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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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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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 a character drop a weapon in order to cast a spell that is a reaction?

Suppose a Fighter/Wizard without the War Caster feat is wielding a sword and shield. If she is hit and wants to cast the Shield spell as a reaction (it has a somatic component), can she drop her ...
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If a Spell has a casting time of 1 minute, what part of the caster's action economy would it take up if it was cast in combat?

This is a bit difficult of an idea for me to articulate, so I'll try and do my best: If a character was to attempt and cast a spell with a casting time of 1 minute, while in combat, would they have to ...
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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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Does switching between using a versatile weapon one-handed to two-handed cost anything with regards to the action economy?

The versatile weapon property says (PHB, p. 147): Versatile. This weapon can be used with one or two hands. A damage value in parentheses appears with the property–the damage when the weapon is used ...
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How long does it take to equip a shield?

I'm currently playing a character that can switch fairly easily between a front-line tank and a spellcaster. I know that for my material components I will require a hand free to access my component ...
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Does Magic Stone require an action or a bonus action for attacking with it?

The cantrip Magic Stone states: You touch one to three pebbles and imbue them with magic. You or someone else can make a ranged spell attack with one of the pebbles by throwing it or hurling it with ...
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Can a character with the Extra Attack feature and the Crossbow Expert feat shoot a hand crossbow 4 times in the same turn?

In D&D 5e, can a 5th-level fighter shoot a hand crossbow 4 times per turn using the Crossbow Expert feat? The fighter's Extra Attack feature says (PHB, p. 72): Beginning at 5th level, you can ...
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How do the actions work out when sheathing/drawing weapon and then casting a spell?

My character is a Warlock/Fighter with two-weapons fighting speciality. I'm kinda confused with 2 weapons and the spellcasting. All at the same time. So I have the following scenario, please, correct ...
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What can I do in one round?

I'm still little confused about actions in Pathfinder. There are standard actions, move actions, full round actions, free actions, etc. I need to know which combinations of these actions I can use in ...
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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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What is the action-economy cost of drawing a weapon? What about two?

What does it take to draw a weapon if you start combat with it away? Is it an Interact? If so, you trigger Reactions including Attack of Opportunity. Part of a Stride (as it was in P1e)? Free? What if ...
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How do Dvati work with Maneuvers?

So Dvati may be my new favorite race. One character with two bodies poses a number of interesting questions, and while the rules are pretty clear on how that works with spellcasting, nothing is said ...
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Are there any balance issues with allowing thrown Javelins to be drawn for free like ammunition weapons?

Weapons that have the ammunition property, such as bows and crossbows, can be used without having to worry about the action economy with regards to the ammunition itself (such as arrows or bolts) as ...
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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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What is the cheapest way to damage myself and trigger the effects of the Fade Away gnome racial feat?

The Fade Away gnome racial feat says (XGtE, p. 74): Immediately after you take damage, you can use a reaction to magically become invisible until the end of your next turn or until you attack, deal ...
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Can you attack more than once using multiple weapons with the "loading" property?

Alice has no feats, the Extra Attack class feature, and is holding two hand crossbows, one in each hand. Can she load and fire both crossbows every turn?
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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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Will anything break if I allow the Warlock pact weapon to be called with a bonus action instead of an action?

I have a Warlock in my group that rarely ever gets his pact blade out, since it takes an action to summon it. Given that drawing a regular weapon doesn't even take a bonus action, is there anything in ...
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Does the Witch Bolt spell end if you use a bonus action, reaction, or movement (remaining within the spell's range)?

The obvious things are: ending it voluntarily losing concentration breaking the tether with range or cover using a normal action on your turn for something other than witch bolt What isn't specified ...
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Does 5e have a free item interaction?

Does 5e have an item interaction? I could really have some help in understanding how the item interactions work and how they are used during combat.
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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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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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Does the tentacle rod prevent multiattack?

Made by the drow, this rod is a magic weapon that ends in three rubbery tentacles. While holding the rod, you can use an action to direct each tentacle to attack a creature you can see within 15 feet ...
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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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Can you cast Magic Stone on 3 pebbles as a bonus action, throw a stone as an action, then, on your next turn, throw the 2 remaining pebbles?

Can you cast Magic Stone on 3 pebbles as a bonus action, throw a stone as an action, and then on your next turn, throw the 2 remaining pebbles? That is, throwing the first pebble as your action and ...
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Can you cast two spells from a Ring of Spell Storing during the same round, using an action and a bonus action?

So I just got acquainted with the existence of the ring of spell storing. If I had the beacon of hope and sanctuary spells stored in it, could I use the ring to cast both spells on the same turn? Or ...
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If the Haste spell is cast on a Bladesinging wizard, can the Bladesinger cast three cantrips in a turn using the Extra Attack feature?

If the haste spell is cast on a Bladesinging wizard, can the Bladesinger cast three cantrips in a turn using the Extra Attack feature? For instance, say I'm a level 6 Bladesinging wizard, with haste ...
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How does creating two Eldritch Cannons with one action work for an Artillerist artificer? [duplicate]

The Artillerist Artificer's 15th-level Fortified Position feature (Eberron: Rising from the Last War, p. 60) states: You can now have two cannons at the same time. You can create two with the same ...
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Movement and action economy in CthulhuTech

I am confused about the way movement works in CthulhuTech, in terms of action economy. First of all, let's assume my character is on foot. Does it cost him an Action to move ? The book would seem to ...