Questions tagged [battle-map]

For questions about maps used for visualising a battlefield during combat, often with grids and used in combination with miniatures or tiles. Not to be confused with the [maps] tag, which is for maps of larger areas, like city or world maps.

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When playing on a grid, can I pour a flask of oil on any adjacent square or just on the one I am standing on?

The description of a flask of oil says: You can also pour a flask of oil on the ground to cover a 5-foot-square area, provided that the surface is level. When playing on a grid, can I pour a flask ...
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How do I adjudicate the impact radius of the Melf's Minute Meteors spell? [duplicate]

The description of the Melf's Minute Meteors spell states, in part: [...] you can expend one or two of the meteors, sending them streaking toward a point or points you choose within 120 feet of you. ...
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Is it mathematically possible to only have 3/4th cover?

In Is the DMG 3/4 cover diagram incorrect? the question asker points out the diagram shown in the DMG implies 3/4th cover, but it's possible to get a better angle on the defender meaning they only ...
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How to resolve multiple sources of cover when using a grid?

The cover rules in the PHB say: There are three degrees of cover. If a target is behind multiple sources of cover, only the most protective degree of cover applies; the degrees aren't added together. ...
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Is the DMG 3/4 cover diagram incorrect?

From page 250 and 251 of the DMG: To determine whether a target has cover against an attack or other effect on a grid, choose a corner of the attacker's space... trace imaginary lines from that ...
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Is there a canon map/layout for the House of Inspired Hands?

The Gondar temple The House of Inspired Hands is in Waterdeep and appears in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. This only contains a brief description of its exterior and interior, is there any more detailed ...
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What happens when I redirect an attack with mounted combatant but I am outside the reach of their weapon on a grid? [duplicate]

The mounted combatant feat (PHB 168) allows someone to "force an attack targeted at your mount to target you instead." Suppose I am playing on a grid. Let E be enemies without reach/ranged ...
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How to map out and run an encounter set in a predominantly vertical area online?

Upcoming in one of my D&D 5E games, the player characters are going to have to venture down a dwarven mineshaft while being attacked by dwarf zombies. The shaft itself is an entirely vertical pit, ...
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Is circular movement treated as moving diagonally or difficult terrain? [closed]

This came up in a discussion in my group about circular movement. Is circular movement treated as moving diagonally or difficult terrain? For a situation such as circling a target on a horse ...
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Does an aura affect all creatures including ones only partially in the aura?

In the image below, I have a paladin with a 10 foot aura of protection. I have three characters labelled 1, 2 and 3. We have been playing that character 2 and 3 would be in the aura, but character 1 ...
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How many squares can a creature larger than Medium with a speed of 30 feet move on a 5-foot square grid map?

A Large creature on a 5-foot square grid map occupies a 2-by-2 square space. If the creature can move up to 30 feet, and each square on the grid is 5 feet by 5 feet, does the creature move up to 6 ...
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How can I show the effects of illusions in Roll20?

My players are approaching a battle with Fraz-Urb'luu, who will have prepared the battlefield in some manner using an effect like Mirage Arcane and several other illusions and deceptions. Given that ...
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Are there any problems using a mix of hex and square grids on a map?

I'm creating some maps with a 5ft hex grid and hoping to keep them system agnostic. There are some rooms that have a shape that doesn't fit the hex grid well and would fit a square grid much better. ...
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How do I help players frustrated by darkness in Roll20's dynamic lighting?

I recently moved my pathfinder 1e campaign online. After some experimenting I decided that the Roll20 dynamic lighting system was worth the investment. However during our first session using the ...
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Can players move tokens in Mipui without being an admin of the map that those tokens are placed on?

Hello I was wondering if there is a way for players to interact with a map, without being considered a creator/admin of a map, so that they can move their tokens without being able to see through the ...
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How do I scale maps appropriately for the grid for published adventures?

I recently purchased my first add-on with Roll20 and noticed that while Roll20's grid is a 5-foot square, the provided maps are 10-foot squares. How do I "scale" the map appropriately for the grid, ...
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How do we determine circular AoE areas on grid? [closed]

I don't know how to explain it, but I have a question about spells areas, imagine a spell has a 10´radius circle area, which one work better? I'm confused because the lower option its not 10´foot ...
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When using the Wall of Fire spell, what shape is a ringed wall on a grid?

I was looking at wall of fire and realized I wasn't sure how to represent the ringed version when on a grid. The spell states (emphasis mine): You create a wall of fire on a solid surface within ...
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On a grid, what is the area of effect of Spirit Guardians?

I'm unclear on what the area of effect of Spirit Guardians is on a grid. The spell has a range of Self (15-foot radius). Additionally, the description of the ...
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Line of sight, parallel 5ft obstacle between player and enemy

One of my players got frightened by a Boss after being hit by a wrathful smite, and he's trying to put himself between a 5ft diameter and 10ft tall pillar and the Boss enemy. E being the Boss enemy, ...
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Scale of Paizo's Pathfinder/Starfinder pawns and paper minis

I've been a fan of Paizo's paper minis. Ever since I printed out the first batch, I noticed that they follow the 28mm scale for miniatures - i.e. in most paper minis representing adult humanoids, the ...
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Are unusually long jumps possible by RAW?

I am slightly confused about how far a PC can jump in combat. On page 182, the PHB defines the mechanics of the long jump: When you make a long jump, you cover a number of feet up to your Strength ...
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How to Fog of War an official adventures map

So I will be DMing a new campaign, and we are going to be starting with the module for The Sunless Citadel. I have a very large .jpeg file for all of the dungeon maps, and plan on using my little ...
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Is the Kolat Towers map properly drawn?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, players can access a zone known as Kolat Towers. The map (on p. 151) is drawn strangely though. It seems like the 2nd floor is not aligned with the 1st floor. Not very ...
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When did 5 foot squares become standard in D&D?

Perhaps showing my age here, but in "The Good Old Days", 10-foot squares were a standard map size. Each square on the map was 10 feet, and a 10-foot wide corridor was normal. Now, having started ...
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How do you calculate the range of an attack when attacking diagonally?

I was recently in a situation where I had to make a crossbow attack on an enemy that is in the opposite corner of the room from where I was. It looked a bit like this: For the sake of simplicity, ...
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When a druid reverts to their normal form having wild shaped into a Large beast, can they choose which square they occupy?

When a druid reverts to their normal form they appear where their beast shape was. But if their beast shape was Large and their normal form is Medium, can they choose which of the four squares they ...
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When playing on a grid, how many Medium creatures fit inside the area of a Scroll of Protection's barrier during combat?

The description of the scroll of protection (DMG, p. 199) reads: Using an action to read the scroll encloses you in a invisible barrier that extends from you to form a 5-foot-radius, 10-foot-high ...
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Does a target have total cover from a ranged attacker positioned on an opposite corner of a hallway?

Consider the diagram below: N ******* * = Wall W E ....... . = Open Space S .A***T. A = Attacker T = Target Does the target have ...
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How long is it safe to leave marker on a Chessex battle map?

I have a Chessex battlemap and it's been working great. Sometimes, though, I want to prepare maps in advance to save time during the session. However, I know that marker left on the mat for too long ...
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Do you have to have figures when playing D&D?

I am pretty new to playing D&D and our DM does not use figures with a grid, so we kind of use our imagination. According to the official D&D rules, are we doing it wrong?
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How can we allow remote players to effectively interact with a physical tabletop battle-map?

Part of our in-person tabletop group moved six hours away mid-campaign. We've been dealing with the distance by having multiple laptops set up, one with the players on the screen and the camera ...
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Can the Flaming Sphere spell be rammed into multiple Tiny creatures that are in the same 5-foot square?

The text of the Flaming Sphere spell says that "If you ram the sphere into a creature, that creature must make the saving throw against the sphere's damage". Can I ram a Flaming Sphere into multiple ...
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In Caverns of Thracia, where does this trap door lead to?

In the original Caverns of Thracia, there is a trap door marked on the map. Where does this lead to?
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Where is a larger creature allowed to be placed on the grid when moving into the opponent's space to maintain a grapple?

During Step 4 of a grapple maneuver (To maintain a grapple, you move into opponent's space), how would that movement be managed if the creature moving into the opponent space is larger that the target ...
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Can characters stand in corner squares of a round room?

Can a character stand in any partial squares of a large round room, on the perimeter? And if so, do they have to squeeze for all of the squares that are not complete? Rules Compendium states that a ...
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How close is 5ft? [duplicate]

While this sounds kind of silly, I'm a DM and trying to settle on a question a player asked me. In the game I use a battlemat and place all creatures in melee adjacent to each other. However a player ...
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How to measure on a grid the area of a sphere area spell or effect centered on a creature?

Per the Wild Magic sorcerer's Wild Magic Surge table (PHB, p. 104) 07-08: You cast fireball as a 3rd-level spell centered on yourself. There's other questionable area spells in that list (grease ...
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Would changing world scale have unintended consequences?

Context I've started planning for my Christmas one shot, I had the idea of playing a toybox adventure (think toy-story or nutcracker) with custom races for each type of toy and using giant stats for ...
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Combat using a grid and touch spells

My understanding of combat on a grid is that (1) moving onto a new square needs 5 feet of movement and (2) the distance between two squares is 5 feet. A medium creature occupies 5 square feet of space....
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How is movement calculated when running up walls as a monk?

Picture this circumstance. I am a 5 foot tall level 9 Wood Elf Monk with Mobile. I have 60 feet of speed per turn, via: 35 feet from Wood Elf feature 10 feet from the Mobile feat 15 feet from being ...
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How do I target the Moonbeam spell, using a grid?

So, as my title implies; If you shoot a Moonbeam at an enemy standing in a square, would the area covered by the Moonbeam be just that single square, from one of the corners 2x2 or mid-square 3x3 ...
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Is it impossible to flank a large creature on a hex grid?

DnD 5e has optional rules for flanking that includes guides for how it works when using a hex-grid tactical map: On hexes, count around the enemy from one creature to its ally. Against a Medium or ...
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What space does the spell Cloud of Daggers fill?

I am trying to workout what template cloud of daggers (PHB, p. 222) would be on a grid. The spell states: You fill the air with spinning daggers in a cube 5 feet on each side, centered on a point ...
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What real-world size is a “square”?

Does 4E D&D specify what the real-world size of a battlemap "square" is? Reference/citation desired.
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How to represent multiple stories of a building on a battle mat?

How do you set up a two-story battle map when both stories can interact with the same areas or characters? For example: An outpost with a guard tower with archers on the top floor and melee fighters ...
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Are the maps in the The Slaying Stone created using an existing tileset?

In the published adventure HS1 - The Slaying Stone, there are a number of encounter maps containing corridors, furniture, rubble and the like. Were these maps constructed with the expectation that the ...
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How would adventures be run with traps on maps that show where they are?

I am currently prepping an adventure and have purchased some source material from an older D&D 2E one-shot (The Shattered Circle) which I have loaded onto Roll20 and am prepping for a 5E adventure....
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Is a 5 foot square on a battle map 5 sq. ft.?

I am making a map for a modern day game my DM is running, and I have an architectural image of a floor plan with listed square footage. For a D20 Modern's 5ft grid, how would I figure out how many ...
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Is this the correct way to resolve a missed Ice Knife?

Ice Knife: Make a ranged spell attack against the target. On a hit, the target takes 1d10 piercing damage. Hit or miss, the shard then explodes. The target and each creature within 5 feet of the ...