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Moving Around Other creatures

You can move through a nonhostile creature's space [but] you can't willingly end your move in its space.

Is that "end your move" at the end of your turn or if you stop to attack? I had a player who wanted to move into another friendly character's space, attack a hostile, then sidestep behind a wall.

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You can't end your movement in an occupied space, as the rule you quoted says. When you move in 5e, you are free to spend your "feet of movement" how you like during your turn. This does not exempt you from the clause that states you cannot end movement in an occupied square. The full order of actions would be:

  1. Begin with 30 feet of movement (assuming your speed is 30)
  2. Move 15 ft to occupied square — can't stop here because it's occupied, move to closest unoccupied square
  3. Attack if able
  4. Use rest of movement to move behind wall

This is confirmed by Jeremy Crawford in a tweet:

Jeremy Crawford ‏@JeremyECrawford · May 3 2016

You can't willingly stop moving in another creature's space. #DnD

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  • \$\begingroup\$ There's a developer tweet that agrees with this if you care to look for it. \$\endgroup\$ – Derek Stucki Feb 24 '16 at 21:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ twitter.com/JeremyECrawford/status/… \$\endgroup\$ – Guy Dec 2 '16 at 19:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you have to stop moving in order to attack, don't you? \$\endgroup\$ – enkryptor Dec 2 '16 at 20:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @enkryptor If you are taking an action then you are not moving, and vice versa. \$\endgroup\$ – LegendaryDude Dec 2 '16 at 20:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @LegendaryDude so "you can't willingly stop moving in another creature's space" might mean that you can't attack in another creature's space". \$\endgroup\$ – enkryptor Dec 2 '16 at 21:00
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Movement is not a defined action like it was in 4e

Your move speed is effectively how many squares you can move on your turn and you can break it up between other actions you take (multiple attacks as part of the Attack action and/or free actions like dropping a held object) thus when you stop moving to do something you are "ending your move." Because the same section of rules you quote starts off saying you can move through non-hostile creature space.

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