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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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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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 ...