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Does a legendary action occur “outside” of a turn?

The rules for legendary actions state: A legendary creature can take a certain number of special actions — called legendary actions — outside its turn. Only one legendary action option can be used at ...
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Multiattack defense vs legendary actions

I have a question about DnD 5E Ranger Hunter Multiattack Defense feature. Should you or do you get Multiattack Defense against legendary actions? For example, when you get a bite and two claw attacks ...
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Can you use a Sustain action on the same turn you cast it?

Many spells in DnD 4e take a Standard action to cast, and then have a Sustain Minor for additional effects (e.g. Crown of Madness, Bigby's Icy Grasp). Is it possible to cast the spell as a Standard ...
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What prevents enemies from speaking command words to turn off your magic items?

The Magic Items section of the PFSRD says this about command words (emphasis mine): Command Word: If the activation is on command or if no activation method is suggested either in the magic item ...
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When does the target of Otto's Irresistible Dance start to dance?

The spell Otto's Irresistible Dance enchants a creature so that it begins a comic dance in place: shuffling, tapping its feet, and capering which has several negative effects on the creature: A ...
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Does a creature have to see to be affected by the Fear spell initially since it is an illusion?

Does a creature in the target area of the Fear spell have to be able to see to be affected by the spell when cast, since it is an illusion? It is not worded like Hypnotic Pattern which explicitly says ...
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Does the victim of a Carrionette's Soul Swap, get a Carrionette's actions, when it gets control of its body?

The Carrionette listed in Van Richten's Guide To Ravenloft, is given a Challenge Rating 1 (!?!) and features a pair of actions which seem very powerful: Silver Needle. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, ...
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Can the Hunter subclass use their Volley feature with a melee weapon?

The Ranger subclass in D&D 5e, Hunter, has an 11th-level feature called Multiattack which allows them to pick Volley or Whirlwind. Volley. You can use your action to make a ranged attack against ...
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Climbing Movement (stay in place)

A creature making use of climbing movement, on a suitable surface, when interrupting its movement during climbing, can it act freely by remaining in the place where it is? Is it necessary to spend an ...
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In a Conflict, what does it mean to Defend on your turn?

According to the rules for Conflicts: Next, each character takes a turn in order. On their turn, a character can take one of the four actions. Resolve the action to determine the outcome. The ...
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Can this Pact Hag power make the target move?

So in D&D 4e, Monster Manual 3, there's the Pact Hag (p.108). One of their attacks is the Compelling staff. The description says this: "Hit: 1d6 + 5 damage, and the target makes a melee basic ...
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When summoned creatures are "defending themselves from hostile creatures" on a turn without commands, does this include taking Actions of any type?

The descriptions of many "Conjure ..." spells (e.g. Conjure Animals pp.225 PHB) contains text like this: If you don't issue any commands to them, they defend themselves from hostile ...
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Can a Bladesinger wizard cast a Bonus Action spell and still use their Extra Attack feature to cast a cantrip on the same turn?

I noticed a peculiar rule interaction. The rule on casting bonus action spells states: A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus action on your turn to cast the spell,...
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Does covering an object with Darkness cast upon it count as using an object as described in the combat actions?

In the rules for Darkness spell it states: Completely covering the source of the darkness with an opaque object, such as a bowl or a helm, blocks the darkness So my question basically boils down to ...
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Do siege weapons have a maximum rate of fire?

Siege weapons typically take a series of multiple actions to make an attack. Ballistae, for example, require the input of a load action, aim action, and fire action to make a single attack roll - ...
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Object Interactions and the location of the object?

Is there a rule or rules clarification about the location (or change of location) of an object during the object interaction / Use an Object action? E.g.: stuff some food into your mouth or drink all ...
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Does a Vial of Acid, Oil, Alchemist Fire, or other improvised weapon adventuring gear still require an Object Interaction to 'draw' first?

A specific example being Thief Rogue: If they don't have the vial in their hand at the beginning of combat, would they still need to use Object Interaction to take out the vial, and then use either a ...
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Does a player character who becomes a vampire gain the vampire's Legendary Actions?

One of my players became a vampire by choice and according to the Monster Manual, "the character gains the vampire's damage resistances, darkvision, traits, and actions" (p. 298). Does that ...
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Stowing and drawing weapons?

"I'd probably say they can throw one axe, while holding their polearm in their other hand, and be ready to use it again next turn. I don't think it's reasonable to allow a character to stow their ...
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Can you use your action to take a bonus action? [duplicate]

During a game tonight, I had a DM state using an action to do a bonus action is allowed by RAW. I was always taught this is not the case. I understand it's the DM's table, but for my own knowledge for ...
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Does Slow spell allow a move and an action?

Just looking for a clarification on what a target can do in a round when hit with Slow spell. normally we get a 'move' and an 'action' (in addition to bonus etc) my question is about just the two ...
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Can monsters take actions that aren't detailed in their stat blocks? [duplicate]

Me and my players got into an argument as to whether or not an Oni could take the Dodge action. This led me to question whether a monster can take normal actions other than the ones in its stat block. ...
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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, p. 148): This sticky, adhesive fluid ignites when exposed to air. As an action, you can throw this flask up to 20 feet, shattering it ...
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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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