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Can a readied spell be Counterspelled after it is cast, but before the trigger occurs?

Based on this question: Can Dispel magic be used on a readied spell before the trigger occurs? Can you Counterspell a readied spell after the turn the original spell is cast as normal, but before the ...
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Can Dispel Magic be used to stop a readied spell from taking effect before the trigger occurs?

NOTE: this does not refer to the case of readying a dispel magic spell to stop a spell from being cast as in this question, but rather using dispel magic to stop a readied spell from being cast. ...
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Can a readied action be disrupted?

If I ready an attack can it be disrupted or stopped in any way? What if someone else attacks or grapples me before the trigger? For example, if three party members have initiative before the bard and ...
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How does the Ready action work?

So from reading the Player's Handbook, it seems that the Ready action is taken instead of any other action as it is an action in its own right. However, can you move on the same turn that you ready an ...
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Can the whole party ready their action?

Let's says three party members have initiative before me. I want to cast Faerie Fire to give possible advantage. Can my three allies ready their attack saying, “When our bard casts his spell, I attack?...
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Does making an Overwatch attack end the Overwatch?

In the two versions of WH40K Roleplay I have access to (Deathwatch and Only War) the Overwatch action is presented with largely identical text, as follows: The active character guards a specific ...
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Is ending one's turn considered a perceivable circumstance? [duplicate]

The rules for the Ready action are as follows: First, you decide what perceivable circumstance will trigger your reaction. Then, you choose the action you will take in response to that trigger, or ...
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How is a Ready action handled if it triggers on your own turn?

You can break up your movement on your turn, using some of your speed before and after your action". (PHB, Ch9, Movement and Position) ... you can take the Ready action on your turn so that you can ...
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Does taking the option to ignore a Ready trigger waste it, or let you use it on a later trigger?

When the trigger occurs, you can either take your reaction right after the trigger finishes or ignore the trigger. (PHB, Ch9, Actions in Combat) Does that mean that by ignoring the trigger you don't ...
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Can I Ready an action to run away?

This is a follow-up to Can I Ready an action to Disengage? It looks to me that the 5E RAW does not have a simple way to declare a behaviour like this: If anything nasty comes towards me, I run in ...
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Can I Ready an action to Disengage?

I want to ready the disengage action as a trigger if a creature appears near me. Is that possible? My DM told me I could ready any other action like dodge, etc. as a trigger except for disengage. I'...
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Does getting hit interupt a movement (specifically in regards to Booming Blade)?

I came across a situation where one of my PCs were fighting against a caster that had readied booming blade for if they provoked an Attack of Opportunity. they decided to try and break the casters ...
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Readying an action for sneak attacks in surprise rounds

If a rogue gains a second action during a surprise round (through Haste, action surges, etc.), can he ready the second action to interrupt an enemy's turn while they are surprised? Or does there need ...
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Does a Readied action extend into another round?

Had a 5e session today, with a player wanting to delay his turn. Since Delay was removed and Ready was the closest option, we tried to use it. In this situation his trigger action was to wait until ...
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Timing of the Ready action when the trigger is associated with spell casting? [duplicate]

The Ready action occurs when the trigger finishes (PHB p.192): 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 ...
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Can I Sneak Attack with a bonus action, then Ready another Sneak Attack?

I have a twf rogue with throwing daggers. I use my bonus action to sneak attack an enemy. Can I Ready action after I use a bonus action? Does Readying action count as a separate turn? Can I attack ...
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Bracing Against a Charge and Reach

If I were to set myself up to brace for a charge with a Longspear, do I get both my readied attack for double damage when they move into reach and my attack of opportunity for normal damage (or would ...
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Can you Eldritch Blast as a Readied action even though it's multiple attacks?

It has been already said that the eldritch blast is an attack with separate spell attack rolls on each beam The PHB states: You can direct the beams at the same target or at different ones. Make ...
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How are simultaneously-triggered Readied actions resolved?

Concerning the following scenario: On her turn of the combat round, Alice readies an action to attack Bob as soon as he's within her weapon's reach. On his subsequent turn in the same round, Bob ...
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Readied actions to intercept projectiles

I'm going to be a first-time DM in a few weeks DMing for some new players who will not necessarily be reading the rules. Because of this, I'm trying to get a good grasp on as much of the free material ...
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If a readied actions is triggered by the readying of another action, can the action being readied also resolve?

In our last session the party was ambushed by 4 drows... (Arcane Guard - City of the spider Queen). The guards were willing to talk but 3 of the drows had electricity crackling over their hands, so ...
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How does taking an action with my reaction work?

How does taking an action with my reaction work? For example: If my initiative put me first, but I wanted to attack after a certain event, can I use my action as a reaction to use my Attack action (...
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Does a Readied spell immediately use a spell slot?

The PHB is a bit unclear when it comes to readied spells in combat. If I lose my concentration do I lose the spell slot? What about if the trigger never occurs, do I get the spell slot back?
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Can a readied action come between an attack roll and its damage roll?

So, the rules for Hiding from the Player Basic Rules, p. 73: If you are hidden—both unseen and unheard—when you make an attack, you give away your location when the attack hits or misses. Let's ...
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Can the Dispel Magic spell be Readied to counter an opponent's spell?

When playing as a spellcaster, is it valid the use of the Ready action to prepare Dispel Magic to counter a spell cast by an opponent? In the same vein, when declaring said action, do I have to ...
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How long can a readied spell be held before it's lost?

From RAW, it's clear that a character can ready a spell that has a casting time of 1 action and release the spell when the trigger occurs or directly after the trigger finishes:1 Provided, that the ...
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How specific does the trigger for a readied action have to be?

Let's suppose I'm a wizard casting a ranged spell. An enemy is behind cover but I suspect he'll come out, so I ready an action to cast at him when he comes out; but I don't want to risk getting ...
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Can players “Ready” outside of combat?

Can players in 5e ready an action before combat begins? If so, does this impose any penalties? (I saw this, but it is written for 4e and IMO the answer left something to be desired)
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Can you use a readied action to act on a different round?

From the PHB, page 193: 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 so that you can act ...
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In what order do multiple readied actions with the same trigger resolve?

My players have been scheming with rapid entry tactics for the megadungeon I've recently started running. Unfortunately, the monsters are aware of the adventurers, and this has lead to a weird ...
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Can you use readied actions to avoid being hit?

Can you use readied actions to avoid being hit? This came up in our game today; after I thought about it, it seems incredibly exploitable. Here are some examples of how you could avoid being hit. As ...
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Using a familiar to deliver a touch attack with the Ready action

The last paragraph of the Find Familiar spell contains the following: ...when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. Your ...
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Can you ready an action for “immediately before my next turn”?

I have two actions that I want to do one right after the other, while trying to avoid anything happening between the two actions that could interfere with my plan. What I want to do is, on one turn, ...
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Using a Readied Action to avoid Opportunity Attacks

In 4E, combatants can't take Opportunity Actions (OAs) and Immediate Actions (IAs) on their own turn. Some Defenders function by getting to make OAs or IAs whenever the enemy attacks or shifts. This ...
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Is it possible to interrupt spellcasting?

As this blog post suggests, there seems to be a hole in the D&D Basic rules. Maybe. The rules for readying an action state: When the trigger occurs, you can either take your reaction right ...
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Do readied actions dissappear when falling unconscious?

Suppose I've readied an action to attack a minion, and then I was damaged below 0hp and fell unconscious. On the next turn I was healed. Do I still have the readied action to hit the minion or did it ...
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In 3.5 DnD, readying a move action to go adjacent to an enemy provoking AoO

If you ready an action to move into threat range of an enemy triggered by that enemy doing something that would trigger an Attack of Opportunity (such as casting a spell or moving out of a square), do ...
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How do you handle Held action in Savage Worlds?

Ok, the Held actions have been giving us a lot of trouble recently. I'm gonna illustrate a situation: Let's say a vampire gets a King of Spades, a zombie gets a 3 of hearts, a ranger gets a Queen of ...
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Using a readied action to manifest an opportunity attack or action by interrupting movement

Below I will present two similar scenarios in which I would like to use a readied action to interrupt an enemy's movement, with the specific goal of provoking an opportunity attack from that enemy ...
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What's the result when a Readied Action is triggered by another Readied Action?

Suppose two PCs both ready actions, and the triggering conditions are such that one PC's readied action is triggered by the second PC's readied action. What's the resulting initiative order if the ...
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Immobilized creature doesn't want to pay; can he charge instead?

Here is the situation that has come up often in our group: A creature is immobilized(save ends) at the start of its turn. As no enemies are adjacent, its options are limited. The creature readies a ...
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Readying an action before combat

Suppose the party suspects that combat is imminent, and some of the PCs ready actions (attack nearest hostile creature, attack first thing that moves). Then combat erupts. Some of the PCs are ...
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How does a readied action triggered on movement adjacent to an ally work when an enemy charges?

A readied action is an Immediate Reaction. A charge is a movement with an attack at the end. Suppose the following case: A PC charged with protecting his party's wizard does not want to move away ...
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Does readying an encounter or daily power expend it automatically?

Question: If I ready a daily or encounter power to trigger on a certain condition. Such as the fighter power Sweeping Blow with a condition such as to trigger when 3 or more enemies are adjacent to me....
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If a readied ranged attack action is used against the appearance of a burrowing creature, does the attack provoke an attack of opportunity?

In a recent D&D 4e session the characters readied an action, with the condition being the appearance of a burrowing creature from the ground. Suddenly the creature burst from the ground in front ...
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Sustaining a power and readied actions: what happens?

This came up today at our gaming session. I was sustaining a Wall of Fire with my minor actions. The enemy was out of sight and I readied an action to Thunderwave them into the Wall of Fire if they ...

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