to know from the forum here, what your opinions are, as I wish to iron out this feature with my PCs.


marked as duplicate by Purple Monkey, V2Blast dnd-5e Jan 6 at 7:48

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to the site. Take the tour as it's a useful introduction to how things work around here. Most importantly is that this is a Q&A site, not a forum, and isn't built for the kind of opinionated discussion of most forums. Questions here need to be specific and focused. An example of this would be something like "how specific do I need to be when readying an action?" instead of asking for opinions (though I'm pretty sure we have a question like that already). \$\endgroup\$ – Purple Monkey Jan 6 at 7:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PurpleMonkey: you were correct. :) \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Jan 6 at 7:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also related: Can the action in a Ready Action be conditional? \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Jan 6 at 7:51