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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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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Which spells are currently available to shape the terrain? [closed]

After posting these two questions: Which spells are currently available to safeguard a fixed location? How can one create permanent, obedient minions? I'm also interested in a list of all spells ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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How to cause difficult terrain for terrains other than land?

In the game session last night we had a room that was filling up with liquid, and right away it became difficult terrain and then you needed to make swim checks. I was under the effects of fly so I ...
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Does Thorn Whip cause damage indirectly if you pull enemies through damaging terrain? [duplicate]

You cannot generate attacks of opportunity with Thorn Whip. However there is a second level spell, Spike Growth, which inflicts 2d4 per 5ft of movement. So if Thorn Whip is used to pull an enemy 10ft ...
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How to vertically pass through Sargasso?

For those that are unaware, a Sargasso mat is a mat of floating sea-weed thick enough to walk across. The exact rules of the heavy mat (which is the one relevant for this question) as described in ...
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Do either Freedom of Movement or Freedom work for difficult terrain and encumbrance?

Do either Freedom or Freedom of Movement allow you to move normally over difficult terrain or prevent being slowed down by encumbrance? Freedom of Movement This spell enables you or a creature you ...
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Representing vertical terrain on a battle map

I'm planning on running an encounter as part of my 5E Out of the Abyss campaign. It is essentially going to involve the party scaling down a sinkhole. There's a waterfall (with plunge pool), plus ...
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Is there a way to use bull rush maneuvers to crush enemies against walls and other terrain for extra damage?

For an illustration of what I'm looking for, see this link. Anyway, by the basic rules, sending an enemy against an obstacle with a bull rush simply ends the forced movement without any additional ...
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What are the movement restrictions caused by natural webs?

In relation to the monster ability web walker, in this case from a giant spider: Web Walker. The spider ignores movement restrictions caused by webbing. The only other mentions I can find of ...
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How can I run a crumbling ground hazard?

This is something I see in the movies that I want to use: People are running while the ground crumbles beneath their feet. Sometimes they need to stop, take a few steps back, and launch themselves ...
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Can you take a 5-foot-step from normal terrain into difficult terrain?

The group that I play with, for a while now have been understanding the rules for difficult terrain such that you can take a 5 foot step into it but not out of it. I just read the feat nimble moves ...
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In what cases are the clouds in the sky considered terrain?

Based on the question and answer here, regarding the uses of Illusory Reality and Hallucinatory Terrain, the question that popped into my mind is: Are clouds in the sky "terrain" such that they may ...
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Is the sky a naturally occurring terrain?

This question is in regards to the effect of Hallucinatory Terrain which states: You make natural terrain in a 150-foot cube in range look, sound, and smell like some other sort of natural terrain. ...
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Specifically: what does the difficult terrain created by Mold Earth look like?

In regards to this question the cantrip Mold Earth states: You choose a portion of dirt or stone that you can see within range and that fits within a 5-foot cube. If the dirt or stone you target is ...
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Can you drag a grappled target through rough terrain while staying out, yourself?

(Inspired by discussion on this question.) Suppose you grapple and drag a target. Can you, without suffering a speed modification or incurring increased movement costs due to rough terrain--that is, ...
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How to handle running and falling down a steep hill?

Recently a situation occurred in D&D 5e that the player handbook did not cover. I searched for examples or rules that related to the situation but was unable to find any that went beyond D&D's ...
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Do doorways count as corners regarding tactical movement?

You can't move diagonally past a corner. Does moving through a doorway on the battlemat count as a corner? I.e., I can't move diagonally through a doorway? ...