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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Is an Unarmed Strike considered a Weapon attack?

For the purposes of the fighter Battle Master archetype, whenever a maneuver calls for a "weapon attack" does that include an unarmed strike?
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Can a Shield be Disarmed?

The Player's Handbook describes the shield as being wielded in one hand. However, the Armor category that displays the times to put on armor lists the shield is something that you don, and it takes ...
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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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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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Does D&D 5e lack a general disarm rule?

I get from the PHB that there is no general rule for disarming an opponent but only a specific rule for Battle Master fighters. Can we assume that other classes (even other fighters subclasses) lack ...
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Rule of Cool with a Flail… what limitation should be there?

So we've recently had our first D&D session, a small something I wrote a few years back. No major issues (besides half-orcs with an evil alliance helping people, but it was more of a "this is what ...
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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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Why does 'Disarm' seem so trivial?

I was reading a closed question that proposed different rulings on Disarm, and it leads me to ask a proper question about the disarming abilities in 5th Edition. The Battle Master maneuver Disarming ...
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Can I “shove” with a reach weapon?

I'm trying to determine how the shove Attack action and Reach weapons interact. In particular, can you use shove on a creature 10' away? The shove description says: Using the Attack action, you can ...
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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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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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Can a Battle Master fighter with Extra Attack use the Commander's Strike maneuver after 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 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 more than one Battle Master maneuver be used in the same attack?

Some of the battle master maneuvers can be used whenever you make a weapon attack. My question is, could I use multiple superiority dice and do multiple maneuvers with a single strike?
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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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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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Does Weapon Finesse affect Combat Maneuvers?

If a character has the Weapon Finesse feat, and is wielding an appropriate weapon, is the Combat Maneuver bonus changed to include the Dex bonus, or not? How about for Combat Maneuver Defense - would ...
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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 Precision Attack be added to an attack roll after an enemy uses Shield as a reaction to that attack roll?

Can The battle master maneuver Precision Attack be used after his enemy casts the shield spell as a reaction to the battle master's initial die roll? This happened during a game. It didn't occur to me ...
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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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Can someone immediately pick up their weapon after being disarmed by the Battle Master fighter's Disarming Attack maneuver?

The Battle Master fighter's Disarming Attack maneuver can make someone drop a weapon at their feet. The only advantage is if others want to dash away or you need to remove a reaction parry from the ...
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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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Does Sentinel's opportunity attack trigger when I shove someone? [duplicate]

Alright, so me and my pal are working through making a 5e fighty Cleric. He wants to take the Sentinel and Shield Master feats. Sentinel and Shield Master's relevant parts read: Sentinel You have ...
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When a Battle Master fighter gets a critical hit and uses a maneuver that adds a superiority die to the damage, is that damage die doubled?

The Battle Master fighter has access to a number of maneuvers that add a superiority die to the damage roll. For instance, the Trip Attack maneuver says (PHB, p. 74): When you hit a creature with a ...
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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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Mechanically, how well would pocket sand work?

One of my players used the legendary pocket sand, grabbing some debris out of his knapsack and throwing it into the eyes of a couple enemies blocking his escape. His intent was to run past them while ...
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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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Adjucating picking up an item in your opponent's square

I had my player ask for an interesting action in last night's session and I had trouble adjucating it on the fly: He wanted to attempt a Disarm on the Big Bad and, if successful, try to get the ...
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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 Rally and other Maneuvers be used outside of battle?

I just recently started messing around with a friend using D&D 5e, and the two of us have been goofing around in Roll20 with characters we made to test some things, one of which a 3rd level ...
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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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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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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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Using archery with fighter maneuvers

I was looking through the list of fighter battle master maneuvers, and I noticed that most of the maneuvers say 'a weapon attack' and not 'a melee weapon attack'. For example Disarming Attack only ...
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Can I Trip or Disarm with the extra attack provided by the Snap Kick feat?

Snap Kick1 gives you an extra attack when performing an attack action. Improved Trip2 and Improved Disarm3 require an attack4, 5 to begin their special attack option. Does the extra attack from Snap ...
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Is this how to overrun?

Below is a summary of the combat maneuver overrun. After checking that for accuracy, I have a few questions. Overrun A creature can attempt an overrun combat maneuver under the following conditions: ...
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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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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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Can you use special attacks for opportunity attacks?

Can you use a Disarm, Shove or Grapple as your OA? I see no restrictions against it. Am I missing something?
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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 parameters for counting as a solid object or not?

Dungeoncrasher Alternative Class Feature states: If you force an opponent to move into a wall or other solid object, he stops as normal. A wall is a no-brainer. Solid object, however, is a little ...
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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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Consequences of a Tumble and Overrun

Page 272 of the DMG states: Overrun 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 creature Tumble ...
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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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How does a Battle Master's Parry work with multiple damage types? [duplicate]

Suppose an attack does 5 piercing and 5 poison damage (or 5 slashing and 5 fire, etc.) and the player parries the attack, and rolls to reduce 6 points of damage. Which type of damage is reduced first?...
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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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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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Martial maneuvers in an organised, easy to read form?

So, the question came up during the making of a swordsage, and the need to check if the maneuvers chosen can actually be acquired due to prerequisites. Is there anything, in pdf or online form, that ...
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Can Battle Master's maneuvering attack choose to move the Battle Master (self) who is using the maneuver?

Taken from the Player's Handbook (p. 74) Maneuvering Attack. When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you can expend one superiority die to maneuver one of your comrades into a more ...
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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 ...