Say Alice grapples Bob. Bob then shoves Alice and pushes them 5 feet away.
Which of the following occurs?
- A. The shove pushes the grappler out of range, breaking the grapple.
- B. Alice drags Bob with them, and the grapple is maintained.
- C. Something else happens.
Why ask this question?
In the new One D&D playtest Character Origins PDF, there have been very significant changes to the grappling rules. There has been a lot of debate over whether these are a buff or nerf or how they function. The overall consensus is that the new DC is actually a buff.
However, there has been a lot of confusion over whether breaking grapples is now easier or harder... It used to be that you can break a grapple with an action (and a successful check), but now you have to wait until the end of your turn to make a check. Some people argue that this nerfs grapple because the target still gets their action, while others say it is a nerf because you can't free yourself then walk away (that said you could ready an action, etc.).
Some people are arguing that you could use an unarmed attack to push your grappler away and then walk away, but that plan has come under a lot of scrutiny. Some people are arguing that if you shove someone with a grappled target, they will drag the target with them. Some people have also argued that the condition for ending grapple is the target moving away from the grappler, not the other way around, but I don't think this is valid so we don't need to discuss it in this question - unless your answer revolves around this assumption then I think it needs to be addressed.
Here is the text of grappled in one D&D:
The Condition also ends if the grappler is Incapacitated or if something moves you outside the grapple’s range without using your Speed.