Questions tagged [action-economy]

For questions centering around the "action economy", a meta-game term for the inherent limits on the number of things a character can do in a single turn.

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Can a Familiar cast Summon Animal?

If my Familiar has the Spellcasting ability, is it limited to spells with 2 actions or less? The ability make it sound like the only limitation is that it is 5 levels lower than your highest-level ...
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Does activating a magic item that does not specifically require an action still require an action?

So for example Eversmoking Bottle states: Smoke leaks from the lead-stoppered mouth of this brass bottle, which weighs 1 pound. When you use an action to remove the stopper, a cloud of thick smoke ...
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How does Melf's Minute Meteors interact with another spell with a casting time of 1 action on subsequent rounds of combat? [duplicate]

The Melf's Minute Meteors spell states (XGE, page 161, emphasis mine): [...] When you cast the spell—and as a bonus action on each of your turns thereafter—you can expend one or two of the meteors, ...
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Is it possible to gain the benefits of lying prone without incurring disadvantage on attacks? If so, is this broken?

PHB p. 190 says: You can drop prone without using any of your speed. Standing up takes more effort; doing so costs an amount of movement equal to half your speed... You can't stand up if you don't ...
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On which page of the Player's Handbook are the rules for object interactions located?

On which page of the Player's Handbook are the rules for object interactions located ? I mean the whole "one free object interaction" thing ? Where is it stated ??
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Can the Dual Wielder feat be used to free a hand for casting somatic spells, while two weapon fighting?

Dual Wielder Says: You can draw or stow two one-handed weapons when you would normally be able to draw or stow only one. Use an Object Says: You normally interact with an object while doing ...
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Is there a reason for Searing Blade to have a standard action as an initiation action?

Both Inferno Blade (stronger) and Burning Blade (weaker) have a swift action as the initiation action, which make sense, as the boost only lasts until your turn ends, however, Searing Blade stands out ...
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How to prevent a wake up conga line?

There is a problem I encountered recently. My DM rolls initiative for groups of monsters together. We are at level 4, so Sleep should be a decent battlefield control. However, we have been ...
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Action economy on spells [duplicate]

I've had a recent discussion regarding the possibility of using a bonus action, while casting a spell with a casting time of 10 min. I haven't been able to find anything, so I'm curious to what you ...
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Does removing the bonus action requirement of two weapon fighting make it unbalanced?

I've been toying with various approaches to making Two-Weapon Fighting interact better with other class features that use a bonus action. I am considering removing the bonus action requirement of Two-...
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Availability of Legendary Actions

Not sure I understand the timing/availability of Legendary Actions. Say Puff the Dragon has Legendary Actions A, B, and C, and is being attacked by a party consisting of W, X, Y, and Z. After W's turn,...
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Can I get my friend's weapon in combat using my object interaction?

On my turn, can I get the weapon of another friendly character (with his permission) during combat after he has performed his action? If possible, would I use my object interaction to do so?
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Do I have to attack to use Extra Attack?

Do I have to attack to use Extra Attack? Or can I do something different with my action on my turn and use this feature to attack? So for example, say I use Dash, Disengage, or Cast a Spell; can I ...
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Does the Tasha's Mind Whip spell prevent bonus actions if you take away an action?

The description of the Tasha's mind whip spell states (TCoE, p. 115): You psychically lash out at one creature you can see within range. The target must make an Intelligence saving throw. On a failed ...
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How does turn order work for the Beast Master ranger's alternative class feature Primal Companion?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything contains an alternative class feature for the Beast Master ranger that replaces the Ranger's Companion feature (PHB, p. 93). The description of the new Primal Companion ...
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What are the mechanics of ropers' tendril replacement?

The roper's Grasping Tendrils trait says: Destroying a tendril deals no damage to the roper, which can extrude a replacement tendril on its next turn. And the Weakening Tendrils section of its lore ...
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Can the attack granted by the Gloom Stalker Ranger's Stalker's Fury be forgone by features such as the Battle Master Fighter's Commander's Strike?

This is inspired by the following two related questions: Can my familiar use the bonus attack from two-weapon fighting to make its own attack? Can you use Commander's Strike to forgo an attack ...
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How many attacks can I make with the Sudden Charge feat?

Braun is a young Dwarf Barbarian. He uses the Sudden Charge feat to get to the Kobold: With a quick sprint, you dash up to your foe and swing. Stride twice. If you end your movement within melee ...
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help with readied action [closed]

We roll a new initiative each turn to make it more random. The scenario: the fighter readies to attack the creature when it moves into his range. The creature moves but doesn't reach the fighter. on ...
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Does making an ability check take an action?

The only ability checks that are listed as an action in the game are Dexterity (Stealth) when taking the Hide action, and Wisdom (Perception) or Intelligence (Investigation) for the Search action. Do ...
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Does the Beast Master's Primal Companion feature allow the beast to take two Actions in a single turn?

I watched a video from Dungeon Dudes on YouTube where they rated the Ranger subclasses. Around the 23:18 mark, they mentioned that the new Beast Master's Primal Companion feature from Tasha's Cauldron ...
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How to design a level 1 encounter with 7 level 1 characters

Me and my friends decided to play some D&D 5th edition. The issue is, though I am a long term DM I am only well-versed in the rules for 3.5e and Pathfinder 1st, same as Open Legend but it uses a ...
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Quicker activation for Ring of Invisibility

Is there any way to increase the activation speed of a ring of invisibility to be anything but a standard action? If not, is there anything that can apply a short burst of invisibility as a move or ...
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Does a clay golem's haste action actually give it more attacks?

A clay golem has an action called Haste that is thematically similar to the spell of the same name but mechanically rather different: Haste (Recharge 5–6). Until the end of its next turn, the golem ...
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What is the action economy cost of using Bottled Breath?

The description of Bottled Breath from Princes of the Apocalypse says: This bottle contains a breath of elemental air. When you inhale it, you either exhale it or hold it. If you exhale the breath, ...
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What exactly is the familiar ability "Lab Assistant" good for?

So, I'm building an alchemist, specifically a bomber, and I'm really pretty confused about the value of the Lab Assistant feature for my familiar (and, indeed, the value of the familiar as a whole). ...
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Can my familiar reload my crossbow for me?

I've seen at least one online character optimization guide suggesting that low-level alchemists should acquire a familiar for action efficiency with crossbows - specifically that you could have the ...
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Can you activate more than 2 magic rings in one turn? [duplicate]

The idea stems from one of my players but can you tie magic rings (enchanted with magic missile) together and activate them all in one action? So for example they have ten magic rings all with the ...
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How many things can a person hold and use at one time?

I'm learning to play / DM, and watching various videos on line and experimenting. One scenario came up on which I'd appreciate clarification: The situation is a human wizard has descended some stairs ...
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Under what conditions does a Martial Spellcaster need the Warcaster feat to comfortably cast spells?

I had a player recently come to me about playing an Eldritch Knight character, and they had questions about their ability to cast spells while holding a weapon (or two), and were debating taking the ...
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Can you throw more than one weapon per turn?

How do thrown weapons interact with the Extra Attack feature? Can you throw more than one weapon per turn? How about two-weapon fighting? Do you need the Dual-Wielder feat to throw two weapons ...
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Can you draw a weapon as part of a spell attack?

This is inspired by the following question which seems to only ask about steel wind strike, while this question is more general: Can I draw a weapon as a part of a Melee Spell Attack? The rules on &...
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Can I draw a weapon as a part of a Melee Spell Attack?

A spell like Steel Wind Strike requires a melee spell attack. Use an Object (PHB pg193) states, "...such as draw a sword as part of an attack." This doesn't clarify a spell or weapon attack. ...
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Is there a meaningful difference between giving a monster multiattack and giving it multiple turns per round?

I'm creating a CR21 boss for my medium-level party of six players to fight. I know that action economy is a big disadvantage for a single enemy fighting an entire party, so I'm giving the boss the ...
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If your bonus-action spell is counterspelled, are you still restricted to casting a cantrip that turn?

The rules for bonus-action spells state: You must use a bonus action on your turn to cast the spell, provided that you haven't already taken a bonus action this turn. You can't cast another spell ...
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Can a monk with the Dwarven Fortitude feat attack twice and heal (using Patient Defense to Dodge as a bonus action) in the same turn?

In D&D 5e, a monk can use Martial Arts to attack twice. They can then spend a ki point to Dodge as a bonus action using the Patient Defense benefit of the Ki feature; if they have the Dwarven ...
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Fighter - Two Weapon Fighting/Hex/Booming Blade

So I’m in a campaign and the DM is helping out one of our players. He helped them build their character and at lvl 5 he has him doing something insane. Now I’m relatively new myself so I can’t ...
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Can an Eldritch Knight Attack Twice With Green Flame Blade and War Magic? [duplicate]

An 8th-level Eldritch Knight has a sword. The War Magic class ability says: When you use your action to cast a cantrip, you can make one weapon attack as a bonus action And the cantrip Green Flame ...
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RAW, can you break up turns between a rider and their controlled mount? [duplicate]

Can't seem to find clarification on this, it always just directs me to the Mounted Combat rule. Mounted Combat [...] The initiative of a controlled mount changes to match yours when you mount it. It ...
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When does a warlock's familiar make their attack if the warlock has the Investment of the Chain Master eldritch invocation?

So, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything introduces a lot of new "pet" mechanics in DnD 5e. An emerging trend for some of them is that the master can take a bonus action to command the pet to take ...
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Can you use the Eldritch Blast cantrip on the same turn as the UA Lurker in the Deep warlock's Grasp of the Deep feature?

The Lurker in the Deep warlock patron (from UA: Sorcerer and Warlock) gets the Grasp of the Deep feature at 1st level. Part of the feature description states: [...] As a bonus action, you create a 10-...
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Is dropping a weapon "free", in terms of action cost?

I've seen many people on StackExchange and other forums mention that you can drop something as a free action, but I've never seen it sourced, or come across support for it in the Player's Handbook. ...
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Can I combine the monk's Martial Arts feature with the Hunter ranger's Horde Breaker feature?

Can I use the monk's Martial Arts feature on the second attack granted by the Hunter ranger's Horde Breaker feature (i.e., hit the first target with a weapon, use Martial Arts to make an unarmed ...
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Does the Artificer's Spell-Storing Item effectively bypass the bonus action spellcasting rule?

The rule on Bonus Action Casting Time states: A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus action on your turn to cast the spell, provided that you haven't already taken ...
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Does the Battle Smith artificer's Steel Defender get a full turn?

I know the Steel Defender uses your initiative and goes immediately after you. What I'm not sure about is what is can actually do on its turn. Does a Steel Defender get a full turn? Action Free ...
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Can a ballista be fired once per round with a crew of three?

The rules for the ballista on p.255 of the DMG state that to make an attack the weapon must be loaded, aimed and fired. Each of these takes one action. However, could each of these actions be ...
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Produce Flame Cantrip as a readied or holding action?

A PC states that they are going to use the Ready action to cast produce flame. They want to produce the flame to see on their turn, but they want to wait until the trigger happens to hurl the flame. ...
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Are actions and bonus actions interchangeable?

While I know you can't cast 2 spells of first level or higher in a turn, and actions can't just be used as bonus actions, is the reverse true? Say there's a barbarian cleric that rages as a bonus ...
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Can Legendary Actions be used after a dead creature's turn?

If a monster has Legendary Actions, can it use one at the end of a dead creature's turn? And would it matter if the dead creature is an ally of the monster or a PC? Relevant section from the Monster ...
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Does interaction with a magic necklace count as an action in combat?

I'm playing in Curse of Strahd module, and there is an item named the holy symbol of ravenkind. This item hides behind the paladin’s shirt. When the paladin is in the a middle of the combat and has ...