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For questions about mechanics for physically falling over a vertical distance (and directly related issues) in a given RPG system.

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Can I use the Conjure Animals spell to drop cows on targets in order to deal damage to the targets?

Can cows that I conjure using the conjure animals spell fall onto targets, thereby dealing damage? The feys summoned by conjure animals take the shape of a beast (a cow, in this case). But since the ...
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Is Lightning Lure like a tractor beam?

Lightning Lure says (among other things): The target must succeed on a Strength saving throw or be pulled up to 10 feet in a straight line toward you... "In a straight line" here leads to ...
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Jumping from a height

Are there any rules (or JC tweets) about how jumping from a height works? I know about the rules for, e.g. long Jump, but those assume that the thing I'm jumping to is on the same level as me. Suppose ...
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What book specifies rules for running fast on paired cyberlegs?

In Cyberpunk 2020, suppose you have a team with three members: Apple, Banana, and Canteloupe. Movement Allowance {MA): This is an index of how fast your character can run (important in combat ...
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Are potions and breakable things carried by a character broken or damaged when a character falls?

I'm referring to damage from falling from a height, but also from when a character falls on their face when they become unconscious. Does a saving throw or other mechanism exist to handle equipment ...
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What happens if a vial of acid falls from the sky?

There are various methods that a vial of acid could fall from the sky. Perhaps a familiar is carrying it. Perhaps it is carried by Mage Hand. Perhaps an animal has been trained to pick things up. Then,...
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Does Thunderwave normally deal falling damage? [duplicate]

Is normal that if a target is Thunderwave'd into a wall, then they take initial damage from the Spell, and then additional "falling damage" from being flung into the wall. Similarly, if ...
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Using the optional rule on falling onto a creature, is the fall damage divided between creatures before or after damage resistance/reduction?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 170) offers the following optional rule on falling onto a creature: If a creature falls into the space of a second creature and neither of them is Tiny, the second ...
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How does attacking downwards affect ranged weapon attacks?

For 5e, ranged weapon attacks are associated with a normal range and a long range distance. For a flying attacker, how does attacking downwards affect that range? Say a flying PC with a handaxe was ...
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Does the spell Feather Fall prevent damage from falling down stairs?

Inspired by this Q&A: How to handle falling down stairs? Feather fall says: Choose up to five falling creatures within range. A falling creature's rate of descent slows to 60 feet per round until ...
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How to handle falling down stairs?

It is well-established in fiction -- as in real life -- that falling down a flight of stairs is dangerous. A significant tumble can seriously injure or kill a person. "Pushed down a flight of ...
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Can you misty step over an enemy and then fall down?

Can you just use misty step to teleport over someone and then let yourself fall down? Or is the "space above someone" also occupied if he just stands on the ground? What's the RAW here?
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What are the rules for a long fall into water? [duplicate]

Normally when a player falls they take 1d6 bludgeoning damage when they hit the ground per 10 foot they fall. Are there any RAW for a player hitting water? At what height does hitting water in DnD ...
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Hideous Laughter while climbing

I found this question about hideous laughter being casted on someone who is flying. James Jacob’s answer in the exchange is more geared to what happens when a character who’s flying is knocked prone (...
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Can a druid use Wild Shape in mid-air to survive being dropped?

Our group is all relatively new to D&D. Let's say that an aarakocra picks up a dragonborn druid, and carries her up to an altitude of 125 feet. It would take her ~2.5 seconds to hit the ground ...
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If a flying creature with no swim speed ends up in water, can it fly out?

Assuming there is no magic holding it aloft and it doesn't have the ability to hover, when a flying creature is knocked prone, it falls. What happens if the creature was flying over a body of water? ...
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Do ghosts have to hover?

I'm trying to figure out the rules around flying creatures - particularly those that only have fly speeds and if that means they effectively have 2 actions a round due to a required hover. Looking at ...
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Does Hold Person cast on a Spider Climbing NPC affect their ability stay on a vertical surface?

An NPC spell caster that is using spider climb at the top of a 30' pillar where it meets the ceiling is magically held by hold person. I have two related questions: When Hold Person goes into effect, ...
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Can a creature with wings choose to fall to get down faster?

A dragon flies at 4000 feet of altitude and needs to get to ground level as fast as possible. With a double-move and a fly speed of 200, it can only move 400 feet per round. But, can it choose to stop ...
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Is there no way to have a single casting of the Feather Fall spell affect a whole group of people who decide to jump off a cliff during combat?

I couldn't find an answer to this in my reading of the source books nor on Stack Exchange. My players were engaged in an encounter in which enemies were able to manipulate air to "gust" them ...
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When a character with no fly speed ends their turn in the air, when should they start falling? [duplicate]

We had a situation last session where I (sorcerer/monk) ended my turn mid air after striking a flying monster trying to flee. It was already 100 feet high so I used a quickened Thunder Step to ...
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Can you drop concentration on the Reverse Gravity spell while the targets are mid-fall?

When you cast the spell Reverse Gravity (5e), creatures start falling upwards into the air. Assuming that there is nothing in their way the spell must somehow halt their momentum when they reach the ...
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As I descend vertically when affected by Feather Fall, can I also move horizontally?

The feather fall spell (PHB, p. 239) says: Choose up to five falling creatures within range. A falling creature's rate of descent slows to 60 feet per round until the spell ends. If the creature ...
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When does a flying creature knocked prone fall and how far? [duplicate]

I understand according to the rules for flying that If a flying creature is knocked prone, has its speed reduced to 0, or is otherwise deprived of the ability to move, the creature falls, unless it ...
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Does falling provoke opportunity attacks?

Consider this scenario. A sorcerer climbs 20 foot up a tree and gets surprised by a large snake. The snake misses, and then the sorcerer wins initiative and decides to let go of the tree branches. ...
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Does Dimension Door up, then Feather Fall work as I expect?

My character wants to impress a person by teleporting 500' up with Dimension Door together with them, then casting feather fall to spend the next almost a minute (500' / 60' = landing on 9th round) ...
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What is the movement rate of a falling creature or object each round?

This question assumes that no method of controlling speed or direction is available, and that the falling is taking place from a location 30' higher than necessary in order for said creature or object ...
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Does armor class protect against damage from falling objects?

Does armor class protect against damage from falling objects? Let’s say we have average Munchkin McGee. Now, he boosts his AC to Celestia and back, then his damage reduction to the Abyss and back. I ...
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How can I become immune to fall damage?

How can I become immune to fall damage? I don’t mean things like feather fall that slow your descent or flight that prevents it from happening altogether; I'm more looking for an option that lets you ...
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Ending the Levitate spell at a considerable height

If a caster has spent the duration of the Levitate spell moving upward to 2000' how long would it take to float back down again?
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How does Feather Fall and cascading waterfalls interact?

"Feather Fall" (PH, p. 239) says: Choose up to five falling creatures within range. A falling creature's rate of descent slows to 60 feet per round until the spell ends. lf the creature lands ...
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Does a dropped object take falling damage?

I see rules for falling creatures and the damage they take when struck by a falling object. But what about the object itself? Does a dropped object take falling damage? Context: someone dropped an ...
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Can level 1 characters survive a fall of several miles? [duplicate]

I'm going to start a new campaign soon, and I thought it would be fun to scare my players in the first session by having them start the game falling from the sky. The thing is, I don't wanna kill ...
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Can Death Ward save you from death due to damage from falling?

I am curious about ways of using Death Ward and wondered what happens if you cast Death Ward on yourself and then throw yourself off a great height. For example, would it be possible to cast Death ...
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Can you cast a spell with a casting time of 1 action while falling?

Can you cast a spell with a casting time of 1 action while falling assuming you are falling for at least one turn before hitting the ground. I want to have some insight into the possibility of a PC ...
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Does feather falling out of a flying creature's space provoke an attack of opportunity?

Would feather falling out of a flying creature's space provoke an attack of opportunity? The scenario: As you are feather falling, a flying creature flies and attacks you; you then are forced to fall ...
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Does a monk decide to use their reaction on the Slow Fall feature after falling damage is rolled?

At 4th level, monks get the class feature Slow Fall: Beginning at 4th level, you can use your reaction when you fall to reduce any falling damage you take by an amount equal to five times your monk ...
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When a monk mitigates all the damage due to the Slow Fall feature, does he/she still fall prone?

So let's say I deliberately fall let's say 20 feet, I will take 2d6 points of damage. As a monk at 4th level I get slow fall which will let me nullify fall damage 5× monk level. So at 4th level, I get ...
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Does falling count as movement? [duplicate]

I'm planning to play a Sun Soul Aarakocra monk. With the flight of the Aarakocra I can essentially hit someone, fly up and repeat. Let's say I fly up 50 feet and decide to drop to the ground. Does the ...
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Heavy PC falling on enemies [duplicate]

I have a player who's playing as a Tortle (DND 5e) and weighs over 500 lbs. This combined with the ability for Tortles to hide in their shell led to some interesting crushing-related activities, and I ...
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Outside of combat, does a Totem Warrior Barbarian with Eagle Totemic Attunement still fall from flight?

Say a 14th-level Totem Barbarian chose the Eagle totem for the level 14 Totemic Attunement feature, and had the Persistent Rage barbarian feature. Would they fall after flying 80 feet, assuming they ...
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How can 16th-level characters mitigate damage from a lethal (long) fall?

The core question What is a way for a 16th level character to avoid potentially fatal falling damage - but are not Feather Fall, Levitate, magic items that grant the properties of these spells, or ...
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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 much damage from a falling Orca? [duplicate]

Level 10 Circle of the Moon Druid has two uses of wild shape. At level 2 a player gets "combat wild shape" so you can choose to use your bonus action to transform. Combat starts, your first turn you ...
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Falling after being Knocked Prone on a Slope

I'm setting up a trap for my players. They will be entering a tunnel with a rather steep section - steep enough to require climb checks to avoid falling but not so steep it can't be counted as "...
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Can the Thorn Whip cantrip lift the target 10 feet into the air?

Can the thorn whip cantrip lift the target 10 feet into the air? I can’t find any reason that casting thorn whip from above wouldn’t cause an extra d6 of falling damage. This isn’t that difficult to ...
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Is there any way to change falling damage to another damage type?

The rules on "Falling" state: [...] At the end of a fall, a creature takes 1d6 bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet it fell, to a maximum of 20d6... When looking at the reverse gravity spell I ...
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Does falling out of a threatened square trigger an attack of opportunity?

My party's warlock is hovering twenty feet above water and is surrounded by enemies at the same hover height as him. Our warblade does not fly. If our bard activates a wand of benign transposition ...
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How much damage should be caused by falling into water? [duplicate]

I have tried to find the answer to this question by searching the books and was unable to find anything in the regular rules. Attempting to search here only threw up similar questions relating to ...
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For object fall damage, does the 20d6 maximum apply only to the additional damage from distance, or is it an overall maximum?

According to the DMG, page 303: For each 200 pounds of an object’s weight, the object deals 1d6 points of damage, provided it falls at least 10 feet. Distance also comes into play, adding an ...