Questions tagged [helping]

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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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Can a Pact of the Chain warlock's sprite familiar use the Help action and stay invisible?

According to the D&D 5th edition Player's Handbook, the description of the Help action in combat states (page 192; bolding made by me): You can aid a friendly creature in attacking a creature ...
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It seems like every skill check should always be made with advantage due to the 'Working Together' rules. Is this accurate?

My group just started playing 5th last night, and we immediately ran into issues with the 'Working Together'/'Skill Assist'/'Skill Help' rules. By the rules it seems like nearly every single skill ...
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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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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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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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Does a Wizard's Familiar grant advantage on every roll?

We're a new group playing DnD 5e. Three of us have no prior experience (and I'm one of them, never played the earlier editions) whilst two of us have some to good experience with other editions. I'm ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 check ...
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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 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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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 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 ...