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Would there be a problem to incorporate Pathfinder-2e's “Step” action in place of DND 5e's “Disengage” action?

Pathfinder's Step: You carefully move 5 feet. Unlike most types of movement, Stepping doesn’t trigger reactions, such as Attacks of Opportunity, that can be triggered by move actions or upon leaving ...
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If a PC becomes stunned on their turn, do they lose the rest of their actions without losing any stunned value?

Page 622 of the Core Rulebook defines the Stunned condition: You've become senseless. You can't act while stunned. Stunned usually includes a value, possibly over multiple turns, from being stunned. ...
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Does Strahd von Zarovich's Move legendary action trigger damage if he moves through an area of sunlight?

I read this Q&A about legendary actions not triggering effects from spells that happen at the beginning of the monster's turn. Since I'm playing in Curse of Strahd, I wondered: Can Strahd von ...
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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 ...
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Does the Hover action provoke?

The Hover action has a Move trait so am I right in assuming this would provoke an attack of opportunity?
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Do ghosts have to hover?

I'm trying to figure out the rules around flying creatures - particularly those that only have fly speeds and if that means they effectively have 2 actions a round due to a required hover. Looking at ...
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How can a rogue use Dash as a regular action, if actions and bonus actions aren't interchangeable?

I've found two chains of Twitter posts by Jeremy Crawford that I can't seem to make sense of. According to a Crawford tweet from August 2018: Actions and bonus actions aren't interchangeable. ...
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How does 'Standard Action Attacking' Work with the Big Cat animal companion?

I'm playing pathfinder with my friends as a hunter (ranged build) and I have an animal companion (the Big Cat animal companion archetype). We are currently level 5, and we started at level 4 and I am ...
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Would it be balanced to introduce an “Aim Action” that uses the same mechanics as True Strike?

There are few things in D&D 5E on which the consensus is as overwhelming as on the fact that True Strike is an extremely poor cantrip. As discussed in many places, the main problem is the action ...
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Can I use my “free object interaction” between the multiple attacks of my Attack action?

Say I'm a fighter and have the Extra Attack feature, which lets me make multiple attacks as part of a single action. Can I make one attack, interact with an object using the free interaction, then ...
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Can the Polearm Master bonus attack only be used after the main attack?

The first benefit of the Polearm Master feat says (PHB, p. 168): When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, quarterstaff, or spear, you can use a bonus action to make a ...
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Can the Mage Hand cantrip be used to operate a Ballista?

DMG page 255-256 describes several siege weapons which are actually objects. The siege weapons require actions to load, aim, and fire them. For the ballista, for example, it says: It takes one action ...
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Can I use the Illusionist's Bracers and the Twinned Spell metamagic to cast a twinned Booming Blade as both an action and a bonus action?

The description of the illusionist's bracers (GGR, page 178) says: While wearing the bracers, whenever you cast a cantrip, you can use a bonus action on the same turn to cast that cantrip a second ...
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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 you use your free object interaction while restrained?

If a character is restrained, like being in the gullet of a froghemoth, and they attempt to pull out a different weapon, I assume they could drop what they were holding, but since their speed is zero, ...
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Can you draw and throw multiple daggers in a turn? [duplicate]

Say I can attack 3 times. I want to throw 3 daggers, but I haven't drawn any yet. Are my Action choices really "draw and throw 1 dagger" OR "draw 2 daggers"? You can't draw and ...
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When do moves end?

There are a lot of moves that have lingering effects. For the purpose of this question, let's take "ingrain" as an example. Ingrain states: Ingrain applies a Coat to the user, which has the ...
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Is it possible to combine using heavy weapons and light weapons in this way as a monk?

I had the idea of a character with levels battle master 3 and Kensei 8. I want to mainly use my greatsword to attack. However, I had the idea of using a dagger as a kensei weapon to benefit from the +...
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How many non-hostile creatures are affected by the Hobgoblin Captain's Leadership action?

Looking at the 5e MM, I'm not sure how many non-hostile creatures are affected by the Hobgoblin Captain's Leadership action - only one, or all of them within 30'?
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Can a Tentacle Rod be used with Extra Attack?

In a recent game our monk used a Tentacle Rod to attack three times (per its normal use), then used his Extra Attack to attack three more times, then used his bonus action to deliver an unarmed strike....
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Do lair actions occur when the monster isn't in the lair?

This may be up to the DM, but if the monster that normally lives in the lair is alive, does it need to be in its lair for the lair actions to manifest? Or is the lair independent of the monster until ...
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If I start a performance as part of the the Countercharm feature, are my actions restricted on my next turn?

Bards gain the Countercharm feature at 6th level (emphasis added): As an action, you can start a performance that lasts until the end of your next turn. During that time, you and any friendly ...
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How should this murder committed by a PC be resolved?

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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