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To "grapple" is to wrestle — 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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If I am grappled by an enemy with 10' + reach, how does our movement work?

Inspired by: If you are grappled by a creature with 10'+ reach, can you make a ranged attack without disadvantage? Also related, but targets a standard 5' reach: When you grapple an enemy, where ...
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If you are grappled by a creature with 10'+ reach, can you make a ranged attack without disadvantage?

The rules for grappling require: The target of your grapple must be no more than one size larger than you, and it must be within your reach. (PHB, p. 195, italics added) Normally, this would ...
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Can you hold two weapons during a grapple?

SRD says about two weapons and grappling: You can’t attack with two weapons while grappling, even if both are light weapons. With regards to this I have a few questions: Are you allowed to hold ...
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Can a Polymorphed creature grapple?

My confusion comes from this part of the polymorph spell: The creature is limited in the actions it can perform by the nature of its new form, and it can't speak, cast spells, or take any other ...
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Can a monster with many tentacles grapple multiple times or targets per round?

Are there rules for the attacker to grapple multiple defenders? Can that attacker, with more than two arms, attack a new defender each round, or grapple many defenders as a full round action? I am ...
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Is it possible for a PC to become Huge or larger, in order to try and grapple a Tarrasque?

The way our game is going, it is entirely feasible we may end up fighting a Tarrasque. When it comes to grappling, RAW says the following: The target of your grapple must be no more than one size ...
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Chaining up a creature in combat

Can you use chains to chain up a creature in the middle of combat? (What if it becomes stunned or paralyzed for a round? - Would this be enough time?). What would the creatures condition be afterwards?...
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Can a monk, falling with an enemy they have grappled, use their slow fall ability to reduce their falling damage and not that of the enemy?

This came up as a controversial topic at my table with a player creating a Zangief playstyle. The player uses an aarakocra monk that flies up with a grappled enemy, then ends his movement to fall to ...
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Beyond Athletics and action economy, what are the limitations to grappling? [closed]

I remember reading somewhere how the grappling rules are easily abused with the right character. Something like: 2 levels into Moon druid 1 level into barbarian Transform into Brown Bear Multiattack ...
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Can I misty step while carrying a willing/unconscious creature so we both teleport? [duplicate]

In my case, the creature is a player who is doing death saving throws and the intention is to teleport both, the carrier and the carried. Note: The creature is being carried, so the answer in "Can a ...
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How do I grapple/drag an unconscious ally? Does he make a contested check against mine?

Do I need to follow the grappling rule "making a grapple check instead of an Attack roll: a Strength (Athletics) check contested by the target’s Strength (Athletics) or Dexterity (Acrobatics) check (...
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Is there any feat to protect against a grapple that has reach?

I am trying to find a feat to protect my character against grapple attempts from creatures with a reach of 10ft or more. We're playing a low magic campaign and after a fight with a mooncalf (in which ...
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Can creatures use Grab on a Charge attack?

My reefclaws are attacking the players underwater. They charge the oracle/monk. Reefclaws have Grab and 2 Claw attacks. If I charged, am I correct in thinking that: The reefclaw would get one claw ...
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What balance problems arise by allowing grappling as an option for an Opportunity Attack?

In our last session (with me as the DM), a creature was surrounded by the party and was trying to flee. She cast Levitate on herself to try to float up and get away. As she was going up and thereby ...
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Can a creature levitate (or be levitated) out of a grapple?

The 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell levitate [trans] (Player's Handbook 248), in part, says Levitate allows you to move yourself, another creature, or an object up and down as you wish. A creature must be ...
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How does the Female Steeder's Leap ability interract with grappling?

I was perusing beasts for my druid when I noticed that the Female Steeder from Out of the Abyss has this very intriguing ability. Leap. The steeder can expend all its movement on its turn to jump ...
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Turning while holding a grappled enemy, Action or movement?

So the question here is based on this scenario: I've successfully grappled an enemy. Now surrounding me is bramble. If I turn and pull the enemy through the brambles around me, does it cost movement ...
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Dissonant Whispers vs. Otyugh Grapple

Dissonant Whispers states: You whisper a discordant melody that only one creature of your choice within range can hear, wracking it with terrible pain. The target must make a Wisdom saving throw. ...
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Maintaining one-handed grapple

You take a -4 pentalty when attempting a grapple with one hand, but do you take the -4 penalty for maintaining it? Here are the relevant rules. Humanoid creatures without two free hands ...
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Grappling and reach/reach weapons

One of my players is a large creature with a 10 ft reach who is also using a lucerne hammer (10ft reach). He mentioned grappling with it and I was hoping for verification. How would grappling with ...
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Can you maintain a grapple you are no longer capable of initiating?

How do the requirements to maintain a grapple contrast against the requirements for initiating a grapple? For example, if a paladin successfully initiates a grapple against an orc (using one free hand,...
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Can some monsters grapple as an opportunity attack?

In 5e, I realize that you can not grapple as an opportunity attack, as the grapple is an action and the opportunity attack is a reaction. However, am I correct in assuming that some monsters can ...
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Can Grapple prevent Plane Shift?

If Grapple can prevent Plane shift, who needs to be grappled, and where on their body? As I understand the rules, denying a caster the use of BOTH arms would DEFINITELY prevent casting plane shift ...
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What to roll to save someone from a grapple?

What do you use when you try to save your ally who is being grappled? For example the evil boss is currently grappling Bob the Wizard and Mark the Barbarian wants to tackle the evil boss in order to ...
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Is it possible to make multiple grapple attempts while falling?

Situation: A PC with Extra Attack is standing on a raised platform. Below and slightly to the side is a Wizard NPC floating mid-air under the effects of Fly. The PC wants to (on their turn) jump off ...
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Grappler Feat: Advantage on Attack Rolls While Being Grappled?

I'm playing a monk grappler for a home campaign, and I need help clarifying the wording on the Grappler feat. Grappler You have advantage on attack rolls against a creature you are ...
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What will happen if a grapple is no longer valid?

After reading this question I got curious about something regarding the answer. The answer dictates a mind flayer can only use it's grapple attack on medium creatures. So, what happens if the grappled ...
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If you grapple a creature while staying out of its reach, can it still attack you? [duplicate]

A Kraken is able to grapple up to 10 creatures with its tentacles, the reach for this attack is 30 ft. Tentacle. Melee Weapon Attack: +17 to hit, reach 30 ft., one target. Hit: 20 (3d6 + 10) ...
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What is a Hill Giant's reach for unarmed attacks and grapples?

The Hill Giant is Huge (occupies a 15'x15' space). It has a Greatclub weapon attack with reach 10'. What is the Giant's unarmed reach? What is his reach for grappling?
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Can a grappled creature grapple back to prevent being moved? [duplicate]

Let's say that Andre (the Hill Giant) and Conan (the Barbarian) are fighting. Andre attacks Conan and manages to successfully grapple him. He then drags Conan 20 ft (half speed) toward the Bad Place ...
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Does a creature grappling an invisible foe still get disadvantage on attacks against them?

If I turn invisible and grapple a foe, does he still have disadvantage to hit me because I am invisible or does he now know where I am?
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Does Instant of Power help a grapple roll?

Instant of Power gives a +4 enhancement bonus to an ally's next attack roll. Does this bonus apply to grapple checks?
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Can a wolf mount grapple?

Currently an Half-orc Cavalier who rides a dire wolf. I'm thinking of grappling an enemy, but I use a two handed maul. Although the wolf does not have any grappling attacks, is it possible to have it ...
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Can I cover a spellcaster's mouth as a grapple attack?

If I succeed in grappling a spellcaster, can I choose to cover their mouth so they can't cast a verbal spell? If so, do they have to break the grapple to pull my hand away from their mouth?
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What happens if a Grappled creature makes Grab attacks?

When two creatures are locked in a Grapple, the defender can, on its turn, make a full-attack. Assuming that creature has Grab (and assuming its attacks land), what happens? Does it get to make free ...
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Can a player polymorphed as a hydra grapple a foe with each head?

Player A has improved grapple and polymorphs into a 7 HD hydra. If he takes a full attack action, can he grapple 7 enemies simultaneously? Things to consider: Once grappling, a player threatens no ...
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How does great cleave interact with grapple

If a player with great cleave kills a creature while grappling it, can that player then make a grapple attempt against an adjacent creature and continue the carnage across the entire group of enemies? ...
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How to optimize a grappling character? [closed]

I have a character that is a half-orc monk. I try to focus everything he does on grappling because he is based off of a retired luchador. Are there any options that can help improve his ability to ...
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Does Constrict take a standard action to use?

Constrict is an extraordinary ability with the descriptor A creature with this special attack can crush an opponent, dealing bludgeoning damage, after making a successful grapple check. The amount ...
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Does a Grapple or Shove count as an attack for the Mobile feat?

The Mobile feat enables you to not get opportunity attacks from creatures you try to attack. Does it still apply if the attack you made was a Grapple or Shove ?
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Can a mimic attack while grappling?

Suppose that a mimic has grappled character A, and character B is standing ten feet away (within reach) shooting it with a bow. Can the mimic make opportunity attacks on character B? Can the mimic ...
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How would one throw an unwilling creature?

My bugbear barbarian, who can lift about double the weight of a wolf, wanted to throw the wolf at a second wolf. How would we go about doing that given existing rules options?
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Grappling effect on Feather Fall

In creating a minor villain who uses feather fall to escape, I considered the possibility that a PC might try to tackle(grapple) them as they descended. It wasn't clear that this situation is ...
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Does a froghemoth's grapple attack prevent characters attacking it?

The froghemoth from Volo's Guide to Monsters has a tentacle attack that can grapple a target from 20ft away. Grappling means that a targets speed is reduced to 0. Does that mean that characters cannot ...
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Who wins a Grapple contest if the checks tie?

A Grapple is performed by: you try to seize the target by making a grapple check instead of an attack roll: a Strength (Athletics) check contested by the target’s Strength (Athletics) or Dexterity (...
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Does grapple end invisibility?

I was looking through the Sage Advice Compendium when I noticed this: When you make a Strength (Athletics) check to grapple or shove someone, are you making an attack roll? Again, the answer is ...
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Can you Grapple a Creature that has already Grappled you?

Suppose an ettercap sneaks up on Bob the Barbarian whom is trailing his group and attacks him with a web garrote, inflicting Bob with the Grappled condition. Normally this is to the ettercap's ...
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Does a creature who just escaped from a grapple and then moves provoke an attack of opportunity?

The PHB p195 (Escaping a Grapple) describes how to break free from the condition but, once free, I assume the grappled creature stays where they are, on a threatened square and therefore attack of ...
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Do Grapple attacks against Blinded creatures automatically succeed?

In 5e, Blindness is described in the PHB as: A blinded creature can't see and automatically fails any ability check that requires sight. Attack rolls against the creature have advantage, and ...
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Do you get Advantage when Grappling against Blinded creatures?

In 5e, the Blinded condition is described in the PHB p.290 as: A blinded creature can't see and automatically fails any ability check that requires sight. Attack rolls against the creature have ...