A creature making use of climbing movement, on a suitable surface, when interrupting its movement during climbing, can it act freely by remaining in the place where it is? Is it necessary to spend an action and/or occupy one or both hands while remaining motionless? Is there any risk of falling while immobile, if targeted by something/effect, even if the creature has climbing movement?

  • \$\begingroup\$ FWIW, if you're planning on doing a lot of climbing in combat, you might be interested in Combat Climber. \$\endgroup\$
    – ESCE
    Oct 24, 2022 at 15:40

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Requirements You have both hands free.

You move up, down, or across an incline.

The Climb action is only attempted when moving. No action is required to stay stationary on a surface, and the requirements here taking up both hands would only apply while taking the action (though letting go completely could cause a fall depending on the circumstance).

If you would be knocked prone while you're Climbing or Flying, you fall

Most effects don't cause a creature clinging to a surface to fall unless it moves them out of reach of the surface or knocks them prone. Using a reaction to Grab an Edge at the same DC as the Climb is a good way for those creatures to stop falling in those cases.


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