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Do you take falling damage after a high jump of over 10 feet?

I have a multiclass Monk / Druid (2 levels of monk). He cast jump on himself, wild shaped into a brown bear, activated step of the wind, then took a high jump with a height of 42': High Jump ...
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Do you suffer fall damage while inside a Bag of Holding?

You take your gnomish friend and cram him in a Bag of Holding. You then throw that same bag off a 120 foot cliff. The bag lands on dirt ground. What happens to the bag, and the gnome?
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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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Can a character survive a fall from 2 miles up?

By the rules as I understand them, the maximum damage for falling is 20d6. Does this mean that characters with enough hit points (above 70 on average) can simply leap off airships or cliffs (no ...
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When does a flying creature start and end falling?

Situation: Alice the Aarakokra sees Bob the Battlemaster coming. She ascends to 605', just out of the 600' range of Bob's longbow. Bob (Str 14) performs a running high jump 5' into the air and ...
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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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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 might the weight of a falling object affect the damage it causes?

Fall damage is 1d6 per 10 feet. What adjustments if any should I make for objects falling on a player character? (e.g. a bear) Assuming the objects are meaningful threats but not instant character ...
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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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Do I have to land at the end of my turn?

I was told by my AL DM that when you fly at the end of your turn you must return to the ground or at the end of the round take falling damage. I can't find this rule set anywhere. All I can find is: ...
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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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How far do you fall per turn?

I recently began browsing the 5e PHB when I noticed that there was no distance per round when falling under the Falling category. Is there a set fall speed and if so, what is it?
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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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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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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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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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Can Monk's Slow Fall Be Used to Carry/Catch Someone?

The description for Slow Fall is bare boned: 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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Would a winged Aasimar fall if it cannot flap its wings?

I have a player who has an Aasimar character. My player argues that the book does not state the Aasimar has to flap its wings, and instead can hover because the wings don't use concentration. This ...
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How would using Thunderwave to stop falling damage work?

Thunderwave, on a failed save, pushes a target 10 feet when it hits them in addition to doing damage. In the event that a party as a whole were falling, a creative Cleric could Ready his spell to be ...
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Do you take damage from falling while wearing Winged Boots?

In 4th Edition the magic item clearly stated that you dont take damage and that you land on your feet while wearing them, but in 5e there is no such language in the description. The description of ...
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Do you take fall damage while inside Otiluke's Resilient Sphere?

If a creature inside Otiluke's Resilient Sphere falls do they still take fall damage? (As an aside I'm assuming that the sphere can and will fall because it does in fact have weight per this Q&A) ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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 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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If an object or creature is dropped on a monster, how much damage does each of them take?

If a character who was under the effect of a growth potion (double their height and eight times their weight) and weighed 2,400 lbs. was able to use Dimension Door to teleport 400 feet or more into ...
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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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Falling from low heights; how does 1d6 per 10ft round up/down?

I have been reading over the falling rules in Pathfinder and one thing that is unclear to me is how falling damage works between 10ft intervals. Is it that everything up to the first 10ft takes 1d6 ...
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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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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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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, ...
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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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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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What is falling damage into water?

I want to create a scenario where PCs might fall from a height, let’s go with 80 ft., into the ocean. How is falling damage handled if they fall into the water from let’s say a bridge? What if we ...
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Are there rules for dropping on an enemy as an attack?

In our current campaign, our ninja decided to try to drop on a monster from a ledge 25 feet up, blade first. I house ruled that it would require an extra 10 to the Tumble of falling without damage, ...
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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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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 ...