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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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Does a Polearm Master with 10' reach get an opportunity attack vs an enemy 10' away when they step to only 5' away?

Polearm Master states: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, or quarterstaff, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when they enter the reach you have with that weapon. So ...
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Does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares 10 feet away or not?

In D&D 5e, does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares up to 10 feet away for the purpose of Opportunity Attacks or does it just allow you to attack squares up to 10 feet away? There is ...
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Provoking AOO by moving closer than where a reach weapon can attack?

Suppose a medium PC were wielding a reach weapon. If an enemy were to move through the weapon's reach, and into the 5ft "dead zone" directly adjacent to the PC, would that provoke an attack ...
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Do creatures with a reach of 0 get attacks of opportunity when a foe moves away?

Some creatures like swarms have a reach of 0 with their attacks-- do they even get attacks of opportunity when someone leaves their reach?
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Does the Enemies Abound spell force a creature to move toward a perceived enemy in order to attack them?

The Enemies Abound spell specifies (emphasis mine): Whenever the affected creature chooses another creature as a target, it must choose the target at random from among the creatures it can see within ...
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Does a Large creature moving through a threatened area trigger Reactive Strike?

Consider a fighter (green), with a reach weapon (red), confronting an ogre (orange). On the ogre's turn, it Strides five feet southeast and then five feet east, ending adjacent to the fighter. Does ...
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Tavern Brawler + Arms of the Astral Self + Grappler = 10' Grapples/Pins?

Am I correct that specific beats general in this use-case, or is there an interaction/exclusion I'm overlooking that prevents this scene from playing as described? If I'm correct, what rules ...
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What effects would allowing to flank with reach have on game balance?

One of my players asked me recently if I would allow their character, who has 10ft. reach, gain advantage from flanking while still using their reach. I am aware that RAW this would not work since you ...
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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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Can a creature with reach flank without being directly next to the enemy? [duplicate]

This is something one of my players asked me recently and I'm not 100% sure how to handle it. I'm leaning towards "no, this does not work" but I am not certain and don't want to be unfair to ...
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Is the Mounted Combatant feat's ability to redirect an attack at the mount limited by the reach of the attacker?

The second benefit of the Mounted Combatant feat says (PHB, p. 168): You can force an attack targeted at your mount to target you instead. My DM used a foe to attacked my mount. Imagine this was the ...
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What happens after an Echo Knight fighter grapples using its echo?

This question occurred to me after reading another one: Can the Echo Knight's Echo make Ability Checks? That question asks whether the Echo Knight fighter's echo can make ability checks. A ...
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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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Can I get out of melee range by being Huge but still small?

When thinking about reach and the space rules in the Player's Handbook, I devised the following thought experiment. If I am huge sized, but occupy a space smaller than 5 feet, am I out of range of any ...
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Why do 6 ft. weapons not have the Reach property? [closed]

There are several weapons in D&D 5e that are at least six feet: Quarterstaff Spear Battleaxe Greataxe Greatsword Trident Warhammer Yet these weapons(although there may be some incorrect ones in ...
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Should my bugbear with long limbs be able to reach further if he is 21 feet tall?

I'm currently playing the Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden published adventure. My Bugbear has been affected by Vlagomir's spark (see area H30 on p. 226-227), and he has grown to be 21 feet tall ...
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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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How does Cut from the Air interact with Reach weapons?

Cut from the Air When a ranged attack is made against you or a target adjacent to you, you can cut the weapon (or ammunition) out of the air, deflecting the attack so the target takes no damage. As ...
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Can a PC with a reach weapon attack a tiny creature moving into his square?

Tiny creatures can move in an enemy's square but they provoke an AoO. Very Small Creature A Fine, Diminutive, or Tiny creature can move into or through an occupied square. The creature provokes ...
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How can I get reach for touch spells without spending an action per spell?

Snaptongue Gripplis with the Long Tongue feat can deliver touch spells from 10 feet. Aberrant Sorcerers can use the Tentacular Limbs focus spell1 to get a similar effect. Is there any other way? The ...
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Does a Polearm Master at reach count as adjacent for Sneak Attack?

The 5E rules allow the rogue to get his sneak attack when there's any ally adjacent (within 5') to the target enemy. Question about letter and intent of the RAW. If the party has a fighter with the ...
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Is melee attacks' reach always written?

So, a group of mine made this doubt pop up: do huge creatures have reach just because of their size? From what I understand, a creature has reach on a melee attack only if it's written as this one (an ...
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Potential complications from allowing Arms of the Astral Self to interact with Grapple Rules via feats?

Preface My earlier question led to a definitive RAW answer proving that Arms of the Astral Self can't be used for grappling, even if a feat like Tavern Brawler gave you a grapple check bonus action ...
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Underground Combat - Melee Attack with Reach

About combat possibilities with a creature remaining underground (0 feet away from the surface, as in the picture). Can a huge monster, with the burrow speed to stay completely underground, having ...
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Can I "shove" with a reach weapon?

I'm trying to determine how the shove Attack action and Reach weapons interact. In particular, can you use shove on a creature 10' away? The shove description says: Using the Attack action, you can ...
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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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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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Does a player character's attack from the "Attack" action have a reach?

While discussing this answer I made to a recent question concerning the Bugbear's Long Limbed trait and how the reach bonus affects the character's other reach-related effects, this question naturally ...
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Does a bugbear's reach revert to normal between multiple consecutive attacks?

A bugbear's long-limbed trait says When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach for it is 5 feet greater than normal. Suppose the bugbear has multiple attacks on its attack actions and ...
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Can a grappled creature attack the grappler's appendage if the grappler is out of the grappled creature's reach? [duplicate]

This question has been answered by a Jeremy Crawford tweet here, but it is my understanding that those rulings are not valid here, so I'm hoping to find an answer in the game rules themselves. To use ...
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How do I make a phalanx fighter?

I have been toying with running Red Hand of Doom again (I last ran it about eight years ago). One thing I found unsatisfying then was that the hobgoblin foot soldiers are described as professional ...
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Does moving behind full cover count as "leaving the opponent's reach" for purposes of opportunity attacks?

Suppose I am fighting an enemy with the usual 5-foot reach. He is standing next to a wall beside an open doorway. I am in next to him in the room. Without leaving his 5-foot range, I move to the ...
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Do the Bugbear's Long-Limbed trait and the Way of the Astral Self's astral arms stack for reach?

The Bugbear has a trait called Long-Limbed that states: When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach for it is 5 feet greater than normal. The Way of the Astral Self monk has a feature ...
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Can I hit a creature that has a reach larger than mine but is using itself to hit me?

The Enormous Tentacle Has the following attack: Constrict. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 35 ft., one creature. Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4) bludgeoning damage, and the target is grappled (escape DC 16). ...
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Can a Grappler move freely without moving the grappled creature and breaking the grapple condition?

My interpretation of the rules is that the grappler can move freely as long as the grappled stays on the grappler reach. But I want to be sure. What happens in the situation where reach is greater ...
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Is the Bardic College of Spirits "Tale of the Renowned Duelist" melee spell attack limited by your reach?

The Bardic College of Spirits, published in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft, has a feature called "Tales from Beyond": You reach out to spirits who tell their tales through you. While you ...
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Can you make non-reach melee weapon attacks while on a Huge+ mount?

Logic would say that, if you're mounted on, say, an elephant, you wouldn't be able to swing a sword at a goblin at the elephant's feet. But is there an official rule that allows/prevents non-reach ...
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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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Can a trickery cleric's illusory duplicate make opportunity attacks if the cleric has the War Caster feat?

The cleric's Trickery Domain subclass has the Channel Divinity feature "Invoke Duplicity" which creates an illusory duplicate of the cleric and provides the following abilities: For the ...
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Ways to extend my natural (non-weapon) reach?

I have a character who has taken Inhuman Reach from Lords of Madness and Deformity (Tall) from Heroes of Horror, and is two levels away from warshaper 3rd and the morphic reach feature from Complete ...
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When you have multiple reaches, are you free to use any of them? [duplicate]

This question is prompted by the Eldritch Claw Tattoo which can allow your attacks to "reach a target up to 15 feet away from you..." and specifically relates to Attacks of Opportunity. You ...
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Are there any Feats for / ways to use spears that reflect its dominance over shorter melee weapons?

Spear are wildly effective weapons, in small-ish Combat Groups. In particular, when used defensively, they can keep melee attackers at bay with no ability to retaliate relatively easily. You would, ...
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Can weapons with Reach be used to attack "through" willing allies? [duplicate]

I'm picturing the Greek Phalanx formation, where soldiers were arranged in rows and the men in Row B or even Row C could attack the enemy by thrusting their spears between the soldiers in Row A. Can ...
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What is the reason for the stone giant's 15' reach with the greatclub? [closed]

The standard stone giant stat block has a reach of 15' with its greatclub melee attack. However, I can see no reason from the rules or description for it to be so, instead of the standard 10' reach of ...
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What weapons have the Reach property?

Is there a comprehensive list of all weapons with Reach? The PHB lists a few however I have heard rumors that a spear and or staff had an errata to add Reach, but I cannot find a source for that.
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Is a creature's reach linked to the reach of its attacks?

This is an issue I've seen coming up with the addition of the Eldritch Claw Tattoo in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, though there seem like there were possible cases of it before. As far as I can ...
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Does the reach increase of the Eldritch Claw tattoo stack with Fangs of the Fire Snake?

The Eldritch Claw tattoo released in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything includes the Eldritch Maul ability which grants the following benefit: For the duration, each of your melee attacks with a weapon ...
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What's the furthest possible range that an unarmed strike could have?

From what I have seen, the furthest that I could get it was 20 feet, however, I'm sure it's possible to increase it further, so, how far can an unarmed strike truly reach?
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Does a Bugbear PC take damage when holding an enemy on the other side of a Wall of Fire with Grapple?

Bugbears have long arms, allowing them to grapple enemies 10 ft. away. The Bugbear's square is not in the effect range of the Wall of Fire. However, about 5 ft. worth of one of the Bugbear's hands is ...
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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 ...