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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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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Can you use the Mobile and Crossbow Expert Feats simultaneously?

I'm a new DM and I have a level 6 ranger in my party. In our game, we came across 4 closely packed enemies in a 1×4 line. The ranger attacked twice with her short-sword, and twice with her crossbow. ...
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Can a Creature with Multiattack use it on an Opportunity Attack?

I am familiar with both concepts in D&D 5E — an opportunity attack allows the creature to take one reaction to make an attack; a multiattack allows monsters with the ability to take a number of ...
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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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Can a Hydra make multiple opportunity attacks at once?

A normal creature only has one reaction that may be used as a single attack of opportunity. A Hydra, though, has one of these reactions per head. My question would be: may several reactions be ...
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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 Spiked Gauntlet worn by a polearm-wielding Fighter allow him to do attacks of opportunity with it?

If a fighter is wearing Spiked Gauntlets wielding a Ranseur, does he threaten both the 5' area around him with the piked gauntlets and the 10' with the Ranseur which would allow him to make an attack ...
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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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Can you cast the Shield spell against an opportunity attack?

Since shield is cast as a reaction, and you cannot use reactions during your turn, does that mean you cannot cast shield against opportunity attacks?
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Reach and Attacks of Opportunity: How to treat an approaching enemy?

Imagine this scenario: Red has a reach weapon and he's threatening B1 and B2. Green has a normal weapon and wants to get closer to Red in order to attack him. ( C2 ) So green takes a first step ...
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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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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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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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Can you combine Polearm Master with War Caster to cast Booming Blade as enemies approach?

The Polearm Master feat (PHB, p. 168) says: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, or quarterstaff, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when they enter your reach. The ...
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How many attacks of opportunity trampling creature should provoke?

This answer 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 exactly ...
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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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Does Booming Blade and Spell Sniper Stack?

If you have the spell sniper feat (doubles range of spells), and you use a weapon with reach, can you cast booming blade and hit a creature at 10ft? Can you also combine this with the polearm mastery ...
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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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Can a familiar use its reaction to attack someone leaving its reach?

As stated under find familiar, it can not use the Attack action, but does that include other forms of attack that are not the Attack action? The opportunity attack triggered by someone leaving your ...
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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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When can I make opportunity attacks?

What provokes an opportunity attack? In 3.X moving out of a threatened square, standing up from prone, casting a spell (unless cast defensively), or making a ranged attack provoked, while in 4e ...
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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. ...
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Can mounted creatures be attacked instead of their mount, and which character(s) in mounted combat receive attacks of opportunity?

This is a question I brought up with my group and although I have made a ruling, I'm hoping to get a more authoritative answer (Sage Advice perhaps?). The rules for mounted combat don't seem to ...
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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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When are Opportunity Attacks provoked while holding a reach and a non-reach weapon?

Assume I wield a Whip in one hand and a dagger in the other. If a creature moves from 5ft to 10ft it has technically moved out of my reach (dagger), but at the same time it is still inside my reach (...
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When does spellcasting longer than 1 action provoke an Attack of Opportunity?

Assuming they do not cast defensively, when a spellcaster takes longer than 1 action to complete a spell (as is the case with long casting time spells and, more likely to see in combat, Summon Monster,...
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Can a magus use spellstrike on an attack of opportunity?

A magus casts Shocking Grasp, uses the arcane pool (for +1) and walks into battle. The baddie runs past the Magus, and the Magus gets an attack of opportunity, can he use Spellstrike and deliver the ...
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At what distance can a bugbear, holding a reach weapon, with the Polearm Master feat, get their Opportunity Attack?

I have crafted a Barbarian bugbear that uses a halberd weapon, and will take Polearm Mastery as a feat. Bugbears have the Long-Limbed trait: When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach ...
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What are the practical Opportunity Attack values for a bugbear, holding a reach weapon, with the Polearm Master feat?

I have crafted a Barbarian bugbear that uses a halberd weapon, and will take Polearm Master as a feat. Bugbears have the Long-Limbed trait: When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach ...
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Do you get an Opportunity Attack with an unarmed strike at 5ft. when holding a 2-handed reach weapon?

A reach weapon adds 5 feet to your reach making it 10 feet. If you are holding a 2-handed reach weapon (eg a glaive) with 2 hands and someone moves from 5 feet away to 10 feet away do you still get ...
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How can one make multiple opportunity attacks during one round?

The title is pretty straight-forward. By default, players can make only one opportunity attack per round, since it uses their reaction of which they only have one. Which features, spells etc. exist ...
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War Caster, a whip and a dagger, and provoking Opportunity Attacks

This related question gives an answer about provoking opportunity attacks when wielding a dagger and a whip. I am interested how this interacts with the feat War Caster (5e PHB p170): When a ...
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What order do Opportunity Attacks that trigger simultaneously happen in?

In a game I am playing my GM decided that OAs happen in arbitrary order of the person doing the attack, instead of all at the same time — the order isn't even in the order of initiative. I was under ...
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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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Does teleporting into a Polearm Master’s reach provoke attack of opportunity?

I understand the Player’s Handbook’s ruling on teleportation and attack of opportunity when teleporting out of someone’s reach. My question however is, does teleporting into someone’s reach when they ...
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Can you combine War Caster, whip, and Warlock Features to Eldritch Blast enemies with reach?

So, Whip is a one-handed martial weapon with reach. Reach is a feature that, among other things, lets you make opportunity attacks with that weapon out to 10 feet instead of just five. Equipment ...
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Cometary Collision vs a Large opponent's AoO

So I have this situation: Largo the Large, who is Large (and a humanoid, so he gets reach), charges Count Countercharge, who has readied his Cometary Collision feat, and is Medium-sized. The question ...
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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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If a Gnome is riding a Dragonborn who is riding a horse, who can be targeted when the horse provokes an opportunity attack?

We have a gnome fighter and a dragonborn bard in our campaign. The gnome sometimes gets in a makeshift sling on the dragonborn's back to shoot arrows at enemies during combat. Thus far I've considered ...
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Do the Tunnel Fighter UA fighting style and the Polearm Master feat combine to grant indefinite opportunity attacks?

Here's the scenario: The character in question has both the Tunnel Fighter fighting style from Unearthed Arcana: Light, Dark, Underdark!, which says: You excel at defending narrow passages, ...