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When are Opportunity Attacks provoked while holding a reach and a non-reach weapon?

Assume I wield a Whip in one hand and a dagger in the other. If a creature moves from 5ft to 10ft it has technically moved out of my reach (dagger), but at the same time it is still inside my reach (...
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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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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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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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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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War Caster, a whip and a dagger, and provoking Opportunity Attacks

This related question gives an answer about provoking opportunity attacks when wielding a dagger and a whip. I am interested how this interacts with the feat War Caster (5e PHB p170): When a ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Can one tumble past a reach weapon

Consider the following situation: target is using a reach weapon (a glaive). Is it possible for character to move to C1 and attack target avoiding an attack of opportunity from the reach weapon by ...
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Do the Tunnel Fighter UA fighting style and the Polearm Master feat combine to grant indefinite opportunity attacks?

Here's the scenario: The character in question has both the Tunnel Fighter fighting style from Unearthed Arcana: Light, Dark, Underdark!, which says: You excel at defending narrow passages, ...
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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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At what distance can a bugbear, holding a reach weapon, with the Polearm Master feat, get their Opportunity Attack?

I have crafted a Barbarian bugbear that uses a halberd weapon, and will take Polearm Mastery as a feat. Bugbears have the Long-Limbed trait: When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach ...
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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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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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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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What are the practical Opportunity Attack values for a bugbear, holding a reach weapon, with the Polearm Master feat?

I have crafted a Barbarian bugbear that uses a halberd weapon, and will take Polearm Master as a feat. Bugbears have the Long-Limbed trait: When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach ...
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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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Are ranged attack within melee reach disadvantaged if non-adjacent?

In D&D 5e, moving within reach of an opponent does not provoke any attacks of opportunity unless you leave the opponents reach. Ranged attacks have disadvantage if you're next to an opponent. ...
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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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How do you determine the reach of a Monster's unarmed strikes?

This is inspired by the question "Does a Stone Giant get an attack of opportunity if I move only 5 feet away from it?". The question "Can a monster with no melee attack make an Opportunity Attack?" (...
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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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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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When using a reach weapon, which squares around me can I attack?

Considering a medium creature, with 5ft of reach, wielding a reach weapon such as a longspear. By the rules: With a typical reach weapon, you can strike opponents 10 feet away, but you can't strike ...
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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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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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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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How much can a grappler with reach move a grappled creature inside its reach?

This is a follow up from this question about whether a grapple can be released by the grappler at any distance within its reach. A creature with a 15' reach is grappling a creature with a 5' reach. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can flanking become irrelevant due to creature sizes?

As written it seems like there are several holes in the Flanking rules that lead to really weird results. I was hoping that someone could provide insights or ideas on this. The first issue I ran into ...
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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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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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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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What happens when the UA Bait and Switch maneuver is used on a grappled ally when the maneuver-user is out of the grappling monster's reach?

The recent Unearthed Arcana Class Feature Variants includes the Bait and Switch fighter maneuver (page 5), which states: When you’re within 5 feet of an ally on your turn, you can expend one ...
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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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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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Does a Stone Giant get an opportunity attack if I move only 5 feet away from it?

The description of opportunity attacks in the PHB (p. 195) says: You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that you can see moves out of your reach. For a creature who has no ...
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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 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 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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How to determine if and how a creature's reach should be modified when its size changes?

Table 9-1, "Size and Reach", on page 474 of the Pathfinder 2e Core Rulebook notes that creatures of a given size category have either a "Reach (Tall)" or a "Reach (Long)". The same page says, "...
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