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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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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 ...
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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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Can you do anything other than dashing while affected by Fear?

The spell fear forces those affected by it to take the dash action on their turn. Can they do anything else besides that? Could a rogue dash with cunning action and still attack for example? Are they ...
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Can NPCs have fight-or-flight reactions to intimidation instead of just submitting?

I was DMing the second session of my first game a few weeks ago and I started thinking about how I should have handled a particular situation. We had 3 PCs being assisted by a cleric NPC; this same ...
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Fear: Can it kill?

My friend has a Turn Undead spell ability, being a paladin in 5e, and we entered a small room that had a skeleton in it. He was going to use Turn Undead to trap it in a corner, except the barbarian ...
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Using rules from Heroes of Horror does Fearsome Necromancy stack?

Heroes of Horror provides rules for fear stacking from different sources. If a spellcaster has the feat Fearsome Necromancy is each spell he uses with this benefit considered a different effect or ...
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Can I browbeat a vampire?

The Player's Handbook on the skill Intimidate says, "A character immune to fear… can’t be intimidated" (77). The Monster Manual on Fear says, "All fear attacks are mind-affecting fear effects" (309 ...
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Is Wrathful Smite's wisdom check optional?

The spell description says: As an action, the creature can make a Wisdom check against your spell save DC to end this spell. Does this mean that the Wisdom check is not obligatory? It seems odd ...
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How does the frightful aspect spell give the shaken and frightened condition?

Frightful aspect is a 8th level spell : You also emit an aura that emanates 30 feet from you. Enemy creatures within the aura are shaken. Each time a creature shaken by this aura hits you with ...
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If you are immune to shakened, are you immune to the whole fear chain?

I was reading the rage powers of the barbarian and fearless rage says you are immune to shaken and frightened. Since shaken < frightened < panicked, if you cant be shaken does that prevent the ...
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What's the interaction between Dominated and Panicked?

Let's say there's a creature that's been dominated to attack the party. The party then uses a spell on that creature that causes them to be panicked for several rounds. Would the fact that you have ...
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Fear while Cursed Berserking?

If a character is already cursed and berserk, such as by a sword of vengeance in battle, do they flee in battle under the effects of a fear effect, or does the curse control them? Curse. This sword ...
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How to handle critter power “Fear” as a player

Last session our group was confronted with a shaman accompanied by his pet spirit. The spirit used his critter power "Fear" (Core Book pg. 397) on us, a pretty common power judging from the published ...
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Can I take the “Help” action to assist in saving throw against fear?

If a party member is currently suffering from the frightened condition and gets a saving throw to end it at the end of their turn, can I use my Help action to give them advantage on the roll? To ...
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Fear effect stacking, how does it work?

I have a player that wants to focus on fear, causing his enemies to become shaken etc. He is using intimidate in combat to make the enemy shaken for one round. My question is this, if he moves first ...
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Does Aura of Courage end the frightened condition if a frightened ally enters its area of effect?

So I just made level 10 with my paladin and got the added feature "Aura of Courage." I understand that currently I and anyone within 10 ft of me will be immune to the frightened condition. My question ...
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Does frightened condition end when you hit 0 HP?

I was running a game where a Sea Hag frightened a couple of my PCs. In a subsequent round, the Hag used her Death Glare, and a PC dropped to 0 HP. Almost immediately, our cleric cast Spare the Dying ...
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How can I play a character who is scared without disrupting the gameplay?

I'm playing a character in a DnD setting who decided to become an adventurer because it sounded like fun, not seriously considering how dangerous it would be. Our DM has us running a campaign with a ...
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Do shaken, frightened, and panicked replace each other or stack?

The conditions shaken, frightened, and panicked are related fear effects. Does only the worst condition apply because of this, or would being shaken and panicked give you a -4 on stuff? I ask because ...
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Can you negate the Frightened condition by not looking at the source of your fear?

As the title says, if you cause a creature to be Frightened of you, as in the Frightened condition, but they can somehow manage to not see you, do they stop rolling with disadvantage to attacks/...
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What is the earliest all-day fear user? [closed]

Pathfinder has a lot of options for inflicting fear on foes from various spells to witch hexes to intimidate-using swashbucklers and rogues. But what is the earliest, effective, unlimited (or ...
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How can I make my PCs flee?

My players never run away or avoid conflict. Ever. I throw them ridiculous encounters, they will stay and fight. If I tell them, "You know you're not gonna make it, just run," they stay and fight and ...