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Questions tagged [movement]

For questions about how the movement of creatures and objects works. This includes such things as how abilities, restrictions, or the environment affect movement.

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Do modifiers to jump length/height apply to flat values from some monster traits?

Some monsters have traits that give them jump heights without following the rules laid out in the Movement section of the Basic Rules. One example is the Frog: Standing Leap. The frog's long jump ...
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What is the longest distance a player character can jump in one leap?

After asking What is the longest distance a 13th-level monk can jump while attacking on the same turn?, my curiosity got piqued. By RAW, what is the longest distance a player character can jump in ...
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Does a Snake Sword user get an AoO for an opponent moving from one threatened square to another within range?

So I am starting a new character in an ongoing campaign and I was going to do a Chain Armor + Spiked Chains dual wield trip tank deal but I decided to see what other reach type weapons might be ...
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How do I determine if the rules for a long jump or high jump are applicable for Monks?

Inspired by this question: What is the longest distance a 13th-level monk can jump while attacking on the same turn? At 9th level, Monks get an improvement to the Unarmored Movement feature: At ...
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Does the Giant Rocktopus have a Swim Speed?

The Giant Rocktopus described in Out of the Abyss (p.28) is said to be a Giant Octopus that evolved to live on land. It has a walking speed of 20 feet and a climbing speed of 10 feet. Nothing is ...
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Does surprise arrest existing movement?

Do surprised creatures which were already moving prior to being surprised keep moving, or stop moving for a round? Some illustrative situations might be: A carriage drawn by four horses is heading ...
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What is the longest distance a 13th-level monk can jump while attacking on the same turn?

Context During last session in a game that I GM, the party got ambushed by NPC monks leaping from the trees. They were hiding high up in very big Sawtooth Oak Trees, then jumped in a horizontal ...
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Can you end your turn in the same space as an unconscious or dead creature?

The rules state: Whether a creature is a friend or an enemy, you can’t willingly end your move in its space. What happens if that creature has either been knocked unconscious or has been killed? ...
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Magic Circle: What doesn't fall under “non-magical means”?

Magic Circle has the following effect on creatures of a specified type: The creature can't willingly enter the cylinder by nonmagical means. If the creature tries to use teleportation or ...
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Movement during Combat Patrol

I wonder about this section of the Combat Patrol feat: You may move as part of these attacks, provided your total movement before your next turn does not exceed your speed. It is not stated if the ...
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If I cast Expeditious Retreat, can I Dash as a bonus action on the same turn?

I am new to D&D, and am playing 5th Edition. I have a level 3 wizard who has the spell expeditious retreat: This spell allows you to move at an incredible pace. When you cast this spell, and ...
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Swift action movement and 5-foot step [duplicate]

I realize swift actions came out after the PHB was printed, but how can we reconcile them with this part from the PHB: If you move no actual distance in a round (commonly because you have swapped ...
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Do creatures with a listed speed of “0 ft., fly 30 ft. (hover)” ever touch the ground?

As an example, I'm considering a Demilich. Will my PC ever encounter a Demilich on the ground (for example, running up and surprising one that is sleeping on the ground)? In general, though, do ...
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Does falling count as part of my movement?

I'm new to D&D. I've read certain answers to questions similar to mine, but I wish further clarification. Can I, as a Winged Tiefling, fall onto an opponent as part of an attack? And more ...
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Do the Forced March rules apply to walking around in a dungeon?

Do the Forced March rules (PHB, p. 181) apply to walking around in a dungeon, in Omu, in cities, etc. - i.e. to all movement? Or does it only apply to "far travel"? Do RAI and RAW differ? It says "...
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Can a spiritual weapon be moved through walls?

Reading How does a Spiritual Weapon interact with illusions of creatures when it is moved? made me wonder - can a spiritual weapon be moved through walls? The description of the spell reads (emphasis ...
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How does a Spiritual Weapon interact with illusions of creatures when it is moved?

The description for spiritual weapon states that (emphasis mine) You create a floating, spectral weapon within range that lasts for the duration or until you cast this spell again. When you cast ...
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Does a creature get to choose which square it takes its Attack of Opportunity from movement on?

If a target is moving (or seems like it intends to move) through multiple Threatened Squares, can the Threatening creature choose not to take its Attack of Opportunity from the first square, but also ...
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Does the number of animals pulling a cart affect the speed they can travel?

To add to my question here about a mule's pulling capacity, I was curious to know how in-depth additional information should be processed. For instance, does the 5e RAW or RAI take into ...
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When does combat begin and end during a dungeon? [duplicate]

I am a first-timer trying to prepare to host my first D&D night as DM with a bunch of curious friends (also first-timers in roleplaying). I got the Starter Set so I'll be trying to play the Lost ...
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Can you move over difficult terrain with only 5 feet of movement?

Assuming a character or creature with very little speed - say, 15 feet. It gets hit with a ray of frost, reducing its speed to 5 feet. It is attempting to move through difficult terrain. Can the ...
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Friendly Switch with a Medium and Large (or more) characters

The Friendly Switch feat says : As part of your movement or as a 5-foot-step, you can move into the space occupied by an ally of your size or smaller, which displaces the ally into the space you ...
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Can you make an opportunity attack against a moving object?

With the recent addition of the revisited artificer class to 5e, I did a quick playthrough with a level 3 artillerist. The artillerist can summon a turret; an object (not a construct) with a speed of ...
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Can the Grease spell force multiple saves?

The description of the grease spell states: A creature that enters the area or ends its turn there must also succeed on a Dexterity saving throw or fall prone. What about a creature that enters ...
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Burrowing with weapons

Given the Trox multiple upper limbs and and burrow trait, does he need to sheathe/put down his weapon before burrowing, or can he burrow all the same?
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On a Tumble Check to avoid Attacks of Opportunity, do you move at half speed for your whole movement?

Tumble DC 15 Tumble at one-half speed as part of normal movement, provoking no attacks of opportunity while doing so. Failure means you provoke attacks of opportunity normally. Check separately for ...
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Could a warlock use the One with Shadows warlock invocation to turn invisible, and then move while staying invisible?

In the eldritch invocation “One with Shadows”, it is stated that the player is invisible in a dim location until an action or reaction is used. Since movement is not an action, could the player use ...
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How can I take a waterfall's effect on a jump into consideration mechanically?

There's a hidden chamber in my recent dungeon that's blocked by a waterfall coming from the ceiling and decending on a hole in front of the chamber. Right now, my players are cleaning the dungeon and ...
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If I cast Silent Image on a boat, does the illusion move with the boat? [duplicate]

If I cast Silent Image on a boat, does it move with the boat or do I have to use an action to make it move with the boat? The situation is this, my party is floating down a large river and I want to ...
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If you're falling because of ball bearings, do you automatically land on caltrops in the same space?

If a creature had to make both saving throws for ball bearings and caltrops, and failed the ball bearings - Would they automatically fall prone & land on the caltrops, taking caltrop damage with ...
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If an area is covered in both Ball Bearings and Caltrops, does the creature need to move at half speed or quarter speed to avoid both their effects?

So say I drop both Caltrops and Ball Bearings onto the same area. If a creature, for example an orc, moves across the area and doesn't wish to make any saves, does it move at half or quarter speed?
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What are the Technical Characteristics of the Thrust Vector Mobility?

Various morphs and morph upgrades have or add the Thrust Vector mobility type, apparently sometimes also referred to as Thrust-Vector and as Vectored Thrust. But due to the way things are written, I'm ...
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At what point in a creature's movement does an opportunity attack take place?

The specific situation is as follows: My warlock with War Caster has a bonfire from Create Bonfire the tile in front of them, and a hostile creature in the bonfire. On my warlock's turn, I ...
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What Design Decisions Produce a Strong Positioning Game?

Over the years, I noticed that some games produce a very 'trench warfare' or 'shooting gallery' kind of feel. The 'trench warfare' variant is where once a combat starts, nobody really cares about ...
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Do the Boots of Striding and Springing cancel the speed reduction from heavily encumbered characters?

From the description of the boots of striding and springing: your speed isn’t reduced if you are encumbered Two lines from the variant rule on encumbrance (emphasis not mine): encumbered, which ...
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How should I handle movement when one character isn't engaged in combat yet?

How should I handle movement when one character isn't engaged in combat yet? Our house rule is that if you're not in combat or if the DM isn't having you move at your character's speed (like in a ...
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Do movement bonuses from different sources stack?

Do fast movement bonus from the Monk and Bloodrager stack with the elemental movement bloodline power bonus of the Sorcerer?
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Rolling for Movement in Theatre of the Mind

From D&D 5e and "Theatre of the Mind" in combat, mxyzplk had the second highest answer about running combat in theatre of the mind. He mentioned: Same thing with movement. I have all ...
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What form of movement is granted by Levitate cast on yourself?

Levitate is a spell that allows the caster to control the elevation of a target. To quote the rules: You can change the target’s altitude by up to 20 feet in either direction on your turn. If you ...
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Do the rules state that a character takes falling damage when making a long jump?

I am having a concern about a rule. When looking at Falling damage (p. 303 DMG) it says Falling Damage: The basic rule is simple: 1d6 points of damage per 10 feet fallen, to a maximum of 20d6. ...
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Can I still make an opportunity attack against a creature I have previously disengaged from?

Let's say that I am in melee with an enemy. On my turn, for one reason or another, I take the Disengage action but do not move out of melee range. In the same round, the enemy starts their turn by ...
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What counts as willing movement?

So this is something I just found out about that I find odd: Opportunity attacks—trigger off of movement that uses the creatures movement (action, move action, bonus action, reaction.) Sentinel—...
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Can I use Acrobatics to jump over an enemy that missed me?

Whether or not a character hits is determined by a roll of a die. Say that they roll low so they failed to hit me, and I want to flip over top of the enemy to get behind them. Is this legal, and what ...
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If a mounted warlock uses the One with Shadows eldritch invocation to turn invisible, and their mount moves, do they become visible?

Say a warlock is already on an independent mount (i.e. mount chooses where to move) and then uses the One with Shadows eldritch invocation to turn invisible. On the mount’s initiative, it moves; does ...
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Does an air elemental's whirlwind throw creatures horizontally, or vertically as well?

The air elemental has the Whirlwind action, which allows it to try to throw every character in the same space as it. The description reads: Each creature in the elemental's space must make a DC 13 ...
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Is a Move any kind of movement, or a specific type of action?

The answer about the Bulette brings up an interesting question. Is Move a defined game term? Whether a creature is a friend or an enemy, you can't willingly end your move in its space. (Basic ...
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Can a bulette ignore the rule about ending a turn in occupied space after using deadly leap?

The bulette can use its deadly leap ability to jump onto its targets and possibly knock them prone if they fail their saving throw. But having done so it will be sharing the same space as them. The ...
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Given that a Small creature cannot pass through a space occupied by a Tiny creature, but a Medium creature can, will this strategy work?

Based on this question: Given a space occupied by a Tiny enemy, is a Small creature unable to move through it even though a Medium creature could? Could I summon, say, 8 Sprites and have them ...
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Given a space occupied by a Tiny enemy, is a Small creature unable to move through it even though a Medium creature could?

PHB p. 191 states: [Y]ou can move through a hostile creature's space only if the creature is at least two sizes larger or smaller than you. Consider a tiny enemy, such as a crawling claw, MM p. 44,...
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What happens when a very fast creature opens an Eversmoking Bottle, then moves far away?

The Eversmoking Bottle magic item has the following details: Smoke leaks from the lead-stoppered mouth of this brass bottle, which weighs 1 pound. When you use an action to remove the stopper, a ...