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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 grappling dire tiger get to rake on an Attack of Opportunity?

Dire Tiger pounces a character (bite claw claw rake rake) and successfully grabs. (More unnecessary context in chat.) On his turn the character pulls out a potion of gaseous form from a handy ...
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Can a Huge bird (STR 15, <1000 lbs) really fly off with a Gargantuan Brontosaurus (>30000 lbs)?

I am a druid shaped into a Quetzalcoatlus, a Huge flying creature. I see a Brontosaurus and know I can grapple a creature up to one size larger (up to gargantuan). To everyone's surprise, I succeed in ...
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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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Does the Umber Hulk's confusion attack break grapples?

A PC Barbarian Orc is grappling an Umber Hulk (MM. p. 292). The Orc fails at the Confusing Gaze saving throw, becoming confused. Does the grapple end because the Orc is confused? Under a storytelling ...
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Grappling via Elemental's Blessing

Elemental's in 2e changeling have the blessing: As long as your character touches or is surrounded by his element, he may use it to take mundane actions at a distance of up to three yards (meters) ...
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Can Strahd use his Unarmed Strike (that grapples) as an opportunity attack?

New player here and I'm confused about how this works. Any help would be appreciated. Playing a campaign and we encounter Strahd from Curse of Strahd. The party tries to retreat to sunlight. One ...
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Grappling an Air/Water/Fire Elemental

Consider the air elemental. It is made from air, or clouds, or smoke, or something like it. Any attempt to grab hold of such materials with your bare hands would fail, realistically speaking. Thus, ...
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Does my Giant Crocodile's grapple benefit from my Druid's expertise? (wild shape) [duplicate]

Put another way, when is a grapple(MM) not a grapple(PHB)? My wild shaped Circle of the Moon druid loves to be a giant crocodile. Big and strong, he can grapple much bigger creatures than our ...
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Can I grapple someone and drag them while riding on my horse? [duplicate]

Can I ride up to an enemy on my horse, grapple him and then drag him using the horses half movement speed?
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If one character is grappling another, will they be pulled by a third character casting Thorn Whip?

My Fighter NPC and a Barbarian PC were prone, and the Fighter had the Barbarian grappled. A PC Druid then used thorn whip (PHB, p. 282) to pull the Fighter. Do both the Fighter and Barbarian get ...
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How can I have a Giant Spider cocoon a PC in web? [closed]

Giant Spiders have an ability to restrain their prey. I'm adding a custom ability (for the sake of the storyline) to wrap a player in web cocoon. Part of the storyline during the battle with the ...
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With Extra Attack, can I grapple an opponent and attack with offhand dagger?

I attack an enemy using a dagger with my right hand, drop it, then grapple the enemy using my right hand (Extra Attack). Using the Two-Weapon Fighting rule: When you take the Attack action and ...
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How can I obtain additional attempts to grapple or shove in one action other than the Fighter class? [closed]

Other than delving into the Fighter class for 4 attacks per action, I have found very few ways to expand your repertoire of attacks per turn to put towards a brawler build that emphasizes shoving and ...
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Can I replace the off-hand attack from Two-Weapon fighting with a grapple/shove attempt?

The rule for grappling allows me to replace an attack with an attempt to grapple. The Two-weapon Fighting rule allows me to use a bonus action to attack using my off-hand. Can I replace the off-hand ...
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Can you charge then grapple?

Can you charge an enemy then grapple that enemy at the end of the charge instead of making a normal melee attack?
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Telekinesis Grapple CMD

When using telekinesis to grapple, what is the CMD to escape? The spell doesn't specify the CMD, just the CMB. Combat Maneuver: Alternatively, once per round, you can use telekinesis to perform ...
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Does a grapple or shove automatically succeed on a natural 20?

D&D 5e's Player's Handbook says that a natural 20 when rolling an attack automatically hits (page 194). In the following section about attacks, the book describes both the grapple and shove as "a ...
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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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Can you move a creature you're grappling but frightened of?

A situation came up in our game where a PC cast cause fear (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 151) on an enemy that was grappling the PC and trying to push them towards a torture device. This made ...
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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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If you are grappled by a creature with 10'+ reach, can you make a ranged attack without disadvantage?

The rules for grappling require: The target of your grapple must be no more than one size larger than you, and it must be within your reach. (PHB, p. 195, italics added) Normally, this would ...
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Can you hold two weapons during a grapple?

SRD says about two weapons and grappling: You can’t attack with two weapons while grappling, even if both are light weapons. With regards to this I have a few questions: Are you allowed to hold ...
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Can a Polymorphed creature grapple?

My confusion comes from this part of the polymorph spell: The creature is limited in the actions it can perform by the nature of its new form, and it can't speak, cast spells, or take any other ...
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Can a monster with many tentacles grapple multiple times or targets per round?

Are there rules for the attacker to grapple multiple defenders? Can that attacker, with more than two arms, attack a new defender each round, or grapple many defenders as a full round action? I am ...
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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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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 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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Beyond Athletics and action economy, what are the limitations to grappling? [closed]

I remember reading somewhere how the grappling rules are easily abused with the right character. Something like: 2 levels into Moon druid 1 level into barbarian Transform into Brown Bear Multiattack ...
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Can I misty step while carrying a willing/unconscious creature so we both teleport? [duplicate]

In my case, the creature is a player who is doing death saving throws and the intention is to teleport both, the carrier and the carried. Note: The creature is being carried, so the answer in "Can a ...
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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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Is there any feat to protect against a grapple that has reach?

I am trying to find a feat to protect my character against grapple attempts from creatures with a reach of 10ft or more. We're playing a low magic campaign and after a fight with a mooncalf (in which ...
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Can creatures use Grab on a Charge attack?

My reefclaws are attacking the players underwater. They charge the oracle/monk. Reefclaws have Grab and 2 Claw attacks. If I charged, am I correct in thinking that: The reefclaw would get one claw ...
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What balance problems arise by allowing grappling as an option for an Opportunity Attack?

In our last session (with me as the DM), a creature was surrounded by the party and was trying to flee. She cast Levitate on herself to try to float up and get away. As she was going up and thereby ...
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Does this Zombie Swarm Homebrew require a grapple check?

This homebrew Zombie Swarm found on dndbeyond.com has the following action: Grab. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 14 (4d6) bludgeoning damage, and the target is ...
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When does a vampire spawn decide to grapple instead of dealing damage?

The vampire spawn's claw attack reads: Instead of dealing damage, the vampire can grapple the target (escape DC 13) When exactly is this decision made? In particular, I am interested in the ...
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Can a creature levitate (or be levitated) out of a grapple?

The 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell levitate [trans] (Player's Handbook 248), in part, says Levitate allows you to move yourself, another creature, or an object up and down as you wish. A creature must be ...
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How does the Female Steeder's Leap ability interract with grappling?

I was perusing beasts for my druid when I noticed that the Female Steeder from Out of the Abyss has this very intriguing ability. Leap. The steeder can expend all its movement on its turn to jump ...
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Turning while holding a grappled enemy, Action or movement?

So the question here is based on this scenario: I've successfully grappled an enemy. Now surrounding me is bramble. If I turn and pull the enemy through the brambles around me, does it cost movement ...
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Dissonant Whispers vs. Otyugh Grapple

Dissonant Whispers states: You whisper a discordant melody that only one creature of your choice within range can hear, wracking it with terrible pain. The target must make a Wisdom saving throw. ...
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Maintaining one-handed grapple

You take a -4 pentalty when attempting a grapple with one hand, but do you take the -4 penalty for maintaining it? Here are the relevant rules. Humanoid creatures without two free hands attempting to ...
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Grappling and reach/reach weapons

One of my players is a large creature with a 10 ft reach who is also using a lucerne hammer (10ft reach). He mentioned grappling with it and I was hoping for verification. How would grappling with ...
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Can you maintain a grapple you are no longer capable of initiating?

How do the requirements to maintain a grapple contrast against the requirements for initiating a grapple? For example, if a paladin successfully initiates a grapple against an orc (using one free hand,...
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Can some monsters grapple as an opportunity attack?

In 5e, I realize that you can not grapple as an opportunity attack, as the grapple is an action and the opportunity attack is a reaction. However, am I correct in assuming that some monsters can ...
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Can Grapple prevent Plane Shift?

If Grapple can prevent Plane shift, who needs to be grappled, and where on their body? As I understand the rules, denying a caster the use of BOTH arms would DEFINITELY prevent casting plane shift ...
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What to roll to save someone from a grapple?

What do you use when you try to save your ally who is being grappled? For example the evil boss is currently grappling Bob the Wizard and Mark the Barbarian wants to tackle the evil boss in order to ...
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Is it possible to make multiple grapple attempts while falling?

Situation: A PC with Extra Attack is standing on a raised platform. Below and slightly to the side is a Wizard NPC floating mid-air under the effects of Fly. The PC wants to (on their turn) jump off ...
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Grappler Feat: Advantage on Attack Rolls While Being Grappled?

I'm playing a monk grappler for a home campaign, and I need help clarifying the wording on the Grappler feat. Grappler You have advantage on attack rolls against a creature you are grappling. You ...
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What will happen if a grapple is no longer valid?

After reading this question I got curious about something regarding the answer. The answer dictates a mind flayer can only use it's grapple attack on medium creatures. So, what happens if the grappled ...
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If you grapple a creature while staying out of its reach, can it still attack you? [duplicate]

A Kraken is able to grapple up to 10 creatures with its tentacles, the reach for this attack is 30 ft. Tentacle. Melee Weapon Attack: +17 to hit, reach 30 ft., one target. Hit: 20 (3d6 + 10) ...
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What is a Hill Giant's reach for unarmed attacks and grapples?

The Hill Giant is Huge (occupies a 15'x15' space). It has a Greatclub weapon attack with reach 10'. What is the Giant's unarmed reach? What is his reach for grappling?
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