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Questions tagged [grapple]

For questions about grappling — wrestling, or engaging in unarmed, nonlethal combat where the goal is often to incapacitate, restrain, or pin rather than kill one's opponent.

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Does using thorn whip to pull an enemy who is grappling an ally break their grapple on that ally? [duplicate]

Assuming two medium humanoid types with 5ft reach are the grappler/grappled and the thorn whip pulls the grappler 10ft against their will towards the caster. Does this satisfy the conditions to end a ...
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How to optimize eidolon to grapple enemies with some sort of a chain?

I am creating my very first character for Pathfinder. I decided to make a summoner with frontline Eidolon, heavily inspired by Shaman King series. It is a half-elf spirit summoner on level 2, focusing ...
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Are there any limitations on attacking while grappling?

I've tried looking in other posts regarding my question, but couldn't find a definitive answer to my question. If a level 5 barbarian equipped with a 2-handed weapon attempts a grapple and succeeds, ...
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If you attempt to grapple an opponent that you are hidden from, do they roll at disadvantage?

Quick and to the point, I'm aware that if you make an attack (which a grapple is) against an opponent you are hidden from you gain advantage, but since a grapple also is a contest roll, does the ...
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Does grappling negate Mirror Image?

Inspired by What happens if I try to grapple an illusory duplicate from the Mirror Image spell?, what happens if I successfully grapple the wizard, rather than targeting one of the duplicates? Is the ...
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What happens if I try to grapple an illusory duplicate from the Mirror Image spell?

A grapple attempt is an attack - a special melee attack: When you want to grab a creature or wrestle with it, you can use the Attack action to make a special melee attack, a grapple. If you're able ...
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Can a creature with a Burrow speed drag another creature into the ground with it? [closed]

As a follow-up to this thread, I have a couple of additional questions about creature with burrow speeds, and grappling/swallowing/suffocating hapless adventurers. To help answer this question, here ...
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Can an earth elemental drown/bury its opponent underground using earth glide?

Situation The party are at an elemental cult's shrine. The cleric contributed to the desecration of the shrine when she stuck a javelin with continual flame burning into the ground (for RP reasons). ...
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When Grappling multiple creatures, how many Grapples do you roll?

Various abilities allow creatures to Grapple with more than one other creature. Some examples: Mimics grapple with everyone that they hit with a Slam attack, automatically, unless they dissolve their ...
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How many BAB-based grapple actions does a creature get when initiating with a natural attack?

Assuming a full-attack action, if a creature, especially one with improved grab, initiates a grapple with a natural attack, how many grapple actions does that creature get based on its base attack ...
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Can a creature with improved grab re-grapple a creature with another attack per the rules on multiple grapplers?

Let's take everyone's favorite party-killer, monstrous crab. If said creature attacks an opponent with claw #1 and initiates improved grapple, can the crab then attack the same opponent again with the ...
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If you have the Extra Attack feature, can you attack once, then ready your second attack as a grapple/shove?

Say you're a 5th level fighter. You take the regular Attack action on your turn and attack once. Can you then ready your other attack to grapple, instead of attacking on this turn, in case the enemy ...
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Can you cast Sanctuary after initiating a grapple without causing the spell to immediately end?

I think it's pretty well established that if you cast Sanctuary on yourself, then initiate a grapple, sanctuary is broken because initiating a grapple is a "special melee attack." However, a situation ...
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How can I adjudicate a character attempting a “shield crush” attack to pin a creature?

In a recent game at my table, the cleric wanted to use his shield to pin a ghoul against the wall in order to stop it hitting people and make it easier to hit. The player was thinking of it like a ...
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When an opportunity attack leaves someone grappled, how far away are they?

Say a player character attempts to move away from a creature, provoking an opportunity attack. The creature has an attack that will grapple an opponent if they are hit (e.g. Vampire Spawn's claw ...
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Are there any ways for a core race PC to start a grapple with an unarmed attack instead of a touch attack?

To start a grapple, the attacker specifically must use a touch attack. Are there any feats or other methods that would allow the attacker to start the grapple with a successful unarmed melee attack ...
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Does moving a grappler away from its target break the grapple? [duplicate]

I had an unclear situation in one of my sessions. A monster grappled a PC adjacent to him. In the next turn, a PC cast Gust on the monster. After failing its strength check the monster was moved away ...
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Can a monk make Martial Arts attacks while grappling and wielding a weapon? [duplicate]

I'm planning on playing a grapple-oriented monk in my group's next 5e campaign, and was wondering about Martial Arts unarmed attacks while grappling. Can a monk grapple a single target, attack them ...
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Is Constrict automatic damage every round vs a Restrained target? [duplicate]

If a creature with the Constrict attack hits and Restrains a target, is the Constrict damage automatic every turn until the target escapes?
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Can I grapple an enemy, then jump with them and land on them to do crushing damage outside of falling damage?

I’m making a grappler who can jump 8 feet normally, and therefore with the jump spell they can jump 24 ft. What would happen if I were to grapple a creature, then jump with them and land on them? I ...
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Does advantage on Strength checks grant advantage on grappling?

I’m playing a grappling Eldritch Knight, and wanted to know if advantage on Strength checks (from the enlarge/reduce spell) would make my grapple check - which is an Athletics check - have advantage.
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Where is a larger creature allowed to be placed on the grid when moving into the opponent's space to maintain a grapple?

During Step 4 of a grapple maneuver (To maintain a grapple, you move into opponent's space), how would that movement be managed if the creature moving into the opponent space is larger that the target ...
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Can I drag a grappled creature and release it after moving half of my speed, then move the remainder of my speed?

The grappling rules state: Moving a Grappled Creature. When you move, you can drag or carry the grappled creature with you, but your speed is halved, unless the creature is two or more sizes ...
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How much total damage is dealt in this grappling scenario?

I'd like to preface this question with the info that our campaign has ruled that grapple attempts can be initiated from any melee attack including the touch attack granted when casting a harmful touch ...
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How does Cutting Hand affect grappling?

Cutting Hand (SC, p.57) changes your hand so that it does more damage and has a +2 enhancement bonus, but he enhancement bonus does not apply to touch attacks. My question is this: When grappling, ...
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Can a giant octopus pull creatures towards itself?

If a giant octopus is in a tree, 15 feet above a human character, can the octopus attack/grapple that character and pull him 10 feet up towards itself in the air?
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Can a third combatant join a grapple and reverse the grapple in their favor?

I have the following scenario planned: The PCs are traversing an overgrown swamp that's home to a pair of Gryphs and loads of creepy-crawleys. The specific vermin the PCs are to encounter first will ...
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Do grapple/shove/disarm attempts count as attacks for the Redemption paladin's Emissary of Redemption feature?

The Oath of Redemption paladin's 20th-level Emissary of Redemption feature (XGtE, p. 39) gives you resistance to all damage dealt by other creatures and automatically does radiant damage to creatures ...
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Can you attack while you have two targets grappled?

The scenario: Fighter McFighterson has found himself between two opponents. He decides that he is best-off by grappling both of them so that his team can fire away. Maybe he'll pin them later with ...
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Is this Homebrew Totem Spirit for Grapplers v3.0 balanced?

Here we are with version 3 of the Serpent Spirit variant for the Path of the Totem Warrior for the grappling players. I think this is getting close to being balanced, at least getting there, while ...
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Is this Homebrew Totem Spirit for Grapplers v2.0 balanced?

After some great feedback from goodguy5 and linksassins on my first version of this homebrew (Original post Is this homebrew Path of the Totem Warrior for grapplers balanced?), I did a lot of revising....
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Is this homebrew Path of the Totem Warrior for grapplers balanced?

After spending lots of time reading up on Grappling in 5e, the Grapple Manual 2.0, and all kinds of posts and what not... I felt kind of let down. It's neat and all, but I simply felt like something ...
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Does the grappling dire tiger get to rake on an Attack of Opportunity?

Dire Tiger pounces a character (bite claw claw rake rake) and successfully grabs. (More unnecessary context in chat.) On his turn the character pulls out a potion of gaseous form from a handy ...
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Can a Huge bird (STR 15, <1000 lbs) really fly off with a Gargantuan Brontosaurus (>30000 lbs)?

I am a druid shaped into a Quetzalcoatlus, a Huge flying creature. I see a Brontosaurus and know I can grapple a creature up to one size larger (up to gargantuan). To everyone's surprise, I succeed in ...
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Does shoving a creature break its grapple on another?

A situation came up in my session where a fighter used his Shield Master Shove feature to shove a Giant Crocodile that was currently restraining another PC using it's bite+grapple ability. I did a ...
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Does the Umber Hulk's confusion attack break grapples?

A PC Barbarian Orc is grappling an Umber Hulk (MM. p. 292). The Orc fails at the Confusing Gaze saving throw, becoming confused. Does the grapple end because the Orc is confused? Under a storytelling ...
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Grappling via Elemental's Blessing

Elemental's in 2e changeling have the blessing: As long as your character touches or is surrounded by his element, he may use it to take mundane actions at a distance of up to three yards (meters) ...
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Can Strahd use his Unarmed Strike (that grapples) as an opportunity attack?

New player here and I'm confused about how this works. Any help would be appreciated. Playing a campaign and we encounter Strahd from Curse of Strahd. The party tries to retreat to sunlight. One ...
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Grappling an Air/Water/Fire Elemental

Consider the air elemental. It is made from air, or clouds, or smoke, or something like it. Any attempt to grab hold of such materials with your bare hands would fail, realistically speaking. Thus, ...
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Does my Giant Crocodile's grapple benefit from my Druid's expertise? (wild shape) [duplicate]

Put another way, when is a grapple(MM) not a grapple(PHB)? My wild shaped Circle of the Moon druid loves to be a giant crocodile. Big and strong, he can grapple much bigger creatures than our ...
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Can I grapple someone and drag them while riding on my horse? [duplicate]

Can I ride up to an enemy on my horse, grapple him and then drag him using the horses half movement speed?
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If one character is grappling another, will they be pulled by a third character casting Thorn Whip?

My Fighter NPC and a Barbarian PC were prone, and the Fighter had the Barbarian grappled. A PC Druid then used thorn whip (PHB, p. 282) to pull the Fighter. Do both the Fighter and Barbarian get ...
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How can I have a Giant Spider cocoon a PC in web? [closed]

Giant Spiders have an ability to restrain their prey. I'm adding a custom ability (for the sake of the storyline) to wrap a player in web cocoon. Part of the storyline during the battle with the ...
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With Extra Attack, can I grapple an opponent and attack with offhand dagger?

I attack an enemy using a dagger with my right hand, drop it, then grapple the enemy using my right hand (Extra Attack). Using the Two-Weapon Fighting rule: When you take the Attack action and ...
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How can I obtain additional attempts to grapple or shove in one action other than the Fighter class? [closed]

Other than delving into the Fighter class for 4 attacks per action, I have found very few ways to expand your repertoire of attacks per turn to put towards a brawler build that emphasizes shoving and ...
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Can I replace the off-hand attack from Two-Weapon fighting with a grapple/shove attempt?

The rule for grappling allows me to replace an attack with an attempt to grapple. The Two-weapon Fighting rule allows me to use a bonus action to attack using my off-hand. Can I replace the off-hand ...
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Can you charge then grapple?

Can you charge an enemy then grapple that enemy at the end of the charge instead of making a normal melee attack?
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Telekinesis Grapple CMD

When using telekinesis to grapple, what is the CMD to escape? The spell doesn't specify the CMD, just the CMB. Combat Maneuver: Alternatively, once per round, you can use telekinesis to perform ...
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Does a grapple or shove automatically succeed on a natural 20?

D&D 5e's Player's Handbook says that a natural 20 when rolling an attack automatically hits (page 194). In the following section about attacks, the book describes both the grapple and shove as "a ...
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Can a Druid/Barbarian multiclass wildshaped into a giant constrictor snake use my Athletics skill in the place of the constrict attack?

Can a Druid/Barbarian multiclass wildshaped into a giant constrictor snake use my Athletics skill in the place of the constrict attack? A barbarian/druid multiclass can have a much better grapple ...