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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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When does a flying creature start and end falling?

Situation: Alice the Aarakokra sees Bob the Battlemaster coming. She ascends to 605', just out of the 600' range of Bob's longbow. Bob (Str 14) performs a running high jump 5' into the air and ...
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Can I Misty Step into Midair?

If I had a flying speed due to being Aarakocra or having fly cast on me, would I be able to use misty step to teleport to midair rather than staying on the ground?
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Can you intentionally fail a skill check?

This comes up to me in the context of the 3.x/PF/d20 Fly skill, even when I simply read about it: Can you intentionally fail a Fly skill check, or any other skill check for that matter, if you, or ...
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Do I have to land at the end of my turn?

I was told by my AL DM that when you fly at the end of your turn you must return to the ground or at the end of the round take falling damage. I can't find this rule set anywhere. All I can find is: ...
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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 I cast Fly on my horse and then ride it?

You touch a willing creature. The target gains a flying speed o f 60 feet for the duration. When the spell ends, the target falls if it is still aloft, unless it can stop the fall. Now, can I ...
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Can a (flying) character choose to fall (voluntarily), and then use a reaction to stop falling before hitting the ground?

As a flying character there are a few scenarios that I'd like to know are valid/RAW, invalid, or up to the DM. Assume in these scenarios that all characters fall at 1000ft/round (this is not up for ...
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Does a monk's Unarmored Movement speed increase apply to the fly speed gained from a Fly spell?

A monk's Unarmored Movement class feature increases the monks speed by 10 feet at level 2, and further at higher levels. According to this Sage Advice, this stacks with an Aarakocra monk's fly speed, ...
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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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Do I draw opportunity attacks when my mount uses flyby?

I am a forest gnome ranger under the beast master archetype. If I have a flying mount with flyby, like the pteranodon, do I still draw opportunity attacks while riding it?
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What happens to a flying creature if levitated?

The levitate spell description states: One creature or object you can see rises vertically, up to 20 feet, and remains suspended for the duration. The spell can levitate up to 500 pounds. An ...
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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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Would the benefits of an aarakocra ranger's Natural Explorer feature apply when they are flying over their favoured terrain?

In a group I currently run, there is an Aarakocra ranger that likes to fly a lot. It's been fun overcoming some of the challenges this can bring to the table, but I have something coming up that I'm ...
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Does the altitude start from square 0 or square 1?

Some forms of fly have an altitude limit (like those granted by Form of the Vengeful StormDDI, Sky HookDDI, DuskwalkDDI and Wings of Elevated ThoughtsDDI). Altitude limitDDI merely says that: If a ...
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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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Is level five permanent flight overpowered?

So a player has asked whether or not I would allow him to buy permanency flight for his character at level 5. He agreed to put a limitation on it similar to illusory flight, but it would still be a 60 ...
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Can you fly over a Medium enemy creature in a 10ft tall corridor?

Let’s say you, a Medium character, are in a 5ft wide, 10ft tall corridor, and that a Medium enemy creature stands in your way. You wish to go behind the enemy creature using your fly speed (either ...
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What happens when a flying creature is knocked prone?

As per the title. The specific example I'm thinking of is an Archer Battle Master Fighter using Trip Attack on a Druid shapeshifted into an Air Elemental floating 120 feet off the ground. If the ...
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Does not having flight nerf a warlock's familiar?

Core Question: Is restricting a warlock's familiar to not be able to fly (or turn into any animal capable of flight) too much of a nerf to its functionality? Background: I'm about to DM a new ...
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Exploring with a permanent flyer

This question asks about how can a DM create suitable challenges for players with Aarakocra, who can fly at will. The question refers to challenges like pits and towers, which the Aarakocra can simply ...
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Can a character purposefully “fall” to avoid incurring an Opportunity Attack?

I understand from an existing question that a fall does not trigger an Opportunity Attack, but what happens if the player purposefully initiates the "fall", e.g. ...
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While flying, can I be in melee with the wolf rider, but not with the wolf mount?

My medium-sized character has a flying speed. I would like to attack a Halfling Beast Master with my shortsword. My reach is 5 feet, because I’m not a bugbear or have other crazy features that would ...
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Can you keep flying after being Restrained?

If a character with flying is restrained, can he keep flying? Example: some angel is 40ft. in the air. The ranger fires an Ensnaring Strike, which lands on the angel. Can the angel remain 40ft. up in ...
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Can a gnome use Greater Mage Hand to fly?

Let's say I were to create a level 5 gnome sorcerer, and they happened to pick Greater Mage Hand as a spell. Since I get to set the weight of the character, let's say they're 35 pounds, and less than ...
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Can someone flying with winged boots/boots of flying carry someone?

Can a person with winged boots carry another medium size creature, and if so, would it require any checks? I found this info in the DMG, page 214: Winged Boots Wondrous item, uncommon (...
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How do I make sense of levitating while prone?

I was wondering recently, when I looked at this question, what exactly happens to you if you're prone and levitating. How would levitate behave with prone creatures? If I were to cast levitate on a ...
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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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Does moving away from under a flying opponent provoke an opportunity attack?

If a rogue with flying ends their turn 5 ft above someone, does that mean the target cannot move without provoking an attack of opportunity (and thus, a potential Sneak Attack)? The two parties are ...
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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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If a flying or hovering creature is knocked prone, does it still have to stand?

A creature like the Bloodkiss beholder hovers and flies 6. If a rogue knocks this creature prone with a jumping blade assault, does the creature still have to stand? Does knocking a flying or prone ...
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Is there a list of playable races with a fly speed?

Essentially I'm looking for a list of playable races and creatures that have flight to begin with. I know of a few with no LA, but I'm also looking for anything from LA +1 to +3 I'd say. More ...
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What are the rules for a hovering creature in combat?

I'm new to GM'ing and I ran into an (Pathfinder) issue that needs clarification. My group faced a flying demon and I thought it could easily hover and fight. Some of my experienced players pointed ...
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Can you charge while using non-standard movement like flying?

Flying is a common ability in Pathfinder; so is using special attack options like charging. What's not clear is when they're used together. Are you able to charge while flying? Can you do so while ...
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What happens when you trip a flying target with Good or Perfect maneuverability?

According to the Rule Compendium, "A winged creature can be tripped, and if it is, it falls as if it didn’t maintain its minimum forward speed." (P. 145) But if the target has good or perfect ...
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Monk and Swift Flight

The monk power Swift Flight [ddi] states You fly a number of squares equal to your speed + your Wisdom modifier. If you don’t land at the end of this movement, ...
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Why are flight and levitation abilities always learned so late?

From what I've seen in Paizo and 3rd-party products powers, spells and abilities that grant flight or levitation are always available only relatively late. Thus at 4th (earliest) to 5th level. Even ...
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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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Does a paralyzed druid in air elemental form using whirlwind fall down from the sky?

I assume Yes, but can't find an answer in Pathfinder rules.
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Does barbarian flight require a foot-hold?

A Totem Warrior Barbarian can gain this at level 14: While raging, you have a flying speed equal to your current walking speed. This benefit works only in short bursts; you fall if you end your ...
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Overland Flight underwater?

Can you use a fly speed underwater? How does the spell Overland Flight interact with underwater movement?
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Can a pixie fly higher than their altitude of one?

In the pixie description on the compendium: Altitude Limit: You fall at the end of your turn if you are using your racial fly speed and are more than 1 square above the ground (see the rules for ...
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Flying straight from prone

I had a dragon that was knocked prone, but the handbooks are very vague about the rules regarding flight. If the dragon has move 10 fly(hover) 10 could a dragon simply fly from prone position, or must ...
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Looking for an RPG portraying dogfights and fighter pilots [closed]

I have been playing a lot of Wings of War (rebranded Wings of Glory) and Ace Patrol recently. I'm looking for a roleplaying game that captures the feel and the complexity, but also the speed and ...
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Would Gust of Wind (and other spells) cause flying creature to stall?

Flying creatures need a minimum forward speed to be able to fly. Minimum Forward Speed: If a flying creature fails to maintain its minimum forward speed, it must land at the end of its movement. ...
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Can I use Mage Hand to fly by Polymorphing myself and picking myself up with the hand?

Could I first cast Mage Hand, then Polymorph into a Tiny creature less than 10 pounds then use the Mage Hand to pick myself up and fly at 30 Ft per turn? Polymorph says: The new form can be any ...
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Can you break your fall by flying?

If a character in Pathfinder falls could they break their fall by flying, or would they fall to their potential death?
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Can a flying character have the Prone status? Do they have to “stand up” if they have a flight ability?

Mutants and Masterminds 2E uses the standard d20 system definition of Prone, as follows. Prone: The character is lying on the ground. He suffers a –4 penalty on melee attack rolls. Opponents ...
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If a power references your Speed, can it be your Flight Speed?

My player has a 4e Pixie Monk and his Daily power says he can shift his speed (which on his sheet says Speed 4 Flight 8) and I'm not sure if the card is specific to Speed or can he use his Flight ...
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Turning radius of a flying thing in D&D 3.5

I am trying to turn the 3.5e SRD's degrees-of-turn-per-feet-of-game-movement numbers (such as 45 degrees of turn per 5' of movement with 45 degrees of maximum turn per square for a creature classed ...