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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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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 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 it matter for the elephant's Trampling Charge how the target became prone?

Elephants have the Trampling Charge trait (MM, p. 322): If the elephant moves at least 20 feet straight toward a creature and then hits it with a gore attack on the same turn, that target must ...
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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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Can a creature affected by Tasha's Hideous Laughter take an Opportunity Attack?

I have watched a few games where the Tasha's hideous laughter spell has been used before and the DMs there didn't count the creature completely out of the fight. For example: A player next to affected ...
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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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Do the prone or restrained conditions grant other creatures advantage on special melee attacks like grapples?

The description of the prone condition says: A prone creature's only movement option is to crawl, unless it stands up and thereby ends the condition. The creature has disadvantage on attack ...
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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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How do I make sense of levitating while prone?

I was wondering recently, when I looked at this question, what exactly happens to you if you're prone and levitating. How would levitate behave with prone creatures? If I were to cast levitate on a ...
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Can a snake be prone?

It sounds like a silly question, but it caused way more discussion the other night in my Adventurer's league game than I'd care to admit... In 5e, the prone condition is described as: A prone ...
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Is the additional movement granted by the Mobile feat also halved when a character stands from prone?

The game essentially packages a character's maximum velocity, acceleration potential, and agility into a commodity called "speed". This makes sense because these attributes are impossible to ...
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Can you Dash while prone?

Let's say you're on top of a slippery slope that might make you prone (and take damage) on a failed save. You want to make yourself prone before the slope in order not to risk taking damage while ...
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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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Can you help a prone character to stand up?

I had a player who wanted to help someone else stand up before his turn starts so he can reach the enemy. Is this written in the D&D 5e rules? If not, how would you rule this? I am thinking of ...
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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 a dire wolf's Bite action knock a huge creature prone?

If a dire wolf (a large creature) is attacking a huge creature (a hill giant) will the wolf's Bite check affect them? The rules for Bite state that the creature must make a strength save or be ...
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Can a prone target be tripped?

I know it is silly, but reading the Knock-Down feat coupled with the Improved Trip feat it is hard not to wonder if there is any limitation on tripping an opponent who is already prone? This could ...
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Does the Giant Elk receive a bonus Hooves attack vs a Prone foe?

The Giant Elk entry says: Charge. If the elk moves at least 20 feet straight toward a target and then hits it with a ram attack on the same turn, the target takes an extra 7 (2d6) damage. If the ...
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Can an Eidolon continue to trip a creature using it's trip evolution? [duplicate]

I am creating a summoner and I'm curious about a particular evolution: Trip (bite) (2 points). It states An Eidolon becomes adept at knocking foes to the ground with its bite, granting it a trip ...
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Is there a RAW way to pick an ally up from Prone?

If an ally is Prone (woke up from sleep, tripped, etc...) is there a RAW way to 'pick them up' so they don't have to use their own Move action to do so?
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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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Can you still make opportunity attacks while prone? [duplicate]

Im playing a ranger in DnD 4e and I just wanted to know if you can still make opportunity attacks while prone?
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Can I Bull Rush a Prone Opponent?

Situation I have Shield Slam and play a sword and board style fighter. If I knock a target prone and I attack with my shield while that target is still prone, can I still Bull Rush a prone target? My ...
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How do I get an opponent prone during a grapple?

When Grappling... If I successfully Pin my target would they be considered Prone for things that require that? Alternately, could I free action Drop Prone bringing them with me?
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Star Wars Saga Edition; Cover and blocking LoS

My group encountered a big problem. Our DM made us fight some enemies (level 5 or so) that used to take cover behind crates/walls/even cars, and used the following order of actions: -move to cover -...
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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 you take the withdraw action while prone?

The crawling rules state you can crawl at 5 feet speed, thus a withdraw action should be able to move you 10 feet away. I feel the answer should be 'no', because it would render without sense 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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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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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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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 PC rise from prone and attack in one action, perhaps with difficulty?

How do you handle a PC who gets knocked down by a NPC (for example, a Caffa) wanting to get up and attack? Can they only stand up on their turn and not attack, or can they attack while getting up? I ...
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Is there a playtested house rule for prone that makes its usefulness less dependent on initiative order?

As discussed somewhat in Is knocking someone prone worth it? the advantages of knocking prone are rather situational, and in particular, depend a lot on where you and the enemy you want to knock prone ...
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Can a monk using Open Hand Technique knock any size category of creature prone?

The D&D 5e Player's Handbook states: Open Hand Technique Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you can manipulate your enemy’s ki when you harness your own. Whenever you ...
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Can Bigby's Forceful Hand knock a creature prone?

Shoving a Creature: Using the Attack action, you can make a special melee attack to shove a creature, either to knock it prone or push it away from you. If you're able to make multiple ...
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Does a wyvern have disadvantage when making a bite attack against a prone target 10' away?

In the rules for the prone condition, it states: An attack roll against the [prone] creature has advantage if the attacker is within 5 feet of the creature. Otherwise, the attack roll has ...
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Does 'World Serpent's Grasp' trigger on non-damaging attacks and item attacks?

"World Serpent's Grasp: Whenever you hit a slowed or immobilized target with an attack, you can knock it prone" 1: If I use an attack power such as Charisma vs Will on a nearby slowed enemy, and the ...
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