Questions tagged [opportunity-attack]

In d20 and similar games, an opportunity attack refers to any sort of extra attack that gets triggered by an enemy opening up his/her defenses either during his/her turn or while taking an opportunity action.

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How do the War Caster feat and the Enemies Abound spell interact when an opportunity attack is provoked?

The enemies abound spell states: [...] If an enemy provokes an opportunity attack from the affected creature, the creature must make that attack if it is able to [...] - Xanathar's Guide to ...
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Can an Elk make an attack of opportunity with its Hooves when an adjacent creature stands up from being prone?

The rulebook says that an attack of opportunity can be done on a foe leaving your reach area without disengaging. My thought is kind of reminiscent of the old wording "leaving a threatened area", but ...
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Can the Sidestep feat be used to avoid attacks?

The sidestep feat states the following: Once per round, when you make an attack of opportunity, you may take a 5- foot step after you attack. This 5-foot step doesn't count against your limit of ...
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Does the extra movement you get from the Travel Devotion Feat provoke attacks of opportunity?

If you employ the domain feat Travel Devotion (Complete Champion, p. 62) you can Once per day as a swift action, (...) activate this ability to move up to your speed as a swift action each round. ...
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Can you Attack of Opportunity yourself?

As far as I'm aware, you do threaten your square: Most creatures of Medium or smaller size have a reach of only 5 feet. This means that they can make melee attacks only against creatures up to 5 ...
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Does Cast a Spell trigger an Attack of Opportunity?

Attack of Opportunity (CRB, p142) does not list Cast a Spell as a trigger: Trigger A creature within your reach uses a manipulate action or a move action, makes a ranged attack, or leaves a square ...
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How do automatic firearms interact with Attacks of Opportunity?

In Rasputin Must Die! from the Reign Of Winter Adventure path, we are introduced to Automatic Firearm rules. Of interest to this question are the following lines from the relevant text on Automatic ...
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Can you use a Tentacle Rod to make Opportunity Attacks?

In our game we have recently found a Tentacle Rod/Rod of Tentacles found in the DMG. The weapon states While holding the rod, you can use an action to direct each tentacle to attack a creature ...
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Does a Stone Giant get an opportunity attack if I move only 5 feet away from it?

The description of opportunity attacks in the PHB (p. 195) says: You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that you can see moves out of your reach. For a creature who has no ...
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Can a character with the War Caster feat cast a Touch/5-foot range spell instead of making an opportunity attack with a reach weapon?

This is a follow-up to an answer to a question about War Caster & Reach weapons. It is not the accepted answer, but it is the most upvoted one by a large margin so let's stipulate that yes, a War ...
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How many times per round can I use the goblin racial feat Roll With It?

How many times per round of combat can I use the Goblin racial feat Roll With It? The feat itself does not specify once per turn; however, I have had it ruled both ways in the past, and am simply ...
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If you fall prone during a Stride action, is the Stride action disrupted?

If you are Striding, and you trigger an attack of opportunity from an enemy wielding a flail, the flail's critical specialization can cause you to fall prone. If this happens, is your Stride action ...
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When I move away from an enemy I am flanking and trigger an opportunity attack, do I have advantage on my attack from the Riposte maneuver?

I am playing a Rogue who is planning on dipping 1-5 levels into fighter. If I get to level 3 of Fighter, I will take the Battle Master archetype and take the Parry, Riposte and Feinting attack ...
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Does falling out of a threatened square trigger an attack of opportunity?

My party's warlock is hovering twenty feet above water and is surrounded by enemies at the same hover height as him. Our warblade does not fly. If our bard activates a wand of benign transposition ...
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Would there be balance issues if I allowed opportunity attacks against any creature, not just hostile ones?

As shown in this question and answer, I am confused by the terms "hostile" and "enemy". So I was wondering if in my own game I could simply remove the "hostile" from the opportunity attack rules, ...
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Can a character use multiple reactions in response to the same trigger?

Let's say you're a fighter with Combat Reflexes, and Boundless Reprisals. This means that on a given turn, you will have up to 3 reactions to use: Two normal reactions, and one additional reaction ...
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Would anything change if Opportunity Attacks only allowed you to make melee weapon attacks?

This question was inspired by discussions regarding Whirlwind Attack, as well as this answer to the Q/A "Can I use the War Caster feat to cast Vampiric Touch as a reaction?", which mentions using a ...
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Does Swashbuckler's Fancy Footwork apply if the attack was made with Booming Blade?

The Roguish Archetype Swashbuckler (SCAG/XGtE) has the following feature: Fancy Footwork When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you learn how to land a strike and then slip away without ...
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What player actions or feats are available to disrupt enemy Cast a Spell actions?

Obviously, the Attack of Opportunity has changed from 1e, now taking a Reaction instead and dependent on specific feat triggers. There are a number of Triggers that reference manipulation actions, ...
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Some concentration spells give you a special action. Does the War Caster feat let these be used instead of opportunity attacks?

Some concentration spells give you a special action. Does the War Caster feat (PHB, p. 170) let these be used instead of opportunity attacks? For a specific example, the dragon's breath (XGtE, p. 154)...
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Do these spell-like abilities, from the prestige class Holy Vindicator, provoke opportunity attacks?

The prestige class Holy Vindicator (in the Advanced Player's Guide) has three spell like abilities. Divine Wrath and Divine Retribution (which can be triggered by a done or received critical hit) and ...
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Does a creature have cover when moving through an ally's space?

Suppose that creatures A, B, and C are positioned in a straight line, with A at the start, then an empty space, then B in the next space, and C in the space after that. A has a reach weapon (and is ...
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How can I improve my range with Attacks of Opportunity?

This question about Attacks of Opportunity with ranged weapons wasn't quite what I'm looking for. Aside from the feats Combat Patrol, Snap Shot, and Improved Snap Shot, what ways can I improve my ...
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Can I make an Opportunity Attack during Time Stop?

Time Stop indicates that the caster has 1d4+1 rounds to do whatever they want and that time does not pass for other creatures. Presumably everyone is effectively barred from using their Reactions, but ...
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Can an attack of opportunity be made against a net if the restrained creature is being moved?

A creature, other than the one restrained by the net, can make an attack against the net (AC 10) which by dealing at least 5 slashing damage will free the restrained creature. If a player restrained ...
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Does the Sentinel feat allow opportunity attacks to be provoked when enemies move towards you?

I was chatting with one of my party mates, and we were debating whether the Sentinel feat allowed me to get an opportunity attack if the enemy is approaching me. The reason I ask this is because I ...
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How many opportunity attacks can you make per turn before becoming exhausted?

I am not a new DM! I started with the starter set by Gary Gygax in the mid '70s. D&D 5e says you can make an opportunity attack when a creature leaves/moves out of your zone of control. So if ...
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Do I have to take the Ready action to make an opportunity attack?

So, a friend and I are in a debate right now about how an opportunity attack works. From what I understand after reading the handbook, you can only perform an opportunity attack if you use an action ...
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How does the War Caster feat interact with a Hydra's Reactive Heads trait?

The War Caster feat gives the following property: When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature, rather than ...
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Do Familiars provoke Attacks of Opportunity when delivering touch spells?

Now looking online I found this: If the master is 3rd level or higher, a familiar can deliver touch spells for him. If the master and the familiar are in contact at the time the master casts a touch ...
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Can a character with the Polearm Master feat make an opportunity attack against an invisible creature that enters their reach?

The second benefit of the Polearm Master feat (PHB, p. 168) says: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, quarterstaff, or spear, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when ...
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How do I avoid opportunity attacks as a spell caster? (Without wasting an action on Disengage or multiclassing?) [closed]

I'm used to playing the classes that run up and hit things and am trying to branch out. I'm building a level nine Sorcerer/Warlock multiclass In D&D 5e from scratch in a strictly no homebrew ...
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Is there a difference between provoking an Opportunity Attack (OA) and being the target of an OA?

Based on this question regarding the interaction of Mounted Combatant and Mobile Feats, there seems to be a possible loophole regarding provoking an OA and being the target of an OA. Does the ...
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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 an ankheg make an opportunity attack while grappling?

The Ankheg has one single attack action (aside from its acid spray): Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) slashing damage plus 3 (1d6) acid damage. If ...
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Does attacking with a reach weapon provoke an attack of opportunity?

There's plenty of scholarship on making attacks of opportunity with a reach weapon; that's not what I'm asking about. I'm asking about the following: if you're adjacent to an enemy, and you're ...
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Does Deceitful Incompetence combine with Opportune Parry and Riposte?

In Opportune Parry and Riposte it says that you expend an Attack of Opportunity to try to parry your opponent's attack. So, could a Swashbuckler (or a Spear Fighter) keep having increasing bonuses ...
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What is the benefit of running away in a battle, especially knowing that opportunity attacks could result in damage from multiple attacks?

Opportunity attacks have me confused; I’m wondering why (in terms of mechanics and less so with regards to motivation) any creature would flee in a battle knowing that it could potentially be pummeled ...
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How does this change to the opportunity attack rule impact combat?

My DM has introduced a house rule affecting opportunity attacks, and I am trying to understand the implications of this change. The new rule is this: You can make an opportunity attack when a ...
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War Caster, a whip, and provoking Opportunity Attacks

This is a follow up to War Caster, a whip and a dagger, and provoking Opportunity Attacks, but without the dagger part. Question: If I'm holding a Whip but not other melee weapon, can I still cast a ...
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A foe leaves the reach of my 5-foot reach sword. Can I make an Opportunity Attack with my 10-foot reach whip?

This is a follow up to the question: When are Opportunity Attacks provoked while holding a reach and a non-reach weapon? The answers establish pretty solidly that if I hold a weapon with a reach of 5 ...
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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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Does a spell cast instead of an opportunity attack still observe the timing of an opportunity attack?

The War Caster feat (PHB, p. 170) states that: When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature, instead of ...
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How many attacks of opportunity trampling creature should provoke?

This question is an extention of a discussion on the subject. You may gain some insight for answering this question from there. I'm interested in an explanation on when does trampling creature ...
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Can you make an attack of opportunity before you have acted in that round combat?

We had a recent question in my party today regarding when you can make an attack of opportunity. One group believes that you only threaten squares after you have come up in the initiative order for ...
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If I use Mountain Avalanche, do I take Attacks of Opportunity from every enemy I approach to trample?

Mountain Avalanche (Stone Dragon 5 maneuver, ToB p84) lets you trample opponents. Do I receive an AoO from every enemy I try to trample when I move into their space, and another one for leaving it1? ...
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Can you really stack all of this on an Opportunity Attack?

I've stumbled upon a character idea which has quite the potentially to screw someone if they run from you, and I want to know if it is legal in the rules. A high elf rogue/cleric with the booming ...
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How does the War Caster feat interact with opportunity attacks? [closed]

When an enemy disengages one of your allies in combat, does this provoke an opportunity attack for all PCs that can see the enemy and respond (i.e. weapon ready) including with long-range attacks like ...
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Can a College of Swords bard use a Blade Flourish option on an opportunity attack provoked by their own Dissonant Whispers spell?

Consider this scenario: a College of Swords bard uses dissonant whispers on a creature within 5 feet of him while he is holding a melee weapon. The creature fails the save and has to immediately use ...
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Does my Trickery cleric's duplicate provoke opportunity attacks?

My Tymora Cleric used her Invoke Duplicity feature and is now in melee combat with an enemy. The duplicate is also within 5 feet of the enemy, distracted him and granting advantage to my attacks. ...