Questions tagged [combat-maneuver]

For questions about combat maneuvers, which refer to any martial 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 a character remain in a martial stance they no longer know?

A Tome of Battle stance can be initiated as a swift action, and "remains in effect indefinitely...until you change to another stance you know as a swift action." (p. 38) If a character ...
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Does the Quick Toss maneuver work with a Magic Stone?

The Quick Toss maneuver from Tashas Cauldron indicates a ranged attack can be made with a bonus action for expending a superiority die. Could you quickly toss a Magic Stone? How much damage would it ...
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Does an Awesome Blow count as an attack?

Awesome Blow (Ex) At 16th level, the brawler can as a standard action perform an awesome blow combat maneuver against a corporeal creature of her size or smaller. If the combat maneuver check succeeds,...
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Do the attacks from Polearm Master and the Brace Maneuver stack?

Polearm Master allows a PC to make an opportunity attack when an enemy enters within reach. With the Brace manoeuvre, you can use a reaction to make an attack, expending a superiority die. BRACE When ...
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Can the Grappling Strike maneuver option be used with the Thorn Whip cantrip to grapple a creature from up to 30 feet away?

Grappling Strike is a maneuver option for Battle Master fighters (and others with access to maneuvers) that reads (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, p. 42; emphasis mine): Immediately after you hit a ...
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Can I Feint while Swallowed Whole?

Sethix the Swashbuckler has been Swallowed Whole by a T-Rex. In order to help cut his way out, Sethix wants to Feint to gain Panache, since he is a Fencer Swashbuckler. Is this something Sethix can do?...
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How effective is Spell Shield Magus Arcana in preventing attacks of opportunity from hitting?

My favorite class in Pathfinder is a Magus. I'm considering playing a reckless, Dex-based, magus who regularly carries out combat maneuvers. However, I don't want to allocate so many feats to improved ...
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Can weapons with Reach be used to attack “through” willing allies? [duplicate]

I'm picturing the Greek Phalanx formation, where soldiers were arranged in rows and the men in Row B or even Row C could attack the enemy by thrusting their spears between the soldiers in Row A. Can ...
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Mounted Combat: Ride-by attack + Overrun possible?

Can a Cavalier declare a Ride-by attack and then use their mount to overrun the target (thus continuing the movement through the enemies square)? Is it enough for the Cavalier to have the Ride-by ...
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Are there two versions of a 'shove', and if so, what further effects do the different versions possibly allow? [closed]

As I see it there are two versions of 'shoving' in 5e: a physical verion and a magical version. The physical version allows pushing an opponent backwards OR knocking them prone, while the magic ...
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How does Blink work versus a readied action in this PvP scenario?

Bit of an odd one but I want rulings for this scenario: Yes this is PVP and it ended up been fun at the table, and no one was upset. Playing a Level 7 College of Swords Bard with a Homebrew Magic ...
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Sundering or dispelling Wondrous items that function as limbs

If there were to be a character that used either a clockwork arm or a necrograft limb, to replace an existing arm or leg, could an enemy that wanted to disable the ability or affects of that magic ...
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Archer's Sunder

The Archer's Trick shot allows them to sunder. However the rules for damaging objects states "Objects take half damage from ranged weapons (unless the weapon is a siege engine or something ...
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Does turning around count as moving for triggering Brace?

My fighter took Superior Technique as Fighting Style. This gives me the the Combat Maneuver Brace, which says (emphasis mine): When a creature you can see moves into the reach you have with the melee ...
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Can the Battle Master fighter's Precision Attack maneuver be used on a melee spell attack?

I've searched here and in various reference books but can't find the answer to this specific question. The description of the Battle Master fighter's Precision Attack maneuver (PHB, p. 74) states that ...
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Does losing Dex to AC also apply to CMD?

Relevant rules: CMD: ...Any penalties to a creature's AC also apply to its CMD. A flat-footed creature does not add its Dexterity bonus to its CMD... blind: ...The creature cannot see. It takes a –...
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Can I swap a maneuver known with another one if I have te requisite before the swap but stop having it after?

The Tome of Battle states the following: Upon reaching 4th level, and at every even-numbered swordsage level after that (6th, 8th, 10th, and so on), you can choose to learn a new maneuver in place of ...
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Which combat maneuvers from the Martial Adept feat best support a highly mobile monk?

I'm planning a Rogue/Monk character, and I'm planning on being a highly mobile Monk who moves around the battlefield a lot, trying to get as many attacks as possible. The Rogue subclass is going to be ...
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Can you use combat maneuvers on attacks granted by Polearm Master but not made with the Attack action?

Been enjoying the Battle Master Fighter, but have a question about use of maneuvres with the two parts of Polearm Master: Polearm Master You can keep your enemies at bay with reach weapons. You gain ...
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Do the pushing effects of the Battle Master fighter's Pushing Attack maneuver and the Swords bard's Mobile Flourish stack on the same attack?

Do the pushing effects of the Battle Master fighter's Pushing Attack maneuver and the College of Swords bard's Mobile Flourish stack on the same attack? Assuming the target fails the Strength save ...
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Can you disarm a solar’s Flying Sword?

In 5e D&D, the solar has the ability to release its sword and control it remotely. The description of its Flying Sword action says: Flying Sword. The solar releases its greatsword to hover ...
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Is “Shove” an attack?

This question is prompted by reading this answer to a question about using the Polearm Master feat's bonus action after a Shove and halberd Attack In the section "Making an Attack" (PHB, page 194): ...
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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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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 ...