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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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I want to own a tavern, but will it hurt my D&D adventure [closed]

My character really does want to own a tavern after being inspired to do so by a NPC. The original intent of this campaign was to overthrow the "Magic Council" a group of wizards enacting Magic bans ...
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Is there a “help mechanic” in Macho Women With Guns?

Macho Women With Guns 2e uses a GURPS-like 3d6 roll-under resolution mechanic. We were playing it today and we happened into a scene where all the characters needed to cooperate on a group effort (...
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Can an Unseen Servant create a distraction that grants you advantage on attack?

Whether via the Help action or the Use an Object action or just ordinary interaction with an object, can an Unseen Servant distract your enemy so as to grant advantage to your attack on that enemy? ...
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Can the help action trigger a Rogue's sneak attack?

Let's say that I determined the best course of action is using the Help action to give my Rogue buddy an advantage on his attack instead of attacking by myself. Would that attack then gain the sneak ...
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Is it possible to repeatedly give someone else the Help Action for an eventual Initiative roll?

Let's say Bob really wants Fred to act quickly for an eventual fight which they feel will come soon. Can Bob repeatedly give Fred the Help Action for his eventual Initiative roll ("Stay focused! Stay ...
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Can I Specify who the Help Action helps? [duplicate]

Let's say my party is attacking a dragon. I'm a Mastermind rogue who can use Master of Tactics to use the Help action as a bonus action if I'm within 30' of the dragon. Can I specify who in my party I'...
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Can the Dimension Dervish chain be use in conjunction with combat, teamwork feats?

Can I string the Dimensional Agility Feat chain (specifically, Dimensional Savant) and Precise Strike feat together? As I read it since I can flank with myself as an ally doesn't the feat bonus apply ...
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Can a mount use the Help action in combat?

This question by V2Blast piqued my interest into the subject of what mounts can and cannot do. If a paladin uses the find steed spell to find a mount that could possibly attack and such, could he get ...
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Do I choose the target or the ally for the Help action?

When I use the Help action, do I choose the monster to distract (and then the next ally to attack gets advantage) or do I choose the ally and the monster (so that only his attack against that target ...
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PCs want to hire help for fighting a dragon. Will it cheapen the fight if I let them? [closed]

One of my PCs for Lost Mine of Phandelver wants to hire help to kill the dragon. Is this cheapening the fight? The group hired two guards to help kill the nothic. I want to know if they should be ...
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Can my sentient weapon aid me?

At 3rd level, the bladebound magus gains a sentient weapon called a black blade. This sentient weapon replaces a familiar. A magus with this class feature cannot take the familiar magus arcana, and ...
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Can my familiar aid me?

My Sorceress carries her familiar everywhere. Like most familiars, it tends to be a little forgotten until actually useful. A good way to be useful would be to Aid Another. Can my familiar aid me? ...
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Can a Mastermind Rogue use the Master of Tactics feature to grant themselves advantage on an attack using the Help action?

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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Is the 5-foot range of the Help action my range to the ally, the enemy, or both?

A player in our group that knows much more than me explained the Help action during game, but then after the game I read the PHB and not sure if he's using it correctly. I thought I needed to be ...
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Can a human assist on darkness perception checks?

Let's say an elf is making a perception check at night. A human decides to try and assist the elf. The elf has dark vision, while the human does not. Can the human even help the elf? Because if the ...
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Can the bard use the ability “jack of all trades” to qualify for the help action?

The rules for the help action only say that the character is capable of helping and list proficiency as an example. My interpretation is that this would work but is jack of all trades enough? Sorry ...
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Can you move and help someone with a single action?

I'm not sure how to rule the following situation, and would like some help on the rules. Here is the situation: Player A is prone and being pulled by a rope (attached to him) towards a pit. Player ...
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What test should be applied for someone that was hit by a boulder and is now hanging off a cliff? [closed]

In my campaign I have a mountain with steep switchbacks where the party has boulders thrown at them from the top. I have them rolling reflex to get out of the way. However, if one is hit I want them ...
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Is it possible to aid a character after his roll?

Let's say Kruv has just failed his Hack'n'slash roll (6) against a goblin. Before the GM adds fictional consequences, Axandra try to do something to turn Kruv's failure in a (partial) success. She ...
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In battle, can the Help Action have extended range with a Reach weapon?

In battle, the Help action has a normal reach of 5ft. A reach weapon has a reach of 10ft. Logic says it would be possible to distract an ally's opponent by poking at him with a reach weapon, but RAW ...
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Aid Another, Swift Aid and Aid Allies (Order of the Dragon)

Concerning the action Aid Another and the feat Swift Aid: Does the feat Swift Aid replaces the bonus to +1 or does it increases the bonus of Aid Another to +3? Can you use Swift Aid as a swift action ...
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What type of action is the Help action?

In combat, one team mate may 'Help' another willing ally: Help 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 ...