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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How much weight can an Aarakocra carry when flying?

(related to Prison break with an Aarakocra) The title pretty much says it all. Are the rules for flying creatures the same as for anyone else, using the Strength * 15 = weight in pounds formula ? ...
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Can a flying character choose to fall, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 (requires ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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 homebrew ...
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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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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 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"...
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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 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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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 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 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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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 much can you carry using the Fly spell?

A caster casts fly on himself. How much weight can he carry? The spell doesn't say. I am hoping for some rules-based guidance, but what has worked for you would be useful as well.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...