Questions tagged [reach]

For questions about reach, a mechanical concept in many role-playing games that determines the distance from which a creature can make melee attacks based on its size, the nature of the attack, and the weapon used.

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How much can a grappler with reach move a grappled creature inside its reach?

This is a follow up from this question A creature with a 15' reach is grappling a creature with a 5' reach. My question in this situation is: how much can the grappled creature be moved if it remains ...
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Is there a way to have a reach longer than 5 feet when not attacking?

One reason you might want to increase your reach is when helping somebody escape from a net. The Net's description states: A creature can use its action to make a DC 10 Strength check, freeing ...
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What is the range of a Drunken Monk's Redirect attack?

One thing that came up in a session I was playing was when our Drunken Monk was fighting three enemies, one in front and two behind. The one in front missed and the Monk used redirect to hit an enemy ...
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Avoiding the lance disadvantage when mounted on a large creature

This question begins the same as this question: Is weapon reach measured from the edge of the mount's space or the rider's? However Rubiksmoose's answer (the currently accepted answer) seems ...
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Does this specific build to use Booming Blade at a range of 20 feet work?

It has already been shown here that the booming blade cantrip and the Spell Sniper feat do work together, and here that the Sorcerer's Distant Spell Metamagic option and Spell Sniper also stack. I am ...
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How does Knock-Down work with reach weapons?

Knock-Down is one of my favorite feats in 3.5, letting you make a trip attempt after dealing enough damage with a melee attack. But does that work if you're using, say, a glaive? You can't trip with a ...
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How can I increase the reach of unarmed strikes (and only unarmed strikes)?

I'm working on a build that uses the feats Great Throw and Knock-Down, so even with the errata'd version of Knock-Down I can still deal unarmed strike damage again with almost every attack. Problem is,...
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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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What is the result of a Readied Action to move the target triggered by a melee attack attempt?

Situation: Fred the Fighter wants to survive another round in the ring with Bob the Barbarian. He's a skilled fighter, and has taken Combat Maneuver feats. Bob moves in to attack, but Fred readied to ...
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Can a creature with a natural weapon that has reach make an attack through the Antilife Shell spell?

The Antilife Shell spell states: An affected creature can cast spells or make attacks with ranged or reach weapons through the barrier. This suggests that a human could attack with a glaive, since ...
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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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If an enemy is just below a 10-foot-high ceiling, are they in melee range of a creature on the ground?

We encountered a Vampire Spawn in the 10-foot-high basement of an old church. The first strike was mine, after which the creature attacked my ally and retreated onto the ceiling as the thundering roar ...
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Can you ready an action to attack a monster's natural weapon (a part of its body) with reach?

In my current OOTA Group my party fought against a rocktopus. They attacked them from the ceiling out of reach for melee attacks. Is it possible for the players to ready an attack with the trigger "...
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Can a monster with reach make an attack against a character in the space behind another character?

A monster has a 10-foot reach attack, and it has two characters within that reach, one within 5 feet and the second within 10 feet. Can that monster make a melee attack against the 2nd character? Is ...
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What is the reach of a Tiny creature, when it's not listed?

The intro to the Bestiary says: Space/Reach: The creature's space and reach—if the creature's space and reach are standard (one 5-foot square and a reach of 5 feet), this line is omitted. But then ...
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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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Can Spellstrike be applied to Reach weapons?

Can a Magus deliver touch spells via Spellstrike(Su) while using a melee reach weapon such as the whip? At 2nd level, whenever a magus casts a spell with a range of “touch” from the magus spell ...
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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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How do the feats “Shorten Grip” or “Short Haft” work on an awlpike?

The "Awlpike" from Dragon Compendium p.110 has the following entry: Built similarly to a longspear, the awl pike is almost 15 feet long. You can strike opponents 15 feet away with it, but you can't ...
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How do the height and reach of a monster such as a hydra work in combat?

I am preparing for a session this Saturday with my players, but I have a concern about the next session. My players will be on a bridge about 20 feet high above the ground. There is a hydra under the ...
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Does the Feat “Shorten Grip” allow an Attack of Opportunity against an adjacent opponent?

Shorten Grip: When wielding a pole arm with reach that you are proficient with, you may treat the weapon as if it did not have reach. The weapon is unwieldy when used in this fashion and you take a -2 ...
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Does reach apply to non-attack triggers?

I know errata adds opportunity attacks to what reach works for (See: Does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares 10 feet away or not?): Reach (p. 147). This property also determines your ...
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How do fiendish long arms affect this ettin's attacks?

As gifts from its master, an ettin (Monster Manual 106-7) gains two fiendish grafts, two long arms (Fiend Folio 211). Bearing in mind an ettin's extraordinary ability superior two-weapon fighting, ...
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Would reach as a racial trait for my homebrew Mutant race be unbalanced?

I am creating a race of Mutants for my dark fantasy campaign. The core racial mechanic is that each Mutant character picks two mutations from a list. Each mutation gives +1 to an Ability Score and a ...
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Should it be possible to improvise a reach weapon to attack adjacent foes?

I am aware of the Shorten Grip feat, but I was wondering if it should be possible to improvise the other end of a reach weapon to use it as one end of a quarterstaff?
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Does the Primeval Guardian ranger's reach increase stack with the Mystic's Giant Growth discipline and a reach weapon?

Say I am a 4th level Primeval Guardian Ranger, and 4th level Mystic. The Glaive has the Reach property, which increases its reach by 5 feet. The Primeval Guardian ranger gets the Guardian Soul ...
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If I am grappled by an enemy with 10' + reach, how does our movement work?

Inspired by: If you are grappled by a creature with 10'+ reach, can you make a ranged attack without disadvantage? Also related, but targets a standard 5' reach: When you grapple an enemy, where ...
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If you are grappled by a creature with 10'+ reach, can you make a ranged attack without disadvantage?

The rules for grappling require: The target of your grapple must be no more than one size larger than you, and it must be within your reach. (PHB, p. 195, italics added) Normally, this would ...
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Does the Primeval Guardian ranger's Guardian Soul feature increase your reach twice?

I'm making a Fighter/Ranger who wields a glaive and who will have Guardian Soul, a 3rd-level feature of the Primeval Guardian ranger subclass (from Unearthed Arcana: Ranger & Rogue), part of which ...
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Do my Aarakocra's Talons really have a 150ft reach?

So, I just made an Aarakocra character in D&D Beyond, and the Unarmed Strike has a reach of 5 ft, but the Talons racial trait attack has a reach of 150 ft for some reason. Is this correct, or is ...
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Where does a huge creature's self-target AoE/Reach start? (Edge or Center?)

Suppose there is a huge creature with an ability that targets all creatures within 10 feet. For player characters, who are medium-sized, effects like this are easy enough to resolve, but what if the ...
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Grappling and reach/reach weapons

One of my players is a large creature with a 10 ft reach who is also using a lucerne hammer (10ft reach). He mentioned grappling with it and I was hoping for verification. How would grappling with ...
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Is Booming Blade's range relevant without a reach weapon?

When looking at When does a readied action trigger on "when the enemy moves"? it occurred to me that I may not understand Booming Blade as well as I thought I did. Here is my point of ...
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Cover with reach weapons

If I have a reach weapon will the target get a cover with this setup: T is target X is me F is Friend I feel not, as I can do a straight line from the X square to the target, without crossing the F. ...
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If you grapple a creature while staying out of its reach, can it still attack you? [duplicate]

A Kraken is able to grapple up to 10 creatures with its tentacles, the reach for this attack is 30 ft. Tentacle. Melee Weapon Attack: +17 to hit, reach 30 ft., one target. Hit: 20 (3d6 + 10) ...
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What is a Hill Giant's reach for unarmed attacks and grapples?

The Hill Giant is Huge (occupies a 15'x15' space). It has a Greatclub weapon attack with reach 10'. What is the Giant's unarmed reach? What is his reach for grappling?
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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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How many spear/pike wielding enemies with Polearm Master feat can attack a single incoming enemy?

Imagine a hoplite phalanx formation where every spear/pike & shield wielding warrior has Polearm Master. While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, or quarterstaff, other creatures ...
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How do I scale up reach when designing a larger monster?

There is a creature I am designing for a 3.5e game, it has both weapon attacks and natural attacks. It also changes size as it gets more damaged. The reach for the weapon attack follows the reach for ...
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When is a lance's 10 feet reach helpful?

The lance is unique among weapons with similar damage dice by having a 10-ft. reach and being one-handed when mounted. But the 10-ft. reach comes with disadvantage when your target is within 5 feet, ...
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Can you flank with a reach weapon?

The Variant: Flanking rules in the DMG (page 251) require adjacency, but is the intent that the Enemy has combatants on opposite sides and thus someone with Reach (and using the reach) could still ...
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Is a Bugbear's Long Limbed reach also applied to shoves and grapples?

In this question, I have been told the difference between a "melee attack" (which, if I understand correctly, Shoves and Grapples are) and a "melee weapon attack" (which they are not). A Bugbear's ...
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Touch/Reach Optimizing Build Ideas

This is an odd question, but one I'd like to ask. I'm building a char for a very unusual campaign. A resource we're allowed to use is the Eberron/Pathfinder conversion, so I'm playing a Daelkyr Half-...
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What build maximizes reach?

A Bugbear (Long Limbed: reach +5 feet) wielding a reach weapon (10 feet of reach) can make a melee weapon attack with a reach of 15 feet. If said Bugbear is a Battle Master with the Lunging maneuver, ...
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Do Ranged (Thrown) weapons benefit from natural reach?

Greg the Ogre is setting up an ambush for a party of adventurers, and is trying to find out where the best spot to hide is. He's collected a stack of javalins from previous meals, he knows he can ...
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Is there a penalty for attacking THROUGH an ally's position while in Melee?

You can move through an ally's position (as difficult terrain), but can you attack through it at no cost? If you have 10' reach, but there is an ally between you and the target, does the target get ...
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What are the rules for attacking a creature inside a Wall of Fire?

If I cast wall of fire, surrounding the Ogres, in a ring shaped position, and my two fighter teammates attack them, will they succeed? You create a wall of fire on a solid surface within range. ...
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Do you avoid an opportunity attack if you are still within your own reach?

Let's say that you are wielding a 10' reach weapon, but are engaged at 5' with an enemy who only has 5' reach. Can you stay engaged but move back 5' without triggering an opportunity attack?
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At what point do you leave a creature's reach when moving vertically?

The scenario: creature 1 (C1) is flying (and can hover) directly above creature 2 (C2). They are in melee combat with each other and both have 5' reach. They are both medium size, both are 6' tall, ...