I've been playing the Thunderspire Labyrinth adventure for D&D 4th edition, and at one point a character was grabbed by two different monsters.

Can two different creatures of different types grab and sustain a grab against the same creature?


Yes. It would be same two people holding/restraining you as long as both creatures want to cooperate. If they are into cooperating then the character is going to have a tougher job breaking the grab of both.

If they are not into cooperating then if both grabs succeed there may be a check for the first 'grabber' resisting having it's 'grabee' stolen away.

Can you say bungee cord character?

  • \$\begingroup\$ This was in encounter W1: Chamber of the Well, in Thunderspire Labyrinth. The creatures were a cavern choker and a phalagar, it seems like they might be smart enough to work together. \$\endgroup\$ – Mark Rogers Nov 22 '10 at 16:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ Agreed. Ouch. Make a wish. \$\endgroup\$ – Acedrummer_CLB Nov 22 '10 at 17:19

If you're grabbed by multiple attackers, to escape you make an ordinary escape check, with +2 to the DC for every attacker beyond the first. I don't have a page ref right on hand, but this happened with my group last weekend -- they were attacked by stirges (which were nasty!).


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