Questions tagged [mounted-combat]

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Is weapon reach measured from the edge of the mount's space or the rider's?

So, if a medium or small creature, like a PC, controls 25 square feet, (a 5×5' area) and a large creature, like a horse controls 100 square feet, (a 10×10' area) and tactical combat takes place on a 5'...
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Can a monkey riding a dog stab orcs?

... Or, for that matter, any other creature it doesn't like? Pathfinder's rules for mounted combat seem to ignore creatures of Tiny size (which typically have a reach of 0 ft.) riding creatures of ...
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Is a mount considered an “ally” for the purpose of Pack Tactics?

I suppose this applies both to NPCs and player characters. Specifically, someone proposed the idea of a PC kobold (a playable race from Volo's Guide to Monsters, p. 119) as a paladin, summoning a ...
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Can a rider move using his mount, attack from his mount, then have the mount dash away?

I seem to have misunderstood the mounted combat rules. Reading them again it seems that the mount and rider are treated as separate entities but share initiative (this assumes a controlled mount, not ...
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Can a mount attack while it is being ridden?

This came up in my session tonight. My players all had the cash to buy war horses and outfit them, I ruled that they're readily available in Neverwinter which they were near for their last adventure. ...
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What are the benefits of having a mount?

Regarding mounts, especially gained through Find Steed: They have only a few simple actions, without even Help let alone Attack. The spells you can share with them are almost only buffs to keep them ...
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Does a controlled mount share its rider's turn?

From "Controlling a Mount" on p.198 of the Player's Handbook: The initiative of a controlled mount changes to match yours when you mount it. It moves as you direct it, and it has only three action ...
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Can I move 240' and attack in one round by using two riding horses?

The mounted combat rules aren't very clear and I haven't had much luck finding the answers online. For the sake of this question, let's assume the mount is a riding horse. Can it be used as follows: ...
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Who, between the player and the DM, decides the actions of an independent mount?

Let's say a player buys an Elephant or a Warhorse for his character's mount, and wants to sometimes let said mount act independently so that it can attack enemies and possibly make them prone. My ...
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Does Lightning Bolt hit both a mount and its rider?

I have a wizard casting Lightning bolt at a flying mount (Griffon), hoping to hit both the mount and its rider. The DM has determined that I have hit the mount, but we have the question of if this ...
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Would it be better to target a rider or mount with a banishing arrow?

I’ve an Arcane Archer character who chose the Banishing Arrow option for the Arcane Shot feature. In our campaign we often come across hobgoblins riding worgs. If I wanted to really put a thorn in ...
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What happens when you are knocked prone while mounted and make the saving throw to remain mounted?

The rules for mounted combat include a special effect for falling prone (emphasis added): If an effect moves your mount against its will while you’re on it, you must succeed on a DC 10 Dexterity ...
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Does casting Invisibility in a 2nd level slot targeting a mount make the rider invisible too?

The invisibility spell description says (emphasis mine): A creature you touch becomes invisible until the spell ends. Anything the target is wearing or carrying is invisible as long as it is on ...
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Can you dual wield lances?

If you have the dual wielder feat, and you are riding a mount can you wield two lances. Also what would the damage dice be?
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What is the cost of Dash, Disengage, and Dodge for a mounted Ranger's Companion?

I'm trying to parse out mounted combat as a ranger with a ranger's companion. From Controlling a Mount (PHB pg. 198): You can control a mount only if it has been trained to accept a rider. ... It ...
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Do I draw opportunity attacks when my mount uses flyby?

I am a forest gnome ranger under the beast master archetype. If I have a flying mount with flyby, like the pteranodon, do I still draw opportunity attacks while riding it?
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Does a centaur PC also count as being mounted?

One of our characters created a centaur Eagle totem barbarian (level 3) - which I thought was a good idea. But to duck and weave in tight spaces, she'd need high AC, so she came up with a character ...
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Can forced movement be used to dismount a rider?

Are a rider and mount considered different targets so I could push or pull one but not the other with a power? If I can push the rider off of the mount, would the "Catching yourself"(PHB p284) clause ...
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When does the mounted combatant choose whether the attack hits him or his mount?

For the Mounted Combatant the PHB 168 says that the mounted character can redirect the attack to himself rather than the mount. Does this need to be declared before or after the attack roll/dmg roll?
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Is there a 5e equivalent of the mounted lancers in 3.5?

I'm porting some content from 3.5e to 5e, and I've come to a part that has a group of npc paladins doing mounted combat with lances. Checking the 5e rules for lances, I don't see anything about doing ...
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Player characters as mounts

I am asking about an edge case based on the three paragraphs under "Encounters with PC Mounts" on DMG 46. So far as I can tell these paragraphs are not reproduced anywhere else, and these ...
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How does the Sentinel feat interact with the Mounted Combatant feat?

When a character with the Sentinel feat hits with an opportunity attack against an opponent with Mounted Combatant, does the mounted opponent need to stop moving? The Sentinel feat (PHB, page 169) ...
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Do steeds summoned with Find Greater Steed have other options than the usual control rules during mounted combat?

During mounted combat, I understand there are two possible options: You can control your mount, in which case your mount cannot make an attack, or You can opt to leave it independent (and controlled ...
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Does mounted combat require a willing rider as well as mount?

The Mounted Combat rules say... A willing creature that is at least one size larger than you and that has an appropriate anatomy can serve as a mount, using the following rules..." This ...
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How do we kill what we can't see?

Large party, level 6 Storm Sorcerer, Shadow Sorcerer, Lore Bard, Dual wielding DEX fighter, Thief, Moon Druid, Forge Cleric We are repeatedly running into a problem encounter, that we've had to run ...
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Is a pegasus summoned by Find Greater Steed controlled or independent when mounted?

A pegasus is described thusly with regards to mounts: [T]hese wild and shy creatures are as intelligent as humanoids, and so can’t be traditionally broken and tamed. A pegasus must be persuaded to ...
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Is “Find Steed” worth it in a mostly dungeon-oriented campaign? [closed]

As a forewarning, I'm working through my first ever campaign of DnD. I have read through the PHB and DMG, however. So I made level 5, and my DM had me go on an epic quest to find my steed rather than ...
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Exchanging control of a mount

This is a situation that came up recently in a game I play in. Two player characters were riding an elephant in combat. The elephant was acting as a controlled mount under control of one of the riders,...
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Dodging during mounted combat

I have a question about mounted combat. The PHB says (p. 198): The initiative of a controlled mount changes to match yours when you mount it. It moves as you direct it, and it has only three action ...
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Can Opportunity Attacks by a mounted PC with the Mounted Combatant feat be made with Advantage?

Can Opportunity Attacks have Advantage? For instance, if a character with the Mounted Combatant feat was to perform an attack of opportunity on a smaller creature while mounted, would that attack have ...
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Can you use your own movement separately from your mount's movement?

SevenSidedDie and myself came up with a quandary concerning Mounted Combat, or any mount at all, actually. When moving while riding, a mount that has been trained to take a rider or is otherwise ...
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What square does a medium sized rider occupy when mounted on a Large creature?

What square is used to reference the location of a medium-sized rider on a large-sized mount, and furthermore, how are melee attacks (range 1)resolved from adjacent foes? This is an offshoot of a ...
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How does a mount interact with its rider in regards to Reflex saves?

In this episode of 'Wasting Time with Phill', we take a look at how mounts and riders interact with their saving throws. How does a mount interact with its rider in regards to Reflex saves? If a ...
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Who gets hit by a melee attack when you have Sanctuary and Mounted Combatant?

For this scenario, assume a level 11 Monk with the Mounted Combatant feat (and riding a mount). If a creatures attacks the Monk, and the attacker fails his/her save, the next eligible target (...
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While flying, can I be in melee with the wolf rider, but not with the wolf mount?

My medium-sized character has a flying speed. I would like to attack a Halfling Beast Master with my shortsword. My reach is 5 feet, because I’m not a bugbear or have other crazy features that would ...
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Can the DM choose to always attack me instead of my mount?

I've been trying to work out the whole "Combat while mounted" thing in 5e. My biggest question is this, if I am up against a monster (or a few), does the DM roll to see if the monster will attack me ...
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How does the second benefit of the Mounted Combatant feat interact with total cover?

The second benefit of the Mounted Combatant feat (PHB, p. 168) lets you force an enemy to attack you rather than your mount when they attempt to attack the latter. What happens if you do that while ...
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Does an unoccupied mount count as an ally, for flanking?

Can you use your mount as an ally, for flanking purposes, while dismounted?
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How do the rules work for a centaur being a mount?

In most places online I have found that centaurs act as a mount. Though I can't find text that directly confirms this in Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica I tend to agree. However this raises 2 ...
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Can a mount with flyby be used to allow the rider to deliver a touch spell without provoking?

If a spellcaster is riding a flying creature with flyby (peryton, for example), can the caster deliver a touch spell to a target along the flyby path and then get out without provoking an opportunity ...
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Can a Druid wild shaped into a horse be considered a mount?

A horse can be pretty expensive to get, and tedious to transport in areas with narrow entrances. I am wondering if a friendly Druid wild shaped into a horse can be used as a mount, especially since ...
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When a controlled mount takes the Disengage action, does the rider still provoke an opportunity attack if he or she does not also Disengage?

Per the rules for mounted combat: The initiative of a controlled mount changes to match yours when you mount it. It moves as you direct it, and it has only three action options: Dash, Disengage,...
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Medium PC, Huge Mount: Where do I sit?

So, most people who have dealt with mounts and specifically "Large" mounts always reference these two sentences: A horse (not a pony) is a Large creature and thus takes up a space 10 feet (2 squares) ...
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How do the Mounted Combatant and Mobile feats interact with opportunity attacks?

In short, when a Mounted Combatant & Mobile feat user redirects an attack from their mount, does that attack fail? Obviously, all the conditions that allow a mobile user to avoid opportunity ...
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Can I use Two-Weapon Fighting on my mount's turn?

Can I use the Ready action on my turn to specify that I will make a melee attack once in range of an enemy, use my mount to get to the enemy, attack the enemy with one melee weapon, and then also ...
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Is a mounted creature unaffected by the secondary damage of the Booming Blade cantrip?

I'm designing a boss fight for the first session of my next campaign. The boss in question is a mounted warrior; one of his abilities is from the Mounted Combatant feat (PHB, p. 168), which allows him ...
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Can a controlled mount make an Opportunity Attack?

According to the Player's Handbook, pg. 198: Controlling a Mount While you're mounted, you have two options. You can either control the mount or allow it to act independently. You can ...
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Mounted Combat - Specifics for this turn

I have a level 8 paladin, mounted combatant feat, who will be riding a celestial warhorse via find steed. As level 8, my paladin gets 2 attacks per round. The horse will be fitted with horseshoes of ...
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How many hands do you use to control a mount?

When riding a horse and fighting with a longsword, can you use a longsword with two hands or do you have to use a longsword with one hand because you have to control the horse with the other? And does ...
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How should one handle tournament jousting? [closed]

I'd like to run a jousting tournament within a D&D game as a nonlethal (but nevertheless dangerous) sporting event, rather than as an actual combat. Specifically, two mounted contestants with ...