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Questions tagged [combat-maneuver]

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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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 sweeping attack damage 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 ...
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How does the Quaking Enhancement interacts with Feats?

Quaking (Weapon Master's Handbook pg. 30) This special ability can be placed only on melee bludgeoning weapons. The wielder of a quaking weapon can strike the ground as a standard action to ...
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What rules allow you to crush a sufficiently small target?

We all know that a human can crush an insect in less than six seconds. How does one crush in pathfinder, given the size difference is substantial enough? Would it be considered a bull rush for a ...
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Does Greater Sunder with a Maul of the Titans deal its extra inanimate object damage to the holder of a sundered item?

Bob the Fighter is using a Maul of the Titans and has the Greater Sunder feat. Maul of the Titans: This mallet is 8 feet long. If used as a weapon, it is the equivalent of a +3 greatclub and ...
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Does the Prone or Restrained condition invoke Advantage for other special melee attacks like Grapple?

The Prone condition is described as: A prone creature’s only Movement option is to crawl, unless it stands up and thereby ends the condition. The creature has disadvantage on Attack rolls. An ...
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How does resistance work?

WARDING MANEUVER [...] Roll the die, and add the number rolled to the target’s AC against that attack. If the attack still hits, the target has resistance against the attack’s damage. [...] What is ...
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How does one spread attack damage across low hit point creatures with a level 3 fighter?

We are looking at an encounter where a dozen or more 2 hit point creatures may be attacking a party of max level 3. Assuming as a DM we decide against using the “Cleaving through Creatures” optional ...
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How can a disarmed foe be prevented from recovering the item?

The answer for the question "Can Mage Hand grab opponents' items?" says that "since it's assumed in 5e that picking up an object can be part of a creature's movement during its turn and can pick ...
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Can a character with Extra Attack replace multiple attacks with Shoves as part of the same Attack action?

In the PHB, page 195, it is stated in the rules of shoving that: If you're able to make multiple attacks with the attack action, this attack replace one of them. Because of this, combined with ...
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Can a Sage use her Infuser package ability with the Chi Gong attack?

The Champion of the Sphere's Sage class has these abilities: Chi Gong (Su) At 1st level, the sage learns the chi gong technique, which allows him to wield his ki as a precise instrument, ...
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Is a disarm with Weapon Finesse made with a Str or Dex bonus to CMB?

If you are using a rapier with the feat Weapon Finesse while attempting to disarm an opponent, do you use DEX or STR on the CMB for the disarm attempt?
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Is a paladin's Lay on Hands ability in combat like drinking a potion, or like casting a spell?

The Paladin in AD&D 2e has the class ability of Lay on Hands. A paladin can heal by Laying on Hands. The paladin restores 2 hit points per experience level. He can heal himself or someone else, ...
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Can a Battle Master with Extra Attack do a Commander Strike when he throws a net?

When a character uses the Attack action to throw a net, he can only make one attack, regardless of the number of attacks he normally has (ex: 2 from the Level 5 Fighter's Extra Attack). A Battle ...
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Can a Battlemaster fighter get a bonus action on a crit when using riposte as his reaction

So last night our Great Weapon Master fighter using his riposte as his reaction, crit with his hit. Was he then able to get another bonus action from Great Weapon Master?
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Can Battle Master maneuvers also apply to special attacks?

Battle Master maneuvers can give to-hit modifiers, attack advantages, damage bonuses and various effects to regular attacks. My question is : can they do the same for Shoves (trips & pushes) and ...
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How long can a creature wait to use its reaction gained from Battle Master's Maneuvering Attack

When a Battle Master uses their Maneuvering Strike maneuver, does the creature they're affecting have to take the reaction immediately after the attack? (PHB pg 74) Maneuvering Attack. When you ...
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Grappling-Dragging Reasonable?

So, our group (of which I'm the DM) was in a situation in which they wanted to drag each other during their turns (roughly an equivalent in increase of speed to the Dash action, as I pointed out) to ...
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What happens when you sunder a natural weapon?

Under the sunder rules you can destroy things by dealing them damage by using the combat maneuver rules? If you are having a hard time with attack roles, could you switch to CMB checks. Granted this ...
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Use of Mage Hand during combat to gain advantage?

In the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure module, our party (consisting of three second-level PCs, a fighter, wizard, and cleric, with me DMing) was fighting a singular ogre. We had already taken some ...
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How does overrun work? [closed]

Okay, so I've been mulling about this mechanic (Overrun), and I believe I have it down to some extent, but I'd like clarification. This is how I am aware the manoever works: An Overrun is a combat ...
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Can I use Crossbow Expert to fire my hand crossbow as a bonus if I already declared my Attack Action? [duplicate]

When you use the Attack action and attack with a one-handed weapon, you can use a bonus action to attack with a hand crossbow you are holding PHB pg 195, Crossbow Expert Scenario: Crossbow Expert ...
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How to design and run cinematic combats that move between zones?

I've been running D&D for a few years now, and I just want a little more from my combats. I've already got a very solid handle on designing environments to make combat more dynamic, but what I can'...
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Understanding how to perform ranged grapples with barbed arrows

I have an zen archer monk and I am trying to figure out the exact rules for ranged grapples. Here is the research I have. Grapple Description on Weapon Page (scroll way down, search grapple #19/21) ...
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How to handle social skills in combat?

Is there any official or community guidelines on how to handle the use of social skills in combat in The Dark Eye 5? Sometimes one of my players would like to intimidate an attacking orc, while in ...
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Can you use multiple maneuvers from a tactical feat like Shock Trooper at once?

Tactical feats offer a number of maneuvers that are usable in certain situations. For example, Shock Trooper from Complete Warrior offers the directed bull rush, domino rush, and heedless charge ...
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Could I voluntarily surrender my CMD vs. an allied bull rush?

I was reading up on various home brew remedies for what things might look like when a very big person throws a very small friend further out on the field of battle. Those are all interesting, and ...
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Does the Disarm action optional rule (DMG) make the Disarming Attack maneuver (Battle Master fighter) useless?

I would like an analysis of this with feedback. Does the Disarm combat option (DMG, p. 271) make the Disarming Attack maneuver (PHB, p. 74) useless by being the better option? Here are the pros &...
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Does the Monk forgo damage when using Stunning Strike?

In the 5e Player's Handbook the following about the Monk's Stunning Strike is written: "When you hit another creature with a melee weapon attack, you can spend 1 ki point to attempt a stunning ...
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Preventing a coup de grace with an attack of opportunity

We recently had a situation where an enemy red mantis assassin was using his death attack on another player's character. (He first fascinates the target and can make a coup de grace later). My pc ...
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Can you substituted combat maneuvers for parts of an Unchained Flurry of Blows?

Unchained Monk and Regular Monk are similiar and vastly different. My question however is specifically focusing on the Flurry of Blows and how it is altered. Regular monks flurry of blows ...
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What is the single best feat to raise my druid's CMD, other than Defensive Combat?

I'm a druid looking to select just one feat to boost my CMD. No level restrictions. I have found Defensive Combat Training but is there anything that increases CMD even more?
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Reach in Hackmaster

The rules for Hackmaster state that reach is calculated as five feet plus reach (p. 223). I am assuming this should be considered four feet for shorter races (as per their lesser reach as listed in ...
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How do you set up ToB maneuver macros for Roll20? [closed]

I'm using Roll20, and I'm trying to figure out how to set up macros for Tome of Battle maneuvers so I can put them in my macro bar to speed things up. However, I have no idea how to set up macros. ...
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Is there a way to reduce Awesome Blow to an Attack Action?

Reference: Awesome Blow (Monster) This creature can send opponents flying. Benefit: As a standard action, the creature may perform an awesome blow combat maneuver. My Mental Imagery ...
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Can I Bull Rush a Prone Opponent?

Situation I have Shield Slam and play a sword and board style fighter. If I knock a target prone and I attack with my shield while that target is still prone, can I still Bull Rush a prone target? My ...