Questions tagged [combat-maneuver]

For questions about combat maneuvers, which refer to any action in combat that may not directly result in damage but some other form of debilitation or advantage that allies can capitalize on.

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Does Blood in the Water work if I score a critical hit on something immune to critical hits?

Blood in the Water (Tome of Battle, p. 86) states: While you are in this stance, you whip yourself into a terrible rage. When you score a critical hit against an opponent, you enter a near frenzied ...
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How does the Overrun action work?

The action 'Overrun' is described in the DMG p. 272 as: When a creature tries to move through a hostile creature's space, the mover can try to force its way through by overrunning the hostile ...
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How does the Battle Master fighter's Pushing Attack maneuver interact with ranged weapons?

I want to create a Battle Master fighter who uses a crossbow as his main weapon. By RAW, you can use a Battle Master maneuver with a ranged weapon as long as the description does not say the ...
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What happens when the UA Bait and Switch maneuver is used on a grappled ally when both the user and ally are still within the grappler's range?

This question is based on this one: What happens when the UA Bait and Switch maneuver is used on a grappled ally when the maneuver-user is out of the grappling monster's reach? The Unearthed ...
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Can an Abjuration wizard with the Martial Adept feat use the Parry maneuver before their Arcane Ward absorbs damage?

If a Wizard of the School of Abjuration takes the Martial Adept feat and chooses the Parry combat maneuver, how will it interact with their Arcane Ward? Can the Wizard parry and reduce the need for ...
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How should I handle a player attacking from the top of a tree?

There is a player in my group whose character is developed around staying in trees, climbling, Athletics, Acrobatics, and such. He likes to climb trees and then leap down onto enemies from the tree ...
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What happens when the UA Bait and Switch maneuver is used on a grappled ally when the maneuver-user is out of the grappling monster's reach?

The recent Unearthed Arcana Class Feature Variants includes the Bait and Switch fighter maneuver (page 5), which states: When you’re within 5 feet of an ally on your turn, you can expend one ...
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What are the ramifications of making the Battle Master fighter's Commander's Strike maneuver no longer require the Attack action?

The Battle Master fighter's Commander's Strike maneuver (PHB, p. 74) states: When you take the Attack action on your turn, you can forgo one of your attacks and use a bonus action to direct one of ...
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When two-weapon fighting, can a Battle Master fighter use a maneuver on the Attack action and another on the bonus-action attack?

The Battle Master fighter's Combat Superiority feature states that “you can use only one maneuver per attack” (PHB 73), but I’m unsure how that applies in the case of two-weapon fighting. Is ...
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When I move away from an enemy I am flanking and trigger an opportunity attack, do I have advantage on my attack from the Riposte maneuver?

I am playing a Rogue who is planning on dipping 1-5 levels into fighter. If I get to level 3 of Fighter, I will take the Battle Master archetype and take the Parry, Riposte and Feinting attack ...
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What are the rules for rebinding the suddenly freed arm of a bound prisoner to prevent them from attacking?

As DM, I am working on a scenario where a lich is bound and gagged but, unexpectedly during combat, the binding loops on one arm are broken and one of the lich's arms gets free. The adventure is a ...
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Can a Battle Master fighter with Extra Attack use the Commander's Strike maneuver before he throws a net?

A long time ago, I had asked this question about whether a Battle Master fighter with Extra Attack can do a Commander's Strike after he throws a net. It got answered in the negative (you can't give ...
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Can you negate disadvantage on throwing a net by using the Lunging Attack maneuver of the Battle Master fighter?

The Battle Master fighter's Lunging Attack maneuver (PHB, p. 74) increases reach of a weapon by 5 feet. Could you choose to increase the short range of the net from 5 feet to 10 feet? This would allow ...
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Can I ready an action before combat, and then use it immediately after, or just before combat starts? [duplicate]

I'm aware that you can use an action in combat in order to ready a specific response to be performed as a reaction when a certain event triggers it. But what if I'm in a situation where combat hasn'...
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If I trip with a weapon do I add the Weapon Focus bonus to the trip attack roll?

Some special attacks such as Trip can be performed with weapons. Its text says: Some weapons can be used to make trip attacks. In this case, you make a melee touch attack with the weapon instead of ...
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Can the Battle Master fighter's Pushing Attack maneuver be used to pull someone past you towards your allies?

I have a Battle Master Fighter with the Pushing Attack maneuver. It states that you can push someone 15 feet away from you. Would that include also behind you as well, since you would be pushing them ...
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Can the Conjure Barrage spell stack with the Disarming Attack or Trip Attack Battle Master maneuvers?

I'm new to D&D 5e. I was thinking that someone with the Martial Adept feat (which gives them 2 of the Battle Master fighter's combat maneuvers) could use their superiority die to make a thrown ...
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Can a character shove an enemy who is already prone?

Imagine a 5th level fighter, Battle Master archetype. He uses the Trip Attack maneuver with the first attack of his Attack action and knocks the enemy prone. With his second attack, he hits the ...
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Battlemasters strikes clarification [duplicate]

In the Player's Handbook for DND 5e some of the maneuvers (distracting, disarming, menancing strike etc.) for the battlemaster fighter have this writen at the start: When you hit a creature with a ...
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Interactions between Reposition and Trip Maneuvers when making both with a Flowing Monk's Reposition

This question about the Flowing Monk's Redirection already lightens the mechanic when one combat maneuver is used. However the order of the actions and their interactions remains ambiguous to me when, ...
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How can I adjudicate one character attemping to jump off a party member's shield at the enemy?

Last session, two of the members from my table attempted to make a combo together! I love when people contribute to the story, especially if it's going to be something epic like this situation, but I ...
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Is there a way for a Battle Master to swap out maneuvers without taking more fighter levels?

I currently have an Ancestral Guardian barbarian 8 / Battle Master fighter 3. Some of the maneuvers I selected earlier in this character's career aren't working out as well in Tier 3. Battle Master ...
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When do I use the “Brace” special weapon feature?

I have a question regarding the weapon feature "Brace". Some weapons have the special weapon feature "Brace", for example a simple spear How to use it (how I understand it) On your turn, you take ...
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Is the Wall of Blades maneuver affected by AC penalties?

Do AC penalties (and bonuses, for that matter) apply to the Wall of Blades manuever? Bob the martial adept has prepared Wall of Blades this morning. He also acquired Shocktrooper last week. Bob's ...
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Trox's Grabbing appendages

Can a Trox, which is a large monstrous humanoid, use his grabbing appendages to grab another large creature, all the while beign able to swing his weapon; or if using his grabbing appendages, against ...
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How much damage would be appropriate for a creature pushed into a wall to take?

In our current D&D 5e game, one of the players created a Variant Human Monk that gains one feat in exchange of only having two ability score increases. The player chose the Martial Adept feat, ...
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Can the bonus action attack from Polearm Master be used to Disarm?

Polearm Master (PHB p. 168) gives you the ability to situationally make a bonus action attack: When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, or quarterstaff, you can use a ...
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How to resolve an overrun attempt from a large creature into 2 medium sized creature?

Let's take for example an Ogre in a 10' wide corridor facing two fighters side by side in front of him. The ogre wants to perform an overrun attempt to pass over the two fighters and get to the ...
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What is the point of the Battle Master fighter's Evasive Footwork maneuver?

This is a followup to: How long does the AC increase from the Battle Master fighter's Evasive Footwork maneuver last? What is the point of the Battle Master fighter's Evasive Footwork maneuver? If ...
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Can the Battle Master fighter's Commander's Strike maneuver be used on a mount from the Find Steed spell?

Assume a player character has 5 levels in Paladin and 5 levels in fighter (Battle Master). The character casts find steed and summons a war horse and mounts it. During their turn in combat, the ...
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Would a character that disarmed an opponent be able to pick up the dropped weapon from the opponent's space?

There are various options that let you make your enemy drop a held object (for example, the "Disarm attack option"). Would a character that just disarmed an opponent be able to pick up the dropped ...
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Is there a combat style that works with disarming opponents?

I am currently playing a brawler that just reached 3rd level. I am playing him as an unarmed strike, disarm combat maneuver specialist. I know that is somewhat limiting, especially in regards to ...
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After an unarmed creature disarms a foe, can the creature keep the weapon?

I'm playing a brawler who uses unarmed strikes and who specializes in disarming foes. Can an unarmed brawler retain a weapon after he disarms an opponent since his hands are free when he makes the ...
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When is the Battle Master fighter's Commander's Strike maneuver worth it?

I have been playing a Fighter with the Battle Master archetype (PHB, p. 73-74), and most of my companions in my party are new to the game. I was trying to play a supportive-type character, even if I'm ...
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Can a Battle Master fighter apply the Feinting Attack and Trip Attack maneuvers to the same attack roll?

Battle Master fighters (PHB, p. 73-74) can apply a number of maneuvers to their attacks, including Feinting Attack and Trip Attack. Feinting Attack is a bonus action and uses one manoeuvre here, ...
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Can a Hexblade warlock/Battle Master fighter use Armor of Hexes to make an attack miss, then use Riposte to attack after the enemy misses?

My DM allowed me to create a tabaxi warlock/fighter, taking three levels in Battle Master fighter before my character's nature of curiosity led me into a pact with the Hexblade warlock patron. I now ...
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Is the combat system in Fireborn unbalanced in favor of defenders?

I was hoping someone could help me with understanding the Fireborn combat mechanics, or optionally has a better way to explain and implement it in a less confusing way. The way the system is ...
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Is the damage of a Battle Master fighter's Sweeping Attack maneuver doubled on a crit to the 2nd target?

Battle Master fighters have the Sweeping Attack maneuver (PHB, p. 74), which lets the user use a superiority die to hit another nearby target. If the original attack roll would have hit the second ...
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Battle Master fighter's Trip Attack when the target is already dead from the regular hit?

The Battle Master fighter has the Trip Attack maneuver (PHB, p. 74): When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you can expend one superiority die to attempt to knock the target down. You add ...
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If I can impose an effect on the enemy on a hit, can I use a Battle Master maneuver after the target has made the save against the other effect?

Can I use Battle Master maneuvers to force a second save after I have seen the target succeed on the first one? Situation 1 My Moon Druid has 3 levels of Battle Master fighter, and he can use Trip ...
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Chaining up a creature in combat

Can you use chains to chain up a creature in the middle of combat? (What if it becomes stunned or paralyzed for a round? - Would this be enough time?). What would the creatures condition be afterwards?...
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Can a bull rush be performed from below by a creature with a burrow speed?

I have a PC with a (relatively slow) burrow speed through the feat Oread Burrower. Is it possible to do any fancy combat moves from below like bull rush? What would be needed to do that, and what ...
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Battle master Goading Attacks against spell casters

An interesting problem came up in game the other day: A Battle Master fighter (PHB p. 73-74) successfully used the Goading Attack maneuver against a wizard and then successfully disengaged in an ...
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Can creatures use Grab on a Charge attack?

My reefclaws are attacking the players underwater. They charge the oracle/monk. Reefclaws have Grab and 2 Claw attacks. If I charged, am I correct in thinking that: The reefclaw would get one claw ...
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Can a Battle Master use their combat superiority damage dice with the alter self spell's damage dice after it has been cast?

Can a Battle Master use their combat superiority damage dice in conjunction with the alter self spell's damage dice after it has been cast on the individual?
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What are some other Overrun feat combos?

I am a level 2 Barbarian. I have the Overbearing Advance rage power. I have the following feats: Power Attack, Improved Overrun. I am looking into taking the following rage power in the future: ...
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Ground glass to the eyes

There is a Combat Maneuver called dirty trick which allows a character to - amongst other things - throw sand at another character's face to blind them for some time. A player wanted to throw ground ...
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Can you combine Pushing Attack with the Shield Master feat?

Pushing attack activates with a weapon attack and Shield master is a bonus action to shove. Can these be combined to a 20' shove or would it have to be 15' shove followed by a 15' move and another 5' ...
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How to restrict a possessed PC’s actions without ropes or magic? [closed]

Four 1st level PCs fall into a pit. One of them is magically possessed (i.e. such as with a Crown of Madness) and begins attacking the other party members. Ideally, the party would like to restrain ...
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What actions can a surprised PC with the Alert feat take against Hidden opponents?

A PC with the Alert feat cannot be surprised by Hidden opponents. According to "When does a hidden opponent become visible when attacking?" - opponents only become visible on their turn in the round ...