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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 can I help my players be proactive and dramatic together?

We've recently started a Fate Core game, and found that the system delivers on its promise of stories about "proactive, competent and dramatic" characters. Which is great! Except the characters, drawn ...
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Does Teamwork make you give up your action?

Both Fate Core and Fate Accelerated Edition have rules by which one player makes a roll and the others assist him without passing him free invocations or spending Fate points. In FAE this is called "...
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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Maximum number of helpers for teamwork rolls

In FATE Core, mobs use Teamwork rules for their rolls. For each mob member after the first, the roll gets a +1. Is there a limit on how many people can combine skills on one action, or are ten mooks ...
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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 you use assistance actions in combat?

I checked the teamwork rules (YS P. 208) and it seems like it can be used in combat based on the text, but I want to be sure. So I was wondering: Can teamwork actions be used in combat to create ...
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Weapon/Armor Ratings vs NPCs using the Teamwork/Mobs rule

I'm using Fate Core to run a game on a Sword & Sorcery world. We want to use the Weapon and Armor Rules, but I'm not sure how they interact with the Teamwork (FC174) and Mobs(FC216) rules. One ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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In a Sci Fi game, how do I keep the team together when one is “netrunning”? [duplicate]

I have a science fiction campaign where one of the characters is a "netrunning" hacker who's skills are based in a virtual world. The rest of the characters are in the real world. I want them to feel ...
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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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Teamwork on matrix actions

I would like to break it down into two closely related sub-questions. A) On which matrix actions can teamwork be used? For examlpe: I cannot place a mark for someone else. Am I allowed to help him ...
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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 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 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 ...