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D&D is a terrible reality simulator. The problem that you're having here is that, in real life, most people who are 7 feet tall are going to be faster, stronger, and all-around more physically powerful than a person who is 3 feet tall. If you compare two people of similar athleticism, the person who is 4 feet taller is going to be able to physically ...


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"Grappling" is just a word. What matters is the effect. Sure, it's clearly impossible for a little gnome to grapple a goliath in the conventional sense of the word. But in DnD, "grappled" is simply a condition in which the creature's speed is reduced to zero. It doesn't take too much imagination to have a gnome be able to prevent a goliath from moving. ...


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Yes, because Slow Fall is just a figurative name As clarified in the Sage Advice Compendium, in response to a question about mage armor: Some spells and class features have figurative, not literal, names. The text of the spell or class feature explains what it does. Slow Fall explains that: you can use your reaction when you fall to reduce any ...


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Prone was an excellent choice You said that the cleric wanted "to stop [the ghoul from] hitting people and make it easier to hit." The prone condition has the following two applicable features: The creature has disadvantage on attack rolls. An attack roll against the creature has advantage if the attacker is within 5 feet of the creature. ...


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The earth elemental cannot take others with it using Earth Glide. This question is actually specifically answered by Jeremy Crawford in Sage Advice! (page 18) Can an earth elemental grapple with a creature and then pull it underground and leave it there to die? No. An earth elemental’s Earth Glide is meant to apply to itself only. The elemental ...


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Yes, a horse may grapple. Monster Manual p273: Horses have a grappling score, there aren't any special requirements excluding them from being able to grapple, and there's nothing saying horses can only react to grappling. The grapple rules, even employed literally, require a grappler to grab and then be capable of holding their opponent - the horse can do ...


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As Miniman points out, you cannot grapple as an attack of opportunity because an AoO does not give you an attack action. However, your situation doesn't actually call for an attack of opportunity. Instead, it sounds like you had readied an action. From Basic Rules page 72: Sometimes you want to get the jump on a foe or wait for a particular circumstance ...


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I'd like to take a different approach to answering this question: Numbers! Both races have the same limits on their strength, and athletics, but it's hard to imagine why. Presumably, this is to allow the role play opportunity of playing a Gnomish fighter who is excellent with a sword. Key stats are key stats, and cherry picking limits actively ...


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There are two different things happening here: your movement speed being halved, and spending half your movement speed. These work differently, and the order matters. The end result is that the grappler can't move-drag after standing up from prone. Here's how it works: You start with your full movement speed. Let's use 60′ for the sake of example. Standing ...


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The quoted section refers to the fact that one grapple attempt uses up only one attack and not a whole Attack Action. Thus multiple attempts to grapple can be made in a turn if you have Extra Attacks. This is also supported by Jeremy Crawford, who says: If you take the Attack action and have multiple attacks, you can replace any of them with a grapple/...


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Tie results in status quo See contest rules in Player's Handbook, page 174: If the contest results in a tie, the situation remains the same as it was before the contest. Thus, one contestant might win the contest by default. This means a grappler loses the tie when making a new grapple, as before the contest the target isn't grappled, but wins ties ...


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You can't move, since you have zero movement left You can release the target at any time, effectively changing your speed: you can release the target whenever you like (no action required) You will get your normal speed, but you won't get your movement back. In 5e "speed" is not equal "movement". For example, if your walking speed is 30ft, you can move ...


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No. But you've read the stat blocks correctly. The Monster Manual errata provide that "every swarm is immune to being grappled" as a condition immunity.


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To quote a section of Mirror Image: A creature is unaffected by this spell if ... it relies on senses other than sight In your situation the "grapple" to me (if done prior to the casting of Mirror Image) would not affect the grappler (since he can rely on touch instead of sight).


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It's not in the rules, but DMs have the latitude to allow it. As you point out, I couldn't find anywhere in the rules to support an action like that. However, the system allows for DMs to make judgments about whether an action is reasonable/possible, as well as how difficult it is (PHB 192): When you describe an action not detailed elsewhere in the ...


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There is no need for a contest. Grappling is a contest (PHB p. 195): Battle often involves pitting your prowess against that of your foe. Such a challenge is represented by a contest. This section includes the most common contests that require an action in combat: grappling and shoving a creature. But contests only matter when there is opposition, ...


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Advantage on Strength checks gives advantage on grapples The rule for grappling says: ...you try to seize the target by making a grapple check instead of an attack roll: a Strength (Athletics) check contested by the target’s Strength (Athletics) or Dexterity (Acrobatics) check... Emphasis mine. Enlarge gives advantage to all Strength checks, which ...


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You can do it! The Grappled condition does not prevent you from attacking, it only restricts your speed, and can be broken by pushing someone away (third point): Grappled A grappled creature’s speed becomes 0, and it can't benefit from any bonus to its speed. The condition ends if the grappler is incapacitated (see the condition). The ...


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According to Jeremy Crawford, the character can attack the grappler The intent is that monsters that are grappling a creature can be attacked through their limbs. Lead rules designer Jeremy Crawford ruled on twitter that "A creature grappled by a giant octopus can attack the octopus via the grappling tentacle." Giant octopi have 15 foot reach with their ...


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You gain the ability to split your move before you decide to grapple/shove The sections on grappling and shoving both include the sentence: If you're able to make multiple attacks with the Attack action, this attack replaces one of them. So, if you have the Extra Attack feature, in order to make a grapple attack, you take the Attack action, which ...


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You are correct, however there is one extra benefit you gain from having someone grappled and that is to forcefully move someone. You mainly want to grapple someone when their movement is giving you problems or you want them to be elsewhere, and shoving them is not good enough. In addition to normal grappling, there is a feat in the player's handbook ...


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Spells do what they say Dissonant Whispers says ... must immediately use its reaction, if available, to move as far as its speed allows away from you. Thus the affected creature, unless its reaction is not available, must use its reaction and the only option listed for that reaction is "move as far away from the caster as possible". The spell does not ...


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This does not work In order to ready an action, you have to use your entire Action to take the special "Ready Action" option. But in order to make your first attack, you must have already used to Action to instead take the "Attack" action, which means you no longer have an action available to ready anything. See also the types of actions you can take.


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Yes, if the grapplee is light enough The rules for moving a grappled creature (grapplee) state (PHB 195, emphasis mine): When you move, you can drag or carry the grapplee with you, but your speed is halved, unless the creature is two or more sizes smaller than you. Moving over to where "drag" and "carry" are defined (PHB 176). Dragging loads in excess ...


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No, it's not. When lifting the other character you are either taking an action, or you interacting with an object -- depending on your DM's rulings. If the DM rules that the pile driver is an attack (which I'd argue it is), that would cost you an action, and you can only repeat it if you have movement and an action to spend on it. This assumes you've ...


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This steps on the toes of the Sentinel Feat The problem with allowing a grapple as an Opportunity Attack is that it allows a character to completely prevent movement away. The Opportunity Attack as it stands now makes moving away risky, but once you allow it to prevent the movement away at all, you are introducing a mechanic that is typically only found ...


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Every version of DnD sacrifices simulation for simplicity. Escaping a Grapple usually lookes like this (Monster Manual 11): A creature grappled by the monster can use its action to try to escape. To do so, it must succeed on a Strength (Athletics) or Dexterity (Acrobatics) check against the escape DC in the monster's stat block. Neither the Blinded nor ...


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Excellent question. What we are looking at here is: How do areas of effect work, and How moving someone in a grapple works. Area of Effect The general rules for area of effects are detailed on p. 204 of the PHB. Now an area of effect is defined very precisely. What is not stated of how much of a target is required to be in the area of effect for it to be ...


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Strahd can use the action as an opportunity attack When you leave a creature's range, you provoke an opportunity attack. The options for what you can do during an opportunity attack are in the Combat section of the Basic Rules: To make the opportunity attack, you use your reaction to make one melee attack against the provoking creature.  So your GM is ...


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