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Why can a Gnome grapple a Goliath?

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 ...
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Why can a Gnome grapple a Goliath?

"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 ...
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Can a monk, falling with an enemy they have grappled, use their slow fall ability to reduce their falling damage and not that of the enemy?

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, ...
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How can I adjudicate a character attempting a "shield crush" attack to pin a creature?

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 ...
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Does this lake event in the "Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden" adventure allow a grapple as an opportunity attack?

These rules are for that encounter, not general. This is a great example of specific over general! The rules around that encounter for knuckleheads are specific and only relevant for that activity. ...
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Can an earth elemental drown/bury its opponent underground using earth glide?

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 ...
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Can you grapple a creature as an opportunity attack?

As Miniman's answer points out, you cannot grapple as an opportunity attack because an opportunity attack does not give you an Attack action. However, your situation doesn't actually call for an ...
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Why can a Gnome grapple a Goliath?

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 ...
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Can a character with Extra Attack replace multiple attacks with Grapple special attacks, as part of the same Attack action?

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....
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Can monsters with multiattack take grapple and shove actions?

No, even monsters only get one action per turn, and actions should not be confused with attacks. in the case of monsters that can attack multiple times, that's because Multiattack is one action, that ...
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Can I drag a grappled creature and release it after moving half of my speed, then move the remainder of my speed?

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 ...
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Who wins a Grapple contest if the checks tie?

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 ...
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Do you need a free hand to Shove?

No, you do not need a free hand to shove Your own research into the description of the special Shove attack indicates that it does not require a free hand, while other special attack actions do ...
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How Do Grapplers Stand If Prone?

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 ...
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Can you grapple a swarm?

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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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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Does carrying/dragging a willing/unconscious creature cause half movement as per the grapple rules?

This is a slightly foggy area...but thankfully, Jeremy Crawford (official voice of rules for WotC) has weighed in on this in several (indirect) ways... Q: what are the rules for creatures carrying ...
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Does Grappling have any rules other than preventing movement?

You are correct. However, there is one extra benefit you gain from having someone grappled: the ability to forcefully move them. You mainly want to grapple someone when their movement is giving you ...
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Can a monster with a flying speed lift a Grappled PC and then drop them?

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 ...
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Is grabbing an opponent's arms to prevent casting within the "scope" 5e's combat?

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 ...
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How do I grapple/drag an unconscious ally? Does he make a contested check against mine?

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 ...
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How can I move an enemy?

Your character can do things not covered by the actions in this chapter […] The only limits to the actions you can attempt are your imagination and your character's ability scores. (PHB, p. 193) ...
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How can a character escape after being engulfed by a shambling mound?

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. ...
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Can Mirror Image still work on someone already grappling the caster?

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 ...
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Does advantage on Strength checks grant advantage on grappling?

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) ...
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Why does nobody understand the grapple rules?

Almost-certainly not a comprehensive list, but some issues that come to mind for me immediately: They are rarely used. Grappling is a fairly ineffective tactic, requiring specialized feats and at ...
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Is Freedom of Movement hampered from actually working to escape a grapple?

I think this is one of those instances (we've certainly found a few in the past few weeks) where the natural language approach does hurt. Rather than speed of 0, it should likely be "you can't move ...
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If you have the Extra Attack feature, can you attack once, then ready your second attack as a grapple/shove?

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 ...
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Can you really not move between grapples/shoves?

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 ...
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Is It Possible To Lift A Grappled Opponent Multiple Times On The Same Turn?

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 (...
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