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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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 ...
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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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How does grappling interact with the Armor of Agathys spell?

The description of the Armor of Agathys spell says (PHB 215, emphasis mine): A protective magical force surrounds you, manifesting as a spectral frost that covers you and your gear. You gain 5 ...
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Where is a grappled and carried creature placed when the grappler stops moving?

The Grappled condition states (from the point of view of the grappler): Moving a Grappled Creature: When you move, you can drag or carry the Grappled creature with you, but your speed is halved, ...
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Can I push an enemy into a bag of holding?

Here is the scenario I envision: I hold a bag of holding in one hand and use the other to make a shove attempt against an enemy. If I succeed can I shove him into the bag of holding? He can just ...
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Is a grappling character considered to be distracted for the purposes of an attack by a second opponent?

If a character is grappling a struggling opponent, and a second opponent attacks the character, would the DM rule that the distraction of dealing with the grappled opponent causes opponent number 2 to ...
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How do I adjudicate PCs attempting to tie up a significantly stronger enemy?

How do I adjudicate PCs attempting to tie up a significantly stronger enemy? Situation: He tries to tie up a prone but otherwise perfectly healthy zombie. I thought a die roll isn't even worth it, ...
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What problems may arise from my house rules on grappling and restraining?

Introduction I am dissatisfied with the rules for grappling in 5e. Well, it's more that I'm dissatisfied with the fact that there's no way to restrain someone in 5e via grappling. The rules, as they ...
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Can I grapple while using sneak attack?

I'm building a Slayer with the Vetala Vampire Template. Could I grapple while using the Sneak Attack class feature?
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What kind of Close Combat skill do I need for grab-like moves?

The description of the Close Combat skill says, in part: Close Combat: Unarmed is an option, meaning skill with unarmed strikes like punches and kicks. However, this bonus does not apply to other ...
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Can I Grapple and Shove?

I read a really cool multiclass on Reddit, the Bardbarian, and I'm going to create one. But it described a combination of Grapple and Shove to knock an enemy prone and not allow him to get up, since ...
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implementation of a ranged grapple attack for an artifact weapon

I have created a new artifact as part of a campaign I am running, with properties that seem a perfect match for the campaign, the items history and our party in general. I expect our dim-witted ...
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Could a goliath grapple huge creatures because of his Powerful Build?

Goliaths have feature Powerful Build, which says Powerful Build. You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift. Does it mean that ...
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Can I get an ally out of grapple with Thunder Step?

Provided the ally is the same size or smaller than me, is within 5 feet of me and that there is space for him at the space I teleport to could I Thunder Step him out of grapple? Thunder Step: ...
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Does the grapple escape DC of a vampire change when it has disadvantage on Strength ability checks?

When a vampire hits a creature with its Unarmed Strike attack and chooses to grapple it instead of dealing damage, the creature has an escape DC of 18. However, if I cast Hex on the vampire and ...
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Can you perform somatic components with War Caster when wielding a single weapon or shield?

Reading the War Caster feat again, I'm having a doubt about the following sentence: You can perform the somatic components of spells even when you have weapons or a shield in one or both hands. I'...
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Does being slowed prevent using multiple shoves/grapples during an attack action?

If a creature has been slowed either from the slow spell or a stone golem's slow ability, it can't make more than one attack per turn. If a character can make multiple attacks per turn however (eg. ...
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What happens when the UA Bait and Switch maneuver is used on a grappled ally when both the user and ally are still within the grappler's range?

This question is based on this one: What happens when the UA Bait and Switch maneuver is used on a grappled ally when the maneuver-user is out of the grappling monster's reach? The Unearthed ...
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Is this whip master feat balanced?

One of my players wants the ability to grapple other creatures at range when using a whip (think Indiana Jones wrapping his whip around things). I think this is a reasonable ability to have, but ...
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Do attacks that give the Grappled condition work against creatures more than 1 size larger?

Many creatures, such as the Giant Frog, have attacks that grapple on a hit: Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: [...] Hit: (1d6 + 1) piercing damage. The target is grappled (escape DC 11). Does this ...
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Can you grapple while using this item from Princes of the Apocalypse?

In Princes of the Apocalypse the following item exists: This item does not actually say it prevents you from grappling, but the requirements to grapple are as follows: [...] Using at least one ...
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Is there a rules-consistent way to rule a character trying to grab a snake?

Bad-guy sorceror just cast Summon Monster I and now a Snake has appeared next to a player. The snake is right next to the king, so she wants to make a go at grabbing the snake and cutting off it's ...
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What happens when the UA Bait and Switch maneuver is used on a grappled ally when the maneuver-user is out of the grappling monster's reach?

The recent Unearthed Arcana Class Feature Variants includes the Bait and Switch fighter maneuver (page 5), which states: When you’re within 5 feet of an ally on your turn, you can expend one ...
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Why does nobody understand the grapple rules?

It's a common joke that nobody understands the grapple rules, but in reality it's only two or three pages of the PHB. What is it about these rules that has caused so much confusion and annoyance?
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Using the Four Elements monk's Water Whip elemental discipline to pull a restrained creature

Here's the situation: An ally is being restrained, and grappled by a NPC. The NPC is dragging the character. My Four Elements monk character, seeing this, decides to use the Water Whip on the ...
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Does a target need to be within 5 feet for a Kraken to swallow it?

The Kraken has a bite attack which has the following rules: 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 smaller ...
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Using the Grappler feat, can you grapple and pin (restrain) in the same action?

Using the Grappler feat, one can pin a grappled target. While grappling uses one of your attacks, in the rulebook pinning takes an action. Can I, via multi-attack access to 2 attacks, use both ...
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How does grapple work with Sword School maneuvers?

In Dungeons the Dragoning, each sword school provides an action type (generally only one) that can then be used as the basis of a maneuver. When grappling, if you are not in control of the grapple, ...
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Do actions that impose the Grabbed condition limit the use of a hand?

The Grapple action states: Requirements You have at least one free hand. Your target cannot be more than one size larger than you. You attempt to grab an opponent with your free hand. ...
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Does the feat Mobile Spellcasting allow movement when casting during a grapple?

If a character is engaged in a grapple and has the feat Mobile Spellcasting (Complete Adventurer, p.111), are they allowed to make a grapple check to perform the Move action alongside their ...
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How does the Freedom of Movement spell interact with the “Move” action while grappling?

The question requires a two-part answer: Does a character affected by Freedom of Movement need to make a successful grapple check to use the Move action, or would success be automatic? If ...
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When exactly does constriction damage occur?

Constrict states: A creature with this special attack can crush an opponent, dealing bludgeoning damage, after making a successful grapple check. The amount of damage is given in the creature’s ...
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How many actions does it cost a zombie shambler to Grab someone?

This is a Pathfinder Second Edition question. I find the presentation of the rules in the Bestiary a little confusing, so I want to make sure I get this straight. Zombie shamblers (Bestiary pg. 340) ...
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What are the grappling rules for the caster of the spell Entangling Staff when it successfully grapples a creature?

The spell Entangling Staff (Spell Compendium p.83) states that once you are grappling from the effect of the spell: If your grapple check succeeds, your quarterstaff's vines constrict your foe, ...
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Does the effect of the spell Entangling Staff deal varying constriction damage dice based on weapon size?

The spell Entangling Staff (Spell Compendium p.83) causes the caster's quarterstaff to grow vines and constrict opponents. The relevant section reads: If your grapple check succeeds, your ...
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Can you grapple/shove when affected by the Crown of Madness spell?

The crown of madness spell states: The charmed target must use its action before moving on each of its turns to make a melee attack against a creature other than itself that you mentally choose... ...
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Can a character or monster move a grappled enemy to another space in its reach without dragging them? [duplicate]

The rules on "Grappling", specifically the "Moving a Grappled Target" section of the PHB (page 195) reads: When you move, you can drag or carry the grappled creature with you, but your speed is ...
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How much can a grappler with reach move a grappled creature inside its reach?

This is a follow up from this question about whether a grapple can be released by the grappler at any distance within its reach. A creature with a 15' reach is grappling a creature with a 5' reach. ...
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can a grapple be released by the grappler at any distance within it's reach [closed]

I have a creature that has a 15' reach. It's attack can also grapple. Currently it's grappling a creature with a 5' reach. I have several questions about this situation. Can the grappled creature ...
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Can you grapple/shove with the Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack?

The Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack feature states: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target....
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Ruling for Grappling a Creature Underwater While you are on Land?

If a character is on the bank of a river and they want to reach into the water and grapple a creature in the water (assuming that they are within the size limit to be grappled) are there any special ...
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What check would my PC roll to escape if he were grappled by a mimic?

To escape a basic grapple, you can contest the grappler's Athletics check with an Athletics or Acrobatics ability check (PHB, pg. 195): Escaping a Grapple. A grappled creature can use its action to ...
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Does a grappled creature need to use an action to escape grapple if grappler is stunned?

Some creatures can grapple, others have a grapple built into their attacks. Taking the example of a roc's Talons attack: Talons. Melee Weapon Attack: +13 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 24 (...

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