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Questions tagged [helping]

Questions about actions taken in-game by one character to assist another.

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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 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 Master of Tactics for themselves?

Master of Tactics Starting at 3rd level, you can use the Help action as a bonus action. Additionally, when you use the Help action to aid an ally in attacking a creature, the target of that attack ...
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Is the 5ft range for Help to the ally, 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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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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Can I take the “Help” action to assist in saving throw against fear?

If a party member is currently suffering from the frightened condition and gets a saving throw to end it at the end of their turn, can I use my Help action to give them advantage on the roll? To ...
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Can a character move after using the Help action in combat?

If, say, a Fighter is engaged in melee with an orc, can the Cleric, starting 10' away from the Orc, move 5' toward the orc, Help the Fighter (to give him Advantage), then move away 25'? He would ...
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How do you handle multiple helpers?

I was thinking about something like having an immovable rod stopping a door, so I think "what would my players do?" The answer is they'll do all they can to move it. If they try to pull it by the ...
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When is the Bodyguard feat used?

The Bodyguard combat feat states: When an adjacent ally is attacked, you may use an attack of opportunity to attempt the aid another action to improve your ally’s AC. You may not use the aid ...
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What does #AT mean in d&d? [duplicate]

Farmer; AC 7; Level 0; hp 6; #AT 1; D 2-8; XP 16 i am a new player and cannot understand what these mean. Can someone explain to me? I am trying to play The Temple of Elemental evil
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Is there a limit to the number of helpers?

Is there a limit to the number of characters that can help during one skill check? Can NPCs, especially those bought during character burning as Bodyguards, Squires and Apprentices or Gangs and Crews, ...
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Can a familiar use a Help action to grant advantage on an attack to a near by ally?

Can a familiar use a Help action to grant advantage on an Attack to a near by ally? As I understand it, a familiar can aid in any action it can take itself. But by the spell Find Familiar, a normal ...
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Aid Another vs a spell effect

The Aid Another rules discuss how one character can make a special attack against AC 10 to grant +2 to attack rolls or AC to an ally. These rules have an addendum at the end (emphasis mine): You ...
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What checks can familiars Help with?

I have a question regarding familiars gained through Find Familiar for non-Warlocks. What checks can familiars use the Help action to help with? It seems that the provided list of creatures have ...
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What happens to a help action when the character receiving help is incapacitated?

The help action in combat states: 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 advantage on the next ability ...
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Can non-spellcasters help create magic items?

The party dwarf wants to build his own forge, and then, he will probably want to forge weapons and armor. I assume they will try to forge a magical weapon (+1, uncommon, 500 gp), as they always ask me ...