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Is there a meaningful difference between giving a monster multiattack and giving it multiple turns per round?

Numerous spells, abilities, and actions change The boss is stronger in strange ways, because they... Can try to save four times per round against hold monster and similar save-or-suck spells. Other ...
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How to prevent a wake up conga line?

Trading one action for five actions is a very good deal. It's hard to overstate how good the effect you're talking about is. Spells that manipulate the 'action economy' are almost always extremely ...
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Allowing Disengage for free

Disengaging and not provoking opportunity attacks is a big part of some classes, features, abilities and tactics, such as: Class features like Monks' Step of the Wind & Rogues' Cunning Action ...
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Is it possible to gain the benefits of lying prone without incurring disadvantage on attacks? If so, is this broken?

You are describing a sound tactic (in the game and in the real world) It has been said that the goal of military action is to take a fair fight, and make it unfair. Most of martial history, from drone ...
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Am I using my high level spells wrong?

What they mean Your friend is concerned that once you need to fight more than one or two encounters per (in-game) day, you will be frustrated not to have spells available to you. Action Economy is ...
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Is it possible to gain the benefits of lying prone without incurring disadvantage on attacks? If so, is this broken?

This is possible and not broken No part of the rules prevents the scenario you've described so it does work. Now let's address why it isn't as strong as you think: This requires a very specific kind ...
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If a target affected by the Slow spell uses the Metamagic option Quickened Spell when casting a spell, does that spell take effect on the same turn?

RAW, yes, it does take effect that turn. The spell's casting time becomes 1 bonus action so it is not affected by the Slow spell.
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Do ability checks in combat require an action?

Often, but not always Many ability checks in combat require Actions, and many Actions require ability checks. Unambiguous cases are spelled out in the section on Actions in Combat (PHB, p. 192-193). ...
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If a Spell has a casting time of 1 minute, what part of the caster's action economy would it take up if it was cast in combat?

You have to concentrate to maintain the spell, and spend your action each turn casting the spell Longer casting times are noted in the PHB and Basic rules. I'll quote the relevant text from D&D ...
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What are the balance ramifications of always preventing creatures from taking reactions before their first turn?

Squishier creatures will be harder to protect The largest, most general consequence will be that frontliners will have a harder time protecting their squishier allies. In my experience, both PC and ...
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If your bonus-action spell is counterspelled, are you still restricted to casting a cantrip that turn?

RAW is unclear Based on the language use of interrupt and spell fails and has no effect, there can easily be confusion in interpreting the final effect of a cast or uncast spell. This question covers ...
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Do ability checks in combat require an action?

There is no such general rule First, a character cannot "make an ability check". They act as the player describes them and the DM calls for rolls if necessary (guidelines: DMG 237). Whether something ...
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Can I cast a levelled spell (Cure Wounds) as an action, then use Quickened Spell to cast a cantrip (Eldritch Blast) as a bonus action?

The DM is right: You can't cast a leveled spell as an action if you cast any spell as a bonus action The sorcerer's Quickened Spell Metamagic option allows you to cast an action spell as a bonus ...
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Does removing the bonus action requirement of two weapon fighting make it unbalanced?

Unequivocally: Yes The single biggest limitation on PCs (or any creature) is the restriction imposed by the action economy, specifically: one move one action potentially one interaction (free) ...
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How to prevent a wake up conga line?

Ask your DM to implement individual initiative in these instances Group initiative for monsters is convenient, but has limitations. From what you describe in your question, your DM is (probably ...
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Does attempting to escape a grapple cost an action, or just a single attack within the Attack action?

A grappled creature can use its action to escape. It says an action, so it requires an action. If it could be done as one of several attacks, it would say so, just like it says for making a grapple. ...
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Is there a meaningful difference between giving a monster multiattack and giving it multiple turns per round?

The D&D 5E system already has built-in rules for important creatures acting out of turn or more than once per turn: Legendary Actions and Lair Actions. Legendary Actions happen a certain number of ...
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Are Tucker's Kobolds scarier under 5e rules than in previous editions?

Mechanics-wise, they would be deadlier under D&D5E rules. Philosophy-wise, Tucker's Kobolds have always depended upon DM fiat. Two points before beginning: It is my belief that a fair amount of ...
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Are actions and bonus actions interchangeable?

This has been officially answered in the Sage Advice Compendium: Q: Can a bonus action be used as an action or vice versa? For example, can a bard use a bonus action to grant a Bardic Inspiration die ...
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Is there any practical way to magically summon/create a weapon and throw it in one turn?

Yes: Shadow Blade In addition to the other methods already mentioned, there is a 2nd level spell available to Wizards and Sorcerers, found in the Xanathar's Guide to Everything. (XGtE p. 164) ...
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5e Combat economy and darkness

This works The trigger of your Readied Action finishes before the action, so Bobby will get of his shot When the trigger occurs, you can either take your reaction right after the trigger finishes or ...
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Does the tentacle rod prevent multiattack?

Multi-attack is an action, so tentacle rod would not prevent multi-attack. Players get multiattack too (of sorts), not just monsters. The Fighter gets Extra Attack at 5th level. The class feature ...
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Can the Dual Wielder feat be used to free a hand for casting somatic spells, while two weapon fighting?

No, it won't. If you're sticking to the rules as written, then this sequence runs afoul of the Other Activity On Your Turn rule: You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment ...
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As a Magus, does Spellstrike take 3 actions?

Answer The Spellstrike activity allows you to Cast a Spell and Strike spending only the two actions required by Spellstrike. Sources The Core Rulebook states the following on page 461 under Actions -&...
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Does the Witch Bolt spell end if you use a bonus action, reaction, or movement (remaining within the spell's range)?

You said it yourself, witch bolt "ends if you use your action to do anything else". Using your bonus action isn't using your action. In 5e, it's just "action" not "standard" action, and as you also ...
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Can you Ready a 1st-level or higher spell when you already have cast a 1st-level or higher spell as a bonus action?

No, you can't. When you use the ready action you cast the spell in your turn and hold it. PHB p. 193 (emphasis mine): When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy If you cast a ...
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Is there any practical way to magically summon/create a weapon and throw it in one turn?

A simple option is inherent in the Eldritch Knight, at 3rd level, via the Weapon Bond feature. The EK may summon a bonded weapon as a bonus action, and then attack with it as an action.
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Does 5e have a free item interaction?

You get one free object interaction on your turn. As part of your turn, you get to interact with one object for free: Your turn can include a variety of flourishes that require neither your action ...
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Allowing Disengage for free

It would make melee focused enemies significantly less dangerous Basically, anything that only has melee attacks is already a bit on a pickle because there are strong ranged options available. One ...
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Does a clay golem's haste action actually give it more attacks?

Your analysis is correct. Turn 1 Action: Haste. Turn 1 Bonus Action: 1 Slam attack Turn 2 Action: 2 Slam attacks. Turn 2 Bonus Action: 1 Slam attack Without using Haste, the Golem would get 2 Slam ...
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