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Murder in Dungeon World

I have a female fighter (level 3) just starting a personal quest to find her 'missing' twin sister. For the whole game to evolve it has to start with her openly committing murder in a crowded Tavern. ...
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Does a Turned creature have to take the Dash action?

A Turned creature (via a Cleric's Turn Undead or an Oath of the Ancients Paladin's Turn the Faithless) must spend its turns trying to move as far away from you as it can... For its action, it can use ...
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Can I use the haste action to break free of vines or similar things?

Haste states: Choose a willing creature that you can see within range. Until the spell ends, [...] it gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (...
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Does a target affected by the Compulsion spell have to take the Dash action?

The description of the compulsion spell states: [...] Until the spell ends, you can use a bonus action on each of your turns to designate a direction that is horizontal to you. Each affected target ...
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Is it possible for a rogue to get a second action/bonus action?

I know all characters get one action and one bonus action, but say I want to use misty step (via the Eladrin's Fey Step racial feature) and follow through with my dual swords. I know that misty step ...
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Can I make an attack as my action, and cast a spell with a casting time of 1 action as my bonus action?

I am playing a rogue who chose the archetype Arcane Trickster, which means I can cast spells. Can I make a normal-range or close-range attack for my main action, and as a bonus action cast a spell ...
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Why can't you use a bonus action in place of an action? [duplicate]

It's pretty well established that you can't use a bonus action (spell or otherwise) as your action on your turn. See here and here for those questions. But I still don't really understand, why are the ...
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Using Extra Attack feature with two-handed weapon and additional thrown weapon

As the title states, I have a question about how the rules handle using the Extra Attack class feature to make two separate attacks with a two-handed weapon and a thrown weapon. PHB Errata. Two-...
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Can the shove from the Minotaur race's Hammering Horns trait knock an enemy prone?

The minotaur playable race has the Hammering Horns trait, which says (Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica, p. 19): Immediately after you hit a creature with a melee attack as part of the Attack action ...
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Does using an Owl's “Talons” action while Wild Shaped count as taking the Attack action?

First, a reason this might matter would be a multiclassed Druid/Monk using Wild Shape and hoping to use Flurry of Blows, the latter of which states: Immediately after you take the Attack action on ...
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How is the damage calculated for the kraken's Fling action?

Among my group, there seem to be multiple ways of interpreting the damage from the kraken's Fling action: Fling. One Large or smaller object held or creature grappled by the kraken is thrown up to ...
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Can a Glamour bard cast a level 1+ spell and cast the Command spell using the Mantle of Majesty feature in the same turn?

For clarity It's already clear from several other questions that a Glamour bard may not maintain concentration on Mantle of Majesty and another concentration spell at the same time. This is not my ...
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Can a Battle Smith artificer's Steel Defender be used to hurl Magic Stones?

When designing a Battle Smith artificer's Steel Defender (E:RftLW, p. 61), the feature description states: You determine the creature's appearance and whether it has two legs or four; your choice ...
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Can I apply the Great Weapon Master feat's second benefit (-5 to attack roll, +10 to damage roll) to the bonus-action attack from the first benefit?

Say I trigger the bonus-action attack granted by the first benefit of the Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, p. 167), either by getting a crit or a killing blow. Can I then apply GWM's second benefit (-5 ...
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How much time does putting an item inside a Bag of Holding take when you are fighting?

In the Bag of Holding's (Dungeon Master's Guide pag. 248) description it is stated: Retrieving a specific item from a bag of holding is a move action — unless the bag contains more than an ordinary ...
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Action surge phb vs br [duplicate]

The Basic Rules state that you can get a possible bonus action. Is this entirely up to the dm or are there circumstances where it is guaranteed? Players handbook doesn't include the bonus action.
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Are there any class abilities that allow a character to negate/disable the Disengage action?

Are there any class abilities I'm not aware of that allow a character to negate/disable the Disengage action?
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Does the Echo Knight fighter's Legion of One feature allow each echo to use Unleash Incarnation?

The Echo Knight fighter's Unleash Incarnation feature states (EGtW, p. 183): [...] Whenever you take the Attack action, you can make one additional melee attack from the echo’s position. You can use ...
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Can you cast Eldritch Blast twice in the same turn using the sorcerer's Quickened Spell Metamagic option?

Someone has been telling me that I cannot cast eldritch blast twice a turn, because by some rule you are only able to cast one spell and one cantrip a turn, regardless of casting time. I trust his ...
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If you use two Scimitars of Speed, do you get 2 bonus action attacks?

The description for a Scimitar of Speed says: ...you can make one attack with it as a bonus action on each of your turns. According to the Player's Handbook: Ch. 9 > Your Turn > Bonus Actions, the ...
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When are verbal commands issued to conjured animals?

I’m losing a lot of actions with my (Druid) conjured animals, especially when there are lots of actions, and the battle is fluid. So many things change during a turn, so that my verbal command, ...
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Why do some statblocks in Eberron: Rising from the Last War reprint the standard description of one of their spells under “Actions”?

In Chapter 6: Friends and Foes from Eberron: Rising from the Last War, many of the creatures with spell lists include the note (see "Actions" below) after a single spell (two spells in one case). ...
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Would it harm game balance to allow the Haste action to be used to drink a potion?

The haste spell specifies: [The target] gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (one weapon attack only), Dash, Disengage, Hide, or Use an ...
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Can I get my friends weapon in combat as my object interaction?

Can I get the weapon of another friendly character (with his permission) during combat after he performed his action? I mean, in my turn. If possible, would it be object interaction?
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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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Can Swarms/Troops in Pathfinder 1e cast spells and deal damage in the same turn?

I'm creating a Troop of casters and wanted to know if they could both deal their "swarm damage" and cast a spell in the same turn. It makes sense to me since an attack for a swarm reads as follows: ...
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If I use a bonus action to do something besides cast a spell, can I cast a non-cantrip spell with my action?

In D&D 5e, what are the rules for casting spells when using a bonus action to do something besides cast a spell? For example, if I'm using a Cunning Action to Disengage as a bonus action, can I ...
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If you cast a cantrip as a bonus action, can you also cast a cantrip as your action?

The rule in the PHB is fairly clear on casting a cantrip and a spell: if the spell is a bonus action, you may cast a cantrip as an action. My question concerns the two bonus-action cantrips, magic ...
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Can my familiar use the additional action from the Haste spell to attack?

The haste spell (p. 250 of the Player's Handbook) grants an extra action that can only be used to take one of a limited set of action. One of those options is the Attack action. If I cast the haste ...
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Can a familiar impede an opponent in some way?

I know a familiar from the find familiar spell can take the Help action which provides advantage. Is there any way for the familiar to use its action to impede an enemy in order to make their attacks ...
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Can a kraken fling a creature grappled in its mouth, or swallow something grappled in its tentacles?

The kraken has the following three actions (bold emphasis mine): Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +17 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 23 (3d8 + 10) piercing damage. If the target is a Large or ...
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Can a Drunken Master monk spend a ki point to use Flurry of Blows, but use the Disengage benefit to move before attacking a different target with it?

Can a Drunken Master Monk spend a ki point to use flurry of blows, but use the disengage part from the Drunken Technique feature to move to a different target before attacking with the flurry of blows?...
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If you start casting a new concentration spell while concentrating on Haste, does the wave of lethargy interrupt the casting of the new spell?

Say a spellcaster has previously cast haste on themselves and is currently concentrating on it. However, they see a situation unfolding that desperately requires them to concentrate on another spell (...
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When casting Counterspell, do I know if the other spell is an action or bonus action?

Related to What do I know, when deciding whether to cast Counterspell?, except that my particular question isn't included in that question. I've been thinking of ways to counter counterspell. ...
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How does “lashing out verbally” from the Take a Powerful Blow move work?

The Player's Observation One of the choices for Take A Powerful Blow is (Basic Moves sheets/book p71): you lash out verbally: provoke a teammate to foolhardy action or take advantage of your ...
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Are readied items/abilities expended or lost when the Ready action's trigger is not met?

I have been searching for an answer to the question as to whether a spell slot is lost or not if readied but not triggered. The rules as written does not explicitly state this but that appears to be ...
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Can you Disengage while you are in darkness?

When I read the rules, it is not written that the Disengage Action relies on sight, but Opportunity Attacks do. Imagine that you are facing a spider, and a wizard casts the Darkness spell. You know ...
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Can you cast a spell with a casting time of 1 action while falling?

Can you cast a spell with a casting time of 1 action while falling assuming you are falling for at least one turn before hitting the ground. I want to have some insight into the possibility of a PC ...
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Can I drop an object and cast Catapult on the same turn?

I'd like to drop an object weighing 1-5 pounds and use my action to cast Catapult on the item. PH 190 details Other Activity on your turn, and interacting with an object is included on that list. Can ...
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Can you pick up an item on the ground without a free hand?

I've been studying up on disarm interactions, and how you might be able to pick up a weapon after you disarmed your enemy of it. The issue I'm facing is: none of the threads I'm seeing mention ...
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Since the Refocus activity requires spending a Focus Point before I Refocus again, can I only fully replenish my focus pool by resting?

I'm a bit unsure about how the Refocus activity works. If I have a pool of 3 focus points and spend 2, according to the Refocus rules I can regenerate 1, but need to use up at least 1 again before I ...
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Can I cast a spell as an action and use the bonus-action shove from the Shield Master feat in the same turn?

I need some clarification about this as I've had contradicting answers to this question, which has left me confused. I am a cleric with the Shield Master feat. I want to wear my shield in battle to ...
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Will a mature animal companion with Haste get 2 actions when not commanded?

I tried to do this in a game, but the GM said I couldn’t and became irate when I asked why. He gave me an explanation that I didn’t think made sense. But instead of saying after the game we’ll ...
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Does a shield get its Hardness when using Shield Block?

The ability Shield Block allows you to spend your Reaction reducing incoming damage by a shield's Hardness at the cost of damaging the shield as well as you. Does this damage also get reduced by the ...
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If you cast a spell as a bonus action, can you use an action provided by some ongoing spells on the same turn?

If you cast a spell with a bonus action, you can't cast a spell with a casting time of one action (PHB, p. 202): A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus action on ...
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Pros and Cons of Different Action/Turn Frameworks [closed]

I would like to have a clearer understanding of the pros and cons of various frameworks of turn composition and action economies. That is, I would like to see the relative benefits and drawbacks of ...
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Order of attacks when using Two Weapon Fighting and Extra Attack

Both Two Weapon Fighting and Extra Attack give additional attacks in a turn, but in what order do those attacks take place? Is it up to the player, or must it be a specific order? My initial ...
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Can you take another action via Action Surge while casting a spell with a casting time longer than one action?

To preface, this is for D&D 5e. This is building upon the answer from this question, since it did not address my issue completely. I am a Fighter 2 Wizard 10, and am currently casting the spell ...
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Can a weapon be “unsheathable”?

I've been reading a lot of questions and answers concerning the action economy ramifications of sheathing and unsheathing of weapons in combat. The unstated assumption in those posts is that the ...
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With the Horizon Walker ranger's Distant Strike feature, can you teleport prior to a bonus-action attack?

At 11th level, the Horizon Walker Ranger gets the Distant Strike feature, which states: At 11th level, you gain the ability to pass between the planes in the blink of an eye. When you take the ...

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