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How can I, as a DM, keep an Aarakocra player in check?

There are ways to prevent easy flight -- Strong Wind (DMG p.110) is the most obvious -- but maybe the more important response to your question is to ask: Why does flying need to be countered or ...
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Would a winged Aasimar fall if it could not flap its wings?

Your player is correct in that maintaining the wings does not require concentration. If it did, it would say so in the effect description. Once triggered, the wings will exist for 1 minute. Period. ...
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If a character falls off a flying mount (e.g. a pegasus), can the mount fly down to catch them before they hit the ground?

There are no rules that allow for this. The Player's Handbook/basic rules for falling provide no guidance whatsoever: A fall from a great height is one of the most common hazards facing an adventurer....
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Do I have to land at the end of my turn?

You do not have to land to avoid falling under most circumstances There is no mention of this in the SRD entry about flying movement, which only states the following about flight and falling: If a ...
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Can you use the Fly spell to move underwater at a speed of 60 feet?

Swimming is not flying As far as I am aware, flying is never defined as a game term, which means the word takes its normal English meaning: moving through the air under one's own power. I don't think ...
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Can my familiar fly with a small person?

Yes Yes, a familiar can carry loads if it can properly grip or support them, including a willing creature if they fall within this weight limit. However, a hawk can only carry 37.5 pounds, as it is a ...
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Can I Misty Step into Midair?

Yes, so long as you can see it The description of misty step (PHB, pg. 260) says: Briefly surrounded by silvery mist, you teleport up to 30 feet to an unoccupied space that you can see. So long as ...
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Can I Misty Step into Midair?

Anyone can Misty Step into midair. Misty step just says: Briefly surrounded by silvery mist, you teleport up to 30 feet to an unoccupied space that you can see. Nothing in the spell says that ...
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How can I, as a DM, keep an Aarakocra player in check?

Not everyone in the party can fly. Sure, aarakocra can fly at will, but the rest of the party can't. It might be trivial for that arrakocra to get to the top of a castle via flight, but does that ...
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Is level five permanent flight overpowered?

Such an effect is both too powerful in terms of usual problems with flying characters, and too vulnerable to easy loss. Both of these things make it a headache to DM for, and not worth considering. ...
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Can Level 6 Circle of the Moon Druids wild shape into a flying beast?

You are still limited at level 6 Under Combat Wild Shape -> Circle Forms it say: The rites of your circle grant you the ability to transform into more dangerous animal forms. Starting at 2nd level,...
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Can an Aasimar use a Lance one-handed while flying?

Flying does not equal Mounted Being mounted is very different than flying. The Lance specifically requires you to be mounted in order to avoid the penalty for one-handed use. Mounts are covered in the ...
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Does flying upward cost more movement?

Movement in any direction costs 1' per 1'. There is no reason within the rules to limit vertical movement. The only modification to 1'=1' is that if you are using 5' squares, diagonal movement does ...
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What happens to a flying creature if levitated?

Flying creature that fails the save stops flying and begins levitating TL;DR: The spell does what it says it does, and it is very specific about the only way an affected creature can move. The target ...
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Is a normal-sized rug with the Animate Objects spell cast on it able to carry a person and fly?

Yes, it can First of all, a carpet that is animated by animate objects can, in fact, fly: Its speed is 30 feet, if the objects lack legs or other appendages it can use for locomotion, it instead has ...
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Why are flight and levitation abilities always learned so late?

Flying is a game-changing ability. Game-changers are abilities that drastically expand the character's capabilities, often allowing them to bypass certain types of obstacles completely, like walls, ...
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Does flying or hovering make creatures immune to the Earth Tremor spell?

Your players are right It affects “the ground within range” (10 feet) causing damage to creatures “in that area”. It does not affect the air.
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How do Aarakocra fly with a backpack?

Presumably, their backpack is designed so that it allows for flying. The only restriction the Aarakocra fly speed poses is medium or heavy armor. You have a flying speed of 50 feet. To use this ...
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If a character falls off a flying mount (e.g. a pegasus), can the mount fly down to catch them before they hit the ground?

Under certain conditions, yes The Rescue Maneuver The rescue maneuver begins on the pegasus's turn and requires the following: The paladin is falling normally, and has not yet hit the ground. The ...
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When does a flying creature start and end falling?

Xanather's Guide to Everything now clarifies this in two ways. Firstly, it provides an explicit explanation of the RAW and provides an optional rule for long falls. RAW - Immediate fall & ...
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Can someone flying with winged boots/boots of flying carry someone?

Since nothing about weight is mentioned and the boots give you flying speed equal to your walking speed, I would assume that the regular carrying capacity rules are in effect (page 176 of PHB). You ...
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Does not having flight nerf a warlock's familiar?

Yes, it would be a noticable nerf. Mechanically, having a familiar capable of flight - such as an owl - can indeed be rather useful, especially for scouting purposes - which is one of the main ...
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Can you increase the flying speed gained from the Winged Boots magic item by taking the Dash action?

No, but yes. The Dash action does not increase your speed... The Dash action grants you extra movement on the current turn equal to your speed, but does not increase your speed. So with a speed of 30 ...
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How does the limited flight from the Storm Sorcerer's Tempestuous Magic feature interact with the character's regular movement?

You can move your normal rate during your turn because you always can and this can be broken up before and after the casting of the spell. This flying movement is additional movement using your bonus ...
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Does flying while polymorphed into a flying creature count as flying by magical means for the purposes of blizzards?

All hail the checklist1 Is it a magic item? Is it a spell? Or does it let you create the effects of a spell that’s mentioned in its description? Is it a spell attack? Is it fueled by the use of spell ...
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If a creature with a fly Speed of 30 ft. has the Fly spell cast upon it, does it now have a 90 ft. fly speed, or only 60 ft. total?

It gets a fly speed of 60. When this creature is under the affect of Fly they have these speeds: Fly 30ft. Fly 60ft. When creatures have multiple speeds defined (e.g. Swim, Fly, Walk) they cannot ...
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If Tasha's Mind Whip prevents a flying creature from moving, does the creature fall?

Shorter Answer: They will fall if and when they deprive themselves of movement At the start of the affected creature's next turn, it must choose whether it gets a move, an action, or a bonus action; ...
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Can you keep flying after being Restrained?

In the 5e Monster Manual, you will notice that some creatures, like air elementals, have the (Hover) attribute. Hover allows a creature to remain in the air while it has a speed of 0. Additionally, ...
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How do I make sense of levitating while prone?

If I were to cast levitate on a prone orc and float him 20 feet into the air - would he still be prone? - Yes Jeremy Crawford has clarified: You can almost always be knocked prone. About the only ...
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How long can creatures fly when being used as mounts?

The DMG addresses this on p. 119, under the section titled "The Sky": Flying by spell or magic item works the same as travel on foot, as described in the Player’s Handbook. A creature that serves ...
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