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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). ...
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Can you delay action while unconscious?

Suppose my character in PF1 is unconscious and dying, and the party cleric's turn is not until after mine in the initiative round. I would like to avoid wasting a turn by delaying until after the ...
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Can you take actions after being healed at 0hp?

Suppose the case: There are three participants fighting, a Fighter, a Cleric and a goblin, the Fighter and the Cleric fight against the goblin. The initiative is Fighter (18), Cleric (12) and goblin (...
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What happens when a monster has a legendary action to cast a spell that normally takes longer to cast? [duplicate]

The Imprisonment spell normally takes a full minute to cast. However, the Molydeus (MToF, p. 134) has it as an Innate Spell (1/day), and can also use a legendary action to cast one of its innate ...
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Can you ready an action after you've already used your bonus action?

Like say, you use the rogue's cunning action to disengage, then you ready your action to shoot at the enemy when an ally gets within 5 feet of them. Would this work?
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Can I use a bonus action to ready an action?

The 5e rules are a little unclear on this, and I haven't found anyone who has asked this yet. I've been wondering if it is possible to use your bonus action to ready an action. For example, can a ...
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How does the Thief's Fast Hands feature interact with mundane and magical shields?

I have found this Q/A explaining some items a Thief can use through their Fast Hands feature as well as this tweet (though now unofficial) from Jeremy Crawford saying that Fast Hands does work with a ...
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Does a grappled creature need to use an action to escape grapple if grappler is stunned?

Some creatures can grapple, others have a grapple built into their attacks. Taking the example of a roc's Talons attack: Talons. Melee Weapon Attack: +13 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 24 (...
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Can you drop a weapon/item when it is not your turn?

Thought of while contemplating this question on whether you can drop prone off your turn, I am wondering if you can drop a weapon/item. This Q/A claims that dropping a weapon is a free action, but I ...
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Can a (2019 UA) artificer's alchemical homunculus take actions not listed in its description?

The 2019 UA artificer's alchemical homunculus is described with a list of actions it can perform, most of which require the artificer to use a bonus action to issue the order. The actions listed are ...
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Can you ready a bonus action?

The Ready action states: Then, you choose the action you will take in response to that trigger... I am unsure whether this means you can only ready an action such as Dodge, Hide, Attack, Cast A ...
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Can the caster of Time Stop still use their bonus action or reaction?

The spell time stop states: No time passes for other creatures, while you take 1d4 + 1 turns in a row, during which you can use actions and move as normal. I am wondering what counts as "actions" ...
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Can an animal companion Stirge take an action while utilizing Drain Blood?

If a Stirge chosen as a Beast Master ranger's animal companion has had the dragon's Breath spell cast on it, can it use its action to spew magical energy (per dragon's breath) while blood draining?
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What action does it take to activate a paladin's bonded weapon's special abilities?

Paladin's Divine Bond special ability has the following text under the first option: These bonuses can be added to the weapon, stacking with existing weapon bonuses to a maximum of +5, or they ...
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Why would an Inquisitive rogue choose to use Insightful Fighting as opposed to using their Cunning Action to Hide?

Inquisitive rogues get access to a new bonus-action option, Insightful Fighting (XGtE, p. 46): At 3rd level, you gain the ability to decipher an opponent’s tactics and develop a counter to them. As ...
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What are the balance implications of allowing players to use their action to make a bonus action? [duplicate]

By the rules, according to the sage advice compendium actions and bonus actions are not interchangeable. I can completely see why you shouldn't be allowed to perform an action as a bonus action, ...
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Does the Pole of Angling's command word require an action?

Many magic items require an action (or bonus action) to be properly activated (or deactivated). But there is a common magic item in Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 138) that doesn't seem to ...
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Are there any feat combinations that would let you fire two hand crossbows or two pistols as a standard action?

Are there any feat combinations that would allow a character dual-wielding hand crossbows or pistols to fire both as a standard action?
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Can I attack with the Spiritual Weapon spell as an action, and how do I determine the target?

The description of the Spiritual Weapon spell says: ... When you cast the spell, you can make a melee spell attack against a creature within 5 feet of the weapon. ... Does it mean I can attack ...
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Can I use Two-Weapon Fighting on my mount's turn?

Can I use the Ready action on my turn to specify that I will make a melee attack once in range of an enemy, use my mount to get to the enemy, attack the enemy with one melee weapon, and then also ...
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Can you take the Dodge action while prone?

I was wondering what the rules say about dodging while prone. I couldn't find anything from the PHB. I would imagine that rolling out of the way of attacks is possible but it would be kind of slow so ...
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What actions can prevent you from taking another action because of the restrictions that are placed on the second action? [closed]

Or in other words: What rules prevent you from doing something you would otherwise be able to do? I am worried about this question being too broad, but I feel like there can't be very many examples ...
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When exactly have you “taken/used the Attack action”?

There are several features with phrases similar to "When you take the Attack action" and I am wondering when exactly you have "taken the Attack action", I have found several questions and features ...
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When casting a spell with a long casting time, what happens if you don't spend your action on a turn to continue casting?

Inspired by a comment in this question, which reads as follows: It says you must spend your action each turn, but it does not say that if you do not spend an action that the spell fails And the ...
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What happens if a caster is surprised while casting a spell with a long casting time?

Casting a spell with a long casting time requires the caster to use their action each turn casting the spell: you must spend your action each turn casting the spell However, what would happen if ...
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Reaction while holding a readied action? [duplicate]

So when you hold an action using the Ready action you use your reaction to act when the trigger happens. however you're able to ignore the trigger. So while you are using the Ready action, are you ...
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Did I just find a new build? 5 weapon attacks at lvl 6

According to this - Is it possible to Twin Spell Dragon Breath or Booming Blade? We can Twin the booming blade spell Now if I pick 2 lvls in Fighter to get action surge 3 lvls in Sorcerer to get ...
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What are all the published objects that require the Use an Object action?

I am looking for an exhaustive list of all objects that can be used with the Use an Object action. RAW, official printed material only. Depending on what falls in under the Use an Object action, the ...
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Does the monk's Step of the Wind feature activate the benefit of the Mobile feat?

The Mobile feat (PHB, p. 168) says: When you use the Dash action, difficult terrain doesn't cost you extra movement on that turn The monk's Step of the Wind feature says: You can spend 1 ki ...
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How does the Small Folk Hobbit virtue work?

In the Adventures in Middle Earth Player's Guide, there's a Hobbit Virtue called Small Folk (p. 109) that reads: You have learnt how to gain an advantage in a fight from being smaller than most ...
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Drawing a second weapon as part of an attack?

Consider a 1st level Rogue who wants to fight with two shortswords using Two-Weapon Fighting (PHB p.195) but does not have the Dual Wielder Feat. Starting off empty-handed, is the following possible? ...
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Can I change my movement/action in the middle of the turn after an enemy's reaction?

Imagine I'm a rogue and I see an opponent 50' away. In my turn I want to use my movement and my Dash bonus action (Cunning Action) to approach it and use my Action to attack. Then, after moving just ...