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This answer says that the (enemy) bugbear is part of the combat when he knows about it.

This answer says you can only be surprised at the beginning of combat.

Could the unnoticed bugbear wait until every enemy the party knows about is dead, and then attack to surprise them?
Basically, when does an encounter end, and when does another start?

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marked as duplicate by NautArch dnd-5e Feb 14 at 16:07

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    \$\begingroup\$ Related (possible duplicate) on When does one leave turn based action if you are in a hostile area \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Feb 14 at 15:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ After further review, this very much looks like a duplicate. If it isn't, please clarify the difference and we can reopen this. \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Feb 14 at 16:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @NautArch I'm not so sure. That question seems heavily focused on the time scale and round by round tracking. However this question is focused on combat in general ending and the two are only the same if you argue that combat is always tracked by the round or that when you stop tracking by the round combat ends. I'm not sure that logical leap is small enough to justify a duplicate. \$\endgroup\$ – Rubiksmoose Feb 14 at 16:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NautArch nitsua60's first comment answers this question, not his answer. \$\endgroup\$ – SpearCarrier.no2 Feb 14 at 16:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ @SpearCarrier.no2 I've asked Nitsua60 to fold that comment into the answer. I still think it applies to the question asked (which i still think is the same as your question.) But let me know if you think the question (and not the answer) is basically the same or not (and why not if it isn't.) \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Feb 14 at 16:40

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