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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Can animal companion use grapple in Pathfinder 2e?

Rules of grapple state: Requirements You have at least one free hand or have your target grappled or restrained. Your target isn't more than one size larger than you. Obviously, animals don't have ...
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What are the mechanics for attacking a creature grappled by someone else?

I've successfully grappled a creature. What are the mechanics for someone else attacking said creature? Do they get advantage on the attack? Is there a higher chance that they hit me? Or do I just ...
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Can an attacker with Greater Grapple or Rapid Grapple make a full attack action?

This is specifically for Pathfinder 1e. So, I haven't been able to find the exact answer I'm looking for. I'm a Druid with two ranks in Brawler (technically, it's a home brew Brawler called Beastial ...
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Does The Amazing Lightspeed Grapple Relay work, RAW?

Inspired by Does The Amazing Lightspeed Horse work, RAW? I thought up a different exploit and I hope someone can find a RAW flaw in it. N Medium humanoids have gathered on an arbitrarily long field, ...
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Can I push myself away from me? [duplicate]

In their extensive comments on this answer, V2Blast explains that including yourself in the area of effect of a thunderwave is possible, but asks, perhaps rhetorically, why one would ever want to. ...
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Is it a free action for a monster to release a grapple? [duplicate]

Here's the scenario that elicited this question. A Roc swoops in and lands a Talon attack, which grapples the target on hit. Roc flies up with remaining movement and then, as a free action, releases ...
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Can Bigby's Hand / Arcane Hand lift an object?

Arcane Hand has a lot of text. Among it, it says: It has a Strength of 26 (+8) When you cast the spell and as a Bonus Action on your subsequent turns, you can move the hand up to 60 feet and then ...
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How does variant encumbrance affect monsters like Grells?

I'm running a game with variant encumbrance, and I'm wondering how the monsters would be affected. Obviously, heavily armed and armoured enemies would be hampered, but what about "drug and drag&...
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Does Goliath Beast Barbarian synergize with Tavern Brawler feat as well as I think? [duplicate]

I'm considering playing a Goliath barbarian, Path of the Beast. As I've played mostly arcanists since D&D 3.0, and when I DMed I trusted my players with their PC rules, I'm having a bit of a ...
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Does the weight of the grapplee factor into the speed the grappler can drag them? [duplicate]

Does the weight of the grapplee (the one being grappled) factor into the speed the grappler can drag them? Or conversely, is a low strength grappler limited by their dragging/listing capacity when ...
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Does escaping a concealed grappler require a flat check?

Suppose your character is grappled by a creature with the concealed condition. Normally, targeting such a creature with an attack requires a DC 5 flat check. A creature that you're concealed from ...
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If someone is knocked unconscious by a Mind Flayer's tentacles and grappled, then healed, do they still make a saving throw against being stunned?

This seems to be a fairly unusual situation and I have not been able to find a ruling. The description of the Mind Flayer's Tentacles attack states, in part: [...] If the target is Medium or smaller, ...
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What space does a creature grappled by another creature occupy? [duplicate]

Based on the comments in the top answer to this question, my question aims to solve the dilemma presented of where a grappler and it's grappled target are in relation to each other with respect to ...
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Do bonuses to grappling CMD apply to enemy's rolls to escape grapple?

Human alternate fighter favored class bonus states: Add +1 to the fighter’s CMD when resisting two combat maneuvers of the character’s choice. If I want to make one of the choices to be grapple ...
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Does the Robe of Stars's ability to enter the Astral Plane with "everything you are [...] carrying" let you do so with a grappled creature?

One of my Players has the Robe of Stars. Can he, for example, put a rabbit in his bag and take it with him to the Astral Plane, because he carries it in his bag? I would think not, but I am not sure. ...
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What is the combined movement speed of multiple grapplers moving a single grappled creature? [duplicate]

So specifically, there are two or three Bullywugs that are going to grab a gnome and then drag him around 200 feet away from where he currently is. Assuming the Bullywugs successfully grapple and ...
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Can you grapple or shove a non-creature?

The rules for grappling and shoving clearly apply to creatures: Grappling. 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....
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Can an Astral Self Monk/Stars Druid apply the dragon starry form to grapples? [duplicate]

Arms of the Astral Self While the spectral arms are present, you gain the following benefits: You can use your Wisdom modifier in place of your Strength modifier when making Strength checks and ...
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Is it an action to voluntarily end a grapple?

If a monster, such as a Chuul, has grappled a character can they end the grapple for free? EG a Chuul attacks a halfling with a pincer attack and hits, the halfling is now considered grappled, trapped ...
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Can I move a grappled creature so that they precede me towards a destination, rather than following behind?

Background In a comment on this answer, user V2Blast suggests that you could circumnavigate* a creature, then push them into a hazard. This would enable moving a grappled creature into a hazard ...
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Can the Grappling Strike maneuver option be used with the Thorn Whip cantrip to grapple a creature from up to 30 feet away?

Grappling Strike is a maneuver option for Battle Master fighters (and others with access to maneuvers) that reads (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, p. 42; emphasis mine): Immediately after you hit a ...
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Can someone use the Telekinesis power with an Area modifier to attempt an Area Grapple?

If I have the Telekinesis power with an Area modifier (also Selective and Damaging, why not?), can I attempt grappling multiple opponents in the area with it like an enraged Sith Lord?
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How does grappling work in the air?

It seems that RAW a high-flying creature falls the very moment it becomes grappled. The rules for grappling state you subject the target to the grappled condition and the grappled condition is ...
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Does Catfolk's ancestry feat Lucky Break work with the Grapple action?

For reference: Grapple action Lucky Break feat I argue that when grappling with the Lucky Break feat, you are able to reroll the Grapple attack action (when failing or critical failing), because the ...
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Full attacking with natural while grappling or being grappled

My GM said that a creature with several appenges can full attack with all of their natural attacks towards me? I know that the grapple rules specify "Instead of attempting to break or reverse the ...
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How many actions does a Bida need to use to sustain its Improved Grab on multiple creatures?

A Bida has grabbed three people with its tail via its Eight Coils and Improved Grab ability. How many actions does it need to use to keep all three of those people grabbed? 1? 3? I'd guess it works ...
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Do you have to specify what kind of attack or weapon you will Ready?

It seems logical that you can use the Ready action to prepare to grapple or shove an opponent if triggered. But can you just Ready an attack, and then decide when it's triggered whether to attack as ...
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Does this lake event in the "Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden" adventure allow a grapple as an opportunity attack?

There is an event in Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden (an official D&D 5e adventure by Wizards of the Coast) that seems to allow for a grapple attack as an opportunity attack. In the Lake ...
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Which Spheres of Might talents give a Vector attacks through Kinetic Overload?

The vector symbiat archetype, from Champions of the Spheres, has the ability Kinetic Overload, which reads, in part: When a Brute, Scoundrel, or Wrestling talent would grant the vector an attack ...
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Can a player character grapple a ship?

Background: The situation contemplates engaging with a huge or gargantuan ship, by means such as an 18th level Rune Knight using the Runic Juggernaut feature as described in Tasha's Cauldron of ...
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Fangs of Fire Snake + Tavern Brawler?

If you use Fangs of the Fire Snake it increases your unarmed attack by 10 feet (presumably to 15ft) When you use the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ki point to cause tendrils of flame to ...
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Do you need a free hand to Shove?

I don't know if I'm crazy or what, but if you had asked me "Do you need a free hand to Shove?" I would answered with a resounding of course before I reread the PHB and noticed it said ...
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Does forced movement break Grabbed from Grapple/Grab?

It's the age-old question. The all-powerful-wizard seems about to be eaten and didn't prepare a spell to escape. Fighterbro wants to save the fool day by punting grapplemon the grapple monster (or the ...
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Can you use the Telekinetic feat from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything to break grapples?

With the new 5e book, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, there exists a new feat, Telekinetic (emphasis mine): You learn to move things with your mind, granting you the following benefits... As a bonus ...
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What happens when you have a creature grappled and use the Bait and Switch Maneuver to move 5 feet away from the creature?

The Bait and Switch Maneuver (Battlemaster Fighter feature): Bait and Switch. When you're within 5 feet of a creature on your turn, you can expend one superiority die and switch places with that ...
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Does the Hunter Ranger's Giant Killer allow you to grapple or shove with the reaction?

The Hunter Ranger's Giant Killer feature says: When a Large or larger creature within 5 feet of you hits or misses you with an attack, you can use your reaction to attack that creature immediately ...
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Can you escape a grapple during a time stop (without teleporting or similar effects)?

Some context: during our last game a hidden creature (not the BBEG, but kind of a mini-boss, CR23) charged and grappled (with improved grab) one of the PCs (a 20th-level Sha-ir/Cleric/Dweomerkeeper) ...
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Can a Way of the Astral Self monk grapple with its Arms of the Astral Self?

In the Unearthed Arcana version of the Way of the Astral Self, the monk's Astral Arms were treated as monk weapons. Under that wording, the monk probably couldn't grapple/shove with them because ...
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Spell which causes grapple

Let me start by pointing out that I'm new to Pathfinder. I've played some Dnd and now our DM is migrating our campaing to PF2e. I'm planning to build a new character, some necromancer of sorts, and I ...
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Does the Orc's 'Aggressive' racial trait allow you to move with a grappled target as long as you move toward it?

Aggressive. As a bonus action, you can move up to your movement speed toward a hostile creature you can see or hear. You must end this move closer to the enemy than you started. That last clause ...
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Does Grapple / Constrict apply other Attack Effects?

Reefclaws have 2 Claws +2 (1d4 + Grab + Poison) as their melee attack. They also have Constrict (1d4) as a Special Attack If a Reefclaw succesfully grapples an opponent, decides to maintain the ...
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Can the spell Water Walk help in the fight against a Water Elemental?

The spell Water Walk: grants the ability to move across any liquid surface--such as water, acid, mud, snow, quicksand, or lava--as if it were harmless solid ground (creatures crossing molten lava can ...
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Can a grappling creature cause a prone creature it is grappling to be unprone? [duplicate]

If my character is grappling a creature who has been knocked prone, that creature can't stand back up unless they succeed in first breaking free of the grapple. Do the rules for moving a grappled ...
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My DM wouldn't let my character use Acrobatics to escape an Ankheg's grapple, even after it was asleep. Can my DM do this, or am I overreacting?

Now, I know this sounds like something small, but it did annoy me. We were fighting an Ankheg. We killed one, and after combat ended the DM had another one come up from the ground and grapple me ...
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Does the Grappler feat give advantage on a subsequent shove attempt vs. your grappled target?

The Grappler feat says it gives advantage on attack rolls against a creature you are grappling. Does this include attempts to shove the grappled creature?
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Is the Midgard Heroes Handbook Centaur race considered as Medium, or Large, for the purpose of grappling and shoving?

In the "Midgard Heroes Handbook" from the Kobold Press, there is a playable character race, the Centaur (not to be confused with the somewhat different Centaur published in Guildmaster's ...
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Do grappled/grappling creatures bypass Ballbearings/Caltrops?

Ballbearings/Caltrops requires a dex save or fall prone/take damage unless you move at half speed. Moving with a Grappled Creature your speed is halved. Mechanically, does this count as moving half ...
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Can the Create Bonfire cantrip damage a creature more than once per turn, by RAW? If so, how many times at most?

The description of the create bonfire cantrip says: You create a bonfire on ground that you can see within range. Until the spell ends, the magic bonfire fills a 5-foot cube. Any creature in the ...
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How should I handle a PC attempting to strangle a creature?

Last session, one of my PCs succeeded on a grapple check against a rust monster and wanted to strangle it in retribution for damaging the PC's sword, which has sentimental value. There are suffocation ...
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Does Improved Grab pull in the grappled regardless of weight?

Reviewing the choker I noticed the default strength is only 16. It caused me to wonder if an improved grab can pull a creature up in the air even if the strength does not have enough to carry (...
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