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What build maximizes reach?

There is some confliction in your question but I'll assume you want to make Melee Weapon Attacks at reach. The highest reach would be 35 feet with a Giant-sized Bugbear Battlemaster Fighter/Way of the ...
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When I walk towards an enemy and get within 10 feet, can I make an opportunity attack with Polearm Mastery and a reach weapon?

From the section on opportunity attacks: You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that you can see moves out of your reach. To make the opportunity attack, you use your ...
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Does changing your reach provoke opportunity attacks?

As you also quote: You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that you can see moves out of your reach. None of the creatures have moved if your reach changes, therefore they do ...
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Does a Polearm Master with 10' reach get an opportunity attack vs an enemy 10' away when they step to only 5' away?

A creature within your reach already cannot enter your reach. To “enter” your reach, as required by Polearm Master, a creature must go from not being in your reach to being in your reach. This is what ...
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Do creatures with a reach of 0 get attacks of opportunity when a foe moves away?

Zero foot reach means attacking only in the same combat space. tl;dr 0-reach creatures do get an opportunity attack. Swarm example Things like a swarm of insects can occupy the same space as an ...
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Is weapon reach measured from the edge of the mount's space or the rider's?

I am unable to find a specific answer to your question by RAW (maybe somebody else can help), but having a look at a relevant rule may help: PHB 198: If the mount provokes an opportunity attack ...
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Is there a penalty for attacking THROUGH an ally's position while in Melee?

Half cover is not ignored: Cover rules say: A target can benefit from cover only when an attack or other effect originates on the opposite side of the cover. Specifically for half-cover (emphasis ...
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Does a Bugbear PC take damage when holding an enemy on the other side of a Wall of Fire with Grapple?

A bugbear cannot mantain a grapple with a target 10 feet away. The Long-Limbed trait of the bugbear in Volo's Guide to Monsters states (VGM, 119): When you make a melee attack on your turn, your ...
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If an enemy is just below a 10-foot-high ceiling, are they in melee range of a creature on the ground?

They were in melee range (on a grid) Think of this as a 10' hallway. If you were standing in a 10' grid of a hallway and you were on one side the spawn was on the other, then your squares are adjacent ...
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Does the 3rd benefit of the Sentinel feat combine with reach weapons?

No, it doesn't The feat explicitly says "within 5 feet", rather than "in your reach" or "in melee".
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Is weapon reach measured from the edge of the mount's space or the rider's?

Space Controlled The size is not about physical boundaries the creature occupies, but to area the creature effectively controls. The Size Categories table shows how much space a creature of a ...
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Is weapon reach measured from the edge of the mount's space or the rider's?

Reach is measured from the rider RAW Nothing in the rules says that mounting another creature changes your size. So, according to the most basic reading of the rules, your size simply does not change. ...
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Are there any Feats for / ways to use spears that reflect its dominance over shorter melee weapons?

Polearm Master The Polearm Master feat gives spears some nice features: When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, quarterstaff, or spear, you can use a bonus action to ...
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War Caster, a whip and a dagger, and provoking Opportunity Attacks

Yes, you can cast a spell instead of an Opportunity Attack at either 5' or 10' Let's look at the sequence of action and of the logic here: Enemy is at in your current reach - They are currently in ...
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Does a Monster with a body part that grants Reach provoke an Opportunity Attack?

An Opportunity Attack occurs when a target moves out of your reach (unless otherwise specified by a feat). PHB pg. 195, Opportunity Attacks You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature ...
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Is Booming Blade's range relevant without a reach weapon?

You can only cast Booming Blade on adjacent targets In D&D 5e, typically "5 ft away" is considered adjacent to you. Note that your two definitions of the range are actually synonymous: &...
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How do I know what my reach is?

The answer can be found on page 195 of the PHB: Most creatures have a 5-foot reach and can thus attack targets within 5 feet of them when making a melee attack. Certain creatures (typically those ...
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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 do I make a phalanx fighter?

The big problem here is that the tower shield’s cover maneuver doesn’t let you cover for anyone else. That was the entire trick of a phalanx, and if the rules don’t support it, you can’t really do a ...
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Does a player character's attack from the "Attack" action have a reach?

Your every attack has its own reach Reach of an attack is always based on the reach of the character that’s making the attack, it doesn’t exist independently just as the attack doesn’t, it’s always ...
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What is the range of a Drunken Monk's Redirect attack?

The target must be within 5' of YOU and visible The distance between enemies has no bearing on this ability. The 6th level Tipsy Sway feature of the Drunken Master states (emphasis mine): When a ...
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Is the Mounted Combatant feat's ability to redirect an attack at the mount limited by the reach of the attacker?

A bit of a frame challenge here... If your DM requires that square layout you drew, your DM is looking at positioning too rigidly. From Creature Size A creature's space is the area in feet that it ...
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Can I hit a creature that has a reach larger than mine but is using itself to hit me?

By the RAW, no, but it's a DM call There is nothing specific in the rules about readying an action to strike a creature with reach when it comes in to attack with a body part, and the rule is that you ...
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Do you avoid an opportunity attack if you are still within your own reach?

No, the Opportunity Attack is still triggered The PHB (195) is clear on this: You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that you can see moves out of your reach. There are no ...
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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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Does the Spell Sniper feat double the range of booming blade when you are not wielding a reach weapon?

As of November 10th 2020, this doesn’t work. On November 10th, 2020, booming blade was changed to have a range of self, so is no longer eligible for spell sniper. See this errata document for the ...
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Can reach weapons attack and receive attacks of opportunity with an ally in the way?

The glaive-armed skeleton (if typical) shouldn't've been able to make an attack of opportunity against you The Player's Handbook on Cover and Attacks of Opportunity says, "You can't execute an attack ...
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Does the 3rd benefit of the Sentinel feat combine with reach weapons?

This has been addressed by Jeremy Crawford, and the answer is, indeed, no: The final benefit of the Sentinel feat is unaffected by a weapon's range. The benefit is limited to 5 feet.
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When is a lance's 10 feet reach helpful?

During a cavalry charge, the mounted combatant will strike its target and keep on riding. This works in D&D too. The controlled mount can dash for generally > 100' of movement (depending on the ...
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Reach and Attacks of Opportunity: How to treat an approaching enemy?

Green provokes an Attack of Opportunity. d20PFSRD: Provoking an Attack of Opportunity Two kinds of actions can provoke attacks of opportunity: moving out of a threatened square and performing certain ...
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