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Can you take actions outside combat? [duplicate]

There are several questions that play on variants of asking if you can take actions out of combat, for example: Could you use the Help action outside of combat? Can a Bonus Action be used outside of a ...
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What does it mean that an Ancient Blue Dragon's legendary action 'Wing Attack' costs 2 actions?

What does it mean that an Ancient Blue Dragon's legendary action 'Wing Attack' costs 2 actions? Doesn't a dragon get one action on its turn like everyone else, whether it's a multi-attack, casting a ...
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Are there any beasts eligible for the druid's Wild Shape feature that have Legendary or Lair Actions?

The Druid's Wild Shape class feature states, in part: [...] If the creature has any legendary or lair actions, you can’t use them. I do not recall ever seeing any creatures with Legendary or Lair ...
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Can a bladesinger use vampiric touch with his multi-attack after the initial casting?

During the initial casting it's a levelled spell so I believe he can't at first, but after the spell takes effect you can use the attack without expending a spell slot does that make it count as a ...
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As a Magus, does Spellstrike take 3 actions?

I'm level 2 right now. My DM says it takes 1 action to melee with Spellstrike, and 2 actions to cast my spell. Which means that's all 3 of my actions... So I can't move to an enemy to use my skill? I'...
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What are the “Dynamic Manoeuvres” in Dark Souls?

In the Dark Souls tabletop RPG, one of the uses for spending Position is (p.103): Perform one Dynamic Manoeuvre. These are special actions, enabling you to do extraordinary things, pushing yourself ...
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Does the melee attack in Retributive Strike require an action?

The text for Retributive Stike says: You protect your ally and strike your foe. The ally gains resistance to all damage against the triggering damage equal to 2 + your level. If the foe is within ...
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Is Stabilizing a Creature 'Broken' due to not stating range?

There is a claim that Stabilizing a Creature is broken mainly due to range not being listed. The main argument is in this youtube video, but the core of the argument is that since Stabilizing a ...
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Can every character apply untrained skills without limitation?

With 'trained only' skills it is obvious, but I am not sure whether everybody can use all other skills even without being an expert in it. Let us take as an example the 'Palming an object' action ...
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Which Action is required to throw Alchemist's Fire?

The Alchemist's Fire item description states the following (PHB 148): This sticky, adhesive fluid ignites when exposed to air. As an action, you can throw this flask up to 20 feet, shattering it on ...
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If I trigger something on my turn, can I immediately take my Action to react?

Alberich the Absent-minded is moving towards the evil lich Xanax to put a leather bag over its head. Xanax' skeleton minion attacks him in passing with an opportunity attack. Alberich has not used his ...
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If I cast Green-Flame Blade but my attack misses, and I use an extra action from Haste to attack again, does GFB's effect apply if that attack hits?

Let us assume that my wizard has the Haste spell cast on him, granting him an additional action on each turn. He casts Green-Flame Blade as his first action, attacking as part of the spell, but that ...
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Is it a free action for a monster to release a grapple? [duplicate]

Here's the scenario that elicited this question. A Roc swoops in and lands a Talon attack, which grapples the target on hit. Roc flies up with remaining movement and then, as a free action, releases ...
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Can you increase the flying speed gained from the Winged Boots magic item by taking the Dash action?

The description of the winged boots in D&D 5e says: While you wear these boots, you have a flying speed equal to your walking speed. That's simple enough. If Richard the Rogue equips these, he ...
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How does Multiple Attack Penalty works with actions that allow multiple Strikes? [duplicate]

I was wondering how Multiple Attack Penaly works with actions like Adult Silver Dragon's Draconic Frenzy that reads: The silver dragon makes two claw Strikes and one tail Strike in any order At page ...
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What is the point of the Battle Smith artificer's Steel Defender having the Vigilant trait?

The Battle Smith subclass of the Artificer (TCoE, p. 19) has a Steel Defender companion, whose statblock includes a trait called Vigilant: The defender can't be surprised. This sounds good, and I ...
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What is the mechanics for a Matrix Search action?

Matrix Search is a Special Action. To look for a file inside a host takes up to 1 min. This brings me some questions: What does a Special Action means in terms of Action Phases? Can I make a Simple ...
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Is throwing an object a free item interaction, or must it be a 'non-free' action?

Say you want to play keep away with the Campaign's McGuffin, throwing it to a friendly creature, preventing the BBEG from taking it. Or you want to hurl something in frustration out to sea. Are these ...
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How does the Bladesinging wizard's Extra Attack feature interact with the additional Attack action from the Haste spell?

The Bladesinging arcane tradition for wizards (TCE) gains the Extra Attack feature at level 6, whose description states: Starting at 6th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you ...
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Can you become first in initiative by taking the Delay action?

The Delay action says that you can return to the initiative order as a free action triggered by the end of any other creature’s turn. Can you ever become first in initiative by taking said action? ...
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Can you take an item from your backpack and place it on the ground with your Free Object Interaction?

A situation came up: someone wanted to take an object from their backpack and place it on the ground for someone else. They also gave instructions to a fellow character to come over and get it and how ...
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How do you abort an action in M20 if there is no declaration phase?

In other editions of the old world of darkness games, there is a declaration phase during combat rounds, where every participant declares what he intends to do in the next turn, from lowest to highest ...
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Can a legendary monster/NPC use a "free object interaction" as part of a legendary action?

By the book (PHB p.190): You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment for free, during either your move or your action. For example, you could open a door during your move as ...
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Slowed Action Surge

When affected by the Slow spell: An affected target’s speed is halved, it takes a -2 penalty to AC and Dexterity saving throws, and it can’t use reactions. On its turn, it can use either an action or ...
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What happens to the multiple attack penalty if I use a readied action to step out of melee range?

Under this video and in various groups, there is a debate about what happens after a character uses a readied action to step out of melee range. I did not find an official answer, so maybe you guys ...
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How does 3rd level Jump work on the caster?

As a 1st level spell, Jump enables you cast and jump in just one action. When heightened to 3rd level, and cast on someone else, the target obviously needs a separate to actually move. When the caster ...
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How does Evade/Dodge/Block trigger?

I'm a bit confused on how it triggers. Can you always use these, or do you have to take an action beforehand to use these (and if so do they count vs. all enemies of the turn or only vs. 1), ... ? ...
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How does the confused condition affect a creature with the minion trait?

Creatures with the minion trait (like animal companions or familiars) get 2 actions when their master uses an action to order them to act. The confused condition causes the creature to attack wildly. ...
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What actions can animal companions take?

The Pathfinder 2e rules are quite clear about how a character can issue orders to a normal animal, and what that animal can do. The Command an Animal (Core Rulebook pg. 249) Nature skill action states,...
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Is it an action to voluntarily end a grapple?

If a monster, such as a Chuul, has grappled a character can they end the grapple for free? EG a Chuul attacks a halfling with a pincer attack and hits, the halfling is now considered grappled, trapped ...
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Can monsters use lair actions on targets in any part of their lair?

My previous experience with Lair Actions has been when the party fought Strahd (a vampire lord in Curse of Strahd) and Arauthator (an adult white dragon in Rise of Tiamat). Both of these creatures ...
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If you start a 1-round duration as the last action of your turn, does it continue through your next turn?

If I use my move and standard actions in a round, then activate my greatreach bracers which extend your reach for one round, by RAW 6 seconds, would they be active on my next turn? Could I then ...
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What are "the actions available to all creatures"?

The Monster Manual tells us that: When a monster takes its action, it can choose from the options in the Actions section of its stat block or use one of the actions available to all creatures, such ...
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Combat Patrol and Charge

I have a level 10 Orc Fighter. Among other things, I have the Combat Patrol feat. As a full-round action, you may set up a combat patrol, increasing your threatened area by 5 feet for every 5 points ...
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Can Lair Actions be used while Resting?

I am curious because of an existing situation in my current campaign, and would appreciate feedback. Here's the scenario: An Aboleth is confronted in its lair by the party, which manages to beat it ...
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Can you use your bonus action while under the effects of the Fear spell?

The description of the fear spell states, in part: While frightened by this spell, a creature must take the Dash action and move away from you by the safest available route on each of its turns, ...
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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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Are there any limitations on the length of a chain of actions?

Prompted by this question about the sleep spell and waking those effected by it, I've been wondering whether it has been commented on officially. The issue of a chain of dependent events all occurring ...
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What are Mythic Actions?

Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft features a creature called a Dullahan. Dullahan has a feature which allows it to come back to life after being reduced to 0 hit points, and doing so allows the ...
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Way of the Sun Soul, Radiant Bolt clarification

I'm struggling to interpret the way the rules are written for this monastic tradition, specifically this passage: When you take the Attack action on your turn and use this special attack as part of ...
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Are there any mechanical issues with removing the concept of "triggers" for readied actions?

Since I first read the Ready Action rules, the concept of a trigger rubbed me the wrong way. The idea that a character cannot adapt and improvise in the moment seems odd to me, and when I imagine them ...
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Can you use a bonus action before a held readied action?

I know you can not "Ready" a bonus action. But can you ready an attack action and use the bonus action before the attack action when the action is triggered? The rule for bonus actions says:...
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When can I use the Polearm Master bonus action attack? [duplicate]

The first benefit of PAM says 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 melee attack with the opposite end ...
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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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If I get access to a spell attack that's NOT part of a spell, can I use it when I take the Attack action?

Some creatures have entries in their stat block that are classified as 'melee spell attack', or 'ranged spell attack', without actually being tied to the casting of a spell. Some PC subclasses also ...
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Can you grow or change a feature on the same turn it’s added?

In the game Cozy Town, you pull a card on every turn from the appropriate deck and check it against the town oracle. The oracle then gives a choice of events for what happens in the town this week. ...
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Sheathing/unsheathing weapons to cast spells

My friend is playing as a cleric that uses a shield in combat. I am unsure of how the rules for sheathing/dropping weapons work. The way my friend is playing, he seems to be able to cast a spell and ...
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How should my Warlock player use their familiar during battles?

One of my players has a Warlock character and is using Pact of the Chain for their Pact Boon. They most often cast a pseudodragon as their familiar, but neither of us are sure about how they should be ...
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is it possible to use a net and shove in the same turn? [duplicate]

My PC has multiple attacks. I would like to know if it is possible to hit with a net (first attack) and then shove the opponent (second attack). Apparently using a net prevents to make a second attack;...
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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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