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Is an Unarmed Strike considered a Weapon attack?

Yes, an unarmed strike is a melee weapon attack. From the official Sage Advice Compendium on page 10, under What does “melee weapon attack” mean: a melee attack with a weapon or an attack with a melee ...
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Why does 'Disarm' seem so trivial?

Grabbing it is easy but... It is easy to grab it back on their next turn, but you could also grab the weapon as your free object interaction (maybe even on the turn you disarm them!), assuming you ...
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Rule of Cool with a Flail... what limitation should be there?

You have a few options: You could tell your player "If you want to disarm enemies, you need to be a Battlemaster (or take the Martial Adept feat) and use the Disarming Attack manuever." This is ...
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When is the Battle Master fighter's Commander's Strike maneuver worth it?

When another's attack would do more damage/be more impactful than yours. Not going to lie: I don't feel like going through your party and doing the math, but suffice it to say that there are times--...
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Can a Hexblade warlock/Battle Master fighter use Armor of Hexes to make an attack miss, then use Riposte to attack after the enemy misses?

No Both of them requires reaction to use. You only have one reaction per turn, so you can only use either, but not both.
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Use of Mage Hand during combat to gain advantage?

When it comes to DM rulings, they are ultimately always correct by the rules as intended: the intention is that, as the DM, you have the final say in these matters. So that one's easy. It's not ...
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Rule of Cool with a Flail... what limitation should be there?

Consider a house rule: Novel improvised actions are more effective, repeat improvised actions are less effective We've only played with this house rule for two weeks explicitly but it pretty well ...
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Use of Mage Hand during combat to gain advantage?

It is neither RAW nor RAI. Only 2 classes have abilities that allow a PC to use the help action at range. The effect you are describing is the Arcane Trickster's 13th level ability Versatile ...
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How should I handle a player attacking from the top of a tree?

The problem is this part of the falling rules: The creature lands prone, unless it avoids taking damage from the fall. You are suggesting you give the PC advantage on the attack and no damage ...
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Is "Shove" an attack?

Yes, shove is an attack. Under "Shoving a Creature" (PHB, 195, bold added) Using the Attack action, you can make a special melee attack to shove a creature, either to knock it prone or push it ...
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Extra attack timing: can it be interrupted?

Your Riposte attack triggers immediately after the second attack misses, but Crusher will not prevent a third attack. The Riposte maneuver states: When a creature misses you with a melee attack, you ...
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When two-weapon fighting, can a Battle Master fighter use a maneuver on the Attack action and another on the bonus-action attack?

PHB says, regarding Maneuvers that: You can use only one maneuver per attack. In regards of two-weapong fighting, PBH says: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon ...
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Is "Shove" an attack?

Shove is an attack There's no general rule saying that all attacks must use an attack roll This trips up a lot of people (and for good reason) but the statement you quote from the PHB does not define ...
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Does the Disarm action optional rule (DMG) make the Disarming Attack maneuver (Battle Master fighter) useless?

No. Disarming Attack isn't useless. Here's my reasoning: To determine if the Disarm option makes the Disarming Attack battlemaster maneuver useless, we need to compare a situation where either one ...
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Is there a way for a Battle Master to swap out maneuvers without taking more fighter levels?

Take the Martial Adept feat The key is in the wording of the feat and the Battle Master maneuvers section. The first bullet of Martial Adept says (PHB, p. 168, emphasis mine): You learn two maneuvers ...
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Commander's Strike and meaning of 'forgo'

You cannot "forgo" an attack you cannot make The rules for Two-Weapon Fighting state the following : Two-Weapon Fighting: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee ...
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Does the Monk forgo damage when using Stunning Strike?

You deal damage PHB page 194: Resolve the attack. You make the attack roll. On a hit, you roll damage, unless the particular attack has rules that specify otherwise. Some attacks cause special ...
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How to design and run cinematic combats that move between zones?

PCs have no reason to move during combat unless you give them one In my game experiences, I have seen very little movement by creatures during combat that wasn't forced upon them. There really isn't ...
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What is the point of the Battle Master fighter's Evasive Footwork maneuver?

Evasive Footwork protects against all opportunity attacks The alternatives you list only protect against opportunity attacks from a single creature. In contrast, you could use Evasive Footwork to run ...
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Can a character shove an enemy who is already prone?

Neither the description of shoving enemies nor of the prone condition have any mention that a prone enemy can't be shoved. So going by the letter of the rules, it is indeed possible to shove a prone ...
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How to restrict a possessed PC’s actions without ropes or magic?

This is one of those times the DM needs to ignore the rules. A DM has huge leeway to ignore the rules and do whatever feels right. In this case you would tell the DM what you want to do "I grab his ...
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How does Blink work versus a readied action in this PvP scenario?

Regarding who strikes first, it depends on the trigger, but probably the Paladin would go before the Bard even gets their first attack: Ready Sometimes you want to get the jump on a foe or wait for a ...
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Battle Master fighter's Trip Attack when the target is already dead from the regular hit?

Not dead yet As you've quoted, the Maneuver is added on the hit and then you add the superiority die to the damage and resolve the save. Damage hasn't yet been rolled, so you don't know if the regular ...
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Can you negate disadvantage on throwing a net by using the Lunging Attack maneuver of the Battle Master fighter?

Lunging Attack can only be used on melee attacks, and nets are ranged weapons The description of the Battle Master fighter's Lunging Attack maneuver says ((PHB, p. 74; emphasis mine): When you make a ...
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What happens when the UA Bait and Switch maneuver is used on a grappled ally when the maneuver-user is out of the grappling monster's reach?

The grappled ally will be moved, breaking the grapple if that takes them out of the grappler's reach As written, the manoeuvre doesn't require the ally to be willing, personally able to move or even ...
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How long does the AC increase from the Battle Master fighter's Evasive Footwork maneuver last?

It lasts until the end of your turn Evasive Footwork (PHB p74): ...[add] the number to your AC until you stop moving Movement (PHB p190): On your turn, you can move a distance up to ...
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Can you use special attacks for opportunity attacks?

The key here is whether the "special attack" requires the attack action or just a melee or weapon attack. An opportunity attack is a melee attack. It is not an attack action. Therefore, special ...
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Can a character with Extra Attack replace multiple attacks with Shoves as part of the same Attack action?

Yes As you said, the rules for shoving say: If you're able to make multiple attacks with the Attack action, this attack replaces one of them. Since the shove only replaces one of the attacks, you ...
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How can a disarmed foe be prevented from recovering the item?

You can pick it up. The question you quote is correct that your enemy can just pick the item back up, but they have to do it on their turn. You can pick it up on the same turn you do the disarm, ...
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Does turning around count as moving for triggering Brace?

D&D doesn't have facing, so "turning around" isn't really a thing that creatures can do, mechanically. Therefore, "turning around" isn't something that would be relevant to ...
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