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Will anything break if prone crossbow-wielders get advantage instead of disadvantage?

Being prone imposes disadvantage on attacks, which makes sense for melee weapons and traditional bows. However, for things like crossbows and firearms, laying prone seems like it should have the ...
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Can a prone player character use a disengage action in DnD 5e?

My pc has been knocked prone. On his turn can he disengage, crawl out of the enemies's melee range, then stand up ?
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Can you attack while prone?

In D&D 3.5 edition, there were penalties to armor class and attacks while you were prone. I read a Dragon magazine article that had a domain which allowed you to mitigate the AC penalties while ...
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Can a prone grappler both stand and move the same turn?

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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How to handle falling down during LARP combat?

I am currently working on writing the combat rules for a Dishonored LARP with a team, and we are stuck on how to proceed with a certain point: handling falling. Sometimes during LARP melee combat my ...
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When getting up from prone, do you round down in favor of cost or remaining movement? [duplicate]

Say someone has a speed of 35 feet and they are knocked prone: On page 190 of the PHB it says under "Being Prone" Standing up costs more effort; doing so costs an amount of movement equal ...
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Can I knock myself prone? Do I have to spend any movement to do so?

I am building a Drunken Master monk, and came across this subclass feature: Leap to Your Feet. When you're prone, you can stand up by spending 5 feet of movement, rather than half your speed. Since ...
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RAW, can I counter the prone condition by falling 5 feet?

It seems like there are several ways to counter the prone condition. Uncontroversially, a creature may spend half of it's movement to stand You can drop prone without using any of your speed. ...
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Can You Use Teleportation to Stand Up?

I feel like most tables end up asking this question and I think it usually comes down to a table by table decision, but can a caster who has been knocked prone use teleportation to stand up again? I'm ...
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Can frightened creatures stand up without "moving closer to the source of their fear"?

An interesting problem came up in game the other day: A Battle Master fighter (PHB p. 73-74) successfully used the Menacing Attack maneuver against a fire giant, and thanks to a magical effect on her ...
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What penalties or conditions apply when a character is sitting on a chair or similar?

Our group surprised an enemy while he was sitting on a sofa (enjoying a slave massaging him), what kind of conditions apply to him? He is not prone, because to be prone, he should be lying on the ...
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Can I make myself a more difficult target by flying prone?

Prone is a condition to which a creature may be subject. Conditions alter a creature's capabilities in a variety of ways ... Most conditions ... are impairments, but a few ... can be advantageous. A ...
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Can Tempestuous Magic be used to end the prone condition?

Context There are potentially conflicting rules about ending the prone condition. I have encountered arguments holding a general assumption that the rules specify, a creature must spend half of its ...
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Does a flying, hovering creature need to do a mid-air stand-up from the prone position in order to move?

Definition Prone is a condition to which a creature may be subject. Conditions alter a creature's capabilities in a variety of ways ... Most conditions ... are impairments, but a few ... can be ...
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Can a Slowed creature, whose speed has been further reduced, stand up from prone? [duplicate]

A slowed creature moving through difficult terrain would move at 1/4 speed. c.f. The Slow spell, among others, halves a target's speed: An affected target's speed is halved A Slow, prone target has ...
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Can a flying creature that has been knocked prone fly away without standing up?

Focus of my question is given in the title. More generally, which movement options a prone creature has? I am aware of the 5-ft. crawl and the stand up (both move actions that provoke an attack of ...
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Does standing up from being prone in difficult terrain consume all of your movement?

The rules for Difficult Terrain stipulate: You move at half speed in difficult terrain— moving 1 foot in Difficult Terrain costs 2 feet of speed while rules for standing up from prone: Standing up ...
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Being prone with multiple movement speeds

How does the prone condition work if you have multiple movement speeds, such as 30 walking speed and 60 flying? Does standing up require 15 feet of movement or 30 feet of movement? Is there a rules-as-...
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Blink and the Prone Status Interaction [duplicate]

If a Wizard casts Blink while in the Prone position, when they enter back into the Material Plane, will they still be in the prone position? From my interpreation of the spell, the Answer is Yes, you ...
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Does grappling a prone creature effectively create the restrained condition?

I need some clarification. I’m playing a barbarian (5e), Path of the Storm Wielder (Journey to Ragnarok) level 5 as of now. If he uses an attack action to shove an opponent prone (and wins the ...
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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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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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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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Can the Phantasmal Force spell knock and hold someone prone?

The description of the Phantasmal Force spell states: You create a phantasmal object, creature, or other visible phenomenon of your choice that is no larger than a 10-foot cube and that is ...
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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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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 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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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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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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What happens when a flying creature is knocked prone?

As per the title. The specific example I'm thinking of is an Archer Battle Master Fighter using Trip Attack on a Druid shapeshifted into an Air Elemental floating 120 feet off the ground. If the ...
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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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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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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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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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Does the Hideous Laughter spell make a flying foe prone and cause the foe to fall?

A witch that's using the flight hex to fly 20 ft. up in the air fails her saving throw against my halfling bard's hideous laughter spell. The hideous laughter spell description says that an affected ...
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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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If one character is grappling another, will they be pulled by a third character casting Thorn Whip?

My Fighter NPC and a Barbarian PC were prone, and the Fighter had the Barbarian grappled. A PC Druid then used thorn whip (PHB, p. 282) to pull the Fighter. Do both the Fighter and Barbarian get ...
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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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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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Do Steel Wind Strike's attacks have advantage or disadvantage against distant prone targets?

Any attack against a prone target either has advantage if within 5 feet or disadvantage otherwise. Suppose I cast steel wind strike (XGtE, p. 166) and one of the targets is prone and not within 5 feet ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there advantage on a non-adjacent attack against an unconscious creature?

The unconscious condition states the following two effects (PHB 292): The creature drops whatever it's holding and falls prone. Attack rolls against the creature have advantage Under the prone ...
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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 ...