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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 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 aproaching 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, ...
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Does the 3rd benefit of the Sentinel feat combine with reach weapons?

The third benefit of the Sentinel feat (PHB, p. 169-170) says: When a creature within 5 feet of you makes an attack against a target other than you, you can use your reaction to make a melee weapon ...
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Does improved whip mastery benefit from long arm?

I have built a whip character. The goal of this character is size from enlarge person, increasing reach with long arm, and attacking everything within 45 feet reach using whirlwind attack. I have ...
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When I walk towards an enemy and get within 10 feet, can I make an opportunity attack with Polearm Mastery and a reach weapon?

I have polearm mastery and a reach weapon. I am walking towards an enemy. Polearm mastery says that I get an opportunity attack when a creature "enters my reach." It does not specify that said ...
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What is this 15-foot weapon with “extended reach” I'm remembering?

I'm drawing a blank, so I'm hoping someone will know what I'm talking about. I remember seeing a weapon described as an "extended reach" weapon. (That meant that it could attack only creatures 15 ...
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Is the dragon fouling the horse-monster's attack?

A is a Large (tall) creature armed with a longspear, giving the creature a reach of 20 ft. B, a Small creature that's hovering 5 ft. above the ground, has 10 ft. between him and the the Large (tall) ...
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Monkey Grip Large Two Hander and Reach?

Doing a Guts (from Berserk) build with DM permission for one of our players (who got their cleric executed for smarting off to a Mage guild). Thematically, want this character's combat functionality ...
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Does changing your reach provoke attacks of opportunity

TL;DR If a Mystic focusing on Giant Growth changes their reach does it provide opportunity attacks? Relevant rules PHB p195 You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that you ...
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Large creature with 10-ft reach provoking AoO

So a scenario came up (we temporarily ruled it as a 'Yes', but we're still looking into it, in order to not Rules-Lawyer for an hour) in my game tonight and we couldn't decide on a consensus: There's ...
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How do I know what my reach is?

I know about opportunity attacks, but what about reach? I don't know how to find out what my reach is.
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What can increase natural reach for a druid?

I was wondering which items and feats would help my druid (level 15) increase his tripping ability. I plan on doing a reach trip build in wild shape and tree shape form.
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Does a Monster with a body part that grants Reach provoke an Opportunity Attack?

Consider a wyvern, that can reach out with its long neck and bite an enemy, or an otyugh which can reach out with a long tentacle for a smack and grapple. By a strict RAW reading, it would seem that ...
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Reach in Hackmaster

The rules for Hackmaster state that reach is calculated as five feet plus reach (p. 223). I am assuming this should be considered four feet for shorter races (as per their lesser reach as listed in ...
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How can the reach of natural attacks be increased?

Is there a way to increase a creature's reach with all the creature's natural weapons so that the creature can make attacks of opportunity over a bigger area? I am aware of the feats Lunge, Monkey ...
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Which squares can be targeted when using a reach weapon, Lunge, and Whirlwind Attack?

The Lunge feat is described as follows: You can increase the reach of your melee attacks by 5 feet until the end of your turn by taking a –2 penalty to your AC until your next turn. You must decide ...
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Does enlarging a character with a reach weapon affect his threat range?

In the PHB on page 147 about reach weapons: Reach. This weapon adds 5 feet to your reach when you attack with it, as well as when determining your reach for opportunity attacks with it. In the PHB ...
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Are opportunity attacks considered my turn?

In Volo's Guide to Monsters the playable Bugbear has an attribute called Long-Limbed which reads When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach for it is 5 feet greater than normal. The ...
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Does riding a large mount as a medium or smaller character affect attack reach in any capacity?

A small or medium creature occupies one square and large creatures typically occupy four. Does this mean that a small or medium creature riding a large mount will be out of reach of melee attacks that ...
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Is weapon reach measured from the edge of the mount's space or the rider's?

So, if a medium or small creature, like a PC, controls 25 square feet, (a 5×5' area) and a large creature, like a horse controls 100 square feet, (a 10×10' area) and tactical combat takes place on a 5'...
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Are there reach weapons that can be used against adjacent foes?

Are there weapons in Pathfinder that have reach and that can also be used to make attacks against adjacent targets, like the D&D 3.5 spiked chain can? I'm looking for actual weapons that do this; ...
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Can reach weapons attack and receive attacks of opportunity with an ally in the way?

Can a reach weapon attack and receive attacks of opportunity through a square occupied by an ally, and without penalty? The situation was a pair of skeletons, one in a single-creature-wide choke ...