For the Barbarian, is Reckless Attack still active if you retaliate (lv 14 Path of the Berserker) against someone when they hit you? On Reddit, it said for the Fighter's Evasive Footwork that,

"While most people see the game in rounds, that is not how things happen at all. If your character moves even 5ft, you're in movement until your next turn. Everyone's rounds happen at the same time, and just because you didn't use your full 30ft of movement that does not mean you stopped moving, just that you're moving more slowly. All that means just one thing: Evasive Footwork functions like the Shield spell, but without costing any action to cast."

I'm wondering if the same idea is true for Reckless Attack - is it still active until your next turn?

For quick reference, Reckless Attack states: "Doing so gives you advantage on melee weapon attack rolls using Strength during this turn, but attack rolls against you have advantage until your next turn."

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    – NotArch
    Apr 2, 2020 at 17:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ Very related and possible duplicate on Does barbarian reckless attack apply to only the first attack or all attacks that turn the barbarian makes? \$\endgroup\$
    – NotArch
    Apr 2, 2020 at 18:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NautArch Definitely related, but certainly not a duplicate. That question is about attacks taken on-turn, this one is about attacks taken off-turn. \$\endgroup\$
    – T.J.L.
    Apr 2, 2020 at 18:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ @T.J.L. Fair enough! I wasn't sure since it was so clear that it was on-turn and this is off-turn, but let's keep this open. \$\endgroup\$
    – NotArch
    Apr 2, 2020 at 18:24

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No, Reckless Attack is not active by the time you take your reaction

Combat is broken down into rounds, during which everyone takes a turn (Player's Handbook chapter 9). There follows, in the rules, a description of what you can do during your turn. Namely, an action, movement and possibly a bonus action.

So when something says it lasts for your turn or "during your turn", it lasts only for that moment until you have completed your action/movement/bonus action.

After that, it may still be the same round but it is no longer your turn.

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    \$\begingroup\$ while it's not expressly asked, I would like you to point out that it would be active during a retaliation that occurs on your turn (such as if you draw an attack of opportunity). \$\endgroup\$
    – goodguy5
    Apr 2, 2020 at 20:05

Hate to bring this up again but I was looking for an answer for this as well, according to different sources it is allowed. The wording on the Reckless Attack on DND Beyond is this "When you make your first attack on your turn, you can decide to attack recklessly. Doing so gives you advantage on melee weapon attack rolls using Strength during this turn, but attack rolls against you have advantage until your next turn..

What people mainly point out is that you get advantage on weapon attack rolls during this turn, it doesn't say your turn but the round when you activate it. It is however required that you activate it on your turn by declaring it.

Sources: https://reddit.com/r/DnD/comments/8c4s8x/5e_barbarian_reckless_attack_ready_action, https://www.dndbeyond.com/forums/class-forums/barbarian/3210-reckless-attack

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    – Someone_Evil
    Jan 29, 2021 at 17:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ Pretty sure it would have said round if it was supposed to be a round. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 29, 2021 at 18:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ There are several features, like the basic Dodge action, which explicitly specify "until start of yout next turn". Reckless attack doesn't say that, because it doesn't do that. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 29, 2021 at 18:11

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