Questions tagged [fear]

For questions about attacks or effects that scare a target. Fear is a common condition for RPG characters to suffer from. Many systems have rules for how frightened creatures behave, how long they are afraid, and how to judge different degrees of fear.

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Of Fighting Fear

Recently, our troupe of Samurai was faced with a Yurei, a haunting ghost. It was indeed a powerful one, and it possessed the power of Fear 3, sending some of us fleeing and making it nigh impossible ...
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How does a creature counter the Frightened condition? [closed]

Some conditions have obvious counters—-for example, if prone, a creature can stand. But how does a creature counter being frightened of another who has successfully intimidated it into being ...
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How can we deal with being frightened?

Last session our party (totem barbarian, mutant (homebrew) druid, starry druid, soulknife rogue, fathomless warlock, conjuration wizard, all 14th level) just got completely pwned by a couple of ...
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Simultaneous fear and saving throw

I'm considering taking the Fearsome Rune on a weapon, and have feats or other runes which impose a saving throw on a hit/crit. Does the fear effect get applied before the saving throw, or after? That ...
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When you roll on the Scart Table, do you use the total value of all the dice, or the highest single value on any of the dice?

When you fail a Guts check, you have to roll on the Scart table with the specified number of dice. Do you add up these dice like damage (total across all dice) or like aptitudes (highest value on a ...
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Can a Frightened Controlled Mount Be Made to Move Closer to the Source of Its Fear?

The Frightened condition states that a Frightened creature cannot willingly move closer to the source of its fear. If a mount is being controlled by a rider who is not Frightened, can the rider make ...
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Сan a creature that is immune to fear be under the effects of Madness?

Сan a creature that is immune to fear be under the effects of Madness? For example, can a creature under a Heroism spell be under the effect of Madness?
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Can you use your bonus action while under the effects of the Fear spell?

The description of the fear spell states, in part: While frightened by this spell, a creature must take the Dash action and move away from you by the safest available route on each of its turns, ...
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If you as a player character get frightened and the caster dies, are you still frightened by the corpse?

Does the frightened Condition end when the monster you are afraid of dies?
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Frightened + clumsy

Is there any benefit of inflicting clumsy 1 on an enemy that is already frightened 1? (assuming the durations are the same) (note to answerers: both clumsy and frightened inflict status penalties, and ...
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Can intelligent items be intimidated?

I know these are technically immune to mind effecting spells and effects, but can they still be intimidated? I feel like intelligent weapons or items would be capable of fearing their destruction. ...
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How does fearful empowerment work on summon monster?

The dread witch prestige class offers the ability fearful empowerment: Fearful Empowerment (Su): Starting at 3rd level, once per day you can add the fear descriptor to any spell you cast that has ...
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Can the frightened condition stack if it's caused by the same source?

Say Faendal the Fallen Aasimar Paladin uses his Necrotic Shroud racial ability (Charisma saving throw, an affected creature can repeat the saving throw on subsequent turns to end the effect), and a ...
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Does an out-of-sight creature affected by the Fear spell have to keep running if they fail the saving throw?

Imagine a (D&D 5e) spellcaster casts Fear on an enemy, and the enemy fails their Wisdom saving throw. On its turn, the enemy drops what it's holding and takes the Dash action, running away from ...
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Can a frightened creature freely circle the source of its fear?

A frightened creature A is standing horizontally or vertically next to the source of its fear B. The creature can't willingly move closer to the source of its fear. Can A freely circle B, for ...
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What happens if you become frightened of yourself?

You might be wondering how this could happen apart from a contrived scenario of casting a spell like cause fear on yourself (which is allowed). Turns out, it can happen by interacting with the local ...
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If a fear-immune creature's immunity is removed by a Draconic Malice spell and it becomes panicked, what happens when it leaves the spell's aura?

If I have an active Draconic Malice spell taking away the fear immunity of all creatures around me, and say I inflict the Panicked condition for 20 rounds on a paladin in my aura. The paladin then ...
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If you save to become immune to a creature's trait/ability, are you immune to that trait/ability from all such creatures?

So a Pit Fiend has a neat little thing called a fear aura. Essentially if you start in it, you have to make a save or be frightened. We know from a related question that the rules for combining ...
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If a paladin fails the saving throw against a Demilich's Howl and falls unconscious, are their allies frightened if they succeed on the save?

The demilich (MM, p. 48) has the following action available to it: Howl (Recharge 5-6). The demilich emits a bloodcurdling howl. Each creature within 30 feet of the demilich that can hear the howl ...
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What happens if you're frightened of a hidden or invisible creature?

A Frightened creature suffers the following effects: A frightened creature has disadvantage on ability checks and attack rolls while the source of its fear is within line of sight. The ...
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How can I frighten my enemies besides using spells?

I am planning on playing an Oath of Conquest paladin, and I really want to capitalize on the Aura of Conquest feature (XGtE, p. 38): Starting at 7th level, you constantly emanate a menacing aura ...
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Do you still roll saves against effects suppressed by the Calm Emotions spell? [duplicate]

The Calm Emotions spell says: ...suppress any effect causing a target to be charmed or frightened. When this spell ends, any suppressed effect resumes, provided that its duration has not expired in ...
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Line of sight, parallel 5ft obstacle between player and enemy

One of my players got frightened by a Boss after being hit by a wrathful smite, and he's trying to put himself between a 5ft diameter and 10ft tall pillar and the Boss enemy. E being the Boss enemy, ...
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What are all the ways that a PC can become immune to the frightened condition?

Question I'm interested in ways to become permanently immune to the frightened condition. I hope this is considered a bounded list question and therefore on-topic. I've so far only considered race- or ...
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Does immunity to fear prevent a mummy's Dreadful Glare from paralyzing a character?

A Mummy has an ability called Dreadful Glare: The mummy targets one creature it can see within 60 feet of it. If the target can see the mummy, it must succeed on a DC 11 Wisdom saving throw ...
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If an Eidolon uses Divine Dread and then goes into its sacred statue, does the frightened condition transfer?

If an Eidolon use Divine Dread and then goes into its sacred statue, does the frightened condition transfer? Or would a PC only be frightened by the eidolon? What if the sacred statue looks exactly ...
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What is the source of the fear in the Hallow spell's extra Fear effect?

When using the "Fear" extra effect of the hallow spell, the spell says that affected creatures are frightened whilst in the spell's area. With regards to the frightened condition: is the source ...
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Does a Mace of Disruption's Frightened effect override some undead's immunity to the Frightened condition?

The description of the Mace of Disruption states: When you hit a fiend or an undead with this magic weapon [...] If the target has 25 hit points or fewer after taking this damage, it must succeed ...
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If someone intimidates another person, does the person affected gain the Frightened condition?

This came up when a PC in my game was immune to the Frightened condition. They said that the intimidation should fail since it relied on fear. How do I rule this?
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What constitutes a 'safe route' for the Fear spell?

The description of the fear spell says: While frightened by this spell, a creature must take the Dash action and move away from you by the safest available route on each of its turns, unless there ...
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How does a ghost's Horrifying Visage aging interact with immunity to the frightened condition?

Assume Bob the Brave is immune to the frightened condition. He is faced with a ghost, that attempts to use Horrifying Visage against him. Does his immunity prevent him from rolling the save, failing ...
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Can you teleport closer to a creature you are Frightened of?

I encountered a situation where I was Frightened of a large creature. By the words of the Frightened condition: The creature can’t willingly move closer to the source of its fear. Could you use ...
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Does the Mind Blank spell prevent the target from being frightened?

Does the mind blank spell prevent the target from being frightened by magical means, such as from the effect of a spell, or by nonmagical means, such as from a monster's Frightful Presence? Do those ...
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How can a frightened creature affected by the Fear spell attack the spellcaster normally?

Someone said he read somewhere on this site, that if the creature can't run away (dash safely) then there is no effect and they can then move up and lash out at the caster as they would normally. Yet ...
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What are the limits of Reflective Fear?

In D&D 3.5 fear is a very fun mechanic, typically the province of enemies but also something you can build a character concept around. Rather than describe all the rules here, I'll link to this ...
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Does the Fear spell work with an Oath of Conquest paladin's Aura of Conquest?

Oath of Conquest paladins emanate an Aura of Conquest starting at 7th level (XGtE, p. 38): Starting at 7th level, you constantly emanate an aura while you're not incapacitated. The aura extends 10 ...
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Can you count as your own enemy? Using Bane with Reflective Fear for infinite reflections

The Dread Witch prestige class (Heroes of Horror) has a nifty little ability called Reflective Fear: Reflective Fear (Su): At 5th level, any fear effect against which you successfully save is ...
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Does the Phantasmal Killer spell actually produce an image that the target can't approach?

The phantasmal killer spell produces an illusion only the target can see and also applies the frightened condition. But the frightened condition prevents the victim from approaching the source of ...
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Duration of Fear Cone/Aura Effect

NOTE: This is about the number of rounds the creature effected by the Fear effect, not about the duration of the Fear Cone itself. The Gaki is one of many creatures that have the Fear Aura or Fear ...
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Is it mechanically possible to be afraid of yourself? [closed]

I found the following quote on Tumblr: You are afraid… of yourself. You have to spend your turn running away from yourself, and you have disadvantage while you’re in line of sight of yourself. Can ...
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How long does the frightened condition last?

I am DM in a game where one player likes to use the intimidation skill and menacing attack. I can't find anywhere that tells me how to get rid of the frighted condition so every time he uses either of ...
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What do victims of the fear spell do if their speed is reduced to zero?

The fear spell reads: Each creature in a 30-foot cone must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or drop whatever it is holding and become frightened for the duration. While frightened by this spell, a ...
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Can you move a creature you're grappling but frightened of?

A situation came up in our game where a PC cast cause fear (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 151) on an enemy that was grappling the PC and trying to push them towards a torture device. This made ...
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Can frightened creatures stand up without "moving closer to the source of their fear"?

An interesting problem came up in game the other day: A Battle Master fighter (PHB p. 73-74) successfully used the Menacing Attack maneuver against a fire giant, and thanks to a magical effect on her ...
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Does indifference make the subject immune to mundane fear?

The 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell indifference [ench] (Tome and Blood 92 and—so far as I'm aware—never reprinted), in part, says This spell drains emotion from the creature touched. The subject becomes ...
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Combining Improved Dirge of Doom and Blistering Invective – how long does the “frightened” condition last?

I recently found a pretty neat combination of moves that essentially turns your bard into a freaking jump scare. (Unless your enemies are undead. Or don’t understand your language. Oh well, no trick ...
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What is "closer" for the purposes of the frightened condition?

How is the portion of the frightened condition meant to be interpreted: The creature can’t willingly move closer to the source of its fear. More specifically, what is meant by "move closer"? ...
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Does the frightened condition provide supernatural knowledge of the location of the source of fear?

The effects of being Frightened are as follows: A frightened creature has disadvantage on ability checks and attack rolls while the source of its fear is within line of sight. The creature ...
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For the frightened condition, do transparent objects block line of sight?

There seems to be some discrepancy regarding the frightened conditions's line of sight rules, since line of sight is not clearly defined. Perhaps intentionally so. Frightened's disadvantage on ability ...
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Does the Banner of Storm's Eye protect against a mummy's despair ability?

The Banner of Storm's eye (Magic Item Compendium pg 151) States: As long as it is held aloft, the banner automatically suppresses (but does not dispel) fear effects on all creatures within 20 feet. ...
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