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. Some systems may also refer to this as grabbing.

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Can the Grappling Strike maneuver option be used with the Thorn Whip cantrip to grapple a creature from up to 30 feet away?

Grappling Strike is a maneuver option for Battle Master fighters (and others with access to maneuvers) that reads (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, p. 42; emphasis mine): Immediately after you hit a ...
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Can someone use the Telekinesis power with an Area modifier to attempt an Area Grapple?

If I have the Telekinesis power with an Area modifier (also Selective and Damaging, why not?), can I attempt grappling multiple opponents in the area with it like an enraged Sith Lord?
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How does grappling work in the air, when both combatants are high enough?

It seems that RAW a high-flying creature falls the very moment it becomes grappled. The rules for grappling state you subject the target to the grappled condition and the grappled condition is ...
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Does Catfolk's ancestry feat Lucky Break work with the Grapple action?

For reference: Grapple action Lucky Break feat I argue that when grappling with the Lucky Break feat, you are able to reroll the Grapple attack action (when failing or critical failing), because the ...
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Full attacking with natural while grappling or being grappled

My GM said that a creature with several appenges can full attack with all of their natural attacks towards me? I know that the grapple rules specify "Instead of attempting to break or reverse the ...
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How many actions does a Bida need to use to sustain its Improved Grab on multiple creatures?

A Bida has grabbed three people with its tail via its Eight Coils and Improved Grab ability. How many actions does it need to use to keep all three of those people grabbed? 1? 3? I'd guess it works ...
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Do you have to specify what kind of attack or weapon you will Ready?

It seems logical that you can use the Ready action to prepare to grapple or shove an opponent if triggered. But can you just Ready an attack, and then decide when it's triggered whether to attack as ...
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Does this lake event in the “Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden” adventure allow a grapple as an opportunity attack?

There is an event in Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden (an official D&D 5e adventure by Wizards of the Coast) that seems to allow for a grapple attack as an opportunity attack. In the Lake ...
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Which Spheres of Might talents give a Vector attacks through Kinetic Overload?

The vector symbiat archetype, from Champions of the Spheres, has the ability Kinetic Overload, which reads, in part: When a Brute, Scoundrel, or Wrestling talent would grant the vector an attack ...
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Can a player character grapple a ship?

Background: The situation contemplates engaging with a huge or gargantuan ship, by means such as an 18th level Rune Knight using the Runic Juggernaut feature as described in Tasha's Cauldron of ...
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Fangs of Fire Snake + Tavern Brawler?

If you use Fangs of the Fire Snake it increases your unarmed attack by 10 feet (presumably to 15ft) When you use the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ki point to cause tendrils of flame to ...
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Do you need a free hand to Shove?

I don't know if I'm crazy or what, but if you had asked me "Do you need a free hand to Shove?" I would answered with a resounding of course before I reread the PHB and noticed it said ...
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Does forced movement break Grabbed from Grapple/Grab?

It's the age-old question. The all-powerful-wizard seems about to be eaten and didn't prepare a spell to escape. Fighterbro wants to save the fool day by punting grapplemon the grapple monster (or the ...
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Can you use the Telekinetic feat from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything to break grapples?

With the new 5e book, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, there exists a new feat: "Telekinetic (emphasis mine)" You learn to move things with your mind, granting you the following benefits... ...
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What happens when you have a creature grappled and use the Bait and Switch Maneuver to move 5 feet away from the creature?

The Bait and Switch Maneuver (Battlemaster Fighter feature): Bait and Switch. When you're within 5 feet of a creature on your turn, you can expend one superiority die and switch places with that ...
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Does the Hunter Ranger's Giant Killer allow you to grapple or shove with the reaction?

The Hunter Ranger's Giant Killer feature says: When a Large or larger creature within 5 feet of you hits or misses you with an attack, you can use your reaction to attack that creature immediately ...
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Can you escape a grapple during a time stop (without teleporting or similar effects)?

Some context: during our last game a hidden creature (not the BBEG, but kind of a mini-boss, CR23) charged and grappled (with improved grab) one of the PCs (a 20th-level Sha-ir/Cleric/Dweomerkeeper) ...
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Can a Way of the Astral Self monk grapple with its Arms of the Astral Self?

In the Unearthed Arcana version of the Way of the Astral Self, the monk's Astral Arms were treated as monk weapons. Under that wording, the monk probably couldn't grapple/shove with them because ...
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Spell which causes grapple

Let me start by pointing out that I'm new to Pathfinder. I've played some Dnd and now our DM is migrating our campaing to PF2e. I'm planning to build a new character, some necromancer of sorts, and I ...
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Does the Orc's 'Aggressive' racial trait allow you to move with a grappled target as long as you move toward it?

Aggressive. As a bonus action, you can move up to your movement speed toward a hostile creature you can see or hear. You must end this move closer to the enemy than you started. That last clause ...
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Does Grapple / Constrict apply other Attack Effects?

Reefclaws have 2 Claws +2 (1d4 + Grab + Poison) as their melee attack. They also have Constrict (1d4) as a Special Attack If a Reefclaw succesfully grapples an opponent, decides to maintain the ...
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Can the spell Water Walk help in the fight against a Water Elemental?

The spell Water Walk: grants the ability to move across any liquid surface--such as water, acid, mud, snow, quicksand, or lava--as if it were harmless solid ground (creatures crossing molten lava can ...
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Can a grappling creature cause a prone creature it is grappling to be unprone? [duplicate]

If my character is grappling a creature who has been knocked prone, that creature can't stand back up unless they succeed in first breaking free of the grapple. Do the rules for moving a grappled ...
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My DM wouldn't let my character use Acrobatics to escape an Ankheg's grapple, even after it was asleep. Can my DM do this, or am I overreacting?

Now, I know this sounds like something small, but it did annoy me. We were fighting an Ankheg. We killed one, and after combat ended the DM had another one come up from the ground and grapple me ...
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Does the Grappler feat give advantage on a subsequent shove attempt vs. your grappled target?

The Grappler feat says it gives advantage on attack rolls against a creature you are grappling. Does this include attempts to shove the grappled creature?
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Is the Midgard Heroes Handbook Centaur race considered as Medium, or Large, for the purpose of grappling and shoving?

In the "Midgard Heroes Handbook" from the Kobold Press, there is a playable character race, the Centaur (not to be confused with the somewhat different Centaur published in Guildmaster's ...
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Do grappled/grappling creatures bypass Ballbearings/Caltrops?

Ballbearings/Caltrops requires a dex save or fall prone/take damage unless you move at half speed. Moving with a Grappled Creature your speed is halved. Mechanically, does this count as moving half ...
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Can the Create Bonfire cantrip damage a creature more than once per turn, by RAW? If so, how many times at most?

The description of the create bonfire cantrip says: You create a bonfire on ground that you can see within range. Until the spell ends, the magic bonfire fills a 5-foot cube. Any creature in the ...
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How should I handle a PC attempting to strangle a creature?

Last session, one of my PCs succeeded on a grapple check against a rust monster and wanted to strangle it in retribution for damaging the PC's sword, which has sentimental value. There are suffocation ...
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Does Improved Grab pull in the grappled regardless of weight?

Reviewing the choker I noticed the default strength is only 16. It caused me to wonder if an improved grab can pull a creature up in the air even if the strength does not have enough to carry (...
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Does moving a grappled foe through someone's threatened area trigger an attack of opportunity?

If one has grappled a foe, and then succeeds on a check to maintain it, one of the options is: You can move both yourself and your target up to half your speed. At the end of your movement, you can ...
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Do Black Tentacles “protect” you from ranged attacks as creatures grappling you do?

If you are trying to shoot some creature, and your target is grappling, rules say: "roll randomly to see which grappling combatant you strike". Does Black Tentacles spell's effect count as a ...
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Can a character shove or grapple while prone?

This is similar to the question "Can a character shove an enemy who is already prone?". If your character is prone, can you grapple or shove an enemy in range? I haven't read anything that ...
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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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Does using the Tavern Brawler feat with a rope give you a 20'+ grapple attack?

If I gain the Tavern Brawler feat, and use it with a rope as an improvised weapon, can I initiate a Grapple at 20+ feet away (depending on the length of rope) When you hit a creature with an unarmed ...
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Can a grapple be released?

According to the Grappling rules, once all the initial checks and movement are resolved, there's no distinction between "grappler" and "graplee", at least that's how I've always ...
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One PC Grappling multiple creatures [duplicate]

In my D&D 5e campaign I'm playing a Barbarian that I've focused on grappling and pulling enemies around the battlefield. Can I grapple multiple enemies at once, one in each hand for example? If I ...
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Pure Monk Grappler Build

I was thinking about making a pure monk grappler build and I hope that it is possible to do without being too weak for the table. What I want from the build: Pure monk build, so no multi-classing (I ...
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Grappling strike fighter power with brawler style - attack roll bonus

I (the DM) have a player with a level 11 fighter (brawler style). She uses the power "Grappling strike" (Martial Power 2 p7) with a bastard sword (+2), and we disagree on bonuses to attack ...
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How far can you drag a grappled, heavy opponent?

A mostly theoretical rules question. Assume a Medium creature ("Grappler") has grappled another Medium creature ("Heavyweight"). For unimportant reasons, Heavyweight is very heavy- heavier than ...
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What happens after an Echo Knight fighter grapples using its echo?

This question occurred to me after reading another one: Can the Echo Knight's Echo make Ability Checks? That question asks whether the Echo Knight fighter's echo can make ability checks. A ...
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Does the grappled creature have to be the one that is moved in order to force the grapple to end, or can the grappler be the one that is moved? [duplicate]

The description of the grappled condition reads, in part: The condition also ends if an effect removes the grappled creature from the reach of the grappler or grappling effect, such as when a ...
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Can I force a creature out of prone during a grapple?

If I am in a grapple with a prone creature, can I use an action to remove the prone state from the creature, while maintaining the grapple? I ask because I run a grappling barbarian build. Sometimes ...
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Is the Land Druid's Nature's Sanctuary feature useless against grapples and shoves?

The Land Druid's Nature's Sanctuary feature states (emphasis mine): [...] When a beast or plant creature attacks you, that creature must make a Wisdom saving throw against your druid spell save DC. ...
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Are there any rules for picking up non-hostile creatures?

Grapple rules seem to be geared towards a constant struggle between two or more combatants. But are there any rules around, say, throwing a wounded NPC over your shoulder to bring them to safety, ...
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Can the reaction attack from the third benefit of the Sentinel feat be triggered by a shove or grapple?

The third benefit of the Sentinel feat says (PHB, p. 169-170; emphasis mine): When a creature within 5 feet of you makes an attack against a target other than you (and that target doesn't have ...
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Can an aarakocra grapple using their feet?

Can an aarakocra player character grapple using their feet? I've gotten into debates on this subject. Some (including myself) say that it should be possible to do. However, most - if not all - of the ...
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Is this grappling/wrestler build viable in mid-high level combat?

Preface I'm relatively new to dnd and this is my second character build so I'm still trying to understand the mechanics for different classes and how to efficiently stack them. Character Inspiration ...
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How does the Giant Toad's grappling Bite attack work?

Suppose a druid wild shapes into a giant toad. The giant toad's statblock states: [...] The toad makes one bite attack against a Medium or smaller target it is grappling. If the attack hits, the ...
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Can a kraken fling a creature grappled in its mouth, or swallow something grappled in its tentacles?

The kraken has the following three actions (bold emphasis mine): Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +17 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 23 (3d8 + 10) piercing damage. If the target is a Large or ...

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