Assume, a Giant Toad swallowed kobold A. Kobold B stands near this Giant Toad (inside 5 feets).

Both kobolds have Pack Tactics feature, which says

You have advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of your allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated.

Does it mean that both kobolds have advantage on an their attack rolls? Maybe only kobold A? Maybe only kobold B?


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RAW then yes, advantage can be applied to both kobolds as all the requirements are met. The giant toad's Swallow action doesn't impose the incapacitated condition.

RAI, I would say no. The idea behind advantage through Pack Tactics or flanking is that your ally is in a position to distract the enemy, thus making your attack more likely to be successful. When one of the allies is swallowed inside the enemy, I would say its ability to distract is severely limited.

So, it is GM-dependent, I would say. There are arguments that could be made for either ruling.

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    \$\begingroup\$ One such argument is that the kobolds cannot see each other making it impossible to coordinate their attacks. \$\endgroup\$
    – Slagmoth
    Aug 30, 2019 at 1:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ I disagree to some extent. Foob that doesn't agree with you can be very distracting. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mołot
    Aug 30, 2019 at 6:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ "When one of the allies is swallowed inside the enemy I would say its ability to distract is severely limited." I disagree : acid refluxes can already be mildly disruptive, imagine a kobold poking your intestines from inside... \$\endgroup\$ Aug 30, 2019 at 13:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ Relevant meta: Please avoid using the RAI acronym, or use it carefully & be clear in context. You should expand the acronym or rephrase it to be clear. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Aug 30, 2019 at 21:23

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