I read a really cool multiclass on Reddit, the Bardbarian, and I'm going to create one.

But it described a combination of Grapple and Shove to knock an enemy prone and not allow him to get up, since the grapple make his movements down to 0.

But how do I grapple a prone enemy?

Also, while grappling someone, do I take attacks from others with disadvantage?

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    \$\begingroup\$ You seem to be asking a few totally different questions here; it seems like some of them may have been asked already, but I'm unable to find any duplicates at the moment. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Jan 23, 2020 at 20:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ If you want details on how you might grapple a prone enemy, try this video: youtube.com/watch?v=iw8gKycX-xE \$\endgroup\$ Jan 23, 2020 at 21:07

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You can, being knocked prone doesn't stop you from being grappled

First of all, welcome to Stack Exchange!

As per grapple rules, emphasis mine:

The target of your grapple must be no more than one size larger than you and must be within your reach. Using at least one free hand, you try to seize the target by making a grapple check [...]

No limitation on character state stated. To grapple a prone opponent, simply declare your grapple and roll the appropriate check.

However, the grapple's target isn't under any additional penalties to escape your grapple, as escaping a grapple doesn't require a movement action. Again, as per rules:

Escaping a Grapple: A Grappled creature can use its action to escape. To do so, it must succeed on a Strength (Athletics) or Dexterity (Acrobatics) check contested by your Strength (Athletics) check.

As for your second question, which could possibly be its own question entirely:

Grappling does not apply any negative effects on the grappling character

There's no rules stating otherwise that I can find.

Extra: A prone and grappled creature retains the following effect from Prone:

An Attack roll against the creature has advantage if the attacker is within 5 feet of the creature. Otherwise, the Attack roll has disadvantage.

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    \$\begingroup\$ It should be noted that while grappling, attempting to move, which would cause the grappled creature to be dragged or carried, reduces your speed by half. \$\endgroup\$
    – Cecilao
    Jan 24, 2020 at 23:43

Knocking someone prone is de rigeuer for grapplers

Independent of the specific classes, all grappler builds work towards knocking their opponent prone.

See The grappler’s manual.


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