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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How do you handle Reach in Dungeon World?

How does reach actually work? If I am wielding a long spear against a goblin with a dagger ("Staying far out of its reach, I make quick thrusts at the goblin's head!"), do I roll Hack and Slash? Do ...
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Does the bonus attack from "Polearm Master" have reach as well?

PHB p. 168: Polearm Master You gain the following benefits: When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, or quarterstaff, you can use a bonus action to make a ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does the Spell Sniper feat double the range of booming blade when you are not wielding a reach weapon?

When using a weapon without reach, does the range of booming blade still double if you have spell sniper?
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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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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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Is there a penalty for "reaching into melee"?

When using ranged weapons, firing into melee incurs a -4 penalty. Reach weapons are considered melee weapons, but they use ranged attack rules when it comes to determining cover. Since the firing ...
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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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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 changing your reach provoke opportunity attacks?

If a Mystic focusing on Giant Growth changes their reach, does it provoke opportunity attacks? Relevant rules PHB p195 You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that you can see ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How far do I need to be from a creature to be outside its reach?

I had my wood-elf beside a scarecrow. I moved 35 feet away, and then on its turn the scarecrow moved 30 feet after me. My character is now five feet away from a scarecrow, because I have five more ...
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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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