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Can summoned creatures take reactions?

Animate Dead is used to summon a Hollow Serpent. An ally within the hollow serpent's reach is attacked, triggering Divine Guardian. Does the summon have a reaction with which it can use Divine ...
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Can Hellish Rebuke be trigged by a damaging effect that also causes a condition such as "paralyzed" or "incapacited"?

Similar to a question posed here: Can you cast Hellish Rebuke as a reaction to damage that reduces you to zero hit points? However, I am wondering what should happen when a condition is applied as a ...
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Can you use silvery barbs to get advantage on a saving throw?

The description of the spell says 1 reaction, which you take when a creature you can see within 60 feet of yourself succeeds on an attack roll, an ability check, or a saving throw So it sounds like ...
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What spells take away an enemy's Reaction?

I know the cantrip Shocking Grasp removes an enemy's ability to use its Reaction if you hit: ... On a hit, the target takes 1d8 lightning damage, and it can't take reactions until the start of its ...
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If I trigger something on my turn, can I immediately take my Action to react?

Alberich the Absent-minded is moving towards the evil lich Xanax to put a leather bag over its head. Xanax' skeleton minion attacks him in passing with an opportunity attack. Alberich has not used his ...
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Do you have to take a reaction?

One of my players just got the Shield spell, which has a cast time of 1 reaction. I realized that I always thought, reactions were automatic. But since Shield is a level 1 spell, this would be quite ...
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If you have a reaction that disrupts the trigger, can you cause a creature using Stand to remain Prone?

In a recent bout with lesser deaths, we noticed some particulars about Move Actions that Trigger Reactions. Particularly: If you use a move action but don’t move out of a square, the trigger instead ...
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If you have a reaction that causes Prone, can you cause a creature using Stand to be Prone again?

In a recent bout with lesser deaths, we noticed some particulars about Move Actions that Trigger Reactions. Particularly: If you use a move action but don’t move out of a square, the trigger instead ...
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Can a Temporally Shunted character use any remaining actions for its turn?

As an example of the sort of action I'm talking about, at 7th level, when an Arcane Archer misses an attack, they can spend a bonus action to redirect their arrow with Curving Arrow: [...] you can ...
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Can I use Maneuvering Strike benefiting my mount, as a battle master?

Here's my scenario, I'm on a mount. I make a weapon attack and use Maneuvering Strike: When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you can [...] choose a friendly creature who can see or hear you. ...
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Twinned counterspell against multiple reactions [duplicate]

Wizard uses Magic Missiles on two opponents. Both opponents are using the Shield. The sorcerer uses Twinned spell on counterspell to counter the Shield. Can a sorcerer do that? I'm not sure if ...
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Extra attack timing: can it be interrupted?

I am trying to figure out if an extra attack can be interrupted by another effect and terminate the attack action before all attacks are completed. The specific example I'm dealing with is thus: I ...
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Casting a spell and a bonus action spell then using a reaction [duplicate]

I have an interesting edge condition. If I cast Healing Word as a Bonus Action and Fire Bolt as an Action, can I still cast Shield as a reaction?
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Does casting Counterspell on one's own turn contradict the '1-non-cantrip-spell per turn' rule?

I've read both the question Casting multiple spells in a single round and the question Is it possible to cast multiple spells per turn? about using multiple spells on my turn. I know there are plenty ...
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If an enemy hits a duplicate from the Mirror Image spell, does it trigger the Tempest cleric's Wrath of the Storm feature?

I'm playing D&D 5th edition. My character is a multiclassed Tempest cleric level 2/Sorcerer level 9. If an enemy hits one of the duplicates from a Mirror Image spell cast by me, does it trigger ...
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Do the smaller Black Puddings have their reactions in the same round as the original Black Pudding split?

The Split reaction available for the Black Pudding monster goes as follows: Split. When a pudding that is Medium or larger is subjected to lightning or slashing damage, it splits into two new ...
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Can Primal Savagery be used as a reaction with the War Caster feat?

My druid player has just taken the War Caster feat, which states (from the PHB): When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell ...
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On whose turn does a homunculus deliver its Artificer's spells?

I am DMing an Artificer for the first time and we have some questions about how his homunculus servant works. This question is about spells cast by the artificer but delivered by the servant. The ...
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If a Death's Head of Bhaal takes damage while it's asleep, can it use its Unstoppable reaction to reduce that damage to 0?

This came up in a recent session. The Death's Head of Bhaal (BG:DiA, p. 233) has a reaction called Unstoppable that allows it to reduce the damage from an attack to 0 (3 times per day). If a Death's ...
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Can you use reaction class features when receiving excess damage from polymorph ending?

Is it possible to use a reaction from your class when your polymorphed form is reduced to 0 hit points and the excess carries over to you? For example, let's say you're playing a rogue and your ...
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What is the appropriate way to account for readied-action movement time and time to attack when trying to utilise Pack Tactics?

Context I want to play a character that is a Kobold race and make good use of their Pack Tactics. Pack Tactics. You have advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of your allies ...
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Can you use free action(s) as part of a Ready Action?

The most obvious example of this, which came up in regards to another question's answer, is Quickened Casting Metamagic, but there may be other Free Actions that modify following actions or might ...
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Does the Kuo-toa's Sticky Shield reaction work on natural weapons?

As the title says, the Kuo-toa creature has a reaction that can catch weapons. I'm curious if it works on natural weapons like bites and punches. Here is the text in question. Sticky Shield. When a ...
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Can a creature react to being targeted by a missile attack from a non-Hidden foe?

Making an attack has the following structure: Choose a target. Determine modifiers. Resolve the attack (typically as a hit or miss) Consider a creature, standing near an ally, who could potentially ...
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What is the timing of a Rod of Absorption's spell-absorbing reaction?

Suppose I have a Rod of Absorption, which has this ability: While holding this rod, you can use your reaction to absorb a spell that is targeting only you and not with an area of effect. The absorbed ...
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Does the Hunter Ranger's Giant Killer allow you to grapple or shove with the reaction?

The Hunter Ranger's Giant Killer feature says: When a Large or larger creature within 5 feet of you hits or misses you with an attack, you can use your reaction to attack that creature immediately ...
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Can I cast Shield against an attack that hits me during a Time Stop? [duplicate]

Suppose an enemy casts Time Stop and then makes an attack against me, rolling a 20 to hit against my 16 AC. Normally, I could cast Shield to cause this attack to miss. And of course, this attack also ...
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How does the Interception fighting style interact with Uncanny Dodge?

If an enemy hits a Rogue with an attack, the Rogue uses Uncanny Dodge as a reaction, and at the same time a Fighter uses their reaction to use Interception to lessen the damage the Rogue takes: which ...
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Can an Arcane Archer choose to activate arcane shot after it gets deflected?

Inspired by Can I use deflect missile if I get an ally to shoot me? and Can a monk catch and throw an Arcane Archer's active Arcane Shot back at them with Deflect Missiles?, can a (friendly) ...
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Shield spell - removing the special effects of a hit [duplicate]

Background A Shield spell is cast as a reaction to an attack that hits. It applies its AC bonus even against the attack to which it is a reaction, meaning that it can make the attack that hit, ...
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Do reactions that trigger on saving throws give knowledge of saving throws that would otherwise be secret?

Preliminaries. Some reactions have triggers which are tangible events in the fiction of the game. For example, feather fall's casting time is: 1 reaction, which you take when you or a creature within ...
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Can reaction spells be cast without any trigger?

I've come across a few questions regarding the spell storing ring to which my question matters. Under spell storing ring it reads: Any creature can Cast a Spell of 1st through 5th Level into the ring ...
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Shield Spell and triggering effects of damage not taken

A Shield spell is cast as a reaction to an attack that hits. It applies its AC bonus even against the attack to which it is a reaction, meaning that it can make that attack that hit, retroactively ...
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In case a trigger for a readied action is someone else's reaction, what is resolved first?

I asked if you can ready an action with someone's reaction as a trigger. The answer is YES. But I'm still not sure - in such a case (i.e. a trigger for reaction being another reaction) - which ...
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Can you Ready an action with someone's reaction as a trigger?

The rule for readied action says: First, you decide what perceivable circumstance will trigger your reaction. Of course, it's rather hard to be ready for someone's else reactions, especially first-...
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If a humanoid or beast dies, can a Spores druid wait until their own turn to use the Fungal Infestation reaction feature to animate them as a zombie?

Circle of Spores druids gain the Fungal Infestation feature at 6th level. Its description states, in part (GGtR, p. 27): If a beast or humanoid that is Small or Medium dies within 10 feet of you, you ...
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Is there no way to have a single casting of the Feather Fall spell affect a whole group of people who decide to jump off a cliff during combat?

I couldn't find an answer to this in my reading of the source books nor on Stack Exchange. My players were engaged in an encounter in which enemies were able to manipulate air to "gust" them ...
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Sentinel's last function. What comes first, the attack or the reaction? [duplicate]

Quick question of the order between enemy actions and friendly reactions. Sentinel When a creature within your reach makes an attack against a target other than you (and that target doesn't have ...
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Can a UA Unity Domain cleric use Channel Divinity: Shared Burden as a reaction when the cleric takes damage?

I’m currently working on a Unity Domain cleric build, and I believe the wording of the ability Shared Burden is intended to be different than the RAW wording. The description of the Unity Domain ...
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Allowing Disengage for free

I'm the DM, and I'm concerned that combat feels pretty static. As I understand it in RAW: Once you've reached melee range, moving further away will provoke an opportunity attack, unless you disengage ...
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Are these homebrew reactions balanced with each other? [closed]

I have been working on a homebrew reaction system so that each person can do more throughout the initiative than the very rare opportunity attack or counterspell. I feel as though reactions should be ...
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Can I use Flash of Genius on an initiative roll?

The Artificer's Flash of Genius says: When you or another creature you can see within 30 feet of you makes an ability check or a saving throw, you can use your reaction to add your Intelligence ...
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Do you lose concentration on a Readied spell when you use your reaction for something else?

The War Wizard gets the Durable Magic feature at 10th level which states: [...] While you maintain concentration on a spell, you have a +2 bonus to AC and all saving throws. The Ready action states: ...
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Is there a work around for Counterspell and Identifying a spell both using a reaction?

In order to Identify a spell being cast (XGtE p85) a character can use their reaction to identify a spell as it's being cast, This is a problem because Counterspell (PH p228) also requires a ...
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Can a Readied Action be used multiple times in the same round if you have multiple reactions?

A Marilith picks up a Longbow to use in combat. It walks to a tower window overlooking a large battle with many creatures. It takes the Ready Action with a trigger of "when a creature moves or ...
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NPC Knight ability "parry" - how often can it be used?

In the Monster Manual the Knight has a reaction ability called Parry: Parry. The knight adds 2 to its AC against one melee attack that would hit it. To do so, the knight must see the attacker and ...
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Can you move during your reaction in a ready action?

So let's say that the party or the baddies want to dive a target all at once, but they are far apart on the turn order. Can the divers all do a ready action and then all jump in at once? Example: ...
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Can the Shield spell be cast in response to being hit by an invisible enemy?

Let's say I have a PC with the shield spell. I'm not surprised, and an invisible enemy hits me with an attack. My DM has not yet told me the attack roll number, so I am in a position to cast shield if ...
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Cutting Words timing when playing online

Lore Bard's Cutting Words feature states the following: Also at 3rd level, you learn how to use your wit to distract, confuse, and otherwise sap the confidence and competence of others. When a ...
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Is Ready required on your turn in order to use reaction abilities in between turns?

Do you have to Ready a reaction to use it? Thus, you would have had to used Ready as your action on your turn and wait for the trigger to use the reaction. Would it be correct to say that you cannot ...
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