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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Is the Moonbeam spell amazing, or are we doing it wrong?

The description of the moonbeam spell (PHB pg. 261) says: When a creature enters the spell's area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it is engulfed in ghostly flames that cause ...
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What happens when you run out of movement while jumping?

According to the PHB (p 182) after a 10 foot movement the player is able to make a long jump whose length is equal to their strength score. Each foot jumped costs 1 foot of movement. I have a ...
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Can characters reach Mach 1 and higher?

A few years back our group tried to come up with the fastest possible D&D character. If I remember correctly we could build a character that could go faster than the speed of sound, but I can't ...
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Do you take falling damage after a high jump of over 10 feet?

I have a multiclass Monk / Druid (2 levels of monk). He cast jump on himself, wild shaped into a brown bear, activated step of the wind, then took a high jump with a height of 42': High Jump When ...
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How far does a rogue move when dashing twice using Cunning Action?

A rogue receives a bonus Cunning Action, and one option is to Dash. My understanding is a Dash allows a player to move up to twice his speed for his turn. If a rogue is using a regular action to Dash ...
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Did Spirit Guardians just wipe out the Orc army?

I have a cleric who wants to ride a war horse (movement speed 60', dash speed 120') with a spell cast on himself. Controlling a mount does not appear to cost an action, you simply decide if you are ...
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Does Heavy Armor reduce your speed?

I noticed in the PHB, page 20, under Speed for Dwarves: Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet. Your speed is not reduced by wearing heavy armor. However, I cannot find anywhere in PHB that ...
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What is the Fastest a Character Can Move in One Turn?

At level 20 with any magic items in the DMG, and any spells, what is the fastest a DnD 5e character could move using their movement? (i.e., not including teleportation)
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What happens when a swimming creature falls prone?

My paladin has summoned a giant sea horse as his steed. The giant sea horse has the Charge feature, which allows it to knock creatures prone when it moves 20 feet or more. Being that the sea horse ...
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What is the lowest level at which a human can beat the 100m world record (or: the presumed human limit) without using magic?

Optimizing a character build for ridiculous Movement in order to break the sound barrier or even the speed of light is a well-tried source of fun with numbers in DnD. Such speed optimizations usually ...
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If you are incapacitated, can you move?

The incapacitated condition states that An incapacitated creature can’t take actions or reactions. Does that effect allow you to move though? Moving is not an action (at least not in 5e).
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Can an 18th level hastened mobile wood-elf monk move at over 100 mph?

One of my players wants to say his monk can kill a T-Rex in a single blow, by simply ramming it. The pitch goes like this: As a wood elf he has a base speed of 35 feet. The Mobile feat increases ...
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Can you Dash twice on the same turn?

The Dash action gives you extra movement for the current turn (equal to your speed). If I have an effect (like the Expeditious Retreat spell or the monk's Step of the Wind feature) which allows me to ...
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How would combat work without opportunity attacks?

Opportunity attacks have a long history in the world of tabletop games and D&D in particular. 3.5e/PF both had an exhaustive list of actions which can or can not trigger an OA. Various games have ...
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Does standing up from prone trigger the secondary damage from the Booming Blade cantrip?

Does spending movement to stand up from prone trigger the secondary damage effect of the booming blade spell from the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide (p. 142)? The spell says: If the target willingly ...
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Is the "half your speed" used in standing from prone your normal speed, or current speed?

At my last session, a scenario arose in which a character was attempting to cover ground as quickly as possible, but was knocked prone. On their next turn, they proceeded to stand up and Dash. This ...
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Can you stand up from being prone using Skirmisher outside of your turn?

Using the Rogue Scout's Skirmisher feature, which states: You can move up to half your speed as a reaction when an enemy ends its turn within 5 feet of you. Additionally: Being Prone, PHB pg 190/...
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When would PCs choose to walk instead of ride?

I'm putting together an adventure where the PCs are on a time limit. As such, travel times become quite important and I want to make sure that I've understood the different means of travel beforehand. ...
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How to explain the mechanics of movement in the absence of a "move action"?

D&D 5e has actions, bonus actions, and reactions. People frequently also use the term move action when talking about the kinds of actions you can take during your turn. However, a “move action” ...
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How Do Grapplers Stand If Prone?

It's clear how a creature both grappled and prone can stand - they can't. But what about the one doing the grapple? Assuming both grappler (speed of 60 feet) and grappled are prone*, how does the ...
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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 monk move between his extra and bonus attacks?

There are clean rules for moving between actions and between attacks granted by those action (e.g. a fighter with four attacks can move between them freely). But the monk's Flurry of Blows feature is ...
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Can you move between the separate attacks of a spell?

Some spells (Eldritch Blast, Scorching Ray) involve making multiple attacks, in that they require multiple attack rolls. Under the movement section of the PHB, the "Moving Between Attacks" reads (PHB ...
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What's the difference between "can't move" and "speed becomes 0"?

While reading through the conditions described in Appendix A of the 5e PHB, I realised, that some of them say a creature "can't move" (e.g. Stunned, Unconscious), while others state that its "speed ...
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Does Longstrider apply to other speeds?

If a druid casts longstrider, does the speed increase also apply to swimming or burrow speeds? For example, in badger form, would the character's burrow speed go from 10' to 20', as well as increase ...
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Moving through the space of an invisible enemy creature in combat

In my last session the party was fighting some Wyverns. When one got near the sorcerer, he became invisible and moved out of its reach, but stayed between the Wyvern and the warlock. On its next turn, ...
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How can I simulate a super jump in Rotted Capes?

Reading through the Rotted Capes rule book, I found a few moving types, such as tunneling, teleportation, and flight. I also found jumping mentioned in surge. Aside from that side-note, I did not find ...
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Can I drag a grappled creature and release it after moving half of my speed, then move the remainder of my speed?

The grappling rules state: Moving a Grappled Creature. When you move, you can drag or carry the grappled creature with you, but your speed is halved, unless the creature is two or more sizes smaller ...
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What is "squeezing"?

This is probably really obvious, but I scoured the rulebooks and the SRD and I can't figure out what squeezing is. For example: Amorphous. The pudding can move through a space as narrow as 1 inch ...
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Do opportunity attacks end the target's movement?

Reading over chapter 9 (Combat) of the PHB, I stumbled across the following text, under the Opportunity attacks entry : The attack interrupts the provoking creature's movement, occuring right ...
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Does a monk's Unarmored Movement speed increase apply to the fly speed gained from a Fly spell?

A monk's Unarmored Movement class feature increases the monks speed by 10 feet at level 2, and further at higher levels. According to this tweet by Jeremy Crawford, this stacks with an Aarakocra monk'...
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What is the correct way to use Disengage or Dash as a bonus action?

We've been playing for a couple of years and this has been the usual playstyle of our Rogue: Move his speed (30ft) until in melee range of enemy Attack Disengage as bonus action, and move ...
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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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Can I circle around an opponent and avoid opportunity attacks?

I have had trouble finding this information in the PHB. If as a fighter I stand on one side of an enemy, can I move to the other side of him as long as I stay in reach so that I don't provoke an ...
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What happens when allies occupy the same space?

According to "Moving Around Other Creatures" (PH p. 191 / SRD p. 92): You can move through a nonhostile creature’s space. [...] another creature’s space is difficult terrain for you. Whether a ...
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Does using wild shape allow extra movement?

If a human druid (30 ft/round), in combat/initiative, uses all their movement speed, than wild shapes into a brown bear (40 ft/round), do they get to move again? If not, what is the formula for their ...
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Does Burrow leave behind a tunnel?

Does a monster burrowing through stone or earth leave a tunnel? For example could an Adult Blue Dragon just burrow 30 feet to be near invulnerable until it comes out? Or could a fighter jump down the ...
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Can a player split up attacks like they can movement?

I didn't think so, but I've read a couple postings elsewhere that make me think otherwise. Ex. A fighter with 'Extra Attack' from the PHB: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of ...
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Does this "yield your space to an ally" rule my 3.5 group uses appear anywhere in the official rules?

I play D&D 3.5 with a group of folks. One of the rules they use in combat allows Alice, on Alice's turn, to ask Bob to yield his space to Alice. Bob chooses a space to move to, Alice moves into ...
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How does the dwarven Speed trait interact with the variant encumbrance rule?

Dwarves have a special trait, see PHB page 20: Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet. Your speed is not reduced by wearing heavy armor. It refers to the Chapter 5, see more information here - ...
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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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How does the Athlete feat affect the Centaur playable race?

The Athlete feat (PHB, p. 165) has a point that says: climbing doesn't halve your speed. The Centaur's Equine Build trait (GGtR, p. 16) says: any climb that uses both hands and feet is ...
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If a creature is hit by an OA by someone with the Sentinel feat, but then gains a new type of speed, does that new speed also become 0 for the turn?

The first benefit of the Sentinel feat says (PHB, p. 169-170): When you hit a creature with an opportunity attack, the creature's speed becomes 0 for the rest of the turn. If a character with the ...
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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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Can I Ready an action to run away?

This is a follow-up to Can I Ready an action to Disengage? It looks to me that the 5E RAW does not have a simple way to declare a behaviour like this: If anything nasty comes towards me, I run in ...
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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 plate armor and swim speeds interact?

If a PC has plate armor, Str 19, and dons a Cloak of the Manta Ray, can they swim 60 ft. as the DMG says (p. 159), or do they suffer penalties for swimming in heavy armor even with a magically-granted ...
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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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Does the armor category inherently imply a speed change?

This may be silly but I started wondering about this after looking at this question: How does the Armored Kilt work?. I have not been able to find an explicit rule that says all Medium armors reduce ...
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Does a creature in flight affected by the Haste spell fall when the spell ends?

The final sentence of the Haste spell reads: When the spell ends, the target can't move or take Actions until after its next turn, as a wave of lethargy sweeps over it. (PBH p. 250) If a creature ...

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