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For questions about readied actions. A readied action is an action "held" to react to an anticipated circumstance.

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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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Can I deny a counterspell by readying my spell behind full cover?

Suppose I am within counterspell range of an enemy mage (who has counterspell) and want to guarantee that my spell won't be countered. Could I do so entirely on my turn by moving behind full cover, ...
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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 ...
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What are limits on the trigger of a readied action? [duplicate]

I have a player who likes to use a readied action as follows: “If a hostile creature appears I Eldritch Blast it”. To me, this is overreaching, since a character can’t be aware and targeting 360 ...
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Can you Ready an action with “receive a buff from an ally” as the trigger?

I have a question about the Ready action. I've read the book, but it does not offer a lot of examples. I had a moment yesterday where one character wished to use the Ready action to wait until the ...
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Who goes first on tied readied action? [duplicate]

PCs and enemies were on two sides of a closed door. Both parties readied actions in case someone opens the door - mostly attacking whoever is on the other side. Finally one enemy opened the door and ...
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Can the action in a Ready Action be conditional?

The Ready Action is described as: First, you decide what perceivable circumstance will trigger your reaction. Then, you choose the action you will take in response to that trigger, or you ...
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Does a braced spear have to only be readied specifically against a charge to deal double damage?

Let's say I'm holding a spear (or halberd, or urgrosh, or any other weapon that can be braced) and ready an action to attack the next enemy that comes within reach. If someone charges me, triggering ...
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Can a warlock ready an action to shatter an incoming arrow?

A warlock is flying above the trees, and an enemy shoots him with an arrow. Fully expecting another arrow, can the warlock ready his shatter invocation to destroy the next arrow mid-air before it hits ...
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If I ready an action to an enemy's attack targeting my ally, and my reaction helps my ally move, does the enemy get to retarget?

So, I was thinking about the rules as I often do. I thought up a hypothetical that hasn't come up before because none of the people in my play group have try doing the maneuver fighter before. The ...
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Can you Ready an attack using the Cleave feat(s)?

If I use the Ready action stating 'I use a Cleave attack when an enemy comes within range' for... You can ready a standard action, a move action, a swift action, or a free action. To do so, ...
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Can a monk use his Martial Arts bonus-action unarmed strike when using a readied action to attack?

My group is pretty new to D&D 5e, and the bonus action is confusing one of our players. When a monk does an attack from a readied action, can he then use his bonus-action unarmed strike? I ...
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When and how does combat start in a standoff?

I run Adventurers league at a local game cafe with a veteran group that has lots of experience playing prior editions. However these players knowledge of the rules is an amalgamation of 5e rules and ...
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How to assign the order and sequence of multiple out of turn reactions along with the turn’s proper actions?

A combat encounter began with both sides noticing each other from a very long distance. The players planned readied actions or reactions for the approach of the enemy. Player 1, a heavily-armored ...
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Do you get all your attacks if you ready an Attack Action? [duplicate]

Say I have a fighter who has three attacks and uses ready action/hold action to "Attack the next person to come through that door". If someone comes through the door, does he get his reaction to get ...
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Can I ready my action by hearing?

Three allies and I are in a room fighting an enemy. On his turn, the enemy goes underground. Waiting for him to pop up, can I ready my action with my bow saying, “When an ally yells, ‘Over here!’ I ...
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Can I cover a whole room with my readied action?

Three allies and I are in a room and an enemy just went underground. Can I ready my action with my bow saying: "When he pops out from underground I attack"? What happens if he pops up behind me? Do I ...
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Aborting Simultaneous Readied Actions

Expanding on How are simultaneously-triggered Readied actions resolved? Last session, I was DM and the party was engaging an Earth Elemental which was using its Earth Glide to hide in the rocks, pop ...
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Can you ready an action to attack a hidden creature before it attacks you?

The hidden creature is in an adjacent room, he has cunning action, and is taking the hide action every turn after shooting his arrow. He's popping his head, taking the attack action, moving to total ...
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Do I need line of sight to ready an action?

While readying an action, one needs to chose which action he wants to take and (if applicable) on which target. Can I target a generic "the next creature that becomes a valid target" or do I need to ...
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What happens to the readied spell if you ignore all triggers?

PHB p.193: When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy, which you release with your reaction when the trigger occurs. the same page: When the trigger occurs, you can ...
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Can a creature with multiattack make more than one attack as part of a readied attack?

I had a group of Bullywugs ambush the party when they were fighting a giant frog in a clearing in a swamp. The bullywugs were hidden in reeds and sedges around the clearing and they had all readied an ...
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Can you use a readied action to teleport out of the way of a weapon attack?

Let's say that a player uses the ready action and says "If a character aims at me with a weapon, I'll use Teleport to move behind cover." What happens? Does this work? If not, please cite the rules ...
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Do you get to use the additional attack from the Extra Attack feature as well when you Ready an Attack action?

Do you get to use the additional attack from the Extra Attack feature as well when you Ready an Attack action? One of my players, a monk, decided to Ready an action as an earth elemental was about to ...
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Can you take a readied action in the middle of another character's action?

My question is a generalization of this one: Can you interrupt an action with a Ready Action? When you ready an action in Pathfinder, the readied player jumps in an instant before the trigger happens ...
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As a monk, can I use Deflect Missiles to protect my ally?

A follow-up question to As a monk, can I use Deflect Missiles to intentionally catch a projectile? Let's say I intentionally want to catch an enemy's projectile using the Deflect Missiles feature. ...
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Surprise, ready an action and bashing doors

I'm a bit confused about how "surprise" and "ready an action" interact in the following situation: Behind a door two ogres are having breakfast. One PC kicks the door, the others PCs says that they ...
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Can a spell be readied to trigger when its intended target comes into view?

Can I ready witch bolt, for instance, with the condition of attacking "the first goblin to come out of the cave" if I cannot see the goblin at the time of my (Ready) action? To be perfectly clear: at ...
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Can a PC use a readied action to deflect a projectile?

Let's say that my party is fighting a bunch of kobolds outdoors. The kobolds are slinging a bunch of rocks at the party, and one player says, "I ready my action until a rock comes my way, and then I ...