# What is the result of a Readied Action to move the target triggered by a melee attack attempt?

Situation:

Fred the Fighter wants to survive another round in the ring with Bob the Barbarian. He's a skilled fighter, and has taken Combat Maneuver feats. Bob moves in to attack, but Fred readied to perform a Combat Maneuver. He specifically says "when the Barbarian attempts to melee attack me, I Bull Rush him". Bob is pushed outside of his reach from Fred.

What does Bob's turn look like? He's already moved, and was in the middle of attempting a melee attack (which no longer has a valid target).

Would any of these situations change the situation enough to justify another question?

• Bob's was already within reach, and it was his first attack in a Full Attack action
• Fred's Bull Rush leaves Bob near a different valid target (ally or not)
• Loosely inspired by this question; Related from D&D 3.5 – Ifusaso May 23 at 14:39
• Is this essentially the same as this question? – Hey I Can Chan May 23 at 15:04
• Yeah essentially. I think it still stands on its own though, because different mechanics are used as the interruption (and my searching didn't bring up the other question, so it may allow more people to find their answer) – Ifusaso May 23 at 18:56
• O, by the way, Paizo messageboard post with associated—and, of course, unaddressed—FAQ request here. (Number of FAQ requests for this issue as of this writing: 52.) – Hey I Can Chan May 24 at 15:30
• Oh wow. Yeah I come here before Paizo message boards for a reason. I don't understand why they can't just answer questions that get FAQ'd like this... and now they may never if v2 ever actually kicks off. – Ifusaso May 24 at 21:07

## The melee attack fails and he has no actions left

Readied Actions happen before the action that triggered them:

If the target still has actions left (5 foot step, swift action and free actions), he may still do them, but he already spent his move and standard actions.

Unless, of course, you are still within his reach, then he may still attack you because you didn't push him further than what would be necessary for you to be out of his reach.

• Could you clarify how "just before the action" causes them to lose the action? – Ifusaso May 23 at 18:57
• " you interrupt the other character. Assuming he is still capable of doing so, he continues his actions once you complete your readied action." – ShadowKras May 23 at 19:05
• @Ifusaso If I may: Andy has readied the action Shove Bob and the trigger If Bob takes a swing at me. Bob takes a swing at Andy. Before Bob's swing, Andy shoves Bob to where Bob can't reach Andy. Committed to the swing but unable to perform it, Bob loses his action. (Yes, that's as terrible as it sounds, and you are not alone if it makes you want to take a swing at both Andy and Bob.) – Hey I Can Chan May 23 at 19:21
• Well I'm going to post a competing answer and see what others vote for before accepting – Ifusaso May 24 at 11:57

## The melee attack is prevented, but they can perform a different Standard Action

Because a Readied action happens before the triggering action, the action was never taken.

• @niekell It's a paradox either way. That is, if Andy takes his ready action before Bob takes his action therefore preventing Bob's action, Bob now didn't and currently can't take the action that triggered Andy's ready action. Really, what flavor paradox do you prefer? (I prefer this answer's paradox because losing actions sucks, and because this way doesn't force a declare phase.) :-) – Hey I Can Chan May 27 at 5:37