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Is flying a broom light activity?

My warlock is currently attempting to flee persecution, and I am making the argument to my DM that, as he has Aspect of the Moon and does not require sleep, he should be able to fly his broom in a ...
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Is Bigby's Hand affected by gravity, or does it hover in the air?

The spell Bigby's Hand creates a translucent force that can be moved 60 feet in any direction: You create a large hand of shimmering, translucent force in an unoccupied space that you can see within ...
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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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Can flying creatures fly forever without needing to land to regain stamina?

There are many creatures that can fly in DnD. However, none of the templates show any need to land and regen stamina after flying for so long. Is that actually a thing in DnD, or can flying creatures ...
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What flying races are there?

As we're getting to higher levels I think a flying race may no longer be as much of an issue, of course I'll double check with my DM before using one. I was unable to find a list of the flying-capable ...
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If a Twilight cleric uses the Steps of Night feature to fly up, do the areas of Twilight Sanctuary and the Spirit Guardians spell stay on the ground?

Say a Twilight Domain cleric has Channel Divinity: Twilight Sanctuary and the spirit guardians spell in effect. The cleric then uses the Steps of Night feature to fly up 15-30 feet. Does the Twilight ...
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Can players roll Body and Fly dice for flying challenges/tests?

The rules say that if a player can come up with a reason why they could use e.g. Bucking for a Body test, then they can roll their Bucking and Body dice and take the highest? I like this mechanic. How ...
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Can you cast the Rope Trick spell when you are in the air?

The rope trick spell description says: You touch a length of rope that is up to 60 feet long. One end of the rope then rises into the air until the whole rope hangs perpendicular to the ground. At ...
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Can a creature with a Broom of Flying combine their speed with the broom's? [duplicate]

A Broom of Flying has a flying speed of 50 ft. (30 ft. when overloaded). Can a creature combine their own speed with the broom's, for example by running 30 ft. on the ground before using the broom's ...
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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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Can you increase the flying speed gained from the Winged Boots magic item by taking the Dash action?

The description of the winged boots in D&D 5e says: While you wear these boots, you have a flying speed equal to your walking speed. That's simple enough. If Richard the Rogue equips these, 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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Alterself and reinterpretation of it's abilities [duplicate]

Since alterself in 2nd edition would allow you to gain the natural abilities and movements of other bipedal anthropomorphic creatures. IN 5th edition is allows for the aquatic movement (like sea ...
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Is a creature that is not on the ground affected by the Sleet Storm spell's risk of falling prone?

The spell sleet storm on page 276 in the Player's Handbook says, in part: The ground in the area is covered with slick ice, making it difficult terrain. When a creature enters the spell's area for ...
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How does Evasive Footwork work for characters that can fly? [closed]

If you playing a flying character, such as a tiefling, and you don't logically stop moving to make your attack, does the AC bonus end since you haven't actually stopped moving, even to make your ...
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Flying speed when under Etherealness spell?

Normally flying up or down does not give or cost extra movement, as covered here. However, Etherealness spell (duration 8 hours) states the following: You remain in the Border Ethereal for the ...
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If a creature with a fly Speed of 30 ft. has the Fly spell cast upon it, does it now have a 90 ft. fly speed, or only 60 ft. total?

According to the wording of the fly spell: You touch a willing creature. The target gains a flying speed of 60 feet for the duration. When the spell ends, the target falls if it is still aloft, ...
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Can a beholderkin summoned with Summon Aberration be used as a flying mount?

If I cast Summon Aberration to summon a Beholderkin, would I be able to stand or sit/mount it and have it fly?
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How close do Opportunity Attacks affect flying creatures? [duplicate]

I am planning an encounter with Giant Wasps within a hallway with 15 foot ceilings. I think RAW, a Medium character would be in the first 5 feet from the floor and only threaten the middle 5 ft square,...
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How does grappling work in the air?

It seems that RAW a high-flying creature falls the very moment it becomes grappled. The rules for grappling state you subject the target to the grappled condition and the grappled condition is ...
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Can a former Aarakocra turned lineage fly while wearing armor?

The ancestral legacy trait states: If you replace a race with this lineage, you can keep the following elements of that race: any skill proficiencies you gained from it and any climbing, flying, or ...
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Can an enlarged Broom of Flying carry more weight?

Excerpts from Enlarge Person: This spell causes instant growth of a humanoid creature, doubling its height and multiplying its weight by 8... ...All equipment worn or carried by a creature is ...
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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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Multiple forms of flight on the same creature, what happens?

An old enough dragon can learn spells that grant flight with improved maneuverability. There are the Wings of Air and Wings of Air, Greater spells (cannot link as they are not OGL). That can get a ...
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Does flying while polymorphed into a flying creature count as flying by magical means for the purposes of blizzards?

Icewind Dale is a nasty place, where blizzards frequently turn the frozen wastes into an untraversable nightmare. One of the rules for blizzards included in Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden makes ...
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Can you carry someone while levitating?

The levitate spell targets: One creature or loose object of your choice that you can see within range \$[\dots]\$ that weighs up to 500 pounds. If you're airborne from casting levitate on yourself, ...
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Is it possible in D&D 5E to create what is essentially a floating disk powered flying machine that is steerable via moving along a ring? [duplicate]

Would it be possible to create a spoke like (think old cart wheels) structure with a 21 foot radius with a small chamber in the middle for a floating disk, that will hold itself together and is light ...
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What happens when you use the Telekinetic shove from Tasha's when flying directly above your target? [closed]

The feat says that "the target must succeed on a Strength saving throw (DC 8 + your proficiency bonus + the ability modifier of the score increased by this feat) or be moved 5 feet toward or away ...
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Does the Wizard Order of Scribes' Manifest Mind fly?

According to the updated info in Tasha's: As a bonus action while the book is on your person, you can cause the mind to manifest as a Tiny spectral object, hovering in an unoccupied space of your ...
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Blinded creature trying to fly

How does being blinded affect a creature who is flying, such as an aarakocra? Would a blind aarakocra risk crashing into things if they tried to fly?
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Is it possible to escape from a Wall of Stone spell on the turn it is cast by flying?

The spell wall of stone allows those that might be trapped by it a chance to escape during the action in which it is 'springing into existence'. If a creature would be surrounded on all sides by the ...
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Enemies spotting flying characters

Are there any specific rules for enemies spotting flying characters? Or does anyone have any house rules they've used which have worked well? One of my players has an aarakocra ranger, and he ...
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Can the half-dragon template have a negative impact on fly speed?

First example: A half-dragon astral deva. Astral devas normally have wings, but they're Medium, and the Half-Dragon template states that Medium half-dragons don't have wings. Does the Astral deva lose ...
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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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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 a minimum intelligence score needed to make use of non-natural abilities?

In a recent session a character who was under the influence of a Potion of Flying was turned into an ant by a hostile spellcaster. The DM rules that even though the potion's effect persisted and gave ...
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Grabbing & releasing with dragons

I'm planning a combat situation with a dragon and trying to understand what happens if the dragon grabs and attempts to drop players from height. So far this is how I'm thinking about ruling it: The ...
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What is the best way that I can provide a challenge to a PC that can fly? [closed]

So I am a new DM and I am running a campaign in Curse of Strahd. I have a PC that is doing a long range build and has picked the Aarakocra race and I want to build encounters that will threaten him as ...
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How does a Horse with Horseshoes of a Zephyr interact with a Flying Chariot?

The new “Mythical Odysseus of Theros” book contains a magic item called the Flying Chariot: The chariot’s riders and creatures pulling the chariot gain a +1 bonus to their AC. If this magic ...
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Can a lone non-magical human deal with flying targets without projectile/thrown weapons?

Say that for whatever reason, a martial character can't use any projectile (sling, bow, etc.) or thrown (javelin, bloodstorm blade's Throw Anything, etc.) weapons. The whole region is also covered in ...
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How does underwater rules work with flying familiars?

I will soon run the Underworld Speculation adventure with my group of players. Two of their characters have flying familiars (an owl and a pseudodragon). Is there something in the rules that states ...
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Are there special rules for using weapons while flying?

I’m making an Aarakocra fighter and I was curious about how combat works while flying. My character has dual Morningstars and a longbow; I was wondering if both weapons were functional midair. The ...
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Is there any mechanical support for aarakocra flying continuously for days?

The description of the aarakocra includes a section called Sky Wardens containing interesting sentences such as: They can spend hours in the air, and some go as long as days, locking their wings in ...
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Flying movement: does minimum forward speed still apply when ascending?

I've worded the question in two ways, before and after context, both bolded text below. Let's say you have some fly speed with average maneuverability. Speed is not important. You have a minimum ...
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How do Aarakocra fly with a backpack?

Imagine there is an Aarakocra PC who has an Adventurer’s Pack for starter equipment. It includes a backpack to store all the character’s stuff. Also Aarakocra have a fly speed. How should such ...
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Would allowing a flying creature to be summoned using the Find Steed spell cause problems?

In our Curse of Strahd campaign, the group's Paladin has just hit level 5 and is requesting that I, as the DM, would allow him to summon a Giant Owl for his Find Steed spell. The spell does say "...
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Are there rules for flying in difficult weather?

There are multiple player races that can fly, including the Aarakocra (comes with a 50' fly speed). Are there any official rules on how the flight of these races is affected by difficult weather ...
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If a creature was flying via the Fly spell and dies, does it continue flying?

The Fly spell states: You touch a willing creature. The target gains a flying speed of 60 feet for the duration. When the spell ends, the target falls if it is still aloft, unless it can stop the ...
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