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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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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 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 ...
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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 ...