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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Random Dungeon/Maze Generator [closed]

I'm looking for a good random dungeon/maze generator. Some key features I'd like it to have: Can generate a regular maze (one entrance & exit, even passage width, every spot within the area is ...
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How can I generate multi-story random dungeons without having to do the entire random gen process by hand?

I sometimes like to use randomly generated dungeons for short-form games or when I'm trying to design something that's more intended to be a speedbump than a showpiece, if you will. However, existing ...
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How do I make and use tactically interesting terrain?

I'm running 4e but I think this applies everywhere. I want to use terrain more often in my fights. My best fights are the ones that revolve around interesting terrain. The problem is that I don't ...
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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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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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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 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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Homemade Terrain w/miniatures [closed]

I am looking for ideas to make some homemade terrain for combat; I am not a great miniature painter as I usually fat-finger most of them, but I am pretty handy and know my way around my neighborhood ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the best way to determine Overland Speed?

I'm running an adventure that centers around a race, and I want to use the overland speed between scenes as a scoring mechanism. What is the best way to determine overland speed in D&D 4e? The ...
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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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Does Water Walk include ice as a terrain it affects?

Water Walk in DnD 3.5e specifies ice among the surfaces Water Walk lets you traverse as if it were solid ground, eliminating the difficult terrain penalties ice normally imposes: The transmuted ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pathfinder Battle Royale!

A friend and I were thinking about doing a Colosseum battle to the death with our group, for game sessions when not everyone was there, or just to let people test out character builds. What we were ...
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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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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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Can a creature grappling someone drop them off a cliff?

The situation is like this. PCs having a fight on a battlefield with several very deep chasms. One of the PCs attempt to grapple an enemy, then moves with him into one of the chasms (bringing himself ...
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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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What is the guidance for setting the damage done by unusual difficult/dangerous terrain?

With difficult terrain in 5e, how do you calculate the damage or special modifiers for terrain? I have found some related information, such as Pushing enemies into/over difficult terrain or cliffs in ...
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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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What happens when a player burns spiderwebs?

What happens when spiderwebs are set alight? Though page 69 of the DMG lists spiderwebs as a special terrain it doesn't talk about the effects of fire. I'm about to run in encounter with a LOT of ...
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What are good techniques to adapt module maps to 3D terrain and/or 2D tilesets?

This is slightly related to How to Use Module Maps but instead of being about how to adapt published small maps to 1" scale or using playmats, I'm interested in technique for adapting to pre-published ...
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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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Are there rules for drowning in 4e?

I'm new to the game and while playing, I forced a dazed direwolf into the water, where the DM said it drowned. Now, I was wondering if there is a specific rule for this, or this was the DM making a ...
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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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How much does mixed clear and difficult terrain reduce movement?

The rulebook states: A character's Water Ring is considered two Ranks lower (to a minimum of one) for the purposes of determining how far he can move using Move Actions when on difficult terrain. [...
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How to create reusable (or very cheap) 3D dungeons?

In our Sci-Fi session we had the recurring problem that characters were injured because of bad battle map display. We figured it would be great to have a set of reusable adjustable walls etc. with ...
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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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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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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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What is a good method for storing papercraft buildings and the like?

I've recently taken to creating papercraft buildings, castle walls and towers, bridges, crates, hay-bales, etc. for my tabletop RPG combat sessions: They are fragile and need to be stored upright and ...
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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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Poor visibility and cliffs

I have a situation where several of my party members will be fighting in a treacherous canyon, with rope bridges, zip lines, and a lot of angry gnolls. Some of the gnoll clerics may be prone to ...
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What kind of penalty does moving over furniture incur?

In a previous encounter I filled a room with a bunch of chairs and tables with the intent of players run around or over them to escape a difficult creature. I wasn't sure what the penalties were so I ...
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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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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 ...