Questions tagged [terrain]

For questions about the physical features of an area of land, and how those features affect combat, travel, and other aspects of the game - or about the use of various techniques for simulating terrain when using miniatures.

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Are there any rules for digging out of a grave?

Here is the situation. The villain used a Sleep spell to take out a player. each creature affected by this spell falls unconscious until the spell ends, the sleeper takes damage, or someone uses an ...
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Where does a creature - flying low over a large body of water - descend when subject to the Earthbind spell?

In looking at the question Can the Erupting Earth spell be cast somewhere that isn't on “ground”?, other examples of spells involving the "ground" could be useful. Or not. Which leads to the ...
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Grease spell: Can a creature with 10 strength or more jump over the greased area?

The spell Grease does the following: Slick grease covers the ground in a 10-foot square centered on a point within range and turns it into difficult terrain for the duration. A creature that enters ...
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Can you take a guarded step in difficult terrain

So the way I am reading the rules it seems impossible to take a guarded step in Starfinder in difficult terrain. So the guarded step rules say:- You can carefully step 5 feet as a move action. This ...
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Does spike growth inflict cumulative damage on large and bigger creatures?

Spike growth: The ground in a 20-foot radius centered on a point within range twists and sprouts hard spikes and thorns. The area becomes difficult terrain for the duration. When a creature moves ...
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Does Natural Explorer's double proficiency apply to perception checks while keeping watch?

The Natural Explorer class feature is sort of vague about what skill checks count When you make an Intelligence or Wisdom check related to your favored terrain, your proficiency bonus is doubled if ...
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How does having multiple Speeds interact with Difficult Terrain?

The rules on "Using Different Speeds" state (emphasis mine): [...] Whenever you switch, subtract the distance you've already moved from the new speed. The result determines how much farther ...
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Does Hold Person cast on a Spider Climbing NPC affect their ability stay on a vertical surface?

An NPC spell caster that is using spider climb at the top of a 30' pillar where it meets the ceiling is magically held by hold person. I have two related questions: When Hold Person goes into effect, ...
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How can I identify the different terrains on the Chult map in Tomb of Annihilation?

At the back of the Tomb of Annihilation book, in Appendix B, there is a random encounters table for Wilderness Encounters on pp. 194-195. The different terrains listed in that table are as follows: ...
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Difficult terrain while flying [closed]

I am playing a very specialized character. The goal is to use Precipice Strike with arcane trickster surprise spells feature. Since being on the ground naturally puts me at greater risk, I was ...
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Does Monk Unarmored Movement work on snow?

Monk's Unarmored Movement says that at 9th level [...] you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces and across liquids on Your Turn without Falling during the move. Is there anything in the ...
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How to map out and run an encounter set in a predominantly vertical area online?

Upcoming in one of my D&D 5E games, the player characters are going to have to venture down a dwarven mineshaft while being attacked by dwarf zombies. The shaft itself is an entirely vertical pit, ...
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What kind of illusory terrain can the Mirage Arcane spell change the targeted area to?

The spell mirage arcane is problematic in that much is left undefined, or unclear. It is a 7th-level spell, so its powers are unexpectedly great. Nonetheless, there must be some limitations to the ...
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Does difficult terrain on the material plane impart the same on the ethereal plane?

We encountered a forest which was difficult terrain. Using the Blink spell a character appeared in the ethereal plane and moved some distance. My warlock with poor stealth spotted a group of ...
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Is the illusion created by Invoke Duplicity affected by difficult terrain?

Is the illusion created by the Trickery Domain Cleric affected by difficult terrain when moving? As a DM, I'm assuming that it is not affected by difficult terrain. Is that correct? I assume if a ...
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How do ball bearings and difficult terrain stack?

There is already this Q/A on whether difficult terrains stack (they do not). And this Q/A on whether ball bearings and caltrops stack (they do not). But when looking at the description for ball ...
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How many gallons of mayo does one need to pour on the ground to replicate the Grease spell?

Full disclosure - the following is a silly question. The Grease spell states: Slick grease covers the ground in a 10-foot square centered on a point within range and turns it into difficult ...
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Can Nolzur's Marvelous Pigments be used to open a hole or door through a Wall of Force or Forcecage?

The Forcecage spell states: A creature inside the cage can't leave it by nonmagical means. And its box mode states: A prison in the shape of a box can be up to 10 feet on a side, creating a ...
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What low-level wizard/cleric spells can create permanent difficult terrain?

Which low-level (1st-3rd) Wizard or Cleric spells can create long-lasting1 difficult terrain in at least 6x6 squares? (Or 4 square radius) It is to prevent Huge enemies from taking 5-foot steps. ...
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How do I keep my wooden hexagonal tiles from shifting under miniatures?

I've got these little (3 cm corner to corner, 2.4 cm side to side, about 2–3 mm thick) hexagonal wooden tiles I'm planning to use in my D&D campaigns. I plan to paint them on both sides, with one ...
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Can you move over difficult terrain with only 5 feet of movement?

Assuming a character or creature with very little speed - say, 15 feet. It gets hit with a ray of frost, reducing its speed to 5 feet. It is attempting to move through difficult terrain. Can the ...
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Spell combat in confined spaces, are there penalties?

I've got a Brute Vigilante who also enjoys taking an Enlarge Person potion now and then (we've ruled that the brute ability is not magical and can stack with the magical enlargement). I've read and ...
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For the ranger's Natural Explorer feature, which favored terrain are caves and dungeons classified under?

As a side question to mdrichey's post PHB Ranger Natural Explorer: Does Underdark terrain type mean any underground terrain? I would like to get a bit more clarification: If my character was raised ...
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How can I take a waterfall's effect on a jump into consideration mechanically?

There's a hidden chamber in my recent dungeon that's blocked by a waterfall coming from the ceiling and decending on a hole in front of the chamber. Right now, my players are cleaning the dungeon and ...
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Would the benefits of an aarakocra ranger's Natural Explorer feature apply when they are flying over their favoured terrain?

In a group I currently run, there is an Aarakocra ranger that likes to fly a lot. It's been fun overcoming some of the challenges this can bring to the table, but I have something coming up that I'm ...
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Are teleportation effects like Dimensional Door affected by difficult terrain?

When you use teleportation effects, generally you just appear somewhere and its assumed that you have taken the most direct route to that location. Arcanists can have dimensional slide which fucntions ...
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For the purposes of the ranger's Natural Explorer feature, what terrain type is Wave Echo Cave from Lost Mine of Phandelver?

This is a follow-up to this question. The ranger's Natural Explorer feature states: You are particularly familiar with one type of natural environment and are adept at traveling and surviving in ...
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PHB Ranger Natural Explorer: Does Underdark terrain type mean any underground terrain?

For the Player's Handbook Ranger (not Unearthed Arcana Revised Ranger), does the Natural Explorer terrain type of "Underdark" really mean any underground terrain, such as an underground cave? Of the ...
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Does pushing someone into difficult terrain require extra "movement"?

The Way of the Open Hand monk gets the Open Hand Technique feature at 3rd level, which allows the following effect as one of the options when using Flurry of Blows: Whenever you hit a creature with ...
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What mechanics can be used to make the environment itself into a challenging adversary for the players?

Most RPGs leverage combat as a main source of mechanical conflict. From what I can tell, this tradition stems from RPG's heritage in tabletop war games, and to this day combat remains a staple of the ...
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Are there published rules for navigating and travelling through jungles?

I’m interested in designing part of my D&D campaign to have a jungle environment which the players will potentially need to navigate at some point. Does D&D 5e have published rules for ...
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Why are there no jungle rules in 5e? [duplicate]

This is far from a game breaking oversight but it been bugging me for sometime. Why isn't Jungle part of the rules for different environments? Now ever since Tolkien the fantasy genre has as a rule ...
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Combat on a spiral staircase

Are there any rules regarding combat on a spiral staircase? In real life, castle-towers had spiral staircases designed to give a definitive advantage to the defending party, always spiraling in such a ...
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How do I know what terrain is where in the Forgotten Realms?

I am a DM using the Storm King's Thunder adventure book, and the party is currently in the midst of the very open-ended Chapter 3, as they wander around various places interacting with the world of ...
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Is a space containing the corpse of a dead creature considered difficult terrain?

I have seen it happen at numerous tables: there's a corpse on the ground, and the DM says that the space in which it lies is difficult terrain. As far as I know there is no rule explicitly requiring ...
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Unanchoring Climbing Kits

Now before I say anything, yes I checked this discussion: Are there official mechanics for how a climbing kit gets used in play, or is it DM discretion? It didn't have the answer I was looking for, ...
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Invisibility under water

How is invisibility treated underwater? Does the water move around them? Can they be located by displacement? Is there anything that modifies concealment? Does how thick or murky have any effect? What ...
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How can a sorcerer be treated as being in a different terrain?

A sorcerer that possesses the archetype stone warder is at his best in hills, mountains, and underground terrain. How can a stone warder ensure that he is in such terrain even when he otherwise isn't? ...
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Are there official mechanics for how a climbing kit gets used in play, or is it DM discretion?

Our sorcerer is not an athlete, so she bought a climbers kit to explore the steep slopes of the tundras & snow caps of the sword mountains. This entails some 30, 40, 50 feet climbs on rock and ...
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Is this how Natural Explorer works for long distance travel?

The ranger's Natural Explorer feature allows the ranger and his entire party to ignore difficult terrain when traveling more than an hour. The size of party isn't a factor, nor is whether the party is ...
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Wall of Sand on Difficult Terrain

Looking into this question prompted this inquiry: What happens when you move through a wall of sand on difficult terrain? This involves the understanding that wall of sand changes the cost of moving ...
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What favored terrain would be the most optimal for Storm King's Thunder (NW Faerun)?

I've gone taken a gander at some maps of NW Faerun and I am not sure exactly which terrain would be useful. My players and I are doing session zero in a couple days and my ranger player has asked me ...
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Does difficult terrain stack?

I was playing an encounter from the tales from the yawning portal hardcover and in this room every foot of movement is 3 feet of speed. We were bunched up by the door and needed to move through each ...
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Penalties involved in movement scenario

What penalties to movement apply to the following scenario containing multiple hazards? Alvy is a Ponykind Unicorn (from the Ponyfinder campaign setting) - she is a medium-sized quadruped with a ...
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Is a thrown net considered difficult terrain?

A net is by far the biggest thrown weapon there is in the standard table, and as you throw it with disadvantage, you will often miss, causing a few nets to lay on the battleground. Let's assume that a ...
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How do Big Creatures move through Difficult Terrain?

How does difficult terrain work for big creatures when part of it leaves and another part enters same terrain during the same move. For example,if a huge creature moves through a medium one, does it ...
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Can you make multiple acrobatics checks in a round to avoid or reduce the penalty for difficult terrain?

Lets say I have a character, and all around them is difficult terrain for 100 feet in all directions. My character have an overland movement speed of 30. From one direction double moving at 20 for a ...
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Can you take the run action underwater?

I have an underwater encounter coming up soon in my D&D 3.5e game. They will be entering a flooded section of dungeon. Rules say PCs can walk on the bottom, at half normal speed. (DMG, p. 92, or ...
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Assuming your PCs can breathe underwater with a spell, what is the maximum depth they can go without assistance?

If a PC has a spell or item that allows them to breathe underwater, gives them gills, or whatever other means they might acquire to not drown, what is the maximum depth they could: Descend to before ...
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Terrain definition question [closed]

For the purpose of making an Urban Ranger, does the Urban indoor and outdoor setting/location/place/area/space count as terrain for the purpose of the Rangers Natural Explorer ability? I'm using the ...