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So this is something I just found out about that I find odd:

  • Opportunity attacks—trigger off of movement that uses the creatures movement (action, move action, bonus action, reaction.)
  • Sentinel—Whenever a creature within 5 ft of you makes an attack at a creature other than you.
  • Booming blade—If the target willingly moves.
  • Mental Prison spell—if it moves, attacks through it, or reaches any part of body out of it.

So the “willingly” is different than other rulings for how effects related to movement works. However what exactly fits willing?

  • Cause fear—nope magic is having them move.
  • Dissonant whispers—same thing. They have to immediately move.

So the creature has to want to move completely of its own accord.

  • Crown of Madness—Humanoid creature you choose must make a wisdom saving throw. On a fail it is charmed by you. (Next is flavor text so skipping.) While charmed in this way the target must make an attack on a creature other than itself that you mentally choose on each of its turns before moving. It can act normally if you choose no creature or if none are within reach.

Crown of madness isn't making them move but doesnt specifically say willing. And if the ruling for willing is movement not caused by magic what about magic causing situations where you take damage if you don't move. Would a creature shimmering with evocation energy be spared because he moved out of the magical blender that is cloud of daggers? If no, then what is the go-to rule for willing movement that I should be using?

In short, what movement counts as willing, and where can it be found? Is moving out of obvious danger caused by magic, willing? Is moving away from an ally so you don't hit them, willing?

If there isn't any actual ruling on willing, that's fine; I'll go back to running it with my interpretation, so that it has same wording as AOO. If there is an actual 5e term or explanation for willing (that isn't Sage Advice), please let me know. I just don't see why it was necessary to put a term in the spell that isn't used anywhere else. I understand it could have been overlooked since it was in a splatbook or has just been ignored since most people probably assume that there is "Forced " and "Willing" movement, with the willing being defined as: any movement from an action, move action, bonus action, or reaction. In same way AOO work.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I've updated the title to match the question asked in the body. Titles are summaries of the question body and indicate its contents, and are not supposed to introduce altogether new content themselves. This title however was asking an entirely different question never found anywhere in the question body, which would mislead people as to what the question is about: it asks what willing movement is, it does not ask for a list of spells. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Jan 27 at 18:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah that works originally I was gonna ask of any other spell or effect said willing movement but I answered my own q \$\endgroup\$ – Deceptecium Jan 27 at 18:17
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A movement forced by a spell/condition is not willing movement.

"Willingly" means: readily; of one's own free will.

RAI support:

Jeremy Crawford support this vision when he states:

Booming blade hurts you if you move away willingly. Dissonant whispers forces you to move—doesn't trigger BL.

Dissonant whispers clearly forces movement on a failed save. Hence it is a very applicable comparison and the ruling is transferable.

However Crown of Madness doesn't affect character movements so its movement is not forced by the spell thus its movement is based on player/creature's will then a 'Willing movement'.

Some of the references came from Does the movement from Infestation count as willing?.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Mk so when it boils down to it the only actual statement of how it works is sage advice which is optional, just gonna run it in sessions the way I have since SCAG came out because I don't want chased by pitchfork wielding players XD. Thanks for your input I appreciate it <3 \$\endgroup\$ – Deceptecium Jan 27 at 17:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ Relevant Crawford tweet on why some spells require willingness to work, in-universe... Twitter user: "lore wise/in world,how would you describe "willing creature" spells? mental request?" - Crawford: "The creature's will helps fuel the spell." \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Jan 27 at 19:52

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