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 grappling count as a hit?

Grappling is described as a "special melee attack" that replaces a single attack in the Attack action. There are a number of features and abilities that may be activated when one combatant hits ...
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Does shoving a creature break its grapple on another?

A situation came up in my session where a fighter used his Shield Master Shove feature to shove a Giant Crocodile that was currently restraining another PC using it's bite+grapple ability. I did a ...
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Can you grapple a creature as an opportunity attack?

This came up in a game I was in the other day, so I'm curious as to know how this works. A gnome was attempting to flee past us up the stairs and I declared that I'd like to try and stop him, by using ...
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How Do Grapplers Stand If Prone?

It's clear how a creature both grappled and prone can stand - they can't. But what about the one doing the grapple? Assuming both grappler (speed of 60 feet) and grappled are prone*, how does the ...
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Can you pick up and use an enemy as an improvised weapon?

Assuming you can grapple and lift both enemies, if you attack one enemy with the other, I assume this would be considered an improvised attack. Would this only be 1d4 damage to [Enemy B] in the ...
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Is It Possible To Lift A Grappled Opponent Multiple Times On The Same Turn?

This question follows from this question: What Are The Minimum Stats To Cause Fall Damage When Grappling Plus Jumping? In my answer to that question, I came up with the following minimum stats to ...
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Can you shove your way out of a grapple?

The [grappled] condition also ends if an effect removes the grappled creature from the reach of the grappler... What's stopping the grapplee from shoving the grappler? I've read that you can shove ...
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Does carrying/dragging a willing/unconscious creature cause half movement as per the grapple rules?

When you carry/drag an unwilling creature that you have grappled, your movement speed is halved. Is the same true when you carry/drag a willing or unconscious creature (ex: move your friend out of ...
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Does Grappling Halve Your Remaining Speed?

This question acts as a clarification to another question on this site. Here's the scenario: You have 60' of movement at the start of your turn You move 30' to any direction You grapple someone at ...
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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 monster with a flying speed lift a Grappled PC and then drop them?

Can a monster with a flying speed grapple a PC, use half its movement to fly directly up then drop the player in the same turn? Would any 5th edition core book ruling prevent me from doing any part ...
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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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Can a creature grappling someone drop them off a cliff?

The situation is like this. PCs having a fight on a battlefield with several very deep chasms. One of the PCs attempt to grapple an enemy, then moves with him into one of the chasms (bringing himself ...
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Does the penalty to movement speed while grappling stack if you grapple two opponents?

In 5e, a player who is grappling has their movement speed halved. However, a player with two hands can grapple two opponents. As the wording seems to indicate that the movement speed penalty applies ...
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Can one attack for damage after having grappled an opponent?

The grappling rules sure are... light. Supposing one has an Extra Attack: Assuming one has successfully grappled an opponent with one's first attack, can one then perform a normal attack action with ...
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Can multiple creatures grapple a single target?

I'm creating a druid and came across an interesting tactic that seems to be both overpowered and allowed as the rules are written. (Our characters will be level 5 due to people wanting to keep their ...
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Does Grappling in D&D 5 have any rules other than preventing movement?

I seem to remember in previous versions of D&D, Grappling would grant bonuses to attackers and make grappling creatures harder to attack and such things. However, I'm reading the rules for ...
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Can I drag a grappled creature and release it after moving half of my speed, then move the remainder of my speed?

The grappling rules state: 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 two or more sizes smaller ...
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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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Can monsters with multiattack take grapple and shove actions?

If lets say... an Owlbear which has the multiattack trait wants to knock someone down and grapple them. Can the owlbear replace the 2 attack actions covered under the multiattack with a grapple and a ...
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Does forced movement, as in Thunderwave, necessarily break a grapple?

Consider the situation with three characters: Gary the Grappler, Casey the Caster, and Victor the Victim. Gary has Victor grappled. Suddenly, Casey shows up to help Victor escape. He isn't strong ...
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Why can a Gnome grapple a Goliath?

Both races have the same limits on their strength, and athletics, but it's hard to imagine why. A Goliath could feasibly lift and throw a gnome, yet the Gnome, following rules as written, can pin down ...
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Can a character with Extra Attack replace multiple attacks with Grapple special attacks, as part of the same Attack action?

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 to make multiple attacks with the Attack action, this ...
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Can you grapple-drag someone out of a grapple?

You are grappled by an enemy. You cannot move (Grappled Condition), though he could move you. Moving a Grappled Creature. When you move, you can drag or carry the grappled creature with you, but ...
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Animal form with most grapple damage in wild shape form

I'm looking for the best wild shape form (or Elemental) for grappling damage. The conditions are as follow: No multi classing, just strictly a base human druid no specific archetype. My objective is ...
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Heart of Water and grappling threats

I have been making a new wizard lately and I have been trying to have many ways of avoiding statuses/effects that easily disable/endanger a caster. As many of you know, one of these is Grapple, and ...
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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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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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Is an Otyugh's grapple different from a standard grapple?

In 5e to escape a Grapple check, I know you roll athletics (str) or acrobatics (dex) opposed by an athletics (str) check. In the Otyugh entry in the Monster Manual it doesn't say there's any check, ...
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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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What is the effect of being dragged by a burrower and buried alive?

I'll be DMing an encounter in a couple of weeks that involves the party of PCs invading a den full of Asabi. The PCs are lvl 9-10, and the Asabi commander is similar level (RHD 3 / Rogue 3 / Hexblade ...
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Does forced movement on a creature suffering the Grappled condition break the grapple?

If someone is suffering the Grappled condition and is then moved by another means what happens to the person providing the Grappled effect? In a situation the fighter had grappled with the scary bird ...
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Where are the one-handed grappling rules?

The feat Grabbing Style says it's possible to grapple with one hand (at −4 without the feat). The feat Grabbing Master says it's possible to grapple two different foes (and maybe more if the grappler ...
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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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Can a Druid/Barbarian multiclass wildshaped into a giant constrictor snake use my Athletics skill in the place of the constrict attack?

Can a Druid/Barbarian multiclass wildshaped into a giant constrictor snake use my Athletics skill in the place of the constrict attack? A barbarian/druid multiclass can have a much better grapple ...
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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 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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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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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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Can Bigby's Hand move creatures that are Grappled into the air?

Bigby's hand can grapple via Grasping Hand. This allows: The hand attempts to grapple a Huge or smaller creature within 5 feet of it. You use the hand's Strength score to resolve the grapple. If ...
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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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Can you maintain a grapple while on a moving mount?

You are mounted and you are currently grappling an opponent. Can you maintain the grapple on the opponent, and thus dragging him with you, when your mount is moving?
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Does moving a grappled opponent while mounted reduce your mount's speed?

When you move a grappled opponent, your speed is halved. However, while mounted, your mount is moving you. Is your mount's speed halved when you move a grappled opponent ?
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Is a creature that used the 2nd option of Improved Grab grappling or not?

This question is related to another recent one, since I couldn't figure out the answer, even though I had all the resources. Let's have an owlbear character that uses Improved Grab after successfully ...
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Is there a way to more effectively use the Grappler feat?

Without Grappler, grapplers use grapple + shove to prone. (Possibly prone → grapple with Shield Master). The enemy now has disadvantage, and melee users have advantage. By applying restrained ...
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How does the feat Ranged Pin work?

The feat Ranged Pin has as its benefit the following: You can perform a ranged grapple attempt against an opponent by pinning a bit of its clothing to a nearby surface. The target must be within 5 ...
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What movement limits are there when maintaining a grapple?

Question When the grappler attempts to maintain the grapple (PH 156), how much movement can the grappler take to move into the target's space? Comments say this issue apparently goes unaddressed in D&...
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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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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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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 ...