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Questions tagged [readied-action]

An action "held" to react to an anticipated circumstance.

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Can I Ready an action to do something I'm not currently capable of doing?

Suppose I'm not currently holding a sword, but my ally is going to toss one to me on their next turn. Can I ready an action to attack with the sword that I'm not yet in possession of, with a trigger ...
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Can a readied Gust interrupt an attack? [duplicate]

If I ready the cantrip Gust to push back the first enemy that tries to use a (melee) attack against my party, what happens if the push back was successful? Does it interrupt the attack? Does the ...
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Does someone who fails against Dissonant Whispers on their turn waste their movement for that turn?

Dissonant whispers (PHB, pg. 235) says: The target must make a Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, it takes 3d6 psychic damage and must immediately use its reaction to move as far as its speed ...
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Can I target multiple creatures with a readied spell that can target multiple creatures?

Some spells can have multiple targets, like eldritch blast (at higher levels) or scorching ray. Eldritch blast (PHB, pg. 237) says: The spell creates more than one beam when you reach higher ...
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Ready Action Multiple Attacks [duplicate]

How many attacks do I get with a ready action? I normally get two attacks in an action, an action surge attack(when I use an action surge), and a bonus action attack. If I ready an attack so that ...
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Can a character maintain concentration on a readied spell after being affected by the Feeblemind spell?

A caster T readies a spell on their turn, then an enemy caster E targets them with feeblemind. T passes the Constitution save against the 4d6 psychic damage to maintain concentration, but fails the ...
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Can you use a readied action after Haste?

Let's say before I even enter combat, I cast Blade Ward as a ready action, and saying "I'll release this as soon as Haste ends," then cast Haste on myself After Haste ends, it says that When the ...
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Can you Ready a Concentration spell?

The rules on Readying a spell are as follows (PHB, p. 193, bold added) When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy, which you release with your reaction when the trigger ...
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Are there serious Balance Implications to permitting Bonus Actions to be Readied/Prepared?

My Ancients Paladin is commonly stymied by the limitation on Readied Actions, in that Bonus Actions cannot under any circumstances, per RAW, be "prepared". For example, suppose a Paladin wished to ...
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Opportunity Attack, Ready Action, & Eldritch Blast/Repelling Blast

Scenario: A druid ally is in melee range of an enemy berserker and decides to move away, provoking an attack of opportunity from the berserker. My character has readied an action: Cast Eldritch ...
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Is it possible to hold a spell cast from a spell scroll by Readying it?

The rules for the Ready action say: When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy, which you release with your reaction when the trigger occurs. So, can this apply to a spell ...
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Can you release a readied spell with a range of touch while not touching the target?

For example, can a wizard ready an invisibility spell with a range of "touch" and trigger it later on while not touching the target?
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What happens when 2 readied actions trigger at the same time? [duplicate]

The Setting: Two wizards both ready the Polymorph spell targeting each other. They both choose the same trigger. In this example let us say the trigger is someone shouting “now.” What happens? ...
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When exactly does a creature take the first damage from Cloud of Daggers?

Many spells that inflict AOE damage over the course of more than one turn describe that the subject takes the damage when it enters the area or starts its turn there. I quote for example the PHB ...
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Does Silence cancel a readied spell?

The silence spell description states: For the duration, no sound can be created within or pass through a 20-foot-radius sphere centered on a point you choose within range. Any creature or ...
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Can you ready a ranged attack on a suspected completely concealed enemy?

Is it possible to ready a ranged weapon attack (specifically with a longbow) when you suspect there might be an enemy lurking and hidden, completely concealed from you? For example, my party and I ...
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How does moving away from an enemy as a readied action work?

I was reading the rules for the "ready" action, and they give an example for a specific action a player might ask to have at the ready: “If the goblin steps next to me, I move away.” Let's say I ...
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As a DM, do I have to declare the actions that NPCs ready?

A question arose when I was reading the PHB's section about "Actions in Combat: Ready" that reads: Sometimes you want to get the jump on a foe or wait for a particular circumstance before you act. ...
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Can a Legendary creature Ready a Legendary Action?

We got Tommy the Dragon who fights against Mark the adventurer. Tommy spends his Action doing a Dragon Breath, then before Tommy’s turn, has a Legendary action to Claw him. However, Mark is too far ...
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Does a “Recharge X-Y” ability need to recharge after it is Readied (but not used)?

This question was prompted by recent discussions on dragon breath weapons and cover. It occurred to me that a dragon could potentially use the Ready action to use its breath weapon once a certain ...
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How specific does the Action for Ready need to be?

Starting with the rules for the Ready action: Sometimes you want to get the jump on a foe or wait for a particular circumstance before you act. To do so, you can take the Ready action on your turn, ...
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Can I combine the Blink Spell and a readied action to move around in the ethereal plane?

Assuming I have cast the Blink spell on the previous turn and that I roll over 11 on the D20 for Blink at the end of my turn, can readying an action with the trigger "When I enter the ethereal plane, ...
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What are the basic limitations for using a Reaction to move? Does movement used on your Turn matter?

Please help my players and myself who are having trouble understanding what movement is allowed when using Reactions to move during and after each Turn in a Round. In the player's handbook in "...
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Can you ready a firebolt spell to be used as a torch?

The description of the Ready action states When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy Does this mean you could cast a fire bolt spell, hold its energy indefinitely (as long ...
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Do you get Extra Attacks when you ready an attack and use it in your own turn?

It's the same as this question, but the Readied Attack Action is used in your own turn, so all the answers for this other question, as well as its dupes, aren't valid any more, as they are based on ...
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Can you forgo your readied action to take an opportunity attack instead?

Example: Player 1 uses the ready action to do something when something happens (unimportant) Goblin, decides to charge across the battlefield and attack Player 2, but happens to cross paths with ...
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Feats that modify readied actions

I remember a set of feats that expanded what you could do with readied actions. I believe it was two or three feats that let you ready general actions like a move or full round with no trigger to ...
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Do you get your free interaction during a readied action?

Example situation: You're on the other side of a door. You have a spell slot available for Magic Missiles. Can you ready an action to, on the Rogue's signal, open the door and cast Magic Missiles at ...
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Readied actions vs spells

If a kineticst were to ready an action to use Kinetic Cover when an opponent acts aggressively towards him, how would that interact with a Cleric casting Blindness/Deafness on the kineticist? ...
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“Delay Action” instead of “Ready Action”

I really don't like the Ready Action. Smart (and/or tactical) players might be able to use readied actions to great effect and without problems, but my players and I find this game mechanic to be ...
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Can you stay invisible by readying an attack instead of attacking?

The Invisibility spell reads thus: A creature you touch becomes invisible until the spell ends. Anything the target is wearing or carrying is invisible as long as it is on the target's person. The ...
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Questions about riding an intelligent mount and special initiative actions

While riding an intelligent mount, while your character undertakes his normal actions (such as draw a weapon, attack, etc), what happens if the mount uses its move action to move and then uses its ...
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Can you Ready two actions using Action Surge

The title really says it all. Are you able to Ready an action and then use Action Surge to Ready another? If so, can you be waiting for either of two different triggers to occur? Action Surge: ...
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Can a thrown javelin be catapult-ed back?

The wizard is chased through the woods by a bandit. The bandit is 50 feet behind the wizard and continuously throws javelins at him. The wizard then readies a Catapult spell. The trigger is "after the ...
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Can a readied action or an attack of opportunity interrupt and thus cancel another action?

Can an attack of opportunity or a readied action interfere with another creature's action so that the creature, essentially, loses that action? Example 1: Nadir the rogue and Peake the bugbear are ...
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When does a readied action trigger on “when the enemy moves”? [duplicate]

Follow up from Can I specify the timing "before ..." for my ready action? When my trigger is "when the enemy moves", when does the readied action trigger, after they move 5 ft, or after ...
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Can I specify the timing “before …” for my ready action?

Example scenario: I ready to cast Booming Blade on a target before they move (either away from me, or stay within my range) The "before" condition is important, because without it, if the target ...
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Can you ready actions?

I recently learned that you can't ready bonus actions, because you can't ready any action that can normally be performed only on your turn: A bonus action can be taken only on your turn. You, ...
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Can I ready an action to attack using Spiritual Weapon?

I cast Spiritual Weapon to spawn a sword beside an enemy. Can I use my action to ready my Spiritual Weapon to attack (for example, when the enemy tries to flee - not Opportunity Attack) when a ...
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Can I ready an action to roll away from an attack or special attack? [duplicate]

In the video game Dark Souls, a key strategy is to watch for an enemy to start making an attack, such as a melee attack or breath weapon, whereupon you tumble out of the way to avoid the attack. The ...
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Is “when the spellcaster decides to cast a spell at me” a perceivable Ready trigger using the Detect Thoughts spell?

I understand that, in general, an action can't be readied before someone casts a spell because the trigger for the ready action must be perceivable. Well, what if the character with the readied ...
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Could a Ready action happen before a dragon's breath weapon by having the trigger be “targeting someone with it”?

So, I was looking at this question, and was discussing it with my friend. In the question, they ask whether someone could block a breath weapon by readying a Wall of Stone with the trigger "If the ...
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Can I ready an action to block a breath weapon with Wall of Stone?

Let's say a spellcaster is fighting a dragon. Can a they ready their action to put up a Wall of Stone with a trigger of "If the dragon uses his breath weapon I block it with Wall of Stone"? If so, how ...
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When does a reaction happen if the trigger is movement?

I realize there are a bunch of these questions about the ready action but I couldn't find one that answers what I have in mind. I know by RAW the reaction happens after the trigger finishes but how ...
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Can you use Ready an Action while stunned?

The party encounters the BBEG, they quickly burn through their legendary resistances, and the monk burns a ki point to do stunning strike. The BBEG fails his roll, and is stunned before he has a ...
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Ready cast spell when an enemy cast a spell vs Counterspell

Inspired by Can I deny a counterspell by readying my spell behind full cover? What happens when I ready to cast a spell when an enemy cast a spell, when an enemy has Counterspell prepared? According ...
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If I move out of range of an attack/spell using a Readied Action, does that original attack/spell occur?

Related to this question and this question. In the case of a readied action where the trigger is specific enough to occur before the attack completes, does the attack complete? The timeline: ...
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What is the time-frame for a Readied action

While you can maintain a Readied action for 6 seconds, how quickly does the resulting action take place? Can it occur before a fireball reaches me? Or an arrow? For example, if I Ready the teleport ...
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Can readied attack for “when the enemy tries to move” be avoided by Disengage? [closed]

I'm unclear about what the real-world examples behind "Disengage" action, thus this question. What's the difference between readied attack when an enemy moves away from you, and an Opportunity Attack?...
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Can a readied attack trigger on fake spellcasting?

One of the bandit ready a melee attack against a wizard when he cast a spell. My PC knows something was off, and pulled a fake spellcasting (successful Performance). First, I agree that the ...