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If a prone Echo Knight fighter makes a ranged attack from the echo's space, and the echo is not prone, would the attack be made without disadvantage?

The description of the Prone condition states, in part (PHB, p. 292; emphasis mine): The creature has disadvantage on attack rolls. The description of the Echo Knight fighter's Manifest Echo feature ...
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If you have a reaction that disrupts the trigger, can you cause a creature using Stand to remain Prone?

In a recent bout with lesser deaths, we noticed some particulars about Move Actions that Trigger Reactions. Particularly: If you use a move action but don’t move out of a square, the trigger instead ...
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If you have a reaction that causes Prone, can you cause a creature using Stand to be Prone again?

In a recent bout with lesser deaths, we noticed some particulars about Move Actions that Trigger Reactions. Particularly: If you use a move action but don’t move out of a square, the trigger instead ...
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Will a dragon fall if it drops prone in flight?

If a dragon decides to drop prone while flying, will it fall? To meet the minimum character requirements, here are the rules for Prone and Flying Movement: Combatants often find themselves lying on ...
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How does extra movement interact with prone?

An example here being Instinctive Pounce introduced in Tasha's. The barbarian in question gets "you can move up to half your speed" for free when going into a rage. How does this interact ...
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Is it possible to trip a bulette? [duplicate]

Tripping and the prone condition, in general, are rather easy to manage. You are prone? Well your enemies have an advantage on their melee attack and a disadvantage on ranged attacks, plus, you can ...
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Is it possible to gain the benefits of lying prone without incurring disadvantage on attacks? If so, is this broken?

PHB p. 190 says: You can drop prone without using any of your speed. Standing up takes more effort; doing so costs an amount of movement equal to half your speed... You can't stand up if you don't ...
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What happens when a creature clinging to a surface through the Spider Climb spell goes prone?

The Spider Climb spell does the following: Until the spell ends, one willing creature you touch gains the ability to move up, down, and across vertical surfaces and upside down along ceilings, while ...
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Sleet Storm: do crampons stop you from falling prone?

The 3rd level spell Sleet Storm has the following effect: The ground in the area is covered with slick ice, making it difficult terrain. When a creature enters the spell’s area for the first time on ...
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Hideous Laughter while climbing

I found this question about hideous laughter being casted on someone who is flying. James Jacob’s answer in the exchange is more geared to what happens when a character who’s flying is knocked prone (...
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Can a grappling creature cause a prone creature it is grappling to be unprone? [duplicate]

If my character is grappling a creature who has been knocked prone, that creature can't stand back up unless they succeed in first breaking free of the grapple. Do the rules for moving a grappled ...
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If a flying creature with no swim speed ends up in water, can it fly out?

Assuming there is no magic holding it aloft and it doesn't have the ability to hover, when a flying creature is knocked prone, it falls. What happens if the creature was flying over a body of water? ...
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What happens if a Cavalier fighter or their mount is knocked prone?

The rules for mounted combat (PHB, p. 198) give direction in the following cases: Mount moved against its will: rider makes Dex save vs falling off and landing prone Rider knocked prone: rider makes ...
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Can players choose specific points in space, down to the inch, to cast a spell so as to avoid hitting a prone character?

Say there is a character that is prone, such as if they were unconscious, and they are surrounded on all 8 square grids (assuming that a grid is being used) by other creatures. Can a player cast a ...
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Can you stand up from prone while stunned?

If you are Stunned, your movement isn't reduced to 0 (unlike grappled.) Can you stand up from prone while Stunned? Can you also drop prone from standing? Stunned A stunned creature is incapacitated (...
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5E rules regarding armor and being prone [closed]

In 5E, the rules seem pretty straightforward, but clear, regarding armor and the associated AC. However, it seems a little out of balance for characters who fall prone. Does, or should, the AC for a ...
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Can a creature with a natural walking speed of 0 ft. get up from being prone?

In a one-shot I recently played the players were fighting a homebrewed Weeping Angel. It has a walking speed of 0 ft. and can teleport 80 ft. on its turn under some conditions. One of the players ...
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Can a character shove or grapple while prone?

This is similar to the question "Can a character shove an enemy who is already prone?". If your character is prone, can you grapple or shove an enemy in range? I haven't read anything that ...
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When does a flying creature knocked prone fall and how far? [duplicate]

I understand according to the rules for flying that If a flying creature is knocked prone, has its speed reduced to 0, or is otherwise deprived of the ability to move, the creature falls, unless it ...
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Do Tabaxi regain the use of their Feline Agility trait if they get up from being knocked prone but don't move to a different space?

If a Tabaxi PC is knocked prone and then uses their turn to get up without moving anywhere else, does that let them refresh their Feline Agility racial ability? Getting up uses half their movement ...
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Does standing up after being knocked prone use half your current or maximum speed [duplicate]

I'm DMing a campaign and one of my players is a monk with 40ft of movement. He got hit by a slow spell reducing his speed to 20ft and was knocked prone. To get up would he have to use his full 20ft as ...
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Can the shove from the Minotaur race's Hammering Horns trait knock an enemy prone?

The minotaur playable race has the Hammering Horns trait, which says (Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica, p. 19): Immediately after you hit a creature with a melee attack as part of the Attack action ...
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Does moving away from a prone creature trigger an opportunity attack?

I will give you the situation this came up in, but essentially I would like to know whether moving away from a prone creature would trigger an opportunity attack or not. If you move 20 feet to ...
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What is the effect of being prone in the Ubiquity RPG system?

In the Ubiquity RPG system (used for Hollow Earth Expedition and other games), the action “Stand Up” reads: Falling down is easy; it is getting up that is hard. Your character can fall prone as a ...
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Can you stand from prone if your speed is 5 and you have no movement remaining?

This is inspired by the following question: How much movement would a wood elf have left if they needed to spend half their movement standing up? The answers there state that, assuming we are on a ...
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Can you Ready an action to knock someone prone after they've attacked?

Could you ready the action: If an enemy attacks me then, once they've attacked, I will attempt to knock them prone. If so it could be used if the distance between you and an enemy was too far to ...
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How does the spell Earthquake interact with a mounted PC, if the mount is knocked prone?

If you are on a mount and it is knocked prone, do you automatically get knocked prone too? To set the scene, I am mounted on my Warhorse when an evil NPC casts Earthquake below where we stand. My ...
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If you succeed on all of your death saving throws, what happens?

I have been DMing for my group for maybe a month or two, and we ruled that upon stabilizing your character with death saving rolls, you recover one HP and are unconscious. Is this right? Should you ...
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How do I adjudicate PCs attempting to tie up a significantly stronger enemy?

How do I adjudicate PCs attempting to tie up a significantly stronger enemy? Situation: He tries to tie up a prone but otherwise perfectly healthy zombie. I thought a die roll isn't even worth it, ...
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Can I Grapple and Shove?

I read a really cool multiclass on Reddit, the Bardbarian, and I'm going to create one. But it described a combination of Grapple and Shove to knock an enemy prone and not allow him to get up, since ...
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When a monk mitigates all the damage due to the Slow Fall feature, does he/she still fall prone?

So let's say I deliberately fall let's say 20 feet, I will take 2d6 points of damage. As a monk at 4th level I get slow fall which will let me nullify fall damage 5× monk level. So at 4th level, I get ...
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How much movement does it take to stand up from prone when my speed is modified?

Suppose my speed is normally 30 feet. I get hit with a Slow spell, reducing my speed to 15 feet, and then I get knocked prone. How many feet of movement do I need to spend in order to stand back up ...
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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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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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Falling after being Knocked Prone on a Slope

I'm setting up a trap for my players. They will be entering a tunnel with a rather steep section - steep enough to require climb checks to avoid falling but not so steep it can't be counted as "...
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Would a flying character fall prone after dashing if they had lost a leg?

Suppose I'm playing a character that has a flying speed (such as a Variant (Winged) Tiefling or an Aarakocra) and get critically hit. The DM rolls on the Lingering Injuries table and after rolling a 3 ...
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Can a character use her movement to help someone else stand up? [duplicate]

Standing up takes half your movement, and you can also interact with one object for free during your turn. Neither of these things indicate whether or not you can help someone else stand up on your ...
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Are stationary flying creatures considered "hovering" so that they do not fall when prone or incapacitated, etc?

As the title suggests, I'm wondering if a PC race (for example, the Variant Tiefling with the winged option) would have the ability to hover in regards to the Prone condition. The Basic Rules state ...
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What happens when I have a creature grappled and it dies?

If I have a creature grappled and they end up being killed, do they fall prone? Does my character still gain half cover? And are they still subject to the grappled condition and could I still move ...
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Can you voluntarily drop prone if it is not your turn?

When looking through the combat rules I realized under Being Prone it states: You can drop prone without using any of your speed. There doesn't seem to be a reference that this needs to be on your ...
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If a prone creature is grappled and moved by a flying enemy, does the creature stay prone?

If an enemy is knocked prone and then grappled by an aarakocra or a PC with the fly spell effect, does the prone effect of the target continue into the flight? I can't think of a way that the ...
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Can you take the Dodge action while prone?

I was wondering what the rules say about dodging while prone. I couldn't find anything from the PHB. I would imagine that rolling out of the way of attacks is possible but it would be kind of slow so ...
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Can a creature with an immunity to the prone condition still choose to go prone?

Can a creature with immunity to the prone condition voluntarily go prone, such as a ghost that wants to impose disadvantage on ranged attacks against it? If so, does such a creature who went prone in ...
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Can a surprised creature fall prone voluntarily on their turn?

Suppose someone might want their character to drop prone while they're surprised. The relevant text from Being Prone under "Movement and Position" states: You can drop prone without using any of ...
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Can a character shove an enemy who is already prone?

Imagine a 5th level fighter, Battle Master archetype. He uses the Trip Attack maneuver with the first attack of his Attack action and knocks the enemy prone. With his second attack, he hits the ...
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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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Does the Charger feat's special shove allow both a push and knocking prone at the same time?

The Combat chapter of the PHB (p. 195-196) has this to say about shoving a creature: Using the Attack action, you can make a special melee attack to shove a creature, either to knock it prone or ...
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What action is picking up your disarmed weapon while Prone?

I have a fighter with Two-Weapon Fighting. In a Full Attack Action, I make a successful Trip attempt with my first attack and a successful Disarm attempt with the second Attack. The foe is now prone ...
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When are the effects of prone ended?

Here is a situation: Initiative 15 - Monk attacks orc causing the orc receive the "prone" condition. Initiative 13 - Orc stands up, ending the prone condition, and attacks the monk without ...
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What are the mechanics for tackling / charging attacks without using the Charger feat?

I'm trying to find the mechanics for a running tackle / charging attack, but can't seem to find one in the PHB or the DMG. I'm looking for something that allows players to run towards a creature and ...
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