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If you cast a higher-level spell from a spell scroll with a casting time of 1 action, but fail the check, can you cast a bonus-action spell that turn?

The bonus-action spellcasting rule states (PHB p. 202): 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 ...
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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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Can you use your action to interrupt another player's action from earlier in the same round?

I play in a game when everyone plays the way they want on their own turn : saying to another player what he should do is forbidden. Your turn = your action. I think this is pretty fun and it adds a ...
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How can I combine a Strike and a Stride?

Rangers can use the Skirmish Strike to Step and Strike. Most enemies however don't do you a favor and stand just 5 feet away after you killed one of their friends. What is the lowest investment for ...
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Does a Thief rogue's Fast Hands allow you to drink a potion as a bonus action?

A recent D&D Beyond article, Epic House Rules: Potion Toxicity and Quick Drinking, mentioned this houserule: Variant: Quick Potion Drinking You can use a bonus action, instead of an action,...
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If I Ready an action, can I then use my reaction for something else?

Merle the Wizard is fighting enemies with his friends on a bridge. He wants to cast a spell on the BBEG, but they are currently out of range and so he uses his action to ready a spell for when the ...
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How to do different things while casting?

Some spells take longer than one turn to cast. For example, the Planar Ally spell takes 10 minutes. As I understand it, this is the equivalent of taking a full-round action for ten minutes straight, ...
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Is an Elven Champion faster without a horse?

He has a speed of 30, while his Steed Ally a speed of 40. If the enemy is within 80 feet, he can use the Command an Animal action to direct his horse to use two of its actions close the distance, and ...
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Climb out of pit and use bow?

If a PC completes their move climbing out of a pit, is it reasonable to allow them to use their bow as an Attack? I.e. to clamber out, take the bow off their back, find an arrow, notch the arrow, ...
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Does the extra movement you get from the Travel Devotion Feat provoke attacks of opportunity?

If you employ the domain feat Travel Devotion (Complete Champion, p. 62) you can Once per day as a swift action, (...) activate this ability to move up to your speed as a swift action each round. ...
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Can you do anything after moving into an occupied space?

This is inspired by and is a branching off of the question "Move into nonhostile space attack and move" The section on "Moving Around Other Creatures" states: [...] Whether a creature is a friend ...
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Is Move/Action Order Meant to Be Restricted?

I would like to confidently know whether the order in which the free movement and the non-movement action should be taken (i.e. move+act vs. act+move) is meant to be restricted in the base ruleset. ...
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What action is changing your grip on a weapon with the two-hand poperty?

The Fighter feat Dual-handed Assault (CRB p146) lets you grip your weapon with 2 hands, strike, and release it with one of your hands, all in one action. How many actions would it be without the ...
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Does a familiar act on its own initiative count?

In campaigns in which I participate a familiar is controlled by the player in normal situations; the DM takes over the familiar if the PC orders his familiar to do something very dangerous, gives it a ...
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Do young black dragons get lair actions? [duplicate]

Page 89 of the Monster Manual describes a black dragon's Lair Actions and Regional Effects. It says Regional Effects only apply to Legendary Black Dragons, but does not say that for Lair Actions. ...
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Do specters raised by the Hexblade warlock's Accursed Specter feature require an action to command?

The Hexblade warlock's Accursed Specter feature (XGtE, p. 56) says: When you slay a humanoid, you can cause its spirit to rise from its corpse as a specter [...] It obeys your verbal commands Does ...
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What can animated objects do in a fight?

Things affected by Animate Objects can be issued commands. When ordered to attack in combat, they will make a single melee attack. Grapple, Hold, Help, etc are not mentioned in the spell description. ...
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How do I sit down or stand up?

According to the "Table: Armor Class Modifiers" in the combat rules, a character who is kneeling or sitting has a -2 AC vs melee attacks and +2 AC vs ranged attacks. However, I cannot find the rules ...
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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 creatures use the Attack action without attacking?

Suppose a creature gets some benefits when they take the Attack action. For example, the Horizon Walker ranger's Distant Strike lets them teleport at will, but only when they take the Attack action. ...
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Can you run, jump and flip and still attack?

A player the other night wanted to run, jump off a wall, flip over the other characters in front of him, land in front of the monster, and attack it — all in one turn. Is that actually doable?
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By RAW, can you use your free object interaction while taking the “Use an Object” action?

There is a drinking contest between a Dwarf and a Halfling to see who can drink flagons of ale the fastest. Normally one would assume the Dwarf would have an advantage at drinking, but unbeknown to ...
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Can a stirge dodge while draining blood? [duplicate]

Blood drain is initially a weapon attack action, but on subsequent turns while draining blood, it is not an attack. Then can the Stirge perform other actions, like dodge?
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What are the ramifications of a disarmed creature having to take the Search action to find their weapon in combat?

Disarming in D&D seems to be very trivial, as explained in this question. Rules as Written, disarming a creature does not prevent them from attacking you with that weapon on their turn as they can ...
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Must a component pouch/focus be “out” to be handled, or can I keep it in my pocket?

When casting a spell with a material component, does one have to spend an object interaction taking the component pouch/focus out of wherever it's kept, or can it just be "handled" by touching it and ...
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Can you take the additional action from the fighter's Action Surge feature before you take your regular action?

The fighter's Action Surge feature (post errata mentioned in the 2019 Sage Advice Compendium) now states: On your turn, you can take one additional action. The Eldritch Knight fighter gets the ...
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Using the Grappler feat, can you grapple and pin (restrain) in the same action?

Using the Grappler feat, one can pin a grappled target. While grappling uses one of your attacks, in the rulebook pinning takes an action. Can I, via multi-attack access to 2 attacks, use both ...
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Can allies take cover behind my tower shield?

I am a champion who is wielding a tower shield. I raise my shield, and then Take Cover. On their turns, can my allies attempt to take cover behind my tower shield also? The Take Cover action requires:...
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Does a Beast Master Ranger's animal companion gain more actions when its master becomes incapacitated?

This question comes from discussion in the comments to the question "Can my Beast Master ranger's baboon animal companion use her Wand of Magic Missiles?" The description of the Beast Master ranger's ...
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Do actions granted by the Haste spell count as “your action”?

I asked a similar question "How do the Haste spell and Turn Undead interact?". Perhaps I'm wrong, but it seems that the answer there says that even haste's action is limited by Turn Undead, that Turn ...
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How much do monsters get from Change Shape? [duplicate]

If you have a dragon or a couatl and have it change shape into, say, the CR 3 knight, what among brave, multiattack, leadership, and parry is "not a class feature" and would therefore be available to ...
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What creature types could be transformed into spore servants?

The Monster Manual says: A spore servant is any Large or smaller creature brought back to life by the animating spores of a myconid sovereign. A creature that was never flesh and blood to begin ...
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Does the feat Mobile Spellcasting allow movement when casting during a grapple?

If a character is engaged in a grapple and has the feat Mobile Spellcasting (Complete Adventurer, p.111), are they allowed to make a grapple check to perform the Move action alongside their ...
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When exactly does constriction damage occur?

Constrict states: A creature with this special attack can crush an opponent, dealing bludgeoning damage, after making a successful grapple check. The amount of damage is given in the creature’s ...
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Does preventing a creature from taking actions also prevent reactions? [duplicate]

I'm slightly confused by the use of the word "action" in the text. The section on "Reactions" states: Certain special abilities, spells, and situations allow you to take a special action called a ...
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How do the Haste spell and Turn Undead interact?

There are a few features like Turn Undead which state: A turned creature [...] also can’t take reactions. For its action, it can use only the Dash action or try to escape from an effect that ...
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Is a creature's bonus action available while affected by Turn Undead?

There are a few features like Turn Undead which state: A turned creature [...] also can’t take reactions. For its action, it can use only the Dash action or try to escape from an effect that ...
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What kind of action is it to stop concentrating on a spell?

What kind of action is it to stop concentrating on a spell? Our party's initiative order is like this: 20 - Bard 19 - Bad guy 18 - Bad guy 17 - Bad guy 16 - Bad guy 15 - Nobody 14 - Ally 13 - ...
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How much additional damage does the spell Firebrand do?

The spell Firebrand (Spell Compendium p.93) states: All subjects hit by the burst in the round the spell is cast or within the area in the following round take 1d6 points of fire damage per two ...
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Can you grapple/shove when affected by the Crown of Madness spell?

The crown of madness spell states: The charmed target must use its action before moving on each of its turns to make a melee attack against a creature other than itself that you mentally choose... ...
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Can you cast bonus action and reaction spells while already casting a spell with a casting time longer than a turn?

Can a bonus action or reaction spell be cast while already casting a spell with a casting time of more than a turn? (If the bonus action or reaction spell is not a concentration spell.) I found this ...
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Can a Shadow Magic sorcerer control a Hound of Ill Omen as they would any other mount?

Say I am a Small-sized Shadow Magic sorcerer. I summon a Hound of Ill Omen, I mount it, and I attempt to control it. Does it move as I direct it, choosing only between Dash, Disengage, and Dodge? Or ...
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Does using the Silent Spell metamagic change the action cost for a spell?

Silent Spell costs 1 action, but allows you to waive the spell's verbal component. Does waiving the verbal component reduce the spell's action cost by 1, thus producing no net change in the number of ...
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Can any ally benefit from the help action during a combat turn? [duplicate]

Party members Alex, Bart, and Caroline are in combat with a Drow, in that turn order (A, B, C, D). Alex uses the help action on the Drow, being within 5ft. If Bart chooses not to attack on her turn,...
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Does the Green Flame-Blade cantrip work with the Zephyr Strike spell?

Does the Green-Flame Blade cantrip work with the Zephyr Strike spell? Specifically, I am unsure as to whether the Zephyr Strike spell (XGtE, p. 171) requires you take the Attack action. Its ...
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Is it possible to take multiple bonus actions in a single turn? [duplicate]

There are ways to gain multiple actions in a turn through for example the fighters action surge, but I've found nothing in respect to bonus actions.
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Does the Haste spell's hasted action allow you to make multiple unarmed strikes? Or none at all?

The Haste spell states that you can take the Attack (one weapon attack only), Dash, Disengage, Hide, or Use an Object action. (emphasis mine) But we know that "weapon attacks" and "melee weapon ...
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Can a dragon use its multiattack and its breath weapon in the same turn, or is it a choice between the two?

In the Monster Manual, it states that a dragon can use a multiattack of Frightful Presence, then a bite and two claw attacks. Can it use its breath weapon in the same turn? Or does it use its breath ...
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Some concentration spells give you a special action. Does the War Caster feat let these be used instead of opportunity attacks?

Some concentration spells give you a special action. Does the War Caster feat (PHB, p. 170) let these be used instead of opportunity attacks? For a specific example, the dragon's breath (XGtE, p. 154)...
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Would there be any significant balance implications for letting a player forfeit their action to take a second bonus action? [duplicate]

As the title suggests, I'm wondering if there would be any significant balance implications for letting a player forfeit their action to take an additional bonus action (but not the other way around). ...