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Do Bugbears' arms literally get longer when it's their turn?

They probably don't stretch The name of the feature: "long-limbed" seems to merely be referring to the length of the arms themselves. If stretchiness was an aspect of bugbear physiology, that is ...
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Is a turn considered "taken" at its start or the end? (re: Assassinate and new bugbear PC features)

It seems to be against the spirit of the ability, but ask your DM Linguistically, you only have “taken a turn” when it's over. However, both abilities are related to surprise and ambushes. In this ...
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Is a turn considered "taken" at its start or the end? (re: Assassinate and new bugbear PC features)

Taken is the past participle of the verb take The present participle is taking. So, your reading is correct, a creature has not “taken” their turn while they are still “taking” it.
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Do Bugbears' arms literally get longer when it's their turn?

It's up to you as a player/DM There is no description of how Long-Limbed works in-universe. It just does. As a player or DM, you are entirely free to describe what this looks like at your table as ...
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Does the Bugbears "Sneaky" trait always apply? Fitting into small places when larger than medium

The squeezing rules have problems The Sneaky trait gives you this ability: without squeezing, you can move through and stop in a space large enough for a small creature. The space required for a ...
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Is a Bugbear's Long Limbed reach also applied to shoves and grapples?

Yes - As long as it is on your turn Long-limbed When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach for it is 5 feet greater than normal. Grapple ...you can use the Attack action to make a ...
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How often does a bugbear's Surprise Attack trait trigger?

The PC version's limit does not affect the monster version (ability assumptions like that can fall under DM Fiat, but that's not valuable information if you're looking for an informed ruling). And the ...
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At what distance can a bugbear, holding a reach weapon, with the Polearm Master feat, get their Opportunity Attack?

Long-limbed increases your reach on your turn. Thus, on your turn, your reach is 15. On anyone else's turn, your reach is 10. Polearm Mastery's triggered OAs follow suit - 15 on your turn, 10 on ...
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Do the Bugbear's Long-Limbed trait and the Way of the Astral Self's astral arms stack for reach?

Yes, they stack: your reach is 15 feet.† Arms of the Astral Self and Long-Limbed are game features with different names, so they can stack, even though they provide similar effects. Per DMG errata, ...
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How much damage does an unarmed bugbear deal?

The unarmed strike will deal 3 damage The bugbear's statblock lists it as having 15 Strength, a +2 modifier, and we know from the section on "Melee Attacks" that: On a hit, an unarmed strike deals ...
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Are opportunity attacks considered my turn?

The wording of "Long-Limbed" as you state is clear (emphasis added): When you make a melee attack on your turn Let us have a closer look at opportunity attacks (PHB p73, emphasis added): ...
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Does a bugbear's reach revert to normal between multiple consecutive attacks?

RAW, the trait technically does not increase "your" reach The trait states, emphasis mine : When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach for it is 5 feet greater than normal. ...
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What are the practical Opportunity Attack values for a bugbear, holding a reach weapon, with the Polearm Master feat?

Generally, you make your opportunity attack when a creature 10' away from you tries to move farther away from you. You have quoted most of the relevant text. When it is not your turn, your reach is ...
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How has the relative combat prowess of Bugbears as opposed to Goblins changed over time?

4E, assuming you're fighting Minions. So, for the sake of simplicity...we're going to use Average damage outputs for your Goblins and Bugbears, and are going to assume "basic" versions of ...
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Are bugbears a playable PC race in Adventurers League?

Yes, bugbear is a legal AL race According to the D&D Adventurers League Players Guide (v 7.0) page 2: All of the races and classes presented in the Player’s Handbook plus one other resource from ...
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Is a turn considered "taken" at its start or the end? (re: Assassinate and new bugbear PC features)

You cannot ready an action in response to a 'turn' I agree with Dale M that linguistically a creature may have 'started taking' its turn, but it has not taken its turn until the turn's conclusion. ...
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Do the Bugbear's Long-Limbed trait and the Way of the Astral Self's astral arms stack for reach?

Each feature only makes your reach 5 greater than normal, so they do not stack. Each feature contains the text: your reach for it is 5 feet greater than normal. "Normal" here refers to ...
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Are opportunity attacks considered my turn?

You ask a number of sub-questions: 1. Are opportunity attacks considered "on my turn"? (I've edited the question slightly to be more meaningful) Opportunity Attacks PHB p.195 To make the ...
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Does a bugbear's reach revert to normal between multiple consecutive attacks?

Long Limbed states that your reach is extended “when you make a melee attack”. Long Limbed states: When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach for it is 5 feet greater than normal. Between ...
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Does the Bugbears "Sneaky" trait always apply? Fitting into small places when larger than medium

RAW: What we know Bugbear PC's, as of MotM, are size Medium. And as you note, they have the trait Sneaky, which allows them "without squeezing, [to] move through and stop in a space large enough ...
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How to create a Macro in Roll20 that delivers both a Sneak Attack and a Surprise Attack damage roll for a Soulknife Psychic Blade Attack

If you are the DM, go to Journal, open the player's Character Sheet, go to "Attributes and Abilities", click "+Add", hover over the row and click the pencil icon, then paste the ...
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Does the Bugbear Surprise Attack require surprise according to current (2023) rules?

It no longer requires surprise in AL play. The original version of the bugbear was published in Volo's Guide to Monsters and required surprise: If you surprise a creature and hit it with an attack on ...
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Are bugbears a playable PC race in Adventurers League?

Yes, but now as they are described in MotM The May 2022 release of Monsters of the Multiverse permits that book to be used for character creation. Not only does it permit it, but it requires you use ...
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How has the relative combat prowess of Bugbears as opposed to Goblins changed over time?

What edition of D&D gets me the most Goblins per Bugbear? There is an edition of D&D which did monster and encounter design quite differently from all the rest. Because of that, I'm quite ...
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What are the practical Opportunity Attack values for a bugbear, holding a reach weapon, with the Polearm Master feat?

15 ft on your turn, 10 ft on other's turn Long Limbed is active on your turn, making your threat range effectively 15 ft. You can make opportunity attack against enemy leaving 15 ft on your turn, or ...
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What are the practical Opportunity Attack values for a bugbear, holding a reach weapon, with the Polearm Master feat?

Use the reach you have at the moment You do not have a "base" or "normal" reach as far as the mechanics are concerned. At any point in time, you have a given reach with a given weapon, though. With ...
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Are opportunity attacks considered my turn?

Opportunity Attacks are reactions, and reactions can be taken on your turn or on someone else's turn. Reactions are triggered actions, and Opportunity Attacks are triggered when an enemy leaves your ...
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