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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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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What happens when I have a creature grappled and it dies?

If I have a creature grappled and they end up being killed, do they fall prone? Does my character still gain half cover? And are they still subject to the grappled condition and could I still move ...
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If a prone creature is grappled and moved by a flying enemy, does the creature stay prone?

If an enemy is knocked prone and then grappled by an aarakocra or a PC with the fly spell effect, does the prone effect of the target continue into the flight? I can't think of a way that the ...
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What effect does being blinded have on grapple checks?

If a creature becomes blinded while grappling, what effects does that have on its grapple checks? From blinded: The character cannot see. He takes a -2 penalty to Armor Class, loses his Dexterity ...
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How does moving a grappled creature work?

Only relevant rule as far as I can tell (pg. 195). 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 ...
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Does the Otyugh's Tentacle attack allow a saving throw to avoid being grappled if the attack hits? [duplicate]

Per the Monster Manual's statblock for the Otyugh (pg 248), a successful tentacle attack results in the following: If the target is Medium or smaller, it is grappled (escape DC13) and restrained ...
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What damage does the Wall of Fire spell do to a creature immobilized on top of it?

Our resident grappling dwarven runesmith has presented us with a new challenge: he got 30 points of fire resistance via resist energy and decided to drop walls of fire on himself while he is grappling....
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Grappling and overbearing creatures only vulnerable to magic weapons

If a character is attacking a creature that is corporeal, but only vulnerable to special weapons, say a wight or werewolf, are they able to grapple or overbear effectively? If so, is the creature able ...
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If you attempt to shove away a creature you're grappling, but fail the shove check, does it break the grapple?

If you're currently grappling a creature, and you try to shove it away (e.g. off a bridge) but you fail your Athletics check to shove it, is your grapple also broken?
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Does Sunlight Sensitivity affect special melee attacks (such as grappling)?

I'm currently playing a Duergar Barbarian who I'm playing as a grappler, great fun, but neither me or the DM are entirely sure how the Duergar's sunlight sensitivity affects a special melee attack. It ...
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Can you really not move between grapples/shoves?

The rule on moving between attacks specifically says: If you take an action that includes more than one weapon attack, you can break up your movement even further by moving between those attacks. ...
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Can a monster attack with the same action that it's using to hold a grapple? [duplicate]

I'm unclear on how attacks and grappling work with monsters as opposed to players. Let me elaborate my question. With PCs, it seems clear to me. Let's say a PC has two creatures grappled and thus ...
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If a Chuul grapples a creature as a result of its Multiattack, can it make a tentacle attack on the same turn?

One of my player's and I differed on how we interpreted the Chuul's multiattack the other night. Below is the MM text: Multiattack. The chuul makes two pincer attacks. If the chuul is grappling a ...
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Can a monster attack with the same action/body part that it's using to hold a grapple? [closed]

I'm unclear on how attacks and grappling work with monsters as opposed to players. Let me elaborate my question. With PCs, it seems clear to me. Let's say a PC has two creatures grappled and thus has ...
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How does the Time Stop spell work when being grappled?

If a creature is grappled and then casts Time Stop, are they able to escape from the grapple? Also, if they can escape from the grapple: Since the creature they're grappled by would be under the ...
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Is there anything in this grapple and run-jump-fall-stand-repeat strategy that does not work?

The Athlete feat (PHB, p. 165) gives the following benefits: Increase your Strength or Dexterity score by 1, to a maximum of 20. When you are prone, standing up uses only 5 feet of your ...
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Do you take falling damage if falling from 20 feet or less while grappled by someone affected by the Cat's Grace option of the Enhance Ability spell?

Here are the rules on falling: At the end of a fall, a creature takes 1d6 bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet it fell, to a maximum of 20d6. The creature lands prone, unless it avoids taking ...
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Is your maximum jump distance halved by grappling?

Here are the rules about jumping: Your Strength determines how far you can jump. Long Jump. When you make a long jump, you cover a number of feet up to your Strength score if you move at least ...
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How does the Gaseous Form spell interact with the grappled and restrained conditions?

Among other things, the Gaseous Form spell allows a creature to pass through small holes, narrow openings, and even mere cracks The spell does not explicitly make the creature immune to the ...
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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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Trox's Grabbing appendages

Can a Trox, which is a large monstrous humanoid, use his grabbing appendages to grab another large creature, all the while beign able to swing his weapon; or if using his grabbing appendages, against ...
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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 ...