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Going prone whilst climbing [duplicate]

Recently I was running a game and my players were in a fight with a Young Red Dragon that was climbing a wall. One of my players was able to inflict the prone condition on it. We then had the ...
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Tsunami spell cast in the air

Let's suppose a spellcaster casts the Tsunami spell 100 feet above the ground. The spell description says that it originates at a point in range (sight) and does not say that it needs to be supported....
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Falling on Multiple Creatures Simultaneously

What is the RAW method of resolving situations where large or larger creatures fall on multiple creatures at once when splitting the damage? I have been just splitting the damage among all involved ...
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Wavejumping: Newly Discovered Move Tech for Martials?

Was wondering how reasonable this ruling is RAW (RAI this was almost certainly not the intention but hey martials take what they can get). Ruling assume you're using Falling onto a Creature Rules ...
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Falling onto a Creature vs Moving Around Other Creatures Rules

So I was looking into the 'moving around other creatures' section in the PHB and found this You can move through a nonhostile creature's space. In contrast, you can move through a hostile creature's ...
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Does being lifted 10 feet into the air and then dropped count as "moving into or within the area" of Spike Growth?

Let's say that an enemy creature is standing in the center of the area of effect of the Spike Growth spell, which states: The ground in a 20-foot radius centered on a point within range twists and ...
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If a flying dragon drops you 100ft, can you use misty step to avoid the fall damage? [duplicate]

So to clarify I know in Xanathars fall damage happens immediately, but does it happen on your turn or in this case the dragons turn when it drops you? And to follow up could a player use misty step ...
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Can my Order of Scribes wizard gnome with the Mark of Scribing cast Silence to survive her 120 ft fall?

If I can cast silence on the ground below me before falling, with the thunder damage immunity replaced with bludgeoning, and we land from the fall inside the sphere of silence, do my party and I take ...
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Galder's Tower Kinetic Weapon

Assuming you could find a stable position in the air, like on a flying mount, a tall ladder, etc. Could you cast Galder's Tower, summoning a 2 plus story stone structure high up in the air. So that it ...
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Do characters suffer fall damage in the Astral Plane?

My character has a Robe of Stars. Our party is currently fighting an Adult Blue Dragon and the DM has a propensity to grab PCs and fly them to 120 ft in the air and drop them. If my character uses ...
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Can Scorn Earth be used to prevent falling damage?

Can you use Scorn Earth to avoid falling damage since you never actually hit the ground? Scorn Earth (Su) At 1st level, an elocater’s feet lift from the ground. From now on, she can float a foot ...
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Fall damage from being dropped by a Large creature

Simple question this time. Or maybe not. If I am a Large creature, i.e. over 10 feet tall, I am going to grapple someone and (assuming I succeed) pick them up. If I hold them up to the level of my ...
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Fly speed to fall downward

If someone has a fly speed of 60 feet and moves 60 feet downward and then chooses to stop flying, they would descend another 500 feet totalling 560 feet in a single round. Is this correct ...
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Climbing Movement (stay in place)

A creature making use of climbing movement, on a suitable surface, when interrupting its movement during climbing, can it act freely by remaining in the place where it is? Is it necessary to spend an ...
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Is a fly-by of a ship possible in the astral sea with enough INT

The way ships work in the astral sea is they have an air bubble with a gravity plane. In the astral sea you move with INT. If I enter the air bubble with enough speed, could I feasibly carpet bomb the ...
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RAW, can I counter the prone condition by falling 5 feet?

It seems like there are several ways to counter the prone condition. Uncontroversially, a creature may spend half of it's movement to stand You can drop prone without using any of your speed. ...
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When are the monk's Slow Fall feature and similar features applied if I use the optional rule for falling onto another creature? [duplicate]

The monk's Slow Fall feature description states: 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 level....
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Does a climbing creature fall when affected by Hideous Laughter?

A creature is climbing on a wall, and fails a save against hideous laughter. The spell states: A creature of your choice that you can see within range perceives everything as hilariously funny and ...
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How do I make sure that I'm falling alongside someone who unintentionally falls during combat?

Reflecting on the old and new (due to new rules in Xanathar's...) answers here about the distance someone falls, I'm trying to brainstorm how to make sure I fall alongside someone else during combat ...
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Does a barbarian's danger sense work for saves against falling?

I need some clarification on what the limits of the 'danger sense' feature of the barbarian class are. My group recently ran into a scenario where they were participating in a race while riding giant ...
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What happens to a flying creature when it is caught in an anchored Web spell?

Suppose I cast web so it is anchored by two trees. A flying creature without hover starts its turn in the web. According to the description of web: You conjure a mass of thick, sticky webbing at a ...
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If Tasha's Mind Whip prevents a flying creature from moving, does the creature fall?

A flying creature that doesn't hover and can't move must fall: 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, ...
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Could a Simic Hybrid Echo Knight stay aloft as long as desired?

So I was reading over the Simic Hybrid's possible adaptations and noticed Manta Glide: You have ray-like fins that you can use as wings to slow your fall or allow you to glide. When you fall and aren'...
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Will a dragon fall if it drops prone in flight?

If a dragon decides to drop prone while flying, will it fall? To meet the minimum character requirements, here are the rules for Prone and Flying Movement: Combatants often find themselves lying on ...
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Descending with a Fly Spell

A wizard flies very high over the battlefield using his Fly spell. But he wants to quickly descend and join the fight. Does he have to descend at 60'/round? Or during the ten-minute duration, can he ...
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If a character falls off a flying mount (e.g. a pegasus), can the mount fly down to catch them before they hit the ground?

Say a paladin is riding on a pegasus mount from the find greater steed spell (XGtE, p. 156). The pegasus is flying 100 feet in the air, but something or someone knocks the paladin off. Can the Pegasus ...
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Can I hurt myself with a high jump?

If through the use of a athletics skill feat, gadget, or a magical item that I jump more than 5 feet vertically. Do I take fall damage landing? I haven't been able to find any rules that say you ...
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Does the Simic Hybrid's Manta Glide let them glide after a high jump to double their movement and avoid opportunity attacks?

The Simic Hybrid's Manta Glide feature (GGR p. 20) does the following: You have ray-like fins that you can use as wings to slow your fall or allow you to glide. When you fall and aren't incapacitated,...
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How does Simic Hybrid's Manta Glide work?

Simic Hybrid's Manta Glide (GGR p. 20) states the following: You have ray-like fins that you can use as wings to slow your fall or allow you to glide. When you fall and aren't incapacitated, you can ...
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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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