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As a monk, can I use Deflect Missiles to protect my ally?

Rules-As-Written, you can't catch an arrow that is aimed at another Your quoted text is pretty explicit about it, you have to be the target and you have to get hit in order to use the feature, that ...
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When and how does combat start in a standoff?

You were right! In that type of situation, everyone is ready to begin fighting at any moment. Everyone basically is 'readying' for their fight - not just the PCs. Readied Actions These actions do ...
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Do you get to use the additional attack from the Extra Attack feature as well when you Ready an Attack action?

No The 'Extra Attack' feature is worded so you only benefit from it when you attack in your turn. Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on ...
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Can a thrown javelin be catapult-ed back?

The contentious part of this question is the trigger for the Readied Action The relevant rule for setting the trigger for a Readied Action is as follows: When the trigger occurs, you can either take ...
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Does Silence cancel a readied spell?

Silence does nothing to a readied disintegrate When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy, which you release with your reaction when the trigger occurs. The disintegrate has ...
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Can you ready a Fire Bolt spell to be used as a torch?

No Two reasons. First of all, RAW doesn't mention any effects of the spell being effective while it is being held. There's no fire before the spell is actually released. The more significant reason ...
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Can I deny a counterspell by readying my spell behind full cover?

Yes, readying a spell behind full cover would prevent counterspell Counterspell depends on sight and a clear path to the target Counterspell has a casting time of: 1 reaction, which you take when you ...
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How does the Ready action work?

Your Turn On your turn, you can move and perform an action. The ready action is, as you point out, an action like any other. This means that on your turn you can move and take the ready action. The ...
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Can you Ready an action with "receive a buff from an ally" as the trigger?

That sounds like a reasonable use of Ready. Here's the relevant rules text (my emphasis): First, you decide what perceivable circumstance will trigger your reaction. Then, you choose the action ...
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Can I Ready an action to do something I'm not currently capable of doing?

Yes you can Ready an action you currently cannot do The rules for Readying say: First, you decide what perceivable circumstance will trigger your reaction. Then, you choose the action you will take ...
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Can you cast a bonus-action spell, then Ready a leveled spell on the same turn?

No, because the Ready Action requires you to cast the spell as normal and then hold it, releasing it with your reaction later. You are using your action to cast the spell on your turn. PHB pg. 193 ...
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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 you Ready two actions using Action Surge

Yes, but you can only act on one of them Action Surge allows you to: take one additional action on top of your regular action There are no restrictions on what you can do with this action, so taking ...
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Are there any mechanical issues with removing the concept of "triggers" for readied actions?

It probably doesn't break the game. Ready actions that fail aren't (or shouldn't be) so enormously common that this is going to seriously change the game. At worst, this makes readied actions slightly ...
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Can a PC use a readied action to deflect a projectile?

The action you described is not really a readied action. It's more like a "colorful" Dodge Action. Either dodge or a readied action will cost one action - they are equivalent in game mechanics. If ...
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As a DM, do I have to declare the actions that NPCs ready?

There are no explicit rules for this, but what has worked for me and my table is to describe, briefly, what it looks like. E.g. "The Kobold waits, weapon drawn, and looking at you." With my group, ...
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Can a Rogue effectively triple their speed by combining Dash and Ready, spreading it over several turns?

Yes, and they don't need to ready an action to do it Say their movement is 30ft. They expend their movement for 30ft, use their action to Dash for an extra 30ft, then Bonus action to Dash again with ...
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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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Can a spell be readied to trigger when its intended target comes into view?

Yes. Your inference, that Targeting is part of Casting and therefore can't be done at time of effect, is a little tenuous. And, given the examples for readying a spell, it seems likely that the intent ...
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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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If I readied a spell with the trigger "When I take damage", do I have to make a constitution saving throw to avoid losing Concentration?

Yes, you do The Readied action doesn't trigger until after your trigger completes: When the trigger occurs, you can either take your reaction right after the trigger finishes or ignore the trigger. ...
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Does a character taking the Ready action perceive time?

The rules lack the granularity required to definitively adjudicate such a trigger. Time is weird in combat. A whole round is six seconds, but your turn is also six seconds, but five turns in a round ...
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Do you get to use the additional attack from the Extra Attack feature as well when you Ready an Attack action?

No Extra attack, page 79 for monks says (emphasis mine) Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. The Ready action lets you ...
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Do you get Extra Attacks when you ready an attack and use it in your own turn?

Yes Ready action requires (emphasis mine): First, you decide what perceivable circumstance will trigger your reaction. Then, you choose the action you will take in response to that trigger, or you ...
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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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Can a wizard cast a spell during their first turn of combat if they initiated combat by releasing a readied spell?

The wizard can't Ready a spell before combat begins The wizard can cast spells during her first round, but she can't release a readied spell before her first round because she can't Ready a spell ...
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Is it impossible to Ready the Green-Flame Blade cantrip?

This has been fixed in the SCAG errata and TCE reprint Tasha's Cauldron of Everything includes an updated version green-flame blade. SCAG received an errata when TCE released, which updates it to ...
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If I move out of range of an attack/spell using a Readied Action, does that original attack/spell occur?

Attacks resolve instantaneously, so there is no such thing as 'before the attack completes'. You can't react to the start of an attack to avoid the effect of the attack. You should probably just take ...
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Can you stay invisible by readying an attack instead of attacking?

You can ready one attack without breaking invisibility, but not a spell. Readying an action allows you to use your action to act outside of your turn. This allows you to ready an attack action which ...
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Can you use a readied action after Haste?

It does not work, but not for the reason you think Two concentrations Readying a spell needs concentration, so your readied Blade Ward end the moment you start casting Haste (which also needs ...
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