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Is there no way to have a single casting of the Feather Fall spell affect a whole group of people who decide to jump off a cliff during combat?

If your whole party jumps off a cliff combat has ended There is the unlikely scenario where the enemy jump after them, but as soon as the party declare their intention to jump off a cliff and feather ...
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Can you react to your own spell?

You can normally take reactions on your own turn, which includes reacting to things you are doing to yourself. Note though that Featherfall isn't reacting to a spell you cast; it's reacting to you ...
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Can the Protection fighting style be used in this way?

Protection does not grant additional opportunity attacks The Protection is one of the options for a Fighter's fighting style. It allows, exactly as you quoted, to use one's reaction to impose ...
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What to do when surprise and a high initiative roll conflict with the narrative?

The narration of the event seems strange to you because you are confusing the planned order of events with the actual order of events. The plan was that the encounter begins when A throws their ...
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Do I intuitively know if someone already used their reaction?

It depends on your table "Reactions" are a game concept, it's not something your character is aware of. So it depends entirely on what kind of seperation of in-character and meta-knowledge ...
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Allowing Disengage for free

Disengaging and not provoking opportunity attacks is a big part of some classes, features, abilities and tactics, such as: Class features like Monks' Step of the Wind & Rogues' Cunning Action ...
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Is there no way to have a single casting of the Feather Fall spell affect a whole group of people who decide to jump off a cliff during combat?

I ready my movement until Sorcerer's turn to walk off the cliff. You are correct to observe that feather fall can be tricky to coordinate during the heat of battle, and that without proper ...
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Can you cast Hellish Rebuke as a reaction to damage that reduces you to zero hit points?

Unfortunately, as awesome as this sounds, by the rules, it doesn't work. Hellish Rebuke is a reaction that you take in response to being damaged Not "in response to being hit", or "in response to ...
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Can the Protection fighting style be used in this way?

You only have one reaction per round The bottom line here is that a PC only has one reaction, as kviiri's answer also states. From the rules of Reactions: When you take a reaction, you can't take ...
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Do reactions interrupt their triggers or not?

Reactions come after their triggers, except when they don't If the timing is specified in the ability, use that timing. Otherwise, reactions occur after the trigger. This entire thing is a matter of ...
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What’s the point of Surprise preventing reactions?

There are abilities/actions that use "reactions" that don't need to be prepared. Opportunity attacks are attacks that use your reaction, but don't have to be prepared before it is taken. You just ...
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Can you cast the Shield spell against an opportunity attack?

Reactions can be taken on your turn. A reaction is an instant response to a trigger of some kind, which can occur on your turn or on someone else's. PHB, pg.190 Therefore, yes, you can cast ...
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Do I have to "pre-cast" a reaction spell in order for it to be triggered?

You are correct, reaction spells cannot be readied or precast Reaction spells are cast as a reaction in response to a trigger that is spelled out in the spell description. In the case of shield, that ...
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What to do when surprise and a high initiative roll conflict with the narrative?

Yes, That Description is RAW That is the way mechanics happens in RAW. How you narrate that to make sense is up to you. Remember the rules have to be turn based to make it run and everything that ...
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Can a creature with multiattack make more than one attack as part of a readied attack?

The rules for Multiattack in the Monster Manual (page 11) are perfectly clear: A creature that can make multiple attacks on its turn has the Multiattack ability. A creature can’t use ...
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What are the balance ramifications of always preventing creatures from taking reactions before their first turn?

Squishier creatures will be harder to protect The largest, most general consequence will be that frontliners will have a harder time protecting their squishier allies. In my experience, both PC and ...
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Can you forgo your readied action to take an opportunity attack instead?

Yes Nothing in the ready or opportunity attack rules suggest that they're mutually exclusive beyond using one's reaction, which is only used when actually making the opportunity attack or taking the ...
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Can you react to an opportunity attack?

The rules for reactions are fairly straightforward: Certain special abilities, spells, and situations allow you to take a special action called a reaction. A reaction is an instant response to a ...
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How much information should the defender have when deciding whether or not to cast Shield?

According to this tweet by Mike Mearls, you're supposed to know with certainty whether the shield is enough to protect you or not, so that you can't waste the spell, unless you choose to: Querent: ...
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NPC Knight ability "parry" - how often can it be used?

The knight's parry ability uses its reaction therefore it follows the usual reaction rules found on page 190 of the PHB: [...] When you take a reaction, you can't take another one until the start ...
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Can I use Flash of Genius on an initiative roll?

You can take reactions outside of combat. As evidence of being able to take a reaction in response to a relevant trigger outside of combat, consider the spell feather fall: Choose up to five falling ...
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Do you have to take a reaction?

You generally choose whether to take a reaction In general, each opportunity to use your reaction is a choice. The rules don't spend a lot of words on this, but the wording consistently uses the word &...
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What are the basic limitations for using a Reaction to move? Does movement used on your Turn matter?

You can't take both Dash and Ready actions Normally you don't "prepare a reaction". You take the Ready action instead. See Player's Handbook, page 193, "Actions in Combat" Sometimes you want to ...
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Is the spell from the third benefit of the War Caster feat still considered an opportunity attack for the Sentinel feat?

No, it's not an opportunity attack The relevant phrasing in the Sentinel feat (PHB, p. 169-170) is: When you hit a creature with an opportunity attack, the creature's speed becomes 0 for the rest of ...
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Is the reaction from the third benefit of the Sentinel feat considered an opportunity attack?

No, it's not an opportunity attack. An opportunity attack is a specifically named game mechanic with specific rules set out for it (as found on page 195 of the PHB). If the third benefit of the ...
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Can reaction spells be used as an action?

No. If the casting time of a spell is 1 reaction, you can only cast it using your reaction (unless you benefit from a special feature that lets you do otherwise). This is because there is no general ...
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How much information should the defender have when deciding whether or not to cast Shield?

Whether it hits Usually, the DM asks your AC before the play, and they take a note behind the screen. When they roll an attack behind the screen, they can immediately determine whether it hits or not....
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Can a character with the War Caster feat call a bolt with Call Lightning instead of making an opportunity attack?

No, War Caster doesn't let you do this Unfortunately, the benefit that War Caster offers is specifically that: When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can ...
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Does casting Counterspell on one's own turn contradict the '1-non-cantrip-spell per turn' rule?

You may counterspell on your turn, as long as you have not already cast another spell with a casting time of 1 Bonus Action. The rule you quote that you say is a contradiction is the "Bonus ...
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If I have the War Caster feat, can I use the Thorn Whip cantrip to stop an enemy caster from escaping using the Dimension Door spell?

The hostile creature’s movement doesn't provoke an opportunity attack from you, so your War Caster feat isn't triggered. The War Caster feat (PHB 170) says: When a hostile creature’s movement ...
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