I am looking for a feat that in some way resembles Step Up from Pathfinder:

Step Up (Combat)

You can close the distance when a foe tries to move away.

Prerequisite: Base attack bonus +1.

Benefit: Whenever an adjacent foe attempts to take a 5-foot step away from you, you may also make a 5-foot step as an immediate action so long as you end up adjacent to the foe that triggered this ability. If you take this step, you cannot take a 5-foot step during your next turn. If you take an action to move during your next turn, subtract 5 feet from your total movement.

My goal is to prevent a caster to take a 5-foot step away from me while we are engaged in melee, in this way he/she is forced to cast defensively.

I understand that a weapon with reach could easily do the trick, but I can not consider this option.

So, is there any Feat or Class Feature that could help?


2 Answers 2


A combination of the thicket of blades stance and the Evasive Reflexes feat, both from Tome of Battle, allows you to do this. Thicket of blades is available by dipping a level of crusader, or taking the Martial Study feat followed by the Martial Stance feat, all of which are also from Tome of Battle. It costs more, but it also does more, since thicket of blades allows 5-ft. steps to always provoke from you, and Evasive Reflexes allows you to 5-ft. step any time an attack of opportunity is provoked, and step in any direction.

The biggest problem is that thicket of blades is a 3rd-level stance, which means you have to be 9th level to get it with a dip or feat, or just be a 5th-level crusader.


The Pursue feat from Eberron Campaign Setting, page 58, allows you to 5-foot-step into a square that an opponent you threaten takes a 5-foot-step out of, in exchange for 1 action point.


You have the ability to follow in an opponent’s wake.

Prerequisite: Combat Reflexes.

Benefit: In combat, when an opponent in an adjacent square takes a single 5-foot step to a square that you do not threaten, you can spend 1 action point to move into the square the opponent just left. This movement occurs after the 5-foot step but before any other actions, and it does not provoke attacks of opportunity.

  • \$\begingroup\$ +1 for a valid answer to the question, but hoo boy, that is not a strong option. Action points are much too limited for this. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Oct 14, 2020 at 18:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ I had never looked into the Action Point variant rules... but yeah this would very rarely be worth a resource that does not replenish ever. Good find though. Might be necessary if a group doesn't play with Tome of Battle. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ifusaso
    Oct 15, 2020 at 12:19

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