Cunning Action: Aim contains the following:

You can use this bonus action only if you haven't moved during this turn, and after you use the bonus action, your speed is 0 until the end of the current turn.

Class Feature Variants Unearthed Arcana (page 9) Site PDF

Would a rogue under the effect of the fly spell be able to use this feature while in the air? If so, would he fall to the ground after using it? Does something change if they naturally have a fly speed and it isn't from the fly spell?


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They would not fall, but flying speed would be reduced to 0

The Fly spell reads:

The target gains a flying speed of 60 feet for the Duration.

Since flying speed is a speed, This means that when speed is reduced to 0, flying speed is also reduced to 0. The rules on flying speeds being reduced to 0 read:

If a flying creature is knocked prone, has its speed reduced to 0, or is otherwise deprived of the ability to move, the creature falls, unless it has the ability to hover or it is being held aloft by magic, such as by the fly spell.

(emphasis mine)

The flying rules say that when flying speed is reduced to 0 the flying creature falls. However, since these rules essentially say that if the flying status is created by magic, with the fly spell as an example, in this case the character would not fall, so they would simply be unable to move after using the cunning action during this turn.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I just picture a bullet-time sort of thing from a video-game, the PC jumping up and aiming a bow, hanging there. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jason_c_o
    Jan 15, 2020 at 2:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ This answer only covers a magical flying scenario, but the question asks about both magical and natural flying scenarios. \$\endgroup\$
    – mdrichey
    Jan 15, 2020 at 16:30

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