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 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? ...
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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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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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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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How would a creature flee, given an area of difficult terrain?

If D is difficult terrain, E is enemy, and C is caster, how would an enemy afflicted by Fear flee (or Command "Flee"), given the following battlefield: ...
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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 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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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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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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How should I go about blowing up a bridge?

My players are setting up to defend a village from a (small) invading army and they want to have some form of explosives, most likely would be barrels full of pitch or the like, placed under the ...
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Clarifications on combat in water

The rules in the DMG on water in different environments seem to contradict each other. The section on aquatic terrain claims that creatures at least chest deep in water gain improved cover from ...
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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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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 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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How do I model sinkholes collapsing under the PCs?

I found the rules for quicksand but those aren't exactly what I'm seeking. While I am using a marshy environment I want to create terrain which can suddenly give way under the PCs. There are a few ...
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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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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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Efficient / flexible terrain - Creating a clear hex grid

A little background: Our terrain system has always been drawing on a whiteboard. We use blue for water, etc. People/Creatures/Objects are glass tokens (sharpied labels on ours, green for friends, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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