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Questions tagged [falling]

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

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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 ...
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Does a creature in flight affected by the Haste spell fall when the spell ends?

The final sentence of the Haste spell reads: When the spell ends, the target can't move or take Actions until after its next turn, as a wave of lethargy sweeps over it. (PBH p. 250) If a creature ...
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Can the Grasp of Hadar invocation be used to interrupt a lethal fall?

Picture the following: Your party is engaged in battle on the edge of a wall of a cliff of sufficient height that a fall would be lethal. Suddenly one of your party members gets pushed over the edge. ...
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Can a character with wings stop another character's fall?

If say, an Aasimar and human fall off a cliff and the Aasimar uses Radiant Soul, could they then attempt to at least slow the human's fall? I was thinking that they would fall at half the speed, and ...
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Do class features that give a flying speed count as magical in relation to falling rules?

There are some classes, like the vengeance paladin's capstone or the Tempest Cleric's 17th level Stormborn feature, that grant a flying speed to a creature. Is this considered 'magical' flight or is ...
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What would be the game balance implications for using the Gygax method for applying falling damage?

According to the rules, at the end of a fall, a creature takes 1d6 bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet it fell, to a maximum of 20d6. However, way back in Dragon Magazine #69, D&D co-creator ...
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Does the 500 feet falling cap apply per fall, or per turn?

Xanathar’s Guide to Everything (p. 77) has this to say about the rate of falling: The rule for falling assumes that a creature immediately drops the entire distance when it falls. But what if a ...
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Is there anything in this grapple and run-jump-fall-stand-repeat strategy that does not work?

The Athlete feat (PHB, p. 165) gives the following benefits: Increase your Strength or Dexterity score by 1, to a maximum of 20. When you are prone, standing up uses only 5 feet of your ...
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Do you take falling damage if falling from 20 feet or less while grappled by someone affected by the Cat's Grace option of the Enhance Ability spell?

Here are the rules on falling: At the end of a fall, a creature takes 1d6 bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet it fell, to a maximum of 20d6. The creature lands prone, unless it avoids taking ...
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If a Gelatinous Cube takes up the entire space of a Pit Trap, what happens when a creature falls into the trap but succeeds on the saving throw?

A player character falls into a 10 foot x 10 foot concealed pit trap, which is 20 feet deep. At the bottom of this pit is a gelatinous cube, which occupies all of the bottom 10 x 10 x 10 (width x ...
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Can a flying creature avoid falling damage by flying just before impact?

Say a creature with a flight speed starts their turn 500 feet above the ground. They then stop flying and plummet towards the ground. 5 feet before impact they use 5 feet of their flight movement to ...
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Does falling count as part of my movement?

I'm new to D&D. I've read certain answers to questions similar to mine, but I wish further clarification. Can I, as a Winged Tiefling, fall onto an opponent as part of an attack? And more ...
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How much damage should a beholder take if my character jumps onto it and slams it into the ground? [duplicate]

I was wondering how to rule something in my friend's campaign. We were fighting a modified beholder boss as a level 13 druid and a level 12 warlock. The fight was at a large summoning circle at the ...
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Are there rules for falling in water vs. diving vs. just jumping in for various depths of water?

Just realized that in DMing 5e I have unconsciously used a falling-in-water rule-of-thumb that I inherited from somewhere (maybe 2e or AD&D or maybe even Pathfinder). The ruling I've been using is ...
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Can you break your fall by flying?

If a character in Pathfinder falls could they break their fall by flying, or would they fall to their potential death?
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Can casting the Meld into Stone spell before I hit the ground save me from falling damage?

If I am falling a great height and manage to cast meld into stone before hitting the ground (which happens to be stone, such as a cavern floor), would I suffer falling damage? Consider the fall to be ...
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What does Banishment do to falling momentum?

A while ago, my DM let me use Banishment on myself to stop my fall from a likely fatal fall. As I was falling, I readied an action to cast Banishment on myself before I hit the ground. He let ...
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Can you take fall damage falling into water under the effects of the Water Walk spell?

The water walk spell states that it "grants the ability to move across any liquid surface [...] as if it were harmless solid ground". If you fall off a cliff with water walk active on you and the ...
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Can I grapple an enemy, then jump with them and land on them to do crushing damage outside of falling damage?

I’m making a grappler who can jump 8 feet normally, and therefore with the jump spell they can jump 24 ft. What would happen if I were to grapple a creature, then jump with them and land on them? I ...
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Can a druid prevent or reduce falling damage when using Wild Shape?

I've been doing research to figure out if a druid using wild shape to shapeshift into a beast that is known to be nimble (in the real-world) would be able to prevent or reduce falling damage. For the ...
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How does the simic hybrid's Manta Glide racial trait work during combat?

Consider a Simic Hybrid with the Manta Glide trait: 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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Do bullywugs take 1d6 damage and fall prone every time they high jump? [duplicate]

The PHB and basic rules state about falling: At the end of a fall, a creature takes 1d6 bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet it fell, to a maximum of 20d6. The creature lands prone, unless it ...
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Can Feather Fall be used to arrest falling at any point?

Can the spell feather fall be used to stop you/others falling at any point in the fall, or just at the start of the fall? For example, could a character jump from a very large height, descend rapidly ...
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What happens to falling momentum (velocity) when a storm sorcerer uses Tempestuous Magic to fly?

Say a D&D 5e storm sorcerer with the Tempestuous Magic 1st-level feature (XGtE, p. 52) is falling from a height of 300 ft. They ready a spell to be cast just before they reach the ground, such ...
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If you are falling, can you Misty Step to the ground to avoid damage?

If I fall off a cliff - say, 1000 feet - can I wait (readied action?) until I am near enough to the ground (my understanding is you fall 500 ft/round) then misty step safely to the ground? Or, does ...
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Is fall damage only calculated on vertical distance?

From this answer to Is damage taken when falling off a mount?: The minimum distance to take fall damage is stated as 10ft. However, if you are on a fast mount, you could potentially fall off while ...
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Is damage taken when falling off a mount?

The mounted combat rules provide a few scenarios for falling off a mount: If your mount is knocked prone, you can use your reaction to dismount it as it falls and land on your feet. Otherwise, you ...
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How fast does Watery Sphere fall over open air?

This question speaks of watery sphere as a replacement for feather fall because of this line: If [the sphere] moves over a pit, a cliff, or other drop-off, it safely descends until it is hovering ...
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Can Watery Sphere protect against fall damage?

The description for watery sphere says: If [the sphere] moves over a pit, a cliff, or other drop-off, it safely descends until it is hovering 10 feet above the ground. Any creature restrained by ...
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Can a monk, falling with an enemy they have grappled, use their slow fall ability to reduce their falling damage and not that of the enemy?

This came up as a controversial topic at my table with a player creating a Zangief playstyle. The player uses an aarakocra monk that flies up with a grappled enemy, then ends his movement to fall to ...
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Fall as a free action and then use fly skill to end falling as free movement

I had a character flying at 100 feet. I knocked an enemy to the ground. Their now farther away than a charge action could get me. Is it possible to start falling as a free action, and then resume ...
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Can an Eldritch Knight use their Arcane Charge feature before falling?

This Q&A establishes that if you suddenly find yourself mid-air (e.g. by teleportation), you only have time to use a reaction before starting to fall (examples include casting feather fall, or ...
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What happens if I Blink while in free fall?

Scenario I have cast Blink on a previous turn and am falling from of height of 510 feet. After having fallen 500 feet, my turn ends and I vanish into the ethereal plane. What happens when I reappear?...
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Are there creatures that are resistant/immune to falling damage?

From my experience in 5th edition D&D, I've seen many creatures resist or be immune to bludgeoning damage from weapons, but never to bludgeoning damage from falling. The only instance I know is a ...
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If you misty step 30 feet straight up do you have time to attack a foe next to you before you start falling?

On your turn, you misty step 30 feet straight up. Can you make an attack before you start falling, or will you immediately begin to fall? For example, a player wants to reach a flying enemy to knock ...
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Does deliberately falling cost movement?

If you willingly fall on your turn does it cost movement? As a DM I'm thinking about how to handle things such as creatures who are immune to being prone, diving into the water from a height, or a ...
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Is it possible to make multiple grapple attempts while falling?

Situation: A PC with Extra Attack is standing on a raised platform. Below and slightly to the side is a Wizard NPC floating mid-air under the effects of Fly. The PC wants to (on their turn) jump off ...
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How much time does it take to take a move and immediate action when falling out of combat? [duplicate]

My character has a Handy Haversack that contains a wand of featherfall. Taking the wand out of the haversack is a move action. Activating the wand is an immediate action. How many seconds would it ...
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Will a Readied Attack hit someone mid-fall (less than 500 feet)?

The scenario: An enemy is atop a 499 foot cliff. A hero is at a place where he can stand and move freely (enough), let's say in the middle (around 250ft). Immediately after the hero's turn, the enemy ...
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Does the rule on falling damage (1d6 damage for every 10 feet fallen) only apply to Small and larger creatures?

Does the rule on falling damage (1d6 damage for every 10 feet fallen) only apply to Small and larger creatures? Suppose flying insects with 1 hit point attack the party, and a caster casts sleep into ...
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Aarakocra dive attack damage? [closed]

If you look at the Aarakocra's dive attack it deals +1d6 damage for every 30 ft. in the air. If every 10 ft. does 1d6 fall damage to something that is falling, shouldn't a character be able to use ...
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Can Earthbind be used for a Feather Fall type effect?

According to Crawford on Twitter, Earthbind causes the effected creature to descend not fall: Q: do flying creatures affected by Earthbind (Elemental Evil) take falling damage if they reach the ...
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How do I resolve keeping a character tied to a rope from falling?

I have run into this a lot recently. PCs walking over a bridge or a log or whatever over a chasm will tie a rope around one of the characters and the rest will hold the end of the rope as he crosses, ...