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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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Can you change to a fly speed if you suddenly find yourself in mid-air?

I am aware of the following related question, which establishes that you can change to a fly speed at least when you teleport yourself into the air, but there are other times where I am unsure what ...
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Can Infernal Tiefling Always Fly?

Swords of The Coast lists the flying ability for the Winged Tiefling. One player in a group I DM created a "Tiefling (Infernal) Warlock (Undying)" which he has been very specific and detailed about ...
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Jumping to extend one's vertical reach?

Can a character jump vertically (with range 3 + strength modifier) to reach a flying enemy? Or, is it impossible to combine a vertical jump with an attack?
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Outside of combat, does a Totem Warrior Barbarian with Eagle Totemic Attunement still fall from flight?

Say a 14th-level Totem Barbarian chose the Eagle totem for the level 14 Totemic Attunement feature, and had the Persistent Rage barbarian feature. Would they fall after flying 80 feet, assuming they ...
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Does flying or hovering make creatures immune to the Earth Tremor spell?

The description of the earth tremor spell says: You cause a tremor in the ground within range. Each creature other than you in that area must make a Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, a ...
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Can a Scourge Aasimar fly?

One of my players is a scourge aasimar. I see absolutely no indication anywhere that he can fly but he created the character thinking he could, indeed, fly. At this point, he's level one and hasn't ...
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Are There 3D Rules for Flying and Distance?

I recently had a problem come up in a session that I wanted to see if there was more information on. One of my players is playing a Light Domain cleric; its 1st-level Warding Flare feature says, in ...
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Can an air elemental carrying a druid provide a better fly effect than the Fly spell?

Can a summoned air elemental fly while carrying a spellcaster, in effect providing a short term copy of the Fly spell? A Halfling male druid has a base weight of 30 pounds, and a modifier of (2d4 x 1)...
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Would a flying character fall prone after dashing if they had lost a leg?

Suppose I'm playing a character that has a flying speed (such as a Variant (Winged) Tiefling or an Aarakocra) and get critically hit. The DM rolls on the Lingering Injuries table and after rolling a 3 ...
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Can I play a flightless Aarakocra?

I wanted to know if there was a way to play a flightless Aarakocra in D&D 5e (maybe one without wings because of a curse, but not a Kenku). I don't want to play Kenku because they can't really ...
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Can a PC activate a Broom of Flying and remain in flight indefinitely?

The Broom of Flying's description includes the following: [...] you stand astride it and speak its command word. It then hovers beneath you and can be ridden in the air. It has a flying speed of 50 ...
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Can you use the Fly spell to move underwater at a speed of 60 feet?

If under the effects of a Fly spell, can you move at a speed of 60 feet underwater?
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Is there a precedent for wounds that can't be healed?

I am currently a DM who has a player wanting to play as an Aarakocra. I don't want this Aarakokra to be able to fly right from the start and I had come up with a way to have her wings be damaged in a ...
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Does the Air Walk spell require a Fly action?

The end of the Fly action states: If you’re airborne at the end of your turn and didn’t use a Fly action this round, you fall. However, it also requires you to have a fly speed. While this makes ...
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Are stationary flying creatures considered “hovering” so that they do not fall when prone or incapacitated, etc?

As the title suggests, I'm wondering if a PC race (for example, the Variant Tiefling with the winged option) would have the ability to hover in regards to the Prone condition. The Basic Rules state ...
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How do I make an aboleth breathe out of water?

Our DM is allowing me to make an aboleth my familiar. We had met this aboleth earlier in our game and changed its alignment from lawful evil to chaotic good. My question is if I make it my familiar, ...
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How does a party navigate while flying?

I want to start a Tomb of Annihilation campaign in 5e. I will be the DM. There's a part in the module where the PCs can fly. ToA doesn't seem to cover the rules concerning navigation in this ...
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Is a normal-sized rug with the Animate Objects spell cast on it able to carry a person and fly?

Is a normal-sized rug (i.e. Medium or Small) with the Animate Objects spell cast on it able to carry a person and fly? If so, how many people can it carry? Can a bigger rug carry more people? Can a ...
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If a prone creature is grappled and moved by a flying enemy, does the creature stay prone?

If an enemy is knocked prone and then grappled by an aarakocra or a PC with the fly spell effect, does the prone effect of the target continue into the flight? I can't think of a way that the ...
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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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Questions about flying and switching between modes of movement when flying [closed]

This is a compound question and could probably use being broken up in to separate questions: A monster is flying along at a speed of 120 ft with a maneuverability of average in order to maintain ...
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Is this alternate Draconic Ancestry trait (that grants flight) a balanced replacement for the dragonborn's Breath Weapon trait? [closed]

A player with a Dragonborn PC recently requested that he be allowed to grow wings and gain a fly speed in our game. I didn't really like any of the alternate Dragonborn options that allow flight, so ...
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How high off the ground can you fly with the Fly spell?

The fly spell says that you have 60 feet of fly movement. Is there a "default height" for flying? Can you fly 5 feet off the ground? 10? 20? In your first turn can you fly 60 feet into the sky? ...
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Can an Aarakocra use a shield while flying?

Another PC in a new campaign is an Aarakocra druid, with a (wooden) shield and a free hand for spellcasting (or throwing javelins). At first, the DM and some PCs (myself included) thought the wings ...
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Are Fly checks affected by maneuverability if your flight isn't “natural”?

According to the Fly skill page: A creature with a natural fly speed receives a bonus (or penalty) on Fly skill checks depending on its maneuverability. Earlier, the same term is used to ...
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Can a flying character can use Ant Haul to carry another character?

One of my player is a level 8 Oracle of Flame and she has the revelation Wings of Fire. She is not strong enough to lift someone while flying. She would like to. She plays a Peri Aasimar with a strong ...
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Would a Dragon be able to use the Fleet of Foot feat while flying?

Fleet of Foot from Complete Warrior: Would a Dragon be able to use the Fleet of Foot feat while flying? The feat states: "When running or charging..
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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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Can flying creatures choose to hover, even if they don't have hover in their flying speed?

Some creatures have a fly speed. Some creatures with a fly speed also have the ability to hover specified. The PHB, in Chapter 9: Combat, Movement and Position, Flying Movement says: Flying ...
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If a character has cast the Fly spell on themselves, can they “hand off” to the Levitate spell without interruption?

Suppose a character has cast fly on themselves, and wishes to switch to levitate to prevent themselves from taking fall damage if they lose concentration. What happens if they cast levitate while in ...
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Can hovering creatures be Entangled?

In my last session, I pit my party against a demilich. The demilich has a movement speed like so: “Speed 0 ft., fly 30 ft. (hover)” During this combat, the party's druid summoned pixies and used one ...
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What is the limit on how high you can fly up? [closed]

I was playing an Aarakocra in a non-Adventurers-League-game. I noticed that there is no height limitation on flight in 5e, so I could hypothetically fly out of the range of virtually everything and ...
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Can Mage Hand help you fly? [duplicate]

I have recently seen a post on Twitter that said something along the lines of: "If you are a gnome and cast Reduce on yourself, you can use Mage Hand to pick you up by the collar for a quick ...
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Maximizing flight speed in a turn for a PC without using magic items/spells? [closed]

What is the maximum sustainable (not time-limited) flight speed attainable by a PC in Dungeons and Dragons 5e without the use of spells or speed-enhancing items? This would come from a combination of ...
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Is flight possible in heavy armor?

The Reinforced Wings feat (Races of the Dragon, p. 101) says at the end: Normal: Flying creatures can’t fly in medium or heavy armor or when carrying a medium or heavy load. I could not find any ...
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How can I protect myself as a flying archer? [closed]

I will soon play an Aarakocra Arcane Archer (the custom class) and I am wondering how I can protect myself from mages / other archers as a flying archer. I am specifically looking for ways to impose ...