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Does Order of the Dragon's Aid grant expanded uses of Aid Another?

Does the Order of the Dragon ability Aid Allies allow you to grant a different bonus than would normally be allowed by the Aid Another rules? At 2nd level, whenever an order of the dragon cavalier ...
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Can a character provide help with a Persuasion check?

In page 175 of the player's handbook under section Working Together it reads: Sometimes two or more characters team up to attempt a task. The character who's leading the effort--or the one with the ...
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Are there any Official/UA magic items intended for use in a mass support role?

More precisely, magical items that are capable of assisting allies. The goal is the ability to choose multiple targets in a turn, rather than only one. An example item would be the Banner of the Krig ...
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Can multiple characters create an advantage using teamwork?

The rules on invoking aspects state: You can invoke multiple aspects on a single roll, but you cannot invoke the same aspect multiple times on a single roll. Does this mean you can only benefit from ...
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Can a whisper protect a crewmate from the supernatural terror consequence of a compelled spirit?

Under STRESS & THE SUPERNATURAL it is specified A close encounter with a spirit or demon is a harrowing experience. By default, the standard effect is to either paralyze a person with fear or ...
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Does the Help Action reveal the location of a Hidden and Invisible creature?

Let's say I have a Pact of the Chain imp who is invisible and takes the Hide action to gain extra protection (harder to direct attack rolls to an unknown location). Then, he uses the Help action. Is ...
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Can a collective of creatures add their Strength together to move or lift a heavy object?

I know about group checking, but for a collective push, pull, or lift, it would make more sense to me that the Strength of each character is added together, even if fractions of the originals, to the ...
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How does the Hobgoblin's Fey Gift from "Monsters of the Multiverse" interact with rules regarding the Help Action

The hobgoblin player race from "Monsters of the Multiverse" has an ability called Fey Gift which allows you to take the Help action as a bonus action and which reads (in part): Starting at ...
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Are Multiple Party Members Automatically "Helping" with Passive Skills?

Inspired by this question: Can the Help action raise a passive skill? and to grab the relevant section for Passive Skills A passive check is a special kind of ability check that doesn’t involve any ...
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Can the Help action raise a passive skill?

Other threads have (more or less) established that the passive versions of skills (there are only three in RAW) define a baseline result. RAW says that advantage grants a +5 to passive skills. The ...
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Can multiple summoned creatures Help multiple allies gain Advantage through one verbal command? [duplicate]

If a player's character summons N creatures, say for example 10 Giant Centipedes using Giant Insect, and immediately uses his free action to verbally command them en masse to use their Help Action to &...
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Cooperative Magic Question

I've been thinking on Cooperative Magic in order to get that cinematic feeling of the frontliners defending the casters in clutch situations and big scale magic retinues on a battlefield. It could ...
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Is there a limit to how many allies can use the help action, to help you in combat?

I have three attacks this round. Let's assume I have access to many tiny free thinking minions who obey my command, but don't require an action to do so on my part. Can each minion use the ready ...
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Is the Help action an example of, or an exception to, Working Together?

The Help action is described in Chapter 9 of the PHB (emphasis mine): You can lend your aid to another creature in the completion of a task. When you take the Help action, the creature you aid gains ...
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Rogulock: Pact Of Chain and Sneak Attack [duplicate]

I am building a rogue-warlock multiclass in 5e DnD and I have a question. I am using Pact of the Chain and I chose an imp familiar. If I remember correctly, an imp can cast Invisiblity infinitly. And ...
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Rules for learning new skills in D&D [duplicate]

Are there any rlues for learning new skills and abilities? I wonder if a character can teach his skills other party members. Let me present some examples: Let's say I am playing as wizard and I want ...
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When performing a group check, is it better to have an even number of creatures?

The rules for group checks say: To make a group ability check, everyone in the group makes the ability check. If at least half the group succeeds, the whole group succeeds. So, for groups of 1 and 2,...
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When do individual ability checks become group ability checks?

In the section Working Together, the basic rules state: Sometimes two or more characters team up to attempt a task. The character who's leading the effort — or the one with the highest ability ...
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Assisting in casting spells

Legends of the Five Rings does offer rules for cooperationL5R 4E Core p.81, mainly they seem aimed at mundane tasks like building a ship or designing a new garden. However, some spells, like Bonds of ...
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Can I Help my Bigby's Hand shove a creature off of a ledge?

Situation Lore Bard, level 10, Magical Secrets choices are Bigby's Hand and Wall of Force. Known opponents include giants (Frost and Hill). We are in mountainous terrain. I suspect that we'll have ...
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How to Sneak Attack with a Familiar with Aid Another action when master and Familiar go at different Initiative order?

How to Sneak Attack Rogue with a Familiar: how do you use Aid Another action when the Familiar goes on its own Initiative, and you and it go at different Initiative order?
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Dimensional Savant + Wild Flanking, do I damage myself?

It's been established that you do count as your own ally for Teamwork Feats when using Dimensional Savant to flank with yourself, but how far does this extend into Wild Flanking, a Betrayal Feat? ...
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Does Tandem Tactician allow helping two specific allies?

The recently released UA includes the feat Tandem Tactition which reads: Your presence in a scrap tends to elevate your comrades. You gain the following benefits: You can use the Help action as a ...
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Can players always help each other to have two levels of assets guaranteed?

Page 118 of Numenera Discovery states: Helping: If you use your action to help someone with a task, you ease the task. If you have an inability in a task, your help has no effect. If you use your ...
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Does help from other players stack?

Players can help each other if they're trained in the skill - doing so provides an asset to the player being helped. Does multiple skilled players helping stack? Say three characters are trained in ...
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Can I keep results with Strife while I'm Compromised if my teammates grant me assistance and take Strife for me?

I'll be directing a game of L5R for the first time and I have some questions about Strife at L5R 5e (the one by Fantasy Flight Games). I might have missed the answers in the core rulebook as I've been ...
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Can I offer assistance while compromised?

I'll be directing a game of L5R for the first time and I have some questions about Strife at L5R 5e (the one by Fantasy Flight Games). I might have missed the answers in the core rulebook as I've been ...
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Is there anything preventing a familiar from Readying a Help action?

Suppose the following situation: I want a familiar to give me advantage on melee attacks via the help action. However, I do not want to be yet another adventurer with an owl familiar doing fly-by ...
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Can a Familiar use "help" action to give advantage on ranged attacks? [duplicate]

According to this question, it appears a Familiar can take the Help action and grant advantage to an ally -- but can the same thing be said if I'm trying to hit with a ranged attack, such as eldritch ...
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Does Scorching Ray being fired at a single target count as one attack for the purpose of the Help Action?

Nin'Zar, the imp familiar, likes its cushy new assignment serving a Pact of the Chain Warlock. So, it wants to help its master as much as possible by using the Help action when its master casts ...
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How does the help action affect lifting capacity?

Let's say there are two PCs, both with 15 Strength. We're using the Variant: Encumbrance rules and there is a body that they want to try carry between them which weights 250 lb. How would I calculate ...
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Player Characters all picking on one other PC

I DM a Savage Worlds game with six players. I'm coming on this problem where some of the characters tend to bully one of the other characters. For context, the character getting picked on is played ...
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Can the target of a Sanctuary spell use the Help action in combat?

I have a Life Cleric who would like to help the party's "Big Guns" be more effective in combat, but do so in a way that (hopefully) doesn't increase my healing load. The Sanctuary spell forces ...
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How does a Mastermind rogue's Master of Tactics feature work when trying to Help an allied spellcaster in combat?

The Mastermind rogue's Master of Tactics feature (SCAG, p. 135; XGtE, p. 46) states: Starting at 3rd level, you can use the Help action as a bonus action. Additionally, when you use the Help action ...
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What can an Invisible PC do to take the "Help" action and remain invisible?

My wizard ally wants to go invisible and use the "Help" action to help attacks while remaining invisible. My DM ruled that physical interaction with the enemy would constitute an action that breaks ...
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How does doing something together work?

At my table a flying creature grappled one PC and starting flying away. The two PCs closest to him grabbed his legs (both passed Dex checks), and then they were going to pull together in order to ...
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Can any ally benefit from the help action during a combat turn? [duplicate]

Party members Alex, Bart, and Caroline are in combat with a Drow, in that turn order (A, B, C, D). Alex uses the help action on the Drow, being within 5ft. If Bart chooses not to attack on her turn,...
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Can an actual attack instead of a feint be used as the distraction for a Help action?

The latter part of the description for the Help action says: Alternatively, you can aid a friendly creature in attacking a creature within 5 feet of you. You feint, distract the target, or in some ...
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Can you use the Help action to give a 2019 UA Artillerist artificer's turret advantage?

I am playing in a campaign as a level 4 Artillerist artificer from the May 2019 UA. I am thinking of taking Magic Initiate (wizard) as my feat, and learning the find familiar spell with it. I am ...
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Does the spell Unseen Servant count as taking the "Help" action for Artificers or any crafters building or repairing things?

Does the spell Unseen Servant count as taking the "Help" action for Artificers or any crafters building or repairing things? I understand that Unseen Servant can do basic tasks, but the spell states: ...
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Can a warlock with the Raven Queen patron have their raven Help against an enemy, then perch on their shoulder to avoid being harmed?

The Raven Queen warlock patron (from Unearthed Arcana: Warlock & Wizard) grants the Sentinel Raven feature at 1st level, part of which says: While perched on your shoulder, the raven can’t be ...
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Can the Help action be used to give advantage to a specific ally's attack (rather than just the next ally who attacks the target)?

I am aware that usually one has to specify who is to benefit from one's Help action. However, when it comes to using it in combat, this comment by Jeremy Crawford says: If you use the attack-aiding ...
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Does the Help action grant advantage on an attack even if the helping creature is incapacitated or killed?

Say a Help action is performed, the helper is then removed in some way, then a party member attacks. Would the party member be able to take advantage of the Help if the helper is gone? For instance, ...
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How can players work together to take actions that are otherwise impossible?

How can players work together to take actions that are otherwise impossible? For instance, say three players want to hurl a gigantic boulder at a monster during combat. Neither one can achieve this ...
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Can I interfere when another PC is about to be attacked?

I have never played D&D, but I would very much like to play one day, when I'm not as busy, plus when I'll have a group to play with. (That's important I guess). My question for today is: when ...
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When a familiar delivers a Touch spell, who should be Helped? [duplicate]

Picture this situation. Myself and a friend are a pair of casters, both with familiars. My friend's familiar has just gotten in position next to an enemy we're fighting, and I know he intends to use ...
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If someone uses the Help action on an enemy and that enemy moves outside 5 feet, do allies still get advantage on attacks?

Since you can Help, then move away and the Help action still works, Would the opposite also be true? So if someone were to use the Help action on an enemy creature, and that creature were to move ...
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Can the Sentinel Raven given by the Raven Queen warlock patron assist party members with skill checks?

I'm playing a warlock and have chosen the Raven Queen patron (from Unearthed Arcana: Warlock & Wizard). I had the idea of having my sentinel raven assist me on all skill checks, but this seems ...
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Can a familiar use the Help action on an ally within 5 feet without being within 5 feet of the enemy the ally is attacking? [duplicate]

I was looking at the thing a familiar could do in combat and found the Help action. The description of the Help action is as follows: You can lend your aid to another creature in the completion of a ...
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How can I make my paladin alive again without his whole body?

Our party (gunslinger 13 lvl, wizard universalist 12 lvl & paladin 13 lvl) were in the dungeon (Runeforge, "Rise of the Runelords). The gunslinger became dominated and killed the paladin (his head ...
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