Could you ready the action: If an enemy attacks me then, once they've attacked, I will attempt to knock them prone.

If so it could be used if the distance between you and an enemy was too far to cross in one move, moving to 30 feet from them. Readying this action would give you advantage on your next attack, if successful, because the target would still be prone (not having had their turn yet to stand back up).

  • \$\begingroup\$ I assume you want this so they are prone at the start of your turn? Thus getting advantage? Be aware that in most (all?) cases just attacking twice properly gives better results. \$\endgroup\$
    – SeriousBri
    Apr 5, 2020 at 20:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ @LioElbammalf what makes you expect you can not do this? \$\endgroup\$
    – enkryptor
    Apr 5, 2020 at 20:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @SeriousBri Even if you're just by yourself, it can be worth it if you have Extra Attacks or bonus action attacks, or something like Sneak Attack that gives additional benefits for having advantage. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mark Wells
    Apr 5, 2020 at 21:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @enkryptor I wasn't sure if you could ready an action to trigger after being attacked. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 6, 2020 at 6:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ @LioElbammalf: Given your assumption that they'll stay prone if you're successful, I assume what you're actually asking is whether you can Ready an action to trigger after someone's turn ends. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Apr 6, 2020 at 6:51

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Yes, you can shove someone with a readied action.

The ready action requires you to choose an action to take in response to a perceivable trigger.

And one of the actions available to you is the attack action, which can be used to shove:

Using the Attack action, you can make a special melee attack to shove a creature, [...] to knock it prone

I would also point out that you don't have to wait for the enemy creature to attack- you could choose a trigger of when the creature gets close enough to shove. However, as pointed out in the comments, this leaves the opportunity for the creature to use their action to Dash and stand back up.

  • \$\begingroup\$ If you shove before they've attacked wouldn't they be able to get back up? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 6, 2020 at 5:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ Getting up is just an expenditure of movement. They can get up before or after they attack, no matter when they get knocked down, if they have half their speed in movement left. \$\endgroup\$
    – Exal
    Apr 6, 2020 at 7:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ @LioElbammalf only if they have half their movement left, yes \$\endgroup\$
    – lucasvw
    Apr 6, 2020 at 8:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @LioElbammalf although, thinking about this more, they could use the dash action to stand back up as well (but then they would have used up their action) \$\endgroup\$
    – lucasvw
    Apr 6, 2020 at 11:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/q/83425/38502 \$\endgroup\$
    – lucasvw
    Apr 6, 2020 at 11:26

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