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Can a character delay their action until a later Initiative count, or do they just forfeit their turn unless they Ready an action? [duplicate]

In D&D 4e (4e PHB pg.288) you can Delay, which allows you to save all your actions for a later time, coming back into the Initiative Order "After any other combatant has completed a turn." Is ...
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Deferred Initiative Breaching A Shut Door [duplicate]

If the party rolls but our first man through is not first in order, may the other characters defer their spot to follow the tank in and proceed with their turns? Or would they just have to skip their ...
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Can a character purposefully delay his position in the initiative order? [duplicate]

Many actions in combat (like making an enemy fall prone), can give an edge to your teammates (in this case, melee advantage) until the enemy's turn (in this case, he would get back up to end the ...
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Can I decide to lower my Initiative after rolling it in order to permanently change my position in the sequence of turns? [duplicate]

The current question is in some sense a follow-up to the following one: Can I delay my turn in D&D 5e? The answer to that question is no. The only means to acting at a different turn in the ...
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What happens when initiative allows a player to act before the player that started the combat?

This example is a somewhat simplified version of what happened during the last game I DMed for a bunch of friends. A party of PCs was trudging through the woods when they happened upon a very small ...
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How to handle initiative when a new force joins a combat in progress

I am DMing a small hunger-games-like adventure where there are multiple parties of NPC who also are participating. It is pretty likely that the PCs will happen upon some of the NPCs fighting some ...
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When are the effects of prone ended?

Here is a situation: Initiative 15 - Monk attacks orc causing the orc receive the "prone" condition. Initiative 13 - Orc stands up, ending the prone condition, and attacks the monk without ...
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Can players decide at the start of combat what order to act in when planning an attack on a known enemy?

What keeps a player from deliberately planning their own initiative action themselves by choosing to act in a predefined sequence and waiting until a monster has acted? If all the players do this, ...
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If the DM rolls initiative once for a group of monsters, how do end-of-turn effects work?

A wizard rounds a corner to find two kobolds brandishing their weapons. Roll initiative! The DM determines that neither side is surprised. The DM then makes a single initiative roll (10) for the two ...
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Can you choose to delay rolling your initiative?

This is a follow-up to this question, specifically to that answer. I understand the concern of wreaking havoc on the duration of spells and other effects by delaying your turn at will in the ...