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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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How does the limited flight from the Storm Sorcerer's Tempestuous Magic feature interact with the character's regular movement?

Tempestuous Magic reads: Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, pg. 137 Starting at 1st level, you can use a bonus action on your turn to cause whirling gusts of elemental air to briefly surround you,...
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Can Alter Self grant you wings to fly?

Alter self can turn your body into anything as long as you basically retain the same body shape. It can even change your weight. Moreover, it can transform you into a member of another race. So, this ...
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How much can a pteranodon lift?

I've looked through the Monster Manual for clues but I can't seem to find anything concrete about how much a pteranodon (or any other flying creature for that matter) can lift while flying. They have ...
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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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How can I, as a DM, keep an Aarakocra player in check?

Aarakocra in 5e have a flying speed of 50 feet. But there doesn't seem to have a whole lot of other specifications on flight. How can I give characters challenges when many of them are avoided ...
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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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How does a perception check while flying work? Is there a min/max height to fly when scouting?

As a flying character I'm trying to do some aerial recon/scouting and wanted to know how a perception check works (passive and active) while flying. Aside from lightly/heavily obscured (PHB p. 183), ...
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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 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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How long can creatures fly when being used as mounts?

So I'm in a D&D 5e campaign and I'm curious about this because there's some debate in my current campaign about travel mounts, particularly Griffon vs Magic Carpet. A person in our group thinks ...
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Is the flight that a variant Tiefling (SCAG) has game breaking?

A Tiefling variant (SCAG) gains flight at 1st level. Is this game breaking? What kind of problems could this produce? I know that Fly is a 3rd level spell usually granted at 5th level, and draconic-...
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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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Is this homebrew Winged Tiefling balanced?

I’ve been working on making a homebrew winged tiefling subrace in the hopes that it would be more balanced than the one in SCAG, as many people are against players having flight speeds at first level. ...
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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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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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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 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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Does taking off or landing require an action or any movement speed?

The following examples I think capture the question: Let's say a Giant Eagle is on the ground, walking. It has a 10 foot movement speed on the ground and an 80 foot flying movement speed. In one ...
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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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Can an Aasimar use a Lance one-handed while flying?

Lance: You have disadvantage when you use a lance to attack a target within 5 feet of you. Also, a lance requires two hands to wield when you aren’t mounted. That's pretty straight forward, but, ...
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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 you use scent to track in the air?

I saw a dragon flying in the air, I am at its approximate height, can I track in the air using the scent ability while flying?
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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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How fast can a dragon fly?

I'm plotting an adventure where the PCs are carried by a dragon from one place to another and I've no idea how long it will take/how far they can go as they're being pursued by the villains and I don'...
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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 my familiar fly with a small person?

The rulebook states that carrying capacity is the strength score times 15 (lbs). Find familiar allows me to get a hawk, which has a strength score of 5. This results in a carrying capacity of 75 lbs. ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How much room does an Aarakocra need to fly/take-off?

How much room does an Aarakocra need to fly/take-off? I've tried to list the factors I could think of below: Inability to hover if speed reaches zero Wingspan of 20ft Medium sized creature. ...
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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 ...